Introducing Alicia Kay Lanier, author of My Unspeakable Loss: A Birthmother’s Memoir About Adoption Secrecy

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Alicia Kay Lanier is a writer and activist who lives in North Texas. She began her writing career as a daily newspaper reporter in Oklahoma and Texas. Since then, she has written about real estate, technology, adoption issues, political topics, and for business and corporate publications. Alicia was editor-writer for the periodical, Adoption Triad Forum ; co-founder and founding president of TxCARE; former board member for Concerned United Birthparents (CUB) and California Open; and presenter at American Adoption Congress (AAC) conferences. She was the first birthmother to serve on the Board of Directors for Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center in Dallas, and is editor of the book, Hope, A Collection of Birthfamily Stories, Poems & Letters, which contains Alicia’s essay, An Invisible Tattoo. She spends much of her leisure time with friends and family, especially with her four grandchildren whom she calls her Joy Buttons because of the fun they add to her life. Alicia’s Blog: https://birthmomunspeakableloss.wordpress.com/. See reviews at Amazon.com on book page for My Unspeakable Loss

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Mother Reveals Saga of Secret Baby Given to Strangers. In 1965, Alicia Kay Lanier finishes her University journalism studies in Texas and embarks on an exciting career as a daily newspaper reporter in another state. She has been raised in a Christian home and she is still a virgin. Alicia quickly finds her new job and friends to be as thrilling as she had expected. But, a few months later, Alicia discovers she is pregnant. The fact that she is unmarried, combined with the recent death of a parent, influences her to give her infant to strangers who want to adopt him. Alicia keeps this baby a secret from her family and friends for over two decades. Alicia later marries and the couple has other children. In the mid-eighties, a series of family crises threatens the family’s serene image and the marriage; the author says: “To family and close friends, my life at age 48 looked pretty good: Longtime marriage, pretty daughters, professional career, lovely home. What they could not see was the marriage was on shaky ground, my daughters were in distress, and I had kept a sad secret for over two decades.” Alicia’s saga includes a nostalgic portrayal of her parents and early family life in addition to intense truth telling about the marital-family dilemmas she encountered while ending secret-keeping. Confronting a closed adoption system, which hides information from all parties involved, Alicia and her daughters persistently search for lost family; that journey has surprising twists and turns and presents new challenges for Alicia and her children in reunion and relationship renewal. Covering several decades, her memoir draws from Alicia’s vivid memories and extensive personal journal and family letters. Written in the style of a contemporary novel, there are flashbacks to Alicia’s years as a teenager learning to deal with the opposite sex and intimacy; her life as a daily newspaper reporter in Oklahoma and Texas; reflections about her months living in a “home for unwed mothers;” meditation on the shame and grief felt by birthmothers of the closed adoption era; and Alicia’s evolution into being a writer and advocate for adoptee rights and other issues; and more. See reviews at Amazon.com on book page for My Unspeakable Loss. Alicia’s Blog: https://birthmomunspeakableloss.wordpress.com/

Introducing L.B. Johnson, author of Saving Grace: A Story of Adoption

“I published my first two books with Outskirts Press. Although I had an overall great experience, an author friend talked me into trying her publishing service for Book 3, and then on my 4th book, an anthology with other authors, we used another publisher. I have to say after using several methods of publishing that Outskirts Press was the easiest and cost-effective publisher to use with a patient and informative staff that was always there for me. Although all four of my books were best sellers, the two Outskirts Press books went to #1 on Amazon for many many weeks — thanks to your marketing assistance included in my package as well as some of the affordable options for further marketing. My first book The Book of Barkley is still in the top 20 in genre at Amazon almost FOUR years after publication. I just started my fifth book and when I’m done I will be contacting you again. I would not use another publisher.”

L.B. Johnson is the Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller “The Book of Barkley – Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever.” She lives in Chicago with her husband and a Lab Retriever rescue.

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A Memoir of Family, Redemption and Hope. It started with a piece of paper — a birth certificate, sent to the author’s parents long after her birth. There is much history in that piece of paper. For she was born to an unwed mother in the generation prior to Roe v. Wade, on a warm day in August — a small, painful beginning in which she had been an unwilling participant, yet one that would shape her destiny. She is adopted into a loving home with another child that would become her beloved brother. She finds herself pregnant; she’s a teen and a college student, abandoned at the news. The options are obvious, but there is only one decision she could make: to give her child up to a family praying for one, and walking away. Saving Grace is more than a story of adoption. It’s a deep look into family — at hope and faith and why we end our days surrounded by souls that may not bear our name or share our blood, but who are our true family.

