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What's in the Book Basket this Week? Movie Stars and other animals
By R.P. BenDedek
May 18, 2014 - 1:20:07 AM

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"What's in the book basket this week?"
brings to the attention of readers via publication of publicity material, various new book releases. The regular Sunday Book basket usually lists 15 such books. On a Wednesday we also publish a separate Book Basket specifically listing 'Christian Books.' The number of books in that Basket will vary.

We have some wonderful book reviewers at Magic City but unfortunately we can't do book reviews for every book. We do however assist authors to promote their books via a "No Charge - No Pay" self-promotions 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 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. A list of such articles up to May 4th 2014 may be found here.

As you can see listed immediately below, we also list the articles published during the previous week which were supplied by book authors, and as well, we list whatever book reviews were published in the same period.

Articles published this week at Magic City written by various book authors include:
(Sun May 11 to Sat May 17)

  1. Dysfunctional Party Bureaucracies Lead Congress Astray By Stephen P. Tryon author of "Accountability Citizenship"
  2. Cut Through the Clutter & Connect with Clients - 5 Benefits of Writing a Business Book By Tanya Hall CEO of Greenleaf Book Group
  3. Upon Hearing the Breeze in the Trees By John Milner author of "Benson's House"
  4. Was Christianity ever a part of American education? By By Jeff Wallace author of "In God We Trusted"
  5. Three Supportive Practices for Getting a Grasp on Your Grief By Mandy Eppley co-author of "7-Step Model of Heart-Centered Grief"
  6. What God Desires by Shirley Kirwan author of "The Healing Hand of God"
  7. The Political Divide Ain't What It Seems by Ned Witting author of "Political Gridlock"

Book Reviews Published This Week

E.M Parke Review: 'Confessions of Five Christian Wives' by Shauna Mayer
May 13, 2014

I found this book to be captivating, uplifting and inspiring and to grant a realistic insight into the difficulties experienced by these women as they endeavour to overcome various adversities they face and as they allow the Holy Spirit to use these very adversities to bring about Christlikeness in their lives. The book covers issues that are relevant currently and is appealing in its content as well as being attractive in its layout, easy to read and engaging.

Milton Gross Book review: "a journey north" by Adrienne Hall
May 11, 2014

If you've hiked the AT or other long trails, have dreamed of doing so, are planning the long hike, or are just fascinated with a great book about the AT, find a copy of a journey north and start your literary hike along the wild areas of the Eastern Seaboard...She describes the various mountain ranges along the way as well as the places where the AT traverses crowded areas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York State.

Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Positive" by Dr. Michael Saag, MD.
May 11, 2014

In my opinion, if anyone in these United States and the world for that matter, deserves an "award" for excellence in writing/publishing, and for being an "example" of what it truly means to be a compassionate doctor, then it belongs to Dr. Michael Saag. Simply put, this man deserves the Pulitzer Prize for this outstanding work.

R.P. BenDedek

No. 1.

"The Truth about Dog and Cat Treatments and Anomalies"

by Dr. Robert Ridgway

"The Truth about Dog and Cat Treatments and Anomalies" by Dr. Robert Ridgway
Many people cannot afford to take their pets to veterinarians every time it seems like Spot or Fluffy might be feeling poorly. "The Truth about Dog and Cat Treatments and Anomalies" by veterinarian Dr. Robert Ridgway covers more than 150 ailments that might afflict one's pet. This guide helps readers identify conditions and offers advice for what pet owners can do to prevent disease from occurring in the first place.

This resource for common pet ailments is also a comprehensive guide on how to treat these conditions with a combination of over-the-counter drugs as well as simple home remedies. It includes carefully crafted dosage charts that tell owners exactly how much to give their pets based on weight and the recommended length of treatment.

"Safe home-treatments are not widely known," Ridgeway said. "This book doesn't use professional medical language. I meant it for public use and it is very easy to read."

While the guide primarily focuses on tackling health problems, it can also help one improve pet behavior, warn of the dangers of common household substances that can harm your furry family member and helps weigh complicated and sensitive issues involved with end-of-life care and decision-making.

Dr. Robert Ridgway graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of California -- Davis. He joined the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps where he became the director of the Animal Medicine Division on Okinawa and later was the first officer to be in charge of the Military Dog Veterinary Service at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. A former president of the District of Colombia Veterinary Medical Association, he has also worked in laboratories and hospitals. Ridgway has one daughter and lives with his wife and cat in Orlando, Fla.

