Monthly Archives: December 2013

Follow Adventures of a Former Foreign Service Officer in Frederic Mabbatt’s New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “On the Front Lines of the Cold War: The Adventures of an American Foreign Service Family” by Frederic Mabbatt.

A retired senior Foreign Service officer shares stories of his adventures during the Cold War – sometimes funny, sometimes dangerous – in the service of his country in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

After spending more than 20 years as a Foreign Service officer, Frederic Mabbatt has seen it all. In this new book, “Tony,” as he’s known to his family and friends, relays some of the experiences he and his young family had during their time abroad. From escaping an enraged mob during riots in the Sudan to enjoying the samba in Rio and visiting the lush gardens of Bali, Mabbatt experienced joy, fear and satisfaction in his career during the era of Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union.

“On the Front Lines of the Cold War: The Adventures of an American Foreign Service Family” tells of Mabbatt’s work with public affairs programs designed to promote democracy and a free market economy as positive alternatives to Communism. He and his wife, Jean, were married and got on the road right away so Tony could be sworn in as a Foreign Service information officer in Washington, D.C. While waiting for his first posting, he and the staff rally in the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination, reinforcing his enthusiasm for the job. His family is with him from the start, as Jean and 5-week-old Patricia accompany him to Khartoum in the Sudan.

This engrossing look at Foreign Service protocol and the unforgettable events that took place during Mabbatt’s service includes tips for visiting Muslim countries and descriptions of building goodwill to the United States in countries that viewed Americans in a favorable light. This insider’s look at the Foreign Service and postings around the world paints a clear picture of the importance of representing democracy at its best. A special supplement provides Mabbatt’s opinions on contemporary foreign policies.

Author Frederic Mabbatt, who once served in Jordan, the Sudan, Brazil, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Netherlands, now lives with his wife, Jean, in Sun Valley, where he lectures and writes about foreign policy issues. Mabbatt served in the Marine Corps and worked for the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau and the San Diego Zoo before joining the Foreign Service in 1963. He studied at the University of Alaska and is a graduate of the University of San Diego and studied international relations at San Diego State University.

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For additional information, please visit www.fmabbattdiplomat.com

On the Front Lines of the Cold War: The Adventures of an American Foreign Service Family

Frederic Mabbatt

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2362-5                        160 pages                        $12.00 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 Children’s Book Details Dangers of Thumb Sucking

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Why the Long Face? A Story About Thumb Sucking” by Dr. Todd Morgan.

A board-certified expert with his own dental practice describes the all-too-real consequences of thumb-sucking on a child’s health and development in this new picture book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Although thumb sucking can be a soothing activity for babies and young children, its effects are anything but soothing to the body. In fact, thumb sucking can affect craniofacial growth and development of airways, hindering functions such as breathing, speaking and swallowing. This new book by a dentist details the effects of thumb sucking on growing children to help parents recognize early symptoms so they can avoid problems with their child’s health.

“Why the Long Face? A Story About Thumb Sucking” stars Gracie, a smart girl who knows a lot of things but not the problems that sucking a thumb can create. Gracie isn’t worried that her constant thumb sucking makes her smile crooked or might make her face long. After all, her pony Alice has a long face and looks beautiful. When she visits her dentist, Dr. Morgan, Gracie and her parents find out how much damage a thumb can create, including making it harder to breathe at night. A fateful dream changes Gracie’s mind about the pleasure of sucking her thumb. Colorful watercolor illustrations by Manny Aguiler and a list of helpful organizations and websites round out this resource for any parent with a thumb-sucking child.

Author Todd Morgan, an internationally recognized expert in dental sleep medicine, has a practice in Encinitas, Calif. He graduated from the Washington University School of Dental Medicine in St. Louis in 1985. Morgan is board certified in dentistry and dental sleep medicine and has completed clinic research studies and published scientific papers on treating snoring, sleep apnea and headaches with dental devices. He and his wife, Barbi, have four children.

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

Why the Long Face? A Story About Thumb Sucking

Dr. Todd Morgan

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1877-5                        36 pages                        $16.95 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 Novel by Susan Rosvall Provides Thoughtful Look at Vietnam Experience

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Silence is Broken” by Susan S. Rosvall.

A young man’s military ordeal is detailed in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. After a temporary withdrawal from college, William Scofield is drafted into a 1st Infantry artillery unit in Vietnam; decades pass before he breaks his silence, revealing the shocking story of his 1966 tour of duty.

Author Susan S. Rosvall taps into her brother’s personal Vietnam experience to create the character of Private William Scofield, who stars in this new book.  A naïve young man from a middle-class Southern California family, Bill is unprepared for the brutalities that await him in the III Corps battle zone of Vietnam.

