Monthly Archives: December 2010

New Release Shares Story of an Adolescent Girl from a Troubled Family Finding Strength, Solace in Athletics – Book By Vicki L. Drewa

Adrianna “AJ” Howard is about to enter the sixth grade, but she is not an average sixth grader.  Her life at home has quickly disintegrated over the last few months, after her parents came home drunk and her father injured her mother, leading to his arrest and her brother’s subsequent drug-related automobile accident.  She’s spent the summer worrying about her brother’s physical and mental health as well as her mother’s increasingly busy work schedule, and wondering where her father ended up after he left their house in handcuffs on that fateful night.  She tries desperately to push her worries aside, focusing on her schoolwork and, most importantly, her basketball team.  She tries to lose herself in the game, but the caring coach forces her to face her issues head-on.

As things at home become even worse, AJ finds that basketball isn’t providing the solace it once did—she seeks out other ways to dull her emotional pain, drinking to make the sadness go away.  Things come to a head when the police bring her home intoxicated one night. As she distances herself from her parents and brother, her grandfather steps in and tries to point AJ in the right direction.  Will AJ pull herself together and get back on the right path?  Will her family ever be the same again?  Can everyone put the broken pieces of their relationships back together?

Jump Ball, published by Dog Ear Publishing, is a touching coming-of-age story, and a sensitive portrayal of a girl on the edge—an average girl who could easily become a sad statistic but for the intervention of family and caring teachers and coaches.  Vicki L. Drewa has drawn upon the positive experiences she had with athletics as a youth, and upon those she has had coaching children herself.  Drewa lives and teaches elementary school in Chicago, IL.

 

For more information, visit www.vickildrewa.com

 

Jump Ball

Vicki L. Drewa

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-160844-760-2          107 pages          $9.95 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!

 

New Non-Fiction Personal Story with General Patton- Perhaps the Last? – Book by Joseph Sprouse

Peter Bonano, a young man from Los Angeles was just beginning a career in banking, when Congress suddenly changed his life forever:  In the fall of 1940, eighteen months before Pearl Harbor, he was drafted into the US Army.  For the next four years, Bonano trained at bases all over the United States.  In January 1944 he shipped out to England as part of General Patton’s Third Army Headquarters where he became a trusted friend to Patton.  He remained with Patton as the 3rd Army pushed the Nazis from western France to the eastern borders of Germany.  Six days after the war ended, General Patton, without advance notice, promoted Master Sergeant Peter Bonano to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, leading to one of the strangest experiences of his life.

No one in Bonano’s division knew anything about his new assignment, before or after its completion- at least not for many years.  The mission, to his surprise, was to make an inventory of a huge Nazi treasure- consisting of huge quantities of gold, silver and bales of foreign currencies stashed in a forest in southern Bavaria under Patton’s control.  Then, in a small armed convoy, he escorted the cache for three days on back roads until reaching, to his astonishment, a secluded castle near Heidelberg on the Neckar River where he supervised the unloading.  It was the last time that he saw or heard about the large Nazi treasure.

Documentary: Gen. George Patton Jr., 2nd Lt. Peter Bonano and A Vanishing Cache of Nazi Gold, published by Dog Ear Publishing, is a loving portrait of a brave, honest man serving his country.  It also provides a unique picture of Patton from the view of an enlisted man.  Documentary is a true labor of love on the part of Joseph Sprouse, a longtime friend of Peter Bonano and the recipient of much of Bonano’s firsthand information.  His in-depth investigation of the events of 1945 make for a fascinating read.  Sprouse served in the US Marine Corps, and possesses a B.S. and a masters’ degree in physics, and worked as an aerospace research engineer at the Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tennessee.  This is his first book.

 

For more information, visit www.josephsprouse.com

 

Documentary: Gen. George Patton, Jr., 2nd Lt. Peter Bonano and
A Vanishing Cache of Nazi Gold

Joseph Sprouse

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-160844-746-6          133 pages          $12.99 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!

New Release Tells of Mutually Beneficial Relationship Between African-Americans and Baseball – Book by Daryl Russell Grigsby

Baseball has long been a force among African-Americans and their families. The game enhances “personal achievement, community advancement, economic independence and social equality,” the author writes. From slavery to Moses Fleetwood Walker’s 1884 major league season; from the founding of the Negro National League in 1920 to Jackie Robinson; from the pinnacle of black baseball participation in 1975 to todays Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities program, baseball has deep roots in black America. Although the book touches on a rich social history, the author’s love of the game shines through each page.

