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New Fiction Release by Jack Kneece Thrilling Tale of WWII-Era Spitfire Pilots

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “The Last Spitfire Pilot” by Jack Kneece.

Group Captain Townsend Rowland-Evans, know as Towns to his friends and family, was surprised and touched to find an enormous crowd gathered to celebrate his 97th birthday, and he was pleased to see his beloved Spitfire plane take to the sky. As the last living Spitfire pilot, according to this new novel, Towns was the only person alive who could speak with first-hand knowledge of the experience of flying one of the most famous planes of the World War II-era aircraft. Towns was intimately acquainted with the plane’s many foibles as well as the sheer joy of flying.

Towns related the story of weeks of training, and the way his love for the Spitfire helped him deal with the terror he felt at the prospect of battle. His beloved squadron mates bolstered him as well, and his three best friends in the squadron were his constant companions. A.C. Blaine, Lee Blaine and Randolph Dennell kept Towns company on the ground and in the sky, and he treasured their friendship through the painful experience of war.  Through skirmishes with enemy fighters and full-on battle, Towns managed to come back to his base every time, though some days it was closer than he liked. Through the years of the war, Towns flew many missions through several countries, and each mission proved the mettle of the men involved.

“The Last Spitfire Pilot” is a stirring story about one man’s experience during one of the most challenging times in recent history, WWII. Towns is an inspirational character, and readers will enjoy his account of his flying Spitfires.

This is the fifth book for author Jack Kneece, a veteran journalist with a long, successful career, including three Pulitzer Prize nominations while working at the Oakland Tribune. He taught journalism at the University of South Carolina and worked for United Press International, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Oakland Tribune and the Washington Times. Kneece helped found a newspaper in Singapore and wrote the first investigative stories on Vice President Spiro Agnew, who later resigned. Kneece writes the he “never missed an opportunity to interview World War II pilots, especially Spitfire pilots.” These interviews helped shape the character of Towns.

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

The Last Spitfire Pilot

Jack Kneece

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-2050-1                        192 pages                        $14.00 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.

One Man’s Journey through Faith brings Unexpected Ministry; Norman Smith Releases New Book

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Dog Ear Publishing releases “Searching for the Norm: A Spiritual Odyssey” by Norman Smith.

A retired teacher and former pastor shares his journey of faith in this new book released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Growing up as the son of hard-working, dirt-poor Okie migrant workers in the era of the Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II left its mark on author Norman Smith, as did settling into Modesto with his family and being introduced to fundamentalism. In this new book, Smith narrates his pilgrimage searching for the normative live of a Christian and detailing the reasons for the paths he took along the way.

 “Searching for the Norm: A Spiritual Odyssey” shares details about Smith’s parents. His mother’s mother was a full-blooded Cherokee or Choctaw Indian, and his father spent time with a Cherokee family while healing from a broken hip. They met after they became Christians through the Holiness movement. Smith pulls no punches in describing the hardship of his early days, when the family barely survived, and moving out at age 17, but he shares with equal detail happier times living in Modesto and the joy of a public library. As his professional and personal lives settle down, Smith has time to ponder bigger questions in life, like his faith.

As he points out, following Jesus “is a deceptively easy-sounding command, until we eventually realize he was going to the cross. He bids us do the same. How we do so is a treatise all in itself.” Smith learns to see Christianity and God’s love in daily life, both in the classroom and working with carpenters. When Smith retires, he gains an unexpected chance to serves as interim senior pastor of his church, Bethel Christian Church, and later as its pastor. Those years of service bring new insights into his ever-expanding experiences with fellow Christians. Smith’s opportunity for ministry doesn’t end when he leaves Bethel, and ultimately he discovers a faith that aligns with his deeply ingrained Protestant roots and his new understanding of Christianity.

Author Norman Smith is a confessed reader, enjoying just about anything. He worked as a union carpenter, was a high school teacher (mainly American and English literature) for more than 30 years and became a full-time minister. He and his wife, Ruth, enjoy traveling.

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For additional information, please visit normsmithbooks.com.

Searching for the Norm: A Spiritual Odyssey

Norman Smith

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1929-1                        344 pages                        $18.95 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.

Children’s Historical Novel Tells One Boy’s Wartime Story; Brian Karadashian Releases New Book

Dog Ear Publishing releases “A Flag in the Window” by Brian Karadashian.

Dog Ear Publishing releases “A Flag in the Window” by Brian Karadashian.

The sights and sounds of America at war come to life in this new children’s book released by Dog Ear Publishing. A California boy and his mother wait patiently for his father serving overseas in World War II, but war has a way of bringing unexpected challenges.

All 12-year-old Billy Roarke wants is to have his father back safe and sound. His father, an engineer, is serving with paratroopers in England during World War II. This debut novel features a look at wartime through the eyes of a boy on the cusp of becoming a young man. Although he and his mom live fairly comfortably in Pasadena, far from the front lines, an unexpected event will change their lives forever.

In “A Flag in the Window,” Billy and his mother go about their daily lives, with Billy hanging out with friends when he’s not at school and his mother working in a parachute factory in Los Angeles. When Billy gets expelled from school for badly beating a boy, he gains a new set of friends – and a new respect for authority – at military school. Scenes right out of a Norman Rockwell painting capture the language and images of the mid 1940s in this children’s historical novel. A soda jerk at the pharmacy serves up stories about his days in World War I as he dishes up malts and shakes, and the Roarkes host a pair of servicemen for Christmas dinner. Ultimately, it’s up to Billy to take responsibility for his actions and take the first steps to becoming a man.

This is the first novel for elementary school teacher Brian Karadashian, who’s had articles published in the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and the Dallas Times Herald. Karadashian, who earned a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and a master’s degree from Stanford University, teaches in San Diego. He and his wife, Marcia, have two grown stepchildren and live in Escondido. The cover art is by Richard DeRosset, a maritime and aviation historian who serves as the official artist for the San Diego Maritime Museum and is an official U.S. Coast Guard artist.

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

A Flag in the Window

Brian Karadashian

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1603-0                        180 pages                        $10 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.