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Army Officer’s Life Devastated by Aftermath of Serving in Cambodia; Ed Mooney Releases New Novel

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Tears for Cambodia” by Ed Mooney.

Author Ed Mooney paints a vivid portrait of a man troubled by nightmares of his time in 1970s Cambodia in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Officer Max Donatello’s life is irreparably changed due to his inability to deal with his past.

Lt. Colonel Max Donatello left the military decades ago, but his experiences serving in Cambodia never left him. As the story in this new novel relays, his beloved wife, Emily, left him after years of marriage because he refused to share his pain or get professional help that might allow him to move beyond the trauma of his past.  Now Max and his children, Chris and Melissa, are grieving Emily’s untimely death, and Max finds himself reliving past mistakes and looking for a way to make his future (and his relationships with his children) better.

For years, Emily had urged Max to go back to Cambodia, to face the nightmares head on and possibly overcome them. Max resisted, but now he feels compelled to revisit the country that was nearly destroyed by the Khmer Rouge so many years ago. Max’s story is told in flashback, as he relives his former life while visiting the Cambodia of today. Max plans to spend nearly a month in Southeast Asia; will he be able to put the horrors that haunt his dreams to rest, or will they overcome him, destroying his foundering relationship with his family?

Tears for Cambodia is a sympathetic portrait of an officer helplessly following orders, even though he knows they will result in tragedy. Max’s pain and the courage with which he faces his demons are compelling, and readers will be rooting for Max and his redemption.

This is the first novel for author Ed Mooney, who drew upon his personal experience in Cambodia as well as the experiences of a number of other men. Max is created from a composite of these recollections, creating a fascinating first-hand view of a tour in 1970s Cambodia.

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

Tears for Cambodia

Ed Mooney

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2400-4                        292 pages                        $15.99 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.

Siblings Share Love of Poetry in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases Pearls Beneath The Rind by Richard Seldin and Carole R. Seldin-Bolinski.

A brother and sister share their poems in this new, unique collection released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Even siblings who have lived vastly different lives in different places can sometimes be surprised by their similarities. Richard Seldin and his sister, Carole R. Seldin-Bolinski, grew up with more than the usual dose of sibling rivalry and estrangements.  They discovered they shared a love of writing poetry when both unknowingly entered the same poetry contest. More than a decade later, they have collaborated on this new book of poems that shows some writing similarities but from sharply distinct perspectives.

Pearls Beneath The Rind demonstrates the divergent ways two siblings have experienced themselves, their relationships and environment, cooperating in writing as they worked toward an improved relationship. Carole’s work often describes the outer world and nature and is filled with visual details even when describing a relationship. A number are so visually compelling they could be turned into paintings. Richard’s poems, on the other hand, focus on the play of the mind in its articulation of ideas, yearning for intimacy and dream states.

Carole’s poem, “Winter in Chino Valley,” paints a clear picture of the valley in its austere bleakness: “The daily scenes don’t change: naked tumbleweed gathering in barbed clumps, icy tree limbs bending in the strain of winter.” And in “Intended” she employs nature to highlight the ironies of love: “Although I intended to love with breath of butterfly and length of anaconda . . . I have loved with breath of skunk and length of ant.” In “Waiting for the Word” Richard ponders the loss of creativity: “It seems everything is moving only from the outside out and not from the inside out or even the outside in. So that lines drop like sand bags on a bare floor.” And his poem “Sunday Night” sings his desire for connection: “Tonight I long for your breath on my heart, a guitar string in the wind, to roll and tumble in the gush of love.”

Kirkus Reviews has described the book as a “smart, unusual collection of poetry with honed, pleasant surprises.” And Carol Christy White, President of the Arizona State Poetry Society, writes: “Reading these poems was like listening in on a conversation between Richard and Carole after a long separation . . . . The balance of observations of what is with what could have been and might be is poignant and so human.”

Richard Seldin is a freelance writer who has published short fiction and nonfiction in English and Chinese and translated Chinese novellas and short stories. For many years he worked as a lawyer for the U.S. government, focusing on international relations and trade. Carole “CR” Seldin-Bolinski has published short mystery stories, flash fiction and poetry. In 2010 she won the Oregon State Poetry Association’s new poet’s category for “The Car” and recites poems with others as part of The Mad Women Poets of Prescott. She is currently working on another book of poetry, “I Don’t Want To Die In Chino Valley.”

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For additional information, please visit www.crbolinskiwriter.com or www.richardseldin.blogspot.com

Pearls Beneath The Rind

Richard Seldin and Carole R. Seldin-Bolinski

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2210-9          80 pages         $9.99 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and 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.

