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What's in the Book Basket this Week? Taking Control of Life
By R.P. BenDedek
Apr 27, 2014 - 12:12:35 AM

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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 especially 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 April 20 to Sat April 26)

  1. Ukraine: Values and Interests Should Guide Response to Putin by Stephen P. Tryon author of "Accountability Citizenship"
  2. From Battlefields to the Boardroom - The Top Three Hurdles for Transitioning Military By John W. Phillips author of "Boots to Loafers"
  3. Weight Loss Surgery for Children. Is it an Option? by Dr. Nick Nicholson author of "Weight Loss Surgery"
  4. What Will I Do This Summer By Terri Fedonczak author of "Plugged-in Parenting"

Book Reviews Published This Week

M. Stevens-David Review: "Blessing Baby and the Heart as Big as the Sky" by Jennifer Czarnota
Apr 23, 2014

Though it has only seventeen pages, all of the pages are beautiful illustrated by David Butler and are very uniquely done. I found that the artwork on each page, combined with the lovely story held my interest.

Milt Gross Book review: "Memoirs of a Cool Cat" by Joy Cool
Apr 20, 2014

The author's biography tells how Cool has always loved animals with cats and dogs being her favorite. It also says that she has volunteered at animal shelters, a good background for writing about cats. The biography says about her condo, "She has turned her own home into a feline paradise, with lofts and beams and kitty gym equipment, a screened-in balcony, a special diet and piano recitals." That description pretty much covers much of the book itself.

M. Stevens-David Review: "Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse" by Torben Kuhlmann
Apr 20, 2014

This book is so special in every regard and I will never part with it. Not only is it exquisitely written but the drawings/illustrations are so captivating that I found myself as an adult reader, stopping and just looking at the drawing on each and every page and if I am spellbound, just think how a youngster will feel!

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1


by Michael Saag, M.D.

The author is an internationally known expert in HIV and treating patients with AIDS. To both chronicle his journey and shine a light on a broken healthcare system, Saag is releasing his first book: "POSITIVE." From stories of his childhood as a young Jewish boy whose mother knew he'd be a doctor, to the harrowing tales of his patients valiantly fighting their HIV/AIDS, "POSITIVE" tells all from Saag's life on the front lines of this disease. The result is a compelling behind-the-scenes look at how the research happened and then was translated into the clinic in a very rapid fashion.

"I wanted to tell the story of the AIDS epidemic and how by people pulling together for a common cause, we converted HIV from a near certain death sentence in to a chronic, manageable condition," Saag said. While "POSITIVE" is a book for people affected by HIV/AIDS, it is also for anyone impacted by the U.S. healthcare system: all of us. "I wanted to shine a light on our current healthcare system in order to point out the cracks and crevices that exist there and to create a dialogue," Saag explained. "We need to look at the big picture of who we were before the Affordable Care Act and where we want to be in the long run when it comes to health care."

"Through the book I use as many patient stories as I can to illustrate both the suffering and the triumph and just like with each HIV patient I encountered, similar but unique situations exist for every person who encounters our healthcare system today," Saag said. "The parallel of those storie -- patients with HIV and people experiencing our system without HIV -- sets up a contrast that hopefully will change the system." My hope is that through experiencing that story in the book, we will be motivated to pull together in a similar way to change our healthcare system for the better," Saag said.

Michael Saag, M.D. is professor of medicine and director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research. He made seminal discoveries in the genetic evolution of HIV in vivo and directed the first inpatient studies of seven of the first 25 antiretroviral drugs for HIV. Saag also conceived the concept of an HIV outpatient clinic dedicated to the provision of comprehensive patient care in conjunction with the conduct of high-quality clinical trials, basic science and clinical outcomes research. "POSITIVE" will be released April 15, 2014. For more information, visit

About UAB: Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary approach to education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is an internationally renowned research university and academic medical center and the state of Alabama's largest employer with some 23,000 employees and an economic impact exceeding $5 billion annually on the state. Learn more at

by Michael Saag, M.D.
ISBN-13: 9781626340640
Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press
Publication date: 3/15/2014
Pages: 376
Price $21.50 hardcover

No. 2.