"The Truth about Dog and Cat Treatments and Anomalies"
by Dr. Robert Ridgway
ISBN: 978-1-4759-9673-9
Price: $23.95
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book

No. 2.

"Spud The Couch Potato"

by Sean Jackson

"Spud The Couch Potato" by Sean Jackson
If you're like most parents, you're tired of screaming at the kids to get off the computer or away from the TV -- again. Help is on the way! Enter Spud the Couch Potato, a delightful new children's picture book by debut author Sean Jackson.

Spud is a potato who loves his couch. He watches TV all day and never participates in extracurricular activities with his family or friends. One day the TV breaks and Spud can no longer watch his shows. He is forced to get off the couch and walk outside where he is invited by several other young potatoes to join him for a game of baseball. He is hesitant but agrees and they teach him how to play. He quickly learns how enjoyable playing outside and being active is and learns the valuable lesson that TV can wait and it is much better to lead an active lifestyle.

"There is a stigma associated with exercise that it is tedious work," says Jackson. "We feel like it's something we have to fit into an already busy day. The key to making exercise a regular part of your life is to find something you enjoy - tennis, golf, skating, basketball, dancing, martial arts... There are a multitude of fun activities that help you stay healthy. Help your kids identify what they enjoy participating in and encourage them along in those activities."

Sean Jackson is a native Oklahoman now living in New York. Growing up in small-town America, his family always encouraged him to be active and try new things. At an early age, his father exposed him to camping, climbing, and skiing, turning him into an avid adventurer and endurance athlete. He has competed in races all over the world, including the Gobi March in China and Ironman Arizona. His love for adventure prompted him to start his own company, Bonvoy adventure travel, in 2009. Taking what he had learned from his family, Sean wanted to help promote an active lifestyle for young kids prompting the creation of Spud.

For more information, please visit

"Spud The Couch Potato"
by Sean Jackson
Paperback: 28 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
Published January 4, 2014
ISBN-10: 1494904608
ISBN-13: 978-1494904609
Price $6.00

No. 3.

"Inspired for Greater Things"

by Linda Pulley Freeman

"Inspired for Greater Things" by Linda Pulley Freeman
Miami, Fla.-- In January 2012, Linda Pulley Freeman published her first book, Thrive!, out of her personal struggles and victories, while juggling roles as an engineer, wife, mom, ordained minister, mentor, community organizer, and program developer. After the successful launch she immediately began working on her follow up story -- what would eventually become "Inspired for Greater Things." While waiting for her manuscript to move through the review process in October 2013, She took part in a two-week work trip to the Teen Challenge program in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Spending time working among the street orphans, recovering drug addicts, and former sex-trade workers, her current inspired idea is to take the proceeds from this book and provide ongoing assistance to Teen Challenge Cambodia (TCC) with one of their program sustainability ideas: installation of a biogas digester.

Installing a biogas digester at the TCC Men's Center will allow them to transform manure from their livestock, kitchen food waste, and human waste into the methane gas for cooking and lighting. The biogas digester will remove the center's reliance on firewood for cooking, reduce the release of untreated waste into environment, and produce high energy, fertilizer that is free from disease carrying bacteria and parasites.

Mrs. Freeman is in the process of organizing two volunteer trips to install the biogas digester at TCC. In September 2014 the team, along with the young men at Teen Challenge Cambodia Men's Center, will construct the biogas digester and load the initial "feeding" of the unit with cow manure, pig manure, and kitchen waste.

By November 2014, the bacteria in the digester will be fermenting and producing methane gas at a steady rate. A second team from Trinity Church in Miami, Florida will return to Cambodia to complete installation of the kitchen equipment and connect a gas line from the digester to the kitchen.

She and her husband, David, live in southern Florida and enjoy life with their family, including their first grandson. Her second book, Inspired for Greater Things, was released in March 2014. Her hobbies including photography and exercise, and she is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) and a member of the Yoga Alliance. For more information on Linda Pulley Freeman, visit her website

"Inspired for Greater Things"
by Linda Pulley Freeman
File Size: 223 KB
Print Length: 56 pages
Publisher: Xulon Press
Published March 13, 2014
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
Price About $6.00

No. 4.

