Introducing Frank Plasil, author of Kaleidoscope Facets: A Memoir on Darkness and Light

“I was very satisfied with the overall process. My Author Representative was extremely helpful and very knowledgeable. She made an extra effort when we encountered some issues.”

Dr. Frank Plasil was born in Prague, German-occupied Czechoslovakia, in 1939. After WWII, he escaped with his family from Communist rule and grew up in Geneva, Switzerland. He received a B.Sc. from the University of London and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. In 2002 he retired as “Corporate Fellow,” the highest rung on the non-management research ladder, from the Physics Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Travel is Dr. Plasil’s passion and he has done so extensively.

Click for details or to purchase

Book description…

Dr. Plasil’s memoir spans a century. It begins with his escape from Czechoslovakia and continues to the present, transporting readers to Europe, points in the U.S., the world of science, and the privacy of his personal life. He presents his story chronologically through a series of stirring vignettes, writing in an authentic and passionate voice that does not hold back. Through the course of the story, he weaves together multiple themes in unexpected ways: family, identity, migration, assimilation, love, pain and loss, scientific endeavor, independence, and redemption. His personal story not only invites adult and young adult readers into his life; it will also stimulate their reflection on how to live. We made our way to the American zone having used forged passports. Frank Plasil was inspired to write his personal story well before his teen years. The inspiration came to him as a child when the following event took place: “I was almost nine years old … The car was speeding through the deserted streets of Prague, the capital of Czechoslovakia … Soon we were in the countryside. With the moon behind them, the tall poplars which lined the road at closely-spaced, soldier-like intervals cast long shadows across our path … We arrived in Bratislava … we stopped at the bank of a broad river, the Danube … We descended to the water’s edge. Clouds covered the moon, and a light drizzle began to fall … Soon a small inflatable rubber boat arrived …. Father and I were asked to sit on the floor of the boat. I could feel the water sloshing under the single rubber sheet on which we sat. We set out into the darkness …” Thus, Frank’s illustrious scientific career and life full of twists and turns as well as emotional highs and lows was launched. These formed the kaleidoscope facets of his life, as told in this memoir.

Introducing R. N. Echols, author of Flight to Destiny: A Conner Pennington Novel

“I’m pleased with the final product and will use Outskirts Press for my next novel.”

As a combat Marine officer, R.N. Echols often investigated violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, he served 23 years in the Missouri Department of Public Safety, retiring as a deputy director. He holds degrees in Art, Psychology, Criminal Justice Administration, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri. Following his state career, Echols became a private investigator, specializing in cold cases. His first Conner Pennington novel, Colt Ace, has won wide acclaim among readers of mystery novels. His second cold case novel, Motor Dynasty, has met with equal enthusiasm. Echols lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with his partner and fellow investigator, Ann.

Click for details or to purchase

Book description…

When Conner Pennington—a private investigator specializing in cold cases—gets a desperate call from his favorite cousin, he learns that her husband, Michael MacKenzie, a former Navy SEAL, hasn’t been heard from since he left for a business trip two weeks earlier. Given her husband’s history, Patty does not want to involve the police. And she knows Conner is her best hope to find him alive. During the 1980s, MacKenzie and Colonel Oliver North, USMC, ran successful operations in Nicaragua in an effort to discredit the Russian Spetsnaz operatives, but now the Russians have returned to Nicaragua, with the full intent of carrying out spy operations against the United States. Large sums of cash, jewels, gems, and gold bars were used by the US and Russia to influence the Nicaraguan regime in the eighties, and over four million dollars in assets were stolen from the Russians. Those riches were never found after North and MacKenzie left Nicaragua, and the tantalizing treasure awaits recovery. Now, Conner must assemble his own team and head to Nicaragua in hopes of skirting the Russians and bringing MacKenzie home—alive.

Introducing Eric S. Robbins, author of Please Pay Attention

“Thanks for your help with publishing my second book.”

My goal is to inspire young children while teaching the importance of paying attention at all times.

Click for details or to purchase

Book description…

Please Pay Attention At All Times! Do you pay attention to your surroundings? If not, it is very important that you do so. Billy, Jimmy and Malcolm didn’t pay attention nor listened to instructions very well. They should be aware of the recycle truck and all of the dangers of their surroundings. Their lack of attention taught them the importance of paying attention to their surroundings at all times. Would a lack of attention cause them a ride to the recycling bin?

Introducing Joseph Battaglia, author of The Power of You: Different, Smarter and Better – The Insurance Agents Guide to Success

“You were great to work with! Thanks to my Outskirts Press team.”

Joseph Battaglia is an accomplished speaker and resource to countless agents across the country. He has mentored and trained agents to become top performers in the Insurance industry. He brings a true hands-on approach from the 20 years he has been in this field. Because of his expertise in building one of the largest insurance organizations in the Northeast, insurance agents regard his in-depth knowledge and experience to propel their careers in the lucrative Insurance industry. In addition to helping agents, he has lectured before thousands of people in various capacities. His lifetime pursuit to helping insurance agents prosper is why agents utilize his Principles of Success. He invites you to propel your career.

