Introducing Richard Bartholomew, author of The Toadvine Papers: A Memory

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Richard Bartholomew was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Ohio University. He taught high school Industrial Arts, then worked for decades as a technical instructor for a major international automobile manufacturer. He lives with his wife and cats in Northern California near San Francisco. This is his first novel.

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The popular and academic interest in sculptor Ernest Toadvine has never been greater. The latest Library of Congress listing of books on the man and his body of work, at this writing, numbers forty-three – Candace Boyer’s recent coffee table edition, “Man of Stone,” is undoubtedly the best – and the list is still growing. News articles, TV specials, analyses, dissertations and the like number in the hundreds. Collectors clamor for his works, and one show allowed a well-known museum to enter the new decade with overflowing coffers. Of course, his miniature busts of the famous are ubiquitous. Here is one more book for the pile. To tell this story, I have ransacked my memories, and all my old journals – kept faithfully from grade school till I finally left for college – and tried to chat with most of those who are still around and on speaking terms with me. There will be a few surprises. It will contain little of what is in the other books, and it may not all be entirely on the mark – as they say, there is no absolute history – but the one thing you can be sure is not a lapse of memory is the part about friendship.

Introducing Tim Gingras, author of RVN

“We’re almost at the finish line, and all the staff I have had the pleasure of working with have been professional, skilled, and polite. This has been a wonderful learning process for me, and my novel. Thank you Outskirts!”

First time author, Tim Gingras, is a U.S. Navy Corpsman veteran. After serving honorably for 4 years during late 1970, and further education, Tim spent many years in Chicago Theaters, performing Stand-up, Film, Commercials, and hosting many Chicago events with City of Chicago. All while having a successful full time career in Banking. After 9/11, Tim pursued work with Federal Government, and spent several months in Iraq War-zone, as civilian contractor during 2004. Tim retired from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, after working in all three branches. He lives in Phoenix.

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Poignant coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. When 18-year-old Charlie Kinane, from Chicago, is drafted at the height of the Vietnam (RVN) War shortly after high school graduation, he decides to enter the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman and pursue Navy pharmacy tech training. Charlie believes this will give him the best chance of avoiding war-zone deployment. His goal is to serve, but also to survive. Charlie receives his orders to join the 3rd Marine Division, at Charlie Med Base, Khe Sahn, Vietnam-a base regularly under heavy attack. His primary function on Charlie Med is to keep track of all medical supplies, including all controlled medications used for wounded Marines, but when Charlie is sent as a corpsman replacement for Marines on an overnight search-and-destroy mission outside the wire, he will come face-to-face with all his fears.

Introducing Maxwell Legion, author of In Nature’s Wake

“I cannot imagine an author representative who could have been more responsive, efficient, and effective than Lisa. She often worked directly with me, one to one, by e-mail and by telephone, as I made final edits to the manuscript of my book. She was patient with me as I fought through a long illness that lasted nearly a year. I deeply appreciate all that she has done for me, and I would not hesitate to work with her again.”

Maxwell Legion, graduated from West Point, became an Airborne Ranger, and served in the 101st Airborne Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He commanded in every rank from Second Lieutenant to Colonel and served five years on Army General Staff. With a PhD in Human Geography from Syracuse University, he held Professorships at Western Kentucky University and West Point. He has traveled extensively in several countries gathering data and writing. These experiences, Freemasonry as he has known it, and his deep roots in the Pine Hills of South Mississippi, show dramatically in this novel.

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Devotees of mystery, romance, tragedy, redemption, biography, history, and geography from Mississippi to Southern California will find this to be a well-wrought, suspenseful tale by a masterful storyteller. The main character, Jon Ben Barlow, has little education but is a well-read self-made man whose natural genius and leadership inform his entire life and bring him ultimate fantastic success. The authentic and powerful dialogue reveals the characters and keeps the dynamic story moving.  “Maxwell Legion has experienced and understands his characters’ true cultures and manners of speaking. His delineation of character and atmosphere is what we expect from fiction of the first order. It places Legion among our top fiction writers, highly effective in the literary world.”

Introducing Patricia Livingston, author of Just Food for Thought

“Laura gave more than 100% service, about 200% in fact! Thanks Laura for giving me all the encouragement, support, and guidance during a quite emotionally stirring time!”

