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New Novel Creates Intriguing Mystery Based on Today’s Headlines; Ian Greenham Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Justice Down” by Ian Greenham.

Author Ian Greenham turns current legal headlines into an unforgettable mystery in his latest book released by Dog Ear Publishing. Conservative Supreme Court Justice Damon King is quietly murdered in his study at home, and FBI Agent Dexter Chambeau is assigned to find which of King’s many enemies was responsible. 

Supreme Court Justice Damon King garnered many enemies during his 25 years on the nation’s highest court. His rigidly conservative opinions on gun rights, gay rights, abortion, and capital punishment played a crucial role in building hostility amongst left wing opponents, as much as it made him the darling of the far right. King was a harsh, distant parent, alienating his children through his uncompromising insistence on adherence to strictly conservative values. King and his fellow conservative judges were on the brink of overturning one of the most controversial liberal precedents of the last 50 years when he was found dead in his own home.

FBI agent Dexter Chambeau, a long-time bureau veteran, is called in to collar the criminal responsible. Chambeau is stymied by the large number of suspects, as King’s divisive rulings and abrasive personality have enraged any number of people. Every lead Chambeau follows turns into a dead end; the lack of evidence is maddening. Chambeau’s attraction to King’s divorced daughter, Eleanor, a journalist, only complicates his task. Will the seasoned veteran crack this high-profile case, or will justice be served better if King’s murderer eludes Chambeau’s grasp? Justice Down is an entertaining thriller, packed with twists and turns that will leave the reader wondering whodunit until the last pages are turned.

Author Ian Greenham, a native of Melbourne, Australia, worked as a lawyer with one of Australia’s leading commercial law firms before serving in the country’s diplomatic service. Eventually, he was recruited by a major U.S. bank, and after assignments spanning the globe, has settled in New York City. His abiding interest in the law and its social ramifications gave him the ballast for the controversial themes in this, his second novel.

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For additional information, please visit www.iangreenham.net

Justice Down

Ian Greenham

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2488-2                        324 pages                        $13.45 US

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

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.

Veteran Shines Light on Lasting Effects of Vietnam War in New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Condemned Property?” by Dusty Earl Trimmer.

A decorated Vietnam War veteran shares his perspective on the conflict — including how it continues to affect those who served in that unpopular war — in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Veterans of the Vietnam War, now in their mid-60s to early 70s, made it through that dreadful conflict but were changed forever. Some tried to push their memories away, only to be haunted by what happened in South Vietnam, while others want to speak but find few who will listen. This new book by Dusty Earl Trimmer, himself a Vietnam veteran, shares his experiences and what it’s like to live as a survivor of a very unpopular war that continues for those who served in that tropical country.

“Condemned Property?” provides a stark portrait of combat and its lingering effects on veterans, including the author. For instance, Trimmer changed jobs almost two dozen times because he couldn’t find or keep a job with few employers wanting to risk employing a “crazy” Vietnam veteran and he nearly killed himself in a high-speed sports car accident. Many of his fellow survivors came back unable to work, becoming homeless and unable to care for themselves. From descriptions of combat maneuvers to accounts of everyday nuisances – such as leeches and bathing in Agent Orange run-off and refuse-filled rivers – and the hostile welcome veterans had once they came home, Trimmer brings the war to life in vivid detail, as only someone who served there can do.

Trimmer writes that he wanted to publish the book to preserve memories of the Vietnam War veteran’s generation as those veterans are dying every day, as well as to inspire them to never give up if they are trying to get help from the Veterans Administration. In Trimmer’s continuing effort to help his fellow veterans, a portion of proceeds will be donated to disabled veterans, homeless veterans and highly rated military charities such as Army Emergency Relief, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Wounded Warrior Association.

Author Dusty Earl Trimmer, who grew up in Cleveland and Twinsburg, Ohio, served as a combat infantryman with the 25th Infantry Division from 1968-69 in the Vietnam War, often serving as point man. Those two years, more than 30,000 Americans died in battle. He worked as a marketing and sales consultant, earning sales achievement awards, and formed his own company in 1987 representing high-level multibillion-dollar trade publishing companies. Trimmer and his wife, Ginny, married in 1984. Although this is his first book, he published an article in 1991 in “Vietnam, Our Story – One on One.”

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

Condemned Property?

Dusty Earl Trimmer

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2290-1             484 pages              $25 US – Paperback

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2533-9              484 pages              $29 US – Hard Cover

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.

Take A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Beauty Pageants in Lara Miller Ketter’s New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “My Pageant Addiction: Losing Myself Among Beaded Gowns, Four-Inch Heels, and Duct Tape” by Lara Miller Ketter.

Beauty queen turned wordsmith, Lara Miller Ketter, details the ups and downs of being a beauty pageant contestant in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Nineteen-year-old Lara Miller could never have imagined that entering the Miss Star Valley Pageant would lead to a four-year addiction in pursuit of a crown. Winning third runner-up in her first pageant just whetted the brunette’s appetite for competition – despite having to stand on stage in nothing but a swimsuit and three-inch heels. In this witty new book, the author shares stories – and wisdom — based on her adventures traveling all over Kansas competing in fourteen pageants on the local and state level. She even directed a local pageant for three years until it folded because of declining contestant numbers.

“My Pageant Addiction: Losing Myself Among Beaded Gowns, Four-Inch Heels, and Duct Tape” showcases Ketter’s sense of humor with such chapters as “In My Quest for a Crown, I Compared My Thighs to Their Thighs” and “I Constantly Changed My Look and Direction, Resulting in a Bad Case of Dizziness.” Ketter’s descriptions of the realities of pageants shows how much drama takes place both backstage and in contestants’ heads: her first trip wobbling down a pageant runway showing her fanny to one and all; losing confidence when she measures herself against other competitors; and gaining confidence after a pageant veteran shows her a new way to perform.

Although she pokes fun at herself and the other contestants, Ketter also shows a serious side, offering words of caution about letting competition drive self-esteem, and offering advice for those who want to follow in her footsteps. She shares gems of wisdom at the end of each chapter, from basic tips like renting wardrobe pieces and creating rapport with the judges, to being true to yourself and recognizing your strengths. This compelling and honest account of pageants provides a behind-the-scenes resource for women looking for success on the beauty pageant circuit and beyond.

This is the second book for author Lara Miller Ketter, who also wrote “Not This Lifetime, I’ve Got a Headache!” Ketter grew up in the newspaper business and worked at her parents’ four weekly newspapers before and after attending Kansas State University. She earned a degree in communications with a minor in music theater. Ketter wrote a weekly humor column for 10 years for the Down News & Times, blogged about funny farm anecdotes at BarbedandWired.com and has written a column for the quarterly Tipton Times newspaper. She currently blogs on her website, LaraKetter.com. She and her husband live on a farm near Tipton with their three children.

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For additional information, please visit www.laraketter.net.

My Pageant Addiction: Losing Myself Among Beaded Gowns, Four-Inch Heels, and Duct Tape

Lara Miller Ketter

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1935-2                        204 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.