Introducing L.H. Taylor, author of The Burden of Ethics

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L.H. Taylor is a retired military officer, author, award-winning essayist, college professor, poet, entrepreneur, and founder of the Center for the Advancement of Human Dignity and Respect. His 43-plus years of service to his country in the defense industry has armed him with the depth of knowledge and experience to tackle some of the tough issues that he takes on in “The Burden.” As a victim of the “ethical terrorism” that he writes about, Les is determined to be the voice of reason and change in the defense industry and on social issues that threaten our personal freedoms. “Aspects of the case read like a spy novel: a briefcase with $300,000 in cash in a Kuwaiti parking lot; hand-written ledgers that identified money sources with code names like Destiny Carter; and instructions telling co-conspirators to, in a pinch, toss safe deposit keys out of a window, stash key documents in their bosoms and destroy the instructions.” – A characterization of the Major John Cockerham indictment for fraud and abuse as it appeared in the Washington Post on August 22, 2007 “The defense acquisition process is horribly broken.” – A quote from a speech given by President Obama on March 24, 2009. “The current acquisition system is plagued by a risk-averse culture, parochial interests, a litigious process, excessive and changing requirements and never-ending budget churn.” – A quote posted on DoDBuzz, May 5, 2009 from a speech by William Lynn, Deputy Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) “Federal procurement spending has been dominated by a few large companies.” – Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (COGR) “Mishandling of interagency contracts at the DoD has wasted between $1 Billion and $2 Billion over a five-year period.” – The Government Accounting Office (GAO) “Kickbacks in military subcontracts open the door to wartime profiteering and corrupt the integrity of our government contracting process.” – Tony West, DOJ’s Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division = As it appeared in a Justice News release dated, March 16, 2011

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The Destructive Tactics of “Ethical Terrorists.” Fraud and abuse in the $500 Billion-a-year defense acquisition industry threatens to paralyze America’s national security. “The Burden of Ethics” presents a vivid and convincing picture of rampant, pervasive, destructive, institutionalized fraud and abuse, and exposes the tactics of who the author calls, “ethical terrorists” who perpetuate “ethical terrorism” on America. There are no stones unturned in this fascinating expose. “The Burden” holds all parties in the defense acquisition process from government officials, to military personnel and contractors accountable for their behavior. The author has skillfully connected the dots to expose a cause-and-effect relationship between marginal ethics and illegal activity in defense acquisitions from the highest levels of government to the lowest. The author outlines changes that can be made to help rescue the failing defense acquisition system, and enable small business participation in the process as a vehicle for creating thousands of new jobs immediately. In his Conclusion, the author pays tribute to our brave and courageous men and women in uniform, many of whom were the inspiration for writing this book. He is convinced that the failed acquisition system can be repaired by restoring integrity, and honesty, and by subscribing to a higher ethical measure. The Burden of Ethics is a powerful and compelling “must read.”

Introducing Nino Perrotta, author of Dual Mission

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Nino Perrotta was born in Mount Vernon, New York, in 1967. Perrotta is the son of immigrant parents who came to New York in search of the American dream. His law enforcement career began shortly after completing his United States Army Officer Basic Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona and in 1996 reached his life long dream of becoming a federal agent for the United States Secret Service. Today he is a successful security consultant in the Washington, DC area.

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A true story of one agent and his investigative experience as a United States Secret Service special agent assigned to the New York Field Office which was at one time located at 7 WTC. “Dual Mission” is a true story that at times reads as a novel. It is the account of one ordinary person who vanishes into the “uncharted waters” of long term investigations at an agency where such work is an unknown. His personal mission to take down the New York Mafia, the rogue pitcher, Denny McLain and other global investigations become his mission. A mission with a dual purpose.

Introducing Michael Joseph Miller, author of Murder in The Delta: The Emmett Till Story

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My avocation in writing led to extensive studies in literature, film and television writing during my college career years in the late seventies and early eighties. As children, my mother would always tell my brothers and sisters and I about this little boy name Emmett Till who was savagely murdered in Mississippi because he whistled at a white woman and her fear of not allowing us to visit relatives living in that State. It was during my college years that I began to ascertain what had happened to Emmett Till, which led to meetings with his mother and grandmother beginning on March 9, 1978. As a result of those meetings with relatives, friends and major participants launched a long odyssey of comprehensive and in-depth research that produced “Murder in the Delta: The Emmett Till Story.”

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Emmett Till, a fourteen-year-old black youth from the South Side of Chicago traveled to Money, Mississippi for a summer vacation. It was 1955; racial tensions were extremely reprehensible in the South. During his visit the youth became embroiled in a wolf-whistle incident with a white woman, which led to his brutal murder. The atrocity of Emmett Till’s lynch/murder set off a chain reaction that emerged as the vanguard event which catapulted one of the most extensive civil rights movements in U.S. History.

Introducing Rod Sadler, author of To Hell I Must Go

“After researching several different publishing options, I chose Outskirts Press for the simple reason that they were the rated as one of the highest in the business. After my first phone call, I received information and guidance from the beginning to the end. Outskirts Press gave me the opportunity to fulfill a dream and share the story of a grisly nineteenth century murder in Michigan. I’m certain that had I tried to find a traditional publisher, this story would never have been told. Beyond simply publishing the book, Outskirts has continually provided marketing support, while working with Ingram to provide complete distribution. To be quite frank, I don’t think I could have made a better choice, and for that, I’d like to thank Outskirts Press.”

