Monthly Archives: April 2010

Collection of Short Stories and Devotions Gives Encouragement to the Aged, their Loved Ones and Care Givers-book by Diane Doering

Author Diane Doering, a licensed minister, missionary and co-director of an international non-profit, focuses on the thoughts, feelings and circumstances of the elderly in this new release. The stories and devotions in Finding Life in the Last Season encourage understanding and empathy with those who are entering the final chapter of their lives and also provide comfort and hope to those who find themselves in their “last season.”

In Finding Life in the Last Season, published by Dog Ear Publishing, Doering addresses the pain and loss of end-of-life issues in a straightforward way. Drawing on her experience as an outreach minister in care facilities for the aged, sick and dying, Doering writes about a myriad of human situations: the bond of aging sisters who are very different from one another, a wife’s heartache as she cares for her husband with dementia, and the quiet, contemplative scene as a daughter looks in on her elderly parents preparing to move to a nursing home. There are also devotions and ruminations that include passages of scripture and directly address our spiritual and emotional needs as we grow older.

Doering believes that God’s word is clear in the esteem he places on the elderly. In writing this book, she desires to give hope and encouragement to those who are approaching the end of their lives. As the youngest of the baby boomers turn 50, more people of this generation are taking on the role of care giver to aging parents. Not only will Finding Life in the Last Season be a comfort to Senior Citizens, but also to anyone who spends time with the elderly, whether socially, familiarly or in a care giving capacity.

For more information, visit lifeinthelastseason.com.

Finding Life in the Last Season
Diane Doering
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-075-7         172 pages         $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and fine bookstores everywhere

Female Pastor Offers Encouraging Words to Women Hiding their Husband’s Shocking Secrets- book by Pastor Shirley

S.E.C.R.E.T.S of the First Ladies, Volume I, published by Dog Ear Publishing, is the first release in a controversial three-part series. This compelling book graphically details the stories of the first 10 of 21 courageous women, First Ladies within the church who are praying because their husbands are preying. The title stands for Silence Encourages Cruelty and reality Eventually Threatens your Sanity. The book illustrates that secrets of this magnitude destroy the women from the inside out.

The women live in the fictitious town of Sea Crest, where all the streets begin with the letter “S,” symbolizing the many secrets they keep. These Spirit-filled First Ladies bare their souls and some even risked their physical safety in order to help others by revealing explicit stories of their husband’s incest, infidelity, pedophilia, homosexuality, and physical abuse. That these offenses are taking place in the one place thought to be a safe haven — the church, is the greatest sin of all.

The First Ladies are reminded that their wedding vows do not include abuse in any form and they are urged to break the silence holding them hostage. The book aims to give solace and comfort to first ladies struggling with these issues, letting them know they are not alone and assuring them of God’s love and plan for them. They are urged to break their silence because as the author writes, “Silence is the devil’s best friend.”

S.E.C.R.E.T.S, which incorporates Bible scripture and personal observations, also includes chapters about signs of abuse, pornography and addiction, as well as chapters on forgiveness and how to select a therapist or other support system.

Rev. Dr. Shirley Gordon, a First Lady herself, is the founder and Senior Pastor of Praise Temple Ministries, where she is affectionately known as “Pastor Shirley.” She and her husband, Elder Ken Gordon Sr., have three children. Pastor Shirley is an author, entrepreneur, mentor, counselor, and motivational speaker.

For more information, visit pastorshirley.com.

S.E.C.R.E.T.S of the First Ladies, Volume I
Pastor Shirley
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-225-6          312 pages           $16.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and fine bookstores everywhere

Starship Crew Embarks on a Space Odyssey to Colonize a Distant, Enigmatic World- book by Mel Highline

Five Hundred years have passed since a man first took that one small step on the moon. Now the human race is ready for the next giant leap. The starship, ESC-1, the most ambitious and costly project ever undertaken, begins its historic journey to a world far beyond the boundaries of the Solar System. Though the destination is light-years and decades away, Captain Tara Nelson and her crew believe they are ready to overcome any obstacle.

