Introducing Janice Johnson, author of Deception: Lies and Secrets

“Dana was an exceptional Author Rep. I don’t know when she sleeps! I would often send inquiries late at night when I was working or getting frustrated with a particular process, and I would hear from her immediately. She is very knowledgeable, tolerant, and was very helpful in assisting me with my book. I could not have asked for a better individual to work with. She is absolutely very professional as well as very knowledgeable. She is a definite asset to Outskirts Press Publishing.”

Author Janice Johnson is a rehabilitation therapist with over 27 years of medical experience. She has worked with trauma patients, traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients, and soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She worked with The Wounded Warrior Project at Fort Hood, Texas as a contract therapist. She has extensive knowledge of working with patients that have psychological and behavioral issues. Her real-world experiences lend credence to the factual details and anticipation of the story line for her novel. She is also a military veteran and, has a master of arts in human services degree. She lives near Austin, Texas.

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What happens when two women who are first cousins, the off springs of two sets of identical twins (quaternary unions, and share the same DNA), plot to deceive a man when one of the women impersonate the other? They are so similar in appearance that they could, and have, passed for twins when they were younger. What develops when one of them, Camilla (the therapist), pretends to be Karmen to help her cousin out of a sticky situation? Although they look alike, their personalities are quite different. Karmen is self-absorbed and selfish, and Camilla is caring and considerate. Karmen has two rich men on the hook and is not willing to give up either. She convinces Camilla to take her place and meet up with Josh, a cardiac surgeon with a past he’s hidden, while she takes off to Paris to enjoy the other man. Karmen and Josh agree to meet at his lodge in the remote Texas Hill Country. Josh, is unaware that a psychotic hillbilly has been tracking him for years, determined to exact revenge for what he believes Josh’s surgery did to his wife. Their weekend is interrupted by this psychopath and his emotionally unstable son. Will they survive a violent, long harrowing night where lies, secrets and deceptions are revealed? The truth that is finally exposed is totally unexpected, and changes the lives of all involved.

Introducing Yvonne Pastolove, author of Wheel of Fate Book 1

“Dana had the patience of a saint with this electronically-challenged writer. I hope to be working with her again in the future!”

I grew up in Zurich, Switzerland, speaking French at home but had to learn German in a hurry when I entered school. Many years later I met my husband-to-be while an exchange student in Boston and eventually moved to the US. Twenty years later I felt comfortable enough with the English language and wrote stories for children. Now that my time is my own, I enjoy the research and love writing novels set in the 19th century.

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Twins Nicolas and Madeleine, born 1836 in Paris, France, are separated at birth and grow up in wildly different surroundings: Nicolas with a poor but amazing wet nurse, Madeleine in the loving comfort of an upper-class family in the city of Rennes. What brings them together is, of all things, the Crimean War (1854/55). If you want to know how this happens and to what it leads – read the book!

Introducing Ronald J. Wichers, author of On The Fault

“Colleen Goulet was very helpful throughout the process, providing quick and accurate responses to all my questions. Outskirts Press itself is highly professional in its approach to this process. You are fast without losing any accuracy along the way. In comparison to another publisher I deal with, Outskirts makes them look like they’re going backwards. They’re not even polite. Outskirts, on the other hand, makes it as enjoyable and rewarding as it should be.”

Ronald J. Wichers was born in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, until drafted into the United States Army in 1970. He was assigned to a rifle company in the 25th Infantry Division serving in Vietnam and, after sustaining several wounds, including the loss of his left arm, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star Medal. He later studied theology, at the Graduate Theological Union, in Berkeley California. Mr. Wichers has published three novels and a collection of short stories about his experiences in the Vietnam War.

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“The heart of the planet is broken and the world is bleeding. We come out of the broken-hearted earth and try to mend it.” True grit mixes with true wit in this tragic, yet strangely triumphant tale of how much one man can lose. Following the Vietnam War, life proves bittersweet as Joe Hearns learns that sometimes finding happiness means changing the definition. For Joe Hearns the horrors of combat give way to those of daily life upon return to the States; a life burdened by an odd curse that seems to hover over the heads of anyone who fought in that otherwise magical land. He discovers that courage takes on a whole new meaning when coping with a world moving at a different pace – the pace of friendship and love. But, in the end, this proves the way out from under the curse of the war no one wanted. When it comes to this soldier’s story the word fearless comes to mind.

Introducing Margaret St. Claire, author of An American Mosaic

“This was the first time publishing my own book after many years and Lisa made it all go smoothly.”

Margaret St. Claire was politically active in the ’60s and is marching again. She has a BA in American History, an MA in American Studies, and is an avid writer and photographer with a special interest in 19th century social history. She lives in a Midwest university town near her three grown children, two grandchildren, and one very special soul mate.

