Introducing Girard O’Malley, author of Murphy Was A Railroad Man

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After graduating from St. John’s University in 1969, Girard O’Malley was hired as a computer planner for the New York Telephone Company. Eighteen years later, he changed careers and joined the Metro-North Railroad in New York as a train mechanic. He often spoke of the many colorful characters there.

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The hazardous and hidden world of railroad repair shops is populated by a unique breed of individuals.

This story takes place in a railroad repair shop in Onionville, a backwater town in upstate New York. The majority of the shop personnel were born in Onionville and knew they were destined to work in the Onionville Shop, just as their fathers and grandfathers had done before them.

Murphy’s Law states: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.” This is certainly true in the Onionville Shop—on a daily basis. The zany, bungling train mechanics make the Keystone Cops look like well-trained militia. The shop resembles a halfway house with workers trudging about, dressed in tattered clothing and sporting brain-dead looks due to limited contact with the outside world and the inhalation of copious diesel fumes.

Picture a shop with incompetent supervisors, untrained and unwilling workers, broken or unreliable test equipment all working together to create chaos and mayhem. Add to the mix a Cajun shop superintendent whose butchery of the English language creates confusion and misdirection, and you’ve got the formula for Armageddon.

The biggest losers? The innocent Onionville commuters, tortured by the horrific train maintenance performed at the shop.

Introducing Kerry Atkinson, author of Bird Facts for Everyone

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Kerry Atkinson is a physician and cell biologist who has been fascinated by wildlife, and in particular, birds from childhood. He has written or edited three textbooks on bone marrow transplantation but this is his first book that has nothing to do with biomedical science or medicine. Born in Belfast, he was brought up in Tonbridge in Kent, England and graduated from the University of London. He has worked in medicine in the UK, the USA and Australia. He is still involved in biomedical research and in conducting clinical trials with stem cells in Australia.

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No bird books to date have included references to paintings by Velasquez, Van Gogh and John Constable, poetry by TS Eliot and Shelley or to Bob Dylan and Lamborghini sportscars – all with at least indirect links to birds and their behaviour. This book contains facts on the number of bird species in the World, details of endemic bird species by country, the classification of birds, details of extinct birds, and special features of bird anatomy including eating, feathers and plumage, grooming and preening, eyesight, hearing, sense of smell, bills and beaks and feet. There is an extensive section on how and why birds sing and details of the many types of vocalisation they use as well as non-vocal communications. Other sections detail the many types of bird flight, hunting techniques, courtship and mating, bird territories, nesting and the miracle of bird migration. There are additional sections on bird intelligence and learning, other aspects of bird behaviour and details of bird lifespans. There is a list of the names used for for groups of birds of the same species. There is a section called FAQs, which answers questions such as which is the World’s largest bird, the World’s smallest bird, the fastest flying bird and the answers to many other questions about birds. There is a section on which person a specific bird species was named after, and finally a section on birds with the most intriguing names such as the Kagu, the Great Potoo, the Snoring Rail and the Melancholy Woodpecker. This book deals with birds from all seven of the World’s continents.

Introducing Lisa Hare Wimberly, author of My Heart Makes Its Home in a Faraway Land

“My experience publishing with Outskirts Press has been exceptional! I did extensive research on them and other self-publishing companies, as this was my first book, before I made my decision to go with Outskirts Press. On average, the others would have cost me at least twice as much to go through them, with less to show from it. I chose the Ultimate package, because it offered everything I was looking for–and more! Jackie and Brie have been there for me every step of the way, answering questions in a timely manner. And we were thrilled when the books arrived at our doorstep days before we expected them! The marketing materials that I have received by email have been very informative and useful. I received good reviews from readers that can be seen on Amazon.com. I have my own webpage and Sales Sheet; I even got to do an audio excerpt for my webpage! Outskirts Press makes the process of marketing the book very user-friendly. If and when the time comes for me to get another book published, I will not hesitate to use Outskirts Press!”

Lisa Hare Wimberly enjoys expressing herself through poetry and songwriting as an outlet of her faith. She has three children and four grandchildren, and owns a small business in Elkhart, Indiana, where she resides with her husband, Mark.

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This book is comprised of poems and reflections that the Lord has given me over the past few years. Finding that so many need to wake up to the fact that the Lord is coming back soon, I have felt an urgency for others to read and hear what, I feel, comes from the heart of God. We don’t know when He will return for His own, but He has called me to do my part in sharing His love and His Word with those who will hear… I began writing poetry as my mother-in-law lay in the hospital in Elkhart, Indiana… just days before going home to meet her Lord Jesus, whom she loved and served for over 60 years of her life. Even though I knew her for only four short years, during that time she inspired a longing in me to know my Lord better and to draw closer to Him. As a result, my Father in heaven began pouring into me words that became poems and songs… Some of the poems may make you laugh, some may make you cry, but they will all make you THINK!

Introducing Dr. Jim Maryott, author of Love and Truth: From Here to Eternity

“Up to this point, my experience has been a great experience. At each stage of production to promotion, representatives for Outskirts were professional and knowledgeable, which made for a smooth publishing experience.”

Dr. Jim Maryott (Ed.D. Oklahoma State University; M.Ed. University of Central Oklahoma) is a retired educator. At the University of Guam, Dr. Maryott was an associate professor, department head: school administration, an elected faculty senate member, and evaluator of the Micronesian Educator. He has also authored several articles in professional journals.

