Cover Reveal – Chasing the Dream by Norman Walters

October 28, 2019

Norman Walters’ Peruvian adventure along the banks of the Amazon river continues in Chasing the Dream: Ten Years in the Upper Amazon. This is the second chapter in a story of overcoming obstacles, blending cultures, creating a dream, and facing hardship as well as joy.

Norman Walters spent ten years in the Peruvian Upper Amazon, 110 miles (up the Amazon River by boat) from Iquitos, Peru. This Jungle City of 600,000 inhabitants was reachable (from the outside world) only by water or air. No roads in! He is the co-founder of Yacumama Lodge, which he carved from the jungle. These are his stories.

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Eye with a View, Now Available

October 11, 2019

Eye with a View by Amla Mehta chronicles the light and dark aspects of vision loss based on universal themes like facing inequality and vast change. Amla’s journey of blindness organically became the catalyst that enabled her to love herself unconditionally—both her innate irregularities and her internal and external shimmery qualities.

Nature is a perfect example of how we, as a human race, are meant to expand and grow. Even the most weathered, gnarled tree encompasses a unique pattern of magnificence. If every living being can accept nature in totality, resonating with imperfections and strengths, why can’t we, as a collective community, value and accept one another’s similarities and differences simultaneously?

Through the lens of being legally blind, Amla will empower you to radiate your authenticity despite any adversity. After all, every star in the galaxy sparkles differently. Yet that’s precisely what makes the universe ever so spectacular.

Shine Love, Shine Light, Shine You!

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Amla Mehta will be on Different Strokes for Different Folks hosted by David Clarke on Friday, October 11, 2019 at @ 7:30 p.m. Eastern Standard time/4:30 p.m. Pacific on Different Strokes for Different Folks hosted by David Clarke.

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Comet Saves the Day! — Worldwide Release

October 10, 2019

The children’s book by Perry Koons, Comet Saves the Day! is now available at retailers near you, and just in time for the holiday season!

Grab a copy at an online retailer or request it from your favorite bookstore.

Santa is busy preparing for Christmas when he hits a snag. Santa’s elves try really hard to fix the problem in time, but Comet is the only one who can save the day and get Christmas back on schedule.

Follow Comet as he puts the “Merry” back in Christmas and a “Jingle” back in Santa’s step!

Don’t miss your chance to get Comet Saves the Day! this holiday season, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.


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Who is a Veteran? — Worldwide Release

October 9, 2019

We’re happy to announce the worldwide release of the patriotic children’s book, Who Is a Veteran? by Bernie Schwartz.

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Who Is a Veteran? helps children learn to read while teaching them about who Veterans are and what they look like. Kids will learn what it means to be a Veteran and why we honor them in this colorfully illustrated book.

The author, Bernie Schwartz, is a Veteran of the United States Air Force and served in Desert Shield/Storm. Originally born in Newark, Ohio Bernie has traveled to several countries around the world, which fueled his love and passion for the United States.

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Do you have a book that deserves to be published? We’re always seeking excellent manuscripts.  Learn more here.

 

Sammy the Skeleton’s Halloween Surprise, Now Available Worldwide

October 7, 2019

Sammy the Skeleton’s Halloween Surprise by Mark Dubovec is now available in print from retailers worldwide! This Halloween season, learn alongside Sammy that there’s no need to hide behind a mask, because everyone is a bit spooky underneath!

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Halloween. A season of costumes, candy, and community, when even monsters want friendship. As Sammy the Skeleton’s Halloween Surprise reveals, sometimes the scariest-looking creatures have the biggest hearts.

Sammy, a playful and kindly skeleton, lives alone in a cemetery outside of town. He longs to make friends, but he fears his monstrous appearance will frighten people away. When the autumn wind brings news of an impending Halloween party, Sammy sees his chance to fit in.

Fashioning a costume and mask, Sammy hides who he is and attends the party, but what will happen if the other guests discover the truth? Will they be afraid?

Grab your copy of the book today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.

Proving Press is actively seeking excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

323 Days, NOW AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE

October 6, 2019

323 Days transcribed and edited by John Harris is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.
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Albert Harris was a hometown hero in the small east Texas town of Greenville.  He was captain and quarterback of the high school football team and married Mary Alice Norwood, the pretty daughter of the local county judge, in 1945. Trained as an artillery officer in the Marines, Lieutenant Harris joined the reserves shortly after his marriage.

When the Korean War broke out in the summer of 1950, Lieutenant Harris knew he would be leaving his wife and one-year-old son for the hills of North Korea.  There was no more practice—it was going to be the real thing.

