Introducing Michele Bledsoe, author of Painting, Passion and the Art of Life

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Michele Bledsoe has been exhibiting her paintings and drawings in art galleries for almost 20 years. Inspired by the beautifully illustrated children’s books she grew up with, Michele started creating art when she was a child-and never stopped.

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The desire to create is a gift from God. Painting, Passion and the Art of Life is an inspirational, artistic journey that will change the way you think and feel about your own gifts, your purpose and your impact on the world around you. These easy-to-read meditations on painting and drawing contain universal messages on work, love and life. This thought-provoking collection of poetic anecdotes read like parables or psalms on creative action as a spiritual revelation of God’s grace. Painting, Passion and the Art of Life gives creative people of all ages the motivation and enthusiasm to cultivate their gifts, share their talents, and recognize their place in the fellowship of life. These heartwarming stories will inspire the reader to embrace their purpose, and to recognize the profound impact that dedication, faith and vision has on family, friends and all those who connect with us.

Introducing Eva M. Kennedy, author of Inspirations for the Soul

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Eva M. Kennedy is the founder of 1Evalution, a boutique coaching firm. She is a certified life coach and speaker. Eva is committed to empowering women by helping them live a purposeful and more fulfilling life. She is also a breast cancer survivor and an advocate for awareness of this disease.

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“Life will give you the insights, experiences, knowledge and the skills you need to achieve what you desire.” Inspirations for the Soul is a great resource for women. It is an inspiring compilation that provides encouragement and actionable steps any woman can take to achieve their goals and live their best life.

Introducing Murdis Young-Hamlett, author of Running Blindly Through Life

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Murdis Young Hamlett was born in Shaw, Mississippi in 1952. She is the youngest of five children. She was educated in Montgomery County Public Schools in Mississippi. Later, she moved to Detroit Michigan where she attended Wayne State University, earning a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English Education. She taught in Detroit Community Schools for twenty-nine and one half years, where she instructed students in English/reading at the middle school level. In 1996, she was inducted into the Fourth Edition of The Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, which was recommended by her many students. Murdis also received The distinguished Service Award from the AFT Local 231 AFL-CIO organization. There have been many other honors and certificates awarded to her for distinguished service. Her favorite hobbies are reading and writing poetry.

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“Wealth maketh many friends, but the poor is separated from his neighbor”. (Proverbs 19:4-K J V) Trauma has a way of crippling some people, whereas others grow stronger because of it. The drama we must face in life is never the real issue, but the way we internalize and respond to it is what matters. You either get up and greet success or lie there and cope with failure!

Introducing Johnny Wills, author of From Peanuts to Plasma: The Life Story of Johnny D. Wills

“While writing my first book, I began searching for a publisher. When I found Outskirts Press, my search was over. I knew they would be my publisher. They were so up front and transparent in every respect. After talking with my Publishing Consultant, I knew exactly what I was getting and exactly how much my cost would be. I have never dealt with a company that was so well organized. My Author Representative was fantastic and I was so pleased that I had ample time to review and approve every part of my book before it was published. I couldn’t be happier with my book. It’s a beautiful thing!”

Johnny D. Wills is a veteran, retired medical technologist, and numismatist. He is originally from Parrott, Georgia and spent 10 years in the U.S. Army, where he received his training in the medical field. Upon leaving the army, he settled in Fayetteville, NC, taking on the job of blood bank supervisor at Cape Fear Valley Hospital and later opened his own plasma center. After closing the center, he concentrated on his rare coin business, as one of the most respected numismatists in North Carolina! Today, Johnny lives in Cameron, NC with his wife, Juanita, and their two cats. He enjoys singing, playing his guitar, fishing, watching college football, and spending time with his family.

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Miraculous, Unbelievable, True Story! Johnny D. Wills was born the son of a dirt-poor peanut farmer in rural South Georgia, right before World War II. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he ended up as an instructor with the Green Berets. Leaving the service after 10 years, he used his military training to land a job as the supervisor of a local hospital blood bank. During this time, he miraculously discovered a unique way to make some real money! Going into business for himself, he and his family realized and lived the American Dream, but it only lasted for a few years. Suddenly, he lost it all. How, and more importantly, why did this happen? This exciting book describes in detail how his good fortune came to be, the reasons for his downfall, and the ultimate realization that one’s success in life is not measured by his bank account!

