Introducing Fox Grimaldi, author of Cosmos Divine, Volume I

“My experience has been comprehensively informative and gratifying. The many options for Marketing and the personal attention to my needs before, during and after publication have caused me to look forward to publishing my follow-up Volume II of Cosmos Divine with Outskirts Press.”

Fox Grimaldi, Ph.D., D.D., Reiki Master, has many years of experience as: Piano Entertainer, Singer, Composer, Director, Producer of Original Stage Plays, and Community Television. American born, Dr. Fox, studied all martial art forms, all religions, the sciences, and teaches, privately: Piano, Voice, Acting, and his own, Dao Ren-Kung Self-Defense.

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With this book, the authors take you on an expedition into a world of deep emotions, lucid dreams, and creativity that is designed to disclose humanity’s place in the Divine Playground of our Universal-Cosmos.

Introducing Ron Spillers, author of The Delving Dictionary Volume II

“Dana was outstanding!”

Ron Spillers was born in Minneapolis and grew up in Des Moines, Iowa. He studied economics and philosophy at Iowa State and Drake Universities, did graduate work in economics at San Diego State University, and received his Juris Doctor from the New York University School of Law. Ron currently is a Flaneur Apprentice, and is a former Fortune 500 officer, corporate attorney, and professor of international management strategies at several universities. He lives in the foothills of New River, Arizona, with his high school sweetheart, Marilee Payne Murray. Volume III of The Delving DictionaryXYZs of Poetic Justice will be published in 2015.

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The Delving Dictionary strikes again, with the ABCs of Reality! Volume II will challenge those who take reality for granted, suffer through it each day, try to avoid it, or dress it up to serve their own desires. But what exactly is reality-and when we depart this astounding place, what, if anything, awaits us? By examining some of the greatest minds in history-intellectuals and specialists in the disciplines of philosophy, physics, mathematics, sociology, religion, and the humanities-and objectively considering a wide range of opinions and tools, The Delving Dictionary reveals important clues about what constitutes the phenomenon of reality. Jovial, humorous, and down to earth, the book also explores the benefits of uniting the efforts of science and theology in their differing yet compatible quests for how and why the universe came to be. So delve right in and prepare to be surprised-even dazzled-by the conclusion’s simple grace.

Introducing Lin L. Wu, author of Contemporary View of Confucianism (in Chinese)

“I published a book in Chinese which is not the common practice for Outskirt Press. However, I received a great deal of help from my Author Representative with a lot of patience and that made it possible for me to publish a book in Chinese in the United States.”

I, Dr. Lin L. Wu am a retired Professor at the University of California, Davis campus. I am a biologist and had been conducting research on ecology and environmental sciences for the last 30 years. After my retirement, in 2006, I devote my interest to the study of Chinese history and re-examine the values of Chinese culture and explore its value and contributions to peace and civilization of the world.

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In this book, I re-examined the Confucianism with a vision of modern science and on the basis of 21st century world civilization and making discussions on: What are the universal values of Confucianism and what contribution these discussions can offer for the current movements of “Revival of Confucianism” in China and other Asian countries as well as what roles it might play for the peace and civilization of the world.

Introducing Sophia Santucci, author of One Face

“I truly appreciate working with Dana during entire publishing process. It was a great pleasure and her expertise, patience and superb customer support throughout entire process was appreciated. Job well done and prompt e-mails and assistance were exceptional. Thank you!”

Sophia Santucci is a writer, yoga instructor, and inspirational art visionary. She has facilitated empowerment workshops and meditation classes for over forty years, and is the author of From Across the Ocean to Electromagnetic Energy in Motion to Waking up in Light; World’s Greatest Treasures: Reaching the Summit of One’s Nature; Yoga Practice Demystified: Four Simple Yoga Guidelines to Wellness; and Multidimensional You, Even When Baking Cookies. Sophia lives in Florida with her husband.

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We’ve come a long way since prehistoric times. We’ve made great progress and advancements, and the current generation has grown up with the latest and greatest in technology. But has our consciousness evolved as well? Have we reached a higher level of thinking, acting, communicating, and relating to others? One Face, Seven Billion Masks reveals how our past thinking and old habits create energy in our mind and body that affects our everyday life, creating either harmony or stress and drama. How we can balance our daily lives—our fast-paced lives filled with modern technology—and find a way to nourish self and soul? Empowering ourselves is to know ourselves, but we must update the digital technology in our brain to effect positive changes. One Face, Seven Billion Masks explores how we can bridge generational differences and find commonality—how to move beyond the mask we choose to wear in the external world and reveal our true face. The book is a reminder for all human beings to take responsibility and action to initiate positive changes in thoughts, feelings, and action—a guide to moving beyond the caveman mentality and creating a better life for yourself and future generations to come.

