Introducing P.A. Gawel, author of The Vile Seed Murders

“Keep up the good work. I have at least 3 more novels to come.”

In the third installment of the Son of a Son of the Thin Man series, author P. A. Gawel began his research at the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, MI, the future home of the Rosie the Riveter museum. Writing about how Detroit has historically affected life in the USA and blending it with a murder mystery that affects not one but the many, continues with The Vile Seed Murders. Son of a bus driver and Rosie the Riveter, our author is one of eight children born and raised in Detroit. Seen here taking a B-24 Liberator for a test flight at the Yankee Air Museum, he started with an idea of incorporating stories from the dwindling tour de force known as Rosie the Riveters and turned it into a circa current day Detroit thriller.

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Armafreakingeddon on the Great Lakes! The Vile Seed is ready to strike. Remembering those electrifying days following Pearl Harbor to living in current day Detroit, murder and espionage permeate the air generating a possible death blow to over 26 million people in the Great Lakes Region. Way back when, a vile seed was planted and over 70 years after the fact has blossomed into a coldhearted killing machine. Who can rid the world of this pond scum? My money is on a gal named Rosie.

Introducing Edward Earl, author of Slides to the Side

“This was my first novel with Outskirts Press and the experience was great! Leona’s guidance and answers along the way was more than I could have asked. Outskirts is the place for me, now and in the future!”

Edward Earl was born in Washington, DC. His writings include poetry with several Editor’s Choice Awards, a published opinion in the Washington Post, and several non-fiction writings towards the organization’s purpose. Edward Earl lives with his wife in North Carolina, and is currently writing the sequel.

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As the youngest of three, Monica Crawford grew up heavily burdened at an early age. The unyielding pain and silence she knew left issues unresolved for years. As a manager, she is deliberate and ambitious, but uses her title to create discord in the name of power. What manner of power is she after? Many do not share her acclaim of self-respect and achievement. For the former Olympic athlete, her managing style becomes too much for several of her employees. Is there any peace and comfort around her? Not really. Life outside the workplace also has its issues. A single-mother of two, professional challenges, personal struggles, and the fading hope of finding a husband is the dark on the other side of her dim. Suddenly, an explosive and unthinkable family situation turns legal and flips the lives of those involved upside down. Now what?

Introducing David Trawinski, author of Chasing The Winter’s Wind

Chasing The Winter’s Wind is my second book published through Outskirts Press. My experience was excellent, and the staff is not only knowledgable and engaging, but they bring a professionalism to guide the author effortlessly through the process. I look forward to publishing my next novel with Outskirts Press as well!”

David Trawinski is a retired Aerospace Engineering Executive who pursues his love of history, travel and storytelling in his novels. He lives with his muse and wife, the lovely Marie, in the North Georgia countryside. This is his second novel, the sequel/prequel to his first historical fiction, entitled “The Willow’s Bend.”

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The CIA is hunting one of their own, Stanley Wisniewski, across Europe. Deputy Director Jack Trellis wants Stanley silenced forever. Stanley is driven by his feelings for the only woman he has ever loved, the beautiful Agnieszka Danuska. Her father was tragically murdered by the Soviets in the 1940 massacre of over twenty-two thousand Polish military officers in the forest at Katyń. In the late 1970’s Stanley recruited Agnieszka, linking the Solidarity movement forming in the Gdansk shipyards to the CIA. Over the next fifteen years, Stanley and Agnieszka worked together to enable the series of events that brought about the abrupt end of the USSR itself. Now, through his actions, Stanley threatens to expose the corruption within the CIA itself. The agency’s pursuit of Stanley is being conducted by the woman who was once his protégé – Diane “The Huntress” Sterling. “Chasing The Winter’s Wind” takes the reader across Europe and through the turbulent history of the “Cold War” in Poland.

