Introducing John F. Nargi, author of If I Fell

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John F. Nargi is a graduate of UMass, Amherst and lives in Winthrop, MA, with his wife and three children.

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A Humorous look at life, love, and how music defines you. Meet John, a short (5’6″), skinny, boyish-faced, shy and insecure, 18 year-old. In 1986, following the completion of his freshman year at UMass, Amherst, John returns to his demanding summer job, working in a restaurant called “Crabapples”. It is here that he meets the girl of his dreams. At first sight, he realizes he’s going to marry her. Now all he has to do is overcome his immense fear of speaking to anyone he doesn’t know and, oh yeah, break up with his girlfriend of two years. With the advice from friends and family, solicited or not, John begins the most tumultuous summer of his life, all set to the soundtrack in his head.

Introducing Christine Alexanians, author of Transplanted

“It took me over a year to publish my first novel, Transplanted. In the beginning my rep, Michael, was available anytime I had a problem. He helped me overcome many doubts and obstacles. Then, Deni held my hand through the many edits and revisions. Jackie and the marketing team have been guiding me through the ups and downs of post-publishing. I will definitely recommend Outskirts Press to others for their expertise, patience and guidance.”

Christine Alexanians had a love of writing from her early teen years. She majored in Journalism from the College of Mass Media in Tehran, Iran. Her mixed Armenian/Polish heritage, her immersion into the Iranian life and her exposure to Russian and French cultures through her friends and her school have shaped her multifaceted view of the world. Shortly after the Iran/Iraq war in fall of 1980, she immigrated to the United States and has lived since in Glendale, California with her husband, her two sons and their families.

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Young maid, Nastia must go back to her village when the aristocrats she worked for escape from the Bolshevik revolution. Her short trip home becomes more adventurous than she could imagine. When she returns, Nastia learns of the many tragedies fallen upon her family and neighbors. She meets a traveling merchant, Aliosha who helps her in her worst situation. She marries him, and bears a son. They move across Russia and settle in the city of Rostov, where she gives birth to a girl. Nastia tries her best to adjust to her new life, when Aliosha comes home with sad news of his father’s death and announces that they will return to his country. Only then she realizes that her husband is not Russian, but Persian. She must choose between her familiar world and his unknown universe. She embarks on a journey of discovery, living the life of a foreign wife in a strange and unusual place. Her will to survive is a source of inspiration.

Introducing Ardie Victor Estes, author of I’m Just a Boy

“Laura and Dana both did a great job helping a greenhorn. I appreciate you girls. May God bless you with the best.”

Regarding his professional career, Ardie Victor Estes has done extensive technical writing but rises to the top with this collection of All-American short stories.

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This series of true episodes is a serious but fun attempt to tell it like a growing up boy felt it in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. Uncovering the whole story of a healthy boy’s dealings with his conscience often reflects his very heart. Christian principles are conveyed and sometimes subtle. The message, benefits of character development, and unique qualities are apparent.

Introducing Don Friesen, author of Memories: Mostly True, Revisited: Growing up in the 40s & Fabulous 50s

“This was my second book to be published by Outskirts. My first experience was good, but Dana was excellent. She was very prompt in replying to my stupid email questions and exhibited a lot of patience in helping me with technical computer stuff. I probably won’t do a third book, but if I did, I would ask for Dana to be my rep.”

Don Friesen is a retired elementary school principal and former avid mountain climber and runner. Don lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife Nancy. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

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No man, said one of the Greeks, loves his city because it is great, but because it is his. How can one begin a worthwhile story without the immortal words Once upon a Time? My Once upon a Time is set in the 1940s and fabulous ’50s, a time where our world was being redefined by a post-war economic boom, all the while remaining true to the universal and unchanging plights and endeavors of humanity that will forever remain untouched by the passage of generations. It is a story of my boyhood in Thomas, Oklahoma, from my earliest childhood memories all the way through high school graduation. And like my world at the time, my story both uniquely defines me and simultaneously reflects my mere commonality to all mankind. Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias” implies that everyone and everything will ultimately be forgotten: “Nothing beside remains . . .” It is this espousal that should compel those of us who have stories to tell, and each of us does, to write them down, to pen them into timeless monuments to the past and heralds to the future before they escape into the mists of history. As we age, our treasured memories age with us . . . evolving into greater and greater historical and personal significance, but fading and calcifying as time marches on. Napoleon said that geography is destiny. I hope you’ll find within these pages that mine was a blessed destiny . . . one each of us can find some relic to share in and relate to as I recount endearing times at home with my family, adventures with my brothers, and infamous school day escapades with my classmates who helped carry the 40s and 50s into the memories of our hearts.

