Introducing Diane Helene, author of Bonjour My Friend

“Leona deserves my highest praise. She gives 100% to her job and is extremely knowledgeable. I hate to end my connection to her.”

Diane Helene is a long-time friend of animals and a contributor to animal organizations. She was an English professor at Broward College, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl, where she taught for many years. Prior to that, she was a principal and a middle school English teacher. She presently resides in St. Augustine, Florida.

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This is a book for lovers of romance, lovers of animals, and lovers of Paris. Andre Moreau, a wealthy French aristocrat, hires a young American to sing at his 5-star restaurant. At once, Alycea Androvna becomes Andre’s protégé and is drawn by him into the glittering world of Parisian society. Determined to remain grounded, Alycea seeks balance in her relationship with Andre’s best friend, Marcus. The divorced Marcus and his young son, Henri, show Alycea another life-that of family. Although Alycea now attempts to straddle both worlds, a pivotal moment decides her fate when she is severely injured at a storefront bombing. Rushing to her side, Andre vows to marry Alycea. Andre’s formidable mother and sister now join forces to prevent the marriage by anonymously informing Alycea of a dark secret that Andre harbors. Will Alycea remain true to herself? How much will Alycea sacrifice for Andre’s love?

Introducing Rodney Alexander, author of Guide to Protect Your Teen

“This was a great experience publishing with Outskirts.”

Rodney Alexander, PhD, Organizational Behavior, Information Systems and Technology

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There were 13 emergent themes in this guide and those themes were; lack of parental support, anonymity on the Internet, teenage loneliness, social networking websites and chat rooms, teenage personality (introversive and extroversive), teenage rebellion, teenage need for relationships, instant gratification among teenagers, teenage low self-esteem, improved parental support, improved education, improved law enforcement and additional circumstances leading to the teenage Internet sexual assault phenomenon.

Introducing Rick Whitlow, author of Swagger

“I am so happy to be a member of the Outskirts Press family of authors. From start to finish the staff walked me through the process with the end result being the book which I had always imagined. The staff perhaps made it a little better than even I envisioned. It has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to working with Outskirts Press on my next book project.”

Rick Whitlow was born and raised in Michigan City, Indiana. A star athlete who attended Illinois State University on a basketball scholarship. His background in media and public relations catapulted him into the arena of politics where he gracefully navigated the sometimes hostile racial, social, and economic landscape.

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Although it has a sports backdrop, this book goes far beyond athletic accomplishments and achievements. Rick takes an up close and personal look at the broadcast journalism industry, politics, personal relationships, cancer diagnosis, and, last but certainly not least, race in America and how it affects those areas and others. Throughout the book you will probably recognize many people places and situations. Perhaps learn something about someone you thought you knew.

Introducing Vernell West, author of Reflections

“Outskirts made publishing my first book easy. Even though it was done online, the communication was as good as if done in-person.”

Vernell West is an African American who lives with his wife, Wanda in the Pacific Northwest. They have been married nearly 30 years. He and his wife have three adult children. This is Vernell’s first book. He began writing daily as a hobby when his youngest child left home. His inspiration to write usually comes during daily exercise in his attic where he keeps pen and paper at the ready to capture it when it comes.

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This book is a smorgasbord of thought-provoking and inspirational tidbits inviting the reader to deeply focus on the good and to reflect it back through daily deeds. It looks at life as a lyrical composition played out in our daily lives through our thoughts, poetry, songs and actions. It is a compilation of who we are, living in a fast-paced world in which our thoughts are not often absorbed, shown or appreciated. This book gives a brief view of what seemingly goes unnoticed, but is in the background of every great human endeavor. It takes you simply to the point with rhythmic, poetic and philosophical narratives. The descriptive view in words is not instructional, but rather inspirational and motivational. No matter the background or culture of the reader, all who read it will find something to hold on to.