Jeffrey Morris’ Debut Novel Takes Walk on the Wild Side

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “…Won’t Come Home” by Jeffrey Morris

A modern-day nomad scarred by family and drugs works to get sober in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Staying sober – never an easy task – means facing issues he has avoided his whole life.

Jake Preston, a 22-year-old drifter, walking along Route 99 near Fresno in California, hasn’t been home since he took off during spring break of his senior year in high school. Jake, who sports a scraggy beard, greasy blond hair and shabby clothes, stars in this debut novel about a drifter still feeling the effects of his mother’s death seven years earlier, and subsequent arguments with his father, medication, psychiatrists and hospitalization. This coming-of-age tale shadows the ups and downs of Jake’s life as he works to survive the best he knows how.

 “…Won’t Come Home,” set in the San Joaquin Valley, Wyoming oilfields and Texas Gulf Coast, offers an inside look at the psyche of a young man living with the double demons of drugs and alcohol, working jobs just to get enough money to survive and get his next fix. When he ends up in a relationship, things become too much to handle, and he hits the road again, lured by the siren call of living only for himself. It’s not easy living this way, and the consequences eventually take their toll. A timely visit from Jake’s sister prevents a desperate act, but can Jake crawl back from the abyss that has become his life and face family issues and responsibilities he has run from his entire life? The conversational style and intricate detail highlight the humanity of this compelling first novel about a man challenged to shoulder his responsibilities and do the right thing.

Author Jeffrey Morris served in the U.S. Navy before studying engineering and then English at Ohio State University. He worked in research and development, as well as in manufacturing, and earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English from SUNY Cortland. He left a job with a Colorado utility company so he could spend more time writing. Morris has three children, and he and his second wife, Jean, live in Colorado. He is already working on his second book.

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For additional information, please visit www.jefftmorris.com

…Won’t Come Home

Jeffrey Morris

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2399-1                        308 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.

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.

Take A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Beauty Pageants in Lara Miller Ketter’s New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “My Pageant Addiction: Losing Myself Among Beaded Gowns, Four-Inch Heels, and Duct Tape” by Lara Miller Ketter.

Beauty queen turned wordsmith, Lara Miller Ketter, details the ups and downs of being a beauty pageant contestant in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Nineteen-year-old Lara Miller could never have imagined that entering the Miss Star Valley Pageant would lead to a four-year addiction in pursuit of a crown. Winning third runner-up in her first pageant just whetted the brunette’s appetite for competition – despite having to stand on stage in nothing but a swimsuit and three-inch heels. In this witty new book, the author shares stories – and wisdom — based on her adventures traveling all over Kansas competing in fourteen pageants on the local and state level. She even directed a local pageant for three years until it folded because of declining contestant numbers.

“My Pageant Addiction: Losing Myself Among Beaded Gowns, Four-Inch Heels, and Duct Tape” showcases Ketter’s sense of humor with such chapters as “In My Quest for a Crown, I Compared My Thighs to Their Thighs” and “I Constantly Changed My Look and Direction, Resulting in a Bad Case of Dizziness.” Ketter’s descriptions of the realities of pageants shows how much drama takes place both backstage and in contestants’ heads: her first trip wobbling down a pageant runway showing her fanny to one and all; losing confidence when she measures herself against other competitors; and gaining confidence after a pageant veteran shows her a new way to perform.

Although she pokes fun at herself and the other contestants, Ketter also shows a serious side, offering words of caution about letting competition drive self-esteem, and offering advice for those who want to follow in her footsteps. She shares gems of wisdom at the end of each chapter, from basic tips like renting wardrobe pieces and creating rapport with the judges, to being true to yourself and recognizing your strengths. This compelling and honest account of pageants provides a behind-the-scenes resource for women looking for success on the beauty pageant circuit and beyond.

This is the second book for author Lara Miller Ketter, who also wrote “Not This Lifetime, I’ve Got a Headache!” Ketter grew up in the newspaper business and worked at her parents’ four weekly newspapers before and after attending Kansas State University. She earned a degree in communications with a minor in music theater. Ketter wrote a weekly humor column for 10 years for the Down News & Times, blogged about funny farm anecdotes at BarbedandWired.com and has written a column for the quarterly Tipton Times newspaper. She currently blogs on her website, LaraKetter.com. She and her husband live on a farm near Tipton with their three children.

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

My Pageant Addiction: Losing Myself Among Beaded Gowns, Four-Inch Heels, and Duct Tape

Lara Miller Ketter

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1935-2                        204 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.