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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Readers will learn why Georgia’s readmission to the Union after the Civil War was revoked and later reinstated; how the Civil War led to the creation of West Virginia, and the extent of Southern white opposition to the Confederacy.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.

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.

Cat Learns Lesson of Love in New Children’s Book by Mrs. D

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The City Kittens and the Old House Cat” by Mrs. D.

New arrivals to the family bring an unexpected change of heart to a cat set in her ways in this new illustrated book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Christmastime means time spent with family, both the two-legged and four-legged variety. Nyda, adopted when she was just a little lost calico kitten, has led a calm, uneventful life with her human family for years. In this charming new children’s book, everything changes when the family’s older daughter brings two playful kittens home to visit the day before Christmas. Although Nyda finds them annoying, Mickey and Jack aren’t the spoiled kittens she imagines.

“The City Kittens and the Old House Cat” tells the story of Nyda and her dislike of the visitors, who arrive with pretty collars with bells that make noise everywhere they go. She defends her food dish and gives them dirty looks as they play under the Christmas tree. It’s not until Nyda hears about their rescue from a harsh life on the streets with a sick mama cat that she realizes she has more in common with the kittens than she thought.

This simple but touching fable about being welcoming to others and sharing works equally well for reading aloud as a family or for curling up with in a cozy corner. Mrs. D. knows how to convey the magical spirit of Christmas and its message of love and friendship. The illustrations, created by MikeMotz.com, are dramatic and vivid.

Author Olga D’Agostino, known as Mrs. D., grew up on a farm by the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine, surrounded by nature. Her childhood featured an imaginary world she filled with characters from books she read. She and her two small daughters immigrated to the United States in 1992. D’Agostino, who speaks many languages, has also written other illustrated children’s books: “Carlo the Mouse on Vacation,” “The Trees Have Hearts,” Good Morning, World,” and “Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse.” “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.

The City Kittens and the Old House Cat

Mrs. D

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1619-1 (paperback)        34 pages         $19.99 US

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1682-5 (hardcover)        34 pages         $29.99 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.

New Book Explores Scripture’s Views on Role of Women in Church

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Full Rights of Songs” by Kathryn Stegall.

A missionary and seminary graduate shares her views about the equality of men and women – supported by Scripture and Christian principles – in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

A restlessness with the teachings of her church – the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America – and its interpretation of the role of women in church leadership inspired a theology seminary graduate to explore the topic for herself. Armed with Scripture, author Kathryn Stegall presents her interpretation of the rights of women to act as full sons in Christ, sharing her views in this well-researched new book. She supports the equality of men and women in the church, family and society, pointing out that those views were shared by apostles, prophets and early church fathers, and affirmed by the reformers and Christians today who look at Scripture as the living word of God.

“The Full Rights of Sons” makes its case through descriptions of long-established principles of the orthodox and reformed Christian faith, basic Bible knowledge, common-sense understanding of language and accepted rules for Scripture interpretation. Stegall writes with a conversational tone rather than a scholarly one, boiling down questions of faith to their essence. In support of her belief that all church members are equal, she quotes Galatians 3:26-29: “You are all Sons of God through faith in Chris Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothes yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to his promise.”

Stegall leave no stone unturned in her study of equality, covering related topics like servanthood, authority, reconciliation and exceptional women of the Bible, such as Deborah (a judge), Priscilla (who taught Apollos) and Miriam (who led the congregation in worship) – all women who participated in making decisions and receiving communication directly from God. The author also points to women’s prominent role in Christianity: God using a woman to make Jesus incarnate; it was a woman who first preached that Jesus was the Christ; and women first announced Jesus’ resurrection. Stegall also examines word usage in interpreting Scripture and its role in defining women and the church. In the end, her wish is for women to find their place and not keep silent in church, voicing their faith and love for Christ through worship, teaching, discussion and ministry.

Author Kathryn Stegall, a lifelong member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, has served on its Board of Education and Publication, Board of Directors for the RP Home for the Aged. She worked with her husband, Ron, as a missionary teacher and church planter on Cyprus. The Geneva College graduate also studied at The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary and taught secondary sciences and the Bible. Stegall has written “Reformanda,” published by the World Alliance of Reformed Churches and written articles for “The Priscilla Papers” and “Cornerstones.”

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

The Full Rights of Sons

Kathryn Stegall

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2000-6                        348 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.

New Memoir Shares Couple’s Journey Spanning Continents And Decades “On The Way Home”; New Book Released By Lenore De Pree

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “47 Houses On the Long Journey Home” by Lenore De Pree.

Author Lenore De Pree tells the adventures of her globetrotting family in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Eager to experience life on a deep level, Lenore and her husband, Gordon, choose to move away from the American Midwest and follow their hearts and their curiosity around the world, from Hong Kong to Saudi Arabia and all points in between. 