"Strange Entities"

by Chris Carvell

According to Chris Carvell's own website, his new book exposes one of the most profound and 'stunning' discoveries in modern physics. Making the unusual link between consciousness and a large number of existing mind-opening processes, Carvell's work is poised to make a hugely valid contribution to science. Everything is showcased in 'Strange Entities: Quantum Processes linking Creation and Consciousness: An exploration connecting Material Reality and Non-Material Reality' -- which will allow readers to never look at aliens, gravity or God in the same way ever again.

The book fulfils a need for connecting these mind-opening processes to CONSCIOUSNESS and some paranormal phenomena. Research suggestions are plentiful (tagged SFAR). Subjects include: (too many to list). In "Strange Entities", our human Consciousness is modelled as a macroscopic QUANTUM phenomenon: as such it is highly sensitive to the "Observer Effect", analogous to the way that simply OBSERVING tiny/microscopic quantum systems (eg. neutrons) dramatically changes that which is observed. Recent Quantum Biology findings show that macromolecules like DNA are only explicable/stable because of QUANTUM Processes; this implies that life in our Universe is "waiting to happen"; so life is fantastically more abundant than we can imagine/estimate.

"I essentially wrote the book that I wanted to read. For example, many books carry information of gravity, but completely omit any vital information about biogravity or consciousness gravity. These can hold the key to many vital discoveries, so I've taken the time to explain and explore each in rich detail. This is just one of dozens of examples from the book."

Chris Carvell was born in Wirral, U.K. and worked at Shell Chemicals U.K. He graduated with B.Sc. Honours in special physics at the University of London King's College in 1975. His parents (to whom the book is dedicated) were married in the Church of England (St. Barnabas), where the author subsequently went to "Sunday School". His religious education continued at Wirral Grammar School: then studying quantum physics at London University tested to the limit his faith in God. Recent Quantum Biology discoveries renewed the author's faith in a Higher Consciousness entity.

"Strange Entities"
by Chris Carvell
Paperback: 438 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
October 30, 2013
ISBN-10: 1489597751
ISBN-13: 978-1489597755
Price - Expensive: Kindle $20.00

No. 3

An Unplanned Encounter: Two Lives Forever Changed

by Jonathan R. Husband

Stories ripped from the headlines of anti-abortion or pro-choice advocates read like grocery store tabloids sensationalizing both points of view. There is, however, a missing third side many people ignore: the child. The new book, An Unplanned Encounter: Two Lives Forever Changed by Jonathan Husband, is based on true events.

His life is the result of a rape during World War II when, according to his mother, she was assaulted by a lodger at her parent's boarding house. Seldom discussed and rarely chronicled, Husband vividly shares how the lives of both of his parents were profoundly affected by one 15-minute encounter.

During 1943 twenty-year-old Mary Louise struggles for self-respect and safety in the aftermath of the attack. When she learns she is pregnant, she must find the courage for another battle. She fights to keep the child and raise him alone, as the father refuses to acknowledge, support, or participate in his son's life in any way.

For thirty years, the aftershock of that terrifying night continues to shake her world and those of her family, friends, and son. With ordinary lives thrown into chaos, complex human emotions run rampant. In her fierce determination to survive and thrive, Mary Louise will discover just how strong she really is.

"Inspired by one girl's real-life tragedy," says Husband, "An Unplanned Encounter reveals the secrets of a life torn apart by violence and rebuilt by courage and love."

