Monthly Archives: January 2013

Franck Aguilh Releases New Book of Poems, Photos Highlighting Haiti’s Plight

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Haiti, Cries from the Heart: Lamentations of a Son” by Franck Aguilh.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Haiti, Cries from the Heart: Lamentations of a Son” by Franck Aguilh.

A Haitian native presents a collection of poems and reflections featuring that Caribbean nation in the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

When the Rev. Franck Aguilh first set foot on his native Haiti after more than four decades away, he couldn’t believe the devastation left by a 35-second earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010. “It was only when I got there that I realized the extent of the destruction and despair that no camera lens could capture,” he writes in the introduction to this new collection of reflections and poems. The writings reflect Aguilh’s feelings on returning to the Caribbean nation rich in history and the devastation he found, as well as the beauty of the country and the resilience of its people.

Aguilh concentrates his relief efforts on Mizak, a mountainous rural community some 50 miles south of Port-au-Prince with about 35,000 people, about 70 percent of whom live on less than $1 a day, he notes. Mizak has no hospital, doctor, running water or electricity. Drawn to Mizak’s plight, Aguilh ministers there through Haiti Hope House Inc., a nonprofit organization he created that helps educate Haitian children and teaches young adults marketable skills.

In “Haiti, Cries from the Heart: Lamentations of a Son,” 22 poems and five reflections soulfully expresses an emotional response to the earthquake and its lasting effects. In “Goudou, Goudou,” Aguilh writes of the unbelievable violence of that event: “Thirty-five seconds of living hell, it is all that it took for thousands of lives to be snuffed out, for thousands of heads to have no place to rest, for thousands of limbs to be lost, crushed under a mountain of sand and cinder blocks.” In “Hard to Believe” he reflects on the slowness of rebuilding even two years later: “Because it looks and smells like yesterday. Road that were ripped open remain unrepaired, tent cities and port-a-johns still litter Port-au-Prince.”

Other selections celebrate hard-working Haitian women, the first day of school, the country’s beauty, market day in Mizak, an ode to Haiti’s history as the first black independent nation and the author’s hopes that Haiti can capture its own beauty in rebuilding. Photos Aguilh took of destroyed building and overcrowded, shabby tent cities – as well as young people playing games and people coping as best they can –add another dimension to this unforgettable work.

Author Franck Aguilh, an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church, served as assistant and senior pastor at churches in central New Jersey. He retired from the pulpit after the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti to focus his efforts on helping the country, creating the nonprofit organization Haiti Hope House Inc. Proceeds from the sale of this book will go to that organization. Aguilh, who came to the United States in 1966, worked as a systems and telecommunications engineer and a project manager at such companies as Lucent Technologies and AT&T. He earned his master of divinity degree magna cum laude from Drew University.

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

Haiti, Cries from the Heart: Lamentations of a Son

Franck Aguilh

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1616-0                        84 pages                        $25.99 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

New Memoir Recounts Misadventure of a Lifetime; Book by James Lee Meadows

Dog Ear Publishing releases “This Book Is Drunk: The Madman Who Sailed from Miami to Boston on a Sunfish Sailboat” by James Lee Meadows.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “This Book Is Drunk: The Madman Who Sailed from Miami to Boston on a Sunfish Sailboat” by James Lee Meadows.

A Concord, Mass., native reminisces about his adventures sailing in the Atlantic Ocean in this entertaining new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

A series of small jaunts around Cape Code one summer, as well as a few longer jaunts whets James Lee Meadows’ appetite for spontaneous sailing and adventure. His spontaneity comes into play again a few years later when he botches a run for selectman in his hometown of Concord against a prisoner from Concord Reformatory serving time for grand theft. This new memoir details what happens to the drinking, pot-smoking party man when his short-lived political career implodes and he embarks on an unforgettable aquatic adventure.

