Introducing Macey Embrey, author of Pago the Trustworthy Stallion

“This book went so smoothly and quick!! I’m looking forward to completing the next four books!”

Macey Embrey is a middle school English teacher and high school volleyball coach in the North Kansas City School District.

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The Little Falabella is a heartwarming tale about fitting in even when you feel different. Follow Hera as she struggles with her spotted coat making her feel different from the other Falabellas. She longingly gazed at the other Falabella’s and their seemingly perfect coats every day. However, one day, another Falabella, Cashana, notices Hera and compliments her coat, and introduces her to the other Falabellas. Cashana helps Hera realize that her spotted coat is what makes her unique and special. Hera realizes that being different isn’t always a bad thing, and she learns to love her uniquely spotted coat.

Introducing Joey Barro, author of The Astronaut’s Whale

“Excellent process. Smooth and very communicative. “

Joey Barro lives with his wife and two sons in Southern California. He is a high school teacher and a musician.”

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Join Vincent the whale and Augie the astronaut on a deep sea, deep space adventure of a lifetime exploring the values of home, family, individuality, and friendship. “The Astronaut’s Whale” is a children’s poem about Vincent’s unlikely encounter with Augie in his home under the sea. After the two of them spark a friendship, Augie tows Vincent to space with his rocketship. The two of them explore the far reaches of the planets and stars with excitement and adventure. However, as time slowly passes having fun, Vincent becomes uncertain about his exploration and adventure. With the help and guidance of Augie, Vincent soon realizes that he misses his family and must return to his life as a sea dweller, even though he will have future friendship adventures ahead of him. Vincent and Augie return to their respective homes and remain friends until the end.

Introducing Barbara Fleming Carmody, author of The Sunrise Guardian

“I am so very grateful to have the assistance of my Author Representative! She was always quick to respond and provided support and answers to any questions or concerns I had. This was my first publishing experience and my Rep made it extremely positive!”

As a child, a preschool and elementary teacher, and a mother, Barbara has always loved reading picture books. Barbara lives in California where she enjoys writing and sitting outside each morning with her dog, Luke, to welcome the day.

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Can Lucia assure that the sun will rise? Lucia sets out on the path to her destiny as the Sunrise Guardian. Along the way she is confronted with some fearful local inhabitants: fern fairies, tree trolls and a white wolf. If the sun is to rise, she must be able to embrace the responsibilities of her new role and reach Sunrise Ridge in time to perform the ancient sunrise ritual.

Introducing Meryl Meyer, author of Their Secret to Keep

“My Author Representative guided me through the publication process. All my questions and concerns were answered and resolved.”

Meryl is a retired Art Therapist and an award winning pastel artist. She lives with her loving husband and 3 adopted kitties in their mountain home in Western North Carolina. They are frequently visited by the critters that live in their surrounding woods. This is where the inspiration to write and illustrate this book was born.

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It is a cold, still and wintry day in the mountains. A lonely little girl and her kitty gaze out the window watching the falling snow. She wonders where the critters are that live in their woods. Her curiosity and imagination then takes her and her furry companion on a whimsical and heartwarming adventure to find out their hidden winter secrets. Her imagined answers combine fact with fiction that will keep you guessing…and unexpectedly she discovers so much more. This fun to read lyrical rhyming story will charm the reader, maybe even into sharing some secrets. Meryl’s pastel illustrations are beautiful and adorable. They will bring a smile and will melt your heart.

Introducing Cheri Rose Shamaly, author of Welcome to My Band

“It was a pleasure working with Outskirts Press to publish my second book. I really appreciate all my Author Representative’s hard work and dedication to this project.”

Cheri Rose Shamaly grew up in Imlay City, Michigan and now resides in Lapeer, Michigan. She is a wife and has two boys. She comes from a family of eight. This is her second book that she has written and illustrated. Cheri loves to create stories for children of all ages! Writing and illustrating children’s books is her passion. Cheri puts a lot of heart into her characters. She enjoys writing stories with a moral that encourages a loving and kind behavior. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her dream is to read her books to children all over the world!”

