Introducing Cindy North, author of Little Markie

“I wanted to let you know what a great experience I’ve had with Outskirts Press! I’m in the final days of publishing my children’s book, Little Markie, and every step of the way, your talented staff and organization have been terrific to work with. I would like to especially recognize the following people: Elaine, Cheri, Richa and Lisa. They were always so friendly, helpful and above all patient with my many changes and questions. Publishing a book can be overwhelming, but they walked me through each step and helped turn my dream into a reality. I hope to keep writing/publishing and will definitely recommend Outskirts Press to my fellow writers.”

Cindy North’s passion for writing children’s books is inspired by her children, Chris and Katie, and the second-grade students she taught in Fairfax County Public Schools, Virginia. She loves reading to children and watching their faces light up as they become immersed in the stories. Mrs. North and her husband, Kevin, live in Virginia with their children and pets, Emmie and Lily.


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“No one wants a little pencil that’s all used up!” jeered the new pencils. Little Markie sadly wonders if the new pencils are right. Are my adventures over? he worries. Do I belong in the trash can? Little Markie is the smallest pencil in the classroom. He’s been sharpened many, many times, and he’s so small, he can hardly be seen so far down in the pencil cup. Students always seem to choose the brand-new pencils, looking tall and proud with nice fresh erasers. Standing as tall as possible, Little Markie gathers his courage and confronts the bullies. This lovable little pencil may be short, but he’s still full of BIG ideas!

Introducing Rolanda Harvey Harris, author of Coming Full Circle

“It was a phenomenal experience! Can’t wait to do it again!”

Rolanda Harvey Harris is a single mother of two children, Benjamin and Indiya. They reside in Pensacola, Florida. She was born and raised in Stockton, Alabama. Rolanda has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is also an associate minister at First Baptist Church of Warrington in Pensacola, Florida.


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Camille Franklin thought she had the perfect life, with her handsome husband, Brian, and a rewarding career. But her perfect life is shattered one day when Brian announces that he wants to live the single life. Camille is devastated, completely taken by surprise by the announcement. With her life now an emotional roller coaster and her faith tested over and over again, she often wonders how she will make it through. And just as things appear to be looking up, tragedy strikes again, leaving Camille shattered into a million pieces. Is it possible for anything good to come out of this? Will Camille hold onto her faith in God or give in to the tragedies of life? Coming Full Circle is a powerful debut novel about a woman’s journey through the trials and tribulations of life-and the faith that helps her persevere.

Introducing Yolanda Jones, author of Silent Victims, Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate

“I had a phenomenal team. Everyone remained professional, understanding, and very helpful in every way. Thank you all for your input, suggestions and comments; of which I’ve warmly embraced and respected. I look forward to starting book # 4 next year…hugs to you all.”

Ms. Jones is a divorced mother of two beautiful adult children, ages 29 and 25. She is a Disabled Iraq Army Veteran; served in the Army National Guards, Army Reserves and Active Army; of which, she was deployed to Iraq in Support of Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF)/Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) 2003-2005. She is an inspiring Author of “Scarred, but Not Broken”, “Life Goes on After the War – From Uniform to Classroom and Living with PTSD and Other Service Connected Injuries; Whether Major or Minor.” Ms. Jones is a High-Red belt in Tae Kwon Do; has an Associate and Bachelor Degrees in Criminal Justice; graduated with honors. Ms. Jones’ thirst for knowledge led her to obtain her Masters of Science Degree in Counseling and Development, from Texas Woman University, Denton Texas. She believes that material possession can be taken; however, “knowledge is power.” Knowledge is something that cannot be taken from her, by anyone. Some of Ms. Jones other hobbies are, reading and listening to motivational and inspirational materials.


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I was young and giddy, so I blushed hearing his comment. Huh, back then, I wore a beginning stage of Jheri curls [laughing]. Yes, back in the 80’s jheri curls was the shiznick [laughing]. A year has passed and we were six months into our marriage with our son. He had become very confrontational at home and at work. It was as though I was now married to night and day. Some days he was thoughtful, respectful, a gentlemen, and lovable. Other times, I hated him and despised him. Many days I regret being married, yet I wanted my marriage to work. The majority of our arguing revolved around finances, never having enough, and never knowing where the money was going. Other times our arguing was because of his over drinking or his family interference and negative influences in our marriage. Yes, his drinking went from drinking a can or two after work to drinking a 40oz along with drinking one to two cans of beer after work; to drinking a can of beer while he, as he use to say, “S-Showered-shaved.” His excessive alcohol intake became so uncontrollable that, he now became the alcohol. He didn’t care what he did, what he said, or who he hurt. He became numb. He no longer was the man I met nine months ago on the college stairwell. He now became a stranger to me. I no longer knew who he was; it felt strange living under the same roof with him. You would have thought I was a burglar who just broke into his home, because he choked me so hard until I began to see silver specs floating in my eyes; not knowing that I was losing oxygen to my brain. Yes, he was slowing killing me, and I was dying.