Click for details or to purchase

Book description…

Insurance is BIG business if you position yourself for success. DIFFERENT – Stand out from the crowd. SMARTER – Know your products like no one else. BETTER – Be on Top of your game. “A true roadmap to success in the insurance industry. Why struggle when you can thrive!” -Yolanda Candelaria. “It is quite clear that he is a leader and one to follow. He has excelled to be at the top of his game. This book will motivate and educate you for financial independence.” -Robert Rothschild. “A compelling story of how someone can succeed if they have a plan. How he made it will inspire you.” -Gail Siemer

Introducing Cary Silverstein, author of The Mayor of Jackson Heights: Growing Up Jewish in New York in the 1950s

“My Author Representative was always there when I needed her to help me navigate the challenges of self-publishing. Without her, I would be lost.”

Cary Silverstein, the future Mayor of Jackson Heights, was born in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, in 1944. After a fire damaged their home when he was two, his family moved to Jackson Heights, New York. Cary is a product of the New York City Public School System. He graduated CUNY Queens College in 1967 and received MBAs in both Marketing and Organizational Behavior from the Arthur T. Roth School of Business at Long Island University in 1971. In 1978, he moved his family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to further his career in retail management with Gimbels Midwest. Cary served as a Senior Vice President at JH Collectibles, a women’s sportswear manufacturer, from 1986 to 1997. For more than thirty years he facilitated graduate classes at three Wisconsin universities.

Click for details or to purchase

Book description…

Welcome to Jackson Heights! This diverse neighborhood in the shadow of LaGuardia Airport was once called “Manhattan’s Bedroom.” Famous comedians, actors, physicians, scientists, and business leaders called it home, playing stickball in its streets and handball in its schoolyards. The roster of alumni is impressive; it includes comedians John Leguizamo and Don Rickles, NASA scientist Dr. Willey Ley, shock jock Howard Stern, actor Mercedes Ruehl, rock musician Gene Simmons of KISS – and me, Cary Silverstein! Join me as I share stories of my youth, my family, and of why growing up in Jackson Heights had such a profound impact on my life and the lives of others.

Introducing Ronald J. Wichers, author of Love Beneath the Mighty Dome, Volume II

“There was, at every stage, close and quick communication, which is essential.”

Ronald J. Wichers was born in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York in 1947. He attended Catholic School until 1965, studied History and Literature at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas until being drafted into the United States Army in 1970. He was assigned to a rifle company in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and, after sustaining severe wounds, including the loss of his left arm, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star Medal. He later studied theology full time, at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California as well as two diocesan seminaries. He has published several short stories about the Vietnam war.

Click for details or to purchase

Book description…

This second volume of the trilogy, Love Beneath the Mighty Dome, continues with the accounts of several Catholic Faithful: Father Manny Moriss, the reclusive and ever faithful traditionalist. Manny’s friend, from their days at Saint Simeon the Stylite Seminary, Father Louis Poustello, a self-willed renegade. Father Al Dible, a staunchly faithful gay man, tortured by his unwavering but self-destructive love for an institution that condemns the most intimate aspect of his being. The return of one, Tarkington Spilburn, a sick, soul-less, demented fiend and priest-everlasting, in the order of Melchizedek. Patricia Healy, the enthused young woman who would be ordained but for her sex. Monsignor McNeery, the foreign-born Irishman, backbone of the Church in America and champion of the poor.

Introducing Francis Ivey, author of Black Bison: Alaska Animal Tails

“This is my sixth book with Outskirts Press. My Author Representative understands my wishes without prolonged explanations and is great to work with.”

I was working the western edge of Fort Greely for two summers when I met this Buffalo Herd. The Matriarch of the Herd took to me, so the rest of the Herd did too. Once in the morning and once in the evening they would graze through my work area, about seventy Bison on all sides. The younger bulls looked like they wanted to play, but they were too big for playmates.

Click for details or to purchase

Book description…

This story is about a Bison Herd that lives between the Tanana and Wood Rivers, which drain north into the Yukon River. The main character is a Black Bison bull named Carl, which his friends call him Lucky. Carl receives the name Lucky from a Prairie Dog called Cat, when Cat helped Lucky after a battle with a Denali Wolf Pack. Then Willy the Coyote helps Carl in rescuing his family from a ranch in Delta Jct. Then the three have a meeting with the ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’ at his home in Red Ridge.

Introducing David A. Yeats, author of A Universe Full of Magical Things: A Cosmic View Beyond the Myths of Religion and Scientific Materialism

“My Author Representative was responsive, helpful, flexible. Thanks so much. I’m looking forward to further assistance from OP Marketing!”

David A. Yeats is author of the book Co-Creating a Brilliant Relationship: A Journey of Deepening Connection, Meaning, and Joy, which explores one’s relationship with self, partner, and the world-at-large. The last chapter, “Co-Creating a Brilliant Relationship with All That Is,” turned out to be a catalyst for this book. David is an armchair theoretician who was disturbed by the apparent flaws and falsehood of the “standard model” of science and the premise of the primacy of matter, which dismisses the very notion of consciousness-and which, he found, is the true first cause of our existence. David lives and works in Boulder Colorado. Along with working with his psychotherapy clients and spending time with his family, he has spent the last five years researching and writing this book.