In the relentless heat of Vietnam, Bill confronts both an internal and an external enemy.  Assigned to a seven-man howitzer crew, he meets the hateful Sergeant Moore, an illiterate Klansman from Alabama, who makes it his business to bring Bill down.  In spite of Moore’s insidious threats, and the bone-chilling attacks of North Vietnamese soldiers in the field, Bill performs with courage and self-reliance.  Unwittingly, he emerges a hero 

Meanwhile, Bill’s mother, Abigail, fears that her son will be physically or psychologically damaged by the war, or that he won’t return at all.  Desperately, she searches for information about the politics and progress of the war, hoping to stay emotionally connected to Bill.

“Silence is Broken” is a heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of a young man who becomes an instrument of destruction for an ill-defined cause.  Forever changed, Scofield could be any boy sent to war and forced to act in a manner that goes entirely against his nature.  In the end, his childlike trust of national leaders — and human nature itself — evolves into a mature cynicism.

This is the first novel for author Susan S. Rosvall, whose painstaking research is evident on every page. Rosvall, an English composition teacher at California State University, Los Angeles, lives in San Marino, Calif.

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

Silence is Broken

Susan S. Rosvall

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2367-0                        284 pages                        $16.95 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.

Soldier’s 150-Year-Old letters Share Civil War Stories; Dennette McDermott Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Civil War Letters of Dwight J. Brewer in Facsimile” by Dennette McDermott.

A descendant of a Civil War infrantryman presents some of the letters he wrote, sharing part of her family’s history in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Imagine receiving an unforgettable glimpse into the past. That’s just what happened when author Dennette McDermott was given letters from her great-great-grandfather Dwight J. Brewer, born in 1842 in New York, who served with the 20th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War. In this new book McDermott shares some of those letters, which were kept in their original envelopes for 150 years.

“The Civil War Letters of Dwight J. Brewer in Facsimile” relays the stories of brave men in Company F who traveled from Fredericksburg to New Port News to Vicksburg to Cumberland and Knoxville. Their travails – and triumphs – come to light through letters Brewer wrote to his family as well as entries from his diary. Brewer, whose family moved to Michigan when he was a boy, enlisted as a private in Company F of the Michigan 20th Infantry  — made up of 12 companies — on Aug. 9, 1862. He was discharged May 24, 1865, in Knoxville, Tenn.

From battlefield experiences to descriptions of camp life, readers can view scanned copies of the letters themselves, putting a face on the realities of the Civil War. After the war, Brewer would go on to buy 80 acres of farmland in Clare, Mich., serve as town clerk in 1870, justice of the peace in 1872 and treasurer in 1874. He and his wife, Carrie, had three children and helped found the Clare Congregational Church of Christ. Although Brewer survived the war, his desire to help others would prove to be his downfall: He died in 1881 of a head injury he received while helping a neighbor build a barn.

Author Dennette McDermott is professor of flue and coordinator of graduate studies in music at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She received music degrees at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. Music performance has taken her to countries around the world, and she enjoys Czech music and publishing 18th century music manuscripts.

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

The Civil War Letters of Dwight J. Brewer in Facsimile

Dennette McDermott

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2357-1                        88 pages                        $16.95 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.

Heather White Driscoll Details Young Girl’s First Serious Relationship in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “He Calls Me Harp” by Heather White Driscoll.

In this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing, 14-year-old Harper Whitmore is eager to establish her place in the wider world of high school, and she’s not in a hurry to start a relationship. Enter Scott Pierce, a handsome basketball star who sets his sights on Harper as soon as he meets her; the two embark on a tumultuous relationship that spans years, with ups and downs related to his past and her future. 

Harper Whitmore, who stars in this new novel, walked into high school feeling confident about finding her niche. Though she was on the small side, she was attractive and her skill on the soccer field ensured her place in the freshman class. Fate had a different plan when it threw her into the path of senior Scott Pierce, star of the basketball team whose reputation with girls is of the “love ’em and leave ’em” variety. Immediately intrigued by Harper’s sass and confidence, Scott begins to pursue her in earnest. Initially thrilled by the attention, Harper finds herself falling for Scott, but soon the reality of their age difference — as well as the shocking nature of Scott’s past — begins to tear the two apart.

Scott desperately insists he’s changed his ways, and he’s never loved any girl the way he loves Harper. Harper wants to believe him, but girls from his past continue to pop up and derail their progress. Additionally, Scott’s teammate, freshman Barrett, is wildly jealous of their relationship, claiming Scott only became interested in Harper after Barrett expressed a desire to get to know her better. Can the two manage to overcome the many obstacles in their path and make their relationship work? Will Scott’s sordid past create an insurmountable barrier to happiness? “He Calls Me Harp” is a riveting tale of first love in all its glory; Harper and Scott are three-dimensional characters just as flawed as any other human. Their ability to work past their flaws makes the story move.

