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

“I was a complete novice to publishing and the help I received moved me to ‘experienced.’ Thanks for all the ideas, assistance and patience from Outskirts personnel.”

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.

Introducing Janice Maines, author of Stepping Stones

“I have been writing stories, poetry and manuscripts since I was a young girl…probably 8-10 years old. In high school I always focused on and thrived in my English, Journalism and Writing classes however I lacked the self confidence to actually let anyone other than my teachers read my work. They begged me to enter writing contests but I never would. I wrote the manuscript for Stepping Stones about 5-6 years ago and held on to it, thinking I would add it to the other numerous manuscripts and such in that box in our attic. I found the website for Outskirts Press online one day while browsing and out of curiosity I began to read about them. I was impressed with what I read to the point that I decided to give it a shot! I sent in my manuscript all the while preparing myself to be either overwhelmed by the process of publishing or worse…rejected. My manuscript was not only accepted but the Outskirts representative that contacted me had the most glowing remarks to pass on about it! I was so encouraged and excited; I no longer feared the publishing process. When they said they would walk me through step-by-step, they did not exaggerate! This was one of the most exciting and enjoyable ventures in my life! Not only was I FINALLY a published author but it had been so easy and there was so much interest generating in my book I can’t keep enough to supply the demand! Thanks so much to Outskirts Press for helping make one of my all time dreams come true!”

Janice Maines lives happily in North Carolina with her husband, Jimmy and their three grown children who live nearby. Janice and her husband are enjoying their two grandchildren-their reward for all the obstacles they overcame when the children were younger.


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After one failed marriage and a devastating miscarriage, Claire believes she has finally found happiness. She’s fallen in love with David-a man with three young children and a bitter, destructive ex-wife-and she is determined to forge deep, meaningful relationships with her future stepchildren. But Claire soon discovers the stress and constant frustration of being the noncustodial parent and the complications of outside factors-and what she thought would be a teaching experience actually turns into a transformative learning experience. Claire, David, and the children struggle to define their new roles, and Claire seeks the relationships that have been missing in her life-husband and wife, mother and child-eventually learning that life doesn’t get any better than looking back without regret. Stepping Stones, a compelling debut novel, paints a vivid portrait of a new family dynamic and the overwhelming challenges and rich rewards of step-parenting.

Introducing Vickie McGillis, author of Detours To The Good Stuff

“I was very impressed with the speed in which my first book was published (just 8-1/2 weeks from submission to publication). The additional charge for expedited service was a sound investment. Even more amazing was the quality of the books themselves and the imaginative custom cover design! I will definitely choose Outskirts Press to publish my second book this spring.”

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 Roger Terry, author of Til’ Death Do Us Part

“Before finding Outskirts Press, I almost fell into the hands of a couple publishing companies that were reported to be frauds. Outskirts Press is not only helpful in realizing your dreams, but affordable and very much worth the price. There is a reason why this company was rated #1 out of all other independent companies. The process was smooth and easy. I give this company praise and thank everyone who helped me achieve my dream.”  -Author Roger Terry


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Marriage is supposed to be a wonderful thing, but what if everything decided to go wrong? Betrayal! Your loved-one lost their mental grip on reality! What if murder became feasible? In this collection of poems and short stories, those factors hit on all cylinders.