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What's in the Book Basket this Week? Fiction, Fantasy and Strange Tales
By R.P. BenDedek
May 4, 2014 - 7:47:28 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. On Wednesday's (if there is a need for it) we publish 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 April 27 to Sat May 3)

  1. Read the tea leaves to get the job by Teresa Taylor by Teresa Taylor Author of "The Balance Myth"

Book Reviews Published This Week

M. Stevens-David Review: "A Field of Innocence" by Jack Estes
Apr 30, 2014

It is no wonder that after having lived through all that war subjects human beings to, they return to their homeland entirely different human beings and a lifetime of living will never erase those memories from their mind. We can only pray that the governments that govern us will finally learn that "war" can never really be the answer.

R.P. BenDedek Book Review: "Fear" by J. Ibeh Agbanyim
Apr 30, 2014

The writing is good, simple, to the point, logical and deals with reality not theory. Quoting from different people, studies and real life examples, the author focuses on how those who approach fear constructively are able to motivate themselves to success where others succumb to negativity and then fail. There is a lot in this simply presented book to commend it, and a lot for each and every one of us to consider. It's all about putting 'fear' into perspective and making choices rather than letting fear make them for us.

M. Stevens-David Review: "An Unplanned Encounter" by Jonathan R. Husband
Apr 30, 2014

This story had an interesting concept, in that, it tells of the distress and unhappiness brought to people, most, through no fault of their own. When governments disagree, it is truly the inhabitants that are the first to suffer. And this story illustrates how an unwed mother really had no voice of her own and was compelled to obey her parents or suffer the persecution of her neighbors and villagers where she lived. I found this story believable.

Milt Gross Book review: "The Chase" by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Apr 27, 2014

Heroine-hero team FBI Special Agent Kate O'Hare and con-man Nicholas Fox tackle this tale of stolen art together, weaving from Los Angeles to Europe to rural Kentucky, the plot becomes complicated, risky, daring, and finally explosive as Carter Grove, the bad guy, gets done in at his country estate. I've never read anything by Goldberg before, but this book carries all the fast action and blunt talk that Evanovich's other books contain.

M.W. Johnson Review: "World War 3 Coming Soon!" by Meyer Stahl
Apr 27, 2014

I found the book not just enjoyable, but compelling. It had been left unread for quite some time before I sat down last Sunday night with the intention of struggling through the first chapter whilst waiting for guests to arrive. This book was such an easy read however, that I finished it just as the visitors arrived.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1.

"To Cry a Dry Tear"

by Bill MacPhee

"To Cry a Dry Tear" by Bill MacPhee
Bill MacPhee is a successful businessman, married and father of three. He is also in recovery from schizophrenia and is passionate about removing the stigma associated with the disease. MacPhee's story is one of determination, drive, help and faith.

MacPhee's childhood passion for swimming led him, at the age of 19, to the South China Sea where he began a promising career as a commercial deep sea diver in Singapore. Already living his dream, the future looked bright for MacPhee. Five years later, he was living a nightmare. Pacing a psychiatric ward, trapped in a world of illusions, delusions, paranoia and depression, he was 24 years old and diagnosed with schizophrenia.

With the help of family, friends, medication and therapy, he began to embrace life again and took an interest in volunteer work and local politics. In 1994 he took a risk, launched Magpie Media, Inc. and published the first Canadian issue of SZ Magazine to bring hope and information to people affected by schizophrenia.

"Hospitalized six different times, I lived in three group homes and made one suicide attempt," sharesMacPhee. "If you ever wondered what goes on in the mind of someone who is out of reality, this is the book that will give you a clear, vivid understanding of life and recovery after a diagnosis of schizophrenia."

"My definition of recovery," says MacPhee, "is when you would not want to be anyone other than who you are today. For me, my quality of life is very good, and I am living proof of recovery."

Bill MacPhee is the founder and CEO of Magpie Media, Inc. and publishes the award winning Canadian SZ Magazine, a quarterly magazine intended to offer encouragement and information to people affected by schizophrenia. In June 2003, he launched the U.S. version of the magazine. He also travels throughout North America sharing his story and inspiring others in their recovery journey. MacPhee lives in Fort Erie, Ontario with his wife and three children.

