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.

Introducing Barbara A. Cefalu, author of The Adventures of Patty-Cat, Kittle, and the Prince of Peace

“Many, many thanks to you and staff for your help, your expert advice and every good thing.  And my thanks to you all. You have been so splendid. I am impressed with everyone at Outskirts Press, so very kind and helpful, and always willing to do whatever needs to be done, to do that extra something! I am so grateful to you.”

Barbara A. Cefalu is a musician/composer/author who has written several musicals and plays. The Adventures Of Patty-Cat And Kittle is not only a book with Illustrations by Emmanuel Saltis and Storyline Edits & Storyboard by Skyler Dennon, the team has turned it into a staged musical with a CD of the songs also available. Barbara lives with her cat, Puddy, in Florida, while the rest of the creative team reside in San Diego, CA.

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Excitement is running high at 112 Liver Lane, where Angel, and her two kittens, Patty-Cat and Kittle, are preparing for the holiday season. Cousin Fred and his mother, Sunny, are expected to visit, there’s baking to be done, gifts to wrap, a tree to decorate. Of course, first they need to get a tree. A Christmas parade is planned for the residents of Katville. The mayor and dignitaries will attend and friends will be in the parade. Just to prove that few things go smoothly a grinding noise shatters nerves; plaster and dirt fill the air, and … horror, of horrors, that impish elf, Grimsby appears, creating turmoil and scattering debris everywhere. Fortunately this time he brings a tree and of course it has to be decorated. The annoying resident spider, Miss Wilma Weaver, likes to stir up things, and the two sheep dogs, Hal and Sam, romp through the season, as joyfully and stupid and rambunctious as ever. Two new kittens come to town, one unhappy feisty one and another who was cruelly abandoned. Miss Maisey and Miss Katty-Kat, sisters who live next door at 114 Liver Lane, receive an unexpected but cherished Christmas gift and the animals all gather for the solemn Midnight event. If you are curious as to how the two sisters become kind and happy, (quite an about-face), or if you want to find out how everything ends, or if you just want a good read, try this book.

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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Can Kitty Claus, the meanest cat around, learn what Christmas is all about? 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.

Introducing Lizzie B., author of Chunky Monkey in Pink Tights

“Very thrilled with my 1st book publishing experience. There were so many aspects I would have not had a clue about in the process. Outskirts Press’ guiding approach made for a smooth journey!”

Lizzie lives in Concord, North Carolina, with her husband Glenn and son Parker. Her son Christian lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She has been working in the IT industry for 31 years starting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Chunky Monkey in Pink Tights – Ta Da! Chunky Monkey in Pink Tights is your friend and would like you to be her friend. She is introducing you to her world and friends! We look forward to many fun adventures!

Introducing Randy Cochran, author of Critter Golf

“This is the first book I have had published and I entered each stage nervously. As any author that has worked with Outskirts can tell you, each department will not let a rookie get too far ahead of themselves. The system has so many necessary check points …and there is always someone e-mailing you “great job”…before you can go on to another step. I had an incredible experience and will be using Outskirts when my next book is completed. I am minutes away from finishing and cannot wait to hear the wonderful responses from the entire team.”

Randy Cochran grew up as a caddy and attended Marquette University after receiving a Chick Evans Scholarship. He finished Marquette majoring in communications. After college he joined the PGA of America to become a golf professional. Randy married his wife, Barb, in 1984 and they have three daughters, Mandy, Tracy and Katie. Randy worked as the Golf Professional at Briarwood Country Club near Chicago for 26 years, teaching countless junior golfers. Having winters off, he coached youth and high school soccer where he helped even a greater number of kids. Throughout his golf pro and coaching life, he wrote hundreds of silly poems and told many made up stories for all occasions. As his own children became adults they and Barb urged him to write some of those stories down. Now he has.

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Critter Golf: The Adventures at Owl’s Nest is a story that mixes friendship, golf and true amazement. A possum, a rabbit, a raccoon, and a squirrel sure make an odd foursome, but these four furry pals prove there is nothing they won’t do for one another. You will cheer for them while they root for each other. You will laugh and smile as these friends giggle their way through many exciting adventures. There are so many questions to answer. How do these critters learn to play golf? Can a rabbit really learn to climb a tree? Can a possum escape a hungry pack of coyotes? What begins as a story of golf becomes a test for survival. These buddies never forget the lessons learned from local PGA pros or the lessons gained from the bonds of great friendship.