Introducing Angela M. Smith, author of Lost & Found: Knowledge is Learned

“I am very happy with my book and the experience was awesome. My Outskirts Press reps had so much knowledge and ideas that helped to create a beautiful book.”

Angela M. Smith lends you direct insight into her life and the situations she has had to address in relationships in Lost & Found. We have all been through some type of drama that makes you stop, think and write about it. Knowledge is learned.

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A poet in her own right, Angela M. Smith has confronted the most delicate topics of her life. Lost & Found has that life journey that you travel, taking you from one moment in time to another. Angela’s poems take you through her life as they happen, from “Calm Down Mother” to “Climb Until You Rise,” you are sure to be captivated by the stories behind some of the poems.

Introducing Rodney Keeney, author of Cowboy in the Sand

“My experience with Outskirts Press was both educational and positive. This was my first attempt at writing a book and working with a publisher. At times it seemed frustrating, however, this was due to my lack of computer skills and my first experience as an author. It may appear to move slowly at times but quality work takes time and patience. Without the wonderful support of the Outskirts professional staff, this book would have not been published.”

Born with a profound neurosensory hearing loss, Rodney Keeney obtained a B.A. in Organizational Communications and an M.S. degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. He was raised in Sutter County and worked on the Hawk Ranch during the summers, when he wasn’t working on his parents’ farm. Cowboy in the Sand is based in part on his life and is his first novel.

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Gino Vanaiti is 26 years old and seeking a new life. Fresh out of a six-year stint in the Navy, Gino returns to his family’s ranch, drifting in purpose and determined to figure out his path. Under pressure to take over Vanaiti Ranch, which has been in his family for generations, Gino finally decides to take a year off and give some serious thought to what he wants out of life. With his faithful Australian shepherd Bailey at his side, Gino sets off on a yearlong adventure that will lead him to new friends, romance…and even murder.

Introducing Beronica Latorre-Lopez, author of Just Understand Nothing Ends

“I want to thank Outskirts Press for helping me achieve my goal to become a published author and making the experience a smooth and enjoyable one. I look forward to publishing many more books with Outskirts Press. A special thanks to Lisa. You made this experience a memorable one. Great job!”

Beronica Latorre-Lopez started out early with, roses are red, violets are blue, type of poetry. As she got older, her poetry became her special kind of therapy. Beronica is thirty-six years old with three children, living in Stroudsburg, PA. Her mom has passed and now her children are her inspiration and motivation. And, of course, God who makes all things possible.

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When life becomes so overwhelming to the point that it is hard to bear, I cope by writing poetry that I like to share. My poetry consists of love, loss and also heartbreak. And although they come from personal experience, I am sure you can relate.

Introducing Charles Massie, author of Pinned – A Kentucky True Crime

“I am happy with the professionalism of the company representatives as well as the fact that the company keeps its promises and does everything that they say will do. I started out in self publishing with a competitor and wasted over $6000 trying to get my books out to the public. I would place calls to them for progress reports and would never get a call back. In fact, about the only time they would call me was when they wanted to sell me another product. After a bit of adding additional information and re-editing the book, I contacted Outskirts Press. They kept in contact with me every step of the way, and Pinned – A Kentucky True Crime was published. Within a few weeks, the book was listed on Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites and I was actually making sales.”

Charles Massie grew up in upstate New York; the oldest of 4 children. After finishing high school, he served a total of six years at various ports around the world for the United States Navy. Upon his return to civilian life, he continued his education at Syracuse University and eventually worked for a number of engineering and sales firms, before finally going off on his own enterprises. He has been instrumental in overseeing such companies as Massie Engineering Associates, InfoTech Consulting, LLC and CaterCats Catering. The call of creative expression has always in the background of his life and over the years, he has submitted articles and stories to publications like Twilight Zone Magazine, Readers Digest, Analog Publications and others. Pinned! – A Kentucky True Crime is his first novel and is the first book of the ‘BlueGrass’ series. The sequel, Stains on the Gavel, will be published later in 2013; as well a young adult adventure novel entitled The Boy in the Bin. His hobbies include progressive rock music, computers, animals, humor, exotic cars and practicing random acts of kindness. He lives in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is the owner of StarShow Publications.

