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Sherlock Holmes Takes On JFK Assassination in a New Book by Stephen Ladds

Dog Ear Publishing releases “JFK: 4 Out of 3” by Stephen Ladds.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “JFK: 4 Out of 3” by Stephen Ladds.

A young psychiatrist challenges a patient known only as Sherlock Holmes to solve the mystery of the assassination of President Kennedy in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. His theories provide new insights into this modern-day mystery.

A dark and rainy night brings a wheelchair-bound man who refuses to speak to authorities to the Baker Clinic, a former orphanage that now serves those with mental impairments. In this new book, the young psychiatrist caring for the patient, known only as Sherlock Holmes, challenges him to resolve the mysteries of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Was the assassination the result of a conspiracy or the work of a single gunman? Set in 1989, this blend of fact and fiction includes humor and even romance as Holmes provides new deductions related to the historic event that changed a nation.

“JFK: 4 Out of 3” questions the Warren Commission’s report, which concluded Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone gunman, firing three shots: one hit the president’s head, another missed and the third struck both the president and Gov. Connally – a hotly debated conclusion. Abraham Zapruder, a bystander, captured the event with his 8mm home movie camera, and it’s this film and other material that Holmes studies as he attempts to determine what really happened that fateful day. As Holmes begins to deduce new aspects of the assassination, the young psychiatrist grows closer to him and to his bewitching secretary. Will the greatest detective of the 19th century be able to solve the greatest mystery of the 20th century or is he nothing more than another mental patient?

Author Stephen Ladds, who was 6 at the time of the assassination Nov. 22, 1963, became interested in the assassination of John F. Kennedy in high school when a friend showed him a book by Josiah Thompson, “Six Seconds in Dallas,” offering theories on multiple gunmen. Years later, after reading a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle about his amazing detective Sherlock Holmes and coincidentally viewing a documentary by Nigel Turner, “The Men Who Killed Kennedy,” Ladds writes that he decided to explore what might happen if Sherlock Holmes turned his brilliant mind to the case. This book, more than two decades in the making, is the result.

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For additional information, please visit www.JFK4OutOf3.com.

JFK: 4 Out of 3

Stephen Ladds

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2359-5                        156 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.

Penny Davis shares Heartwarming Stories About Hospice Work in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “PJ’s, Pearls, and Fishing Poles: Life Lessons of Style and Substance” by Penny Davis.

A former Executive Director of a hospice organization shares stories from her decades-long career and interactions with families, hospice team members and patients in this new book about the importance of time & life lessons released by Dog Ear Publishing.

As a little girl, Penny Davis helped her grandmother care for an ailing neighbor during a hot summer – one of a network of neighborly volunteers who helped care for the gravely ill woman. Although that act took place long before hospice became recognized as a level of care, it inspired Davis, who spent 45 years in health care herself. Her new book explores the world of hospice care, sharing stories from hospice team members, patients and their families as examples of love, wisdom, humor, friendship, resilience, compassion and courage.

“PJ’s, Pearls, and Fishing Poles: Life Lessons of Style and Substance” provides insights into a hospice interdisciplinary team and how it works, meshing the talents of a medical director, nurses, home health aids, chaplain, social workers, bereavement coordinator, volunteer coordinator, volunteers, sales team and executive director. Hospice, which focuses on the patient, offers everything from pain management to emotional support as families navigate quality end-of-life care. The hospice team hears it all, from anxious people who don’t know how to talk to their friends in hospice to requests for egg salad recipes at 3 am and helping patients create gifts for loved ones as a legacy. This heart-warming book celebrates both patients and the special team. It focuses not on death or dying but the heart and soul of living.

Author Penny Davis serves as a board member for the Indiana Hospice Palliative Care Organization and volunteers with a local hospice after retiring as executive director. A portion of proceeds from “PJ’s, Pearls, and Fishing Poles” will be donated to hospice.

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For additional information, please visit www.penny-davis.com.

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PJ’s, Pearls, and Fishing Poles: Life Lessons of Style and Substance

Penny Davis

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2326-7                        104 pages                        $14.95 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

Or on your e-readers, Kindle, Nook and Apple.

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 Novel by Buzz Humke Showcases Life in a Small Town

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Logging Road Gang” by Buzz Humke.

Kids move to a small town in Wisconsin and form a gang to fight bullying and racial intolerance in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Along the way, they win the chance to have a circus come to town that sets a chain of events in motion.

The Coffey family trades in a close-knit Milwaukee neighborhood for a rural village in central Wisconsin, lured by a new job and promise of a new life. In this new novel, set in 1938, Carl Sr. has accepted a position as school principal and basketball coach in Chester, and 12-year-old Carl Jr. and his younger brother Perkin must find their place in a new town. They soon make new friends and form the Logging Road Gang to right moral wrongs. When the circus comes to town and a girl disappears, the town becomes divided and Carl Jr. must share all he knows.

 “The Logging Road Gang” blends descriptions of small-town life with Mark Twain-style humor and adventures. The family’s new home proves to be a bit of a disappointment for Carl’s mother as she surveys the sagging linoleum and outhouse. Author Buzz Humke ably describes colorful characters like Eddie, a woods-savvy kid who likes to tease and torment Carl Jr.; Shorty, a witty chicken farmer who is more than he appears; and Ice Herman, an iceman who knows town secrets. The Coffeys don’t set out to shake up the town, which seems backward in many ways, but soon band together to bring progress and – even more importantly hope – to Chester.

Author Buzz Humke served as recreation director for the city of Madison, Wis., and wrote a book about the city’s public recreation program. He and his wife, Ellen Ruth, have been married for more than 50 years.

