Introducing George Norton Snider, author of How I Killed JFK

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Retired…World Wide Detective At the ripe old age of 67, now turned writer, author, poet, play write, time traveler, living to write, enjoying the quite time behind the key board reminiscing old friends and fun times, finding words to connect them all together, watching the sun rise and set, praying for another day to write and say, my next books are: “The Most Haunted Place In The World,” “The Time Warp Road,” “Who Murdered Miss Lee,” “Missing In Aruba,” “The Time Travelers,” “My Collection of Short Stories,” and “A Walk in the Wind Prose and Poetry.”

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The Truth, The Lies, The Cover-Up. This is where we sort them all out. How the real untold story could have happened. Read as the plot unwinds and the characters come to life through the eyes and mind of a retired worldwide detective. Understand my knowledge and experience. I make Sherlock Holmes look like Nancy Drew.

Introducing G. Mason, author of The Domino War

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This narrative is drawn from the author’s actual experiences in a land of death-from which sprung love, hope and new life. The people, events and letters are real. Only the American names and one place name, have been fictionalized.

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“…THE FALLING DOMINO PRINCIPLE” -U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower, on the communist threat to the countries of Southeast Asia. The Domino War,” sequel to The Crags of Old Rag, continues the Parsten family saga-now with son Jesse drafted into the U.S. Army, sent to the Vietnam War he detested, and surrounded by the raging conflict. Spanning the peak war years 1966-70, the story alternates between the Parsten’s eccentric utopian Virginia farm and Jesse’s wide-ranging adventures and escapades during a time of upheaval in both countries.

Introducing Will Ottinger, author of A Season for Ravens

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Will Ottinger is a Houston resident and life-long enthusiast of World War One aviation. He previously published a non-fiction work in England on the art of painted military miniatures where he gained the recognition of Grand Master painter. His interest in the history and lore of First World War aviators began as a boy, and now includes a large collection of original documents, letters, autographs, and photos as well as an extensive personal library on the subject. The collection proved invaluable in researching “A Season for Ravens” to ensure its accuracy and feel for the period. A History major and graduate of Emory University in Atlanta and Northwestern Graduate School in Chicago, Ottinger spent most of his early life in Savannah, Georgia. He’s now semi-retired and currently owns a consulting firm in the wealth management industry where he is an acknowledged trainer, speaker, and writer. He and his wife, Sandra, moved to Houston seven years ago, finding a thoroughly enjoyable new home. He is currently working on his next novel. Will Ottinger is a lifelong enthusiast and collector of World War One aviation. He has owned a training/consulting company for the past 20 years. Previously, he published a book on the art of military miniatures. He and his wife now live in Houston, Texas, and can be contacted at osrtrain@att.net.

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Fleming hoisted himself into the cockpit. Maybe McPherson was always like this before a patrol, he thought uneasily. He yelled at two men who waited by the SE’s nose. They swung the huge four-bladed propeller, and the Hispano-Suiza engine caught with a roar. Acrid exhaust smoke filled his mouth, and more engines started, shattering the morning stillness. He tried to remember everything he’d been told and gave an involuntary start when a mechanic leaned into the cockpit. The man yanked his shoulder harness tighter, patted his shoulder, and disappeared in the darkness. He set the magneto switch by feel. The horizon was a thin line of pink, the trees barely visible. He waited until the SE beside him trundled away and eased his throttle forward. His aircraft bumped across the grass and gained speed. He increased throttle and found himself quickly airborne. The earth dissolved into a dim void and he climbed toward the pinpoints of multiple exhausts. The patrol turned east. Stacked in a V-formation, McPherson was the arrow point, a long yellow streamer trailing behind his rudder. To his right Fleming made out Teal’s broad white arrow. Priestley and a fifth SE brought up the rear. As it slowly grew lighter Fleming saw a line of observation balloons hovering along the horizon. Were they British or German? He’d already forgotten what he’s been told during briefing. He settled deeper into the seat. Cold quickly seeped into his hindquarters and boots, inching through his body until he began to shiver. His feet ached until he no longer felt his toes. Frigid sunlight nudged the horizon, reflecting off the four sets of goggles around him, transforming the others into bug-eyed strangers. Exiled inside the maze of metal, wood, and cloth, only his engine’s good will kept him aloft. The others were unable to help him now, and for the first time Fleming understood true isolation.