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This story quickly begins right where, ‘Welcome to My Office’ ended. It captures your attention with its entertaining rhymes as well as its colorful illustrations. New characters are brought to life as the band, ‘The Magnificent Bunch’ create music together. As all, ‘Welcome to My books’ this story communicates a great moral and life lesson to young readers. It encourages the reader to share and be thoughtful.

Introducing Tanja Nayak, author of Stripe’s Busy Night in the Bushveld

“Thanks so much for making my dream of becoming a published author a reality. Everyone was really professional and publishing was a breeze. I am really grateful for the super team who helped me and especially want to thank my Cover Designer for supplying the most perfect illustrations for my children’s book. You are all awesome!”

Tanja Nayak was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and enjoyed winter safaris in the Kruger National Park. She can count the number of times she has seen honey badgers on her trips spanning many years on one hand – but each memory has stayed fresh in her mind despite the distance of years. She believes that the honey badger was the appropriate choice to finish writing about and publish a book about during a pandemic year as honey badgers are energetic, courageous, and determined. We all could use a little honey badger energy in our lives to see us through persevering through challenging times. A honey badger never gives up and they certainly never fail to do what they have set their mind’s upon achieving! Today, Tanja lives in Colorado and travels to South Africa with her husband and daughter. Her dreams are to see a tiger in the wild in India and to travel to Kenya to see the “Big Five.” A video of the author reading a condensed version of the story is available on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mycED1AC0Ks

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Stripe’s Busy Night in the Bushveld” is a delightful full-colour illustrated story about a plucky honey badger as he navigates his way through the African bushveld at night with his mother on the search for honey. The beautiful, whimsical illustrations, and captivating story should appeal to children in the 3 to 12 age group. The pair of honey badgers meet a number of unique nocturnal animals on their nightly travels, including Africa’s elusive “Secret Seven;” comprised of the fascinating aardvark, African civet, African wild cat, genet, pangolin, porcupine, and serval. They also meet energetic springhares, lions on the move, hippopotamuses, adorable bushbabies, elegant caracals, and many more wonderful animals in the African savannah. The book also includes full-colour photographs of the animals, as well as interesting facts to whet the appetite of those who want to find out more about the incredible wildlife of Africa. This story and its associated educational facts will be sure to enthrall and captivate the attention of any child who loves animals. Children (and even adults) of any age should also enjoy reading the factual section, as well.

Introducing Sarah Sebring Binder, author of Pete the Parakeet

“I highly recommend Outskirts Press. The whole team was outstanding. My Author Representative was quick to respond, helpful with my technology challenges, encouraging and just plain easy to work with! This is my second book and I already have a third book in the works. Thank you team!”

Sarah Sebring Binder, a longtime resident of Ames, Iowa, and former resident of Tucson, Arizona, has been an educator for more than 40 years. She continues to engage and play with children in Caterpillar Club and Plant Pals. When she is not writing, she loves to garden, dance, fiddle, travel, and quilt. Brad, her husband of many years, is her biggest fan.

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Join in the fun and the grand adventure of a truly remarkable pet bird, Pete the Parakeet! When Mr. Sebring travels south for the winter, just like the snowbirds, he leaves his daughter and granddaughter in charge of Pipsqueak and Pumpkin. But Pipsqueak, the parakeet, escapes. And when Judith Ann and Alma see a few green feathers on the floor, they worry that Pumpkin, the cat, may have eaten the bird. Elsewhere in Mr. Sebring’s hometown, Sally and Brad spy a lime-green parakeet in their backyard. The parakeet stays for several days, along with the hummingbirds, orioles, finches, and other local birds. Sally and Brad love having the parakeet they fondly call Pete, but when the cold begins to set in and the other birds leave, so does Pete. Sally and Brad reach out to try to find Pete and his owner using posters and social media, and their excitement grows with each new sighting. Mr. Sebring, Judith Ann, and Alma join the hunt as Pete makes his way across the country through all sorts of weather. But will they ever be reunited with the adventurous little bird?

