Monthly Archives: April 2009

New book shows parents how to teach their children to save and spend money – self published by Richard Outram through Dog Ear Publishing

Parents Can Teach Their Children How to Save and How to Spend Money in this Brilliant New Release!

The Adventures of ExoKid and the Teachings of Money is released by author Richard Outram CPA and illustrated by Elizabeth Kapatos

Today millions of Americans find themselves in serious debt. Many people are unable to live within their means while others have made serious financial mistakes. How can we teach our children to avoid the usual pitfalls of bad money management? More importantly, how can we instill in them good common financial sense?

The Adventures of ExoKid and the Teachings of Money is an exciting new children’s book about money that parents and children can read together. One day ExoKid, a boy from outer space, spies a green piece of paper floating through space. He decides to take the paper back to its source, planet Earth. There he meets Pennie who gives him a tour of a bank and explains how savings accounts work. Later Pennie takes him back to her family where he learns all about how to save money, write up a budget and spend responsibly among other things.

The Adventures of ExoKid and the Teachings of Money begins with elementary explanations of coin and dollar amounts, but as the book progresses, children are introduced to more sophisticated topics such as investments, interest and debt. Each short chapter in the book ends with a list of questions to review the topics and to encourage a dialogue between parents and kids. For example, kids are asked, “What is a budget?” or “Describe the difference between a need and a want.”

The Adventures of ExoKid and the Teachings of Money is a great tool for parents to teach their kids about finances in a way that not only makes sense but is exciting for them. The dynamic and colorful illustrations by Elizabeth Kapatos will keep children entertained as they learn about the workings of money. Parents will feel relieved that their children are learning about finances and children will enjoy riding along with ExoKid!

If you would like more information about publishing your own book, visit the Dog Ear Publishing website.

The Adventures of ExoKid and the Teachings of Money
Richard Outram CPA
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-898-9 36 pages US

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

Retired FBI agent discusses his thoughts about the United States of America, self publised by Albert F. Chestone through Dog Ear Publishing

Praise for the United States of America in this Exciting New Release

What America Means to Me is released by self-published author Albert F. Chestone

What does it mean to be an American citizen? Why is it important to keep God in the Pledge of Allegiance? Are there anti-Americans living among us who want to change our form of government?

Author Albert F. Chestone, a retired FBI agent and self-proclaimed patriot, addresses these questions and many more in his new book What America Means to Me. Drawing from the voices of many authors, historians and political figures, Chestone has produced a comprehensive anthology of essays and speeches about the uniqueness of America and the American experience.

What America Means to Me contains a wide range of contributors including Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, David Horowitz, Rick Scarborough and Dr. James Dobson, to name a few. People will enjoy reading what these important figures have to say about such topics as American history, immigration, God, and the challenge of freedom.

What America Means to Me is an eclectic mix of prose held together by the common thread of praise for our great nation. This is the perfect book for anyone who feels proud to be an American!

Chestone used his experience as an FBI agent to write a book with an interesting and meaningful commentary on America. If you would like to share your hard-earned insight about a topic, consider self-publishing. Visit Dog Ear’s website to find out more about our company and self-publishing in general.

What America Means to Me
Albert F. Chestone
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-895-8 376 pages US

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

Lovers Rediscover One Another, Fight Terrorist and Discover Supernatural Abilities: Freckles: Angel on her Shoulder by Eric Waggoner from Dog Ear

Star Crossed Lovers Rediscover One Another, Fight Terrorist and Discover Supernatural Abilities in this Spunky New Novel

Freckles: Angel on her Shoulder is released by self-published author Eric G. Waggoner

When seven year old Mara meets nine year old Orson on the beach on Whidbey Island one day, they are instantly attracted to one another. They dive for seaweed and kiss under the water and when the day is done, Mara is inconsolable. “I’ll find you again” promises Orson. Fast forward forty-five years to the future and Mara is a widow and a single mother raising a 16 year old daughter. She’s also a state trooper full of spunk and devoted to fighting crime. When she pulls over Orson, a successful software magnate, for speeding one day, the two fall in love a second time.

Freckles: Angel on her Shoulder is an off-beat romance by author Eric G. Waggoner that will keep readers entertained from page one. At one point, Mara and Orson find themselves working together to stop a dangerous terrorist cell from carrying out an attack and they both end up in the hospital with extensive injuries. There they meet a rather special nurse named Ruth, who will clue them into their supernatural abilities and the real reason behind their serendipitous encounters. It seems that their attraction for one another is no accident!

Perhaps the best part of this novel is the playful banter between Mara and Orson. By the time you finish Freckles, you will feel like you know these two oddballs better than your best friend. Theirs is a love that will stand the test of time!

