Introducing Gina Simone, author of Whispers of Love: Spirit’s Messages from Heartbreak to Hope

“I chose Outskirts Press as my publishing company because of the incredible reputation they hold in the industry for self publishers. Their website is user friendly. My Author Representative was always ready to rectify an issue or answer any questions. They take the stress out of the process of self publishing by streamlining the entire operation. My first-time author experience was made SO easy by working with Outskirts Press. They explained the process every step of the way, their editing and graphics team were a joy to work with, and even after my book was published, they offer marketing/selling/publicity information on how to expand your book’s outreach in the market. The vision I held in my head of this book coming to life, has manifested in my hands, all due to the professionalism and experience of Outskirts Press. Thank you!”

Gina Simone is a Spirit Medium certified through the Forever Family Foundation. At the age of 11, she began to notice and feel Spirit and energy around her. Not knowing what these gifts were, she always felt different and isolated. A traumatic pool accident with her toddler son catapulted her into finding the meaning behind life, Spirit, lessons, and karma. She left a comfortable corporate finance career to answer her calling to connect you with your loved ones and with your own innate intuition and higher consciousness. She has been a featured medium on Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP.com, has been voted Long Island Best Medium several years in a row, and is also a featured medium on WBLI 106.1 morning show.

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Death is never final-and you are never alone … From a young age, Gina knew she was different. She could never safely share her reality with her family-the reality that she could see and communicate with Spirit. But as she matured, she realized her life’s calling as a Spirit Medium was to help people connect with deceased loved ones. With warm, witty honesty, Gina shares landmark moments in her own life-from embracing the gift that was so misunderstood in her early life, to the devastating death of her 27-year-old son. Whispers of Love will introduce you to the messages, signs, and specific ways that Spirit and loved ones share their language of love.

Are you struggling with storms in your life that you can’t overcome or has the weight of unbearable grief brought your life to a halt? With understanding messages from Spirit and your loved ones always around, finally hope can arise from heartbreak. Truly inspired, Whispers of Love compassionately introduces you to a deep exploration of why we are here, how to connect with Spirit, and how we can find meaning in life’s hardest challenges. Gina teaches us the impressive lesson that remaining frozen in pain is not the path to freedom. We must embrace our lives with Spirit on board so that every step can unfold in Divine order, with less drama and perhaps even a new found perspective on grief.

Introducing Carol Creager, author of Ronnie’s Reach: My Story, by a Red-eyed Tree Frog

“My Author Representative continues to be a wonderful helper for me with my books: 10 so far, and more to come. Thanks so much Outskirts Press.”

Carol Creager is an experienced wildlife photographer, author, and Spanish teacher who travels extensively in Costa Rica.

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“I reach for the sky and the stars, just as Carol does. I climb every flower, leaf, and stick, hoping one will take me high enough. Dreams are so important,” says Ronnie Frog. Frogs need clean air and water to survive. Las ranas necesitan aire y agua limpios para vivir. Carol

Introducing Kelly Inviere, author of Where the Light Shines Through: A Memoir in Poetry

“Overall this was a great experience. I want to thank my Author Representative and the rest of the team at Outskirts for making my vision come to fruition!”

Kelly Inviere is a poet, author, and artist living in the greater Washington, D.C. area with her wife and two cats. Having experienced a range of life’s highest highs and lowest lows, Kelly wanted to use her creativity as an outlet to find healing and catharsis, sharing her story with the world in hopes of offering the same to her readers.

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“This is my story, So turn the page, If you dare, If you care to know, Who’s really there…” In Where the Light Shines Through, Kelly Inviere takes a new approach to telling her story: A Memoir in Poetry. She wanted to portray the human condition in a way that was relatable, while showing that there is joy in sorrow and sorrow in joy. Like light and darkness, one cannot exist without the other. The message of this book is one of rebirth and inspiration. Kelly invites you to join her as she explores the topics of life that unite us, from the pain of loss to the hope found in love.

Introducing John Black, editor of Journal of a Whaling Voyage: Kept by a Green Horn in the Forecastle of the Ship Nimrod Commencing Nov. 1st, 1842

“The publishing process was trouble free. Everyone was knowledgeable on their specialty and made the process move smoothly.”

John Black was born in 1945 in San Francisco. He grew up mostly in the South Bay Area. After high school, he enlisted in the US Army and served in Thule, Greenland and Vietnam. He retired in 2015 after 22 years in computer networking.

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A whaling adventure in the North Pacific. This is the story of my Great Grandfather’s voyage on a whaling ship from New Bedford to the North Pacific and back from 1842 to 1845. The official log of that voyage of the Nimrod is missing so this the only log available. He kept a running daily log throughout the voyage. Some days little happened and others were full of action and danger. Hawaii was the place that they returned to in order to replenish their supplies, load wood to make barrels, repair the whale boats and the ship, and get fresh food and water. At one point when his boat lowered for a whale, after a long chase out of visual contact with the ship, the whale dived and came up under the whale boat, crushing it and dumping the crew into the sea. Graham was one of two survivors but was on the verge of letting go and sinking when the ship finally rescued them. I have added some information on terms that were used on the whale ships, the tools of the trade, a bit about the types of ships that were used and the types of whales that they sought, as well as several surviving letters that were written to Graham while he was on that voyage.

