Monthly Archives: May 2013

Todd Johnson Describes Wonderland of Women’s Bodies in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Nasty as I Am” by Todd Johnson.

Sex in all forms receives praise and poetic treatment in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Author Todd Johnson loves women, from the way they think and act to the way they look, smell and taste. In fact, he spent a large part of his life pursuing them in an age-old bid for female companionship and simple sex. This new book is a comedic look at one man’s sexual desires and experiences from preteen to adulthood, providing a no-holds-barred account of sex – which the author ranks with the need for air, food and sleep.

 “Nasty as I Am,” intended for a mature audience, is a coming-of-age story that reveals Johnson’s first kiss and his explorations into the female body from head to toe. He frankly admits that he loves sex in all forms, and although he sometimes includes vulgar language, he writes those words from a viewpoint of respect, not degradation; those are simply the terms he uses to think about sex. Johnson’s words captivate, from his description of his first kiss in an alley when he was 11 and what still turns him on today, to his most elaborate fantasies.

Johnson has an opinion on everything from toys and gadgets, to music and positions. Sprinkled with humor – such as his offers to erase the shame of a one-night stand by making it a two-night, all-day stand – the author offers a refreshingly candid perspective on a natural – but sometimes nasty – act between two people. This unique look at sexual activity combines commentary and poetry, offered with no apologies. As the author writes, “Nasty is a promise and a commitment. It’s inside this book.”

This is the first book for author Todd Johnson, who helps run Law-Den Nursing Home, the oldest operating African-American nursing home in Michigan. He wrote poetry as a teenager at Cass Tech High School. In 1993, Johnson and artist Larry Stroman published the superhero comic “Tribe” from Image Comics, the best-selling African-American comic by African-American creators, with more than one million copies sold. The father of two is working on a children’s book.

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

Nasty as I Am

Todd Johnson

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1817-1                        128 pages                        $12.99 US

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

About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

New Book by R. Eugene Chieppo Provides Prescription for Living Happier Lives

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Health and Aging 101: What Makes You Tick by R. Eugene Chieppo.

Understanding the relationships between mind and body, including little-known information about the brain, can lead to a happier, healthier life, notes the author of this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Good health – a trait many people seek – is within reach if people understand the relationship between their conscious and unconscious minds. That’s the theory put forward by the author of a new book focusing on health and aging. R. Eugene Chieppo notes that the main difference between the conscious and subconscious selves is that the subconscious would prefer things to remain the same even as the conscious works to improve life.

By promoting understanding of the relationship between the different aspects of the mind and body, “Health and Aging 101: What Makes You Tick” aims to guide others to eliminate things related to mental anguish such as anxiety, obesity, depression, and smoking and other addictions. Learning “what makes you tick,” the author writes, can help people open themselves up to happiness. Chieppo shares his own experience with successfully quitting smoking in 1965 when he rediscovered the book “Solar Plexus of the Abdominal Brain,” which talked about more than one type of brain. Applying those lessons of mind over matter this time helped Chieppo to stop smoking within two weeks.

Put in its simplest terms, the “conscious self is the resident caretaker of the body,” the author writes. As such, the conscious self may possess knowledge of how the body functions but most caretakers fail, leading to illness in mind and body. Chieppo urges readers to question conventional treatment and prevention espoused by agencies such as the FDA, AMA as they seem to focus on managing symptoms without promoting prevention. Chapters on aging, eating for better health, supplements and positive expectations further promote Chieppo’s vision of people taking charge of their own health and extending their lives through a deeper understanding of the mind-body connection.

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

Health and Aging 101: What Makes You Tick

R. Eugene Chieppo

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1870-6                        172 pages                        $14.50 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.

Chris Fillmore Explores Garden of Eden in New Novel

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “In the Beginning…” by Chris Fillmore.

Author Chris Fillmore brings a modern sensibility to the story of creation in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Man is not meant to live alone, and the first human on Earth begins to feel lonely, comforted only by his three kindred spirits, a huge eagle, a mighty bear and a majestic lion. In this new retelling of the Genesis story, the Father first sends an angel named Eva, but the match proves to be a poor one. He tries again by combining the essence of Eva with Man’s rib, forming Eve, the first woman. The story follows a similar path to the biblical version, with Eve’s actions leading Man to a terrible temptation that will have lasting repercussions.