Introducing The Brothers Donovan, author of The Bounds of Moderation

“We enjoyed the publishing process of working with Outskirts Press!”

The Brothers Donovan consist of a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran and a survivor of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City. When they are not peddling their screenplays along the Boulevard of Broken Dreams in the City of Angels, they can be found in any Irish pub throughout this incredible country.


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Based upon a true story, “The Bounds of Moderation” follows Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agents Bronson and Bailey as they struggle to solve the Lake Juliette murders. Bronson, haunted by his combat tours as a Marine, and Bailey, aided by years as a Georgia State Trooper, leverage lessons learned in their past lives. Along the way, the agents reveal the true character of the men and women who make up that thin blue line that stands between society and the predators who lurk within it. Thrown into the hunt for the killer, Donnie Robinson must complete an internship with the GBI to graduate from college with his degree in criminal justice. However, Donnie soon discovers that the reality of law enforcement is not as black and white as the pages of his criminal justice textbooks. Donnie witnesses so very many things outside the bounds of his formal education. Donnie’s entrance into the “Real World” and a career in law enforcement are beset by life questions about love and occupation at seemingly the worst possible time. Just as Donnie thinks his education is coming to an end, he realizes that it has only begun.

Introducing Denver Thomas, author of Denver’s Musings

“I am delighted with the book and those who have reacted with it have done so in a very positive way. The book has been well received. So my thanks to all who had a part in publishing my book. Thanks and God Bless!”

 


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Romans 1:16-17-“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Psalm 143:5-“I remember the days of old; I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands.” Joshua 1:8-“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” I Timothy 4:14-15-“Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.” Jude 1:3-“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

Introducing Ashley Townes, MPH, CHES, author of Entangled

“I thoroughly enjoyed the process and the professionalism of the team. I am very pleased with the finished product. I will definitely use Outskirts Press in the future. Thank you to everyone that helped make this a reality!”

Ashley Townes, a public health professional based in Atlanta, Georgia, combines her work experience in sexual health with her spirituality to develop her first novel. She believes that morals are an important factor in human behavior and decision making. Ashley is currently enjoying the gift of singleness while pursuing the heights of her professional career until God sends someone that will lead their empire.


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Have you ever wondered why do I keep going from relationship to relationship? Why is this new one much like the last one? Is it me? I need something more! I want something meaningful – a true love that will love me without boundaries, restraints or conditions. You know the fairytale love of happily ever after. Well guess what? You are probably looking for love in all the wrong places. Here is my advice: If you are looking for love, look up. If you are looking for a healthy and long-lasting relationship, look up. If you are looking to get past your hurts, again I say, look up. Stop looking at a man or woman to fill this void when only God can. Realize that your worth is not in how much attention you can get or in the sweet words whispered to entice you into the bedroom. Nor is your worth based on broken relationships, abortion, children out of wedlock or even HIV/AIDS. Your worth comes from God alone! Know this: Christ is the Savior and He died to set you free! Stand firm in that freedom given to you and do not be entangled by sin again. (Galatians 5:1)

Introducing Francis O’Hare, author of My Africa

“Leona was a blessing to me by responding to all my inquiries with patience and finding the answers that I needed. It would have been a struggle for me without your help — Thank you again so much and…I’m There! I have promoted my experience with Outskirts at Harvard, Dublin, Ireland and Saudi and I’m not done yet — So good to work with Outskirts Press!”

About Francis O’Hare: Prior to the advent of satellites and GPS locating oneself on the earth’s surface was carried out by astro fix – trigonometric triangulation with stars (heavenly bodies). A complex and concise exercise we did in the remotest areas of Africa with only wild game for friends. This work was essential to establishing international boundaries between countries. We established large safari style camps in the area to do this work.


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My Africa is the true story of a boy; a young man who persevered out of a poor and disadvantaged background with a lot of sickness throughout his formal elementary schooling years. Tuberculosis was diagnosed during his teenage time, along with a period in a sanatorium and yet he somehow survived to later enlist into the British Army Royal Engineers and into the school of engineering to qualify as a geodetic surveyor. Posted to East Africa with a new postwar aerial survey unit, map making in Africa for the first time in history-Life in Africa here begins.

Introducing K. Ramachandra Bhat, author of Healthy Vegetarian Recipes

“Very friendly and quick responses.”

