Introducing Patricia Endress, author of China Notes of the Venerable Foreign Expert

“My Author Representative was very patient with this new experience with digital publishing.”

Patricia Endress holds bachelor and master degrees from Northwestern University, has taken graduate school sociology courses at the New School for Social Research and attended history courses at Western Connecticut State University. She has taught at three universities and three community colleges.

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My Chinese students knew I was a grandmother but not like any grandmother they knew. “Many old people stay at home after retired,” one student wrote. “But Professor Pat, who may be my granny according to her age in Our China, came to China alone. It is very marvelous” The students decided I had a young heart in an old body. I found I had become a model for old age.

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 Cary Silverstein, author of The Mayor of Jackson Heights: Growing Up Jewish in New York in the 1950s

“My Author Representative was always there when I needed her to help me navigate the challenges of self-publishing. Without her, I would be lost.”

Cary Silverstein, the future Mayor of Jackson Heights, was born in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, in 1944. After a fire damaged their home when he was two, his family moved to Jackson Heights, New York. Cary is a product of the New York City Public School System. He graduated CUNY Queens College in 1967 and received MBAs in both Marketing and Organizational Behavior from the Arthur T. Roth School of Business at Long Island University in 1971. In 1978, he moved his family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to further his career in retail management with Gimbels Midwest. Cary served as a Senior Vice President at JH Collectibles, a women’s sportswear manufacturer, from 1986 to 1997. For more than thirty years he facilitated graduate classes at three Wisconsin universities.

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Welcome to Jackson Heights! This diverse neighborhood in the shadow of LaGuardia Airport was once called “Manhattan’s Bedroom.” Famous comedians, actors, physicians, scientists, and business leaders called it home, playing stickball in its streets and handball in its schoolyards. The roster of alumni is impressive; it includes comedians John Leguizamo and Don Rickles, NASA scientist Dr. Willey Ley, shock jock Howard Stern, actor Mercedes Ruehl, rock musician Gene Simmons of KISS – and me, Cary Silverstein! Join me as I share stories of my youth, my family, and of why growing up in Jackson Heights had such a profound impact on my life and the lives of others.

Introducing Jerad P. Bisson, author of Depending on God: My Brief Autobiography and Testimony

“My Author Representative did a great job and got my books published in a timely fashion. I hope to publish with Outskirts Press again for my next book!”

Author Jerad P. Bisson is an evangelist, husband, father, tradesman and a devout servant of God that is committed to shining Christs light in the darkness. Jerad uses his traumatic past as a stepping stone to reach others who may feel like giving up. Jerad is a prime example of God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. “Jesus came to save sinners, and I am one that He has saved and this is my testimony.” -Jerad P. Bisson

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Don’t Dwell On the Past. If there is one thing that God has taught me it’s that we shouldn’t dwell on the past. It is behind us and what is ahead of us we can change. My life has been an example of God’s Mercy and Love. If it were not for Christ, I would have never known that I was meant for a greater purpose than struggling to get through each day. That my purpose was enveloped in His love and held in His hands as well as mine. Without purpose we tend to feel empty and lost. This is because we have been designed in such a way that we were meant to serve God. However for many of us who have not had an encounter with Jesus we tend to serve other things or people and make those things our God. This becomes a disordered sense of purpose leaving us empty and dry. This little book is a mere snapshot of my conversion story and my life in a nutshell. The book is small because not much is meant to be said about me. However there is much to be said about God and this little book is only my testimony and my other books are my tribute to God. For without Christ I had no life, for I discovered myself through Him, brought to Him by His Mother and Mine. My life has had great sorrow and great joy but most interesting of all is the many mystical experiences I have shared with Jesus and Mary and my guardian angel, those you may find interesting. So I thought that I would tell my story in my own words, as unbelievable as it may seem. It still happened to me and because of God’s love and Mercy I was rescued from the sins and demons of my past. This world is only a glimpse of time and we are in the midst of it and our lives are but blooming for an even shorter moment. There is a much grander spiritual world to see and it’s not as far away as you may think.

Introducing Stephanie J. Mayo, author of My Voice…God’s Mouthpiece

“I have enjoyed working with my Author Representative. I look forward to publishing with Outskirts Press in the future.”