Introducing Anita L. Leonard, author of Finding Lord Stanley: The Surprise Discovery

“Publishing my first book was made easier with the guidance of my Author Representative. I am so pleased with the end results and would recommend Outskirts Press Publishing to other authors.”

A lifelong resident of Greensburg, PA, Anita L. Leonard attended Mercy Hospital School of Nurse, Pittsburgh PA and graduated as a Registered Nurse. At the age of 34, Anita returned to academia and graduated from Seton Hill University with a BA in Sociology and a minor in English, after which she obtained a Master in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. It was during those years at Seton Hill that she found a love for writing. As years passed Anita and her husband, Larry raised four sons and now have eight grandchildren. Each son and grandchild inspired her with their diverse interests. There was always a family pet to love and an athletic event to watch. Pittsburgh sports were the center of many family conversations and gatherings. Anita’s love of animals and sports seemed a perfect combination for the theme of a children’s book.

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The Surprise Discovery! Three sisters are starting their summer vacation playing with friends in the front yard, which turned into a surprise discovery under a bush in the neighbor’s yard, a tiny grey kitten. The girls set out to convince their Mom and Dad that the kitten needed a home. Although Mom was easily convinced, their Dad would be a challenge. This delightful story takes a few twists and turns until the sisters gave this lost kitten a “furever” home.

Introducing Gary Graham, author of Parallels That Cross

“The thing I enjoyed the most with Outskirts Press was the amazing creative flexibility they were able to accommodate. They were patient with me as I worked through the publishing process.

Gary Graham conducted research in Peru for his PhD, has worked in executive positions for conservation organizations and has published numerous scientific and popular articles plus two nonfiction books. He grew up in Louisiana and now lives in Massachusetts with his wife, an archaeologist.

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Parallels That Cross is a delightfully creative novel that takes you down literary paths like those you have explored with Barbara Kingsolver’s books. Perfect for book clubs seeking an enjoyable alternative to dystopian or fantasy novels. This novel pivots on Mica, an archaeologist, and Clay, an ornithologist, who are independently and simultaneously resolving their sex-based relationship anxieties while searching in 1982 for extraordinary treasures hidden deep in the Peruvian wilderness. Mica is exploring for an ancient city she theorizes was founded by women led by a princess daughter of Peru’s last reigning Inca ruler. Clay, working on his doctoral research on another side of the same mountain, is testing his new biodiversity model that predicts discovery of new avian species. Mica suffers from a lifelong self-doubt that she will turn out like her lesbian mother. Clay is tormented by his own nightmare that he has become his philandering dad. Packed with mesmerizing stories, breath taking adventures into beautiful settings, complex intimacy, and user-friendly science, Parallels That Cross narrates the fascinating parallel lives of Mica and Clay as they face unimaginable personal and professional challenges. Terrorists, waterfalls, catastrophes, and psychiatrists define important life thresholds that they must step through. Ultimately, they must confront whether their lives are controlled by destiny or free will.

Introducing Keith T. Hardeman, author of The Shadow of Trepidation: Reflections on Caregiving During my Wife’s Battle with Breast Cancer

“Outskirts was simply fantastic! Allison Hiles, Dana Nelson, and Anna Ely were so prompt and helpful throughout the process. I was very pleased with the finished product, and I highly recommend Outskirts Press.”

Professor Keith T. Hardeman grew up in Southern California and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech and rhetoric from California State University, Long Beach, graduating Phi Kappa Phi. He taught for two years as a teaching fellow at CSULB before joining the full-time faculty at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. After spending eight years at UNI, he and his wife Shelley moved to Columbia, Missouri when he accepted a permanent position at Westminster College in nearby Fulton. He has received numerous teaching, research, and service awards and has taught various courses in the areas of interpersonal communication, public address, business communication, public relations, and journalism. Professor Hardeman became heavily involved in volunteer work with the American Cancer Society after his father passed away from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He participated in numerous fundraisers and has personally raised over $50,000 for the ACS. He is a longtime member of the Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). In December 2017, Shelley was diagnosed with stage III invasive lobular carcinoma, a somewhat rare form of breast cancer. As cancer indelibly rammed itself into their lives, Keith transitioned from cancer activist to caregiver, and life has been drastically different since that time.

