Introducing Robert D. Easton, author of Sailing Around the World In 300 Days

“I have just written my fourth book entitled Sailing Around the World in 300 Days: The Last World Cruise of the Yankee Trader. This was my first experience writing a book electronically since I had no cell phone or computer knowledge. So I bought a cell phone and with the patient help of my Author Rep and some hard working and patient local librarians in Sacramento, we were finally able to complete the book in late August. My book is an attempt to recapture some of the places and names from bygone days. It will be an enjoyable read for everyone who likes ships, oceans and travel.”

Robert D. Easton is a native of the state of Washington. He earned two liberal arts degrees from Central Washington State College at Ellensburg, Washington and has done postgraduate work at colleges in California. Even though classified as a veteran of the Korean War, he served only in Europe and in Stateside army posts as a teletype operator and message center clerk for the U.S. Army Signal Corps during 1953 and 1954. At various periods in his life, he has worked as a custodian, section hand, truck driver, newspaper reporter, schoolteacher, technical writer, landscape technician, parks maintenance worker, nurseryman, salesman, public school classified employee, warehouseman, and computer assembler. His latest employment is serving as foster grandparent in an elementary school in Sacramento California. His article, about Jack London, placed 22nd (out of 100) in the 1974 Writer’s Digest Article Contest. He has written nonfiction articles for Air California, National Humane Review, Horse and Rider, Sacramento Magazine, and Good Old Days magazines. The Hibiscus Press (In A Nutshell) of Sacramento, California, has published four of his short stories. In May, 1978, he published a book of nostalgia entitled Tales from the Palouse Country and in 2004, a memoir entitled Beyond the Palouse. In 2009, he wrote a paperback entitled, Cobwebs, Echoes, and Footprints. He lives in Sacramento and has four grown children and six grandchildren.

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This book is a narration, written by the author, about a 31,000 nautical mile circumnavigation of the globe by the ship, Yankee Trader. In the early days of February 1979, Easton embarked on this voyage joined by approximately 75 other passengers, plus about 20 crew members. During this 300-day adventure, the Trader visited 61 ports and sailed the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans as well as the Caribbean sea. Yankee Trader, on this, its last trip, also crossed the Equator four times, the International dateline, and the Greenwich meridian once each. This was largely an island hopping voyage, enjoyed by many in the group who were engaged in the exploration, fishing, scuba and skin diving, meeting Islanders, savoring other cultures, and sailing into many beautiful sunsets.

“Avast, me hearties, let us splice the mainbrace, raise our glasses high and shout hurrah for the everlasting majesty and glory of the tall ships.” – Robert D. Easton, author

Introducing Bryan Dow, author of Please Leave A Light On

“Those that I worked with were overall great.”

A consumer of mental health services for twenty-five years Bryan Dow was born in western NY, raised and lived in southeastern WI for close to forty years and now resides outside of El Paso, TX with his wife and two dogs. Bryan also enjoys writing outdoor action adventure and sci-fi stories.

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A Turbulent Journey Through Mental Illness. Stricken with a mental illness at the common stage in life where dreams and career possibilities surface, this book is about a young to middle-aged man named Bryan who faced rejection in a handful of career paths ultimately feeling pressured from within to become his own boss. Furthermore, this book takes the reader on a voyage of earning academic success, witnessing the ups and downs of those close to him as well as the healthcare bureaucracy, and experimenting with love though sometimes shallow. In retrospect Bryan concluded that, besides earning two degrees after his diagnosis, his work or informal training under a Vietnam veteran for just over six seasons at a public golf course had the most profound effect on him discovering manhood. Sacrifices were made. Friends and family were both negatively affected by this maddening illness that first exploded in Washington D.C. Bryan’s marriage is very symbiotic, but it never would have worked without his wife’s toughness learned and experienced while serving in the military for ten years. She demonstrates great skill in dealing with the adversity in their marriage.

Introducing Natasha Spellman, author of A Pocketbook of Hope: Remaining Hopeful Through Hard Times

“My Author Rep was great throughout the process. Response time was excellent.”

Dr. Natasha B. Spellman has worked in the education and human service fields for over 20 years. During her career, Natasha’s most enjoyable role has been encouraging others as they faced challenging situations. Through professional and personal experiences, Natasha has found that showing empathy and kindness often influences one’s decision to hold on to hope and move toward one’s goals.

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A storm cloud may be hanging over your life now, but if you hold on and exercise your faith, you’ll be able to walk in victory. Your survival depends on holding on to HOPE! We all have moments when we question what is happening in our lives. No matter how strong your faith, there are days when you feel like no one understands how or why you feel the way you do. A Pocketbook of Hope will provide courage during periods of change, trials, and uncertainty by helping you turn your attention toward thoughts and actions that will get you back on track. The book contains four parts relating to the phases associated with the storms of life that may cause feelings of hopelessness. Part One contains several writings that relate to thoughts and feelings you experience when a storm first hits. The writings in Part Two relate to maintaining faith. In Part Three, the storm is beginning to end, and it is critical to continue on your path to victory. Part Four describes how to transition from feeling trapped to being a survivor. With God’s help, we can navigate the storms, stay dry in the rain, watch the sun peek through the clouds, and eventually see clearly again!

