Introducing Edward Earl, author of Slides to the Side

“This was my first novel with Outskirts Press and the experience was great! Leona’s guidance and answers along the way was more than I could have asked. Outskirts is the place for me, now and in the future!”

Edward Earl was born in Washington, DC. His writings include poetry with several Editor’s Choice Awards, a published opinion in the Washington Post, and several non-fiction writings towards the organization’s purpose. Edward Earl lives with his wife in North Carolina, and is currently writing the sequel.

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As the youngest of three, Monica Crawford grew up heavily burdened at an early age. The unyielding pain and silence she knew left issues unresolved for years. As a manager, she is deliberate and ambitious, but uses her title to create discord in the name of power. What manner of power is she after? Many do not share her acclaim of self-respect and achievement. For the former Olympic athlete, her managing style becomes too much for several of her employees. Is there any peace and comfort around her? Not really. Life outside the workplace also has its issues. A single-mother of two, professional challenges, personal struggles, and the fading hope of finding a husband is the dark on the other side of her dim. Suddenly, an explosive and unthinkable family situation turns legal and flips the lives of those involved upside down. Now what?

Introducing Gary A. Miron, author of The Captive Generation

“From beginning to the present, the process has been surprisingly easy and rewarding.”

Gary A. Miron is a summa cum laude graduate of Oakland University and an avid musician. He has written for a handful of Michigan newspapers, and his prizewinning poetry has appeared in a number of national journals. Designated a Featured Poet by BlackWidows Web of Poetry, and a prizewinner in Oakland University’s 2011 Ekphrasis Poetry contest, he is also a two-time semi-finalist in his alma mater’s annual Flash Fiction contest. He currently resides in southeast Michigan with his wife and their eccentric dog.

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I Am One of the Ghosts. An estranged man, inextricably linked to a wounded Midwestern town, must decide to either embrace his past in a single night of fireworks, or walk away once and for all. Once the linchpin of a small band of misfits-a free spirit torn by his family’s opulence, a pair of lost souls drawn together by secrets of their own, and a girl yearning for freedom-he is the only one who remains after a string of tragedies peels away the intricate layers of their friendship. In a disjointed rush of memories, he recalls the chance events that brought them together, then violently tore them apart. He sifts through the debris-both mental and physical-in his steadily deteriorating lakeside town, only to find that the past is as inescapable as his ties to the land that formed him. Stripped to the barest elements of his former existence, he faces a decision that will forever change him and the only life he has ever known. A psychologically complex tale of love, guilt, and redemption, The Captive Generation is a multilayered, sometimes hallucinatory meditation on finding permanence in an evanescent world. It’s a rich, brilliantly crafted novel that will leave you examining your own conflicts, regrets, and triumphs.

Introducing Oscar Patton, author of When the Bough Breaks

“The process was efficient and enjoyable. My team moved me along with a minimum of effort on my part. The book, cover to cover, is everything I hoped it would be, and more. The professor who helped me with the historical background called to say, ‘Well done!’ I have already begun revising the second novel in this trilogy and will expect the same great results from Outskirts Press.”

Oscar Patton is a graduate of Berry College, the University of Tennessee, and Florida State University. A retired college professor of literature and composition, he now spends his days at his writing place on the family farm near Ambrose, Georgia. He has written and is revising for publication two more novels for a Satilla County trilogy.

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A Twentieth-Century Scarlett O’Hara. Love, hate, ambition, greed, lasciviousness–human nature is laid bare in this story about the fall of the grandest house in Hebron, Georgia. Following the sudden death on the same night of her infant son and her rich and powerful husband, Ada McCallum, too young and too beautiful, must assume control of a vast empire and make her way in a world of men at war, at home and abroad. Strong willed Ada, a twentieth-century Scarlett O’Hara, succeeds in business and in love, but her behavior can be reckless and her choices unwise. Local newspaper editor and McCallum family friend Carl Goodman narrates Ada’s life and reveals dark secrets. He also chronicles race relations, ghost sightings, and happenings in and around Satilla County.

Introducing W.A. Smith, author of Einstein’s Fiddle

“Dana is great — a pro, easy to work with, responsive. I had a difficult time with some pieces of the process, and Dana was always there to help. Thanks for a great experience.”

W.A. Smith was born in Charleston, South Carolina, attended schools in Charleston, and graduated from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He received his M.A. from San Francisco State University. His work has appeared in a variety of literary venues including Aura, Berkeley Fiction Review, Cimarron Review, Crucible, Five Fingers Review, New England Review, and Algonquin Books’ New Stories From the South, The Year’s Best. His first novel, A History of the World, and a collection of stories, His Last Nine Words, are available on Amazon. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, their four children, Brutus the dog and Violet the (slightly demented) cat.

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What kind of man leaves the infant son he loves on a doorstep in a strange town and drives away? With its present set in the summer of 1985 and its past reaching from 1950 to 1974, Einstein’s Fiddle is a dramatic examination of Davy Calhoun’s journey from home to the far country and back. The language and landscape of the novel vary between the existential and familial, tragic and comic, as the non-linear narrative – by turns realistic, lyrical, magical – focuses fearlessly on Davy’s fall, dishonor and redemption.