Jonathan R. Husband, a pseudonym, was born in York, England and spent much of his early life in remote areas of Yorkshire. He attended Nunthorpe Grammar School in York, and Hull University, Yorkshire. Husband currently lives in Northern California. He has two children, both married. He recently completed a career in Human Resources and retired from the University of California. His Website is

"An Unplanned Encounter: Two Lives Forever Changed"
by Jonathan R. Husband ISBN9781483408088
Published 10 March 2014
Format ePub
Price $9.00

No. 4.


by Ray Cook

What would you do if you had to choose between your religion and personal happiness? As an adolescent, Ray Cook's exemplary behavior as a model Mormon boy covered up a raging internal dilemma. Cook identified as a gay man, but was unable to embrace his sexuality because he lived in a culture that treated homosexuality as a liability.

His independence came in the form of a mission trip to Germany. After returning Cook experienced an overwhelming volume of emotions that took the form of self-destructive habits such as promiscuity, alcohol and extreme codependency. In his stunning new memoir "Reclaimed," Ray shares his journey to spiritual and sexual freedom and offer inspiration to other desperate to discover who they are in the diverse world.

"My most memorable experience occurred not long after I entered the scene. I was writhing to the music, dancing euphorically, dripping sweat, entranced. Momentarily, I thought of how not long before, I was a Mormon missionary, proselytizing in Germany ... and now I was gyrating around the bar in my skivvies, my socks stuffed with lust money. Ironically, I was more sincere and spiritually inclined at this stage than I was as a missionary. Tears welled as I looked up to keep them from draining down my face. What I felt was the same feeling that I was taught in the Mormon church to be the Holy Ghost (the Spirit). It was like God's stamp of approval that I was okay and didn't have to hate myself anymore. I had felt that before as a missionary, which was pivotal in my reconciliation between spirituality and self-integrity." 

Ray Cook, an Idaho native, came of age in Germany as an excommunicated Mormon. Cook graduated with a degree in modern languages from The University of Massachusetts and works as a flight attendant. He lives with his partner in Boston. Cook's "Reclaimed" published September 24, 2013.

by Ray Cook
Published 9/24/2013
110 pages
ISBN: 978-1-45258-244-3
Cost $12.00

No. 5.

"One River Two Oceans"

by Betty Ann Hoehn

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (APRIL 10, 2014) -- Author Betty Ann Hoehn, triumphs over addiction in her new ground-breaking, tell-all memoir ONE RIVER TWO OCEANS: My Journey Through Life, Love and Recovery, just released.

Betty Ann's deeply personal story is helping other mothers who are struggling with alcohol addiction. Her inspiring story of hope is for anyone who is suffering and would like to proceed with the process of living.

The devastating consequences that alcohol brought to Betty Ann and her two children's lives, which are documented in her memoir are sadly not an anomaly. According to a 2014 study published by the National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 38 million adults in the United States drink too much.

Drinking too much causes about 88,000 deaths in the United States each year. It can also lead to many health and social problems, including heart disease, breast cancer, sexually transmitted diseases, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, motor-vehicle crashes, and violence.

Betty Ann's book details her two children and her family's intervention, which ultimately, she concurs, saved her life. "Without my two children, and the support of my family, and the love they showed me in my darkest hour, I would surely not be here today," says Betty Ann.

In addition to the turmoil and devastating consequences that alcoholism cost Betty Ann and her family, the memoir depicts an unlikely and powerful friendship between a wealthy white girl and her black nanny, Corinne. During segregated times in Memphis, Tennessee, the friendship crossed racial and socio-economic boundaries, testifying to the unifying force of love.

Betty Ann Hoehn is an author, speaker, art historian and lecturer and an accomplished classical pianist. She's a former adjunct professor of Art History at the University of San Diego, and a guest lecturer at museums as well as the Betty Ford Center. For more information, visit:

"One River Two Oceans"
by Betty Ann Hoehn
File Size: 358 KB
Print Length: 148 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: Betty Ann Hoehn
1 edition (November 5, 2013) Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Price: Kindle $10

No. 6.

