Monthly Archives: February 2009

An Epic Western Set Against the Backdrop of the Colfax County War
Bittersweet is released by author P.A. Parsons

The story begins in Texas in the late 1870’s. Will Moon is a rugged and honest man who sets out with his young wife to make his own way. On their journey to Colorado Will meets Aaron Nye, an Illinois Yankee who has bought 20,000 acres of land from the well-known cattle baron Lucien B. Maxwell. Aaron convinces Will to stay on and work for him. Together Will and Aaron complete the fence and are beginning to establish a proven beef herd when Aaron is suddenly shot and killed.

Bittersweet, by author P.A. Parsons is a sweeping and epic tale of the west, set against the historical back drop of the Colfax County War, which originated over land disputes in northern New Mexico. As the story unfolds, Will struggles to defend the legitimacy of Aaron’s land entitlement and fulfill the dream his friend set out to achieve. With two women and two children to care for, as well as extensive land and cattle to oversee, Will has more than enough on his shoulders. When tragedy strikes again, Will’s perseverance takes on heroic proportions.

Bittersweet is a brilliant story about love, loss, and the will to survive. Parson’s novel will draw you in from its opening pages and hold you captive until the very end.

About the Author

Horses, a fascination of the west, and a compelling urge to write have been the main factors dominating every move in Peggy’s life.

After graduating from high school in Lansing, Michigan, She worked as an animal technician at the Department of Health where they maintained a herd of seventy-five horses used for tetanus and diphtheria toxin. They also had a beautiful, two year old palomino born there that took her eye. Though never used, he was nevertheless unattainable being property of the state.

Two years later, she said goodbye, and with horse and trailer set out for the CM Dude Ranch at Dubois, Wyoming where she had a job as a dishwasher. Halfway through the summer she received word she could buy her golden horse, if she still wanted him. She headed back the minute the season was over. A year later, she and Nugget went on their way to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Over the years a lot of horses came and went, but he was with her for thirty-two.

Raton, New Mexico has been home for the past thirty. It is here where she has been able to settle in and write.

Peggy used her passion for the west to write a compelling story; find out more about Peggy and her book here. For more on how to self-publish the book you’ve always dreamed of, visit the Dog Ear Publishing website, where you will find information about not only our company, but self-publishing in general.

P.A. Parsons
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-746-3

Available at Ingram, Baker&Taylor,, Barnes&Noble, Borders and fine bookstores everywhere

World War II Veteran Shares His Most Intimated Memories in this New Release

Grenades, Guitars, Guts and Glory: World War II, There at 18–Told at 81
is released by author SGT Ronold Ray with Gina Ray

Ronold Ray was just an 18 year old farm boy from a large family living in central Texas when the United States entered World War II. Eager to serve his country, Ray tried to enlist but was told to go back to the farm. Finally he and his friends were drafted into the U.S. Army and shipped off to basic training to become soldiers. Eventually Ray was sent to the South Pacific where he learned the true meaning of war and sacrifice.

Grenades, Guitars, Guts and Glory, written by Ronold Ray at 81 years of age, is full of lively anecdotes about Ray and his companions as they go from basic training to the South Pacific to combat the Japanese. Whether they are simply playing pranks on one another or trying to avoid an unpleasant superior, Ray and his friends learn a lot about survival. Throughout the story, Ray maintains his sense of humor, even in the direst of circumstances.

Grenades, Guitars, Guts and Glory includes some meaningful photographs of Ray and his closest friends and family that really bring this memoir to life. It took a lifetime for Ray to put his story down on paper, but his recollections are so vivid that it seems the war happened yesterday. His inspiring story gives readers a sense of what life was like then and the sacrifice made by those Americans who fought to defend freedom and our great nation.

Ray was able to tell his incredible story by self-publishing with Dog Ear Publishing. For more information on Dog Ear, and even self-publishing in general, please visit the Dog Ear website.

