March 19, 2017

Issue 04 – April 2008

By In Volume 5 2008

Recommended Reads

If you are an independent, small press, or traditional publisher and would like to submit your book(s) for consideration to “Recommended Reads,” click here.


The Trail

By Natalia Prentice
Thrilling, fast-paced tale about a young financial journalist who leaves Wall Street only to get sucked into a web of violence and intrigue set up by the world’s wealthiest power brokers.

The Shadow Factory
By Paul West

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An illuminating account of a stroke victim’s experience with global aphasia told through the perception of his own aphasic mind.

Soaring Soul
By Sonja D. Szimon
Personal meditation on life’s meaning and attaining spiritual perfection.

A Cross Estate
By William Thomas Kinsella
Heartfelt story of a young man who follows his parents’ wishes instead of his own dreams, which lead him to the Twin Towers and 9/11.
Read Review

The Woman Who Wrote
“King Lear”

By Louis Phillips
A great collection of strange and unconventional stories in the tradition of Borges, Barth, and Barthelme.

Hot Issues, Cool Topics
By Sandra McLeod Humphrey
Insightful primer on schoolyard bullying and how kids and teens can understand and change this destructive behavior.

The Art of Conscious Creation
By Jackie Lapin
Inspirational manual on how to consciously create personal self- fulfillment and global transformation.

Presidential Brainiac
By Randy Howe
Six hundred historical facts and trivia about America’s presidents and elections.

The Mental Environment
By Bob Gebelein
Probing examination of how humans can overcome their social conditioning, change their values and beliefs, and transform the world.

The Energy of Belief
By Sheila Sidney Bender, PhD
& Mary T. Sise, LCSW
Easy-to-read guide on how to use acupressure to overcome negative beliefs and achieve positive goals in life.

Definitions of Some Mathematical Terms
for 11-18 Year Olds

By Brainard Braimah
Valuable resource for students, parents, and teachers to make mathematics simple and easy to learn.

Trust in the Lord
By Deen Kemsley
Uplifting personal stories and reflections on how to achieve salvation through Jesus Christ.

The New IQ: How Integrity Serves You, Your Relationships, and Our World
By David Gruder, Ph.D
Insightful primer on how to restore the virtue of integrity to all aspects of human behavior.

El Zarco: The Blue-Eyed Bandit
By Ignacio Manuel Altamirano
Turbulent story of passion and politics in 19th-century Mexico involving a love affair between an Indian hero and his Mestiza heroine.

Channeling the Apocalypse: From the Eighteenth Dynasty to the Current Incarnations
By Arthur Earl Jones, Ph.D
Spiritual source book that uses channeling and higher levels of consciousness to interpret the meaning of politics and human behavior.

Liberal Hearts and
Conservative Brains

By Ron Lipsman
Intriguing in-depth examination of the relationship between age and political philosophy in modern America.

Blind Faith
By Janet Clark
&nbsp Emotionally-charged story about a sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic clergy as experienced through the eyes of young man and his family during the late sixties and early seventies.

Fooled Again
By Mark Crispin Miller
Every American should read this well-documented and comprehensive account of the nationwide election fraud that handed George W. Bush a second presidential election.

By Douglas A. Ames
Eye-opening fact-based thriller about how large energy utilities set out to destroy a small, cutting-edge technology company.

Stolen Without a Gun
By Walter Pavlo Jr. & Neil Weinberg
Fascinating true story about a corporate executive’s descent into corruption and white-collar crime.

Finding the Bloom of the
Cactus Generation

By Maggie Walters
Personalized exploration of the treatment senior citizens receive in today’s society and how to improve it.

The Madness of
George W. Bush

By Paul Levy
Insightful Jungian analysis of George W. Bush as reflected in our collective psychosis.


By Martha Egan
Provocative tale about a young Mexican-American woman who runs afoul of two Drug Enforcement agents who want to kill her.

Silent Battlefields

By Hugh Rosen
Well-written psychological tale about how the Holocaust and its aftermath lead to moral dilemmas and existential choices for a former Nazi soldier and a Jewish woman whose life he spared.
Read Review


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the 20th of each month.


