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

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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

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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

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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.

Introducing Diana Carter, author of Broken Promises: Shattered Dreams

“I was so impressed with the services received from Outskirts Press. I had a wonderful publishing experience and can’t wait to publish my next book.”

Diana Carter, after managing a home-based business providing business services to students and small business owners, found writing enlightening. She is presently working on the sequel to Broken Promises. Diana holds a Master degree in Management from University of Phoenix and working towards her DBA in Organizational Leadership at Walden University.

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Emily Ann Simmons-Blackstone had it all-a supportive husband, two wonderful children, two great siblings, and the most awesome best friend a person could ever have. Then on a cold fall morning the unthinkable happened, her husband the man she loved for almost three decades died suddenly from a massive heart attack. Emily and her children were saved by the grace of God and her best friend since they were eleven years old Arlene Simone Jacobs. Emily and Arlene’s personalities were like night and day but they got along famously and supported each other through thick and thin. Almost a decade after losing her husband Emily decided to move on with her life and then walked in handsome attorney David Lee Redmond. David brought the love back into Emily’s life that she though she would never feel again. At odds from the beginning Arlene and David did not like to share Emily’s affections so stuck in the middle Emily had to find a middle ground. Before that could happen tragedy struck and once again Emily was stuck in the middle of her new love and best friend. From sadness, to love, to disbelief this story of family support and friendship proves there can be peace after one have lived through broken promises and shattered dreams.

Introducing Harry Anderson, author of Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie

“I am 80 years old and have learned to be suspicious of the hype coming from businesses. But that same inner voice that compelled me to write Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie – a factual account of coping with the loss of my house to fire – whispered to me to sign on with Outskirts Press. A miracle got me through my disaster, and a miracle again got my book published.”

Harry Anderson, a retired teacher of writing and literature, lives happily in the village of Harmony, Rhode Island, where he leads book discussions and writes for Your Smithfield Magazine. The Rhode Island Press Association has twice awarded him First Place honors.

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They fled their burning home into the night and watched with horror and disbelief the flames eating through the roof over their daughter’s bedroom. Thus began an elderly couple’s struggle to overcome trauma and to rebuild. Braced by the outpouring of good will, they regained composure. But more than good will was needed to deal with such exigencies as insurance matters, temporary shelter, demolition, and reconstruction. With almost no library materials to be had to help, they relied on what they thought to be a sign of hope: only their Bible, miraculously, lay undamaged among all the other books. Was it happenstance or was it a miracle that guided them through the maze of decisions and requisites that faced them? Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie gives a candid account of this elderly couple’s triumph over adversity. It is written with the intent that others – victims of house fires – may glean from this story something to help them also to triumph.