Monthly Archives: March 2012

New Fiction Release Shares Tales of Young African-American Man’s Coming of Age: Novel by Will Leamon

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Mama, Me & Em” by Will Leamon.

From his birth to his mother Emma Mae’s eventual decline, Willie John’s adventures growing up during the major cultural upheaval taking place from the early 1940s to the 2000s shine a light on the injustice and inequality that were found all over America as well as the lighter side of coming of age during an amazing period in the nation’s history.  A charming narrator, Willie John invites readers to share in his life and his experiences, as well as those of his beloved mother.

In 1942, young Emma Mae gave birth to her first child, a little boy she named Willie John.  The birth was difficult, but the boy thrived, and as he grew, he began to understand more about his mother’s strength and determination; this strength led Emma Mae to take her young son and leave her tumultuous marriage and the increasingly unpleasant atmosphere created by the South’s strict Jim Crow laws for a fresh start in Brooklyn, New York.

As the years pass by, Willie John grows into manhood and becomes more independent from his mother, but he never forgets the sacrifices and hardships his mother underwent to help him achieve as much as he could.  Though the two didn’t always see eye to eye, they always loved one another.  When Willie John’s early first marriage fell apart, Emma Mae disapproved, but eventually came to accept his new relationship.  As he set himself the goal of working for IBM in their infancy, his mother was his greatest cheerleader, and as proud as a peacock when he was successful.  When, many years later, Emma Mae was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Willie John felt as though the earth was shifting underneath him; could he cope with the weakness of the cornerstone of his life?

Mama, Me & ‘Em is by turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, sharing the ups and downs of a young African-American man and his family through the latter half of the twentieth century in America.  Willie John is an endearing narrator, fully aware of his own shortcomings and eager to sing the praises of his beloved mother without hiding her imperfect humanity.  Readers will be sorry to see the end of Willie John and his witty observations about an everyday life that was anything but ordinary.

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For additional information, please visit mamameandem.com.

 

 

Mama, Me & ‘Em

Will Leamon

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0654-3                        827  pages                        $39.99  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.

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

New Non-Fiction Release Gives Tips, Tricks from a Legendary Basketball Mentor and the Coach Who Benefited From His Advice; book by Matt Kramer and Randy Montgomery

Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEO” by Matt Kramer & Randy Montgomery.

High school basketball coaches searching for a book that can help them to build a stronger basketball program need look no further; authors Matt Kramer and Randy Montgomery use their experience creating winning teams to provide helpful advice to coaches, be they veterans or novices, who hope to improve every aspect of their programs. 

Coach Matt Kramer’s basketball team was considered to be among the worst in the Canton, Ohio region; finishing their 2003-2004 season with a record of 3-19, Coach Kramer was concerned about the future of the basketball program as well as the possibility that he’d lose his job.  However, a mere two years later, Kramer led his team to victory in the Canton Division-II District Championship game, earning the team a spot in Ohio’s “Sweet 16”, a prestigious position for the former underdogs.  What happened over the course of twenty-six months?  How did Kramer manage to turn the team around in such a short period of time?

Kramer credits the change in the Fairless basketball program to the mentorship of Coach Randy Montgomery, a hall-of-fame Ohio high school basketball coach with an impressive 500 wins under his belt.  Montgomery’s advice coupled with Kramer’s willingness to implement change and work hard reshaped the foundering basketball program, creating an environment ripe for success.  Coaches Kramer and Montgomery team up together in this, their first book, to share their successes and their failures and what they learned from both with any coach eager to foster leadership and tradition in their programs.  From the interview process that every potential high school coach must endure to the environment that is fostered in the team’s locker room, Kramer and Montgomery offer solid advice backed by years of experience.

The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEO is a fascinating read, chock full of helpful advice and anecdotes that will inspire anyone from the greenest coaches to those close to retirement.  Author Matt Kramer was born the son of a basketball coach, and has been coaching high school basketball since the 1990s.  He lives in Ohio with his wife Christine and their three children.  Author Randy Montgomery is a hall of famer who has been coaching high school basketball for more than three decades, leading two high school programs to elite status.

