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Relive Early Days of Women in the Military with New Novel by Army Veterans

Get a look behind the scenes in the early days of women at West Point, thanks to a realistic new novel by two female veterans released by Dog Ear Publishing.

Tampa, FL, October 19, 2015 --( It’s not easy to change tradition, especially if the institution that is moving toward change involves the military. Explore the world of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and the Army as seen through the eyes of some of the first female ROTC commissioned lieutenants, described in realistic detail in a new novel released by Dog Ear Publishing.

“Trailblazers,” set in the late 1970s when women were first beginning to take a more active role in the military, features West Point cadets Lori and Trish joining lieutenants Anne, Maura and Amelia in West Germany for Cadet Troop Leader Training. As the cadets gain a greater understanding of life in the military, the three lieutenants mentor them through the potential minefield of earning the respect of their sometimes-stubborn male peers. In the end, Trish and Lori learn much more than military code and take their newfound confidence back to West Point, even more determined to make it through to graduation.

This is the second book in the Guardians of Peace series. The first, “Refined by Fire,” describes Lori and Trish’s first two years at West Point and the challenges they faced. The series begins in 1976, a pivotal year for the military and the changes the army made over the next 35 years regarding the role of women in the military. The books candidly explore hardships faced by women who wanted to contribute more than their clerical or medical abilities in defending the country they love against its enemies.

Ruth VanDyke, a retired Army Chemical Corps officer, was one of the early female ROTC graduates and lives in Tampa. Prior to retiring full time to pursue writing, she served as a liaison officer from the joint staff to U.S. Special Operations Command. Yvonne Doll, a 1981 West Point graduate, Army spouse and mother, served for 26 years as a Military Police officer. She teaches in the business administration program at Walden University in Minneapolis.

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Yvonne Doll and Ruth VanDyke
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-3629-8 268 pages $15.95 US Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-4575-3979-4 ebook $9.99 US

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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. Dog Ear Publishing reviews services help promote newly released books. Self-publishing services are available globally at and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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