Monthly Archives: September 2013

Pregnant Teen Faces Life-Altering Decision in New Book by Laurie Hooker-Davison

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Sydney” by Laurie Hooker-Davison.

Life changes dramatically for a teen who finds herself pregnant in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. The novel is told from two perspectives: the girl and her best friend.

When 15-year-old Sydney tells her best friend she’s pregnant, it hits close to home for Emily, whose sister became pregnant five years before at age 17, much to the chagrin of her parents. A clinic confirms the pregnancy, which happened despite birth control, but Sydney refuses to consider an abortion, even if it might make her life easier. Although Sydney is sure her boyfriend, Mark, will do the right thing, he’s nowhere to be found and won’t return calls.

As the story in “Sydney” gradually evolves, Emily seems to be more upset about her judgmental mother’s reaction to Sydney’s pregnancy than with supporting Sydney in her time of need. Meanwhile, life in high school continues with another close friend falling in and out of love, teachers handing out detention and Sydney just trying to make it through the day. The girls learn that teenage pregnancy hits Emily’s mother closer to home than they realized. Eventually, Sydney must make a decision about her future, but will she make the right one? Although fictional, the novel presents real-life teenage situations such as abuse, sexuality, abstinence and bullying written in emotion-laden language appropriate for teens and the adults who care for them.

Author Laurie Hooker-Davison teaches at-risk youth for an alternative education program in Illinois. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Illinois University, she began teaching hoping to affect students by introducing them to great writers. The reality included teaching sexual education, abstinence classes and English. She put aside dreams of becoming a songwriter so she’d be able to support her children.

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

Sydney

Laurie Hooker-Davison

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2103-4                        188 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 Explores Scripture’s Views on Role of Women in Church

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Full Rights of Songs” by Kathryn Stegall.

A missionary and seminary graduate shares her views about the equality of men and women – supported by Scripture and Christian principles – in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

A restlessness with the teachings of her church – the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America – and its interpretation of the role of women in church leadership inspired a theology seminary graduate to explore the topic for herself. Armed with Scripture, author Kathryn Stegall presents her interpretation of the rights of women to act as full sons in Christ, sharing her views in this well-researched new book. She supports the equality of men and women in the church, family and society, pointing out that those views were shared by apostles, prophets and early church fathers, and affirmed by the reformers and Christians today who look at Scripture as the living word of God.

“The Full Rights of Sons” makes its case through descriptions of long-established principles of the orthodox and reformed Christian faith, basic Bible knowledge, common-sense understanding of language and accepted rules for Scripture interpretation. Stegall writes with a conversational tone rather than a scholarly one, boiling down questions of faith to their essence. In support of her belief that all church members are equal, she quotes Galatians 3:26-29: “You are all Sons of God through faith in Chris Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothes yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to his promise.”

Stegall leave no stone unturned in her study of equality, covering related topics like servanthood, authority, reconciliation and exceptional women of the Bible, such as Deborah (a judge), Priscilla (who taught Apollos) and Miriam (who led the congregation in worship) – all women who participated in making decisions and receiving communication directly from God. The author also points to women’s prominent role in Christianity: God using a woman to make Jesus incarnate; it was a woman who first preached that Jesus was the Christ; and women first announced Jesus’ resurrection. Stegall also examines word usage in interpreting Scripture and its role in defining women and the church. In the end, her wish is for women to find their place and not keep silent in church, voicing their faith and love for Christ through worship, teaching, discussion and ministry.

Author Kathryn Stegall, a lifelong member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, has served on its Board of Education and Publication, Board of Directors for the RP Home for the Aged. She worked with her husband, Ron, as a missionary teacher and church planter on Cyprus. The Geneva College graduate also studied at The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary and taught secondary sciences and the Bible. Stegall has written “Reformanda,” published by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and written articles for “The Priscilla Papers” and “Cornerstones.”

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

The Full Rights of Sons

Kathryn Stegall

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2000-6                        348 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.

Gal Grifter Stars in Two Entertaining Novellas in D.E. Asher’s New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Olivia Jane Doe: A Con-Genre Double Feature” by Dylan Edward Asher.

