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Harry Kendall Dowdy Jr. Preserves Family Stories for Future Generations in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Crimson Waterfall: The Story of the Dowdys and Six Related Families” by Harry Kendall Dowdy Jr.

This new book released by Dog Ear Publishing shares the life and times of six families connected to the author, as well as historical facts and his original adages and poetry.

History is created by the individuals who move through it, whether they experience triumph or tragedy. This new book chronicles the lives and accomplishments of author Harry Kendall Dowdy Jr.’s extended family, covering his direct line and that of six families related to it: Scarboroughs, Clarks, Westons, Wrights, Shivers and Scotts. As well as revealing true personal stories, Dowdy puts his relatives into historical context, describing little-known facts and people from the past.

Dowdy’s family contains blood ties from at least three ethnic groups: African-American, Irish and Cherokee, leading to a rich heritage. “Crimson Waterfall: The Story of the Dowdys and Six Related Families” reveals some of that heritage with such stories as how the mulatto son of a white man became a plantation owner and sent many of his 21 children to college; how a university dean and president ended up at the center of first sit-ins at Greensboro, N.C.; and how a man who started high school at the ripe age of 21 went on to become a renowned research scientist.

Readers will learn why Georgia’s readmission to the Union after the Civil War was revoked and later reinstated; how the Civil War led to the creation of West Virginia, and the extent of Southern white opposition to the Confederacy.  Personal commentaries and more than 35 original poems by the author show the true value of family and its lasting effect on individuals and the world.

Photographs, historic documents, family trees, family medical history, family bloodlines, and a listing of achievements by family members enhance this book, which was 22 years in the making. Dowdy, born and raised in South Carolina, now lives in Mitchellville, MD.

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The book is available at www.HarryDowdyBook.com; the site contains additional information.

Crimson Waterfall: The Story of the Dowdys and Six Related Families

Harry Kendall Dowdy Jr.

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2097-6                        380 pages                        $25 US

Also 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.

Carolyn Beale Shotsky Releases New Book Set in Civil War Era

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Alice Mavery: A Question of Valor” by author

A young woman with strong Christian values not only survives but thrives in the years leading up to and during the Civil War in this new collection released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Life brings change many times for Alice Mavery, an Irish orphan found tied to a riverbank in rural Ohio when she was just a young girl. This new historical novel shares Alice’s story as she comes of age in the Civil War and must cope with politics and society during a time when life was a struggle for many Americans.

 “Alice Mavery: A Question of Honor,” which begins in Pike County, Ohio, starts when a drifter of sorts and his dog find a young girl by herself on a riverbank. He brings the little girl to a German widow and fervent Christian who lives on a farm, and the loving woman raises her as her own. When her guardian dies before the Civil War begins, Alice is ripped from the tightknit community she once knew by an uncaring young man. She moves to a town later attacked by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his men and begins caring for the wounded, starting with an arrogant young lieutenant named Jon – an act that will forever change her life.

Alice moves once again, this time to Kentucky, where she is taken in by Jon’s grandparents, a devoted couple who live on a farm. Divided not just by politics but by faith, Alice and Jon soon find themselves in the midst of a personal war, with both determined to stand by their cause. Will Jon have the courage to take a leap of faith or will he ride off to war again without the power of prayer? Set against the backdrop of the Civil War, this story of love and honor reverberates with authentic descriptions of life in the mid 19th century and the men and women who helped form a nation.

Author Carolyn Beale Shotsky and her husband, Bill, live in south central Ohio and have five children.

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

Alice Mavery: A Question of Honor

Carolyn Beale Shotsky

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2295-6                        756 pages                        $30 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.

Wolves, Unicorns and Dragons Star in Young Adult Fantasy; Katie Cruickshank Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Spirit Quest” by Katie Cruickshank.

Three brothers go on a quest to help their land avoid civil war in this new young adult book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Three brothers find themselves orphaned after their parents die and decide to travel across the country to find legendary Great Spirits who can help save their world from civil war. This imaginative debut novel by a teen author features adventure and heroism in a savage land, narrated by Wilder and featuring Shadow and Demon, his older brothers. A charming captor lures Wilder away from his family, but eventually he learns his true destiny.

“Spirit Quest” delves into a world surrounded by a Sea of Tears, Deep Forest and Spirit Mountains, divided into a Wolf Realm by the mountains – where the brothers dwell – and the Human Realm by the sea. As Wilder matures from a cub to a wolf, he encounters a bear, a dragon and a devious snake and must look into his heart to discover the truth. He and his brothers have some allies for the journey: two flower fairies and their pet, as well as some friends they make along the way. They also receive guidance from the ghosts of their parents and an ancient ballad. Magic spells, incredible transformations and epic battles will reveal the fate of those who live in this wild kingdom.

This is the first novel for author Katie Cruickshank, who is 13 years old. The book began as a short story in a notebook at a young friend’s birthday party. Cruickshank lives with her parents, four older brothers and dog Dakota.

