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Twins Share Special Bond in New Illustrated Book by Leslie Rohrbacker

Dog Ear Publishing releases “First Friend, Best Friend” by Leslie Rohrbacker.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “First Friend, Best Friend” by Leslie Rohrbacker.

Twin boys show why they are best friends in this new children’s book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Being a twin means having a friend even before birth. This new book takes readers on a fanciful journey narrated by one of the twins, describing life inside his mother and what happens once they reach the outside world. Born one minute apart, the two boys showcase the special bond that exists between twins.

“First Friend, Best Friend,” inspired by the real-life journey of the author and her twin sons, relays a series of adventures the boys experience from birth to their first day of school. Although they are twins, they aren’t identical. One has brown eyes while the other has blue, one is a bit smaller than the other, and one likes to sleep in while the other gets up early. Despite their differences, the twins share the most wonderful gift of all: Being each other’s first friend and best friend. Colorful watercolor illustrations by Katy Betz provide a delightful accompaniment to this charming story of brotherly love.

This is the first book for author Leslie Rohrbacker, a published blogger who also is a lawyer and executive. She and her husband live in northern New Jersey with their twin boys, who inspired Rohrbacker to write the book. Katy Betz is an illustration professor and has created work for books, magazines and exhibits.

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

First Friend, Best Friend

Leslie Rohrbacker

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2438-7                        26 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.

Calico Cat Has Life-Changing Magical Adventure in New Children’s Book by Chrysie Shaw

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Cat and the Goldfish” by Chrysie Shaw.

A dip in a fish pond leads to a surprising encounter in this new children’s book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

When a pretty little calico cat with a funny-sounding voice takes part in a magical adventure, anything can happen. Sasquatch, who stars in this new illustrated children’s book, loves to sit by the fish pond and look at the fish swimming below the pink water lilies. When she gets too close to the edge one day and falls in, she has the surprise of her life when she turns into a mercat and encounters a talking goldfish. What happens next will change her life.

“The Cat and the Goldfish” features a whimsical, magical tale about Sasquatch, a real-life cat who arrived at the author’s home as a tiny kitten. Sasquatch, who has a gray coat with patches of tan and white on her face, paws and tummy, is just as much a character and happy cat as the fictional cat who frolics in the pond. Colorful cartoon illustrations by Kezzia Crossley add to the appeal of the book. It’s geared toward 5- to 8-year-olds but also works well as a read-aloud story for adults to share with children.

Author Chrysie Shaw is a longtime animal lover, having grown up in southeastern Montana surrounded by animals. She worked for almost 30 years as a registered nurse before retiring. Shaw now lives near the Rocky Mountains in southern Colorado, once again surrounded by animals. Kezzia Crossley, a freelance illustrator, lives in British Columbia, Canada.

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

The Cat and the Goldfish

Chrysie Shaw

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2451-6                        20 pages                        $9.99 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.

Student Works on His Monstrous Temper at School in New Children’s Book by Heather Arabadjis

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Monster Mas” by Heather Arabadjis.

A new student receives tips to keep his temper from boiling over at school in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Right from the beginning, Monster Mas suspects he’s not going to have a good day. First, his mother pushes him out the door mid-sentence, and when he arrives at his new school, two boys cut in front of him in line and laugh at him. Under trying circumstances, it can be hard to keep your cool, as this new children’s book shares, especially when you have a bad temper.

“Monster Mas” features a youngster with bug-infested hair who starts to steam and run around like a locomotive when he gets angry, roaring with frustration. In the classroom, he tries to impress a girl but gets his times tables mixed up, prompting a temper tantrum. A squeezy toy from his teacher helps calm him. His frustrations continue in the cafeteria, during music and back at his classroom. When his face starts turning rainbow colors, a kind classmate reminds him about what’s important. After running through all of his calming techniques, Monster Mas feels himself transformed – literally.

Heather Arabadjis offers a gentle lesson in coping and being kind in this charming story, and the cartoon illustrations by Pink Elephink bring the characters to life. The book provides adults and children with a way to discuss real-life situations while reading aloud together.

