Introducing Jill West, author of Pumpkin

“My Author Representative was amazing and she went the extra mile. I would highly recommend her and Outskirts Press!”

Jill West spins a coming of age tale which follows two young girls as they grow into adulthood into a psychological thriller which will have you turning pages into the night. She grips the reader’s attention with rich character development and keep-you-guessing scenes. The author started her voracious reading journey at a young age and remains an avid book lover. She wrote her first short story in the third grade, later using the protagonist’s name for her only daughter. Jill resides in Vinton, Virginia with her husband of 26 years, and faithful Papillon, Mikey. Her daughter also lives in the area. In her first novel, Pumpkin, she achieves a life goal of writing a book she would want to read.

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Obsessive and hungover, Christina rouses herself from a night of partying at Claytor Lake in time for the cops to arrive. There has been an apparent drowning, and she is unfamiliar with the evening’s prior events. She must have blacked out-again. What she remembers is Lonnie’s ever-present security by her side. What she can’t forget is tearing apart Mel’s life and burning down her parent’s home. The Dark Maidens Society. Her mothers passing. Her Gran’s advice. What she expects is schlepping back into her daily routine of waitressing in a bakery and visiting Gran’s grave, drinking half the night and waking up to do it over again. What she couldn’t predict is the eye of the storm approaching her small-town Pulaski Virginia life. What she didn’t foresee is the unexplainable events occurring in her duplex, knowing she was being watched. She didn’t plan on falling in love with Jacob, being questioned by the police and finding out the drowning wasn’t an accident. What she didn’t expect was to be questioning her own thoughts, wondering if she was somehow involved.

Introducing Gary Palmer, author of The Five-Percent Minority: Chagrin Falls Revisited

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Gary Palmer graduated with a BSEd from Ohio University. He has written pieces for newspapers, the Navy Times and the American Academy of Health and Fitness. Gary is a former educator, coach, businessman, and local cable TV host. The author of four published books, he is also a Certified Personal Trainer.

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I will find a way or make one-Hannibal. In the summer of 1929, a few months before the Great Depression, a drama started to unfold in the quaint little village of Chagrin Falls, Ohio-a drama that would impact the lives of many people for nearly a century. The story begins with a teenager, Katherine Jones, and a horseman from the East, Kenneth Palmer. They soon married, opening the curtains on a dysfunctional marriage. Act one characterizes the couple’s lifestyle, which included drinking, infidelity and domestic abuse. Even with two young sons, the pattern of behavior continued. The horse training business often took them to Westbury, New York. It was there that Katherine Palmer became infatuated with a young unmarried man whose family owned the horses as well as a tavern. Act one draws to a close with an impulsive affair and an unexpected pregnancy. Act two brought Gary into the drama. Born in Chagrin Falls in 1940 at his maternal grandmother’s home with no birth certificate; Gary’s life was a catalyst for change. In the spring of 1947, like a slamming screen door, the Palmer family dissolved. The stage door opened for Gary, setting the scene for abandonment, poverty, a children’s home, and foster care. The final act concludes Gary’s tale of resiliency and character, striving for a life of his own. A search for identity in the face of adversity is the backdrop for this amazing story. Overcoming the odds at every stage of his life made Gary the strong and loving person he became.

Introducing Barbara A. Cefalu, author of The Adventures of Patty-Cat and Kittle

“My Author Representative has been my right hand support for several books. She is wonderful to work with and helpful in every way. I could not do without her. She always there to help, cheerful, smart, willing, and able. She’s the best!”

Barbara A. Cefalu is a musician/composer/author who has written several musicals and plays. Barbara lives with her cat, Puddy, in Florida.

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Somehow a lot of bumbling, bouncing sheep dogs, grouchy ants, peculiar squirrels, a baby mockingbird who fell from the nest and his mother won’t allow a rescue, plus Cousin Fred who is a trial to relatives, friends, and others, plus many residents of Katville, have crept into the story about Patty-Cat and Kittle. Angel is the loving mother of these tiny kittens and they all live together at 112 Liver Lane. A black widow spider, residing in the right hand corner of the living room ceiling, keeps a sarcastic running commentary on the kittens, while stuffing the new (one each day) husband into a web-ball, ready for disposal. (neat trick if you can do it) along with lots of other creatures, all trying to get along (or not) and Patty-Cat and Kittle are in the midst of it all. Mr. Billy-Bob-Tom-Cat is a temporary villain (but we hope that changes). Of course, there are the kitten’s close friends, Chester, a white butterball who claims he needs his three-squares a day, nicknamed ‘Fat-Chester’, and Susie, a sweet little Siamese kitten who’s terrified of Mr. Billy-Bom-Ton-Cat. Patty-Cat is the stay-at-home kitten who likes to cook and bake things while her sister, Kittle, is the adventurer, who goes out into the world and has strange experiences. Something big, purple, and frightening plops down in their backyard, (possibly a space traveler). The neighborhood cats in considering all the terrible things Cousin Fred did and all the distressing results, were inspired to send Cousin Fred to music school. The proverb “Music hath charms to sooth the savage beast” may apply … let’s hope it works for Cousin Fred. Considering all the characters who run amuck in The Adventures of Patty-Cat and Kittle you might want to read the book and see what all the excitement’s about.

Introducing Maureen Chaffin, author of The Last Week: An in-depth explanation of Mosaic Law and the cultural dynamics surrounding the Atonement, Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus

“My Author Representative was very professional in her work. She was a joy to work with, and so patient with me. It was a privilege.”

