Spring 2022 Release

In Stories from the Front: Pain, Betrayal, and Resilience on the MST Battlefield, Bronze Star-decorated combat commander Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin outlines her own experiences with military sexual trauma (MST) and recounts the stories of 13 others: veterans as well as active duty women and men who are bravely sharing their stories of sexual assault and sexual harassment while serving in the United States military. Stories from the Front authentically captures experiences and carefully tells their stories of trauma and the resilience and empowerment they display in their lives.

By including the lived experiences of a diverse group representing all military branches, ranks, eras of service, wars, races and ethnicities, from Vietnam through Iraq and Afghanistan to the present day, Stories from the Front documents how men and women suffered at the hands of their fellow sailors, coasties, airmen, soldiers, and Marines. Eerily similar in the retelling, their experiences with MST range from hazing, bullying, misogyny, and sexual harassment to sexual assault and rape. They recount their most painful experiences and open their hearts and souls to the author and to the world. Many of the book’s participants have never previously shared the full details of their MST experiences or spoken publicly before.

Stories from the Front was published April 22, 2022, the second anniversary of the murder of Vanessa Guillén at Ford Hood. Copies can be ordered for $18.95 each plus $3.95 US shipping:

You can also purchase Stories from the Front from Amazon or Lulu, or by sending a check for US$22.90 payable to Blue Ear Books to 7511 Greenwood Ave N, Box 400, Seattle, WA 98103. Please make sure to include a shipping address with your check.

You can contact Colonel Carrington Firmin directly at CarringtonFirminLLC@gmail.com. To arrange for a bulk order or learn more about Stories from the Front and other veterans-related projects, contact Blue Ear Books publisher Ethan Casey at ecasey@blueearbooks.com.

Special Project in Progress

Yuliya's memoir + Ukraine relief contribution

Yuliya Shirokova with her uncle, aunt, and sister, all of whom remain in Ukraine, on a family visit from Seattle to Kyiv, January 2022.

We are proud to enjoy the extraordinary opportunity to work with Yuliya Shirokova on her memoir of growing up in Ukraine and later in the United States. Although Yuliya has been planning a memoir for years, recent events in Ukraine were the final catalyst that spurred her to write it now. Her book is as yet untitled. She is working with Blue Ear Books to write it during 2022 and publish it in late 2022 or early 2023.

We invite you to support both Yuliya’s book and humanitarian relief in Ukraine by pre-purchasing a signed copy. Use the drop-down menu below to choose your preferred level of support.

Drawing on her own memories and interviews with family members and friends, Yuliya’s book will take us through the turbulent times of the USSR’s perestroika, the breakup of the USSR, Ukraine’s first Independence Day, 9/11, and other events through the eyes of the author as she was growing up and becoming an adult.
Although Yuliya has been in the United States for more than 25 years, she has come to understand the impossibility of escaping the political turbulence she left in the Kyiv of 1996.

Read more about Yuliya’s book, and a short excerpt, on her author page.


Yuliya’s memoir + Ukraine relief contribution

You can also contribute to relief efforts in Ukraine directly via Yuliya’s GoFundMe page.


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