Introducing Harold Cohn, author of The Lost Dutchmen Mine and the Peg Leg Pete Mine

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Harold Cohn is a Disabled Vietnam Vet (U.S.S. Harnett County, LST 821. Mekong Delta, 1967-1968). In addition, I am a retired Park Ranger (31 years of service) from the County of San Diego (California).

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While I was working as a Park Ranger at El Monte Park, Lakeside, California, I wrote a book titled: “The El Monte Park History” (12 pages/13 months of research and writing). Years later, the forgoing book became basis of a museum Artist/Muralist Mona Mills and I created at El Monte Park in an abandoned pump house building (8’x16″ [World’s smallest museum?]) named the “El Monte Oaks Museum.” The interior walls of the museum’s wall were painted with murals, based on “The El Monte Park History” by Mona Mills, Artist Muralist that depicted the park’s history when it was an ancient Native American campground to the current day.

Introducing Stephen A. Vigiano, author of Enrich Your Life and the World with the Game of Golf: Every day is an opportunity to change the world

“My Author Representative was an excellent source of guiding me through the process of getting my new book published. She is a total professional with a great attitude.”

Stephen A Vigiano, PGA Master Professional, was born and raised in Long Island, New York. At the age of 18, he pursued a career in acting in Los Angeles, California, where he studied the art of acting for over ten years with some mild success. In the mid-eighties he fell into the game of golf, which changed his life forever. His professional resume is highlighted by the prestigious Master Professional Certification, as well as certifications in all five areas of advanced education in the PGA of America. Stephen was featured in PGA Magazine’s “Lessons in Humanity” for charitable contributions of his time and energy. Over the last 28 years, he has given over 15,000 golf lessons of which many were free of charge, golf has allowed him to pass along many of the life lessons he learned from the game of golf.

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Inspiration comes in many forms. If you picked up this book, there’s a good chance you enjoy a relaxing day out on the golf course. If so, then this book is certainly for you. For those who have not yet discovered the joys of golf, Enrich Your Life and the World with the Game of Golf offers so much more than the title implies. Along with exploring the many parallels between golf and life, this book also shows how golf can provide the blueprint for a more fulfilling existence. Stephen A Vigiano a PGA Master Professional, reveals how his passion for the sport provided him with a foundation for a meaningful life-one he hopes to pass down to future generations. His inspirational book not only encourages this new generation to take up the game of golf but to follow their passions and pursue their purpose in life.

Introducing Phil Trapp, author of Did the Smarter Apes Stay in the Trees?

“It was an excellent experience and the whole process went well. So happy ending.”

Dr. E. Philip Trapp is a clinical psychologist and scholar who taught at the University of Arkansas for four decades and has received numerous awards (e.g., the first recipient of the Arkansas Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service Award and Who’s Who in America’s Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement award). In his retirement years, he has used his life experiences, his knowledge of human nature, and his gift for storytelling to write both fiction (“The Red-Ribboned Letters” and “Did the Smarter Apes Stay in the Trees?”) and non-fiction (“Memoirs of a World War I Baby Boomer”).

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Does the state of the world leave you feeling battered, gloomy, depressed?  Phil Trapp’s new book will have you laughing despite yourself. The title – Did the Smarter Apes Stay in the Trees? – should be a dead giveaway that this satire takes an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek look at human foibles. The book is written in the form of five taped dialogues between Grandfather, the fount of wisdom, and his newly graduated, somewhat lost Grandson. Grandfather proposes a hilarious group of related theories about human intelligence, including the role of Dum-Dum (DD) and Smart-Smart (SS) cells in some of the more irrational, ill-considered, yet basic human behaviors. Few beliefs are left unchallenged, beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing through healthcare today. Grandfather’s theory can explain the brilliance of the discovery of DNA, the invention of quantum mechanics, and the landing of a space shuttle on the moon. On the other hand, the theory also sheds light on such follies as the boarding of flies and mosquitoes on Noah’s Ark, Custer’s Last Stand, and the vote for prohibition. Drawings by Rhonda Butler underscore the whimsy in some of his concepts. Over these conversations, Grandfather also shares his understanding of the inconsistencies and inherent flaws in the perspectives of many in our most valued professions, including medicine, theology, science, education, and law. Nothing is sacred. Each new revelation pushes the satire further, challenging commonly-held beliefs. The reader is torn between laughing out loud, wincing, and snickering appreciatively at the creativity of Trapp’s reworking of the facts of life as we know it. Some examples of Grandfather’s dry wit will help flesh out the workings of his mind. On human intelligence: “Since the brain is 80 percent water, it’s little wonder most of our lives are all wet.” On religion: “That it’s much more fun being bad than good is proof of the pudding there is more devil than angel in us.” On health: “Heart mechanics charge a heap more for valve jobs than auto mechanics because they have to keep the engine running.” A secondary theme running through the dialogues is the common flaw of taking life too seriously, the tragedy lying in the roadblocks it sets up to happiness, the much-needed balance to grim reality. This is a book to be read slowly and savored. The levels of meaning and humor can be appreciated on first reading, but there is even more to enjoy on subsequent readings. The satire can also be an ideal gift to a friend or relative associated with one of the professions challenged in Grandfather’s world view.

