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"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:
Book Reviews Published This Week
"A Meaning for Danny"
by Brigid Marlin
Reviewed at Magic City by Martha Stevens-David
When Brigid Marlin's son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome decades ago, there was not nearly as much research, certainly not as much awareness, and definitely not as much support. A prominent artist and author of A Meaning for Danny, an autobiography revealing the highs and lowest lows of her son's diagnosis, Marlin dedicates herself to raising awareness for Asperger's Syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders so that other parents may be armed with the knowledge and resources that she wishes she would have had. Marlin discusses the outlets, including faith, that saw her through and what she wishes she would have known.
Brigid Marlin was born in Washington, DC but has spent most of her life in England, where she now resides. She is known primarily as an artist, and is the Founder and Director of the Society for Art of Imagination, which has members from all over the world. She studied art in Dublin, Paris, New York and Vienna. She has exhibited in one-man and group shows all over the world. Her illustrations and paintings are in many collections and in museums including, the National Portrait Gallery London, the House of Lords Art Collection, Bush House BBC London, the National Museum of American Illustrators USA, the Museum of Fantastic Art Vienna and the Centre de Cultura de Barcelona Spain.
Ms. Marlin is the daughter of Hilda van Stockum, the celebrated author and illustrator of books for children and young adults. She is divorced and had three sons, the eldest of whom died in 1979 and is the subject of A Meaning for Danny. She previously wrote and published another book about her life, From East to West: Awakening to a Spiritual Search, and recently co-authored a third book, The Box House, which is also based on events in Ms. Marlin's life and will soon be published.
"A Meaning for Danny"
By Glenn Seymour
Senior living resident created puzzle book to inspire fellow residents
Rossville, IL -- At the age of 90, Glenn Seymour had no intention of sitting idly in his senior living apartment.
Inspired to stay active both mentally and physically, he created a series of brainteasers, puzzles and games to stimulate his brain and bring together his fellow residents. In "Glenn's Games," he shared these activities through a creative and entertaining puzzle book filled with mental challenges and brain exercises.
It covers a variety of topics like animals, around the house, definitions, flowers and trees, geography, math, product names, school, words, radio and television. His goal was for readers to view the book as a fun and enlightening tool to inspire readers, both young and old, to think outside the box.
Glenn Seymour was a father, grandfather and great grandfather who loved his family, gardening, stamp and coin collecting, refurbishing old houses and the Methodist Church. He was a lifelong resident of Rossville, Illinois and was a recipient of the American Family Award from the village of Rossville in 1989 in honor of his family's exemplary values and service to the community.
"By Glenn Seymour"
"White Coat and Sneakers"
by Dr. Hillary Chollet
Transported to a surreal landscape, a young trauma surgeon is called into action as a priest and asked to help save the great-grandson of a slave in 1938 New Orleans. In doing so he throws his entire future into the balance.
A fascinating and thought-provoking journey from modern Los Angeles to turn-of-the-century Louisiana, Dr. Hillary Chollet's debut explores the infinite nature of the human soul. His felicity for time and place--for portraying vastly different cultures, life views, and societal constructs--is nothing short of a revelation, while bristling dialogue and a keen eye for detail serve only to add greater depth and complexity.
A moving novel of insight and raw emotion, White Coat and Sneakers exposes the core of our being with delicacy and reverence as it unspools the mysteries of life as we know it.
Hillary Chollet, M.D. has been a trauma and vascular surgeon for 25 years. He was one of the first responders during the attacks of 9/11 and has been responsible for leading several medical missions to Kenya. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. White Coat and Sneakers is his first novel.
"White Coat and Sneakers"
"Itsy Bitsy Spider"
by Dale L. Pitts
"At the bureau I dealt with all types of people; good guys, bad guys and everything in between," Pitts said. "My knowledge reading and profiling others in the midst of a crisis has served me well in all walks of life. From gunfights to bomb threats, I've seen it all."
Pitts' FBI career has been instrumental in his transition into writing. By analyzing criminal mindsets and observing interpersonal interactions he's weaved together stories and characters that are believable and stunningly insightful.
"If there's one takeaway I would like readers to have from my work, it's that relationships are vital to all aspects of our lives," Pitts said.
Pitts' newest novel, "Itsy Bitsy Spider" is the story of a man who loses the love of his life in a car accident and suspects that a co-worker is behind the crash.
