Introducing Howard J. Schwach, author of American 587 Heavy: A Novel of Terrorism and Betrayal

“Everything went very smoothly — thanks largely to my author rep. She walked me through everything I needed to know and the book is just what I hoped it would be.”

Howard J. Schwach, a retired teacher, had already authored several young adult educational books, when he became the managing editor of the local community newspaper. He turned on his police scanner on the morning of November 12, 2001 and heard the first news that a large commercial aircraft had crashed four blocks from his home. The tragic crash of American Airlines Flight 587 became the genesis of this novel. Did the first officer cause the crash by overflying the rudder? Did a design defect cause the tail to fall off over Jamaica Bay? Was terrorism involved? Read and decide for yourself!

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Torn from the Headlines and Brought Home. Ron Staller was a happy man. The retired teacher had, shortly before the 9-11 terrorist attacks, become the editor and publisher of the “Beachcomber,” a community paper in New York City’s borough of Queens. Now, two months later, Staller was on his way to work when his quiet life literally crashed on his head in the guise of American Airlines Flight 587. While state and federal officials were quick to say that the deadly crash was an accident caused by the erratic flying skills of the first officer, dozens of locals eyewitnesses, many of them police officers and firefighters, thought differently. Staller, working with local police detectives, is driven to believe that there was more to the crash than what was reported by the NTSB and other federal agencies. Working hard on the evidence and thwarted by federal agencies, the detectives, joined by a suspicious NTSB investigator, Staller’s police sergeant son and a Muslim Newsday reporter, begin to see the truth. Will the government, however, allow that truth to be told.

Introducing Charles Massie, author of Pinned – A Kentucky True Crime

“I am happy with the professionalism of the company representatives as well as the fact that the company keeps its promises and does everything that they say will do. I started out in self publishing with a competitor and wasted over $6000 trying to get my books out to the public. I would place calls to them for progress reports and would never get a call back. In fact, about the only time they would call me was when they wanted to sell me another product. After a bit of adding additional information and re-editing the book, I contacted Outskirts Press. They kept in contact with me every step of the way, and Pinned – A Kentucky True Crime was published. Within a few weeks, the book was listed on Amazon and Barnes and Noble sites and I was actually making sales.”

Charles Massie grew up in upstate New York; the oldest of 4 children. After finishing high school, he served a total of six years at various ports around the world for the United States Navy. Upon his return to civilian life, he continued his education at Syracuse University and eventually worked for a number of engineering and sales firms, before finally going off on his own enterprises. He has been instrumental in overseeing such companies as Massie Engineering Associates, InfoTech Consulting, LLC and CaterCats Catering. The call of creative expression has always in the background of his life and over the years, he has submitted articles and stories to publications like Twilight Zone Magazine, Readers Digest, Analog Publications and others. Pinned! – A Kentucky True Crime is his first novel and is the first book of the ‘BlueGrass’ series. The sequel, Stains on the Gavel, will be published later in 2013; as well a young adult adventure novel entitled The Boy in the Bin. His hobbies include progressive rock music, computers, animals, humor, exotic cars and practicing random acts of kindness. He lives in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and is the owner of StarShow Publications.

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“I fear the dark and I live all alone…” Mark Casey, a native New York-er and a gentleman, wants to get out of his home state and live in another part of the world. Over the internet, he meets and is attracted to a small town Kentucky woman named Roxie. This woman seems to be the girl of his dreams – sensual, ambitious, funny and beautiful. After a series of email and phone conversations, Roxie invites Mark to visit her in Kentucky. The Meeting is magic. They fall head over heels for each other and decide to live together. But like the flip of a switch, there are immediate problems as soon as he gets in his new abode. He and Roxie fight, where they never did before. She constantly tells him lies. There seems to be a black cloud around Roxie, where someone else always gets hurt. And their once raging sexual relationship has turned sour, causing them to sleep apart. What could have caused this abyss? This is a true story of flagrant injustice in a small country town. It is a page whipping account of sex, drugs, manipulation, false arrest, corrupt public officials and good ‘ol boys who take rather than give. See what it is like to be trapped in the nest of a Black Widow. Read the story and be Pinned.