Introducing Joan Cogan, author of Anchored in Perseverance

“Kudos to the entire team of Outskirts Press. My Author Representative has guided and so willingly directed me through the process of my book publication.”

THEN: “Blessed is he who has found his work.” Joan Cogan enjoyed life as a teacher, counselor and Character Counts coordinator. She led the way to the district’s first anti-bullying program, Steps to Respect. Joan created a safe place for three generations of students at Northwest Local Schools. “Proud to be part of the Clinton/Canal Fulton community for thirty-five years.” NOW: “Blessed is he who connects with nature.” Death forced Joan into a solo flight with little direction. With the help of GEs, gentle encouragers, the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees, gave her purpose. By writing and sitting on a rock, Joan continues to discover herself. “Just like jeans and a tee shirt, humans and nature go together.”

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Anchored in Perseverance is a written reminder to anyone searching for renewed purpose. Choosing to persevere is a life skill you learned as a toddler. It is not a character trait. Calvin the cardinal travels with you until you regain that childlike determination. “I’m going to reach that toy no matter what!” Abe the ape demands that you get back to the basics. Those building blocks will provide you the strength you need to endure any circumstance. A – Absorb and accept exactly what is in front of you. B – Believe and begin to realize you are capable of moving forward. C – Commit and connect to the present no matter how bleak it appears. Calvin and Abe realize life is not a vacation on a love boat. They don’t hand out ribbons, but you have to keep moving. That is a choice only you can make. Minor setbacks are very real but so are major comebacks. You decide!

Introducing Bob Benson, Josie Safir, and Nathan Safir, authors of A Special Gift

“My Author Representative was courteous, positive and east to communicate with — both to me and an 18-year-old co-author.”

When Bob’s grandchildren, Josie and Nathan, finished learning how to read, they realized most introductory reading materials lacked an interesting story and developed characters. At the ages of seven and nine, Josie and Nathan worked with their grandfather to write a book young children would be excited to read.

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When a boy learns his dog has special powers …. On a cold rainy day, Max finds a dog on his front porch and names her Rosie. They soon form a strong bond, and Max becomes aware of Rosie’s mysterious power. He struggles to convince his parents and friends to believe him. But, as Rosie continues to use her special gift, something incredible happens. Read this book to find out how Max and Rosie’s extraordinary relationship impacts those around them and deepens friendships.

Introducing Jack Darrell Crowder, author of Abby’s Secret: The Story of a Young Girl’s Courage and Determination During the American Revolution

“Everyone I communicated with were friendly, professional, and very helpful. The entire publishing process was quick and easy. I look forward to working with the team again.”

Jack Darrell Crowder is a retired teacher and administrator with 40 plus years in the classroom. He has a B.A. and Masters from Texas Christian University. Mr. Crowder gives lectures on the Revolutionary War at the university, schools, historical societies, and D.A.R. Chapters. He has the following books published: Underage Warriors, Chaplains of the Revolutionary War, African Americans and American Indians in the Revolutionary War, Women Patriots in the American Revolution, Strange, Amazing, and Funny Events that Happen during the Revolutionary War, and The First 24 Hours of the American Revolution.

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Abby must put her courage to the test. In 1766 at the age of five Abby is sent away to live with various people. After a few years she finds a home as a servant girl with the Thomas family. Being a young female among ten boys quickly proves to be a physical and mental challenge for Abby. However, she refuses to let others define who she will be, as she fights to overcome prejudice and gain equality. In 1775, she is caught up in the American Revolution and finds that her courage, faith, and character will be tested to the limit. When the war reaches her doorstep, she learns firsthand the sadness of losing loved ones and the horrors of war. As the Revolution draws to a close, Abby makes a decision, and if her secret is discovered she will face disgrace and possibly jail.

Introducing Sarah Sebring Binder, author of Pete the Parakeet

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Sarah Sebring Binder, a longtime resident of Ames, Iowa, and former resident of Tucson, Arizona, has been an educator for more than 40 years. She continues to engage and play with children in Caterpillar Club and Plant Pals. When she is not writing, she loves to garden, dance, fiddle, travel, and quilt. Brad, her husband of many years, is her biggest fan.