“This Book Is Drunk: The Madman Who Sailed from Miami to Boston on a Sunfish Sailboat” follows the author’s trip from cajoling the company that made Sunfish to let him use a boat to the cast of colorful characters he meet. James sets sail from Miami Beach on an auspicious day – April 1, 1977 – and spends more than 100 days cruising along the East Coast, partying for days at a time with new friends, eventually joining longtime friend Jeremy, a photographer, in Atlantic City, before continuing to Boston. Members of the Woodstock generation and those who remember the summer of love can relate to the fun-loving James, who takes nothing seriously even when dunked in the ocean by giant waves. He survives on his charm, meager resources and the kindness of strangers awestruck by the letters on his boat reading “MIAMI TO BOSTON EXPRESS.”

Author James Lee Meadows, a gifted musician since his childhood in Concord, Mass., played lead guitar in a high school rock band and professionally while attending Shaw Prep. He graduated from Bryan Junior College with a commercial pilot’s license but turned to music again, releasing an unsuccessful album. He spent the next few years on the road, traveling across the country, writing manuscripts and performing. During a campaign for selectman in Concord, he planned a crazy adventure – sailing in a Sunfish from Miami to Boston. A few years later, he and a friend sailed from New Orleans to Maine on Phantom sailboats. He eventually moved to Florida and worked as an electrician for two decades, eventually deciding to chronicle his sailing trip of a lifetime.

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

This Book Is Drunk: The Madman Who Sailed from Miami to Boston on a Sunfish Sailboat

James Lee Meadows

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1601-6                        252 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

Syrian Dishes Take on Exciting Flavor in Newly Released Cookbook By Janice Jweid Reed

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Sitto’s Kitchen: A Treasury of Syrian Family Recipes Taught from Mother to Daughter for Over 100 Years” by Janice Jweid Reed.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Sitto’s Kitchen: A Treasury of Syrian Family Recipes Taught from Mother to Daughter for Over 100 Years” by Janice Jweid Reed.

Century-old Syrian recipes revealed in this new collection that’s part cookbook and part biography. Dog Ear Publishing releases book that features original recipes from the author’s grandmother, along with contemporary cooking tips and memories associated with each dish.

Recipes brought by a 14-year-old Syrian immigrant to Ellis Island in 1912 gain new life in this collection of treasured recipes and memories. Janice Jweid Reed lovingly presents dishes her grandmother learned in Aleppo, Syria, representing more than 100 years of traditional Arab cooking. Reed describes techniques used long ago but simplifies and updates them for modern cooks. Dishes range from traditional Aleppo breakfasts to after-dinner Arab sweets, showcasing the variety this distinctive Middle East cuisine offers the palate.

“Sitto’s Kitchen: A Treasury of Syrian Family Recipes Taught from Mother to Daughter for Over 100 Yearsoffers more than a unique cuisine to adventurous cooks and those who want to recapture their own heritage. Reed includes family memories, commentaries and helpful preparation tips for each dish. She reminisces about her grandmother’s breakfast biscuits (Kahek) flavored with fennel seed and anise.  Favorite dishes like Aunt Zekeya’s Tabbouleh salad, Syrian stuffing, Open Meat Pies, aromatic Barley Pilaf, Tamarind Meatballs and a spring yogurt salad, which traditionally heralded Easter and springtime, colorfully capture her heritage.  She recounts a fundraising gala for St. Jude Hospital led by Danny Thomas and the fava bean dip served.  Reed includes both the English and Arabic names for all dishes, inviting young cooks to learn about this culture while exploring its cuisine and the history surrounding it. She showcases a tradition of hospitality learned at her grandmother’s side. Color and B&W Photos, a guide to cook’s tools, pantry staples, a glossary and list of places to buy the more exotic ingredients and spices round out this homage to Middle Eastern cuisine.

Author Janice Jweid Reed began compiling her grandmother’s recipes in 1966 in a spiral notebook while living in the Midwest with her young family.  She’s faithfully preserved these previously unwritten recipes with this cookbook and continues the legacy of her grandmother, Sitto Naima.  Reed grew up in Paterson, N.J., a vibrant community with many Syrian and Lebanese families.

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

 Sitto’s Kitchen: A Treasury of Syrian Family Recipes Taught from Mother to Daughter for Over 100 Years

Janice Jweid Reed

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1246-9                        172 pages                        $19.95 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

New Nonfiction Release Tale of Man’s Emotional and Spiritual Growth Through Adversity; Book by Malachi Stewart

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Journey to Malachi” by Malachi Stewart.  Quote from release: “…a heartrending story of a man’s struggle through the dark to the light…”

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Journey to Malachi” by Malachi Stewart.

