Introducing Gregory Norman, author of Hell Don’t Last Always

“The process for publishing my new book was an awesome experience. After approving the edits that I submitted, my book was published quicker than I expected. I’m elated and thank you Outskirts.”

Gregory Norman was born in Jacksonville, Florida to Robert and Julia Norman. Gregory is the father of Chandler and Kennedi Norman. Gregory is the published Author of “Cocoamo,” and “I’m Catchin’ Hell.” Gregory is a proud veteran of the United States Army where he served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. He’s currently a Manager with the United States Postal Service for more than 25 years.

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When the results of your life’s choices causes you to feel as if you’re living in a perpetual Hell…Just know that Hell Don’t Last Always…”Hell Don’t Last Always” is the sequel to “I’m Catchin’ Hell.” The story resumes with Angelica Townsend as she endures mental rehabilitation. She discovers that everyone in this life has a story to tell, the only difference is the author. Angelica’s life’s journey introduces her to a special group of people, all of which reveal to her that their life experiences are much worse than hers. Joshua Townsend learns of a family secret that’s accidentally disclosed, which causes a tragedy within the Townsend family. “Hell Don’t Last Always” is emotionally dramatic, suspenseful, but relatable to current real life issues.

Introducing Sylvester Boyd Jr., author of The Road from Money

“Thank you Outskirts for helping bring my book, The Road from Money, to life! Your help every step of the way has helped me accomplish the goal of having my first novel published. My plan is for this book to be the first of a three part series and I look forward to working you in the future. Thanks again.”

Sylvester Boyd Jr. is a native of Chicago, Illinois. At the age of fifteen, he and his family moved from Chicago’s south-side public housing projects to Allegan, Michigan where he later graduated in 1963 from Allegan High School. He has attended African American, mixed race and predominately white schools, often living in diverse communities. After receiving an Associate in Arts Degree at Kennedy King College, he attended Chicago State University acquiring a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography, with a minor in history. Mr. Boyd worked more than decade for a major airline at Chicago’s O’Hare Field. In 1981, he founded one of the largest minority owned advertising specialty companies in southwest Michigan; selling products to many major corporations, businesses, colleges and universities. He has traveled extensively throughout the world. Being semi-retired, Mr. Boyd has enjoyed the opportunity to work as a movie extra, motivational speaker and substitute teacher for Chicago Public Schools. The Road from Money is his first novel and is based on the life of his Aunt Estella and stories told to him by family members over the years. He has woven both fact and fiction into a dynamic portrayal of historical events of the era including music, inventions and the journey of a young Negro girl and her family living under the trying times of Jim Crow in the South.

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The Road from Money takes you on a journey to the small town of Money, Mississippi; just after the turn of the 20th century. It is the story of Estella Reynolds, a young Negro girl, growing up in America’s deep South. You follow her life as she faces racism, segregation, exploration, brutality and poverty. You watch as she finds the joy of family life, battles to get a good education, finds her first love and above all tries to figure out why things are the way they are. You enter a time after World War I and before the start of World War II. A time when automobiles were new and planes had just taken to the sky. The story is set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the Great Dust Bowl, a flood, Prohibition; and a time when Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt were President. The story also highlights the strengths of a people and many of America’s weaknesses.

Introducing Princess Ameenah, author of Straight from the Heart

“I am very pleased with my book. Lots of kudos, and inquiries such as, ‘Who did your book?’ Colleen is very talented and knowledgeable. She captured the art and spirit I wanted. I learned so much from this experience, beginning with the initial chats I had with my initial representatives (Wendy is truly a gem; I will never forget her patience), and Stephen is very cool (I needed that). He made sure my questions were answered. This is my first book, so I had a lot (lol). I feel like I am a part of a family. The president even answered my email in a timely fashion. Thank you for a job well done. ”