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This book, Love and Truth, is like a vitamin. Important nutrients are condensed within a single source. Likewise, love and truth are spiritual nutrients, the bread, which Christians live. This book offers unique perspectives of the spiritual bread of love and truth, through the role models of the Greatest Generation; a short story entitled, “An Ill-timed Fairy Tale; Christ’s portrayal in “This Love Story is not a Short Story;” God is in the USA’s Capitol today; the belief that Christians need to be segregated – or eliminated – like African Americans were in another time in history; and a prophetic portrayal of the final standoff between the Holy Trinity and the three-in-one devilish triumvirate, within “our” Brave New Immersive World.

Introducing Charles Massie, author of Stains on the Gavel

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Charles Massie grew up in upstate New York, the oldest of 4 children. After finishing high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served a total of six years at various ports around the world. Upon his return to civilian life, he continued his education at Syracuse University and eventually worked for a number of engineering firms, before finding his calling in the sales field. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, he decided to go off on his own and has been instrumental in overseeing such companies as Massie Engineering Associates, InfoTech Consulting, LLC and CaterCats Catering. The call of creative expression was always in the background of his life and over the years, he has submitted articles and stories to Twilight Zone Magazine, Readers Digest, Analog Publications and others. He has recently published two novels in the ‘true crime’ genre and is currently writing a young adult adventure novel entitled The Boy in the Bin. His hobbies, when he is not writing, include progressive rock music, computers and other toys, traveling and enjoying the gifts that he has been blessed with. He loves animals, humor, exotic cars and practicing random acts of kindness.

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The nightmare began in July of 2009. This story is about southern Kentucky, where the rules are sometimes made up on the fly. Mark Casey has been arrested for crimes he did not commit. Now the battle begins between Mark and the good ‘ol boys of Kentucky. The odyssey that began for Mark in the book Pinned – A Kentucky True Crime, continues now in Stains on the Gavel. This is the second novel of the ‘Blue Grass’ Series, and details what some might call, Kentucky Injustice. This particular case is a big deal for a little rural town where nothing much ever happens. The Prosecution has virtually no evidence against Mark and the case is built on speculation. It’s looking like an acquittal is the logical outcome. But in southern Kentucky, money always carries a lot of weight. Mark is about to find that even in the bible-belt, not everybody lives by ‘The Golden Rule’ and sometimes personal gain can outweigh the obvious call for justice.

Introducing Jerry Snodgrass, author of Man from the Sea

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Jerry Snodgrass was born in Butler, Missouri, in 1938. He was raised and went to school in Indianola, Iowa. He entered the military after graduating from high school in 1957, and successfully fulfilled his dreams of serving in the military and federal service traveling to exotic locations for over fifty years. Jerry is a Vietnam Veteran and is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. His passion for romance during World War II inspired him to write his latest novel, Man from the Sea. He provides exciting reading with a fiction romance novel set in Le Havre, France. Jerry lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Rosemary and their little Yorkie, Stormy.

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Le Havre, France—WW II 1943: Galveston, Texas native, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Percy Ward meets French beauty 18-year-old Gabriella Roux in a city park while his Navy ship was in the Le Havre port to assist in repairing the port facilities and civilian houses destroyed during heavy bombing by Allied aircraft. The two strike up a conversation and decide to see each other when Percy’s ship returns to Le Havre. Percy is the commander of a joint commando team that fights the Germans along with a team of French Resistance fighters. A love affair develops between Percy and Gabriella that lasted for over 50 years. Between the war and long absences after the war, he searches and finds Gabriella, and their love affairs expanded. Eventually, illness and the death of Percy he asks a young former U.S. Marine and friend, Harley Masters to fly to Le Havre, France and search for his long-lost love. Follow the war years with Percy engaging in battles fighting alongside his French Resistance fighter friends and the search for Percy’s long lost love, Gabriella. During the search, Harley discovers that Percy has a hidden secret journal documenting hidden events during WW II and post-war adventures.

Introducing Bernard J. Nebel Ph.D., author of Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding

“I am more than pleased with the help provided by Jennifer through the publishing process. She was exceptionally prompt in responding all my questions and requests and her answers were always on target and helpful. Near the end of the publishing process, I had some unforeseen problems arise that demanded backing up and making changes in the cover and text. Jennifer was fantastically patient and helpful in getting me through these difficulties. Thank you Jennifer. I hope you will be my PR for my next book.”

A life interest and pursuit of science, including an A.B from Earlham College and Ph.D. from Duke University, and a passion for teaching (Catonsville Community College) led Bernard J. Nebel Ph.D. to write one of the early and highly successful Environmental Science texts. In turn, Nebel recognized the need for more substantial elementary level science education. These highly regarded BFSU volumes (see reviews of 1st edition on Amazon and elsewhere) are the result. Dr. Nebel lives with his wife in Catonsville, MD. He may be reached at: bnebel@erols.com or through www.pressforlearning.com

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Science is such a vast realm of knowledge and skills, it is hard to know where to start or what direction to go. In these volumes, Nebel distills teaching science into distinct “learning progressions” that develop knowledge and understanding in systematic, incremental steps. Following these progressions will guide students toward a broad comprehension of facts, ideas, and concepts embracing and integrating all major areas of science. Furthermore, the described methods of presentation, which emphasize first-hand observation and reasoning, will guide students to practice and develop the mind skills that underlie all scientific discovery. The learning progressions and emphasis on “discovery learning” make these books valuable for older beginning science learners, as well as K-8 students, and serve in preparing them to master the Next Generation Science or other state science standards. A place for ongoing Q and A, discussion of problems, and sharing of ideas is provided at no additional charge (see: bfsucommunity.com).