Introducing D.L. Norris, author of The Long Way Home: A Novel

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D.L. Norris is a notable author and motivational speaker who has written numerous short stories and articles on health, emotional wellness, family, and cultural history. Norris’s novel, The Long Way Home, captures in colorful, humorous style the actual events and cultural mindsets surrounding her Scandinavian family and personal life experiences. Norris’s expressive writing style quickly engages her readers and encourages them to sit back and enjoy a nostalgic, magical journey. She and her husband are happily retired in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she continues a passion for writing.

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Family secrets, scandals, gossip, and murder-the small town of Tilden has it all. Set in the 1950s, The Long Way Home takes readers on a nostalgic journey with the townspeople of Tilden, a quaint community in Madison County, Nebraska. At the center of the story is Maggie Davis, a middle-aged widow, and heiress to a grand Victorian manor. The stately home, which Maggie shares with her spunky nine-year-old daughter Jenna, also serves as a bed-and-breakfast to a once regular, but now transitory, clientele. The kitchen table is the epicenter of lively conversation at the manor, where no topics are off-limits. Maggie’s out-spoken, spinster neighbor delights in keeping everyone on guard with her opinionated tirades, but she is frequently reined in by an elderly, equally forthright family member who has recently become a permanent dweller at the manor. Maggie finds herself struggling with the painful memories of her husband’s tragic death, as well as the stirrings in her heart associated with a new house guest. A scandalous scheme to swindle Maggie out of her property rides on the heels of a sudden, unexpected death, pointing to a member of the family as a suspect. Set against the backdrop of humor, tragedy, and love, the story culminates with an emotional twist.

Introducing Leonard Gorski, author of At the Gates of Meditation: Selected Poems

“It was a great pleasure working on my book with all the Outskirts Press crew. Very quick, accurate, up-to-date progress! I will publish again with Outskirts Press and I will recommend you to other authors. Thank you!”

Leonard Górski was born in Krasnystaw, Poland. After graduating from high school, he completed his basic military service and studied Polish Philology at the Faculty of Humanities of the Catholic University of Lublin, where he obtained a master’s degree. He worked at the Department of Religious Literature at the Catholic University of Lublin and cooperated with the Editorial Office of KUL Publishers. In 1983–86, he was a teacher in an elementary school in Stanków, Poland and in 1986, he went to Italy. Through the refugee camp in Latina near Rome, he was able to get to the United States. He currently lives in New York. Mr. Górski has published poems in the Poezja monthly, Ekspresje, Nestor and in several other magazines.

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In this captivating collection of poetry, Leonard Górski contemplates his life—and life in general, offering poems that evoke images and memories and awaken emotions within its readers.
Psychographography
Sketch five-second portraits I wanted
Faces that the palm spontaneously draws,
Either those dream women or friendly men
Without jealousy or other faults.
I came up with a lack of deadline of a
New field which I have called
Psychographography
And that’s how I sketch drawings ineptly,
Without the master’s hand,
To save a little bit of
This, the beauty which surround us.
And scrape a few words
To save from oblivion.

Introducing Will Chubb, author of My Life in Photography: Behind the Scenes – How the Photographs Were Made

“An absolutely beautiful book. The photos look terrific and I’m very happy with the final book!”

Ralph W. Chubb (Will) received his BA Degree in Advertising Photography, with honors, in 1968, from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Southern California. Will has created masterful photographic images for several dozen wineries, as well as for such stars as Suzanne Somers, Joanna Cassidy, Tom and Dick Smothers. He created this book for several reasons. One was to show upcoming young photographers the ropes in the business, including some amazing stories of clients that surprised him, not only in positive ways, but in negative ways as well. So, this can be used as a primer for getting into the world of commercial photography. This is also my memoirs for my family, and a showcase for my images to be an inspiration to others.

