Monthly Archives: November 2013

Heavenly Messages Star in Calf’s Adventure; Betty Page and Phil Wallace Release New Children’s Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Calf and the Stars” by Betty Page, illustrated by Phil Wallace.

A little calf finds some unexpected friends when he becomes trapped in a ravine in this new picture book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

It’s not easy being on your own, especially when you’re young. A little calf with a tendency to wander off gets more than he bargained for when a fast-moving storm leaves him trapped in a ravine all alone. As the story goes in this new children’s book, even the rancher can’t retrieve the scared calf because of the deep snow. Luckily, he’s got some friends in the sky who keep his hope alive.

“The Calf and the Stars” provides a beautiful lesson about the power of friendship, even when it’s between stars and a little calf. When he begins to cry, the stars spell out encouraging messages so the little calf knows he’s not alone. Told in simple rhymes designed for reading aloud, this delightful children’s book offers a heartwarming story that charms adults and children alike. The gentle watercolor illustrations pair beautifully with the story, offering a reminder that friendship can be found in unlikely places.

Author Betty Page and illustrator Phil Wallace recently teamed up for the children’s book “It’s Neat to Eat.” Page, a freelance writer who used the name Betty Russell, wrote human interest articles for the New York Times, Seventeen Magazine and local newspapers. Wallace, whose cartoons have appeared in trade magazines such as Advertising Age and Broadcast Magazine, also illustrated “Tiger Tales,” a book about the Flying Tigers in World War II.

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

The Calf and the Stars

Betty Page

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1860-7                        18 pages                        $10.95 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.

Creating Waves of His Own; Hair Salon Owner Van Kirby Releases New Memoir

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “On the Table by the Window: The Journey of a Gay Dad in Indiana” by Van Kirby with David Hoppe.

A longtime hairstylist chronicles his life – including winning custody of his children — in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

It’s not easy being a single parent when a marriage dissolves. Couple that with being a gay father in the 1970s, and the challenges never seem to end. This new book – written as Van Kirby is on the verge of becoming a great-grandfather — details his fight to win custody of his four children, as well as his experience of coming out during a time when homosexuals typically stayed in the closet. Along the way he shares glimpses of childhood adventures in Kentucky, a farm in Hall, Ind., and Indianapolis.

In “On the Table by the Window: The Journey of a Gay Dad in Indiana,” Kirby describes beauty school as well as opening his own business and the disintegration of his marriage. A fateful evening in a Fort Wayne bar leads him to the love of his life, Daniel. With a more steadying presence in his life, Kirby decides to file for full custody of his children, launching a four-year battle that begins with coming out to his parents but ends with his winning custody April 26, 1976. Kirby doesn’t sugarcoat his own struggles with sexuality or the encounters that result. In the end, what comes through this unforgettable memoir is the triumph of love over convention, a true inspiration to those facing challenges of their own in life and love.

Author Van Kirby manages a hair-styling salon in the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis. He and his partner of 41 years, Dan Detrick, split their time between homes in Broad Ripple and Sarasota, Fla. Contributor David Hoppe is an award-winning author, journalist and playwright who writes a weekly column for “NUVO.” He also wrote the book “Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest” and has had essays and short fiction published in “Notre Dame Review,” “New Art Examiner” and “Library Journal” among others.

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

On the Table by the Window: The Journey of a Gay Dad in Indiana

Van Kirby with David Hoppe

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2271-0                        120 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.

Poems Shares Woman’s Journey in Faith; C. Montgomery Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “As i Walk: My Spiritual Journey” by C. Montgomery.

Everyone who embarks on a journey of faith takes a different path, and author C. Montgomery is no exception. In this new collection of poems, she gives readers a close-up view of her experiences on her self-titled “road to Damascus.” Each poem portrays a specific event that touched her life, and she says the words were inspired by God who guided her hand. The poems allow Ms. Montgomery to review her life and see the amazing effect God’s unconditional love had on keeping her protected, even when times seemed darkest.