Links For Independent Writers & Publishers

• Publishers Marketing Association (PMA): Largest non-profit trade association helping independent publishers
• Small Press Center: Non-profit organization designed to help small independent book publishers
• Press Release Services: Submit Press Release, Online Distribution Services.
• LitPitch: Place to read books online for free and for authors to pitch book ideas and get feedback.
• Author/reader resource for book reviews and news
• Complete list of book publishers & publishing info
• Registry of electronic publications
• Major book and publishing data
• E-commerce site for global bookselling
• Informative and helpful site for independent writers and self-publishers.
• The Center for the Book: Book fairs & literary events
• American Booksellers Association: Organization for independently owned bookstores
• Site listing book distributors and wholesalers
• Dowse: A list of e-book publishers
• Internet Publishing: Tips about online publishing from Piers Anthony
• Online Books Page: Listings of books online, news, & features
• Book Family of bookseller Web sites
• Independent authors from around the world
• Author Yellow Pages: Online author directory
• Dan Poynter’s Para Publishing: The Godfather of self publishing
• Global book club & reading group
• Over 90 pages of inspired marketing ideas for small business owners and self-published authors.




Time for Young Americans to
Stop Volunteering for Military

By John F. Miglio

In the late 1960s, there was a famous slogan that emerged during the Vietnam War: What if they gave a war and no one came? The slogan underscores the point that although political leaders start wars and the military/industrial complex profits from them, wars would not be possible if young men and women refused to volunteer for military service, or in the case of the Vietnam War, allow themselves to be drafted.

This became even more evident last month when Dick Cheney was asked how he felt about the fact that so far 4,000 soldiers had been killed in Iraq. With signature sneer, he simply dismissed the number by saying that everyone who was in the military signed up voluntarily. In other words, “Hey, don’t blame me– I didn’t tell the dumb bastards to sign up! When I was their age, I had other priorities!”

Naturally, critics of the vice president used this exchange to illustrate once again what a heartless son-of-a-bitch he is. No disagreement there, but the fact remains that if Americans didn’t volunteer for duty, the occupation of Iraq would have to end.

Current figures show that Americans are volunteering for military service in fewer numbers than in the past, but they are still volunteering. Most of them sign up because they are poor or uninformed and are lured by the educational and financial benefits from serving in the military. But some of them sign up because they have a family history of military service or feel the need to be patriotic.

Case in point: Tomas Young, a 25-year-old from a military family in Missouri who voluntarily signed up for the army after 9/11 because he thought it was the patriotic thing to do. Shortly after he enlisted, he was shot in the chest while on patrol in Iraq and became paralyzed from the chest down.

Now resigned to a wheel chair, Young is no longer the pro-military patriot he once was. In fact, he is the subject of a new anti-war documentary called Body of War, co-directed by former talk show host Phil Donahue and indie filmmaker Ellen Spiro. In the emotionally-charged film, Young allows Donahue and Spiro to follow him around and record the most intimate details of his life as he crosses America attending and speaking at anti-war rallies and protests.

Of course Tomas Young’s story of a patriotic soldier’s conversion to an anti-war activist is not new. In some ways it is chillingly reminiscent of Ron Kovic’s memoir/film, Born on the Fourth of July, about a patriotic young Kovic who went to Vietnam and came back an emotionally and psychologically disturbed paraplegic who went on a personal crusade to protest against the Vietnam War.

What makes Young’s story different than Kovic’s, however– and absolutely flabbergasting to me– is the revelation in the documentary that Tomas Young’s younger brother, who witnessed first-hand how his older brother Tomas had become disabled and how he had transformed into an anti-war activist, still decided to volunteer for military service and go to Iraq, even in light of all the information about how the invasion was based on lies and deception by the Bush administration. What was this kid thinking? If this were fiction and not a true story, it would be absolutely unbelievable.

Nevertheless, we all wish this young man well and hope he returns home safe and sound, but isn’t it time for young men and women to start wising up? I can understand patriotic young individuals volunteering for military duty right after 9/11, or even one or two years into the Iraq occupation. But by this time, even the most na�ve young men and women should realize there’s nothing heroic or macho or patriotic about fighting in an unnecessary war sold to the public by a bunch of lying neocon chicken hawks like Bush and Cheney.

Isn’t it time for them to say, “Hell, no! We won’t go!” And isn’t it time for our political and business leaders to give poor and uninformed kids other options besides going into the military to pay for school and get ahead financially? Are you listening Hillary and Barack? How about you, Bill Gates and George Soros and Warren Buffet? If you really want to do some good, how about using your billions to create “peace grants and anti-war scholarships” for low-income kids so that they can continue their educations or learn trades without having to sign up to kill or be killed in Iraq!

And what about the rest of us?

Perhaps it’s time to reframe the argument about Iraq from “I don’t support the war, but I support the troops” to “I don’t support the occupation, and I can no longer support the young men and women who volunteer to go to Iraq.”

If this strategy works, then perhaps the next time around our political leaders will think twice before getting us into another unnecessary war based on lies and deception. And if someday in the future, if America really is under attack and a war is necessary, I don’t think it will be difficult to quickly institute a draft and get patriotic Americans to sign up for military service, just as they did in World War II.

