Introducing David “Bill” Verhines, author of Super Thunderbird

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David, or “Bill,” Verhines had experienced academic success, journalistic success, and even Charismatic success. In this single, powerful volume he devises a way to understand everything in terms of a life-satisfying worldview. Now, having drawn the attention of a startling cryptid companion in the process, “Bill” now wishes to share his perspective with the church, family, friends, neighbors, and any companion who might listen — be that companion cryptid or otherwise.”

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I am not the sort of person who goes out of his way looking for encounters with cryptid creatures. I have no interest in believing they are real. I never had any desire to encounter one. Until something appeared right in front of me on an Interstate highway. After experiencing several plateaus in my life, the truck-driving rhythm of the road has afforded me a lot of time to reflect on my life, my experience, and how to understand reality. My hours of contemplation led me to construct a worldview that emphasized the importance of a “bipedal” existence as a tie-in with all of life — Christian life, in particular. I had a “driver’s seat, front-row” experience with the largest bipedal event in all of human history. Applying my endeavors to this newfound-jet-airliner-winged dinosaur has led me to several startling new insights. The purpose of this book is to share these insights with you.

Introducing Dr. John (Satchmo) Mannan, author of The Pearls of Love

“My author representative was great. Plain and simple.”

John “Satchmo” Mannan is the nom de plume or nom de guerre, if you will, of Dr. Mujib Mannan retired Professor of the American Experience law, literature and history at the College of New Rochelle, University of the Virgin Islands and other university venues for nearly 30 years. The author is an educator, lawyer, historian, poet, short storyteller, essayist, jazz musician, marketing consultant and executive director of an affordable housing initiative in Harlem. Born in Harlem, the author has written several books, including Cultural Imperialism, The History of the Harlem Mosque, The Legend of Lute, Tales of the Nightingale, The Arabic Words in the English Language. His poetry is in several anthologies, but under an earlier nom de plume John McRae, including Ghetto 68, We Be Word Sorcerers, Three Hundred Sixty Degrees of Blackness, etc. and on other venues such as the African Sun Times, Living City, The Thinker. under the name Mujib Mannan. His peace Haiku have been chosen for inclusion in the city of Philadelphia “Peace Project” and his Jazz C.D. “Ten O’clock Jazz” was released December 2014 by New Savoy Records.”

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Those who love. Those who have loved. Those who will love and for all who dare to dream of love. The poems in this book were born on nights when the eyes of my beloved were like songs, and the perfume of our love pursued the midnight air. When the rising sun embraced the moon and our love did not disappear, we discovered that our kisses had become stories and stars in the Land of Nod. Nod is where music retires after it is played, and where night calls a moment of its passing a day. Here, dreams recline on chaises waiting to whisper their tales into the hearts of readers and nightingales.

Introducing Forest Riggs, author of GALVESTON: Memories & Related Stories

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Forest Riggs is one of the original co-creators and contributors to OutSmart Magazine. He has contributed to numerous other publications including This Week in Texas, The Houston Press, Ranger Rick Magazine, The Texas Triangle, Catholic Herald and Guideposts Magazine, as well as many newspapers and journals in Texas, California and the U.S. Virgin Islands. His popular column Reflections and Recollections, appeared monthly for many years in Houston’s holistic magazine The Uptown Express. Since 2015 he has written a twice-monthly column in Houston’s Montrose Star. “Across the Causeway” has become a popular and well-received chronicle of life on Galveston Island. Mr. Riggs, a wildlife biologist and educator has taught for the National Wildlife Federation and in both public and private schools in the U.S. and abroad. He has presented programs in educational settings, libraries and civic meetings as well as participating in several theatre projects. Mr. Riggs currently resides in Galveston, Texas where he keeps busy writing, gardening, fishing, home restoration, cooking and entertaining friends. Cover Photo: Billy G. Hill

