Introducing Anne Toole, author of A Girl Named Earle

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Anne Toole grew up in Williston, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Anderson Jr. College in Anderson, South Carolina. Ms. Toole also graduated from the University of Georgia. She taught first grade for thirty years in Augusta, Georgia. After retiring, Ms. Toole worked part-time for several years as an ESOL teacher. She also began writing stories about children and animals. Most of the stories are written in verse. Ms. Toole presently resides in Columbia, South Carolina. Ms. Toole is also the author of Mean Mike, The Bird That Didn’t Want To Be a Bird, The Frog That Lost His Croak, A Dog Named Cat, The Crow and the Big Oak Tree, Stan, The Little Turtle, Fat Maxine, Lily Pearl, The Cat That Was Nothing But Trouble, and Shy Ty.

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There was a little girl, and her name was Earle. Some of the children at school teased this little girl because her name was Earle. They thought that a name like Earle shouldn’t be a name for a girl. Living in this world can sometimes be tough. During recess one day, Earle decided she’d had enough! Read the story to find out what Earle did to some of the other kids. Did it make the children stop making fun of this little girl because her name just happened to be Earle?

Introducing Bonnie Merryfield, author of So Now You’re a Widow: Tips, Advice, and Stories from Widows to Widows

“This was a wonderful experience, and all the assistance I received was greatly appreciated.”

Bonnie Merryfield was married for 44 years before being widowed in May 2018. A retired high school English teacher, she is passionate about encouraging other widows to lead rich and productive lives. She enjoys socializing, exercising, and writing, and resides in Wisconsin and Florida.

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Are You A New Widow? Here’s What You Need to Know! This warm, conversational, easily digestible book is for widows-women over 50 who are beginning new lives without their husbands. In So Now You’re a Widow, the author and the 34 women she interviewed share what they wish they had known when they became widowed. As one of the women commented, “People tell you how to decorate your home, drive a car, train your dog, and plan a wedding, but no one tells you how to be a widow.” The women frankly share their advice and experiences on 26 topics, including: finding your inner strength, the one-size-does-not-fit-all grieving process, dealing with social invitations, changes in family dynamics, handling finances, choosing how you’re going to live your life. Plus, a journal section at the end of each chapter allows the reader to personalize what she has read and to gain insight into how she’s dealing with her situation. The women who contributed to this book care deeply about other widowed women and want them to understand that what they are experiencing is normal and has been experienced in one form or another by others. You are not alone!

Introducing Gordon Docking with David Smale, author of Blake and Me: The Life Lessons I’ve Learned From the Best Teacher I Ever Had

“Outskirts Press made it easy for me to get my book published. I could not be more pleased with Outskirts and will definitely use Outskirts again.”

Gordon and David were acquaintances many years ago, having covered many of the same sporting events. They shared a love of sports and a desire to tell a good story. Gordon left the sports media business and changed careers into hospital administration, but he never forgot that David worked with people on books. Meanwhile, David stayed in sports journalism with the written word, including writing and publishing 18 books. All these years later Gordon and David reconnected on this book project, but more than a book resulted. They developed a stronger friendship that transcends the sporting events that originally brought them together. They hope you enjoy this uplifting story of lessons Gordon learned through his life with his son, Blake.

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“Once in a lifetime, someone enters your life and changes everything you do from there on. Blake is my someone. He loves life with a passion. He has brought me out of my darkest moments and shared the happiest days of my life. His insight into life and how to live keeps me going.” -Sue Elliott, Olathe Special Olympics Coordinator

“Blake demonstrated the blueprint for all athletes to follow. He was always enthusiastic, energized and positive. Most of all, Blake made those around him better. His glass was always half-full and he always gave his best. He was an inspiration to our team, and they were thrilled to watch him excel. I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to witness first-hand Blake’s time with the Olathe East Boys Soccer Team and watch how he matured into an outstanding young man.” -Terry Hair, Head Coach, Olathe East Varsity Boys Soccer

“What does it mean to experience unconditional joy and caring? Meet Blake Docking. Blake shares an enthusiasm for life that will bring inspiration to your soul. He teaches us all how to be better at life and to embrace our gifts more fully.” -The Reverend Gar Demo, Rector of St. Thomas Parish

“Blake is a terrific human being, doing his best to face the world on his terms, despite the added challenges of Down syndrome. He, like all of us, has good days and bad days (sometimes on the same day). He succeeds more often than he fails. He has a knack for making the world better for those willing to accept the challenges of being a part of his world. Blake has each of the qualities one would want in a family member, an employee or a friend: He is kind, loyal, dependable, trustworthy, slow to anger, funny, grateful, hard-working, uncannily athletic and always hungry.” -Kim Roam, Trust Department Division Manager, Blue Ridge Bank and Trust

Introducing George A. Schade, Jr., author of The New Era of The Booming 1920s And Its Aftermath

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George A. Schade, Jr. has written extensively about the people and innovations that have advanced the technical analysis of financial markets. He has clarified longstanding questions, broadened knowledge of technical factors, debunked myths, and preserved the archival record. His research has appeared in books, professional journals, and financial magazines. In 2013, he received the Charles H. Dow Award that highlights outstanding research in technical analysis, and in 2017 the Service Award of the Chartered Market Technicians Association.

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A financial writer describes events and forces impacting national and global markets, renders an opinion as to their future direction, and offers advice. The 1920s saw the rise of financial writers who explained the booming stock market in what came to be called a “New Era,” in which expectations were that no shadows darken the horizon. President Calvin Coolidge immortalized the catchphrase for the prosperity of the 1920s.

