Introducing J.R. Pitts, author of Isaac Rooks Trailwalker

“My first experience in the publishing process was a very pleasant one. Getting my first novel into book form turned out to be much easier than I ever imagined. I realize I am very much an inexperienced author but thanks to my publishing crew I have confidence I am indeed on the right path to becoming a successful author.”

J. R. Pitts grew up around the mangrove islands of Southeast Tampa Bay. His family were commercial fisherman plying their trade around the hundreds of mangrove keys in the area known as Cockroach bay. His early life was centered in the area that became his place of refuge, his secret spot of meditation and relaxation.


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There are two men that are very different and very alike at the same time. They exist side by side in two great universes that are also very different and very alike. The universes are parallel and lives are also that way. What is going on in one is mirrored in another. Twenty two years ago an event occurred the night of their birth-a gate opened between the two universes. A baby boy who should have been born an Edenite was suddenly an Earthling. A baby boy who should have been an Earthling was suddenly an Edenite. The future belongs to whoever can find his true self-the future of two worlds may depend on the outcome.

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Introducing Dick Church, author of A Bluebird and Gold Coins

“My book has been published and I am pleased. It looks very professional as I hoped it would. I am receiving great personal review comments from readers.”

Born 1938 in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va., Dick Church spent his first twenty four years in the Greenbrier County area. Growing up with a single mother and three siblings he experienced a life of limited means. His Christian mother, Mary Anna, raised the family in the Church instilling high moral values and the will to survive through hard work. Graduating from West Virginia University in 1962 as a Civil Engineer, he and wife Mary moved north for work with NYS Dept. of Transportation and to raise three sons. He retired after thirty six years and started a forensic engineering business and retired again. Dick is a fan of golf, college basketball and pro football. He enjoys friends and those things that challenges his mind.


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The war year of 1942 was not the best of times for Anna Brendon Clark. Now a single mom abandoned by a philandering husband in Maryland to raise three small children, her only refuge was her family and friends in West Virginia, the world that she had grown up in as a young woman. Anna Clark gave up a life that she had wished to have for a life with John Clark, whom she deeply loved, and three small children borne of their union. Now being left alone she had no option but to rely on her determination, natural abilities as a mother, and unwavering faith in God to make a way for her children and herself in a limited world of poverty. Little Lil, two years old, was sick and getting sicker soon needing a lifesaving operation. Anna’s two young bright and fun loving sons, Jake and Danny, knew they were poor but no matter they would find ways to help their mother. Anna’s vision of a better life and a college education for her children had grown dark. Returning to Greenbrier County they began life over in an old four room farm house north of Lewisburg with no electric, telephone, and indoor plumbing. Unknown events in the years of the American Civil War and after, a war that was terribly evil, would mysteriously affect Anna’s family in ways never anticipated. These events were connected to Danny through his now dead great grandfather, Daniel Brendon. Ms. Sarah Burl, Anna’s ninety two year old neighbor, had a teenage love affair with Daniel Brendon, when he was a farm hand on the Burl farm in 1868. They were separated by her mother and father only to be together when Sarah died. The events of that time involved Sarah’s brutal father, Mike Burl, and were awash with covert hate, greed, murder, and deception, but would come full circle to affect Anna’s family in 1942. Mike Burl, a hated slave owner, was a greedy opportunist working both sides of the war for his financial benefit. Without remorse he shot four confederate soldiers to steal payroll gold. But alas, part of the gold had been hidden, the rest captured by Yankee blue coats, with none left for Mike Burl. So what happened to the hidden gold and why is a bluebird part of the story? There is a sense that a bluebird might be the reincarnation of Daniel Brendon to watch over his true love Sarah until she died and to protect Anna’s family.

