Introducing Theresa Marie Vallotton, author of A Spoon Called Poon!

“I am very pleased with my book. I knew nothing going into this process and feel I was well served. Thank you!”

Theresa Marie Vallotton observed with delight the many things her grandson did with a spoon. She lives with her husband in northern California and works with an environmental nonprofit, Mattole Restoration Council. Also a singer songwriter, her inspirational album Living Stones can be found on iTunes and Pandora internet radio.

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The Power of One Spoon, The Adventures of Poon. It’s not a blanket, a toy, or a teddy bear this little boy latches onto, it’s a spoon he calls Poon. With a child’s imaginative genius, sparked by an industrious nature, Quinn discovers all the wonderful things Poon can do. Told with infectious and whimsical rhyme, this is the true story of the author’s grandson, who comes to a crisis when he literally has more than he can handle.

Introducing Ann Beavers, author of Bike and Seek: A Geocache Adventure on Hilton Head Island

“Thank you for helping me through my many changes. I love my book and could not have done it without Outskirts Press!”

Ann Beavers is a retired school counselor who has a passion for helping children and families develop positive relationships. She writes about geocaching to encourage families to get outside and have exciting adventures. Ann is married with two daughters and several grandchildren. She splits her time between Hilton Head, SC and Europe.

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Let’s go on an adventure! Children love treasure hunts! Bike and Seek is about Wendy and Scott’s adventure filled search for a geocache treasure on beautiful Hilton Head Island. When a one-eyed alligator threatens to spoil the fun, Spanner, a legendary firehouse dog, makes a rare appearance adding to the excitement.

Introducing Shanell Munoz, author of The Greatest Halloween Party Ever

“My experience with my Author Representative was awesome. She was so helpful and patient with me. I appreciated all the work and quick responses. Thank you very much!”

Shanell Munoz is a successful artist, writer, and author. Her passion for drawing and writing began at a very young age. Most of Shanells’ writing is created from her own experiences growing up or while raising her four children. Shanell’s love for her family has inspired her to use their names for characters in her writing. Shanell was born and raised in Topeka Kansas. She grew up with five brothers and two sisters. After receiving her GED in 2008, she began working in local schools with children with special needs. Today, she continues to write when she can find the time,and still works in a school. Shanell hopes that people will enjoy reading her books as much as she enjoys creating them.

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Halloween is finally here, and Arty is the star of the night. Which costume will Arty be dressed up as? Will his party be a success? Read to see if he lives up to his best friends’ expectations.

Introducing John H. Gaukel, author of Kree’s Special Visit

“Working with Outskirts Press was a positive experience. I would use them again.”

John H. Gaukel is a lifelong fisherman, hunter, photographer, writer, and environmental advocate. Born in Wisconsin, his adventures have taken him to solitary lakes and streams, fields, and forests in Alaska, Yellowstone, Florida, and the wilds of his native Wisconsin. He currently resides in North Carolina, where he is adored by his four grandchildren to whom he teaches his love of nature and the wild places.

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When 8-year-old Kree visits her Grandfather at his cabin in northern Wisconsin he becomes her guide into the unspoiled wilderness and a heritage woven together with Mother Nature. As their adventures together unfold, she finds wonder, excitement, and a connection to her Grandfather and the natural world that she never knew existed.

Introducing Barbara A. Cefalu, author of The Adventures of Patty-Cat, Kittle, Their Friends, and the Gnomes

“It’s been a marvelous experience, having eight books published by Outskirts Press. My Author Representative was remarkable, smart, kind, and helpful and she has coddled me through it all. And all the others! Thank you everyone.”

Barbara A. Cefalu is a musician/composer/author who has written several musicals and plays. Barbara lives with her cat, Puddy, in Florida.

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What can be more fun than a picnic where friends who haven’t seen each other for a while gather to eat and talk? Maybe nothing . . . but when the whole group of friends gets swallowed up by a huge sinkhole, then things aren’t so rosy! At least at first. But the kittens are found by some friendly gnomes who repair the kittens’ broken bones and take them back to their caves and welcome them to the gnomes’ kingdom, the Land of the Nibelungencan. There, the kittens share a feast and thank their hosts and hostesses by performing. Fred plays the flute while Billy-Bom-Tom and Al sing and Susie dances. The gnomes are charmed and insist they stay for the grand once-a-year celebration of all the gnome clans. However, the Cement Clan wants the visitors to be handed over to be killed. Of course, King Gob refuses, and finally the Cement Clan joins the celebration, where there are races, a grand feast, and singing and dancing. The feast is held in a fabulous huge cave lighted by twinkling lights and emeralds, plus other gems covering the walls and ceiling. Joe and Willie, the bat-ball friends, are introduced to pod racing, a new concept where the gnomes race through solid objects, water, and other obstacles by altering their vibrations. Won’t you join Patty-Cat, Kittle, Fred, Susie, Al, Chester, and others and read all about their adventures Underground, in The Adventures of Patty-Cat, Kittle, Their Friends, and the Gnomes?

Introducing Emily Kil, author of Dinky Goes to the Hamptons

“I absolutely love the job that Outskirts Press did on my book.”

Emily Kil grew up riding horses in Connecticut. She was active in the Mystic Pony Club and grew up eventing. Emily met the real Dinky while working at the farm where Dinky grew up. She wrote Dinky’s story while earning her Master’s Degree in Education. Emily has been an elementary school teacher for 15 years. She now lives in Colorado. Emily is also a volunteer and Board Member of the Rocky Mountain Horse Rescue.

