Introducing Rebecca Mountain-Pazell, author of Ziggy: The Pig Who Loved Sushi

“My Author Representative’s professionalism, knowledge,and dedication guided me during my first publishing experience. I appreciate her patience!”

Rebecca Mountain-Pazell, a graduate of the University of Kansas, works as a freelance writer. She lives with her husband John, a corporate attorney, in the suburbs of Kansas City. The couple enjoys cooking, traveling, volunteering for local charities, and spoiling their pets. Caitlin Bryce Lassen is a freelance artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saint Mary. Her specialties include animal illustrations, portraits, and fantasy comics. The Kansas-born Lassen lives in her home state with husband Andrew and their mischievous Pomeranian.

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ZIGGY, The Pig Who Loved Sushi A Celebration of Food and Friendship. Ziggy is a small pig enjoying a simple life on a quiet Kansas farm. But her calm world is turned upside when she eats sushi for the first time. Now, her quest for this tasty new food leads her and her owners on a cross-country journey. They even travel all the way to the Orient! By the end of their adventure, Ziggy and her humans learn the importance of home, family, and the value of friendship.

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. 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. http://cleemckenziebooks.com/

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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.

Introducing T.L. Needham, author of Kitty Claus

“I am and was very demanding and anxious to get this project done before Thanksgiving, since it is a Christmas book. Colleen was very patient with me and responsive… and most importantly, the book was published the day before Thanksgiving. So, I am thankful to Colleen and the entire team that worked on this book. Thanks!”

T.L. Needham has published several award-winning books, including When I Was a Child and a collection of poetry called Pesky Poems, in which Kitty Claus was originally published. Needham was also founder and publisher of Relocation/Realty UPDATE, a national news magazine on corporate relocation and real estate issues, and he was publisher and editor of Kansas City Parent magazine during the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has also been a national speaker and trainer on real estate and relocation issues. Now retired, Needham lives in the Chicago area and writes full time. Kitty Claus is illustrated by Lizzy Dodig, a talented young artist and high school freshman. She has a wide variety of interests and talents, but illustrative art is her passion.

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Can Kitty Claus, the meanest cat around, learn what Christmas is all about? On a snowy Christmas Eve, a fierce cat named Kitty Claws rules over a family of thin, starving mice, keeping them from the tempting treats left out for Santa. But when the father mouse rescues Kitty Claws from danger, their relationship is transformed from one of adversity to a new bond of mutual friendship and Christmas spirit. Kitty Claus is a delightful story-poem of transformation, courage, and righteous behavior. With beautiful illustrations and endearing characters, this book will be a treasured addition to any family’s library.

Introducing Jerry Uhlig, author of Cutting the Rope

“Outskirts is a great publishing company. They worked hard to publish my novel in a timely and professional manner. The only slow part of the process was me pouring over the proofs. Thanks, Lisa, for an outstanding job of bringing my lifelong dream to fruition.”

Jerry Uhlig grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, ventured to Missouri to graduate from Ozark Christian College, and settled in Alaska. He hunts bear, dipnets salmon, and fishes for trout. A full-time volunteer under Youth With A Mission, Jerry has also worked as a teen counselor and a high school football coach. He resides in Homer, Alaska with his wife, two sons, and daughter. He camps out in the front yard when he can’t get across the bay for adventure. Jerry secretly hopes to build a log cabin some day.

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Ronin is a risk-taker. Gunner is a teddy bear. Their friendship is forged on the football field and in the forests, through pranks and predicaments. Nothing can separate these die-hard buddies. Eager to take on any challenge, the seventeen-year-olds handcraft a canoe and launch their senior summer. When they attempt to rescue a girl floating toward a treacherous waterfall, the lighthearted trip ends in tragedy. The survivors somehow carry on, haunted by guilt. But will they learn to choose forgiveness before another life is lost?

Introducing Priya Balkaran, author of Chasing Luca

“Thank you, once again for giving me a great Outskirts experience!”

Priya Balkaran was born in Queens, New York and currently resides in Orlando, Florida. This is her second novel.


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“Very nice,” Luca said, evidently impressed. I would have made a snide comment, but I was too happy so I just laughed and nodded along. I pulled into our spot, parked, got out and did a happy dance. Luca watched and laughed. “I’m going to really miss you, you know,” he said watching my dance. On the inside, I felt my heart drop an inch. On the outside, I walked up to him and punched him on his arm. “I know,” I said, sticking my tongue out, our faces less than two feet apart. He gave me a smile and I knew that if I didn’t move at this very second, something bad would happen. So I morphed into a mockingbird and flew away, behind a tree. It was the first time his smile gave me butterflies in my stomach.

Introducing G. Jean Smith, author of Never Ending Dance

“Elaine was great to deal with. She was incredibly fast and accurate with her responses. If I do publish through Outskirts again, I would enjoy working with her again.”

G. Jean Smith grew up in West Texas and is proud to call Morton, Texas home. As a prior Army Spouse, she has led an eclectic life full of constant change and has lived in various parts of the U.S. and Italy. She currently resides in Kansas with her three children.


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Catherine Cannon has spent her life keeping secrets and trying to outrun her past. Speaking about her past, about her family, is taboo and she has only shared her life with her closest childhood friend. But when Catherine reaches a milestone, she willingly places herself in a situation where she is faced with having to talk in-depth with a psychologist. It’s the only way she can confront her past head on as she seeks the answer she’s not sure she really wants to hear.