Introducing Diane Helene, author of Bonjour My Friend

“Leona deserves my highest praise. She gives 100% to her job and is extremely knowledgeable. I hate to end my connection to her.”

Diane Helene is a long-time friend of animals and a contributor to animal organizations. She was an English professor at Broward College, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl, where she taught for many years. Prior to that, she was a principal and a middle school English teacher. She presently resides in St. Augustine, Florida.

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This is a book for lovers of romance, lovers of animals, and lovers of Paris. Andre Moreau, a wealthy French aristocrat, hires a young American to sing at his 5-star restaurant. At once, Alycea Androvna becomes Andre’s protégé and is drawn by him into the glittering world of Parisian society. Determined to remain grounded, Alycea seeks balance in her relationship with Andre’s best friend, Marcus. The divorced Marcus and his young son, Henri, show Alycea another life-that of family. Although Alycea now attempts to straddle both worlds, a pivotal moment decides her fate when she is severely injured at a storefront bombing. Rushing to her side, Andre vows to marry Alycea. Andre’s formidable mother and sister now join forces to prevent the marriage by anonymously informing Alycea of a dark secret that Andre harbors. Will Alycea remain true to herself? How much will Alycea sacrifice for Andre’s love?

Introducing Jackie Fischer, author of The Lost Branch

“Outskirts Press, especially my author representative guided me through the process with the utmost professionalism and quality service. She not only communicated with me but also my cousins in Italy with regards to completing The Lost Branch, a book that we will treasure and share with the world forever. We also want to thank Outskirts Press for having welcomed our ideas, allowing my cousin and us to make this book in collaboration. They were available at any time to communicate with us and to constantly provide us with great advice. The Lost Branch has come out magnificently thanks to Outskirts Press! We are so excited to share with Italy as well…Marialuisa and Francesca Paladino. I am so proud to have chosen Outskirts Press and I will continue to recommend them to future authors. Thank you again Outskirts Press, we couldn’t have found our Lost Branch without you. You are amazing!”

Jackie Fischer “The General” is 46 years old and lives in Coram, New York. She is a full time Clinical Exercise Physiologist in Cardiac Rehabilitation for the past 20 years. She is married and has one son. Her interests include hiking, skiing, playing piano, tennis, and walking her dog Woody. She loves to travel when her time allows. About of Marialuisa (illustrator) “Giggles” Marialuisa is 21 years old. She lives in Petrosino, Sicily. She graduated in the top two percent of her High School, Geometra. Her expertise in English earned her a trip of a lifetime to study in England. With her passion for learning and her interests of photography, illustrating, and music, she will one day find her dream career. She loves spending time with her family, friends and enjoys all animals. Traveling and visiting the United States has always been her dream.

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The story of my Sicily connection is fun to tell. I hope you enjoy learning a little bit about Sicily, and how our family in America reconnected with our relatives across the sea. There were two brothers that were separated at a young age because of the strict rules of immigration back in the early 1900’s. A hundred years later, a reunion of two families finally took place. There were sad times, happy adventures and special moments and memories that will last a lifetime.

Introducing William A. Carlson, author of From Delicate Lily Pads to Sculptured Peaks

“Lisa, my first contact with Outskirts as my Publishing Consultant was extremely helpful and knowledgeable, knowing who to get answers from as I asked her so MANY questions. A BIG thanks to her!”

Born and raised in Moline, Illinois, William A. Carlson received a B.S. degree in Geology from Augustana College (Ill.) followed by his M.S. degree from University of Kansas. He married the love of his life, Christine in 1952; has three children and four grandchildren and has been a resident of Colorado since 1974.

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John Fielder, American landscape photographer, conservationist and nature writer says: “If I am making photographs of nature as fine as Bill Carlson does when I am at 87, I will be a happy man.” AND, if there were words to express the true definition of beauty, one might be able to describe the photography you will find in this collection: FROM DELICATE LILY PADS TO SCULPTURED PEAKS: Landscape Photography with Verse Impressions from North America, Scandinavia, and New Zealand by William A. (Bill) Carlson. As the artist describes the process he has experienced, we might come a little closer to conceiving the concepts. “It is the development of a consciousness-the sensitivity-of the environment that I attempt to capture in each photograph. I search for elements and patterns of simplicity, spaciousness and sensory response. The interplay of light and shadow.” Bill Carlson’s career in geology led him to photography. While performing field and management assignments for oil, mining and utility companies, he became cognizant of the intricate landforms and abstract patterns in Nature. The desire to capture what he saw became difficult to ignore and he began taking photographs with both 120 and 35mm format film cameras. Finding “just the right vantage point” was always well worth the effort. Bill’s photography has received numerous awards and publication credits. His color photograph “DOCK” received first place recognition in a field of 6,000 International entries, a competition sponsored by the Famous Photographers School, Westport, Connecticut, and the Hartford Insurance Company. His first collection of black and white photographs with accompanying verse-A Walk Through Mountain, Meadow, Marsh and Woodland-was published in 2001. The photographs included in this book were taken during the period 1960 to 2012.

