Introducing C. Lee McKenzie, author of Alligators Overhead

“Since this was my first time trying to publish something on my own, I appreciated the help and support I received along the way from each of the Reps. Great job.”

C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication. Her greatest passion is writing for young readers. Many of her fiction and non-fiction pieces appear in Stories for Children and Crow Toes Quarterly. She has published two young adult novels, Sliding on the Edge and The Princess of Las Pulgas. She lives in California on the edge of a redwood forest with her family. C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication. Her greatest passion is writing for young readers. Many of her fiction and non-fiction pieces appear in Stories for Children and Crow Toes Quarterly. She has published two young adult novels, Sliding on the Edge and The Princess of Las Pulgas. She lives in California on the edge of a redwood forest with her family. http://cleemckenziebooks.com/

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Alligators, witches and a spooky mansion aren’t your average neighbors…unless you live at the edge of the Ornofree swamp in the backwater town of Hadleyville. The town’s bad boy, Pete Riley, may only be twelve, but he’s up to his eyeballs in big trouble, and this time he isn’t the cause. This time the trouble arrives when a legendary hundred-year-old mansion, materializes next door and the Ornofree alligators declare war to save their swamp from bulldozers. Things only get worse when Pete’s guardian aunt and several of her close friends vanish while trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft. Now Pete must find his aunt and stop the war. He might stand a chance if his one friend, Weasel, sticks with him, but even then, they may not have what it takes.

Introducing Katelynn Renteria, author of The Other Side of the Law

“As a teen author, the decision to become a self-published author was definitely daunting, but after my experience publishing through Outskirts Press I knew it was the right decision to make. My young adult fiction novel now has worldwide distribution, and after utilizing several of the marketing tips from my Resource Center, I have had many inquiries about book signings, guest speaking, and more events. The sequel to my novel is near completion, and I will be self-publishing with Outskirts Press again!”

Katelynn Renteria, a native of the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas, is a teen author with a deep passion for writing. She ranks among the Top Ten Percent of her high school classes, and published her first novel at age 16. She enjoys advocating literacy to children by giving presentations at school campuses. Her hobbies include practicing calligraphy, DC superheroes, and playing guitar.

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“Remember, the world is a dangerous place.” Kay Verdant isn’t your typical high school sophomore. With her unique skill set, her extracurricular activities include catching criminals on dangerous missions and foiling evil schemes, topped off with finishing her homework. How does she do it? She attends Henderson High School, a school for spies, and learns the tricks of the spy trade. Together with her brother, Roy, and best friend, Scarlet, Kay completes her operations flawlessly. She’s always on target with her missions, until one day Kay meets an enigmatic stranger who changes her aim. When an underground tycoon threatens one of the world’s most precious cities, she finds herself having to trust this new, mysterious ally. She starts to wonder if life really is black and white, or if there are shadowy grays that can turn her entire world upside down. Kay Verdant soon learns that the line between herself and the other side of the law isn’t always so clear.

Introducing Anne Toole, author of Stan, The Little Turtle

“Colleen is always professional, very nice and does an excellent job.”

Anne Toole grew up in Williston, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Anderson Jr. College in Anderson, South Carolina and the University of Georgia with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. She taught in a first grade classroom in Augusta, Georgia for thirty years. Ms. Toole has always enjoyed reading and writing poetry. After retiring, Ms. Toole worked part-time for three years as an ESOL teacher and also began writing stories about children and animals. Most of the stories are written in verse. Ms. Toole is an avid traveler and has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has also traveled in Northern Africa and the Middle East. She presently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. Ms. Toole is also the author of Mean Mike, The Bird That Didn’t Want To Be A Bird, The Frog That Lost His Croak, A Dog Named Cat and The Crow and the Big Oak Tree.

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Little Stan turtle didn’t meet the creatures that lived in the woods. One day his mom goes away. Will the creatures help him find his mom? What important lesson does little Stan learn as he tries to find his mom? Mother turtle was worried and wondered why Little Stan turtle didn’t want to meet the creatures that lived nearby. All Stan wanted to do was swim in the pond all day. That was where he wanted to stay! One day little Stan is full of fear As his mom suddenly disappears. Stan had not met the creatures that were all around. Will they help him find his mom and will she ever be found? Read the story to find out if Stan’s mom returns, And what important lesson little Stan learns.

Introducing Karen Lee Snyder, author of Loony Lori

“My book Loony Lori was a top item on my bucket list. I am in my late sixties and so I wanted to publish this story. My husband did all the illustrations so it was indeed very special to me. I was amazed at how easy it was and fast with the help of Outskirts Press! I hope to publish a second book within another year. It, too, will deal with the bullying issue. I had reviewed another self-publishing company and felt there was so much more offered through Outskirts Press. Thank you for checking off a big item on my bucket list. My Loony Lori book was a finished product of quality. I have no complaints and believe me… I’m very picky!”

Karen Lee Snyder lives in Lake Elsinore, California with her husband and three small dogs. She has been active in community service for many years, receiving awards for her work with various organizations. She has chaired several boards, including being elected to serve in a public office. She is listed in Marquis’ 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the West. She and her husband collaborated on Loony Lori as author and illustrator. This is their first book.