About the Author
Dale L. Pitts has served as an educator as well as a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He holds a bachelor's degree from Texas Lutheran University as well as a master's and doctorate from the University of Houston. Dale lives near Houston, Texas and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
"Itsy Bitsy Spider"
"The Shadow of Her Smile"
By Ajit Hutheesing
After Helen's first husband passed away, she made her way to Washington, Connecticut and, with the help and guidance of Avery Fisher, started a chamber music series and a School's Music Enrichment Program. After meeting Ajit, they started salon concerts in wealthy private residences in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Hutheesing describes his late wife and best friend as a true inspiration to all who had the good fortune of meeting Helen during their lives. In addition to being trained and instructed by the most famous classical violin teachers in the world, Helen also became a teacher and, over a period of 22 years, reached out to 125,000 children giving them the gift of classical music at an early age.
Speaking of the impact Helen had on everyone she met, Ajit wrote, "Helen always had time to stand and stare, enabling her to exude an aura of kindness that captured the imagination of children, family, musicians and friends -- and me". "The Shadow of Her Smile" tells the true story of two people from different cultures and backgrounds who found each other and created a life of profound love. Helen's untimely death left her life's symphony unfinished, yet her legacy lives on through "The Shadow of Her Smile".
Ajit Hutheesing was born into the famous Nehru family in India. Hutheesing was educated at Cambridge and Columbia Universities and then worked as a banker in the United States. Meeting and marrying Helen Armstrong transformed his life. From her, he received the gift of an exceptional, selfless and loving personality who breathed music and shared it with everyone she met. Helen has been the inspiration for his first book. Hutheesing currently lives in Connecticut.
Helen Armstrong, one of the greatest violinists of her time, was unheralded relative to her peers during her life. In The Shadow of Her Smile, her husband, author Ajit Hutheesing, has written a touching story of two people in a relationship of profound love. The book reveals Helen’s remarkable life - that of a childhood prodigy transformed into a virtuoso violinist whose international acclaim began but was interrupted by tragedy in her family. As a result, she decided to dedicate her life to charitable contributions of her talent and money to the enhancement of classical music education and appreciation – and, of course, to her family. The book also sketches dramatic vignettes of India’s struggle for independence from the British empire , in which the author’s family played a leading role. Subsequent political developments forced Ajit to leave India and take up residence in the United States – which is how his life and Helen’s united. (Author Website)
"Spiritual Wisdom: An Evolutionary Insight"
By Ramesh Malhotra
Spiritual Wisdom clarifies two principle evolutionary trends. The first is physical, which deals with the investigation of nature by means of science and technology. The second is spiritual, which requires an investigation of nature through perceptive power, commonly achieved through meditative practices.
Practical examples teach readers to apply spiritual principles in everyday life, offering insight into the four tenets of eternal wisdom: mythological wisdom, inspirational wisdom, transcendental wisdom and absolute truth. Malhotra also gives readers an overview of the history of spiritual wisdom, the elements of lower and higher knowledge, and the process of self- revitalization.
Through the cultivation of faith and the investigation of spiritual and transcendental wisdom, Malhotra finds that peace and tranquility are possible in every life journey.
Born in India, Ramesh Malhotra immigrated to the United States to finish his postgraduate studies. He eventually became the owner and chairman of a top 100 privately owned company in the Cincinnati area, Malhotra Group. Malhotra started hand illustrating his understanding of the Bhagavad Gita to be transformed by its truth and in the spiritual wisdom, becoming an author and philanthropist. All book sales will support a school in Sadupul, India.
The most important aspect of our existence is that every living thing is subject to two forms of evolutionary trends. One is physical, which deals with the investigation of nature by means of science and technology. The other is spiritual, which requires an investigation of nature through perceptive power, commonly achieved through meditative practices. In Spiritual Wisdom, author Ramesh Malhotra explores the evolution of the attainment of spiritual knowledge and inner tranquility and peace. Through practical examples of how to apply these spiritual principles to everyday life, he provides insight into the four tenets of eternal wisdom: mythological wisdom, inspirational wisdom, transcendental wisdom, and absolute truth. He provides an overview of the history of spiritual wisdom, the elements of lower and higher knowledge, and the process of self-revitalization. (Read More)
"Spiritual Wisdom: An Evolutionary Insight"
By: Ralph W. Will, Jr.
