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Hedging Bets on Dogs; Manuel Acosta Releases New Handicapping Manual

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Handicapper’s Outline” by Manuel Acosta

A dog-racing enthusiast shares his simple handicap system for greyhound races in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Going to any racetrack can be an adventure, especially if gambling is involved. A longtime greyhound racing fan and author has created a new manual for handicapping greyhound races, drawing on his experiences at the track and studying statistics. Although Manuel Acosta cautions that no system will work 100 percent of the time, including his own, readers can increase their odds of success with careful study and application.

“Handicapper’s Outline” includes the author’s experiences and thoughts on greyhound races, comments on other handicap systems, a summary of common dog race handicap terminology and a description of the grading system with past performance practices for all known U.S. greyhound tracks now running in the United States. In his manual, Acosta reminds racing fans of the multiple factors involved in trying to pick race winners: dog and track grades, running style, box advantage, lifetime winning percentage, kennel/trainer win percentage and back checks.

 Although his step-by-step handicapping technique may pay off in the end, Acosta adds a cautionary note to those who might want to bet it all, writing, “Dogs aren’t subject to any handicap system, grade system, or any other system that we humans may develop in our efforts to handicap (predict) the winners.”

This is the first book for Manuel Acosta, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam and retired as a law enforcement officer with 25 years of service. He spent time at the Woodlands greyhound dog track in Basehor, Kan., as well as at Bluffs Run track in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He gathered records on greyhound racing but it stayed in a file cabinet for 17 years before Acosta decided to work on his dog race handicap system in earnest. He now lives in Washington.

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For additional information, please visit www.handicappersoutline.com

Handicapper’s Outline

Manuel Acosta

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2416-5                        44 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 http://www.dogearpublishing.net

and from our offices in Indianapolis.

Dog Ear Publishing – self-publishing that actually makes sense.

Soldier Dog and Stray Form Unlikely Friendship; K.R. Feinstein Releases New Children’s Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “the Adventures of Jethro & Fritz” by K.R. Feinstein

Two unforgettable canines share hardship and adventure in this new children’s book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

When stray dog Jethro sees an unfamiliar dog smelling of sadness at Glenwood Memorial Cemetery, little does he know his life is going to change – for the better. It seems Fritz, a German shepherd who also stars in this new children’s book, has an adventurous past, including doing a tour in Iraq as a soldier dog. The magic of friendship is apparent in this charming story.

Surviving a hurricane is just the first of the new adventures the two dogs share. “The Adventures of Jethro & Fritz” slowly reveals Fritz’s past, from his beginnings as the runt of the litter to Army training to the tragic consequences of war. Jethro, not a typically adventurous character, soon finds himself taking part in situations that he would never dare tackle alone, including a brush with animal control. By working together, Jethro and Fritz uncover dangerous dealings in town and learn that despite their different backgrounds, each has his own style of courage.

Pen and ink illustrations by S.E. Feinstein enhance the start of each chapter in this heartwarming book that introduces children to war, as well as courageous trainers and dogs who help keep troops safe.

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

The Adventures of Jethro & Fritz

K.R. Feinstein

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2457-8            112 pages           $10.99 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.

Army Officer’s Life Devastated by Aftermath of Serving in Cambodia; Ed Mooney Releases New Novel

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Tears for Cambodia” by Ed Mooney.

Author Ed Mooney paints a vivid portrait of a man troubled by nightmares of his time in 1970s Cambodia in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Officer Max Donatello’s life is irreparably changed due to his inability to deal with his past.

Lt. Colonel Max Donatello left the military decades ago, but his experiences serving in Cambodia never left him. As the story in this new novel relays, his beloved wife, Emily, left him after years of marriage because he refused to share his pain or get professional help that might allow him to move beyond the trauma of his past.  Now Max and his children, Chris and Melissa, are grieving Emily’s untimely death, and Max finds himself reliving past mistakes and looking for a way to make his future (and his relationships with his children) better.

For years, Emily had urged Max to go back to Cambodia, to face the nightmares head on and possibly overcome them. Max resisted, but now he feels compelled to revisit the country that was nearly destroyed by the Khmer Rouge so many years ago. Max’s story is told in flashback, as he relives his former life while visiting the Cambodia of today. Max plans to spend nearly a month in Southeast Asia; will he be able to put the horrors that haunt his dreams to rest, or will they overcome him, destroying his foundering relationship with his family?

