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Haunting Stories of Love, Revenge and Retribution – Volume 1

Haunting Stories of Love, Revenge and Retribution - Volume 1 by Dennis Lowery

Three powerful short stories (rated M17+) that touch on love and how it can sustain you, yet also may drive you to revenge and retribution. Love gives you courage to live, to stand up and fight back and to redeem yourself. When you have it, love may be the one  thing you can count on.

The Candle:

What if you could give someone you love one more hour of life? The passion of love bursting into flame is more powerful than death, stronger than the grave.

“Brilliant, Dennis Lowery. Your writing always leaves me wanting more! I too saved it to re-read later. Thank you for sharing it with us. :-)” –Rebecca Harden-Heick

“It was wonderful. Chilling and hauntingly beautiful… very Stephen King-esque. Right up my alley, being a huge Stephen King fan. I have goosebumps.
Absolutely loved it.” –Bobbie Today

“Oh, wow… Very powerful… I felt so much compassion for the couple. And the intrigue of the supernatural really gets you thinking. It really is an excellent story you wrote, Dennis.” –Margie Casados

“Poetic Justice. Love it! :-)” –Vicki Tyley, Best Selling author

“Wow, Dennis Lowery – I enjoyed reading very much.” –Irene Kimmel

“Wonderful, Dennis Lowery :-) Very well written!!” –Sylvia Sotuyo

“Wow, Dennis Lowery, I adore your writing! You pulled me in very quickly, and had me wanting more and more! Excellent story, I thank you for that amazing read. You are a very talented writer.” –Cristie Brewer

Night Noises:

The house creaked and then settled with a sigh. Night noises her grandma called them. “This old house is full of them so pay them no mind,” she’d say. One piece of advice her grandma gave her she shouldn’t have listened to.

“This is cool and a bit spooky Dennis Lowery :-) I shared this!” –Sylvia Sotuyo

“Great yarn, Dennis Lowery. Thanks!” –Chris Lord

“Good and Scary… Dennis Lowery. You sure know how to build up the suspense. Whew.” –Margie Casados

“I love it! Suspense and of course the bit with the… DELETED SPOILER PART OF HER COMMENT.” –Sarah Odendahl

“Love it. It’s really good!” –D. Denman

“I enjoy your writing… you’re great, Dennis!” –Lory Case

The Ladies of the Pain:

A land of ancient city-states, Città morte… dead cities sprinkle the countryside. Once thriving and vital, now no one lives in them and the keening of the winds through the ruins are their only sounds. Even for towns and cities that live, in almost every one, there is a legend, sometimes distorted far from its origin, of a casa stregata… a haunted house. Some are deathly still, lonely cenotaphs, mere empty markers of some immoral past. Others contain souls that sleep a while and awake… hungry.

“Yes, this definitely was felt in Colorado, too. Intriguing and intense.” –Margie Casados

“Fantastic!!!! Love it. It is really good and the chills went all the way to me in Norway.” –Sylvia Sotuyo

“Like an unpardonable sin your words read so sweet. :-) I like this very much, Dennis. Very nicely written.” –Michael Koontz

“Fantastic story, Dennis. Kind of in the O. Henry vein.” –Jim Zumwalt

“I love it.” –Sarah Odendahl

“Awesome story. From the capped peaks of coldness to the warmth within, from passion in pleasure to pain in equal measure you awake a dream to dream.” –Pastiche Able

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On Writing About Your Life & Story | How to start, plan and organize your memoir or story

On Writing About Your Life - Your Story How to start, plan and organize your memoir or story

From the author, Dennis Lowery

This is not a guide to teach you how to become a writer. There are countless books, courses, articles and websites that can help you with that. They can teach you proper grammar, structure and even how to format your manuscript for publication. Those are all things that come with having a rough draft to polish and make pretty.

This IS a guide to help you make actual progress and do what needs to come first—the most important step you must take if you want to write your story. Creating a first draft (the rough draft you can then begin to make pretty and polished).

This guide is approximately 9,000 words (which is about thirty 8.5 inch x 11 inch pages). It is to the point. If you follow what I share with you in this guide, you will make progress in creating a draft of your story and will accomplish three important objectives:

1) Your story will become real and tangible. All the memories and knowledge in your heart and head from all of your life’s experiences become more concrete for others—it’s no longer just a verbal account.

2) It is the very first step for refining your story further; making it more fully fleshed so you can improve the things I mentioned above that make your story more polished and presentable.

3) It gives you something to provide to a professional writer that will lower the cost of their assistance (whether as a ghostwriter or developmental editor/re-writer).

There is a fourth important benefit and it’s personal:

I have worked with many people on their stories and helped them create a book that captures the story they want to share with family, friends, and for some, the public. Each client has told me how great it felt to tell their story. How they felt about accomplishing a significant goal in their life and the process had either made them heal or strengthened them in ways hard to describe.