Richard W. Schabacker, Princeton educated to be a writer, spent nearly a decade as Financial Editor for Forbes Magazine. He wrote 150 articles and nearly 300 columns that covered business conditions, stock market trends, interest rates, market psychology, rules of behavior, cycles, life on Wall Street, and common-sense investing. He educated investors and traders, and in the pursuit of that objective, he wrote two books and an investment course. He cautioned that all that is written about the stock market serves as the beginning of knowledge. For as long as we engage in financial markets, we must continue to study, plan, think, and learn from our experiences.
Dick Schabacker was convinced that the Stock Market Crash of 1929 that ended talk of a New Era was not reason for investors and speculators to lose confidence in the stock market as an institution.

The Crash and its aftermath moved him to concentrate on the technical analysis of financial markets. Technical factors use the empirical information derived from the actions of buyers and sellers in an open market. Research has shown that properly implemented technical analysis can increase profits and reduce the risks of investing. Yet, he did not favor one form of analysis over another. All factors that exert force in financial markets must be studied to glean a composite judgment. The prudent investor and successful speculator must use both fundamental and technical analysis. Favoring one to the exclusion of the other is like waiving a full set of weapons before entering the battlefield. He articulated the central postulates of technical analysis. First, prices weigh all the active factors and forces that exert themselves to make up security market movements. Second, certain patterns, resulting when particular conditions prevail, that in the past forecasted definite future trends should continue to forecast future trends. The logic of technical analysis is the principle that prices progress in trends that are more likely to continue than to reverse. This principle assures that an investor will ride with the trend and will switch when the trend reverses, thus limiting losses and letting profits run. The most important element in successful investment or speculation is the study of the history of market movements. He espoused that no theory or advisor is exact or infallible, but that certain principles contain sufficiently well-based wisdom that if properly used will result in market profits. Critical observation, exercise of common sense, and logical reasoning are the essential adjuncts to financial market analysis. Simplicity was the keystone of his rules for successful investing.

This is the biography of a visionary writer who following his bliss, working in highly charged years believed to be a New Era, brought maturity to his art and advanced a distinct form of investment analysis.

Introducing James Smith, author of Robots and Mad Scientists

“It couldn’t have gone any smoother; great cover and great interior. I’m looking forward to passing out copies to my friends.”

James Smith is a semi-retired baby-boomer. He’s always loved robot stories; and soon they won’t be science fiction anymore.

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A whimsical collection of stories about robots, artificial intelligence and androids; some good, some bad and some ugly.

Introducing Joan Cogan, author of Anchored in Love

“My Author Representative was absolutely delightful along with all the team members. Kudos to the entire crew at Outskirts Press. Keep doing what you are doing. Well done, indeed! Thank you!”

“Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.” Fresh out of college Joan joined the Northwest Local School District in Canal Fulton, Ohio. She taught second, third, fourth, sixth, and eighth graders. After 22 years in the classroom her role changed from teacher to first elementary guidance counselor in the school system. Twelve hundred students, kindergarten through sixth grade in three buildings, became her norm for the following 13 years. Her ability to create a kind, welcoming, and forgiving place surpasses many others. Her focus and hope as an educator remains the same. Every child, every day, is the Curriculum. The rest is just stuff.

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This is a simple story for anyone searching for a way to feel better, even a little bit better. The story is told in nine segments. Start reading anywhere, just start. Be willing to walk with author, Joan Cogan. She and B.J., your imaginary land anchor, will take you places you never thought possible.
– A – Acknowledge and accept yourself. You are the best you that you have. You are under construction, not a finished product.
– C – Create your personal ID card. Make it truly your own. Your internal dialogue is a reflection of what you see when you look in the mirror. It is what you repeatedly tell yourself. Whether it is true or false those words often become your reality.
– T – Trust in yourself. You are stronger than you think. Trust in others too. One of the most basic human needs is connection. Trust that each day, every day, is a fresh 24 hours. Our walk will take us from a closed door to a door that is now open. Each stepping stone will move you forward. Each question you answer honestly will give you an opportunity to examine yourself. The detour will empower you to move from Point A to Point B. Knowing you are ANCHORED IN LOVE, believe you are capable and willing to do the work. You now have the tools to feel better, even a little bit better, one day at a time.

Introducing Jill West, author of Pumpkin

“My Author Representative was amazing and she went the extra mile. I would highly recommend her and Outskirts Press!”

Jill West spins a coming of age tale which follows two young girls as they grow into adulthood into a psychological thriller which will have you turning pages into the night. She grips the reader’s attention with rich character development and keep-you-guessing scenes. The author started her voracious reading journey at a young age and remains an avid book lover. She wrote her first short story in the third grade, later using the protagonist’s name for her only daughter. Jill resides in Vinton, Virginia with her husband of 26 years, and faithful Papillon, Mikey. Her daughter also lives in the area. In her first novel, Pumpkin, she achieves a life goal of writing a book she would want to read.

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Obsessive and hungover, Christina rouses herself from a night of partying at Claytor Lake in time for the cops to arrive. There has been an apparent drowning, and she is unfamiliar with the evening’s prior events. She must have blacked out-again. What she remembers is Lonnie’s ever-present security by her side. What she can’t forget is tearing apart Mel’s life and burning down her parent’s home. The Dark Maidens Society. Her mothers passing. Her Gran’s advice. What she expects is schlepping back into her daily routine of waitressing in a bakery and visiting Gran’s grave, drinking half the night and waking up to do it over again. What she couldn’t predict is the eye of the storm approaching her small-town Pulaski Virginia life. What she didn’t foresee is the unexplainable events occurring in her duplex, knowing she was being watched. She didn’t plan on falling in love with Jacob, being questioned by the police and finding out the drowning wasn’t an accident. What she didn’t expect was to be questioning her own thoughts, wondering if she was somehow involved.