Introducing Gaylan D. Wright, author of Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream

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Gaylan Wright served in the Air Force before joining the Wyoming Highway Patrol. This is a sequel to his first book, Slave to the Dream.

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“The American Dream need not forever be deferred.” – JFK.
Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream is a work of non-fiction written in the style of a memoir by author Gaylan D. Wright. Sometimes focusing on some tragic and/or surprising events that more sensitive readers may not wish to experience, this candid and honest account details the history of the author’s eighteen-year career with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Discussing themes of the American Dream and the true measure of success in life, Wright takes us through the life of a trooper from training to tragedy and back again, with the idea that dreams are not always what they seem, for worse and for better. Author Gaylan D. Wright has crafted an honest work that is sure to speak to its audience on many levels. Fans of the memoir style of non-fiction will love the anecdotal narrative tone and the emotional freedom with which the author writes, allowing us into his unique world to see and do what must be done from his perspective. The life of a state trooper is a difficult and interesting lens to explore and, though some of the experiences are harrowing and even unjust, the overall message is one of service and of making the world a better place for those around us. This pivotal theme keeps the tone up and the message inspiring throughout. Overall, Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream is a fascinating perspective that is sure to satisfy fans of both police history and memoir stories with heart. In an eventful eighteen years with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. From routine traffic stops to unthinkable tragedy, the highway patrol sees the best and worst of human nature. Wright examines the training process, the brotherhood of service, and the ups and downs of working as a state trooper. With candor, thoughtfulness, and humor, Wright illuminates the daily life of the thin blue line and provides insights about personal character, racial injustices, and the ways people can contribute to making the world a better place. The writing is insightful with a reflective nature in the narrative and this unique style opens the story with a strong distinction between one who effectively leads and one who simply manages. Readers will find lessons in this book that will help them take control of their own lives, make decisions that positively impact others, and discover the intangible threads of our humanity that bind us together. The writing is simple and fluid and filled with insights. Gaylan D Wright makes social, political, and cultural commentaries, inviting readers to ponder on American reality and to be open to positive criticism. While this is supposed to be a personal story, the author uses it to uncover the broken parts in the American dream and shows readers the attitudes and values that can make the country a better place. Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream is a powerful testament of a patriot and an intelligently written story that shows the connection between personal life and nation-building. Gaylan D Wright made a difference in his career and, in this book, he teaches readers how to stand up.” – Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream by Gaylan D. Wright is the story of a determined man as he shares his life’s story with readers and what it meant to be in his shoes. Everybody wants to live the American Dream, even if it is far-fetched or out of reach. Gaylan D. Wright was a proud member of the air force, but when the day came for his retirement, he accepted the change with open arms. Unlike other men, he was looking forward to living a simpler civilian life. What he thought would be a walk in the park turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime. He shares the sadness that comes with seeing the devastation of guns in his life; he also shares the happiness he found in the brotherhood he formed with the men he served with. He shares his life one day at a time with readers so that they can enjoy the ride along with him as he dreams on. There is a lesson to be learned from this book. The way Gaylan D. Wright opens Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream and talks about guns being a normal part of his life was eye-opening. Gun control needs to be addressed more aggressively because it is being normalized; small children are exposed to firearms by their parents and their elder siblings from an early age, which is not good. That aside, it is hard to imagine that Gaylan D. Wright does not have a writing background. He has a very calming and soothing writing style. The narrative is smooth and flows beautifully and Gaylan shares sides of himself with readers that you wouldn’t really expect. I enjoyed reading his responses, the way he described scenes so vividly and gave me good imagery to have a full sensory experience. This is a really good and enjoyable book, especially for those who enjoy reading about real people.+ – Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite

Introducing G.J. Rayner & E.M. Rayner, author of Operation Pinata: Revenge on the Mexican Cartels

“Our Author Representative was quick to respond to our questions and guide us through the publishing process. We will be sure to return to Outskirts Press when we are ready to publish our next book.”

