Introducing Artis Tolbert, author of Death Before Dawn

“It was an overwhelming experience for me and this team of a staff pulled me through every obstacle that seemed to hinder me at the time. Thanks be to God for you all!”

About Artis Tolbert: I was raised as a country girl, therefore I loved the outdoors; the feel of the sun beaming against my body and the breeze of a cool wind blowing my spirit across the fields. I consider myself a gracious lady, being thankful for the ability to encourage, inspire and motivate others to believe in how precious life really is. In 1973 I married a wonderful man just home from the U S army. We have two lovely children together with three grandchildren, four godchildren and a niece who preceded my husband in death whom we loved dearly. I spend most of my time now getting to know who God really is, where he is in my life and what he is to me.


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This book was written to inspire anyone who may have lost the person who was once the one you felt was your soul mate. The one that you thought you would grow old together with. You may be wondering is there really life after the death of the one you truly have loved? The one you seemed to be with longer than life itself? Then death comes along and takes that person away from you. The experience in itself is so unbearable until it seems as though you have died too. You will read in this novel how traumatic and overwhelming the experience is when the one whom you loved so dearly has left you behind. The sadness alone can take you places you were just not prepared to go. You will walk along with me to see how long the journey really can be. But through all my sorrow, my weeping, the heartache and the pain, I never gave up on hope. That night this man died in my arms was the darkest hour just before dawn.

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Introducing Alva D. Henehan, Jr., author of And Not A Man Flinched

“Throughout the process, from the very beginning to the actual publishing of the book, I received outstanding support from all of the teams assigned to me. My representatives, Tanya and Lisa, often made me go to work, but I greatly appreciated that. I hope to have the same team leaders assigned to me on my next project. Thank you all.”

Alva D Henehan, Jr. is a retired librarian currently living in Peru with his wife, Carmen. And Not a Man Flinched is his first book.


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During the spring of 1882, Ottoman Egypt’s legitimate ruler, Khedive Tewfiq, was pushed aside by a nationalist army colonel, Ahmed Urabi Pasha. By that summer, Urabi’s defiant opposition to Anglo-French control over Egypt’s finances had transformed into a national movement openly hostile toward all things foreign and Christian. Concern over Egypt’s apparent slide into political instability and the security of European financial investments caused alarm throughout Western Europe. The violence of the June riots and the 11 July bombardment of Alexandria compelled the British government to intervene. Within days of the bombardment, the British military machine was in motion, and troops began to steam their way to the city. What followed was a well-planned and executed campaign, led by Lieutenant General Sir Garnet Wolseley, lasting less than two months. This is the story of that campaign and the men who fought it. And Not a Man Flinched, originally intended as a research project about the Victorian-era British army regiments, contains over 600 pages of facts, dates, and eyewitness accounts—plus photos and historically accurate illustrations—to form a vivid, three-dimensional picture of this short period in history. It’s a fascinating sociopolitical and military history of Britain’s involvement with Egypt in the 1880s.

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Introducing Gary Winterburn, author of Mythbuster!

“Dana was extremely helpful. Especially helping me through the copy editing stage. She is a big reason that I will choose to publish my next book with Outskirts. Thank you Dana. Cheers, Gary”

Gary Winterburn is an author who has chosen to write about what he knows and for what he has a passion. Gary has lived his life as a hardworking sales professional, sales manager, and business owner who has been recognized for outstanding achievement in all areas of his career. He has sold cars, homes, insurance, mobile homes, land, and even Christmas trees in his career. He has knowledge that will help every salesperson regardless of what you sell or your experience level. What’s more is his honesty that every professional in the field of sales will experience setbacks, slumps and even failures. He knows because he has lived the life, and wants to share the truth about working through these obstacles and attaining the level of Sales Professional. He has a passion for the truth about what it takes to learn your craft and to bust through the myths of sales. Gary lives in South Carolina where he is an avid outdoorsman, a father, and still applies his craft as a sales professional. He continues to be inspired by hardworking sales pros.


