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What's in the Book Basket this Week? From Reality to Happiness
By R.P. BenDedek
Apr 6, 2014 - 12:27:30 AM

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R.P. Bendedek Shanghai 2013
"What's in the book basket this week?"
brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, one or two (OK there are 15) book titles worthy of attention but which may or may not currently be in the process of being reviewed by our reviewers and whose authors probably (but not always) have not provided us with any other material to publish. We are now also publishing the Christian Book Basket Magic City the first edition of which was published March 26, 2014

We can't do book reviews for every book, but we do assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" service in which we invite authors to give us 'stand alone' articles to publish at the bottom of which we can include their bios, photographs of book covers and links to purchase pages for their books.

We are extremely grateful to those authors who do provide our readers with interesting articles to read even if they are not related to the author's new book release and we appreciate that those articles are sometimes exclusive to us or at least that we have been the first to be given the opportunity to publish them.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun March 30 to Sat April 5)

  1. An Inspiring Story to Fulfillment and True Vocation By Zlatoslava Petrak author of "Open to the Infinite Riches of the Universe"
  2. To Understand the Bible, Start with the Small Words by Jimmy Knight author of "The Gospel in 99 Words"
  3. BEC: Eradicating Skin Cancer Naturally by Dr. Bill E Cham author of "Inspired by Nature, Proven by Science"
  4. 5 Ways to Parent "Empowered-Forgiveness" By Sherrie Campbell, PhD author of "Loving Yourself"

Book Reviews Published This Week

M. Stevens-David Review: "The Colors of Blue" by Lance McCulloch
Apr 2, 2014

The characters throughout the story were very well-developed and interesting and frankly, I was sorry to see the story end. Mr. McCulloch should be very proud of this, his first book and I for one, hope that he continues.

M. Wallace Johnson Review: "What's Next for the People of the Earth" by Phyllis Gordon
Mar 30, 2014

I found in this book that whether the author was comparing Heaven and Hell or using Old Testament Scriptures to back what is in the Book of Revelations, Scripture quotes were made to 'stand alone' with no attempt made to 'extrapolate' meaning. The author obviously believes that it is the 'Word of God' itself that has the power to convince, not the words of mere mortals or particular theologies. From my reading of the PDF copy of her work, she has done an excellent job. I believe that the author has succeeded in accomplishing her objective.

Milt Gross Book review: "Avalon Bay" by Ronald Von Freymann
Mar 30, 2014

How the couple discern the intent of the terrorists and actively thwart the plot becomes a somewhat gripping tale. The climax occurs on the two ferries, which are held by authorities in the harbor between the two locations when they are told of the plot. The action is fairly intense. I would recommend this book for anyone interested in defense against terrorism or in that topic generally. A good read for perhaps a price for the new paperback that is a little too high.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1.

"The Pit"

by Vlad Vorgal

"The Pit" by Vlad Vorgal
Journey into the unknown underworld of post-communist Romania. A world few have seen and even fewer talk about.

Part one of the fascinating new trilogy, The Pit by Vlad Vorgal, is inspired by true events. This fast-paced thriller takes us to the Transylvanian Carpathian Mountains and introduces us to the underworld of professional pit bull fighting rings and international drug trafficking. The story follows the adventures of three friends who played together on the streets of Galati, by the Danube River, under the shadow of Ceausescu's communist regime. As the boys grow to be men, their playground changes.

In post-communist Romania, whatever innocence they had as children is lost, yet their loyalty to each other remains. Radu, volatile and violent, makes his home deep in the dark forests of Transylvania, far from the civilized world he despises. His one passion is for pit bulls; his dream is to breed and train a champion fighter. Lorin lives in Bucharest. The mildest in temperament of the three, his work as a drug dealer requires him to keep his finger on the pulse of the underworld while his love for his woman keeps him anchored. Stefan, self-indulgent and aloof, moves to Prague, where he can indulge his wild side and livelihood as a porn star in a more liberal culture.

From the back alleys of Lima, Peru, to the underground erotica of Berlin, Germany, the three money-driven friends thrive on adrenaline and testosterone, taking no prisoners as they struggle with love, sex, betrayal, and loyalty.

"I want to provide readers with new insight," says Vorgal, "I want to give them, first-hand, a new understanding of an underworld they barely knew existed."

Vlad Vorgal, a pseudonym, only writes about what he has experienced first hand. The Pit is the first volume of a trilogy highlighting adventures, travel and an underworld either Vorgal or his close friends have personally experienced.

