Introducing Helen Monson and Kim Poole, author of Help Me To Feel: An Autobiography of Helen Mar Carter Monson

“I tried going the traditional publication route first with no success. Outskirts Press was a good second option. I have now published two books with Outskirts, and plan to do at least one or two more.”

Like her mother Helen Monson, Kim Poole loves to tell stories. Kim and Helen share a delight in music, nature, family, self-discovery, adventure, and connecting with people. Their debut book, No Ordinary Life, is the first in the Greatest Gamble series. kimpooleauthor.com

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“There was excitement being a senior. When influential men told us we were on the threshold of new adventure—that the whole world lay at our feet—that we could turn it into a better place if we were only willing to work and strive and hold to our ideals, I believed every word and was impatient to get at it. But after graduation was over, I felt such an unsettling mixture of excitement and anti-climax. Suddenly I wasn’t quite ready to set the world on fire. I decided to go back next year for post-graduate work because that didn’t cost nearly as much as college, and then I wouldn’t need to say goodbye to the school that suddenly seemed so dear. But life had other plans…” What would you do if you were a sheltered 17-year-old who suddenly found yourself “mother” to your six younger brothers and sisters—when you thought your only concerns would be boyfriends and school? And what if this happened during the Great Depression, when your once secure world was like no one could have anticipated? It happened to Helen Monson, who describes her experiences in bold, poignant, and often humorous detail. As in the book’s prequel, No Ordinary Life, the stories Helen tells feel remarkably contemporary despite happening nearly 100 years ago.

Introducing Frank Plasil, author of Kaleidoscope Facets: A Memoir on Darkness and Light

“I was very satisfied with the overall process. My Author Representative was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. She made an extra effort when we encountered some issues.”

Dr. Frank Plasil was born in Prague, German-occupied Czechoslovakia, in 1939. After WWII, he escaped with his family from Communist rule and grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. He received a B.Sc. from the University of London and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2002 he retired as “Corporate Fellow,” the highest rung on the non-management research ladder, from the Physics Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Travel is Dr. Plasil’s passion and he has done so extensively.

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Dr. Plasil’s memoir spans a century. It begins with his escape from Czechoslovakia and continues to the present, transporting readers to Europe, points in the U.S., the world of science, and the privacy of his personal life. He presents his story chronologically through a series of stirring vignettes, writing in an authentic and passionate voice that does not hold back. Through the course of the story, he weaves together multiple themes in unexpected ways: family, identity, migration, assimilation, love, pain and loss, scientific endeavor, independence, and redemption. His personal story not only invites adult and young adult readers into his life; it will also stimulate their reflection on how to live. We made our way to the American zone having used forged passports. Frank Plasil was inspired to write his personal story well before his teen years. The inspiration came to him as a child when the following event took place: “I was almost nine years old … The car was speeding through the deserted streets of Prague, the capital of Czechoslovakia … Soon we were in the countryside. With the moon behind them, the tall poplars which lined the road at closely-spaced, soldier-like intervals cast long shadows across our path … We arrived in Bratislava … we stopped at the bank of a broad river, the Danube … We descended to the water’s edge. Clouds covered the moon, and a light drizzle began to fall … Soon a small inflatable rubber boat arrived …. Father and I were asked to sit on the floor of the boat. I could feel the water sloshing under the single rubber sheet on which we sat. We set out into the darkness …” Thus, Frank’s illustrious scientific career and life full of twists and turns as well as emotional highs and lows was launched. These formed the kaleidoscope facets of his life, as told in this memoir.

Introducing Mary Manisero, author of The Sad Lonely Princess

“Everything went smooth and beautiful.”