"To Cry a Dry Tear"
by Bill MacPhee
Paperback: 102 pages
Publisher: iUniverse
February 13, 2014
ISBN-10: 1491722711
ISBN-13: 978-1491722718
Prices $4-$12.00

No. 2

"Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse"

by Torben Kuhlmann

See: M. Stevens-David Review at Magic City.

"Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse" by Torben Kuhlmann
Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse is a suspenseful yet inspiring story of a little mouse who conquered a big challenge. An avid reader, this mouse learned about and then longed to find the distant land called, America. In order to do so he had to survive mousetraps, cats, owls, humans and best of all... gravity.

An aviation enthusiast and professional illustrator, author Torben Kuhlmann's first picture book is set in early 20th Century Germany when people were seeking a better life in the "New World." The stunning artwork immerses the reader in this often forgotten foreign time and the illustrations are responsible for telling some of the most poignant parts of the story. "One of the main goals behind the conception of Lindbergh was the creation of a convincing part of world history. Yet, I presented it through the eyes of a mouse," said Kuhlmann. "Every detail is meant to lure you into Lindbergh's world--with hints to real events and people--and by the end you may think to yourself: "It could have happened this way!""

"Lindbergh is a story I wish I read when I was young," adds Kuhlmann. "Picture books at the time did not deliver a real adventurous thrill. So, I designed Lindbergh to evoke a sense of childlike adventure with a serious undertone. There is detail to discover in every picture and something for everyone on each page."

The suspenseful tale and fantastic images evoke nostalgia for some older readers and a sense of wonder for the younger audience, which is why it should be considered a keepsake book and handed down from one generation to another. Readers can also enjoy a video trailer featuring Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse (

Torben Kuhlmann ( is an illustrator for one of Germany's most successful advertising agencies, Jung von Matt in Hamburg. Influenced by John Singer Sargent and Norman Rockwell, Kuhlmann attended University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg. His other passion is the colorful history of aviation, from the early sketches and designs by Leonardo DaVinci to the first pioneers like Lilienthal, Wright, and Lindbergh.

"Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse"
(ISBN: 978-0-7358-4167-3; Hardcover $19.95 U.S./$20.95 CAN)
Became available on May 1st, 2014.

No. 3

"Enchantment Adventyr, H.C.A. & I Understand"

by Carol Skog

"Enchantment Adventyr, H.C.A. & I Understand" by Carol Skog
Sometimes you just feel like a fish out of water. Nothing feels right, you know something is missing from your life, but you can't put your finger on it. Then one day it hits you, you are a victim of a divided heart - part of you feels like you belong in your homeland and part of you feels drawn to the land of your ancestors.

The delightful new book, Enchantment Adventyr, H.C.A. & I Understand by Carol Skog, explains her journey to Sweden and her desire to heal her divided heart.

In a unique style, Skog uses Swedish folklore, fairy tale techniques and the results of her genealogical search to blend a fantasy story with traditional Swedish traditions, celebrations and recipes.

Carol Elizabeth Skog of Swedish heritage, studied one year at Vaastkustens Ungdomsskola, Ljungskile, Sweden thru the Scandinavian Seminar program.

The only foreign student with her Swedish schoolmates, Carol rapidly immersed herself into the language, customs, traditions, and foods of her family's origin. She gained heart warm bonds with her relatives, meeting and sharing cultural events together. (Read More at Goodreads)

Website: Carol

"Enchantment Adventyr"
by Carol Skog
Hardcover $22
Softcover $16

No. 4.

"Orbs: The Untold Story"

by Elise Lowers and Julene Anderson

"Orbs: The Untold Story" by Elise Lowers and Julene Anderson
Contacting those who have crossed over? Throughout history, people have struggled to make sense of what happens to the human soul after death. Where does it go, and what form does it take? Is there life after death?

Inspired to learn more about the metaphysical world by the passing of a dear family member, authors Elise Lowers and Julene Anderson answer those questions in their new book, "Orbs: The Untold Story".

"Orbs" is a book about staying connected to loved ones who have passed away, using spirituality to get through the grieving process, and most importantly, life after death.

"We believe that the presence of orbs is a verification of life after death," said Anderson. "Our hope with this book is to tell others what we have learned about the human soul."

Julene was born in Watertown, SD and grew up with 2 sisters and 2 brothers. She was raised in a very traditional Lutheran home. Since losing her husband, she has become very spiritual and has completed Reiki level I. She has four daughters and 15 grandchildren so spent many years raising her family and working at her job for 28 years. After retirement, she has had more time to follow her dream of writing however she keeps very busy with family and friends.