When Lenore De Pree welcomed her young husband home from Korea, she was eager to begin a normal life together at last. Gordon was happy to be with his wife, but he wasn’t quite ready to settle down to life in America. A seminary graduate, Gordon was drawn toward reaching out and expanding his view of the world. The couple applied for a posting overseas, and after a brief stop in New Mexico, where twins were born, they moved on to Hong Kong, thinking they would be back to live in the U.S. soon. Soon turned out to be twenty years.

It is during those years spent learning Chinese, living in a fishing village on the South China Sea and aboard an ocean-going Chinese junk in a typhoon shelter, that the De Prees find what they have been searching for – a deep sense of what it means to be a human being and a citizen of the world. With the family of four children growing up and needing to be repatriated, the De Prees return from their long Hong Kong sojourn to live in the US.

But after a year and a half in New York studying, the chance for one more deep adventure and a major salary bump to educate their growing family took the De Prees to the Middle East. Challenged by the region’s culture and Persian art, inspired by the desert and the Arabian Gulf, Lenore found she was stretching herself creatively, writing and painting with new inspiration while Gordon taught in the Professional Language center of Aramco oil company. With the coming of the Gulf War, their time abroad came to an end, but they were still casting about for a place that truly felt like home. Would they settle in the city of Lenore’s family, Chicago, or Michigan, where Gordon had grown up, or in a place neither of them had known? How about the mountains of North Carolina? Why not? And so they began a new American adventure, in a place where they could live out what they had learned, on truly American soil.

“47 Houses on the Long Journey Home” invites readers into the lives of a couple that has adventure in their souls, and it reveals the triumphs and hardships that naturally occur over the course of a decades-long family life.

Author Lenore De Pree has published three books in New York with Harper & Row and five in the Midwest, and she alternates between oil painting and writing. She and her husband, Gordon, live in West Jefferson, North Carolina, where they work in an art gallery.

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

47 Houses On the Long Journey Home

Lenore De Pree

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2218-5                        306 pages                        $16.00 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.

Learn How to Live Life to the Fullest with Tips from Jason Hughes in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Manstein: The Inner Genius Within Us All” by Jason Hughes.

An author who faced an incredible challenge of survival during his teen years urges people to explore their potential for inner genius in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

When fate intervened in his life, author Jason Hughes was forced to forge a new path. A horrific car crash killed his best friend and left Hughes battered in body but profoundly affected by a near-death experience filled with love. In this new book, he shares his belief that everyone possesses an “inner genius” that guides his life and expresses that genius, whether it is physical, mental or spiritual. Hughes calls that concept “Manstein,” in honor of scientific and mathematical genius Albert Einstein and his ability to express himself perfectly during his lifetime.

“Manstein: The Inner Genius Within Us All” aims to show readers how to achieve their own peace, happiness and productivity through developing their inner genius and recognizing their connection to the world and the love that abounds there. Hughes implores people to let go of the fears in their lives and trust in spiritual truth and love. He does not say the process will be easy; indeed, all living things experience ups and downs. Accessing inner genius through relationships, careers, family, hobbies, physical experiences, art or music allows people to shape their journey through life. Tools to realize Manstein include meditation, living according to spiritual law, choosing to be a light in the world, living in the moment, being grateful and – above all – recognizing spiritual love. As Hughes writes in the introduction, “We all have been divinely created to simply be extraordinary and to live a unique life of extraordinary purpose and success in our individual lives.”

Author Jason Hughes was a young rising tennis tournament star growing up in Old Saybrook, Conn., until a car accident at age 16 left him with a traumatic brain injury and killed his best friend. Hughes spent time in a coma and given only a 20 percent chance of survival. Three years of physical therapy helped heal his body, and his near-death experience changed his life. Hughes attended Tyler (Texas) Junior College to become certified by the U.S. Professional Tennis Association to teach tennis. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in holistic counseling from Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. He teaches at the Beverly Hills Tennis Center and is a holistic health life coach.

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For additional information, please visit www.manstein.co.

Manstein: The Inner Genius Within Us All

Jason Hughes

Dog Ear Publishing

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4575-2126-3            172 pages           $16.95 US
Hardcover ISBN: 978-145752-263-5           172 pages           $29.95 US
Ebook: ISBN: 978-145752-280-2           9.99 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.

 

Couples Provides Honest Account of Recovering from Brain Injuries; Kara Ellsworth and Chris Russo Release New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “But You Look So Normal…A True Story of Living with Brain Injuries, Beating the Odds, and Finding Love” by Kara and Chris Russo.

