Introducing Răzvan Petrea, author of The Champion Mindset: How I Went From Homeless to CEO

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Răzvan “Raz” Petrea is an optimist who enjoys comedy, travelling, fishing, working out, watching and playing sports, learning new things, reading, listening to music and last but not least films. He is passionate about motivating people to achieve their potential and manifest their destiny. He was born in Romania in 1981 and moved to United States in 2005. He has a background in sports, and he fell in love with working out and the fitness lifestyle. Eventually, he was able to turn his passion for fitness into a career and in 2008 became a certified personal trainer. In 2012, he opened his first business, an in-home personal training business. In 2019 he started working as a life coach (pro bono) as a way to give back to his community. The same year, he launched his YouTube channel (Raz Petrea/Champion Mindset), started working as a motivational speaker and wrote this book with the intention to motivate and inspire people. He hopes this book can be helpful in aiding others to create and live happy and meaningful lives. His motivation and drive came from the desire to reach his full potential, give back to the community and leave this place better than he found it. He believes in living his life in a “Crescendo” and he always wakes up in the morning ready to “attack the day”. 

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The hard part is not getting your body in shape, the hard part is getting your mind in shape and once you have the proper mindset, what I call the “Champion Mindset”, you can achieve anything you set your mind to!

R*ă*zvan “Raz” Petrea is an optimist who enjoys comedy, travelling, fishing, working out, watching and playing sports, learning new things, reading, listening to music and last but not least films.
He is passionate about motivating people to achieve their potential and manifest their destiny.
He was born in Romania in 1981 and moved to United States in 2005.
He has a background in sports, and he fell in love with working out and the fitness lifestyle.
Eventually, he was able to turn his passion for fitness into a career and in 2008 became a certified personal trainer. In 2012, he opened his first business, an in-home personal training business.
In 2019 he started working as a life coach (pro bono) as a way to give back to his community.
The same year, he launched his YouTube channel (Raz Petrea/Champion Mindset), started working as a motivational speaker and wrote this book with the intention to motivate and inspire people.
He hopes this book can be helpful in aiding others to create and live happy and meaningful lives.
His motivation and drive came from the desire to reach his full potential, give back to the community, and leave this place better than he found it.
He believes in living his life in a “Crescendo” and he always wakes up in the morning ready to “attack the day.”

Introducing Stephen A. Vigiano, author of Millennials “Your Time Has Come”

“My author representative was wonderful to work with. She made the process smooth and easy to get my new book published. This is the second book she helped me with! Outstanding service from Outskirts Press!”

Stephen A Vigiano, PGA Master Professional, was born and raised in Long Island, New York. At the age of 18, he pursued a career in acting in Los Angeles, California, where he studied the art of acting for over ten years with some mild success. In the mid-eighties he fell into the game of golf, which changed his life forever. His professional resume is highlighted by the prestigious Master Professional Certification, as well as certifications in all five areas of advanced education in the PGA of America. Stephen was featured in PGA Magazine’s “Lessons in Humanity” for charitable contributions of his time and energy. Over the last 28 years, he has given over 15,000 golf lessons of which many were free of charge, golf has allowed him to pass along many of the life lessons he learned from the game of golf. Stephen has spent the past 5 years transitioning to a career as a full-time author and motivational speaker.

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What is the secret to life? Is it to take a moment to reflect on the things you have done and then ask yourself “Did I make a difference in the world”? Showing compassion and empathy towards others will never diminish your self-worth; it will only increase it. Every day we are given opportunities to positively impact the lives of those we touch along this journey. Life is an incredible opportunity to CHANGE the world through kindness and the use of our creative thinking that will lead to a better world! It is in our thoughts that our dreams are created. Our hope for the future of mankind can become a reality if we unite in a common cause that is bigger than any one individual. Don’t avoid the future, embrace your future!

“Putting off an opportunity that is presented today, thinking it can wait until tomorrow causes more regrets and heartache then you could ever imagine. We have a choice when opportunity comes knocking at our door, we can seize the moment or we can simply ignore the signs. Life is about taking a leap of faith knowing there will be someone there to catch you when you jump.”<

Introducing Connie Finger, author of Memoria

“My experience with Outskirts Press has been great. I am very grateful for the knowledgeable recommendations, support, and kindness my Author Representative, gave a novice like me.  From my initial contact person to my Author Representative and the Production Dept, they guided me through the process in a professional manner. Thank you a million times.”

Connie Finger has brought forth a challenge that is valued by new age individuals to folks of the golden age. She was inspired to create MEMORIA as a result of helping to care for her mother who was afflicted with Alzheimer’s for 14 years. Her focus was to present a positive instrument to help obstruct memory loss and celebrate the benefits of a strengthened and robust memory.

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Allow the memorization of some or all of MEMORIA’s 60 diverse lists to be the vanguard of instituting a powerful workout method for improving your memory function. <br><br>
Boost your ability to recall and retain information conveniently by simply aiming to memorize the contents of as many lists as you choose. There are no time constraints in the completion of each participant’s MEMORIA goal. The memorization challenges that MEMORIA provides are sure to be utilized for years to come. If you memorize a list and in time forget some of it, simply repeat the workout. Let MEMORIA be a tool to help you gain confidence in your ability to recall more data in every aspect of your life.

Introducing Paul E. Kotz, author of Start Late, Finish Happy

“My author representative is a consummate professional who is responsive, timely, provides great recommendations, knows her craft, and she communicates clearly, while remaining firm and fair.”

Paul’s books address seeing the good through every day stories and facing adversity with hope and compassion. He is a lifelong learner with education and business expertise. This includes working as faculty and advisor with undergraduate as well as graduate students and since 2013, in a doctoral program in leadership. He has taught and served as an executive/life coach to graduate students and business professionals and has assisted high school students in navigating adolescence.
Paul E. Kotz is a resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota and continues to collect new experiences that shape and challenge his perspectives.
Contact him at pkotz@smumn.edu or paulekotz@yahoo.com

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Those who make an impact leave a mark on us. Hopefully, a positive one, by those who bring us joy or those who inspire and motivate us, giving us a vision of how we can live our own lives better. Each of us has only so much time. There are plenty of people who have opened my eyes. Often the realization comes unexpectedly. Sometimes, we may even have a dream as a reminder of how our lives need to change and grow.
I am not going to tell anyone exactly what to do in these stories of Starting Late and Finishing Happy. They are everyday tales of unexpected surprises, and learning lessons… accounts of those who make an impact and observations of people who help us realize our gifts. They assist us, consciously or unknowingly, to change for the better.
You can give back to society. You can bring your community together. You have relevance. You only have to Start… to Finish Happy. – Paul E. Kotz

Also by Paul E. Kotz: The CIPA Award Winner and Reader’s Choice Award nominee Profiles in Kindness – Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership (2020). Stories that call us to take charge of each day and positively seize it for what it offers.
Dr. Kotz also wrote: The CIPA Award winning Something Happened Today – A Collection of the Unexpected (2018) – Stories of mentorship and keeping our eyes and ears open to the present and the positive.

Introducing Margaret Speicher, author of Love… One Lump or Two?? (A light-hearted, humorous story on divorce, dating, single living and determination)

“My experiences with Outskirts Press and my Author Representative were great! I was very impressed with your book publishing process and the willingness of everyone to help me.”

I will be at the Henderson County Public Library in Henderson, KY, on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for a book signing event. There were be free giveaways for your purchase. All proceeds from my book sales go to St. Jude and other charitable organizations. I hope to see you there! Maggie

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Although I have always had a life-long dream to write a book, I never thought that I would ever accomplish this seemingly impossible task. However, dreams sometimes come true – and for me, it took divine intervention! It all happened one evening when I was awakened in the middle of the night with the idea of writing a book. I recall contemplating an appropriate topic and title for my book, in addition to the various chapter headings and content, which surprisingly flowed very easily from my thoughts. Maybe this was my destiny! Upon awakening the next morning fully motivated by my newest endeavor, I immediately jotted down my thoughts from the previous night’s ideas for a book and began composing my thoughts onto paper. Thus, an inspiring story developed about my humorous and entertaining challenges and opportunities (lumps) that this determined blonde with a definite sense of humor and temporary misguided sense of direction from a recent divorce encountered. In passionate pursuit of my soul mate, “Mr. Right”, my journey began with the chapter on The Date from Hell involving many unforeseen happenings on an attention-grabbing double date through the chapter on Dating 101 describing fresh ideas and methods of surviving the singles’ scene and meeting suitable men and more leading to Mr. Wonderful, my perceived soul mate from God – or was he? I truly felt that writing and publishing this inspiring and entertaining book was influenced by the Holy Spirit and that my experiences and determination in the singles’ world could help others undergoing similar problems in finding love and living alone. This is my reason for pursuing the publication of my work, remembering that “If God takes you to it; He will get you through it!”

Introducing Maureen Scanlon, author of My Dog is My Relationship Coach

“I love my experience with Outskirts Press, two books published now and I wouldn’t use anyone else! I love the creativity of the designer and the advice my Author Representative gives me. Thank You Outskirts Press for another great book publishing experience!”

Maureen Scanlon is the founder and CEO of Maureen Scanlon Life Coaching. Maureen’s certifications include Life Coaching, NLP, DBT, REBT, ACT, and Pet Psychology. She has held group coaching and retreat for mindful change and created a 5-Step program for Fostering Meaningful Relationships. Maureen and her husband, Dennis, live in Mesa, Arizona, with Jade, a 15-pound chihuahua, and Brodie, an Australian shepherd mix. They have four children and three grandchildren. Maureen is also the author of My Dog Is More Enlightened Than I Am. Contact Info: Email: Maureen_Nelson@hotmail.com or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/lifecoachmaureens

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Are you in pursuit of your lifetime love? Ask yourself: Do I have the time and energy to invest in a relationship? Do I hold on to anger or pain about a past relationship? Am I committed to see the truth about a person and not what I want it to be? Am I a good catch? Do I bring full confidence of who I am to the table? Explore the answers to these questions and more in My Dog Is My Relationship Coach, a guide to relationships that takes its lead from the pets in our lives and the unconditional love they offer. In our search for love, companionship, and “the one,” we oftentimes lose sight of our true selves and what we deeply desire in a life partner. This book will help you to see clearly what it takes to heal yourself, enhance your marriage or romantic relationships, and realize the whole person you were meant to be while in a relationship or searching for that perfect mate. With tips, examples, and anecdotes, this guide shares the meaning, clarity, and deep connections that enhance the journey of finding or loving “our person.”

Introducing Denise Peek, author of Leadership: What?! Growing as a Leader From the Inside Out

“My Author Representative has been very helpful and positive about my publishing experience, and her involvement made it seamless! I really appreciate her!”

Denise Peek has worked with all level of individuals to assess their current leadership level, explore the development that is possible and create a plan to execute that metamorphosis. She coaches others with care to set, adjust and achieve their goals in leadership and in life. In this book, she becomes your personal leadership coach, guiding you toward your better, more powerful self. Denise has worked with clients across the globe to develop their skills and achieve their personal and professional goals.

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Coach Yourself to Become the Leader Inside You. Learn more about the leader that already lives inside you! This insightful book will guide you through the skills and nuances of real leadership, as you explore those elements already within yourself. You will obtain strategies to develop and hone the skills and characteristics you possess and fine-tune them as you continue to grow and develop as a leader. As you read along, you become your own best coach: asking the right questions, targeting the right skills and polishing your best self as a leader. Each short chapter includes a few thought-provoking questions at its close to help you internalize and remember what you have learned and how you want to use that knowledge. This book enables you to “do and become” with its ideas, scenarios and questions. As a true leader, you are in control to use this guidebook and tailor it to your current and future leadership needs. Take the time to embark on your personal leadership journey and see where it leads. You might be surprised!

Introducing Stephen A. Vigiano, author of Enrich Your Life and the World with the Game of Golf: Every day is an opportunity to change the world

“My Author Representative was an excellent source of guiding me through the process of getting my new book published. She is a total professional with a great attitude.”

Stephen A Vigiano, PGA Master Professional, was born and raised in Long Island, New York. At the age of 18, he pursued a career in acting in Los Angeles, California, where he studied the art of acting for over ten years with some mild success. In the mid-eighties he fell into the game of golf, which changed his life forever. His professional resume is highlighted by the prestigious Master Professional Certification, as well as certifications in all five areas of advanced education in the PGA of America. Stephen was featured in PGA Magazine’s “Lessons in Humanity” for charitable contributions of his time and energy. Over the last 28 years, he has given over 15,000 golf lessons of which many were free of charge, golf has allowed him to pass along many of the life lessons he learned from the game of golf.

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Inspiration comes in many forms. If you picked up this book, there’s a good chance you enjoy a relaxing day out on the golf course. If so, then this book is certainly for you. For those who have not yet discovered the joys of golf, Enrich Your Life and the World with the Game of Golf offers so much more than the title implies. Along with exploring the many parallels between golf and life, this book also shows how golf can provide the blueprint for a more fulfilling existence. Stephen A Vigiano a PGA Master Professional, reveals how his passion for the sport provided him with a foundation for a meaningful life-one he hopes to pass down to future generations. His inspirational book not only encourages this new generation to take up the game of golf but to follow their passions and pursue their purpose in life.

Introducing Keith T. Hardeman, author of The Shadow of Trepidation: Reflections on Caregiving During my Wife’s Battle with Breast Cancer

“Outskirts was simply fantastic! Allison Hiles, Dana Nelson, and Anna Ely were so prompt and helpful throughout the process. I was very pleased with the finished product, and I highly recommend Outskirts Press.”