Introducing Lisa DeFini Lohmann, author of Different Like Me

“My Author Representative was a great help during my publishing process!”

Lisa DeFini Lohmann wrote Different Like Me while she was unemployed, with her beloved Wilson constantly by her side. He was her inspiration to describe what life is like for those who don’t fit into society’s norms of “pretty,” “athletic,” or “popular.” A stepmom of four, and grandmother of three, Lisa is no stranger to the social pressures put on children today. With sensitivity and humor she uses Wilsons less-than-perfect physical attributes to help children learn to love who they are.

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2021 READERS FAVORITE SILVER AWARD WINNER. This award winning inspiring story is based loosely on the never-ending antics of the author’s dog, Wilson Highstep. Children and parents alike will fall in love with this little dog who winds up literally flying from one unexpected adventure to another. Wilson will grab at your heart while growing up and discovering how the challenges of being different are perhaps the best thing that ever could have happened to him. Along with his new friend Ellie, they tackle life’s everyday problems with laughter and sincerity … and discover that being different can turn out to be the greatest gift of all. This beautifully illustrated book also includes over 20 actual pictures of Wilson Highstep’s real-time fun-filled life. Look for future editions as Wilson and Ellie grow up and learn about themselves as they experience one life lesson at a time.

Introducing Myrna Doreen White, author of Marbles: Eye of the Tiger

“Everyone has been great in helping me through the publishing process. First-time authors like myself are in la la land for the first few weeks after publication. Thanks Outskirts Press.”

Myrna White’s gift for listening and her interest in people’s life stories led her naturally to a career in mental health. Now retired, she enjoys the company of her three children and six grandchildren, whose imagination inspires her lifelong love of writing. Myrna also enjoys gardening, watercolors, photography, and gatherings of friends and family.

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The Adventure of a Lifetime Underneath the City… When twelve-year-old Kyle and his mother move from San Francisco to India, he doesn’t know what to expect. He’s leaving everything familiar behind, except for his beloved pet cat, Tingy. But as they travel, Kyle finds something special in Tingy’s cage-a marble, unlike any he’s ever seen. The marble brings mystery into Kyle’s life, as other people seem interested in it as well. A stranger he meets on the train tells him that there are four marbles to be found. On the trip, Kyle also meets new friends-the Andersons and their children Rahip and Carrie. Kyle discovers that Rahip knows secret places in the city, where the outcasts live. But he never expects to be faced with the challenge of a lifetime when he and Rahip fall into a secret world, where Kyle’s talent for finding mystical marbles becomes a matter of life and death for the animals trapped there. Imaginative and exciting, Marbles is sure to become a family favorite for readers of all ages.

Introducing Donna Sorbello, author of Daughter of Liberty

“My experience of working with Outskirts Press was very good! Thank you to my Author Representative for all of her efforts with me. She was very responsive and patient with someone like me who had computer issues and had a complicated book to print.”

Donna Sorbello is a professional actress, a published playwright and poetess, and a professor of acting and playwriting. She has written for various publications and has degrees from Emerson College and Boston University. Married, Donna returned to her New England roots after several years in New York City. Her theatre experience playing varied roles, a visit to the Paul Revere House, and her daughter’s innate ability to imaginatively live in the past, all inspired her first historical novel, Daughter of Liberty.

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Two Worlds. A Spry Ring. Friendship that defies time. Mary Grayson Pratt, a typical eleven-year old, is bored with sight-seeing with her parents in historic Boston. But the journey Mary takes into the past is well beyond sight-seeing. Mary is plunged into the center of the excitement and intrigue of the American Revolution. How will she find her way home? The meaning and impact of true friendship, loss, and personal beliefs, are all important challenges Mary must face on her journey. How Mary’s story is resolved carries the reader into a world of historical tumult and human connections that span time.