Introducing Vernell West, author of Reflections

“Outskirts made publishing my first book easy. Even though it was done online, the communication was as good as if done in-person.”

Vernell West is an African American who lives with his wife, Wanda in the Pacific Northwest. They have been married nearly 30 years. He and his wife have three adult children. This is Vernell’s first book. He began writing daily as a hobby when his youngest child left home. His inspiration to write usually comes during daily exercise in his attic where he keeps pen and paper at the ready to capture it when it comes.

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This book is a smorgasbord of thought-provoking and inspirational tidbits inviting the reader to deeply focus on the good and to reflect it back through daily deeds. It looks at life as a lyrical composition played out in our daily lives through our thoughts, poetry, songs and actions. It is a compilation of who we are, living in a fast-paced world in which our thoughts are not often absorbed, shown or appreciated. This book gives a brief view of what seemingly goes unnoticed, but is in the background of every great human endeavor. It takes you simply to the point with rhythmic, poetic and philosophical narratives. The descriptive view in words is not instructional, but rather inspirational and motivational. No matter the background or culture of the reader, all who read it will find something to hold on to.

Introducing Ronald Montgomery, author of No Turning Back

“The beginning of my writing journey began on Carmel Beach, in California. That journey changed direction when I discovered Outskirts Press – when I decided to put my poetry into print. I selected Outskirts based on a number of factors – value, quality and responsiveness. I have remained with Outskirts Press because they have proven their worth to me over a period of seven years and seven books. Each book project has been part of my development. In the beginning, I knew a little about self-publishing and the processes. After seven books, my expectations are validated by experience, and my anticipation is whetted by positive past Outskirt Press performance. The most valuable part of the process has been the coaching and support provided by the publishing professionals assigned to my projects. What could have been painfully slow and grueling to a novice was pleasant and speedy.”

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“Because I didn’t know what I didn’t know, ‘not doing’ was never a consideration. Because I didn’t know that communicating through poetry was a particular skill that required knowledge of the rules and tradition, I never considered not beginning this adventure. I’ve spent some time watching my children grow up and realized that until they are imprisoned by words like limits, rules and boundaries, they are unfettered creators. When I write, I call on my childlike nature as I explore life’s experiences. More often than not, I walk away from my work with fresh perspectives. I have now arrived at this point, where the starting point is out of sight. The goal of the ‘High Calling’ is visible, but the journey is far from over.”

Introducing Beronica Latorre-Lopez, author of Just Understand Nothing Ends

“I want to thank Outskirts Press for helping me achieve my goal to become a published author and making the experience a smooth and enjoyable one. I look forward to publishing many more books with Outskirts Press. A special thanks to Lisa. You made this experience a memorable one. Great job!”

Beronica Latorre-Lopez started out early with, roses are red, violets are blue, type of poetry. As she got older, her poetry became her special kind of therapy. Beronica is thirty-six years old with three children, living in Stroudsburg, PA. Her mom has passed and now her children are her inspiration and motivation. And, of course, God who makes all things possible.

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When life becomes so overwhelming to the point that it is hard to bear, I cope by writing poetry that I like to share. My poetry consists of love, loss and also heartbreak. And although they come from personal experience, I am sure you can relate.

Introducing Carolyn Young, author of The Six of Me

“I had a wonderful experience with Outskirts Press. I definitely will be a repeat customer when my next book is ready for publication.”

As a child of only 8 years of age, Carolyn Young’s life was saved by the gift of fragmenting her psyche. But living with DID as an adult, her life was shattered, dysfunctional, and chaotic. Through the anguish experienced during therapy, she diligently worked to overcome and she have since integrated leaving her whole and living a life she never thought possible.

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Dissociative identity disorder (DID), formerly known as multiple personality disorder, is one of the most widely misunderstood psychological conditions. Many people are not comfortable with the concept of DID due to their fear and mis-perceptions. However, the exquisite and complex psychological and emotional mechanisms at work in dissociative identity disorder provide life-saving safety to trauma victims. In The Six of Me, Carolyn Young explores ideas and feelings about DID, bringing an informed first-hand perspective to this misunderstood and controversial diagnosis. If you have never been introduced to the idea of DID, this book will open your mind and heart. A beautiful and important book for all readers, The Six of Me opens a window into a unique and beautiful form of self-preservation in extreme circumstances. Visit the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation website, www.isst-d.org for further information about Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Introducing Lisa Hare Wimberly, author of My Heart Makes Its Home in a Faraway Land

“My experience publishing with Outskirts Press has been exceptional! I did extensive research on them and other self-publishing companies, as this was my first book, before I made my decision to go with Outskirts Press. On average, the others would have cost me at least twice as much to go through them, with less to show from it. I chose the Ultimate package, because it offered everything I was looking for–and more! Jackie and Brie have been there for me every step of the way, answering questions in a timely manner. And we were thrilled when the books arrived at our doorstep days before we expected them! The marketing materials that I have received by email have been very informative and useful. I received good reviews from readers that can be seen on Amazon.com. I have my own webpage and Sales Sheet; I even got to do an audio excerpt for my webpage! Outskirts Press makes the process of marketing the book very user-friendly. If and when the time comes for me to get another book published, I will not hesitate to use Outskirts Press!”

Lisa Hare Wimberly enjoys expressing herself through poetry and songwriting as an outlet of her faith. She has three children and four grandchildren, and owns a small business in Elkhart, Indiana, where she resides with her husband, Mark.

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This book is comprised of poems and reflections that the Lord has given me over the past few years. Finding that so many need to wake up to the fact that the Lord is coming back soon, I have felt an urgency for others to read and hear what, I feel, comes from the heart of God. We don’t know when He will return for His own, but He has called me to do my part in sharing His love and His Word with those who will hear… I began writing poetry as my mother-in-law lay in the hospital in Elkhart, Indiana… just days before going home to meet her Lord Jesus, whom she loved and served for over 60 years of her life. Even though I knew her for only four short years, during that time she inspired a longing in me to know my Lord better and to draw closer to Him. As a result, my Father in heaven began pouring into me words that became poems and songs… Some of the poems may make you laugh, some may make you cry, but they will all make you THINK!

Introducing Bles Chavez-Bernstein, author of Without Rhyme

WITHOUT RHYME, a poet’s story, is the 1st book I have published and a lifelong dream come true. It took me a few months to research for the best publisher and after a rigorous process of elimination I chose Outskirts Press. As soon as I received my first copy I have been raving about Outskirts Press to my family, colleagues, friends, and fellow writers. I am especially impressed with the high level of professionalism, relaxed attitude, friendliness, and efficiency of the staff. I am made to feel empowered in my decision making and choices and yet when I needed an expert’s advice, the staff was always there for me. Outskirts Press will definitely be the publisher for my next book.”

Bles Chavez-Bernstein started her career very early. As a college freshmen at 18, her poem “At Dusk in Paradise” won first place in a contest sponsored by the editorial staff of Santa Isabel University’s newsletter, The Isabelina, after which she became a regular contributor. Bles’ English teacher had inspired her to write her first poem at 12, and she has been writing poetry ever since. Bles also writes prose, short stories, and non-fiction novels. Bles has long been recognized for her talent in music and performing arts. She won first prize at the tender age of five for her dramatic monologue in a literary competition sponsored by a major radio station in the Philippines. Bles has years of training in classical singing and was awarded a scholarship in vocal performance from the New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida. She has a repertoire ranging from Handel and Mozart to Rachmaninoff and Faure, as well as American musical theater and contemporary crossover songs. Bles holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing and has extensive experience in two clinical specialties, Mental Health and Addictions Nursing. After losing her first husband to cancer, Bles passionately sought refuge and has found healing in her artistic pursuits while raising three teenagers as a single parent. Bles currently lives with her husband with whom she travels to different cities all over the world to find the perfect home.

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Without Rhyme is a poignant account of the author’s life as a young girl, from growing up in a small rural town to her unexpected adventure in a foreign country that has become her home. She carefully weaves poetic lines to create images of deeply buried emotions and insights. Her poetry flawlessly captures beauty and love, joy and triumph, as well as tragedy, grief, and isolation. It celebrates the spirit of innocence and wonderment, while painting the face of struggle, passion and sacrifice. The peace she finds in the world of poetry leads to her reconciliation with her childhood’s sadness. The author takes you on an earthly journey while in search of a spiritual path.

Introducing Stephen Michael Jester II, author of The Jester King

“I want to express my satisfaction in my personal Outskirts experience. It was the best. The whole process was an education, yet it was fun and ultimately very simple. I would like to acknowledge and thank my production and marketing teams for all of their fine work. Without their help and expertise, my passion, my dream, my book would never have become a reality. So, thank you all, once again. I would definitely recommend Outskirts Press to prospective authors. I also look forward working with Outskirts for all my future endeavors.”

Born in Ventura, California in 1988, Stephen Michael Jester II is the youngest of seven siblings in a multi-ethnic family. While growing up and being educated in Port Hueneme, California, he discovered his passion for language and the written word. The author currently resides in Camarillo, California.

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…born, died, re-born in the first twenty-three hours… …diagnosed with cerebral palsy and ulcerative colitis by age three… …feelings of anger, frustration, and depression… …times of happiness and joy… …GOD, Jesus, women…love-hate relationships… …a 14 year-old boy journeys to become a 21 year-old man… …a seven year slice of life, A Jester’s Life… …a life in poetry…