Introducing Maureen Francis Doyle, author of A Journey in Time

“I loved working with Laura. I knew she was there to answer any questions and help me along with the process of publishing. I told her at one point that I thought she was a godsend! Thanks Laura for a great experience.”

Maureen Francis Doyle is a freelance writer and multimedia artist. She spent over two decades in teacher education and as an officer in the United States Army before turning to write fiction full-time. A Journey in Time is based on a true story and discovered family history. She found the courage and determination of so many touching and inspirational. She loves to write and wanted her debut novel to be meaningful sharing with others the hardships and heartaches that so many endured. She lives on Lake Oconee in Georgia with her husband Ron and two labra-doodles, Maverick and Grace Helen.

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Many people are familiar with The Great Potato Famine that took place in Ireland during the mid-1800’s, but few know the intimate and personal hardships and challenges that so many faced in an attempt to flee their homeland. Inspired by actual events and personal family history, this novel is a love story. Not the usual romantic love story between two people but a love story of a man that is so devoted to his family that he’s willing to take extraordinary risks for them. The reader is taken on a courageous journey from County Wicklow, Ireland to Camden, Ontario, Canada. A sweeping and powerful epic adventure, A Journey in Time begins in nineteenth century Shillelagh, Ireland. At the onset of the epic disaster of the Great Potato Famine, John makes a promise to his dying father that he will leave Ireland, his destination the shores of Canada, his objective saving his family from starvation and disease. He must make the wrenching decision to leave his family behind in an Irish workhouse built for the destitute not knowing how he is going to accomplish his goal of finding land in Canada and bringing his family to safe shores. With profound determination and unswerving devotion to his family, John faces the future alone with grace and courage. Share with him the loves of his life and the unforgettable individuals that make John’s journey possible in this epic story of love, compassion, courage and determination that brings to life crucial and little-known chapters in Irish and Canadian history.

Introducing Diane Dettmann, author of On Liberty’s Wings: A Post-WWII Novel

“Lisa stayed connected with me and followed up on questions I had. She was always positive and easy to work with.”

Diane Dettmann is the award-winning author of Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel and Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph. On Liberty’s Wing: A Post-WWII Novel is the third book in her World War II series. She is also the author of Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal, the co-author of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants and a contributing author for the national “Women’s Voices for Change” organization in New York City. BOOK EVENTS: Hudson House Hotel, 1616 Crest View Dr. Hudson, WI; 2018 Barnes & Noble, Jan. 21, 2:00 PM Har Mar Mall 2100 N. Snelling Roseville, MN

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The end of World War II signals a new beginning for America, but for twenty-two-year-old Yasu Nakahara and her family, harsh prejudices remain. Now married and leading a new life, Yasu faces barriers almost as unyielding as the years she and her family spent imprisoned in the Japanese internment camp in California during the war. Motivated by flashbacks of armed military guards and barbwire fences, Yasu strives to build a new life. She pours her heart and soul into her new teaching position while her husband Masato, a World War II veteran, faces his own battles of attaining an engineering degree and securing a job. On Liberty’s Wings: A Post-WWII Novel is a story of the strength of the human spirit and focuses on themes of forgiveness, choice, prejudice and change. Become immersed in Yasu’s evolution and her family’s recovery as they celebrate victories and grieve their losses.

“Many novels focus on the Japanese internment camp experience; but far fewer continue the story to document the ongoing challenges faced by the Japanese as they-and American society-recover in the aftermath of war. The different forms of prejudice that continue to complicate Yasu’s life, even for something as simple as a real estate transaction, are especially revealing and powerfully portrayed.
The story stands nicely alone as an individual piece, but when read in the wider context of Yasu’s life, it helps the reader form a bigger picture of the World War II experience. When taken as an integral part of Dettmann’s blossoming series, it is recommended for mature teens to adult readers seeking far more psychological depth and social inspection into this period of America’s history.” —Diane Donovan, Senior Editor Midwest Reviews.

“Courage is more than going through the trial; it is living through the aftermath. On Liberty’s Wings is a poignant, engrossing story of young Japanese Americans pursuing the American dream with grace and determination in the face of post-World War II prejudice. Beautifully written, a story that touches the hearts of readers.” -Narita Roady, Book Blogger and Writer.