Stephanie J. Mayo, God’s mouthpiece, a sanctified wife, a mother and a licensed minister. She is a graduate of Lynchburg College with a B.A. degree in Communications and a minor in Business Administration. She also holds a B.S. in Education from Liberty University and is currently a middle school business teacher. Although Stephanie has achieved many accomplishments with the most recent being an author, she recognizes that her righteousness didn’t come from things she has done, but through God’s mercy, which gave her a new birth and a new life through the dunamis power of the Holy Spirit. She resides in Virginia with her husband, Francisco, and three children, Miguel, Manuel and Morgan.

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My Voice, God’s Mouthpiece takes you on the journey of a woman who needs God and awakening her voice in order to fulfill her purpose. Her voice was silenced as a result of sexual abuse and rape during her adolescent years, the unbearable loss of her unborn son and other loved-ones, devastating job loss and unexpected health issues. Her pain produced her purpose, her trauma fueled her testimony and her tears became liquid words that drew her closer to God. My Voice, God’s Mouthpiece offers a cognizance of restoration, healing, direction to faith focus, peace and hope.

Introducing Don Truman Wilson, author of Seeking My Peace in the Midst of Conflict: Memoir of a Soul Rescued by Grace

“I appreciate my Author Representative’s promptness and professionalism in my many times of corresponding with her.”

Don Truman Wilson is a writer and a spokesperson for suicide prevention. Don’s 2009 brush with suicide opened his eyes to see what matters in life. He is a graduate of the Institute for Writers (formerly, the Long Ridge Writers Group). Don is a native of West Virginia, now living and working in Central Florida.

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I Stared into the Abyss of Suicide. Without a doubt, to contemplate suicide has to be one of the darkest experiences a human heart can know, a moment of incredible loneliness. You feel abandoned by everyone, even God, as if alone in the universe. The moment to end my life had come. My tormented soul would find peace at last. When a suicidal person makes it to this juncture, it is all but finalized. In his mind, it is settled. For him to execute this final act of misery will be easy. His relief is in sight. He doesn’t see the devastating effects the act will have on his family and friends. He only wants the unbearable emotional pain to end. I had mulled the final act over several times. I decided upon an overdose of pain pills. As I stood motionless at the bathroom sink, the blank face in the mirror resembled my own. Because of the long-term emotional pain of the conflict, I had lost my desire to live. As I took one last look at the person who stared back at me, I lifted the hand that held the pills, and I thought to myself, “so this is how it ends.” Seconds crept by. I put the handful of pills into my shaking hand. I took a deep breath, swallowed the lethal meds with a gulp of water, then stood silent for the longest time, no emotions—no fear, if anything, relief. I staggered over to my bed in a daze, the ache of my heart accompanied by such loneliness I had never felt.

Introducing T. L. Needham, author of The Biscuit & Timely Tales

“My Author Representative was perfectly responsive, helpful, pro-active and, in every manner possible…excellent!”

T. L. Needham is a native of Kansas City with an extensive publishing background. His historic memoir, When I Was A Child, won an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest Indie Book Awards and was a finalist in USA Book News-Best Books Award in the category of History, USA. It was also awarded the bronze medal by Readers Favorite, and a gold medal by Global Ebook Awards. Needham’s collection of poetry, Pesky Poems, was awarded a silver medal by Readers Favorite, and a children’s Christmas story poem called Kitty Claus was honored with a gold medal from Readers Favorite. He has also authored Winning and Keeping Relocation Business; Who’s Who in Relocation; started a national news magazine, Relocation/Realty UPDATE; and was a national consultant, speaker and trainer on real estate and corporate relocation issues.

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A timely collection of short stories by T. L. Needham, an award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The Biscuit & Timely Tales offers short stories about time-as in running out of time, wasting time as the meter keeps running, and going back in time, as in dream time. Author T. L. Needham also presents poems that, like a helium-filled balloon, tug at the string of your imagination. The collection begins with THE BISCUIT-a story about the times when you do the wrong thing for the right reasons and then the right thing for the wrong reasons-and ends with THE RING, which describes traveling with spirits in the car…and not the kind of spirits you drink! These two stories frame short prose with broader themes based on growth and enlightenment, life, death, and the spirit world. The Biscuit & Timely Tales eloquently nudges us to learn to listen to the whispered guidance of spirit friends and family guiding us along the path we are destined to follow on our mission of discovery.

Introducing Barbara Jackson Engelhardt, author of Fannie and The Judge: A Love Story In Letters

“I am a novice and this was a learning process for me. I am considering a second book with Outskirts Press.”

