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.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

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.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

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.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

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.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

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.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

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.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

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

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

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?

Introducing Rebecca Mountain-Pazell, author of Ziggy: The Pig Who Loved Sushi

“My Author Representative’s professionalism, knowledge,and dedication guided me during my first publishing experience. I appreciate her patience!”

Rebecca Mountain-Pazell, a graduate of the University of Kansas, works as a freelance writer. She lives with her husband John, a corporate attorney, in the suburbs of Kansas City. The couple enjoys cooking, traveling, volunteering for local charities, and spoiling their pets. Caitlin Bryce Lassen is a freelance artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saint Mary. Her specialties include animal illustrations, portraits, and fantasy comics. The Kansas-born Lassen lives in her home state with husband Andrew and their mischievous Pomeranian.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

ZIGGY, The Pig Who Loved Sushi A Celebration of Food and Friendship. Ziggy is a small pig enjoying a simple life on a quiet Kansas farm. But her calm world is turned upside when she eats sushi for the first time. Now, her quest for this tasty new food leads her and her owners on a cross-country journey. They even travel all the way to the Orient! By the end of their adventure, Ziggy and her humans learn the importance of home, family, and the value of friendship.

You Are Just Right: Celebrating the Beauty of Diversity

“Though I knew the subject matter of my book, I had no idea how to put it together. My Author Representative patiently walked me through the steps and answered my tedious, and sometimes repetitive, questions. She was absolutely life saving as the conduit to my illustrator. Her advice was flawless, and I am so grateful.”

Joni Crimmins has an MBA in finance and has pursued a fulfilling career in business. Yet it was her role as mother, that inspired her to return to school for a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy to understand the psychology around bullying, depression and anxiety, rampant among today’s youth and to try to make a difference. One of seven children, Joni understands the unique circumstances that make each of us special. This book was inspired by real events that happened involving Joni’s children. She was so saddened by them, that she wanted to bring a hopeful message to those that don’t feel they fall within society’s acceptable norms. Actually, she acknowledges, this could apply to most of us.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

Growing up can be tough when you feel you don’t “fit in” the way others think you should: he’s too old for the shopping cart, too tall for the ride. A mother shares a story with her struggling son to demonstrate that we all truly do fit in a piece of the bigger picture, and what’s more important is following his own heart, rather than how others see him. The story helps the young boy to understand that differences can be strengths and that he really is “just right.” This little book is a gentle reminder to children and adults that thoughtless comments are hurtful and unhelpful, that everyone is unique and that within each person is a special gift or talent. The array of options presented creates an opportunity for parent/child dialogue on my topics from accepting others to exploring a child’s aspirations and dreams. Perhaps you don’t have a pianist’s nimble fingers, but you have strong hands to build bridges and repair roads? Are you slow and methodical like a scientist in a lab, or are you small and quick like a jockey on a racehorse? This loving exchange between a mother and son is an assurance, not only to this little boy, but to all children and grown-ups, that each of us is uniquely special, born to bring a one-of-a-kind gift to this world.

Introducing Mary Manisero, author of The Sad Lonely Princess

“Everything was beautiful and went smoothly.”

My Name is Mary Manisero. I was born in North East England and my childhood consisted of playing in the woods and meadows. My half sister and brother were in my care when I was young;we had a topsy turvey life. At bedtime, I always made up stories for them after they knew all the fairy tales by heart. I married my husband in 1954 and came back with him to USA when his tour of duty in England was over. I was an Air force, we traveled many states in his 20 years in Air Force. My four children enjoyed the traveling life. I had no time for writing telling stories in 1993. I decided to try a book The Secret Of The Bramble Bush house. Then had 10 grandchildren so I wrote at odd times. I wrote poetry and stories and are in my folder. Now I have 9 great-grandchildren. It’s sad that my husband is not here to enjoy them. He passed away in 2014 after we were two months away from our 60th anniversary. I have 3 books published “The Secret Of the Bramble Bush House,” “Garwood Groundhogs Winter Adventure,” and “Miranda’s Wish.” I really enjoy writing up stories.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

Luella is unhappy with her lonely life in the huge castle. She hates the fancy clothes. The noisy parties. One day she decides to go on a adventure to find the Golden Magic Garden. Then starts her funny adventures, with many creatures to help her that they become her best friends. She loves her horse Sunstar and he loves her and listens as she tells him about her new adventures.