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John LaRizzio Releases New Book Celebrating Nature’s Hold on Humanity

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Silhouettes and Seasons: Essays and Images of a Personal Nature” by John LaRizzio

In a series of essays and black and white photographs in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing, a former corporate engineer shares his experience of soul searching in relation to the natural world.

Writing allows people to express themselves, sharing their innermost contemplations both mundane and extraordinary. In this new collection of essays and poems, author John LaRizzio shares the deep connection he feels to nature and his years of searching to uncover his inner self. He describes his work as the “unprompted prose of a plain man’s contemplation” and urges others to explore their own spiritual and philosophical tendencies.

In “Silhouettes and Seasons: Essays and Images of a Personal Nature,” chronological notations provide a context and authenticity to the thoughts and emotions expressed. His writing ranges from comparing a lonely commute home from work to the journey of life, to a poem lamenting the last eve of October or an essay about a search for his faithful (and necessary) eyeglasses. Despite their seeming disparity, LaRizzio stays true to his vision, offering what he calls “an open view of a seeker’s heart along the path toward authentic self-expression.”

Flowers show off their petals and trees line a lonely wooded path in the striking black and white photographs LaRizzio took that accompany the book, adding their own voices to his message of nature’s connection to inner selves. As he writes, his essays and poems “display the ruminations of a mind in soulful contemplation, complexities of thought that lead (him) to connect the world without to the one that dwells within.”

Author John LaRizzio spent 35 years in the corporate world before pursuing other things such as writing and nature photography. LaRizzio, a graduate of Penn State University, is a former project engineer, engineering manager and director of engineering for a major U.S. company. Although nature has had a large role in his life since childhood, once he read the works of Henry David Thoreau, LaRizzio’s view of life changed forever.

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

Silhouettes and Seasons: Essays and Images of a Personal Nature

John LaRizzio

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2270-3                        188 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.

Youngsters Hit the Road with Loved Ones in Cartoonist’s New Book on Critters Riding Motorcycles

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Bikers Are Animals 4: Working and Riding” by Paul Jamiol.

A cartoonist reveals the latest installment of his series on cool animals who happen to ride motorcycles, with this new illustrated book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Seeing the world from the back of a motorcycle is a fun way for a youngster to relax and connect with an adult. That’s the message in this new book on animals riding motorcycles, the fourth in a series by cartoonist Paul Jamiol. The stars of this book are the young animals, who are related to the adult characters featured in Jamiol’s first two books. The youngsters introduce the adults and their jobs, clearly showing the pride they have in what their adults do for a living.

“Bikers Are Animals 4:  Working and Riding” includes such characters as Ela and her mom Sa-Rah (a hawk) who owns a bakery; they check out the scenery on their ride home. Little T’s dad Trash works at a rehab center; these two cool bears love their Sunday rides. Musician Prowla the puma has her own rock band, and picks up her daughter Prowlinda after school on her bike. Tac the young lion and his big brother Tourk (who creates videogames) love to ride together.  Doing things together is the message that resonates throughout this book.

The colorful cartoon illustrations give children subtle safety lessons, as all the young critters wear helmets and proper clothing. Gar and his dad, Anvil, check out their bike to make sure it’s safe before they start riding. At the end of the book, a list of safety tips reinforces the importance of motorcycle safety in a not-so-subtle way, describing how to make every ride both fun and safe.

Author and illustrator Paul Jamiol is an avid motorcyclist who has been recognized locally, nationally and internationally for his artwork. The cartoonist’s work has appeared in magazines, online and in newspapers. This is the fourth book in his “Bikers Are Animals” series for children. Jamiol, who lives in Massachusetts, also published “Jamiol’s World,” a collection of more than 150 of his political cartoons.

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

Bikes Are Animals 4: Working and Riding

Paul Jamiol

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2323-6                        38 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.

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.