Introducting Don Friesen, author of Memories: Mostly True

“I have just published my first book and experienced some technical computer challenges because of my inept computer literacy. However, my Outskirts Press Consultants were always very patient and helpful. So, if any of you first-time authors are having any doubts, go ahead and pull the trigger. There is help for you.”

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 40’s and 50’s into the memories of our hearts.

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 Dave Willert, author of Dimensions IV: The Competition

“Jennifer was awesome, once again.”

Dave Willert is an accomplished musical director, composer, educator and author. He is happily married, with one son, and has resided in Southern California for most of his life. His most important literary influences include Robert Heinlein, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Kurt Vonnegut and Edgar Allan Poe.

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Life in Westvale, the capital city of America West, is anything but pleasant in the year 2113. The world is corrupt and run by a tyrannical government, bent on ultimate control of everything. God and music have already been banned, while dissidents are routinely sent to the infamous Helping Place, if they are lucky… or the morgue, if they are not! Today is Travis Taylor’s 18th birthday. On this momentous occasion, he and Audrey Brown are about to embark on the biggest adventure of their lives! It will challenge their faith and confuse their understanding of life and death. But ultimately, it may help them to save the world. It may lead them to THE COMPETITION.

Introducing Lucinda Waldron, author of Mosquito County

“Publishing with Outskirts Press has been an experience that far exceeded my expectations! From the beginning, the staff was highly knowledgeable, helpful and patient. My questions were addressed quickly and professionally. Brie, my author representative, was a blessing, guiding me throughout the entire process. There is no doubt that Outskirts Press will be my choice for future publishing needs!”

Lucinda Waldron grew up in Central Florida’s Orange County, which was known as Mosquito County in the early 1800s. Her love for this tropical paradise, rich in history and year-round beauty, became her inspiration for Mosquito County. A retired school principal and college professor, Lucinda lives with her husband on their farm in North Florida.

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Emma’s father hasn’t been the same since his wife’s death, but when he rouses Emma in the middle of the night, her bags already packed, she knows something is desperately wrong. Trying to protect her from an unknown evil, Richard Kingston hustles his eighteen-year-old daughter off to the backwoods wilderness of the Florida peninsula to live with her grandfather, Russell Duvane.

Mosquito County becomes the backdrop for Emma’s thirst for adventure as she explores its pristine wilderness, embraces its mythical intrigue, and becomes enthralled with her grandfather’s citrus and cattle empire. Amid the splendor of this turn-of-the-century tropical paradise, Emma encounters mystery surrounding Seminole Indian legends, danger from an unknown and evil source, and romance when she meets a young rancher who captures her heart. Kip Morgan is unlike any young man Emma encountered in her former Bostonian life, and she soon finds his alluring smile as intoxicating as the abundant tropical flowers of Mosquito County.

Set in the late 1800s, Mosquito County is a hauntingly beautiful debut novel, richly layered with family secrets, mystery, passion, and revenge.

Introducing Claude Peterson Jr., author of Extraordinary Experiences of Jake Van York

“I measure the quality and importance of my life primarily by past experiences. So, I state here (completely and without reservation) that the staff at Outskirts Press definitely made my life more memorable through their level of competency and professionalism. I offer my sincere appreciation to each of you.”

Claude Peterson Jr. served professionally for 28 years in the U.S. Air Force, reaching senior non-commissioned officer grade. He received numerous awards and decorations, including the Air Force Commendation Medal (for valor); Air Force Commendation Medal (for valor—first oak leaf cluster); Air Force Commendation Medal (for valor—second oak leaf cluster); Air Force Commendation Medal (for valor—third oak leaf cluster); Air Force Meritorious Service Medal; and the Air Force Achievement Medal. He was also nominated for the Air Force Bronze Star Medal for heroism. After his military retirement, Mr. Peterson was a member of the U.S. Department of Defense for more than 14 years.