"George Butler"

by C.B. Leston

BIRMINGHAM, England -- According to Business Insider, the average household carries $6,500 of debt -- a burden that could turn disastrous. Told through the lens of economic theory, adventure novel "George Butler" serves as a chilling cautionary tale that warns against our acceptance and complacency under the shadow caused by mountains of debt that have accumulated around the world economy.

"Economic systems have collapsed before," author C.B. Leston said. "It just happens. We are living in a time where we can barely keep the financial structures and economic foundations intact. It may be just a matter of time."

In "George Butler," a man foresees an apocalyptic collapse from turbulent economic conditions and flees with his friends to the countryside where they are blindsided by mysterious forces and bandits -- blocking their path to safety. While under siege on the road, George's Leadership and quick wit hold the key to his friend's survival.

Leston's book is a thrilling adventure novel told through the perspective of the financial crisis that persists throughout the world. Blending political issues with a dramatic narrative, Leston draws from books such as Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" and George Orwell's "Animal Farm."

"I wanted to set, in imaginary terms, the perils of complacency about national debt," Leston said. "We talk about it every day. I wanted to explore what might happen if everything were to fall apart; for people to think about how they would handle it."

George Butler and his friends foresaw that one day their country would collapse under the unsustainable weight of its borrowings. They had a plan that when the worst came to the worst they would retreat from the overcrowded city to the safety of a remote farm deep in the countryside. They had not foreseen that their way out of the city would be blocked by mysterious forces and that they would come under siege in their own homes from marauding house- grabbers.

George's innate leadership skill is the key of their survival. He is trusted by the people, and they rely on his wit to get them out of the mess. And, unbeknown to George, his name was on a list which would shape his destiny and that of his country. He is the hope for the future generation.

"George Butler"
By C.B. Leston
ISBN: 978-1-4931-0813-8
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Paperback: 252 pages
Prices $7 - $20 - $27
Publisher: XLIBRIS
October 1, 2013
ISBN-10: 1493108131
ISBN-13: 978-1493108138

No. 7.

"You Never Dance Alone"

by Carl and Sandra Harmon

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida -- "You Never Dance Alone: An Uplifting Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment" by Carl and Sandra Harmon encourages readers to harness the power of creation by following the spiritual principles that govern our lives.

The book aims to entertain the readers mind, body and spirit by using creativity and logic while quickly providing a deep understanding of each spiritual principle.

The Harmons hope the book will leave a lasting impression by stimulating the mind in a way that evokes emotion and reason, allowing readers to identify their greater purpose and connection to divinity.

The authors were inspired to learn more about the healing power of spiritual alignment through their experience with autistic children.

Carl and Sandra Harmon are the founders of MindSkills, a company that offers biofeedback, training and supplements for children on the autism spectrum, as well as those with Attention Deficit Disorder. They currently live in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

As you dance with the universe you harness the power of creation. During this exciting time when global consciousness is being raised, you are being guided every step of the way. In You Never Dance Alone, Carl and Sandra Harmon capture the essence of the dance that all of us pursue with universal consciousness.

In this enjoyable book you will learn to harness the power of creation by following the spiritual principles of success. You Never Dance Alone captivates your attention by engaging your mind, body and spirit in a fun- loving and entertaining way. Unforgettable, you will remember what you read. Carl and Sandra Harmon have used creativity and logic to stimulate your mind, reinforcing the spiritual principles of success with emotion and reason.

"You Never Dance Alone: An Uplifting Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment"
By Carl and Sandra Harmon
Hardcover: 978-1-45258-396-9
Softcover: 978-1-45258-394-5
E-book: 978-1-45258-395-2
Prices: $4 - $12 - $22

No. 8.

"Abusing Donor Intent"

by Doug White

As the number of news stories about managerial incompetence and outright fraud at many well-known nonprofit organizations is increasing, it follows that you might wonder how you can you be sure that your money is being spent wisely. Doug White, a faculty member at Columbia University and a long-time thought leader in the world of nonprofits and philanthropy, has written a new book, Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family's Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University. In it he offers a balanced, and compassionate account of the largest and most high-profile lawsuit ever involving an accusation of mismanaging a donor's charitable intentions.

