Introducing Nichole Ellis, author of Entertaining Angels

“I am usually quite a skeptical person by nature. When the time came for me to start investigating and researching who I wanted to publish with, I was careful to do my research. Even after I purchased my initial package with Outskirts, my skepticism continued. I started to realize I wasn’t ready to publish, and that I wanted to upgrade my package. This went on for a year. Outskirts was very patient with me, and even allowed me to upgrade my package and “pay as I went.” I received all of the services as promised in my contract, and even some useful information not included in my purchase along the way. Finally the time came that I nervously hit the production button. My heart was in my stomach. A few days thereafter I was officially published, I began to find my book all over different search engines and different languages. I can find my book in Australia, Canada, the UK, Sweden, Japan, and more. I cannot describe the feeling of knowing that I have shared something important to me with the world, literally. I think the greatest asset that Outskirts contributed was their patience in dealing with my skepticism and their professionalism my production team carried as I went through the process. I was always well informed and knew what was happening every step of the way. Thank you, Outskirts for helping me share my story with the world.”

About Nichole Ellis: After losing custody of her children and enduring a lifetime of domestic violence involvement, Nichole knew she wanted to change her lifestyle. This story is about her journey toward a healthier life, her growth as a parent, and the spiritual awakening she would encounter over and over again.

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“Entertaining Angels” will open the eyes of community leaders regarding the youth lost among our society. This intense novel will tug at your heart strings as an outcry for families living in dire circumstances. Entertaining Angels begs for an understanding and commitment from our community leaders-not just to enforce justice but to educate and prove to down-trodden families that life can be different. Walk with the author on a spiritual journey that begins in childhood and stretches into adulthood. Stay with her as she struggles to find compassion in a life where she feels worthless and unloved. Although designed for professionals in the social services industry, Entertaining Angels is also a useful guide for families involved with their local child welfare agency, inmates, those participating in a court ordered activity, and especially the lost soul who is begging to be found. An example of existence without nurture rests in the pages of Entertaining Angels. Whatever your profession, position, or religion, this story calls for a healing in both our personal family lives and the services designed to care for our families. It is an awakening in what should matter most and a call toward reliving oaths taken to make a difference in our world.

Introducing Lewis McCaw, author of Now I Get It!

“Leona provided exceptional service! She even sent responses to my inquiries late at night and on weekends. I rate Leona 10 out of 10! This is my first publishing experience (age 80) and so far I would highly recommend Outskirts Press.”

Lew McCaw taught automotive technology for 33 years at high school and community college levels. He holds degrees from SUNY College at Morrisville, SUNY Oswego and completed graduate work at Cornell University. His students from Ithaca High School won state and national championships several years in Plymouth Troubleshooting Contests. McCaw kept current with technology by attending corporate training centers, both domestic and foreign. Time as a service manager and salesman of diagnostic equipment added to his expertise. Lew and his wife, Mary-Beth, live in a retirement community near St. Augustine, Florida. He enjoys providing seminars for residents and writes on various topics.


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“Now I Get It!” makes understanding your car as easy as brushing your teeth. Only on housing are you likely to spend more money than on your vehicles. This author uses his expertise in teaching to help you understand how things work. From that mysterious yellow “check engine” light to deciding whether you need Top Tier gasoline, what every driver needs to know is explained in ways that make learning enjoyable. No longer should you fear being ripped off at a repair shop because you will understand and be able to communicate with your technician. Whether your concern is replacing tires, figuring out strange brake noises or what causes your car to wander to the right, your newfound knowledge will empower you to make good decisions and save money. Learning new technical concepts can be discouraging if you are not mechanically inclined. Lew McCaw explains the unfamiliar by using analogies with everyday experiences you DO understand. An example is in comparing how your body’s central nervous system functions to how on-board computers control many systems in your car. Your five senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch feed information to your brain. The brain has been taught and remembers how to make decisions based on those inputs from your senses. It then commands various body parts to perform. Numerous sensors on your vehicle send information to computers. They have been programmed to react to those inputs and command things to happen. Many systems on your vehicle are controlled by these computers. “Now I Get It!” is a wonderful resource for drivers of all ages.

Introducing Mark Ladas, author of Climbing the Ladder: From Firefighter to Fire Chief

“Everyone was professional and responsive.”

From the Author: It has always been my desire to make life better for the personnel who make up the fire service and most importantly for all those we serve. For 31 years I worked alongside people who have become life-long friends. I retired as the Fire Chief for Central County Fire Department overseeing Burlingame, Hillsborough, Millbrae and San Bruno.