"Boy From Lulu"

by Earl Downing

"Boy From Lulu" by Earl Downing
SALT LAKE CITY -- Earl Downing was born to a poor working-class family during the Great Depression. His father was an alcoholic. Downing managed to avoid the repercussions of his father's drunken rampages-until an argument with his father sent him out into the world on his own at thirteen. Surviving on his own he managed to secure work at a sawmill and set up a moonshine still in order to buy shoes and food.

With money in the bank and a strong work ethic, Downing then joined the US Marines and began honing the skills that would one day lead him to achieve professional success.

"The U.S. Marines gave me the leadership skills I needed to achieve professional success and run my own company," Downing said. "The lessons I learned sparked my desire to succeed."

After recently being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Downing has decided to publish his memoir, "Boy From Lulu". In this new memoir, Downing narrates a unique coming-of-age journey that explores the many challenges he endured during uncertain times in America.

"The memoir highlights my unique and personal journey through life," Downing said. "I overcame odds that at the time seemed insurmountable and have accomplished more than I ever imagined."

Earl Downing, the son of a sharecropper was born in the Early 1930s in Lulu, Florida. Throughout his life he has held many jobs, including working in the sawmills, Marines, salesman and the owner of a trucking company. He enjoys travel and has spent time on four separate continents.

"Boy From Lulu" by Earl Downing
Published: 3/31/2014
Format: E-Book as ePub, Mobi, and PDF files
Cost $4.00
Softcover Pages: 152
Cost $13.00

No. 5.

"The Infantry Adventures of Sgt William G, Altenhofen"

by Sgt William G. Altenhofen

"The Infantry Adventures of Sgt William G, Altenhofen" by Sgt William G. Altenhofen
St. Paul Park, MN -- With military mental health issues plaguing our country, could it be time for Americans to realize the inner workings and gain an understanding of military medical policies?

Illustrating how mental health struggles in the military have a unique impact on soldiers, "The Infantry Adventures of Sgt William G, Altenhofen" tells a personal story about overcoming mental health issues and accomplishing military life. Author Sgt William G. Altenhofen narrates his experiences, depicting his hardships and triumphs. "I wanted people to realize that people with head injuries could function in the military," Altenhofen said.

Throughout an unconventional military career, Altenhofen showcases his personal story and how it led him to overcome obstacles. After establishing his role, Altenhofen worked diligently to serve his country and was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heat, Air Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Citation and the Good Conduct Medal.

"I started my military career in the Army Security Agency. I was in it for nine years, I was stationed in Japan, and one day, I was told that my clearance was suspended, which put me out of a job," Altenhofen said. "In the next four months, I was given a psychological examination, a profile for mental instability."

"The Infantry Adventures of Sgt William G. Altenhofen" exemplifies the issues and challenges men and women in uniform face on a regular basis. "It took a long time to write this book because I knew I would be exposing some of the things that happen in the military that do not ordinarily make the news," Altenhofen said.

Sgt William G. Altenhofen is a retired military sergeant. He served in Vietnam and taught classes on basic military training.

"The Infantry Adventures of Sgt William G, Altenhofen"
by Sgt William G. Altenhofen
Published: 3/17/2014
E-Book ePub, Mobi, and PDF files
Price $4.00
Softcover $15.00
Pages: 204

No. 6.

"A Symphony of Life"

By Dr. Simin Redjali

"A Symphony of Life" By Dr. Simin Redjali
A Symphony of Life shares to readers the inspiring story of Dr. Sakineh Simin Redjali's life that begins in Iran (Persia) during the time of Iran's westernization and modernization spearheaded by Reza Shah Pahlavi. Her story follows the social, historical, and political turmoil of the past seventy years in Iran, Europe and the United States. The book traces her transition from being part of Iran's elite to her struggles in the US encompassing Iran's recent social historical movement, the women's rights, mental health, and personal issues such as surviving cancer. It illustrates her personal approach in coping with and overcoming adversities through the power of education. Her journey is a testament to a woman's ability to balance all facets of her life: family, career, emotional turmoil, and quest to help others.