Will, Jr. was raised working on his grandparents' farm in Pennsylvania, and later began his career in the heart of adolescence at the age of 13 working in a coal mine for his uncle. Hard work was a necessity in his family, as Will, Jr. spent his life trying to make his father proud. During his journey through college, the Army, and starting his own family, Will, Jr.'s story tells of his troubled relationship with his father that consumed most of his younger years and how he succeeded despite that relationship.
Will, Jr. said, "In the end of my father's life, he was proud of how I got through my life and had a good reputation from the people I worked for."
After spending 57 wonderful years with his wife, Barbara, Ralph Will, Jr. felt it was time to reflect on a life well lived. "The S" is a story of perseverance, family values and how to love and respect those that mean the most.
Now in his eighties, author Ralph W. Will Jr. takes a look back at his long, eventful life. In The S, he shares the details of his experiences to help others understand the value of families and the importance of treating them with understanding, love, and respect. In this memoir, starting with his birth in 1929 in Pennsylvania, Will hits the highlights of his life-being raised on his grandparents' farm; working in a coal mine at age thirteen; dropping out of college and entering the army; operating his father's appliance store; meeting his future wife, Barbara, in 1954 and marrying her in 1955; earning a college degree; being employed in a variety of jobs; raising a family; retiring in 1992; and dealing with the death of his wife in 2012. A story of a life well lived, The S narrates Will's journey-the ups and downs, the successes and challenges-and shows how he was able to overcome hurdles to achieve his goals.
Ralph Will, Jr. has a degree in business and engineering from the University of Pittsburg. After years of hard work, Will, Jr. is now retired and the president of his assisted living facility's resident council in Carol Stream, Ill. He writes to inspire other people and help them live their life to the fullest.
"Lessons From China: A Westerner's Cultural Education"
By Beau Sides
As more westerners travel to China for business, leisure, and humanitarian service, learning cultural norms has become a necessary and indispensable for social and economic survival and immersion. This propelled Beau Sides to write his book and share unique insights on current Chinese culture, business, personal etiquette, and economic development through a an easy-to-read fictional travelogue. Delicately sprinkled with bits of historical background, the story follows Jan Cross, a recent college graduate through her journeys in China.
Readers will appreciate the accuracy and the detail of Lessons from China and how it reflects China as it is today and is recommended for China enthusiasts, Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL), domestic teachers and students, business travelers, leisure travelers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and sending organizations will love Lessons from China.
After over forty trips and numerous teaching tours, Beau Sides considers China his second home. With each opportunity, he continues to build cross-cultural relationships between Americans and the Chinese by fostering cultural awareness. His frequent travels to the Middle Kingdom have ensured the relevancy of his writing.
Beau Sides, author of "Lessons from China: A Westerners Cultural Education," is the founder and president of Global Partners in Life (GPiL), a non-profit organization that helps orphaned children, special needs orphans, and disadvantaged youth with educational, humanitarian and medical needs in China. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, GPiL has been giving for the purpose of enabling young lives to prosper since 2004.
As a businessman, teacher, humanitarian, and husband, Sides enjoys the business of making life better for those around him. Formerly, he served in the tech world successfully as a manager for IBM. As his interest in Chinese culture grew, he earned the title of teacher while serving on numerous teaching tours as an English language instructor at a Chinese university and other business and language schools in China. His passion is to serve others, and doing so as the president of Global Partners in Life has been his focus and joy. Beau lives in Georgia with Leah, his beautiful wife of more than 26 years. For more information on Beau Sides, visit his website www.beausides.com
"Lessons From China: A Westerner's Cultural Education"
By John Milner
The author recently released "Benson's House," a book that aims to entertain while instructing on the incredible implications art and music have had in shaping our American social structure.
Readers will follow one family through five generations, each with their own genres. The stories of their lives unfold through post-impressionism, jazz, flappers and bootleg whiskey, "The New Masses," folk music, beatniks and disciples of rock 'n' roll.
"I believe the advancement of American popular art and music from 1863 -- 1965 provided affirmations to the voice of the people," Milner said. "Along that time line we find contemporary styles in eras that demonstrated defiant expressions that gave rise to the masses' defense of freedom and equality for the common man." Even those who are not enthralled by music or literature may be drawn to "Benson's House" if they are marked with a strong conscience for equal rights and social justice.
The 1864 art debut of Sarah Taggart Benson's spurred wide acclaim among New York society. Many thought a woman artist would not be taken seriously, but her popularity grew, spawning an insurrection against rigid Victorian standards, and a following of counter-culturists known as the Urban Romantics. They congregated in the downstairs galley and in the basement tavern of the brownstone she shared with her husband in Greenwich Village. The rooms evolved in accord as a center of a new artistic universe known affectionately as Benson's House. Then one day the balance became unbroken. (Read More)
John Milner graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Virginia Wesleyan College. He now resides in Clearwater, Fla. This is his first book.
