Introducing Vickie McGillis, author of Detours To The Good Stuff

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Vickie McGillis is a native of Winona, Minnesota. Although this is her debut novel, she is a seasoned, award-winning published poet, as well as a longtime supporter of animal rights groups. Vickie and her wonderfully-supportive husband still reside in the Winona area, along with their rescued four-legged companions.

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Katie Munson was a struggling, poor young mother with four small children. At just 22 years of age, and freshly divorced, Katie had relocated her young family to their new home in a small rural town in southeastern Minnesota. In the comfort of her new surroundings, Katie presumed that she, along with her son and three baby girls, were safe from harm’s way. She believed they had escaped the iniquity from her past and were free to begin a renewed and happy life together. December 2, 1967, was a very special day for Katie Munson. Keith, her oldest, was turning four today, but while Katie prepared for the toddler’s birthday party, nothing could have prepared her for the unforeseeable winter storm that was blowing in her direction, or the unspeakable terror that accompanied it! This particular day would prove to be just the beginning of a perpetual, formidable journey for Katie and her young family in their pursuit of peace and happiness. The road ahead was littered with obstacles that oftentimes appeared impossible to avert. Despite the many unavoidable detours that changed the course of their lives, Katie never lost sight of the potential rewards at the end of their relentless expedition. This is the first installment in the extraordinary Munson family saga-the epic and gripping true story of a young single mother and her four children as they navigate the river of life, in search of “the good stuff.”

Introducing Margaret Watkins, author of Mole Dog

“When it came time to publish my second book, also a memoir, I again chose Outskirts Press, Inc. without hesitation. Having guided me patiently through the process with my first book, The Fine Line, I knew this little dog book would be in good hands. The color photographs were reproduced flawlessly just where they were supposed to be, and the front and back covers were exactly as I had visualized. Once again, my author representative and other members of the publishing team were there to guide me from start to finish, and I look forward to working with them again.”

Margaret Watkins lives in a small cabin in the mountains of Idaho with her husband and fond memories of “the pups.”

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What started out as a good idea to get a dog for our son soon morphed into an arrangement whereby two big messy pups took over the household. Not content to be mere add-ons, Rambo and Buddy soon moved front and center of our existence, bringing joy and a degree of inconvenience overlaid by a rich layer of devotion and unwavering loyalty to the pack. Twelve years of fun and adventure unfold in these pages as we tried to remember that our four-legged companions were, after all, only dogs. We thought of them as family. Join us on backpacking trips and winter excursions in the mountains of Idaho where the pups remained at the center of the action. Rambo and Buddy went everywhere with us. Mostly we just played together. Their individual personality traits did not always blend smoothly with ours but we remained an inseparable pack of four. This is their story.

Introducing Dr. Lulu Smith, author of My Path to the Light of Happiness

“I had a very good experience with all the members who helped me in publishing my book. They are professional, warm, friendly and pleasant. The process was enjoyable.”

Dr. Lulu Smith is an ordinary Chinese woman with extraordinary life experiences. For love, she gave up her full professorship with tenure in Japan and came to the U.S. to live a simple but happy life. However, her love was suddenly relentlessly destroyed by a drunk driver. Yet she miraculously recovered and regained her happiness.

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Secrets of Happiness-Love and the Law of Attraction. Life is unpredictable, full of ups and downs, fortune or misfortune. Yet no matter how life changes, the gateways to happiness are always open. When one door of happiness is cruelly closed by accident, illness, or natural disaster, another door of happiness will open sooner or later so long as we strongly desire and want happiness. This is how the Law of Attraction works. Each step, each person, and each happening in my life has helped to pave my path to the light of happiness. May this book help those who are suffering from physical, emotional and mental pains caused by all kinds of catastrophic disasters in life. This book also aims to transmit the light of happiness to those unhappy souls who are living in misery or lost in darkness. The unhappy souls can be those who are trapped in the swamps of failed marriage, or unsuitable jobs, who are tired physically and mentally because of over-stress from chasing after money and fame, who fret over trifles, who are full of hatred and resentment, who are tightly locked by the spiritual shackles they put on themselves, and who suffer from sleepless nights due to lack of peace and serenity.

Introducing Ardie Victor Estes, author of I’m Just a Boy

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Regarding his professional career, Ardie Victor Estes has done extensive technical writing but rises to the top with this collection of All-American short stories.

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This series of true episodes is a serious but fun attempt to tell it like a growing up boy felt it in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. Uncovering the whole story of a healthy boy’s dealings with his conscience often reflects his very heart. Christian principles are conveyed and sometimes subtle. The message, benefits of character development, and unique qualities are apparent.

Introducing Maria E. Rundquist, author of Maria

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Maria E. Rundquist is retired from her small business as translator/interpreter, and Spanish instructor. She is still involved in her community as volunteer. She is active in the Northwest Iowa Sierra Group, The Loess Hills Audubon Society, The Sioux City Neighborhood Network, The League of Women Voters, the Missouri River Runners, and the First Unitarian Church of Sioux City, Iowa. Maria and her husband Rex have four children and seven grandchildren.

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An Immigrant Making a Difference Through Community Involvement. As a young girl growing up in Merida, Maria faced tragedy and hardship. As a young woman she endured abuse by her ex-husband. Maria found the courage to break free from her abuser and build a good life as a single parent with two small children. Maria’s life changed when she met a young American medical ex-change student from Iowa while she worked as a secretary for the medical residency program at a Hospital in Merida. Maria and her two small children came to America with a fiancé visa in order to marry Dr. Rundquist. Maria and her two children are naturalized citizens and they hold dual citizenship. She is proud to be an American yet part of her heart belongs to her native country, as well. Maria has actively assimilated into the communities where she raised her four children. She advocates for women, children and the environment. Maria wants to inspire women to face challenges in their own lives by getting involved in their children’s activities as well as volunteering in their communities.

Introducing Linda K. Reed, author of Winter of 1950

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Linda K. Reed is retired. She enjoys spending time on the water and the companionship of her dogs, Patsy (aka Pooper) and a big boy named Sue. She has four children and eight beautiful grandchildren, all of whom make her very proud. Winter of 1950 is her first book.

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Just when Linda thought life couldn’t be more perfect, the Universe threw her a curve she didn’t see coming-and that was just the beginning. After a long journey and despite the bumps, the bruises, and the heartache, she managed to land on her feet and find the joy of peace and serenity. “We are all children of the Universe, and we all deserve the very best life has to offer-regardless of our beliefs and the curves life throws our way.” Written with great wisdom and compassion, Linda’s memoir celebrates the growth we experience when life hands us unexpected “gifts” that help us discover something greater than ourselves. Believing nothing is by coincidence, I found myself, with love, writing this book.

Introducing Charles Taylor, author of The Demon Who Became an Angel

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Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Charles Taylor grew up selling drugs and robbing people, treating women like pieces of meat, and when an adult, he went to jail, then gave his life to Jesus. When he got out, he got a job as an exterminator. Writing songs, poetry, plays, etc. are his hobbies. He’s now an owner of his own exterminating company and a father of a very handsome eight-year-old son. He also plans to write more books, songs, plays, and movie scripts.

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Growing up around career criminals had me believing that the average working class american was dumb. Being molested at a very young age made me very promiscuous. Fast money and fast females were all I wanted until my life changed. Watching people die and going through so many ups and downs I realized something had to give. My name is Charles Taylor and “The Demon Who Became an Angel” is the story based on my real life experiences. None of the names in the book are real except for mine. Certain details of this book have been altered to protect others’ identities.