Introducing Anne Toole, author of Lily Pearl

“Colleen always does a great job, is very professional and is also very patient with someone like me.”

Anne Toole grew up in Williston, South Carolina. She graduated from Anderson Jr. College in Anderson, South Carolina. She is also a graduate of the University of Georgia. She taught first grade for thirty years in Augusta, Georgia. 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, The Crow and the Big Oak Tree, Stan, The Little Turtle, and Fat Maxine

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There was a little girl who was named Lily Pearl. This little girl had a habit that was very bad. What Lily Pearl liked to do was to blow bubbles with the bubble gum she loved to chew. One day something happened to her that made her mad. It also made Lily Pearl very sad. What happened to the girl named Lily Pearl? Did it prevent her from chewing gum and blowing bubbles? Did it make Lily Pearl do something and get in trouble?

Introducing Vonda Jessup, author of How Danny the Dragon Came To Live With Wanda the Witch

“I used another publishing company before I knew about Outskirts Press. It was a complete disaster. I did my research before using Outskirts Press. Everyone on the team has been outstanding especially after my book was published. Every day I receive valuable information from the marketing coaches. I plan on writing more children stories and will definitely use Outskirts Press. In fact I have already mentioned them to two friends that are writing books.”

Vonda Jessup is an artist/illustrator. She has designed and created unusual decorative finishes for high-end interior designers and their clients. In addition, she has taught in London, France, Italy, Canada, and throughout the United States. She is writing an ongoing series of children’s stories about Wanda the Witch and Danny the Dragon, who lives in the basement of the Happy Haunted House. The ghost characters in these stories are named after her grandchildren. Vonda lives in Phoenix, AZ with her husband Jack and their pig Tea-C.

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One evening, Wanda the Witch told the ghosts, who live with her at the Happy Haunted House, the story of how Danny the Dragon came to live with her. One day, Wanda’s dear friend the great wizard Winddorf was gathering mushrooms in a dark cave when he found a very large egg! What happens when he brings the egg back to his castle? This is a heart warming story of how Wanda adopts Danny as her own.

Introducing Jo Tanenbaum, author of Once Upon a Shelf

“Jamie was prompt and honest. She was complimentary and I always felt she was right on the ball. I valued her opinion.”

Jo Tanenbaum grew up in Chicago and studied at the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley, and Florida State University, where she received a Ph.D. in French Literature. She taught French to middle school and high school students in Tallahassee, Florida for thirty years. She and her husband now live in Los Angeles, California. She has written FDR and the Dime: the Defeat of Polio, Crooks and Canes: Bible, Bebop and Beyond, and Get to the Point: The History of the Pencil. Randi Matushevitz is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. She received her BA from California State University Northridge, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Miami. She has exhibited in galleries, museums and art fairs in New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Caracas and Xalapa, Mexico. Her work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Art and Cake, Diversions LA , the Las Vegas Review Journal. Jo lives across the street from Randi. One day she noticed Randi painting in her opened garage. From that, this book project was hatched

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RATS! I’ve been propped high up here on a bedroom shelf for years. What in the world do I do all day? I watch those snooty, modern battery dolls get all the attention from the family’s girls. And love? I long to be loved. My pink plush is getting flat, gray, and brown. But please don’t cry. I do triumph. I tell my story myself. Here is my picture. I’m ugly perhaps, but lovingly patched and sewn together by Tasha’s mom There are no dragons in my story. There are no wizards or magical wands. However, my story is contemporary and with a universal theme: the love between me and my little mistress.

Introducing Barbara A. Cefalu, author of The Adventures of Patty-Cat, Kittle, and Their Friends Versus the Manxy-Dream Pirates

“Laura has stood by me in publishing six books. She is wonderful! Anytime I am stuck, she comes to the rescue. I cannot imagine publishing a book without her help.”

Barbara Cefalu lives in California and has written the wonderful Patty Cat and Kittle Series for children.

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What can go wrong on a luxurious yacht? Ordinarily nothing, but Patty-Cat and Kittle manage to get themselves into the usual complicated situations and then they need to be dug out. Patty-Cat and Kittle have become good friends with Billy-Bom-Tom who in turn is a very good friend of the Duchess of Manx. She owns a production of a musical comedy, now between engagements, so several of the cast and their friends have been invited on a two week cruise, sailing to the Isle of Manx and back. Chester has been included as he will be doing some reporting for the Daily Howl, where he works part time. Fred, Al, and Susie, all cast members are along, plus dancers Pumpkin and Grilly who keep following Billy-Bom-Tom, much to Susie’s displeasure. The weather turns nasty, the yacht is being tossed up, down and sideways and many of the passengers are sick. Meanwhile some cat fish pirates from the Isle of Manx plan to rob the yacht of its fish. However, the crew are not really into their jobs: some are allergic to fish, others, are tired of fish and want meat. Some just don’t like to work, and to mix things up even more, the two sheep dogs, Hal and Sam, are on board, and a feisty Big=Bad-Momma-Cat, tries to take over the cat pirates. There are mixups everywhere. Please join the cats, kittens, dogs, and cat fish pirates for a lively sail on the high seas.

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.