“Diane weaves in the intensity of racial actions and words with a story that ‘Americanizes’ a small Japanese American family just trying to make it in post-World War II America. They face the additional challenge of experiencing the advantages and disadvantages of being a minority in our society. Dettmann captures the basic goodness in human nature, showing how many treated this family as if they weren’t different while including reminders that negative racial thoughts are as much a part of human nature as that goodness. As a third generation Japanese American born and raised in the Midwest, I believe that Diane writes with an awareness of what it’s like being racially different that is quite accurate.” –John Suzukida

Introducing Alexandra Goodwin, author of Exchange at the Border

“Thank you so much for sharing this journey with me. As a first time author, I was overwhelmed with the publication process, but my research paid off: my choice of Outskirts Press is one of the best decisions I made. I was very pleased with the way everything was handled by your company. You are professional, efficient, and responsive.”

Alexandra Goodwin was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and came to the United States as a student. She lives with her husband Craig and their two poodles in Coral Springs, Florida. Exchange at the Border is her first novel.

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Mexican agave farm worker Porro Camorra never meant to do anything wrong. He is in love with his girlfriend, but when she becomes pregnant, his life is in danger. Fleeing the vindictive wrath of her enraged brothers, who have sworn to kill him, Porro runs for the border. But when he reaches the barrier between Mexico and the United States, he finds more than the safety he seeks. As he is thrust into a mystical realm, he must agree to a fascinating but dangerous bargain in order to reclaim his place in the world. Vivid, inventive, and suspenseful, Exchange at the Border is a thrilling and colorful exploration of the timeless battle between good and evil, with a story and characters that will keep you spellbound.

Introducing Mary Sue Holton, author of The Covered Bridge at Cravens Creek

“I cannot say enough about what a wonderful experience I’ve had with Outskirts Press. I used another publisher for my first book (more than a year ago) and still haven’t been paid any royalties. I used Outskirts Press for my second and third books, and already have a royalty check in hand! Thank you so much for your patience, knowledge, and willingness to help. Jamie and Dana are Rock Stars!”

This is the third published novel for author Mary Sue Holton. Retired from the medical field, she now fills her time exploring her passion to write. Also with a passion for dancing, she uses the metaphor “dancing with words” to explain the joy she finds in the pages of her own novels.

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Bridging the gap from yesterday to forever…The Covered Bridge at Cravens Creek is the beautiful, tender, playful and intoxicating story of Titus Harrington and the sassy young stranger who lures him into forever with a pair of ivory lace boots. With a perfect balance of happiness and struggles, the life they build will jump from the pages to introduce itself to you. Titus and Bootsie (the name he gives his wife), marry young, after he proposes to her in the place that becomes the center of their lives. Like a time capsule, the covered bridge notes each life event, and carries it safely into the reaches of the future where it becomes one with infinity. Supporting characters, Ma Hattie and Miss Patsy, are full of spunk and surprises. Despite their ages, they refuse to allow the best of themselves to die. You’ll be jolted with astonishment as some of their secrets are revealed. But they’ll weave a blanket of warmth that will embrace your heart, making them a part of your fondest memories. You’ll be left wanting to visit the covered bridge to dangle your feet in the refreshing waters of Cravens Creek.

Introducing Sylvester Boyd Jr., author of The Road from Money

“Thank you Outskirts for helping bring my book, The Road from Money, to life! Your help every step of the way has helped me accomplish the goal of having my first novel published. My plan is for this book to be the first of a three part series and I look forward to working you in the future. Thanks again.”

Sylvester Boyd Jr. is a native of Chicago, Illinois. At the age of fifteen, he and his family moved from Chicago’s south-side public housing projects to Allegan, Michigan where he later graduated in 1963 from Allegan High School. He has attended African American, mixed race and predominately white schools, often living in diverse communities. After receiving an Associate in Arts Degree at Kennedy King College, he attended Chicago State University acquiring a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography, with a minor in history. Mr. Boyd worked more than decade for a major airline at Chicago’s O’Hare Field. In 1981, he founded one of the largest minority owned advertising specialty companies in southwest Michigan; selling products to many major corporations, businesses, colleges and universities. He has traveled extensively throughout the world. Being semi-retired, Mr. Boyd has enjoyed the opportunity to work as a movie extra, motivational speaker and substitute teacher for Chicago Public Schools. The Road from Money is his first novel and is based on the life of his Aunt Estella and stories told to him by family members over the years. He has woven both fact and fiction into a dynamic portrayal of historical events of the era including music, inventions and the journey of a young Negro girl and her family living under the trying times of Jim Crow in the South.

