Introducing Gene Olson, author of My Mom’s from Lublin My Dad’s from Seattle

“I hope Dana can work with me on my next book of poetry. I know poetry is tough, but I started in Guam waiting for my ship 50 years ago.”

Gene Olson grew up in Bothell, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. In 1964, when the war in Vietnam was escalating, he was drafted but released to the Navy, where he spent two years on the USS Tioga County (LST-1158) as a yeoman/personnelman. After his return to the States, he was improperly diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia: six years later he was finally properly diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has been on lithium for 48 years. He married Jolanta Szewczyk, a beautiful Polish woman and doctor of internal medicine, and the couple has two sons. The Olsons currently live in Vancouver, Washington, and enjoy traveling throughout Europe. Gene is also the author of a memoir, The Boy From Bothell (Bipolar Vietnam Veteran) and a children’s book, Noah and the Little Camel Boy.

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Gene Olson’s mother was a Norwegian and his father a Swede. He was born in Seattle. Both Jolanta Olson’s parents were Polish from Lublin, a town in southeast Poland. She was born in Poland. Olson’s newest memoir, My Mom’s from Lublin; My Dad’s from Seattle, documents his parents’ vastly different childhoods. “In Communist Poland, chocolate was very scarce. You would be lucky to get a little piece at Christmastime. One day, playing outside as a little girl, my mother saw a small pebble. She had been thinking about chocolate all morning, so she put the stone in her mouth, hoping it was a piece of chocolate. Of course it wasn’t. My father, on the other hand, could have a Hersey Bar anytime he wanted. His hands and face would be covered with so much chocolate, he’d have to take a bath.” This nostalgic and loving tribute is filled with photos and childhood memories. Jolanta Olson writes, “I’m glad my mom and dad found each other, because without them, I’d be nothing. My mom’s from Poland, my dad’s from Seattle, and that makes me half Polish and half Seattle-ish!”

Introducing Dan Bisher, author of Faded Memories

“Lisa did a fine job of assisting me with the process. The entire publishing process began in February and ended with my book being published in August. It might have taken a little less time, but then again, the time involved was necessary to produce a decent final product that took 25 years to complete. So, Lisa’s patience and knowledge proved to be invaluable in leading me through all the hoops to UPS delivering my author’s copies. I’ve already had about 1,000 orders and requests continue to pour in. I’m exceedingly pleased. Thanks Outskirts for everything. I’d publish with you again.”

Dan Bisher is a published author, writer, journalist and public relations expert. A native of Hillsdale County, MI, he is U.S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran having served as a Combat Correspondent. Dan attended California State University, Fullerton and was employed by Hillsdale College in Media Relations as a writer. For many years he narrated a historical program titled Tales of the Old Sauk Trail on Hillsdale’s WCSR radio station, and served as a color commentator for high school and college football and basketball. He resides on his family’s Michigan Centennial Farm (1872) with his wife Noel.

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Following the War of 1812, pioneer settlement of the Northwest Territories began. The U.S. government encouraged the westward movement by offering newcomers cheap land at $1.25 per acre. The government purchased vast tracts of unencumbered land through numerous negotiated treaties with several Indian tribes, or it was taken by cheating or force. Tens of thousands of inhabitants from mostly New England states, and Europe, migrated to these new lands for an opportunity to begin new lives on the frontier. One of the more popular routes traveled by pioneers began in upstate New York along the Erie Canal to Buffalo and then across Lake Erie by steamship to Detroit. A family could buy wagons, beasts of burden, tools and whatever they needed in the future motor city to clear land, build a log cabin and start farming. A steady stream of covered wagons left Detroit along the old Sauk Trail called the Chicago Pike. Faded Memories: Examination & Profiles of Hillsdale County’s Pioneer Period offers readers a glimpse of the lives and events experienced by original settlers and Native Americans. Although not the complete history of Hillsdale County and the tri-state area, 36 chapters plus the introduction and selected poems illuminate the beginnings of civilization upon these hills and dales. It’s important to remember your own culture and heritage, and who you are and where you came from. Faded Memories will hopefully add to your knowledge about your own family history.