Introducing Gabriel F.W. Koch, author of Paradox Effect: Time Travel and Purified DNA Merge to Halt the Collapse of Human Existence

Paradox Effect is my first publication experience with Outskirts Press. Since I felt skeptical about the process, I kept my expectations low. However, I could’ve set my expectations as high as I might imagine and y’all would’ve exceeded them. The experience was more a journey that led me along a path through a forest where rays of light speared through overhead foliage lighting my doubts with assurances. The end result was, I felt, and still do quite amazing. I highly recommend Outskirt Press to any writer frustrated with the more commercial means of publication. Heck, I recommend them to any writer period. They’re that good.”

Gabriel F.W. Koch is a 2004 winner of the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award, a 2016 winner of the CIPA EVVY Award for Fiction/Science Fiction. He is the 2nd place winner of the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, as well as an award-winning photographer.

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In 2554, the World is Coming to its End, unless an impossible mission through 600 years of time travel succeeds. Maternal instinct knows no boundaries, including the nano-neural-net intravenously installed in Dannia Weston’s mind to repress her identity, allowing her to perform a mission 300 years before her time. Transported to the year 1954, Dannia becomes a woman with a mid-twentieth century persona, college educated with an aptitude for mechanical invention. Due to her work during the war, she is employed by the U.S. government on a secret project. But what no one knows—including Dannia or those who sent her back to tinker with the mechanical past to reduce future pollution—is what might happen should she become emotionally involved in 1954. The 2254 science team programmed the nano-net to prevent the possibility of pregnancy, but each person reacts to strong emotional stimuli differently, and using birth control not available in 1954 is out of the question. When Dannia falls in love with Peter Hersh and becomes pregnant, her hormones erode a small section of the nano-chained network that stabilizes her new identity, triggering a mild memory rebirth…and threatening her mission and the fate of the world. 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist Science Fiction, Best Book of the Year Finalist, CIPA EVVY Second Place Science Fiction Award

Introducing Georgann Prochaska, author of Murder Comes To The Vineyard: The Fourth Snoopypuss Mystery

“As always, the cover designer was amazing. Thank you Colleen for matching him to my book.”

Georgann Prochaska grew up in the Chicago suburbs, taught school, and kept journals. After her mother passed away, Georgann wrote On Little Cat Feet, a memoir of being a caregiver for a parent with Alzheimer’s. Writing mysteries followed. The Case of the Girl Who Didn’t Smile, the first in the Snoopypuss series, was named one of ten finalists of the 2015 Lascaux Prize. The second mystery involves slobber with Audrey the bloodhound: The Case of the Hound Who Didn’t Stay, and The Case of the Ex Who Plotted Revenge is the third novel, a second-place winner of the Royal Dragonfly Book Award for mystery.

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How did a request for a simple bloodhound search leapfrog into a murder investigation? Alice Tricklebank and her bloodhound Audrey are on their own in California when they awaken to gunshots-only to find the body of Guthrie Huff in the main house and another body among the tendrilled grapevines. Like it or not, Alice is once again entangled in a stiff-necked investigation, with suspects holding secrets and scars close to their chests. But this time her dear friends Lena and Julian are not immediately available to help cobble a story together. And Audrey’s being difficult, miffed that her favorite toy was left behind in Limekiln… Alice will have to hustle to snoop and solve the mystery if she plans to attend her grandson’s graduation. She’s promised to have her keister planted on the bleachers for the ceremony in one week, but can she keep her promise? Tick-Tock. Better hurry, Alice!

Introducing Becky Condon, author of City Slicker’s Guide to Country Living

“My new book has arrived! I can’t express the euphoria of feeling it in my hands. I’m still on a high since yesterday. Thank you so much, Outskirts Press, for helping me realize a dream. I learned so much! I learned that simply writing my story was the tip of the iceberg! Thank you, Colleen, my Author Representative, for your thorough, efficient, and timely responses. Everyone I communicated with at Outskirts Press was helpful and knowledgeable on every question I had. Now on to the marketing. Learning as I go. What fun! Thank you Outskirts Press.”