Ella Mae, an RN, encouraged Gordon, a retired DEA agent, to write believing it would be therapeutic as he has suffered from PTSD for many years. Together, they wrote a memoir of their life in Paraguay, which was immediately followed by a novel, Taurus, Taurus, Taurus. The therapy has indeed worked, and this book is their third adventure in their writing career.

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Book 2 of the OMICRON Series. A wealthy Mexican businesswoman is murdered by the Acapulco Cartel, and her husband, a Deputy Attorney General, desires revenge for her death. Being frustrated with the corruption in the Mexican government, he hires OMICRON, a private security company that does work for US government agencies and private citizens. OMICRON develops a two-pronged attack against the cartels. First: To eliminate the people who are directly responsible for her death. Second: To conduct a money laundering scheme that drains the cartels of their drug trafficking profits.

Introducing Theresa Marie Vallotton, author of A Spoon Called Poon!

“I am very pleased with my book. I knew nothing going into this process and feel I was well served. Thank you!”

Theresa Marie Vallotton observed with delight the many things her grandson did with a spoon. She lives with her husband in northern California and works with an environmental nonprofit, Mattole Restoration Council. Also a singer songwriter, her inspirational album Living Stones can be found on iTunes and Pandora internet radio.

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The Power of One Spoon, The Adventures of Poon. It’s not a blanket, a toy, or a teddy bear this little boy latches onto, it’s a spoon he calls Poon. With a child’s imaginative genius, sparked by an industrious nature, Quinn discovers all the wonderful things Poon can do. Told with infectious and whimsical rhyme, this is the true story of the author’s grandson, who comes to a crisis when he literally has more than he can handle.

Introducing Martina Potucek-Palladino, author of TOMMY: Thru Eyes of “REM” – New Adult Censored

“This is my fourth book and it was a good experience. Having now published four books with Outskirts Press gives me confidence that future publications with be handled skillfully and professionally, I’ll be starting the process again for book five. I revised a few of my books and the revision process was practically effortless. Thanks to the OP team. I can’t wait to work on book five with Outskirts Press!”

Martina Potucek-Palladino has had a lifelong love affair with books, magazines, and all things written. She writes for pleasure, is currently a magazine editor, has collaboratively ghostwritten/edited a non-fiction memoir, written for magazines, is an accessories designer, a hair stylist, and lash extension specialist. Martina currently lives in New Jersey.

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‘Foresta dei Sette Fratelli’ – Imagine… for a moment, the most powerful of vampires, delusional, hence… Imagine… him, returning to the beginning, longing for his eternity to end, now… Imagine… that pivotal moment he realized she was his kryptonite, and, ultimately… Imagine… him realizing what she really was, how they met, 1,000 years ago, yes… Imagine… finding your savior, the one who was meant to help you die, only to… Imagine… the betrayal, born of blood, that comes full circle; this won’t do, no… Imagine… once more, finding that will to live, only now you’ve been cursed, and… Imagine… that this curse cannot be reversed; is this my fateful end?… HELL NO!  My imagination envisages… anger, vengeance, pain, and my version of justice! I WILL RISE ONCE MORE!… I WILL BREAK THIS CURSE!… I WILL FIND MY QUEEN!… I WILL BECOME KING!… Imagine the revenge I now seek!… I AM FAR FROM DONE!…

Right Angles: A Polish American Christmas Comedy in Two Acts

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Nicholas Divine, C.P., a graduate of Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Cromwell, CT, is a member of the Congregation of the Passion, a Roman Catholic Congregation of Priests and Brothers known as the Passionists. Nicholas was born, educated, and worshiped in Old Ward Four, a Polish American neighborhood in Holyoke, MA. He served in the United States Army, taught in both public and Catholic schools, and served as a campus minister in Birmingham, AL. He resides in the Passionist Community at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, pursuing further studies. For any reason, please feel at home to contact Nicholas at ndivine@passionist.org.