Introducing Deanne Morgan, author of Wisdom Cry’s

“I am impressed with Tina, my publishing consultant and Dana, my author representative and the impressive and beautiful work Outskirts Press supplies. I’m not going anywhere; I am using Outskirts for all my publishing needs. Thank you.”

About Deanne Morgan: I have been an author since I was eleven years of age. I wrote small novels for my friends all throughout high school; however this is my first published novel. My inspiration comes from God and the beauty of mankind, I have been blessed with the creative talent to inspire millions, and I am more than happy to use it for that purpose; I also love horses, books and inspiring adventures. My children are my pride and joy also the loves of my life, I am blessed to love and be loved by my significant other, and have a loving family who is a constant inspiration. I am lucky to have loyal friends and now all of you. I thank each and everyone of you for reading my novel, much appreciation. Enjoy and God bless.

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Wisdom Cry’s is about a journey of a woman born from a childhood filled with confusion, curiosity, and pain; to becoming a woman of beauty, promiscuity and deceit. Her world will entice you and reel you in; her journey brings everyone to enlightenment, her discoveries encourages, and her insight open minds. This is a raw, detailed, and very descriptive book of the relationships of a woman, and if you desire wisdom it’s a must read.

Introducing Pat Jameson, author of Juniper Town

Juniper Country and Juniper Town are both works of fiction. However, they mirror many of the actual conditions that played significant roles in the development and history of Harney County, Oregon. Outskirts Press has given me the opportunity to combine my interest in history with fictional writing. I have been pleased with the appearance and quality of both of these books.”

Pat Jameson was born to a family of ranchers in eastern Oregon near Burns and worked as a teenager in the 1960s on his uncle’s ranch in Drewsey. His professional career spanned over forty years in the automotive and truck stop industry, and he currently lives in Boise, Idaho. Juniper Town is the third novel about the fictional remote high desert town of Juniper. The other two books in this series are “The Juniper Story” (Dorrance Publishing 2013) and “Juniper Country” (Outskirts Press 2015).

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A small 1950s desert town with foreboding secrets. When young Steve White comes of age in the small, remote high desert town of Juniper in the 1950s, the unique phenomena of the age and the power plays of the town’s adults combine to shape and challenge his young life. Korea and the Cold War, the threat of nuclear bombing, racial prejudice, the Asian flu pandemic, polio, child abuse in the church, political conspiracy and corruption, UFOs and aliens, and the pains of teen love all have profound impacts on the town and the boy who grows up in it.

Introducing Connie Lafortune, author of Because of You

“I would highly recommend Outskirts Press to anyone who wants to self-publish without all the hassle! They do it for you! I’m looking forward to publishing my second book with them in the near future.”

Connie Lafortune is a shift supervisor by day and an author at night. She loves spending time with her family and friends,or taking walks on the beach. If she’s not in her office, you can bet she has her nose buried in a book. Connie lives in Connecticut with her husband, Alan.

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For 21-year-old Hunter Davis, being a lifeguard on one of South Carolina’s most popular beaches has its benefits. With his chiseled body, panty-dropping good looks, and penetrating blue eyes, he’s every woman’s dream and every father’s nightmare. So why would he want to commit to one woman? Love is not in his vocabulary. For 18-year-old Riley Hamilton, it’s just the opposite. Her father left when she was six years old, and her mother has been angry and bitter ever since. Riley finds solace in the thought that one day she will be worthy of someone’s love. So when her father calls-out of the blue-asking her to move to South Carolina with a free ride to USC, how can she refuse? When Hunter and Riley are suddenly thrown together, Hunter wonders if the demons from his past will come back to haunt him-or is the woman with the face of an angel the only one who can save him? Because of You is a sensuous and powerful debut novel-a story of love, loss, and the tragedy of holding on to family secrets.