Elise spent a lot of her childhood in Montana where she loved riding horses and having picnics in the mountains. As the oldest child of 4 girls, she had a lot of responsibility after her mother had to go to work to support the family. She knew at a very early age she was different than other children in that she saw spirits. She closed the door for many years and has just recently opened it to try to hear her Papa Tom. Elise has a very strong gift and she also has an amazing way with Reiki. She has 10 children and has spent most of her adult life raising children and pursuing her interests. Some of them are photography, riding horses, reading and showing her children how to have fun without spending a lot of money. She is also very spiritual.


"Orbs: The Untold Story"
by Elise Lowers and Julene Anderson
Publisher: Balboa Press
Published: 9/9/2013
Pages: 52
Prices $4.00-$24.00

No. 5.

"The JFK Assassination Revisited"

by James Rinnovatore

"The JFK Assassination Revisited" by James Rinnovatore
More than a half-century after the murder of President Kennedy, questions and alternative theories still linger. Writer and retired metallurgist, James V. Rinnovatore is convinced that a massive cover-up has occurred. "The book should appeal to anyone with an interest in U.S. history," Rinnovatore said. "It is written clearly for those with minimal knowledge of the murder, but also provides specific details and new discoveries for those well versed on the subject."


James Rinnovatore and Allan Eaglesham provide proof that President Kennedy's body was in the Bethesda morgue well before the motorcade from Andrews Air Force Base arrived at the entrance to Bethesda Naval Hospital carrying the bronze casket in which the body had been placed at Parkland Hospital, Dallas.

The casket was empty at this time, as it had been when it was placed in a gray navy ambulance for transportation from Andrews to Bethesda. The body had been removed from the bronze casket while Lyndon Johnson was being sworn in as president before Air Force One left Love Field. The purpose of the early arrival of the body at the Bethesda morgue was to alter the wounds, which had been found to be frontal by the doctors at Parkland.The wounds had to be reversed in order to implicate a lone assassin - Lee Harvey Oswald - shooting from the Texas School Book Depository.

New information is provided regarding pre-autopsy photographs and exclusion of FBI agents from the autopsy room to prevent their discovery of the body there. Also provided are analyses of the reports of the Warren Commission, the HSCA, and the ARRB, of who planned the assassination, and the case for two Oswalds.

James Rinnovatore has been studying the Kennedy assassination for more than twenty years and has co-authored 6 articles on the subject. In March of 2012, he published, "Aftermath of the JFK Assassination: Parkland Hospital to the Bethesda Morgue" with Allan Eaglesham.

"The JFK Assassination Revisited"
by James Rinnovatore ISBN-13: 9781491864968
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 3/6/2014
Pages: 194
Price $3.50 - $15.00

No. 6.

Boots to Loafers: Finding Your New True North

by John W. Phillips, LTC

"Boots to Loafers" by John W. Phillips, LTC
Retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and Fortune 50 mid-level executive shares critical tools for veterans moving from military to civilian careers

The best military transition Field Manual and a no nonsense process for any transitioning military member that is based on real experiences.

This book is a true guide for what you need to know, not what an ACAP or TAP instructor has in their script Every military service member will experience three phases as he moves from a military career to a life outside the gate: transition, transformation, and integration. The foundation of "Boots" is built upon these three concepts. They provide the structure for the advice and guidelines I want to convey to you. (Read More at Amazon)

Veteran & active duty military personnel transitioning from the military to a civilian career face an unfamiliar challenge. While each service member exits with a certain rank and awards and decorations, these honors they've worked so hard for don't easily translate into the private sector. "Be proud of what you have done for your country and leave it at that," says retired U.S. Army LTC John W. Phillips. "Starting the transition out of the military and into a civilian career should be started as early as possible to prepare veterans for the cultural and professional differences they will face. However, it's important that they still maintain the same dedication and commitment they had while in uniform."

