Introducing D.L. Norris, author of The Long Way Home: A Novel

“Many thanks for making the publishing process a stress-free experience.”

D.L. Norris is a notable author and motivational speaker who has written numerous short stories and articles on health, emotional wellness, family, and cultural history. Norris’s novel, The Long Way Home, captures in colorful, humorous style the actual events and cultural mindsets surrounding her Scandinavian family and personal life experiences. Norris’s expressive writing style quickly engages her readers and encourages them to sit back and enjoy a nostalgic, magical journey. She and her husband are happily retired in the beautiful Pacific Northwest where she continues a passion for writing.

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Family secrets, scandals, gossip, and murder-the small town of Tilden has it all. Set in the 1950s, The Long Way Home takes readers on a nostalgic journey with the townspeople of Tilden, a quaint community in Madison County, Nebraska. At the center of the story is Maggie Davis, a middle-aged widow, and heiress to a grand Victorian manor. The stately home, which Maggie shares with her spunky nine-year-old daughter Jenna, also serves as a bed-and-breakfast to a once regular, but now transitory, clientele. The kitchen table is the epicenter of lively conversation at the manor, where no topics are off-limits. Maggie’s out-spoken, spinster neighbor delights in keeping everyone on guard with her opinionated tirades, but she is frequently reined in by an elderly, equally forthright family member who has recently become a permanent dweller at the manor. Maggie finds herself struggling with the painful memories of her husband’s tragic death, as well as the stirrings in her heart associated with a new house guest. A scandalous scheme to swindle Maggie out of her property rides on the heels of a sudden, unexpected death, pointing to a member of the family as a suspect. Set against the backdrop of humor, tragedy, and love, the story culminates with an emotional twist.

Introducing Paul M. Ryan, author of The Vietnam War Experience: Reflections on the War and Its Consequences

“I’m very pleased overall with every phase of the publication process.”

Paul M. Ryan lives in Northern California with his wife. They are blessed with three children and ten grandchildren. This book reflects the author’s experiences in Vietnam and experience representing hundreds of veterans and others seeking disability benefits based on psychiatric issues.

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A view of the Vietnam War and its consequences. This book reflects the reality of the Vietnam War, and other wars, in terms of war experiences and events. Themes of this book include the psychological, physical and emotional effects of the war in the context of the war itself and in the context of societal reactions to the war and its veterans. Society as a whole reacts to veterans in many ways. The book conveys these themes through short stories and poems that shed light on the war, which are meant to provide insights into the war and its consequences for the warrior. The book also explores the war’s consequences to veterans in the context of their adjustment to society and to how society responds to them. While the book focuses on the Vietnam War, it provides a perspective of war in general. Overall, this writing is a testament to those who served in wartime. It is intended to inspire readers to think deeply about the ramifications of war in general, and the Vietnam War in particular. Those who served in wartime will understand these writings. Others will learn about war and be able to view war through the eyes of the warrior.

Introducing Pat Jameson, author of Milburn Avenue

“Outskirts Press did a very professional job in working with me to get my book published. Throughout the process, they were responsive, helpful, and knowledgeable.”

Pat Jameson was born in Eastern Oregon on his family’s ranch near Burns, then moved to Portland, where he lived for over forty years. He attended Santa Clara University and Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College. He worked in the automotive and truck stop industry for forty years and published his first book in 2013. He is the author of four books comprising the Juniper Series, novels about small town and ranch life in the high desert of the northern Great Basin. He lives in Boise, Idaho.

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Life in a 1960 American city: was it the nostalgic time that history remembers?

It’s 1960 America, where optimism abounds, music is fun, cars sport chrome wings, Beats study Kerouac, and residents are secure, working, and happy. And yet in “Milburn Avenue’s” fictional city of Sylvania, a family business owner clashes with his patriarch father and mistrusted in-laws; the controller has launched an embezzlement scheme; an out of town cop pursues a factory worker over an old homicide; a high school girl has a crush on a negro student; strip clubs thrive; a college sophomore grapples with his sexuality; a young single woman finds herself pregnant and her boyfriend womanizing; local bars witness human frailties; and teenagers grow up in large inner city high schools where social class, money, race, and academic levels are as varied as the city’s neighborhoods.

Introducing Douglas Toal, author of The Champions of Anna’s Mill

“Outskirts Press is the best self-publishing company and I have been very pleased with my experience. My wife presented me with the Outskirts Press Publishing package as a Christmas gift. I wrote the book twenty years ago but I received no interest from traditional publishers and the manuscript collected dust since then. This experience has inspired me to continue writing and I’ve decided to create two novels from my original work. My second novel is currently being written and I will be sure to use Outskirts Press as my publisher.”

Douglas Toal lives in North Carolina with his wife, June. Together, they raised four children. This is his first novel.