Rod Sadler is a 30-year veteran police officer, having grown up in the small town of Williamston, Michigan. He spent over ten years researching information about this murder including court documents, original handwritten eyewitness statements, books, photos, maps, and news articles. His great grandfather spearheaded the investigation while serving as the Ingham County Sheriff in 1897. Having retired in 2012, Rod and his wife, Terri, live in the Lansing area with their three children, Alex, Austin and Andy.

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Alfred Haney had suspected there was something peculiar about his wife for a very long time. On a cool spring morning in 1897, he left his Williamston, Michigan home to earn a day’s wage. He returned to find a macabre murder so bizarre that it shook an entire community to its core. This is the true story of a woman who some might refer to as Michigan’s own Lizzie Borden.

Introducing Charles Massie, author of Pinned

“I have published 2 books with Outskirts Press now. I am happy with the professionalism of the company representatives as well as the fact that the company keeps its promises and does everything that they say will do. I started out in self publishing with a competitor and wasted over $6000 trying to get my books out to the public. I would place calls to them for progress reports and would never get a call back. In fact, about the only time they would call me was when they wanted to sell me another product. After a bit of adding additional information and re-editing the book, I contacted Outskirts Press. They kept in contact with me every step of the way, and Pinned – A Kentucky True Crime was published. Within a few weeks, the book was listed on Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites and I was actually making sales.”

Charles Massie grew up in upstate New York, the oldest of 4 children. After finishing high school, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served a total of six years at various ports around the world. Upon his return to civilian life, he continued his education at Syracuse University and eventually worked for a number of engineering firms, before finding his calling in the sales field. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, he decided to go off on his own and has been instrumental in overseeing such companies as Massie Engineering Associates, InfoTech Consulting, LLC and CaterCats Catering. The call of creative expression was always in the background of his life and over the years, he has submitted articles and stories to Twilight Zone Magazine, Readers Digest, Analog Publications and others. He has recently published two novels in the ‘true crime’ genre and is currently writing a young adult adventure novel entitled The Boy in the Bin. His hobbies, when he is not writing, include progressive rock music, computers and other toys, traveling and enjoying the gifts that he has been blessed with. He loves animals, humor, exotic cars and practicing random acts of kindness.

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Pinned is a gripping tale of how a gentle New York retiree finds love with a Kentucky woman over the internet. Once he commits and moves in with her at her residence, he begins to find out little secrets that lead him to believe that she is indeed a ‘Black Widow’. But before he can get away, he is arrested and charged with heinous crimes, while she vacates her home, leaves the state and takes all his possessions.

The Hindering, by James Alexander

James Alexander is a former graphic artist who had been carrying the burden of this incredible saga with him for many, many years. Deciding it was finally time to put this unbelievable story into words, he has masterfully relayed this amazingly intricate and harrowing account of probably the worst chapter of his life for all the world to experience for themselves. With writing always being a life-long passion, Mr. Alexander is hoping to launch a successful career in story-telling and a sharing for his love of the written word and human expression with this first novel.

“I had always dreamed of becoming a writer since I was very young, but never thought the opportunity would ever present itself. Years after going through a rather traumatic, life-altering experience, the time had finally become appropriate to put thoughts and words to paper. Outskirts Press was my first and only choice to achieve this goal, and I am so glad I never bothered to experiment with any other publisher. The extremely helpful and dedicated staff did a wonderful job in assisting me to put my story into writing. The final product was amazing. My dream has come true, and I plan to publish all future works with Outskirts Press.”


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In the wrong place at the wrong time!

What are the boundaries of friendship and loyalty? How does one choose between betraying a comrade and personal detriment? When is silence golden, and when does it turn into a hellish nightmare?

This is a true tale of a young man, a college graduate, an aspiring illustrator, caught completely off-guard by the worst crime imaginable: murder. The victim, an innocent girl, illadvisedly hitchhiking on a cold, dark night. The culprit, an AWOL marine with a misplaced vendetta brought on by the mental burden of a torn relationship. In the middle, his childhood friend, who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, forced to be the chauffeur of this vehicle of death. Now this friend must make the terrible choice of burying this horrific deed in the recesses of his mind, keeping forever silent to protect his buddy, or going to the authorities with the possibility of further involvement, both with unknown consequences.

When the diabolical act finally comes to light, an amazingly intricate and unbelievably bizarre legal chess game ensues, and the young man ends up paying the ultimate price: his freedom. Now forced to endure the daily hardships of prison life, he discovers he is able to rely on his God-given talents and artistic abilities in order to survive.

“The Hindering” is the factual story of a trusted friendship gone terribly awry, a sometimes unkind, unfair, unscrupulous judicial system, and the cruel and frightening world of prison life. A story of the incredible support and ceaseless devotion of a loving family, and the strength, courage, durability and perseverance of the human spirit. A story with a definitive life’s lesson: use extreme discretion when choosing your friends, your associates, your confidants. A poor choice could be deadly.