That reward and benefit is there for you, too, with making your story come to life in writing and as a book. What you read in this guide has helped and inspired others. I hope it does for you, too.

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In the News | Author Donna McAleer appointed to Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services

They made a good choice! We are proud to know Donna and to have published her award winning book, Porcelain On Steel | Women of West Point’s Long Gray Line. Donna is a staunch advocate for veterans and has worked tirelessly on behalf of women veteran’s rights. The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Lindenmeyer, one of the women profiled in Donna’s book, has also been appointed to this committee.

Read the press release from the Department of Defense

Defense Advisory Committee on Women In The Service

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In the News | Author, Kerry Kachejian on panel discussion – The Impact of a Weakened Military

Our author, Kerry Kachejian, Colonel, USAR (Retired) is one of the United States most qualified soldiers and engineers, having served in and supported reconstruction operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan as well as relief operations during Hurricane Katrina. He is the author of, SUVs Suck in Combat, and recently participated on a panel discussion about whether potential budget cuts will weaken the United States military (and he points out how they have in the past).

Here’s the video of the discussion:

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UPCOMING | The Army and Low Intensity Conflict

“History shows that the bill payers of failed policy and short-sighted national security planning are the military forces of the nation.”

— Rear Admiral Phillip R. Olson, speaking to a conference on low intensity conflict

From author, Rick Waddell.

Click here for more details on the book.

The Army & Low Intesity Conflict by Rick Waddell

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Generation X Approved – Top 20 Keys to Effective Leadership

Generation X Approved - Top 20 Keys to Effective Leadership

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Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. 

—Vince Lombardi

As Generation X managers and executives are now tasked with running companies, there is a fundamental and critical component of business that they cannot push off or delegate and expect that someone else will have it covered—LEADERSHIP.  And at its core, leadership is about one thing and one thing only—connecting with people.

In corporate America, executives often forget that their objective is not only to manage the company processes, or to supervise the production of widgets or services.  Equally important (if not more so), they must lead, hire and retain the people all organizations need to become or remain a successful enterprise.

Another challenge for emerging Generation X leaders is to do more with less, which often means developing a more productive workforce. Complicating this is that as leaders they must direct and inspire people that have different generational values. A successful 21st century leader must be able to guide not only their Generation X peers but also the newly emerging Generation Y employees through difficult business challenges. All while mitigating the loss of the technical knowledge and skills of the retiring Baby Boomer workforce. To do this, they must have the leadership ability to align their generational peers, inspire Generation Y and set a clear direction, to maintain productivity, and motivate and influence a workforce that has fewer skills but more expectations.

Years ago, there was a study done in the world of education that looked at teacher perceptions and student performance.  At a high level, the report showed a strong correlation between perception and performance. When teachers believed their students would perform and the students themselves believed in that perception—even the lower performing students tended to meet the higher expectations.

So, what does this have to do with leadership?

It’s about perceptions and performance.

Imagine if we believed in our employees to do exceptional work. Imagine if we stopped hearing about the talent shortage and stopped saying how unprepared the next generation is to work in this environment. Imagine if we actually believed that they could live up to the hype. If we tamped down the anxiety about not being prepared for the next phase of business we may actually see a world where people step up and outperform our expectations. That is what good leaders accomplish—they unlock the potential of the people they lead.

This book gives you twenty specific keys to help you become the type of leader that your company or organization needs today and in the future. Keys that will help perception and performance merge for you into the reality of successful leadership.

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Upcoming – DEFENDER DOLPHINS | The Story of Project Short Time

DEFENDER DOLPHINS | The Story of Project Short Time

The full truth about the world’s first DEFENDER DOLPHINS has never been told — until now!

Meet Garth, John, Slan, Tinker and Toad, Project Short Time’s highly trained defender dolphins who protected a key ammunition pier in Vietnam — and laid a foundation for modern-day partnerships with dolphins, many of them their descendants.

Learn how the author — the Navy’s First Marine Mammal Officer — as well as all the scientists, engineers, military leaders, and trainers built the Navy’s SECRET Marine Mammal Program literally from scratch, added to scientific knowledge, and successfully saved lives and high value resources during the Vietnam War.

Included inside are:

• Never-before-seen historic photographs.

• A timeline of events, a map, and a glossary.

• Behind-the-scenes human-interest stories.

• Profiles of key personnel.

• A look at the defender dolphins and other key marine mammals.

• A where-are-they-now summary.

• A refutation of common misconceptions and distortions about military dolphins.

 

Detailed and fascinating account of a clandestine effort undertaken decades ago during the Vietnam war...”

— James Zumwalt, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (ret.), son of Admiral Elmo R. (Bud) Zumwalt Jr., the Chief of Naval Operations who ordered the deployment of Project Short Time

Of great interest to readers…”

— Ricou Browning, author/creator of the popular 1960s movie and television franchise Flipper

Hal Goforth’s remarkable story details for the first time the partnership forged between man and dolphins...”