They are wrong!

Only a few years after arriving, just as the colony begins to flourish, they discover countless waves of asteroids hurtling toward their new home from the outer reaches of the star system. At first, surrounded by their 26th century technology, they are undaunted by the new challenge. Then that technology begins to fail and the colonists find themselves in a desperate struggle for survival. It is a struggle that most will lose.

So begins another journey for Tara Nelson and a handful of survivors. One of epic proportion, they are unsuspecting travelers who are no longer in control of their destiny. Soon, they forget their past. Earth becomes legend, then myth.

In time, however, the systematic onslaught from space ends and the colony’s survivors prosper once again. They begin to rebuild at a startling pace and it seems that they may one day be able to reclaim parity with their ancestral civilization. Yet, despite their astounding progress, not all is as it appears.

At the onset, Til We Come To Be, published by Dog Ear Publishing and written by Mel Highline, is a story about the colonization of an unspoiled new world many light-years from Earth. Ultimately, however, it is a discourse on courage, the unflagging human spirit and the indomitable will to survive against all odds.

For more information, visit melhighline.com.

Til We Come To Be
Mel Highline
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-415-1        532 pages          $23.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at http://www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense!

Nurses Tell their Compelling Stories about the Ups and Downs of Nursing-book by Karen Buley

The editor, a nurse for 31 years, has collected stories from 25 nurses who share frustrations and hope, victories and regret, what brought them to nursing and what makes them stay. One nurse writes of helping a grateful patient through blood transfusions, while another tells of a birth happening so quickly there was no time to get the doctor. Others share insights into why people choose this profession. A home care and hospice nurse writes, “Suddenly I was possessed with the urge to literally turn my head to the sky and say, ‘If you let me keep my daughter I promise I’ll give you something back.’ My desire to become a nurse had finally decided to announce itself.”

Buley was inspired to compile the stories for Nurses on the Run, published by Dog Ear Publishing, during a 2005 childbirth conference where the keynote speaker asked, “Who will answer the call lights?” The discussion that followed about the nursing shortage planted the seed for this powerful work, which ends with a call to combat the current nursing shortage. To further this cause, 10 percent of the book’s proceeds will be donated to nurse educator scholarships.

Karen Buley works in Obstetrics in Missoula, Montana, and has been published in A Cup of Comfort for Nurses, Directions in Nursing, American Nurse Today, Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, Family Circle, Holiday Voices, and Montana Voices.

For more information, visit nursesontherunbook.com.

Nurses on the Run: Why They Come, Why They Stay
Karen Buley
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-336-9         156 pages         $14.95 US
http://www.nursesontherunbook.com/

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New Release Reveals Twelve Components Necessary for Saving your Marriage and Experiencing Personal Wholeness- book by Stephanie Miller

When she was in her early thirties, author Stephanie Miller made a decision that would change her life forever and nearly destroyed her marriage: she engaged in an extramarital affair. Learning to Stay is a book of self discovery, change, growth and transitions. It’s intended to restore your mind and relationships to wholeness, thus creating harmony and peace within your soul. Throughout the book, Stephanie tells her personal story, from modelling limiting belief systems which led to failed relationships then finally finding her husband. When he begins working two jobs to stay afloat, the strain begins to affect their marriage and she chooses to engage in an addictive affair. Little by little Stephanie is overcome with guilt and shame. Finally, just as she is packing to leave her husband, a dramatic intervention transpires that will bring her to her knees.

Although this is one woman’s story, much can be learned from Learning to Stay. Each chapter in this Dog Ear Publishing published title is followed by a series of thought provoking questions and readers are encouraged to keep a journal about their own experiences that will surely prompt change. Each of the twelve keys builds upon the next, allowing for immense personal growth. These amazing keys are sure to revolutionize every 12-step program in existence today.