"The Pit"
by Vlad Vorgal
Paperback: 274 pages
CreateSpace Independent Publishing
September 25, 2013
Prices $3.00 - $11.00
ISBN-10: 1492804061
ISBN-13: 978-1492804062

No. 2.

"Raising Supaman"

by Nathaniel A. Turner

"Raising Supaman" by Nathaniel A. Turner
Nathaniel A. Turner describes his relationship with his father as "toxic." When Turner's son was born, he pledged that he would not repeat the mistakes of his father. Initially spurred by an innocent request, Turner began writing personal letters to his son. Turner came to realize that writing letters allowed him to express his love for his son better than speaking ever could.

Although he never intended those deeply personal letters to be published, Turner was inspired to publish his letters after being introduced to the letters Lord Chesterfield wrote to his son. Tired of hearing about so many men failing at the role of father, Turner wanted to raise awareness and inspire a movement that would raise the expectations for parents. His movement began when he published his letters in his new book, Raising Supaman.

Nathaniel A. Turner, J.D. is an eclectic individual who holds degrees in Accounting, Theology, History and Law. He currently works in the financial services industry, but his most important job has always been fatherhood. His son, Naeem Khari Turner-Bandele, recently graduated high school and is in the process of selecting a university to attend. Naeem intends to major in Computer Science/Computer Engineering. Naeem speaks three languages, never missed the honor roll, member of the National Honor Society, has traveled the world playing soccer in professional soccer academies, freelances as a web designer/developer and is an avid photographer. Nathaniel and Naeem live in Indianapolis, IN.

For more information, visit

"Raising Supaman"
by Nathaniel A. Turner
File Size: 887 KB
Print Length: 209 pages
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

No. 3.

"The Wreck of the Nymph"

by Don Flood

"The Wreck of the Nymph" by Don Flood
Amanda McCartney is nearing 30 and feeling the desperation of a dead-end career. She's eager to weasel her way into a hunt for a legendary treasure ship, even if that means telling lies and using a little seduction to manipulate seedy members of the opposite sex. Of course, like all good maritime folklore, there's more than meets the eye.

"This is the story of a bright, ambitious young woman who realizes too late the limits of her career choice. I think a lot of young women today can identify with professional challenges caused by changing technology, an unusable college degree, and the economics of the Great Recession." - Don Flood.

Is Amanda willing to reject a man who loves her? Make a deadly deal with a thug and his stone cold killer bodyguard? In The Wreck of the Nymph, a woman drives the plot, and she doesn't just react to the actions of the male characters, like most so-called modern heroines.

The Wreck of the Nymph is loosely based on the legendary treasure of the HMS De Braak, a British ship that capsized in a storm near the mouth of the Delaware Bay in 1798. For nearly two centuries, rumors persisted that the ship sank with a fortune in Spanish gold. As the son of a local newspaper editor and a journalist himself, Flood was familiar with the story.

Don Flood is an award-winning journalist with more than thirty years of experience in the newspaper industry. After attending the University of Delaware, he became editor of the Dover (Del.) Post and later a syndicated columnist with King Features. He is a mentor for HOSTS, a literacy program for students, and lives in Lewes, Delaware with his wife, Helen.

The Wreck of the Nymph is available at For more information, visit

"The Wreck of the Nymph"
by Don Flood
ISBN-13: 9781467573344
Publisher: Don Flood
Publication date: 9/19/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook

No. 4.

"Calves in the Mud Room"

by Jerome O. Brown

"Calves in the Mud Room" by Jerome O. Brown
In centuries past, it was not uncommon to value land more than gold or other kinds of riches. But today, that old standby seems anything but relevant. In the United States, only two percent of the population is made up of farmers, and thus the old logic has become obsolete. Farming and ranching have been replaced by digital enterprise and marketing moguls. But what of modern ranchers? What are their lives like?

Author Jerome O. Brown weaves this obscure sector of modern life into his new book, Calves in the Mud Room. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as "an elegant, exciting debut," the book follows Wade, a young teenager who lives on a cattle ranch in the Front Range of the Rockies. With two dysfunctional parents to deal with, as well as the family's faltering small ranch, Wade has a tough reality to face. An inspiring story, Calves in the Mud Room is a beautiful, and captivating tale.