Links For Progressive Publications & Organizations

• Influential democracy in action group
• The “Unconventional wisdom since 1865.”
• Op/ “Progressive news and essays.”
• Air America Radio: “Unabashed liberal talk radio and humor.”
• Counterpunch: Hard-hitting alternative news and essays
• Headlines and stories from dozens of alternative publications
• Democracy Now!: Complete and comprehensive presentation of alternative news and analysis with Amy Goodman leading the charge.
• Brad Blog: Up-to-date progressive news & opinions.
• Radio Power Network: Listener supported, independent radio streaming progressive music and culture from around the world.
• National listener supported news and information.
• Pacifica Radio: Listener-sponsored radio featuring alternative news and community service.
• From the Wilderness: Radical alternative news and essays
• Tom Alternative news and essays
• Mother Alternative and environmental news
• Liberalism Resurgent: Wealth of information on liberalism & politics
• The Foundation for Taxpayers & Consumer Rights: Loads of information about social and consumer issues
• A compendium of TV news lies
• In the Spotlight: Unsettling information about the voting process in America
• The Rest of Story: Alternative news on the media
• Judicial Watch: Legal watchdog information
• The Center for Public Integrity: Public service journalism
• People for the American Way


Featured Book

A bone-chilling political
morality fable…

— Midwest Book Review

Sunshine Assassins by John F. Miglio


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Sunshine Assassins
By John F. Miglio
Controversial political thriller about a band of democratic rebels and their attempt to overthrow the corporate fascist shadow government in the USA…Read Reviews

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Radio Power Network’s podcast archives.


Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2007)

OR Book of the year 2007
Fooled Again
By Mark Crispin Miller

Every American should read this well-documented and comprehensive account of the nationwide election fraud that handed George W. Bush a second presidential election.


Book of the Year
(Fiction 2007)

OR Book of the Year 2007
Dream of the Dragon Pool
A Daoist Quest

By Albert A. Dalia

An unforgettable tale about China’s best-loved poet-adventurer that blends magic, myth, and occult powers with
fast-paced action.


Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2006)

OR Book of the year 2006
Your Daily Walk with the Great
Minds of the Past and Present

By Richard A. Singer Jr.

A terrific inspirational guide to personal transformation and spiritual development that uses quotes of famous people and insightful advice for every day of the year.


Book of the Year
(Fiction 2006)

OR Book of the Year 2006
Hollywood and Sunset
By Luke Salisbury

Witty and well written story about a writer from the East who takes a life-altering tour of 1916 Hollywood– in the company of D.W. Griffith, Lillian Gish, and Howard Gaye, an actor who likes to dress up as Jesus Christ.


Book of the Year
(Nonfiction 2005)

OR Book of the Year 2005
Bush on the Couch
By Justin A. Frank, M.D.

A compelling and insightful look into George W. Bush’s psyche, and how his deep-seeded fears, insecurities, and megalomania have undermined the safety of our country.


Book of the Year
(Fiction 2005)

OR Books of the Year 2005
Clearing Customs
By Martha Egan

A sinister, yet amusing tale of an ex-hippie owner of a small, struggling Latin American imports store who joins with her friends to fight corrupt custom officials whose harassment threatens to put her out of business.


Books of the Year
(Nonfiction 2004)

OR Books of the Year 2004
The Assassination of
Julius Caesar

By Michael Parenti

Award-winning author and scholar examines ancient Roman history from a populist viewpoint, arguing that Caesar was assassinated for being a champion of the people.

OR Books of the Year 2004
The War on Freedom
By Nafeez Mossaddeq Ahmed

Riveting and well-researched expose of how and why America was attacked on 9/11, including information about faked terrorism and mass media manipulation by the Bush administration.

OR Books of the Year 2004
Crossing the Rubicon
By Michael Ruppert

Hard-hitting, iconoclastic editor/publisher of “From the Wilderness” strips the power elite to the bone and takes a shocking look at the decline of the American empire at the end of the age of oil.


Books of the Year
(Fiction 2004)

OR Books of the Year 2004
Candle in a Dark Time
By Virginia Stuart

Compelling, emotionally charged story of how a Danish woman risks her life to save Jews from Nazis during World War II.

OR Books of the Year 2004
My Life: A Story
By Jesus Christ

By Christopher Miller

Innovative and provocative story of the life of Jesus Christ told as a first person narrative.

OR Books of the 2004
The Others at Monticello
By Esther Franklin

Award-winning historical novel that explores the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slaves, especially Sally Hemings and her children.

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