K. Ramachandra Bhat, was born in India to Havyaka parents and completed his undergraduate education in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and graduated with B.Sc. degree from Mysore University, Mysore, India. He obtained M.Sc. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Banaras Hindu University, Banaras, India. He came to USA to continue graduate studies in Chemistry at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and obtained M.S. degree in Physical Chemistry. He continued his studies in Physical Chemistry at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New jersey and graduated with Doctoral degree. Following few academic research positions and faculty position he retired as Professor of Chemistry. He is a member of American Chemical Society (ACS) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has to his credit several peer reviewed research publications in esteemed scientific journals. The recipes are the result of his keen interest and hobby of gardening and cooking.


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Vegetarian diet has gained popularity in USA and other parts of the world for health and religious reasons. In USA, some follow strict vegetarianism and some use eggs and milk. Vegetarianism as practiced here fails to supply adequate amount of protein and utilize diverse varieties of vegetables and nuts to get essential nutrients and minerals. This is due to lack of familiarity with the varieties of vegetables and knowledge as to how to cook them. Furthermore, vegetarian diet is not complete without cooked rice and wheat breads and other grains that are eaten in conjunction. The recipes provided are to overcome the dietary deficiencies. This is how vegetarians eat along with milk and milk products in India where the largest number of vegetarians in the world live. On an esoteric level, our tongue recognizes six Rasas or tastes (sweet, sour, salt, bitter, insipid, and pepper hot) and proper combination results in tasty morsels. The sauces combined with rice or breads makes good eating. Moreover, vegetarian diet is probably a salvation to feeding burgeoning world population than animal based diet that may not be sustainable. The book provides time tested easy recipes that are being followed even now that dates back to Pre-Christian era with little changes. The recipes provided are exclusively used by Havyaka Brahmin community and now adopted by other communities that do not eat meat, fish and eggs.

Introducing Steve Earl, author of Becoming Extraordinary @ Work!

“Jamie answered all my questions in an quick manner and helped me through several problems that developed in publishing my book. I really appreciate her thorough knowledge of the process, her patience and her willingness to help.”

Steve Earl has a unique passion and talent for exceptional achievement, developed from broad experiences: missionary service in Africa, rising from PFC to Major in ten years in the U. S. Army, where he coordinated the movement of 200,000 troops, and 22 years in Workforce Development, where he assisted, trained, or counseled 20,000 individuals with developing careers. Twice he’s been honored to present at the state-wide annual conference for the California Workforce Association. He has worked in WA, UT, CA and VA; and South Korea, Thailand, Panama, South Africa and Zimbabwe.


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Work may not be the most meaningful part of your life, but it is where you spend most of your waking hours, often for 40-50 years of your life. That is a very long time. Shouldn’t you be happy and successful in that journey? Becoming Extraordinary @ Work is a practical, inspiring guide to fulfillment in your job. You’ll find invaluable expert advice on many topics, including:

  • Connecting with customers and coworkers
  • Understanding yourself and your boss
  • Setting and meeting goals; and learning to make a difference
  • Developing passion and focus; and having fun
  • Becoming a great listener and a team player

Becoming Extraordinary @ Work will show you how to eliminate the word “failure” from your vocabulary! “Regardless of your generation, regardless of your gender, or your ethnicity, or your organizational level…this book is for each of you. Steve Earl reveals in simple language the how of transforming your life at work, in easy-to-follow steps. Combining lessons learned in his 40 years of unique experiences, he has masterfully created a map with guideposts to show you how you can transform your work life!”

Introducing Arthur W. Coffey, Jr., author of The Final Run: Space Is Not Our Final Frontier

“The publisher was faithful to make corrections for editing.”

Arthur W. Coffey, Jr. has served as a parish pastor for fifteen years, an Army chaplain for twenty-three years, and a Veterans Affairs Medical Center chaplain for twelve years. He was mobilized for Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor, and the Humanitarian Aid tour to Guatemala. Coffey is the recipient of the Witherspoon Award for “most creative use of Scripture,” presented by the National Bible Association and the Armed Forces Chief of Chaplains.


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I have always been one to raise a red flag when people begin talking of end times and current events. I would usually dismiss it and reference Jesus’ statement that “no one (would) know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 24: 36; 25: 36) Since as early as A. D. 960 there have been “millennialists” who stir people up with prophecies, causing them to wait on the mountains or by the seashores only to see time continue to march on and scoffers as described in (2 Peter 3: 3-7). However, in the last several years, I have been led to say that it would be wise to read the newspapers and the Scriptures at the breakfast table at the same time; there is such an intense overlap. In a rebuke to the religious leaders of His day, Jesus said: . . . O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? Matthew 16: 3b KJV Jesus, in answer to His disciples’ question about when the end would be, also said that we should be like a farmer who takes note of the seasonal signs of the trees, etc. to know-a “wake-up call” – that the season is near. I believe there are clear, certain and concise signs of the season in the present day. My Coach tells me that this will be the late, last run.