Introducing Todd Michael Putnam, author of The Garden of Life

“You may remember that you and your team helped to get my book The Garden of Life published a few months ago. I wanted to let you know that I got my first professional review back from and it was very positive. They gave The Garden of Life a Starred Review, which puts it in roughly the top 4% of all book reviews that they do. It also means that the book will get reviewed again by a high level Review Board who will determine if it meets the criteria for a “Best Book” award, which is their top award that is very rarely given. I feel that you and your team, especially your book cover designer and your editor, are a very big part of getting such a positive review on my very first book, so I wanted to thank you and hope that you will let your team members know what a valuable part of the success of The Garden of Life they and their work have been. Their efforts and yours are deeply appreciated and I thought they just might like to know that readers and critics alike are raving about the final product of our work.”

Todd Michael Putnam currently lives in Florida and is continuing his career as an IT Professional. His passion is for uncovering simple strategies that make life more enjoyable and then using that knowledge to help others. His other hobbies include movies, psychology, flight simulators and walking. The Garden of Life is his first book.

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“An instant classic. The Garden of Life is entertaining, enlightening and empowering from the very first page to the last. This enchanting tale is filled with gentle wisdom and simple truths that offer crystal clear insight into what really matters in life. This is one garden that you owe it to yourself to spend time in.” -M. Johnson, New York
“This book could not have come at a better time in my life. I am able to take away from this read many things that will help me throughout my life. I think the author is on to something big.” -K. Campbell, Florida
The Garden of Life captured my heart and eased my grieving soul. A must read for all who are needing a different outlook on life’s challenges with the help of a charming fable that heals your pain & enraptures your spirit.” -T. Barrett, Florida “An inspirational journey of the soul meant to be read over and over again!” -H. Normandin, New York
“This book is written with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Simple words. Easy to understand. We are all on a journey in our life. Thank you for reminding me of my own journey.” -S. Houser-Segal, Florida
“Using simple yet powerful story-telling reminiscent of the great Aesop, the author provides a practical guide to creating and living a positive and purposeful life. As I journeyed along with the characters, I laughed, cried, and discovered meaningful ways to nourish relationships, deal with adversity and loss, and find focus by weeding out distractions in the garden of my own life.” -S. Baker, Florida

Introducing Carolyn J. Sweers, author of Earth, Air, Fire, Water

“Dodi’s decision to send me a sample custom cover, which I had not ordered, was brilliant. I knew immediately I wanted to pay the money for the excellent and ‘just right’ cover.”

Carolyn J. Sweers left the farm when she went to college but returned for regular visits. She majored in philosophy and earned an advanced degree in the subject. Her working career was as a teacher, mainly at New Trier High School, and later in a variety of older adult programs. She now lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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“I grew up on an Iowa farm in the 40’s and 50’s. I was fortunate to have a lot of leisure time for contemplating the land, the sky, the growing seasons, the work that humans did, as well as the reality of death. The seeds of the philosopher I was to become were sown early, as I observed the world of my rural childhood. These recollections were originally written in 1985 and extensively revised in 2014.”

Introducing Artis Tolbert, author of Death Before Dawn

“It was an overwhelming experience for me and this team of a staff pulled me through every obstacle that seemed to hinder me at the time. Thanks be to God for you all!”

About Artis Tolbert: I was raised as a country girl, therefore I loved the outdoors; the feel of the sun beaming against my body and the breeze of a cool wind blowing my spirit across the fields. I consider myself a gracious lady, being thankful for the ability to encourage, inspire and motivate others to believe in how precious life really is. In 1973 I married a wonderful man just home from the U S army. We have two lovely children together with three grandchildren, four godchildren and a niece who preceded my husband in death whom we loved dearly. I spend most of my time now getting to know who God really is, where he is in my life and what he is to me.

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This book was written to inspire anyone who may have lost the person who was once the one you felt was your soul mate. The one that you thought you would grow old together with. You may be wondering is there really life after the death of the one you truly have loved? The one you seemed to be with longer than life itself? Then death comes along and takes that person away from you. The experience in itself is so unbearable until it seems as though you have died too. You will read in this novel how traumatic and overwhelming the experience is when the one whom you loved so dearly has left you behind. The sadness alone can take you places you were just not prepared to go. You will walk along with me to see how long the journey really can be. But through all my sorrow, my weeping, the heartache and the pain, I never gave up on hope. That night this man died in my arms was the darkest hour just before dawn.

