Introducing Madelyne and Larry Spann, author of May Learns To Pray

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Devoting most of her professional career working in the library system, Madelyne Spann LOVES books. After recently retiring of 30+ years working for the Berkeley County Library System in South Carolina, the Mayor of Goose Creek gave a special proclamation to honor her years of service to the community. Post retirement, she decided it was time to pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a published author. Inspired by journal entries Madelyne recorded while observing her first grandchild Maylene, she developed a series of books about an inquisitive little girl named May. As a Pastor’s wife, Madelyne thought the first story in the series should be the simple act of teaching May a prayer of thanks. Madelyne is the mother of 3, and enlisted the help of her eldest son Larry as co-author. She is married to Pastor Samuel E. Spann, and the couple reside in South Carolina.

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Like many energetic curious toddlers, May hates bedtime. Each night she tries to find any excuse to stay awake just a little while longer. On one particular night, she is determined not to go to bed! Despite numerous attempts to stall, May is finally carried off to bed by her father. While reciting the custom children’s prayer “Now I lay me down to sleep,” May had an idea! She was going to stretch the prayer out for as long as she could. Though Dad was amused and could see through the ruse, he decided to flip the situation to use as an opportunity to teach May a prayer of thanks. We go through the day in the life of little May to discover the many little blessings to be thankful for. Any parent wishing to start their child on their personal spiritual journey will enjoy this heart-warming story of gratitude, wonder…and bananas!

Introducing Patricia Tyson Redmond, author of We the Widows: A Guide to Your New Life

“Thanks for all your support and I highly recommend OP to my potential ‘author’ friends.”

Pati Redmond is a retired physical therapist who has been published in professional journals but this is her first attempt to write the story she has lived for the past ten years…widowhood. Pati loves traveling and has seen all the New 7 Wonders of the World. Her passion is interviewing over 100 veterans for the Veterans History Project in the Library of Congress. Pati lives in Frederick, MD, with her dog Rojo.

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Are you a Widow? This book is for you! This book is for those of you who have spent many years sharing the decisions, burdens and joys of life with the one you loved. Now your husband has died; what do you do? You are once again a single woman and how do you become that independent person you need to be to manage your new life? How do you take care of the chores of the day, the home maintenance, the decisions, and still cope with the grief and stress of your loss? Pati Redmond has spent ten years dealing with these problems after the death of her husband and wants to share her experiences with you. She has lived these pages, gathering years’ worth of thoughts, experiences, challenges, and solutions in the hope that other women will be able to face their future as a widow more empowered and equipped after experiencing one of life’s greatest tragedies. It is not only relevant to the widow left behind, but also to the children who remain. The information in the text is well thought out, clear, concise and thorough. We the Widows will give you suggestions on how to deal with many things you may face as a grieving widow. You will learn that you are stronger than you ever thought you were, and that you can do things you never dreamed you could! Perhaps it will also make you smile at the memories and help guide you into your new life.

Introducing Ike Avelli, author of A Year In The Life Of Ike Avelli…And It Ain’t Pretty

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Ike Avelli is a Writer, Producer, and Star of his own Adult Variety Shows, such as “50 Shades of Gay” which has been selling out in Cabaret Theaters and Festivals throughout the U.S. He is the Winner of the Get Out Magazine Award for Best LGBT Comedy Performer. He is also a co-host on the #1 Show “The Idiots” on Wildfire Radio. When Ike isn’t performing, he loves to spend time watching his hero Joan Rivers in old clips on the internet. Visit Ike Avelli online at Ikeavelli.net, twitter.com/ike_avelli, instagram.com/ikeavelli

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A Year In The Life Of Ike Avelli…And It Ain’t Pretty! Inspired by Joan Rivers “Diary Of A Mad Diva” and Andy Cohen’s “The Andy Cohen Diaries”, Ike Avelli decided to put pen to paper throughout 2017, without knowing there were going to be some highs and lows during the year. Take a trip with Ike as he hangs out/performs with some of NYC’s brightest entertainers, and follow him as he lands gigs, puts together new shows and travels on the road. He will also treat you to outrageous conversations with his Mom, family, and friends. Ike even invites you into his personal life, which includes trying to find a man, since Ricky Martin has landed a hubby and is no longer on the market. His year is an open book, that will make you laugh out loud and get emotional too, as you will see, not everything in life is peaches and cream. His humor will help you understand why he is currently selling out shows in the U.S.

