Introducing Murdis Young-Hamlett, author of Running Blindly Through Life

“I like the professionalism of Outskirts Press and, if I publish another book, I will use Outskirts Press again. I enjoyed writing my book because it was a personal experience. I recommend Outskirts Press to all who want to self-publish especially first time authors.”

Murdis Young Hamlett was born in Shaw, Mississippi in 1952. She is the youngest of five children. She was educated in Montgomery County Public Schools in Mississippi. Later, she moved to Detroit Michigan where she attended Wayne State University, earning a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English Education. She taught in Detroit Community Schools for twenty-nine and one half years, where she instructed students in English/reading at the middle school level. In 1996, she was inducted into the Fourth Edition of The Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, which was recommended by her many students. Murdis also received The distinguished Service Award from the AFT Local 231 AFL-CIO organization. There have been many other honors and certificates awarded to her for distinguished service. Her favorite hobbies are reading and writing poetry.

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“Wealth maketh many friends, but the poor is separated from his neighbor”. (Proverbs 19:4-K J V) Trauma has a way of crippling some people, whereas others grow stronger because of it. The drama we must face in life is never the real issue, but the way we internalize and respond to it is what matters. You either get up and greet success or lie there and cope with failure!

Introducing Dr. K.D. Nasir, author of Declining Christian Values in Religiously and Culturally Diverse America

“My overall publishing experience was enjoyable.”

Dr. K. D. Nasir, after migrating to America in 1973, taught mathematics/statistics. He completed his Doctor of Religious studies degree in 2008 from Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana and was led to serve the Lord in foreign missions with Pioneers Mission Organization after resigning from his teaching in 2009. Dr. Nasir has taught Church Planting and Development of Christian Leadership Principles in the theological institutions in Pakistan and Nepal from 2012 to 2017. Like many other immigrants to America, Dr. Nasir migrated to the U.S. with an idealized perception of this being a Christian nation. This author discovered a long standing decline of the Christian values and ethical standards of the Founding Fathers. Prayerfully, this author was led to write this book, Declining Christian Values in Religiously and Culturally Diverse America, to alert his fellow Americans of the dangers and consequences of the erosion of the Christian values by the liberals and the forces of religious pluralism. This is just a small way for this author to serve his adopted homeland, the United States of America.

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In America, all people enjoy full religious freedom, including the people of diverse faiths and cultures. No wonder, America is called the “melting pot” of the world. It’s rather ironic that the immigrants of the diverse faiths, mostly from the Asian and Latin American nations, are demanding more religious freedom from America under the cover of religious pluralism when they already enjoy full religious and cultural freedom here. In the opinion of this author, who migrated here from a Muslim nation, the immigrants enjoy more religious freedom here in America than the religious freedom that the Christians and the people of minority faiths enjoy in the native lands of these immigrants. One wonders if the people of pluralistic faiths are using their demands as a ploy for a treacherous agenda. This is the heart of the subject matter that the author plans to explore and present with facts and reasons in this book titled Declining Christian Values in Religiously and Culturally Diverse America. Civilizations and empires have come and gone. A day of reckoning comes for any nation when the limits of morality, military force, and civil practices are crossed. Don’t we all know what happened to the Greek Empire, the Roman Empire, and the British Empire? A day of reckoning came for them, and each one was collapsed and disappeared. We all hope and pray that it does not happen to our beloved America. The current direction of the declining trends, religiously and culturally caused by the liberal and pluralistic forces, is moving at an alarming rate, and demands our actions now. This is a wake up call by this author to his fellow Americans, who love God and religious liberty, to become proactive and save America.

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 Dr. Kingsley J. Osagie, author of Osagie Book of Thoughts: Edo/English Dictionary

Dr. Kingsley J. Osagie is a Bini man (Ovbiẹdo Kpataki). Before traveling abroad in search of the golden fleece, he served in the NPF after graduating from police College Lagos, where he was the best all round student of his squad. He is the author of the Fate of a Nation, an enthralling account of the root of bribery in Nigeria and the putrescent and authoritarian personality of the Nigerian policeman; and the author of a View From the valley. He is a graduate member of the Institute of Transport. Admin. In Southampton; holds a BA(hons) degree in English and Social linguistics; possesses doctoral degrees in Criminal Justice and Justice Admin. from Walden and Bay view universities. He currently resides in Israel with his family.