My Name is Mary Manisero. I was born in North East England and my childhood consisted of playing in the woods and meadows my half sister and brother were in my care when I was young. We had a topsy turvey life. At bedtime, I always made up stories for them. After they knew all the fairy tales by heart, I married my husband in 1954 came back with him to USA when his tour of duty in England was over. We traveled to many states in his 20 years in Air Force and my four children enjoyed the traveling life. I had no time for writing telling stories in 1993. I decided to try a book The Secret Of The Bramble Bush House. I had 10 grandchildren so I wrote at odd times. I wrote poetry and stories. It’s sad that my husband is not here to enjoy them. He passed away in 2014 after we were two months away from our 60th anniversary. I have 3 books published The Secret Of the Bramble Bush House, Garwood Groundhogs Winter Adventure, and Miranda:’s Wish. I really enjoy writing stories.

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Luella is unhappy with her lonely life in the huge castle. She hates the fancy clothes and the noisy parties. One day, she decides to go on an adventure to find the Golden Magic Garden. Then starts her funny adventures with many creatures to help her that they become her best friends. She loves her horse Sunstar and he loves her and listens as she tells him about her new adventures.

Introducing Phil Trapp, author of Did the Smarter Apes Stay in the Trees?

“It was an excellent experience and the whole process went well. So happy ending.”

Dr. E. Philip Trapp is a clinical psychologist and scholar who taught at the University of Arkansas for four decades and has received numerous awards (e.g., the first recipient of the Arkansas Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service Award and Who’s Who in America’s Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement award). In his retirement years, he has used his life experiences, his knowledge of human nature, and his gift for storytelling to write both fiction (“The Red-Ribboned Letters” and “Did the Smarter Apes Stay in the Trees?”) and non-fiction (“Memoirs of a World War I Baby Boomer”).

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Does the state of the world leave you feeling battered, gloomy, depressed?  Phil Trapp’s new book will have you laughing despite yourself. The title – Did the Smarter Apes Stay in the Trees? – should be a dead giveaway that this satire takes an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek look at human foibles. The book is written in the form of five taped dialogues between Grandfather, the fount of wisdom, and his newly graduated, somewhat lost Grandson. Grandfather proposes a hilarious group of related theories about human intelligence, including the role of Dum-Dum (DD) and Smart-Smart (SS) cells in some of the more irrational, ill-considered, yet basic human behaviors. Few beliefs are left unchallenged, beginning with Adam and Eve and continuing through healthcare today. Grandfather’s theory can explain the brilliance of the discovery of DNA, the invention of quantum mechanics, and the landing of a space shuttle on the moon. On the other hand, the theory also sheds light on such follies as the boarding of flies and mosquitoes on Noah’s Ark, Custer’s Last Stand, and the vote for prohibition. Drawings by Rhonda Butler underscore the whimsy in some of his concepts. Over these conversations, Grandfather also shares his understanding of the inconsistencies and inherent flaws in the perspectives of many in our most valued professions, including medicine, theology, science, education, and law. Nothing is sacred. Each new revelation pushes the satire further, challenging commonly-held beliefs. The reader is torn between laughing out loud, wincing, and snickering appreciatively at the creativity of Trapp’s reworking of the facts of life as we know it. Some examples of Grandfather’s dry wit will help flesh out the workings of his mind. On human intelligence: “Since the brain is 80 percent water, it’s little wonder most of our lives are all wet.” On religion: “That it’s much more fun being bad than good is proof of the pudding there is more devil than angel in us.” On health: “Heart mechanics charge a heap more for valve jobs than auto mechanics because they have to keep the engine running.” A secondary theme running through the dialogues is the common flaw of taking life too seriously, the tragedy lying in the roadblocks it sets up to happiness, the much-needed balance to grim reality. This is a book to be read slowly and savored. The levels of meaning and humor can be appreciated on first reading, but there is even more to enjoy on subsequent readings. The satire can also be an ideal gift to a friend or relative associated with one of the professions challenged in Grandfather’s world view.

Introducing Teresa Tuten, author of Silent Agony

“I am enjoying my new book: Silent Agony – A novel. The Outskirts Press team has done an awesome job with the designed cover and interior. Now, I look forward to writing my children’s book. I will use this publisher again for my fifth novel. I have used three different publishers and Outskirts Press is, by far, the best!”