"A Symphony of Life" also serves as a testament to the transformative power of education over adversity, following Dr. Redjali's experiences as an NSF Fellow and Fulbright Scholar, her journey to US citizenship after the Iranian Revolution (granted because of her educational background) and her tireless work in establishing programs that promote education among children.

"My life's work has been devoted to education and teaching on many levels," said Redjali, who holds a Ph.D. in Educational and Clinical Psychology and today gives her time advancing services in the fields of mental health and intellectual disabilities in the State of Virginia. "My sincerest hope is that this book inspires others to learn more, teach others and stay curious about the world around them."

Dr. Simin Redjali received her Ph.D. in Educational and Clinical Psychology from the University of Heidelberg in 1961. After a post-doctoral Fellowship at the University of London she became the first women professor at the National University of Iran, an NSF Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar in the United States in 1966-1967. Dr. Redjali worked tirelessly to promote the social status of women in Iran and as the Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran she helped establish more than 150 Family Welfare Centers throughout the country. In 1973 Dr. Redjali established Shemiran College, which provided three much needed new areas of study: early childhood education, family counseling, and welfare administration. After the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Dr. Redjali and her family were granted permanent residency and citizenship to the United States because of her education and international status. For more information, visit

"A Symphony of Life
Triumph of Education Over Adversity;
A Persian-American Woman's Journey Through War, Love, Revolution and Freedom"
By Dr. Simin Redjali
ISBN: 978-1-4797-6532-4
Softcover, retail price: $22.99
Hardcover, retail price: $34.99
E-book price: $3.99

No. 7

"Preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution"

By Bill Terrel

"Preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution" By Bill Terrel
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- America the beautiful is fading, in the eyes of Bill Terrel. Corruption and misguidance are leading the U.S. down a dark path.

In "Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Constitution," Terrel provides a blunt insight on the country's conditions over the past 15 years. After making an active effort to change the course of the U.S., Terrel is using his book to inform and encourage others to follow his lead.

With outbreaks of violence throughout the U.S., the goals of the nation's founders have become articles of the past. Terrel, a concerned citizen, fears for the future if others do not play an active role in the country's restoration.

As a constitutional right, voting is a role citizens have in making a difference. If informed, Terrel believes the country can return to the principles and beliefs that made America beautiful many years ago.

"I did not write this book with the intentions of changing a person's affiliation," Terrel said. "Believe in the basics of what ever party you want to. I ask only one thing: uphold the Constitution of the United States."

Bill Terrel, a retiree residing in Albuquerque, N.M., started writing down his thoughts roughly 15 years ago. From there he contacted politicians and organizations to aid him in his cause.

"Preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution"
By Bill Terrel
Published: 3/25/2014
E-Book ePub, Mobi, and PDF
Cost $4.00
Softcover $19.00
Pages: 296

No. 8

"The Way of the SEAL"

by Commander Mark Divine

"The Way of the SEAL" by Commander Mark Divine
In The Way of the SEAL, former SEAL Commander Mark Divine shares the exercises, meditations and focusing techniques to train your mind to think like a U.S. Navy SEAL, and teaches you how to use these skills to lead in business and in your personal life.

"The Way of the SEAL will teach you how to take charge of your destiny at work, at home and in life," said Divine, who spent 20 years as a SEAL in war zones and hot spots around the world. "Blending the tactics I learned from America's elite force with lessons from the Spartans, samurai, Apache scouts and other great warrior traditions, the book distills the fundamentals of success into eight powerful principles that will transform you into the leader you always knew you could be."

"The Way of the SEAL takes readers into the trenches, offering an inside look at the groundbreaking strategies and tactics to think and lead like a Navy SEAL. Using eight key foundational principles to guide your life and your mind, you can achieve the highest levels of success in any walk of life. These skills aren't just for combat, but will help you step up to any challenge in your life -- personally and professionally."

A native of Oneida County, New York, Mark Divine served in the U.S. Navy SEALs for 20 years, retiring as a commander. As the founder of SEALFIT, and U.S. CrossFit, he has coached thousands of Navy SEAL and other Special Ops candidates to succeed in the most demanding military training programs in the world, with a success rate near 90 percent. In his new Unbeatable Mind Academy (, Mark trains the public in the eight Way of the SEAL principles. An MBA from New York University's Leonard N. Stern Business School, Mark has run six multimillion dollar business ventures. He also holds several black belts and teaches CrossFit, yoga, and self-defense. The author of 8 Weeks to SEALFIT and Unbeatable Mind, he lives in Encinitas, California with his wife Sandy and son Devon, where they can be found training and growing with their team.

