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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.

Music, Water and Whales Intersect for Experience of a Lifetime; C.L. Peck Releases New Children’s Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “A Midnight Song” by C.L. Peck.

A young boy has an unforgettable adventure when a fisherman invites him to celebrate whales in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Ten-year-old Sam and his parents are traveling the southern coast of Africa just past Cape Town when they decide to stretch their legs in a small fishing village. That stop will change Sam’s life forever. This charming new illustrated children’s book shares the enchanting story of what happened in the village and the amazing people Sam and his parents met.

One of the first characters in “A Midnight Song” is a whale crier, who blows a kelp horn to let the villagers know whales have been spotted in the bay. Certain whales live there all year, but during whale season, other species join them and bring their babies to be raised there until the whales continue their migration. Baruti, a wise fisherman, invites Sam and his parents to his village’s whale festival. Baruti’s niece, Kiki, secretly shows Sam a magical flute related to a tribal legend about Yemaya, mother goddess of the ocean. Eventually, Yemaya plays a flute she carved, entertaining the gentle giants in the bay. Although nobody else has her skill, a young boy who follows her creates his own instrument from dried sea kelp, becoming the first whale crier.

Kiki, who has secretly inherited Yemaya’s flute, plays it for the whales for the first time during Sam’s visit. Although she plays beautifully, no whales appear in the moonlit bay. Just when they’re ready to give up, something magical happens and whales join in the beautiful lullaby.

 Sam’s experiences in the village influence his life: He grows up to be a marine biologist, and his group studies the humpback whales that visit Hermanus Bay. At last he can live out his childhood dream of swimming with the whales.

Colorful illustrations by Marty Petersen pair beautifully with this magical story inspired by a trip to Hawaii the author took with her family in 1997. The tale works well for reading aloud as a family or quiet reading by older children.

Author C.L. Peck developed her storytelling talents as a preschool teacher and as a mother to two children, Casey and Alissa, who are now grown. She lives on the Central Coast of California with her husband, Tony. Her son, Casey, took a mission trip to South Africa while taking a break from college and actually visited Hermanus, the real-life version of the imaginary village described so vividly in “A Midnight Song.”

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

A Midnight Song

C.L. Peck

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2343-4                        58 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.

Troubled Family Finds Drama Continues Despite New Start; J. Carol Goodman Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Logans in Flood Brook” by J. Carol Goodman.

Life in a small village brings its own set of troubles to a family fleeing disaster in Prohibition-era Chicago in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Colderidge Logan thinks moving his daughters from Chicago and its many temptations to a small village in Vermont will be the answer to their prayers. The reality, however, differs greatly from the expectations in this new novel set in the time of Prohibition and the Great Depression. Thirty-eight-year-old Florence was addicted to the alcohol she found in Chicago’s speakeasies, and 43-year-old Noncie feels no confidence she can find a man who will make her happy with marriage and children. Seeing someone shoot their dog only a few weeks after moving to the village adds fuel to their suspicions about their neighbors.

 “The Logans in Flood Brook” chronicles the struggles of the Logan family to fit in to their new home. The villagers have their own secrets. When Florence finds a hidden still owned by an unhappily married man, she soon persuades him to share the fruits of that illegal device. The two find comfort in their broken pasts and begin to fall in love. Noncie and Papa have their own crosses to bear and must forge their own relationships as the reason for moving to Vermont becomes less and less relevant. An orphan enters their lives and quickly takes up residence in their hearts, but events take a darker turn when an accident happens. Surprising discoveries create new opportunities, and suddenly some happy endings become possible.

Author Carol Goodman has published stories in literary magazines and won awards. She was born in Rahway, N.J., and grew up next to a house of prostitution in her ethnic community. She attended a boarding school in Vermont and graduated from Bennington College, getting a husband and baby in addition to her degree. The mother of four began writing and received grants from New Jersey and fellowships for such organizations as the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell Colony, the oldest artists’ colony in the United States. Goodman is working on a novella and a collection of stories.

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

The Logans in Flood Brook

J. Carol Goodman

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2044-0                        216 pages                        $27.95 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.