Introducing Thomas B. Sawyer, author of Cross Purposes: A Barney Moon, P.I. Mystery Thriller

“I’ve authored books issued by conventional publishers, formed my own company, used POD and other venues, and I am sooo delighted to have finally discovered Outskirts Press!”

Novelist, screenwriter, playwright Thomas B. Sawyer was Head Writer/Showrunner of the classic CBS TV series, MURDER, SHE WROTE, for which he wrote 24 episodes. Author of CROSS PURPOSES and A MAJOR PRODUCTION! Edgar and Emmy-nominated, Head Writer/Showrunner or Producer/Story Editor on 15 network TV series. He has sold, then written 9 series pilots, 100 episodes, both comedy and drama. He wrote/directed/produced the feature-film cult comedy, GOSH ALICE GOODBODY. His documentary short film, REUNION, was honored by the New York Film Festival, the Rochester and Edinburgh Festivals, and received national theatrical release. Tom is co-librettist/lyricist of JACK, a musical drama about John F. Kennedy which, backed by the Shuberts, has been performed to acclaim in the US and Europe. He is publisher of STORYBASE 2.0 writer’s software. Tom’s book, FICTION WRITING DEMYSTIFIED, and STORYBASE software are Writer’s Digest Book Club Selections. The best-selling mystery/thriller about the JFK assassination, THE SIXTEENTH MAN, was his first novel. His second, best-selling NO PLACE TO RUN, was the first novel to make the case that 9/11 was a conspiracy. Tom’s memoir, THE ADVENTURES OF THE REAL TOM SAWYER, was published recently, along with the co-authored 9 BADASS SECRETS FOR PUTTING YOURSELF IN LUCK’S WAY. Tom has taught writing at UCLA, at Pepperdine University, at numerous major writers conferences, and online at Screenwriters University. http://www.ThomasBSawyer.com

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Manhattan Private Investigator Barney Moon can hack, charm or con his way into or out of damned-near anything. Barney is driven — to solve cases, nail bad guys, and to anyplace not reachable via the NY Subway. Barney never learned to drive. And, like most born/bred New Yorkers, he regards pretty much anywhere else as “Out-of-Town.” But there is one place for which he has a particular, lifelong aversion: Los Angeles, California, which Barney regards as an Alien Planet. And – guess where he finds himself stranded? In Cross Purposes, a case takes the reluctant Barney and his driver, Al Drobowsky to Los Angeles to obtain a single fingerprint. But things quickly get complicated. That night, of what by then seems sure to be only two in Tinseltown, Al learns he must immediately return to Brooklyn. Next morning, Barney notices his rented car being hot-wired by a young woman. Pragmatically, in exchange for not having Melodie Seaver arrested, he enlists the gorgeous 18 year-old Southern California delinquent to drive him around for – at most – one day. Except that things quickly escalate for this comically ill-matched pair, into murders, conspiracies, and mortal danger. Very fortuitously, the Good News for Barney: Melodie’s driving skills are awesome. Together, our off-the-wall team narrowly survives, and solves the complex, scary mess they’ve stumbled into. “Tom Sawyer’s inaugural Barney Moon P.I. novel, Cross Purposes, is the best thing to spread shoe leather on the wise-cracking streets of La-La Land since Bogey and Bacall. And Cross Purposes has Sawyer’s larger-than-life characters, refreshing humor, Hitchcockian plot twists, and his great, so-authentic dialogue.” -Andrew McAleer, Author of 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists & Fatal Deeds.

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 Jimmy Chew, author of Walking Around Lucky: Navigate America’s New Lust for Gambling

“I give a big 5-star review to my Author Representative and Outskirts Press! The entire Outskirts process has been with people who are courteous, efficient and knowledgeable. I am very pleased with my first book! Thank you to the entire Outskirts Press staff!”

Jimmy Chew, an expert at the art of winning gambling games, recalls his life and times in an anecdotal journey through six decades of his career. Walking Around Lucky is full of personal tales and gambling stories with legends the likes of Mantle, Snead, Trevino, Floyd, Eastwood, Wadkins, Jacoby, Holland, Walters, Baldwin, Ungar, Brunson and others. Look inside the mind of an old school gambler to see how his experiences from childhood onward molded him into a world-class competitor at a number of games. Learn how sports betting rears it’s ugly head and what you can do about it. Hear stories about big wins and excruciating losses at golf courses, sporting events, casinos and courtrooms. Best of all, you’ll get a front-row seat to “Jimmy Chew” Blackjack, a self developed system of betting that utilizes the ebb and flow of luck to ride a hot streak all the way to the bank. The author’s methods caused him to be banned from a major Las Vegas casino for winning without ever counting cards. Conversational, delightful, and accessible, Walking Around Lucky is the inspirational true story of a man whose life has been an adventure like no other.

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Is It Luck – or Opportunity?
FEATURING:

  • Celebrities and Sports Legends
  • Business Ups and Downs
  • Four Game – $200,000 Challenge
  • World Championship Bridge Hands
  • High Stakes Backgammon
  • Unusual Wagers
  • Life Lessons and Keys to Success
  • Perils and Virtues of Sports Betting
  • Big Wins
  • Bad Beats
  • Ponies
  • Gin Rummy Secrets
  • “Jimmy Chew” Blackjack
  • Banned for Winning
  • Betting Systems
  • Lucky Streaks
  • Casino Carnival Zones
  • Results from 10,000 Blackjack Hands

Introducing Peggy Callender Clyne, author of My Mind is a Garden

“I was quite pleased and my Publishing Consultant was excellent.”

Peggy Callender Clyne is a retired church administrator. She attended the former Barrington College in Rhode Island and holds a Bachelor of Religious Education Degree (BRE) from the former Northeastern Bible Institute, Essex Fells, NJ. Peggy resides in the British Virgin Islands with her husband, Freddie, and their family.