Introducing Len Carrier, author of Bet on the River

“After dealing with another press and waiting for months (with an eventual rejection), Outskirts came through and published my book. I hope other aspiring authors will take my experience as an example.”

Len Carrier was born in New Rochelle, NY. He is a former USAF Officer and a retired philosophy professor. He now divides his time between North Carolina and Florida when he isn’t traveling to foreign countries with his wife Claire. This is his first full-length work of fiction.

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Retired CIA agent Matt Krim, still grieving over the death of his wife, is suddenly swept into a vortex of political forces over which he has little control. Relying only on the analytical skills he honed during his years as a CIA operative, along with his innate sense of justice, Matt must unravel the myriad problems that beset him as well as fighting his own inner demons.

Introducing Sheena Binkley, author of In Love with my Best Friend

“I would like to take the time to say thank you Outskirts Press for a wonderful job in helping me publish my first novel. The team involved with the process was very helpful and was able to answer all my questions truthfully and professionally. The experience with Outskirts Press was amazing and I highly recommend your services for anyone starting out. Again, thank you for my making my dream a reality.”

Sheena Binkley first discovered her love for storytelling when writing her first story for a class project at the tender age of nine. Since then, she has composed several short stories and numerous tales that are not only engaging, but simply entertaining. She is also a freelance writer, penning articles on various topics including education and entertainment. Besides writing, she loves reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Houston (where the weather is always unpredictable) with her husband and son. Besides writing, she loves reading, shopping, and spending time with family and friends. She lives in Houston (where the weather is always unpredictable) with her husband and son.

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Camille Anderson always lived life on the straight and narrow- she never took a chance in life, especially with her best friend, Trevor Williams. The two were next door neighbors and experienced almost everything together. Although the two told each other everything, there was one thing Camille never admitted to Trevor and that was her feelings for him.

After being out of state for a job position, Trevor returns to Houston with a new fiancèe. He always looked at Camille as just his best friend, but at his engagement party, he starts to look at her in a different light, making him wonder if he is marrying the right woman.

With a string of events involving the pair, as well as loyal friends dishing out romance advice, the two realize that being more than friends may not be such a bad idea. In fact, it could be what they needed all along.

Introducing Reginald J. Thorne, author of The Wreck of the Rachael Marie

I am very happy with the whole experience…as a first time author I was really scared and confused, but all of you were patient and you all put me at ease.

I am working on another novel and I will definitely publish it with Outskirts Press.”

Reginald J. Thorne is an old fashioned story teller. He has lived a full life and his characters are part of who he is . . . lover, friend, confidant and scoundrel. Let your mind journey back in time as you immerse yourself in this rich tapestry of love, adventure and revenge.

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Name the last Pirate adventure story you read since Treasure Island!

Can’t think of one? Well, your wait is over! The Wreck of the Rachel Marie has it all . . . Adventure-Treasure-Murder-Love-Loyalty and Revenge. Follow the adventures of Captain Simon Daggett and the “Brotherhood of the Skull”, through the eyes of seaman Tom Smythe as they sail the Caribbean during the late 1600’s . . . the age of the pirates. You will meet Isaac Meeks, Daggett’s nemesis in arms . . . a clever and vicious pirate . . . Sir Edgar Hobart; wealthy, ruthless and Simon Daggett’s distant father . . . and of course the beautiful and elegant Rachel Marie Hobart, the women for whom the ill-fated ship was named. You’ll visit St Lucia where Simon was born, as well as Barbados, Tortuga, Port Royal and New Bedford. Experience the adventures of the characters all woven together in the lush backdrop of the Spanish Main. Why did Rachel feel such a close connection to a famous pirate she had never met? Why was she the only soft spot in Simon Daggett’s heart? Each character is so different from the other, yet their lives are all inter-connected in this exciting journey. Gold guineas, gems, rare black coral, a double-cross, a ship wreck, revenge and death all contribute to this enjoyable tale of adventure in the Caribbean.