Teresa Tuten lives in South Carolina with her husband and children. She has been writing for ten years and has a degree in creative writing, fitness and nutrition, and cosmetology and barbering. She has published three other books, and has owned and operated her own business for the past sixteen years. She enjoys writing fiction novels about everyday life and the issues we all face. In the future, she plans to write a children’s book as well. Teresa enjoys spending time at her happy place-the beach. And she also enjoys listening to other people tell her about their own life story.

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No matter how hard she tried, Jenna couldn’t save them all. Jenna was too involved with her clients-had been since day one at the agency. Having walked the horrid path of abuse in her marriage to Tom, it still played on her emotions causing self-doubt. Since her divorce, she vowed to help every abused woman and child she could. Each time Jenna had to attend the funeral of a client she felt like a failure. Refusing to give in to her feelings, she fought hard to start over and put the past behind her, even though she still experienced a silent agony of her own. Jenna had worked side by side with the local DA on many domestic violence cases. And on occasion, she’d had to testify regarding a client causing her life to be put in danger. But if she could save one woman from meeting their demise, it was worth it. Roger Hawthorn had been DA for many years, and hadn’t lost a case thus far. He’d earned the respect and support of fledgling attorneys as well. But a woman he knew had been placed in a penitentiary and held against her will. Not even Roger could get the judge to overturn the sentence. Working with Roger and helping abused clients had pushed Jenna out her comfort zone, making her have compassion for others when she reaches out to offer hope of seeing change. But will it be enough to help Jenna bury the past and finally find the man of her dreams?

Introducing Jo D. Tanenbaum, author of GET to the POINT: A History of the Pencil

“My rep, Jamie, was kind, efficient, prompt and knowledgeable.”

Jo Tanenbaum grew up in Chicago and studied at the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, and Florida State University, where she received a Ph.D. in French Literature. She taught French to middle school and high school students in Tallahassee, Florida for thirty years. She and her husband now live in Los Angeles, California.. She has written FDR and the Dime: the Defeat of Polio and Crooks and Canes: Bible, Bebop and Beyond.

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We have a big selection of writing instruments today—3D pens, mechanical pencils, dry erase markers, watercolor pencils, rollerball pens, and gel ink pens. Technology never stops. Fads come and go. But through thick and thin, there’s one writing instrument that’s still around—the pencil. This book relates the journey of this humble survivor. And what a journey it has been—Egypt, Rome, Athens, Siberia, England, Germany, the United States. The reader will discover that it takes a world of resources to produce the simple pencil.

Introducing Dan Wemer, author of A Toilet Book to Positive Living: Easy Steps to a Positive Life

“This the second time Bridget has helped me through the book process.  As before, she is extremely diligent and keeps me informed at all times during the process.”

Dan Wemer is originally from Indiana. He enjoys his family, writing, hunting, motorcycle riding and studying Native American history.

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Do you get tired of people telling you what you are doing wrong in life? Do you get caught up in the daily drama of life? Then, this uplifting motivation book, written by the uncommon working man, is going to help you get through life’s daily obstacles.

Introducing T.L. Needham, author of Kitty Claus

“I am and was very demanding and anxious to get this project done before Thanksgiving, since it is a Christmas book. Colleen was very patient with me and responsive . . . and most importantly, the book was published the day before Thanksgiving. So, I am thankful to Colleen and the entire team that worked on this book. Thanks!”

T.L. Needham has published several award-winning books, including When I Was a Child and a collection of poetry called Pesky Poems, in which Kitty Claus was originally published. Needham was also founder and publisher of Relocation/Realty UPDATE, a national news magazine on corporate relocation and real estate issues, and he was publisher and editor of Kansas City Parent magazine during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has also been a national speaker and trainer on real estate and relocation issues. Now retired, Needham lives in the Chicago area and writes full time. Kitty Claus is illustrated by Lizzy Dodig, a talented young artist and high school freshman. She has a wide variety of interests and talents, but illustrative art is her passion.

