Introducing Barbara A. Cefalu, author of The Prodigal Son of Appleton

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Barbara A. Cefalu is a musician/composer/author who has written several musicals and plays. Most recently she has published 9 illustrated children’s books, featuring the feisty felines Patty-Cat and Kittle. Barbara spends her time in Florida creating poetry and imaging what fun adventures her cats will have next.

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This is the continuing saga of the trials and tribulations of the Shearer family of Appleton. William Shearer, the family patriarch, died a wealthy man. He left his fortune chiefly to his family; generally a benevolent gift, but a disaster for the Shearers. The maid, Lois, inherited a modest amount, which enabled her to promptly quit; wherein a seemingly endless parade of useless replacements came and went (quickly). The now-rich family bought cars, (trouble), as 15 year old Will ‘borrowed’ the family Packard one night, wrecked it and almost totaled himself. Somewhat recovered, he visited cousins Percy and Jessie, in Hollywood. Jessie took restless Will and brother Rocky Waldo to visit friends. Son, Chris, was going to San Francisco in his father’s yacht, taking wealthy friends along, and Will was invited to join them. The yacht was speeding towards San Francisco, when Will was horrified to learn he was invited to join a robbery they planned in the city. Panicky Will, pleading seasickness, took to his bed until a sympathetic steward helped him to escaped in the dingy only to find he was rescued by smugglers. Will befriended a Chinese shipmate, and with bribery, he and his friend escaped from the Smugglers in Singapore. But sometimes calamity heaps upon calamity: Will, angry but helpless, was now ‘free’ but sailing to India in an elegant Chinese junk. Meanwhile, Will’s distraught family instigated searches everywhere; eventually unhappily resigned that he was gone. Sometimes blessings are mixed: causes bring effects, not always pleasant. But passing such tests bring strength and growth which can flow into wisdom and love and joy.

Introducing Rizalina Ramos-Talag, author of Following No. 45

“My Author Representative always has great suggestions to offer whenever I need help making decisions. She supports me throughout the creation process — she is the life of my project — she and the Outskirts Press professional team of talented design staff.”

Rizalina Ramos Talag hails from Del Monte, Bukidnon (in Mindanao, Philippines). Lynn completed her office administration training at Gregg Business College, was enrolled in the school for Liberal Arts at the University of the East, and received her Accounting and Finance degree from the Far Eastern University. She attended accounting classes at the Golden Gate University in California and various short courses at Foothill College. She co-authored a book of poems, Embers, published in 1966, and was a part of an editorial panel in a national magazine, contributing short stories, commentaries, and poems. Lynn came to the U.S. with her family in 1972. She has three grandchildren and is also the author of Every Child Is A Poet, a collection of poems written as a grandparent.

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Today’s political scene dictates that we pay close attention to the goings-on around the seat of government, where we find that no two minds can agree on anything. The huge political divide in the United States is glaring, and the media account for most of this divide. Sometimes we don’t know which version of the news, or lack of coverage thereof, we can count on as accurate. We have to follow the source. President Trump has succeeded in bringing unity and strength to our nation, and he is looked up to as the anointed one-yet he was set up to play the villain from the day he was chosen by the people. With the cast of characters surrounding the “search for an impeachable crime” insisting the accomplished task was done by the book and finding nothing in Mr. Mueller’s lengthy quest to connect anyone to a crime, we, the people, need to move on and allow the new sheriff to do his job!

Introducing Tanja Nayak, author of Stripe’s Busy Night in the Bushveld

“Thanks so much for making my dream of becoming a published author a reality. Everyone was really professional and publishing was a breeze. I am really grateful for the super team who helped me and especially want to thank my Cover Designer for supplying the most perfect illustrations for my children’s book. You are all awesome!”

Tanja Nayak was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and enjoyed winter safaris in the Kruger National Park. She can count the number of times she has seen honey badgers on her trips spanning many years on one hand – but each memory has stayed fresh in her mind despite the distance of years. She believes that the honey badger was the appropriate choice to finish writing about and publish a book about during a pandemic year as honey badgers are energetic, courageous, and determined. We all could use a little honey badger energy in our lives to see us through persevering through challenging times. A honey badger never gives up and they certainly never fail to do what they have set their mind’s upon achieving! Today, Tanja lives in Colorado and travels to South Africa with her husband and daughter. Her dreams are to see a tiger in the wild in India and to travel to Kenya to see the “Big Five.” A video of the author reading a condensed version of the story is available on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mycED1AC0Ks

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Stripe’s Busy Night in the Bushveld” is a delightful full-colour illustrated story about a plucky honey badger as he navigates his way through the African bushveld at night with his mother on the search for honey. The beautiful, whimsical illustrations, and captivating story should appeal to children in the 3 to 12 age group. The pair of honey badgers meet a number of unique nocturnal animals on their nightly travels, including Africa’s elusive “Secret Seven;” comprised of the fascinating aardvark, African civet, African wild cat, genet, pangolin, porcupine, and serval. They also meet energetic springhares, lions on the move, hippopotamuses, adorable bushbabies, elegant caracals, and many more wonderful animals in the African savannah. The book also includes full-colour photographs of the animals, as well as interesting facts to whet the appetite of those who want to find out more about the incredible wildlife of Africa. This story and its associated educational facts will be sure to enthrall and captivate the attention of any child who loves animals. Children (and even adults) of any age should also enjoy reading the factual section, as well.