A professional grifter has a series of adventures in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Parker is just minding his own business – which happens to be scamming anyone he runs across, including his boss – when he meets a girl who will change his life. That girl is Olivia Jane Doe, a good-looking grifter who scams the scam artist right away. This new book By Dylan Edward Asher contains two novellas starring Olivia: “The Fiddle Game” and “Run.”

“Olivia Jane Doe” begins with “The Fiddle Game,” and Parker’s involvement with Olivia. Getting involved with her in a big job leads to a whirlwind of twist and escalating cons. Parker thinks he can match wits with her, but Olivia may be holding all the cards. In “Run,” Olivia is the last one left to escape a job gone horribly wrong in a desolate Mexican town, and she’s on the run in a bullet-riddled Lexus. With her team sold out by someone who was supposed to help, Olivia must use all her wits to try to make it out of Mexico alive, even if she has to leave her score behind.

Author Dylan Edward Asher has crafted an entertaining romp through the world of con artists, with readers cheering for the daring Olivia and her brilliant scheming mind.

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

Olivia Jane Doe: A Con-Genre Double Feature

Dylan Edward Asher

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2046-4                        208 pages                        $12 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 Shares Couple’s Journey Spanning Continents And Decades “On The Way Home”; New Book Released By Lenore De Pree

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “47 Houses On the Long Journey Home” by Lenore De Pree.

Author Lenore De Pree tells the adventures of her globetrotting family in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Eager to experience life on a deep level, Lenore and her husband, Gordon, choose to move away from the American Midwest and follow their hearts and their curiosity around the world, from Hong Kong to Saudi Arabia and all points in between. 

When Lenore De Pree welcomed her young husband home from Korea, she was eager to begin a normal life together at last. Gordon was happy to be with his wife, but he wasn’t quite ready to settle down to life in America. A seminary graduate, Gordon was drawn toward reaching out and expanding his view of the world. The couple applied for a posting overseas, and after a brief stop in New Mexico, where twins were born, they moved on to Hong Kong, thinking they would be back to live in the U.S. soon. Soon turned out to be twenty years.

It is during those years spent learning Chinese, living in a fishing village on the South China Sea and aboard an ocean-going Chinese junk in a typhoon shelter, that the De Prees find what they have been searching for – a deep sense of what it means to be a human being and a citizen of the world. With the family of four children growing up and needing to be repatriated, the De Prees return from their long Hong Kong sojourn to live in the US.

But after a year and a half in New York studying, the chance for one more deep adventure and a major salary bump to educate their growing family took the De Prees to the Middle East. Challenged by the region’s culture and Persian art, inspired by the desert and the Arabian Gulf, Lenore found she was stretching herself creatively, writing and painting with new inspiration while Gordon taught in the Professional Language center of Aramco oil company. With the coming of the Gulf War, their time abroad came to an end, but they were still casting about for a place that truly felt like home. Would they settle in the city of Lenore’s family, Chicago, or Michigan, where Gordon had grown up, or in a place neither of them had known? How about the mountains of North Carolina? Why not? And so they began a new American adventure, in a place where they could live out what they had learned, on truly American soil.

“47 Houses on the Long Journey Home” invites readers into the lives of a couple that has adventure in their souls, and it reveals the triumphs and hardships that naturally occur over the course of a decades-long family life.

Author Lenore De Pree has published three books in New York with Harper & Row and five in the Midwest, and she alternates between oil painting and writing. She and her husband, Gordon, live in West Jefferson, North Carolina, where they work in an art gallery.

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

47 Houses On the Long Journey Home

Lenore De Pree

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2218-5                        306 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.

Revenge Puts Quick-Witted Waitress in Grave Danger in Norm Spitzig’s Latest Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Soul on Nice: Esther’s Good-Hearted Adventures in New Zealand and the United States” by Norm Spitzig.

The indomitable waitress who solved a murder mystery at a prestigious golf club returns to star in her own case in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Life is never dull for Esther, Old Bunbury Golf Links & Reading Club’s waitress-extraordinaire, who knows everything that goes on at the club. In this new tale featuring the continuing adventures of Clive and Esther, she is traveling to New Zealand to visit the Kaikoura Whaling & Sailing Club – thanks to the Old Bunbury board of directors as a reward for solving a hideous murder — when she runs into an old enemy. It’s a classic tale of good versus evil as well as a travelogue (complete with photos) and political satire with dashes of humor thrown in for good measure.

