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Readers will learn why Georgia’s readmission to the Union after the Civil War was revoked and later reinstated; how the Civil War led to the creation of West Virginia, and the extent of Southern white opposition to the Confederacy.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

New Book Presents Eclectic Mix of Views on Life by Dirk Q. Allen

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Notes for a Book” by Dirk Q. Allen

A former journalist presents a collection of short stories, commentary and essays in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Writing takes many forms and can capture the imagination of both the writer and the reader. A longtime writer – and former newspaper editor – shares his writing in this new collection of essays, fiction, columns and observations. Author Dirk Q. Allen explores the mysterious death of a young Army sergeant, offers three novel excerpts, observations, a lecture on journalism and commentary on a variety of subjects, including Santa Claus.

“Notes for a Book” features the true story of Laura Cecere, 26, a former high school athlete and Army sergeant who disappeared from Fort Campbell in 1996 and hasn’t been found since; her jawbone was mailed to a television station the next summer but the case remains unsolved. Allen showcases his imaginative side with a few chapters of fictional stories set in Providence, R.I.; Moscow; and New York City. His commentary features subjects that run the gamut, although most loosely connect to politics. Columns on U.S. involvement in the Middle East, Abraham Lincoln’s legacy as a president, the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and the War on Terror and the economic embargo of Cuba mingle with a farewell to his newspaper career, singer Dusty Springfield’s death and a family wedding.

Aspiring journalists got a taste of his work with an overview lecture about a profession that requires writers to be the eyes and ears of a community and presenting “news you can use,” as he writes. Whether making thoughtful observations about hiring American workers, pithy comments about pasta or writing about a family tragedy, Allen’s writing, steeped in his years of experience as a communicator, commands attention.

Author Dirk Q. Allen, an award-winning writer, grew up in Lakewood, Ohio (suburban Cleveland) and Cincinnati and earned a degree at Brown University in Providence, R.I., serving as sports writer and sports editor at the Brown Daily Herald. Allen spent more than 20 years in the newspaper business. He was an adjunct professor for four years at Miami (Ohio) University and is director of admissions and media relations for Badin High School, a Catholic high school in Hamilton, Ohio. Allen’s first book, “Good Tears,” describes the 10-year run of Badin’s girls’ basketball program to the 1998 Ohio Division II state championship.

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

Notes for a Book

Dirk Q. Allen

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2387-8                        192 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.

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.

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.

Pregnant Teen Faces Life-Altering Decision in New Book by Laurie Hooker-Davison

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Sydney” by Laurie Hooker-Davison.

Life changes dramatically for a teen who finds herself pregnant in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. The novel is told from two perspectives: the girl and her best friend.

When 15-year-old Sydney tells her best friend she’s pregnant, it hits close to home for Emily, whose sister became pregnant five years before at age 17, much to the chagrin of her parents. A clinic confirms the pregnancy, which happened despite birth control, but Sydney refuses to consider an abortion, even if it might make her life easier. Although Sydney is sure her boyfriend, Mark, will do the right thing, he’s nowhere to be found and won’t return calls.

As the story in “Sydney” gradually evolves, Emily seems to be more upset about her judgmental mother’s reaction to Sydney’s pregnancy than with supporting Sydney in her time of need. Meanwhile, life in high school continues with another close friend falling in and out of love, teachers handing out detention and Sydney just trying to make it through the day. The girls learn that teenage pregnancy hits Emily’s mother closer to home than they realized. Eventually, Sydney must make a decision about her future, but will she make the right one? Although fictional, the novel presents real-life teenage situations such as abuse, sexuality, abstinence and bullying written in emotion-laden language appropriate for teens and the adults who care for them.

Author Laurie Hooker-Davison teaches at-risk youth for an alternative education program in Illinois. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in English from Eastern Illinois University, she began teaching hoping to affect students by introducing them to great writers. The reality included teaching sexual education, abstinence classes and English. She put aside dreams of becoming a songwriter so she’d be able to support her children.

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

Sydney

Laurie Hooker-Davison

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2103-4                        188 pages                        $12.99 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.

Retired Football Coach Shares Leadership Philosophy in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Go Ahead and Break Your Child’s Heart” by Bob Springer.

A retired high school football coach offers tips for parents to help their children succeed in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Successful parental leadership is the key to winning or losing on or off the athletic field. That’s the claim in a new book written by a former high school football coach and human resources executive. Bob Springer aims to provide parents and leaders of student athletics with a new perspective on managing middle and high school athletes. Fictional stories within the book illustrate different styles of leadership designed to help parents raise children to be successful.

 “Go Ahead and Break Your Child’s Heart” urges parents to step into that role proudly, providing guidance and discipline when needed instead of avoiding hurting their child’s feelings or being worried they can’t spend time with friends. Springer refers to this as putting kids first, writing that although both adults and peers are critical in shaping student athletes, “the role of the parent is that of the critically important glue: the record keeping, celebrator and disciplinarian.” A series of Leadership Considerations lets parents assess and develop their own leadership style. Springer urges parents to use tough love on their children when necessary, asking them to maintain and exceed performance standards in order to keep their students on the path to a winning life.

Author Bob Springer retired in 2011 after coaching high school football for 14 years in Ohio and West Virginia school systems. He coached teams to the state championship and earned Coach of the Year honors at another school. He served as assistant coach and head coach after retiring from Allstate Financial, where he spent 26 years, eventually becoming Vice President of Human Resources. Before Allstate, the 1964 Marietta College graduate had coached football for five years.

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

Go Ahead and Break Your Child’s Heart

Bob Springer

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2156-0                        144 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.