Introducing Donna Sorbello, author of Daughter of Liberty

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Donna Sorbello is a professional actress, a published playwright and poetess, and a professor of acting and playwriting. She has written for various publications and has degrees from Emerson College and Boston University. Married, Donna returned to her New England roots after several years in New York City. Her theatre experience playing varied roles, a visit to the Paul Revere House, and her daughter’s innate ability to imaginatively live in the past, all inspired her first historical novel, Daughter of Liberty.

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Two Worlds. A Spry Ring. Friendship that defies time. Mary Grayson Pratt, a typical eleven-year old, is bored with sight-seeing with her parents in historic Boston. But the journey Mary takes into the past is well beyond sight-seeing. Mary is plunged into the center of the excitement and intrigue of the American Revolution. How will she find her way home? The meaning and impact of true friendship, loss, and personal beliefs, are all important challenges Mary must face on her journey. How Mary’s story is resolved carries the reader into a world of historical tumult and human connections that span time.

Introducing Howard J. Schwach, author of Ain’t Love Enough: A Dave Rifkin Mystery

“This is my third book with Outskirts Press and my experience was smooth and easy. I never had any problems with Outskirts Press but I have heard of terrible problems with other publishers.”

Retired New York City teacher and community newspaper editor Howard Schwach is a published author with several young adult educational books and two adult novels under his belt. This is Schwach’s third adult novel, a continuation of his popular Dave Rifkin mysteries. His first was American 587 Heavy, a novel centered on the tragic crash of American Airlines Flight 587 in Rockaway on November 12, 2001, his second, a novel centered on the age-old conflict between Jews and Palestinians in Israel and the consequences of that conflict on a group of aging Jewish tourists visiting the Holy Land. Although a secular Jew, Schwach renewed his interest in Israel and in archeology on a 2018 visit to Israel, accompanied by his daughter, Amy, the executive director for a major Upper East Side, Manhattan congregation. That visit led to The Masada Complex and the birth of Dave Rifkin as a major series protagonist. In Ain’t Love Enough, Schwach continues Rifkin’s development as a fully-developed, complex character. The question of “who has the historical right to the land now called Israel?” brought Schwach to his third novel, the second featuring retired detective Dave Rifkin and his wife, Linda.

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Dave Rifkin is Back for Another Adventure, One That Will Impact Not Only the Lives of Dave and Linda, but Also the Future of a Nation. Dave and his wife, Linda, are back in New York City after their adventures in Israel and life is not quite what the couple expected it to be. Dave has become an alcoholic and a womanizer and Linda has thrown him out of their Manhattan apartment. He is angry, depressed and drunk, so when he wakes up one morning duct-taped to a chair in a dilapidated bungalow on the Atlantic Ocean shore-front in Rockaway, he is not really surprised. He becomes surprised and alarmed, however, when responding police officers find the dead body of a woman floating in the surf nearby and that woman turns out to be Dave’s nemesis from Israel, a woman who was assumed to be rotting away in an Israeli prison. Did he kill her? He can’t remember. This begins a new mystery involving the legitimacy of the State of Israel that takes he and Linda from the bungalow to the honky-tonks and bar-b-que joints of Nashville (Tennessee) and finally, to a former airport in Brooklyn that has become a national park. Filled with mystery and mayhem, Ain’t Love Enough will have you asking for more of Dave and Linda.

Introducing Billy Anders, author of Murder at Toltec Gorge: A Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Adventure

“This is my fifth book with Outskirts Press and my Author Representative was there to offer new advice and guide me in a painless way. I highly recommend Outskirts Press!”

Billy Anders is a member of the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc., and works as a docent for the C&TSRR, successor since 1970 to the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. He is a retired police officer and US Air Force officer.

