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Readers will learn why Georgia’s readmission to the Union after the Civil War was revoked and later reinstated; how the Civil War led to the creation of West Virginia, and the extent of Southern white opposition to the Confederacy.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

Daddy, Daughter Star in New Picture Book for Children by Cheryl Kula

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Play Day with Daddy” by Cheryl Kula.

A young girl and her father enjoy spending time together when her mother goes to work in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

When a young girl’s mother leaves for work Friday, it’s not cause for sadness because that’s the day the girl and her dad get to spend together. This new children’s book tells what happens during their day, from start to finish. The story ends at the best part of the day – when Mommy comes home and all three sit down at the dinner table to talk about what happened while they were apart.

“Play Day with Daddy” features typical activities for families: a pancake breakfast, foraging in the garden for fruits and vegetables, having a picnic lunch and reading stories about dragons and knights. It’s a fun way for the girl and her father to spend the day, as well as their cat, who insists on tagging along. Colorful cartoon illustrations by Karl Trolenberg fit perfectly with Cheryl Kula’s gentle rhyming story. The book’s easy prose works equally well as a read-aloud story or one children can tackle themselves.

This is the first children’s book for author Cheryl Kula, who has two daughters with her husband, Ted. They live in a mountainous area of West Virginia. Illustrator Karl Trolenberg, a graduate of the East Carolina School of Art, has worked in the arts for 17 years. He and his wife, Kathryn, have two sons. They live in Virginia.

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

Play Day with Daddy

Cheryl Kula

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2336-6                        20 pages                        $6.95 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.

Experience A Medical Mission Into the Depths of South Sudan Through “Ajak’s Song”, A New Book by Kenneth Waxman

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Ajak’s Song” by Kenneth Waxman.

In Kenneth Waxman’s new book, “Ajak’s Song”, released by Dog Ear Publishing, a prominent American surgeon describes his journey to a small tribal village in South Sudan with Doctors without Borders on the eve the country’s vote for independence. He uncovers many truths; about his own life journey, about the courageous people of South Sudan, and about the devastating crisis in health care that the world’s newest nation is suffering.

Today, Dr. Kenneth Waxman announces the publication of his first book, “Ajak’s Song”, the narrative of a surgeon from Santa Barbara who travels deep into the bush of sub-Saharan Africa to discover many truths about himself and about the courageous people of our world’s newest nation, South Sudan.

“Ajak’s Song” begins with the story of Ajak, a 13-year-old girl bitten by a snake, leading to disastrous consequences. Traditional healing methods don’t work, and Ajak faces amputation, which would destroy her dreams of getting married and bringing fortune to her family through her bride price. Carried in her father’s arms for two days, she finds hope at a new international health facility being established in a small Dinka village near the border of North Sudan. There, she meets Waxman, who would be her surgeon, performing multiple operations in attempt to save her leg.  Each time she awakes from her surgeries, Ajak opens her eyes and begins singing a song of hope.

Waxman shares his awe of the beauty of his surroundings, the magic of the tribal culture, and the very different and fascinating perspectives the villagers have about disease and death. He shares stories about his fellow volunteers, South Sudanese children facing death from tropical diseases, patients with violent spear and gunshot wounds, and a young Dinka man who serves as his assistant, in hopes of someday becoming a surgeon himself.  These stories provide a very personal glimpse into the heart of South Sudan, and some of the challenges the young country faces.

Photographs in “Ajak’s Song” illustrate in stark reality the medical challenges South Sudanese villagers face. Although South Sudan has now become an independent nation after decades of revolution, it is left with a terrible lack of health care, without providers or resources to fight the world’s highest rate of tropical diseases, shockingly high rates of maternal and infant deaths, and tragically untreated injuries.

As Waxman works at the clinic and gets to know its patients and helpers, the surgeon finds himself forever changed and hopeful about the country’s potential. He becomes determined to make a difference. As he writes, “I came to understand that despite the pain of the past and the trials of the present, there is an exciting future for South Sudan.”

Readers can also help change lives in South Sudan. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to Future Doctors for South Sudan (www.futuredoctors.org), a nonprofit organization that works to educate young South Sudanese doctors.

Author Kenneth Waxman, a board-certified surgeon, earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and his medical degree from the University of Chicago. He did surgical training at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and then joined the UCLA faculty. He helped develop the first organized trauma system in the United States after joining the University of California, Irvine, where as Professor of Surgery, he directed the trauma center, surgical intensive care and burn units. He moved on to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where he developed the first trauma center on California’s central coast and directed the hospital’s surgical training program. Waxman joined Doctors without Borders in 2010.

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For additional information, please visit www.ajakssong.com

Kenneth Waxman

Ajak’s Song

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2475-2                        220 pages                        $15.95 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.

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.

Follow Adventures of a Former Foreign Service Officer in Frederic Mabbatt’s New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “On the Front Lines of the Cold War: The Adventures of an American Foreign Service Family” by Frederic Mabbatt.

A retired senior Foreign Service officer shares stories of his adventures during the Cold War – sometimes funny, sometimes dangerous – in the service of his country in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

After spending more than 20 years as a Foreign Service officer, Frederic Mabbatt has seen it all. In this new book, “Tony,” as he’s known to his family and friends, relays some of the experiences he and his young family had during their time abroad. From escaping an enraged mob during riots in the Sudan to enjoying the samba in Rio and visiting the lush gardens of Bali, Mabbatt experienced joy, fear and satisfaction in his career during the era of Cold War tensions with the Soviet Union.

“On the Front Lines of the Cold War: The Adventures of an American Foreign Service Family” tells of Mabbatt’s work with public affairs programs designed to promote democracy and a free market economy as positive alternatives to Communism. He and his wife, Jean, were married and got on the road right away so Tony could be sworn in as a Foreign Service information officer in Washington, D.C. While waiting for his first posting, he and the staff rally in the wake of President Kennedy’s assassination, reinforcing his enthusiasm for the job. His family is with him from the start, as Jean and 5-week-old Patricia accompany him to Khartoum in the Sudan.

This engrossing look at Foreign Service protocol and the unforgettable events that took place during Mabbatt’s service includes tips for visiting Muslim countries and descriptions of building goodwill to the United States in countries that viewed Americans in a favorable light. This insider’s look at the Foreign Service and postings around the world paints a clear picture of the importance of representing democracy at its best. A special supplement provides Mabbatt’s opinions on contemporary foreign policies.

Author Frederic Mabbatt, who once served in Jordan, the Sudan, Brazil, Tanzania, Indonesia and the Netherlands, now lives with his wife, Jean, in Sun Valley, where he lectures and writes about foreign policy issues. Mabbatt served in the Marine Corps and worked for the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau and the San Diego Zoo before joining the Foreign Service in 1963. He studied at the University of Alaska and is a graduate of the University of San Diego and studied international relations at San Diego State University.

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For additional information, please visit www.fmabbattdiplomat.com

On the Front Lines of the Cold War: The Adventures of an American Foreign Service Family

Frederic Mabbatt

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2362-5                        160 pages                        $12.00 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.

Or, share your comments at pennyindy@comcast.net

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.