Tears for Cambodia is a sympathetic portrait of an officer helplessly following orders, even though he knows they will result in tragedy. Max’s pain and the courage with which he faces his demons are compelling, and readers will be rooting for Max and his redemption.

This is the first novel for author Ed Mooney, who drew upon his personal experience in Cambodia as well as the experiences of a number of other men. Max is created from a composite of these recollections, creating a fascinating first-hand view of a tour in 1970s Cambodia.

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

Tears for Cambodia

Ed Mooney

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2400-4                        292 pages                        $15.99 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 Novel By Bill Relf Features Thrilling Tale of Espionage, Revenge, Clash of Cultures

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Iranian Connection” by Bill Relf.

Cameron “Cash” Ash, a wildly successful entrepreneur, finds himself embroiled in danger in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Cash has a tragic past, and his need to outrun his tragic childhood results in a dangerous present, affecting his family and his business dealings; his need for answers drags him further down the international espionage rabbit hole. 

Cash has created a multimillion corporation from next to nothing, he has a beautiful wife and two happy children, but he’s still haunted by the untimely deaths of his parents in the explosion of Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, many years before. As this new thriller reveals, when Cash’s wife forces him to reassess his motivation for building his increasingly profitable corporation, Cameron Industries, Cash decides it’s time to focus on his family and start distributing his considerable wealth in a charitable manner, as he’d always promised himself he would do.  Unfortunately, tragedy strikes, and Cash finds himself foundering, with no business focus and his personal life in shambles.

His business team, composed of dear friends who want only the best for their leader, attempts to redirect his entrepreneurial spirit, recommending he use his energy to save a technology company that is under water. As he works to repair the business, he occupies himself with his lifelong search for the terrorist responsible for his parents’ demise. His actions lead him deep into industrial espionage, endangering his life and the lives of those around him. Can Cash overcome the many elements working against him to create happiness again? “The Iranian Connection” is a fast-paced thriller revolving around an extraordinarily brilliant, charismatic hero. Cameron “Cash” Ash is a thinking man’s action star worthy of this page-turning book.

Author Bill Relf taps into his own considerable international experience to create great stories; he’s spent time all over Asia and Africa, and his university degrees in economics, business, theology, and international relations fuel his fiction. Relf lives with his wife, Virginia, in California.

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

The Iranian Connection           

Bill Relf

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2310-6                        484 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.

Soldier’s 150-Year-Old letters Share Civil War Stories; Dennette McDermott Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Civil War Letters of Dwight J. Brewer in Facsimile” by Dennette McDermott.

A descendant of a Civil War infrantryman presents some of the letters he wrote, sharing part of her family’s history in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Imagine receiving an unforgettable glimpse into the past. That’s just what happened when author Dennette McDermott was given letters from her great-great-grandfather Dwight J. Brewer, born in 1842 in New York, who served with the 20th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War. In this new book McDermott shares some of those letters, which were kept in their original envelopes for 150 years.

“The Civil War Letters of Dwight J. Brewer in Facsimile” relays the stories of brave men in Company F who traveled from Fredericksburg to New Port News to Vicksburg to Cumberland and Knoxville. Their travails – and triumphs – come to light through letters Brewer wrote to his family as well as entries from his diary. Brewer, whose family moved to Michigan when he was a boy, enlisted as a private in Company F of the Michigan 20th Infantry  — made up of 12 companies — on Aug. 9, 1862. He was discharged May 24, 1865, in Knoxville, Tenn.

From battlefield experiences to descriptions of camp life, readers can view scanned copies of the letters themselves, putting a face on the realities of the Civil War. After the war, Brewer would go on to buy 80 acres of farmland in Clare, Mich., serve as town clerk in 1870, justice of the peace in 1872 and treasurer in 1874. He and his wife, Carrie, had three children and helped found the Clare Congregational Church of Christ. Although Brewer survived the war, his desire to help others would prove to be his downfall: He died in 1881 of a head injury he received while helping a neighbor build a barn.

Author Dennette McDermott is professor of flue and coordinator of graduate studies in music at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. She received music degrees at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. Music performance has taken her to countries around the world, and she enjoys Czech music and publishing 18th century music manuscripts.

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

The Civil War Letters of Dwight J. Brewer in Facsimile

Dennette McDermott

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2357-1                        88 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.

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.