Speech therapy class provides an unlikely site for a match made in heaven, but that’s what happened when two people with brain injuries met and fell in love in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Life has a way of throwing out curveballs, and unexpected brain injuries definitely fall under that category. This new book tells the story of successful 20-somethings who were suddenly struck by different types of brain injuries. Kara had a massive stroke at age 27, and meningitis and encephalitis put Chris in a coma that left him paralyzed. During countless hours of therapy, they not only worked to regain control over their bodies but also developed an instant bond with each other, eventually marrying.

“But You Look So Normal…A True Story of Living with Brain Injuries, Beating the Odds, and Finding Love” relays their struggle to return to productive lives. Although physical signs of damage are obvious – especially when someone walks with a cane or needs a wheelchair – damage to brains can be hidden, with the victim appearing to be normal. On the inside, however, it’s anything but normal. A simple guide to dealing with people with brain injuries offers invaluable insights. The book shines a light through the darkness that can surround difficult recovery, aiming to inspire brain injury survivors and their friends, family members and caretakers.

Author Kara Ellsworth, a registered nurse, continues to help as many people as she can. Fellow author Chris Russo has a cobbler’s shop. They live in Sacramento. In their spare time, the couple watches movies, travels and maintains their small animal sanctuary, which has two rescue dogs, several fish, turtles and eels.

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

But You Look So Normal…A True Story of Living with Brain Injuries, Beating the Odds, and Finding Love

Kara Ellsworth and Chris Russo

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2075-4                        88 pages                        $12.95 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 Children’s Book Reveals God’s Hand in Everyday Miracles

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Grandma’s Miracles” by author.

A young boy discovers the miraculous things in everyday life in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Saying prayers every night with his grandma is an important occasion for Little Bear, who gets his nickname from how quickly he can climb trees. Little Bear, whose real name is Justin, stars in this new children’s book. He stays with his grandparents while his mother attends nursing school. When they pray, his grandma thanks God for the miracles He provides every day. Justin, always curious, decides to find out what a miracle is, so he spends the day with his grandmother, hoping to see one for himself.

In “Grandma’s Miracles,” Justin turns down a day of fishing with grandpa hoping to see one of grandma miracles.  To his utter disappointment, the entire day is just a regular day, from gathering eggs, to climbing trees, to running into a bear on in the woods, all very fun but no miracles. It’s not until his grandma points out all of God’s gifts – the very things Justin finds joy in everyday  – that he realizes he has seen miracles.

This charming book by Renee Peek, appropriate for reading aloud, reveals the miraculous nature of everyday life, seen from the perspective of a warm-hearted grandmother filled with faith. Heartfelt colored pencil illustrations by Maura McEvoy help bring the story to life.

Author Renee Peek taught at a vocational school for at-risk youth. She and her husband live in the north woods of Wisconsin, and Peek finds her greatest learning and teaching experiences come from the outdoors. Maura McEvoy, an author and illustrator, is a retired art and drama teacher. She lives in Minnesota.

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

Grandma’s Miracles

Renee Peek

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1954-3                        26 pages                        $12.95 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 Fiction Release Emotional Tale of the Aftermath of Childhood Abuse; Book by DL Larson

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Promises My Love” by DL Larson

This new fiction release published by Dog Ear Publishing is the story of Francis Frailey, a man who suffered from abuse at the hands of a close relative in childhood.  Francis is determined to keep his family from the same fate by keeping himself closed off from them.  However, this plan is thwarted by his wife, Christine, and her insistence that Francis is worthy of her love.

Author DL Larson’s new release from Dog Ear Publishing is a tale of an adult man dealing with the effects of abuse at the hands of his uncle.  Francis Frailey is a tightly wound banker, cool toward his children, and stiff with his wife, Christine.  It is his hope that if he holds himself apart from his beloved family, they will avoid the taint of abuse that he feels he still carries with him. Christine believes that her love can break through the barriers Francis has erected around his heart, and just as soon as she starts to thaw him, Francis receives word from his family, slamming shut the gates more firmly than ever before.

Francis hears that his uncle lays dying, and he decides he must end the man’s life, once and for all.  It is, in his mind, the only way to avenge himself, cleansing the past.  Christine’s intuition leads her to send her brother, Joe, to stop Francis from committing an act from which he might never recover.  Will Joe be able to prevent Francis from murdering his uncle?  Can Francis find forgiveness within himself, and let his family bask in his love?

Promises My Love is a beautiful story of a man’s fragility, and the strength of woman’s love. Christine and Francis are a flawed, but deeply loving couple, and readers will find themselves rooting for the pair to overcome the obstacles that stand in their path.  Author DL Larson writes with tremendous sympathy and affection for her characters in this, her third novel.  Larson is a Children’s Librarian, and the recipient of writing awards, such as the 2008 Reader’s Choice award.  She lives in Northern Illinois with her family.

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

 

 Promises My Love

DL Larson

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-14575-1941-3                        204  pages                        $13.95 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!