Introducing Patricia Endress, author of China Notes of the Venerable Foreign Expert

“My Author Representative was very patient with this new experience with digital publishing.”

Patricia Endress holds bachelor and master degrees from Northwestern University, has taken graduate school sociology courses at the New School for Social Research and attended history courses at Western Connecticut State University. She has taught at three universities and three community colleges.

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My Chinese students knew I was a grandmother but not like any grandmother they knew. “Many old people stay at home after retired,” one student wrote. “But Professor Pat, who may be my granny according to her age in Our China, came to China alone. It is very marvelous” The students decided I had a young heart in an old body. I found I had become a model for old age.

Introducing Denise Peek, author of Leadership: What?! Growing as a Leader From the Inside Out

“My Author Representative has been very helpful and positive about my publishing experience, and her involvement made it seamless! I really appreciate her!”

Denise Peek has worked with all level of individuals to assess their current leadership level, explore the development that is possible and create a plan to execute that metamorphosis. She coaches others with care to set, adjust and achieve their goals in leadership and in life. In this book, she becomes your personal leadership coach, guiding you toward your better, more powerful self. Denise has worked with clients across the globe to develop their skills and achieve their personal and professional goals.

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Coach Yourself to Become the Leader Inside You. Learn more about the leader that already lives inside you! This insightful book will guide you through the skills and nuances of real leadership, as you explore those elements already within yourself. You will obtain strategies to develop and hone the skills and characteristics you possess and fine-tune them as you continue to grow and develop as a leader. As you read along, you become your own best coach: asking the right questions, targeting the right skills and polishing your best self as a leader. Each short chapter includes a few thought-provoking questions at its close to help you internalize and remember what you have learned and how you want to use that knowledge. This book enables you to “do and become” with its ideas, scenarios and questions. As a true leader, you are in control to use this guidebook and tailor it to your current and future leadership needs. Take the time to embark on your personal leadership journey and see where it leads. You might be surprised!

Introducing Helen Monson and Kim Poole, author of Help Me To Feel: An Autobiography of Helen Mar Carter Monson

“I tried going the traditional publication route first with no success. Outskirts Press was a good second option. I have now published two books with Outskirts, and plan to do at least one or two more.”

Like her mother Helen Monson, Kim Poole loves to tell stories. Kim and Helen share a delight in music, nature, family, self-discovery, adventure, and connecting with people. Their debut book, No Ordinary Life, is the first in the Greatest Gamble series. kimpooleauthor.com

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“There was excitement being a senior. When influential men told us we were on the threshold of new adventure—that the whole world lay at our feet—that we could turn it into a better place if we were only willing to work and strive and hold to our ideals, I believed every word and was impatient to get at it. But after graduation was over, I felt such an unsettling mixture of excitement and anti-climax. Suddenly I wasn’t quite ready to set the world on fire. I decided to go back next year for post-graduate work because that didn’t cost nearly as much as college, and then I wouldn’t need to say goodbye to the school that suddenly seemed so dear. But life had other plans…” What would you do if you were a sheltered 17-year-old who suddenly found yourself “mother” to your six younger brothers and sisters—when you thought your only concerns would be boyfriends and school? And what if this happened during the Great Depression, when your once secure world was like no one could have anticipated? It happened to Helen Monson, who describes her experiences in bold, poignant, and often humorous detail. As in the book’s prequel, No Ordinary Life, the stories Helen tells feel remarkably contemporary despite happening nearly 100 years ago.

The Fruit of Silence: The Jesus Prayer as a Foundation to the Art of Spiritual Life

“This was my fourth book with Outskirts Press and it’s great that the Publishing Team and the designers know what I like and provide excellent service to me.”

Edward Kleinguetl was ordained a deacon for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and also served the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic). Over the years, Deacon Ed has been extensively involved in parish missions and retreats for varying age groups, both in the United States and China. He has written extensively on Eastern Christian spirituality including works on the Jesus Prayer and theosis. In connection with his interests on these topics, he has been on pilgrimage to Egypt to St. Antony’s monastery (twice) and the monasteries of the Wadi al Natron, and to Mt. Athos in Greece. Deacon Ed holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University, a Diploma in Pastoral Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and a MA in Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. He was ordained to the diaconate on February 3, 2007 by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. In secular life, Ed is a partner with Grant Thornton, LLP, working in Financial Advisory Services, specializing in merger integration and divestitures.

