Introducing Martina Potucek-Palladino, author of MARTINKA: “Thru Eyes of REM…” First Narrative, New Adult

“My publishing experience was enjoyable with my second book with Outskirts Press. The team worked with me making sure everything went smoothly. Good communication!”

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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IN DREAMS, WE LIVE… IN REALITY, WE EXIST. What if…you were told you aged like a human, but didn’t, and… What if…they said you were mortal, only you’re not, exactly, then… What if…the man you’ve always dreamt of, finally appears, but… What if…you must turn your back and walk away, for now, hence… What if…you were conceived by a vampire, unknowingly, and… What if…you aspire to eradicate the most evil of demons, ironically, because… What if…you hadn’t a clue that the evil demon, was your mother…

Introducing James Smith, author of Robots and Mad Scientists

“It couldn’t have gone any smoother; great cover and great interior. I’m looking forward to passing out copies to my friends.”

James Smith is a semi-retired baby-boomer. He’s always loved robot stories; and soon they won’t be science fiction anymore.

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A whimsical collection of stories about robots, artificial intelligence and androids; some good, some bad and some ugly.

Introducing Jill West, author of Pumpkin

“My Author Representative was amazing and she went the extra mile. I would highly recommend her and Outskirts Press!”

Jill West spins a coming of age tale which follows two young girls as they grow into adulthood into a psychological thriller which will have you turning pages into the night. She grips the reader’s attention with rich character development and keep-you-guessing scenes. The author started her voracious reading journey at a young age and remains an avid book lover. She wrote her first short story in the third grade, later using the protagonist’s name for her only daughter. Jill resides in Vinton, Virginia with her husband of 26 years, and faithful Papillon, Mikey. Her daughter also lives in the area. In her first novel, Pumpkin, she achieves a life goal of writing a book she would want to read.

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Obsessive and hungover, Christina rouses herself from a night of partying at Claytor Lake in time for the cops to arrive. There has been an apparent drowning, and she is unfamiliar with the evening’s prior events. She must have blacked out-again. What she remembers is Lonnie’s ever-present security by her side. What she can’t forget is tearing apart Mel’s life and burning down her parent’s home. The Dark Maidens Society. Her mothers passing. Her Gran’s advice. What she expects is schlepping back into her daily routine of waitressing in a bakery and visiting Gran’s grave, drinking half the night and waking up to do it over again. What she couldn’t predict is the eye of the storm approaching her small-town Pulaski Virginia life. What she didn’t foresee is the unexplainable events occurring in her duplex, knowing she was being watched. She didn’t plan on falling in love with Jacob, being questioned by the police and finding out the drowning wasn’t an accident. What she didn’t expect was to be questioning her own thoughts, wondering if she was somehow involved.

Introducing Nilayan Basu, author of Whispers of Love in a Tearful World: The Yin of Human Strife, the Yang of Human Love

“I reached out to Outskirts Press for my second book. To me the entire process was completely transparent with no surprises. I had full visibility of the status from the author’s page assigned to me. The Outskirts Team had different people to guide me with the next steps, and each of them was very prompt, thorough and clear in the communications while addressing my queries and concerns. No time was wasted moving from one step to the next. The best experience was during the design of the cover picture and finding the suitable title of the book. They suggested several options for the title and each of these reflected the book content more aptly than what my initial expectations were. I am impressed with their quality service and professionalism. My book has just been published so I have not yet been able to leverage the marketing services completely, but the marketing coaching emails I have started receiving are truly educative. From my experience during the last few months, I have good reason to believe that Outskirts Press will continue to be an attractive and feasible option for new authors like me.”

Nilayan Basu’s love of photographing nature and traveling to exotic places is apparent in his writing. His first book, Ornate Wanders, is a collection of short stories based on real places and circumstances but colored by imagination. Nilayan lives in the Silicon Valley, California, with his lovely family.

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Enjoy vivid descriptions of nature, and memories blended with imagination and imagery from the author’s personal photo collections in this fanciful new short story collection! Some say that whenever we see or hear something, it is permanently etched in our brains. Sometimes memories return to haunt us, sometimes to amuse us, and sometimes to make us laugh. Sometimes what we see or hear appears in our dreams, obscured and blended with other memories or fantasies. Neuroscience is complex, and the wonders of the human mind are amazing. Nilayan Basu brings this concept to life in his new short story collection. In “Whispers of Love in Tearful World,” the tales are imaginary but have distinct ties to real-world events. The natural tendency of the human spirit to seek peace forms the core of Nilayan’s soothing, eloquent prose.

Introducing Gil Alligood, author of The Quiet War

“My Author Representative was helpful, cordial and effective. I appreciate her suggestions abut publishing.”

Gil Alligood retired as a consulting engineer and began writing novels. He also retired as a pilot and colonel in the United States Air Force. He flew into many nations and in several areas of military conflict. His sensitivity to the losses of life in wars inspired him to develop the concept of the quiet war. He is a Christian, teaches Sunday school, and uses those principles in the conduct of his characters, particularly Craig and Kitty. They are always concerned about the morality of their actions and the effect on people. He still flies his Piper Arrow airplane. He and his wife use it for pleasure and travel. Previous novels he has published are, The Devil’s Pace, Dark Paths to Light, Team Alpha, and Firsthand Knowledge.