John W. Phillips, LTC (Ret.) has had a distinguished career in both military and civilian service. He is a retired U.S. Army Field Artillery officer and Comptroller with 20+ years of service in Corps Artillery, Division Artillery, Army Headquarters and Forces Command. After retiring from the military in 1999, LTC Phillips immediately started a new career with The Coca-Cola Company and, currently, is a mid-level finance executive. In addition to his position, he is also the founder and chairman of The Coca-Cola Company annual Veterans Day program and Co-founder and President of The Coca-Cola Company Military Veterans Business Resource Group. LTC Phillips is the author of Boots to Loafers: Finding Your New True North, with contribution from human resources executive and best-selling author, Paul Falcone.

"Boots to Loafers"
by John W. Phillips, LTC
Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pu9blished February 13, 2014
Paperback $17

No. 7.

"Dire Wolf"

by Eric Jubb

"Dire Wolf" by Eric Jubb
Thanks to Twilight, True Blood, Underworld and a host of other books, movies and television shows, the vampire and the werewolf are becoming all to routine. However, the Dire Wolf seems poised to replace those tired creatures. Now extinct and cited throughout mythology, the Dire Wolf has gained attention recently thanks to George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series and the hit television adaptation, Game of Thrones, which feature the beasts as loyal pets of the Stark family.

Now author Eric Jubb has taken the Dire Wolf to the next level. In his new book, Dire Wolf, the genetically mutated wolves are on the loose in the wilderness of Montana. A wounded war vet must overcome PTSD and a host of other obstacles to find out the truth about this mythical killer. Drawing on his 15 years of military experience and his love for the Montana landscape, Jubb takes readers on a thrilling journey to uncover the truth behind this vicious beast. Rich character development and a vivid portrayal of Montana's natural beauty highlight the authenticity readers can expect in Dire Wolf.

After a long recovery at Brooks Army medical center John is medically discharged and returns home to Montana. John's brother Toby looses his dog during a camping trip with the Boy Scouts to a wolf pack. John begins to hunt the wolves only to find that he needs to get additional information about the wolves from an expert, a professor at the University of Montana.

During the winter the wolves develop a liking for cattle and begin terrorizing the flathead, mission and swan river valleys. The Forest Service begins to hunt the wolves only to be thwarted by the extremes of the winter weather. The State of Montana hires a professional hunter to exterminate the wolves, but gets killed in the pursuit. A relationship develops between John and Beth, the University professor. They jointly begin to follow the wolves and document their findings. They discover that the wolves are poisonous with saliva that has hallucinogenic properties. After John and Beth's marriage, Beth looses a hand during a camping trip to a wolf. While Beth is in the hospital, John teams with his old First Sargent and hunts the wolves across the Great Bear wilderness area. (See: Chapter 2 Preview)

Eric Jubb spent over fifteen years as a helicopter pilot in the military. When an illness, including a near-death experience, forced him to resign his commission, Jubb returned to the Montana wilderness he loved. Most recently, Jubb worked for a defense manufacturing company. He is an avid fly fisherman, lives in Polson, MT with his wife, and has six children and eight grandchildren. To learn more, please visit

"Dire Wolf"
by Eric Jubb

No. 8.

"Another Christmas Carol"

by Lee E. Woodard

"Another Christmas Carol" by Lee E. Woodard
Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" is one of the most read fables in history. But what if the story doesn't end with Scrooge's newfound generosity?

Charles Dickens left us with the notion that Ebenezer Scrooge was "better than his word and became as good a friend, as good a master, and as good a man as the good old city knew."

Another Christmas Carol, by author Lee E. Woodard, picks up where Dickens left off. This story chronicles the life and times of Scrooge from the point of his reclamation throughout the balance of his life.

As the trials and tribulations of everyday life in Victorian London come alive, Woodard's continuing story highlights Scrooge's interaction with the Cratchit family and the other wonderful characters Dickens created. As Scrooge attempts to spread his newfound happiness, he is forced to deal with painful parts of his past and must once again connect with the spirit world to fulfill his destiny.

What was true in Dickens' original classic work is true yet again. Relive the joy of the familiar characters as they grow up, grow old, and live out their lives.

"Another Christmas Carol"
by Lee E. Woodard
Paperback: 94 pages
Lulu Publishing Services
Published January 21, 2014
ISBN-10: 1483406431
ISBN-13: 978-1483406435
Paperback $12

No. 9.

"Evaluating Outdated Beliefs"

by Lloyd E. McIlveen

"Evaluating Outdated Beliefs" by Lloyd E. McIlveen
In his new book "Evaluating Outdated Beliefs," author Lloyd E. McIlveen questions the validity of conventional religion to usher forth a new era of spirituality inclusive to everyone. "Religious activity is one of the key factors of why people throughout the world have gotten into trouble with each other," McIlveen said. "We'd all be better off if progressive spiritual beliefs become majority opinion."