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The Antidote for a Hostile Environment. The cooling of faith is a reality. It appears that we as a country have become so progressive that we no longer need God. Christians are feeling increasingly like outsiders. How do we remain grounded in Gospel values? Christ himself described the two ways and that few will find the narrow gate (see Matt. 7:14). There is no middle way or compromise with the spirit of the age. Cardinal Ignatius Kung Pin Mei spent 30 years in solitary confinement for refusing to compromise with the prevailing culture. His advice in the face of inhospitality was this: “Practice prayer, which is the most subversive of liberties; it can never be taken from you, and is a source of power and strength. Train yourself in prayer. Begin now, so that you are a fit, skilled practitioner when the need arises.” As a Church, it is time to return to basics, The Art of Spiritual Life, an essential component of which is prayer. The Jesus Prayer is a proven technique for turning hearts to God. It is the oldest form of contemplative prayer originating in the Early Church. We encourage our fellow pilgrims to a renewal in the spiritual life, practicing prayer to keep our feet steady on the narrow road. “Prayer and silence will save the world.” – Robert Cardinal Sarah

Introducing Deacon Michael Wesley, author of The L.I.G.H.T. Seminar: Living in the Gifts of the Holy Trinity – Revised

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Deacon Michael Wesley was born in Los Angeles, California, but has lived most of his life in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, and a Master of Arts degree in Special Education. In 2003 he was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, and in 2009 he received a Master of Theological Studies degree from St. Norbert’s College. Deacon Mike and his wife, Kathy, continue to minister together in the Charismatic Renewal and the Catholic Church.

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A Guide for Catholics and others wanting to use the gifts of the Holy Spirit in everyday life. By Deacon Michael R. Wesley, M.A., M.T.S. The word “L.I.G.H.T.” is an acronym for Living in the Gifts of the Holy Trinity. The purpose of the seminar is to acquaint Catholics and others with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I say “others” because the seminar might also be of interest to non-Catholics. I mention “Catholics” specifically because there are many Catholics today who are set on fire with their experience of God’s presence and His love. Through movements such as the ACTS retreat, Cursillo, RCIA, and youth retreats, as well as just through their Catholic faith, they are experiencing the fire of the Holy Spirit in their lives. And what this fire of the Holy Spirit has created is a thirst to share their faith with others. This is all very good because it is through witnessing the power of the Holy Spirit that the secular world will be drawn to God. One thing I see lacking, though, is an emphasis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Most Catholics who have received the sacrament of confirmation know they have received gifts of the Holy Spirit. But what is missing is an understanding of what many of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are, and how they can be used in everyday life.

Introducing Laura Simmons, author of Karma: The Resolution

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Laura Simmons grew up in northern Virginia and spent most of her career working for various Department of Defense contractors in the Washington, DC area. She has a fascination with all things metaphysical. She enjoys adult coloring books, writing, jigsaw puzzles, vacationing at the beach with her husband, and studying tarot cards and other types of divination systems.

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From the author of Dark Karma: Sword of Vengeance comes the next thrilling adventure into alternate dimensions… “From the first time I saw you back in the 14th century to the day I was imprisoned in the dark realm, you have lived in my dreams and my heart,” David said to Maddie. He knows that she is the reincarnation of his beloved Cara. Can he convince her that they shared a past life? Will she still want him once she learns the truth? And what about the evil immortal who wants her dead? “If I can pull a cat from a dream, I can rescue Mori from where she’s being held prisoner,” thought Noah Colton. Each night Mori comes to him on the astral plane, begging for him to save her and vanishing before he can follow. Terrified that she will soon be killed, he travels to another dimension to rescue her and bring her to his home. But what will happen when her captors track her down? Two, out-of-this-world romantic fantasy stories unfold as David and Noah battle dark forces to save the women they love. Find out what happens when the unexpected intervenes and changes everything in these interconnected stories.

Introducing Carol Creager, author of Rescued By a Boy: Salvado Por Un Chico

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

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Mischief, McGuffy and Nolan visit the Talamanca Nature Reserve. We are so thankful to the good friends we made while we were exploring the extensive gardens of Talamanca Nature Reserve. Young Jérico heroically climbed the tree where we were stranded and brought each of us safely down, where Abuela (Grandma) comforted us until we were over our fear of falling. Nolan was so happy because she and Noé liked him so much. Muchas gracias a los buenos amigos del Hotel Talamanca. Jérico subió el árbol donde estábamos y nos llevó al suelo, donde Abuela nos consoló y nos abrazó. Nolan estaba tan alegre porque ella y Noé lo querían tanto. Mischief, McGuffey, and Nolan