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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.

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.