Introducing Anita L. Leonard, author of Finding Lord Stanley: The Surprise Discovery

“Publishing my first book was made easier with the guidance of my Author Representative. I am so pleased with the end results and would recommend Outskirts Press Publishing to other authors.”

A lifelong resident of Greensburg, PA, Anita L. Leonard attended Mercy Hospital School of Nurse, Pittsburgh PA and graduated as a Registered Nurse. At the age of 34, Anita returned to academia and graduated from Seton Hill University with a BA in Sociology and a minor in English, after which she obtained a Master in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. It was during those years at Seton Hill that she found a love for writing. As years passed Anita and her husband, Larry raised four sons and now have eight grandchildren. Each son and grandchild inspired her with their diverse interests. There was always a family pet to love and an athletic event to watch. Pittsburgh sports were the center of many family conversations and gatherings. Anita’s love of animals and sports seemed a perfect combination for the theme of a children’s book.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

The Surprise Discovery! Three sisters are starting their summer vacation playing with friends in the front yard, which turned into a surprise discovery under a bush in the neighbor’s yard, a tiny grey kitten. The girls set out to convince their Mom and Dad that the kitten needed a home. Although Mom was easily convinced, their Dad would be a challenge. This delightful story takes a few twists and turns until the sisters gave this lost kitten a “furever” home.

Introducing Anne Toole, author of Fat Maxine

“I will be doing more books with Outskirts Press in the near future. My Author Representative always does a great job. She has a lot of patience with someone like me.”

Anne Toole grew up in Williston, South Carolina. She graduated from Anderson Jr. College in Anderson, South Carolina. Ms. Toole 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, and Stan, The Little Turtle.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

Maxine was kind of fat. Some children liked to make fun of her because of that. It made Maxine feel really sad when they treated her so bad. One day Maxine surprised the kids. She made them happy because of something she did. Did they start liking her because of that? Did it matter that Maxine was still kind of fat?

Introducing Cheri Rose Shamaly, author of Welcome To My Office

“Outskirts Press and their Team were a great help! I can’t wait to get my second book published!”

Cheri Shamaly grew up in the small town of Imlay City, Michigan. She now lives in Lapeer, Michigan. She is a wife and has two boys. She comes from a large family of eight, with five brothers and two sisters. This is her first book that she has written and illustrated. This book has taken her 3 years to complete as she worked her full-time job as a Mother and Account Manager at a local Company. When she is not working, she enjoys horsing around with her 4-year-old son, relaxing sunny days on the boat, eating pizza and tacos, and spending time with her family and friends. Her dream is to read this book to children all over the world!

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

Get ready for a terrific story about jungle animals!

Introducing Carol Weygandt Smedley, author of If I Could Talk to the Trees: Children’s Outdoor Adventures

“Everyone at Outskirts Press was wonderful and has been helping me through the publishing process. I am a first time author, and knew nothing about it. It is so exciting! I never thought it would happen, but with your staff’s help you have made my dream come true! Thank you so very much!”

I have loved the outdoors and photography, for as long as I can remember. Being from a family of seven, had a lot to do with that. They are some of my fondest memories. I then spent five years studying Latin, botany, and horticulture at the well known Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. I had my own landscape business for about fifteen years when we lost our oldest daughter. Then came our two beautiful grandchildren by our only other child. Owen and Addison, literally saved my life. I recently have suffered a spinal injury doing a paver sidewalk that called for spinal fusion surgery( twice.) And these are the outdoor adventures that I wrote for them. My vision now is to share them with all children to excite them on this subject. There are ten stories full of great information for boys and girls. Clues on every page to help them appreciate and preserve the nature of the world around them. I hope that you enjoy them as well.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

Children’s Outdoor Adventures with secrets of nature and it’s very survival. discovertheforest.org

Introducing Roe De Pinto, author of Zealy’s New Blessings: The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba, Book 5, Series 1

“My Author Representative has always been helpful in any and all situations that arise and I so enjoy working with her. Thank you to all those who assisted me in finalizing my new book. Stay well and God bless.”

Roe De Pinto, is not just the author but is inspired to write these wonderful little books with hopes of teaching her grandchildren and all the children around the world, to be kind and gentle and loving to one another. She hopes to instill non-violent behavioral patterns from a very early age in children that will engrave in their hearts and make them peaceful human beings who will make the world a better place. Roe was raised of Italian descent and recalls always being taught to consider the next person with kindness and giving before oneself. She is a 16x award winner for this series and hopes to continue to spread the word of peace through children, all around the world.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

Find Out What Zealy’s New Blessings Are in this Latest Adventure! Zealy discovers the wonderful new world of being a sister to a new baby brother as well as meeting new friends who all come together helping one another in a tricky situation, along side her protector, lovable Whubba. This episode brings together family, friendship and caring and protecting lessons for children to learn from an early age. Zealy realizes several of her blessings in this escapade, and shares her gratitude and recognition of them with her audience. Easy reading and lessons that parents can appreciate and teach to their children are all of what The Adventures of Zealy and Whubba are about! Light up your children’s faces with a smile as they light up your life!

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.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

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.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

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.

self-publishingClick for details or to purchase

Book description…

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.

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?