"Home Sweet Anywhere"
Reunited in love after thirty-five years and wrestling with a serious case of retirement wanderlust, Lynne and Tim Martin hit the road. They've never looked back. In Home Sweet Anywhere, with nothing but their 32-inch suitcases, two computers and each other, the Martins embark on a global adventure, taking readers from the glittering Georgian mansions in Ireland to the windswept coasts of Portugal and other exciting locales around the globe. This euphoric, inspiring memoir is more than a tale of second chances it's a road map for anyone who dreams of turning the idea of life abroad and a "home free" lifestyle a reality.
But even as they embrace their new home-free lifestyle, the Martins grapple with various challenges their newly global life presents, including hilarious and frustrating language barriers, finding financial stability, and coping with the family they left behind. But together, they quickly learn how to live a life -- and love -- without borders while pioneering a new movement of retiring home free.
There hasn't been anything like it since and the Martin's have literally created a movement for retirees and baby boomers that was never even an option before. Their advice on everything from where to set up your temporary home, how to pay for your dreams, what to eat and how to make it, the cultures, the people and even some jokes along the way is pure entertainment. The Martins have also inspired thousands of readers, young and old, to follow in their footsteps through Lynne's popular blog Homefreeadventures.com
"Home Sweet Anywhere"
by Belle Ami
Adelia Lindstrom, a rising star in the equestrian world, is still reeling from her parents' deaths in a tragic car accident when she meets green energy investment banker, Miles Breman, and his enigmatic twin sister, Karolin. With his insatiable lust, Miles ignites a whirlwind love affair with Adelia, and the two quickly find themselves entwined in a torrid romance that knows no bounds. Little does Adelia know, but she has been carefully targeted to marry Miles and bear the child that his sister cannot have.
"She was chosen as 'the one' because of her uncanny resemblance to the emotionally and physically damaged Karolin," says Ami. "As a child, Karolin suffered multi-rapes by a family member. Her billionaire twin brother, Miles, is now spending his life trying to make up for the horrid tragedy." Miles unexpectedly falls madly and obsessively in love with Adelia. Yet, even with their undeniable love for each other they cannot hold onto happiness. Unfortunately, Karolin has no limits and will go to great lengths to fulfill her desire for a child, even if it means destroying her brother, his marriage, or anything and anyone that gets in her way.
The One is full of twists and turns when Adelia life's turns into a tumultuous roller coaster when she begins to encounter dark and disturbing untruths. Jealously and revenge begin to unravel as Adelia and Miles are both withholding dark secrets which inevitably will destroy their trust in one another. "I think The One is an extraordinary, compelling story that is well written," says Ami. "If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey, you'll love The One. Just make sure you have a significant other, or a dashing stranger nearby!"
The One is the first of The Only One series. The One and More, the sequel to The One, will be released in the coming months.
"Rage: The Legend of 'Baseball Bill' Denehy"
by Bill Denehy
Readers of Rage follow Denehy down a dark road, on which several jobs he held following baseball -- coaching, real estate, broadcasting -- were punctuated by bouts of anger and substance abuse issues. His personal life suffered; he and his wife eventually divorced and his issues deeply strained his relationship with his daughters. His desire to escape through substance abuse followed him -- haunted him -- both through his successes and failures until one day he had enough, and he asked for help. Through recovery, Denehy learned what addiction truly was and how his rage contributed to his distorted view of reality. Today, he chooses to share his story with others in the hopes that they too can find their way into recovery and discover freedom from their demons.
"Today, I am a different person, a better person, and I have shed my dysfunctional independence for a healthy and more balanced interdependence," says Denehy. "I still have my challenges, after all, I am blind, but I have the tools to live life on life's terms and am grateful for my life today. Recovery is possible, and through my recovery from both addiction and rage, I discovered that my proudest accomplishment wasn't baseball, it's my relationship with my family."