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“I fear the dark and I live all alone…” Mark Casey, a native New York-er and a gentleman, wants to get out of his home state and live in another part of the world. Over the internet, he meets and is attracted to a small town Kentucky woman named Roxie. This woman seems to be the girl of his dreams – sensual, ambitious, funny and beautiful. After a series of email and phone conversations, Roxie invites Mark to visit her in Kentucky. The Meeting is magic. They fall head over heels for each other and decide to live together. But like the flip of a switch, there are immediate problems as soon as he gets in his new abode. He and Roxie fight, where they never did before. She constantly tells him lies. There seems to be a black cloud around Roxie, where someone else always gets hurt. And their once raging sexual relationship has turned sour, causing them to sleep apart. What could have caused this abyss? This is a true story of flagrant injustice in a small country town. It is a page whipping account of sex, drugs, manipulation, false arrest, corrupt public officials and good ‘ol boys who take rather than give. See what it is like to be trapped in the nest of a Black Widow. Read the story and be Pinned.

Introducing James A. Hunter, author of Soft and Gentle 3

“My author rep was very easy to work with. The format of my book is a little different from most, and my wishes were closely followed. The end product was precisely what I wanted, and I am highly satisfied with it.”

James A. Hunter was the youngest of eleven children and grew up on a farm near the rural, small town of Metamora, Indiana. From an early age, all of the children were expected to help with the farm chores, which consisted of raising a garden, picking berries, putting up hay, milking cows, and raising crops. Everything took a back seat to work, but the children somehow found time to play and establish memories that would stay with them forever. The family farm still survives 95 years after Jim’s grandparents settled there, and his love for the land has led to him owning part of the family farm for 43 years and still counting. In addition, he has owned much of the valley surrounding it. His early passion for writing began in the valley, and it has remained undiminished since.

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The best ingredients in life are love, beauty, nature, happiness, and reaching for dreams. Most would agree that wisdom comes with age. As we get older, we should concentrate on life’s priorities. Spending time with the ones that we love, and truly appreciating them, is very important. Becoming aware of the intricate things of beauty around us can help us greater endure hardships and greater heighten the positives in our life. Encountering hardships are a certainty in life, and we must merely endure them as best we can. On the other hand, the beauty of life is usually taken for granted. Being aware of beauty, experiencing it, and cherishing it, should always be a part of our life. Not taking advantage of a new opportunity to experience beauty is an opportunity wasted. This heartfelt collection of prose can mellow the heart as it explores life, love, beauty, nature, happiness, losses, dreams, and nostalgic memories. Take time to enjoy these unique observations, and discover the soft and gentle aspects of life.

Introducing Chandler, author of Games People Play

“Thank you Outskirts for helping me make a life-long dream of becoming a published author come true. You are the best!”

Chandler is a student of the human condition, wielding the written craft to enrapture the mind much like an artist wields a brush. The pages are a blank canvas on which to draw from a talent heralded by many and matched only by an imagination that rises to the task. GAMES PEOPLE PLAY is the first in a series of recent pursuits, with work progressing quickly on the follow-up.

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Games People Play is a gritty story of grown-ups behaving badly in order to have a little fun! It’s an old school love story just right for the 21st century. It’s the story of two young lovers’ journey of discovering love for the first time and adjusting to life’s little curve balls along the way. It’s a story of couples: playing the game of “play or get played!” Breaking hearts and manipulating minds; according to some players it’s what the game is all about!

Introducing Courtney Skelton, author of Right on Red

“This whole publishing process has been a learning process, which I have learned a lot. Everyone has been super patient and responded to every question that I have had with great answers, and answered very quickly. Since the book came out, I have recommended Outskirts press to about a half dozen writers. Thanks a bunch!”

Courtney Skelton has been writing since a young age, with several stories to date, this being his first published. Courtney lives in Belvidere, IL with his supportive wife Robyn, and dog Snoopy. He is a huge sports fan, and would love to see the day where we could all live as one.

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Chris, a free spirited inspiring artist, finds life to be a blank canvas. Life is whatever comes to mind. Life is constant motion, always experiencing, feeling, and loving it all. The glass is always half full. Terry is a low keyed, keeps to himself, an introvert, who sees life as one big long gloomy day. Although sometimes a few rays of sunshine break through, it usually is a gray rainy world that brings him down, tramples on his dreams, and leaves him empty. Then the two of them got to know each other in a rather roundabout way. Their relationship grew. Chris painted. Terry worked. They had only scratched the surface of what they could and would do. Life was good. They had no idea what would befall them when an unwanted presence would cross their path.