This new nonfiction release published by Dog Ear Publishing is the story of Malachi Jeremiah Stewart, a young man whose early hardships and a premature sexual awakening created a loss of faith, leading to hopelessness and deep depression.  In the midst of his lowest point, Malachi experienced a powerful boost, reopening his heart to God.

Young Martez Stewart grew up with a single mother working hard to support her only son; unfortunately, Martez’s mother’s admirable work ethic meant that Martez was left to the care of a neighbor.  This neighbor’s son, Mark, abused Martez sexually for several years, leading Martez to confusion about his sexual identity for years to come.   As Martez grew older, he began seeking attention from inappropriate men, getting farther and farther from his religious upbringing.

Martez’s relationships with random men lead him down dangerous paths, and when he involves himself with Rashad, a drug dealer with connections that would eventually lead to his demise,  Martez feels that God speaks to him, leading him to go back to church, leaving behind his lifestyle of drugs and men.  God’s love  gets Martez through a frightening medical diagnosis and gives him the strength to change his life, even inspiring him to change his name to Malachi Jeremiah.

Journey to Malachi is a heartrending story of a man’s struggle through the dark to the light, and Malachi is an inspiration to anyone who has ever felt that they couldn’t move beyond their past.  Author Malachi Stewart is currently pursuing a degree in Religion and Christian Counseling at Liberty University, with plans to work in ministry.  Stewart trains high school and college students in the topics of evangelism, biblical instruction, spiritual devotion and more in Dominion’s Prophetic &Apostolic Coalition Trans-Continental (D’PACT), Youth L.E.A.D and Youth in Ministry (YIM). This is his first book.

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 Journey to Malachi

Malachi Stewart

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1554-5                        68 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

Greenham Novel Reveals Criminal Intrigue behind Race for Radiation Cure

Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Fisherman’s Stamp” by Ian Greenham.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Fisherman’s Stamp” by Ian Greenham.

Nuclear scientists and biotech companies scramble to be the first to mine the valuable potential of a revolutionary anti-radiation medication in Ian Greenham’s new novel released by Dog Ear Publishing.

The world held its breath when a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck just off the coast of Japan, producing towering tsunami waves killing thousands and severely damaging the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. The resulting meltdown forced the evacuation of thousands of people and prompted re-evaluation of nuclear power programs all over the world, as fears of radiation contamination spread, notes the author in this new novel inspired by the disaster. A chance meeting in Bordeaux, France, sets off a dramatic chain of events nobody could have predicted.

“The Fisherman’s Stamp” transforms news headlines into a gripping story of suspicion, greed and subterfuge. Scientists work to create a medication to protect humans against radiation exposure, but their efforts fall flat until they discover a retired nuclear power worker in France suspected of having a natural resistance to nuclear radiation. As word of the discovery spreads, danger from corporate espionage closes in, with millions of dollars and national security issues at stake. Abductions, thefts of scientific material, a key political figure’s exposure to radiation, and disputes over scientific patents scar the trail in the pursuit of a viable anti-radiation medication. Ultimately, the complex genetics involved are the greatest hurdle of all.

Author Ian Greenham’s three decades in international banking disclosed the seamy side of the corporate financial world which darkens the backdrop of the novel’s subplots. A native of Melbourne, he worked with a leading Australian law firm on trade practices and environmental law before serving in the country’s diplomatic service, and then being recruited by a major U.S. bank, with assignments following in Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and New York, where he now lives.

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For additional information, please visit www.iangreenham.net.

The Fisherman’s Stamp

Ian Greenham

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1680-1                        296 pages                        $22.45 US

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1535-4                        296 pages                        $10.95 US

Available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Ingram.

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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

Business Coach’s New Book Helps Companies Tackle Stumbling Blocks to Success

Dog Ear Publishing releases “A Path to Peak Performance: A Field Manual to Improving Company Performance” by Rob Cain.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “A Path to Peak Performance: A Field Manual to Improving Company Performance” by Rob Cain.

