Introducing Barbara A. Cefalu, author of The Adventures of Patty-Cat, Kittle, Their Friends, and the Gnomes

“It’s been a marvelous experience, having eight books published by Outskirts Press. My Author Representative was remarkable, smart, kind, and helpful and she has coddled me through it all. And all the others! Thank you everyone.”

Barbara A. Cefalu is a musician/composer/author who has written several musicals and plays. Barbara lives with her cat, Puddy, in Florida.

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What can be more fun than a picnic where friends who haven’t seen each other for a while gather to eat and talk? Maybe nothing . . . but when the whole group of friends gets swallowed up by a huge sinkhole, then things aren’t so rosy! At least at first. But the kittens are found by some friendly gnomes who repair the kittens’ broken bones and take them back to their caves and welcome them to the gnomes’ kingdom, the Land of the Nibelungencan. There, the kittens share a feast and thank their hosts and hostesses by performing. Fred plays the flute while Billy-Bom-Tom and Al sing and Susie dances. The gnomes are charmed and insist they stay for the grand once-a-year celebration of all the gnome clans. However, the Cement Clan wants the visitors to be handed over to be killed. Of course, King Gob refuses, and finally the Cement Clan joins the celebration, where there are races, a grand feast, and singing and dancing. The feast is held in a fabulous huge cave lighted by twinkling lights and emeralds, plus other gems covering the walls and ceiling. Joe and Willie, the bat-ball friends, are introduced to pod racing, a new concept where the gnomes race through solid objects, water, and other obstacles by altering their vibrations. Won’t you join Patty-Cat, Kittle, Fred, Susie, Al, Chester, and others and read all about their adventures Underground, in The Adventures of Patty-Cat, Kittle, Their Friends, and the Gnomes?

Introducing James Smith, author of Robots and Mad Scientists

“It couldn’t have gone any smoother; great cover and great interior. I’m looking forward to passing out copies to my friends.”

James Smith is a semi-retired baby-boomer. He’s always loved robot stories; and soon they won’t be science fiction anymore.

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A whimsical collection of stories about robots, artificial intelligence and androids; some good, some bad and some ugly.

Introducing Howard J. Schwach, author of The Masada Complex: A Dave Rifkin Mystery

“This was my second time around with Outskirts Press and both were outstanding. I am working on my third book and I will be back.”

Retired New York City teacher and community newspaper editor Howard J. Schwach is a published author with several young adult educational books and one adult novel under his belt. At 79 years of age, Schwach took a two-week trip to Israel, his first to that Jewish nation, with his daughter, Amy, and several older members of Upper East Side Congregation that she serves as executive director. His life-long interest in archeology and his secular Jewish upbringing added to his excitement visiting the historic sites that he had only read about, including Herod’s fortress on the Masada Plateau near the Dead Sea. Schwach was familiar with the story of how 900 Jewish zealots committed mass suicide rather than submit to captivity by the Roman Legions, but had no idea that the new, post-Zionist theory posits that the events on Masada may never have happened. Listening to the tour guide speak of the new theories, he thought to himself, “There must be a story in here somewhere.” These was, and it is The Masada Complex. This is Schwach’s second adult novel. His first was American 587 Heavy, a novel centered on the tragic crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in Rockaway on November 12, 2001.

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Jewish Tour Group Fights for Survival in Modern Israel. Retired NYPD detective Dave Rifkin was on his way to Israel and he wasn’t sure why he was going, Most likely it was because his present girlfriend (although he wasn’t sure he wanted to call her that), whose name was Linda, was going on the trip along with a group of senior citizens from her West Side synagogue and he felt pressured to go along. He was on line to go through security and passport control and it was too late to back out, a move that would have cost him money and probably Linda as well. Waiting to board, Rifkin notices a man off in the corner, looking intently at his tour group and making notes in a little reporter’s notebook that he was carrying. The hair on the back of his neck started to tingle, his detective’s instinct kicking in for the first time since his retirement. Like most cops, Dave doesn’t believe in coincidences, so when he sees the same man several times in his first few days in Israel, he talks to Yoni Leitner, an IDF intelligence specialist who happens to be the grandson of two of his fellow travelers. So begins an adventure that leads Dave and Linda, along with other members of the tour group, from Tel Aviv to Masada and Jerusalem, where they are kidnapped by a surprising group of terrorists who plan to kill them all even as the sun comes up on the Masada Plateau. It takes all of Dave’s experience and cunning to keep them all alive and bring the terrorists to heel. After chasing the terrorist leader through the streets of the Old City, his adventure ends and his nightmares begin in front of the Western Wall in Jerusalem with a surprise ending that will make you want to read more.