Maureen Chaffin was a private music and art teacher before returning to college. She graduated from Colorado Christian University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree, then from Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies (Chicago) in 2013 with her Master of Science degree. Maureen is a published illustrator, thrives on doing research, and greatly enjoys public speaking.

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Jesus was a Jew. This book details the last days of Christ’s life, his death and resurrection; with commentary on those events as given from the historical perspective of biblical Jewish practices and beliefs. The Last Week describes the city of Jerusalem and the Temple, explains Levites and priests, various rituals, the Last Supper, koshering, the bitter gall, the sponge and vinegar, crucifixion, symbolism of Christ’s blood, who Pilate and Herod were, the Holy Ghost, Day of Preparation, High Sabbath, Roman flogging, why Christ called his mother Woman, why Jesus died and resurrected when he did, Jewish burial customs, Passover/seder, and much, much more.

Introducing Sarah Sebring Binder, author of Dreaming of a White Christmas

“My Author Representative was prompt in responding to any questions I had. Easy to work with! And very encouraging!”

Sarah Sebring Binder has been an educator for more than 40 years. She shared her love of reading, writing and storytelling with her students. She continues to play with children in Caterpillar Club and Plant Pals. When she is not writing, she loves to garden, dance, fiddle, travel and quilt.

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If you believe, it can happen – with a little help. According to Grandma, it’s always a white Christmas at the cabin. And that has been Michael’s experience for the last eight years. This year, there’s no snow and the forecast does not look promising. Grandma is sure it will snow. And Michael wants to believe it will, but just in case Michael has a plan – a backup plan. Grandpa knows all about it. They’ve been working in the garage. Together the two of them plan to make some magic. Some years it takes a lot of imagination, a little bit of ingenuity, and some hard work. With a little help from Grandpa – it can happen. Be a believer like Grandma, Grandpa and Michael.

Introducing Nilayan Basu, author of Whispers of Love in a Tearful World: The Yin of Human Strife, the Yang of Human Love

“I reached out to Outskirts Press for my second book. To me the entire process was completely transparent with no surprises. I had full visibility of the status from the author’s page assigned to me. The Outskirts Team had different people to guide me with the next steps, and each of them was very prompt, thorough and clear in the communications while addressing my queries and concerns. No time was wasted moving from one step to the next. The best experience was during the design of the cover picture and finding the suitable title of the book. They suggested several options for the title and each of these reflected the book content more aptly than what my initial expectations were. I am impressed with their quality service and professionalism. My book has just been published so I have not yet been able to leverage the marketing services completely, but the marketing coaching emails I have started receiving are truly educative. From my experience during the last few months, I have good reason to believe that Outskirts Press will continue to be an attractive and feasible option for new authors like me.”

Nilayan Basu’s love of photographing nature and traveling to exotic places is apparent in his writing. His first book, Ornate Wanders, is a collection of short stories based on real places and circumstances but colored by imagination. Nilayan lives in the Silicon Valley, California, with his lovely family.

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Enjoy vivid descriptions of nature, and memories blended with imagination and imagery from the author’s personal photo collections in this fanciful new short story collection! Some say that whenever we see or hear something, it is permanently etched in our brains. Sometimes memories return to haunt us, sometimes to amuse us, and sometimes to make us laugh. Sometimes what we see or hear appears in our dreams, obscured and blended with other memories or fantasies. Neuroscience is complex, and the wonders of the human mind are amazing. Nilayan Basu brings this concept to life in his new short story collection. In “Whispers of Love in Tearful World,” the tales are imaginary but have distinct ties to real-world events. The natural tendency of the human spirit to seek peace forms the core of Nilayan’s soothing, eloquent prose.

Introducing Gil Alligood, author of The Quiet War

“My Author Representative was helpful, cordial and effective. I appreciate her suggestions abut publishing.”

Gil Alligood retired as a consulting engineer and began writing novels. He also retired as a pilot and colonel in the United States Air Force. He flew into many nations and in several areas of military conflict. His sensitivity to the losses of life in wars inspired him to develop the concept of the quiet war. He is a Christian, teaches Sunday school, and uses those principles in the conduct of his characters, particularly Craig and Kitty. They are always concerned about the morality of their actions and the effect on people. He still flies his Piper Arrow airplane. He and his wife use it for pleasure and travel. Previous novels he has published are, The Devil’s Pace, Dark Paths to Light, Team Alpha, and Firsthand Knowledge.

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A major disaster at JFK Airport in New York killed people and destroyed aircraft. It alarmed the nation, but also emphasized the necessity to eliminate any opportunity for cyber hackers to control computers and any digital systems in use anywhere. President of the United States, Ray Gill, had appointed Craig Johnson as Secretary of the Treasury, and his wife Kitty Johnson as the chief analyst in the department. Hacks into various financial records, and the theft of funds from various company investment accounts further emphasized opportunities for physical disaster as well as major financial crimes that could even devastate the economy of nations. After completing his second term as president of the United States, Ray Gill partnered with Craig and Kitty to develop a company, Magneticus. They created innovative software and hardware that could control any cyber system anywhere. They developed systems that could amplify sound waves and sunlight and direct them at any electrical system and destroy its ability to function. In retribution for actions of Russia, Iran and North Korea, the United States hacked and entered their communication systems that demonstrated the capability to control rogue country intentions. This novel is a work of fiction. It introduces scientific concepts in a science fiction mode that offer real possibilities for development.