Monthly Archives: October 2011

New Fiction Release Pays Tribute To North’s Neglected Civil War Sacrifice – Book by Mary Frailey Calland

Most Americans have heard of the horrific Battle of Antietam, the Civil War’s bloodiest single day battle, but few remember an equally tragic event that occurred on the very same day: the massive explosion at the Allegheny Arsenal in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.   Seventy-eight girls and young women, engaged in rolling bullet cartridges for the Union army, lost their lives that day, but, buried beneath the horrific reports coming out of Antietam, few outside of Pittsburgh learned of the tragedy.

Pittsburgh lawyer and author, Mary Frailey Calland, seeks to correct that historical omission with her new book, Consecrated Dust: A Novel of the Civil War North, which tells the story of four young northerners – feminist, Clara Ambrose; law student turned soldier, Garrett Cameron; industrialist, Edgar Gliddon; and  Irish immigrant, Annie Burke – caught in the maelstrom of the American Civil War. In the teeming streets, munitions factories, and military training camps of wartime Pittsburgh, and on the battlefields of the Army of the Potomac, they struggle to survive, forced to choose between love and duty, sacrifice and greed. Their choices ultimately lead to their presence at both the Arsenal and the Antietam battlefield on that fateful September day, a day that reveals the true meaning of courage – a day not all of them will survive.

The title, Consecrated Dust, is taken from the inscription on the memorial over the remains of the unidentified victims of the Arsenal explosion, but pays homage to every common person, civilian and soldier, whose determination and sacrifice, at home and on the field of battle, helped to right the steps of a faltering nation.

With particular attention given to the real life exploits of the 9th Pennsylvania Reserves regiment, Mary Frailey Calland manages to deftly weave fact with fiction, creating a vivid representation of life in 1860’s Pittsburgh and on the Civil War battlefield. Careful research by Calland ensures that the reader will come away with a deeper knowledge of a sadly forgotten part of the not-so-distant past, memorializing a group of brave young civilians who sacrificed their lives in service to their country as well as the men who fought valiantly for their beliefs.  A long neglected story thoughtfully told, Consecrated Dust will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.

For more information, visit www.maryfraileycalland.com

Consecrated Dust

Mary Frailey Calland

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-145750-501-0                                    344  pages                         $19.95 US

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

Biker Animals Hit the Highway for a Riding Adventure in Cartoonist’s Latest Release – Book by Paul Jamiol

When the weekend rolls around, it’s time to hop on a motorcycle and have an adventure. That’s the plan as Trash the bear and Akorn the squirrel meet up with their biker animal friends. They’ll be going on a ride to the mountains for an overnight stay at their friend’s cabin, in this new release. The group plans the trip for weeks, splitting up into small groups to handle every aspect of the trip from shopping for food to leading the ride. Right before heading out on their motorcycles, they discuss one more important topic: riding safely.

Bikers Are Animals 3 – On the Road provides a colorful, easy-to-read story that includes gentle reminders of respect and working together while having fun. The author’s fun-loving critters check over the motorcycles before riding them and watch out for each other once on the road. At the cabin, they play, relax and get together at a campfire to share stories, sing and enjoy their friendship. On the safety page at the end of the book, the critters spell out biker safety rules for children and adults. Children are reminded that real kids should always wear a helmet and listen to their adults.

This is the third in a series of children’s books by author/cartoonist Paul Jamiol that focuses on biker animals who enjoy being with their friends and doing the thing that bonds them…riding motorcycles. Jamiol, an avid motorcyclist, has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his artwork. His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet. Linda Habib edited the book and contributed creatively. To learn more, visit http://www.bikersareanimals.com.

For more information, visit www.bikersareanimals.com

 

Bikers Are Animals 3 – On The Road: A Children’s Book on Motorcycling

Paul Jamiol

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-145750-632-1                        38 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.

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New Release Shares Poignant Moments from the Holidays- Book by Kirk H. Neely

Kirk Neely has delighted readers with his down-home stories in the award-winning A Good Mule is Hard to Find and, more recently, in Banjos, Barbecue, and Boiled Peanuts. Now, just in time for the holidays, Neely brings his knack for storytelling to Santa Almost Got Caught: Stories for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year.