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What Happens When Strangers Care Enough to Risk Everything? Strangers…We meet them every day. They’re in the checkout line at your local grocery. You can find them scanning the best-seller aisle at your favorite bookstore. You might even have strangers living right next door. They come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes, they can touch your life in unexpected ways. When three strangers drive their old Ford pickup truck into the small rural town of Anna’s Mill, Georgia, no one could have predicted the incredible impact of their short visit. Most strangers would have skipped town once Anna’s Mill tragic secret was revealed. Instead, the three strangers chose to stay and risk everything, including their lives.

Introducing M. Wright, author of The Lost Goodbyes

“My experience with Outskirts Press has been nothing but spectacular. My author representative was with me the whole way. Her insight and suggestions were on point. Their guidance through the process was seamless and easy. My books have done well and I look forward to having them do my third book.”

M. Wright has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has acquired an abundance of life experience from helping her husband on their farm/cattle ranch to working for law enforcement in her younger years and then being an Executive Director for the American Red Cross. While working for the Sheriff’s Department she did extensive research into the area gangs that were active withing the county. She also worked in the jail as a jailor and patrolled as a Reserve Officer. At the American Red Cross, she was a member of the National Disaster Response Team and was dispatched to Puerto Rico twice after hurricanes. She also worked as a volunteer after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Volunteer work includes helping with New Day Camp, Lake Texhoma with the Criminal Justice and Mercy Ministries group out of Oklahoma City in the late 90’s. This camp was formed and created for children with at least one incarcerated parent. Currently, she is semi-retired and enjoys writing and hanging out with her grandchildren.

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Seven-year-old Skylan Winslip has just been abducted from the subway by three masked gunmen. She is described as a white female, blond hair, blue eyes, approximately 48 inches tall. Last seen wearing a blue dress. Rachel stood holding the handrail on the subway as it rumbled to a stop. She found herself paralyzed in fear as the doors opened and three masked gunmen entered the car ahead of hers. The screams from the little girl as they tore her from her mother’s grasp piercing through the night air. Rachel’s present had just collided with her past. Her and her older sister’s abduction flashed through her mind. She had been six and Maggie nine. Rachel had escaped the life of child prostitution that had been forced upon them but Maggie hadn’t. Was she still alive? Was this little girl destined to be introduced to the horrific life of child prostitution? Rachel, now an investigative journalist with the New York Times has recently been assigned a story to investigate a child prostitution ring operating on the Lower East Side. Was this connected? She would find out soon.

Introducing Barbara Thornton Huffman, author of Girl in Charge

“Throughout publication, everything went well.”

Barbara Thornton Huffman, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, has always had a very special love of children. A mother to two grown daughters, she has studied families, children, and parents her entire adult life, earning a degree in Parent Education from Georgia State University and going on to attend seminary and become an ordained Christian minister. She has served churches, hospitals, and other groups as a trained and credentialed chaplain. And now, she uses her longtime love of storytelling to offer books that provide examples and encouragement to girls in growing up to be all they can be as they face life’s challenges. In Girl in Charge, Barbara uses her extensive knowledge of Civil War history to create the first in a series of books offering stories to inspire girls in creative ways so they may become advocates and role models for other girls. Thank you for purchasing and reading Girl in Charge and sharing some of your thoughts about it with others. Follow Barbara in the future as her other books become available.

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Loving Family Helps Rachael Run the Farm! Girl in Charge introduces readers to Rachael, a happy twelve-year-old girl living on her Quaker family’s farm in Decatur, Georgia in 1860. Unlike many girls of her time, Rachel has a mind of her own and rebels against the strict subservient roles Southern Victorian culture forces on women, much to the chagrin on her mother and grandmother. Rachael loves to work outdoors with her father Abraham Armistead and her brothers, learning new things, expanding her mind, and exercising her independence. As Quakers who abhor violence and do not believe in slavery, the family keeps a low profile among their slave-holding neighbors. Then, as the Civil War begins, the men must make difficult decisions about whether to fight as they prepare to go to war. Who will be the head of the family and manage the farm while they are gone? Her father chooses Rachael. But can she, still a young girl, rise to the immense challenge? Can she gain the confidence of the other family members to allow her to be effective? What difficulties will she face and will she overcome them?

Introducing Blaine R. Smith, author of The Learning Season – Comeback

“I am more than satisfied. My Author Representative was very responsive and helpful when I needed it. This is my second book published with Outskirts Press.” A former high school teacher and coach, Blaine R. Smith is currently an elementary school Superintendent/Principal. He has over 30 years experience in the education profession. His grandfather was a WWI US Army infantryman, and his father was a WWII US Army Air Corps pilot. Several members of his family have served in the modern United States military. His deep respect for the United States Armed Forces is an integral part of his books.