Introducing Lance Anderson, author of Life in the Morgue

“My Author Representative was awesome to work with. If she could not give me an answer on the spot, it did not take her long to get it. Overall, very helpful.”

Lance Anderson spent most of his life as an ironworker until he decided it was time for a change. He took a job at the medical examiner’s office, where he worked for six years and assisted in more than two thousand cases until he was forced to retire due to vision problems. Life in the Morgue is his debut novel, but he has also written two movie scripts that are in the process of being produced.

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When Greg Benson took a job as a morgue technician, he was told on his first day, “You can’t make this stuff up.” What an understatement that turned out to be… From his first autopsy (a teenage girl), deaths by accident and homicide, dumpster removals, subway electrocutions, and ghostly activity, this job was anything but normal. Just when Greg thought he had seen it all, something else would take place-and it wasn’t only the cases being brought in… Take a rare peek into the life of a morgue technician in this fascinating foray into Life in the Morgue.

Introducing T. K. Kohl, author of Quest of the Staff and the Sword III: The Dark Kingdom

“Quest of the Staff and the Sword 3 is my third book in the series. My Author Representative has been there on each book. She quickly answers any questions I may have and helps the process go smoothly.”

T.K. Kohl has a bachelor’s degree from Logos Christian College. Much of his life has been spent working in the technical field and customer service. He is the proud father of two adult sons, whom he considers his greatest accomplishments. In his spare time, he enjoys bringing the world of his imagination to life through fiction.

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The Veil of Darkness Drops…In this riveting third installment of the epic adventure of the Quest of the Staff and the Sword Saga, Luke has destroyed his nemesis, the hooded man. Luke tightens his grip on his kingdom, while a division threatens to tear at the fabric of hope in Quoin Ataraxis. Millions of half-dead soldiers, whom Luke raised from the dead, ensure that Luke’s power will grow, with seemingly no one to stop him. Luke entices his people to worship, celebrate, and serve him. But just as Luke’s power seems unstoppable, a mysterious stranger steps out of the shadows, confounding Luke’s plans. With his frustration growing, Luke journeys to search out allies in his battle against enemies of his kingdom. Luke retrieves thousands of scrolls and tablets, hidden in an ancient tower. These scrolls reveal dark secrets forgotten long ago. His castle rests upon the richest source of darkness, from which the darkest of weapons are forged. The scrolls reveal designs to build these dark weapons. With the help of these scrolls, Luke is able to summon warriors out of long-forgotten dark chasms, achieve powers of sorcery the world has never known, and establish his throne as Dark Lord in The Dark Kingdom.

Introducing Lynne Hoover, author of The Magical Ways of Dragons

“The making of this book has been truly magical. As I begin to grow this wonderful book out to everyone, I feel your continued support will help get me there. Thanks to all the staff.”

My undying love of fantasy (especially dragons) and science fiction has always been a special part of my life since I was young. Opening up my magical world and filling the void that everyday ‘hum drum’ life could never fill. During my younger days, the artist in me took hold eventually blossoming into my own passionate style that is a part of this book. I must say that my life has not been the same since the dragons arrived and thankfully I know I will continue on into new adventures because of them.

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Dare To Come In And Let Your Adventures Begin. The magical short story adventures that lie within, brings forth a special family of dragons with good hearted unique stories and those who have journeyed with them. They are eager to share those tales and insights with any and all adventuresome readers curious enough to know just what these dragons are all about.

Introducing Bob Kyle, author of The Hogger

“My first book and the experience was great. My Author Representative was right there with any answers that I needed. A big tip of the hand to my line editor who was a huge help. Would I do it again? I already am, with plans for my next release. I will absolutely use Outskirts Press again, and hope I get the same team. Again, thanks.”

