Introducing Bryan Dow, author of Please Leave A Light On

“Those that I worked with were overall great.”

A consumer of mental health services for twenty-five years Bryan Dow was born in western NY, raised and lived in southeastern WI for close to forty years and now resides outside of El Paso, TX with his wife and two dogs. Bryan also enjoys writing outdoor action adventure and sci-fi stories.

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A Turbulent Journey Through Mental Illness. Stricken with a mental illness at the common stage in life where dreams and career possibilities surface, this book is about a young to middle-aged man named Bryan who faced rejection in a handful of career paths ultimately feeling pressured from within to become his own boss. Furthermore, this book takes the reader on a voyage of earning academic success, witnessing the ups and downs of those close to him as well as the healthcare bureaucracy, and experimenting with love though sometimes shallow. In retrospect Bryan concluded that, besides earning two degrees after his diagnosis, his work or informal training under a Vietnam veteran for just over six seasons at a public golf course had the most profound effect on him discovering manhood. Sacrifices were made. Friends and family were both negatively affected by this maddening illness that first exploded in Washington D.C. Bryan’s marriage is very symbiotic, but it never would have worked without his wife’s toughness learned and experienced while serving in the military for ten years. She demonstrates great skill in dealing with the adversity in their marriage.

Introducing Margaret Watkins, author of Trans-Planted: a series of short stories

“This was my fourth book to be published with Outskirts Press. My author representatives have been fabulous! My computer skills are limited, my OS seriously out-of-date, and each book with photographs or sketches or custom covers that required extra time and effort on Outskirts part. They delivered great books as promised!”

Margaret Watkins is a transplanted Southerner. By that she means a sweet southern belle who has maintained her roots firmly planted in Mississippi red clay while losing her heart to the sagebrush plains of Idaho.

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Margaret Watkins grew up on a small cotton farm in far northeast Mississippi. When she and her husband moved to a dilapidated ranch in the Sawtooth Mountains of central Idaho, the transition from belle to cowgirl had many bumps along the way. There is humor and tragedy, drama and hubris in these pages. Adaptation! That is the way to flourish after being transplanted.

Introducing Jim LaRue, author of The ABCs of My Life

“My experience with Jamie has been great. I’m very happy with your personal work interactions and the final product”

Jim LaRue grew up in NW Montana. He attended Oregon State University on a Navy ROTC scholarship and graduated in 1968 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Upon graduation and commissioning, he served five years in the Navy as an aviator. His professional career consisted of several independent business ventures with the last twenty years spent in the financial services industry with a major national firm. He retired in 2006 and resides with his wife Margie on the shores of Lake Keowee in NW South Carolina.

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A rambling collection of thoughts, opinions, observations and memories from an average small-town guy who survived the cold war, the polio epidemic, chicken pox, measles, mumps, broken bones, drinking water from a garden hose, nuclear war drills, an older sister, playing in the street, speeding, underage drinking, riding a bike without a helmet, dog bites, cat scratches, skiing in the fog, driving on icy roads in winter blizzards, corporal punishment, harsh winters in Montana, living for two months under water in a submarine, flying jets off the deck of an aircraft carrier, raising two sons and forty-nine years (at the time of this typing) of marriage.

Introducing Roger B. Pratt, author of El Paso, His Final Destination

“This is my first experience with publishing a book. It could not have been any easier. The expert assistance from my Author Representative Dana made the whole process an enjoyable one. I am working on my second book and am looking forward to doing business with Outskirts Press.”

Roger B. Pratt is retired, which allowed him the time to pursue this project. Compiling these old letters to book form presents a fascinating insight into the adventurous daily life of a young man in the late 1800’s.

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Extremely Ambitious and Curious Individual. Each letter reflects his daily life and surroundings in fascinating detail. Beginning when this seventeen year old young man from Vermont joins the Vermont militia and enters the Civil War. After serving ten months and rising to the rank of Corporal, the war ends. He is mustered out and returns temporarily to Vermont. This extremely ambitious and curious individual decides to leave home and starts his westerly journey. He ventures through seven western states, one territory, and Mexico, holding various positions in sixteen different occupations. He spends the last five years of his life in El Paso, Texas, as President of his El Paso Transfer Company business. His journey ends with his death from diabetes at the age of forty seven. Misspelled words were not corrected in the transition from the original letters to typed book pages to preserve the authenticity and character of the letters. Copies of original letters with envelopes, and certain documents, are included after certain typed book pages to show the interesting letter heads and envelopes.

Introducing L.B. Johnson, author of Saving Grace: A Story of Adoption

“I published my first two books with Outskirts Press. Although I had an overall great experience, an author friend talked me into trying her publishing service for Book 3, and then on my 4th book, an anthology with other authors, we used another publisher. I have to say after using several methods of publishing that Outskirts Press was the easiest and cost-effective publisher to use with a patient and informative staff that was always there for me. Although all four of my books were best sellers, the two Outskirts Press books went to #1 on Amazon for many many weeks — thanks to your marketing assistance included in my package as well as some of the affordable options for further marketing. My first book The Book of Barkley is still in the top 20 in genre at Amazon almost FOUR years after publication. I just started my fifth book and when I’m done I will be contacting you again. I would not use another publisher.”

L.B. Johnson is the Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller “The Book of Barkley – Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever.” She lives in Chicago with her husband and a Lab Retriever rescue.

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A Memoir of Family, Redemption and Hope. It started with a piece of paper — a birth certificate, sent to the author’s parents long after her birth. There is much history in that piece of paper. For she was born to an unwed mother in the generation prior to Roe v. Wade, on a warm day in August — a small, painful beginning in which she had been an unwilling participant, yet one that would shape her destiny. She is adopted into a loving home with another child that would become her beloved brother. She finds herself pregnant; she’s a teen and a college student, abandoned at the news. The options are obvious, but there is only one decision she could make: to give her child up to a family praying for one, and walking away. Saving Grace is more than a story of adoption. It’s a deep look into family — at hope and faith and why we end our days surrounded by souls that may not bear our name or share our blood, but who are our true family.

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.