Introducing Stephen Michael Jester II, author of The Jester King

“I want to express my satisfaction in my personal Outskirts experience. It was the best. The whole process was an education, yet it was fun and ultimately very simple. I would like to acknowledge and thank my production and marketing teams for all of their fine work. Without their help and expertise, my passion, my dream, my book would never have become a reality. So, thank you all, once again. I would definitely recommend Outskirts Press to prospective authors. I also look forward working with Outskirts for all my future endeavors.”

Born in Ventura, California in 1988, Stephen Michael Jester II is the youngest of seven siblings in a multi-ethnic family. While growing up and being educated in Port Hueneme, California, he discovered his passion for language and the written word. The author currently resides in Camarillo, California.

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…born, died, re-born in the first twenty-three hours… …diagnosed with cerebral palsy and ulcerative colitis by age three… …feelings of anger, frustration, and depression… …times of happiness and joy… …GOD, Jesus, women…love-hate relationships… …a 14 year-old boy journeys to become a 21 year-old man… …a seven year slice of life, A Jester’s Life… …a life in poetry…

Introducing Mahlia Lynn Schubert, author of The Silence and Beyond

“Not being too technically savvy, I needed much patience and assistance all the way through from my Outskirts Press team, and now I’m feeling very appreciative of their devoted efforts on behalf of my book with its wonderfully customized cover.”

Mahlia Lynn Schubert, a University of Chicago graduate, has taught all grade school levels and English at Long Beach City College and LA Harbor College. She has written several prize-winning poems and stories, and has published a poetry anthology, Song of Eli’s Child. Her novel, The Silence and Beyond was inspired by the tragic loss of a girlhood friend. She lives in California with her husband, Roy. Contact her at lynnshubert@me.com.

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The Gift and Burden of an Extraordinary Friendship…Elizabeth Hartung is noticeable everywhere she goes: beautiful, unbelievably brilliant, unconventional, and troubled, “Bethie” seems to walk a lonely path. But with her on that path is poet and journalist Carol Mandell, her only friend in high school, drawn irresistibly to Bethie’s charismatic and powerful personality, even as Bethie finds grounding and solace in Carol’s thoughtful, sensitive, quietly courageous character. The two girls blossom together into young womanhood at the University of Chicago, in the heart of 1960s civil rights and feminism, while also trying to come to terms with their own needs as children of Holocaust survivors. Their lives diverge; Carol chooses marriage and family, and Bethie blazes a trail of intellectual accomplishment and sexual freedom. But when Carol, in her settled and stable life, receives a suicide note from Bethie, everything she thought she knew about herself will be called into question. She embarks on a psychological, emotional, and spiritual journey to find out what happened to her dearest friend…and what has happened to Carol herself as the years slipped away. Insightful, richly characterized, and suspenseful, The Silence and Beyond is a beautifully observed story of the ways in which our closest friends mirror, challenge, and support us.

Introducing Artis C Bolden Jr., author of DIRTY

“Jamie was responsive and informative throughout the entire process of publishing our book DIRTY. As we prepare for our next book, we hope that Jamie will be our rep thru the next book process or someone like her. Great job Jamie!”

Artis and Tina Bolden had a vision about telling the truth and atoning in 2013 when this book came to life. With both of their backgrounds combined, this humble couple entered into the literacy world, with their first published, riveting piece of work, “Dirty.” Artis is from Jackson, Mississippi and Tina, a transplant from Newport News, Virginia, now living in Los Angeles, California. These two brought their God-given gifts to life, with Artis’ unique and easy style of writing, which will make you feel as if the book comes to life as you read each word. “Dirty” is the first of many!

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As you enter into the riveting world of a young boy’s struggle to become a man, in a life he didn’t choose, it all came down to choices. As he embarked on a journey through the early 80s, with drugs, death, heartache and loss being intricate to growth to becoming a man, this is a thrill ride of emotional challenges that will captivate and open your eyes to this dirty, dirty world.