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“IF HE HURTS HER AGAIN, I’LL KILL HIM!” Arriana Garcia, stunningly beautiful yet imperfect, is the section foreman’s wife at Sublette, New Mexico, on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad’s San Juan Extension. It’s an isolated, lonely mountain place, 9,276 feet up, where winters are harsh. Twelve young rail workers live in two bunkhouses next to the section house, and Mrs. Garcia cooks for everyone. But in 1927, during the Roaring 20s, American women are changing. Many like Arri Garcia are rethinking traditional roles. Leo Garcia, Sublette section foreman, is Arriana’s husband. Leo was decorated for bravery in France during World War I, a hero. Garcia is a strict, effective railroad supervisor, but he has a dark side. Leo is an abuser. Foreman Garcia rules his home the same way he rules his section gang – through intimidation and fear. Eliseo Martinez is a star engineer for the D&RGW. He grew up in Conejos, Colorado, where he served as an altar boy in Our Lady of Guadalupe church. Over time, Eli quietly falls in love with the married Arriana Garcia, though he knows better. More than once, Martinez sees fresh bruises on Arri. Finally, infuriated, he tells his best friend, fireman Samuel Gonzales: “If he hurts her again, I’ll kill him!” Sam realizes that Eli has stepped into a Sublette funnel in which there’s only room for two people to come out alive. This can’t be good, thinks Sam. This can’t be good at all.

The Fate of Our States is Great: 101 Poems on American History

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Bill Jordan is a sales manager by trade. He wrote for many publications during his time in college and still contributes to some websites. His first novel, Second Chance at Love, was published in 2018 by Outskirts Press and can be purchased online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Just a kid from Akron, OH, he lives, works, and writes in Ellicottville, NY with his wife and pets. He can be reached by email at billjordaniv@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @billjordan4.

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Rhyme your way through time with this entertaining collection of poems on American history. Immerse yourself in a unique journey through United States history. With sections covering significant events, important people and the presidents, this collection is guaranteed to bring you back to history class and help prepare you to win the fight during trivia night as you rhyme your way through time.

Introducing Paul M. Ryan, author of The Vietnam War Experience: Reflections on the War and Its Consequences

“I’m very pleased overall with every phase of the publication process.”

Paul M. Ryan lives in Northern California with his wife. They are blessed with three children and ten grandchildren. This book reflects the author’s experiences in Vietnam and experience representing hundreds of veterans and others seeking disability benefits based on psychiatric issues.

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A view of the Vietnam War and its consequences. This book reflects the reality of the Vietnam War, and other wars, in terms of war experiences and events. Themes of this book include the psychological, physical and emotional effects of the war in the context of the war itself and in the context of societal reactions to the war and its veterans. Society as a whole reacts to veterans in many ways. The book conveys these themes through short stories and poems that shed light on the war, which are meant to provide insights into the war and its consequences for the warrior. The book also explores the war’s consequences to veterans in the context of their adjustment to society and to how society responds to them. While the book focuses on the Vietnam War, it provides a perspective of war in general. Overall, this writing is a testament to those who served in wartime. It is intended to inspire readers to think deeply about the ramifications of war in general, and the Vietnam War in particular. Those who served in wartime will understand these writings. Others will learn about war and be able to view war through the eyes of the warrior.

Introducing Brenda Marie Black, author of The Bella Rose & Dianthus Bobby

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Brenda Marie Black currently lives in Hanover, PA with her husband, Clay, and two adult puppies, Buffie Delizia and Antonio “Tony” Giocoso. Previously, Brenda worked as an administrative assistant for a county government and two colleges. During her career she humbly received recognition and awards for her work. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, Summa Cum Laude, from Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD. She enjoys painting, writing, walking, jogging, camping, golf, baseball games, and bike riding. She feels blessed to have a loving family and wonderful friends. Brenda looks forward to making new friends with readers.