— Terrie M. Williams., Ph.D., Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

DEFENDER DOLPHINS: The Story of Project Short Time is the never-before-told eyewitness account of a unique and daring SECRET project during the Vietnam War involving the first-ever military use of dolphins.

Even though the facts contained in DEFENDER DOLPHINS were declassified in 1992, no one has attempted to document the amazing project — until now. Myths and lies have filled the void, calling into question the integrity of the program that saved lives in Vietnam, added to scientific knowledge, and laid a foundation for modern-day partnerships with trained dolphins, many of them descendants of the original defender dolphins. Ten years in the making, DEFENDER DOLPHINS corrects the misconceptions by spelling out the true story.

DEFENDER DOLPHINS begins with the early days of nascent marine mammal research at California’s Naval Ordnance Test Station China Lake and Point Mugu Naval Missile Center, and follows the “Secret Fish People” at the Naval Undersea Center Hawaii Lab, to deployment of the Swimmer Defense System at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Behind-the-scenes stories bring to life the men and women who sacrificed to make Project Short Time a success. The book also effectively refutes many of the rumors, distortions, and misinformation still floating around about military use of dolphins.

DEFENDER DOLPHINS highlights the vision, ingenuity, persistence, and personal sacrifice of the pioneers who braved low budgets, brutal deadlines, and bureaucratic snafus to achieve something new and great with Garth, John, Slan, Tinker and Toad — the defender dolphins.

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DEFENDER DOLPHINS | The Story of Project Short Time

DEFENDER DOLPHINS | The Story of Project Short Time

Booksellers or organizations interested in placing wholesale orders can contact us to request details and information.

Distributor: Ingram
Page count: 252
Hardback (with dust-jacket): ISBN 978-1-937592-30-1 Retail: $ 23.95
Trade Paperback: ISBN 978-1-937592-31-8 Retail: $13.95

The full truth about the world’s first DEFENDER DOLPHINS has never been told — until now!

Meet Garth, John, Slan, Tinker and Toad, Project Short Time’s highly trained defender dolphins who protected a key ammunition pier in Vietnam — and laid a foundation for modern-day partnerships with dolphins, many of them their descendants.

Learn how the author — the Navy’s First Marine Mammal Officer — as well as all the scientists, engineers, military leaders, and trainers built the Navy’s SECRET Marine Mammal Program literally from scratch, added to scientific knowledge, and successfully saved lives and high value resources during the Vietnam War.

Included inside are:

• Never-before-seen historic photographs.

• A timeline of events, a map, and a glossary.

• Behind-the-scenes human-interest stories.

• Profiles of key personnel.

• A look at the defender dolphins and other key marine mammals.

• A where-are-they-now summary.

• A refutation of common misconceptions and distortions about military dolphins.

 

Detailed and fascinating account of a clandestine effort undertaken decades ago during the Vietnam war...”

— James Zumwalt, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (ret.), son of Admiral Elmo R. (Bud) Zumwalt Jr., the Chief of Naval Operations who ordered the deployment of Project Short Time

Of great interest to readers…”

— Ricou Browning, author/creator of the popular 1960s movie and television franchise Flipper

Hal Goforth’s remarkable story details for the first time the partnership forged between man and dolphins...”

— Terrie M. Williams., Ph.D., Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz

DEFENDER DOLPHINS: The Story of Project Short Time is the never-before-told eyewitness account of a unique and daring SECRET project during the Vietnam War involving the first-ever military use of dolphins.

Even though the facts contained in DEFENDER DOLPHINS were declassified in 1992, no one has attempted to document the amazing project — until now. Myths and lies have filled the void, calling into question the integrity of the program that saved lives in Vietnam, added to scientific knowledge, and laid a foundation for modern-day partnerships with trained dolphins, many of them descendants of the original defender dolphins. Ten years in the making, DEFENDER DOLPHINS corrects the misconceptions by spelling out the true story.

DEFENDER DOLPHINS begins with the early days of nascent marine mammal research at California’s Naval Ordnance Test Station China Lake and Point Mugu Naval Missile Center, and follows the “Secret Fish People” at the Naval Undersea Center Hawaii Lab, to deployment of the Swimmer Defense System at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Behind-the-scenes stories bring to life the men and women who sacrificed to make Project Short Time a success. The book also effectively refutes many of the rumors, distortions, and misinformation still floating around about military use of dolphins.

DEFENDER DOLPHINS highlights the vision, ingenuity, persistence, and personal sacrifice of the pioneers who braved low budgets, brutal deadlines, and bureaucratic snafus to achieve something new and great with Garth, John, Slan, Tinker and Toad — the defender dolphins.

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REVIEW | Mirabella and the Pearl of Chulothe – “A really good read with a crisp narrative style”

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Miraballa and the Pearl of Chulothe

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REVIEW | SUVs Suck in Combat – “Nicely written, anecdotal, and peppered with humor and photos…”

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SUVs Suck in Combat

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