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Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in the fire service, a motivated firefighter or a seasoned officer, this book will give you insights on how to become a desirable fire department candidate, how to perform at a higher level at every rank within the fire department as well as prepare you for your next promotional exam. Climbing the Ladder is geared towards the fire service, however elected officials, city managers, other department heads and all those who manage personnel will also find benefits throughout this read. My hope is that you finish this book feeling you learned a few new ideas and concepts you can personally use or pass down to someone in your organization. The cover picture was taken by my friend and co-worker, Firefighter Scott Stacey. All author’s proceeds will be donated to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. For additional support and mentoring see Climbingtheladder.co

Introducing Patrick J. O’Connor, Ph.D., author of College Counseling for School Counselors

“I couldn’t have asked for more from Leona. I was on a tight deadline, and her efficient approach to handling my edits, offering advice, and giving encouragement really kept the process– and me– going. I couldn’t have asked for more– and I asked for a lot!”

Patrick O’Connor is on the political science faculty of Oakland Community College, and is associate dean of college counseling at Cranbrook Schools, both in Metropolitan Detroit. A national speaker on all issues related to college admissions and education, Patrick teaches a college counseling course to both preservice and experienced counselors, and presents workshops on these topics to students, parents, and educators. Collegeisyours@comcast.net


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With more college options and higher college costs, students and parents need the advice and support of a well-informed school counselor to guide them through the college selection process. College Counseling for School Counselors gives counselors everything needed to build a successful college counseling program, no matter how many students they work with. After creating a framework for a strong curriculum, College Counseling for School Counselors shows how to explore all college options with students and families, including options for students with special needs and talents. The follow-up activities in each chapter give counselors resources that bring the ideas to life, and a three year calendar shows counselors how to introduce every idea at a manageable pace, building to a comprehensive college counseling program and strong individual college plans for every student. Busy, caring counselors will find everything they need in College Counseling for School Counselors to improve their college counseling program, and reach every student they work with.

Introducing Debra J. Davis, author of Through the Eyes of the Substitute

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to all individuals associated with the publishing of my book. It has been a great experience. I appreciate all that was done from the beginning to the publishing stage. May God continue to bless each and every one of you at Outskirts Publishing.”

Debra Davis is married and has 1 son, 2 daughters and 1 granddaughter. Debra is a Substitute Teacher for grades K-12th, in Pittsylvania County Virginia, organizer of a community-based non-profit organization, a community activist and a former Qualified Mental Health Professional Counselor. She is also very active member at her church. Debra spends countless hours volunteering, serving others in need. Debra has obtained an Associate Degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Education.


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In fear of being rejected, many youth tend to hide who they are deep inside fearing the pressures of life if the inner person would appear. Teachers feel as though they are overworked, underpaid, babysitters, counselors, and parents to some. Some parents feel as though they are the victim of life, while others soar above life’s challenges. What do you do, when life causes you to substitute the unexpected and you begin to endure the problems that need adjusting? As I share my experiences, personal insight and biblical principles, I pray that you will begin to view life “Through The Eyes of the Substitute.”

Introducing Beatrice Ekanjume-Ilongo, author of Phonetics in the Classroom: A Handbook for Beginners

“Thank you Outskirts for giving me an opportunity to publish with you. It has been an enjoyable exercise working with each of the team at different stages. I’ll definitely publish with Outskirts again and again.”

Beatrice Ekanjume-Ilongo did her tertiary education in the University of Yaounde 1 Cameroon where she obtained a PhD in Linguistics in 2006 with specialization in Phonology. She has been teaching phonetics for the past fifteen years in the University of Yaounde 1 Cameroon, University of Burundi and now the National University of Lesotho. She has published in several accredited journals in her areas of research interest, including a book on Phonology. Beatrice Ekanjume-Ilongo was born in Cameroon and is married with four children. She is currently an Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English and the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the National University of Lesotho.


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Phonetics in the Classroom: A Handbook for Beginners is a handbook that will prove invaluable to all students and teachers of Linguistics, and will also be useful to those working in other, connected fields. The aim of this handbook is to provide students with practical skills and a conceptual framework to do further work in phonetics. It will give training in the production, perception, physiological and acoustic description, and IPA transcription of the speech sounds used in the languages of the world. The main function of the handbook is to provide the essential background for beginners so that they can be equipped for further work in phonetics. The book introduces students to the sounds of languages in general while at the same focusing on the sounds of spoken English, with emphases on the description of consonants and vowels, the stress patterns of English, and the use and functions of English intonation. Throughout, hundreds of examples are given from the world’s languages although there is an obvious concentration on English.