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Accompany Pasquale and Lena in this One of a Kind Story. Brenda Marie Black is a first-time author. As a child, she was filled with an incessant curiosity about the mysterious and unspoken past of her beloved Italian grandparents, Pasquale and Lena Donofrio. As an adult, she set out to discover and unlock abounding secrets through years of research, interviews, and travel. Brenda was gifted time to fulfill a dream-to write and now share this unique and faith-filled novel brimming with romance and suspense. Actual events, research and interviews, along with the author’s memories, were used to fabricate a natural fiber as the basis of the novel. An artificial fiber, composed of artistic embellishments of prose and fictional characters, was created for enhancing and materializing the story. Both fibers were spooled into one yarn and woven, nimbly and creatively, throughout the novel. Brenda Marie Black celebrated and cried in researching and writing The Bella Rose & Dianthus Bobby. All are invited to travel back in time to experience the riveting legacy of the author’s grandparents. Through precise period details, one will experience, first-hand, the treasured story of handsome Pasquale and beautiful Lena. The aura of their hearts and souls are revealed in raw, in-depth characterization. Along the journey, there are many other unique individuals to discover. Pasquale and Lena gift us with an extraordinary and inspirational story. Join them. Read of their challenges, celebrations, tragedy, heart break, deep regret, and . . . Was Lena’s mother right? Would a covenant be broken? Can a single tragic event change everything? Is it possible to bury love? Are coincidences just that-or are our lives in synchronicity? Is there a Heaven? The answers are found as you accompany Pasquale and Lena in this one of a kind story. Are you ready to travel? Bring a wrap for your arms as you might find the esoteric folklore a bit chilling. Be sure to lace-up your most sturdy shoes for this bumpy, unconventional and unpredictable journey. Pasquale and Lena’s venture is full of twists and turns. Take a few deep breaths before beginning the expedition to the many unique places this story takes you. You’ll be traversing on mountainsides, navigating rough ocean waters, exploring an enchanting lakeside, riding in diverse modes of transportation, and walking and running in various bountiful tracts of nature. And, just an important piece of advice, be sure to pack a cotton handkerchief.

Introducing Robert Steven Habermann, author of The Promise in the Morning Sky: An Immigrant’s Story

“This novel is my third book with Outskirts Press. Each time, my Author Representative provided me with the upmost professional guidance and well-founded recommendations, and she made my journey through this process most enjoyable. If I decide to write a fourth book, I hope that I will use Outskirts Press again.”

Robert Steven Habermann resides in Roanoke, Virginia, with his wife, Linda, and their dog, Baxter. This book is his third novel. The Last Emperor of Rome, published in 2017, concerns the life and times of Julius Valerius Majorian and is a story of conquest, betrayal, and forbidden love during the final years of the Roman Empire. Published in 2014, Music in the Key of Time captures the essence of the middle to the late 1960s as seen through the eyes and actions of two young men. A musical CD by the same title and containing twelve of the author’s original songs taken from his first book was released in 2015.

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Living Takes a Lifetime, and It’s Over in the Blink of an Eye. A classic tale of a grandfather telling his grandson the story of a German immigrant and his struggles to establish a life in the New World. A moving chronicle of hardship and gallantry involving tall sailing ships and steam locomotives; slaves and emancipators; homesteading on the treeless Nebraska prairie; and the coming of modern times. A story of an American pioneer and his attempts to make sense out of the chaos swirling all around him.

Introducing George Rollie Adams, author of South of Little Rock

“I like the way my book turned out. I am a commercially published author and I have a number of friends who are writers and editors and at least three who are looking to self-publish.”

George Rollie Adams is president and CEO emeritus at Strong National Museum of Play, author of General William S. Harney: Prince of Dragoons, and coauthor of Nashville: A Pictorial History. He is a native of southern Arkansas and a former teacher with graduate degrees in history and education.