Major themes in the book include:

  • Growing up in a world of agriculture that is slowly disappearing
  • Dealing with dysfunctional parents
  • Discovering the pleasures and pains of romance
  • A teenager's self discovery
  • Reconciling duty and desire

Jerome O. Brown has thrived in Seattle and on Madison Avenue as a writer/producer with his work appearing in the One Show (Silver Medal), New York Art Directors, CA, and Clios, among others. Discovering he was more in his element standing next to a camera than sitting in an office, Brown started directing. After filming a project for Investors Business Daily and reading William O'Neil's How to Make Money In Stocks, he also started trading stocks part time. When he's not directing, trading stocks, or hiking with his dog, he shoots stills and writes. Calves in the Mud Room is his first novella. Brown lives in Teton Valley, Idaho with his way cool wife and collie, Max.

Twitter: @tetonwolf

"Calves in the Mud Room"
by Jerome O. Brown
ISBN-13: 9780615967509
Publisher: tetonwolf
Publication date: 2/14/2014
Pages: 102
Price $4.50 - $7.50

No. 5.

"Reality Parenting"

by Treion Muller

"Reality Parenting" by Treion Muller
Modern Family. Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The Middle. Unlike sitcoms and 'reality' TV programs, real-life parenting leaves no room for commercial breaks. Day-to-day occurrences are not full of glitz and glamour and important life lessons aren't taught to the cue of sappy music. Instead of providing today's parents with ideals and best-case scenarios for parenting essentials, it's time to provide moms and dads with a true reality check!

Enter Reality Parenting: As NOT Seen on TV by parenting expert and author of Mom Rules and Dad Rules, Treion Muller. Exposing the truth behind why kids don't act like the ones on TV, Muller strips away common misconceptions about parenthood and focuses instead on its sometimes scary, sometimes stranger-than-fiction realities. A father of five himself, Muller shares his own personal stories, as well as the real-life experiences of others, through the pages of Reality Parenting and provides solid suggestions for reflection and improvement for every stage -- from toddler to teen.

Treion Muller moved to the U.S. from South Africa in 1995 to attend college, where he graduated with honors and married the most beautiful woman in the world. After working for a time in the "real world," he continued his studies and received a Masters in adult learning, which he uses daily as FranklinCovey's Director of Development for the Online Learning and Digital Solutions Group. Reflecting on his life as a father of five, Muller is the author of Dad Rules: A Simple Manual for a Complex Job, Mom Rules: Because Even Superheroes Need Help Sometimes (coauthored with his wife, Soni), and his newest book, Reality Parenting: As NOT Seen on TV.

To learn more about Treion Muller and Reality Parenting, please visit:

"Reality Parenting"
by Treion Muller
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.
March 11, 2014
Prices $6-$12.00
ISBN-10: 1462113974
ISBN-13: 978-1462113972

No 6.

"We all Belong"

by Phyllis and Kathryn Giguere

"We all Belong" by Phyllis and Kathryn Giguere
Children's book takes a stand against bullying. According to Reuters, the mental and physical effects of bullying can build up over time, resulting in a lower quality of life. Mother-daughter pair Phyllis and Kathryn Giguere put their talents to work and took a stand.

"We all Belong" is a children's book that teaches the importance of acceptance. This easy-to-read story contains meaningful messages about unconditional love and the importance of respecting all of God's creation.

"Do not ridicule someone who appears different from you. Respect all life," Giguere said.

Regardless of the readers' religious beliefs, race, size or socio-economic status, as they reflect on the lessons and colorful illustrations comprised in the book, they will gain insight into how God's word plays a role in acceptance.

A simple and insightful tale, "We All Belong" serves as an influential tool for parents, church administration and families who wish to teach children about acceptance.

For more information visit

Phyllis and Kathryn Giguere are a mother-daughter pair who combined their writing and artistic abilities to encourage readers to care for one another. Phyllis illustrated the story and published the book to fulfill her daughter's dream to have children read her story about bullying. They currently reside in Londonberry, N.H.

"We All Belong"
By Phyllis and Kathryn Giguere
ISBN: 978-1-47976-844-8
Retail price: $24.99
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Xlibris online bookstores

No. 7.

"Love Comes Home"

by Andrew Grey

"Love Comes Home" by Andrew Grey
According to a recent survey, of 594,000 same-sex couples surveyed in 2011, 115,000 of them reported having children. Yet despite nearly one fifth of the LGBT community defining themselves as parents, there still seems to be a lack of media coverage about the realm of LGBT family life.

