Introducing Ann Rhodes FNP-C, author of Caregiver Success

“My book is filled with pictures and medical information that had to be placed “just right” so I knew it would be a difficult project. When I received my copy of the book, I was ecstatic because it was so perfect! Thanks to Outskirts Press for their professionalism and patience in making it happen.”

Ann Rhodes (also known as Nancy the NP) lives in Newtown, CT with her husband, Steve. She loves boating on their Nordic Tug, gardening, making pickles and sauces, dancing and being with her children and friends.

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A book full of pictures speaks louder than words, in any language! This picture book is intended for all of you who are in the aging population, or who care for someone who is. It also is a powerful learning tool for health professionals including home health aides, nursing and medical students, and clinicians who have patients who need information about home care and procedures for care. Your elderly parent has just moved in, or maybe he lives miles away and you care for him from a distance. What do we know about caring for an elderly parent as they age or if you are aging yourself? If you are a “newbie” at this, a nursing student, home health aide, or a clinician with medically time-consuming patients, this book is for you. Nancy the Nurse Practitioner (Ann Rhodes APRN-BC) who has 40 years of experience in home care and house calls has organized all her experiences caring for the homebound in this book. This book covers the human side of aging by allowing the caregiving experience to be more fulfilling for the caregiver and the person. It also covers all common medical problems an older person will or could experience in their later years. It is filled with over 150 pictures of procedures, medical equipment and stories so you can better understand how to be a successful caregiver. By knowing ahead of time what medical perils could happen, you could prevent unnecessary suffering, hospitalizations and medications. This book is the answer to all your questions about caregiving!

Introducing Michael Rand, author of Mental Illness

“My Author Representative was wonderful and it appeared that she was working for me night and day. Great Job!”

Michael Rand, is an Author, Architect, Artist, Aviator, Photographer, and Music Composer who lives in Frederick, Maryland. Other books by Michael Rand included WW Vietnam and The First One Hundred Years of Washington Adventist Hospital.

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This book is dedicated to the combat soldiers that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This illness is a Mental Disorder that affects the lives of almost all combat Veterans. WAR is HELL on earth and in combat, there are no unwounded soldiers. PTSD is not visible on the outside of his or her body.

Introducing Maria Sakowitz, MS, RDN, author of Do Food Labels Drive You Crazy?

“It was a very good experience with my first book!”

With over twenty years of experience in nutrition counseling, Maria Sakowitz, MS, RDN, has educated patients about the real science behind food through her visual teaching tools and ability to explain things in a way that is easy to understand. President of a large private practice group of registered dietitians since 1998, Maria and her team service hundreds of patients referred by doctors throughout New Jersey. Nutrition Associates of East Brunswick, Inc. is located at 123 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, phone: 732-254-0113, website:

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You’re not alone! With recent changes to the food labeling system, there is more confusion than ever. Do you spend a lot of time at the supermarket comparing labels to determine the healthier choice? Do claims on the front of food packaging influence what you buy? This book is a simple start to basic nutrition knowledge that can empower you take control of your food choices and make sense of the information printed on food labels. It is an essential reference for both beginners and veterans on the path to better health through nutrition education.

“I came to Maria with the hope of losing weight and lowering my blood sugar. I learned that I could succeed at both because of the choices I make. I can enjoy all the foods I like and never feel deprived. Thank you, Maria!” -Georgette P.

“I developed three health conditions all related to being obese. The most important thing I learned is how foods work in the body, so I know how to choose the correct foods to eat to stay healthy. As of today, I have lost about 40 pounds. I am off my medications.” -Robin P.

Introducing Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D., author of Manage Nursing Care at Home

“Lisa was a pleasure to work with. She helped smooth over what might have been some rough patches in going from MS to print. She helped mate the covers from an outside artist with the needs of the Outskirts Press production process. Yea, Lisa!”

Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D., is a writer, editor, and retired environmental scientist, who for over a decade has helped to manage continuous, at-home, skilled nursing care of his wife, quadriplegic and ventilator-dependent due to multiple sclerosis. For the past several years, he has also managed the skilled nursing care at home of his nearly-100-year-old mother, bedridden, virtually quadriplegic, medicated and fed through a gastric tube, and on a pacemaker. Diane R. Beggin, R.N., began her career as a Professional Register Nurse directly in the critical care unit. For the past ten years, Diane, as head nurse for Dr. Cooper, has used her training and experience to establish the documentation and protocols used in the daily practice of caring for two quadriplegic, ventilator-dependent patients in the home.

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We wrote this book to make it easier for those who step forward to provide care in their home for a family member or friend, although not trained medical professionals themselves. One can manage something without being an expert, but it does require a working knowledge of the major concepts and implementation of some variety of systematization. Whether you are managing the care at home or just monitoring care being given at home by an agency, this book should be of assistance to you in understanding what is needed and what is being done. It tells our readers what to expect and gives them the necessary information and structure, in terms of needed forms, “charts,” to understand and oversee the nursing care given by RNs and LPNs.

Introducing Shirley Alarie, author of Losing the Girls

“When I was faced with choosing an independent publishing company, I researched all my options. Outskirts Press was listed among the Top Picks for customer satisfaction, quality, and cost. In addition, they were the only publishing house that offered an expedited service at a reasonable cost. For $100, I could shorten the normal 10-13 week turnaround time into 7-10 weeks. Much to my surprise, in 4 weeks and 3 days from entering into the production phase, my book was ready – far exceeding my expectations! This exceptional service allowed me the opportunity to publish press releases of the book launch. Another wonderful surprise was the outstanding book cover crafted by the Outskirts team. I had my own vision of the cover, which was incorporated into one of the two designs I was given. The cover I actually selected was the one created by the Outskirts team, who had used their own vision of my story and proposed a completely different method to communicate it. The custom cover is simple yet adorable and explains the story at a glance. I would have never conceived of the idea on my own and was grateful to have the backing of this talented staff. I enjoyed the good service and professional staff as so many other Outskirts customers have experienced, but their ability to deliver a quality product so quickly impressed and thrilled me the most. Thanks, Outskirts Press, for your help in making my writing dream a reality.”

Shirley Alarie wrote her memoir in order to spread awareness of NSM, and she published a website that identifies some of the hospitals that perform this surgery. Check it out at or join her on Facebook to celebrate God’s presence in our world at Finding God Among Us.

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Delve into the breast cancer journey and beyond in “Losing the Girls,” a unique memoir differentiated by the author’s cutting-edge nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM)—a little-known breast cancer surgery technique that leaves the breast completely whole. Shirley Alarie shares her story to boost awareness of this specialized procedure, which is only offered at select hospitals. She believes that women facing mastectomies deserve to know all of their options. Shirley found that the biggest challenge of her life began with a convoluted breast cancer diagnosis; and then there was the overwhelming array of surgery options. Mastectomy or lumpectomy? Single mastectomy or double? Reconstruction or no reconstruction? She worried about making the right choice and how her decision would affect her both in the short and long term. How would it affect her marriage? Was it crazy to choose a hospital three hours from home? After the surgery, Shirley’s determination to beat the cancer triggered a lifestyle transformation that resulted in a stronger, more empowered woman. Her deep faith in God and her peace with the afterlife helped shape her response to this life-changing ordeal with cancer – and the love and support of an amazing posse of family and friends, along with a liberal dose of humor and hope, pulled her through the darkness and back into the warm, sunny light. “Losing the Girls” is a powerful and uplifting book that every woman – and the people who love them – should read.

Introducing Allen Boyle, author of Rejoicing Comes in the Morning

As a 65 year-old author, writing a first book, and being clueless about publishing, I found the Outskirts staff is not only helpful but also incredibly patient in answering all my dumb little questions. They’ve put together a great team of people and my wonderfully finished book is proof of their expertise. Thank you!

