Introducing Sarah Sebring Binder, author of Pete the Parakeet

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Sarah Sebring Binder, a longtime resident of Ames, Iowa, and former resident of Tucson, Arizona, has been an educator for more than 40 years. She continues to engage and play with children in Caterpillar Club and Plant Pals. When she is not writing, she loves to garden, dance, fiddle, travel, and quilt. Brad, her husband of many years, is her biggest fan.

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Join in the fun and the grand adventure of a truly remarkable pet bird, Pete the Parakeet! When Mr. Sebring travels south for the winter, just like the snowbirds, he leaves his daughter and granddaughter in charge of Pipsqueak and Pumpkin. But Pipsqueak, the parakeet, escapes. And when Judith Ann and Alma see a few green feathers on the floor, they worry that Pumpkin, the cat, may have eaten the bird. Elsewhere in Mr. Sebring’s hometown, Sally and Brad spy a lime-green parakeet in their backyard. The parakeet stays for several days, along with the hummingbirds, orioles, finches, and other local birds. Sally and Brad love having the parakeet they fondly call Pete, but when the cold begins to set in and the other birds leave, so does Pete. Sally and Brad reach out to try to find Pete and his owner using posters and social media, and their excitement grows with each new sighting. Mr. Sebring, Judith Ann, and Alma join the hunt as Pete makes his way across the country through all sorts of weather. But will they ever be reunited with the adventurous little bird?

Introducing John J. Wells, author of A Death For Academe

“This is my second book published through Outskirts, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. All my questions and clumsy mistakes were quickly and efficiently responded to and remedied. This outfit does a great job.”

I worked at various New England boarding schools for thirty-odd years, then retired to Maine to get in some of the reading and writing I’d never had time for. As it happens, though, I find that my daily schedule now is determined primarily by the whim of my dogs.

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“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.” Someone is killing the dogs of London, Maine, and Bill Williams is convinced that one of his neighbors or acquaintances is responsible. But which one? It could be any of them: Eleanor Bird, the village tyrant, who collects other people’s secrets and exploits them ruthlessly; her son Eddy, a preoccupied country realtor who, people say, isn’t at all as simple as he seems; Roy Emory, once the boy genius who went off to the ivy leagues and wound up in jail on drug charges and now lives as a hermit back in the London woods; his parents, Charlie and Kristin, who are afraid of him and struggling over a failing business; Rosie Brig, a subservient school teacher who becomes infatuated with the wrong men, first Roy Emory and then Sean Winder, the high school hero who gave up on college to run his father’s general store and marry the shy and self-effacing Patricia instead of his fiancée Rachel Morgan, who, recently widowed, has returned to London to claim him; or Linc Mundy, owner of the local garage and a professed dog hater. And Bill is very much afraid that, if the guilty party is not identified soon, the nightmare will only grow darker. And then people start to die….

Introducing Carol Creager, author of What is a Tamandua: My story as told to my friend

“Outskirts Press has always been fabulous! I can recommend them highly if you want to publish a book.”

Carol Creager chose Spanish-speaking countries for two reasons. First, she speaks the language and photographed everything she could for many years for my students to see as they learned the language. To communicate successfully with people of other countries, a person needs to understand their customs and culture as well as their language. Second, people are familiar with huge African and Asian animals. Unfortunately, little attention has been paid to the wealth of Latin American wildlife. While this book has been written for children, adults will enjoy the photographs and humor, too.

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I am a tamandua or lesser anteater. I search trees for termites and ants, which I catch with my long, sticky tongue. That benefits YOU! I greet my friends when they visit Observatory Lodge in Costa Rica. Carol has photographed me and written my story & my hopes. Why? She is a dedicated wildlife photographer and writer of wildlife stories for children & adults who like our humor & photos, mostly of Costa Rica. She has spent 30 years searching for and photographing every species she can find in my country. – Tammy Tamandua

Introducing John H. Gaukel, author of Kree’s Special Visit

“Working with Outskirts Press was a positive experience. I would use them again.”

John H. Gaukel is a lifelong fisherman, hunter, photographer, writer, and environmental advocate. Born in Wisconsin, his adventures have taken him to solitary lakes and streams, fields, and forests in Alaska, Yellowstone, Florida, and the wilds of his native Wisconsin. He currently resides in North Carolina, where he is adored by his four grandchildren to whom he teaches his love of nature and the wild places.