“In the Beginning…” shows Father’s attempts to make his creation happy. Eva, naturally drawn to order, proves to be a disappointment to Man because she refuses to help with his work, insisting she’s just there to talk to him. Eventually, Man’s frustration boils over and Father takes Eva away and creates Eve, a beautiful woman, who seems to know just what Man wants. Man and Eve find happiness together, but eventually Man’s work classifying plants keeps him away from Eve, who yearns for a kindred spirit of her own. She finds new companionship in a peculiar scaled creature named Sepher.

The other kindred spirits have a nagging feeling that Sepher isn’t quite what he seems, but they accept him into the group. His influence on Eve is soon apparent, and she gives in to her curiosity, experimenting at his encouragement and eventually tasting fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Sepher encourages her to have Man taste the fruit as well, but she must use her feminine wiles and trick him into doing so. Father learns of Sepher’s plot and gives Man an impossible task to prevent it. Can Man find the courage to complete Father’s request, or will he be doomed to failure?

Author Chris Fillmore maintains a blog and has written for Helium.com and Yahoo.com. Although “In the Beginning” is his first published work, Fillmore enjoys writing in many genres, ranging from science fiction to mysteries and thrillers. He has two daughters.

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

In the Beginning…

Chris Fillmore

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1888-1                        212 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

Sue Austin Reveals Country’s Rugged Beauty, Scenic Settings in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Never Too Old for Adventure by Sue Austin.

Follow the adventure of a lifetime when a 60-year-old decides to travel to all U.S. states in just over 100 days in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Dozens of photos depicting some of the amazing sights on the trip enhance this detailed travelogue.

A 40th high school reunion and subsequent trip to North Carolina, coupled with a need for change, inspire an almost 60-year-old to embark on an unforgettable journey. Following in the footsteps of her parents, who have been to all 50 states in the country and all U.S. territories, as well as more than 100 countries around the world, Sue Austin decides to visit all 50 U.S. states and takes just four months to do so. This new book details the experiences she had flying and driving across the country, taking in its natural and manmade wonders.

“Never TooOld for Adventure” describes the adventures Austin had with both old friends and new ones as she traversed the North American continent. One of her first trips – to Alaska – proves Austin is adept at sleeping anywhere since she turned her laptop bag into a pillow at the Seattle-Tacoma airport while waiting for her morning flight. Beautiful landscapes, eagles and humpback whales confirm Alaska’s wild beauty. Austin actively engages during her trips, booking adventures like a buggy ride in the Oregon dunes, ride on the Great Dipper rollercoaster at Belmont Park, parasailing excursion in Florida, ride on a submersible Eco-Scooter in Hawaii, a hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and zipline courses in seven states.

Among the experiences Austin details are the cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano, Colonial Williamsburg, Potomac River tour, Clippership sail in New York City, Cape Cod Bay, Plymouth Rock (a nod to Austin’s four direct descendants who sailed on the Mayflower), Badlands National Park in South Dakota, Devils Tower in Wyoming, Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon and Waikiki Beach. She saves money on souvenirs by buying T-shirts at thrift shops for places she planned to see. Thanks to her flexibility about accommodations – sleeping in her car, staying with friends and family and using vouchers from Groupon and Living Social – Austin saved thousands of dollars on her trip, inspiring anyone with an eye for deals and an adventurous spirit to plan their own journey.

Author Sue Austin is no stranger to adventure. Austin, who earned a Ph.D. in religion in 2008, began traveling in 2011 after realizing life can be short. She retired in 2012 to travel full time. Austinwas born in Tampa and lived there for nearly 30 years before buying 10 wooded acres in Tallahassee. She worked as a computer programmer, computer consultant, designed websites, and began an online book business. She has two sons.

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

Never Too Old for Adventure

Sue Austin

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1930-7                        184 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.

Headline: New Fiction Release Compassionate Tale of Woman’s Battle with Alzheimer’s and the Young Girl Who Assists Her; Book by Kate Taylor

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Call Me Crazy” by Kate Taylor

This new fiction release published by Dog Ear Publishing interweaves the stories of Ellie, a young girl looking to fill her time in the long, hot summer by helping an aging neighbor with her garden, and Evelyn, an elderly woman whose descent into dementia leaves her with increasingly short periods of lucidity and renders her incapable of remembering anything in the present even as she remains tormented by a dark secret in her past.

This new release from Dog Ear Publishing tells the tale of Ellie Johnson, who has been hired to tend her neighbor’s garden for the summer.  The job sounds easy, and maybe even a little boring, but when she arrives at Evelyn Wilson’s house, Ellie’s shocked to learn that Evelyn doesn’t seem to know who she is or what she’s doing there.  Ellie has seen Evelyn at church weekly for most of her life, but she soon learns that Evelyn is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, and has trouble remembering close family members, let alone a little girl she saw once or twice a week.