Growing up in rural West Virginia in a small town where the train tracks run down Main Street, Bob Kyle has held several positions throughout his railroad career, including Conductor, Trainmaster, and Engineer, making him uniquely qualified to tell the story of the golden era of railroads.

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Born into a railroad family in the mountains of West Virginia, Daniel Edwin James decides from an early age to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a railroader. Living at the crest of Cranberry Grade, young Dan is fascinated with the trains and especially with the locomotives that pull them. The men gather and watch the passing parade of man and machine doing battle against the mountain. The sound, the exhaust, the steam that envelops the locomotives-all call to the young boy. But it’s the guys who run these giant fire-breathing beasts that really capture Dan’s imagination. These engineers are called “hoggers,” and Dan is determined that one day he, too, will claim this coveted title.

Introducing Claudia Tan, author of Crossing the Street with Tyler & Max

“As a first-time book writer, my entire experience with Outskirts Press was wonderful. My Author Representative was exceptionally knowledgeable and patient. I sent many emails which she answered in a timely manner. I cannot thank her enough for her guidance and support throughout the entire process.”

Claudia Tan has been in the Aviation Industry for over twenty-five years and has traveled extensively and embraced the world many times over. She was an editor of a weekly newsletter at a major U.S. airline, and was also a teacher in the Buffalo Public School System. While living in San Francisco, she bred Bullmastiffs. Claudia now resides in Forest Hills, New York, with her husband Robert.

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Tyler and Max are spirited twin brothers determined to find their way in the world-starting with their own neighborhood. Max has a vivid imagination and a yearning for adventure. Tyler helps Max distinguish the fine line between curiosity and the responsibility that comes with it. Fun and surprises await them as they venture out of their secure environment and glean valuable life lessons from their outings. Tyler and Max learn first-hand what a vibrant and lively community they live in. They are grateful to Aunt Julie, Cousin Teddy and everyone along the way who shows them kindness and compassion. The twins bask in their success and newly acquired sophistication and are craving for more intrigue.

Introducing Neil Mahoney, author of At the President’s Request

“This is my 3rd book with Outskirts Press. My Author Representative was always responsive, helpful and accommodating.”

Neil Mahoney, PhD was born and raised in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Throughout his long and varied career he was fortunate to have worked with several Navy SEALs. This first story in a series is in a way a tribute to one of his closest friends, Commander Jack Schropp, now deceased. Neil now enjoys another career as a writer, spinning stories woven from his rich heritage and background. He graduated from Boston University (GI Bill, Korean War) in the fifties and moved to San Francisco in 1964. He holds multiple degrees in addition to his PhD in Public Policy, including two Master’s degrees, one in Experiential Education and another in Clinical Psychology. He also holds a Clinical Hypnotherapy certification. He has been an educator most of his life, fortunate to have taught in multiple venues from individuals to large groups. He served as Chairman of the Landmark faculty, National Director of the Breakthrough Foundation’s Youth at Risk, and created Golden Gate Consulting, designing and leading programs for some of the top 500 companies in the United States. His passion and lifelong study has been the connection between the mind and brain, the source of human behavior. He lives in San Rafael, California.

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Investigation into the Assassination of United States Attorney. This is a story of a young U.S. Attorney’s murder in Michigan that goes unsolved for seven years. The young man murdered was the son of the U.S. President’s best friend. Many years go by and the murder remains unsolved. The President turns to another old friend, Jack Murphy, head of Boston Laboratory for Electronics, for advice. Jack’s son, Colin, just home from six years as a Navy SEAL, comes up with an idea that takes him and his old SEAL team on a great adventure. Another entertaining read from the author of The Harvard Square Mob and The Connection.

Introducing Freddie Remza, author of Shattered Bangles

“I am happy with the looks of the book. It’s very professional. Thank you.”

Storytelling and international travel are two passions of Freddie Remza’s. Combining the two is what she does in her novels that include The Stolen Brooch, The Poison Ring, The Orchid Bracelet, Ride the Wave, and The Journey to Mei.

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Three Paths Converge. Three women traveling to India. A journalist, a college intern, a victim. Each on their separate journey. Allison, Lynne, Kasi. Here is their story.