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Dinky is a small, lonely pony and Sophia is a little girl afraid of big horses. Can Sophia and Dinky work together to realize their big dream? This fictional story is based on a real-life pony by the same name, who went on to win the 2018 USEF Pony Jumper Championships.

Introducing Anne Toole, author of A Girl Named Earle

“It has been a very good experience working with my Author Representative. She was very professional and helpful.”

Anne Toole grew up in Williston, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Anderson Jr. College in Anderson, South Carolina. Ms. Toole also graduated from the University of Georgia. She taught first grade for thirty years in Augusta, Georgia. After retiring, Ms. Toole worked part-time for several years as an ESOL teacher. She also began writing stories about children and animals. Most of the stories are written in verse. Ms. Toole 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, The Crow and the Big Oak Tree, Stan, The Little Turtle, Fat Maxine, Lily Pearl, The Cat That Was Nothing But Trouble, and Shy Ty.

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There was a little girl, and her name was Earle. Some of the children at school teased this little girl because her name was Earle. They thought that a name like Earle shouldn’t be a name for a girl. Living in this world can sometimes be tough. During recess one day, Earle decided she’d had enough! Read the story to find out what Earle did to some of the other kids. Did it make the children stop making fun of this little girl because her name just happened to be Earle?

Introducing Barbara A. Cefalu, author of The Adventures of Patty-Cat and Kittle

“My Author Representative has been my right hand support for several books. She is wonderful to work with and helpful in every way. I could not do without her. She always there to help, cheerful, smart, willing, and able. She’s the best!”

Barbara A. Cefalu is a musician/composer/author who has written several musicals and plays. Barbara lives with her cat, Puddy, in Florida.

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Somehow a lot of bumbling, bouncing sheep dogs, grouchy ants, peculiar squirrels, a baby mockingbird who fell from the nest and his mother won’t allow a rescue, plus Cousin Fred who is a trial to relatives, friends, and others, plus many residents of Katville, have crept into the story about Patty-Cat and Kittle. Angel is the loving mother of these tiny kittens and they all live together at 112 Liver Lane. A black widow spider, residing in the right hand corner of the living room ceiling, keeps a sarcastic running commentary on the kittens, while stuffing the new (one each day) husband into a web-ball, ready for disposal. (neat trick if you can do it) along with lots of other creatures, all trying to get along (or not) and Patty-Cat and Kittle are in the midst of it all. Mr. Billy-Bob-Tom-Cat is a temporary villain (but we hope that changes). Of course, there are the kitten’s close friends, Chester, a white butterball who claims he needs his three-squares a day, nicknamed ‘Fat-Chester’, and Susie, a sweet little Siamese kitten who’s terrified of Mr. Billy-Bom-Ton-Cat. Patty-Cat is the stay-at-home kitten who likes to cook and bake things while her sister, Kittle, is the adventurer, who goes out into the world and has strange experiences. Something big, purple, and frightening plops down in their backyard, (possibly a space traveler). The neighborhood cats in considering all the terrible things Cousin Fred did and all the distressing results, were inspired to send Cousin Fred to music school. The proverb “Music hath charms to sooth the savage beast” may apply … let’s hope it works for Cousin Fred. Considering all the characters who run amuck in The Adventures of Patty-Cat and Kittle you might want to read the book and see what all the excitement’s about.

Introducing Sarah Sebring Binder, author of Dreaming of a White Christmas

“My Author Representative was prompt in responding to any questions I had. Easy to work with! And very encouraging!”

Sarah Sebring Binder has been an educator for more than 40 years. She shared her love of reading, writing and storytelling with her students. She continues to play with children in Caterpillar Club and Plant Pals. When she is not writing, she loves to garden, dance, fiddle, travel and quilt.

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If you believe, it can happen – with a little help. According to Grandma, it’s always a white Christmas at the cabin. And that has been Michael’s experience for the last eight years. This year, there’s no snow and the forecast does not look promising. Grandma is sure it will snow. And Michael wants to believe it will, but just in case Michael has a plan – a backup plan. Grandpa knows all about it. They’ve been working in the garage. Together the two of them plan to make some magic. Some years it takes a lot of imagination, a little bit of ingenuity, and some hard work. With a little help from Grandpa – it can happen. Be a believer like Grandma, Grandpa and Michael.

Introducing Linda A. Brown, author of Chompy, The Lonely Alligator

“It was a very good experience. I would consider publishing with Outskirts Press again and have already recommended to a fellow author.”

I would like to tell you a little about myself and how Chompy came about. I have always enjoyed writing since my teen years. Poetry to express my feelings, prayers to express my needs and stories to express life. I never thought about writing seriously until my son introduced me to Chompy when I lived on a bayou in Florida. Chompy was the resident alligator you only saw in the water, never on land. He never came close to anyone, just watched from the middle of the bayou. So Chompy became a legend in the area and now the first of a series of Chompy books. I hope you enjoy reading about Chompy as much as I enjoy writing about him. Happy reading, Linda Brown

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Chompy, The Lonely Alligator was so lonely. He watched other animals on the bayou play together, but couldn’t figure why no one would play with him. Then, one day changed him. Find out what happened to change Chompy and could this happen to you?