Introducing Murdis Young-Hamlett, author of Running Blindly Through Life

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Murdis Young Hamlett was born in Shaw, Mississippi in 1952. She is the youngest of five children. She was educated in Montgomery County Public Schools in Mississippi. Later, she moved to Detroit Michigan where she attended Wayne State University, earning a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English Education. She taught in Detroit Community Schools for twenty-nine and one half years, where she instructed students in English/reading at the middle school level. In 1996, she was inducted into the Fourth Edition of The Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, which was recommended by her many students. Murdis also received The distinguished Service Award from the AFT Local 231 AFL-CIO organization. There have been many other honors and certificates awarded to her for distinguished service. Her favorite hobbies are reading and writing poetry.

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“Wealth maketh many friends, but the poor is separated from his neighbor”. (Proverbs 19:4-K J V) Trauma has a way of crippling some people, whereas others grow stronger because of it. The drama we must face in life is never the real issue, but the way we internalize and respond to it is what matters. You either get up and greet success or lie there and cope with failure!

Introducing Johnny Wills, author of From Peanuts to Plasma: The Life Story of Johnny D. Wills

“While writing my first book, I began searching for a publisher. When I found Outskirts Press, my search was over. I knew they would be my publisher. They were so up front and transparent in every respect. After talking with my Publishing Consultant, I knew exactly what I was getting and exactly how much my cost would be. I have never dealt with a company that was so well organized. My Author Representative was fantastic and I was so pleased that I had ample time to review and approve every part of my book before it was published. I couldn’t be happier with my book. It’s a beautiful thing!”

Johnny D. Wills is a veteran, retired medical technologist, and numismatist. He is originally from Parrott, Georgia and spent 10 years in the U.S. Army, where he received his training in the medical field. Upon leaving the army, he settled in Fayetteville, NC, taking on the job of blood bank supervisor at Cape Fear Valley Hospital and later opened his own plasma center. After closing the center, he concentrated on his rare coin business, as one of the most respected numismatists in North Carolina! Today, Johnny lives in Cameron, NC with his wife, Juanita, and their two cats. He enjoys singing, playing his guitar, fishing, watching college football, and spending time with his family.

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Miraculous, Unbelievable, True Story! Johnny D. Wills was born the son of a dirt-poor peanut farmer in rural South Georgia, right before World War II. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he ended up as an instructor with the Green Berets. Leaving the service after 10 years, he used his military training to land a job as the supervisor of a local hospital blood bank. During this time, he miraculously discovered a unique way to make some real money! Going into business for himself, he and his family realized and lived the American Dream, but it only lasted for a few years. Suddenly, he lost it all. How, and more importantly, why did this happen? This exciting book describes in detail how his good fortune came to be, the reasons for his downfall, and the ultimate realization that one’s success in life is not measured by his bank account!

Introducing Jimmy Chew, author of Walking Around Lucky: Navigate America’s New Lust for Gambling

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Jimmy Chew, an expert at the art of winning gambling games, recalls his life and times in an anecdotal journey through six decades of his career. Walking Around Lucky is full of personal tales and gambling stories with legends the likes of Mantle, Snead, Trevino, Floyd, Eastwood, Wadkins, Jacoby, Holland, Walters, Baldwin, Ungar, Brunson and others. Look inside the mind of an old school gambler to see how his experiences from childhood onward molded him into a world-class competitor at a number of games. Learn how sports betting rears it’s ugly head and what you can do about it. Hear stories about big wins and excruciating losses at golf courses, sporting events, casinos and courtrooms. Best of all, you’ll get a front-row seat to “Jimmy Chew” Blackjack, a self developed system of betting that utilizes the ebb and flow of luck to ride a hot streak all the way to the bank. The author’s methods caused him to be banned from a major Las Vegas casino for winning without ever counting cards. Conversational, delightful, and accessible, Walking Around Lucky is the inspirational true story of a man whose life has been an adventure like no other.