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Learn from the words of a guy who has worked on the firing line of sales and sales management his whole adult life. This book cuts to the real world answers and techniques of selling for the new or experienced salesperson. Or if you are aspiring to land your first sales position…read this book, it will ground you in the knowledge of interviewing, learning your craft and making sales. The sales professional who is feeling just a little rusty can refocus him or herself with the fundamentals and techniques that got you there. There are no buzzwords, “magic beans”, or B.S. between these covers that you hear from trainers who are the popular flavor of the day. If you want to learn things that work as well as develop your own style and thought processes while embracing fundamental sales truths…this book is for you. At times it is humorous, even irreverent, but always passionate about helping hardworking salespeople become true Sales Pros. You do work that most people can’t or won’t do…that makes you special! Don’t settle for being average, start today by learning how to give just a little more effort, not through longer gruelling hours, but by being great at what you do. Be bold, be different, and be yourself. Stay grounded in the fundamentals and together we will bust the myths that are perpetuated in the sales world.

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Introducing Luis Antonio Melendez, aka WAR, author of Portrait of A Street Life

“The response time to my questions was extremely quick. The Author Reps were very helpful and knowledgeable. Thanks for everything.”

About Luis Antonio Melendez, aka WAR: I was born on the island of Vieques, PR on November 8, 1965 and was brought over to Philadelphia, PA when I was four. My family moved to Camden, NJ when I was 8, and here I would spend most of my life. Growing up was sad; my mother had unfortunately got shacked up with a Heroin addict who didn’t allow our family the opportunity to grow and to blossom. And because of his habit, my brother and I were denied much of the necessities’ of a proper domestic and social existence. However, despite my rough upbringing, I managed to avoid direct confrontation with the law. Yes, I broke many a laws during my teens, but I was only arrested one time, at age 14, for breaking into a sneaker store. My only other criminal acts were when I was in my late teens, then, I committed minor drug offenses such as using and selling hard drugs, (that I was never arrested for by the way.) Regardless of all that, I turned out Ok. At 17 I began doing graffiti and was actually the very first person in Camden, NJ to do so. I also became the most popular graffiti artist in the city at the time. Soon after, I began doing independent films on a super 8mm film camera. Soon after that, I got married and had two children. Throughout my life I would rewrite my book several times over until I finally settled on this version. This book is a powerful look into the lives of a group of teens that grew up during the HIP HOP Explosion.


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Wiz is a 17 year-old Puerto Rican kid growing up on the mean streets of North Philadelphia in the summer of 1984. He and his group of friends (the HIP HIP crew) are at the forefront of the Hip Hop movement and spend their time going to Jams, Break dancing, doing Graffiti, selling drugs, smoking weed, drinking liquor, chasing girls, running from the law and speeding down the freeways playing an extremely dangerous game of Car tag… then Wiz meets Nancy, a girl who gives him a taste of what the outside world could be like, and he begins looking at life with a new set of eyes…. But when deception threatens that romantic encounter, and an obnoxious kid named Brasso gets his sneakers and his pride scuffed, Wiz and the boys from the “Hip! Hip! Crew,” find their summer of fun suddenly becoming a summer of survival. And any hopes that Wiz had of escaping his urban prison becomes nothing more than a fleeting dream. Welcome to the year 1984. This is a book that is loosely based on my life growing up in Camden, New Jersey during the early eighties. The book is a drama that tells the coming of age tale of a group of inner-city kids surviving in an environment that to many outsiders may seem brutal. But in reality the 80′s were to me, a peaceful era. A more unified time, a time when people cared and had more consideration for their neighbor. 1984 also had an awesome sound track that is used in the book to introduce chapters. Get yourself ready to time travel to the early 80′s. I began writing this book in the summer of 1980 at the ripe old age of 14. I finished it in 1981, so I thought. The book was cute at best. It didn’t have any direction and it wasn’t delivering any amount of prevalent information. What it had was characters that one could relate to, no matter the generational denomination. So years passed by as I rewrote the book several times never satisfied with the outcome. That is until I completed this version of the story with the help and support of my older brother – Alberto Melendez.

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Introducing Sylvester Boyd Jr., author of The Road from Money

“Thank you Outskirts for helping bring my book, The Road from Money, to life! Your help every step of the way has helped me accomplish the goal of having my first novel published. My plan is for this book to be the first of a three part series and I look forward to working you in the future. Thanks again.”