Introducing Travis Wayne Goodsell, author of An Introduction to Paleo-Hebrew Alphabet and Grammar A New Theory

“My book is An Introduction to Paleo-Hebrew Alphabet and Grammar A New Theory. My story of the miracle of publishing with Outskirts Press began with Joseph Smith the founding Prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He made the claim in April 1844 before his martyrdom that the Hebrew text of the Bible was translated incorrectly. I had an overwhelming urge to know how he made his translation and what a re-translation of the Hebrew text would read. It was in my last year at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada that a Biblical Hebrew class became available. I knew I had to take it. Our instructor, Walter Emanuel Aufrecht, was a Harvard graduate who himself was taught by Thomas O. Lambdin and we used Professor Lambdin’s Biblical Hebrew textbook. On the first day of class we were taught the suspicions for a new theory of the origin of the vocabulary with the word for ‘sea’ contained in the word for ‘water’ which was contained in the word for ‘sky’ or ‘heaven’. This provided the basis for my theory that would come later on. But my initial discovery was with the alphabet itself; with the letters making up the Egyptian God Re. They were a match with the Hieratic form of the Egyptian Hieroglyphs. I was overwhelmed with excitement. Now I had to do some theory testing. I took Brown Driver and Brigg’s Hebrew/English Lexicon which was also our textbook and restructured it my taking out all the vowels. Then I used that to check and see how many 2 letter words corresponded as part of 3 letter words. I found a number of hits; but Hebrew is a relatively small vocabulary. However after taking Ewa Wasilewska’s Egyptian courses at the University of Utah I learned about determinatives. This was the missing link to understanding the vocabulary. And with matches to other Egyptian Hieroglyphs with the rest of the Paleo-Hebrew letters I had a sound theory. Now I just needed to get my discovery published. And sure enough when I had finished typing up my research into a book on my computer there just happened to be an advertisement online for two online publishing companies. Researching both of them, I found Outskirts Press to stand out even when compared to regular publishing companies. Outskirts Press explained every step of the publication process in an easy to understand manner and a user friendly website. And with a world-wide distribution service and top of the line marketing tools I am looking forward to future publications with the success of this my first book.”

About the author: The name Travis in Hebrew is “Hebrew/Heber/Eber” meaning, “He who is from the crossroads.” I happen to be living in the “crossroads of the West”. I was born and raised a Californian though. Schooling involves a Bachelors from the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada and two years at the University of Utah. I’ve studied the Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew, Greek, Egyptian, and Philosophy of Science; which just happen to be the perfect education to make the discovery of the new theory of Paleo-Hebrew.


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A new theory has been discovered about the origins of the Hebrew alphabet and how the vocabulary has been developed. The result is a new translation of the Torah, the 5 Books of Moses. And the Creation Story is revealed as a Hebrew Scribe’s rewrite of the Egyptian’s Creation Story originating from the Pyramid Texts dating to 2400BCE.

Introducing Paul W. Reeves, author of A Principal’s Family Principles

“My author representative, Dana, was highly energetic, helpful, and responsive. I truly appreciated all of her professional efforts throughout the entire publishing process!

Paul W. Reeves has spent over 30 years as a professional educator, a career that has seen him establish the largest and most decorated Band program in the Midwest (353 students per day!), as well as being a teacher of Mathematics, English, and Spanish. While serving as a K-12 teacher, it was normal to see his classroom filled with over 100 students each day before school, during lunch, and after school! During the administrative portion of his career, he was responsible for raising some standardized test scores by as much as 400%, while doubling and tripling most other test state scores; changing his school’s inherited grade of “F” to “A” in assessments; raising his school’s Report Card by two whole letter grades in two years; increasing enrollment by as much as 50%; serving as a statewide conference speaker on “Instructional Practices”; and leading an entire district to financial solvency, while improving curriculum, standardized test scores, technology, and instructional practices and always pursuing the students’ best interests. However, as much as he enjoyed his career with students, his greatest joy came with his three blessings, a daughter and two sons. As you will read in his book, Mr. Reeves spent as much time as possible with his kids; took them to their activities; encouraged them to be successful, while showing them the way; attended their events; and tried to always be the rock of the family on whom his kids could rely while establishing their own paths through life. In addition to currently operating his school, Mr. Reeves serves as a consultant to other schools, districts, teachers, administrators, and School Boards, mostly in the areas of instructional practices, curriculum, personnel, business practices, and staff development. And, of course, he works with multiple parent groups, so that they can also learn to raise their kids to be happy and healthy, while enjoying them to the fullest!