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For additional information, please visit www.beyondthehardwood.com.

 

The Best-Laid Plans of a High School Basketball CEO

Matt Kramer & Randy Montgomery

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0808-0                        172  pages                         $18.00  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 Provide Provocative Food for Thought; Book by M. Olson

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Syzygy: The Third Alternative – a Political-Literary Essay” by M. Olson.

In this new release from Dog Ear Publishing, the author suggests provocative solutions to political problems that affect the entire world. 

Dissent – the ability to buck the system and go one’s own way – is the “most valuable and unappreciated commodity on the market,” writes the author of this unique new book. Those who haven’t gone along with the system have propelled evolution and change, resulting in today’s society. Taking on politics with a distinctive literary style, the book offers a new way of thinking about debate and dissension.

“Syzygy: The Third Alternative – a Political-Literary Essay” dives right in to address the nation’s top leadership with an open letter to President Obama. Among other things, the author asks him to consider adding a new position, writing “I think the institution of governance took a large hit when the post of court jester went out of fashion.” He goes so far as to suggest the vice president as a candidate. Another passage questions the need for the United States to wage its current war, asking if the country has a self-destruct feature and needs to examine motives or be doomed to keep doing things like that forever, “the lesson being unlearned, like a national Groundhog’s Day,” the author writes.

Whether commenting on global warming – and the related issue of foreign oil and pollution – or conflict in the Middle East, the author isn’t afraid to raise potentially explosive solutions. For instance, the author suggests that the U.S. find a way to get all Israelis out of the Middle East, such as selling them Alaska for $1 if they would move to that state. Such a move would effectively eliminate al Qaeda’s stated reason for waging war so it’s soldiers would go home, “and the air would go out of that outfit like a punctured balloon.” In that scenario, the Israelis would have 10 to 15 times more space and could transform Alaska into a winter playground for the millions of Asians just across the ocean. The author’s thought-provoking prose provides a starting point for new ways of thinking about old problems.

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For additional information, please visit www.syzygyttalt.com.

 

Syzygy: The Third Alternative – a Political-Literary Essay

M. Olson

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0429-7                        92 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.

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

New Release Spins Fantastic Tale of Magic, Evil; Book by Karen Couchman

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Simply Magic” by Karen Couchman.

A young man learns he has a magical heritage when he receives a surprising gift on his 21st birthday. Unfortunately, an evil being also takes notices of his new gift and will stop at nothing to gain his secrets in this new release from Dog Ear Publishing.

Turning 21 brings an unexpected magical inheritance to Benjamin, a tall, lanky young man with exotic eyes and olive skin. In this imaginative new story, he wakes up after a fantastical dream to find a silver amulet around his neck that gives him magical power and provides a pass to another world. Benjamin decides to compete as a magician for Australia’s Got Talent and soon becomes caught up with magical creatures and paparazzi. Not everyone is happy with his new gift: A mysterious, dark creature wants to steal his magical secrets, no matter what the cost.

“Simply Magic” follows the twists and turns of this fantasy as Benjamin’s best friends Tiger, a ginger cat who is more than the feline protector she appears, Rose and Jason become victims as part of the obsessed creature’s plans to force him into spilling his secrets. The changeling must complete a dangerous quest – and find his destiny — before he can save his friends. Terrible events bring out the magical blood in Benjamin’s parents, who join in the effort to thwart evil. This thoughtfully spun tale weaves suspense, young love and ultimate evil into an unforgettable book.

Author and illustrator Karen Couchman, who lives in Victoria, Australia, emigrated in 1965 from England. She worked in civil design, helping draft, design highways and towns on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Karen Couchman founded “Couchman Creations” a small internet business that designed and manufacturing cross-stitch patterns for the craft industry. She also wrote and illustrated “Tiger Tales” and is currently writing “Dragon’s Breath,” and “The Diary of Mad Mad Maddison deBanke” a young adult novel.