To find out more about self-publishing in general, or how to publish your book with Dog Ear Publishing, visit our website.

Freckles: Angel on her Shoulder
Eric G. Waggoner
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-889-7 332 pages US

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

Learn How to Return to Oneness with God in this Exciting New Spiritual Handbook

Self-published author Robert Brink releases A Few Thoughts about the Course

Between 1965 and 1972, a professor named Helen Shucman wrote the book A Course in Miracles which was based on the teachings of a voice that spoke clearly to her about divine matters. Shucman was convinced that the voice she heard was that of Jesus Christ. Her book became a widely popular among people who wanted to become closer to God yet did not feel comfortable with traditional Christianity. A Few Thoughts about the Course, by author Robert Brink, is an exciting study guide to compliment A Course in Miracles.

A Few Thoughts about the Course covers many interesting topics including forgiveness, miracles, separation versus oneness and time versus eternity. There is much to wrap ones mind around in this eye-opening book. According to Brink, the reality that we perceive around us is an illusion which leads us to experience our existence as separate from God and each other. By reading his book and studying the ideas and revelations inspired by A Course in Miracles, readers will learn how to undo this illusion and achieve oneness with God. A Few Thoughts about the Course is for anyone who is yearning for a closer relationship with God and a deeper understanding of spiritual matters.

If you are interested in self-publishing your own book, visit us at Dog Ear Publishing.


A Few Thoughts About the Course
Robert Brink
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-885-9 232 pages US

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

Author helps children understand internet safety, Fox Behind the Chatterbox self published by Anne Matalonis, through Dog Ear Publishing

Grandma Tells Her Grandchildren the Tale of a Sly Fox to Teach Them About Internet Safety in this New Children’s Release

The Fox Behind the Chatterbox
is released by self-published author Anne Matalonis with illustrations by Chelsea McGhee

The internet is an amazing tool that children have at their fingertips. Children can play games and learn lots of new and exciting things using learning websites. Unfortunately, the internet is also full of predators. How can parents be sure that their children will navigate safely? Just as children are taught not to accept candy from strangers in the street, now they need to learn about avoiding virtual dangers on line!

In this brilliant new release from author Anne Matalonis, a girl named Samantha and her little brother Zach are excited about getting a new computer at home. Samantha is angry when her parents forbid entering chat rooms. When Grandma comes to visit she sits Samantha and Zach down and tells them the story of a young, innocent chicken named Chickabella and a sly, dangerous fox named Tricky Vick.

Chickabella was new to the chicken coop and felt lonely. One day a new friend began speaking to her from a hole in the coop. He claimed to be a little chicken like Chickabella and the two began a friendship which Chickabella kept a secret from the other hens. Actually it was Tricky Vick the fox pretending to be a chicken! His plan was to lure Chickabella to his den! Finally when Chickabella is ready to go and meet her new friend in person, she tells another hen. They send the dog to meet this friend and Tricky Vick gets the surprise of his life! Instead of taking home a young innocent chicken, he loses a mouthful of red fur! Chickabella is saved and learns about the dangers of unseen friends and secret relationships.

Children and parents alike will enjoy reading this story together. The illustrations by Chelsea McGhee are warm and expressive. The colorful red fox brings to life hidden dangers that would otherwise be too abstract for children to understand. Parents today will not want to pass up this opportunity to protect their children from harm!

About the Author
Today’s children have the world at their fingertips. As early as three years of age, children use the Internet. As parents, care-givers and educators, we must protect them as they explore online. This book was created from my strong desire to keep our children safe as they grow and learn. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I reside in Sycamore, Illinois with my husband and two children.

About the Illustrator
This is my first book. I am thrilled for the opportunity to fulfill a dream, as well as provide a tool to help protect the next generation. Since 2001, I have specialized in decorative painting both residentially and commercially. My passion for art and painting grows as I marvel at the beauty, knowledge and work of My Creator. I reside in Sycamore, Illinois with my husband and three children.

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The Fox Behind the Chatterbox
Anne Matalonis
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-783-8 32 pages US

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

New Children’s Release is an Inspiring Tale From Under the Sea

Written by self-published author Nelida Wakefield, with illustrations by Nathan Smith, Little Flathead and the Black Pearl is released.

Little Flathead and the Black Pearl is a beautiful and inspiring tale about a little fish named Flathead. When his parents lose hold of Flathead during an underwater storm, he is adopted by an angelfish. She takes Flathead to her home in the coral reef to live. Sadly, the other fish children won’t play with Flathead because he looks different from them. The angelfish decides to take Flathead to see the wise Black Pearl, who knows the answers to all things. When they are admitted to the palace, the Black Pearl shows Flathead that he has a special gift: his sword-like tail. Flathead returns to the coral reef and proudly shows the other fish his amazing tail. Finally Flathead believes in himself and embraces his differences with pride.