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Introducing David Webb, author of Behind the Swinging Doors

” As a first time author I was overwhelmed with the number of self publishers available. Each had glowing reviews and also some not so glowing. After discussing this problem with a good friend who had just published a book I narrowed my search and found Outskirts Press. Their packages started at a lower cost and offered many options. After contacting them, I chose the Diamond Package and began receiving support for finishing my book. The responses from the various representatives were timely and helpful. I am still a bit uncomfortable with things like “formatting” and “extensions” but these folks walked me through the steps. The whole process went rather smooth and I now have “Behind the Swinging Doors” published and selling. If you are considering a self publisher look no further than Outskirts Press.”

About David Webb: 50 years ago I began my food service career with no intention of staying in it. I needed money to buy my first car. After a few different jobs I was asked to begin cooking. I found I enjoyed it and the social trappings that went with it. I was trained by skilled chefs and good managers yet never went to culinary school. I have talked people into hiring me for nearly a half century and have never once been fired from a job although I have had many. I still cook for a living and still enjoy going to work. I’d say my career path was a good one.


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You are sitting at your table in a fine dining restaurant and suddenly a muffled crash is heard. The waiter assures you it is nothing. You notice groups of employees gathered around the edge of the dining room chatting about something. There is a faint smell of smoke in the air. Your server returns to take your order stating all is well. Two firemen in full gear walk through the dining room and into the unseen back. Just a funny made up story? No because I watched it happen. This is only one example of the misadventures, disasters, and downright comical behavior that goes on without the public knowing. Food service bands together some of the most unlikely crews and somehow manages to get the job done. This book explains the victories and failures that followed me through my career. Take a trip with me Behind the Swinging Doors.

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Introducing Amber Jo Illsley, author of A Bountiful Lot

“I am very pleased with the publishing process. Cheers!”

Amber Jo Illsley was born in the South Island of New Zealand, and was a freelance journalist for over 12 years, traveling widely nationally and internationally in the course of her work. Apart from freelance writing for local, South Island-wide and national newspapers and magazines, her other publications include two historical works, three books of poetry and several novels, as well as being included in international poetry anthologies. Now living in Invercargill, the southernmost city in New Zealand, she is currently working on several other novels.


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The intuitive and cunning Dr. Kavoski and his sidekick Jock move to a small West Coast town where they feel at home, and in control of their nefarious activities. Several spanners in the works come in the form of the hot-tempered, bold and suspecting Grannie O’Shaunessy, schoolteachers Nellie and the gay Rupert, as well as love-starved Miss Eliza Spinks, and a crime busting operation set up on the West Coast to catch drug peddlers. Rupert bewails his broken relationship, but takes a shine to the handsome cop. Full of mischief to help ease his boredom, Dr. Kavoski becomes involved in all sorts of incidents, including the scandalous incident at the kiddies’ concert, and being under deep suspicion by local police. This only adds to the doctor’s joy in creating more mischief and drama to keep everyone on their toes. A few days’ respite out at a farm almost turns into disaster, but is saved by the diversion of a reeking hippy couple, arriving at the farm in the nick of time. This story is the first in a series.

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Introducing Kathryn J. Kappler, author of My Own Pioneers

“Outskirts Press has been a fantastic experience. I am comparing it with two previous companies I have worked with. Everyone has been extremely knowledgeable, but also very responsive, positive, friendly and helpful. Time frames have been quick and as promised. Your marketing support is also excellent after publishing. I am very impressed with Outskirts and hope to start a new book with them since the last three are now published.”

Kathryn J. Kappler was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but spent her childhood and young adulthood outside the United States, in Newfoundland, France and Spain, because of her upbringing in a military family. She is a former Regent Scholar of the University of California, and graduated Magna cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Economics. She subsequently earned an MBA with honors at University of Southern California. Throughout her life Kathryn has sustained an ardent interest in history. The author’s family has been associated with Native Americans for several generations. She has lived and traveled extensively on Indian reservations of the Southwest while researching early Native American silver jewelry. She has spent many years working with troubled horses.


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The three volumes of My Own Pioneers together tell a remarkable story of the desperate pioneer struggles of four generations of the author’s family. Although the memorable historical journey begins seven generations ago, these three volumes of stories focus on four important pioneer generation. They are the culmination of fifteen years of painstaking research as the author carefully reconstructs her family’s pioneer struggles from before 1830 to 1918 using information from family records, journals, memoirs, histories and letters, supplemented by accounts from their pioneer companions, and by Church and other official records. Volume I tells about the author’s once prosperous pioneer families survived the French and Indian War and the War of 1812, then eventually relocated to join the newly founded Mormon Church. The stories tell how the pressure of mobs and mob wars eventually forced these families to abandon everything as they were driven from place to place, until they found themselves exiled on the western-most border of the United States—at the Missouri River—looking toward the wild and hostile West as their only refuge. Stories describe how dozens of family members were among the Mormon refugees who died by the hundreds at the Missouri River, of illness, starvation and exposure. Yet family members had managed to journey among Indians on the frontier to preach, and had sailed through nearly catastrophic ocean storms to preach in England. And despite much sorrow and hardship, this volume relates how five family members left their loved ones behind at the sickly Missouri River in order to march down the Old Santa Fe Trail in the U.S. Army’s Mormon Battalion to prove their loyalty to the government by helping to fight a war with Mexico.

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Introducing Lubica Brugger, author of One Dog, Two Princes, Five Monsters

“Everyone at Outskirts Press was cordial, nice and helped make the process a very pleasant one. Their experience was indispensable. Their guidance necessary and their patience very much appreciated.”

After World War II, Lubica Brugger with her family came to the United States. They settled in Wisconsin. She married, had two children and worked as a casualty underwriter. At 33 she added to her schedule evening courses at UWM. Six years later, she graduated with honors obtaining a degree in Education. She taught French and German in High School. She always told stories to her children and grandchildren who asked her to write them down for them. This book is a collection of some of those stories.


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In this book, you will meet one mischievous dog named Yoshie, you will also meet adventurous twin brothers, Prince Nick and Prince Alex, and five horrible monsters bravely faced by a young Greek boy whose name is Oreos. Yoshie loves to visit her friends and go on adventures. She helps find a lost toddler, catches a burglar, and her bark chases away the school bullies. Oreos with the help of a beautiful white horse named Pegasus, meets and defeats evil monsters from the Greek myths, even though Oreos is very afraid, he is determined to overcome all obstacles. Prince Nick and Prince Alex travel throughout their father’s kingdom righting wrongs, riding horses, getting in and out of trouble and solving problems… I hope you enjoy these stories!

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Introducing L. Gina Davis, author of Ooh Lolita

“I am very happy that Outskirts Press exists. My cover design is incredibly professional. As soon as I show my children’s book to someone they become overjoyed. The color, the illustrations, and the book itself is so admired.”

L. Gina Davis attended York College in 1997, where she studied child psychology. In 1998, she landed a job as a day care coordinator at the honorable William H. Booth Day Care Center in St. Albans, New York. In 1999 she opened Munchkinland, her own licensed family day care, where she found that teaching and reading storybooks to the children in her care was a precious and rewarding experience. She is the author of a poem entitled “Sweetheart,” featured in Moonlight Wishes, a collection of poems published in 1996 with the National Library of Poetry. She is happily married with three children and lives in Queens, New York.


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In this fast-paced, riveting tale, we meet a cranky old witch named Lolita who delights in being miserable. When she hears the laughter and witnesses the fun and merriment the children are having at the playground, she is furious. With the help of her loyal cat Bufu, Lolita comes up with a scheme to transform herself into a beautiful queen to lure the happy children away from the playground—and put an end to the joyful noise once and for all! Humorous and entertaining, Ooh Lolita also carries an important reminder for children about the dangers of putting their trust in strangers—even a strange and beautiful queen who asks for help to find a lost pet.

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