Monthly Archives: April 2013

Girl Learns to be Human from a Horse; Heidi Furseth Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Easy Love” by Heidi Furseth.

To have a horse as a partner and friend is a dream come true for a young girl living in a small Washington town, but when a young chestnut mare comes into her life it profoundly changes all the relationships in her life in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Ann Dougherty has only one wish- a horse of her own, and she spends every waking moment reading horse books and fantasizing of the day her dream comes true. Finally, for her 11th birthday, her father buys her Forever Amber, but the first thing Ann’s new horse does is bite her. In an instance Amber changes fantasy into reality and sets into motion an emotional tug-of-war between Ann and her father that lasts for ten years, ending only when she leaves her childhood behind once and for all.

“Easy Love” tells the parallel stories of the sometimes misguided love of a father for his daughter and the undying love of a girl for her horse. When Amber bites Ann, David Dougherty vows to get rid of the horse, but Ann won’t give her up, refusing to admit that Amber is too much for her when the mare is all the horse crazy girl has ever wanted. Ann soon finds herself in a battle with Amber and her father both, but as her bond with the horse grows closer she finds a strength and independence that only seems to deepen the divide between her and her father. And while Amber becomes Ann’s touchstone through all the changes of growing up- puberty, high school, first boyfriend, leaving for school, college romance- Ann’s father seems determined to keep her a little girl. It’s not until Ann is forced to make a very adult decision that her father accepts that his daughter is grown up. Because in the end horses don’t make girls crazy, horses make girls women.

Author Heidi Furseth has loved horses from an early age, convincing her parents to move to the country and buy her a horse when she was 9. Furseth, now a microbiologist, lives in western Washington with three horses, three cats and a resident raven. Her passions are riding and writing.

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

Easy Love

Heidi Furseth

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1784-6                        228 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.

New Poetry Collection by Vasile Munteanu Celebrates Wonder of Books

coverMunteanuA poet pays tribute to books in all forms – truly human creations – in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Communicating through books is an idea that separates humanity from everything else in nature. Although other species can feel emotion, use tools and have sophisticated methods of communication and social structures, only people write things down. That’s the idea the author honors with new volume of poetry celebrating books and all of their diversity.

“The Book of Books” features 100 poems by Vasile Munteanu, who also has written several other volumes of poetry. The selection “Book 24” offers a glimpse of classic writers: “A ploy with Tolstoy, got corky with Gorsky, got pesky with Dostoyevsky.” In the poem “Book 50,” Munteanu explores the emotions the written word can evoke: “I see two three, or more three four, a page with age, a page of rage, dear sage turn page … A muse to amuse, a muse to abuse, a muse you lose.” Profound in their simplicity, the poems reveal a whole other world seen through the lens of books.

Author Vasile Munteanu came to the United States from Bucharest, Romania, as a teenager. He has taught literature and philosophy at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas. He earned degrees in English from Oakland University in Michigan and a Ph.D. in Philosophy, Interpretation and Culture from State University of New York at Binghamton. Munteanu has written more than 11 books of fiction, poetry and philosophy, including “Godmaker,” “Chandala,” “The Book of Longing” and “The Book of Aloneness.”

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

The Book of Books

Vasile Munteanu

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1884-3                     1,012 pages                    $75.00 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

New Book by Seth Houston Aims to Transform Lives through Creative Thinking

coverHoustonA longtime personal coach and speaker shares his views on living a more fulfilled life by opening their hearts and minds to God and release their own hidden talents in this new book released by Inspired Minds Publishing.

Achieving joy, inner peace and total fulfillment are possible for everyone.  The author uses his book as a tool to show people the fastest, shortest and surest way they can transform their lives. The author provides a guide to achieving a deeper understanding of self and the meaning of life, how to channel positive thinking to create a lifestyle worth living, and shows others how to uncover their full potential.

“The Power of Creative Thinking: The Secret to Attracting and Manifesting Your Ideal Life” help guide readers to improving their self-awareness so they can get rid of stress, worry, fear and grief. Author Seth Houston reveals how to activate what he calls the “Christ Consciousness” to live a well-balanced life, rising above limitations, hardships and struggles. Houston believes that great power exists within each person, always waiting to surface. Everyone can learn how to tap into their creativity and talents, breaking free “from the chains of spiritual and emotional bondage,” Houston writes in the introduction.

Chapters cover such integral topics as truth, self-identity, the meaning of life, planes of reality, spiritual knowing, the complexity of the brain, universal laws, free will and choices, sexual intimacy, meditation and visualization. Humans are closer to God than they know and should understand how a positive mental state consists of infinite love, peace, and tranquility – a journey into the soul’s consciousness. Such a state show people the way to being more concerned with others rather than themselves, this is an attribute of the Christ consciousness. Houston provides clear and short affirmations at the end of each chapter for further meditation.

