Introducing Bob Benson, Josie Safir, and Nathan Safir, authors of A Special Gift

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When Bob’s grandchildren, Josie and Nathan, finished learning how to read, they realized most introductory reading materials lacked an interesting story and developed characters. At the ages of seven and nine, Josie and Nathan worked with their grandfather to write a book young children would be excited to read.

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When a boy learns his dog has special powers …. On a cold rainy day, Max finds a dog on his front porch and names her Rosie. They soon form a strong bond, and Max becomes aware of Rosie’s mysterious power. He struggles to convince his parents and friends to believe him. But, as Rosie continues to use her special gift, something incredible happens. Read this book to find out how Max and Rosie’s extraordinary relationship impacts those around them and deepens friendships.

Introducing Lisa DeFini Lohmann, author of Different Like Me

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Lisa DeFini Lohmann wrote Different Like Me while she was unemployed, with her beloved Wilson constantly by her side. He was her inspiration to describe what life is like for those who don’t fit into society’s norms of “pretty,” “athletic,” or “popular.” A stepmom of four, and grandmother of three, Lisa is no stranger to the social pressures put on children today. With sensitivity and humor she uses Wilsons less-than-perfect physical attributes to help children learn to love who they are.

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2021 READERS FAVORITE SILVER AWARD WINNER. This award winning inspiring story is based loosely on the never-ending antics of the author’s dog, Wilson Highstep. Children and parents alike will fall in love with this little dog who winds up literally flying from one unexpected adventure to another. Wilson will grab at your heart while growing up and discovering how the challenges of being different are perhaps the best thing that ever could have happened to him. Along with his new friend Ellie, they tackle life’s everyday problems with laughter and sincerity … and discover that being different can turn out to be the greatest gift of all. This beautifully illustrated book also includes over 20 actual pictures of Wilson Highstep’s real-time fun-filled life. Look for future editions as Wilson and Ellie grow up and learn about themselves as they experience one life lesson at a time.

Introducing Ellen Deery Freeman, author of Duke (Plus One)

“Lisa was great!”

Ellen Deery Freeman, a retired teacher who taught at Ben Hazel, Brunson, Hampton, and Calhoun Falls Elementary schools, has rescued and loved many animals throughout her life. In 2005 she and her husband, Buddy, renovated and moved into her Grandmother’s 100-year-old house situated on 89 acres of land in the country, and adopted Duke shortly thereafter. As with Just George, Mrs. Freeman will donate ten percent of her profit from Duke (Plus One) to The Hampton County Animal Shelter in Varnville, S.C., as long as it remains under the management of Amanda E. Strickland whose love of animals is evidenced by the way in which she manages the shelter. Duke (Plus One) is Mrs. Freeman’s second published book.

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The true story of the trials and triumphs in the life of “Duke,” as told by Duke. Duke (Plus One), the sequel to Just George, which many of you have enjoyed, allows Duke the opportunity to share some of his life experiences, some good, some not so good, some funny, some sad, and to tell his side of the story where George is concerned. Much like an only child, Duke struggles with accepting a rival into the family, and his feelings of frustration will sometimes tug at your heart strings. Like Just George, Duke (Plus One) will be enjoyed by every animal lover from school-age children to senior adults. Be prepared for an emotional roller coaster ride as you read Duke’s story…and it would be a good idea to have a box of tissues on hand. You just might need them.

Introducing Justene Presley, author of A Day at the Dog Park

“It was so fun to experience the publishing process from beginning to end. My book turned out wonderful and I couldn’t be more happy with it!”

Justene Presley is from Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Belmont University with a music degree in 2011. In addition to her love of animals, she enjoys singing and crafting. She lives with her husband, Will, and their dog, Archimedes.

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Your child’s guide to playing safely with dogs! Everyone loves the image of a child and a favorite pet dog. Many children say they love dogs, and claim that the dog is their favorite animal. However, it’s common for children to be hesitant or intimidated around dogs. Many fears and worries about interacting with dogs can be easily solved with some basic education about how to approach and interact with dogs of all kinds. A Day at the Dog Park introduces Carter and his dog, Snickers. Carter’s mom takes them to the dog park, and their enjoyable day gives fun, practical lessons about the best way to make new dog friends. Carter explains that there are lots of different types of dogs, and goes through a six-step method for meeting a new dog. Each step is explained clearly, simply, and with plenty of detail, so readers can feel confident in their new skills. Carter also shares advice about what not to do. Children and parents alike will enjoy this charming, educational book, which is likely to become a favorite in your library!

Introducing the lovely Peggy Mullins, author of Everybody Loves Ika

Join us every day at this time during Share the Love month as we introduce you to one of our lovely authors at Outskirts Press.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the process of publication with Outskirts. I have two more book which I will also publish through Outskirts. My author rep Colleen was terrific and, if I can, I will request her for the next book.”

Peggy Mullins, B.A. Psychology, George Mason University, lives in Virginia with her husband and has a deep love for horses and dogs. She works as a freelance writer, and Everybody Loves Ika is her first book. To learn more, visit or Follow Ika’s adventures on his blog:

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The healing power of a dog’s love.

Peggy Mullins grew up in a hellish adoptive home with distant, abusive parents who found every opportunity to damp out the tiny glimmers of happiness Peggy managed to cling to in such a cold environment. Ika, a beautiful Pit Bull pup, was spared at the last moment from being born into a similar hell. Though his mother and many of his siblings didn’t make it out of their gruesome home alive, Ika survived thanks to the skilled and compassionate work of a quick-thinking vet and a few big-hearted volunteers. In time, Ika found his way to Peggy, who would give him a loving permanent home in which he would thrive. In return, Ika would teach Peggy the kindness, patience, and unconditional love that had long been absent from her life. Along with the surprising affection of a special man and a spectacular family of animals, Peggy’s book poignantly guides readers through her difficult journey toward healing and peace.

Free Puppies by Phyllis Meckley

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What one boy will sacrifice for the love of a dog….

One damp March night, the Johnson family discovers a large, black dog, wet and cold, huddled against their kitchen door. After giving it shelter, they realize that this gentle creature will soon be giving birth to a litter of puppies. When no one comes to claims the dog, 10-year-old Jeremy accepts the joyful responsibility of caring for “Sheeka.”

But after eight rambunctious puppies begin to grow, the challenge of finding a loving owner for each one looms large. When there are not enough homes to adopt them, Jeremy must learn the reality of what happens to unwanted animals when no one is willing to care for them.