"The Way of the SEAL"
by Commander Mark Divine
Price $19.00

No. 9

Second Arc of the Great Circle: Letting Go

By Peter B. Cannon

"Second Arc of the Great Circle: Letting Go" By Peter B. Cannon
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Peter Cannon has attempted feats others only dream of doing. At one point, his own dreams including sailing for months at a time. 64 careers later, the author details his experiences in his new book, "Second Arc of the Great Circle: Letting Go."

Cannon's life, like all others, has been filled with triumphs and tribulations. In some instances, readers may be inspired to follow in his footsteps, while in others may be thankful to be reading about the experience rather than living it.

Why change careers so many times? Why travel around the world chasing dreams? Cannon's answer is simple: "It beat the heck out of a cubicle."

The second installment of Cannon's life story begins in Florida, travels around the world and ends with a simple message: let go.

Cannon has found meaning in his adventures for years, but knows not everyone has gotten to this point in his or her own life. His story of learning about love, finding forever friends and seeking salvation serves as inspiration for readers.

Born in New Jersey, Peter Cannon has lived in a dozen states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, but has called North Carolina home for many years. His first book, "First Arc of the Great Circle," details his adventurous life prior to the beginning of "Second Arc of the Great Circle."

"Second Arc of the Great Circle: Letting Go"
By Peter B. Cannon
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Released October 30, 2013
ISBN-10: 1491821647
ISBN-13: 978-1491821640
Kindle $3.60
Softcover $16.00

No. 10.

"How to Motivate Your Team in 30 Days"

by Bob Urichuck

"How to Motivate Your Team in 30 Days" by Bob Urichuck
How do you extract optimal morale, productivity, and effectiveness from your employees? Enter Motivate Your Team in 30 Days, an interactive guide with self-discovery exercises and engagement and empowerment strategies that equip leaders to motivate their teams. The first and most crucial lesson? You can't actually motivate anyone to do anything -- you must create an environment in which people motivate themselves.

Motivate Your Team in 30 Days provides a step-by-step process with daily workday, or weekday, activities, first for the team leader and then as a facilitator for the team members. It is ideal for all leaders and future leaders, from leading oneself to teams of all sizes, from entrepreneurs to small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. "The key is to stay disciplined and do each day's activity as it comes up. By doing so, we guarantee you will have a highly motivated team one month after you start the process," Bob adds.

Bob Urichuck is an internationally renowned Velocity Selling Specialist, the creator of the "Buyer Focused" Velocity Selling System and a virtual sales training platform, For the last twenty years, Bob has inspired, educated and empowered Fortune 500 companies and mid-sized businesses to increase the velocity of their sales and the strength of their bottom lines. Using Singapore, Dubai and Ottawa, Canada, as his ongoing hubs, he has spoken in more than 1,500 cities in over forty-five countries to audiences of up to 10,000 people. Bob has been recognized as Consummate Speaker of the year and ranked in the top 10 of the World's Top 30 Sales Gurus since 2008. He is a Certified Sales Professional, Certified Master Trainer and Certified Social Entrepreneur.

Dave Urichuck is a social entrepreneur, a landlord, and a property owner. He manages a successful business and eagerly shares his entrepreneurial knowledge and experience as a motivational leader and international speaker. Websites: ;

"How to Motivate Your Team in 30 Days"
by Bob Urichuck
Price $25

No. 11

"Ego Heroin"

by JS Hamilton

"Ego Heroin" by JS Hamilton
A genuine movie star's outrageous new "unauthorized fake autobiography" and pop culture parody explores why many reality "celebrities" from Hollywood, Washington, Wall Street, and Main Street have survived beyond their 15 minutes of infamy in America's fame-obsessed culture. Major blame for today's flimsy state of stardom is assigned to social media and reality entertainment for convincing unremarkable civilians (and some traditional stars) that an ego-glorifying Facebook account and Twitter feed are qualifying celebrity credentials that may also somehow magically insure against mortality.