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Learn from a professional what it takes to survive in the photography business. This book answers many crucial questions a potential photographer may ask:  Should I choose to be a photographer? How can I remain creative in a competitive field? How can I stay alive and make a living in the photography business? And, perhaps one of the most interesting: How exactly were his photos created?

Introducing Suzanne Liff, author of Smarter Than You Think: Accessing Your Personal Powers to Triumph in College

“I made the right choice with Outskirts Press. It was a bit daunting going it alone in the world of self-publishing. While I loved my autonomy, I was never alone. I felt guided and supported by my Author Representative and the talents of the design and production team. They listened, respected my ideas, responded to every detail, and offered wonderful options. The book totally reflects my vision for this special, reader-friendly text for college students. Thank you so much OP.”

Suzanne Liff is Emeritus Professor of reading at Nassau Community College, and a former teacher and district chairperson of secondary special education in NY. A leader in professional development, she presents extensively on best pedagogical practices and the significance of SEI on teaching and learning. She is published in professional juried journals and author of three groundbreaking developmental reading textbooks for college students. Professor Liff is the recipient of an honorary life membership to the Special Education PTA, the Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarly and Professional Accomplishment, and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Learn more at http://www.suzanneliff.com.

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It’s not about IQ! Pump up your personal intelligence to score in college. Millions of students start college each year. Yet only about half persist to earn their degree. Even among the “best and brightest” many struggle, drop out, fail, or step away. What’s going on? How can this be different for you? Smarter Than You Think: Accessing Your Personal Powers to Triumph in College reframes our concept of what it means to be smart in higher education. Take a groundbreaking and transformative journey with Professor Liff through the hidden foundation of college success; not IQ or achievement scores, high school grades or SAT’s…but personal intelligence. See its pervasive power to lift students up and escort them right on to the graduation stage. You’ll enjoy your travels! Crafted for new and returning college students, college-bound high schoolers, non-traditional students coming back to college after a break, and parents, professors, and counselors, this book is both a prerequisite and companion for a positive pathway to college success. Discover the many ways to be intelligent. Then delve into the six major competencies that make up our personal, social and emotional intelligence: self-awareness, the capacity to regulate emotions and deal with disappointment and stress, the ability to set meaningful goals, knowing how to monitor your own progress and actions, having empathy for others, and social skills that help establish relationships, work well on a team, and even step up to leadership. Experience how these personal powers support, guide, and even rescue students during the myriad of changes and challenges of college life. Grow them. Strengthen them. You will be amazed at how they champion academic performance, well-being, and happiness throughout the college years and beyond. An engaging, independent read, Smarter Than You Think: Accessing Your Personal Powers to Triumph in College also works beautifully as an ancillary text for freshman college experience courses or university orientation programs. In an encouraging and supportive voice, it weaves scholarly theory and research with compelling college issues and scenarios, true campus stories, insights and concrete action steps to guide students through their college journey. Along the way, readers explore related and valuable personal qualities for thriving in college: Know the importance of optimism. Understand why delaying gratification is so vital for any student who wants to graduate. Learn about grit and how to keep going when you feel like quitting. Explore productive ways to communicate your needs and advocate for yourself. Take valuable risks, like joining in, speaking out, finding your voice, and taking charge! Develop tools to resolve conflicts with others and inside yourself. Discover a remarkable potion for ditching procrastination. Adopt strategies to manage time and the academic workload; the number one challenge for every undergraduate. Always take time to think about yourself. Reflect on your learning, experiences, and your own behavior. There are many opportunities throughout the chapters of this book to do that. Collegiate success transcends academics. Read “Smarter Than You Think” to understand, unlock, and apply your personal powers. They will transform your life and times in school to persevere, achieve, flourish, enjoy … and triumph!

Introducing Seth Andrews, author of Confessions of a Former Fox News Christian

“The Outskirts Press processes made everything surprise-free and pleasant. My publishing team were much appreciated.”