In this long anticipated volume, we’ll hear tales about a flaming Advent wreath and the Christmas tree emergency that required an exterminator.  Neely takes us into the woods in search of the perfect red cedar Christmas tree. He’ll remind us of the real reason sweet potatoes were part of holiday meals.

An ordained minister and pastor for more than forty-five years, Neely guides his readers through the winter holiday season, spinning yarns that celebrate Thanksgiving Advent, Christmas, the New Year, and Epiphany. The title story reveals both a young boy’s determination to see St. Nick and the greatest Christmas gift of all, the gift of love.

In each chapter, you will enjoy the wit and humor we have come to expect from Kirk Neely. You will find spiritual depth, wisdom, and insight garnered from his pastoral and personal experience.  Sometimes you will chuckle, sometimes you will shed a tear, and sometimes both will come within the same reading.

Kirk Neely has been called an old-fashioned Southern storyteller. These stories will help us take a deep breath and seek a less hectic pace so our holidays can become holy days. Each brief reflection can be read in one sitting while waiting in a carpool line to pick up a child, lingering over a morning cup of coffee, or before turning in at night.

This book is a treasure you’ll want to give to everyone on your shopping list. Keep a copy for yourself. You’ll come back to it year after year. Santa Almost Got Caught promises to become a holiday classic.

For more information, visit www.ourhomeplaceinc.com

 

Santa Almost Got Caught: Stories for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year

Kirk H. Neely

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-145750-477-8                        152 pages                         $14.99 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.

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New Poetry Release Speaks Volumes on Emotion, Memory and Love – Book by Vasile Munteanu

Memories can fade and gain a rosy glow, tainted by the passage of time and the vagaries of the mind. People remember things with both fondness and regret, especially people and places they have experienced. This new collection of poems deals with themes of emotion and mental states, with memory as the overarching, unifying focus of the author’s words.

The Book of Remembrance tackles places with meaning for the author, including his native Romania. The author writes from a place of raw emotion, such as this stanza from Romania #15, a poem on loneliness, that reads “Within a distance without end, there’s no has been. I seek a loneliness within, I feel your skin.” Romania #22 highlights love’s intensity: “Love is not to be squandered on the loved. It insists on the hunger of the starved.” China, Austin, Las Vegas and Paris also provide settings for this inspiring work. Vegas #10 reveals the author’s depth of feeling: “Don’t look back in haste, it’s a waste. Nothing left behind but my mind.”

This is the second book of poetry for Author Vasile Munteanu, who also wrote The Book of Aloneness.  Munteanu, who has been teaching literature and philosophy at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, also has published a novel, Godmaker. He has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in English from Oakland University in Michigan and a Ph.D. in philosophy, interpretation and culture from State University of New York at Binghamton.

For more information, visit www.vmunteanu.net

 

 

The Book of Remembrance

Vasile Munteanu

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-145750-561-4                        264 pages                         $40.00 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 Fiction Release Shares Trauma of Sudden Loss, Love’s Power to Heal – Laurie Bellesheim

When Abigail went to wake her best friend Emily, she had no concept of the nightmarish horror she was about to encounter; unbeknownst to Abigail, Emily suffered from epilepsy, and she was the victim of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy.  Emily’s death left a void in Abigail’s life, but Abigail was not the only one affected by the loss.   Emily’s longtime boyfriend, Stephen, was shattered by the loss of the girl he planned to marry.  In the years that pass, the two survivors find different ways to cope with their friend’s death.  Stephen tries to drown his sorrows in booze, drugs, and meaningless encounters with faceless women; eventually, he pulls his life together, but he finds himself unable to commit to love again.  Abigail buries her sadness so deep that even her husband doesn’t fully understand her loss; Abigail herself doesn’t realize how badly she was hurt by the events of her past until she encounters a client with epilepsy through her work in the Department of Children and Families.

Newly pregnant and struggling to deal with her epileptic client, Abigail crosses paths with Stephen once more.  Stephen is in a foundering relationship with a caring and supportive nurse, but he finds himself unable to commit to the level that his girlfriend, Carolina, needs and deserves. Through a series of amazing events Stephen and Abigail manage to find peace with the events of that tragic day so long ago as well as the fortitude to continue on the paths that their lives had laid before them.  Full of heartbreak and loss but ultimately hope, Surviving Emily is a compelling story that explores the meaning of everlasting friendship and the healing power of love.

