Introducing Joe Poett, author of A Rainy Day in Heaven

“Job well done!”

So begins Joe Poett’s lighthearted yet poignant memoir. With “orange” hair, freckles, a light-fingered brother, and a penchant for mischief, Poett grows up in an era of party lines and fallout shelters in the backyard and President Kennedy’s space project. When he’s not setting the neighboring field on fire or nearly suffocating in a pile of sawdust, Joseph is navigating a treacherous family life. His father, an angry alcoholic, is abusive to his mother, and the police have made such frequent appearances at their home, they’re all on a first-name basis. Despite spending years at an orphanage while his mother tries to make it on her own with a new developmentally disabled baby, Joseph maintains an endless sense of humor and irony. His story is both laugh-out-loud entertaining and emotionally distressing as we see how the adults in one boy’s life fail him over and over again.

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Out of zero volume exploded a universe, expanding at the speed of light. The universe is not infinite, like is commonly thought, but a perfect sphere with edges growing at the speed of light. And outside the edge of the universe there’s no time and no space-only a void. “And on the seventh day, He rested.”
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Fifteen billion years later, I, Joseph Richard Poett Jr., the center of the universe, am conceived, and three years later, I’m battling to hold back the weighty door of a department store pay toilet…

Introducing Mary Ellen James, author of The Rose: A Life Between Petals and Thorns

“My Author Representative was wonderful! This is the first time for me and she always answered my questions.”

Mary Ellen James is a Technical Writer by profession and produces documentation mainly for the Internet Technology industry. She lives in the southern part of New Jersey in Little Egg Harbor, a quaint and quiet community close to the shore. Her passions have always included the arts and sciences: sewing, refinishing and upcycling furniture, gardening, orchid propagation, and digital photography.

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When I decided to write a memoir of my incredible mother, I thought about all the random and disconnected stories that she told me over the years and figured that would be a good place to start. As I put down words to describe her stories, I found that I was subconsciously blending them into my own vivid memories and recollections. I felt compelled to describe what I knew about the life she lived for over 100 years in ways that most people would not know, or never know. It wasn’t until I had conversations with my children about their grandmother’s life that the desire to actually write this memoir was realized. The seed was planted, though, when my youngest son, Nathan, came home during a college semester break and brought with him a professional recorder and microphone to record his grandmother’s stories. As we sat in the living room and Nathan began to give her queues to start speaking, it was apparent that she was not eager to speak into the microphone. Even though many years have gone by after that failed endeavor, I always had the desire to complete what my children wanted me to accomplish but didn’t know when-until now. It is my hope that this memoir will inspire someone to tell their own story of a loved one’s journey. For me, it was not only cathartic but my most satisfying and rewarding endeavor ever.

Introducing Dale Cathell, author of Pete the Greek: An Entrepreneurial Life

“I am very familiar with the self-publishing business. I have written and published four prior books using another publisher. But the process with the other publisher was very complicated and at times even painful. I picked Outskirts Press for my last book and it was a great choice. My Author Representatives guided me through the publishing process and the process was the most efficient that I have experienced. And you produced a beautiful book. The formatting of the photos was great. I would never have thought of setting them off by the change in the color of the pages. Also, highlighting the paragraphs within the quotes was much more attractive than the way I had done it in my manuscript. Over the years, I have become very familiar with the self-publishing business. I know there are disappointed writers whose expectations exceeded their talents and they end up blaming the publisher for their own shortcomings. And then go online to vent. I have always considered them as crybabies. When a publisher, such as Outskirts Press, so improves my work by the way in which the book was formatted, I am almost stunned. Thank you again for making the publication process so pleasant.”

In 2003 the author published his first book, a novel, From Lands Over. Set primarily in Ocean City, Maryland it became a bestseller in the local coastal markets of the mid-Atlantic. It was described as a “hidden treasure” by the Writer’s Digest and was described as “an often passionate and sometimes earthy book which will hold your attention. It is entertaining . . . and moves along quickly.” “The Law Clerk.” In Books in Review in the Wave, it was described as “. . . a roller coaster ride of thrills and excitement. . . .The fishing passages are particularly vivid and demonstrate the author’s love of the sea.” His second novel, Scent of Lilacs, was also received favorably. His first biography, “Empires of the Crab,” was awarded a Silver Medal for non-fiction in the Independent Publishers ‘Ippy’ awards in 2007. He is also the author of Wading Through the Swamp – Memoirs of a Bad Boy, published in 2014 that, among other things, revealed the identity of the person who had murdered a local girl. It was met with great interest and much comment.

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From selling Christmas trees on street corners in Washington to becoming a multi-millionaire philanthropist, this is a success story of the son of immigrants who combined vision, risk-taking and a desire for perfection and became a leading restauranteur, businessman and world-class angler. It is an example of how thousands, if not tens of thousands, of immigrant families have made major contributions to the culture and economy of the United States. This is the true life legend of Peter Paul Boinis.

Introducing Jeff Green, author of By the Way, I Quit!

“Lisa was able to help me with everything satisfactorily.”

Jeff Green is a United States Marine Corps veteran. He also happens to be an author and patent holder, with a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He and his family reside in Indiana, where he still works as a senior manager for an aerospace company.