Grenades, Guitars, Guts and Glory
SGT Ronold Ray and Gina Ray
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-705-0

Available at Ingram, Baker&Taylor,, Barnes&Noble, Borders and fine bookstores everywhere

Learn All the Tips and Tricks for Winning Scholarships and Getting the Education of Your Dreams

Author Lee Martinson releases A Heavenly College Education on an Earthly Budget

Have you thought about pursuing a college degree but are afraid of the astronomical expenses involved? Are you interested in finding out how to get a scholarship or free money to go to school? Do you want to learn the secrets to gaining admission into a top-notch university? A Heavenly College Education on an Earthly Budget by author Lee Martinson is a 2 in 1 guide that offers serious advice sprinkled with good humor.

In the first section of this book, you will learn strategies and techniques for finding scholarships and financial aid. He shows you how to prevent a financial disaster by landing up to your neck in college debt. Martinson also talks about how to find a college free of drugs and violence, a college that will set your brain on fire! He stresses the importance of a college that follows Judeo-Christian values, that is to say a belief in old-fashioned family values, freedom and a belief in God.

In the second section of A Heavenly College Education on an Earthly Budget, Martinson walks you through the admissions process and shows you how to avoid common pitfalls that even straight-A students fall prey to. Readers will learn how to write a drop-dead gorgeous essays and how to make the most of a face-to-face interview. He also discusses how to get great letters of recommendation and how to construct a winning resume.

If you or any of your children are thinking about attending college, A Heavenly College Education on an Earthly Budget is for you!

Lee self-published his book through Dog Ear Publishing. For more information about Dog Ear, and self-publishing in general, visit

A Heavenly College Education on an Earthly Budget
Lee Martinson
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-677-1

Available at Ingram, Baker&Taylor,, Barnes&Noble, Borders and fine bookstores everywhere

The Saga of an American Family that Explores Themes of Good and Evil, Death and Dying, and the Taking of Human Life

Death Defined is released by author Harper

The story opens in Iraq. Matt and Chris, childhood friends and members of the U.S. Marines, are battling insurgents on the ground. When Chris is hit, Matt battles hand to hand with an Iraqi and eventually kills the man. Chris survives but is sent home indefinitely, while Matt is left struggling to make sense of what has happened. He begins to reflect on death and dying, and remembers the deaths of his beloved grandfather and his own mother who died when Matt was just a boy.

Back home, we meet Matt’s family. There is John Sullivan, the brash and widowed father who loves his children fiercely, and Matt’s sweet younger sister Amy, who is only sixteen years old. When Amy and her boyfriend Paul have a sexual encounter, she falls pregnant and the results are disastrous for everyone in this close-knit Catholic community.

Death Defined by author Harper, is not for the faint of heart. The themes of good and evil, death and dying and the taking of human life are prevalent throughout the story. The saga of the Sullivan family and those who love them will stay with you long after you have finished their story.

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Harper self-published this book with Dog Ear Publishing. For more information about Dog Ear, and even self-publishing in general, click here.

Death Defined
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-699-2

Available at Ingram, Baker&Taylor,, Barnes&Noble, Borders and fine bookstores everywhere

Meet Alex, the Two-Dimensional Boy with a Big Heart and Love of Adventure

Author C. G. Brettmann releases Alex Got Run Over by a Beer Keg

About the Book

Alex is a normal boy until one day a giant beer keg rolls right over him, flattening him like a pancake! Miraculously, Alex survives the accident and from that moment on, Alex becomes a two dimensional kid. He has to buy new clothes to fit his irregular shape, but life goes on for this all American boy living in the Pacific Northwest.

Alex Got Run Over by a Beer Keg, by author C.G. Brettmann, tells the story of Alex and his buddy Zach, who is always up to something. Young readers and adults alike will enjoy reading about the boys’ antics and adventures. With chapters titled, “Cops and Robbers ala Alex and Friends” and “The Great Spaghetti Escape” it’s easy to see these stories are pure entertainment. At one point in the book, Alex even makes friends with a ghost! While they are playing, she floats through walls while he squeezes his flat body underneath closed doors.