Author Andrew Grey gives insight to the heart of the modern family in the newest installment of the Senses Series, Love Comes Home. Inspired by the sport of "beepball," baseball for those who are legally blind, as well as the structure of the modern family, Grey weaves a story of love in spite of conflict, of romance between two men, and the bond between a father and son.

When architect Gregory Hampton's son, Davey, starts having trouble in Little League, Greg takes him to an eye doctor. The diagnosis hits them hard. Davey's sight is degenerating rapidly, and eventually he’ll go blind. Tom Spangler is used to getting what he wants. When Greg captures his attention, he asks Greg for a date. They have a good time until Greg gets a call from the friends watching his son, telling him Davey has fallen. Greg and Tom return to find the worst has happened—Davey can no longer see. (Read More)

Andrew Grey grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived all over the country and traveled throughout the world. He has a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and now works full time on his writing. He has written over eighty stories with more on the way and sees inspiration almost everywhere. Grey's hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing). He considers himself blessed with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world's most supportive and loving partner. Grey currently lives in beautiful historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

For further information on the book and the author, please visit

"Love Comes Home"
by Andrew Grey
Dream Spinner Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-62798-661-8
Pages: 200

No. 8.

"Don't Stop the Roller Coaster"

by Tom DePetrillo

"Don't Stop the Roller Coaster" by Tom DePetrillo
Don't Stop the Roller Coaster is a fascinating memoir/idea book about the ups and downs of one man's business career and the lessons he learned along the way. Tom DePetrillo started with nothing, made a fortune, lost it, went personally bankrupt--and the next day, he started a new career. His life has been a roller-coaster ride, and now that he's at the top, he has never forgotten where he started and what a difference a little help can make when someone needs it.

Tom has seen both sides of the economic divide in this country. When he was young he was one of eleven children, and he dropped out of school to help his family make ends meet. Today, after a career in investment banking, he runs several highly successful companies and is an active contributor to Rhode Island and national progressive politicians, as well as numerous charities.

Don't Stop the Roller Coaster focuses on the lessons Tom has learned throughout his business career. He offers surprising and valuable insights into a variety of topics, such as bankruptcy, the "real" cost of prescription drugs, and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

Tom DePetrillo has been in the venture capital and investment banking business for 35 years, responsible for more than 80 initial public offerings and numerous public placements. Since 1994, DePetrillo has been a private investor and the principal of Providence Capital Group, a venture capital turnaround firm. He is the principal shareholder of EIS Wire and Cable, Cable Assembly LLC, and DePetrillo Real Estate Holdings. DePetrillo lives in Warwick, Rhode Island with his wife, Carol.

For more information about Don't Stop the Roller Coaster, please visit:

"Don't Stop the Roller Coaster: Business and Life Lessons"
by Tom DePetrillo
ISBN: 978-0-9384063-0-0
136 pages

No. 9.

"Independent Financial Planning"by

by Michael Garry

"Independent Financial Planning" by Michael Garry
When it comes to financial planning, a lot of us feel like we are in the dark. When do I need to hire a financial planner? What exactly will they do for me? How much will it cost? Questions abound for most people, and yet to seek out solid answers in a world of over-information seems too cumbersome a task.

Enter: Independent Financial Planning: Your Ultimate Guide to Finding and Choosing the Right Financial Planner by Michael Garry, a Certified Financial Planner and attorney specializing in estate planning. Garry knows that the right financial advisor is your best ally you can have as you build your wealth and secure your future, and wants to help readers clear a path to finding an individual that fits with your needs and goals.

"Many assume that you have to have a lot of money to need the help of a financial planner, but that is simply not the case," says Garry. "Everyone, no matter where you stand financially, can benefit from the advice and guidance that a qualified financial planner can offer. They meet you where you're at financially -- and understand where it is you want to go."

Independent Financial Planning walks you step-by-step through the process of finding and choosing the right financial advisor. If you're ready to take control of your financial future and start planning for success, you need this straightforward, user-friendly, and no-nonsense guide. You'll learn how to find and vet financial advisors, discover the six steps to financial planning, and determine which financial products best suit your needs. And, you'll find out how to distinguish between a financial advisor and a salesman--and why that distinction can make a huge difference in your financial security.