Barbara J. Engelhardt was born in Ohio in 1940. She always spent two weeks every summer in the Coultrap home with her Memaw. When Frances died in 1963 Barbara and her mother discovered these letters tied in a blue shoe string in the back of an old roll-top desk. Barbara lives in Southern Arizona with her husband, Bob, and their two rescue dogs. She can be reached at bjengy@gmail.com.

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Should she leave the children and the job she loves? Fannie Maria is a teacher at the Ohio Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphans’ Home. She loves her job and the students. Then she receives a letter from a stranger that could change her life.

Introducing Gaylan D. Wright, author of Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream

“I felt like I had a seat at the table of decision making with My Author Representative. She gave me the confidence to trust the process.”

Gaylan Wright served in the Air Force before joining the Wyoming Highway Patrol. This is a sequel to his first book, Slave to the Dream.

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“The American Dream need not forever be deferred.” – JFK.
Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream is a work of non-fiction written in the style of a memoir by author Gaylan D. Wright. Sometimes focusing on some tragic and/or surprising events that more sensitive readers may not wish to experience, this candid and honest account details the history of the author’s eighteen-year career with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. Discussing themes of the American Dream and the true measure of success in life, Wright takes us through the life of a trooper from training to tragedy and back again, with the idea that dreams are not always what they seem, for worse and for better. Author Gaylan D. Wright has crafted an honest work that is sure to speak to its audience on many levels. Fans of the memoir style of non-fiction will love the anecdotal narrative tone and the emotional freedom with which the author writes, allowing us into his unique world to see and do what must be done from his perspective. The life of a state trooper is a difficult and interesting lens to explore and, though some of the experiences are harrowing and even unjust, the overall message is one of service and of making the world a better place for those around us. This pivotal theme keeps the tone up and the message inspiring throughout. Overall, Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream is a fascinating perspective that is sure to satisfy fans of both police history and memoir stories with heart. In an eventful eighteen years with the Wyoming Highway Patrol. From routine traffic stops to unthinkable tragedy, the highway patrol sees the best and worst of human nature. Wright examines the training process, the brotherhood of service, and the ups and downs of working as a state trooper. With candor, thoughtfulness, and humor, Wright illuminates the daily life of the thin blue line and provides insights about personal character, racial injustices, and the ways people can contribute to making the world a better place. The writing is insightful with a reflective nature in the narrative and this unique style opens the story with a strong distinction between one who effectively leads and one who simply manages. Readers will find lessons in this book that will help them take control of their own lives, make decisions that positively impact others, and discover the intangible threads of our humanity that bind us together. The writing is simple and fluid and filled with insights. Gaylan D Wright makes social, political, and cultural commentaries, inviting readers to ponder on American reality and to be open to positive criticism. While this is supposed to be a personal story, the author uses it to uncover the broken parts in the American dream and shows readers the attitudes and values that can make the country a better place. Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream is a powerful testament of a patriot and an intelligently written story that shows the connection between personal life and nation-building. Gaylan D Wright made a difference in his career and, in this book, he teaches readers how to stand up.” – Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite

Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream by Gaylan D. Wright is the story of a determined man as he shares his life’s story with readers and what it meant to be in his shoes. Everybody wants to live the American Dream, even if it is far-fetched or out of reach. Gaylan D. Wright was a proud member of the air force, but when the day came for his retirement, he accepted the change with open arms. Unlike other men, he was looking forward to living a simpler civilian life. What he thought would be a walk in the park turned out to be the adventure of a lifetime. He shares the sadness that comes with seeing the devastation of guns in his life; he also shares the happiness he found in the brotherhood he formed with the men he served with. He shares his life one day at a time with readers so that they can enjoy the ride along with him as he dreams on. There is a lesson to be learned from this book. The way Gaylan D. Wright opens Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream and talks about guns being a normal part of his life was eye-opening. Gun control needs to be addressed more aggressively because it is being normalized; small children are exposed to firearms by their parents and their elder siblings from an early age, which is not good. That aside, it is hard to imagine that Gaylan D. Wright does not have a writing background. He has a very calming and soothing writing style. The narrative is smooth and flows beautifully and Gaylan shares sides of himself with readers that you wouldn’t really expect. I enjoyed reading his responses, the way he described scenes so vividly and gave me good imagery to have a full sensory experience. This is a really good and enjoyable book, especially for those who enjoy reading about real people.+ – Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite