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

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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.

Introducing Lillian M. Reinys, author of Sebastian’s Journey

“Dana was fantastic! Above and beyond, even taking week-end time to assist me. She’s a treasure.”

About Lillian M. Reinys: In Antarctica I spent time observing diverse penguin populations where a Gentoo penguin won my heart. As a teacher, I shared my experiences with Primary School age children. Retired, my husband and I live near Seattle.

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“Sebastian’s Journey” takes place in the Antarctic region. Sebastian, a tiny Gentoo penguin, finds himself stranded on an iceberg. With the efforts of other creatures, and Sebastian’s bravery, he is safely reunited with the penguin colony.

Introducing Karl Kronfuss, author of High Tails of High Adventure

“Leona was outstanding. I may have given up if not for her patience and help. Thank you!”

After a successful career as a custom furniture builder, Karl Kronfuss has taken a position in a mothballed uranium processing facility in an effort to kick start a new career as a writer. High Tails of High Adventure is his first book.

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The Pug, possessing considerable scholarship on the matter, speculated most republicans would evolve so as to have both eyeballs on one side of their oversized heads, similar to the Giant Flounders of the deep dark oceans. This evolution would be driven by their habit of turning their heads sideways so as to be better able to sink their teeth into the haunch of some poor unfortunate beast who has spent the better part of spring and summer, shoulder to the wheel, in the hope of putting a few extra nickels away to help tide himself through the upcoming cold and lean season.

Introducing T.L. Needham, author of Kitty Claus

“I am and was very demanding and anxious to get this project done before Thanksgiving, since it is a Christmas book. Colleen was very patient with me and responsive . . . and most importantly, the book was published the day before Thanksgiving. So, I am thankful to Colleen and the entire team that worked on this book. Thanks!”

T.L. Needham has published several award-winning books, including When I Was a Child and a collection of poetry called Pesky Poems, in which Kitty Claus was originally published. Needham was also founder and publisher of Relocation/Realty UPDATE, a national news magazine on corporate relocation and real estate issues, and he was publisher and editor of Kansas City Parent magazine during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has also been a national speaker and trainer on real estate and relocation issues. Now retired, Needham lives in the Chicago area and writes full time. Kitty Claus is illustrated by Lizzy Dodig, a talented young artist and high school freshman. She has a wide variety of interests and talents, but illustrative art is her passion.

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On a snowy Christmas Eve, a fierce cat named Kitty Claws rules over a family of thin, starving mice, keeping them from the tempting treats left out for Santa. But when the father mouse rescues Kitty Claws from danger, their relationship is transformed from one of adversity to a new bond of mutual friendship and Christmas spirit. Kitty Claus is a delightful story-poem of transformation, courage, and righteous behavior. With beautiful illustrations and endearing characters, this book will be a treasured addition to any family’s library.