Introducing Susan Fedorko, author of Cricket

“Brie, my Author Representative, was very sensitive and worked with me, and seemed to magically sense my frustration in my email responses. She was always kind, and relayed thoughtful and helpful replies. I am so glad that we worked together and established a relationship within the 100s of emails we exchanged. She is an asset to Outskirts Press! She’s the best!”

A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Susan “Cricket” Fedorko (Grand Portage Band of Chippewa – Oijbwe) has contributed her writing to two anthologies on the subject of being adopted and has done numerous media interviews. This new memoir details her astonishing 22-year search for answers and describes touching reunions with both of her birth-families in two Minnesota tribal nations. Her Chippewa – Oijbwe, birthmother, a famous supermodel, died in 1997, a short distance from Susan’s current home.

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No matter what I am called, I am more than a name. Susan Fedorko had always known she was put up for adoption before she was even a year old. And she had always known she was Native American. But when she turned eighteen, she felt the need to know more about herself. She received some information about her birth parents through the adoption agency, but there was so little to go on. She gave up her search many times. For the next twenty years Susie was busy with marriage and motherhood. Finally, in 2002 and at the age of forty, she received the phone call that would change her life. Someone was looking to find her. And what she discovered was astonishing. Susan’s birth mother was the first Native American supermodel, Cathee Dahmen-an international fashion model with two celebrity marriages under her belt-and her great uncle was the famed Native American artist, George Morrison. Cricket is the incredible story of one woman’s journey to discover her roots and define her place in a newly complex and extended family-with her adoptive family, her birth family, and her husband and daughters. It’s the story of who she was “before,” who she became “after,” and how it all happened.

Introducing Jim Dossett, author of Finding Bobby Ray

Since this as my first experience, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but it never did. From my first contact with Jerry, to be passed on to Brie, I was more than pleased with our partnership. I’m a little confused now with marketing and how to get my book in bookstores. I met with a Barnes & Noble Mgr. in Knoxville the other day, and he told me that they did not accept books that were unreturnable. Actually, he kind of blew me off, but I can understand that every Tom, Dick and Harry are wanting to sell their books there within their own parameters. I really appreciate the opportunity to work with all of you. I just have to look more closely at the tomes of info that you supply and the cafeteria selections you offer at numerous prices. I will say that, I would like to work with you again and I’ve already started my second book. I may take a different tack the next time especially with the marketing effort. Thank you. I would love to see your production facility and meet some of the people who work there!

Jim Dossett embarked on his journey to determine his origins in the “back forty” of his life. That’s when he discovered the identity of his biological parents and that his given name was “Bobby Ray.” He lives in East Tennessee, with his wife, Brenda, and is in the process of writing his second novel.


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My name is Harley. I was thrown away when I was a child. But I was found by angels that folded me in their wings and delivered me to a safe place. It wasn’t heaven; it was imperfect in ways that mere mortals are apt to gaum things up, but it was close to paradise, especially for a young ‘un; with creeks to swim, hollers and cool, deep woods to explore; and hillsides on which to lay down in the sun, surrounded by fields of wildflowers and the whisper of the wind in the long, waving grass. In this heaven, on the Cumberland Plateau, in East Tennessee, I felt blessed to be a child of the earth, which made me feel sacred; nurtured by folks who taught me many lessons; about humility, the sanctity of simple living, and that family, blood- kin or not, like love, is everything. As I grew older, I began to believe I was different than these angels that called me their own. I believed that I was not like them; that I had borrowed my identity from those who found me. Surrounded by their glory, I still felt alone and wondered worriedly, about my beginnings. A rage filled me that I couldn’t explain and I drifted away from my divine nature, wondering why I came into this life in the first place. After several hard-learned lessons, I felt sacred once more. But my sweet life was interrupted when I discovered Bobby Ray, and was confronted by the unhinged entity that wanted to reclaim him. This is our story.

Introducing Susan Fedorko, author of Cricket

“I totally loved Brie! She was very sensitive and worked with me, and seemed to magically sense my frustration in my email responses. She was always kind, and relayed thoughtful and helpful reply’s. I am so glad that we worked together and established a relationship within the 100 of emails we exchanged. She is an Asset to Outskirts Press and hopefully you hire 10 more just like her!! She’s the best!”