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Lori is a little different from the other girls in her new third-grade class. She dresses differently, and likes to play with the boys at recess. It’s wonderful when Marsha, one of the popular girls, asks her where she got her beautiful cowboy jacket. They immediately bond, making a cross-your-heart-and-hope-to-die promise to walk home together every day. The next day, Marsha confronts the other girls for calling her new friend “Loony Lori.” But the girls turn against her, and Marsha has to pick a side. Confused, she decides she doesn’t want to be included in the teasing, and avoids Lori. Heartbroken, Lori walks home alone, not understanding why her friend has changed her mind. But Lori has a valuable lesson to learn about the meaning of true friendship. Set in the 1950s, Loony Lori explains the concept of a fair-weather friend in language that children can relate to. Although the clothes and games have changed, children will see that the problems kids face in school and growing up haven’t changed…and that the adults in their lives now were once kids, just like they are. Loony Lori’s accessible and powerful story is brought to life by colorful illustrations that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages.

Introducing T.L. Needham, author of Kitty Claus

“I am and was very demanding and anxious to get this project done before Thanksgiving, since it is a Christmas book. Colleen was very patient with me and responsive . . . and most importantly, the book was published the day before Thanksgiving. So, I am thankful to Colleen and the entire team that worked on this book. Thanks!”

T.L. Needham has published several award-winning books, including When I Was a Child and a collection of poetry called Pesky Poems, in which Kitty Claus was originally published. Needham was also founder and publisher of Relocation/Realty UPDATE, a national news magazine on corporate relocation and real estate issues, and he was publisher and editor of Kansas City Parent magazine during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has also been a national speaker and trainer on real estate and relocation issues. Now retired, Needham lives in the Chicago area and writes full time. Kitty Claus is illustrated by Lizzy Dodig, a talented young artist and high school freshman. She has a wide variety of interests and talents, but illustrative art is her passion.

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On a snowy Christmas Eve, a fierce cat named Kitty Claws rules over a family of thin, starving mice, keeping them from the tempting treats left out for Santa. But when the father mouse rescues Kitty Claws from danger, their relationship is transformed from one of adversity to a new bond of mutual friendship and Christmas spirit. Kitty Claus is a delightful story-poem of transformation, courage, and righteous behavior. With beautiful illustrations and endearing characters, this book will be a treasured addition to any family’s library.

Introducing Kenneth M. Terry, author of Percy’s Dream

“I just want to thank you and everyone at Outskirts for their time and patience through the entire process of publishing my book. It was exciting to see it transform over the months into a book I am proud of. What I truly appreciated was that everyone kept me informed at all times and I never felt that I had lost control of the creativity and my vision of the book which you brought to life for me and will always be truly grateful.”

Kenneth M. Terry is a licensed security systems technician who loves writing children’s books. He also enjoys cooking, crafting, and antiquing in his spare time. Percy’s Dream is the first of six books coming out soon, and he hopes to write many more in the future. Mr. Terry lives in Everett, Massachusetts with his wife and their son.

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Even Leaves Know How to Dream! Percy is a leaf on a grand oak tree in a city park-he sees all kinds of interesting people below him. But he’s on a lower branch, and all he sees when he looks up are the other leaves…he knows it would be wonderful to see the sky, and every night he dreams about it. He doesn’t think his dream will ever come true, but then autumn arrives, and leaves begin to fall. If he can hang on long enough to be one of the last leaves on the tree, he will be able to look up and see the sky! Will Percy’s dream come true? Find out in this charming story about holding tight to hope, and learning to appreciate the unexpected!

Introducing Kathie Jamison Cote, author of The Cats of the Cottage Cafe

“Overall, I am very happy. My book looks fabulous! Thank you.”

Kathie Jamison Cote’s love for children, including her own five and four grandchildren, spark her passion for life. Having taught dance for 40 years, Ms. Kathie has worked with nearly 2000 students from Maine to the Florida Keys, whether at her studios or various public/private schools or community centers. She loves her family, nature, reading, writing, photographing life around her and dance. She lives in a nook in the woods of Mount Desert Island with her husband Craig. Her awe for the island is part of the inspiration behind this tale.

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Join The Cats of Cottage Cafe for travels and adventures around Mount Desert Island. Mount Desert Island on the coast of Maine is a magical place with its mountains, ocean and nature galore! In this story, cats and kitties who live on the island explore their prized spots, including a cafe and some local shops. MDI has shimmering seas, majestic mountains and Acadia National Park. The island is known for quaint towns, scenic harbors, miles of hiking and biking trails, wild blueberries and of course, lobster. When visiting, keep your eyes open wide and on the lookout for island felines. You will take pleasure learning of their special places to visit and fun things to do as you read this delightful book. The cats of the Cottage Cafe enjoy Sand Beach, touring lighthouses, hiking mountains and visiting town parks. They have favorite places they frequent, just like you. Join them on their fun adventures around the island.