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.

Introducing Barbara Lopuszynski, author of Angel and Brie

Angel and Brie is the second book I’ve self-published, the first book with a different publisher. My experience this time was refreshingly different. My author representative and the team that I worked with were responsive, professional, and meticulous. Outskirts Press has the online tools that make the process efficient and expeditious. Thank you, Outskirts Press!”

Award-winning author, Barbara Lopuszynski, lives with her husband and two cats in Seattle, Washington, where Angel and Brie start their journey. She’s been a computer professional and teacher and now enjoys writing fiction. Her writing has been recognized by Independent Publisher Book Awards, Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition, Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Whidbey Island Writers Conference, and Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest.

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Angel and Brie won a gold medal in the 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest in the Pre-teen General Fiction category. Angel & Brie are foster sisters, Angel a sassy rebel, Brie a nerdy scientist. Both 13-year-olds are on a quest to save a wolf-dog hybrid by taking a road-trip on their bicycles. Angel has been in and out of over a dozen foster homes. She hangs out with delinquents and has to do community service to pass 8th grade, but never gives up hope that her rocker dad, Jocko, will pull his life together and give her a home. Enter Brie, her new super-smart, animal-loving foster sister, who is also in denial about needing a home. When Brie discovers that a wolf-dog hybrid named Wolfie is going to be euthanized, she sets out to take her to Wolf Home, which just happens to be near the town Angel’s dad is playing. Please visit www.barbaralopuszynski.com for more information.

Introducing Doug Fratianne, Ph.D., author of Being Different

“I was very pleasantly surprised by the rapid and professional way my questions were addressed and solved. This was my first self-published book so I was learning as we proceeded. Even changes that were not part of the normal original plan were allowed, and every step was not completed until I was completely satisfied. I posed a number of questions and every one was addressed to my satisfaction. Every step of the publishing plan seemed logical and well defined. I went from an original contact with Outskirts Press to a finished copy of my book delivered to my address in less than 2 months.”

Doug Fratianne, Ph.D. is retired from a career that spanned thirty years as an educator at the university level. That background did not prepare him for the stories told to him by some of his grandchildren regarding the bullying that goes on in their schools on a daily basis. Learning of the frequency and extent of such situations was something of a revelation. Hearing these stories of bullying, then, formed the motivation to write this book, although the story lines are fictional. While bullying might be considered to be a negative basis for a story, the major emphasis in this book is on personal determination and friendship.

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Being Different follows Trudy through her three years of middle school. She is faced with serious speech difficulties, and she must cope with teasing and bullying from classmates. She befriends a girl who was her most abusive bully with a selfless gesture of good will that converts this girl to a friend. Later, when this new friend faces a serious challenge of her own, the two girls form a closer bond as each play a significant role in helping the other overcome the reason that they are different than their classmates. Both girls show a great deal of courage in overcoming their respective difficulties, which produces an uplifting story of determination and extraordinary friendship. Perhaps Being Different can give hope to other youngsters who face challenges and who are bullied themselves.

Introducing Leona Hollis, author of The Angel That Touched My Head

“My experience with Outskirts Press was great. They are thorough, helpful and very professional. I highly recommend them to anyone desiring to publish a book especially a children’s book. I also plan on using them again for my next children’s book. My experience was excellent. Special acknowledgments to Brie, my Author Representative, and Richa, the illustrator for my children’s book. I was very pleased with their professionalism. I give the company an “A” from my experience with them.”

Leona Hollis is a writer and author who lives in New York. She was compelled to write this book not only because her son was once hospitalized with a condition where the doctors didn’t know what to diagnose but also because she wanted to find a way to comfort the hearts of children as well as parents when they are sick and don’t know what to do. She believes that reading comforting and positive books to these children can make a difference in how they feel and give them a sense of hope whether the story is fiction or non-fiction. She loves singing, dancing, going to the beach, cooking and good clean comedy and having fun with her children. She also has upcoming books soon to be published including, “Wilamina and the Talking Junk Foods” and “Connected Hearts.”

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After years of battling a crippling, very painful disease, Brad encounters a strange man that changes his life forever.