Through historical analysis, the book exposes what the author believes to be implausible religious beliefs and religious exploitation throughout time. Advocating for spiritual reform, McIlveen shows a spiritual transformation focused on consciousness, openness and inclusion is inevitable and already occurring. McIlveen said his purpose is to inform rather than invent a new system of spiritual beliefs. He also hopes to help people raise their standards for religion. "Evaluating Outdated Beliefs" offers new ideas on spirituality and forward-thinking concepts for readers.

Overview: The object of these scripts is to expose and "air out" the unprovable stances and influences of religious belief and its exploitation with no absolute condemnation on conventional beliefs. Conventional religion tends to cancel itself with the passage of time. Detailed descriptions are enclosed.The nutshell has it that in comparing archaic beliefs to unfolding beliefs, time is revealing a picture of inevitable and irreversible changes in those beliefs. Following the process of these changes will allow one to blend with them while broadening their scope on life or whatever else.

Humans have precariously searched for a form of security that lessened the burden of exposure to accepting responsibility for living a life on planet Earth. Then, someone or other discovered, invented or rationalized something they believed was bigger and more powerful than them. Over a period of mankind's time, that power of belief became a dominant source of security and eventually emanated a belief of living forever in this illusionary state of security.Humans have been trapped into misconception, misunderstanding and vulnerable susceptibility for millenniums concerning their nature of choice in believing almost anything including the need for some type of mind salvation. An evolution of belief is slowly transforming from archaic views to a spiritual, consciousness of future orientation. Insight on basic and spiritual belief is covered.

"Evaluating Outdated Beliefs"
By: Lloyd E. McIlveen
ISBN: 978-1-4669-9395-2
Hardcover retail price: $27.48
Softcover retail price: $17.48
E-book retail price: $3.99

No. 10.

"True Stories of Strange Events and odd People"

by Dr. Lawrence S. Bartell

"True Stories of Strange Events and odd People" by Dr. L. S. Bartell
Lawrence Bartell experienced many strange events over the course of his long life, at least partly because he deliberately strayed far from the beaten path in science. While it might not have been the most efficient way to gain a reputation in his field, it was more fun. (Read More) True Stories of Strange Events and Odd People shares details from a scientist's one-of-a-kind journey through life as he observes the world around him, tests his theories, and learns valuable life lessons.

What do the Manhattan Project, "The Guinness Book of Records," The Cold War and Antarctica all have in common? The link is Dr. Lawrence Bartell's strange experiences with them all. Dr. Bartell's new book, "True Stories of Strange Events and Odd People," is a tell-all memoir recounting the unique situations he has found himself in over the span of his life as an expert scientist.

Dr. Bartell's time as a member of the U.S. Navy in World War II, surviving the accusation of being a Russian spy during the Cold War, a chance encounter with the Unibomber and creating the world's most powerful microscope are but a few of the stories within.

"I deliberately strayed from the beaten path in the world of science," Dr. Bartell said. "While that may not have been the most effective way to gain a reputation, it allowed me to explore a wider breadth of science and, of course, have a lot more fun." "True Stories of Strange Events and Odd People" was written to impart some life lessons and share some historical insights, but mostly Dr. Bartell just wants to share the fun of life with a fresh audience.

Dr. Lawrence Bartell has a BS, MS and Ph.D. from University of Michigan. He graduated with the highest GPA in the history of the Chemistry Department's Ph.D. program at U-M and has written over 350 scientific papers. Despite being discharged with 100% disability from the navy in 1945, Dr. Bartell is still working and producing relevant scientific works at the age of 91.

"True Stories of Strange Events and odd People"
By: Dr. Lawrence S. Bartell
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4917-2021-9
SC-Retail price: $20.95
HC-ISBN: 978-1-4917-2022-6
HC-Retail price: $30.95
EB-ISBN: 978-1-4917-2023-3
EB-Retail price: $3.99

No. 11.

"The Devil Speaks Louder"

by Jeremy Stevens

"The Devil Speaks Louder" by Jeremy Stevens
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the leading factor in premature deaths and disabilities is alcohol for people aged 15 to 49. Jeremy Stevens was almost a statistic.