Click for details or to purchase

Book description…

Our Universe is Living, Conscious, and Brimming with Intelligent Emergence! Traditional science holds that everything that exists starts with matter, but this undocumented belief must be false, according to Quantum Mechanics. It has to be! QM demonstrates that: There is no such thing as matter or space or time; A conscious observer is a necessary condition for anything to exist; There is only subjectivity without any objective truth; The world we experience, therefore, must be an illusion, like a holodeck program or a virtual game. And no one disputes the conclusions of this mysterious science—Quantum Mechanics underlies all of reality. This virtual experience we are having is nevertheless alive and conscious and deliberately makes choices. Life has always been latent in the universe; every species is aware, intelligent, and chooses; and existence—according to spiritual and scientific conclusions alike—is one unified evolving and emerging intelligent being, purposefully partnering with the universe in influencing what it is to become. Sound strange? What is far stranger is the materialist notion that existence burst forth out of absolutely nothing! That’s why this book “matters.” The life we live is not based in some mindless and mechanical machine. The life we live is filled with purpose and meaning, and we humans have work to do to bring our world along. Join in on this astonishing unfolding journey which we participate in fashioning: The Greatest Story Ever Told!

Introducing Warren Tindall, author of The War Is Over Captain

“As a newbie, I had much to learn but I couldn’t have done it without my Author Representative. Life is a learning experience!”

Warren Tindall is a retired teacher. He lives and writes on the lost Coast of Northern California, which is six hours north of San Francisco. His home is in a little valley surrounded by redwood trees with a salmon spawning creek in the backyard. Adventure writing for him is a recreational activity.

Click for details or to purchase

Book description…

The War Is Over Captain is set in the Post Napoleonic war era. Readers will appreciate the authentic depiction of this historical era. Scottish professional soldier Captain Hugh M’Glemere of the disbanded King’s 577th Foote Regiment is unemployed and facing poverty. Almost by accident, he rescues from a mob what he perceives to be a simple “Jew peddler.” Actually, Solomon Woolsey is a wealthy Jewish coal merchant and ship owner. A matchmaker has found a bride for Solomon’s oldest son, Itzac, in a Jewish village near Solomon’s old home in Russia. Hugh is employed to escort a family member on a voyage to bring the bride to Edinburgh. When it’s revealed the local Baron’s mercenary Cossacks are terrorizing the village, Hugh insists on being accompanied by a squad of his also unemployed noncommissioned officers. They take passage through the Baltic to Riga aboard two of Solomon’s small Collier brigs. A proxy marriage is performed at the village. The celebration is crashed by drunken Cossacks not realizing they are attacking a detachment of veteran Scottish Redcoats. Fun and games turn deadly to the horror of the village elders. To escape certain retribution, the villagers flee to Solomon’s ships with Hugh’s promise to transport them to Jerusalem and their Promised Land. The story chronicles the voyage of the bride to her husband in Edinburgh and the eventual delivery of the villagers to their Ottoman controlled Promised Land by way of Scotland and the pirate infested Mediterranean. In the process, soldier Hugh M’Glemere becomes a sea captain in command of his own ship.

Introducing Craig N. Willis, author of The Deadly Mondaine

“I would particularly compliment the design consultant for my cover design.”

Debut novelist, Craig N. Willis, after a multiple-decade career as a practicing transactional attorney, has committed to writing his first book, in a genre beloved to him, mystery. Craig lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with his spouse and law partner, Nancy B. Willis.

Click for details or to purchase

Book description…

Think About It This Way. In The Deadly Mondaine, the life of Hattie Rosales is tracked from her origin in Post-World War II, working class, southside Chicago, through her early career at Marshall Fields’, through her partnership with crack shot, philosophy and psychology reading, Ukrainian food aficionado, Ludmilla “Milly” Netsurov in a business which appears to be a Tupperware distributorship, but is in reality, well, something completely different, and continuing with her rapid relocation from the Chicago area to Gethsemane Illinois. In the course of the book, Hattie revisits her successes and failures, and addresses the mystery of Milly’s death. Back in the present, the deaths at Shady Rest have excited the attention of the Chief of Police, LaTasha Cranton, Chicago Police Department veteran who has been hired by Gethsemane to proactively prevent a Ferguson, Missouri incident. Chief Cranton intuitively gets a sense of Hattie’s past and present. The central mystery in the book is the shotgun slaying of a local mogul at his faux French Chateau in suburban Gethsemane. Hattie and Latasha wind up cooperating on the investigation of the case, leading to the result of Hattie being, at the same time, an investigator and a suspect in the different mysteries that weave through the story. Throughout the book, Hattie is driven by the need to reveal to her now-successful daughter, Ines, the details of Hattie’s professional life, and how those details enabled Ines’ career.