Allen Boyle and his beautiful bride of 45 years have four grown children and 13 grandchildren. He now lives in Southern California with his wife and two dogs, an AKC Champion Australian Cattle Dog named Tank and a miniature short-haired dachshund named Gretel (not a champion but she is a sweet little girl). Allen practices teaching Bible lessons to Gretel, who sits patiently but with questionable comprehension! This teacher’s alma mater is Dallas Bible College where he studied Bible following his eight years of service in the military. Now a retired elder, he holds a Masters-level DCS degree from Tyndale Theological Seminary. Mr. Boyle is currently finishing His Doctor of Ministries Degree (D. Min.) while he continues to write and teach adult Bible Studies. Allen is an accomplished writer, classroom and seminar teacher. He has taught throughout the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada. Allen’s goal through his Bible studies, devotions, and treatises is to help Christian adults mature in Christ and to become more like Him, as He is revealed to them in the Scriptures. A Ph. D. Professor from another well-respected seminary recently described Allen as “sharp as a tack” after proofing one of his treatises. He went on to say, “Clearly, 23 brain surgeries have not affected this man’s thinking or writing ability.” Mr. Boyle’s testimony and other writing may be seen on his Website at:

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In 1992, Allen Boyle, a successful businessman, was hit by sudden, searing pain in his head, sending him to the emergency room. Eventually he was diagnosed with a cyst in the brain, a condition that would have a tremendous impact on his future, both physically and spiritually. After 23 surgeries, Allen has learned much about pain. But he has also gained some valuable insights into the benefits of pain and loss—-that there is hope and purpose behind suffering. He has discovered the secret to coping with pain both mental and physical and he shares his findings in a way that all readers can relate to. His hope is to encourage and give comfort to others, even as God has encouraged and comforted him. …REJOICING Comes in the Morning is a powerfully moving testament of courage, faith, and hope.

“Allen Boyle is living proof that his message and teaching on the subject of pain are grounded in the eternal reality that God is purposeful and that ‘all things work together for the good of those who love God…’ (Romans 8:28, HCSB). On that foundation of belief and understanding, Allen presents evidence from his personal journey, with clear and compelling support from Scripture, that the power to help others in times of crisis and pain emanates from the suffering that God allows to come into the lives of faithful Christians. Without a doubt, REJOICING Comes in the Morning will comfort and strengthen many of its readers who are struggling to make sense out of their own or others’ pain.” Dr. Gene A. Getz, President, Center for Church Renewal

What a fabulous story of a man’s faith through a long, serious battle with pain. Imagine, having 23 brain surgeries! Remarkable. Allen Boyle was a successful businessman, but a cyst in his brain discovered in 1992 drastically changed his life. And through it, he has come so much closer to God. What an inspiring story. It’s an “easy” read, something that is appropriate for both believers and non-believers. Allen uses just the right mix of Scriptures with his life story to explain his journey. I highly recommend it! Rick Monroe, Editor/Publisher Good News, etc. Christian newspaper Serving San Diego County for 29 years

Introducing Al Sarraj, MD, author of Alert Medical Series: Internal Medicine Alert I

“Timely, responsive and helpful”

Al Sarraj, MD, American board certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. A graduate from Damascus Univ. Med. School / Syria. Trained at Georgetown Univ. Dept. of Medicine / DC General hospital, Washington, DC, and Rush Univ. Medical center / Chicago. Practicing full time emergency medicine in Chicago metropolitan area, since 1991. The series reviewed and edited by: Maggy Shamekh, MD. Graduate, residency trained and holding Masters degree of family practice from the University of Cairo. Performed collaboration research work between the University of Cairo cancer institute and MD Andersen / Texas. Worked for the WHO for the eradication of polio in the middle east. Diplomat in health care quality management from the American Univ. / Cairo.

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The series references: Merck Manual 16th Edition, Harrison’s Textbook 19th Edition, Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine, Washington Medical Therapeutics 34th Edition. Current series: biochem, physiology, microbiology, histology, surgery, OB/ Gyn., Peds. Multitude of cont. medical education scientific meetings, courses and reviews and evidence based experience points, including ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) ATLS (advanced trauma life support) APLS (advanced pediatric life support) reviews.

Introducing Sandra Harris, author of Shrapnel

“I would recommend Outskirts Press to any other author.”