In the ribald new parody Ego Heroin -- Joan Crawford Stars in Your Fakebook Page Does Not Make You a F**king Movie Star, seasoned marketing executive and fiction author JS Hamilton explores how and why America has developed into a celebrity-driven culture. Narrated in the unvarnished voice of Hollywood diva and notorious Mommie Dearest Joan Crawford, the story follows Joan as she storms back to Earth from "Movie Star Heaven" and launches into a tirade about the loud intersection of reality celebrity and social media. Miss Crawford reveals her unapologetic pop culture parody through a social media addict in a Florida trailer park whom Joan hypnotizes as her typist, and who is the estranged sister and in-law to a prominent Manhattan gay couple.

Crawford's hilarious and wildly amusing story includes many pile-ups of celebrity caricature, including her own preposterously airbrushed fake autobiography. (See Website Press Release for details)

"A career in advertising and corporate communications gestated the concept of 'Ego Heroin' through amusing association with some big birds-of-paradise egos in business, politics, sports, and media desperately prancing after their next 'fix' of public attention before agonizing withdrawal set in," says Hamilton. "It was a lot of fun."

Published by Blue Core Omnimedia Inc. Written by JS Hamilton, who considers that by turning from corp-speak to unauthorized fake autobiography, he is using old professional skills to create new fictions. Hamilton has a BA and MBA from the University of South Florida and lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. Originally from a small Michigan town near the eastern shore of Lake Michigan directly across from Chicago, Hamilton returns to spend time on his family farm and enjoys mountain biking and open-water swimming.

"Ego Heroin"
by JS Hamilton
E-Bood $4.50
Paperback $8.50
268 Pages

No 12

"Century Village"

by Zachary Katz

"Century Village" by Zachary Katz
New York, NY, May 1 -- Century Village, the debut novel from New York-based writer Zachary Katz, has been published and is now available for purchase. At 290 pages, the novel comically chronicles an old man's attempt to reclaim his life from tedium in a predominantly Jewish South Florida retirement complex after his wife goes missing one April morning. The novel, which has already garnered highly positive reviews, is available for Kindle or in paperback.

Katz, 25, graduated from both Harvard College and the University of Cambridge with highest honors. His creative work, including poetry, has been published by a number of literary magazines, including Tuesday Magazine, and his essays related to the history of science have also been published in Synthesis and The Triple Helix.

At Harvard, Katz, pursued a Secondary Concentration in English Literature, with mentors including James Wood, a critic for The New Yorker; Elisa New, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature; and Seamus Heaney, winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Century Village is centered around protagonist Mel Weiss, who awakes one morning to find that his long-time wife, Judith, has gone missing, though it's unclear why. Mel's life comes under the lens as he struggles to move on in the face of Judith's ambiguous absence. As time passes, he comes to believe that the only way to save himself is, like Judith, to leave -- and so, with a sense of (mis)adventurous spontaneity, he does.

Following Mel from Miami to Cairo to New York and back again, the novel employs "lots of sly humor" and "some great plot twists" to " as its characters take fear, adversity, and ambiguity and use it to live life to the fullest.

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"Century Village"
by Zachary Katz
Kindle $8.00
Published April 22, 2014

No. 13

"Overcoming and Imperfect Boss"

by Karin Hurt

"Overcoming and Imperfect Boss" by Karin Hurt
Bosses. Most adults have one, even those who are themselves bosses. Whatever their management style--from Don Draper to Michael Scott to Cruella De Vil--they're the object of scrutiny, respect (sometimes) and misunderstanding (often). The employee-supervisor relationship is the top predictor of employee engagement and satisfaction. But most of us follow the traditional protocol when it comes to our boss: say little, don't rock the boat, and stay out of the way.

Investing the time and energy in building a healthy relationship with the boss--flaws and all--can bring great professional and even personal rewards, says leadership expert Karin Hurt, whose book "Overcoming an Imperfect Boss: A Practical Guide to Building a Better Relationship with Your Boss" is now available on

The book includes Hurt's informed advice on building a great employee-supervisor relationship along with challenging situations (delivering bad news, making a persuasive case) and behaviors (moodiness, disengagement). Other chapters deal with such topics as healthy boundaries, and dealing with an abusive boss.

Both the idea and the content are grounded in Hurt's experience as a Fortune 15 executive and her work with leadership topics. She blogs and oversees a thriving community at, and has been named a 2014 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business and the 2013 Multiplier of the Year. Hurt has degrees in communication from Wake Forest University and Towson University.