"There are a lot of 'bad actors' in the financial industry, a frustration with which that prompted me to write this book," adds Garry. "I wanted people to know that there is a better way when it comes to enlisting the help of a financial planner."

"Independent Financial Planning"
by Michael Garry
Paperback: 140 pages
Yardley Wealth Management LLC
February 12, 2014
ISBN-10: 0991258703
ISBN-13: 978-0991258703
$3.00 Kindle
$14.00 Paperback

No. 10.

"Blessing Baby and the Heart as Big as the Sky"

by Jennifer Czarnota

"Blessing Baby and the Heart as Big as the Sky" by Jennifer Czarnota
According to UNICEF, across the world there are an estimated 17.9 million orphans that have lost both parents. American orphans will spend three years on average in foster homes waiting for adoption. When these children are adopted, feelings of being an outsider to the family are all too common.

Jennifer Czarnota wrote her children's book for her own adopted son. "Blessing Baby and the Heart as Big as the Sky" is the result of Czarnota's difficulty in finding children's literature that helps adopted children deal with these feelings. It also helps the new addition to the family know that they are loved and accepted.

"Too often, our society unintentionally sends the wrong message to adopted children," Czarnota said. "We say 'blood is thicker than water' and they wonder if their family connections are strong enough."

The book follows Blessing Baby's journey through his adoption into the arms of his new loving family. Through the efforts of many who love and care for him, Blessing Baby finds acceptance in his new home. "The mission of my book is to ensure that every adopted child knows that their life is a blessing," Czarnota said. "I want to help remind them that they are not second-hand children, but are loved."

Jennifer Czarnota is a pastor of St. Johns and Christ Lutheran Parish in Oshkosh, Wis. She wrote this book as a response to the lack of children's literature that is written with adopted children as the audience.

For more information, visit

"Blessing Baby and the Heart as Big as the Sky"
By Jennifer Czarnota
ISBN: 978-1-4804-0238-4
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and ArchwayPublishing

No. 11

"Brian's Search"

Paul Wagaman

"Brian's Search" by Paul Wagaman
A historical western novel, "Brian's Search" tells the story of a heroic young man who risks everything to find his lost brother.

"Inspired by a true story, Brian's journey encompasses hundreds of miles of open and dangerous country in Arizona and Southern Utah," author Paul Wagaman said. "Along the way, the people he meets and the obstacles he faces forever change his life and the lives of those he cares about."

A fact-based, coming-of-age novel, "Brian's Search" contains descriptions of events in Wagaman's own extended family, detailing the real-life hardships of early pioneers in the Old West. Wagaman's novel covers issues associated with good character, the appreciation for family relationships and the consequences that follow life's choices.

"As Brian begins the search for his brother, he stumbles upon an injured Apache warrior," Wagaman said. "In spite of what Indians did to his family, Brian interrupts his quest to nurse the Indian back to health. This act of compassion demonstrates Brian's good character and moral values."

Author Paul Wagaman was born in 1932, worked on a family-operated cattle ranch from childhood through high school, and served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He earned a bachelor's of science degree in electronic engineering in 1961 and was an electronic design engineer for various companies before retirement in 1989. Wagaman is married with four children and currently resides in Provo, Utah. "Brian's Search" is his second novel.

"Brian's Search"
By Paul Wagaman
Paperback: $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-46240-891-7
Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and InspiringVoices

No. 12

How to Get into a Top School Without Top Dollar Resources

by Mandee Heller Adler

"How to Get into a Top School Without Top Dollar Resources" by Mandee Heller Adler
How to Get into a Top School Without Top Dollar Resources by Mandee Heller Adler with Aimee Heller

"Is an expensive private high school education the only way to get the critical guidance students need and deserve?" A public school counselor in the U.S. now has an average caseload of 471 students, according to the American School Counselor Association. This combination of high caseloads, plus budget cuts, makes it difficult for public school students to navigate the college application process, and often, to compete with their private school peers.

Enter Mandee Heller Adler's new book, From Public School to the Ivy League: How to Get into a Top School Without Top Dollar Resources. In the book, the expert college counselor and founder of International College Counselors provides parents and students with the tools and resources they need to understand and navigate the college admissions process. Specifically addressing the needs of public school students and their families, it is an easy-to-follow guidebook that a student could use even without the help of an adult.

"There's no magic. College planning is not only the college application, but the steps along the way," says the Ivy League educated Adler.