Stevens was a successful middle school teacher, assistant principal and principal in North Carolina until 2006 when his alcoholism abruptly brought everything good in his life to a staggering halt. Over the next four years he battled addiction through jail, two rehab visits, three halfway houses and 16 jobs. He even lived on the streets as a homeless man. From 1994 until his fall he had acquired five DUIs and one DWLR. His wife and three young boys left him before he reached his turning point.

"The Devil Speaks Louder" is an allegorical look at the battle with alcoholism that Stevens suffered. He has created a fictional high school student who feels invincible while flirting with disaster. Throughout the book Stevens incorporates his own experiences into the character's story to show the harrowing effects of an alcoholic's downward spiral to self-destruction.

"Everybody has the good angel talking to them on their right shoulder and the evil angel speaking to them on their left," Stevens said. "Unfortunately, that devil can be rather charming, and if I hadn't learned to heed my angelic half I would be six-feet underground right now."

Stevens has returned to the classroom in order to share his messages and experiences with young people, so they may get an authentic understanding of what alcohol can really do to a person's life. "The Devil Speaks Louder" is his way to spread that message beyond his immediate reach, to parents and the community-at-large.

Jeremy Stevens received his BA from Canisius College in 1993 and his MSA from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2001. After years of battling alcohol addiction, on the eve of October 18, 2010 he received a spiritual conversion. Stevens has resumed teaching middle school and wants to help others prevent or battle their own addictions.

"The Devil Speaks Louder"
By: Jeremy Stevens
SC-ISBN: 978-1-4918-6246-9
SC-Retail price: $16.95
HC-ISBN: 978-1-4918-6245-2
HC-Retail price: $27.99
EB-ISBN: 978-1-4918-6244-5
EB-Retail price: $3.99

No. 12.

"Embrace Your Inner Self:
Awaken Your Natural Ability to Heal"

By Sangita Patel

"Embrace Your Inner Self" By Sangita Patel
Sangita Patel's life changed dramatically in 1989 when a car crash took away her only brother and left her body physically and emotionally shattered.

Instead of succumbing to the surgery, anger and agony of losing her brother, Patel took the task of healing into her own hands. Her new book, "Embrace Your Inner Self," reveals concrete steps, simple tools, worksheets and activities to unlock your inner child in a holistic way, taken from Patel's own journey after that fateful accident.

"We are all blessed with the natural ability to heal ourselves by unlocking our ability to embrace our inner child," Patel said. This book will guide readers to regain inner peace, awaken inner wisdom, to develop the ability to harmonize their lives and start seeing results.

Her hope is that readers will learn how to use these simple and powerful tools in their daily lives and be empowered to create an action plan to live a joy filled life instead of struggling with pain. Learn more at

Patel is an author, speaker, holistic practitioner and energy healer. Her journey began after surviving a car accident and losing her only brother. She uses an assortment of tools and practices from Spring Forest Qigong, Emotional Freedom Technique, the Holistic Transformation Technique, Integrated Energy Therapy™ , Seraphim Spheres and chakra healing harmoniously to help her clients achieve their goals. Sangita is affiliated with Spring Forest Qigong, The Heart-Math Institute, The Global Association of Holistic Psychotherapy, The EFT Universe and The Center of Being, and she teaches Qigong, chakra healing and EFT in her local area and travels to offer full day retreats and half day workshops as well.

"Embrace Your Inner Self
Awaken Your Natural Ability to Heal"
By Sangita Patel
Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4525-8951-0
Cost: $8.99

No. 13.

"Just Show Up!"

by David Stanley Gregory

"Just Show Up!" by David Stanley Gregory
David Stanley Gregory, a new author, has a recently released a book called "JUST SHOW UP! ya gotta do it anyway."

A transformational read that takes the reader into their own lives of how to change adversity to opportunity, Gregory nudges the reader by sharing his own remarkable story, a truthful and transparent account of his own life.

A story of sexual abuse, depression, growing up with a mentally ill father, the suicide of his father, addressing his own sexual identity, and alcoholism. The book is simple, direct and to the point.

Gregory calls this "Blue Collar Spirituality" Once the work is done, it is done. An approach that clearly addresses the power of change that lives within. This is intentionally written as a simplified approach to a healthy way to shut down the unhealthy ego. The message shared is how to live in the now with tools to release the past and future.