Seth Andrews, a video producer and former Christian broadcaster, now hosts http://www.thethinkingatheist.com, one of the most popular online atheist communities in the world. The Thinking Atheist is not a person. It is an icon encouraging all to reject faith and pursue reason and evidence. Seth has authored four books and hosts The Thinking Atheist podcast on Spreaker, a broadcast that has been downloaded 50 million times since its launch in 2010. With a mix of humor and heart, Seth Andrews has spoken for audiences large and small in the U.S, Canada, Europe, and Australia about his former faith, the promotion of science and skepticism, the importance of Humanism in this often crazy world, and why we should all pursue a personal relationship with reality.

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Seth Andrews idolized Rush Limbaugh. He listened to Glenn Beck. He read Ann Coulter. He watched Fox News. He was an evangelical Christian once tethered to right-wing media, which constantly warned of an attack on American values by liberals and secular humanists. Today, Seth is a liberal and secular humanist. This book explores the Fox News culture, which both reflects and informs American conservatism, shaping public opinion on important issues like religion, government, race, foreign policy, war, protest, LGBT rights, and the Constitution. It’s an exposé of conservative media’s “closed systems” which constantly feed on (and feed into) public outrage, ignorance, bigotry, and fear. It’s also the story of one man’s personal journey into a larger and better world.

Introducing Elaine Walker, author of Matter Over Mind: Cosmos, Chaos, and Curiosity

“I had a great time through the process and my book looks great. I am very happy. Thanks so much!”

Elaine Walker is a microtonal composer and electronic musician with a deep interest in philosophy and chaos theory. Being raised by two loving mathematics professors provided her with a natural appreciation for mathematics. Her Master’s thesis at New York University was on using chaos dynamics to compose and perform music. She has advocated for the idea of humans living in space through her music and years of leadership in non-profit space organizations. She spent five summers in the High Arctic on the NASA Haughton-Mars Project. She is a proponent of longevity and a member of the cryonics organization, Alcor.

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“Walker’s erudition is astounding-there is very little of intellectual interest that is not covered by this book, and she provides one of the most accessible introductions to chaos theory available.” -Kirkus Reviews. Matter Over Mind begins with a thought-provoking journey through the Cosmos to illustrate the startling contrast between nature’s chaotic but rich processes, and the human mind’s organized but underperforming habits. This book reveals how humanity could achieve even greater heights if we allow ourselves to rethink how we think. Chaos theory, which is wonderfully explained in this book is a foundational recipe in nature and large group behavior. Abstract thinking is the opposite force that leads to frustrating inconsistencies in society and even limitations in technology. Viewing the world through both lenses illuminates the deeper dynamics of the world and a better way forward for humanity.

Introducing Paul M. Ryan, author of The Vietnam War Experience: Reflections on the War and Its Consequences

“I’m very pleased overall with every phase of the publication process.”

Paul M. Ryan lives in Northern California with his wife. They are blessed with three children and ten grandchildren. This book reflects the author’s experiences in Vietnam and experience representing hundreds of veterans and others seeking disability benefits based on psychiatric issues.

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A view of the Vietnam War and its consequences. This book reflects the reality of the Vietnam War, and other wars, in terms of war experiences and events. Themes of this book include the psychological, physical and emotional effects of the war in the context of the war itself and in the context of societal reactions to the war and its veterans. Society as a whole reacts to veterans in many ways. The book conveys these themes through short stories and poems that shed light on the war, which are meant to provide insights into the war and its consequences for the warrior. The book also explores the war’s consequences to veterans in the context of their adjustment to society and to how society responds to them. While the book focuses on the Vietnam War, it provides a perspective of war in general. Overall, this writing is a testament to those who served in wartime. It is intended to inspire readers to think deeply about the ramifications of war in general, and the Vietnam War in particular. Those who served in wartime will understand these writings. Others will learn about war and be able to view war through the eyes of the warrior.

Introducing Pat Jameson, author of Milburn Avenue

“Outskirts Press did a very professional job in working with me to get my book published. Throughout the process, they were responsive, helpful, and knowledgeable.”