Celebrating Ourselves, published by Dog Ear Publishing, includes more than just statistics and accomplishments on the diamond. It’s also a tribute to African-American baseball fans. The African-American community needs baseball, and the game benefits from a black presence. “African-Americans bring a laughter, noise and color to a game that many times has needed all three,” the author writes. The book’s four major sections include the history of black baseball; a review of African-American players; a summary of the organizations and programs that promote African-American participation in the game; and personal stories including the author’s family journey with the game and interviews with fans. Photographs throughout the work add to its authenticity.

Detailed examples of baseball history provide insight into how the game led to social change. Robinson’s debut on April 15, 1947, with the Brooklyn Dodgers preceded Brown vs. Board of Education, Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott and the civil rights movement. Simply by appearing on the field, Robinson changed how some whites viewed blacks. Likewise, Curt Flood’s challenge to the free-agent clause when playing for the St. Louis Cardinals forever changed the relationship between players and owners. Baseball’s ties to black families and communities is no less important, and the author urges African-Americans to return to the game as players and fans, continuing a relationship that began in slavery, was critical to the Civil Rights movement, and continues to bond generations, families and communities.

 

For more information, visit www.celebratingourselves.com

 

 

Celebrating Ourselves:
African-Americans and the Promise of Baseball

Daryl Russell Grigsby

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-160844-798-5          436 pages          $25.00 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.

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

New Release Tells Compelling Story of Bosnian Refugees in Germany – Book by William S. Walker

More than two million people were forced from their homes by the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia, the most violent chapter in the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Germany provided sanctuary for nearly 350,000 Bosnians fleeing the fighting and German and Bosnian Voices in a Time of Crisis tells the story of what happened to these refugees during the war years and afterwards.  The author, a journalist who lived in Germany for more than 30 years and has reported from the Balkan region for two decades, interviewed hundreds of refugees, humanitarian aid workers, politicians and ordinary Germans in reconstructing the story of the Bosnians in Germany. He notes the refugees found peace, freedom from persecution, abundant good will and financial support from the overwhelming majority of Germans. But almost as soon as the Dayton Agreements ending the war were formally signed in December 1995, the refugees were threatened with deportation as German politicians, some crassly attempting to profit politically from the refugee issue, demanded that the Bosnians leave. Walker concludes that “Germans learned during this time there were few politicians who spoke for Germany as a nation. But there were many who promoted narrow political interests while ignoring what was best for the country as one of the great nations of the coming century.”

Walker wrote the book as his doctoral dissertation in East European History at Heidelberg University where he earned a Ph.D. with honors in 2009. He notes that the initial inspiration to write the book came from the many afternoons spent listening to refugees in Germany as they futilely sought to understand the war and the devastation it brought to Bosnia. “The experience of being a refugee and the hardship and loss of that time period proved the single greatest emotional experience for many of those individuals,” Walker writes. The book resonates with the emotions of the refugees struggling to make new lives for themselves and their families.

One of the Heidelberg University dissertation evaluators noted: “German and Bosnian Voices in a Time of Crisis is an eloquently written, groundbreaking document. This work brings us closer to an understanding of the basic problem of German history in the 1990s. Above all it puts our focus on the victims of the history.”

Walker wrote from more than 50 countries during nearly 30 years as a reporter and editor for the newspaper Stars and Stripes. He covered the NATO peace mission in Bosnia and visited all parts of the former Yugoslavia to write about the aftermath of the war. He retired in 2001 as the newspaper’s worldwide Executive Editor.

 

For more information, visit www.InsideBosniaBooks.com

 

German and Bosnian Voices in a Time of Crisis: Bosnian Refugees in Germany 1992-2002

William S. Walker

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-160844-660-5          244 pages          $10.99 US

 

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere. Also available directly from DogEarPublishing at www.InsideBosniaBooks.com

 

New Fiction Release Features Murder and Mayhem in a Small Massachusetts Town – Book by Paul F. Jopling

Detective Lou Simansky hoped that his life in Gossett Mills would be peaceful and quiet.  Unfortunately, the discovery of two dead bodies dims his expectations.  The deceased, Molly Simms and Jethro Clayton, made an unlikely duo—Molly was an elderly eccentric recluse, while Jethro was the town manager.  What were these two people doing together, and why were they killed in cold blood?  Two rare old coins found on Clayton’s body provide the only clues, setting off a chain of events that will rock the small town to its core.  Simansky is assisted in his investigation by his former colleague and criminalist, Rod Hedtler, now a software-company CEO with an eye for the ladies, especially the attractive young town manager pro tem, Erica Bartel.