Adler wrote the book she wanted when she was applying to schools. The book is quick and to the point. With the help of the book, students will be able to be their own best college counselors.

"You can't change the system, but you can change your approach," adds Adler. "Parents don't need to spend thousands of dollars on private school. They can easily gain the insight and understanding into the admissions process to be their student's best college counselor."

Adler understands the college admissions process is hard, but it's hard for a reason. "Colleges are testing you. They want to know if you have what it takes and are a good fit for their school. The trick to completing the application process is to start early, to understand what is required, and to meet or exceed those expectations," she shares. "The secret is you don't need deep pockets or a private school education to reach the Ivy League. All you need is a little moxie, advanced planning and this book!"

Mandee Heller Adler is the Founder and Principal of International College Counselors, one of the world's largest and most successful college and graduate school admissions counseling businesses. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with Honors and two degrees before receiving an MBA from Harvard Business School, all after attending a Florida-based public high school. Adler has personally helped hundreds of students across the world find, apply to, and gain acceptance into college. A member of NACAC, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and a professional member of the IECA, the Independent Educational Consultants Association, she shares her insights and expertise in From Public School to the Ivy League: How to Get into a Top School Without Top Dollar Resources.

No. 13.

"911 What is your emergency?"

by Lucia -- Retired Dispatcher #160

"9-1-1 What Is Your Emergency" By: Lucia -- Retired Dispatcher #160
911 Dispatcher writes a tell-all memoir containing authentic emergency and non-emergency calls

SAN DIEGO - An estimated 240 million calls are made to 911 in the U.S. each year, according to Author Lucia's new memoir offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the world that 911 dispatcher's hear and must face on a daily basis.

"9-1-1 What Is Your Emergency" contains 911 emergency and non-emergency calls complied over Lucia's 19-year career. All calls mentioned in the book are true and range from tragic to funny.

"Some people may not understand why or how we can make light of some situations," Lucia said. "If the reader can approach this book with an open mind, it may give the reader insight to how we cope through our shift."

Lucia faces many emotional tribulations during her career and this book offers an inside look into the one million calls she has taken. Most of the calls shared are funny and non-serious, but one chapter in the memoir is devoted to the tragic emergency calls.

"The majority of our calls are true emergencies and this can take its toll on the dispatcher if they are not able to leave the call at work at the end of the day,"

Lucia said. "Some tragic calls will always stay with me."

Lucia worked at the San Diego Police Department Communications Division for more than 25 years. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, August 2013, had surgery and 30 radiation treatments, but now is cancer free. She currently resides in Murrieta, California, with her loving fiancé and two children.

"9-1-1 What Is Your Emergency"
By: Lucia -- Retired Dispatcher #160
ISBN: 978-1-4918-3668-2
Retail price: $19.95
Available in paperback, hardcover and e-book.

No. 14.

"Dream Machines"

By Ron Lundmark

"Dream Machines" By Ron Lundmark
This Author published an article titled: The Woodward Dream Cruise and Dream Machines at Magic City on March 28th, 2014

Remember the movie, American Graffiti or the TV show, Happy Days? Woodward Avenue, in the 1960s, was like those shows... times a thousand. For fifteen miles, Woodward had a lot of drive-ins with roller-skating waitresses and burger wars. Each place had their special burgers. There were so many people drag racing, the cops could never keep up.

Story Synopsis

Mattie and Jason chose the Saturday of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit as their wedding day. They love watching the parade of 40,000 classic cars and hot rods cruise Woodward. One week before their wedding, at a two-family meet-and-greet, their grandfathers recognize each other from a Woodward drag race over a girl in 1965 that was interrupted. They swore to God that someday they would finish the race.

Their anger had been a festering wound for fifty years. A 50 year old grudge and they kept their old hot rods, just in case. They challenge each other to a final race on Woodward, Friday night, just like in 1965. All they have to do is restore the hot rods in one week and race the night before the wedding and the Dream Cruise. What could go wrong? Plenty.

Ron Lundmark is from Detroit, Michigan and grew up in the heyday of Woodward Avenue -- America's first highway -- in the 1960s, when there were drive-in restaurants to cruise and the biggest illegal drag strip in the world on which to race. Today he is a small business owner in Bay Village, Ohio.

Dream Machines
By Ron Lundmark
Published: 8/7/2013
Dust Jacket Hardcover
Pages: 202
ISBN: 978-1-45821-070-8
$4 E -book, $15 SC. $34 HC.

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