“As i Walk: My Spiritual Journey” features three sections: Acknowledgement and Praises, Tending the Temple and Preparing Our Youth. The poem “A Storm Within” acknowledges the author’s regret for past sins and hope for the future: “I am face with my sins, and the life that I’ve kept. So unsure of my fate, I just shamefully wept. But, praise be to God, for in my darkest hours. He has come to my aid, displaying His holy power.” The selection “The Saints of Tomorrow” calls on parents to lead their children to Christ: “We will grow into saints, from what you have sown. For, the teaching of God where He is unknown. Lend to us now, we are eager to borrow. For, we are Gods’ saints, His light of tomorrow,” The poem “Dwelling in Truth,” in the book’s finale section, asks people to tend their bodies properly and explore the truths in the Bible: “Listen to your body, for Christ is its light. Invest in God’s Word, to prepare it for night.” Whether calling on parents to shepherd their children or sinners to repent of their misdeeds, it’s clear Ms. Montgomery is passionate about sharing her love of the Lord through this debut poetry collection.

This is the first book for author C. Montgomery, a retiree of the U.S. Postal Service who has no formal training in literary, nor poetic writing. The Detroit native, a grandmother, was inspired to write during a period of fasting to God about three years ago and writes that she hopes to serve the Lord through this project.

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

 

As i Walk: My Spiritual Journey

C. Montgomery

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2133-1                        120 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.

 

Ellen Gilman Shares New Memoir with Plenty of Heart

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Mollie’s Tail” To Mollie with Love” by Ellen Gilman.

Saving a 4-year-old sheltie from being euthanized changes a family’s life forever in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

When Sherry Neville (a.k.a. Ellen Gilman) answers a phone call from the family’s veterinarian, she has no idea it will change her life. The vet hopes Sherry will adopt a 4-year-old sheltie whose owners want to euthanize for “not listening.” Although Sherry says no, she stops by the vet’s office anyway to look at the dog. One look at the beautiful black and white dog’s intense gaze has her hooked. This new book, based on real-life events, shares what the family gave Mollie and what she gave them.

“Mollie’s Tail: To Mollie with Love” includes surprises, adventures and anecdotes to warm the heart. It takes Mollie a long time to settle in with the Nevilles even though she seemed to choose them.  They realize her previous owners didn’t treat her right. Eventually Mollie enjoys walks, barking at wildlife and – most of all – spending time with the family simply sitting. As time goes on, Mollie will perform one more feat – opening the Nevilles’ hearts to adopt other shelties. Readers of all ages will be charmed by this tale about an extraordinary dog and her extraordinary family.

Author Ellen Gilman spent 10 years in retail after graduating from the University of Maryland. She and her husband, Steven, have a family-run business that she has helped with for the past 15 years. They have two rescued shelties, Annie and Luke, adopted after Mollie passed away.

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

Mollie’s Tail: To Mollie with Love

Ellen Gilman

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2242-0                        236 pages                        $17.95 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.

Penny Davis shares Heartwarming Stories About Hospice Work in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “PJ’s, Pearls, and Fishing Poles: Life Lessons of Style and Substance” by Penny Davis.

A former Executive Director of a hospice organization shares stories from her decades-long career and interactions with families, hospice team members and patients in this new book about the importance of time & life lessons released by Dog Ear Publishing.

As a little girl, Penny Davis helped her grandmother care for an ailing neighbor during a hot summer – one of a network of neighborly volunteers who helped care for the gravely ill woman. Although that act took place long before hospice became recognized as a level of care, it inspired Davis, who spent 45 years in health care herself. Her new book explores the world of hospice care, sharing stories from hospice team members, patients and their families as examples of love, wisdom, humor, friendship, resilience, compassion and courage.

“PJ’s, Pearls, and Fishing Poles: Life Lessons of Style and Substance” provides insights into a hospice interdisciplinary team and how it works, meshing the talents of a medical director, nurses, home health aids, chaplain, social workers, bereavement coordinator, volunteer coordinator, volunteers, sales team and executive director. Hospice, which focuses on the patient, offers everything from pain management to emotional support as families navigate quality end-of-life care. The hospice team hears it all, from anxious people who don’t know how to talk to their friends in hospice to requests for egg salad recipes at 3 am and helping patients create gifts for loved ones as a legacy. This heart-warming book celebrates both patients and the special team. It focuses not on death or dying but the heart and soul of living.

Author Penny Davis serves as a board member for the Indiana Hospice Palliative Care Organization and volunteers with a local hospice after retiring as executive director. A portion of proceeds from “PJ’s, Pearls, and Fishing Poles” will be donated to hospice.

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For additional information, please visit www.penny-davis.com.