Author Heather Arabadjis has taught for the New York City Department of Education for 11 years. She now teaches children with physical or mental disabilities in their homes but has taught all grade levels, including spending eight years in a classroom in the South Bronx.

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

Monster Mas

Heather Arabadjis

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2493-6              34 pages                         $11.95 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 Book by Speech Pathologist Gives A Voice to People with Communication Issues

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Tip of Your Tongue: A Speech Therapist’s Tribute to the Power of Communication Lost and Found” by Kathleen Depperschmidt.

A speech pathologist shares insights and experiences from 13 people who struggle with communicating – as well as their own feelings about the problem, whether it’s present from birth or a life-changing event like injury — in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Lacking the power to communicate can have a devastating effect on people and their relationship to the world – and people – around them. In her new book, a speech-pathologist describes the experiences of 13 people who have problems with communication, sharing both her work and their feelings about the situation. Having a name or a word on the tip of one’s tongue is frustrating, but these real-life situations go beyond that simple human foible and highlight the power of the gift of communication and the emotional and practical impact when it is lost.

 “The Tip of Your Tongue: A Speech Therapist’s Tribute to the Power of Communication Lost and Found” details both the mechanics of therapy – respiration, phonation and articulation — and the emotional process of working toward improved communication. The book offers simple guidelines for talking with someone who has trouble forming or thinking of words, such as being patient and asking to hear the information again. From stuttering to physical conditions such as cleft palate or Parkinson’s Disease to injuries from accidents or strokes, the slightest problem can affect the miraculous ability of brain, vocal chords and tongue to work together.

Some of the author’s subjects regain their ability while others face lifelong impairment. All find ways to cope, from ensuring the street where they live is “pronounceable” to wearing hearing aids and keeping a sense of humor in stressful situations. Even as she sheds light on the sometimes-misunderstood problem of poor communication, the author urges anyone not affected to treasure their ability to talk to and understand the world.

This is the second book for author Kathleen Depperschmidt, a speech-language pathologist who serves home health care agencies and private clients. During her 18-year career she also has served in schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Depperschmidt has a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Fort Hays (Kan.) State University, where she also received a bachelor’s degree in sociology. Her previous book is “The Birdhouse Project: A Woman’s Journey through Grief, and she is writing two other nonfiction books. To thank her interview subjects, Depperschmidt will donate 25 percent of all profits from “The Tip of Your Tongue” to two charities: the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Women Helping Women, based in Salina, Kan.

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

The Tip of Your Tongue: A Speech Therapist’s Tribute to the Power of Communication Lost and Found

Kathleen Depperschmidt

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1953-6                        136 pages                        $14.99 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.

Ellen Gilman Shares New Memoir with Plenty of Heart

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Mollie’s Tail” To Mollie with Love” by Ellen Gilman.

Saving a 4-year-old sheltie from being euthanized changes a family’s life forever in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

When Sherry Neville (a.k.a. Ellen Gilman) answers a phone call from the family’s veterinarian, she has no idea it will change her life. The vet hopes Sherry will adopt a 4-year-old sheltie whose owners want to euthanize for “not listening.” Although Sherry says no, she stops by the vet’s office anyway to look at the dog. One look at the beautiful black and white dog’s intense gaze has her hooked. This new book, based on real-life events, shares what the family gave Mollie and what she gave them.

“Mollie’s Tail: To Mollie with Love” includes surprises, adventures and anecdotes to warm the heart. It takes Mollie a long time to settle in with the Nevilles even though she seemed to choose them.  They realize her previous owners didn’t treat her right. Eventually Mollie enjoys walks, barking at wildlife and – most of all – spending time with the family simply sitting. As time goes on, Mollie will perform one more feat – opening the Nevilles’ hearts to adopt other shelties. Readers of all ages will be charmed by this tale about an extraordinary dog and her extraordinary family.

Author Ellen Gilman spent 10 years in retail after graduating from the University of Maryland. She and her husband, Steven, have a family-run business that she has helped with for the past 15 years. They have two rescued shelties, Annie and Luke, adopted after Mollie passed away.

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

Mollie’s Tail: To Mollie with Love

Ellen Gilman

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2242-0                        236 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.

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.