Patricia Livingston is a third generation Texan. She enjoys writing as a way of expressing her thoughts and feelings. She is inspired by Jack London’s books. She enjoys living in the country – a quiet life surrounded by nature. “Just Food for Thought” is her first book.

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“Just Food for Thought” is a story about Patty’s life during ages 18 to 25. She leaves Texas to go off to college in the Pacific Northwest, leaving behind her family and friends. Her idyllic ways of thinking are soon challenged. She experiences life on her own. She becomes ingrained into college life, where she makes many friends. However, she never forgets her strong family roots while finding her way in the world. She crosses paths with a handsome upperclassman, then enters into a darker realm. But she also crosses paths with good people who help her through rough times. She marries, has a baby, eats health foods, sews clothes, writes poetry. She sees a ghost, has dreams of the future, and dreams with messages. Patty’s memoir, begun twenty five years after the events, was based on vague recollections. Eight years later, the memoirs became intertwined with her letters. The letters were presented to her by her mother in 2013 – lovingly tied into bundles with baby blue satin ribbons. Vague recollections of her life, as it turns out, do not always match letters written at the time. Both accounts remain within the story, which has led to some duplication, as well as some contradiction. That’s just food for thought, dear reader.

Introducing Maxwell Legion, author of In Nature’s Wake: Exile and Legacy of Jon Ben Barlow

“I cannot imagine an author representative who could have been more responsive, efficient, and effective than Lisa. She often worked directly with me, one to one, by e-mail and by telephone, as I made final edits to the manuscript of my book. She was patient with me as I fought through a long illness that lasted nearly a year. I deeply appreciate all that she has done for me, and I would not hesitate to work with her again.”

Maxwell Legion, graduated from West Point, became an Airborne Ranger, and served in the 101st Airborne Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He commanded in every rank from Second Lieutenant to Colonel and served five years on Army General Staff. With a PhD in Human Geography from Syracuse University, he held Professorships at Western Kentucky University and West Point. He has traveled extensively in several countries gathering data and writing. These experiences, Freemasonry as he has known it, and his deep roots in the Pine Hills of South Mississippi, show dramatically in this novel.

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Devotees of mystery, romance, tragedy, redemption, biography, history, and geography from Mississippi to Southern California will find this to be a well-wrought, suspenseful tale by a masterful storyteller. The main character, Jon Ben Barlow, has little education but is a well-read self-made man whose natural genius and leadership inform his entire life and bring him ultimate fantastic success. The authentic and powerful dialogue reveals the characters and keeps the dynamic story moving. Maxwell Legion has experienced and understands his characters’ true cultures and manners of speaking. His delineation of character and atmosphere is what we expect from fiction of the first order. It places Legion among our top fiction writers, highly effective in the literary world.

Introducing Dawn Alexander, author of Secrets of the Speckled Oak

“What a wonderful experience it was to have my very first book published. I honestly did not know how to go through the process of publication, however, my author rep was always right there to answer any questions I had and steer me into the right direction. Now, my book is available worldwide and that is an amazing feeling! Thank you so much Outskirts Press!”

Dawn Alexander was born to loving Southern Baptist parents from Mississippi. Dawn graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She now teaches children (including her own son) with a variety of disabilities in a Special Education classroom. Dawn still resides in Mississippi and is married to the love of her life. Together they raise their two beautiful boys, who are the lights of their lives! Dawn enjoys writing inspirational fiction stories, in hopes that the stories may help others in similar situations.

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Laura Fields is the loving mother of two sons, Alex and Max, one of which has a handicapping condition. Laura relives extraordinarily happy times in her life such as falling in love, marriage, and the births of her two sons. She also reminisces on devastatingly heartbreaking family secrets she has so desperately aimed to protect her young sons from becoming aware. Laura realizes that she must find a way to explain the hardships of her life to her sons, and chooses to write her son Max a letter. Within this heart-centered letter, Laura encloses a special “treasure” for her sons. Max must read further into the letter to understand the “true meaning” of the so-called “treasure.” Laura strives to answer many questions Max has asked over his childhood years. Through Laura’s explanation of life’s ups and downs to her son, she aims to instill the realization even though life may not turn out exactly how you planned, does not mean that it may not turn out even better! With God’s Amazing Grace, along with the love of a cowboy by the name of Ryder, all of Laura’s prayers and wishes come true for herself but even more importantly for her two hearts, Alex and Max!