Introducing Gene Olson, author of Bipolar Boy From Bothell

“I must admit this is my sixth book with Dana and what a pleasure it has been!”

Gene Olson lived most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He has traveled extensively in Eastern Europe. He currently resides in Vancouver, Washington with a beautiful Polish girl a Dr. of Internal Medicine. And two adult sons out of the nest.

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It has been written you should not write memoirs unless you are famous, an actor or have unusual experiences. The author is not famous. He is not an actor. But his life has been filled with many unusual experiences. After dropping out of college in 1965, the escalation of Vietnam caught the author. Army released him to the Navy. Amphibious Force, Saigon River and Mekong Delta, a lot different from the Pacific Northwest. Then Okinawa would be the place of an investigation with ONI, The Office of Naval Intelligence. How or when bipolar seeds start sprouting is still a mystery. Walk with the author in his first psychiatric hospital, then years in and out on the Seattle VA Hospital Psych Ward. Finally during the summer of Bicentennial of ’76 at American Lake VA Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, after 5 months God healed his mind with lithium. “The Bipolar Boy From Bothell” is the author’s fight for sanity. And how God never left his side.

Introducing Robert P. Jones, author of Minorcan Gumbo for the Soul: A St. Augustine, Florida Story

“This is my fourth book and the process gets better each time. The cover designs are outstanding and my Author Representative goes above and beyond to answer all questions and offer help. Great company to do business with because of the people.”

Robert P. Jones is a 6th generation Florida native. Jones’ 8th Great Grandfather was Onesimus Futch, who fought in the American Revolution. He was with Colonels Richard Caswell and John Lillington on February 27, 1776, when about a thousand members of the Patriot Army defeated an army of Scottish Highlanders at the Widow Moore’s Creek Bridge near the port city of Wilmington. Jones’ uncle, SSgt Phillip Lester Brinson, was killed in action during WWII on his tenth mission while serving as a tail gunner of a B-26. His name is on the monument in the St. Augustine Plaza. Jones married his high school sweetheart on May 28, 1955. He and Malinda had five children (Mike deceased 2014), seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Jones has worked for the commercial fishing industry as Executive Director of Southeastern Fisheries Association for fifty-four years.

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The story of the Minorcans in America is well chronicled. Minorcans (Menorcans) and St. Augustine, Florida are both unique. Spain had the first permanent settlement in America (St. Augustine). By the time Jamestown was founded by the English, St. Augustine was an established town. These short stories reflect a life well-lived because of the unconditional love of a Minorcan: my wife, Malinda Usina Jones. The stories are true and might make you feel almost as good as tasting true Minorcan gumbo with a drop or two of datil pepper sauce in the bowl.

Introducing Hudson B. Drake, author of West to East and Back Again: An Unusual Life and Time

“Dana did a fine job. I learned a lot, and I know it would be even better next time.”

Hudson Drake witnessed the birth and evolution of the aerospace world as we know it today. Documenting his first-hand account of the Aerospace Industry from the 1950’s on. Drake’s memoir provides an invaluable glimpse into a period of historical change and innovation. Peppered with personal anecdotes, his story reveals the heart of human nature with wry and touching humor. A UCLA graduate, former Navy man, White House Fellow, and dedicated company man, Drake’s experiences are many and varied as the stories he has to tell about them! He currently resides in La Jolla, California with his beloved wife, Mary.

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Along the Road Less Traveled: Digital Technology, the White House, and Aerospace. Keeping the digitization of technology firmly in the foreground, Hudson Drake’s memoir takes us from Washington, D.C. to the avocado groves of Southern California: from electronics and aerospace manufacturing floors to the inner workings of the corporate office. This first hand perspective provides incredible insight into a lifetime of advances in aircraft avionics and space electronics. A must-read for anybody fascinated with science, technology, and the cutting-edge of human ingenuity and resourcefulness.

Introducing L. Leon Little, author of Rebel Plantation . . . In The Shadow of Legends

“Thanks Outskirts Press for helping me publish my first, second and third books. I am pleased with Outskirts Press for making the job of publishing my books less complicated. I look forward to working with Outskirts Press on the production of my fourth book.”

L. Leon Little is an innocent man who has worked hard on different levels to uphold the law. He has been railroaded to prison, gotten out, and had the police come back and harass him thirty years later, even though the case was reversed by the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Little resides with his family in the Midwest. Mr. Little

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It has taken us from slavery to freedom, yet we are still secretly used for gain in a clever scheme of repression whose darkness is finding light, through the blood spill of our martyrs who’s sacrificed so much, including the ultimate. America still has so much work to do and so many have gotten too comfortable with the attitude becoming more like “if it doesn’t hurt or affect me, I’m fine.” We can’t stop our fight for freedom. So many of us have been pacified momentarily, you don’t know where the crooked officer is going to strike next because the loose cannon has no accurate target. As I look around and ask, how could this happen to me or why me, I am reminded of all the heroes who gave but never enjoyed the harvest of their labor. All the legends who paved the way and secured the freedoms we enjoy today surely turn in their tombs as another corrupt official takes the dream of the humble, an official with his hand so deep off into the public trusts that his elbow and arm have tendonitis from the frequency of activity. All the martyrs who were hung from the tree as the world watched and looked for guidance on a planet in a country, who is building a platform, on a mission out into the great unknown they cheer our efforts and guide our movements.

Introducing Dr. K.D. Nasir, author of Declining Christian Values in Religiously and Culturally Diverse America

“My overall publishing experience was enjoyable.”

Dr. K. D. Nasir, after migrating to America in 1973, taught mathematics/statistics. He completed his Doctor of Religious studies degree in 2008 from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana and was led to serve the Lord in foreign missions with Pioneers Mission Organization after resigning from his teaching in 2009. Dr. Nasir has taught Church Planting and Development of Christian Leadership Principles in the theological institutions in Pakistan and Nepal from 2012 to 2017. Like many other immigrants to America, Dr. Nasir migrated to the U.S. with an idealized perception of this being a Christian nation. This author discovered a long standing decline of the Christian values and ethical standards of the Founding Fathers. Prayerfully, this author was led to write this book, Declining Christian Values in Religiously and Culturally Diverse America, to alert his fellow Americans of the dangers and consequences of the erosion of the Christian values by the liberals and the forces of religious pluralism. This is just a small way for this author to serve his adopted homeland, the United States of America.

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In America, all people enjoy full religious freedom, including the people of diverse faiths and cultures. No wonder, America is called the “melting pot” of the world. It’s rather ironic that the immigrants of the diverse faiths, mostly from the Asian and Latin American nations, are demanding more religious freedom from America under the cover of religious pluralism when they already enjoy full religious and cultural freedom here. In the opinion of this author, who migrated here from a Muslim nation, the immigrants enjoy more religious freedom here in America than the religious freedom that the Christians and the people of minority faiths enjoy in the native lands of these immigrants. One wonders if the people of pluralistic faiths are using their demands as a ploy for a treacherous agenda. This is the heart of the subject matter that the author plans to explore and present with facts and reasons in this book titled Declining Christian Values in Religiously and Culturally Diverse America. Civilizations and empires have come and gone. A day of reckoning comes for any nation when the limits of morality, military force, and civil practices are crossed. Don’t we all know what happened to the Greek Empire, the Roman Empire, and the British Empire? A day of reckoning came for them, and each one was collapsed and disappeared. We all hope and pray that it does not happen to our beloved America. The current direction of the declining trends, religiously and culturally caused by the liberal and pluralistic forces, is moving at an alarming rate, and demands our actions now. This is a wake up call by this author to his fellow Americans, who love God and religious liberty, to become proactive and save America.

Introducing Dale Ackert, author of Baby Steps

“I would like to point out that my overall self-publishing experience of my book Baby Steps with Outskirts Press was uniquely favorable. Deni, my Author Representative, demonstrated her highly skilled understanding and experience in calming my early stage fears. This would hardly be complete without expressing my infinite gratitude and appreciation to Mae Abby for reading my manuscript and approving it for publication. To everyone on my Publishing team, thank you all so very much. Without your guidance and dedication, my book would still be just a distant dream.”

Dale Ackert graduated from Graham Jr. College (in Boston) with an A.A.S. degree in Broadcast Journalism/Communications, in 1971. It was here that Dale discovered his profound love of writing. He received a B.A. degree in English from Western Connecticut State University in 1975.

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Baby Steps is a compelling novel written about “Elad” who experienced life and all that is normal, just in time to have it ripped away from him by a life-threatening illness. It is the remarkable story of self-motivated struggles, triumphs, even failures. This book is intended not just to inspire, but more so to leave a lasting impression on anyone related to someone with a handicap. It is a “must-read” for anyone with a handicap or physical challenge. This book was also penned with supreme gratitude and hope for every U.S. veteran who served in the military, especially those who returned home from their assignment with their lives forever changed. While it is likely to make every reader shed a tear, it also promises to make those same readers laugh out loud. Elad spent most of his formative years in a frightening, dark, abysmal place. His rise from there was the result of positive thinking, stretching the limits, and infinite determination.

Introducing Gene Olson, author of My Mom’s from Lublin My Dad’s from Seattle

“I hope Dana can work with me on my next book of poetry. I know poetry is tough, but I started in Guam waiting for my ship 50 years ago.”

Gene Olson grew up in Bothell, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. In 1964, when the war in Vietnam was escalating, he was drafted but released to the Navy, where he spent two years on the USS Tioga County (LST-1158) as a yeoman/personnelman. After his return to the States, he was improperly diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia: six years later he was finally properly diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has been on lithium for 48 years. He married Jolanta Szewczyk, a beautiful Polish woman and doctor of internal medicine, and the couple has two sons. The Olsons currently live in Vancouver, Washington, and enjoy traveling throughout Europe. Gene is also the author of a memoir, The Boy From Bothell (Bipolar Vietnam Veteran) and a children’s book, Noah and the Little Camel Boy.

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Gene Olson’s mother was a Norwegian and his father a Swede. He was born in Seattle. Both Jolanta Olson’s parents were Polish from Lublin, a town in southeast Poland. She was born in Poland. Olson’s newest memoir, My Mom’s from Lublin; My Dad’s from Seattle, documents his parents’ vastly different childhoods. “In Communist Poland, chocolate was very scarce. You would be lucky to get a little piece at Christmastime. One day, playing outside as a little girl, my mother saw a small pebble. She had been thinking about chocolate all morning, so she put the stone in her mouth, hoping it was a piece of chocolate. Of course it wasn’t. My father, on the other hand, could have a Hersey Bar anytime he wanted. His hands and face would be covered with so much chocolate, he’d have to take a bath.” This nostalgic and loving tribute is filled with photos and childhood memories. Jolanta Olson writes, “I’m glad my mom and dad found each other, because without them, I’d be nothing. My mom’s from Poland, my dad’s from Seattle, and that makes me half Polish and half Seattle-ish!”