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By the Way, I Quit! These five simple words are often thought about, but almost never carried out! That is, until Jeff Green shows up. Yes, he is back and has decided, once again, to pick on family, friends, and coworkers in this hilarious new release. He handles everyday scenarios in that truly flexible manner all Marines are known for. (Uh, not!) Three guesses, what’s for dinner? If baked ostrich, fried rings of squid, and frog legs are not the first things that come to mind, you obviously have not eaten with Jeff. Jeff describes the pitfalls of him having a good time. Common accessories like campers, boats, cars, and ladders add more opportunities for personal destruction-and a good laugh. Jeff learns about working in an “agile” environment. “What do you mean, I don’t have a desk?” Take a stubborn Marine, drop him into the modern agile office and expect him not to take prisoners. It just doesn’t get any better than this. Every story is based on real-life situations, driving one certain gentleman to the ultimate decision to retire from it all. Only, with his twisted sense of humor, Jeff is sure to leave you shaking your head and hoping he sticks around to give you just a little more.

Introducing Prophetess Gail Rose, author of My Past Was Just A Set Up For My Future

“I heard about Outskirts Press through a friend, but I wanted to check out all my options since this is my very first book written. I took my time as I researched many publishers and their offers. In my search I have found Outskirts Press to be reasonable with their pricing and had much to offer for your money. After much research and prayer, I decided on Outskirts Press. My representative was very helpful and patient with me and I have learned much through the process. There is more involved in publishing a book then just writing, and Outskirts Press provided the proper help and guidance that was needed. I am pleased with the outcome and grateful for all their help!”

Prophetess Gail Rose is the President and Founder of I Will Go Ministry and GR Expressions of Me. She was honored in the Cambridge Who’s Who 2006-2007 Edition of Executives and Professional Women. She attended Charisma Ministerial Bible College, Christian College Bible Knowledge and Bibleway School of Ministry. She travels nationally and, soon to come, Internationally doing Revivals, Women’s Conferences, Workshops and Retreats. She was ordained as a Rev./Evangelist in 1985 through her home church Bibleway Chapel Church Inc. And ordained as a Prophetess in 2002. Because of her love for God and His people, Prophetess Gail transcends through all races, cultural and religious barriers just to reach and pull you out of any dilemma you may be in.

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Past Shadows or Future Realities are choices…which follows you? This book tells the whole story of a little girl who was thrust into an adult situation at a very young age, which she was not physically or mentally mature enough to handle. It caused her life to fall into a downward spiral of confusions that was not easily reversed. This story tells of the nightmares that lingered for years, and how the shame and guilt tormented her thoughts. You will read of the child abuse and rape in the home that led her to a life of drugs, alcohol and perversion by the time she was 16, and even an attempted suicide, but this is not how the story ends. At the age of 20 she found herself under a gospel tent where she met Jesus for the very first time, and He changed her life forever. This remarkable story lets you know that after her encounter with Jesus she struggled with discovering who she really was while trying to put the pieces of her life back together. God sent her two ladies who she called her 911 sisters. They assisted her for three years of her new Christian walk until she was able to break free of her past, and discover that God had her destiny in mind before the very foundation of the world. Not a typical story that ended with defeat, but ends with an unprecedented victory. This story will show you how you can experience triumph even in the undisclosed places of your soul.

Introducing Joan Pendergast, author of Love Letters to Jack

“Lisa was fantastic always! She communicated with me and my granddaughter Max who helped me, very well all the time. Thank you Lisa.”

Joan Pendergast is a BSRN graduate of Skidmore College, and has practiced public health and hospital nursing in New Haven, Connecticut, and Providence, Rhode Island. She is the author of Markings of Mercy, The Story of After Abortion Helpline and several poetry publications in the New Boston Post. Married to Jack for fifty-eight years, Joan is the mother of six children and grandmother and great grandmother of twenty-one grandchildren. She resides in Providence, Rhode Island.

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“Why share your grief in a book,” you might say. “That’s private stuff. You don’t go parading it all over the place.” Well it’s precisely because others have done just that, that I’ve been able to move along through my grief. Grief is so disorienting, disabling, frightening and painful that we need the help of others to get through it. One can feel so isolated, alone and confused that a word, a sentence, or a thought from another grieving person can take us out of isolation and bring us back to life. My wonderful Jack and I were married for fifty-eight years. As he suffered at the end of his life from cancer, undifferentiated squamous cell carcinoma, I was able to write about the deep pain of our impending separation in order to name it and process it. When he passed on June 12, 2014, I continued to write to him and to the Lord, love letters, through the pain of my grief. Sometimes sorrowful, sometimes joyful, this compilation of letters, poems, prayers, and reflections is an intimate portrait of my love for my husband and for God. It also expresses my struggle to come to terms with the mysteries of marriage, love, death, and loss. Writing helped me survive the terrible grief I experienced, that many experience after losing a loved one. We all grieve in our own way, and I hope this book will help you as others have helped me.

Introducing Resia Nank, author of Small Town Scandal

“All in all it was a pretty smooth experience, given that it was done virtually. This was my first book and I’m working on #2 now. I intend to stick with Outskirts! Here’s to working together in the future. Thanks! ”

Resia Nank has always been a writer. During the book’s time frame, she worked for the Star Democrat newspaper in her hometown of Easton, Maryland. In her 25-year career as a corporate journalist and communications professional, she wrote for various industries on multiple platforms. She holds a Masters degree from Johns Hopkins University and an undergraduate degree from Towson University. She’s lived in and around Baltimore and the Chicago area, but spends as much time as possible at her favorite home in Scottsdale, Arizona. www.resiamedia.com

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A Racy Memoir By A Non-Celebrity. Celebrities aren’t the only people who live lives interesting enough for a reality show! This shocking tale of a young girl seduced by a married man twice her age is a true story. It happened more than 40 years ago and although the times have changed, that doesn’t mean the story won’t re-ignite the salacious gossip that gripped a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the 1970s. Here’s the buzz on Small Town Scandal: “An outrageous journey to emotional maturity” “The secret’s out: a 21-year trip down memory lane” “A glimpse into the private life of a typical Baby Boomer”