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On a snowy Christmas Eve, a fierce cat named Kitty Claws rules over a family of thin, starving mice, keeping them from the tempting treats left out for Santa. But when the father mouse rescues Kitty Claws from danger, their relationship is transformed from one of adversity to a new bond of mutual friendship and Christmas spirit. Kitty Claus is a delightful story-poem of transformation, courage, and righteous behavior. With beautiful illustrations and endearing characters, this book will be a treasured addition to any family’s library.

Introducing Angela M. Smith, author of Lost & Found: Knowledge is Learned

“I am very happy with my book and the experience was awesome. My Outskirts Press reps had so much knowledge and ideas that helped to create a beautiful book.”

Angela M. Smith lends you direct insight into her life and the situations she has had to address in relationships in Lost & Found. We have all been through some type of drama that makes you stop, think and write about it. Knowledge is learned.

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A poet in her own right, Angela M. Smith has confronted the most delicate topics of her life. Lost & Found has that life journey that you travel, taking you from one moment in time to another. Angela’s poems take you through her life as they happen, from “Calm Down Mother” to “Climb Until You Rise,” you are sure to be captivated by the stories behind some of the poems.

Introducing Larry ‘Von Lars’ Wehunt, author of The Bachelor’s Guide to the Galaxy!

“I am really excited about my first book publication with Outskirts Press! They did a wonderful job in prepping my book and getting it ready for a mass audience! I know my book will be very successful.”

This is the first book project from the author Larry ‘Von Lars’ Wehunt which he hopes will go to press and create quite a stir and become a national and international underground cult classic and best-seller. He is also a prolific writer and a blogger in cyberspace. He details how he worked the American dating scene as a former nightclub prowler turned “International Man of Mystery” 007 Style. He generously shares his dynamic insight, wit, advice and manly wisdom. Von Lars lives in Glendale Arizona near Phoenix in his own swinging retro and modern style space-age bachelor pad and has many friends and admirers along with his black Labrador retriever. Visionary, saint, huckster, rebel, snake-oil salesman, wiseguy, modern-day charlatan and man-about-town, office desk jockey, jack of all trades, entrepreneur, a foot soldier and braveheart in the corporate cubicle trench warfare of today, bachelor extraordinaire and Hugh Hefner wannabe, Von Lars pulls no punches like a raging bull boxer in the ring of life. He tells it the way it really is like an arrow in flight, shoots his intellectual wit and life observations with both barrels loaded and takes no prisoners for his first written bachelor manifesto and man’s man debut to the entire world! Enjoy!

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The Bachelor’s Guide To The Galaxy is not your typical self-deprecating cheesy and kind of funny at times bachelor cookbook, bachelor how to decorate or grill-out guide, how to start a campfire, how to make a killer martini, or laser-focused college dormitory party guide, but instead it is rather a comprehensive and insightful mind-blowing journey into the all-encompassing jet-setting lifestyle of the free modern day American and western bachelor including all aspects of life. Whether you are a taxicab driver or bartender, a professional corporate desk-jockey or manager in business, a stockbroker or lawyer, a tech-savvy dot com guy, a plumber or rancher or truck driver, or just the regular guy who lives next door going to college or trade school, this book was written exclusively for you! Experience the ultimate bachelor lifestyle whether you are a fat cat in business, a middle class cubicle dude on the so called corporate fast track like in the movie Office Space or on a tight fraternity or high school budget still able to party your ass off every night of the week. It is time to tell your girlfriend a good story line and get out of town to be the fearless weekend warrior and domestic and international traveler who indulges his desires in hedonistic verve for life and for more lustful passion! This book IS the Big Leagues, the Adult Disneyland and the Great Pyramid of combined ancient and modern male wisdom and knowledge which I have accumulated for you in these written pages while smoking my trademark pipe and wearing my playboy bachelor robe and slippers. I think you will love it! This book will challenge conventional wisdom and shake up the status quo and show you how to take control of your manly life. The smart bachelor knows that to change your life that you must first change your thinking! Learn to plan for a life of success and to be one of the lucky ones. As our credo echoes in time immortal and as we race in our roman chariots we boldly proclaim to all, “Onwards to the Empire! And May God Save the Bachelor King!”