In 1961, Marie Robertson, an heiress to the A&P supermarket fortune, donated $35 million to establish a foundation to benefit Princeton University. The gift agreement explicitly stated how the money was to be used. Forty years later, however, the Robertson children sued Princeton, claiming the university failed to honor their parents' wishes.

In addition to compassionately relating the family's personal journey through the gift, the build-up to the lawsuit, and the legal drama itself, White provides practical advice to philanthropists on how to donate more effectively and to charities on how to ensure gifts are used in accordance with their donors' wishes. "The book was an outgrowth of my interest in how charities behave," White says. "Just because they are charities doesn't mean they all behave well, and those that don't are a plague to our ideal of what their role in society is. The idea of honoring donor intent is becoming more and more of an issue."

Doug White, a long-time leader in the nation's philanthropic community, is an author, professor, and an advisor to nonprofit organizations and philanthropists. Currently, he serves on the faculty in the Masters in Fundraising program at Columbia University. He also spent over twenty years working closely with select organizations and individuals on ethics decision-making, board governance, and fundraising. He is also the author of three other books, is a graduate of Dartmouth College, and currently resides in New York City.

"Abusing Donor Intent"
by Doug White
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Paragon House
Published April 1, 2014
ISBN-10: 1557789096
ISBN-13: 978-1557789099
Prices $10 - $15

No. 9.

"Beyond Goals, Beyond LEAN"

by Fred Conforti

In a society dominated by progress and innovation, businesses cannot afford to continue using the same principles and regulations they have for decades. Rather, they must present new concepts in order to not only reach their customers, but also to operate smoothly and efficiently.

Fred Conforti has led teams using these principles from concept to world-class in relatively short time frames. His first was taking First Alert from a concept, to becoming the best known and world's largest manufacturer of residential smoke detectors. The second was empowering two team members to take a small product line, name it System Sensor and turn it into the world's largest manufacturer of commercial smoke detectors. Lastly, he nurtured the acquisition of a defunct company and helped his team turn it into the current leader in fire alarm systems equipment, Notifier.

Conforti wrote his new book, "Beyond Goals, Beyond LEAN" as a guide for executives who want to go beyond the traditional approach of relying on lean manufacturing principles or MBOs to achieve their goals. The tenets espoused can be a foundation for culture change that can substantially improve performance. Rather than rely on the LEAN approach to business, Conforti invokes a new method known as GAAMESS to serve as the key principle in managing a sustainable, continuously improving company. The book includes diagnostic tools to reveal areas of a company in need of improvement, and then goes on to present solutions for the recognized shortcomings and opportunities.

"Companies need to be at their best in order to compete in this global economy," Conforti said. "Having a well-defined plan is crucial to success and I am dedicated to setting up companies to be the best they can be."

This informative, enlightening book shows company leaders how they can make their company culture more engaging, participative, self-reliant, accountable and successful. While this seems like a challenging feat, "Beyond Goals, Beyond LEAN" provides the tools necessary to get any company functioning at a higher level.

Fred Conforti was a founder of First Alert and oversaw its growth for 22 years. He went on to found System Sensor and help build it from the ground up. He currently resides in Chicago where he serves as the CEO to Conforti Consulting, LLC. The object of managing a business is to serve customers in the best ways possible in order to maximize results for employees and owners. This guidebook is for executives who want to go beyond the traditional approach of relying on lean manufacturing principles or MBOs to achieve their goals. See more

"Beyond Goals, Beyond LEAN"
by Fred Conforti
ISBN: 978-1- 4808-0277-3
Prices $9- $19 - $38

No. 10.