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A galloping romp through the memories and stories of a man who has held a colorful relationship with Galveston Island since his very early years. From first-hand stories told to him by the direct descendant of an enslaved woman bought and sold in Galveston, and the heart-wrenching memories of a 1900 storm survivor, to the hilarious adventures he and his brother shared while spending summers on the island with paternal grandparents. Raconteur Riggs has woven a rich tapestry of tales and memories of the magical island, including early history, pirates, slavery, gambling, natural history, hurricanes, love, loss, ghosts and a myriad of other topics. Sharing from his personal adventures, Riggs takes the reader on a roller coaster journey through emotions that run the gamut of human experiences, and all associated with the tiny island in the Gulf of Mexico. A must read for those who enjoy adventure, romance and pure fun, as told through the memories of a young boy, adolescent and adult who has held strong to every piece of a Galveston story that became part of his life.

Introducing J.T. Dossett, author of Secrets of the Black Tupelo

“In this part of my life I have discovered that I am wired for telling my stories and the stories of others. Thank you for helping me achieve these efforts. “

J.T. (Jim Dossett) has experienced life from many angles and he has tapped his observations and imagination to create seven fictional novels over the past nine years. He lives in East Tennessee with his wife, Brenda.

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Welcome to Jim Crow’s stomping grounds. Mona Mason Jackson was born into a life of cradle-to-grave poverty, in a dirt-poor shack. Times were tough all over during that period. But life on the Yazoo Delta during the Great Depression exacted prodigious hardships from the desperately poor victims of Jim Crow. At the death of her worthless father, Mona, thirteen years old, is left to raise her two younger sisters. Labeled “white trash,” she is scorned by neighbors with the exception of a black woman and her family. Surrounded by a sea of hate and ignorance, Mona manages to keep a tight grasp on her innate goodness and adopts an abandoned black baby. Her act of kindness is spurned by the overwhelming racist populace and she discovers that her life, the lives of her family, and anyone associated with them are in grave danger. Long term victims of abject racism, black neighbors, and an officer of the law from the Mississippi Band of Choctaws, empathize deeply with her plight, along with artist, Yael Hollander who hails from New York. Yael is persecuted for being a Jew, as her ancestors have suffered for eons. She chronicles this story with a paintbrush and a pen.

BEYOND PIPE DREAMS AND PLATITUDES: Insights on Love, Luck, and Narcissism from a Longtime Psychologist

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Dr. Geraldine K. Piorkowski is a retired clinical psychologist who received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since then, she has worked in a variety of academic and clinical settings for over fifty years. Besides holding the position of Chair of the Psychology Department at Roosevelt University, Chicago, she was also on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago; the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark and the Northwestern Medical School in Chicago. In addition, she was director of the counseling centers at two large, urban universities in Chicago. She is the author of many psychological articles and two books on romantic love: Too Close for Comfort: Exploring the Risks of Intimacy and Adult Children of Divorce: Confused Love Seekers. Currently, she is on the local Board of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and lives in Chicago with her husband of 61 years.

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What to do when popular culture leads up astray. In this eye-opening collection of essays, Dr. Geraldine K. Piorkowski shares what she learned working with people from different socioeconomic levels, races, sexual orientations, and walks of life. Besides reaffirming that all people are fundamentally the same, she discovered many psychological realities that run counter to popular culture. Among her insights is the observation that positive thinking does more harm than good at times, especially when it bypasses the normal processing of negative events and emotions. Another cultural misdirection is the overemphasis on romantic love as the be-all and end-all of existence, where unrealistic expectations lead to love’s downfall. She also notes that unhealthy narcissism, which runs rampant in American culture, is quite different from the healthy variety that is the bedrock of self-love. These illuminating and provocative essays, titled 1) Positive Thinking Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be, 2) When Is Madness Better than Sadness? 3) Romantic Love Is Mostly an Illusion, 4) Vulnerable People Are More Likable than Super-Confident Ones, 5) You Can’t Make Anybody Do Anything, 6) Luck or Chance Has Been Badly Underrated, 7) A Smidgen of Narcissism Adds Joy and Spice to Life, and 8) Empathy and Healthy Religion Go Hand in Hand, all provide a new understanding of psychological health and well-being.