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For additional information, please visit www.karencouchman.com.au

Simply Magic

Karen Couchman

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0937-7                        160 pages                         $12.95 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 Adventure Tale Offers Insights into Philippine History; Book by Kenneth R. Young

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Twice Honored: The Legend of Captain Littleton Wyler” by Kenneth Young.

Told through the viewpoint of an infantry company, this new novel released by Dog Ear Publishing focuses on the conflict between U.S. interests and Filipinos dedicated to achieving their independence in the wake of the Spanish American War. This swash-buckling tale describes the horrors of war and sheds light on how the United States would define its future relationships with the Philippines.

This historic novel based on a real incident and set during the war in the Philippines from 1899 to 1902, tells its story through the eyes of Company C, Ninth Infantry, commanded by Capt. Littleton Wyler. The company was stationed at a small village on Samar, an island about 400 miles south of Manila, the nation’s capital. On Sept. 29, 1901, hundreds of Filipino rebels attacked the garrison. The U.S. military responded by sending thousands of troops to Samar who burned villages, killed livestock and destroyed crops, the story notes, rounding up peasants and fishermen and putting them in concentration camps.

“Twice Honored: The Legend of Captain Littleton Wyler” focuses on Wyler, the first Cherokee to graduate from West Point Military Academy, as he strives to lead his men honorably and bravely. After serving on Major General Arthur MacArthur’s staff in Manila pushing papers, he’s ready to return to his company and more direct action. The brutal attack on the 100-man garrison in Balangiga, described in realistic detail, fans the flames of the conflict between Filipino rebels and U.S. soldiers. Wyler’s Cherokee intuition helps him in the battle for survival against crafty guerilla fighters, but he feels torn between protecting U.S. interests and his empathy for Filipino peasants. Due to exceptional valor during his time in the Philippines, he earned two Congressional Medals of Honor.

The issues raised in this fact-based novel, set just after the Spanish-American War, echo concerns today about U.S. involvement in conflicts in the Middle East and the struggles for democracy taking place around the world.

Author Kenneth R. Young specialized in U.S. military and diplomatic actions in Asia when he was professor of history at Western Connecticut State University. He was a Fulbright scholar to the Philippines in 1979. Young also wrote the biography “The General’s General: The Life and Times of Lt. General Arthur MacArthur.”

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For additional information, please visit www.kennethryoung.com.

 

Twice Honored: The Legend of Captain Littleton Wyler

Kenneth R. Young

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0591-1                        244 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.

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

New Release Provides Practical Pointers for First-Time Managers; Book by Dave Day and John Lough

Dog Ear Publishing releases “How To Win as a First-Time Manager: The Challenges Facing Talent Management When Moving from Co-Worker to Boss” by Dave Day and John Lough.

Two authors with decades of experience in management and management training break down the challenges that new managers face in their first six to twelve months as managers. This new release from Dog Ear Publishing provides an inside look into the daily exchanges between a new first-time manager and her experienced coach, using a storytelling approach to explore and explain the various roles and responsibilities new managers are expected to fulfill.

The first section of How To WIN as a First-Time Manager highlights the challenges new managers face in transitioning from the role of co-worker to positions of authority and leadership—issues such as being overwhelmed initially as new managers, being inadequately prepared for their new responsibilities, and having to discipline direct reports (often friends and former co-workers). Other topics explored in this first section relate to the challenges associated with redefining working relationships with direct reports, being compared unfavorably to former managers, jealousy from former co-workers over not getting the promotion to manager, disappointment of the group’s informal leader that he or she was not picked for promotion, accusations of favoritism, and “testing” by friends and former co-workers (among other issues!). The final topic covered in the first section is that all-important topic of adopting one’s leadership style.

