Introducing Jessica Mary Buck, author of The Departure

“This is my second very successful experience with Outskirts Press, and I highly recommend it to all my writer friends.”

Jessica Mary Buck’s writing discloses her uncanny ability to perceive the intense emotions that underlie the seemingly tranquil facade of our everyday existence. She exposes the internal struggles and moral dilemmas that so frequently beset us. The Departure is her second novel, (Makeshift Christmas, Oct. 2007). Her writing career has included brochure writer, newspaper columnist, news reporter, speech writer, and publicity manager. She plans to follow The Departure with a collection of intriguing short stories. Jessica has five grown children and lives “right on the Mason-Dixon Line” in Pennsylvania with her husband, Daniel Eckard. The couple enjoys rescuing abused, ailing and “unadoptable” shelter dogs and watching them evolve into wonderful, loving pets. An accomplished musician, Jessica has for many years performed concerts of “Olde songs from the British Isles and Early America.”

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Book description…

The doctor droned on, but all Jon could hear were the words “fatal” and “unbearable pain.” “Are you familiar with the Departure Option, Jon?” In the year 2050 the “enlightened method of dealing with terminal illness” is both pragmatic and efficient, but to deeply religious Millie Spencer it presents a moral dilemma. How can she allow husband Jon, recently diagnosed with a strange, new, fatal illness, to linger in the throes of a long, drawn-out, painful death? Although it is clear to Millie and her family that Departure would be the “best thing” to do, to her it could never be the “right thing.” Would subsequent events resolve her inner conflict? Would Millie ever find inner peace? We empathize with Millie and her family as they endure this crisis. Also interwoven into this tale is the heart-rending love story of son Sean and his mysteriously alienated wife Karen. A futuristic tale with strong characterization, “The Departure” may arouse in the reader a spark of fear that, perhaps one day this fantasy could become reality… and if it did, how would you react in a similar situation? Would you opt for Departure?

Introducing T. Brady, author of Soul Seeker

“I personally chose Outskirts Press from the top five online publishers because I read that they were a younger publishing company with many great offers. My experience with publishing my first novel through Outskirts Press was made easier by a patient and dedicated, helpful staff including Stephen, Dana, Jennifer and Jackie. I was allowed to take my time with the whole experience. The excellent cover design is a hit with all who have seen it. ”

Born and raised in Lancaster, California’s Mojave Desert, T. Brady moved to Arkansas as a teen and currently resides outside of Yellville. Educated and employed in the medical profession, she is dedicated to a life of service to others whether in the form of care giving or writing and to working toward her own enlightenment. “Who am I?” she says. “Just another soul walking this earth in a magnificent shell called the human body, and every time I gaze up at the night’s starry sky I know there’s a bigger picture.”


Product description…

Hey folks. This is a long time coming – twenty six years to complete. Between these pages lies more than a fiction novel. There is a message; the road to enlightenment is an open mind. In this novel, life’s veil of protection is lifted for two true mates – one religious, one spiritual. Spiritualism teaches us why we are here. Religion gives us a sense of security about the future. Those attuned know that how we treat each other determines the degree of enlightenment we obtain on this planet. Bluntly stated, we’re all in this together. The two main character’s directed purpose is to help earth’s population rid themselves of apathy and discontent, and to help prepare for the Way.