Introducing Chris Dieterich, author of Tales from the Blind Side: A Strange Journey Into Football

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Chris Dieterich played football and graduated from N.C. State University, then went on to play seven years in the NFL with the Detroit Lions (1980-1986). He is semi-retired and devotes much of his time to helping men trying to recover from the devastating effects of alcohol and drug addiction. Chris also spends time volunteering for Pet Haven of South Carolina, a no-kill animal shelter. He lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with his two dogs, Slinky and Snoodle. Proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to children and animal charities.

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Book description…

The eleven short stories in Tales from the Blind Side are based on the experiences of former NFL Offensive Lineman Chris Dieterich, who played for the Detroit Lions from 1980 to 1986. Diagnosed with depression from the many concussions he received on the playing field, Dieterich used the writing process as therapy-a release from the dark and painful memories of his decision to give up both his physical and mental health to be in the “limelight” for seven years. Writing served as an outlet for Dieterich’s physical and mental torture, the daily stress and strain of performing at a world-class level. From the grueling misery of summer training camp, to the injuries sustained on the field, and to never-ending post-career bouts of mental confusion, delusions, and addiction to painkillers and alcohol, Dieterich has expertly spun fantasy and hard-core reality into eleven short stories that explore the depths of living on the mental edge of madness. Readers will experience the agony and the ecstasy of the NFL as Dieterich offers a glimpse into the world of professional sports…and its often devastating aftereffects.

Introducing Diane Dettmann, author of Twenty-Eight Snow Angels

Twenty-Eight Snow Angels is my second publishing experience with Outskirts Press. Once the book was completed and in my hands, I fell in love with the custom cover and the photos that we integrated into the text added such a warm and personal touch. The positive reader response to Twenty-Eight Snow Angels makes my heart soar! Many thanks to Outskirts Press.”

Diane Dettmann is an author, presenter and teacher. During her teaching career, she was an elementary teacher, a literacy staff developer and taught at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Diane is the coauthor of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants and has presented the book at international conferences in Finland and Canada. Diane lives in Afton, Minnesota, where she enjoys writing and spending time with her loving husband, Allan.

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A beautifully written story of a life renewed. Diane Dettmann’s memoir, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal, invites the reader into her personal experience of grief, as she faces life alone, after the sudden death of her 54-year old husband. With honesty and a clear perspective, Dettmann reveals her daily struggles and the realities of grief. The reader feels her pain and at the same time rejoices in her commitment to tackle the daily challenges of life alone and to succeed. Her heartfelt story inspires hope as the reader discovers that they can build a meaningful life-alone or with someone new-after a devastating loss.

“In this well written memoir, Diane tells of her emotional journey in touching detail.” -Mary Ann Grossmann, St. Paul Pioneer

“Writer Diane Dettmann makes small events, like the sale of a beloved piano, become as momentous as the sale of a national treasure. In the process, she rediscovers faith, community and love.” -Susan Parker, author of Walking in the Deep End

“In Twenty-Eight Snow Angels, writer Diane Dettmann gives us a poignant account of a life badly rent and ultimately revitalized in a way we can all take to heart.” -Peggy Lang, award-winning ghostwriter ”

“The reader is drawn in and captivated by Diane’s vivid account of her grief after the death of her loving husband . . . a powerful story of love, grief, hope and faith all can learn from.” -Mary Jacks, M.S. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

“Diane’s piano move was one of our most memorable. It really touched us all.” -Paula Soukup, Manny’s Piano Company, Inc.

Introducing Sherry Hart Houston, author of The Joy Journey

“I just wanted to give a huge thank you for the staff of Outskirts Press. Becoming a published author has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember but I was always afraid that the process would be too daunting for me to take on. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised! I was patiently guided, step-by-step, from beginning to my release date and still, all my questions have been answered promptly and with the same amount of care as when I first started. I have already recommended Outskirts Press to several aspiring authors. I can’t wait to write my next book and partner with OP again!”

Sherry Hart Houston is a writer, blogger and human resources professional. She has an extensive career in organizational development, employee recognition and engagement. Her website, sherryharthouston.com, attracts readers who share her love of thought-provoking conversations on a variety of interesting topics featuring a Question of the Week. She’s an empty-nester who resides in Virginia with her husband, David.

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She loved. She lost. She learned. Sandra was a happy lady. Good husband, beautiful kids, dream home, and an interesting career. Still, something beneath her surface was unsettled. Why weren’t all the pieces of what should be a perfect puzzle fitting together? Then, on New Year’s Day, a day that usually represents a new beginning, one honest, far-too-long buried conversation leads to the end of all that she has come to know. Through a series of emotional highs and lows, she walks a path of self-discovery through the next 12 months of her life, where she meets new friends, discovers a new passion, and uncovers important truths–each step guiding her to the true happiness that was waiting for her on the other side and the opportunity to meet the real Sandra Marie Tiedam.