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Cast of Characters Star in William G. Tierney’s New Novel Set at University

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Academic Affairs: A Love Story” by William G. Tierney.

There’s much more than academics going on at Smithfield University in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. The author, a university professor, creates a sexy, intriguing, and poignant campus world populated by passionate characters who make love, make mistakes and make millions.

For the bored professor with a roving eye, the striving student with a secret, the all-powerful president and the humble gardener, campus life is a daily drama full of twisted relationships, pleasure, passion and pain. And sometimes, lessons learned. Set at the fictional Smithfield University in California “Academic Affairs: A Love Story,”  weaves a narrative both tender and turbulent, examining all variations of relationships in this loosely bound academic family: sociology professor Bill Massy’s clandestine affair with the brilliant and powerful provost; President Roger Turner’s strange partnership with the eccentric mogul who donates $250 million; and graduate student Jim Hagedorn, who jeopardizes his love affair with Kevin for casual sexual encounters. As these too-human characters struggle to make sense of their lives and their work, some relationships end and new ones start, thanks to luck and the lure of love.

For all readers who went to college filled with dreams of enlightenment, passion, and change – and for those readers who wish they had –this powerful novel will stir memories and capture hearts.

Author William G. Tierney is co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education and a professor at the University of Southern California. He earned a master’s degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Tierney was academic dean at an American Indian community college, a Peace Corps volunteer, Fulbright Scholar in Australia and Central America and scholar-in-residence in Malaysia. This is the first novel for Tierney, who has written 12 books on higher education.  He devotes his time on and off campus to helping boost college readiness and opportunity for low-income youth.

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

 

Academic Affairs: A Love Story

William G. Tierney

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2302-1                        516 pages                        $24.00 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.

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.