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How do we raise our kids to be successful and happy, while keeping them away from peer pressure and the nefarious characters who populate our society – the same nefarious characters who would love to “mentor” your children toward alternative lifestyles that are far different than your own morals and beliefs? Mr. Paul W. Reeves explains how to do it in his new book, “A Principal’s Family Principles”, in which he explains that the most important person in your child’s life needs to be . . . YOU! In Mr. Reeves’ book, you will laugh, cry, and feel joyous at the outpouring of stories that he shares with us, all of which are true stories based upon the lives of his children and the lives of some of his thousands of students over the years, . . . and all of which can help us to be better parents. By being the most important person in your child’s life every second, minute, hour, day, week, month, and year, you can help to ensure that your kids will be raised to be successful and happy!

Introducing Charles Cranston Jett, author of Field Studies

“My author representative Dana was SUPERB!! My third book with her – and she is always very professional and responsive.”

Charles Cranston Jett is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Submarine Force, and then received his MBA degree from the Harvard Business School. He has over 30 years experience in management consulting and executive recruiting, having worked with corporate organizations in the area of critical skills identification and assisting in their corporate development programs as well as targeting specific skill profiles for recruitment. He is the author of several publications including: Whatever Happened to Corporate Loyalty? and Critical Skills and the CEO, both published by Chief Executive Magazine. He is an accomplished and dynamic speaker and has been featured by many of the nation’s top business schools as well as national conventions of the American Psychological Association. Mr. Jett’s work with Field Studies was featured by the US Department of Labor’s publication, Teaching the SCANS Competencies. He is the author of the two books: WANTED: Eight Critical Skills You Need To Succeed and The Doom Loop, both published by Outskirts Press.


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Field studies are considered by many to be the most powerful tool to teach the Critical Skills. A field study is a project conducted by a team of students to address a problem or issue in the “real world” under faculty supervision. They provide rigorous and learning rich experiences where students can practice and master their skills while working productively with an educational partner. Given the opportunity, virtually any student can participate and contribute as a field study team member. Field studies offer an educational experience quite different from the traditional classroom – they are, in a sense, the Socratic Method in action. It is the process that is important – not the content. Experiencing the process of a field study is the ultimate goal for students at all levels of secondary and higher education. While field studies benefit all participating students, they provide an unparalleled experience for the college-bound student. Field Studies provides specific steps for teachers and coordinators to lead teams of students through the process of conducting such projects – from identifying the problem or issue to be addressed to creating a work plan, collecting data, performing analysis, and delivering a clear and articulate final report. Not only do such in-depth exercises provide students with confidence in their ability to tackle real-world problems, they help students prepare for college and careers while making meaningful contributions to their communities – a win-win endeavor for all involved.

Introducing Bradford C. Edwards, author of Let’s Talk About Guns

“My Author Representative, Lisa, was great! She not only responded to my many questions, she answered them and explained all the choices offered by Outskirts Press that applied to my book. My artist Richa was so patient and understanding. She brought my written words to life with the greatest, bright, fun, and colorful illustrations I had hoped for. Cheri, my Production Manager, is the best! She pulled it all together, always had the answers and advice that made this project so much fun. She calmed me when I was overwhelmed and she encouraged me when I was right! They are still helping me as my wonderful book is growing in popularity every day! Thanks to all at Outskirts Press!”

About Bradford C. Edwards: I was born on a dairy farm in Cooperstown, New York. Guns were often kept behind the kitchen or closet doors just like a broom or an umbrella. A gun was a tool. Back then, kids knew where the guns were kept. Don’t kid yourself. Today’s kids know were the guns are kept. The question is do they know what to do if a young friend or relative finds and shows them a gun?


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Today, children are growing up in a high-tech, animated world of make believe. This book reminds kids and parents they must learn the difference between real and fake. Teach kids what to do if a young friend or relative finds and shows them a gun. The book reads in a fun flowing and easy to understand way that could truly save a child’s life. My book is not for or against guns. It is a tool to help stimulate the conversation. It may not be your gun; it may not happen in your home. Tragedy is too often the result when a child finds or shows off a gun. Guns are kept as heirlooms, for hunting and for family protection. Studies show that as many as, one in every three homes on your street may have a gun in it. Be sure your kids know what to do! Teach them it’s okay to tell. Read “Let’s Talk About Guns” with the kids you love today!