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Readers will learn why Georgia’s readmission to the Union after the Civil War was revoked and later reinstated; how the Civil War led to the creation of West Virginia, and the extent of Southern white opposition to the Confederacy.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

Siblings Share Love of Poetry in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases Pearls Beneath The Rind by Richard Seldin and Carole R. Seldin-Bolinski.

A brother and sister share their poems in this new, unique collection released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Even siblings who have lived vastly different lives in different places can sometimes be surprised by their similarities. Richard Seldin and his sister, Carole R. Seldin-Bolinski, grew up with more than the usual dose of sibling rivalry and estrangements.  They discovered they shared a love of writing poetry when both unknowingly entered the same poetry contest. More than a decade later, they have collaborated on this new book of poems that shows some writing similarities but from sharply distinct perspectives.

Pearls Beneath The Rind demonstrates the divergent ways two siblings have experienced themselves, their relationships and environment, cooperating in writing as they worked toward an improved relationship. Carole’s work often describes the outer world and nature and is filled with visual details even when describing a relationship. A number are so visually compelling they could be turned into paintings. Richard’s poems, on the other hand, focus on the play of the mind in its articulation of ideas, yearning for intimacy and dream states.

Carole’s poem, “Winter in Chino Valley,” paints a clear picture of the valley in its austere bleakness: “The daily scenes don’t change: naked tumbleweed gathering in barbed clumps, icy tree limbs bending in the strain of winter.” And in “Intended” she employs nature to highlight the ironies of love: “Although I intended to love with breath of butterfly and length of anaconda . . . I have loved with breath of skunk and length of ant.” In “Waiting for the Word” Richard ponders the loss of creativity: “It seems everything is moving only from the outside out and not from the inside out or even the outside in. So that lines drop like sand bags on a bare floor.” And his poem “Sunday Night” sings his desire for connection: “Tonight I long for your breath on my heart, a guitar string in the wind, to roll and tumble in the gush of love.”

Kirkus Reviews has described the book as a “smart, unusual collection of poetry with honed, pleasant surprises.” And Carol Christy White, President of the Arizona State Poetry Society, writes: “Reading these poems was like listening in on a conversation between Richard and Carole after a long separation . . . . The balance of observations of what is with what could have been and might be is poignant and so human.”

Richard Seldin is a freelance writer who has published short fiction and nonfiction in English and Chinese and translated Chinese novellas and short stories. For many years he worked as a lawyer for the U.S. government, focusing on international relations and trade. Carole “CR” Seldin-Bolinski has published short mystery stories, flash fiction and poetry. In 2010 she won the Oregon State Poetry Association’s new poet’s category for “The Car” and recites poems with others as part of The Mad Women Poets of Prescott. She is currently working on another book of poetry, “I Don’t Want To Die In Chino Valley.”

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For additional information, please visit www.crbolinskiwriter.com or www.richardseldin.blogspot.com

Pearls Beneath The Rind

Richard Seldin and Carole R. Seldin-Bolinski

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2210-9          80 pages         $9.99 US

Available at Ingram, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and 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.

Ericka Davis Shares Life Lessons through Poetry in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Through Mine Eyes: Life’s Lessons Are Meant To Be Shared” by Ericka Davis.

A teacher – and poet – writes about the life experiences from the perspective of a young girl in this new collection of poetry released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Personal experiences shape and change lives, whether for the better or for the worse. This new book of poetry shares experiences and impressions as seen through the eyes of a young girl. With her rhythmic verse, author Ericka Davis offers stories that focus on values ranging from heartbreak and sensuality to challenges, spirituality and love. These memorable moments become the stepping stones that allowed her to reach life goals.

In “Through Mine Eyes: Life’s Lessons Are Meant To Be Shared,” Davis, a woman of faith, provides gentle lessons that offer guidance and reflection. The poem “Fill My Cup” describes things that would make life better:  “Fill my cup with love, hugs, kisses, family, pictures, and memorable events. Fill my cup with humor; playing, laughing and an irreplaceable good feeling that I can hold on to and grasp when I need just a touch.” In “Seasons,” Davis describes a patient teacher: “You are springtime, which nurtures new green sprouts. You encourage and lead everyone, whenever they have doubts.”

The poem “Bold & Beautiful” offers words of encouragement: “How dare you have a passion for life, a passion for people, a passion to do God’s work and worship in the steeple. … Don’t stop now, you are just getting started. We don’t want you to be the deeply departed. We applaud and admire your courage and statue.” The author’s passion for her message comes through clearly. She writes, “There is nothing more precious than preserving memories that mean the most, that inspire, that encourage.”

Author Ericka Davis, a native of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree and graduate degree in Communications/Broadcast Journalism from Southern University, has been writing poetry for years. The educator, who has a master’s degree in Adult Education and Distance Learning from the University of Phoenix, lives in Tulsa with her family. She and her husband Jody lived in Houston for more than 13 years before moving to Tulsa.

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

Through Mine Eyes: Life’s Lessons Are Meant To Be Shared

Ericka Davis

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2211-6                        164 pages                        $16.95 US

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2480-6                        164 pages                        $24.99 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.

Poems Shares Woman’s Journey in Faith; C. Montgomery Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “As i Walk: My Spiritual Journey” by C. Montgomery.