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Cancer stories are plentiful and are, perhaps, considered by some to be a dime a dozen. On the other hand, such vast numbers of stories keep piling up at an astounding rate – more than 1.8 million diagnoses each year, according to the American Cancer Society – and each is unique to the individual patient and cancer family experiencing them. Stories can provide predictability and understanding, which are vital keys toward success in the long road of cancer treatment. From diagnosis to the impacts of treatment, The Shadow of Trepidation bluntly discloses one of those physically and emotionally agonizing cancer stories from the perspective of a spousal caregiver. It sheds light on the twists and turns of cancer and comfortably addresses sensitive cancer and caregiving issues. The book also provides some basic, understandable medical explanations, experiential wisdom, and offers numerous tips with vital interpersonal communication strategies for families navigating their own cancer fights. This is a substantive while still relatively quick read. It can also serve as a good reference guide to which readers might return if their own stories were the least bit commensurate. The author does not presume to speak for cancer fighters or even for other caregivers. But he candidly shares helpful insight gathered from his own experiences and perspectives. It is his sincere hope that this book can be valuable for those whose cancer stories are in motion or those that have yet to come. As reviewer and cancer survivor Heather Gehlert of the Berkeley Media Studies Group stated, “Professor Hardeman goes beyond common tropes and trite platitudes to offer an intimate, unsanitized look at the suffering, uncertainty, and resilience that he and his wife Shelley experienced as her cancer invaded their lives. [The book] contains valuable insights and practical suggestions that are helping me cope with the same dreaded disease. My only complaint with this book is that it wasn’t published when I was diagnosed.”

Introducing Anne Toole, author of Fat Maxine

“I will be doing more books with Outskirts Press in the near future. My Author Representative always does a great job. She has a lot of patience with someone like me.”

Anne Toole grew up in Williston, South Carolina. She graduated from Anderson Jr. College in Anderson, South Carolina. Ms. Toole is also a graduate of the University of Georgia. She taught first grade for thirty years in Augusta, Georgia. After retiring, Ms. Toole worked part-time for three years as an ESOL teacher and also began writing stories about children and animals. Most of the stories are written in verse. Ms. Toole is an avid traveler and has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has also traveled in Northern Africa and the Middle East. She presently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. Ms. Toole is also the author of Mean Mike, The Bird That Didn’t Want to Be A Bird, The Frog That Lost His Croak, A Dog Named Cat, The Crow and the Big Oak Tree, and Stan, The Little Turtle.

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Maxine was kind of fat. Some children liked to make fun of her because of that. It made Maxine feel really sad when they treated her so bad. One day Maxine surprised the kids. She made them happy because of something she did. Did they start liking her because of that? Did it matter that Maxine was still kind of fat?

Introducing John J. Wells, author of A Death For Academe

“This is my second book published through Outskirts, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. All my questions and clumsy mistakes were quickly and efficiently responded to and remedied. This outfit does a great job.”

I worked at various New England boarding schools for thirty-odd years, then retired to Maine to get in some of the reading and writing I’d never had time for. As it happens, though, I find that my daily schedule now is determined primarily by the whim of my dogs.

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“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.” Someone is killing the dogs of London, Maine, and Bill Williams is convinced that one of his neighbors or acquaintances is responsible. But which one? It could be any of them: Eleanor Bird, the village tyrant, who collects other people’s secrets and exploits them ruthlessly; her son Eddy, a preoccupied country realtor who, people say, isn’t at all as simple as he seems; Roy Emory, once the boy genius who went off to the ivy leagues and wound up in jail on drug charges and now lives as a hermit back in the London woods; his parents, Charlie and Kristin, who are afraid of him and struggling over a failing business; Rosie Brig, a subservient school teacher who becomes infatuated with the wrong men, first Roy Emory and then Sean Winder, the high school hero who gave up on college to run his father’s general store and marry the shy and self-effacing Patricia instead of his fiancée Rachel Morgan, who, recently widowed, has returned to London to claim him; or Linc Mundy, owner of the local garage and a professed dog hater. And Bill is very much afraid that, if the guilty party is not identified soon, the nightmare will only grow darker. And then people start to die….

Introducing Steve Buzzelli and Rita Klein, author of Steve’s Story: World War II Through the Eyes of a Signal Corpsman

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Steve Buzzelli and his daughter, Rita Ann Buzzelli Klein were both born and raised in Akron, Ohio. Cemented together with the close family ties of Italian immigrant families, they both carried in their hearts an appreciation for lives lived in love for each other and a compassion for all those that they encountered along the way. While just barely completing high school (he had to take both junior and senior English together his last year of high school since he failed junior English the year before) Steve, a “rubber worker,” generously supported his oldest daughter’s college education. Rita now holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from The University of Akron. She taught at the high school and university levels as well as served in Student Affairs administration at the University of Akron. Steve died much too soon in 1988 at the age of 68. Rita, now retired at age 72 has had the privilege of giving life to Steve’s Story, which was very close to being forgotten.

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An Unexpected Journey into World War II. An innocent project to preserve a family keepsake turned into an unexpected 2-year journey into World War II for the daughter of the main author, Steve Buzzelli. Enthusiasm, exhaustion, boredom, frenzy, agony and ecstasy pours forth from words and images gathered by her father between 1942 and 1945. A partnership between the primary author of this story and his daughter (not yet born when this story was collected) gradually took shape. Propelled by curiosity, cluelessness, and unending love, “Steve’s Story” has materialized in a form meant to memorialize his experience for his descendants and his family. The authors hope that as the reader peruses these pages they come to appreciate the goodness and decency of this soldier and realize that they too carry that spirit in their souls.