The content of the book is driven by the results of individual interviews conducted with 60 first-time managers from a variety of organizational settings. These managers had been in their current positions for at least six months, thus they had time to accumulate some “battle scars.” At the same time, they had not been in their positions longer than one year so that their recall was not affected by experience and/or training opportunities. Written in a conversational style, the book offers practical suggestions that will guide a first-time manager to success.

These new managers were asked to identify those areas of management that were the most difficult for them to perform, as well as those areas these 60 managers would like to receive additional training. The second section of the book focuses on those issues most often identified by the managers in response to these two questions, including communication skills, motivation of employees, delegation of work, discipline of direct reports (to include conflict resolution and coping with difficult employees), time management, and team building.

The book’s authors draw praise for their innovative and straightforward approach. “I love it when those who are close to the action write about important subjects . . . A new manager who has the benefit of this book would indeed have a better chance, as the title suggests, of winning!” writes Dr. Stephen Lundin, author of Fish! Speaking from an academic and industry perspective, Steve Reinemund, Dean of Business at Wake Forest University and retired Chairman/CEO, PepsiCo notes, that How To WIN offers “ . . . wise, practical, and on-target advice for leaders who are breaking into the ranks of management for the first time.”

For  the past 30 years, author Dave Day, Ph.D., has helped develop newly appointed first-time managers. His most recent interest includes working with participants in talent management programs. He has been a student of management for over 48 years—as a manager, college faculty member and management consultant. His management articles have appeared in such journals as Personnel Journal and the Journal of Management Education. His articles have been adopted by such organizations as the American Management Association and The US Office of Personnel Management. He also wrote Teaching Your 1st Management Course (South-Western College Publishing) designed to help guide doctoral-level students in management in teaching college-level management courses.

Author John Lough, Ed.D., has served as a senior manager for a top 10 financial services organization and on the staff of a major university business school. This career consultant and executive coach has written and co-written articles and books on management and leadership.  He co-founded Georgians for Manufacturing, a statewide group of educators and business leaders aimed at raising public awareness about the positive effect of manufacturing on the national economy.

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For additional information, please visit www.winasfirsttimemanager.com.

 

How To Win as a First-Time Manager: The Challenges Facing Talent Management When Moving from Co-Worker to Boss

Dave Day and John Lough

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0769-4                        184 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.

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

New Graphic Novel Creates Chilling Tale; Book by William Marquis

Dog Ear Publishing releases “JimJoe – Den of Thieves” by William Marquis.

A classic tale of good versus evil receives new life in the form of this unforgettable graphic novel, newly released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Six-year-old Aspen has no idea that he’s repeating history when he tells his father he has an imaginary friend named JimJoe. Arrow Brown was terrorized by an imaginary friend until he destroyed him – or so he thought – in this new graphic novel. This psychological thriller, set 20 years later when Arrow has grown to manhood, follows the pair as they prepare to fight JimJoe. It’s only when the battle draws to a close that the family learns how their fate and JimJoe’s are intertwined.

“JimJoe – Den of Thieves” relays a classic tale of good and evil, set against the backdrop of modern living. Although Arrow’s own wife doesn’t believe in JimJoe, a longtime priest knows the evil being for who he really is – a member of the den of thieves, damned by God and hunting young children to kill them and steal their souls. Armed with his new knowledge, Arrow and a doctor who believes his story work to save Aspen and vanquish JimJoe once and for all. The striking illustrations add to the tension of the chilling tale, allowing characters to show their emotions and putting a face on true evil.

Graphic novels inspire author William Marquis, who hails from White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. Marquis has compiled several fiction works in the last 10 years such as screenplays and graphic novels. Before turning to writing books and screenplays, Marquis was a businesses executive and entrepreneur. The business consultant has helped companies increase their profitability.  Illustrator Emiko Sawanobori, a Los Angeles-based artist and animator, has worked on feature-length films and 2D television animation on such projects as “Electric City” and online worlds for ZhuZhu Pets and Beanie Babies.

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For additional information, please visit www.jimjoebook.com.

JimJoe – Den of Thieves

William Marquis

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-0932-2                        140 pages                         $18.95 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.