Everyone who embarks on a journey of faith takes a different path, and author C. Montgomery is no exception. In this new collection of poems, she gives readers a close-up view of her experiences on her self-titled “road to Damascus.” Each poem portrays a specific event that touched her life, and she says the words were inspired by God who guided her hand. The poems allow Ms. Montgomery to review her life and see the amazing effect God’s unconditional love had on keeping her protected, even when times seemed darkest.

“As i Walk: My Spiritual Journey” features three sections: Acknowledgement and Praises, Tending the Temple and Preparing Our Youth. The poem “A Storm Within” acknowledges the author’s regret for past sins and hope for the future: “I am face with my sins, and the life that I’ve kept. So unsure of my fate, I just shamefully wept. But, praise be to God, for in my darkest hours. He has come to my aid, displaying His holy power.” The selection “The Saints of Tomorrow” calls on parents to lead their children to Christ: “We will grow into saints, from what you have sown. For, the teaching of God where He is unknown. Lend to us now, we are eager to borrow. For, we are Gods’ saints, His light of tomorrow,” The poem “Dwelling in Truth,” in the book’s finale section, asks people to tend their bodies properly and explore the truths in the Bible: “Listen to your body, for Christ is its light. Invest in God’s Word, to prepare it for night.” Whether calling on parents to shepherd their children or sinners to repent of their misdeeds, it’s clear Ms. Montgomery is passionate about sharing her love of the Lord through this debut poetry collection.

This is the first book for author C. Montgomery, a retiree of the U.S. Postal Service who has no formal training in literary, nor poetic writing. The Detroit native, a grandmother, was inspired to write during a period of fasting to God about three years ago and writes that she hopes to serve the Lord through this project.

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

 

As i Walk: My Spiritual Journey

C. Montgomery

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2133-1                        120 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.

New Poetry Collection Shares God’s Grace, Love; Book by Christine Gail Garcia

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Words by God’s Grace” by Christine Gail Garcia.

A former teacher shares poems inspired by God in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

When Christine Gail Garcia began writing poetry, she did so to express personal communication between her and God. Soon, however, she began to feel that God meant for her work to be shared, so she decided to publish her words, hoping to bring comfort and grace to others. This new book includes prayers asking for strength, prayers of sorrow and pain, prayers asking for forgiveness and prayers of praise and thanksgiving.

 “Words by God’s Grace” focuses on the challenges – and the blessings – of everyday life. Each poem is followed by an explanation of the author’s thoughts on the topic, as well as Bible verses related to the topic. In “Saying Goodbye,” Garcia writes of the pain – and the joy – of losing a loved one. “If you know your loved one walked with the Lord, let your heart rejoice, for they go to their reward. Angels have escorted them through the pearly gates, and God has taken them into His embrace.” Her explanation points out that Christians experience grief but know their loved one is with the Lord. It’s the unbelievers who will be parted from their loved ones forever. The author’s anguish for Christ’s suffering is apparent in the poem “My Heart is Broken,” especially these lines: “My heart is broken. His body was broken. Oh, how He suffered because of my sin.” As Garcia writes in the explanation, “Every time I think of how much Jesus suffered to cleanse me of my sins, my heart breaks. … Without His sacrifice, there would be no hope for anyone. No amount of praise and worship is enough.”

This is the first book for author Christine Gail Garcia, a retired schoolteacher. The mother and grandmother writes from the heart based on the trials and tribulations of daily life. Garcia invites readers who have been touched by the book to post on her Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/WordsByGodsGrace.

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

Words by God’s Grace

Christine Gail Garcia

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2018-1                        104 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 Poetry Volume Showcases Emotions of Everyday Life

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Shallow Thoughts” by Joan Pond.

Joan Pond presents her latest collection of poems in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Poetry offers the power of words to capture powerful emotion and feeling. This new collection of poems from Joan Pond is no exception and includes her perspective on everything from conversations with her grandmother to the death of a loved one, art therapy and personal ads.

“Shallow Thoughts” features light-hearted poems, showcasing Pond’s sense of humor. Her poem “Furniture Abuse,” triggered by a sign for a missing sofa, asks if it was unhappy at home. She writes, “Perhaps a furniture intervention would have been in order. Psychologists would say, re-upholstering could bolster the ego.” The selection “Bringing in the Sheaves” pokes fun at the bouffant hair and sparkly clothes espoused by women who sing for Jesus. “They don’t look like the folks at work, or the people shopping at the local K-Mart,” she writes. “I can’t help wonder why and where, those ladies get their hair poofed for Jesus.”

Pond opens her heart to write about her former husband, Sewall, who has retreated into a shell, thanks to his autism. As she notes in the poem “Egocentrism,” “Sewall’s power is unimaginable, yet it is all in his mind.” In “Chocolate Bunnies,” she compares herself to a hollow chocolate bunny with no heart her brother ate as a child. “That’s exactly how I felt as I drove down the street, and Sewall’s house vanished. I knew I wouldn’t be coming back for I was empty and I just didn’t have the heart to tell him.”

Author Joan Pond, who studied at Yale University, lives in New Milford, Conn. She has written numerous volumes of poetry. Her heartfelt poems, written about topics from the extraordinary to the everyday, speak volumes.

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

Shallow Thoughts

Joan Pond

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2061-7                        56 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.