Becky Condon is a pilot by trade, a farmer by passion, and wants to be a writer when she grows up.

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Neighbors: Persons living in proximity to other persons. Everyone has neighbors. Neighbors-From-Hell: Neighbors who are not nice. Have you ever had Neighbors-From-Hell? Neighbors are an obvious arrangement in cities or towns. Good or bad, tidy or messy, quiet or noisy, nice or mean; there are all types. City slickers moving to the country invoke the image of space and solitude, but there will still be neighbors. The space between domiciles might be larger, but a bad, messy, or noisome neighbor can still exist. Even with a country home’s space and larger area, there can still be neighbors that won’t contain themselves to their own area. Once upon a time there was a young family who had a dream of owning land and operating a farm. They became land owners and cattle ranchers, building their very own dream house on their very own patch of paradise. They worked hard to assimilate to this new lifestyle in a new neighborhood. It was everything they’d hoped for, and they were so happy. Then they got neighbors. They got Neighbors-From-Hell. These bad neighbors were pushy, arrogant, and mean. Their bad attitudes, slovenly habits, and meanness aside, the neighbors would not contain themselves to their own area. They encroached. They took what was not theirs. They forced themselves into the space and lives of our heroes. These neighbors meant to build their house on their property next door to our little family. The neighbors’ property had some unfortunate attributes, however, and it became clear that their property wasn’t very conducive to building a home. Astonishingly, these neighbors insisted on utilizing portions of property they didn’t own to construct their project. There were other solutions to the construction dilemmas these neighbors faced, but these answers would have been costly. They wanted to use our little family’s land for free. They wanted to steal the property and property rights of our little family. These Neighbors-From-Hell came on over bringing their messes and problems with them, and embroiled our little family in a battle for their rights and their very lives. When our heroes stood firm on their property rights, these awful neighbors tried it anyway. When the young couple complained, the neighbors lied. When the family sought the help of the authorities, they found out the difficulties of fighting city hall when the local power came to the aid and assistance of their county crony, even in the face of proven and documented lies. The common refrain used as their excuse for lies and deceit was, “Y’all aren’t from around here, are you?” This bigotry and clannish attitude was brought to full force against our little family, whose only desire was to be left alone on their own land. When the neighbors couldn’t steal the part of the land they were after, they tried to take everything. Using their friends in county authority and the local judiciary, they brought the fight of our young heroes’ lives. Does the young family survive? Can they win against the local establishment and seemingly insurmountable odds? What do you do when your neighbors are the Neighbors-From-Hell? What do you do when the Neighbors-From-Hell have friends in high places? What do you do when they threaten your home, your livelihood, and your family? Everyone knows fighting city hall can be a pointless fight, rarely won. But what do you do when city hall brings the fight to you? Sometimes you have to stand and fight.

Introducing Gil Alligood, author of Firsthand Knowledge

“This is my third novel published by Outskirts Press. This publication process proceeded quickly and professionally.”

Gil Alligood grew up in a conservative farm culture in Eastern North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering from NC State University, then entered the US Air Force and retired as a colonel pilot with 26 years of service. After receiving a master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, he worked as a municipal engineer, and finally retired as a consulting engineer. While serving in the Air Force, he flew to 40 countries, and often uses them as settings for his writing. He is active in church and community service and still flies the Piper Aircraft flown by the main character in his novels, Craig Johnson. Alligood’s other books include The Devil’s Pace, Dark Paths to Light and Team Alpha.

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New Team Alpha Adventure Takes on Terrorism. After an explosion at Union Station kills 235 people and wounds hundreds more, tempers flare among American citizens who insist that the government should have prevented the disaster. Responding to the pressure, U.S. President Ray Gill coordinates with Craig and Kitty Johnson from the Alpha Planning and Consulting Company to locate persons who plan or who have engaged in terrorist activities. But such identification must stem from absolute and firsthand knowledge before action is taken against anyone, as that action will be terminal.