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South of Little Rock is a story of love, hate, fear, and courage as the residents of a small town in southern Arkansas deal with social change in 1957. Sam Tate is a white merchant, councilman, and widower who dotes on his two children and has not given much thought to how black people live. He only wants to play baseball with them. Becky Reeves is an unmarried northerner who ignores a warning from her mother and comes south to teach. Ida Belle Tate is a strong-willed woman who loves quilting and helping raise her grandchildren and dislikes blacks and Yankees. Life changes for all of them when Governor Faubus resists the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School and President Eisenhower sends troops to ensure it. While national authority clashes with states’ rights in Little Rock, an ambitious newspaper editor and a bigoted minister fan racial hatred in Unionville. Amid cross burnings, White Citizens’ Council meetings, and all manner of ruminating, speculating, and sermonizing among townsfolk, white and black, at home, work, and church, Sam questions old ways, Ida Belle clings to tradition, and Becky angers parents and school officials. The unrest brings Sam and Becky together then stands between them. “Remarkably relevant to society today.” – Charles Phillips, coauthor of What Every American Should Know about American History. “Meticulously researched. Crisply rendered. Smartly constructed.” – Scott Eberle, blogger for Psychology Today. “Adams creates realistic characters and dialogue like a master playwright.” – Don Daglow, Emmy-winning author of The Fog Seller: A San Francisco Mystery.

Introducing WYN, author of Great Americans on Stage

“My Author Representative was a great help in getting through a long and difficult book project.”

WYN is the pseudonym for Irwin Shishko, an “old scribe” who has penned countless words as a Wall Street economist, medical research commentator, political analyst, and author of poems and plays. A Florida resident, WYN and his wife, Renee have just celebrated their 68th anniversary, still inspired by friends, music, and ballroom dance.

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Three Fascinating History Plays. If you are a theater aficionado, you know how unusual it is to encounter plays which illuminate key figures in American history. That’s one reason for the huge appeal of the Hip-Hop Hamilton musical on Broadway. Outside that musical genre, this trilogy of “Great Americans on Stage” is a sterling addition to the repertoire of fine drama-works about our early heroes. It offers exciting, intimate, and revealing portraits of three great Americans: “Light Horse Harry” Lee, Alexander Hamilton, and Abraham Lincoln. Two of these dramas – the Light Horse Harry and Alexander Hamilton plays – lean towards realistic story-telling, though most of the sparkling dialogue had to be invented. By contrast, the Lincoln play is built around an imaginary encounter between a young Quaker “war-resister” and the President-elect en route to his inauguration, and crucial decisions on the eve of the Civil War. Whether founded mainly on actual history, or on the author’s imaginative theatrical concept, all of these plays are rich in insight about their lead characters, and the events of the period in which these eminent men are so vitally involved. We’ve probably said enough to suggest the beguiling character of this all-American play collection – a trilogy you are apt to find as edifying as it is entertaining.

Introducing Gerlinde Pyron, author of Shadows and Joys of a Life in Bavaria

“The process of publishing this book was guided by the wonderful people at Outskirt Press. Most of all I was pleased with the book’s cover in which the art department was able to incorporate my own watercolor of our small town in Bavaria. I also liked having the chat feature, when now and then I couldn’t find my way around on the editing screens.”

Gerlinde Pyron arrived in Texas in 1960 at the age of seventeen, an unwilling immigrant, a farm girl with minimal formal schooling, who spoke only German. In less than two years, she mastered enough English to do office work. Later, night time college courses in computer design led to jobs in banking, manufacturing and in the oil industry. Early retirement offered the opportunity for community service, painting, writing, gardening, and enjoying grandchildren. But most of all, she has appreciated traveling with her husband, living out her childhood dream of visiting far-off lands…and frequently returning to her home in Bavaria.

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A Childhood in the Shadow of War-Torn Germany. Growing up in rural Bavaria, Gerlinde didn’t know about Hitler’s regime in the way Americans learn about it in school. All she knew was the beauty and tragedy of daily life on the farm where she lived with her brother and sister, her mother, and her stepfather-she never knew her father, who was killed in the Siege of Leningrad. Experience country life in Germany in the 1940s and 1950s, through the eyes of an observant, imaginative child who watched as defeated German soldiers and their families tried to reinvent their lives after the war. From elaborate childhood games to the sobering reality of exhausting daily work, from the love and care of friends and neighbors to the heartbreak of a traumatized family, this compelling memoir is a testimony to the courage and grit of a girl who eventually came to America, fulfilling her own great-grandmother’s dream.