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What you plant will grow; what you grow will show! Jaide’s grandparents believe that the better we think, the better we live. They are convinced that confident, creative and purposeful lives are the result of corresponding thoughts. In “My Mind is a Garden”, Pop-Pop and Granny refer to Jaide’s mind as a “garden,” and her thoughts as “seeds.” Consequently, they encourage young Jaide to plant Bible-based “thought-seeds” in her “mind-garden” promising their granddaughter: “What you plant will grow; what you grow will show.” With an air of sophistication, coupled with child-like trust, Jaide plants God’s words in her “mind-garden.” When God’s words are the “seeds” planted in their minds, our children will have the benefit of a purposeful life, plus the privilege of a personal relationship with their Creator.

Introducing Joy E. Mason, author of Purpose: A Shift from Driving It to Embracing It

“My Author Representative was very responsive whenever I had a question. Thank you!”

Joy E. Mason is a recent retiree who grew up in a family that read insatiably, traveled extensively, and contributed passionately to the community. These experiences and the influence of her family contributed significantly to her Purpose Journey and her writing. Joy graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and from Butler University with a master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences. From 1988 to 2017, she worked her way up from associate to a global quality consultant, supporting an Indianapolis-based company’s international laboratories. As one of the few African-American women in a professional role supporting manufacturing, she successfully navigated corporate systems to eventually be recognized for her project leadership. The sometimes difficult navigation of a corporate environment contributed to exposing what felt like a paradox between wanting to be professionally successful and wanting spiritual fulfillment. This paradox, her faith, and her unquenchable reading contributed to her Purpose Journey. Joy successfully executed an aggressive plan to retire at the age of fifty. She is now an entrepreneur leveraging her black belt six sigma certification and her strong belief that every process can be improved, and every problem can be solved. Joy uses her extra time to travel with her family, volunteer, read, exercise, and tend her garden.

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Are You Truly Living with Purpose… or Just Reaching Goals? If you are driven or an overachiever; if you feel as though you are on a treadmill, reaching, straining, and driving for something; if you are still trying to understand your life’s purpose, then Purpose: A Shift from Driving It to Embracing It is for you. In this book, you will discover how goals and purpose are different. Unlike most books on finding life’s purpose, this book starts with what life’s purpose is not, because this is precisely how the author came to understand what was real in her life and what was imagined or supposed. The author demonstrates how not to look in a distorted mirror for answers, not to be hijacked by our past, not to practice off-purpose thinking and self-grievance, and so much more. She uses personal experiences, like joining a risky lawsuit and dealing with the reality of a brain tumor, as well as lessons of the spiritual leaders who guided her on her journey, to show how her perspective on a purpose-driven life changed over time and how that change led her to the peaceful space she’s in today. Warm, real, and relatable, this down-to-earth book is a practical roadmap to a more fulfilling way to be in the world.

Introducing Tess Kossow, author of I’m Very Ferris: A Child’s Story about In Vitro Fertilization

“Outskirts Press assisted me in turning my career dream into a reality. I’m Very Ferris became a real, tangible book for children to fall in love with as a beautifully illustrated story that only Outskirts Press could produce. I highly recommend this company for all authors ready to make their mark on the world through a book.”

Tess Kossow is following her entrepreneurial dream with her editorial passion which allows her to be closer to husband, Dan, their son, Ferris, and loyal pup, Mr Big. With approximately one in eight couples experiencing infertility, the topic of IVF is more and more relevant in today’s society. Children, as much as adults, deserve the knowledge of understanding this dedicated process of reproduction, lovingly told through the life of a child.

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Families are made every day, in many ways! Meet Ferris, a baby boy who has an amazing, real-life story about his entrance into the world. Told from a child’s point of view, “I’m Very Ferris” gently explains infertility through in vitro fertilization and celebrates the miracle of Ferris’ birth in a beautifully illustrated rhyming book. So join Ferris as he kicks off this refreshingly honest children’s series with an introduction to IVF and what his mama and dad experienced so that they, too, could have a baby of their very own!

Introducing Berhane Aradom Tedla, author of The New You Is Not Yet Discovered

“I am thrilled that I have published with Outskirt Press, which turned out to be a wonderful experience. I am grateful to my Author Representative for her guidance. She was very knowledgeable, amiable, supportive, and understanding. Now, I am looking forward to publish my next book with Outskirts Press.”

Berhane Aradom Tedla has a B.A. in Educational Administration and M.A. in Educational Economy and Management. Before 2011, he had been teaching education courses at the University of Asmara and Eritrea Institute of Technology, and philosophy and psychology courses at Asmara Catholic Theological Institute, Eritrea. He has also written and published some academic articles and more than twenty-five short articles on Ezinearticles.com about leadership and happiness. His writings are directed toward motivating, challenging, and transforming people of any age to discover their inherent talents. He believes that failure in life is a by-product of the failure to accept challenges and improve oneself. This book is a challenge for a new vision, transformation, and a younger world.

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Some of us are graceful, and some of us are clumsy. Some of us are brilliant, while some of us struggle to keep up. However, we are all born unique, extraordinarily rich, and endowed with treasures of inner power. Simply put, you are a divine gift, an accumulation of potentials waiting to bloom. Nothing can contain you. You are a citizen of the cosmos, and you have the power to be new each new day. You are the solution; now, what is the problem? The new you is the seed of the future, the promise of a new life. Everything is with you and for you, but you have to take the journey and discover the new you. Shake off the old you and wake up the new! This is the voyage of self-realization and your entire life assignment. I’m the new me. You’re the new you. Therefore, we are all the new us.