“Soul on Nice: Esther’s Good-Hearted Adventures in New Zealand and the United States” features unexpected twists and turns when Hamish, the murderer Esther helped put away, breaks out of jail, leaves a note promising to get revenge on Esther – and nobody knows where he is. With his connections, however, Hamish knows exactly where Esther is and he flies to New Zealand to begin following through with his vile threat. Esther teams up again with Detective Giztips, but when a beloved club member goes missing, she must work on her own. Can her plan succeed or will the dastardly escapee win this potentially deadly round?

This is the fourth book for Author Norm Spitzig, a successful entrepreneur, business consultant and private club governance and operations consultant. Spitzig has written two books under the pseudonym Clive Endive Ogive IV: “Private Clubs in America and around the World” and “Murder and Mayhem at Old Bunbury” as well as the autobiography “How Now, Norm’s Tao,” written under his own name. He and his wife, Cody, live in Florida.

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For additional information and to purchase copies, please visit www.NormSpitzig.com.

Soul on Nice: Esther’s Good-Hearted Adventures in New Zealand and the United States

Norm Spitzig

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2170-6                        228 pages                        $25 US

Available also 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.

Horse Breeder Shares Illustrious History, Pedigrees of Sports Horses in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “North American Sport Horse Breeder” by Kathleen Hiney Kirsan.

A sports horse breeder shares her tips for the trade – and details the industry in North America — in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

North American sport horses bring a little-known history with them: Just how long North Americans have been creating and enjoying true sports horses, and the untapped potential that exists in domestic breeds. Kathleen Hiney Kirsan presents breeders with a fresh way to evaluate equine genetics and build dominant candidates in her new reference book devoted to sports horses – whether they are bred for racing, dressage or other competitions. Although her principles focus on Olympic-style sport horses, they also apply to other horse breeding efforts.

 “North American Sport Horse Breeder” serves as both historic record for sport horse breeding and as a practical guide. Kirsan is perhaps an unlikely heroine of the sport horse breeding industry because she only averages one foal per year. Her methods, however, have led to three national champions. The book’s first section describes the background of North America’s domestic sport horse industry, its history and successes. The second section provides a “how-to” of successful breeding choices, including the Tesio method, and the third section offers description of specific horses and their pedigrees, as well as their breeding value. This book, based on research and hands-on experience, helps identify key individuals with ancestries that can create winning sports horses.

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For additional information, please visit www.north-American-sport-horse-breeder.com.

North American Sport Horse Breeder

Kathleen Hiney Kirsan

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1774-7                        460 pages                        $45.00 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.

Retired Football Coach Shares Leadership Philosophy in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Go Ahead and Break Your Child’s Heart” by Bob Springer.

A retired high school football coach offers tips for parents to help their children succeed in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Successful parental leadership is the key to winning or losing on or off the athletic field. That’s the claim in a new book written by a former high school football coach and human resources executive. Bob Springer aims to provide parents and leaders of student athletics with a new perspective on managing middle and high school athletes. Fictional stories within the book illustrate different styles of leadership designed to help parents raise children to be successful.

 “Go Ahead and Break Your Child’s Heart” urges parents to step into that role proudly, providing guidance and discipline when needed instead of avoiding hurting their child’s feelings or being worried they can’t spend time with friends. Springer refers to this as putting kids first, writing that although both adults and peers are critical in shaping student athletes, “the role of the parent is that of the critically important glue: the record keeping, celebrator and disciplinarian.” A series of Leadership Considerations lets parents assess and develop their own leadership style. Springer urges parents to use tough love on their children when necessary, asking them to maintain and exceed performance standards in order to keep their students on the path to a winning life.

Author Bob Springer retired in 2011 after coaching high school football for 14 years in Ohio and West Virginia school systems. He coached teams to the state championship and earned Coach of the Year honors at another school. He served as assistant coach and head coach after retiring from Allstate Financial, where he spent 26 years, eventually becoming Vice President of Human Resources. Before Allstate, the 1964 Marietta College graduate had coached football for five years.

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

Go Ahead and Break Your Child’s Heart

Bob Springer

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2156-0                        144 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.