Introducing Grace Ralston and Florence Ralston Schnurr, authors of Saga of Our Kintyre Kin

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About Grace Ralston and Florence Ralston Schnurr: High on the list of fun things I’ve done in my life is years spent researching genealogy and the history of Scotland and Kintyre. All of my grandparents were born in Kintyre. I was immersed in the culture of the Illinois Scottish settlement during my childhood and observed the closeness of my parents to their siblings and we cousins. During our three trips to Scotland, it was such a pleasure to reconnect with relatives. I am the “last man” standing! May there be something of interest for you.

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“The Saga of Our Kintyre Kin” is a social history of Scotland and genealogies of the families who moved to Kintyre as part of the Plantation of the Lowland Lairds in 1650. It includes the Ralston family from 1160 and other families: Greenlee, Breckenridge, Brown, Andrew, McPhail, Wallace and Howie.

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 David H. Leebrick, author of 900 Years

“Jerry provided constructive feedback in the manuscript preparation process. He let me work at my own pace as I met the publishing requirements. He was flexible in providing work-arounds to allow me to complete my manuscript. Laura worked with me through the editing process, tactfully informing me of what could and could not be accommodated. I never felt any pressure to complete my book from either Jerry or Laura, which I really appreciated. Add-on options were explained to me so that I could pick and choose between them. Overall, I am pleased with the Outskirts experience, and have already recommended them to others who are evaluating their publishing options. The workmanship and look and feel of my final product is excellent, even better than I had hoped for. Thank you, Jerry and Laura for making this project a success.”

David H. Leebrick has been researching the Liebrich/Leebrick family for greater than 30 years. His engineering career informs the thoroughly documented style of this book. He maintains a web site of over 12,000 people who are connected to this family in some way. He and his wife are the parents of 5 children and grandparents of 7, at last count.


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This is the story of the Liebrich family, who left a well established reputation in Butzbach, Germany to begin anew in the American colonies. This thoroughly researched book goes beyond the usual recitation of vital statistics to reveal what the lives of each generation of the family were like. Relying on church records and published German research, nearly 600 years of German history is reviewed, including the family’s role in the Protestant Reformation, its travels around central Germany, and its political and guild leadership in Butzbach. Beginning with its arrival in Philadelphia in 1754 and settlement in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the family’s success in re-establishing itself in the colonies is documented. After several generations of life in Pennsylvania, the family’s pioneering moves from central Pennsylvania to Indiana in 1837, and on to Kansas in 1872 are detailed. The successes and failures of four generations of Leebricks who still live in Kansas vividly demonstrate the strength of the human spirit and the respect that comes from living lives of integrity. While the author emphasizes his own paternal line, families of siblings and the women they married are also documented.

Introducing Debra Closner Franklin, author of Intervention for America

“I have loved working with everyone on the team!”

Debra Closner Franklin has been an Addiction Counselor for over thirty years. During this time she has assisted hundreds to overcome their addiction problems. She believes that addiction is the most under-treated disease in America today, with some addictions, such as those of wealth and power, encouraged, and even aspired to. Debra graduated from Iowa State University, where she majored in Sociology-emphasizing in Marital and Family Counseling-minoring in Child Development. However, she believes her roles as a wife and mother to be her most important. She describes herself as just ‘one of the people’ who work in the trenches everyday, along with thousands of other dedicated and underpaid addiction professionals. She is a strong believer in God and encourages this in her patients for a complete recovery.


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Most Americans have the feeling that something is wrong with the country, but are unclear of exactly what it is. A look back into the decade of the 1950s may hold the answer. During this time period, most people felt safe, secure, and were engaged in deep caring relationships. When we exited this time period, we were no longer focused on relationships, but on things promoted by the business world which had promised to make life better for us. Sixty years later, we continue to strive for more and more of these things, still hoping to achieve the happiness promised so many years ago. Americans need to recognize that our lives are not getting better, and by continuing to live in this way, we are actually destroying our own lives, other relationships, and our country. Addiction is at the root of all of this. Learn how we were tricked years ago into becoming a country of addicts and how we can get those good feelings and caring relationships back again. The consequences of not addressing this vast national problem will be revealed, as well as how to begin resolving it. People from all socioeconomic levels will find this exploration of American life from the past to the present, enlightening and helpful. Everyone will be able to make positive changes for themselves and be able to start creating it on a national level as well.

Introducing Kathryn J. Kappler, author of My Own Pioneers

“Outskirts Press has been a fantastic experience. I am comparing it with two previous companies I have worked with. Everyone has been extremely knowledgeable, but also very responsive, positive, friendly and helpful. Time frames have been quick and as promised. Your marketing support is also excellent after publishing. I am very impressed with Outskirts and hope to start a new book with them since the last three are now published.”