"My Death: A Personal Guidebook"

by Jeremy Kagan

This is a powerful memoir of a near-death experience. After a Native American sweat lodge, the author loses control of his body and then his life. He begins a passage that leads to a personal hell. He discovers a way to escape and emerges into an amazing exploration of the soul’s journey. In this intense adventure, there are insights into stages of consciousness and encounters of blissful perfection. This spiritual, inspirational book is meant to be an aid to removing the universal fear of the final journey we are all taking.

Jeremy Kagan creates experiences for a living. With an extensive, impressive career in Hollywood, as a film and television director, writer and producer, he shapes inspiring journeys to new worlds, lives and unexpected circumstances.

In his new e-book "My Death: A Personal Guidebook" Kagan details his own unexpected near-death experience, after twenty years of reflection of his encounter with death in the hills of Malibu, California. In it, he examines the profound encounter that shifted his perception of life and death, and discusses awareness, consciousness and ways to peacefully greet the awesome unknown. The book includes 150 of his own colorful illustrations.

"I'd like to make it easier to navigate where we all are headed," Kagan said, "this book is about learning to live with death, learning to appreciate the miracle of living, and hopefully be a preparatory document for the journey that we all are taking."

Kagan is a film and television director, writer, producer, and a tenured full Professor at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and founder of The Change Making Media Lab. He is a Chairperson of Special Projects for The Directors Guild of America, and a member of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, The Writers Guild of America and The American Film Institute. He was awarded an EMMY for Dramatic Series Directing and directed "The West Wing" and Steven Spielberg's "Taken." His ten feature credits include the box-office hits "Heroes" with Henry Winkler and Harrison Ford and Sally Field, "The Big Fix", "Roswell: The UFO Cover-Up", "The Journey of Natty Gann", and multi-award winning movie "The Chosen".

"My Death: A Personal Guidebook"
by Jeremy Kagan
Published: 6/26/2013
E-Book - ePub, Mobi, and PDF
Pages: 128
ISBN: 978-1-45257 -380-9
Cost: $3.00

No. 11.

"Can Dragons and Frogs Be Friends?"

by Trudi Carter

Reuters recently examined the impact of bullying on youth and the results are more disturbing than many may expect. According to a recent study "the negative physical and mental effects tied to bullying among children and teens may accumulate throughout the years." Perhaps more troubling, the same study revealed that teens who had been bullied in the past and those currently being bullied tended to have a lower quality of life, compared to those who were bullied less or not at all. One woman - teacher Trudi Carter -- now suggests society use a fresh approach with children to act as the remedy to bullying -- creative writing that focuses on solving problems with compassion and kindness.

Aiming to spark children's imagination and caring for others, Carter teaches readers how to use creativity to understand and solve problems in her new children's book, Can Dragons and Frogs Be Friends?

Using her experience as a creative writing teacher and mentor, Carter demonstrates how to identify creative topics from producing ideas, to enriching sentences, and planning the story. Sharing this writing process - used with tutoring and classroom students - Carter provides children with writing methods that establish and resolve story problems creatively.

Throughout the book, Carter uses an improbable assortment of animals to exemplify how miscommunication, social differences and history are generally the root of personal problems. Using vivid language to peak interest in writing, Carter illustrates how sworn enemies learn to value each other in a book that is perfect for all ages.

"A single event can be the catalyst that changes the past and the future," Carter said. "A bully doesn't have to stay a bully forever."

Trudi Carter is a first-time author. Today she lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and has two grown children. She lived her childhood in New York on Long Island and attended college upstate. While at college, she wrote the first version of Can Dragons and Frogs Be Friends?

"Can Dragons and Frogs Be Friends?"
by Trudi Carter
Paperback: 58 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Published January 10, 2014
ISBN-10: 1491840048
ISBN-13: 978-1491840047
Prices $6 - $22

No. 12.