Introducing Linda Klein Means, author of Passport to the World

“Lisa was very patient with my poor computer skills!”

Linda Klein Means has spent her life writing and teaching. She was a reporter and editor for her college newspaper, then a feature writer for The Wilmington (Del) Morning News and Evening Journal, followed by similar posts at The Chicago Tribune and US News and World Report magazine. She has taught ESL in college and privately, and free-lanced. She lives near Boston with her husband, close to her daughter and three beautiful granddaughters.

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From the Midwest to Paris…Former Chicago Tribune reporter Linda Klein Means was born on a farm in Illinois and raised with strong values amidst family tragedies. Follow her travels through the world of newspapers, after which she spent years in Venezuela, Brazil and France, each offering amazing insights into other cultures while providing fertile breeding grounds for hilarious adventures and misadventures. Learn how the power of a grandmother’s love shined before her like a guiding star. Although she approached the abyss more than once, that guiding light made sure she never fell over the edge. Think with her about the issues surrounding Down Syndrome, a condition affecting her beloved brother John. Think with her about issues of racial “purity” while she and members of her Norwegian-American family look more closely into their heritage. Think with her about “unconscious” prejudice,” the ways in which we sometimes hurt others without meaning to, without even knowing we did. Only a dose of “Amazing Grace” will save us from that. Enter a very special church in Paris with her, and think about the ways in which it symbolizes the long, complex, and rewarding relationship between the United States and France. Enter a women’s prison with her, and become close to the unfortunates trapped within. Get to know them on a one-to-one basis. You will empathize and sympathize with them.

Introducing Lee Martin, author of Blood Protocol

“My Author Representative was immensely helpful when I had questions, providing timely advice in every case.”

Lee Martin, a native of West Virginia lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross for his service in Vietnam. He has a Doctorate in Counseling and is an adjunct professor teaching courses in Psychology at an Atlanta area university. Lee is the author of fourteen other mystery novels.

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If Zufar al-Massoud, the celebrated leader of the Salafist jihadists, accomplishes his planned terrorist act, Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. will forever be known as America’s Day of Blood. He and his fellow conspirators will not only place multiple IEDs along the New York City Macy’s parade route, slaughtering thousands of onlookers, but will release canisters of sarin gas on the subway landings in both New York and Washington, D.C. Hours later when America thinks it’s all over, two fertilizer bombs planted at the Cowboys-Lions game at the AT&T Stadium in Dallas will kill hundreds maybe thousands more. But this will not be al-Massoud’s only crusade. As he is also on a quest to avenge the murder of his brother, Asahif, AKA the Viper, by killing Asahif’s assassin, Atticus Steed, at Steed’s beach home in Antigua, he inadvertently shoots and wounds Steed’s wife, Maria. While she lies in ICU near death, Steed, who is himself now out for revenge but helplessly compelled to stay at Maria’s side, engages the support of his old comrade-in-arms, ex-counterterrorist operative Bruce McGowan. Unbeknownst to McGowan, however, he is likewise on al-Massoud’s hit list and must take necessary steps to protect his own wife, Adriana, from certain peril. In this gripping cat-and-mouse sequel in the Wolf Laurel series, McGowan and Steed once again team up to find and kill the dangerous al-Massoud before he puts his heinous plans of attack into action. Tick tock.

Introducing Ian Hume, author of From the Edge of Empire

“I found working with Outskirts Press to be a completely rewarding experience. The company has a wide range of publisher packages from which to choose and a sophisticated array of tools to help get the job done. I found them indispensable in organizing my materials and making the final proof corrections. The process was outstanding and I was thrilled with the quality of the outcome in all respects.”

