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.

Introducing Jeff Green, author of I Hear Ants

“Outskirts Press delivered everything they promised, usually ahead of schedule, making the publishing of my first book a wonderful experience. I look forward to doing it again in the future.”

Jeff Green has been married 28 years to Doris. They have 3 children – Bobby, Brandy, and Kimberly and 5 grandchildren. Jeff served in the United States Marine Corps for eleven years obtaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He earned his Masters Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is currently a Manager at a major Aerospace Corporation.

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Come walk with this Marine as he describes, in 48 short stores, some of the memorable moments of his “totally normal” family’s upbringing. Discover why he thinks he can hear ants. Learn how describing the subtle nuances of fine dining and the proper use of a salad fork can be humorous. And laugh with him as he learns that his daughter is being detained by the SWAT team. Yes sir, just another ordinary day in the life of a Marine.

Introducing Don McCullough, author of Danny Boy

“For my first foray into self-publishing, there was a learning curve, but overall it was a great experience. Staff is great and creative/production/graphic arts people are truly talented. We love the finished product. The fees began to add up, there seemed to be many, but many of them were due to my inexperience. Next book will be more cost effective… and there will be another book! I hope to have the same Author Rep! The copy editor was phenomenal. Overall a great job and we’re very satisfied!”

Don McCullough is a professional firefighter and clinical mental health counselor who lives and writes in the seacoast area of New Hampshire

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A small north Texas town, summer of 1968. 12 year old Danny, oblivious to the tides of change sweeping America, is living a charmed Huck Finn life in the woods and pastures on the outskirts of a segregated north Texas grain mill town that harbors an ugly and violent past. But Danny also carries a dark, shattering secret that he struggles to keep from his family and classmates during the epicenter of adolescent social experience; junior high school. Wounded and afraid, he ventures into his new, racially mixed school across town that is vastly different from his modern, all white elementary school. Danny becomes witness to the social tides of change beginning to sweep through an insular town long protected from the outside world by Jim Crow and the bosom of surrounding pasture and ranch land. This is the poignant, funny, tragic and ultimately uplifting story of a wounded, lonely boy and a country at war with itself during a defining era in American history. It is dedicated to all those who struggle to overcome adversity simply because there is no other choice.

Introducing Virginia Midgett Richardson, author of Memory As A River

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After graduation from high school, Virginia Midgett Richardson began writing song lyrics and after many failures, finally had a song published and recorded. It did not go too well but in the early 50s, a new country music artist recorded one on Capitol Records that was played on the radio often. Later, she had several more recorded and two did very well. One, A Lifetime Isn’t Long Enough, recorded by Faron Young is still on the computer with several favorable comments. After marriage, Virginia moved with her husband, Ray to his little home near Roanoke, Virginia. Here, with time on her hands, she began writing verses for greeting cards and in the process, found much satisfaction and real success.

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“Memory As A River” is from the very heart of its author, Virginia Midgett Richardson and is the true story of the joys, sorrows, fun and advantages of being reared in a true American small town or village, as one would call this riverside place she loves so much. All who know and love small towns will recognize the folks who were neighbors and friends even though they will be different. Too, others who only know the city life will catch a glimpse of why we love the place we hold in our hearts as always being home…Where everyone knows our name and is always there to lend a helping hand. Because of her loving and patient mother, Virginia learned to read and write before she started school. Almost from the time she could hold a pencil, she wanted to put her thoughts and feelings into words. She won a small prize in the first grade by writing a little poem and from then on, she tried to put all she saw and heard into rhyme or short prose and later on, had many of these published in the local newspapers Reared in the small fishing village of Sneads Ferry near the southeastern coast of North Carolina, Virginia paid special attention to the stories of the fishermen who made their living from the river and ocean. These included her grandfather, father, brothers, many cousins and others. She listened with fascination to tales of big catches, violent storms which often caught them by surprise and other stories. However, she loved poetry so much that her stories usually came out in rhyme and were mostly about the river she loved so much.