Introducing Margaret Watkins, author of Trans-Planted: a series of short stories

“This was my fourth book to be published with Outskirts Press. My author representatives have been fabulous! My computer skills are limited, my OS seriously out-of-date, and each book with photographs or sketches or custom covers that required extra time and effort on Outskirts part. They delivered great books as promised!”

Margaret Watkins is a transplanted Southerner. By that she means a sweet southern belle who has maintained her roots firmly planted in Mississippi red clay while losing her heart to the sagebrush plains of Idaho.

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Margaret Watkins grew up on a small cotton farm in far northeast Mississippi. When she and her husband moved to a dilapidated ranch in the Sawtooth Mountains of central Idaho, the transition from belle to cowgirl had many bumps along the way. There is humor and tragedy, drama and hubris in these pages. Adaptation! That is the way to flourish after being transplanted.

Introducing T.K. Kohl, author of Quest of the Staff and the Sword, II: Quoin Ataraxis

“I want to thank Jami for all the help she’s given. Jamie has helped me with my book and has been a tremendous help. The process was smooth. If she didn’t know an answer to the question she was quick to get an answer for me. Thank you.”

T.K. Kohl has a bachelor’s degree from Logos Christian College. Much of his life has been spent working in the technical field and customer service. He is the proud father of two adult sons, whom he considers his greatest accomplishments. In his spare time, he enjoys bringing the world of his imagination to life through fiction.

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The Balance of Power Tilts Toward Darkness…In this compelling second installment of the Quest of the Staff and the Sword saga, John’s quest continues as he searches for understanding of his purpose. John used Luke’s confidence in his power to build the castle on Olivet. Although Luke’s control was tenuous, with control of the world’s media, he was able to convince the world that they were in danger from Luke’s nemesis, known only as “the hooded man.” The hooded man has information that can destroy Luke. Luke allowed the hooded man to take control of the castle, knowing he had the full power of the world’s military at his disposal. Luke will attempt to use this power not only to destroy the hooded man, but also to immobilize the people of the world with chains of control. Luke is prepared to wreak havoc on the world if he must, in order to retain his power. If Luke goes to extremes, a terrible change will overtake the world-a change that could return the world to the Dark Ages. John must protect the Jedidiah family, along with their friends-and he must inspire their trust to join him on his quest. As Luke’s darkness grows in him and the fate of the world trembles in the balance, John must establish the foundation of peace, save those who wish to be saved, and assure those around him that all will be well in Quoin Ataraxis

Introducing Kate J. Doucet, author of Just One Voice: A book on Vocal Sustainability & Injury Prevention

“Overall, I would recommend publishing with Outskirts Press to anyone. The time it took from having a dream to write a book to holding one in my hands is just fantastic. My author rep Colleen was really friendly. The quality of my book is amazing. I love the smooth soft matte feel. The process to edit is fantastic and extremely thorough. The price of publishing was really good and the quality of the product is seriously better than I could have imagined. All in all, an amazing publishing company. Great printing speed. Great shipping. Great price.”

Kate J. Doucet has been a professional performer for the past 10 years working in theatre shows and cover bands. After achieving teaching qualifications in ISTD dance, she landed a career as a singer where her journey began. Kate held many positions within entertainment both as a singer and dancer, where she developed a wide knowledge of the requirements both within the expectations of the job and the demands it has on the voice. Health and fitness became more relevant as her career progressed, leading her to study the vocal benefits from living a well-balanced lifestyle. Her desire to share her experience inspired Kate to write and she hopes it will help others who love to sing stay healthy.

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Mucus? Dry throat? Tired cords? Let’s fix that! Ever been completely overwhelmed with vocal information and find it difficult to separate myth from fact? Stop the guessing game and let this easy to read guide by Kate J. Doucet pave the way to successfully sustaining your voice and prevent injury. Through her personal experiences as a professional singer, the highs and the lows of her own vocal health and information supported by medical and vocal experts you can refer to this book time and time again, whether or not you are a vocalist experiencing issues. While covering some of the most fundamental singer tips and tricks, the book also covers a range of unspoken factors which influence the health of your voice, including the alkaline diet for singers, medication insight and performance dos and don’ts.

Introducing R. E. Daniels, author of Conversations with a Wild Man

“The personnel I worked with at Outskirts press did exceptional work! Their ability to educate and assist the inexperienced author was truly remarkable. I’m so pleased I went with Outskirts!”

R. E. (Bob) Daniels was born and raised in the Black Hills of Wyoming, and he served six years in the United States Navy. He has traveled the world as a professional investigator in the engineering field for nearly three decades. Bob now lives in Iowa with his lovely wife, Kyle Ann, and is a father of five and a grandfather of five, along with all the unofficially adopted editions that call their place home. Conversations With a Wild Man is his debut novel.

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“All great truths begin as blasphemies.” -George Bernard Shaw. Spend a week with Cowboy, an experienced investigator who applies his unique skills and powers of observation to areas outside his profession in order to answer some of society’s most difficult questions. Through his travels, conversations, circumstances, and recollections, we recognize the wide gap between the ideas posed by religion and common sense as Cowboy poses the big questions: What are God’s intentions? What is the secret of happiness? The purpose of life? Unlike many, Cowboy unflinchingly receives the answers while breaching the limitations of theology, and while his circular logic and common sense will likely be disputed, they cannot be denied. Cowboy’s insight comes full circle to an understanding that life is not about all the things we are trying to acquire, but about all the things we are willing to let go of.