Introducing Ricardo U. Murph, author of 4 Secrets To Be Free in Christ

“Process was very quick. Exceeded my expectations. The custom cover overwhelmed me with its quality. My Author Representative kept me on task and would not let me drop the ball. Kindly persistent.”

For Ricardo U. Murph, writing a book was only a dream until he completed his study with the Wise School of Ministry, Columbus, Ohio, with Dr. C. Dexter Wise III. This book is based on the manuscript he wrote at the conclusion of his coursework, incorporating his passion for Bible study and his love of hymns and gospel music. Ricardo currently serves as a teacher for a Small Group Bible Study and helps to coordinate the other Small Group Bible Studies at Faith Ministries Church. Ricardo has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Spanish from Otterbein University, Westerville, Ohio. He is an avid reader and bowler, loves to travel, and participates in different charitable events. Ricardo and his wife have two adult sons.

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4 Secrets to Be Free in Christ is a study of salvation based on four simple words-grace, propitiation, justification, and redemption. These four words will show how we have been freed from the wrath of God, the power of sin, and the power of Satan through salvation. This study uses the scriptures to explore each of the words in depth and to explain the various aspects of salvation. With engaging stories and songs to enhance understanding of these powerful terms, 4 Secrets to Be Free in Christ is easy to read and nicely paced. At the end of your reading, you will have a new appreciation of the price Christ paid by giving His life so that we can have eternal life-free from the bondage of sin.

Introducing Rodney Alexander, author of Guide to Protect Your Teen

“This was a great experience publishing with Outskirts.”

Rodney Alexander, PhD, Organizational Behavior, Information Systems and Technology

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There were 13 emergent themes in this guide and those themes were; lack of parental support, anonymity on the Internet, teenage loneliness, social networking websites and chat rooms, teenage personality (introversive and extroversive), teenage rebellion, teenage need for relationships, instant gratification among teenagers, teenage low self-esteem, improved parental support, improved education, improved law enforcement and additional circumstances leading to the teenage Internet sexual assault phenomenon.

Introducing Rick Whitlow, author of Swagger

“I am so happy to be a member of the Outskirts Press family of authors. From start to finish the staff walked me through the process with the end result being the book which I had always imagined. The staff perhaps made it a little better than even I envisioned. It has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to working with Outskirts Press on my next book project.”

Rick Whitlow was born and raised in Michigan City, Indiana. A star athlete who attended Illinois State University on a basketball scholarship. His background in media and public relations catapulted him into the arena of politics where he gracefully navigated the sometimes hostile racial, social, and economic landscape.

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Although it has a sports backdrop, this book goes far beyond athletic accomplishments and achievements. Rick takes an up close and personal look at the broadcast journalism industry, politics, personal relationships, cancer diagnosis, and, last but certainly not least, race in America and how it affects those areas and others. Throughout the book you will probably recognize many people places and situations. Perhaps learn something about someone you thought you knew.

Introducing Vernell West, author of Reflections

“Outskirts made publishing my first book easy. Even though it was done online, the communication was as good as if done in-person.”

Vernell West is an African American who lives with his wife, Wanda in the Pacific Northwest. They have been married nearly 30 years. He and his wife have three adult children. This is Vernell’s first book. He began writing daily as a hobby when his youngest child left home. His inspiration to write usually comes during daily exercise in his attic where he keeps pen and paper at the ready to capture it when it comes.

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This book is a smorgasbord of thought-provoking and inspirational tidbits inviting the reader to deeply focus on the good and to reflect it back through daily deeds. It looks at life as a lyrical composition played out in our daily lives through our thoughts, poetry, songs and actions. It is a compilation of who we are, living in a fast-paced world in which our thoughts are not often absorbed, shown or appreciated. This book gives a brief view of what seemingly goes unnoticed, but is in the background of every great human endeavor. It takes you simply to the point with rhythmic, poetic and philosophical narratives. The descriptive view in words is not instructional, but rather inspirational and motivational. No matter the background or culture of the reader, all who read it will find something to hold on to.