When Simansky and Hedtler search Jethro Clayton’s computer for possible motives for his murder, they stumble upon a most fascinating document—a letter from a disgruntled Hessian mercenary that essentially provides a treasure map leading to a missing chest of valuable coins.  Consequently, when the community learns of this potential windfall more bodies start to turn up and Simansky becomes increasingly bewildered in his attempt to put all the pieces together. Will Simansky find the murderer, or murderers, before more people die?  Is there actually a treasure to be found? Will Gossett Mills ever return to its original tranquil milieu?

The Hessian Hoax, published by Dog Ear Publishing, is a fascinating thriller with many surprising twists and turns and characters with real depth.  It is Paul F. Jopling’s second novel.  Jopling was a writing consultant, writing sales training literature, marketing brochures, and product and system descriptions for large companies such as AT&T Bell Laboratories, MIT’s Instrumentation Laboratory, NEC, and Hewlett Packard Corporation.  At Northeastern University, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an Associate Degree in Electronics Engineering and also fulfilled his undergraduate requirements for a degree in Psychology.

 

For more information, visit www.pauljoplingbooks.com

 

The Hessian Hoax

Paul F. Jopling

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-159858-873-6          254  pages          $22.95 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!

 

New Release Leads Readers Down the Path to Spiritual Discovery – Book by Karen de Grenier

Sometimes it’s necessary for people to take time to reflect on who they are and what they believe. Although each person walks his own spiritual path, everyone reaches similar steps and milestones along the way. The author aims to inspire each reader “to look deep within and see the true beauty of your own soul,” led by Madea, a spirit guide from angelic realms. Instead of promoting a specific philosophy, the book offers step-by-step guidance, nearly 90 verses for reflection and meditation, and exercises that promote spiritual progress. Its goal is to help others find what they seek, not to dictate what their spiritual life should become.

Spiritual Novice, published by Dog Ear Publishing, details what milestones and challenges spiritual seekers will find along their journey. Readers will learn practical ways to identify and release fears, explore different meditation and discover how to create the life they want by aligning to their true purpose. The book provides a roadmap for spiritual discovery. The first chapter tells how to prepare for the journey, while the second chapter focuses on looking within. Following chapters cover more introspection and emotions, individual growth, sharing knowledge, acceptance, love and power, and how to move forward.

Karen de Grenier began her own spiritual journey in her late 30s by reading a book recommended by a friend. As time went on, she learned how to connect with her spiritual guides while in deep meditation. As she began to focus more on spiritual growth and less on avoiding fear, she came to know her “true inner being.” She hopes readers will come to realize they are part of the Great Spirit and come to Earth simply to enjoy the human experience and share their special gift. Gaining a connection to their spirit will help them realize their true selves.

 

For more information, visit www.spiritualnovice.com

 

Spiritual Novice: Begin the Journey

Karen de Grenier

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-160844-715-2          182 pages          $16.95 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.

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

 

New Thriller Set in Hawaiian Island Tells Tale of Murder, Deception and Gruesome Deeds – Book by W.D. Jordan

Panic is spreading across the Hawaiian islands to the village of Kekaha on Kuai’s western shore. The year is 1959. Young boys are disappearing, and many native islanders believe man-eating spirits of legend are to blame. Chief Constable Kekoa Tabura and his bumbling cousin Polunu Mabute reluctantly begin to investigate. Their work leads them to sinister islanders who spin tales of “macabre happenings” from 18 years before. Apparently, Pearl Harbor was just the beginning of another horrible reality in Hawaii.

During the attack on Pearl Harbor, “boatmen,” as midget sub sailors were called, gain access to Pearl Harbor and successfully complete their mission to hit a battleship. But a mishap with their “mother ship” after the attack leaves the midget in peril. Only one of the two Japanese sailors makes it to Kuala-a barren volcanic tuff cone off the coast of Kauai. After 10 days without food, the sailor resorts to desperate measures to stay alive, awakening a beast within himself that can never be fully tamed. The Boatman, published by Dog Ear Publishing, also tells the story of a young man tormented by his abusive father, which unleashes his bipolar nature. A nightmarish encounter in the jungle further scars him for life – both physically and psychologically. These two men must follow their intertwined destinies to their mind-numbing conclusions.

W.D. “Bill” Jordan has lived his entire life in Southern California. He has spent most of that time in the roofing industry and is enjoying expressing the ideas he’s had for years.

 

For more information, visit www.wdjordan.com.

 

 

The Boatman

William Jordan

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-160844-592-9          224 pages          $14.95 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.

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