"Overcoming an Imperfect Boss" is drawing high praise from other top names in the leadership field. "Hurt's book is chock full of specific and useful tips, that could only have come from someone deeply versed in the fickle realties of leadership," says Bill Treasurer, bestselling author and founder of Giant Leap Consulting. "A quick read that lasts a lifetime," adds Dan Rockwell, author of "Leadership Freak."

A sample chapter of "Overcoming an Imperfect Boss" is available at You can order a copy, and take part in special launch-week activities and discussions, visit

No 14

"This Road Continues One Block North"

by Christine Bruce

(Currently only available in Toronto. Canada)

"This Road Continues One Block North" by Christine Bruce
Like most progressive cities, Toronto has been encouraging its residents to leave the car at home on the weekend and for family outings in their neighborhood. In 2011, the bike union (now known as Cycle Toronto) set up valet bike parking events at the Wychwood Barns Farmers' Markets, where attendants like Christine Bruce would babysit your bike for free while you shop.

Every time Christine made the simple comment, "Nice bike!" to participants at the event, a bike story would pop out. Quickly realizing the inspirational value of these stories and their power to encourage others to consider a bicycle as a viable transportation option, she began leaving a simple business card on bikes around the Greater Toronto Area that read, "Hello! I am writing a book on cycling in Toronto and your bike caught my eye. If interested, please contact me for an interview." She listened to anyone who had a story, as well as to many people who thought they didn't have one. When it became apparent that virtually every story is a love story, her project became a love letter to the joys of cycling and the power it has to inspire, ignite creativity and engage a community. The result of this project is her new book, This Road Continues One Block North. (See the video presentation.)

Through sixty stories--from The Bicycle Ninja to The Theatrical Bike and Riding the Wormhole--This Road Continues One Block North offers all the best reasons why cycling will endure. The book includes a charming Cyclist's Map to the City of Toronto and terrific photographs.

Christine Bruce is a fifty-six-year-old Canadian tomboy. In 2011, she interviewed over one hundred people. Sixty were published in This Road Continues One Block North, while the rest were posted to a blog ( Born on the Manitoulin Island and raised in Kingston, Christine moved to Toronto in 2000 and immersed herself in big city volunteer opportunities. She needs to regularly plant her feet on the Canadian Shield and, like most cyclists, she loves her bicycle.

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This Road Continues One Block North is available for purchase in Kingston, ON wherever books and bikes are sold and in select bike stores in Toronto, ON.

No. 15

"SEX: The Punctuation Mark of LIfe"

by Lucretia Torva

"SEX: The Punctuation Mark of LIfe" by Lucretia Torva
Lucretia Torva, author and artist, knows a thing or two about sex...and she isn't afraid to share! In her new book, SEX: The Punctuation Mark of LIfe, Torva offers up her life lessons learned during her evolutionary sexual journey from early adulthood through her mid-fifties.

This book was born of both frustration and joy. The frustration is due to the pervasive fantastical view of sex in our culture. It does neither men nor women any favors to make sex live up to unrealistic expectations of handsome, heroic men and gorgeous women all performing perfectly. The joy comes from that warm, satiated feeling I receive from a good romp. I feel alive and creative and also happy to have brought some pleasure to someone else.

The stories are arranged chronologically, yet each one stands alone as a complete experience. They are all told in the first person so as to viscerally engage the reader. You are with me, in my head and my body! (Read More on Site)

Lucretia Torva, born in Peoria, IL, spent her early childhood abroad - living in both Glasgow, Scotland and Grenoble, France, before returning to Peoria around her tenth birthday. Torva earned both her Bachelor and Master of Fine Art degrees in painting from the University of Illinois. While pursuing her passion of art, Torva held many jobs before becoming a highly-rated instructor of art, teaching both studio and lecture classes on numerous art-related topics. Torva, a single mother of two, currently resides in Phoenix, AZ and is a celebrated artist and owner of Torva Fine Art ( SEX! The Punctuation Mark of Life is her debut book offering.

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SEX! The Punctuation Mark of Life is available for purchase in e-book or paperback on Amazon and the author's website, and in e-book format on Apple iTunes and Kobo.

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