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Is It Luck – or Opportunity?
FEATURING:

  • Celebrities and Sports Legends
  • Business Ups and Downs
  • Four Game – $200,000 Challenge
  • World Championship Bridge Hands
  • High Stakes Backgammon
  • Unusual Wagers
  • Life Lessons and Keys to Success
  • Perils and Virtues of Sports Betting
  • Big Wins
  • Bad Beats
  • Ponies
  • Gin Rummy Secrets
  • “Jimmy Chew” Blackjack
  • Banned for Winning
  • Betting Systems
  • Lucky Streaks
  • Casino Carnival Zones
  • Results from 10,000 Blackjack Hands

Introducing Dorothy Eiko Omura Memoirs, author of Dorothy Omura

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Dorothy Eiko Omura (1925-2016) was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. She married a Japanese-American serviceman, moved to Hawaii and raised 2 children. She had an industrious and persevering nature. After moving to the United States, she became a naturalized citizen, got her GED and at age 68, attained an Associate of Arts Degree at Honolulu Community College. English was her second language. She also worked at various jobs, including teaching Japanese at Moilili Community Center. Throughout her life, she continued to study English to better herself. She believed that education was key to a successful life! She lived out the rest of her life in Hawaii with her husband, Herbert, son Joseph and daughter Carole. (written posthumously by daughter, Carole)

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This is the unique life story of Dorothy Eiko Omura from childhood to marriage and the incredulous life and death challenges she faced. It starts with observations and stories of her family life to revelations of secret incidents that target her because of her family’s Christian belief amidst the government’s powerful religion, Buddhism. There are references to how Christianity lost its foothold in Japan through recollections of stories passed on. There are details on the several attempts on her life and how she miraculously survives them. Eventually, all of these incidents are forgotten and lost in her memory until they resurface in her later years. This autobiography is a way for her to gather those memories and put them into written form as a way to preserve and understand what happened and why they happened to her. The events take place in pre-World War II, Japan.

Introducing Brenda Ratajczak, author of Snippets of Heaven

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Brenda Ratajczak was born during the “Great Appalachian Storm” in the winter of 1950. It was a long and difficult labor at Saint Joseph Hospital in Buckhannon, West Virginia. Nuns prayed for the family. Just a year later her sister was born. Brenda’s mother suffered with severe schizophrenia and her father was an alcoholic. The illnesses of her parents were life-threatening. “There was so much abuse, fear and neglect”. Brenda started writing at a very young age. Her writing was her way of dealing with this life. “Glimpses of Hell” is a difficult work in progress. Thank God for summers on her grandparents’ farm. She wrote of the adventures and happiness she experienced in this loving and nurturing environment. Her book “Snippets of Heaven” is her first to be published. Brenda has been married three times, in her words “to very different, exciting, and interesting men. Each taught me so much.” “I very deeply loved them at some point in my life.” The men that she loved prompted her latest book “Loves Passion and Pain”. Motherhood was her greatest joy, expressed in her years of poetry. “I was blessed beyond words to be the mother of four wonderful children.” Two of her children have passed away long before their mother who loved them. “I often feel that I have to live for three, myself and my two children gone before me.” “I refuse to be broken by their loss. I thank God that I had them and draw strength from my memories of them.” Brenda has taken up golf and shooting sporting clays in the last few years. “You have to step away from computers. Sunshine and fresh air are my elixir.” Most recently she has added hula hooping to her exercise and weight training regimen. “Life is so short. Stay active, healthy, try new things and thank God every day.”