In 323 Days, we travel back in time to 1951-1952 and the early stages of the Cold War.  The United States was battling international communism and there was the ever-present danger of World War III. The Marine Corps had already suffered significant losses in the first year of the Korean War and Lieutenant Harris knew his tour of duty would not be easy.

During the war, Albert Harris wrote over 50 letters to Mary Alice detailing a wide variety of subjects, most direct from the battlefield.  The letters are packed with information and reveal both a love story and a brutal war story. They are an important and unique viewing window to a critical segment of the Korean War and are published here for the first time.

John Harris was born on July 29, 1949, one year before the start of the Korean War. He is the son of Albert and Mary Alice Harris and has many fond childhood memories growing up with them and his grandparents in the small east Texas town of Greenville.

John’s father was transferred to Corpus Christi, where John graduated from high school in 1967. He was an all-around athlete and president of his senior class.  John then enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his future wife, Joan.

John spent the majority of his business career in the computer numerically controlled (CNC) machinery industry. In 1993, he founded his own CNC machinery manufacturing company and later (2001) sold his interest in it.

John and Joan have one son, Ryan, who attended Vanderbilt University.  Ryan met his wife, Tiffany, at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. They both completed their periodontal residencies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Currently, they have two periodontal practices in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. They are the parents of four children, the only grandchildren of John and Joan. After retirement, John and Joan moved near them in 2014.

John and Joan stay busy with their grandchildren’s activities. John especially likes to attend their many sporting events.  He also enjoys fishing and reading. Transcribing and editing this book have been extremely rewarding for him. 323 Days will be a lasting tribute to his father’s service in the Korean War.

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Proving Press is actively seeking excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

Bridget the Queen Bumblebee — Worldwide Release

October 3, 2019

Vicki Roach’s children’s book Bridget the Queen Bumblebee Finds Happiness in Sharing is now available at retailers near you! This is her second project with Proving Press, and we hope to see more books from her.

Find a copy at any major retailer as a paperback, hardback, or e-book, or ask for it at your favorite bookstore!

Bridget the Queen Bumblebee buzzes through flower land for a day of fun. Bridget loves things that sparkle and shine, but can one little bumblebee girl have too much of a good thing? Join Bridget as she learns the importance of sharing and how to be a blessing to others.

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Do you have a book that deserves to be published? We’re always seeking excellent manuscripts.  Learn more here.

 

Moving Trees and Little Thieves: A Boy Detective Story, Now Available Worldwide

September 11, 2019

Moving Trees and Little Thieves: A Boy Detective Story by Oswald St. Benedict is now available in print and digital editions from retailers worldwide.

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Oswald is five years old. He travels all over the world, finding new adventures and new mysteries to solve in each country he visits. This time he is in India, investigating the theft of priceless treasures from the royal palace.

Early readers will be introduced to mischevious monkeys and tricky bad guys in this fun detective story!

Grab your copy of the book today, and don’t forget to support independent literature by leaving a review on Goodreads and your favorite retailer.

Proving Press is actively seeking excellent manuscripts for publication. Writers and agents can learn more here.

Cover Reveal for 323 Days, Transcribed and Edited by John Harris

September 6, 2019

323 Days is a poignant look at the Korean War through the eyes of a soldier.

Albert Harris was a hometown hero in the small east Texas town of Greenville.  He was captain and quarterback of the high school football team and married Mary Alice Norwood, the pretty daughter of the local county judge, in 1945. Trained as an artillery officer in the Marines, Lieutenant Harris joined the reserves shortly after his marriage.

When the Korean War broke out in the summer of 1950, Lieutenant Harris knew he would be leaving his wife and one-year-old son for the hills of North Korea.  There was no more practice—it was going to be the real thing.

In 323 Days, we travel back in time to 1951-1952 and the early stages of the Cold War.  The United States was battling international communism and there was the ever-present danger of World War III. The Marine Corps had already suffered significant losses in the first year of the Korean War and Lieutenant Harris knew his tour of duty would not be easy.

During the war, Albert Harris wrote over 50 letters to Mary Alice detailing a wide variety of subjects, most direct from the battlefield.  The letters are packed with information and reveal both a love story and a brutal war story. They are an important and unique viewing window to a critical segment of the Korean War and are published here for the first time.

Follow Boyle Proving Press on Facebook or Twitter to stay in the loop as this book is released! 

 We are actively seeking new authors for publication. Submit your work today.

Author Spotlight – H. L. Ott

September 3, 2019

Read about author H. L. Ott and find out the inspiration behind the story of Sneezy the Squirrel!

What inspired you to write Sneezy the Squirrel?

