Introducing Diana McIntyre, author of Just a Piece of Me

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Diana McIntyre was born in Marianna, Florida. She attended Florida State University, where she received a BS Degree in Speech Communication and English Education. Her MS Degree in Reading is from NOVA Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her teaching career began in Bradenton, Florida and ended on Long Island, New York. She is a retired English teacher, now living with her husband in Bradenton, Florida. Just a Piece of Me is her first book.

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I Am Not Responsible For That. It was supposed to quench his thirst- nothing like a cool, refreshing glass of lemonade. Sister Net hands it to him. Once Brother Bubba tastes it, he knows that his sister has pulled another one of her pranks…. The grass burns out of control. Toots and Ron Pipe stand transfixed as they watch the huge flames approach the family home…. It appears in the distance as a little black dot. The dot becomes a looming shadow as it moves across the field connected to the Spears home. The siblings seek shelter, but notice that one of the nine is missing. Where is the Bug?…. These incidents are among the many included in Just a Piece of Me, a memoir of laughs, entertainment, and survival as experienced by the Spears clan.

Introducing Sandra Nelson, author of The Trigger

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A product of the step-parenting experience, Sandra believes she is able to speak from a place of influence. She does not claim to be the ultimate authority, however. This discourse came about, partly as a result of her work within the New York City Public Schools system, where, as a counselor, the issue of step-parenting was a recurring topic. A children’s book was the Genesis but it slowly evolved. Sandra is among other things, a wife, mother, mentor, and of course her happy place, writer.

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At the word stepparent, something goes “pop,” a range of emotions released… Like an onion, we discover that the word stepparent has multiple layers. The Trigger is daringly intimate. Scenarios seem realistically similar to ones to which you have become familiar. Those nuances, you want to believe it’s you. As your tear ducts tingle, the onion peels away, layer by layer. Excerpt: “…some tickled the tear ducts, invoked a tear or two. Each version of the story changed depending on the side of the bed it was coming from.” Follow me on Twitter at Sandy Nelson @sandynelson, and on Facebook as Sandra Nelson

Introducing Bonnie Merryfield, author of So Now You’re a Widow: Tips, Advice, and Stories from Widows to Widows

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Bonnie Merryfield was married for 44 years before being widowed in May 2018. A retired high school English teacher, she is passionate about encouraging other widows to lead rich and productive lives. She enjoys socializing, exercising, and writing, and resides in Wisconsin and Florida.

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Are You A New Widow? Here’s What You Need to Know! This warm, conversational, easily digestible book is for widows-women over 50 who are beginning new lives without their husbands. In So Now You’re a Widow, the author and the 34 women she interviewed share what they wish they had known when they became widowed. As one of the women commented, “People tell you how to decorate your home, drive a car, train your dog, and plan a wedding, but no one tells you how to be a widow.” The women frankly share their advice and experiences on 26 topics, including: finding your inner strength, the one-size-does-not-fit-all grieving process, dealing with social invitations, changes in family dynamics, handling finances, choosing how you’re going to live your life. Plus, a journal section at the end of each chapter allows the reader to personalize what she has read and to gain insight into how she’s dealing with her situation. The women who contributed to this book care deeply about other widowed women and want them to understand that what they are experiencing is normal and has been experienced in one form or another by others. You are not alone!

Introducing Gordon Docking with David Smale, author of Blake and Me: The Life Lessons I’ve Learned From the Best Teacher I Ever Had

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Gordon and David were acquaintances many years ago, having covered many of the same sporting events. They shared a love of sports and a desire to tell a good story. Gordon left the sports media business and changed careers into hospital administration, but he never forgot that David worked with people on books. Meanwhile, David stayed in sports journalism with the written word, including writing and publishing 18 books. All these years later Gordon and David reconnected on this book project, but more than a book resulted. They developed a stronger friendship that transcends the sporting events that originally brought them together. They hope you enjoy this uplifting story of lessons Gordon learned through his life with his son, Blake.