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This book of stories, “Snippets of Heaven”, is a labor of love, a project of the heart. I visited my grandparents’ farm every year of my young life until I was well into my teens. My visits inspired these stories, and these stories influenced my life. When I was a child, there was no electricity connected to the farm or running water into the farmhouse. There was no furnace to keep the house warm during cold winter nights or an air conditioner to cool the farmhouse when the summer days grew hot. I wanted to share these stories with my grandchildren. My grandchildren live in a very different world than what I knew as a child. I will travel back in time and visit the farm I so loved. I will meander up the road and down the holler. I will wander through the yard within the white picket fence and visit each room of the house again. I will remember the animals and explore the acres in that wild and beautiful farm country. I will simply tell the stories that I recall or retell stories that were told to me by my family. The stories are true. I did change the ending to three of the stories as one was too graphic, one was too heartbreaking, and one was just so violent. There are so many stories that come to mind that I would like to share. The stories are dear to my heart. These stories are a part of who I am and why I am.

Introducing Gerlinde Pyron, author of Shadows and Joys of a Life in Bavaria

“The process of publishing this book was guided by the wonderful people at Outskirt Press. Most of all I was pleased with the book’s cover in which the art department was able to incorporate my own watercolor of our small town in Bavaria. I also liked having the chat feature, when now and then I couldn’t find my way around on the editing screens.”

Gerlinde Pyron arrived in Texas in 1960 at the age of seventeen, an unwilling immigrant, a farm girl with minimal formal schooling, who spoke only German. In less than two years, she mastered enough English to do office work. Later, night time college courses in computer design led to jobs in banking, manufacturing and in the oil industry. Early retirement offered the opportunity for community service, painting, writing, gardening, and enjoying grandchildren. But most of all, she has appreciated traveling with her husband, living out her childhood dream of visiting far-off lands…and frequently returning to her home in Bavaria.

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A Childhood in the Shadow of War-Torn Germany. Growing up in rural Bavaria, Gerlinde didn’t know about Hitler’s regime in the way Americans learn about it in school. All she knew was the beauty and tragedy of daily life on the farm where she lived with her brother and sister, her mother, and her stepfather-she never knew her father, who was killed in the Siege of Leningrad. Experience country life in Germany in the 1940s and 1950s, through the eyes of an observant, imaginative child who watched as defeated German soldiers and their families tried to reinvent their lives after the war. From elaborate childhood games to the sobering reality of exhausting daily work, from the love and care of friends and neighbors to the heartbreak of a traumatized family, this compelling memoir is a testimony to the courage and grit of a girl who eventually came to America, fulfilling her own great-grandmother’s dream.

Introducing Capt. B.L. (Budd) Picketts, author of Flights of Four

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Capt. B.L. (Budd) Picketts was born in 1923 in Akron, Ohio. The oldest of three children, he had a brother Leonard and sister Joan. His father was a successful businessman, owning a wholesale food business. After high school, he attended Akron University until he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in March of 1942 at age eighteen. He reported for training to the Santa Ana Army Air Base in August of 1942. He graduated from Navigation school in Texas in January 1943 and married Neva Jean Brown, who he had met in the Thrifty Drug Store on Hollywood Blvd. They remained together for the rest of his life – more than sixty years. After he got out of the Army Air Force, they moved to Los Angeles and he began working for Norwich Pharmaceutical, where he soon became the West Coast Division Manager. He remained with Norwich for nearly twenty-five years before starting his own company and worked for himself thereafter. His family includes one boy and two girls, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

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The Journey from High School Senior to Army Air Force Captain and Squadron Lead Navigator in Less than Twenty Months. At age eighteen he enlisted in the Army Air Force in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. For a boy who had never been more than fifty miles from home the real adventure began when he boarded a bus to Chicago, went by train to Los Angeles, California, and then to Santa Ana Army Air Base boot camp, where his basic training began. Passed over for pilot training because of the huge number of men who wanted those jobs, he eventually was sent to bombardier training in Deming, New Mexico. Because he tested with unusually high math skills he was sent to El Paso, Texas, to become a navigator. Upon graduation he went by ship to Algeria, North Africa, and finally by plane to Lecce, Italy. What happens there is really what this book is all about.