Introducing Christopher B. Soltis, author of Return to Spirit

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Born and raised in the suburbs of New Jersey, Chris has always followed his heart in performing, writing and recording music on his own and with his band enjoy! He has an unmatched zest for life and infinitely curious about the universe. He is a Certified Financial Planner registrant, certified to teach Vinyasa yoga, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist. Chris’ passions include traveling, paddleboarding, golf, skiing, biking, New York Yankees baseball, the beach and spending time with family and friends as well as making new ones. He is eternally devoted to the discipline and philosophy of yoga. Chris believes in every person’s unlimited potential and views humanity as an evolutionary and creative process in which we are all active participants and equally connected to something much bigger.

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Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. We are all born with different circumstances and opportunities and learn from our mistakes and experiences. The knowledge and wisdom gained are invaluable and make us stronger in mind, body and Spirit. Chris details navigating obstacles of alcohol and drug abuse, severe depression, heart break and loss from a long term relationship, being near bankruptcy and just about wanting to “throw in the towel” altogether. The only way out is through. This book gives his personal account of spontaneous Kundalini awakening, which is the physiological mechanism of union of mind, body and Spirit. Through a disciplined approach to wellness, yoga and self-inquiry on such topics relating to Spirit, yoga, culture, society, history, philosophy, psychology, relationships, religion, freedom, genetics, evolution, mathematics, numerology, science, energy, astrology, love, paradise, eternity, consciousness and the universe; Chris established the connection with the subtle body through his energy centers (chakras). His story is there to assist any reader in making the same connection and progressing on the path of spiritual growth and development.

Introducing Diane Dettmann, author of Madison: Cricket of the Valley

“My Author Representative is awesome. I have been fortunate to have her support and expertise that helped me get my recent book, Madison, published as well as several other books that I had published through Outskirts Press. She is an excellent representative.”

Diane Dettmann is the author of the award-winning WWII trilogy Courageous Footsteps. She is also the author of Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal and coauthor of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants. She has also written articles for the national Women’s Voices for Change organization in New York City. Learn more at http://www.outskirtspress.com/madison

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A FASCINATING AND ENTERTAINING STORY OF NATURE VERSUS HUMANS. Madison loves spending his evenings roaming the bluff with his camel cricket friends. However, everything changes when Stanley and Edith Grubner move into the house above the crickets’ cave. Madison Cricket of the Valley engages and entertains readers with its themes of acceptance, tolerance and nature versus humans. “A delightful story that will take you back in time and may just have you cheering for the cricket family!” —Colleen Baldrica, author of TREE SPIRITED WOMAN. “I remember first hearing the story of Madison when Diane read parts in my second-grade classroom where I was a student. Stories like this, along with Diane’s wellspring of imagination, have inspired me and countless other former students in our own creative pursuits. I feel deeply satisfied and proud to see Madison’s story join the excellent repertoire of Diane’s creative work.” —John Fournelle, former second grader, class of 1994-1995. “This charming tale takes place in the laid-back time frame of the nineteen sixties and shows how happy little brown crickets learn to live successful lives in the home of two unknowing but accommodating humans. Told in a delightful way, readers cheer for the crickets amid many attempts to destroy them. Good lesson in live and let live.” —Gloria VanDemmeltraadt, author of the Deep Lake Mysteries

Introducing Linzie Melgreen, author of Even Beavers Can Be Heroes

“The first time through the process was quite educational. My Author Representative was a big help.”