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A major disaster at JFK Airport in New York killed people and destroyed aircraft. It alarmed the nation, but also emphasized the necessity to eliminate any opportunity for cyber hackers to control computers and any digital systems in use anywhere. President of the United States, Ray Gill, had appointed Craig Johnson as Secretary of the Treasury, and his wife Kitty Johnson as the chief analyst in the department. Hacks into various financial records, and the theft of funds from various company investment accounts further emphasized opportunities for physical disaster as well as major financial crimes that could even devastate the economy of nations. After completing his second term as president of the United States, Ray Gill partnered with Craig and Kitty to develop a company, Magneticus. They created innovative software and hardware that could control any cyber system anywhere. They developed systems that could amplify sound waves and sunlight and direct them at any electrical system and destroy its ability to function. In retribution for actions of Russia, Iran and North Korea, the United States hacked and entered their communication systems that demonstrated the capability to control rogue country intentions. This novel is a work of fiction. It introduces scientific concepts in a science fiction mode that offer real possibilities for development.

Introducing Austin Whitman, author of PolitEGO: A Narrative on Political Egotism, the Politics of Narcissism, Character Assassination and Egocentrism, and the Decay of Democracy

“My journey into the publishing world was instructive and a learning experience.”

Austin Whitman lives in the Midwest with his wife and two children. He holds a BA degree in Political Studies from the University of Illinois in Springfield, and an MBA. He also worked in government relations, regulatory and policy roles in Springfield, Illinois, and Washington, DC, and has written extensively on servant leadership.

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Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution includes a multi-step process for the vice president and the majority of the president’s cabinet to declare the president unfit-unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office So why hasn’t it ever been used? Meet Nolan Doldrums, a boastful, egotistical oil magnate/political novice who has somehow been elected President of the United States. This narcissistic bully uses social media to ridicule business competition and political opponents, and denigrate women, immigrants, and the disabled. Nolan is a lightning rod for controversy and division and, in fact, thrives on the politics of division. His speeches and politically incorrect style on race and race relations, for example, spur hostility and dissension between his political base and opponents and members of his own party. PolitEGO is a fictional novel, yet it is also a social commentary on narcissism, political egotism, self-interest, and apathy-along with the influence of these behaviors on our politics and the decline of democracy and democratic values. Its theme is a bona fide crisis in today’s political climate and a legitimate threat to U.S. democratic values and politics. Ultimately, PolitEGO is a terrifying yet timely story of how a narcissistic, politically incorrect president and his egocentric Machiavellian politics bring the U.S. and its allies to the brink of World War III, civil conflict, and economic collapse.

Introducing Howard J. Schwach, author of The Masada Complex: A Dave Rifkin Mystery

“This was my second time around with Outskirts Press and both were outstanding. I am working on my third book and I will be back.”

Retired New York City teacher and community newspaper editor Howard J. Schwach is a published author with several young adult educational books and one adult novel under his belt. At 79 years of age, Schwach took a two-week trip to Israel, his first to that Jewish nation, with his daughter, Amy, and several older members of Upper East Side Congregation that she serves as executive director. His life-long interest in archeology and his secular Jewish upbringing added to his excitement visiting the historic sites that he had only read about, including Herod’s fortress on the Masada Plateau near the Dead Sea. Schwach was familiar with the story of how 900 Jewish zealots committed mass suicide rather than submit to captivity by the Roman Legions, but had no idea that the new, post-Zionist theory posits that the events on Masada may never have happened. Listening to the tour guide speak of the new theories, he thought to himself, “There must be a story in here somewhere.” These was, and it is The Masada Complex. This is Schwach’s second adult novel. His first was American 587 Heavy, a novel centered on the tragic crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in Rockaway on November 12, 2001.

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Jewish Tour Group Fights for Survival in Modern Israel. Retired NYPD detective Dave Rifkin was on his way to Israel and he wasn’t sure why he was going, Most likely it was because his present girlfriend (although he wasn’t sure he wanted to call her that), whose name was Linda, was going on the trip along with a group of senior citizens from her West Side synagogue and he felt pressured to go along. He was on line to go through security and passport control and it was too late to back out, a move that would have cost him money and probably Linda as well. Waiting to board, Rifkin notices a man off in the corner, looking intently at his tour group and making notes in a little reporter’s notebook that he was carrying. The hair on the back of his neck started to tingle, his detective’s instinct kicking in for the first time since his retirement. Like most cops, Dave doesn’t believe in coincidences, so when he sees the same man several times in his first few days in Israel, he talks to Yoni Leitner, an IDF intelligence specialist who happens to be the grandson of two of his fellow travelers. So begins an adventure that leads Dave and Linda, along with other members of the tour group, from Tel Aviv to Masada and Jerusalem, where they are kidnapped by a surprising group of terrorists who plan to kill them all even as the sun comes up on the Masada Plateau. It takes all of Dave’s experience and cunning to keep them all alive and bring the terrorists to heel. After chasing the terrorist leader through the streets of the Old City, his adventure ends and his nightmares begin in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem with a surprise ending that will make you want to read more.