Author Seth Houston has touched thousands of people for more than 25 years, helping them discover their spiritual gifts through personal coaching, speaking engagements, spiritual counseling and group lectures. Houston also volunteers humanitarian services locally, and in Arusha Tanzania, Africa, as well as in the Philippines.

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For additional information, please visit www.inspiredminds.info.

The Power of Creative Thinking: The Secret to Attracting and Manifesting Your Ideal Life

Seth Houston

Inspired Minds Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-9884-2430-2                        248 pages                        $21.95 US

This Informative book is now available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

Drug Smugglers Hoping to Make a Point Star in Richard Scott Dobson’s New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Lost Wave” by Richard Scott Dobson.

A smuggler concocts a daring scheme to make a political statement in this new novel released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Two years of preparation come to a head when 10 tons of ganja needs to be unloaded off the California coast. Stephen Muir, a sea-loving smuggler, stars in this new novel that features a colorful cast of characters that includes a keen-eyed Rastafarian from Colombia who serves as a skipper, dealers, old surfing buddies and beautiful women, all with ties to the drug trade. The smugglers thrive on both the profit and the adrenaline their ventures provide, but their latest adventure might be their last.

“The Lost Wave” details the quirks of the smugglers, such as a slender beauty who fights almost literally to the death to land a marlin and a Japanese dealer with a maze of tunnels beneath his house. A corrupt DEA agent with questionable associates begins to meddle in the group’s latest operation, which includes a different kind of tea party. Stephen wants to dump 2,000 of marijuana into Boston Harbor to protest the incarceration of people involved in selling the drug – an activity he thinks should not be criminalized.

The stakes in this cat-and-mouse game get higher as U.S. government agents try to track the ship and the smugglers use their tricks to evade detection. Some smugglers are not up for the challenge and leave the game while they still can. A deadly hurricane engulfs the Boston-bound ship and her pursuer, causing a critical situation. Will Stephen and his crew be able to complete their mission or does fate have another plan in store?

Author Richard Scott Dobson has fished everything from cod to shrimp, black grouper, marlin and crab. The outdoors lover also has worked as a carpenter, shipwright, plumber, diver, sculptor and builder.

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

The Lost Wave

Richard Scott Dobson

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1638-2                        232 pages                        $13.95 US

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1876-8                        232 pages                        $21.95 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.

Memoir Shows Disco’s Glitzy Heyday through One Man’s Eyes; Mark Okun and Hillary Brower Co-write New Book

coverBrowerA now-sober hairdresser reflects on his rebellious past and family relationships in this honest new memoir released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Blond-haired, blue-eyed Mark Okun knew from an early age that he was adopted, raised by short, European Jews. This new memoir details the exploits and struggles of a flamboyant and rebellious gay man whose good looks opened doors into a world of partying, drugs, sex, and rock and roll in the 1970s and ’80s in New York City, Fire Island and Miami. As the AIDS epidemic hits, Okun uses the values instilled by his loving parents to find strength to survive. A decision to become sober and healthy eventually leads to a reunion with his biological family at age 42 on a television show.

“A Short Jew in the Body of a Tall W.A.S.P.: A Gay Melodrama in 13 Acts” details the author’s childhood in Syracuse listening to stories from his Russian grandmother, hanging out with the hippies who begin showing up in 1967 by the university and running away at age 13 to Los Angeles. He ends up back home but hasn’t lost his rebellious ways, cutting class and working backstage to meet musicians like Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin. A haircut at an expensive salon in New York City inspires Okun to begin cutting hair at age 16. He attends beauty school full time and moves to New York City after graduation to begin his career.

Ups and downs lead to him moving back to Syracuse, and he comes out to his mother and becomes close to his father. He eventually moves back to New York, and his hairstyling career begins to take off. It takes hitting rock bottom and losing friends to AIDS several years later to lead Okun to AA and a sober lifestyle. Life begins to improve when he buys a boat and hangs out with the “Jewish navy” on Fire Island. In the wake of family tragedy, he has an unexpected encounter at an AA meeting that will change his life. A friend helps him track down his biological family, and he re-invigorates his career. This no-holds-barred memoir will resonate with anyone who has struggled or watched loved ones struggle with their role in the world and reveals the importance of love no matter what form it takes.

Author Mark Okun, who grew up in Syracuse, is a hairdresser with clients in Miami, Palm Beach and Memphis. His salon is in New York City. He and his partner of 17 years, John Wendell, live in Jersey City. Co-author Hillary Brower, a lawyer focusing on criminal defense and family law, has a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Her career has inspired her to write short stories based on her experiences.