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When 8-year-old Kree visits her Grandfather at his cabin in northern Wisconsin he becomes her guide into the unspoiled wilderness and a heritage woven together with Mother Nature. As their adventures together unfold, she finds wonder, excitement, and a connection to her Grandfather and the natural world that she never knew existed.

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 Linda A. Brown, author of Chompy, The Lonely Alligator

“It was a very good experience. I would consider publishing with Outskirts Press again and have already recommended to a fellow author.”

I would like to tell you a little about myself and how Chompy came about. I have always enjoyed writing since my teen years. Poetry to express my feelings, prayers to express my needs and stories to express life. I never thought about writing seriously until my son introduced me to Chompy when I lived on a bayou in Florida. Chompy was the resident alligator you only saw in the water, never on land. He never came close to anyone, just watched from the middle of the bayou. So Chompy became a legend in the area and now the first of a series of Chompy books. I hope you enjoy reading about Chompy as much as I enjoy writing about him. Happy reading, Linda Brown

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Chompy, The Lonely Alligator was so lonely. He watched other animals on the bayou play together, but couldn’t figure why no one would play with him. Then, one day changed him. Find out what happened to change Chompy and could this happen to you?

Introducing Carol Creager, author of Sloths Are So Stubborn!

“I am exceptionally pleased with my Author Representative and all her help on my books. I want to publish more books with her help.”

Carol Creager is an experienced wildlife photographer, author, and Spanish teacher, who travels extensively in Costa Rica.

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As a slow-moving, slow-thinking, slow-acting sloth, I have to decide what is worth my limited energy. Once I have decided what I plan to do, I do it. When I am determined, I act. Neither Carol nor anyone else can stop me. Carol could not stop me from trying to cross a busy highway. Why was I so stubborn? How did I survive? This is my story. Stubby Sloth

Introducing Carol Creager, author of Hanging by My Toes

“I am so pleased with my Author Representative. What a great experience!”

Carol Creager is an experienced wildlife photographer, author, and Spanish teacher, who travels extensively in Costa Rica.

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A true story of a baby sloth rescued from the ground. He is being cared for until he is old enough to live in the wild.

Introducing Fred and Cheryl Lowman, author of An Inky Summer

“We contacted many publishers for printing our book, but were very impressed with all the positive comments other authors shared about Outskirts Press. Being new comers at this whole publishing thing, we were walked through the process by very friendly and helpful representatives from Outskirts Press. We were delighted by the professionally produced book when finished. Top quality all the way! A good friend, Judy Byrne, saw our book, questioned us about our experience, and also chose Outskirts Press to publish her book, The Adventures of Fireman Frank.​”

Fred and Cheryl Lowman are residents of northwestern Connecticut. Fred, a retired school teacher, enjoys carving Santa Claus figures, woodworking, reading, gardening and the wildlife of Connecticut. Cheryl, a native Vermonter, finds joy in writing and is inspired by nature, people, and the endless beauty of scenic New England. Fred and Cheryl are active in their local church and in the lives of their children and grandchildren. Dan Carsten – Illustrator For as long as he can remember, Dan knew he wanted to be an artist. Influenced by Saturday morning cartoons, he would spend hours drawing the silly stories and characters of his imagination. Today, Dan continues to bring stories and characters of all kinds to life but, he has traded in his crayons and markers for paint brushes and a graphics tablet. When not sketching and painting, Dan enjoys doing home improvement projects, skiing and watching the Boston Red Sox. Dan, a native New Englander, lives in central Connecticut with his wife, Martha, and two sons, Bennett and Eli.

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A Talking Crow!! When 12 year old Freddie discovers Inky, an American crow, sitting on the fence near the back steps of his house, it is the beginning of An Inky Summer. Read this true story and laugh as this crafty and intelligent corvid upsets neighbors and relatives with his antics.

Introducing Donna Somboonlakana, author of Wolves and the Trophic Cascade

“This was my first publishing experience. Outskirts likes to communicate via email so not feeling rushed was very calming to me. Lisa was terrific. Thanks.”

Donna Somboonlakana is an environmental engineer who met her artist husband, Oan, while serving in the U.S. Peace Corps. After 30 years, they combined their talents to produce ecological books for all ages to enjoy. Their environmentalist daughter, Asiamae, helps photograph her father’s artwork.

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Wolves were almost completely destroyed during a time in our history when people viewed them as a threat to our safety. The absence of wolves appeared to impact other wildlife and even the water quality. Now, we try to protect the remaining wolves and other endangered species.