William Francis "Bill" Denehy is a former major league baseball player for the New York Mets. Once considered a top prospect, sharing his rookie card with Tom Seaver, "Baseball Bill" badly injured his arm the first month of his career. Bill unsuccessfully tried to stay in baseball with the aid of multiple cortisone shots, which exacerbated his long-time struggles with anger and addiction. He later coached the University of Hartford, was a minor league pitching coach for the Boston Red Sox, and a radio announcer. He is now in long-term recovery and belongs to the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
"Rage: The Legend of 'Baseball Bill' Denehy"
"The Ekahi Method"
by Dr. Brett Wade
Major insights in the book include:
Brett Wade, PhD graduated summa cum laude from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Rutgers) with a doctorate in Health Sciences. His area of research examined health effects related to fluctuations in the earth's magnetic field. Dr. Wade also has a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in physical therapy. Dr. Wade has worked as a physical therapist and successfully operated physical therapy clinics in Kelowna, B.C with two partners. In 2003, he accepted a full time faculty position at a local college where he continues to lecture. During his career as a physical therapist, Dr. Wade became fascinated with the therapeutic effects of pulsed electromagnetic fields in treating disease, which eventually became the impetus for his doctorate. While living in Hawaii, he began to develop the idea, from a health perspective, that the one (Ekahi, in Hawaiian) thing that connects all living and non-living things is invisible waves. He then developed the Frequency Profile, which assigns people into one of five Base Frequencies, and began testing his hypothesis. Dr. Wade is a full-time professor at Okanagan College in Kelowna, B.C. Canada, where he currently resides.
"The Ekahi Method"
by Anita Bihovsky
The thrilling new novel, Progeny, by Anita Bihovsky, asks how far you would go to find - or hide - the truth. Sitting beside her mother's deathbed, twenty-year-old Selene Mannon learns the woman she's about to lose isn't her biological parent. Grieving and confused, Selene sets out to discover the identity of her biological mother. Little does she know, the question isn't as simple as it seems. Curiously missing medical files kick off a mystery layered in secrets and deceit. Selene soon crosses paths with pediatrician Deandra Robbins, who is seeking the same files, which may hold the key to diagnosing three of her young patients' puzzling symptoms. Aided by private investigator Max Field, they work together to unearth a past that others are determined to keep buried at all costs.
Provocative and entertaining, Progeny asks:
Anita Bihovsky has worked in the fields of public relations, marketing communications and advertising for over 25 years, in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She is currently a public relations/communications consultant as well a book publicist for Smith Publicity. She previously worked as publicity manager for the Jewish Publication Society and as director of marketing and public relations for a number of other non-profit organizations. Bihovsky studied at the State University of New York's Potsdam and Empire State Colleges, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature/Creative Writing. In addition to Progeny, she is a contributor to the anthologyLost in Camden.
"A Field of Innocence: Nam, 1968: A Hell of a Way to Come of Age"
by Jack Estes
Through a powerful narrative and his own letters that he wrote to his new wife, Estes recounts his experiences from the first days of boot camp to the blood shed in the jungles and villages of Vietnam. A true coming of age story, A Field of Innocence reveals the reflections of a young Marine's journey through the brutal choreography of war.
"I share the horrifying year I spent fighting in the jungles where the only Vietnamese we saw were the ones we killed," said Estes. "I also take the reader on my tour and not only describe the terrifying battles of Vietnam, but also share the longing for home, my wife, and my baby girl."
Jack Estes is the author of the critically acclaimed Vietnam memoir, A Field of Innocence from Warner Books. His articles and essays have appeared in Newsweek, The L.A. Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Oregonian, and many more. He has also written an award-winning screenplay A Soldier's Son, which took first place in 2006 out of 1500 entries at the Film Makers International Screenwriting Contest, top ten at Script Shark, and first place at Willamette Writers Conference. A Soldier's Son has been adapted into a novel that is due for release in 2014. He has also written the novel Searching for Gurney, which won a Fellowship at Squaw Valley Writers Conference and took first place at the Willamette Writers Conference. The novel will be published in 2015.
Over 20 years ago, Estes and his wife traveled to Vietnam for healing and to deliver medical and educational supplies to schools, hospitals, and orphanages. He also returned to the village where he once lived, to what his wife Colleen calls his "original point of pain." From this trip, Estes and his wife created the Fallen Warriors Foundation, to honor the sacrifices of American soldiers and help heal the pain of war. Over the years, Fallen Warriors Foundation has delivered hundreds of thousands of dollars of goods to the poorest villages in Vietnam. Estes also led a group of disabled veterans back to for their healing. He has also led nurses and doctors back to remote villages and primitive hospitals to give care.
Estes attended Portland State and Southern Illinois Universities. Currently, he lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon with his wonderful wife.
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