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“Merry Chrismoose” from the Angielskis. Set in a snowy New England mill town, Right Angles is a comedy that centers around the matriarch of a Polish American family, Kasia Angielski. Kasia is deeply concerned about doing the right thing for the right reason within the moral and cultural parameters of her fellow Poles; she’s also trying to understand the baffling customs of her new country. Join Kasia and her eccentric family and friends as she hosts the annual Wigilia, the traditional Polish Christmas Eve supper, when things go terribly wrong at one of the most reverent times of the year!

Introducing Maria Pita, BA, Morgan DeSimone, BA and Gary Robinson, LMHC, author of The Daily Brew: A 365-Day Guided Journal

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Morgan DeSimone graduated from Hartwick College with a B.A. in Sociology. She was a member of the Peer Counseling program for three years and also a charter member of Hartwick’s NAMI on Campus (National Alliance on Mental Illness). During her senior year of college, she interned at Opportunities for Otsego in their Violence Intervention Program planning events to educate the community about sexual assault. Morgan is now employed as a Case Manager at Rehabilitation Support Services in Albany, New York working with chronically mentally ill individuals. Maria Pita graduated from Hartwick College with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish. She worked as a Peer Counselor at Hartwick for two years and was a charter member of Hartwick’s NAMI on Campus (National Alliance on Mental Illness). After college graduation, she will continue her education at Long Island University with the goal of earning an M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Maria’s passion is to give back to others the way that others have given to her. Gary Robinson, LMHC is the Director of Counseling Services at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, a position he has held for over twenty years. His clinical specialties include stress management, mood and anxiety disorders and life coaching/mentoring. Gary holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and the State University of New York. He is the co-founder of P3 Mental Health Advisors (www.P3MentalHealth.com). P3 serves in a training and crisis management consulting role to Gap Year, Study Abroad, Experiential Education and Service Learning programs.

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Have you ever started a personal journal only to give up because you didn’t know what to write about? Have you ever wanted to keep a journal but didn’t know how to start? Well, The Daily Brew Journal might be just the thing for you! The authors have painstakingly created a 365-day template for writing about your thoughts and feelings as well as a nice mix of active, hands-on exercises to keep it interesting and to help you avoid “journal fatigue.” So, find a comfy chair, grab your favorite hot beverage, a good pen and start journaling! All proceeds donated to charity!  For our Press Release, click here.

Introducing David Tuttle, author of Tailpipe: A NASCAR Tale

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Tailpipe, is Dave Tuttle’s second novel, which continues in his unique writing style; what if everyone in a story has quirky sounding names, yet nobody finds it unusual. Puny isn’t funny, but we will still laugh on their behalf. As a self-proclaimed satirical humorist, Tuttle enjoys placing interesting characters with distinctive names in a storyline and then take the reader through a gambit of wonderful and emotional life experiences. Dave Tuttle is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and a retired Air Force veteran. He is a published author, lyricist and poet. Tuttle draws his characterizations from a lifetime in public relations to formulate his bizarre certainties; that to be genuine, you need to be unusual. My Favorite Proverb “Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused.”

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…always put your money into performance, not chrome tailpipes. “Tailpipe” is a humorous fictional story of a devoted son’s quest to fulfill his father’s dream and at the same time make his own mark in the world of professional stock car racing. The distinctive characters and satirical puns come at you at full speed, with the right blend of high-octane adventures and racecar lingo. Ride with Martin Aston in his Aston Martin as he accelerates through life’s learning curves and pursues his own dreams straightaway. Be there trackside as he handles some banking concerns and occasionally swerves below the yellow line for some romantic and unexpected pit stops. All of Tailpipe characters are quirky loose and oddly tight, but determined to steer their lives in the fast lane. So buckle up your witty seatbelt and get prepared to accelerate through this NASCAR (New Adventures of Silly Characters And Racecars) parody…the green flag is about to drop.

Introducing Bruce LaChance, author of Lost and Found In Alaska: A True Story of Survival and Miracles on Kodiak Island…and Elsewhere

“I felt I was in good hands from start to finish. It took me 55yrs to get this done, and you guys made it easy. Thank You.”

