Introducing Linzie Melgreen, author of Even Beavers Can Be Heroes

“The first time through the process was quite educational. My Author Representative was a big help.”

Linzie Claire Melgreen is an Arizona State University MS grad, a career social worker, and a blogger. Her blog Zsmisadventures.com publishes a short story every Sunday, showcasing the importance of family, friends, and humor in coping with the whimsical adventures of everyday life. Linzie has had a lifelong interest in storytelling, inspired partly by her great aunt, young-adult fiction writer Ann Rinaldi. Even Beavers Can Be Heroes had its start as a story that eight-year-old Linzie wrote to read to her plush animal “students” when playing “teacher.” When she grew up and began working with neglected and abused children and their foster families, she adapted the story to share a message of camaraderie, love, and the benefits of learning from a foster family. Linzie saw that the children who enter foster care, and even those who find forever homes, usually have little more than a paper bag full of their belongings. With these children in mind, Linzie has decided that for every book sold, one will be donated to a child entering foster care, to give them something that is unequivocally theirs and to encourage their growth within the foster family system.

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When a Busy Beaver . . . Isn’t! Eager Beaver is the best builder in his forest community. His friends and family rely on his talent and skill. But one day, Eager doesn’t want to get out of bed . . . and he says he doesn’t know how to build! But there’s an urgent need for a dam on the river, so his wife, Julia Beaver, turns to the community for help. Every animal has a part to play in solving the mystery of why the busiest beaver in the forest suddenly can’t build, as they support the Beaver family. A heartwarming tale of a chosen family, community support, and the unique value of each individual. Even Beavers Can Be Heroes will become a favorite on your bookshelf.

Introducing Francis Ivey, author of Black Bison: Alaska Animal Tails

“This is my sixth book with Outskirts Press. My Author Representative understands my wishes without prolonged explanations and is great to work with.”

I was working the western edge of Fort Greely for two summers when I met this Buffalo Herd. The Matriarch of the Herd took to me, so the rest of the Herd did too. Once in the morning and once in the evening they would graze through my work area, about seventy Bison on all sides. The younger bulls looked like they wanted to play, but they were too big for playmates.

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This story is about a Bison Herd that lives between the Tanana and Wood Rivers, which drain north into the Yukon River. The main character is a Black Bison bull named Carl, which his friends call him Lucky. Carl receives the name Lucky from a Prairie Dog called Cat, when Cat helped Lucky after a battle with a Denali Wolf Pack. Then Willy the Coyote helps Carl in rescuing his family from a ranch in Delta Jct. Then the three have a meeting with the ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’ at his home in Red Ridge.

Introducing Mary Manisero, author of The Sad Lonely Princess

“Everything went smooth and beautiful.”

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 came back with him to USA when his tour of duty in England was over. We traveled to many states in his 20 years in Air Force and 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. I had 10 grandchildren so I wrote at odd times. I wrote poetry and stories. 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 stories.

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Luella is unhappy with her lonely life in the huge castle. She hates the fancy clothes and the noisy parties. One day, she decides to go on an 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.

Introducing Bob Benson, Josie Safir, and Nathan Safir, authors of A Special Gift

“My Author Representative was courteous, positive and east to communicate with — both to me and an 18-year-old co-author.”

When Bob’s grandchildren, Josie and Nathan, finished learning how to read, they realized most introductory reading materials lacked an interesting story and developed characters. At the ages of seven and nine, Josie and Nathan worked with their grandfather to write a book young children would be excited to read.

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When a boy learns his dog has special powers …. On a cold rainy day, Max finds a dog on his front porch and names her Rosie. They soon form a strong bond, and Max becomes aware of Rosie’s mysterious power. He struggles to convince his parents and friends to believe him. But, as Rosie continues to use her special gift, something incredible happens. Read this book to find out how Max and Rosie’s extraordinary relationship impacts those around them and deepens friendships.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.