Introducing Bob Hodges, author of Feathers from Icarus

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Bob Hodges is a retired judge and a previously published author. His previous work includes poetry in “Poem,” published by the Huntsville Literary Association, short story collections in “Ravelings” and “A Winnowing,” and a biography of his high school coach, “Dusty.” He has also published in the Birmingham Arts Journal and Hometown Press in Huntsville, Alabama, and has received honorable mention in consecutive years by the Saturday Evening Post for two of his short stories. He lives near Huntsville with his wife, Sharon, and three cats.

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Like the mythical Icarus, the wings of these stories seek to fly ever closer to sun of the reader’s eye. The feathers of their wings, freed from their waxen moorings, float back to the sea of their earthly orbit, some only charred remains from the reader’s eye, and some intact, leaving a ripple.

Introducing William C. Dixon, Jr., Ed.D. & La’ Toya Thomas-Dixon, Ed.D., authors of Mentoring Can Make A Difference: Establishing Relationships with African American Males

“Gwen is awesome! I do not want anyone else but her assist me with my next few novels. She was quick to respond, knowledgeable of products and production. I was recommended to Outskirts Press and it was well worth the time, money and effort of having the first book published. The next and all others will be with Outskirts. Positive Experience!”

Dr. William C. Dixon, Jr., served more than twenty years in public education, including district administrative roles in both inner-city and rural school districts in North and South Carolina. He was the founder of the Carolina CAGERS, an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball team for young males in grades three through twelve. He was married to Dr. La’Toya Thomas-Dixon prior to his untimely death in 2015. He has two sons, Mitchell and Xavier Dixon. Dr. La’Toya Thomas-Dixon is an educator with more than fifteen years of experience in public education. She has served in district administrative roles in rural school districts in North and South Carolina. She currently resides in South Carolina.

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Every Child Needs A Mentor, Especially Our African American Males! Mentoring young males, starting as early as kindergarten, is essential for success in school and in our ever-changing global society. Young males need support from positive, enthusiastic, and caring role models, particularly men. As schools continue to move forward with federal and state mandates, African American youth need guidance and direction that will forge them forward. Dr. William C. Dixon, Jr., shares snapshots of scenarios he has faced over the years as a school administrator. Dr. La’Toya Thomas-Dixon contributes to the book as an advocate for the African American male, understanding and connecting to the whole child by providing glimpses of research and advocacy. This book is for anyone seeking encouragement and advice on how to mentor an African American male student or athlete who seems distant or is falling behind in school.

Introducing Michael J. Narvaez, author of Keep me in the path of Your will for me

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Michael J. Narvaez, published poet, Three-time New York City produced playwright, Producer/Writer/Director of the feature film, “I Believe in America” [2007], is in development for his next feature film titled, “An Artist’s Emblem [2017], and next April 2017 will present a poetic event pertaining to the “True Father of Puerto Rico”, Pedro Albizu Campos! He is a father of six children, and a grandfather of seven with his darling, late wife Damaris (1966-2016) and dedicates all of his works to her loving memory!

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“We all seek, very few find!” Wholesome spirituality is distinct from man-made religions and much more blatantly poignant. Most of us souls firmly believe in a CREATOR (God, Jehovah, Allah, Buddha etc.), irrespective of dogma, too few of us are thus able to adequately remain on a clear path that is in sync with His or Her WILL that has been supposedly holistically set for each and every one of us! Would you dare to try? Would you care to attempt to find out? The poetry in this book is aimed for one to achieve objective introspection as an initial step, followed by a no holds barred personal assessment, ending in a present day tied to current event analysis of the Lord’s Prayer! No one is “preaching” here, in fact as you may know, once anyone states that he or she “knows,” only guarantees that he or she knows not! The author/poet here is no exception. Let’s journey together! Let’s help each other emerge as altruistic human beings! May make for a better world?

Introducing Janice N. Chapman, author of Destiny’s Call

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Janice N. Chapman was born and raised in northwest Oklahoma. Her love for horses began as a child, and today she owns a small horse ranch in the Pratt, Kansas, area. She also owns Prairie Angel Thrift Shop/Prairie Angel Gift & Novelties shop in Harper, Kansas. Chapman is the author of several collections of poetry and short prose: If I Could Be a Poet; Priceless Pages from Amazing People; Writin’ the Range; Poems with No Place to Go; and Legacy of Short Stories and Essays. Destiny’s Call is her debut novel.