Introducing Jim Dossett, author of Finding Bobby Ray

Since this as my first experience, I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop, but it never did. From my first contact with Jerry, to be passed on to Brie, I was more than pleased with our partnership. I’m a little confused now with marketing and how to get my book in bookstores. I met with a Barnes & Noble Mgr. in Knoxville the other day, and he told me that they did not accept books that were unreturnable. Actually, he kind of blew me off, but I can understand that every Tom, Dick and Harry are wanting to sell their books there within their own parameters. I really appreciate the opportunity to work with all of you. I just have to look more closely at the tomes of info that you supply and the cafeteria selections you offer at numerous prices. I will say that, I would like to work with you again and I’ve already started my second book. I may take a different tack the next time especially with the marketing effort. Thank you. I would love to see your production facility and meet some of the people who work there!

Jim Dossett embarked on his journey to determine his origins in the “back forty” of his life. That’s when he discovered the identity of his biological parents and that his given name was “Bobby Ray.” He lives in East Tennessee, with his wife, Brenda, and is in the process of writing his second novel.

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My name is Harley. I was thrown away when I was a child. But I was found by angels that folded me in their wings and delivered me to a safe place. It wasn’t heaven; it was imperfect in ways that mere mortals are apt to gaum things up, but it was close to paradise, especially for a young ‘un; with creeks to swim, hollers and cool, deep woods to explore; and hillsides on which to lay down in the sun, surrounded by fields of wildflowers and the whisper of the wind in the long, waving grass. In this heaven, on the Cumberland Plateau, in East Tennessee, I felt blessed to be a child of the earth, which made me feel sacred; nurtured by folks who taught me many lessons; about humility, the sanctity of simple living, and that family, blood- kin or not, like love, is everything. As I grew older, I began to believe I was different than these angels that called me their own. I believed that I was not like them; that I had borrowed my identity from those who found me. Surrounded by their glory, I still felt alone and wondered worriedly, about my beginnings. A rage filled me that I couldn’t explain and I drifted away from my divine nature, wondering why I came into this life in the first place. After several hard-learned lessons, I felt sacred once more. But my sweet life was interrupted when I discovered Bobby Ray, and was confronted by the unhinged entity that wanted to reclaim him. This is our story.

Introducing C. Lee McKenzie, author of Alligators Overhead

“Since this was my first time trying to publish something on my own, I appreciated the help and support I received along the way from each of the Reps. Great job.”

C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication. Her greatest passion is writing for young readers. Many of her fiction and non-fiction pieces appear in Stories for Children and Crow Toes Quarterly. She has published two young adult novels, Sliding on the Edge and The Princess of Las Pulgas. She lives in California on the edge of a redwood forest with her family.
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Alligators, witches and an a spooky mansion aren’t your average neighbors…

Alligators, witches and a spooky mansion aren’t your average neighbors…unless you live at the edge of the Ornofree swamp in the backwater town of Hadleyville. The town’s bad boy, Pete Riley, may only be twelve, but he’s up to his eyeballs in big trouble, and this time he isn’t the cause. This time the trouble arrives when a legendary hundred-year-old mansion, materializes next door and the Ornofree alligators declare war to save their swamp from bulldozers. Things only get worse when Pete’s guardian aunt and several of her close friends vanish while trying to restore order using outdated witchcraft. Now Pete must find his aunt and stop the war. He might stand a chance if his one friend, Weasel, sticks with him, but even then, they may not have what it takes.

Cherlina Works, author of Nothing Can Come Between Us

“I’m glad I chose Outskirts Press! They are really grooming me for success!”

Cherlina Works resides in Saginaw, MI with her family. She is the self-published author of “Jewel’s Magical Christmas.” More children’s books and novels are on the way.

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Who needs enemies?

When MeKeisha McVaughn moves into the neighborhood as a young girl, she seems warm, friendly, and has everyone’s back. As a teenager, MeKeisha, although beautiful and sexy, gets dumped by her first love LaMar for refusing to give up her virginity. An evil persona emerges. MeKeisha becomes unstable and develops an unhealthy obsession with her naive best friend Sha’Lena’s boyfriend De’Andre, who just happens to be LaMar’s cousin. A crisis comes up, giving MeKeisha the opportunity to commit the ultimate betrayal. MeKeisha then goes on a trail of backstabbing and deceit, stopping at nothing to get want she wants. Seeing her childhood friends Sha’Lena and Dominique achieve their dreams of musical stardom only adds fuel to the fire. One of them won’t survive. Will the remaining friends find the courage to end this deadly friendship, or will MeKeisha get caught in her own web of deception?