Surviving Emily is based on author Laurie Bellesheim’s personal experience with Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy; at the age of 18, Bellesheim lost a close friend to this silent killer.  Prior to writing this, her first novel, Bellesheim worked as a social worker with the Department of Children and Families.  A graduate of Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor’s degree in social work, Bellesheim resides in rural Connecticut with her husband and their three children.

For more information, visit www.SurvivingEmily.com

 

Surviving Emily

Laurie Bellesheim

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-145750-562-1                        312 pages                         $13.95 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.

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New Release Reveals Stories, Historical Treasure Trove of English Writers’ Homes – Book by Carol Chernega

Any literary fan knows that setting plays an important role in storytelling. This new book takes readers on a fascinating journey to 16 homes of English writers, recounting each author’s biography, how they used their home or countryside in their stories, and what visitors will find at the home and directions to get there; all are open to the public. Descriptions of village life in Pride and Prejudice and the windswept moors of Wuthering Heights come to life in vivid detail. Both armchair adventurers and avid travelers will delight in the author’s adventures and insights on literary England, a country she’s visited more than 20 times since 1997.

A Dream House lovingly describes the homes and their connections to the literary world from the point of view of a frequent visitor and gardening professional. Included are homes of Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, James Herriot, the Brontes, D.H. Lawrence, Charles Dickens, John Keats, Rudyard Kipling, Henry James and E.F. Benson, Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie and Thomas Hardy. Among the sights are Austen’s writing table, Wordsworth’s sitting room, Potter’s Hill Top Farm and Herriot’s home and veterinary surgery. The author seamlessly blends biographical background, detailed description and travel tips in this tribute to some of England’s literary giants.

Author Carol Chernega is well-versed in literary England, having worked in Jane Austen’s garden in Chawton after earning the first spot in the International Visitor Program for the Jane Austen Society of North America. She also worked for the Jane Austen Society of the United Kingdom and the Chawton House Library. Chernega, who owns a garden maintenance business near Pittsburgh, specializes in English gardens and pruning. She’s also the English garden editor of BellaOnline, writing a column on creating an English garden, and has written a booklet on the topic. Learn more at www.onegardenatatime.biz.

For more information, visit www.adreamhousebook.com

 

 

A Dream House: Exploring the Literary Homes of England

Carol Chernega

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-145750-246-0                        142 pages                         $18.95 US

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Author Hits Hole-in-One with New Humorous Memoir – Book by Norm Spitzig

Little did the author know that spending a few weeks as a caddy, typically earning $1.85 per five-hour outing, would lead to a decades-long career in the world of private clubs. Readers of this new memoir gain insights into the author’s life as well as 13 core principles – practical, universal lessons — they can apply to their own life’s journey. Told in a humorous style peppered with the best of the author’s Twitter wisdom, the book aims to entertain as well as pass on tips for living life well.

How Now, Norm’s Tao follows the author as he learns the ropes of club management from nationally known legends like Don Hayes and stints at several private clubs to running a company. Lessons he has learned over time include such things as “Rules matter – but only to a point,” “Hold on to your personal integrity no matter what” and “Laugh a lot – and then laugh some more.” Amusing and enlightening stories accompany each of the life lessons to drive the author’s point home. A chapter of stories sent by the author’s fans proves that Norm Spitzig isn’t the only one who sees humor in the goings-on at private clubs.

Author Norm Spitzig, a successful entrepreneur and business consultant, is a principal and senior partner in Master Club Advisors, a worldwide executive placement and consulting firm for private clubs. He and his wife, Cody, live in Florida. Spitzig served as national president of the Club Managers Association of American in 1995, the same year he became one of the six original general managers to earn the lifetime Master Club Manager designation. Spitzig has written two books under the pseudonym Clive Endive Ogive IV: Private Clubs in America and around the World and Murder and Mayhem at Old Bunbury. To learn more, visit www.NormSpitzig.com, www.CliveEndiveOgiveIV.com, or www.MasterClubAdvisors.com.

 

 

How Now, Norm’s Tao: One Man’s Path to a More Enjoyable Personal Life and Rewarding Professional Career

Norm Spitzig

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-145750-633-8                        200 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!