Introducing Harry Anderson, author of Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie

“I am 80 years old and have learned to be suspicious of the hype coming from businesses. But that same inner voice that compelled me to write Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie – a factual account of coping with the loss of my house to fire – whispered to me to sign on with Outskirts Press. A miracle got me through my disaster, and a miracle again got my book published.”

Harry Anderson, a retired teacher of writing and literature, lives happily in the village of Harmony, Rhode Island, where he leads book discussions and writes for Your Smithfield Magazine. The Rhode Island Press Association has twice awarded him First Place honors.

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They fled their burning home into the night and watched with horror and disbelief the flames eating through the roof over their daughter’s bedroom. Thus began an elderly couple’s struggle to overcome trauma and to rebuild. Braced by the outpouring of good will, they regained composure. But more than good will was needed to deal with such exigencies as insurance matters, temporary shelter, demolition, and reconstruction. With almost no library materials to be had to help, they relied on what they thought to be a sign of hope: only their Bible, miraculously, lay undamaged among all the other books. Was it happenstance or was it a miracle that guided them through the maze of decisions and requisites that faced them? Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie gives a candid account of this elderly couple’s triumph over adversity. It is written with the intent that others – victims of house fires – may glean from this story something to help them also to triumph.

Introducing J. Sylvester Wood, author of Keeping It Safe

“Excellent in every category. ….Particularly pleased with the high quality cover graphics, and overall quality of the book itself…..Thanks for your great work!”

J. Sylvester Wood is a Registered Financial Planner with over 30 years of experience as a financial professional. He is a well-known radio personality and public speaker.

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Finally-a comprehensive overview of the history of money and finance written in plain English! Keeping It Safe is clear, concise, and easy to follow-a guide to help you successfully navigate the murky waters of today’s financial services industry. It offers practical tools so that you can make informed decisions about your own financial future. Follow the precepts outlined in this book, and you will: Never lose another dime in the roller-coaster stock market. Earn a solid, reasonable rate of return on your retirement savings without risking what you’ve worked so hard for all these years. Learn little-understood financial strategies that will have you in the markets when they are going up and automatically take you out of the markets when they go down. Examine the history and the inner workings of mutual funds, annuities, the life insurance industry, banking, and more. Discover the safest, most ideal retirement strategies available to the American public today. Explore the history of money and finance in the United States and learn how to use this knowledge to your own advantage. These are the “secrets” your friendly neighborhood stock broker absolutely does NOT want you to know about. With Keeping It Safe, you can take advantage of this information-and beat the Wall Street robber barons at their own game!

Introducing Les Bundy, author of Interchange: Buddhist Iconography – A Christian reflection

“My experience with Jamie for both books was first rate. I could not ask for more or better treatment. The whole crew did a wonderful job and made the process of publishing two books pleasant and most satisfactory!”

Les Bundy is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies, Regis University, Denver, Colorado, where he taught courses in Buddhism, Taoism, and comparative religions in addition to Christian history and tradition. He has traveled in Japan, China and Southeast Asia, researching Buddhist iconography. An ordained Orthodox Christian priest, the Rev. Dr. Bundy is himself an accomplished iconographer with icons in various Orthodox Churches.

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Buddhist Sacred art and Christian iconography: can they have anything in common? This book is about Buddhist religious art as seen from a Christian perspective. It might seem that Buddhism and Christianity have little or nothing in common, yet there is a mystical dimension in religious art that some times transcends cultural and theological boundaries. Significant differences exist between the beliefs and practices of both religions, and those differences must be respected. Yet in their respective forms of religious art surprising commonalities are found. This book by Professor Lester Bundy helps to explain some of the similarities, differences, and limits of Buddhist and Christian religious images. Head Minister of Tri-State & Denver Buddhist Temple Rev. Doei Fujii Fr. Lester Bundy has written a significant book about the role of art and iconography in religion, focusing on both Buddhism and Christianity. A book which reminds us about the great importance of such religious art is thus quite important and should be widely read. John F. Kane, Emeritus Professor and Former Chair, Religious Studies, Regis University.