Introducing Edward Joseph Pierini, Jr., author of Every Man Who Looks In a Mirror

“Thanks again Outskirts Press! We’ll do more business in the future and I will refer you to others who have an author itch.”

Edward Joseph (Ed) Pierini, Jr. is a fourth-generation native of Sacramento, California where he resides with Elizabeth, his loving and patient wife for 35 years.

Ed calls himself the ambassador of all middle-aged men around the world advocating their interests and expressing their views about the way life was, the way life is and the way life should be.

Visit his Pierini Fitness blog where he regularly shares his reflections about living, dying and gracefully aging and trying his best to live a good and honest life.

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This book is a collection of my 50 favorite middle-aged man written reflections expressing my thoughts and feelings about living and dying, gracefully aging, and trying my best to live a good and honest life.

It’ll make you laugh and it’ll make you cry but, more importantly, it’ll make you think deeply about your life and how to make the best of what remaining time you have on planet earth.

Sharing these reflections is my modest attempt serving as the ambassador of all middle-aged men around the world, advocating their interests and expressing their views about the way life was, the way life is and the way life should be.

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful life.

Introducing Steve Sellers, author of EPIKLESIS

“My experience with Outskirts Press was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. I have published before — with traditional publishing houses — but this was an infinitely more enjoyable process. Dana was a big reason for that. She is fantastic! I am already finishing a sequel to my book, and I look forward to another great experience with Outskirts Press! Blessings to you!”

Steve Sellers is a newly ordained Catholic priest who served twenty-five years as a priest in the Episcopal Church. He is a former investigative newspaper reporter and is the author of Terror on Highway 59 (1984, Texas Monthly Press), an account of his 1982 investigation that broke up a corrupt sheriff’s department in East Texas. His book was made into a television movie in 1989 “Terror on Highway 91” by the CBS network. He holds two doctoral degrees (D.Min. and Ph.D.) and teaches comparative religion at the University of Phoenix campuses in Houston. He and his wife Dixie live in Houston.

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EPIKLESIS is a spiritual mystery about light and darkness, life and death, hope and despair, and about two orthodox and conservative priests who find themselves in the middle of the ancient battle that still rages over the souls of men, women, and children. It is the story about a spiritual war that is, for the most part, unseen, unheard, unspoken, and ignored. It is a story about shadows, about seduction, about the primordial forces of darkness that continue to pursue and bewitch the Lord’s precious children, even in the pews, classrooms, and administrative offices of the old mainline Christian denominations. It is also a story about friendship, faith, and the enduring power of prayer. The story begins in the turbulent days of the spring and summer of 1968, following the assassinations of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy, and then winds its way across three states – steadily and inexorably — to the very doorway into Sheol. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11).

Introducing Terry Shaffer, author of Random Notes from a Specific Deadhead

“Outskirts is an ideal vehicle for new writers who need guidance throughout the publication process. From the editing to the exceptional cover, my book was greatly enhanced by their input and I would not hesitate to work with them again.”

Terry Shaffer worked for fifteen years in the District Office of a Pennsylvania legislator. In 2006, he voluntarily provided information to investigators accelerating what came to be known as the “Bonusgate” scandal, which ultimately led to the indictment and conviction of several of the Commonwealth’s more powerful political players, including two former Speakers of the House. Shaffer resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kimberly, under the capable supervision of their cats, Kronky and Rosie. His email address is

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Garcia Hunter is a pot-smoking Deadhead immersed in the corrupt world of Pennsylvania politics. After fifteen years in the employ of his lifelong friend, State Representative Delano Trodske, Garcia’s sense of right and wrong has been horribly twisted by years of looking the other way-and he is determined to regain his lost integrity. With the guidance of his cat and the ghost of Jerry Garcia, his quest for enlightenment is further inspired by the lyrics of Grateful Dead’s Robert Hunter. But even as he finds his way back to himself, Garcia never suspects one as insignificant as he could be receiving guidance from cosmic forces he can neither identify nor understand…or that the “purpose” the Universe has chosen for him might be far more important than the reclamation of his soul-or the salvation of the political system. Garcia slowly, inexorably drifts from a world of possessions and power to one of spiritual health and personal understanding. He begins to see the larger patterns and appreciate the hidden structure of reality. He finds the true meaning of love and success. But mostly, he gets stoned a lot. Written with intelligence, insight, and humor, Terry Shaffer’s provocative new book is a compelling and highly entertaining romp through the world of politics, spiritual development, and personal truths.