About Princess Ameenah: Certified in Restorative Practices at the graduate level, enhanced by my undergraduate profession, O. T. (occupational therapy), this book is my gift to the world because I really want to make it a better place, and to myself because I have had so much to say, written it down, then put it away. Suddenly I see the story again in some young person’s eyes. You can not buy intelligence; you can’t buy common sense. You can not buy integrity or honor, and so hence – The work you do, your goals and true reverence of the tasks you bear Certify, amplify accomplishments you dare. Princess Ameenah A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Developing Excellence. http://www.Princessameenah.comhttp://www.myspace.com/iamprincessameenah –  http://www.developingexcellence.net

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Bold, sensuous, honest, and enlightening. This is a book that flows with rhythmic insight. ‘Straight from the Heart’ is colorful, soulful, and socially informative. This book covers the dynamic phases of our experiences in a society where institutional racism exists, and poetically explores the challenges Black women are engaged in with ‘How Should I Wear My Crown?’ This is a book of spoken word worth reading. -Baba Jabali Wazuri (Educator, activist). “and Princess Ameenah dazzled the audience with her poetry and song.” -Healthy Music Matters, Ms. Toni Washington (2006), Philadelphia, PA, Versatility Entertainment & Image Awards 2006. “Sister Ameenah is truly a warrior queen. Her verve and desire to share her poetry bring the readers into a written vortex of ‘Ka Ba’ (soul, spirit) expression that is worthy of the Kentakes (Ethiopian Queens) from which she is ascended. Readers of this volume of poetry will know that they are reading within the realm of an artist whose familiarity with human expression is extraordinaire. This book is a valuable and worthy read.’ – Iya Adjua, Phd (Educator), Philadelphia, PA. ‘Straight from the Heart’ is a proud and passionate expression from a true Diva. It is a revelation of our greatness and struggles. I was truly entertained, yet the book was instructional, and taught me what dancing means. –
Donald Jackson (Educator), Philadelphia, PA

Introducing Dr. Frank Eden Godfrey, Sr., author of Cracker Boy

“Excellent support at every level. Glad I chose Outskirts Press.”

Dr. Frank Eden Godfrey, Sr. was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to William Henry and Octavia Smalls Godfrey. He attended totally segregated schools from Kindergarten through High School. He was active in the Civil Rights Movement spear-headed by Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Saint Augustine’s College; Masters Degrees from Texas Southern University, and Harvard University; and a Doctorate Degree from Harvard University. He is a retired college professor; he worked for NASA, and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

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Follow the painful journey of a young, light-skinned African American boy as he deals with hatred and discrimination from whites as well as from his own people. For some he was not quite black enough, but for some others, he was still too black. Being born with light skin and blonde hair was an advantage to many slaves as they might be given special status, but for young Frank, two generations removed from slavery, it was more like a curse. He was hated and despised by many of his race. Some dark-skinned Blacks hated him because of his light skin while some light-skinned Blacks hated him because he did not think as they did. And, many whites hated him because he was still Black, despite his light skin. Frank would experience a painful triple oppression.

Introducing Paulette Wilkes-Bass, author of Inconceivable Trials

“When I first started publishing my book Inconceivable Trials, I had all kinds of questions, but Brie swung into action telling me everything I needed to know and do with Outskirts Press. Brie was very patient with me. Outskirts Press representatives are proactive to prevent road blocks in the future. I am glad I made this publishing choice.”

Paulette Wilkes-Bass currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri with her family. Paulette is currently working full time and attending college part time. In her free time she enjoys going to church, traveling and looking for her happy place. Also, she looks forward to new endeavors.

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A knife broken in her heart! Paula was misunderstood by those she encountered. She had challenges on every walk of her life including: her own fight within, death, and her family’s rejection. The tears in her eyes kept coming, but Paula held on to her beliefs and values. She did not believe life had anything else to offer, yet she prayed for a breakthrough.