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“Once in a lifetime, someone enters your life and changes everything you do from there on. Blake is my someone. He loves life with a passion. He has brought me out of my darkest moments and shared the happiest days of my life. His insight into life and how to live keeps me going.” -Sue Elliott, Olathe Special Olympics Coordinator

“Blake demonstrated the blueprint for all athletes to follow. He was always enthusiastic, energized and positive. Most of all, Blake made those around him better. His glass was always half-full and he always gave his best. He was an inspiration to our team, and they were thrilled to watch him excel. I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to witness first-hand Blake’s time with the Olathe East Boys Soccer Team and watch how he matured into an outstanding young man.” -Terry Hair, Head Coach, Olathe East Varsity Boys Soccer

“What does it mean to experience unconditional joy and caring? Meet Blake Docking. Blake shares an enthusiasm for life that will bring inspiration to your soul. He teaches us all how to be better at life and to embrace our gifts more fully.” -The Reverend Gar Demo, Rector of St. Thomas Parish

“Blake is a terrific human being, doing his best to face the world on his terms, despite the added challenges of Down syndrome. He, like all of us, has good days and bad days (sometimes on the same day). He succeeds more often than he fails. He has a knack for making the world better for those willing to accept the challenges of being a part of his world. Blake has each of the qualities one would want in a family member, an employee or a friend: He is kind, loyal, dependable, trustworthy, slow to anger, funny, grateful, hard-working, uncannily athletic and always hungry.” -Kim Roam, Trust Department Division Manager, Blue Ridge Bank and Trust

Introducing Alicia Kay Lanier, author of My Unspeakable Loss: A Birthmother’s Memoir About Adoption Secrecy

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Alicia Kay Lanier is a writer and activist who lives in North Texas. She began her writing career as a daily newspaper reporter in Oklahoma and Texas. Since then, she has written about real estate, technology, adoption issues, political topics, and for business and corporate publications. Alicia was editor-writer for the periodical, Adoption Triad Forum ; co-founder and founding president of TxCARE; former board member for Concerned United Birthparents (CUB) and California Open; and presenter at American Adoption Congress (AAC) conferences. She was the first birthmother to serve on the Board of Directors for Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center in Dallas, and is editor of the book, Hope, A Collection of Birthfamily Stories, Poems & Letters, which contains Alicia’s essay, An Invisible Tattoo. She spends much of her leisure time with friends and family, especially with her four grandchildren whom she calls her Joy Buttons because of the fun they add to her life. Alicia’s Blog: https://birthmomunspeakableloss.wordpress.com/. See reviews at Amazon.com on book page for My Unspeakable Loss

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Mother Reveals Saga of Secret Baby Given to Strangers. In 1965, Alicia Kay Lanier finishes her University journalism studies in Texas and embarks on an exciting career as a daily newspaper reporter in another state. She has been raised in a Christian home and she is still a virgin. Alicia quickly finds her new job and friends to be as thrilling as she had expected. But, a few months later, Alicia discovers she is pregnant. The fact that she is unmarried, combined with the recent death of a parent, influences her to give her infant to strangers who want to adopt him. Alicia keeps this baby a secret from her family and friends for over two decades. Alicia later marries and the couple has other children. In the mid-eighties, a series of family crises threatens the family’s serene image and the marriage; the author says: “To family and close friends, my life at age 48 looked pretty good: Longtime marriage, pretty daughters, professional career, lovely home. What they could not see was the marriage was on shaky ground, my daughters were in distress, and I had kept a sad secret for over two decades.” Alicia’s saga includes a nostalgic portrayal of her parents and early family life in addition to intense truth telling about the marital-family dilemmas she encountered while ending secret-keeping. Confronting a closed adoption system, which hides information from all parties involved, Alicia and her daughters persistently search for lost family; that journey has surprising twists and turns and presents new challenges for Alicia and her children in reunion and relationship renewal. Covering several decades, her memoir draws from Alicia’s vivid memories and extensive personal journal and family letters. Written in the style of a contemporary novel, there are flashbacks to Alicia’s years as a teenager learning to deal with the opposite sex and intimacy; her life as a daily newspaper reporter in Oklahoma and Texas; reflections about her months living in a “home for unwed mothers;” meditation on the shame and grief felt by birthmothers of the closed adoption era; and Alicia’s evolution into being a writer and advocate for adoptee rights and other issues; and more. See reviews at Amazon.com on book page for My Unspeakable Loss. Alicia’s Blog: https://birthmomunspeakableloss.wordpress.com/