Sandra Harris, Ph.D. received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. As a VA clinical psychologist, she conducted psychotherapy with combat veterans. Dr. Harris is a past president of the California Psychological Association, from which she received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award. Dr. Harris retired to Scottsdale, Arizona after a 33-year career in psychology. Dr. Harris is working on her second novel, Survival: Nurses in ‘Nam, which is the story of three Army nurses who volunteer to serve in Vietnam amid turmoil and strife that tests the strength of their will and character.

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Thirty years after the Vietnam War, eight U.S. veterans – still scarred from the psychological shrapnel of combat and seeking the healing that has long eluded them – bravely return to the country where their enemy lurked so long ago. Retired VA psychologist Dr. Ken Carson prepares the men to minimize the trauma of their journey while Reverend Johnny Green and Rabbi David Aloni lend spiritual support. In Vietnam, the veterans confront their painful, haunting memories: crossing leech-infested rice paddies in the dead of night surrounded by enemy; peasants who could be carrying weapons under their loose fitting “pajamas”; terror in the tunnels; degradation in the whorehouses and more. Finally able to relate to each other emotionally, without the detachment that was necessary for survival during the war, the men form a mini-platoon during the trip, bonding in their quest for wellness. Written by a distinguished psychologist and told from the perspective of eight fictional but vivid central characters, Shrapnel: A Journey Toward Psychological Healing highlights the courage of the veterans while eloquently examining the long-term effects of combat stress and helping to remove the stigma of mental health treatment.

Shrapnel: A Journey Toward Psychological Healing has been named a Finalist in the First Novel Category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Introducing Alan Gingrich, author of Chinese Secrets of Health and Longevity

“Outskirts Press is awesome. They were very professional and knowledgeable about my needs and the entire publishing process. I will definitely use them again for my next book.”

Dr. Alan Gingrich entered private practice in alternative and preventative medicine in 1980 after twelve years in biological research. He received his Doctorate in Chinese Medicine from the Occidental Institute of Chinese Studies in San Bruno, California; a Diploma in Homeopathy from the Brantridge Forest School in Sussex, England; and a Certificate in Diagnostics from the Yunnan Medical Research Institute in Kunming, China. Dr. Gingrich currently lives in San Antonio, Texas.

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Chinese medicine emphasizes the balancing of energy through acupuncture and herbs, among other things. For thousands of years, the Chinese have believed that a person’s emotions and beliefs—along with social, physiological, and psychological factors—all affect the immune system and, therefore, the aging process. By using gentle, safe techniques such as meditation and breathing exercises, the body’s energy can be awakened, strengthened, and circulated evenly throughout the body. The result? Physical, mental, and emotional challenges often disappear as the mind and body begin to heal themselves. Chinese Secrets of Health and Longevity provides a connection between the physical body, the spiritual being, and the energy field, including: Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet Therapy Qi Gong Exercises Breathing Exercises Self-Massage Meditations Plus charts that develop physical, spiritual, and energy flow With clear, concise language and excerpts from ancient classical texts, this book lays out all you need to know for a longer, healthier life!

Introducing Darlene R. Wood, author of The Trouble With Peer Pressure

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my publishing experience with Outskirt Publishing. You are the best.”

Darlene R. Wood is a full-time mom who loves to create art in a variety of media, from designing wedding cakes to sewing cloth “How-To” books for children, painting, and now writing. The Trouble With Peer Pressure is her first book.

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If you have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), you already know that sometimes, everyday life seems like it’s too much to handle. And probably you’ve already experienced the fact that when you’re already overwhelmed, peer pressure seems to compound any situation. The Trouble With Peer Pressure is a friendly, practical guide to help you navigate the challenges of peer pressure. Author Darlene R. Wood provides information you can use, including ways to think about the consequences of your actions, and strategies to feel less isolated by the label of ADHD. You may feel that figuring out how to deal with peer pressure is hard—but guess what? It doesn’t have to be. Like any other issue, it just requires that everyone step back, evaluate, and design a thoughtful and respectful solution. The Trouble With Peer Pressure is a valuable resource for you and your family that will make life easier for you, both in school and at home.