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Brad Anderson doesn’t know he is an outlaw’s son, but he does know that he has to escape the misery of his father’s ranch. He’s learned how to train horses from an old Indian; and how to work cattle from the cowboys who worked on the ranch, and from them he learned their values, to be trustworthy and honest. These values will have to carry him forward when Brad finally leaves home as a young man, fleeing his father’s constant, cruel wrath. With no idea what destiny has in store for him, Brad hires on with Crosby Leonard, a respected rancher in the community and an ally. Brad proves to be a hard worker and a trusted ranch hand, but the truth about his father soon comes out…and Brad’s own reputation will have to overshadow the fact that he is the son of a notorious outlaw.

Introducing Michele Seals McConnell, author of Life of Lieutenant Colonel James A. Seals: 100 Year Old Pearl Harbor Survivor

“I highly recommend Outskirts Publishing Company. I was extremely pleased with the service the author representatives provided during the process of publishing my book. They fulfilled their responsibilities with utmost professionalism and provided positive feedback throughout the entire process. The representatives definitely have the knowledge and expertise to deliver top quality books.”

About Colonel Seals:  I was born in a log cabin on 5 April 1916 in the Bellview Community, Bledsoe County, Pikeville, TN. I served on numerous bases throughout the world during my military career. I was awarded many decorations and awards during this time.

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I am 100 years old World War II veteran and a Pearl Harbor Survivor. My name is Lt. Col. James A. Seals. I am 100 years old, World War II Veteran, and Pearl Harbor Survivor. This back cover photo was taken 6 December 1941 the night before the Japanese attacked Hawaii. A friend and I were supposed to go to the USS Pennsylvania that evening, however, we decided to go to Honolulu for dinner, drinks, and watch the hula girls dance. It was very late on 6 December so we decided not to go to the USS Pennsylvania until the next morning. On the beautiful calm, sunny morning of 7 December we were enjoying a walk to the USS Pennsylvania. We were about 200 feet away from the ship- another couple of minutes we would have been on board. The Japanese warplanes swooped down dropping bombs and firing machine guns. Chaos erupted.

Introducing Emerson Perry, author of A Wave’s Desire

“It has been a wonderful experience working with Lisa and the others to help this book come to pass. I greatly appreciate all the work you did to make my project a reality. I look forward to continuing to move forward with this process. Thank you.”

Emerson Perry is a retired sailor of the U.S. Navy. He has a Bachelor of Arts and a passion for poetry and reading, and is a member of Romance Writers of America and First Coast Romance Writers. Perry resides in Jacksonville, FL, where he and his wife-his high school sweetheart-have three daughters.

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Honor and Service…or Life and Love? Lieutenant Jasmine S. Kendrick-an independent nurse, an officer in the US Navy, and a chess prodigy-is on a quest to help save lives on behalf of her mother, who was tragically taken from her as a child. Subconsciously, she also pines for the affection of her absent military father, a distant yearning from childhood that puts her in harm’s way of a jilted lover, determined to possess her. Petty Officer Marcus T. Patterson, a charming enlisted navy personnel specialist, uses the navy as an escape from his declining Miami neighborhood…and from a long-ago crime he and his sister swore never to bring up again. When tragedy forces Marcus to come face-to-face with his own past, he must answer for a crime he can no longer hide. Jasmine and Marcus meet, and love soon follows. But their relationship is strictly forbidden by military law, and before long, Jasmine finds herself in the ultimate chess match-a game that could destroy her career, her love, and her life. A WAVES Desire is an unforgettable debut novel of deep emotion, featuring characters who are haunted by their past but determined to find their own, elusive fairy-tale ending.

Introducing Harold Williams, author of Seeds of Redemption

“Everybody in outskirts press exceeded my expectations. I was not pressured into anything. And it was a very positive experience for me.”

Harold Williams lives near Chico, California, and travels the country as a semi-truck driver.

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To love someone is to know someone… but only what they want you to know. Marcus and his research team are looking for something so secret, they don’t even know what they’re looking for. Deep within the jungle, they discover an extraordinary world-a secret new reality. But Marcus and his team will soon learn that when we mess with nature, we are messing with the unknown… Marcus and his team will have to find the strength to overcome what they face, and Marcus just might find true love along the way. Seeds of Redemption is an engaging debut novel filled with surprises.