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Join in the fun and the grand adventure of a truly remarkable pet bird, Pete the Parakeet! When Mr. Sebring travels south for the winter, just like the snowbirds, he leaves his daughter and granddaughter in charge of Pipsqueak and Pumpkin. But Pipsqueak, the parakeet, escapes. And when Judith Ann and Alma see a few green feathers on the floor, they worry that Pumpkin, the cat, may have eaten the bird. Elsewhere in Mr. Sebring’s hometown, Sally and Brad spy a lime-green parakeet in their backyard. The parakeet stays for several days, along with the hummingbirds, orioles, finches, and other local birds. Sally and Brad love having the parakeet they fondly call Pete, but when the cold begins to set in and the other birds leave, so does Pete. Sally and Brad reach out to try to find Pete and his owner using posters and social media, and their excitement grows with each new sighting. Mr. Sebring, Judith Ann, and Alma join the hunt as Pete makes his way across the country through all sorts of weather. But will they ever be reunited with the adventurous little bird?

Introducing Shirley Posey, author of Posey Tales

“This was my first time getting a book published and my Author Representative was very patient in helping me. My book is very nice and has sold many copies in just a few days. Thank you so much!”

Shirley Posey has worked with children her whole life in one capacity or another. She operated a Day-care in her home and volunteered for many children’s programs in the community, church, and school. It is because of her love for children and the encouragement of her husband that she decided to write and publish the true humorous stories about her five children when they were small. She has been telling these stories to her children, grandchildren, and to the children in her Day-care for many years. She wants to make them available to children everywhere so they may also enjoy them. It is because of her great interest in children and listening to the humorous things they say and do spontaneously that she has the ability to write in a style and fashion they can easily relate to and understand. Each book has an intended message or lesson to help children learn the difference in making right or wrong decisions. She believes if children are told the correct way each time they make a wrong decision, they will definitely learn something good from each experience.

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Posey Tales will help children of all ages re-think decision-making. Posey Tales are true stories about my five children when they were young, between the late 1960s and early 1970s. The illustration décor reflects that time period. I’m sure many of you will be able to relate to the stories about the “Posey” children, in some way or other, perhaps with your own children, or even your own self as a young child. I hope you enjoy them as much as my children and grandchildren have.

Introducing Diane Gray, author of Faith, Hope & Perseverance: An Adoptee’s Journey To Finding Her Biological Family

“I am so impressed with the entire experience. This was my first book and I can’t wait to see what Outskirts Press does with the second one. Thank you.”

After a career in advertising and owning her own bridal boutique, Diane Gray decided to retire and focus on her journey to finding her biological family. Being retired gave Diane the opportunity to do something she’s always wanted to do: write a book. Diane has two sons, three grandchildren and is a “bonus mom” to a son and daughter. She and her husband Mark live in Eastern North Carolina. Diane is available for speaking engagements for any organization that may need a presenter. You can contact her at fhpspeaker@yahoo.com or www.outskirtspress.com/FaithHopeandPerseverance.

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An Adoptee’s Fifty-Year Journey to Finding Her Biological Family. It is our human right to know who we are. After her adoptive parents passed away, Diane decided to take the DNA plunge to find her biological family. Learn how she found her biological family after years of wondering who she was and why she was born. With the help of a search angel, science and technology, a lifetime of questions were about to be answered. Christmas, 2018 is just the beginning of her emotional journey to connect with her family.

Introducing Lisa DeFini Lohmann, author of Different Like Me

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Lisa DeFini Lohmann wrote Different Like Me while she was unemployed, with her beloved Wilson constantly by her side. He was her inspiration to describe what life is like for those who don’t fit into society’s norms of “pretty,” “athletic,” or “popular.” A stepmom of four, and grandmother of three, Lisa is no stranger to the social pressures put on children today. With sensitivity and humor she uses Wilsons less-than-perfect physical attributes to help children learn to love who they are.

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2021 READERS FAVORITE SILVER AWARD WINNER. This award winning inspiring story is based loosely on the never-ending antics of the author’s dog, Wilson Highstep. Children and parents alike will fall in love with this little dog who winds up literally flying from one unexpected adventure to another. Wilson will grab at your heart while growing up and discovering how the challenges of being different are perhaps the best thing that ever could have happened to him. Along with his new friend Ellie, they tackle life’s everyday problems with laughter and sincerity … and discover that being different can turn out to be the greatest gift of all. This beautifully illustrated book also includes over 20 actual pictures of Wilson Highstep’s real-time fun-filled life. Look for future editions as Wilson and Ellie grow up and learn about themselves as they experience one life lesson at a time.