Alex Got Run Over by a Beer Keg is written with a good sense of fun and lots of humor, yet truly Alex is a sort of hero, for he lives a normal life despite the fact that he is so physically different from everyone else. C.G. Brettmann has written an original book sure to charm readers of all ages.

About the Author

Ms Brettmann grew up with an older brother surrounded by boys from the neighborhood where she was raised by her father, a scientist, with whom she spent hours talking about his work and evolution. After graduating from Northwestern University she and her husband moved to Seattle. They raised two sons and were both active in soccer and a Boy Scout troop. Alex Got Run Over by a Beer Keg is a fictional book based on her years of experience with pre-pubescent boys and a good memory of stories about her two sons; their friends, including stories her father and husband told about their growing up. She has always been fascinated by how children are influenced and what motivates them.

As her sons grew, she worked in the business world primarily in management. During her free time, she was an avid reader; she also served as a docent for the Seattle Aquarium, climbed Mt. Rainier twice, Mt. St. Helens, and Mt Baker, and paddled her sea kayak between the Washington and British Columbia Islands. Since retiring from the Boeing Company, in 2002, she has earned a graduate degree in education form Antioch University, Seattle, and is now serving as a court-appointed special advocate for children in State dependency, and is a substitute teacher in her local district’s middle and high schools.

Ms Brettmann lives on an island in Washington State and has a second home in the Cascades, where she hikes and cross-country skies. In Alex Got Run Over. . . . Ms Brettmann has brought all of her worlds – science, curiosity, the outdoors, and her interest in children together in a meaningful and funny story.

For more information, visit the author’s website at:

C. G. self-published her book with Dog Ear Publishing – and more information about her book (and self-publishing) can be found at

Available at Ingram, Baker&Taylor,, Barnes&Noble, Borders and fine bookstores everywhere

Deep within the heart of modern day Hawaii exists a land forgotten by time in new fantasy book by A.J. Nolan
Author A.J. Nolan releases his self-published book, Blake Mantle and the War for New Creatia

Blake Mantle and the War for New Creatia follows Blake Mantle, an honest young Hawaiian man with a powerful build and a good head on his shoulders. One day, Blake, who is a pilot, receives a strange delivery request from two shady characters who make it impossible for him to say no. When Blake attempts to make the delivery during a horrendous thunderstorm, his small plane crashes into a volcano. There Blake discovers a bizarre and fascinating new world created by aliens long ago called New Creatia.

There is a great war going on in New Creatia and both sides use heavy body armor. When Blake accidentally discovers a powerful body armor that has been sought after by the two warring factions for over a century, he must decide where his allegiance lies. He comes under constant attack by many who wish to get their hands on the body armor and hand it over to their villainous king, Essex.

While Blake is exploring the new world he has discovered underground, his girlfriend Erika is in grave danger above ground as the thugs are out to find out where Blake and his delivery have disappeared to.

Blake Mantle and the War for New Creatia will keep you on the edge of your seat from page one!

About the Author

A.J. Nolan was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He has traveled the word to such spots as France, Mexico, Bahamas, Florida and California. But to him, Hawaii has always been his favorite destination. This is one reason why Blake Mantle and the War for New Creatia is centered there. He has spent a lifetime reading, collecting and enjoying all sorts of comic book genre. He has a keen understanding of how superheros work and how they can truly affect a child’s imagination. His own imagination has always remained an important part of his life, something that has truly allowed Blake Mantle to shine through.

For more information, visit the author’s website at:

A.J. self-published his book with Dog Ear Publishing – and more information about his book (and self-publishing) can be found at

Blake Mantle and the War for New Creatia
A .J. Nolan
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-769-2 164 pages US

Available at Ingram, Baker&Taylor,, Barnes&Noble, Borders and fine bookstores everywhere