Soon, Ellie develops a rapport with the elderly woman, and finds herself visiting Evelyn more often than her work in the garden requires.   It is during one of these visits that Evelyn accidentally reveals a secret that she’s kept for decades, a secret that could be dangerous not just to Evelyn but to her best friend, Millie. Shocked by this information, Ellie runs to her best friend and confidant, Cooper, who encourages Ellie to share the secret with Evelyn’s family.  Ellie’s torn between her conscience and her loyalty to the sweet old woman who has come to depend upon her visits.  Can Ellie keep Evelyn’s past buried, or will she be forced to reveal the horrors of a cold February afternoon in 1928?

Call Me Crazy is a beautiful story of compassion, heartbreak, and unconditional love.  Ellie is an endearing girl faced with a difficult decision, and Evelyn’s fading memory reminds readers that dementia is terrifying for the sufferers as well as the loved ones who watch them fade.  Author Kate Taylor was inspired to write this, her first novel, after watching her grandmother battle Alzheimer’s.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in English, a Master’s degree in Secondary Education, and she teaches at a local middle school.

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For additional information, please visit katetaylortheauthor.com.

 

 Call Me Crazy

Kate Taylor

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-14575-1810-2                        228 pages                        $16.00 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 Gives Practical and Humorous Strategies for Optimizing Marital Harmony

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Who’s Your Hubby? Tips for Living Happily with 10 Hubby Types” by Beth Rabinowitz and Monica Schaeffer, Ph.D.

Newly weds, older weds, and soon-to be-weds now have a guide for living happily with 10 different “hubby types” in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. With the divorce rate for first-time marriages hovering around 50%, and over 60% for second marriages, this timely book helps promote marital harmony and minimize marital discord.

The strategies and advice provided in this book are based on the responses of more than 100 women to the “Marital Wisdom Survey.” Collectively, they represent over 1,000 years of marriage, with over 90% being married for over 20 years and 30%, for over 35 years. In addition, the majority of these women reported that they work outside the home and 97% have children, most with 2 or more.

Who’s Your Hubby? Tips for Living Happily with 10 Hubby Types,” offers chapters for each of 10 hubby types: Chubby, Non-Communicative, Sportsaholic, Unfashionable, Domestically Challenged, Frugal, Unromantic, Workaholic, Time-Insensitive, and Messy.  Each chapter is divided into three sections. Warning signs help predict if one’s husband will morph into a particular hubby type. These are followed by strategies that are practical, specific and even tested by the survey respondents. Each chapter concludes with Do Something for Yourself, recognizing that wives may need to change their behaviors and/or perspectives to optimize harmony.

To provide insight into the male’s perspective, Who’s Your Hubby? includes a chapter written by the authors’ husbands, titled “Why Nagging Doesn’t Work.” This chapter is followed by “Why Ignoring It Doesn’t Work,” to fortify the need to keep working at achieving marital bliss!! The final chapter, “Cupid’s Cheat Sheet,” can be consulted often and especially when tempers flair.  The authors present the respondents’ advice (in their own words) under 10 categories that apply to any and all hubby types.

The authors have been sharing their own strategies for marital success with each other for over 30 years. As a health psychologist and marketing professional, they each have used their skills to compile this humorous as well as practical marital guidebook.

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

Who’s Your Hubby? Tips for Living Happily with 10 Hubby Types

Beth Rabinowitz and Monica Schaeffer, Ph.D.

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1635-1                        152 pages                        $12.95 US

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

Henry J. Sienkiewicz Shares Philosophy of Untangling from World’s Webs in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Untangled: Contemplation and Entanglement” by Henry Sienkiewicz.

The author weaves together concepts from Eastern and Western philosophy to explore the complex connections of the modern world in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

The world is an increasingly complex, interconnected place that pounds people with unrelenting images, sounds and messages via social media, the Internet and cell phones. In this new book, author Henry Sienkiewicz draws from Eastern and Western philosophy to examine what he calls a “hyperconnected web of the modern world.” He challenges readers to embrace active contemplation and its tenants of silence, stillness and solitude as one way to counteract the entanglements of the world.