A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Susan “Cricket” Fedorko (Grand Portage Band of Chippewa – Oijbwe) has contributed her writing to two anthologies on the subject of being adopted and has done numerous media interviews. This new memoir details her astonishing 22-year search for answers and describes touching reunions with both of her birth-families in two Minnesota tribal nations. Her Chippewa – Oijbwe, birthmother, a famous supermodel, died in 1997, a short distance from Susan’s current home.


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Susan Fedorko had always known she was put up for adoption before she was even a year old. And she had always known she was Native American. But when she turned eighteen, she felt the need to know more about herself. She received some information about her birth parents through the adoption agency, but there was so little to go on. She gave up her search many times. For the next twenty years Susie was busy with marriage and motherhood. Finally, in 2002 and at the age of forty, she received the phone call that would change her life. Someone was looking to find her. And what she discovered was astonishing. Susan’s birth mother was the first Native American supermodel, Cathee Dahmen—an international fashion model with two celebrity marriages under her belt—and her great uncle was the famed Native American artist, George Morrison. Cricket is the incredible story of one woman’s journey to discover her roots and define her place in a newly complex and extended family—with her adoptive family, her birth family, and her husband and daughters. It’s the story of who she was “before,” who she became “after,” and how it all happened.

Introducing Susan Fedorko, author of Cricket

“I totally loved Brie!  She was very sensitive and worked with me, and seemed to magically sense my frustration in my email responses.  She was always kind, and relayed thoughtful and helpful replies.   I am so glad that we worked together and established a relationship within the 100’s of emails we exchanged.  She is an asset to the company and hopefully you hire 10 more just like her!! She’s the best!”

A lifelong resident of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Susan “Cricket” Fedorko (Grand Portage Band of Chippewa – Oijbwe) has contributed her writing to two anthologies on the subject of being adopted and has done numerous media interviews. This new memoir details her astonishing 22-year search for answers and describes touching reunions with both of her birth-families in two Minnesota tribal nations. Her Chippewa – Oijbwe, birthmother, a famous supermodel, died in 1997, a short distance from Susan’s current home.


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Susan Fedorko had always known she was put up for adoption before she was even a year old. And she had always known she was Native American. But when she turned eighteen, she felt the need to know more about herself. She received some information about her birth parents through the adoption agency, but there was so little to go on. She gave up her search many times. For the next twenty years Susie was busy with marriage and motherhood. Finally, in 2002 and at the age of forty, she received the phone call that would change her life. Someone was looking to find her. And what she discovered was astonishing. Susan’s birth mother was the first Native American supermodel, Cathee Dahmen—an international fashion model with two celebrity marriages under her belt—and her great uncle was the famed Native American artist, George Morrison. Cricket is the incredible story of one woman’s journey to discover her roots and define her place in a newly complex and extended family—with her adoptive family, her birth family, and her husband and daughters. It’s the story of who she was “before,” who she became “after,” and how it all happened.

Introducing Jim Dossett, author of Finding Bobby Ray

Since this as my first experience, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but it never did. From my first contact with Jerry, to be passed on to Brie, I was more than pleased with our partnership. I’m a little confused now with marketing and how to get my book in bookstores. I met with a Barnes & Noble Mgr. in Knoxville the other day, and he told me that they did not accept books that were unreturnable. Actually, he kind of blew me off, but I can understand that every Tom, Dick and Harry are wanting to sell their books there within their own parameters. I really appreciate the opportunity to work with all of you. I just have to look more closely at the tomes of info that you supply and the cafeteria selections you offer at numerous prices. I will say that, I would like to work with you again and I’ve already started my second book. I may take a different tack the next time especially with the marketing effort. Thank you. I would love to see your production facility and meet some of the people who work there!

Jim Dossett embarked on his journey to determine his origins in the “back forty” of his life. That’s when he discovered the identity of his biological parents and that his given name was “Bobby Ray.” He lives in East Tennessee, with his wife, Brenda, and is in the process of writing his second novel.