Sylvester Boyd Jr. is a native of Chicago, Illinois. At the age of fifteen, he and his family moved from Chicago’s south-side public housing projects to Allegan, Michigan where he later graduated in 1963 from Allegan High School. He has attended African American, mixed race and predominately white schools, often living in diverse communities. After receiving an Associate in Arts Degree at Kennedy King College, he attended Chicago State University acquiring a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography, with a minor in history. Mr. Boyd worked more than decade for a major airline at Chicago’s O’Hare Field. In 1981, he founded one of the largest minority owned advertising specialty companies in southwest Michigan; selling products to many major corporations, businesses, colleges and universities. He has traveled extensively throughout the world. Being semi-retired, Mr. Boyd has enjoyed the opportunity to work as a movie extra, motivational speaker and substitute teacher for Chicago Public Schools. The Road from Money is his first novel and is based on the life of his Aunt Estella and stories told to him by family members over the years. He has woven both fact and fiction into a dynamic portrayal of historical events of the era including music, inventions and the journey of a young Negro girl and her family living under the trying times of Jim Crow in the South.


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The Road from Money takes you on a journey to the small town of Money, Mississippi; just after the turn of the 20th century. It is the story of Estella Reynolds, a young Negro girl, growing up in America’s deep South. You follow her life as she faces racism, segregation, exploration, brutality and poverty. You watch as she finds the joy of family life, battles to get a good education, finds her first love and above all tries to figure out why things are the way they are. You enter a time after World War I and before the start of World War II. A time when automobiles were new and planes had just taken to the sky. The story is set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the Great Dust Bowl, a flood, Prohibition; and a time when Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt were President. The story also highlights the strengths of a people and many of America’s weaknesses.

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Introducing Patricia Vuillemot, author of Band of Tears

“The book that Brie helped me with, Band of Tears, has been published by your publishing company. I am happy to say that the Amazon.com package she sold me really made sense to do for a first time author. I would like to give my compliments on your service and how Brie pushed me through the process. She was the best part of my publishing experience with Outskirts. I do have two other titles that I hope to publish by the end of the year. Brie was so instrumental in helping me accomplish a life long dream. Her kindness during that process will never be forgotten.”

Patricia Vuillemot has a background in finance, marketing, and publishing. Over the years she has worked as a ghostwriter and a syndicated restaurant review columnist. A native of Illinois, Patricia makes her home on an acre of country land outside of Chicago with her husband and children.


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Theresa is an exquisitely beautiful investigative reporter for the Chicago Daily Watch, but her perfect world is shaken when she finds that her handsome and charming husband is physically abusive—and has ties to the Chicago mafia.

After a nasty divorce, Theresa escapes Chicago and rents a lakeside cabin in Wisconsin. There she finds a golden ring and is startled to discover that she is able to glimpse scenes from the past. Her flashbacks of the 1920s reveal the private details of Al Capone’s life as seen through the eyes of a victim of the Chicago mob. From the grimy streets of 1920s Chicago to Al Capone’s luxurious mansion in Wisconsin, Theresa’s journey takes her on a path that only fate can execute. Is the discovery of the Band of Gold the end—or the beginning of a new life?

Unearthed memories from beyond the grave fuel The Band of Tears—a unique thriller that delivers the raw essence of human nature. It’s the haunting story of lives woven together through reincarnation, and the human soul’s need to be remembered…and vindicated.

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Introducing Okie Quillin, author of Learn English The American Way

“I’ve had such a bad experience with other publishing company before. Outskirts Press from the beginning, I was very impressed on their service, publishing process and communication with me. I will use Outskirts Press again with my next book.”

Okie Quillin is a Graduate from Ewha Women’s University, College of Education in Korea and also an ESL Teaching Assistant. She has written “Learn English The American Way — English Book 1 for ESL Students” out of a need to further help those who are learning English as a second language.


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The main purpose of the book is to help you build vocabulary, understand the meanings and learn how to utilize them in a full sentence. The author also lists synonyms, antonyms and related words to aid the understanding of the main words, as well as to further increase your vocabulary.

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