Introducing Leron Stewart, author of One Thing About Life

“I have really enjoyed my experience with Outskirts Press so far. I plan on publishing my next novel with Outskirts Press also. The staff is very patient and helpful.”

Leron Stewart has written poetry, letters, stories, and music. This is his first novel. He lives in a small town in southeast Louisiana, where he was born and raised. The author spent some time in the U.S. Navy and at Southern University in Baton Rouge. He loves spending time with his family, and most enjoys watching and discussing the action of the NFL.

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One thing about life is that you have to play whatever hand you’ve been dealt. One Thing about Life tells the story of two childhood friends – Dap and Bo – as they navigate college life in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dap is fatherless and virtually motherless. He’s a hustler though, and his resourcefulness always helps him keep his head above water. However, will Dap’s cleverness save him from the danger that is breathing down his neck this time? And can this young man, who seems to be a thug, let his guard down enough to find love? Although sheltered, Bo is the levelheaded member of the duo. This trait, along with his kindness, has worked well for him as he’s pursued excellence in the classroom and on the college football field. But being nice may be what lands Bo in a snake’s nest of trouble and ruin his chances at a starting spot on a world-renowned Division I defense. As the young men from opposite sides of the track make life and death decisions, Dap and Bo encounter people and situations that can take them out of their respective games forever.

Introducing Artis C Bolden Jr., author of DIRTY

“Jamie was responsive and informative throughout the entire process of publishing our book DIRTY. As we prepare for our next book, we hope that Jamie will be our rep thru the next book process or someone like her. Great job Jamie!”

Artis and Tina Bolden had a vision about telling the truth and atoning in 2013 when this book came to life. With both of their backgrounds combined, this humble couple entered into the literacy world, with their first published, riveting piece of work, “Dirty.” Artis is from Jackson, Mississippi and Tina, a transplant from Newport News, Virginia, now living in Los Angeles, California. These two brought their God-given gifts to life, with Artis’ unique and easy style of writing, which will make you feel as if the book comes to life as you read each word. “Dirty” is the first of many!

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As you enter into the riveting world of a young boy’s struggle to become a man, in a life he didn’t choose, it all came down to choices. As he embarked on a journey through the early 80s, with drugs, death, heartache and loss being intricate to growth to becoming a man, this is a thrill ride of emotional challenges that will captivate and open your eyes to this dirty, dirty world.

Introducing Nyree Hayes, author of Close Enemies

“My experience with Outskirts Press was awesome! They made me feel so one-on-one all the way through till publishing. All in all, it’s a dream come true!”

Nyree Hayes is a self-published author from Little Rock, Arkansas, with Close Enemies being her first to be published. She enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family. She currently resides in Maumelle, with dreams and goals of becoming a best-selling author.

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OG is released from Prison!… OG has just done a four year prison bid for murder. Along with his brother Oil Can, he runs an organized street gang in Pine Bluff, Arkansas known as Trapstah Gangstas. Before leaving to do his prison stint, OG finds himself with a daughter and decides to change up his game. While he grew with his baby girl through visits, Oil Can held down Trapstah who was on top of the dope game. OG leaves prison with a college degree to add to his street savvy, and begins his plans with turning Trapstah legal. But someone from his past wants revenge and has other plans…for him!! Popcorn wants revenge!…. Popcorn is the new leader of the Eastside Pirus. Due to his brother’s death he was left in command and is known for his treacherous ways. He now wants revenge on OG for killing his brother. But with both gangs being on top, war was not an option. So Popcorn formulates the perfect scheme to get onside TG…And bring it down!…. Lamira and Jaden goes in!….. Lamira and Jaden are two friends with exotic bodies with faces to match. They’re also known for pulling capers and scheming drug dealers. They find themselves in the ultimate scheme when Popcorn sends them into TG. With Lamira on Oil Can and Jaden at OG, Lust, Trust, and good judgment becomes Close Enemies… With An Ending That Will Blow Your Mind!