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.

Introducing Linda Klein Means, author of Passport to the World

“Lisa was very patient with my poor computer skills!”

Linda Klein Means has spent her life writing and teaching. She was a reporter and editor for her college newspaper, then a feature writer for The Wilmington (Del) Morning News and Evening Journal, followed by similar posts at The Chicago Tribune and US News and World Report magazine. She has taught ESL in college and privately, and free-lanced. She lives near Boston with her husband, close to her daughter and three beautiful granddaughters.

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From the Midwest to Paris…Former Chicago Tribune reporter Linda Klein Means was born on a farm in Illinois and raised with strong values amidst family tragedies. Follow her travels through the world of newspapers, after which she spent years in Venezuela, Brazil and France, each offering amazing insights into other cultures while providing fertile breeding grounds for hilarious adventures and misadventures. Learn how the power of a grandmother’s love shined before her like a guiding star. Although she approached the abyss more than once, that guiding light made sure she never fell over the edge. Think with her about the issues surrounding Down Syndrome, a condition affecting her beloved brother John. Think with her about issues of racial “purity” while she and members of her Norwegian-American family look more closely into their heritage. Think with her about “unconscious” prejudice,” the ways in which we sometimes hurt others without meaning to, without even knowing we did. Only a dose of “Amazing Grace” will save us from that. Enter a very special church in Paris with her, and think about the ways in which it symbolizes the long, complex, and rewarding relationship between the United States and France. Enter a women’s prison with her, and become close to the unfortunates trapped within. Get to know them on a one-to-one basis. You will empathize and sympathize with them.

Introducing Susan M. Hoskins, author of Molly’s Rocker

“Molly’s Rocker is my sixth book and the first I’ve published with Outskirts Press. I was impressed with the professionalism of their team and the quality of their work. I am extremely pleased with our final product. I also appreciate their help with marketing and the use of social media to reach many more readers.”

Susan M. Hoskins is an ordained minister with a doctorate of holistic theology. After 9/11, Susan served as a public information officer for ten years with emergency management and public health. She was awarded the Presidential Volunteer Service Medal by George W. Bush in 2007 for her leadership of the Mid-America Medical Reserve Corps. Susan is also the author of three suspense novels—Twisted Lights, Twisted Secrets and Twisted Blues—and two spiritual books, Dancing with Angels and Step into Greatness.

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Reels of tapes, an old rocking chair, and a story you’ll treasure! Molly lives on a Kentucky tobacco farm with her six older brothers, but she must quit school at an early age to care for her family. She has few prospects for marriage until fate intervenes and she saves a widower’s two sons from a mad dog. Elijah Fry is a complicated man with a tragic past. He trusts only one friend, Henry Jackson, the son of former slaves. Elijah and Molly marry, raise a family, and work alongside Henry to grow tobacco, while combating Kentucky’s corrosive legacy of slavery. After Elijah’s mysterious death, Molly is devastated to learn that she will not inherit their farm. Without income from the tobacco crop, Henry and Molly must survive by their wits and the proceeds of a small insurance policy. The townspeople are horrified by Molly’s friendship with a man of color, but Molly and Henry refuse to leave. Molly’s Rocker is a story of steadfast courage against prejudice—in all its ugly forms—and a moving testament to the power of friendship.

Introducing Roger B. Pratt, author of El Paso, His Final Destination

“This is my first experience with publishing a book. It could not have been any easier. The expert assistance from my Author Representative Dana made the whole process an enjoyable one. I am working on my second book and am looking forward to doing business with Outskirts Press.”

Roger B. Pratt is retired, which allowed him the time to pursue this project. Compiling these old letters to book form presents a fascinating insight into the adventurous daily life of a young man in the late 1800’s.

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Extremely Ambitious and Curious Individual. Each letter reflects his daily life and surroundings in fascinating detail. Beginning when this seventeen year old young man from Vermont joins the Vermont militia and enters the Civil War. After serving ten months and rising to the rank of Corporal, the war ends. He is mustered out and returns temporarily to Vermont. This extremely ambitious and curious individual decides to leave home and starts his westerly journey. He ventures through seven western states, one territory, and Mexico, holding various positions in sixteen different occupations. He spends the last five years of his life in El Paso, Texas, as President of his El Paso Transfer Company business. His journey ends with his death from diabetes at the age of forty seven. Misspelled words were not corrected in the transition from the original letters to typed book pages to preserve the authenticity and character of the letters. Copies of original letters with envelopes, and certain documents, are included after certain typed book pages to show the interesting letter heads and envelopes.

Introducing Yvonne Pastolove, author of Wheel of Fate Book 1

“Dana had the patience of a saint with this electronically-challenged writer. I hope to be working with her again in the future!”

I grew up in Zurich, Switzerland, speaking French at home but had to learn German in a hurry when I entered school. Many years later I met my husband-to-be while an exchange student in Boston and eventually moved to the US. Twenty years later I felt comfortable enough with the English language and wrote stories for children. Now that my time is my own, I enjoy the research and love writing novels set in the 19th century.

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Twins Nicolas and Madeleine, born 1836 in Paris, France, are separated at birth and grow up in wildly different surroundings: Nicolas with a poor but amazing wet nurse, Madeleine in the loving comfort of an upper-class family in the city of Rennes. What brings them together is, of all things, the Crimean War (1854/55). If you want to know how this happens and to what it leads – read the book!

Introducing Margaret St. Claire, author of An American Mosaic

“This was the first time publishing my own book after many years and Lisa made it all go smoothly.”

Margaret St. Claire was politically active in the ’60s and is marching again. She has a BA in American History, an MA in American Studies, and is an avid writer and photographer with a special interest in 19th century social history. She lives in a Midwest university town near her three grown children, two grandchildren, and one very special soul mate.

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Diverse ancestors created Margaret, their American mosaic. Margaret’s remarkable forebears-including a peasant, an Indian, a slave, and a king-came from Europe, Africa and the wilds of Maine. The captivating tales in this debut novel are based loosely on Margaret’s family and cover seven generations over 150 years. There is the Jewish girl who chooses to become a Gentile; the Massachusetts man who marries the Indian from Maine; the child of the slave and her master; the man from the prairie who gets a PhD from Harvard at age 26; the Abolitionist who goes to jail for sheltering the runaway; the descendants of the indentured servant who just never have any luck; the woman who comes alone in steerage with her two-year old; the woman who goes mad on the stark prairie; the model who marries the spy. Then Margaret tells her own story of a rather lonely childhood that culminates with her exciting 9th grade year in Rome followed quickly by her mother’s cancer, her marriage at 19, and three beloved children who struggle with her as she and the marriage disintegrate. She comes out of a long breakdown at last, strong like her “sod-hut grandmother” and ready to meet her soul mate. Margaret St. Claire, writing under a pen name, presents a unique story that is semi-fictional social history with behaviors reaching over seven generations. Starting with great-great grandparents from remote places and ending with her own mosaic splendidly intact, Margaret’s saga is fascinating and eminently readable.

Introducing George Norton Snider, author of How I Killed JFK

“Thank you so much for being the best publisher I could have chosen to help me on my first manuscript. Everything went smooth and easy. I was assigned the best publishing agent, Dana, and the people who work with her on my book. I am near completion of my second manuscript to summit for printing. Thank you so much for the professional attention you gave me and my book, How I killed JFK.”

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

“It was another very excellent experience with Outskirts Press.”

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

“Very responsive and timely. My thanks for making this an excellent experience for a novice author.”

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.