For more information, visit LearningToStay.com.

Learning to Stay: The 12 Keys
Stephanie Miller
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-409-0           208 pages          US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self publishing process. Self publishing services are available globally at http://www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dog Ear Publishing – self publishing that actually makes sense!

Compelling Dramas Explore the Plight of Jews in Poland During the Holocaust- book by Leopold Szor

The year is 1942 and the world around you has come undone. You and everyone you know – parents, friends, neighbors – are hunted down and exterminated like vermin. What would you be willing to do to survive? If you were lucky enough to make it through the Holocaust how would you feel? Could you live with the ghosts of all those less fortunate than you? Could you ever again find meaning in your everyday life knowing first hand the pain and misery suffered by so many around you?

Leopold Szor is a Holocaust survivor, one of the fortunate few who have had to wrestle with these issues. A successful New York businessman now retired, Leo found a novel way to deal with the ghosts and memories of his tormented war years. Rather than push his skeletons deeper into the closet Leo spent years exploring the darkness of the Holocaust, reading every work of fact and fiction based in that dark period. And then he began to write. An amateur playwright, Leo very successfully exploited the dramatic form to examine and explore the entire range of human emotion and interactions brought on during these extraordinary times.

Leo’s son Daniel created a compilation of these short plays, written over a 10-year period, the centerpiece of which – The True Messiah – was produced onstage to critical acclaim in 1997. In this play we witness the collision between pragmatism and romance as Rosa, a polish housecleaner, balances her desire for love with her need for financial security. The Chosen People takes place in the Deep South of the post-war United States, an unexpected setting for two survivors to confront their very different wartime ghosts. Both Kaddish and Who? Hitler? also explore ghosts from the past, and the difficulty in reconciling wartime horrors with postwar realities. Finally we are reminded, in Anna’s Children, of the shocking choices which must too often be faced during the fog of war.

The Dog Ear Publishing published compilation begins with a foreword – “In Memoriam” – through which we learn some of the terrible ordeals experienced by Leo during the Shoah. Near the end of this moving introduction he concludes that in his view survival “bestows an obligation to speak out until the last breath”. Leo has done exactly that, and in doing so has given us a gift of these unforgettable and provocative dramatic gems.

For further information contact: Ray Robinson at 317-228-3656, via email at RayR@DogEarPublishing.net, or through the website at: http://www.dogearpublishing.net

The True Messiah & Other Plays
Leopold Szor
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1608444434 312 pages $19.95 US

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New Novel Melds Time Travel, Historical Fiction- book by Constance C. Castleberry

A chance sighting by 32-year-old Jane Bixby on her way home from class at local university changes the course of her life and her views of history and time. She stops at an old farmhouse and sees two men fixing shingles on the roof. But they are wearing old-fashioned clothes: baggy pants held up with suspenders that button. As she continues to stare at them, they notice her. “Yet the harder I stared, the more difficult it became to see them. They appeared to be fading away.” Finally, they disappear. She drives away quickly and returns to her scientific research.

The scientist’s life takes another turn when she meets two brilliant physicists working on a secret project at the university. They think she’s the perfect subject for their experiment – traveling back in time. An old family photo of the farmhouse found in a secret closet in her grandmother’s house and a desire to find out about her own past overcomes Jane’s resistance to the project, and she agrees to make the trip. This decision will affect the rest of her life.

The Gateway, published by Dog Ear Publishing and written by Constance C. Castleberry, takes readers on a thrilling journey as Jane experiences the true trip of a lifetime. As she meets people from her own history – and changes theirs – she realizes that time is not the constant she thought it was. This novel will resonate with fans of historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, from its straightforward beginning through the masterful twists and turns leading up to its shocking conclusion.

More for information, visit http://www.thegatewaystory.net/.

The Gateway
Constance C. Castleberry
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-227-0           352 pages           US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at http://www.dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense!