Introducing T.L. Needham, author of Kitty Claus

“I am and was very demanding and anxious to get this project done before Thanksgiving, since it is a Christmas book. Colleen was very patient with me and responsive… and most importantly, the book was published the day before Thanksgiving. So, I am thankful to Colleen and the entire team that worked on this book. Thanks!”

T.L. Needham has published several award-winning books, including When I Was a Child and a collection of poetry called Pesky Poems, in which Kitty Claus was originally published. Needham was also founder and publisher of Relocation/Realty UPDATE, a national news magazine on corporate relocation and real estate issues, and he was publisher and editor of Kansas City Parent magazine during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has also been a national speaker and trainer on real estate and relocation issues. Now retired, Needham lives in the Chicago area and writes full time. Kitty Claus is illustrated by Lizzy Dodig, a talented young artist and high school freshman. She has a wide variety of interests and talents, but illustrative art is her passion.

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Book description…

Can Kitty Claus, the meanest cat around, learn what Christmas is all about? On a snowy Christmas Eve, a fierce cat named Kitty Claws rules over a family of thin, starving mice, keeping them from the tempting treats left out for Santa. But when the father mouse rescues Kitty Claws from danger, their relationship is transformed from one of adversity to a new bond of mutual friendship and Christmas spirit. Kitty Claus is a delightful story-poem of transformation, courage, and righteous behavior. With beautiful illustrations and endearing characters, this book will be a treasured addition to any family’s library.

Introducing Barbara P. Walsworth, author of The Red Dirt Road

“Sometimes I felt everything was moving too fast! But overall I have had a great experience.”

Barbara P. Walsworth lives in northwest Louisiana with her husband, Tom. They have two grown children and five grandchildren. Her passion is family and writing family-driven stories. Watch for the release of her next book in early 2017. Contact her at b.walsworth@yahoo.com

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The Red Dirt Road is a dramatic portrayal of a family’s struggle to overcome poverty, loss and grief. In the summer of 1962, fourteen year old Partheny Preiste’s abusive, alcoholic father moved his family from southwest Texas to the backwoods of northwest Louisiana…and then, immediately abandons them. While struggling for the basic necessities, they discover someone is watching from the surrounding woods. And, even more disturbing, they learn of the recent murder of a small black child found in the swamp behind their shanty. What this evil wants and takes almost destroys this family. They battle to keep their faith and stay strong in the face of a heartbreaking tragedy and bring a murderer to justice.

Introducing Lizzie B., author of Chunky Monkey in Pink Tights

“Very thrilled with my 1st book publishing experience. There were so many aspects I would have not had a clue about in the process. Outskirts Press’ guiding approach made for a smooth journey!”

Lizzie lives in Concord, North Carolina, with her husband Glenn and son Parker. Her son Christian lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has been working in the IT industry for 31 years starting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Chunky Monkey in Pink Tights – Ta Da! Chunky Monkey in Pink Tights is your friend and would like you to be her friend. She is introducing you to her world and friends! We look forward to many fun adventures!

Introducing Noni Strand, author of Rooted and Grounded in Love

“Thank you, Outskirts Press, for helping me make my dream – the publication of my book – come true! When I first completed my manuscript, I was overwhelmed by the thought of self-publishing and I had no idea how to find a publisher. Outskirts gave me the best of both worlds: the expertise and guidance of a publisher with the freedom and joy of self-publishing. I don’t know of any other publishing company that could be more helpful, affordable, efficient, and trustworthy than Outskirts! Lisa was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful in the pre-production process, and Colleen kept things moving quickly throughout production. I can’t say enough good things about Outskirts! I know they will be my choice of publisher for my next book!”

Noni Strand is an ordained Lutheran pastor who served for 23 years as Campus Pastor at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. She earned an MA in Earth Literacy at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana. She currently serves as Staff Chaplain at Salina Regional Health Center in Salina, Kansas. She and her husband, Virg Augustine, live in Salina along with their son, Luke, a college student.

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An Invitation to Grow in Relationship. The wisdom of plants and the resources of faith help couples nourish their relationships with one another, God, and all of Creation in this book of devotions, prayers, and active reflections. Drawing from 23 years of service with young people on a college campus and Earth as teacher, the author utilizes the life cycle of a plant to explore the intricacies of relationships, marriage, and living more sustainably. From soil and seed, through roots and leaves and reproduction, to death and compost, readers are invited to reflect on God, love, conflict, children and parenting, the Bible, faith, forgiveness, sexuality, care of Creation, and other facets of life together. Rooted and Grounded in Love: Devotions for Growing Couples celebrates both the challenges and joys of living together in healthy, committed, and faithful relationships with a Loved One, God, and everything and everyone around us.

Introducing Karl J Van Loo, author of The Adventures of Marvin Pickering in: The Miracle at Weston Falls

“I published through Outskirts Press. I found it to be a very thorough full service publisher, and totally perfect for all the self-publishing authors out in this great big (but rapidly growing smaller) world. I have been very pleased with the service you give to us ‘first timers’ as we venture out into this life of writing. It can be daunting! Thanks for making our life a little easier! Keep up the good work!”

Karl van Loo, husband for 28 years, to his wonderful wife Deborah, and the father of 3 great children. Has worked with children for 30 years as a school district custodian, and for 28 years as a Sunday school teacher. For Karl, the writing of children’s books is more than a fascinating pastime-it is a calling and a ministry.

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A Boy’s Unexpected Journey to War-Torn Viet Nam…Things aren’t easy right now for Marvin Pickering. He’s twelve years old, just beginning to really discover who he is…and he’s realizing that his feelings for his childhood friend, Ellen Peterson, are deeper and more complex than he knew. He could really use the guidance and understanding of his beloved father, Jay, but he’s serving his country in Viet Nam. When Marvin and his mother get the news that Jay is missing in action, the foundation of Marvin’s world is shattered. Instead of turning to family and friends, he runs away to his favorite retreat, the Big Woods. There, imaginative Marvin will have the adventure of a lifetime, as he meets his guardian angel, John, who takes him to see his father. Marvin will learn a valuable lesson about faith and trust, while those back home are left to look for him…with unexpected consequences that will teach Marvin even more about what’s really important. A vivid snapshot of a turning point in American history, a thrilling adventure, and a tender story about different kinds of love, The Adventures of Marvin Pickering: The Miracle at Weston Falls is a book with a positive message for young adult readers.

Introducing Terry R. Combs, author of The Boy Scout, The Beekeeper and The Bees

“Very pleased; any bumps in the road were taken care of to my complete satisfaction. Great job!”

Terry Combs’ lifelong interest in insects and spiders led him to the art of beekeeping, a vocation he has pursued for 50 plus years. After 42 years as a solitary beekeeper, Terry joined several organizations and participated as member, vice president, president and webmaster. His achievements include a first-place prize for light honey at the Illinois State honey competition in 2012. Terry teaches four beekeeping classes and two insect classes at a local college, as well as giving outreach and educational presentations to young people and the public. He lives in Keyesport, Illinois with his wife Debbie, and keeps bees in Bond and surrounding counties in Illinois.

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All the Buzz on Beekeeping in One Indispensable Book! If you’ve always wanted to start beekeeping but didn’t know where to begin, this is the book for you. For half the price of a one-day beekeeping class, you’ll have an ideal resource from veteran beekeepers that want you to succeed, giving you a wealth of advice and reference information, while avoiding the confusion of conflicting opinions. Best of all, you can enjoy and learn in the comfort of your own home. You’ll get the best information about how to start beekeeping, and how to expand and refine your craft. Based on the solid protocol of the Boy Scouts of America Beekeeping Merit Badge, this superb guide takes you through many levels of beekeeping. Using these techniques, your hives can prosper even in years when other beekeepers are experiencing losses. Whether you’re interested in producing honey, helping the environment, or investing in a fascinating and rewarding hobby, you’ll treasure this thorough, accessible, and valuable tool.

Introducing T. Charles Brantley Ph.D, author of Thou Shalt NOT Be Full Time Parents

“Laura is the best. I would like to only work with her. She is the main reason I keep coming back.”

T. Charles Brantley Ph.D is chief counselor at Strong Marriages. He has earned a double Doctorate and Master Degrees from Newburgh Theological Seminary. He has an Accredited Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and Diploma in Biblical Counseling from American Association of Christian Counselors. In addition, he has authored 22 national published books titles including: “Married Couples: Thou Shalt Have Great Sex,” “New Sheets: Hot Passionate Undefiled Married Sex” and “Return To The Garden Of Eden.” He is a radio and TV personality in the North East.

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Always full-time lovers never full-time parents. This statement must rain in your head like crazy. You can’t fall into the trap of being full- time parents. You have to stay the course and fight that spirit that says you must give all to the child. You must remain full-time lovers. You have to fight it. You have to make it a priority to be full-time lovers. I know the child needs you, but your husband or wife needs you more. Yes, I said it. We can admit that we will never hold down the lover part consistently, and now and then put being the parent into the mix. Usually, what takes priority is being a full-time parent. If you want to be GREAT parents be an abnormal couple in love. Go against the flow of loving your kids more than each other. The more you love your spouse the more you can love your children.