Introducing C. Gary Johnston, author of Secrets Unused

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C. Gary Johnston has a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Before a successful career as a business executive, Johnston worked as an advertising copywriter. Secrets Unused is his debut novel. He and his wife live in suburban St. Louis.

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Many would say that Dr. Michael O’Byrne has it all. With a beautiful, smart, if somewhat snobbish wife, a loving young daughter, a successful practice, and an elegant home in the burbs, his life seems perfect. But his cushy existence is suddenly threatened when mysterious emails begin arriving from a woman from his past. A woman he last saw at a class reunion years ago who now wants to meet him-at a very odd place and time. Intrigued, Michael welcomes the private diversion, and takes the emails at face value, purposely avoiding a serious search as to who, or even what, is really behind them. Knowing the magnitude of the risk, he formulates a credible plan and alibi to justify his absence. But at the last minute, problems arise, suspicious things, warning, perhaps, that Michael should call the whole thing off. But no. If his escalating guilt and apprehension can’t stop him, nothing can. Finally the long-awaited day arrives-a day when nothing but the unexpected occurs and one Michael wishes would both end and continue. And when it’s over, one thing is certain. This day in June will live secretly in his mind forever. Twists, surprises, deceptions, revenge-Secrets Unused has them all. With this psychological tour de force, a bookmark may not be necessary. Because putting it down might not be possible…

Introducing Charles Sacchetti, author of Knowing He’s There: True Stories of God’s Subtle Yet Unmistakable Touch

“My Author Representative was a joy to work with. She was very responsive to all of my requests and communicated in a very timely fashion.”

Charlie Sacchetti was born in 1947 and raised in a tightly knit, working-class neighborhood in southwest Philadelphia. Here he learned right from wrong, a strong work ethic, and the importance of standing by your word, your family, and your friends. He earned a baseball scholarship to Temple University, graduating in 1969. After a brief stint in professional baseball, Charlie returned to the university and was employed there for thirteen years. In 1983, he began his current career in industrial chemical sales. In May of 2016, he submitted the commentary piece entitled Getting in the Game, which was published in The Philadelphia Inquirer on Mother’s day. One month later, his piece, Getting the Message, was submitted and published on Father’s day in the Courier-Post. The idea of publishing his first book of essays, It’s All Good: Times and Events I’d Never Want to Change, was born from hearing many requests to do so, from friends and strangers alike. That book was published in July of 2017.

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Do you know that you’ve been touched? In 2017, soon after the author published his first book, It’s All Good: Times and Events I’d Never Want To Change, he had a feeling that there was more to be done. While attending mass one Sunday, he realized that God was doing the nudging. Clearly, it was time to write Knowing He’s There: True Stories of God’s Subtle Yet Unmistakable Touch, a book highlighting how our loving God demonstrates His presence in our lives. The author writes of experiences through which one can see God’s influence, as these twenty-five essays are presented in ways that are solemn, humorous, and heartwarming. Throughout this work, his strong relationships with family, friends, and the influences of his ethnic heritage and religious, middle-class upbringing are obvious. Before the writing began, it became apparent that God had touched the author’s life in many ways, often quite subtly. He reasoned that God wanted him to discover the source of these blessings for himself by raising his awareness. This book is written with the hope that readers will at least consider God’s possible influence on their lives, both in the past and in the present … not to mention the future.

Introducing Wynsome Peters, author of Unlikely

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Wynsome Peters holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies. Currently, she resides in San Antonio, Texas surrounded by family and a cat who doesn’t know his name. Unlikely is her debut novel.

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When Nate discovers that there are people trying to steal ideas from the company where his dad is employed, he jumps at the chance to uncover them. Yes, he doesn’t have any detective experience and yes, they are criminals (per se) and might be dangerous; he can handle it. Won’t his dad be impressed when he grabs the perps unless the perps nab him first. He faces more to lose than just dignity. He has put himself plus his best friend Zachary, who got dragged into this in a dangerous situation. The outcome may not be what either of them want.

Introducing WYN, author of Great Americans on Stage

“My Author Representative was a great help in getting through a long and difficult book project.”