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


A Short Jew in the Body of a Tall W.A.S.P.: A Gay Melodrama in 13 Acts

Mark Okun and Hillary Brower

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1736-5                        204 pages                        $15.95 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 Fiction Release Features the Latest Exploits of Two Young Adventurers and Their Mentor; Book by Paul Maguire

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Professor Atlas and the Jewel of Enlightenment” by Paul Maguire.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Professor Atlas and the Jewel of Enlightenment” by Paul Maguire.

This new fiction release published by Dog Ear Publishing picks up with Tyler Gerard and Brandon Giles as they embark on a new quest with their mentor, Professor Fielding Atlas.  In this new installment, the two young men must use their brains and the training they received in their prior adventure to retrieve an ancient mystical jewel that could change the life of its holder.

Tyler Gerard and Brandon Giles are not typical 7th graders.  While their peers spend their days hanging out with friends at the mall, these boys have taken up with renowned explorer Professor Fielding Atlas, ensuring that their lives will never lack adventure again.  Their last exploit sent them to the Middle Ages, but their newest mission is no less action-packed.   Upon their return to 21st century England, Tyler, Brandon, and Professor Atlas learn that their presence is required in Japan, where they are to reconnect with the wizard Mercastus.  However, as they contemplate how they will make the long trip without any money or means of transportation, they find themselves in peril once again.

Kidnapped by an old enemy, the trio of heroes find themselves en route to a mysterious, but certainly deadly, location.  Soon, the course of events that follows requires them to use their heads to infiltrate the Tiger of Alecto, a terrifying sect of extremists headed by the bloodthirsty Vijay Verma.  Verma has stolen the Jewel of Enlightenment, a powerful amethyst that could wreak destruction upon humanity now that it has fallen into the wrong hands.  With tactical support from the jewel’s most recent owner as well as help from a long-lost friend, the trio set about preventing potential annihilation. Will the three heroes be able to complete their most dangerous quest yet?  Will Vijay Verma and his followers manage to harness the jewel’s magnificent powers for their most horrific goals?

Professor Atlas and the Jewel of Enlightenment is a rip-roaring tale of action and intrigue, with nonstop thrills and narrow escapes.  Tyler and Brandon’s rollercoaster of an adventure will keep readers turning the pages and hoping the tale will never end.  Author Paul Maguire worked on the New York Stock Exchange for more than two decades before deciding to embark upon his lifelong dream of writing. He lives in New York with his wife and three children. This is the second book in Maguire’s Professor Atlas series.

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

Professor Atlas and the Jewel of Enlightenment

Paul Maguire

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1713-6                        272  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.

New Nonfiction Release Story of Survival Despite Heartbreaking Circumstances; Book by Madi Wend

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Drought” by Madi Wend.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Drought” by Madi Wend.

This new nonfiction release published by Dog Ear Publishing tells the story of author Madi Wend’s family and the tragic outcome of her great-grandmother’s decision to take her infant and abandon her two toddlers and her husband.  This act had repercussions for generations to come, resulting in neglect and abuse.

Kitty Mae was young and beautiful, and mourning the loss of her mother to tuberculosis.  Heartbroken and eager to escape her life, 17-year-old Kitty Mae decided to marry a young rancher Wen calls Mr. M.  The two had a family quickly, and they had to move frequently to follow the work.  The stress of frequent upheaval and three children in as many years proved too much for the fragile young girl, and she took her youngest child and fled the house one day, leaving behind her husband and her two young children.  The baby, who was known as Betty Lou, was the author’s grandmother.  Kitty Mae’s premature death led to Betty Lou being placed with older relatives, a stern couple known as Mr. and Mrs. C., who provided food and shelter for the little girl, but nothing in the way of affection or love.

Betty Lou’s presence was tolerated by her adopted parents until she was fourteen.  They decided at that point that they were too old to parent a teenager, and they brokered a marriage with an older man in town.  Married off at 16, Betty Lou embarked upon her adulthood far too soon, and thing didn’t improve as her new husband abused and neglected her, and eventually abandoned her at a pivotal moment of need.  Their eventual divorce led Betty Lou to leave her own daughter, Patty Ann, to be raised by a foster mother, continuing the cycle of abandonment.

Drought is a compelling tale of women scratching out their existence against the odds, fighting against abuse and neglect and eventually triumphing.  Author Madi Wend displays tremendous compassion toward the women, helping the reader to understand the circumstances that might have led these women to make the decisions they made.  Wend is an advocate with a BS in Psychology and Graduate Studies in Mental Health Counseling who focuses on trauma, grief, loss, abuse, and neglect in adults and children.  This is her first book.

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

Drought

Madi Wend

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1770-9                        204 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.