Introducing Tess Kossow, author of I’m Very Ferris: A Child’s Story about In Vitro Fertilization

“Outskirts Press assisted me in turning my career dream into a reality. I’m Very Ferris became a real, tangible book for children to fall in love with as a beautifully illustrated story that only Outskirts Press could produce. I highly recommend this company for all authors ready to make their mark on the world through a book.”

Tess Kossow is following her entrepreneurial dream with her editorial passion which allows her to be closer to husband, Dan, their son, Ferris, and loyal pup, Mr Big. With approximately one in eight couples experiencing infertility, the topic of IVF is more and more relevant in today’s society. Children, as much as adults, deserve the knowledge of understanding this dedicated process of reproduction, lovingly told through the life of a child.

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Families are made every day, in many ways! Meet Ferris, a baby boy who has an amazing, real-life story about his entrance into the world. Told from a child’s point of view, “I’m Very Ferris” gently explains infertility through in vitro fertilization and celebrates the miracle of Ferris’ birth in a beautifully illustrated rhyming book. So join Ferris as he kicks off this refreshingly honest children’s series with an introduction to IVF and what his mama and dad experienced so that they, too, could have a baby of their very own!

Introducing William M. Lybarger, Ed.D., C.T., author of Basics About the Typical Adult Female Human

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William M. Lybarger, Ed.D., C.T., is a licensed counseling psychologist. He earned his degree from Temple University in 1978. Dr. Lybarger has always considered himself to be a counseling “generalist” with particular interest in family/couples’ relationships, neurology, ADD/ADHD, trauma, and nutrition. He is presently a member of the APA, PPA, IATP, and is a Certified Thanatologist (grief and loss) through ADEC. He strives to stay current in his areas of interest and loves being a shepherd to those being challenged by life. “Dr. Bill”, as his colleagues call him, enjoys building and riding his 1/8 scale trains and plays his accordion as time permits. He considers himself to be, “just a regular guy!”

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The more each one of us knows about our intended life partner, the greater the opportunity to build a long-lasting, more durable and meaningful relationship. “Basics About the Typical Adult Female Human” is a work booklet designed to be an interactive communication tool for men who sincerely want to know and understand what is most important and most needed for the women in their lives. This tool provides a framework for obtaining at least some of that information and helps to set the stage for a couple to discuss these things. Intimate knowledge between two loving individuals can lead to a truly intimate relationship on several levels. Men who understand, respect and apply this knowledge in their relationship will be better able to provide the support and nurturance that is needed for the woman in their lives to blossom more fully – to achieve her spiritual intention. This intention may range from being a wife and mother to being a career woman, or to being a blend of the two, or both in different stages of her life. This booklet provides: a Background – an underlying perspective for men using this booklet which includes a list of what most women take responsibility for and/or experience, and a note about one of women’s most primal needs; Observations – a partial blend of specific areas and issues of behaviors, gender differences and misunderstandings that can be of importance in building and maintaining a long-term, loving relationship; and, Suggestions – some things that might be of particular importance to your woman when sharing a home and family life. When used as suggested in the instructions, this booklet helps set the stage to facilitate more effective communication to help establish, maintain, repair, or improve a long-term, loving and meaningful relationship.