Now seventy-seven years old, Bruce LaChance divides his time between his summer home in Maine and his winter residence in Florida. Clean and sober since 1994, Mr. LaChance remains forever grateful to the HELP Program and Fellowship, as well as family and friends, for his ability to live, love, and enjoy life one day at a time. Self-diagnosed with dyslexia, he enlisted the help of friend and novelist Michael A. Milardo to write his story.

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In 1964, while serving as a radioman in the United States Navy on Kodiak Island, Alaska, twenty-one-year-old Joseph Bruce LaChance set out to hunt one of nature’s most fearsome creatures-a giant Kodiak brown bear. Expecting to return to the naval base after a three-day expedition, instead LaChance suddenly found himself lost in the wilderness for ten days without a compass, map, or any other means of guidance, while running out of food. With his chances for survival near zero, LaChance had only his undaunting perseverance and faith, both in himself and God, to overcome death’s odds. His struggle to survive, however, did not end on Kodiak Island. Thirty years later, he would face another life or death struggle while again lost and alone, but in a different kind of wilderness-alcoholism. LaChance’s miraculous story provides a profound lesson for us all, not only in how to survive, but to live our lives with love and dignity, at peace with both ourselves and what we conceive as our own Higher Power.

Introducing Joel S. Teig, author of Incipient Provocateur

“Working with my Author Representative made the whole process easier. She was on top of the situations I was facing.”

Joel Teig was born in 1947 and grew up in Connecticut during the 1950s and 1960s. He was intensely focused on the events of the day, from America’s first manned rocket launch, to the Vietnam War and everything in between. His fascination with history is the inspiration for this novel.

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Can One College Student Change His Country? Matt Lyons and Roger Makowski are both college freshmen with big dreams-Roger is pre-med, and Matt is interested in political science, but as the Vietnam War intensifies, both young men find themselves inextricably entangled in a dangerous time for America. Roger’s increasingly aggressive actions, in response to his plans for his future being thwarted, impedes him from even a limited role in society, leading him to become a disruptive force in a contentious anti-war group. Matt is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate that same anti-war group and interfere with their plans to disrupt the presidential election and America’s immersion in Vietnam. In this vivid epic, Roger and Matt collide with each other, as their fates play out against a backdrop of communist paranoia, the horrors of war and the emerging pacifist social movements. Incipient Provocateur is a compelling, unforgettable thrill ride through the hope, change, and dissent of the 1960s.

Introducing Cynthia A. Christman, author of Connect with Heaven: Talk to Angels, Contact Spirit, Spiritual Gifts

“My Author Representative was wonderful, especially patient with all my questions!”

Cynthia A. Christman discovered Spiritualism shortly before her husband passed in 2003. She soon realized the imaginary friends her disabled daughter talked to each evening were actually the spirits of deceased loved ones. Her first book, If You Plant Roses, You Don’t Get Carnations: An Introduction to Spiritualism, was published in 2008.

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We Can Talk with Our Loved Ones in Heaven! In her first message to me from her new world, my twin sister Terri described her transformation to spirit. “There was a swirl of energy surrounding me; my energy became encompassed and encased into that energy. It was a breath of the fresh air I had longed for, for so long. A weary soul was able to return home fulfilled.” We were all born with the innate ability to see and hear angels and the spirits of our deceased loved ones. We played with them. We talked with them. We were friends with them. Unfortunately, for most of us, the adults in our life didn’t remember their childhood friends. They told us that these beings were imaginary because they could no longer see or hear them. When we stopped talking to them, our friends went away. They were still around us; we just could not see or hear them anymore. And because we could not see or hear them, we accepted the mistaken belief that we need to see or hear something for it to exist. In Connect with Heaven: Talk to Angels, Contact Spirit, Spiritual Gifts, you will find methods to re-discover your lost gifts of communicating with angels and the deceased, along with dozens of riveting, first-hand accounts of spiritual experiences. What would you ask a loved one in Heaven? What would they tell you about their new world?