The brightly colored illustrations by Nathan Smith bring the story of Little Flathead and the Black Pearl to life. Children will love the story for its endearing characters and adults will love it for its inspiring message!

About the Author

Nelida Wakefield was born in the beautiful Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Puerto Rico in 1994. She is an experienced teacher and a mother of two. She joined the US Army in 1999. Her passion for teaching, and writing for children did not stop her after joining the military. She is the author of several creative stories and the 1st place winner of the Creative Writing Contest hosted by the Army Welfare, Moral and Recreation Program in Hawaii. She is a gifted author whose innate creative ability, uncompromising professionalism, and outstanding imagination have proven to delight enthusiastic young minds. Her future projects are geared towards humanitarian missions and the continuation of her acclaimed Little Flat Head book series.

For more about Nelida Wakefield and her children’s book, Little Flathead and the Black Pearl, visit Nelida self-published her book with the help of Dog Ear Publishing. If you would like to get started on publishing the book of your dreams, visit

Little Flathead and the Black Pearl
Nelida Wakefield
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-828-6 36 pages US

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

New Children’s Release Shows How a Young Girl Conquers Her Fear of a Giant “Monster” Roller Coaster

A Ride on the Monster’s Back
is released by author Rachel Anne Bogel

A Ride on the Monster’s Back is a new children’s release about a young girl named Alice. Alice and her father are preparing to face an extraordinary dragon! They are waiting in a long line filled with other people and inching ever closer to their loud and fearsome destination. Alice tries to distract herself from the cries of the people who have already ridden on the monster’s back but she is still very afraid. Finally she and her father climb onto the monster and…they have an excellent and thrilling ride! Alice is so excited to go home and tell her brother that she has ridden one of the biggest roller coasters in the world!

A Ride on the Monster’s Back
will enchant young children as it demonstrates that sometimes we let our fears grow bigger than we should. The story is brought to life by the whimsical and colorful illustrations by Jill Greenfelder. Children will especially enjoy the surprise ending when they realize that there never was a real monster, only a fun roller coaster ride!

About the Author
Rachel Bogel was raised near Toledo, Ohio in a small community that Norman Rockwell would have loved. She frequently visited Cedar Point with her family in Sandusky Ohio. This book is inspired by her roller coaster rides with her dad. She went to Skidmore College in upstate New York, and graduated with a BA in Psychology, and a minor in Education and Business. She is now married to Dalton Bogel, and lives happily in Denver Colorado. They have their own real estate company, Twin Peaks Real Estate. She completed her MBA and Master’s of Real estate and construction management from the University of Denver. She is currently working in real estate development as a project manager.

Visit the author’s website for more information about A Ride on the Monster’s Back and Rachel Bogel. Click to learn more about self-publishing or how to self-publish your book with Dog Ear Publishing.


A Ride on the Monster’s Back
Rachel Anne Bogel
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-752-4 28 pages US

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

New Children’s Release a Charming Picture Book About a Boy Firefighter Who Puts Out Fires and Saves the Day!

Garrett the Firefighter is released by self-published author Joseph Louis Garces III

In this new children’s book a little boy named Garrett becomes a real firefighter! The story begins with Garrett tucked in his bed asleep at the fire station when suddenly the alarm sounds! First he puts on his gear then slides down the pole and off into the night in his red fire engine. Together with his trusty Dalmatian dog Flip-Over, Garrett puts out fires and saves the day!

The illustrations in Garrett the Firefighter by Bethany Abercrombie are delightful watercolors that bring the story to life. Children will enjoy seeing Garrett and Flip-Over use the hose, ride in the fire truck and climb up a ladder to save a kitten from a tall tree.

Author Joseph Louis Garces III, an actual firefighter and father of three boys, has written an instant classic. Parents will love reading this timeless story to their little ones.

About the Author

A graduate of Southern Utah University with a degree in Elementary Education, author Joe Garces is the father of three little boys who all happen to be crazy about the fire service. After several years of teaching, Joe is currently a professional firefighter for the Oxnard City Fire Department, in Southern California. Joe and his wonderful wife Taira live in Santa Paula with their three boys Tyler, Ryan, and of course, Garrett.

Check out Joe Garces’ website to find out more about Garrett the Firefighter. For more information about self-publishing, visit the Dog Ear website.

Garrett the Firefighter
Joseph Louis Garces III
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-159858-716-6 24 pages US

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