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

The Logging Road Gang

Buzz Humke

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2065-5                        292 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.

Revenge Puts Quick-Witted Waitress in Grave Danger in Norm Spitzig’s Latest Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Soul on Nice: Esther’s Good-Hearted Adventures in New Zealand and the United States” by Norm Spitzig.

The indomitable waitress who solved a murder mystery at a prestigious golf club returns to star in her own case in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Life is never dull for Esther, Old Bunbury Golf Links & Reading Club’s waitress-extraordinaire, who knows everything that goes on at the club. In this new tale featuring the continuing adventures of Clive and Esther, she is traveling to New Zealand to visit the Kaikoura Whaling & Sailing Club – thanks to the Old Bunbury board of directors as a reward for solving a hideous murder — when she runs into an old enemy. It’s a classic tale of good versus evil as well as a travelogue (complete with photos) and political satire with dashes of humor thrown in for good measure.

“Soul on Nice: Esther’s Good-Hearted Adventures in New Zealand and the United States” features unexpected twists and turns when Hamish, the murderer Esther helped put away, breaks out of jail, leaves a note promising to get revenge on Esther – and nobody knows where he is. With his connections, however, Hamish knows exactly where Esther is and he flies to New Zealand to begin following through with his vile threat. Esther teams up again with Detective Giztips, but when a beloved club member goes missing, she must work on her own. Can her plan succeed or will the dastardly escapee win this potentially deadly round?

This is the fourth book for Author Norm Spitzig, a successful entrepreneur, business consultant and private club governance and operations consultant. Spitzig has written two books under the pseudonym Clive Endive Ogive IV: “Private Clubs in America and around the World” and “Murder and Mayhem at Old Bunbury” as well as the autobiography “How Now, Norm’s Tao,” written under his own name. He and his wife, Cody, live in Florida.

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For additional information and to purchase copies, please visit www.NormSpitzig.com.

Soul on Nice: Esther’s Good-Hearted Adventures in New Zealand and the United States

Norm Spitzig

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2170-6                        228 pages                        $25 US

Available also 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.

Poems Provide Release for Bi-Polar Author Tom Sebell

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Bi-Polar Poems” by Tom Sebell.

A bi-polar poet shares his thoughts on the world and his life in this new poetry collection released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Writing allows people to express themselves, and people with a lot on their mind are no exception. The author of this new book of poetry, who is bi-polar, writes poems as a way to relax and let out some of the dark thoughts he has in the world, which he sees in stark black and white – not shades of gray. Although he could sink to the depths of despair, given his choice to laugh or cry, he chooses to laugh and provide insight into a world of his making.

“Bi-Polar Poems” shows other sufferers of this condition that they are not alone. Author Tom Sebell lets his sense of humor shine like a beacon of light in the darkness. As he writes in one short selection, “If I took an IQ test, the results would say buy him a helmet.” Another poem pokes fun of the long-standing nature of his illness: “When I was little I was so screwed up even the little bus rode by me and waved.” But Sebell can be serious as well, such as a poem in which he describes the isolation he sometimes feels: “Most people could not handle our bi-polar mind, none the less deal with our bi-polar world.”

Author Tom Sebell, who has been diagnosed as bi-polar, is married and has a son. He lives in Pennsville, N.J. Sebell credits his family and friends for helping him make it through life.

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

Bi-Polar Poems

Tom Sebell

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1848-5                        108 pages                        $19.80 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.

Lara Ketter Releases Memoir Chronicling her Crusade Against Chronic Daily Headache and Chronic Pain

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Not This Lifetime, I’ve Got a Headache!” by Lara Ketter.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Not This Lifetime, I’ve Got a Headache!” by Lara Ketter.

A daily headache sufferer describes her experiences dealing with a daily headache and chronic pain in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. The author sprinkles her memoir-of-sorts with humor despite the seriousness of her condition.

Imagine living with the sometimes nagging and sometimes raging pain of a headache all day, every day. That’s the situation author Lara Ketter has endured ever since a double whiplash car accident in Tulsa, Okla., nearly 20 years ago. In this new book, she takes a lighthearted look at the desperate – and even bizarre – measures she’s taken to relieve the chronic pain while remaining sane.

In “Not This Lifetime, I’ve Got a Headache!”, Ketter notes that she’s not alone because 45 million U.S. residents suffer from chronic recurring headaches, according to the National Headache Foundation. The self-taught expert in pain carefully details how her headache started, medical treatments she’s tried, both traditional and alternative, her mental health and what she’s learned during this difficult journey. Ketter uses humor to discuss this serious issue that rules her life, joking about wanting a full-body transplant and comparing her search for a headache cure to the search for a lost civilization.

Ketter tries a wild array of treatments for headache and body pain, by traditional doctors and practitioners who operate on a cash-only basis, dryly describing being poked and prodded, adjusted, massaged, manipulated and hooked up to an electrical current. Discovering the connection between trigger points and pain becomes a turning point – as long as Ketter doesn’t overdo the massage. The book also includes a list of tips for those on a quest to eliminate chronic pain while living with it. The author’s attempts to remain upbeat about her search to find pain relief gives hope to other sufferers of headache pain and the realization that they are not alone.

Author Lara Ketter grew up in the newspaper business, working at her parents’ four weekly newspapers before and after college, including writing a weekly humor column. Ketter, who has a communications degree from Kansas State University, created and published Great Plans Magazine with her father. She writes a column for the quarterly Tipton Times newspaper and blogs on her website, LaraKetter.com.

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

Not This Lifetime, I’ve Got a Headache!

Lara Ketter

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1772-3                        204 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.