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Words of wisdom; The deeper meaning of life; Gordianism and the cosmic energy that helps beat your enemy to submission are abound in this book. This book is more than just a bilingual dictionary because of its encyclopedic nature and the copious tales and allegories it contains. It provides the reader with a grand tour of Edo Cultural terrain in Occultism, Spiritualism, Superstitious Beliefs, Idiomatic Expressions; Social Linguistics and Esoteric Philosophy. It makes you feel the pulse of a bygone era when valiant men stood up to fight for what they believed was true and just. For the Edo reader, this book, through its semantic concept, reveals to you, who you really are among the nations of the world; it will relish and salvage your soul; it will resuscitate and revitalize your ebbing grip on your mother tongue; therefore, it is a desideratum for you and for every student (research) of ethnology and cultural anthropology. Holding a copy of this book in your right hand will give you a sense of pride as you look in the mirror, breathe a sigh of relief and smile to yourself, after all, you never thought a day like this would come, the day this book was born, the day you take complete control of your destiny. Dr. Kingsley J. Osagie, Esq.

Introducing Jenny Guevara Hammond, author of Un Americano En Hora Colombiana

“Overall my experience publishing with Outskirts was very positive. And, as I envisioned, I now have a novel to show the world the beautiful side of my native land, Colombia, and its people, Colombians. This was my first time publishing a book, and I learned a lot through this experience with Outskirts. Everybody involved in this process with me was very helpful. Colleen was patient and efficient answering my questions, and I appreciated very much her efforts to have my book published before my trip to Colombia. It was very important to me because copies of my book were presents for family and friends.”

Jenny Guevara Hammond nació en Cali, Colombia y reside en Louisville, Kentucky. Su inspiración para escribir Un americano en hora colombiana surgió de la nostalgia por su lejana patria nativa, donde transcurrieron su niñez y juventud temprana, y por sus vivencias en los Estados Unidos, la tierra de su esposo, Larry. Siguió a Larry en proyectos de agricultura que los asentó en África por muchos años. En estas tierras, Jenny tuvo la oportunidad de trabajar como voluntaria en programas de educación para niñas. Jenny obtuvo su grado en educación de la Universidad del Norte de Alabama y fue profesora de español, inglés, como segundo idioma, e historia, en los Estados Unidos.

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El destino empieza a jugar con Ben Adams, un americano, y Carmenza González, una joven caleña. Se conocen en la misma noche de la llegada de él a Colombia. Su primera despedida los sorprende con un “hasta luego”, donde guardan la illusion de volver a verse… Este mundo es un pañuelo, pequeño y caprichoso, que conspira para acercarlos de nuevo. Mas su novia que dejó en Chicago y el primer amor de ella complican la relación de Ben y Carmenza. Encuentran en una amistad platónica el refugio para estar juntos y ocultar aquella inmensa atracción que surgió entre ellos. Su trabajo se convierte en una aventura, donde sus sentidos despiertan a la exuberancia de una naturaleza inigualable, y su corazón se abre a la generosidad y alegría de la gente. Y poco a poco, en aquella realidad salpicada de sinsabores y momentos gratos, se empieza a revelar ante Ben “el alma colombiana”. Sin saber quién ni por qué, Ben tiene un enemigo que lo acecha para hacerlo blanco de sus fechorías, y su permanencia en Colombia se torna peligrosa. Las horas finales del año que Ben vive en Colombia marchan a un desenlace inesperado. ¿Retornará a su novia y a su mundo? ¿O se rendirá al encanto de esta tierra, y a Carmenza?

Introducing Richard W. Maurer, author of Instructions Included: A Paraguayan Adoption Story

“Jenny was very helpful and guided me through some difficult obstacles with kindness and an understanding of my limited computer knowledge.”