Professor Keith T. Hardeman grew up in Southern California and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech and rhetoric from California State University, Long Beach, graduating Phi Kappa Phi. He taught for two years as a teaching fellow at CSULB before joining the full-time faculty at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. After spending eight years at UNI, he and his wife Shelley moved to Columbia, Missouri when he accepted a permanent position at Westminster College in nearby Fulton. He has received numerous teaching, research, and service awards and has taught various courses in the areas of interpersonal communication, public address, business communication, public relations, and journalism. Professor Hardeman became heavily involved in volunteer work with the American Cancer Society after his father passed away from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He participated in numerous fundraisers and has personally raised over $50,000 for the ACS. He is a longtime member of the Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN). In December 2017, Shelley was diagnosed with stage III invasive lobular carcinoma, a somewhat rare form of breast cancer. As cancer indelibly rammed itself into their lives, Keith transitioned from cancer activist to caregiver, and life has been drastically different since that time.

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Cancer stories are plentiful and are, perhaps, considered by some to be a dime a dozen. On the other hand, such vast numbers of stories keep piling up at an astounding rate – more than 1.8 million diagnoses each year, according to the American Cancer Society – and each is unique to the individual patient and cancer family experiencing them. Stories can provide predictability and understanding, which are vital keys toward success in the long road of cancer treatment. From diagnosis to the impacts of treatment, The Shadow of Trepidation bluntly discloses one of those physically and emotionally agonizing cancer stories from the perspective of a spousal caregiver. It sheds light on the twists and turns of cancer and comfortably addresses sensitive cancer and caregiving issues. The book also provides some basic, understandable medical explanations, experiential wisdom, and offers numerous tips with vital interpersonal communication strategies for families navigating their own cancer fights. This is a substantive while still relatively quick read. It can also serve as a good reference guide to which readers might return if their own stories were the least bit commensurate. The author does not presume to speak for cancer fighters or even for other caregivers. But he candidly shares helpful insight gathered from his own experiences and perspectives. It is his sincere hope that this book can be valuable for those whose cancer stories are in motion or those that have yet to come. As reviewer and cancer survivor Heather Gehlert of the Berkeley Media Studies Group stated, “Professor Hardeman goes beyond common tropes and trite platitudes to offer an intimate, unsanitized look at the suffering, uncertainty, and resilience that he and his wife Shelley experienced as her cancer invaded their lives. [The book] contains valuable insights and practical suggestions that are helping me cope with the same dreaded disease. My only complaint with this book is that it wasn’t published when I was diagnosed.”

Introducing Jon Baker, author of Grandma and Grandpa’s Wisdom for a Healthy and Prosperous Life

“My Author Representative’s expertise made the book publishing process a breeze. There is no way I could have done it without Outskirts Press. Thank you!”

Jon Baker and his three siblings were raised by their single mother. There were county programs, food stamps and trailer parks for the beginning of their lives. Jon never met his biological father or any father figure until he was lucky enough to move in with his Grandparents around age 13. In High School his guidance counselor advised him because of his poor effort that he was most likely not to amount to more than an hourly factory worker, if he didn’t end up in jail. With his Grandma’s unconditional love and his Grandfather’s firm direction he went on to college and then graduate school. Because of his strong mother and the leadership of his Grandparents he graduated from the Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1985 and went on to build one of the largest Chiropractic Corrective Care Clinics in the country. Then lessons his Grandparents taught him gave him the tools to succeed beyond his wildest dreams as a Chiropractor and today as a private business and life coach for 70 of the top Chiropractors on the planet. His amazing marriage to Danyel, four children and four spirited Grandchildren are his most prized and treasured accomplishments. Jon and Danyel live in the beautiful resort town of Steamboat Springs Colorado most of the year and are seasonal residents of Naples Florida.

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Draw upon the wisdom of the elders in Grandma and Grandpa’s Wisdom for a Healthy and Prosperous Life! Jon Baker and his three siblings were raised by a single mother. Theirs was a life of county programs, food stamps, and trailer parks until Jon was lucky enough to move in with his grandparents at age 13. His guidance counselor advised him that he was unlikely to amount to more than an hourly factory worker, if he didn’t end up in jail, but with his grandmother’s unconditional love and his grandfather’s firm direction, Jon went on to college and then graduate school. Grandma and Grandpa’s Wisdom for a Healthy and Prosperous Life compiles the simple lessons Jon learned from his grandparents and brings the reader back to the basics to show how to: Reexamine the simplicity of what you already know about life and success and apply it; Improve your mind and body in order to flourish; Assess how and when to sit back and listen before acting; Achieve your goals; and Create freedom in your life!