Pat Jameson was born in Eastern Oregon on his family’s ranch near Burns, then moved to Portland, where he lived for over forty years. He attended Santa Clara University and Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. He worked in the automotive and truck stop industry for forty years and published his first book in 2013. He is the author of four books comprising the Juniper Series, novels about small town and ranch life in the high desert of the northern Great Basin. He lives in Boise, Idaho.

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Life in a 1960 American city: was it the nostalgic time that history remembers?

It’s 1960 America, where optimism abounds, music is fun, cars sport chrome wings, Beats study Kerouac, and residents are secure, working, and happy. And yet in “Milburn Avenue’s” fictional city of Sylvania, a family business owner clashes with his patriarch father and mistrusted in-laws; the controller has launched an embezzlement scheme; an out of town cop pursues a factory worker over an old homicide; a high school girl has a crush on a negro student; strip clubs thrive; a college sophomore grapples with his sexuality; a young single woman finds herself pregnant and her boyfriend womanizing; local bars witness human frailties; and teenagers grow up in large inner city high schools where social class, money, race, and academic levels are as varied as the city’s neighborhoods.

Introducing Kimberly Arms Shirk, author of Remote Fears & Silver Linings: In all of life’s challenge there comes a Silver Lining…Can you find it?

“Thank you Outskirts Press for helping me successfully publish my first book, Remote Fears & Silver Linings. After a devastating electrical accident that almost took my life it has been a dream to share my story so that others might find hope in the midst of tragedy. For all of the ways that you have walked me through the publishing process and the many answered questions from a journalist, thank you so very much!”

Kimberly Arms Shirk is an author, motivational speaker and a Senior Marketing Strategist for Talent Plus. Her story has been featured in News Photograper, Television Broadcast, Communicator, the Key, national newspapers, television segments, a training documentary for Union Pacific Railroad and she has been a featured speaker at the National Press Photography Association Conference and LCMS Women’s Contentment Conference among others. Shirk currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska with her husband Chad and her three children, Caleb, Logan and Addison and shares her story every chance she gets.

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In all of life’s challenge, there comes a Silver Lining… Can you find it? In the four minutes it took the first paramedics to arrive, some decided I was dead. I didn’t like that decision. I wasn’t ready to go. So I fought. September 3, 1997. Nineteen years ago a near tragedy took place in Des Moines, Iowa. While setting up for a Remote Live Television Broadcast a colleague of Kimberly Arms Shirk raised the mast of their Live truck into electrical lines grounding a path for 13,000 volts of electricity first to the colleague and then after a daring rescue attempt, coursing through the body of Kimberly. Burned over 12 % of her body and face, and against all odds, she survived to tell the story of a devastating physical journey and spiritual healing through it all.

Introducing Douglas Toal, author of The Champions of Anna’s Mill

“Outskirts Press is the best self-publishing company and I have been very pleased with my experience. My wife presented me with the Outskirts Press Publishing package as a Christmas gift. I wrote the book twenty years ago but I received no interest from traditional publishers and the manuscript collected dust since then. This experience has inspired me to continue writing and I’ve decided to create two novels from my original work. My second novel is currently being written and I will be sure to use Outskirts Press as my publisher.”

Douglas Toal lives in North Carolina with his wife, June. Together, they raised four children. This is his first novel.

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What Happens When Strangers Care Enough to Risk Everything? Strangers…We meet them every day. They’re in the checkout line at your local grocery. You can find them scanning the best-seller aisle at your favorite bookstore. You might even have strangers living right next door. They come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes, they can touch your life in unexpected ways. When three strangers drive their old Ford pickup truck into the small rural town of Anna’s Mill, Georgia, no one could have predicted the incredible impact of their short visit. Most strangers would have skipped town once Anna’s Mill tragic secret was revealed. Instead, the three strangers chose to stay and risk everything, including their lives.