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Book description… John Douglas is a high school junior whose father, a US Army Colonel, is listed, officially, as MIA in the Iraq theatre of operations. That fact weights heavily on the young high school junior athlete and haunts his dreams. During his varsity basketball season JD, as his friends call him, and his mother receive the news that his father was, in fact, killed in action in Iraq and the body is returned home for burial. At the same time, the young athlete breaks his right arm in a basketball game that takes him out of action for six weeks and he finds out his girl friend is moving out of town due to her father’s army transfer. These events drive him into a deep depression and his tortured nightmares return. JD helps a new transfer student, who is a paraplegic, out of a tight spot at the high school on the new student’s first day there. Because of the loss of the use of his legs, the wheelchair bound student also suffers from depression and questions the value in living. Events lead the two students to begin a friendship that leads to both of them learning new life lessons.

Introducing G.J. Rayner & E.M. Rayner, author of Operation Pinata: Revenge on the Mexican Cartels

“Our Author Representative was quick to respond to our questions and guide us through the publishing process. We will be sure to return to Outskirts Press when we are ready to publish our next book.”

Ella Mae, an RN, encouraged Gordon, a retired DEA agent, to write believing it would be therapeutic as he has suffered from PTSD for many years. Together, they wrote a memoir of their life in Paraguay, which was immediately followed by a novel, Taurus, Taurus, Taurus. The therapy has indeed worked, and this book is their third adventure in their writing career.

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Book 2 of the OMICRON Series. A wealthy Mexican businesswoman is murdered by the Acapulco Cartel, and her husband, a Deputy Attorney General, desires revenge for her death. Being frustrated with the corruption in the Mexican government, he hires OMICRON, a private security company that does work for US government agencies and private citizens. OMICRON develops a two-pronged attack against the cartels. First: To eliminate the people who are directly responsible for her death. Second: To conduct a money laundering scheme that drains the cartels of their drug trafficking profits.

Introducing Martina Potucek-Palladino, author of TOMMY: Thru Eyes of “REM” – New Adult Censored

“This is my fourth book and it was a good experience. Having now published four books with Outskirts Press gives me confidence that future publications with be handled skillfully and professionally, I’ll be starting the process again for book five. I revised a few of my books and the revision process was practically effortless. Thanks to the OP team. I can’t wait to work on book five with Outskirts Press!”

Martina Potucek-Palladino has had a lifelong love affair with books, magazines, and all things written. She writes for pleasure, is currently a magazine editor, has collaboratively ghostwritten/edited a non-fiction memoir, written for magazines, is an accessories designer, a hair stylist, and lash extension specialist. Martina currently lives in New Jersey.

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‘Foresta dei Sette Fratelli’ – Imagine… for a moment, the most powerful of vampires, delusional, hence… Imagine… him, returning to the beginning, longing for his eternity to end, now… Imagine… that pivotal moment he realized she was his kryptonite, and, ultimately… Imagine… him realizing what she really was, how they met, 1,000 years ago, yes… Imagine… finding your savior, the one who was meant to help you die, only to… Imagine… the betrayal, born of blood, that comes full circle; this won’t do, no… Imagine… once more, finding that will to live, only now you’ve been cursed, and… Imagine… that this curse cannot be reversed; is this my fateful end?… HELL NO!  My imagination envisages… anger, vengeance, pain, and my version of justice! I WILL RISE ONCE MORE!… I WILL BREAK THIS CURSE!… I WILL FIND MY QUEEN!… I WILL BECOME KING!… Imagine the revenge I now seek!… I AM FAR FROM DONE!…

Introducing David Tuttle, author of Tailpipe: A NASCAR Tale

“My experience was very positive. When I needed help, the online rep was always available.”

Tailpipe, is Dave Tuttle’s second novel, which continues in his unique writing style; what if everyone in a story has quirky sounding names, yet nobody finds it unusual. Puny isn’t funny, but we will still laugh on their behalf. As a self-proclaimed satirical humorist, Tuttle enjoys placing interesting characters with distinctive names in a storyline and then take the reader through a gambit of wonderful and emotional life experiences. Dave Tuttle is a native of Kansas City, Missouri and a retired Air Force veteran. He is a published author, lyricist and poet. Tuttle draws his characterizations from a lifetime in public relations to formulate his bizarre certainties; that to be genuine, you need to be unusual. My Favorite Proverb “Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused.”

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…always put your money into performance, not chrome tailpipes. “Tailpipe” is a humorous fictional story of a devoted son’s quest to fulfill his father’s dream and at the same time make his own mark in the world of professional stock car racing. The distinctive characters and satirical puns come at you at full speed, with the right blend of high-octane adventures and racecar lingo. Ride with Martin Aston in his Aston Martin as he accelerates through life’s learning curves and pursues his own dreams straightaway. Be there trackside as he handles some banking concerns and occasionally swerves below the yellow line for some romantic and unexpected pit stops. All of Tailpipe characters are quirky loose and oddly tight, but determined to steer their lives in the fast lane. So buckle up your witty seatbelt and get prepared to accelerate through this NASCAR (New Adventures of Silly Characters And Racecars) parody…the green flag is about to drop.