“Untangled: Contemplation and Entanglement” reveals its message through the metaphor of a journey in Taiwan undertaken by Boy Scouts and adults leaders. As they walk the trail, they take in their surroundings, at times following a path made by others and at other times forging their own way.  Just as their neatly coiled twine became snarled during the journey, so too can “mental backpacks” become entangled messes in daily life. But entanglement, as the author points out, isn’t automatically a bad thing whether it affects a relationship, spirituality, the physical world or someone’s career; it might be accidental or inconsequential. As he writes, “Entanglement may be the vines that catch your feet. Or it may be the limbs that brush your arms. Or it could be the rope that safely holds you onto the mountain.”

Active contemplation provides a way to sort through entanglements at all levels. “Untangling” from the complexities of the world allows people to make well-informed choices, providing an approach to making the world more understandable and offering insights into who they are, how they relate to the greater community and what is truly important. Group discussion questions at the end of this evocative book further enhance the reader’s experience.

This is the second book for author Henry J. Sienkiewicz , who also wrote “Centerlined,” which focuses on interpersonal and organizational dynamics. Sienkiewicz, a thought leader in innovative technology, cybersecurity and organizational dynamics, has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and graduated from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. The award-winning technologist and Eagle Scout has experience in not only technology but in languages, defense and political theory. Sienkiewicz retired as an Army Reserve lieutenant colonel in July 2008 and since then has served in the U.S. Federal Senior Executive Service.

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

Corporate/bulk discounts, author signings, and book club appearance are available

Untangled: Contemplation and Entanglement

Henry Sienkiewicz

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1826-3                        124 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at 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.

Hollywood Star-maker Shares Methods for Becoming a Star; Bernard Hiller Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Stop Acting Start Living: A Revolutionary Guide to Achieving Success in Show Business and Life” by Bernard Hiller.

Hollywood acting teacher and success coach with more than three decades of experience describes techniques for approaching acting that will transform lives and careers in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Success is not an accident but a way of life. That’s the premise behind author Bernard Hiller’s new book in which he shares techniques for helping actors and people from the business world accomplish their goals and live with passion. At its heart is his belief that to succeed in acting, one must first succeed in life, with greater understanding of life leading to success on the stage, in business and in relationships.

“Stop Acting Start Living: A Revolutionary Guide to Achieving Success in Show Business and Life” gets down to basics, detailing the four stages of learning for actors: unconscious incompetence, when someone is unaware of how disconnected, unskilled and unprepared he is for the journey; conscious incompetence, when someone becomes fully aware of their artistic and personal limitations but not how to resolve them; conscious competence, when someone has trained and knows how to perform but still needs to think about it; and unconscious competence, when someone is performing at the highest level because it’s become second nature.

A contract that lists expectations and responsibilities for actors as students is just one tool Hiller uses in his teaching. He also reminds students that they need to keep the business side of acting in mind, whether it’s selling their particular talent or performing energy, taking risks or being optimistic. Actors are urged to work out their talent regularly with basic exercises such as taking a dance class to keep them in touch with their body, playing someone else for a day or simply observing people and their body language. He describes potential stumbling blocks for becoming an authentic actor and offers insights into the acting world only a Hollywood insider could provide.

Acting and living are inextricably linked. As Hiller writes, “There is not a single day that goes by that we are not using acting to play different roles in our lives. … How well we play each part will determine our success in our life.”

For the last 35 years, author Bernard Hiller has been a successful actor, dancer, singer and acting coach. The Broadway performer has appeared in television shows and films. He trained at The High School of Performing Arts in New York City. Although Hiller now trains Hollywood professionals and actors and business leaders in 14 countries, he began teaching in New York City. His clients include LL Cool J, Billy Crystal, Cameron Diaz and Nadja Swarovski of Swarovski Crystal. Bob Proctor of “The Secret” stated that Bernard Hiller is one of the best Personal Development Coaches I have ever known”.

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For additional information, please visit www.bernardhiller.com. www.stopactingstartliving.com

Stop Acting Start Living: A Revolutionary Guide to Achieving Success in Show Business and Life

Bernard Hiller

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1735-8                        164 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 dogearpublishing.net and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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

Father Shares Journey of Daughter’s Illness, Death and New Ways to Survive Grief; Charles Schmidtke Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Riding the Subway with Heidi: A Father’s Journey of Grieving” by Charles Schmidtke.

A grieving father shares his feelings and thoughts about life, death and grief in the wake of  his 21-year-old daughter’s passing away after struggling with leukemia in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Even academic training in death, dying, spirituality and cultural values doesn’t prepare a father for the death of his daughter at age 21. In this new book,  a professor emeritus shares his personal journey with grief and his struggle for meaning and health.  He examines U.S. cultural expectations of grief and the emotions tied up with the death of a loved one. Author Charles Schmidtke spent years talking to other parents in grief support sessions and with friends and family, eventually coming to the realization that unhealthy attitudes and approaches to grieving exist in American society. Professional care providers also re-enforce negative attitudes, he believes.