When I was eight years old, I discovered my purpose in life.  I was asked by my teacher to write a poem, something that had meaning to me, then share it with the class.  The poem was short, called “Pencils”. Odd, but it had a lot of meaning for me.

When I was four, I was diagnosed with a rare eye condition called Optic Nerve Hypoplasia.  It left me legally blind in both eyes, and it is not correctable by glasses or surgery.  Due to my low vision, I had to use pens and several vision devices.  Children at a young age don’t understand this, and I had few friends.  I used this poem to help the children in my class understand why I couldn’t use pencils.  To my amazement, it worked! They understood me better than ever before, and I was hooked on writing from then on.

As I grew older, I used poetry to express both good times and bad.  The good times included classes I loved and my family pet Lilly, a beagle mix.  The bad times were when students picked on me due to my vision, once I was old enough to understand what they were doing, as well as deaths in the family like grandparents.

When Sneezy the Squirrel is released, the first thing you may notice is that the print will be larger.  This was my choice.  As a younger child it was hard to find books that I didn’t need a magnifier for.  Now that I am writing my own, especially when it comes to children’s books, the print size will be automatically larger.  This is because I believe every child should be able to read and learn from the same book.  I also believe that a child’s parents shouldn’t have to pay more for a book their child can see.

What do you want children to take away from Sneezy the Squirrel?

I want children who do not have disabilities to understand that everyone has something that makes them different.  Sneezy got his name because of his allergies, something anyone can have, just like a disability.  We are all different, so instead of making fun of one another, we should help and love one another.  That is the beautiful thing about life. We may not all have limitations, but we are still unique, and because of this we can learn from everyone we meet.

How did you come up with the idea of Sneezy the Squirrel?

On a lighter note, I came up with Sneezy the Squirrel in a very funny way.  I just had allergy testing done at the age of 21.  I was allergic to grass, ragweed, dust, cats, dogs, and eight different kinds of trees.  The worst part after finding out all of this was being on a college campus that had basically everything on that list!

One day when walking to class, a day or two after my allergy test, a little squirrel ran onto the path and looked at me.  I said “hello” to him as I often did, but he didn’t scurry away. He just looked at me!  He was adorable, but I had to get to class, so I told him “goodbye” and went to class.  During a review session, I put my confirmed allergy to a squirrel perspective, naturally, and wrote the idea for Sneezy the Squirrel in the back of my notebook. When I got home, the whole book took about 45 minutes to write with coffee in hand!

Why did you choose Columbus Publishing Lab for your project?

I held onto the rough draft of Sneezy the Squirrel for three years as I completed my two associate degrees and then turned them into two bachelor’s degrees.  Near the time I completed school, I started to investigate publishing options.  Since writing Sneezy the Squirrel, I had written eighteen manuscripts as a series for adults.  I also had several ideas typed out in folders just waiting for me to have time to work on them.

I had made a deal with my father that I would complete college before pursuing publication, and just as I was nearing that goal, an author named Peg Hanna brought her book to the nursing home where I frequently volunteered.  I asked her who she published with and after meeting Emily Hitchcock, the choice was obvious.  I also chose Columbus Publishing Lab for security, knowing I wouldn’t have to be anxious about someone stealing my work.  For every potential publisher, there seemed to be five others that I researched who didn’t seem legit.  In addition, most of them wanted too much money, another reason I couldn’t believe them, or their intentions.

What have you enjoyed most about publishing Sneezy the Squirrel?

What I have enjoyed most about publishing Sneezy the Squirrel is finally seeing the characters come to life. My illustrator Ryan is doing a great job, and it’s amazing how he has brought a character I created to an image I and others can see! This also leads into my advice to those trying to publish their first book. Do your research! Be sure that who you are going to trust with your work, is worthy of that trust. Further, if you can find someone like Columbus Publishing Lab, who lets you keep your rights to the book you created, it will really reduce the stress of the process!  Lastly, enjoy the process. It goes so fast!

What is your next step?

The next step in my process is to get Sneezy the Squirrel out there so people with and without children with special needs knows it is available.  What I earn from this book will go towards my next, and the next, and the next!  I want to be an author; it is the first love and only constant I have ever wanted in life.  My favorite part is when I start a new story, or I expand on a series with another book; it is so exciting!  I don’t know where I am going, but I trust my imagination will lead me in the right direction.  It has yet to let me down, and I can’t wait for my readers to rise and fall, laugh and cry, along with every new adventure I take them on, at any age.  I personally thank you for reading about me, and I hope you are as excited as I am to read about Sneezy and all my other characters to come.

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