Introducing Patricia Little-McCrain, author of How Many Frogs Do We Have to Kiss? Finding That Prince/Princess: Stories About Online Dating

“From the moment I decided to use Outskirts Press, I knew that I would be very satisfied. My Publishing Consultant was so very helpful and my Author Representative walked me through the process.
I thanks both these ladies for the great job they did for me. This was my second book and I decided to use this company instead of the one that I used for my first book.
I am currently working on a third book about my sleepy little town and will be contacting Outskirts Press again.”

Patricia Little-McCrain was born Patricia Ann McCrain in Flushing, New York, and was raised in Huntington Station, Long Island, New York. When she was ten, she and her family moved to Stuart, Florida. After graduating from Martin County High School in Stuart, Patricia worked as a hairdresser for twenty-five years. She also raised dogs for Southeastern Guide Dogs, and started her own dog care business. She is currently working for the Martin County School District with the Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program. Patricia has also worked as a volunteer for many years, and is a volunteer for the Humane Society’s Foster Program. Patricia has two fantastic sons, Nicholas and Dar, and a beautiful daughter-in-law Sarah. Patricia also has two beautiful grandbabies named Camryn and Reese. Patricia wrote her first book, Men Really are From Mars, about her experiences with online dating. Her second book, How Many Frogs Do We Have to Kiss?, incorporates other people’s stories-both good and bad-with a few more of her own as well. Patricia is currently working on a third book about the quiet little town of Port Salerno, Florida, the Manatee Pocket, and local Tiki bars and the people that frequent them. If you would like to contact her, she would love to hear from you. Contact information for the author: Website – www.menfrommarsbook.com Website – www.howmanyfrogsdowehavetokiss.com Facebook – Patricia Little-McCrain Email – menreallyrfrommars@yahoo.com Twitter – Patricia L/McCrain @trisha5911

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In Men Really are From Mars, I shared my trials and tribulations with online dating as an older woman. Since publishing my first book, I have been contacted by men and women from all over the United States telling me their stories with the online dating world, and in How Many Frogs Do We Have to Kiss?, I share many of those stories with you. Of course, I have added a few of my more recent experiences as well. Some of the stories are heart-warming, some are cautionary tales, and some are just hilarious! Online dating should be an exciting and enjoyable experience, and as you will read, for some folks it was, but for others, it was a disaster. All of these stories are from the heart, and I have gone through it all so that, hopefully, my readers can avoid heartache and scams. The phrase “Take it from someone who’s been there” sums it up pretty well! My journey with online dating continues…

Introducing Gregory L. Pollock, author of Pennies From Josh: Stories of a Father Dealing with the Death of His Only Son

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Mr. Pollock spent most of his adult life as a truck driver. A mostly simple and uneventful life like most of us. He was reluctantly thrust into the role of author after the death of his son. This is a book he felt compelled to write in an attempt to help others dealing with this particular form of grief.

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These are the stories that represent a bond between father and son that even death couldn’t break. They are stories of a form of after-death communication that helped me survive and cope with the death of my only son. Losing a child is a traumatic experience that is unnatural in the order of things and something you never “get over,” you just learn to cope.

Introducing Gloria Rayborn, author of Sharing: Learning to Share

“I worked with Jamie on both books that I self-published. Jamie was patient with me and extremely helpful throughout the process. There were times when I made mistakes in completing production items and Jamie was there each step of the way to assist me.”

Gloria Rayborn is the middle of nine children born to sharecropper parents in Mississippi. She had humble beginnings, but through faith in God and applying her skills she was able to climb the corporate ladder and became an executive with a Fortune 100 company. Gloria retired in 2015 and has devoted her post-retirement time to spending time with family. She is the mother of five and grandmother (GG) to four beautiful granddaughters. Her writings are part of her legacy to her family and she focuses on sharing God’s love, building self-esteem, and instilling values and virtues.

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Four girls learn the importance of sharing and taking turns. Victoria and Mya play well together as long as they have their own toys. Each has a problem with sharing. They encounter a situation while playing with Reese and Aly that teaches them a valuable lesson about sharing.