Linzie Claire Melgreen is an Arizona State University MS grad, a career social worker, and a blogger. Her blog Zsmisadventures.com publishes a short story every Sunday, showcasing the importance of family, friends, and humor in coping with the whimsical adventures of everyday life. Linzie has had a lifelong interest in storytelling, inspired partly by her great aunt, young-adult fiction writer Ann Rinaldi. Even Beavers Can Be Heroes had its start as a story that eight-year-old Linzie wrote to read to her plush animal “students” when playing “teacher.” When she grew up and began working with neglected and abused children and their foster families, she adapted the story to share a message of camaraderie, love, and the benefits of learning from a foster family. Linzie saw that the children who enter foster care, and even those who find forever homes, usually have little more than a paper bag full of their belongings. With these children in mind, Linzie has decided that for every book sold, one will be donated to a child entering foster care, to give them something that is unequivocally theirs and to encourage their growth within the foster family system.

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When a Busy Beaver . . . Isn’t! Eager Beaver is the best builder in his forest community. His friends and family rely on his talent and skill. But one day, Eager doesn’t want to get out of bed . . . and he says he doesn’t know how to build! But there’s an urgent need for a dam on the river, so his wife, Julia Beaver, turns to the community for help. Every animal has a part to play in solving the mystery of why the busiest beaver in the forest suddenly can’t build, as they support the Beaver family. A heartwarming tale of a chosen family, community support, and the unique value of each individual. Even Beavers Can Be Heroes will become a favorite on your bookshelf.

Introducing Carol Creager, author of Why Did I Do Tricks for Luis?

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Simón es adorable. No pude resistirlo. Cuando me pidió que escribiera un libro con sus trampas, le prometí hacerlo. Aquí se puede ver el resultado: las fotos y las palabras de Simón. Simon is adorable. I could not resist him. When he begged me to write a book showing his tricks, I promised to do it. Here you can see the result: the photos and words of Simon. Carol Creager

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Yo soy un mono araña y vivo en Costa Rica.,Cuando vi a Luis Barrantes, que saca fotos para la conocida Carol Creager, yo hice mis trampas para ganar su atención. ¿Qué mejor manera de ganarla? A Luis le gustó tanto que sacó fotos, aunque de veras él prefiere sacar fotos de pájaros. Lo seguí.De esta manera obtuve la atención de Carol para convencerle que me haga héroe de un libro.Así llegué a mi meta. I am a spider monkey and I live in Costa Rica. When I saw Luis Barrantes who takes fotos for the well-known Carol Creager, I performed my tricks to gain his attention. What better way to get his attention? Luis liked them so much that he took photos because he could not resist, even though he prefers taking photos of birds. I followed him. That way I got Carol’s attention to become the hero of a book. That is how I reached my goal. -Simon, the spider monkey

Introducing Michael Meadows, author of Interlude of the Dragons: The Gods of Olympus – Book II

“This was my second book with Outskirts Press and I was very happy about that. When my third book is ready, I will contact my Author Representative again. Communication was so good that I accused her of working 24/7. Her help with my cover was fantastic.”

Michael Meadows is a retired environmental engineer with forty years of experience with air and water pollution control, solid waste management, and hazardous waste site cleanup. He is currently living in Reno, NV with his wife, Cathy. This is the second book of his Gods of Olympus series.

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You’re an immortal. What role would you choose to play in ‘the reincarnation game’? The immortal crew of the unique spaceship, Olympus, is faced with two hundred and fifty years of travel before they reach their intended destination of the Oberlin star system. Rather than sleep the centuries away, they have decided to be reincarnated into a sword-and-sorcery world of their own creation: a world filed with adventures, dangers, and magical creatures. For the six duplicated, human personalities, this new world offers the opportunity to fulfill the dreams of their previous mortal lives and to explore the ‘paths not taken’. For the two sentient, AI personalities, it offers their first opportunity to truly experience what life has to offer. Whatever role they select—trader or magician, healer or warrior, teacher or craftsman—the Mother and the Fates gradually draw them back together over the course of their new lives in the Intermountain Valley.