Kathryn J. Kappler was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but spent her childhood and young adulthood outside the United States, in Newfoundland, France and Spain, because of her upbringing in a military family. She is a former Regent Scholar of the University of California, and graduated Magna cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Economics. She subsequently earned an MBA with honors at University of Southern California. Throughout her life Kathryn has sustained an ardent interest in history. The author’s family has been associated with Native Americans for several generations. She has lived and traveled extensively on Indian reservations of the Southwest while researching early Native American silver jewelry. She has spent many years working with troubled horses.


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The three volumes of My Own Pioneers together tell a remarkable story of the desperate pioneer struggles of four generations of the author’s family. Although the memorable historical journey begins seven generations ago, these three volumes of stories focus on four important pioneer generation. They are the culmination of fifteen years of painstaking research as the author carefully reconstructs her family’s pioneer struggles from before 1830 to 1918 using information from family records, journals, memoirs, histories and letters, supplemented by accounts from their pioneer companions, and by Church and other official records. Volume I tells about the author’s once prosperous pioneer families survived the French and Indian War and the War of 1812, then eventually relocated to join the newly founded Mormon Church. The stories tell how the pressure of mobs and mob wars eventually forced these families to abandon everything as they were driven from place to place, until they found themselves exiled on the western-most border of the United States—at the Missouri River—looking toward the wild and hostile West as their only refuge. Stories describe how dozens of family members were among the Mormon refugees who died by the hundreds at the Missouri River, of illness, starvation and exposure. Yet family members had managed to journey among Indians on the frontier to preach, and had sailed through nearly catastrophic ocean storms to preach in England. And despite much sorrow and hardship, this volume relates how five family members left their loved ones behind at the sickly Missouri River in order to march down the Old Santa Fe Trail in the U.S. Army’s Mormon Battalion to prove their loyalty to the government by helping to fight a war with Mexico.

Introducing George B. Blake, author of Widow

“For the first time using self-publishing, the experience was at times a little trying only because I was new at this type of publishing. But, my Author Representative, Lisa, was very patient with me and a very big help, answering all my questions so that I could understand and follow through properly. Everyone involved was very accommodating also making the whole process come to an exciting end. A successfully published book! Thanks to all.”

George B. Blake is a successful advertising executive who became single after 18 years of marriage. He soon realized how very difficult is was to meet new single acquaintances of the opposite sex so he embarked on a 20 year research program among singles to determine the best ways and the best places to meet other singles. His research involved interviews with over 29,000 singles from all around the country, many as a result of his appearances on 160 call-in talk shows. He has written a popular syndicated newspaper “singles” column for 14 years which helped considerably with his research. After he wrote 6 books on “singles meeting other singles” he realized that no book had ever been written of the difficulty of widows meeting other singles…so he stepped-up his research to specifically involve widows (and some widowers as well). Now the 50 million widows in the U.S.A. have a source to turn to restart their lives after the tragic loss of a loved one.


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Widow
Widow starts with a bang as the first chapter has letters written to Mr. Blake by three widows who each tell how they made the adjustment to their newly unwelcomed lives. The book emphasizes the “positive” side of life, with a little humor thrown in, attempting to bring back some joy into the lives of widows (or widowers) trying to recover from the loss of a loved one.

Introducing Richard G. Aanonsen, author of The Power of Encouragement

“My publishing experience with Outskirts Press was excellent. The staff were responsive and timely regarding my concerns. People who have seen the web page and book have been extremely positive in their evaluation! It was a “fun” experience with Outskirts.”

Richard G. Aanonsen, Ed.D., has extensive experience in private and public sectors as a counselor, educator and clergyman. Speaking occasions include professional organizations, community service clubs and church groups. He has been married to his wife, Else-Marie, for 54 years and currently reside in Florida. They have two adult children.


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Encouragement builds up. Discouragement tears down. One of the most powerful ingredients to enhance personal growth is Encouragement. When this powerful factor is successfully integrated into an individual’s experience, life’s challenges, no matter how tumultuous, can be mastered with confidence. Dr. Aanonsen defines encouragement as “a behavioral statement in words and/or deeds that influence a person to keep on and to do better despite life’s vicissitudes.” With the reassuring style of a seasoned counselor, he provides guidance to help the reader learn skills in applying four elements of encouragement: unconditional love, understanding, conveying authenticity and expressing specificity. Discover how to effectively encourage your spouse, children, relatives, business associates and yourself. The Power of Encouragement will furnish people with courage to build on their strengths and work for improvement. “An excellent book. The work you did with me and my staff forever changed the manner in which I approach workers.” CEO, A Major U.S.A. Corporation “We use the book as a study guide for adult classes” Pastor, Florida “A great book. I recently re-read it.” Psychologist, TN “A wonderful, informative and inspirational book. It contains depth of experience and information. Thank you.” Retired Professor, N.Y.U.