An internationally recognized business coach shares his system to improve company performance in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Businesses are in the business of making money, and improving performance – not matter how big or small the change – can increase the odds of that happening. In this new book, business consultant Rob Cain aims to guide readers through the fundamental steps to improving company performance. He offers ways to identify stumbling blocks to peak performance, how to understand them and how to tackle them, transforming leaders and businesses along the way.

“A Path to Peak Performance: A Field Manual to Improving Company Performance” outlines what Cain refers to as “the smart business system method,” incorporating his business experience, training in Six Sigma practices, the behavioral patterns of people, and leadership during troubling times. Cain, who emphasizes planning, execution, accountability and leadership, claims that within 12 to 18 months, distressed companies that fully embrace his method can see a 50 to 200 percent improvement in year over year earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

Cain takes readers step by step through his smart business system method, starting with concepts like getting cash under control, creating a turnaround plan with specific goals and rationalizing products – doing less but with higher standards. He gives specific examples for accomplishing these goals, such as talking with customers to find out exactly why they purchase items from the company and meeting with associates and industry experts to learn product strengths and weaknesses. Other key concepts to Cain’s system are instilling a culture of accountability and execution, and getting the right people in the right positions. His tools can drive peak performance and help establish standards of excellence important to improving the bottom line.

Author Rob Cain has 25 years of experience helping companies improve their performance. After earning an engineering degree and MBA, Cain developed new products for commercial aerospace and improved product performance to reduce cost. He also helped a failing European capital equipment company division transform into a profitable sales and service office. Cain, trained in Six Sigma practices, now coaches leadership teams and CEOs on improving their companies’ performance through RobCain Consulting. To learn more, visit http://www.robcainconsulting.com.

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

A Path to Peak Performance: A Field Manual to Improving Company Performance

Rob Cain

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-122-0                        68 pages                        $19.99 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

Ex-Marine Delivers Suspense in Debut Novel; New Release by Finn Farnsworth

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Newman’s Rubicon: A Globe Trotting Thriller of Murder, Deceit, and a Reluctant Bagman” by Finn Farnsworth.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Newman’s Rubicon: A Globe Trotting Thriller of Murder, Deceit, and a Reluctant Bagman” by Finn Farnsworth.

The author weaves a tale of suspense and intrigue set in Thailand in his first book, released by Dog Ear Publishing. A former Marine finds he must use every skill at his disposal to complete a delivery job for a mysterious organization and stay alive.

Former military man Hank Newman is a simple man with simple tastes: alcohol to chase away memories of his violent past and morning runs to chase away the resulting hangovers. Being unemployed, the 53-year-old jumps at the chance to make some easy money by delivering a memory stick to Bangkok, not realizing that he’ll need to tap into his uncanny knack for survival, according to this new thriller. Once he reaches Thailand, he finds delivering the memory stick isn’t as simple as he thought because powerful organizations also want it and will stop at almost nothing to get it.

The plot thickens in “Newman’s Rubicon” as Hank starts questioning the motives behind the delivery, who his true allies are and why people connected to the delivery begin turning up dead. A longtime love provides welcome support. Hank must call on his knowledge of the country to finish his task – and receive the money – and escape those who try to thwart him. Most surprising of all is that the military past he seeks to escape may provide the very skills that allow him to elude his pursuers. Although Hank hopes delivering the memory stick will conclude his involvement, he’s well aware that anything can happen.

This is the first novel for author Finn Farnsworth, who deftly weaves a suspenseful tale set mainly in Thailand. Its exotic food, culture and geography serve as a colorful backdrop as the characters encounter each other, sometimes with unexpected results. Farnsworth spent four years in the U.S. Marine Corps before earning a business degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He served another 21 years with the Marines as an aviator. Now he splits his time between Chesapeake Bay and a small island in the Gulf of Thailand, where he owns a beachfront pub.

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

Newman’s Rubicon: A Globe Trotting Thriller of Murder, Deceit, and a Reluctant Bagman

Finn Farnsworth

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1559-0                        388 pages                        $19.95 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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