Introducing Susanne Leist, author of The Dead Game

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Susanne Leist graduated with an MBA in finance. Her life has led her through the hectic commodities market and the number-crunching field of budgeting, but she always continued to read and daydream – which led to the fulfillment of her dream to put one of her stories on paper for everyone to enjoy. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband, two daughters, and Maltese dog.

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The Dead Game is a murder mystery, a supernatural thriller, and a romance all in one. It takes place in a remote town called Oasis. Beneath the blue, green waters and peaceful setting, lies an evil quietly waiting for its next victim. Bodies are turning up on the shore. Shadows are roaming the streets at night. Tourists are disappearing-never to be seen again. The young residents are invited to a party at End House. And that’s when the games begin. Pursued through revolving rooms and deadly traps, they barely escape with their lives. Two of their own aren’t so lucky, but remain trapped in the house. Or so they believe. They must embark on a long and arduous journey, not knowing who to trust, to uncover the one controlling the game and everyone else in town.

Introducing Loretta Taylor, author of Running Back Past Forward

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Loretta Taylor is an award-winning poet whose work has been published in numerous compilations. Running Back Past Forward is her first major work of published fiction. She lives in Stockton, Calif.

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Reese Rozzoni Is Having Nightmares… But Reality Might Be Worse Than His Dreams. Football prodigy Robert “Reese” Rozzoni is on the fast track to the NFL when a freak car accident leaves him comatose. Eight years later, Reese wakes up-only to discover a dramatically different world: Those close to him are behaving oddly; a string of murders is hitting remarkably close to home; and a series of eerie dreams and memories is haunting him. Now, Reese must embark on a quest to learn what’s really occurred over the last eight years-and not everything is as it seems. It’s a journey that will bring him face to face with a terrifying past that includes bizarre criminal plots, troubled romances and bleeding-edge DNA research. In the process, he’ll learn his subconscious just might be the key to unlocking a frightening saga of deception, family secrets, and murder. If he can stay alive long enough, that is… At once a fast-paced psychological mystery and savvy science thriller, Running Back Past Forward will keep you guessing right up until the shocking conclusion.

Introducing Keith Swainson, author of Heresy

“Publishing with Outskirts Press was definitely the right choice. They were simply amazing to work with during all phases of the publishing process. I liked the fact that they were always waiting on me, not the other way around. After I approved the final manuscript, I was shocked to see my book available on Amazon only three days later. A friend of mine who published with another publisher has no Amazon page, has no Barnes & Noble page, and has no author web page. He has no way to sell his books, while my books are literally available around the world. Thanks Outskirts! Will definitely publish with you again!”

Keith Swainson is an engineer by trade and a theologian at heart. He has poured his life into Heresy for fifteen years and can now say, “It is finished.” Contact the author at: keith.swainson.heresy@gmail.com, or like him on Facebook at: Heresy by Keith Swainson, or follow him on Twitter @HeresySwainson.

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Are You Waiting for the Second Coming of Christ, the Tribulation, the Rapture? But what if everything you know about the End Times…is wrong? In this provocative, exhaustively researched, unprecedented book, Keith Swainson takes you through a series of clear, self-evident conclusions which, when added to one another, form the structure for an understanding of the Bible that will revolutionize how you think about Jesus and Scripture. Heresy takes as its basis the idea that Jesus was truly God in the flesh. Swainson looks at the three genetically interrelated monotheistic religions – Islam, Judaism, and Christianity – and asks: Does the Qur’an hint at Jesus being something more than a mere prophet, or even a great messenger? Does an honest reading of Jewish texts hint at the possibility of God coming in the flesh? Does the Christian faith really treat Jesus as God in the flesh, or does it subject Him to constraints meant for men? Answering these and other questions, Swainson shows us that the seeming contradictions throughout the Bible are confusing only if Jesus is being regarded as a man, not as God. Swainson blows away the dust and cobwebs of millennia of interpretations from a Church full of preconceived notions, and shows that the words and deeds of Jesus, as God in the flesh, preach against a Second Coming. Heresy concludes that the kingdom of God Jesus preached about is fully here and now in the lives of believers throughout the world, and that it cannot be more fully realized than it already is. If the kingdom of God is here and now…what does that mean to you as a believer? Powerful, thought-provoking, and revolutionary, Heresy will take your life, and your faith, in a direction you never imagined possible.

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

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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.