A true story of emotional rags to spiritual riches, full of authenticity and transparency, "JUST SHOW UP" also is excellent for recovery after recovery. A way to recover on the next level of showing up in a world free of addiction. And for the LBGT community, a clear roadmap of how separation is no longer an option.

Gregory portrays this book to be inspirational and motivational. The reader will find humor and clarity along with a set of tools that gives a direct path to answers that heal.

Gregory is currently teaching classes under the name of PHOENIX RISING NEWPORT BEACH, and will be scheduling classes in Orange County and Sedona for winter sessions 2015 as well as summer classes on the shores of Lake Michigan which is to be announced on his website.

"Just Show Up"
by David Gregory
ISBN: 9781491725986
Nook Book $3.50
Paperback $10.00

No. 14.

"The 11th Demon"

by Bruce Hennigan

"The 11th Demon" by Bruce Hennigan
"Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withdrawal in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" -- St. Paul.

Just as St. Paul encouraged the church in Ephesus to stay strong against the rulers of darkness and spiritual hosts of wickedness, Jonathan Steel is battling demons in Bruce Hennigan's latest installment of the Chronicles of Jonathan Steel, "The 11th Demon".

Jonathan Steel is a professional demon hunter and on his latest adventure, he is after a member of the Council of Darkness. In "The 11th Demon", Steel is taking out demons with revenge as his main motivator. After losing many of the people closest to his heart as well as the woman who could have finally revealed his past to him, Steel returns to Louisiana where he must move into a house full of horrifying memories.

"The 11th Demon" also follows Vivian Darbonne, a powerful demon whose husband was murdered by Steel. Darbonne embarks on a desperate search for a mysterious artifact called the Ark of the Demon Rose that will unleash chaos on the world.

Author Bruce Hennigan decided to write "The 11th Demon" as well as his previous Jonathan Steel novels as a way for him to feature some of the incredible evidence he had seen for the reality of our Creator God.

"I have written the Chronicles of Jonathan Steel novels as a way of presenting entertaining stories while using facts that support the Christian worldview as the central core", said Hennigan.

Bruce Hennigan, MD, is the author of "The 13th Demon: Altar of the Spiral Eye" and "The 12th Demon: Mark of the Wolf Dragon as well as coauthor of "Conquering Depression: A 30-Day Plan to Finding Happiness". He resides in Shreveport. Louisiana, where he practices radiology, blogs and speaks publicly about drama, apologetics, leadership, creativity and writing.

"The 11th Demon"
By: Bruce Hennigan
ISBN: 978-1-4908-1388-2
Prices $4.00 - $15.00

No. 15.


by Dr. Shimon Edelman

"Beginnings" by Dr. Shimon Edelman
As human beings, we are constantly questioning the meaning of our lives. Through religion, through science, through endless calculations; and yet, how close are we to finding the true meaning of our lives? But maybe the answer lies inside ourselves.

In his new book Beginnings, Dr. Shimon Edelman suggests that maybe each of us can define our own meaning of life. Packing an emotional, intellectual, and literary family saga into a readable form suitable for our fast-paced times, Edelman explores how our past affects our present and our future. Collecting from his own Jewish roots, Russian upbringing, psychology doctorate and personal experiences, Edelman delivers a captivating look at how we should value and learn from what we experience in our lives.

Dr. Shimon Edelman was born in the Soviet Union and emigrated to Israel in 1973. While in Israel, he was drafted into the army, completed basic training, got a B.S. in electrical engineering and returned to the army for five more years. Afterwards, Edelman went back to school and earned an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in computer science. Since then, he has taught and worked in research at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, at MIT, at the University of Sussex at Brighton in the UK, and at Cornell University, where he has been a tenured full professor of psychology since 1999. He has also held visiting positions at Brown University, MIT, Tel Aviv University, and Korea University in Seoul. His work has led to over a hundred refereed publications, three edited volumes, and two monographs, including Computing the Mind: How the Mind Really Works (Oxford University Press, 2008), and The Happiness of Pursuit (Basic Books, 2012), a Kirkus Reviews starred selection and "Must-Read in new nonfiction." He resides in Ithaca, NY.

by Shimon Edelman
File Size: 1670 KB
Print Length: 98 pages
Publisher: BookBaby February 15, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
Kindle $6.00

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