Rick Maurer and his wife Ilene both had successful careers with Fortune 500 companies and loving extended families – but there was something missing from their lives: they desperately wanted children. After the trauma of multiple failures with fertility doctors, Rick and Ilene were forced to accept the knowledge that they would not be able to have children naturally and decided to look into adoption. Their desire to start their family without delay, to have a young baby, and the safeguards not available domestically – led them to consider an adoption from abroad. As a publisher traveling throughout South America Rick knew the sad situations of the many children left abandoned and without loving families. In this touching story Rick describes their first meeting with Sam and later Maria, whose families had been unable to care for them. Unlike many of the thousands of less fortunate babies in Asuncion, the capital of Paraguay, Sam and Maria each had been placed with a foster family before being approved for adoption and ultimately placed with a family. It was love at first sight for Rick and Ilene, but many obstacles remained including language, culture, as well as uncooperative judges. This saga tells in touching detail the highs and lows of Rick and Ilene’s journey to parenthood while also weaving in the fascinating early history of this remote and little known country.

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One of our experiences after we returned from Paraguay with our family revolved around our physical makeup. Our decision to adopt from Latin America excited us and still does, so much so that we never focused much on the lack of similarity — yes, we knew it was there, but that was about as far as it went. When we saw our son for the first time, we were in awe of his beauty (as any first time parent). When we got him home, every outing was our opportunity to show him off. A year later, when we brought our beautiful Latin American version of Shirley Temple home, it was the same feeling but in stereo. But it was the comments and questions from perfect strangers that intrigued us so. When they saw us together as a family, their first observation was the differences. We are light complexioned and blue eyed whereas Sam’s and Maria’s beauties are completely their own – we can take no dark and exotic part in that. However, people’s questions probe for likeness and relationship: Where did she get that curly hair? Or, whose eyes does he have? We have gotten a little creative in giving our answers – ones that don’t require any justification of similarity. When feeling more serious, we may say, she got it from God, or when feeling a little playful, we may say, he has his own eyes. To these answers, we may get the brave and creative soul who will abandon their search for similarity and ask, oh, are they adopted? To which we say, matter of factly – yes – no games… no need to question the difference, just a refreshing statement of fact. We are grateful for the differences in our family, not just for their beauty and love, but for the daily lessons we get and maybe can give.

Introducing Jenny Guevara Hammond, author of Un Americano En Hora Colombiana

“Overall my experience publishing with Outskirts was very positive. And, as I envisioned, I now have a novel to show the world the beautiful side of my native land, Colombia, and its people, Colombians. This was my first time publishing a book, and I learned a lot through this experience with Outskirts. Everybody involved in this process with me was very helpful. Colleen was patient and efficient answering my questions, and I appreciated very much her efforts to have my book published before my trip to Colombia. It was very important to me because copies of my book were presents for family and friends.”

Jenny Guevara Hammond nació en Cali, Colombia y reside en Louisville, Kentucky. Su inspiración para escribir Un americano en hora colombiana surgió de la nostalgia por su lejana patria nativa, donde transcurrieron su niñez y juventud temprana, y por sus vivencias en los Estados Unidos, la tierra de su esposo, Larry. Siguió a Larry en proyectos de agricultura que los asentó en África por muchos años. En estas tierras, Jenny tuvo la oportunidad de trabajar como voluntaria en programas de educación para niñas. Jenny obtuvo su grado en educación de la Universidad del Norte de Alabama y fue profesora de español, inglés, como segundo idioma, e historia, en los Estados Unidos.


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El destino empieza a jugar con Ben Adams, un americano, y Carmenza González, una joven caleña. Se conocen en la misma noche de la llegada de él a Colombia. Su primera despedida los sorprende con un “hasta luego”, donde guardan la illusion de volver a verse… Este mundo es un pañuelo, pequeño y caprichoso, que conspira para acercarlos de nuevo. Mas su novia que dejó en Chicago y el primer amor de ella complican la relación de Ben y Carmenza. Encuentran en una amistad platónica el refugio para estar juntos y ocultar aquella inmensa atracción que surgió entre ellos. Su trabajo se convierte en una aventura, donde sus sentidos despiertan a la exuberancia de una naturaleza inigualable, y su corazón se abre a la generosidad y alegría de la gente. Y poco a poco, en aquella realidad salpicada de sinsabores y momentos gratos, se empieza a revelar ante Ben “el alma colombiana”. Sin saber quién ni por qué, Ben tiene un enemigo que lo acecha para hacerlo blanco de sus fechorías, y su permanencia en Colombia se torna peligrosa. Las horas finales del año que Ben vive en Colombia marchan a un desenlace inesperado. ¿Retornará a su novia y a su mundo? ¿O se rendirá al encanto de esta tierra, y a Carmenza?