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A pile of BS

The Road to SuccessThe “BS” stands for “Business Stories.” But these aren’t tales about working in the Depression, spun by your grandfather as he dreamily inhales from his pipe. The Road to Success Goes Through the Salad Bar is a chance for corporate America to laugh at itself through observations gleaned from Greg Schwem, a stand-up comedian who has spent nearly 20 years performing for some of the nation’s largest and most profitable companies. He’s also a nationally syndicated humor columnist for Tribune Content Agency. View a funny video about his newest book here.

The dog master

The Dog MasterNew York Times’ bestselling author W. Bruce Cameron calls The Dog Master: A Novel of the First Dog, his “most ambitious work, a sweeping, epic and dramatic story of one of the most important events in human history — the domestication of the wolf. In other words, the first dog.” He’s now published 10 books, of which A Dog’s Purpose spent 52 weeks on the New York Times‘ bestseller list and is now being made into a movie by Dreamworks. His first book, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, was adapted into a sitcom starring John Ritter.


book coverColleen Rankin-Wheeler‘s debut book, A Day in the Life of a Spider Spazing Freak, attacks her fear of spiders head on with hilarity and sarcasm. It will be available this fall through Tate Publishing, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. To order an advance copy, contact the author at

Hiss-terical look

Women Who Still Love Cats Too MuchAllia Zobel Nolan and Nicole Hollander’s newest book, Women Who Still Love Cats Too Much, will be released in September 2015 but is now available for pre-orders. It’s described as “a when-is-enough-enough (Never!) guide that helps women pinpoint the warning signs of cat codependency so they can course correct and get their lives back — should they really want to — combined with real-life examples of the lengths women go to please their puddies. Zobel Nolan is an award-winning author of more than 200 children’s and adult trade titles. Her books reflect her two main passions, God and cats.

Hopeless handymen

Home Improvement Survival Guide for MenDan Van Oss has released the second book in his “Survival Guide for Men” series called Home Improvement Survival Guide for Men. It’s described as “the fun if not functional handbook for the hesitant (or hopeless) handyman.”

Goofy escapades

Chocolate Milk CowsAuthor and humor columnist Burton W. Cole’s newest novel, Bash and the Chocolate Milk Cows, was published in May 2015 by B&H Kids/LifeWay Christian Resources. And his second novel, Bash and the Chicken Coop Caper, just won the prestigious 2015 Selah Award as Best Novel for Middle Grades. Cole is assistant metro editor at the Tribune Chronicle in Warren, Ohio. His award-winning humor column, “Burt’s Eye View,” has been appearing weekly in the Star Beacon in Ashtabula, Ohio, for 22 years and in the Tribune Chronicle for 19 years.

At what price?

Cascade FallsCascade Falls, Bruce Ferber’s second novel, explores the failed promise of the American dream. Raised to believe that with hard work, anything is possible, a staggering number of Americans hate their jobs and see little chance of ever escaping the grind. In his tragicomic follow up to the laugh-ridden Elevating Overman, Ferber asks the question: “How does giving up our dreams affect our relationships and our psyches?”

That’s Paris

That's ParisThe newly published anthology, That’s Paris: Life, Love and Sarcasm in the City of Light (Velvet Morning Press), includes a story by Lucia Paul. Her piece, “Chaperon et Liberté,” is a fictional story of a mother chaperoning her son’s trip to Paris, and how she spends the one afternoon she has to herself. Author proceeds from sales of That’s Paris benefit the charity Room to Read, which supports literacy and gender equality in education.

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