Zimbabwe born, Ian Hume retired from the World Bank in 1994. Since then he has continued to work for the Bank, and others, as a consultant and has sat on Boards of Directors of various companies. He lives with his wife, Meriel, in the Peninsula Golf and Country Club near Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.

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An Eyewitness account of a life’s journey through the Winds of Change in Southern Africa, Eastern Europe and the United States. When Ian Hume, a young Rhodesian Army captain, decided in 1963 not to fight the oncoming war over majority rule, he left the army and the country to study in Cape Town, his future unknown. There he married, became involved in student anti-Apartheid politics and won a Beit Fellowship to Oxford. With a Doctorate from Oxford he was recruited to the World Bank. After various interesting assignments he became an expert on Eastern Europe. In 1975 he was invited back home to help prepare Rhodesia’s transition to Zimbabwe. He finds himself living through the very war he earlier tried to avoid. He lost many friends. Returning to the Bank in 1978, he returns to work on Eastern Europe, becoming responsible for giving assistance to Hungary and Poland. As the Resident Representative in Warsaw after the fall of communism, he experiences the hot-house of Polish reforms, turbulence and, ultimately, success. By contrast, and much to his regret, the transition in his native Zimbabwe leads, ultimately, to devastation and catastrophe. In this eloquent memoir, a testament to the value of education and the power of family, Ian explains how the major transitions through which he lived were separate but ironically linked. As a proud American he offers his grandchildren (four sons) a worldview—a moral equilibrium or resting point in the debate—to harmonize their vexed heritage with today’s divided America. In a message that’s more relevant than ever before, he exhorts them not to make the mistakes that tore his homeland apart: beware the herd mentality; always think for yourself.

Introducing Patricia Little-McCrain, author of How Many Frogs Do We Have to Kiss? Finding That Prince/Princess: Stories About Online Dating

“From the moment I decided to use Outskirts Press, I knew that I would be very satisfied. My Publishing Consultant was so very helpful and my Author Representative walked me through the process.
I thanks both these ladies for the great job they did for me. This was my second book and I decided to use this company instead of the one that I used for my first book.
I am currently working on a third book about my sleepy little town and will be contacting Outskirts Press again.”

Patricia Little-McCrain was born Patricia Ann McCrain in Flushing, New York, and was raised in Huntington Station, Long Island, New York. When she was ten, she and her family moved to Stuart, Florida. After graduating from Martin County High School in Stuart, Patricia worked as a hairdresser for twenty-five years. She also raised dogs for Southeastern Guide Dogs, and started her own dog care business. She is currently working for the Martin County School District with the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program. Patricia has also worked as a volunteer for many years, and is a volunteer for the Humane Society’s Foster Program. Patricia has two fantastic sons, Nicholas and Dar, and a beautiful daughter-in-law Sarah. Patricia also has two beautiful grandbabies named Camryn and Reese. Patricia wrote her first book, Men Really are From Mars, about her experiences with online dating. Her second book, How Many Frogs Do We Have to Kiss?, incorporates other people’s stories-both good and bad-with a few more of her own as well. Patricia is currently working on a third book about the quiet little town of Port Salerno, Florida, the Manatee Pocket, and local Tiki bars and the people that frequent them. If you would like to contact her, she would love to hear from you. Contact information for the author: Website – www.menfrommarsbook.com Website – www.howmanyfrogsdowehavetokiss.com Facebook – Patricia Little-McCrain Email – menreallyrfrommars@yahoo.com Twitter – Patricia L/McCrain @trisha5911

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In Men Really are From Mars, I shared my trials and tribulations with online dating as an older woman. Since publishing my first book, I have been contacted by men and women from all over the United States telling me their stories with the online dating world, and in How Many Frogs Do We Have to Kiss?, I share many of those stories with you. Of course, I have added a few of my more recent experiences as well. Some of the stories are heart-warming, some are cautionary tales, and some are just hilarious! Online dating should be an exciting and enjoyable experience, and as you will read, for some folks it was, but for others, it was a disaster. All of these stories are from the heart, and I have gone through it all so that, hopefully, my readers can avoid heartache and scams. The phrase “Take it from someone who’s been there” sums it up pretty well! My journey with online dating continues…