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Diverse ancestors created Margaret, their American mosaic. Margaret’s remarkable forebears-including a peasant, an Indian, a slave, and a king-came from Europe, Africa and the wilds of Maine. The captivating tales in this debut novel are based loosely on Margaret’s family and cover seven generations over 150 years. There is the Jewish girl who chooses to become a Gentile; the Massachusetts man who marries the Indian from Maine; the child of the slave and her master; the man from the prairie who gets a PhD from Harvard at age 26; the Abolitionist who goes to jail for sheltering the runaway; the descendants of the indentured servant who just never have any luck; the woman who comes alone in steerage with her two-year old; the woman who goes mad on the stark prairie; the model who marries the spy. Then Margaret tells her own story of a rather lonely childhood that culminates with her exciting 9th grade year in Rome followed quickly by her mother’s cancer, her marriage at 19, and three beloved children who struggle with her as she and the marriage disintegrate. She comes out of a long breakdown at last, strong like her “sod-hut grandmother” and ready to meet her soul mate. Margaret St. Claire, writing under a pen name, presents a unique story that is semi-fictional social history with behaviors reaching over seven generations. Starting with great-great grandparents from remote places and ending with her own mosaic splendidly intact, Margaret’s saga is fascinating and eminently readable.

Introducing Layne Daye, author of Running From Your Life

“With the help of my author rep, I was able to have a true understanding of how the publishing process works. I would recommend to anyone who is interested in self publishing to go through Outskirts Press.”

Layne Daye, this is his first novel, with many more to come. He is a native of Baton Rouge, La and now lives in Lake Charles, La. He has one daughter, Ciara Alexis. He has been writing since he was a young boy, but he never thought that he would be a published author. He hopes that through his work he can inspire readers to chase their dreams and live them out. Through his own personal trials and tribulations Daye has been inspired by those life experiences to reach as many people as possible through his writing. His book will draw your attention and hold it to the last page.

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Lester Dukes had everything in the world a man could possibly want. He had good looks, money, popularity and the finer things in life. However his way of obtaining those means were contrary to the law. Now he is wanted for the murder of a police sergeant, and the clock is ticking on his existence in this lifetime. Chances of survival have become slim to none, and the life that Lester has been proud to live is now the life he’s trying to avoid. He quickly learns that there are consequences and circumstances when choosing between good or evil, and life or death. What does a man do when he looks in the mirror, and realizes the man he sees is the man he must run away from?

Introducing Ralph Demers, author of The Scarab Toccata

“I couldn’t have done it without Jamie and Elaine. Patient, wise and persevering, Jamie was a strength.”

Born of Irish and Irish-American parents, R​alph Demers divided his early years between Ireland and the U.S.— New York City and Connecticut. He studied at Crosby, and spent a shaky patch in a Jesuit Seminary for a short time. Shocked to find they were serious about sexual abstinence, he moved on to Fordham University, the University of Miami, and the Université de Paris à La Sorbonne. Between Fordham and the Sorbonne, he served as a member of U.S. Marines Special Forces (Recon Co), and afterward was affiliated with a ‘Government Intelligence-gathering group’ for a time​, the basis for this novel. In fits and starts, he was alternately an actor, mercenary, screen writer, boxer, tennis player, poet and novelist. He now lives in Florida. He is also the author of “Sand Dollars,” another Fiction Romance Thriller.

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From the Colombian jungle, to Harlem, from Washington D.C. to Hawaii, and eventually from Laos to Armageddon, a constantly endangered David Devine quixotically chases down the roots of the heroin trade. Not from any patriotic fervor but from burning personal rage! As sub-text, the drug war in Laos alternates from idyllic to heart-rending devastation. Scarab is the dybbuk who threads through the web. For him diabolical is not a cliché, not hyperbole, he’s evil-incarnate. Devoid of all human decency, a consortium of Corporate types, and CIA rogues at the highest level manipulate the world for dark profits. The Neo-Knights Templar! Soulless, morally-dead men, gods unto themselves. Under the aegis of the Templars, Scarab touches everyone and everything. The Scarab Toccata.

Introducing T. L. Howard, author of The Final Choosing

“Under the premise from which Outskirts Press operates, the service provided is excellent.”

From the first day she can remember, T. L. Howard has been fascinated with the “what-ifs” in life, sometimes to the point of distraction. Early on, she found the only way she could satisfy this curiosity was to write, to create worlds and fill them with people living out the “what-ifs” her mind insisted on conjuring. To this day, she can’t stop creating worlds based on the “what-ifs.” Born and educated in the state of Nebraska, she currently resides there where she is employed at the university. Her first two books, “The Crystal Key” and “Corryn’s Stone” created the world and brought Mirah and her companions to life sending them on life altering adventures. The Final Choosing, the last book in this series, takes them on yet another quest which will forever change the world. When not writing, which is seldom as demonstrated by her bad housekeeping, she enjoys needlework, walking, and a good movie.

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Travel in the spring is lovely, unless you are racing against time to prevent a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. From simple shopkeeper to Deceris’ Chosen to ruler of the nation of Decera, Mirah’s life has been anything but ordinary. Now she must face her biggest challenge yet; an ancient prophecy brought to life by an old enemy who outwits her at every turn; a prophecy that could annihilate time itself. But buried in that prophecy is a terrible truth; for the gods are not what they seem and the very core of human belief is about to be rewritten. With time running out and her own subjects acting against her, Mirah will have to listen to the voices of the dead and her own companions-instead of the god to whom she’s devoted her life-if she is to succeed.