“Riding the Subway with Heidi: A Father’s Journey of Grieving” offers a new perspective on the grieving process, exposing cultural myths that hinder grieving and providing ways to integrate the process into daily life. The author shares personal details of Heidi’s diagnosis in August 2000 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the roller coaster of treatments she received and her death in February 2003 after a relapse. A remembrance service a few years later for anyone in western New York mourning for a child inspired the book’s title: Schmidtke felt like he was forever riding a subway and not controlling the contours of the journey.  Although he could move from car to car or switch to another line, he couldn’t get away.

Attitude will define the subway ride;  how one journeys on the subway is what matters, he writes. People can affirm their loved one’s life and seek healing, or try to compartmentalize the grief in a futile attempt to move on, or lament the journey and place blame, making the subway ride miserable for everyone. Schmidtke admits he has struggled between the emotional impact of Heidi’s death and intellectual reasoning to make sense of it all. He and his family treasure the moments they had with the spirited Heidi, as well as signs they’ve seen after her passing and the inspirational words she wrote to her family and other cancer patients. This new exploration of death and its effects will resonate with anyone who has encountered the death of a loved one.

Author Charles Schmidtke is professor emeritus after serving as an administrator and teaching at a private, Jesuit college in Buffalo, having led courses in philosophy, English, anthropology, psychology, sociology, communication and gerontology. The grandfather of eight serves as a conference deacon preaching and leading worship in parishes throughout western New York through the Evangelical Lutheran church, and works with parishes in transition.

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

Riding the Subway with Heidi: A Father’s Journey of Grieving

Charles Schmidtke

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1622-1               212 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.

Dedicated Triathletes Share Joys, Frustrations of Training with Families in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Tri-Mom: Swimming, Biking, and Running through Motherhood” by Debra Hodgett.

A mother and triathlon athlete shares her stories and those of others who balance the demands of their sport and family obligations in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Since her first triathlon in 2001, author Debra Hodgett has been hooked on the physically and mentally demanding sport, and she’s not alone. An estimated 2.3 million U.S. residents completed a triathlon in 2010, according to a 2011 report by the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. About half of those were women, with the largest female age group in the sport made up of women in their early 30s to late 40s. Lots of them were mothers. This new book features stories and strategies for balancing triathlete training and racing with family responsibilities.

In “Tri-Mom: Swimming, Biking, and Running through Motherhood,” Hodgett describes with humor her experiences training as a busy mom, like practicing at a track while her children and a friend play in the sand of the long jump pit, and turning her group swim practice into a game counting laps. Visiting their vacation home in southern Illinois allows Hodgett long bike rides and the chance to rescue turtles, which fit conveniently in her bike shorts or bike shirt pocket. Shoehorning training into busy schedules can come with downfalls like being known as the “stinky” volunteer mom because there’s no time to shower between class and helping at school. Hodgett, however, offers quick solutions: wear a ponytail and extra wide headband to disguise sweaty hair, put on a cute jogging outfit over stinky workout clothes, throw on a strapless cotton dress after hitting the pool, and apply makeup while sitting at red lights.

Although Hodgett headed up the project, the book also includes stories from fellow “tri-moms” Carla Hastert, Lindsay Zucco, Christine Palmquist, Jennifer Garrison, Elizabeth Waterstraat and Jennifer Harrison. They share their humorous and touching moments of being “tri-moms,” as well as their insights into training-life balance and tips on staying organized. All face new challenges once they have children but new joys as well. Part inspirational and part motivational, moms of all athletic ability will appreciate this book that celebrates the spirit of these dedicated athletes.

Author Debra Hodgett began running track in middle school and added cross-country running in college at Olivet Nazarene University. She has belonged to Power Bar Team Elite since 2006 and received four USA Triathlon All American honorable mentions and competed in three International Triathlon Union short course world championships. She was named USAT All American in 2007, completed her first marathon in 2010 and qualified for the 2012 Boston Marathon. Hodgett earned a master’s degree in gerontology from Concordia University and trained to become a hospice volunteer. She and her husband, David, have two boys.

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For additional information, please visit www.tri-mom.com.

Tri-Mom: Swimming, Biking, and Running through Motherhood

Debra Hodgett

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1762-4 232 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.