"Flames of Truth"

by Dr. Cristina Guarneri

There was a resiliency that strengthened the people to look beyond the wars and tragedies that once impacted a nation. For those who were left behind, it was a roadmap into their futures and the understood importance of one man’s decision to leave his life behind so to fight for someone else's life instead. It was less than a year since returning home from Iraq before he caught the attention of fellow Marine Corps veteran and the city's first black mayor. It was persuasion that gripped him. Having no interest in politics, he fell hard to his curiosity and accepted a once in a lifetime invitation that would ultimately introduce him to his future. (Read More.)

Dr. Cristina Guarneri's newest thriller, Flames of Truth: Beyond the Darkness of Wall Street West, is a fascinating journey, beyond the mirrored windows of the city's high-rise buildings. Flames of Truth weaves a multi-layered story that follows a Goldman Sachs equities trader, who leaves the comforts and success of the financial world for a journey into the unknown. After experiencing the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, he deals with the moment as an epiphany, and leaves the comforts of a nation to enlist in the Marines.

Spending time at the frontlines of Iraq before returning home, he is never the same again, as he questions his life decisions. Being given a proclamation for his service upon return, it is then that his life would change again. He takes the chance to run against some of the heavy-hitting elected officials of the city. He comes into it with the understanding of the only way to win is to lose first, as he sets himself up for an even greater fight ahead when he enters the most sought out election the city has ever witnessed...and wins. Miles away, in a crowded courtroom, a jury returns a stunning verdict against some of the finest aristocrats in history. No one ever imagined that the most well known cities were holding secrets of their own. It took power to run a city. It took certainty to unveil the longest running investigation into political corruption being watched by the people. A stigma of crime and corruption that would haunt the people, it's what needed to change most in the city.

For the past 22 years, Dr. Cristina Guarneri has devoted herself to working on political campaigns. Dr. Guarneri has provided seminars on Ethics and Leadership in Public Policy; her newest seminar, Ethical Leadership in the 21st Century: The Issues in Public Policy has been held throughout U.S. As an educator and clinical counselor, Dr. Guarneri holds a doctorate in Leadership, Management and Policy with a concentration in Public Policy from Seton Hall University, along with a Professional Certification in Public Performance Measurement: Government Relations from Rutgers University. Currently, Dr. Guarneri writes a column entitled 'We the People,' which focuses on government and politics. She is also the author of The See No Evil series.

"Flames of Truth"
by Dr. Cristina Guarneri
ISBN: 1-4958-0044-X ©2014
Price: $13.95
276 pages
Political Science / General

No. 13.


by Neil Flanzraich

Roxanne Reynolds is just beginning her third year at a Maryland high school. She is one of a very small number of people with IQs of over 1,000 who call themselves "Geniuses". They secretly live among us while concealing their extraordinary intelligence and mental powers. The Geniuses living in the Western Hemisphere protect ordinary people from Eastern Geniuses who use their abilities to try to control ordinary people and dominate the world. Over thousands of years this has resulted in numerous confrontations between Western and Eastern Geniuses. (Barned and Noble)

While many modern novels rely on characters with super-human strength, magic or ties to a mythical creature, author Neil Flanzraich gives the heroes and villains of his novel an extraordinary level of humanity's most distinguishing feature, their intelligence.

"When I read the "Harry Potter" books with my sons, I thought they were wonderful," Flanzriach said. "I decided to create a world in which there are some people with hyper-intelligence and fantastical mental abilities, like telepathy and telekinesis."

Flanzraich's new novel, "Geniuses," describes a world in which a small number of super geniuses live among the rest of us, concealing their special abilities. For thousands of years good Western Geniuses have been opposing evil Eastern Geniuses who want to control and dominate ordinary people. We see how those super geniuses have impacted world history. For example, they guided the building of the ancient Egyptian pyramids and they influenced the outcome of World War II.

The novel is a sci-fi global adventure set in modern times. It deals with a range of contemporary issues from terrorism and a Russia-like country's wars against its neighbors to bullying in a modern high school, and the generation gap between parents and teenage children. "I created this story to combine my favorite things in fiction: fantasy, sci-fi adventure, love, geo-political intrigue, epic battles between extraordinary minds and thought provoking conversation," Flanzraich said.