This is the first novel for author Heather White Driscoll, a Washington native who relocated to the East Coast to attend the University of Massachusetts-Boston. There, Driscoll earned a dual degree in American literature and American studies. She lives in Boston with her husband and their dog, and she works as a financial analyst and a spin instructor.

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He Calls Me Harp

Heather White Driscoll

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-208600                        456 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.

Nandita Chakraborty Shares Journey of a Lifetime in New Memoir

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Missing Peace: Love, Life & Me” by Nandita Chakraborty.

A woman living in Australia decides to journey back to India to explore her roots in this inspirational new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

An online romance gone horribly wrong leads a woman to resign from her job and re-examine her life. Instead of planning a wedding after a long-distance romance, she faces the possibility of being blackmailed and humiliated. This new compelling memoir describes the passion, betrayal, humiliation, love and friendship the author experienced. Nandita Chakraborty, who felt trapped between two cultures and in a desperate situation of her own making takes readers on a roller coaster trip to redemption, trust and love.

“Missing Peace: Love, Life & Me” shares Chakraborty’s second failed attempt at love and its shattering effect. When a counselor agrees she needs to get away for a while, Chakraborty gives away most of her belongings and sets out on a journey that will change her life. As she sets out on this new chapter, she decides to chronicle the steps she takes and the people she meets, both familiar faces and new ones. Chakraborty begins to find peace in the fellowship and workout of yoga, healing her spirit and body. When she returns to Melbourne, she does so with a new sense of who she is. A serious accident and long recovery leave their mark on her mind and body, but she finds faith to open herself to life once again.

Author Nandita Chakraborty was born into a conservative Indian family connected to the arts. Her father was an award-winning filmmaker in Indian cinema, and famous artists routinely dined with the family. Nandita and her siblings went to boarding school near Meghalaya, India, and later moved to New Dehli, where she attended Sri Venketeswara University and studied political science by day and attended fashion and visual merchandising school by night. In her third year in college, she decided to pursue a diploma in visual merchandising, leaving behind her career in political science.  Now days she creates beauty and love in stories she writes. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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

Missing Peace: Love, Life & Me

Nandita Chakraborty

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2296-3                   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 Book by Speech Pathologist Gives A Voice to People with Communication Issues

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Tip of Your Tongue: A Speech Therapist’s Tribute to the Power of Communication Lost and Found” by Kathleen Depperschmidt.

A speech pathologist shares insights and experiences from 13 people who struggle with communicating – as well as their own feelings about the problem, whether it’s present from birth or a life-changing event like injury — in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Lacking the power to communicate can have a devastating effect on people and their relationship to the world – and people – around them. In her new book, a speech-pathologist describes the experiences of 13 people who have problems with communication, sharing both her work and their feelings about the situation. Having a name or a word on the tip of one’s tongue is frustrating, but these real-life situations go beyond that simple human foible and highlight the power of the gift of communication and the emotional and practical impact when it is lost.

 “The Tip of Your Tongue: A Speech Therapist’s Tribute to the Power of Communication Lost and Found” details both the mechanics of therapy – respiration, phonation and articulation — and the emotional process of working toward improved communication. The book offers simple guidelines for talking with someone who has trouble forming or thinking of words, such as being patient and asking to hear the information again. From stuttering to physical conditions such as cleft palate or Parkinson’s Disease to injuries from accidents or strokes, the slightest problem can affect the miraculous ability of brain, vocal chords and tongue to work together.

Some of the author’s subjects regain their ability while others face lifelong impairment. All find ways to cope, from ensuring the street where they live is “pronounceable” to wearing hearing aids and keeping a sense of humor in stressful situations. Even as she sheds light on the sometimes-misunderstood problem of poor communication, the author urges anyone not affected to treasure their ability to talk to and understand the world.

This is the second book for author Kathleen Depperschmidt, a speech-language pathologist who serves home health care agencies and private clients. During her 18-year career she also has served in schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Depperschmidt has a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Fort Hays (Kan.) State University, where she also received a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Her previous book is “The Birdhouse Project: A Woman’s Journey through Grief, and she is writing two other nonfiction books. To thank her interview subjects, Depperschmidt will donate 25 percent of all profits from “The Tip of Your Tongue” to two charities: the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Women Helping Women, based in Salina, Kan.

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

The Tip of Your Tongue: A Speech Therapist’s Tribute to the Power of Communication Lost and Found

Kathleen Depperschmidt

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1953-6                        136 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.