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My name is Harley. I was thrown away when I was a child. But I was found by angels that folded me in their wings and delivered me to a safe place. It wasn’t heaven; it was imperfect in ways that mere mortals are apt to gaum things up, but it was close to paradise, especially for a young ‘un; with creeks to swim, hollers and cool, deep woods to explore; and hillsides on which to lay down in the sun, surrounded by fields of wildflowers and the whisper of the wind in the long, waving grass. In this heaven, on the Cumberland Plateau, in East Tennessee, I felt blessed to be a child of the earth, which made me feel sacred; nurtured by folks who taught me many lessons; about humility, the sanctity of simple living, and that family, blood- kin or not, like love, is everything. As I grew older, I began to believe I was different than these angels that called me their own. I believed that I was not like them; that I had borrowed my identity from those who found me. Surrounded by their glory, I still felt alone and wondered worriedly, about my beginnings. A rage filled me that I couldn’t explain and I drifted away from my divine nature, wondering why I came into this life in the first place. After several hard-learned lessons, I felt sacred once more. But my sweet life was interrupted when I discovered Bobby Ray, and was confronted by the unhinged entity that wanted to reclaim him. This is our story.

Introducing the lovely Lester Joseph, author of Misdemeanor and Paternity

Join us every day at this time during Share the Love month as we introduce you to one of our lovely authors at Outskirts Press.

“Outskirts Press was truly an experience. I have learned a lot and their help with marketing is great. I would recommend Outskirt Press for their knowledge and publishing skills to any one who wants to self publish their writings. Thank you, OP!”

Lester Joseph is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah and is currently working another book about being a Distant Father.

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Betrayal, Lies, Adoption and a Father’s Parental Rights

A true case of injustice: This book does a great job of illustrating the problems of reporting domestic violence. It gives you an understanding how unjust our judicial system actually is and the wide spread of the falsely accused that have been going on in our society. James was accused by Betty Jo of assault and he was innocent of any crimes. She accused him of assault because she was unhappy with him for finding out that she was planning on giving their baby up for adoption. James found some emails that Betty Jo had sent to the couple that she had selected to adopt their baby and emails that she had sent to an adoption agency. He also filed a paternity suit when she was five months pregnant, because he did not want his child to be given up for adoption. Without any help from legal aid or a Pro Bono attorney and being unable to afford and retain a family law attorney, he had no choice, but to act as his own legal representative in the suit and at the same time fight the assault charge that Betty Jo had filed against him. With the charge against him, James fought for his innocence with great uncertainty and doubt because he knew that he might lose his parental rights as the father. He had to defend himself in front of four different judges and with three different legal defenders at his side. In the midst of the criminal courts and mediation for parentage, James lost his full legal and physical custody to Betty Jo. Meanwhile, Betty Jo had changed her mind and decided to keep his child after the birth. After two years of mental anguish and going to trial, the assault charge against him was dismissed. The suffering James had gone through as a result of fighting the assault charge was lessened, but then increased as Betty Jo moved thousands of miles away and took his daughter with her. This move left him and his daughter separated miles apart, as though she was adopted as planned. This book was written based on true events, the names and identifying details of the characters have been changed.

Introducing Marquita Kinard, author of According to Plan

Marquita Kinard was born in 1941 and grew up in the fifties in Portland, OR. She is educated in Music Education, English and Business Development and has written many technical pieces while owning a management consulting company. Currently, she teaches music and has released a CD of Original music titled Journey to the Self. She is the mother of five adult children and the grandmother of five.

“The people at Outskirts Press have been excellent. My only complaint was the difficulty I had sometimes when trying to respond as requested by email. Several times I had to resend materials.”

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Love Outlasted Separation

This is a story describing the predicament of a girl’s pregnancy in 1956 under the pressures of family environment, religious beliefs and social climate. It tells of the grief associated with letting go, the plague of emptiness and the management of life after loss and separation. It captures the joy and fulfillment of reunion and the realization of a love that could not be destroyed by circumstance, time or space. It is a story of spiritual evolution; a story of life according to a Divine plan.

Sandy Early, author of Tell Tanner Tales

“This is my first time publishing and I have appreciated all the help I have received from my Outskirts Press reps. My questions were always answered in a timely manner and my book is now a reality! Thank you.”

Sandy Early is a retired schoolteacher, now living in Yakima, Washington, with her husband Glen. She has worked with many adoptees during her career and knows that their lives are often an emotional roller coaster. Mrs. Early has three grown daughters of her own, and she and Glen have 15 grandchildren.

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Are you adopted? Do you know someone who has been adopted?

Tanner, a Great Pyrenees puppy, was fortunate enough to be adopted at four months of age, when he came to live with Mama, Susanna, and two cats. He tells all about his experiences—the mischief, the adventures, and the love he’s found with his new family. In this delightfully illustrated and interactive book, Tanner encourages young readers to use the blank pages to draw pictures or share their own feelings about adoption—it’s a warm, nonthreatening place for children to express their emotions, and Tanner is an adorable mascot.