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New Book Presents Eclectic Mix of Views on Life by Dirk Q. Allen

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Notes for a Book” by Dirk Q. Allen

A former journalist presents a collection of short stories, commentary and essays in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Writing takes many forms and can capture the imagination of both the writer and the reader. A longtime writer – and former newspaper editor – shares his writing in this new collection of essays, fiction, columns and observations. Author Dirk Q. Allen explores the mysterious death of a young Army sergeant, offers three novel excerpts, observations, a lecture on journalism and commentary on a variety of subjects, including Santa Claus.

“Notes for a Book” features the true story of Laura Cecere, 26, a former high school athlete and Army sergeant who disappeared from Fort Campbell in 1996 and hasn’t been found since; her jawbone was mailed to a television station the next summer but the case remains unsolved. Allen showcases his imaginative side with a few chapters of fictional stories set in Providence, R.I.; Moscow; and New York City. His commentary features subjects that run the gamut, although most loosely connect to politics. Columns on U.S. involvement in the Middle East, Abraham Lincoln’s legacy as a president, the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay and the War on Terror and the economic embargo of Cuba mingle with a farewell to his newspaper career, singer Dusty Springfield’s death and a family wedding.

Aspiring journalists got a taste of his work with an overview lecture about a profession that requires writers to be the eyes and ears of a community and presenting “news you can use,” as he writes. Whether making thoughtful observations about hiring American workers, pithy comments about pasta or writing about a family tragedy, Allen’s writing, steeped in his years of experience as a communicator, commands attention.

Author Dirk Q. Allen, an award-winning writer, grew up in Lakewood, Ohio (suburban Cleveland) and Cincinnati and earned a degree at Brown University in Providence, R.I., serving as sports writer and sports editor at the Brown Daily Herald. Allen spent more than 20 years in the newspaper business. He was an adjunct professor for four years at Miami (Ohio) University and is director of admissions and media relations for Badin High School, a Catholic high school in Hamilton, Ohio. Allen’s first book, “Good Tears,” describes the 10-year run of Badin’s girls’ basketball program to the 1998 Ohio Division II state championship.

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

Notes for a Book

Dirk Q. Allen

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2387-8                        192 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.

Sue Austin Reveals Country’s Rugged Beauty, Scenic Settings in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Never Too Old for Adventure by Sue Austin.

Follow the adventure of a lifetime when a 60-year-old decides to travel to all U.S. states in just over 100 days in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Dozens of photos depicting some of the amazing sights on the trip enhance this detailed travelogue.

A 40th high school reunion and subsequent trip to North Carolina, coupled with a need for change, inspire an almost 60-year-old to embark on an unforgettable journey. Following in the footsteps of her parents, who have been to all 50 states in the country and all U.S. territories, as well as more than 100 countries around the world, Sue Austin decides to visit all 50 U.S. states and takes just four months to do so. This new book details the experiences she had flying and driving across the country, taking in its natural and manmade wonders.

“Never TooOld for Adventure” describes the adventures Austin had with both old friends and new ones as she traversed the North American continent. One of her first trips – to Alaska – proves Austin is adept at sleeping anywhere since she turned her laptop bag into a pillow at the Seattle-Tacoma airport while waiting for her morning flight. Beautiful landscapes, eagles and humpback whales confirm Alaska’s wild beauty. Austin actively engages during her trips, booking adventures like a buggy ride in the Oregon dunes, ride on the Great Dipper rollercoaster at Belmont Park, parasailing excursion in Florida, ride on a submersible Eco-Scooter in Hawaii, a hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and zipline courses in seven states.

Among the experiences Austin details are the cliff swallows of San Juan Capistrano, Colonial Williamsburg, Potomac River tour, Clippership sail in New York City, Cape Cod Bay, Plymouth Rock (a nod to Austin’s four direct descendants who sailed on the Mayflower), Badlands National Park in South Dakota, Devils Tower in Wyoming, Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon and Waikiki Beach. She saves money on souvenirs by buying T-shirts at thrift shops for places she planned to see. Thanks to her flexibility about accommodations – sleeping in her car, staying with friends and family and using vouchers from Groupon and Living Social – Austin saved thousands of dollars on her trip, inspiring anyone with an eye for deals and an adventurous spirit to plan their own journey.

Author Sue Austin is no stranger to adventure. Austin, who earned a Ph.D. in religion in 2008, began traveling in 2011 after realizing life can be short. She retired in 2012 to travel full time. Austinwas born in Tampa and lived there for nearly 30 years before buying 10 wooded acres in Tallahassee. She worked as a computer programmer, computer consultant, designed websites, and began an online book business. She has two sons.

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

Never Too Old for Adventure

Sue Austin

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1930-7                        184 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.