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The Road from Money takes you on a journey to the small town of Money, Mississippi; just after the turn of the 20th century. It is the story of Estella Reynolds, a young Negro girl, growing up in America’s deep South. You follow her life as she faces racism, segregation, exploration, brutality and poverty. You watch as she finds the joy of family life, battles to get a good education, finds her first love and above all tries to figure out why things are the way they are. You enter a time after World War I and before the start of World War II. A time when automobiles were new and planes had just taken to the sky. The story is set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the Great Dust Bowl, a flood, Prohibition; and a time when Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt were President. The story also highlights the strengths of a people and many of America’s weaknesses.

Introducing Robert Steven Habermann, author of The Last Emperor of Rome

“Bridget was excellent in every way. My questions were answered quickly and professionally and made the entire experience easy and fulfilling.”

Robert Steven Habermann, a 1972 graduate of The George Washington University Law School, was appointed as a judge in 1991 after serving as an attorney in both the private and public sectors for the preceding twenty years. He retired as an active judge in 2015 and resides in Roanoke, Virginia, with his wife, Linda, and their dog, Baxter. This book is his second novel. The first, Music in the Key of Time, was published in 2014, and it 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 name and containing twelve of the author’s original songs taken from his first book was released in 2015.

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Ubi imperator, ibi Roma – where the emperor is, there is Rome. A tale of emperors and slaves, of Romans and barbarians, and of betrayal and forbidden love. A clash of civilizations, one over a thousand years old, and another rising out of the steppes of Asia and the forests of Scandinavia. It’s 461 AD, and Emperor Julius Valerius Majorian is trying to keep the Western Roman Empire intact. In a prison cell, he reflects upon his life and tries to make sense of the consequences of his actions. The end of a way of life that opened the door to something new and powerful. The reverberations are still felt today.

Introducing Walter Soellner, author of Kalvarianhof: The Perilous Journey

“Anna did a very fine job assisting me in this completely new experience of publishing. My next book in the four book series is finished, and I am seriously considering Outskirts Press again.”

Walter Soellner’s parents immigrated to America from the German state of Bavaria in 1938. Visits over the years to his ancestral home inspired Kalvarianhof, The Perilous Journey. Travels to Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe further provided historic detail against which the novel’s men and women play out their passionate lives. Kalvarianhof is the first book of a multi-generational series.

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Follow lifelong friends Catholic Markus and Jewish Levi in this sweeping historic family saga-the story of two young men in the years before World War I. As young Imperial German soldiers in 1900, battling with other Europeans besieged in Peking during the Boxer Rebellion, Markus and Levi find themselves in dire circumstances. Markus abandons the legation’s relative safety for a dangerous cross-country adventure to find his love, the beautiful Li Ling. Tragedy interrupts their romance and he soon finds himself escaping with Sun Yat Sen downriver on a pirated Chinese mail boat. He reunites with his friend Levi after the battle of Peking, and the two encounter danger and adventure on their return by ship to Germany. A shark attack off New Guinea and a sexual bacchanal with Samoan natives and icebergs in the south Atlantic challenge the two friends. Their homeward ship stops in Uruguay, where Levi meets his future wife, Katherina Obermaier, a beautiful young Jewish girl bound for university in Berlin. Home again in Bavaria, Levi returns to his ancestral home Kalvarianhof, a grand estate deep in the forests outside of Munich, and Markus to his home in the city. It is the time of ‘Belle Epoch’, the ‘Beautiful Era’ in Europe. Still, Markus and Levi and their families face challenges and heartbreak- and a forbidden love affair that threatens to tear apart the young men’s friendship. The story continues in Book II of this four-part series, where the two friends find themselves far from the trenches of France on the eve of World War I. In the splendors and perils of the vastness of Africa, Markus and Levi find romance, hardship and tragedy that endangers their very survival.