WYN is the pseudonym for Irwin Shishko, an “old scribe” who has penned countless words as a Wall Street economist, medical research commentator, political analyst, and author of poems and plays. A Florida resident, WYN and his wife, Renee have just celebrated their 68th anniversary, still inspired by friends, music, and ballroom dance.

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Three Fascinating History Plays. If you are a theater aficionado, you know how unusual it is to encounter plays which illuminate key figures in American history. That’s one reason for the huge appeal of the Hip-Hop Hamilton musical on Broadway. Outside that musical genre, this trilogy of “Great Americans on Stage” is a sterling addition to the repertoire of fine drama-works about our early heroes. It offers exciting, intimate, and revealing portraits of three great Americans: “Light Horse Harry” Lee, Alexander Hamilton, and Abraham Lincoln. Two of these dramas – the Light Horse Harry and Alexander Hamilton plays – lean towards realistic story-telling, though most of the sparkling dialogue had to be invented. By contrast, the Lincoln play is built around an imaginary encounter between a young Quaker “war-resister” and the President-elect en route to his inauguration, and crucial decisions on the eve of the Civil War. Whether founded mainly on actual history, or on the author’s imaginative theatrical concept, all of these plays are rich in insight about their lead characters, and the events of the period in which these eminent men are so vitally involved. We’ve probably said enough to suggest the beguiling character of this all-American play collection – a trilogy you are apt to find as edifying as it is entertaining.

Introducing Terry Thompson, Ph.D., author of The Issues of the Day

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Dr. Terry Thompson is a retired Central Intelligence Agency research psychologist who spent the bulk of his career with the agency’s super-secret Office of Security. Prior to his employment in intelligence, he was a New York City police officer attached to the South Bronx. He was also a child care director at a Catholic Charities home for dependent and neglected children. In retirement, he lectures in various security disciplines. His prior publications include three books: A Cop’s Justice, a novel, Why Espionage Happens, a work of non-fiction based on more than ten years of research into espionage committed by the trusted insider and Common Sense Psychology: Common Sense Living a non-fiction book which attempts to apply basic psycho-social concepts to everyday issues and living.

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The Issues of the Day addresses long-standing problems we currently face in the U.S. culture. It attacks the shibboleths that are so common and make thoughtful analysis difficult, if not impossible. Issues such as immigration, police shooting and unconscious bias, to name a few, are dissected through a different lens. It focuses less on right versus wrong and more on a sense of proportionality, which tends to be lacking in today’s discussions. The author employs hundreds of reliable footnotes to achieve authenticity and states clearly when he is offering an opinion rather than objective data. This book is meant to discuss the “other” side of issues which are frequently censored through subtle, if not outright ostracizing. The emphasis is NOT on moral judgment but rather on advisability-i.e. does a policy or practice produce desirable outcomes for the people it is intended to help? Often, but not always, these policies are either unproductive or counterproductive. The author analyzes the chosen topics through the prism of effectiveness, not moral judgment.

Introducing Carol Creager, author of Hanging by My Toes

“I am so pleased with my Author Representative. What a great experience!”

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

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A true story of a baby sloth rescued from the ground. He is being cared for until he is old enough to live in the wild.

Introducing Robert H. Dunkle, author of Ninety and Nine Plus One: Messages from God’s Word – Plain and Simple

“I highly recommend Outskirts Press to anyone who wishes to be published. This is my first book and I will use OP for my next book. My Author Representative was a great person to work with. She encouraged me to keep moving forward when I was dragging my feet on getting my book published. She was always helpful and returned my emails promptly. The staff in other departments were just as helpful and professional in their service.”

Robert Dunkle earned his degree in religion and was licensed to preach in 2005. He preached and taught at a Bible college in India, and continues to write messages to be broadcast over an Indian satellite TV station from Richmond, Virginia, where he lives with his wife.

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When Robert Dunkle received an opportunity to preach God’s Word to the people of India via short-wave radio, he jumped at the chance. The messages he delivered were translated into two of India’s main languages and recorded by an Indian pastor to be aired in 15-minute radio spots for each language once a week. Ninety and Nine Plus One is a compilation of these uplifting spiritual messages broadcast on Indian radio in order to spread God’s word throughout the world! All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (II Timothy 3:16 KJV)