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This is the story of one young man’s rise through adolescence, austerity, and obscurity, to become one highly decorated, senior-ranking enlisted military member and operative in the defense of our nation. It tells of his struggles and victories in the fight against cold-war communism and present-day global terrorism and also provides us with insight into his contributions involving numerous and continuous global military combat operations. Most important of all, this book reveals the existence of one tiny but highly sophisticated acoustical device, heretofore virtually unknown to humankind, and its unique role in defending our great nation. Extraordinary Experiences of Jake Van York weaves elements of love, compassion, and intrigue into a fascinating story of patriotism and personal courage.

Introducing Frank W. Dressler, author of Mr. K and the Super

“I could not have been more pleased with every aspect of working with Outskirts Press. Now, I have to still my old bones (85) and sell, sell, sell!”

Frank W. Dressler, a retired association executive, has volunteered since 1995 with two international organizations in Russia, the Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Romania and Bosnia and the Republic of Georgia, and through his church, in Zimbabwe, Nepal and the Republic of Georgia. He lives with his wife Winifred in Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania.

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Mr. K. and the Super is the emotionally moving, sometimes hilarious recollections of a newly married ex-GI, recently enrolled at Columbia, of his service as “super” of two New York City apartment buildings in the early 1950’s. The two buildings were a bubbling cauldron of emotions, ambitions and high jinks ruled by Mr. K, a Polish emigrant landlord actively conspiring to overthrow the communist regime of his homeland. Mr. K sought to control his domain with a lease whose “thou shalt not” clauses put the Ten Commandments to shame…but utterly failed to tame the assorted energies and desires of his more creative tenants. These tenants included the Major, a retired British officer who wrote mysteries with erotic themes that he surreptitiously tested on his fellow tenants, and his wife, an expert on many occult arts. Perhaps most energetic were two young Princeton grads who sold space for LIFE magazine who assiduously sought to date and bed nubile young things at least every weekend. Their antics resulted in a fishing expedition that culminated in a memorable roof top fight of feral cats; and through their real or imagined sex lives, triggered a LIFE goes to a Party feature story in their building. These and similar stories are offset by the tragic story of the beautiful Anastasia and the emotionally moving stories of the Uncle and the Niece and Waldo the Wondrous. Read on. These and other long ago tenants of 6 and 8 West 9th Street are anxious to share their equally interesting stories.

Introducing Mark Reinsmoen, author of J-Hawk Nation

“I have been very pleased with the professional treatment I have received during the publishing process. The representatives from Outskirts Press have been very knowledgeable. I am very impressed with your company. My book looks great, and I am very proud of that.”

Mark Reinsmoen is a Luther College graduate who retired from teaching after 36 years in the classroom. An Army infantry veteran of the Viet Nam War, Mark is an avid cyclist, and he has taken several bicycle trips through Norway, France, and the Western United States. In 2010 and 2011 he completed RAGBRAI, the official bike ride across Iowa along with over “10,000 friends.” Mark has enjoyed participating in sports since his early years in Iowa, and he continues to pursue athletics by running, biking, swimming, and playing softball with other “seniors” at Sun City Grand in Surprise, Arizona. He and his wife Dianne spend their winters there, living very active lives and hosting sleepovers for their three young grandsons, (ages one, two, and three). Mark and his wife return to Burnsville, Minnesota, for the summer months to mow the grass, cheer for the Twins, and swat mosquitoes.

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The early 1960s was a time of innocence and a time of promise as America was holding its breath, preparing itself for major changes that began emerging throughout the country. J-Hawk Nation paints a portrait of those magical years in a small rural Iowa community, as seen through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old boy. The heartfelt, nostalgic anecdotal stories recall milestones familiar to every reader . . . first love, the search for personal identity, questions that needed to be faced about the high school years and what lay ahead. But the soul of J-Hawk Nation is the extraordinary basketball team that is playing in its school’s final season, and the possibilities and dreams that open up when a sports columnist begins to write about the team and becomes involved in the team’s quest to leave a lasting legacy for the community. This lyrical tribute to the golden years of an unforgettable decade will resonate in your memory long after you have turned the final page.