Introducing Bob Hodges, author of Feathers from Icarus

“My compliments to your design department. I am getting messages from friends saying they bought the book initially because of the attractive cover.”

Bob Hodges is a retired judge and a previously published author. His previous work includes poetry in “Poem,” published by the Huntsville Literary Association, short story collections in “Ravelings” and “A Winnowing,” and a biography of his high school coach, “Dusty.” He has also published in the Birmingham Arts Journal and Hometown Press in Huntsville, Alabama, and has received honorable mention in consecutive years by the Saturday Evening Post for two of his short stories. He lives near Huntsville with his wife, Sharon, and three cats.

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Like the mythical Icarus, the wings of these stories seek to fly ever closer to sun of the reader’s eye. The feathers of their wings, freed from their waxen moorings, float back to the sea of their earthly orbit, some only charred remains from the reader’s eye, and some intact, leaving a ripple.

Introducing Mahlia Lynn Schubert, author of The Silence and Beyond

“Not being too technically savvy, I needed much patience and assistance all the way through from my Outskirts Press team, and now I’m feeling very appreciative of their devoted efforts on behalf of my book with its wonderfully customized cover.”

Mahlia Lynn Schubert, a University of Chicago graduate, has taught all grade school levels and English at Long Beach City College and LA Harbor College. She has written several prize-winning poems and stories, and has published a poetry anthology, Song of Eli’s Child. Her novel, The Silence and Beyond was inspired by the tragic loss of a girlhood friend. She lives in California with her husband, Roy. Contact her at lynnshubert@me.com.

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The Gift and Burden of an Extraordinary Friendship…Elizabeth Hartung is noticeable everywhere she goes: beautiful, unbelievably brilliant, unconventional, and troubled, “Bethie” seems to walk a lonely path. But with her on that path is poet and journalist Carol Mandell, her only friend in high school, drawn irresistibly to Bethie’s charismatic and powerful personality, even as Bethie finds grounding and solace in Carol’s thoughtful, sensitive, quietly courageous character. The two girls blossom together into young womanhood at the University of Chicago, in the heart of 1960s civil rights and feminism, while also trying to come to terms with their own needs as children of Holocaust survivors. Their lives diverge; Carol chooses marriage and family, and Bethie blazes a trail of intellectual accomplishment and sexual freedom. But when Carol, in her settled and stable life, receives a suicide note from Bethie, everything she thought she knew about herself will be called into question. She embarks on a psychological, emotional, and spiritual journey to find out what happened to her dearest friend…and what has happened to Carol herself as the years slipped away. Insightful, richly characterized, and suspenseful, The Silence and Beyond is a beautifully observed story of the ways in which our closest friends mirror, challenge, and support us.

Introducing Denes McIntosh, author of Wilderness

“It has been a pleasure working with Jenny, and I would hope to be able to work with her again on my next book.”

A prolific songwriter, recording artist, poet, and cultural blogger (Coyote Tracks), Denes McIntosh is a contemplative thinker and observer of the human condition, illuminating the obvious, as well as the obscure. His perspective consistently serves as a filter for the noise and distraction that life too frequently assaults our senses with. Denes McIntosh – P.O. Box 721, Georgetown, CA 95634 www.theoldcoyote.com, Email: denes@theoldcoyote.com

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“The first time I read ‘Wilderness’ I kept reading because I couldn’t wait to see what happens with the characters. The second time I read it for the sheer pleasure of the writing. Anybody reading it once is definitely going to want to read it again.”

“The gradual regeneration of the human spirit following the brutality of the ‘incident’ renewed my faith in others, and in myself.” “Poetic, prosaic, insightful, getting to the heart of the human condition.” “Harlen McCoy had me at ‘raking the invisible leaves’, and kept me with ‘wanting to hire a Judge Judy impersonator from Craigslist to come over and take a bath.'” “‘Kevin wore the same kind of shirt every day of his life, but with different colored sleeves’? We need more Kevins.” “A story of faith, not prescription, or formula faith, but the kind that enables love to find a willing host.” “The women in this novel are women I want to get to know. The men are the friends I wish I had.” “Your description of Pastor Blauer is an Edward Hopper painting in words (‘He’s about 5’6″ tall, with a cheap haircut, and usually wearing a powder blue suit. Sometimes he wears a brown polyester suit, kind of shiny from age. Makes him look upholstered, like an old hide-a-bed, or a couch you might keep out in the carport’).” “I like that David watches Tom and Tracy Morgan through their window in the evening from his rooftop. I like that Tom sits on his couch naked. And I like that he doesn’t care who’s watching. If I were a character in the book I’d be Tom Morgan.” “Made me look at my own wilderness.” “Sexy and romantic. I wish Gina would dangle her hush-puppy in my café.” “Stimulated more discussion with my husband than any book we’ve ever read together.”