Neil Flanzraich's parents were European immigrants in New York City, and he married Dr. Kira Flanzraich, a Russian immigrant herself. When his two sons were young he would often create fairy-tales for them. He has now written and published this fantasy novel. He has a bachelor's and law degree from Harvard University, is currently the chairman and CEO of a biotech company, and is a member of the boards of two public companies. He currently resides with his wife in Coral Gables, Florida.

Neil Flanzraich
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No. 14.

"Revisiting the Constitution"

by Elizabeth Renzulli

More than 224 years have passed since the forefathers of our great nation framed an enduring and supreme law, the United States Constitution. Revisiting the Constitution is nothing short of a passport through time, providing a historically accurate and unique perspective of the magnificent discourse which surrounded the creation of this time-honored doctrine. (Read More)

Chambersburg, PA -- Author Elizabeth Renzulli explores how great men such as Ben Franklin, George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison would feel about how today's politicians and judges are interpreting the Constitution of the United States. In "Revisiting the Constitution," Renzulli brings tongue-in-cheek humor alongside simplistic explanations of each article and every section of the document. Renzulli's book offers a new educational tool to educators and students by breaking down the complexity of the Constitution into simple understandings.

"Revisiting the Constitution" reads much like a story with historical figures turned into characters that have conversational dialogues and witty humor. Renzulli hopes to have her book become an entertaining way for students to learn the nitty-gritty details of the Constitution and our Founding Fathers in the most interesting and simplified way possible.

"I wanted to reach as many people as possible with a simple to understand view of the Constitution and hopefully instill in them a healthy respect for the effort that went into its creation," Renzulli said.

Elizabeth Renzulli is the mother of five children. She is a retired high school English and social studies teacher from Sullivan West CSD in New York. Before her teaching career, Renzulli was a string reporter and feature storywriter for the Sullivan County Democrat. After retirement, she taught classes for the Lifelong Learners in writing and the Constitution. Renzulli currently lives in Chambersburg, Pa.

"Revisiting the Constitution"
by Elizabeth Renzulli
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No. 15.

"The Truth: Turning the Lights Back On In America"

by John H. Zaugg

This is not rocket science. Restoring our children's future requires that we define and practice the personal values on which humanity and civilizations are built. Those values are "honesty" and "respect" -- finding the courage to take responsibility, which means and requires working together and stop living as "lost sheep" - subjects of benevolent government. The politicians in Washington cannot restore the American Dream. It is up to each of us and our children are going to know if we did the right thing or if we continued to live as players and manipulators of the current institutional corruption. (Read More)

DENVER, Colo. -- John Zaugg's new book, "The Truth: Turning the Lights Back On In America," invites readers to step fully into their responsibility as United States citizens. He challenges popular ideologies in American government by exploring the morality found on both sides of the political spectrum. The book offers a chance to redefine America's ideas of right and wrong and change the course of a nation without a common moral code.

Throughout his childhood and well into his adulthood, Zaugg's questions about government and its implications on society went unanswered. Discouraged by the lack of clarity, Zaugg decided to take control and search for his own answers. It was only through exploration and self-realization that John was able to quiet his mind and take full charge of his place in American society.

"We have got to stand for something or we will fall for anything," Zaugg warns. "We must define the values and principles that shape us as individuals. To find out why our nation is in the dark, we first need to find the light." "The Truth: Turning the Lights Back On In America" is a book meant to help the average American live the way the country's founding documents intended. It's a book focused on empowerment and rededication to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. For more information, visit

John Zaugg grew up in Ohio, along with two sisters and a brother. He was raised in a Christian home, went to public schools, and graduated from Ohio State University. He currently lives in Commerce City, Colorado, and continues to write emotional self help books.

"The Truth: Turning the Lights Back On In America"
by John H. Zaugg
Paperback: $14.95
ISBN: 9781491837719

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