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

Spirit Quest

Katie Cruickshank

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2166-9                        172 pages                        $9.95 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.

Author Stephen Chapin Kinnaman Shines Spotlight on Forgotten Civil War Hero in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Captain Bulloch: The Life of James Dunwoody Bulloch, Naval Agent of the Confederacy” by Stephen Kinnaman.

Author Stephen Chapin Kinnaman’s latest book describes the life of the South’s most successful naval agent and the events that influenced him in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

James Dunwoody Bulloch–who died in England, far from his Georgian roots—has been described as the forgotten hero of the South. In his new book, author Stephen Chapin Kinnaman details the life and times of this extraordinary Civil War figure, best known as a secret agent of the Confederate States Navy in Europe.  It was James Dunwoody Bulloch who got to sea the most deadly raider of all time, the C.S.S. Alabama.  His family connections, however, were equally impressive; Bulloch’s nephew was Theodore Roosevelt, the country’s 26th president.

 Before writing “Captain Bulloch: The Life of James Dunwoody Bulloch, Naval Agent of the Confederacy,” Kinnaman followed in the footsteps of Bulloch, visiting places such as Savannah and Roswell, Georgia; New York City; Liverpool, England; Cherbourg, France; and the island of Terceira in the Azores, all to better understand Bulloch’s life. Kinnaman’s travels lend a clear note of authenticity to his latest work.  Bulloch’s antebellum career featured service as an officer in the U.S. Navy and as a captain of mail steamers, honing skills he later employed in the service of the Confederacy.  When the Civil War began, Bulloch made the life-altering decision to ‘go South.’  His family was one of many split by this most terrible conflict; after the war they were forced to begin their lives anew in England.

Kinnaman first chronicles Bulloch’s family history and the background of his socially prominent ancestors, followed by his career at sea, his service during the Civil War as the Confederacy’s chief naval agent in Europe and finally his exile in England. The author’s meticulous research into the life of James Dunwoody Bulloch brings alive a fascinating, heretofore unknown character and shines a light on his sometimes-forgotten accomplishments.

Author Stephen Chapin Kinnaman wrote “Inside the Alabama,” an article published in Naval History that explored the features of that famous warship. Kinnaman is also the author of “The Most Perfect Cruiser: How James Dunwoody Bulloch Constructed and Equipped the Confederate States Steamer Alabama.”  He and his wife live in Chappell Hill, Texas.

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

Captain Bulloch: The Life of James Dunwoody Bulloch, Naval Agent of the Confederacy

Stephen Kinnaman

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1822-5                        580 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.

Mock Solider Has Unbelievable Adventure in New Novel Released by Daniel Finck

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Reenact This! A Nightmare Adventure in the Civil War” by Daniel Finck.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Reenact This! A Nightmare Adventure in the Civil War” by Daniel Finck.

A pizza delivery man who attends a Civil War battle re-enactment just to talk with a girl he likes gets thrown into the misadventure of a lifetime in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. The author’s love of history comes through clearly in his detailed description of the era.

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time during a Civil War battle reenactment at Kernstown, Va., changes 21-year-old George Kidman forever. Kidman, the main character in this compelling new novel, suffers burns and a head injury when he gets caught between battle lines during a charge made without orders. As he runs to a gap in a stone fence that looks safe, Kidman doesn’t see the cannon that’s about to fire. As a result, instead of seeing a mock battle simulating hundreds of wounded, the eight thousand spectators see one man actually go up in flames.

“Reenact This! A Nightmare Adventure in the Civil War” follows George as he takes part in one adventure after another. He wakes up from his injuries and realizes things have changed just a bit and he doesn’t know why. Things come into focus a bit more when he spots man on a horse that he’s seen before only on T-shirts and coffee mugs at the souvenir stall: General Stonewall Jackson. Apparently George has somehow fallen into an actual war as a Confederate soldier.

Making the best of things, George becomes friends with a raider from Turner Ashby’s cavalry and joins the Stonewall Brigade’s Bluestone Rangers. While trying to figure out what happened – and survive hard marches, more brutal fighting and near-fatal attacks from his comrades – George discovers a few things he didn’t learn in history class. Helping a too-shy suitor win a Southern belle, starting a salvage business and teaching a slow boy how to defend himself are just a few acts that keep him busy. As he works to survive the hardships of war, George wonders if he’ll ever get back or be just another soldier lost to the cause.

This is the first novel for author and amateur historian Daniel Finck, who has been interested in the Civil War since the centennial, in the 1960s. Finck, born in Philadelphia, moved to Virginia while serving in the U.S. Air Force. He works in critical care nursing at a teaching hospital, having spent three decades as an EMT/paramedic. He did graduate studies in American literature at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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

Reenact This! A Nightmare Adventure in the Civil War

Daniel Finck

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1633-7                        508 pages                        $25.96 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.