Or, share your comments at pennyindy@comcast.net

PJ’s, Pearls, and Fishing Poles: Life Lessons of Style and Substance

Penny Davis

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2326-7                        104 pages                        $14.95 US

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

Or on your e-readers, Kindle, Nook and Apple.

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.

Music, Water and Whales Intersect for Experience of a Lifetime; C.L. Peck Releases New Children’s Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “A Midnight Song” by C.L. Peck.

A young boy has an unforgettable adventure when a fisherman invites him to celebrate whales in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Ten-year-old Sam and his parents are traveling the southern coast of Africa just past Cape Town when they decide to stretch their legs in a small fishing village. That stop will change Sam’s life forever. This charming new illustrated children’s book shares the enchanting story of what happened in the village and the amazing people Sam and his parents met.

One of the first characters in “A Midnight Song” is a whale crier, who blows a kelp horn to let the villagers know whales have been spotted in the bay. Certain whales live there all year, but during whale season, other species join them and bring their babies to be raised there until the whales continue their migration. Baruti, a wise fisherman, invites Sam and his parents to his village’s whale festival. Baruti’s niece, Kiki, secretly shows Sam a magical flute related to a tribal legend about Yemaya, mother goddess of the ocean. Eventually, Yemaya plays a flute she carved, entertaining the gentle giants in the bay. Although nobody else has her skill, a young boy who follows her creates his own instrument from dried sea kelp, becoming the first whale crier.

Kiki, who has secretly inherited Yemaya’s flute, plays it for the whales for the first time during Sam’s visit. Although she plays beautifully, no whales appear in the moonlit bay. Just when they’re ready to give up, something magical happens and whales join in the beautiful lullaby.

 Sam’s experiences in the village influence his life: He grows up to be a marine biologist, and his group studies the humpback whales that visit Hermanus Bay. At last he can live out his childhood dream of swimming with the whales.

Colorful illustrations by Marty Petersen pair beautifully with this magical story inspired by a trip to Hawaii the author took with her family in 1997. The tale works well for reading aloud as a family or quiet reading by older children.

Author C.L. Peck developed her storytelling talents as a preschool teacher and as a mother to two children, Casey and Alissa, who are now grown. She lives on the Central Coast of California with her husband, Tony. Her son, Casey, took a mission trip to South Africa while taking a break from college and actually visited Hermanus, the real-life version of the imaginary village described so vividly in “A Midnight Song.”

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

A Midnight Song

C.L. Peck

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2343-4                        58 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.

Mrs. D. Releases First Book in Series Starring Mouse with Taste for Adventure

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Carlo the Mouse Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse” by author.

A children’s book author pens her latest book featuring a young mouse who doesn’t like to follow the rules in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Carlo the Mouse, who was born inside a Florida hospital and lives within its walls, longs to see the outside world. This charming new children’s book, the first in a series starring the rascally little fellow, features his first adventure. Although his parents do their best to teach him how to follow the rules, his desire to explore leads to nothing but trouble.

 In “Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse,” the young mouse’s parents are running themselves ragged to feed their hungry child, evading mousetraps and tricking the staff in the kitchen. Carlo imagines that the kitchen – which smells delicious – is a fun place to hang out, not realizing the danger it holds. His favorite food is Italian, and he wants to visit Italy – just for the food. His parents try telling him the rules for living in a hospital, but Carlo wonders if he really has to follow them. Their only hope is that their son can use his wits and can remember to follow the rules if he wants to explore. Younger children can follow along with colorful cartoon images by Chanoa, a talented freelance illustrator who works on children’s books and anime.

This is the fifth book for author Olga D’Agostino, also known as Mrs. D. She has a business school degree and immigrated to the United States from western Ukraine in 1992. Her other illustrated books include “Carlo the Mouse on Vacation,” “The Trees Have Hearts” “Good Morning, World!” and “The City Kittens and the Old House Cat.” “The Trees Have Hearts” was awarded a 2013 Mom’s Choice Award. She is already working on several other books for children, including more adventures starring Carlo the Mouse, and “Runaway Clothes,” “The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet,” “Everyone Needs Someone: The Royal Palm,” “Who Is Most Important in the Fridge” and “That Is How Things Are.”

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

Carlo the Mouse Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse

Mrs. D

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1917-8            40 pages           $18.99 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.