Introducing Katie Patterson, author of Ride

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Ever since she was born, Colorado native Katie Patterson has spent summers at her grandparents’ lake house in Minnesota. She completed Ride, her debut novel, years ago at the age of fifteen and now attends the University of Colorado, Boulder, studying Biology and Secondary Science Education. Katie hopes to complete her second novel soon.

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Everything Happens for a Reason. Seventeen-year-old Alyson Butler is living a dream life in Los Angeles, California, and she’s hoping for the perfect summer before her senior year. The daughter of two successful Hollywood professionals, she enjoys a life of privilege, wealth, parties, and independence-as she rarely sees her parents. But when an unfortunate decision lands Alyson in rural Minnesota as punishment to spend the summer with her grandparents at Davis Lake, she quickly realizes that living in this small town will be a far cry from the glitz and glam she is accustomed to. A slow start at the lake has Alyson believing she won’t survive beyond the first week, but things begin to change when the seemingly perfect Marc Maylore and his friends arrive a few doors down. As Alyson tries hard to keep her own secrets from those she meets, she soon realizes there may be more to this little town than she initially thought-and that anyone can be hiding something. Ride is a story of love, loss, friendship, lies, and self-discovery. As Alyson soon learns, moments in life define us, but it is our choice as to who we become.

Introducing Jim May, author of Living in Heaven Now and Not Dying To Get There

“I remain a loyal supporter having published eight books with you.”

Jim May is a freelance writer and speaker living in Lakewood, Colorado with his wife, Maureen.

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Heaven can’t wait until you die. God wants you living at His place — now. So He raised you up, and seated you at His table with all His friends. The great men and women of history are there to chat with you. You don’t have to move or go on a long journey or wait till you die. You don’t have to read of someone else’s near-death experience to know what it is like. You can be there now, and see for yourself. Just open your eyes right where you are. Seeing reality takes you there. This poignant and moving book will raise you to His peaceful place where you fit-now and hereafter.

Introducing Patricia Tyson Redmond, author of We the Widows: A Guide to Your New Life

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Pati Redmond is a retired physical therapist who has been published in professional journals but this is her first attempt to write the story she has lived for the past ten years…widowhood. Pati loves traveling and has seen all the New 7 Wonders of the World. Her passion is interviewing over 100 veterans for the Veterans History Project in the Library of Congress. Pati lives in Frederick, MD, with her dog Rojo.

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Are you a Widow? This book is for you! This book is for those of you who have spent many years sharing the decisions, burdens and joys of life with the one you loved. Now your husband has died; what do you do? You are once again a single woman and how do you become that independent person you need to be to manage your new life? How do you take care of the chores of the day, the home maintenance, the decisions, and still cope with the grief and stress of your loss? Pati Redmond has spent ten years dealing with these problems after the death of her husband and wants to share her experiences with you. She has lived these pages, gathering years’ worth of thoughts, experiences, challenges, and solutions in the hope that other women will be able to face their future as a widow more empowered and equipped after experiencing one of life’s greatest tragedies. It is not only relevant to the widow left behind, but also to the children who remain. The information in the text is well thought out, clear, concise and thorough. We the Widows will give you suggestions on how to deal with many things you may face as a grieving widow. You will learn that you are stronger than you ever thought you were, and that you can do things you never dreamed you could! Perhaps it will also make you smile at the memories and help guide you into your new life.

Introducing Ian Hume, author of From the Edge of Empire

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Zimbabwe born, Ian Hume retired from the World Bank in 1994. Since then he has continued to work for the Bank, and others, as a consultant and has sat on Boards of Directors of various companies. He lives with his wife, Meriel, in the Peninsula Golf and Country Club near Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.

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An Eyewitness account of a life’s journey through the Winds of Change in Southern Africa, Eastern Europe and the United States. When Ian Hume, a young Rhodesian Army captain, decided in 1963 not to fight the oncoming war over majority rule, he left the army and the country to study in Cape Town, his future unknown. There he married, became involved in student anti-Apartheid politics and won a Beit Fellowship to Oxford. With a Doctorate from Oxford he was recruited to the World Bank. After various interesting assignments he became an expert on Eastern Europe. In 1975 he was invited back home to help prepare Rhodesia’s transition to Zimbabwe. He finds himself living through the very war he earlier tried to avoid. He lost many friends. Returning to the Bank in 1978, he returns to work on Eastern Europe, becoming responsible for giving assistance to Hungary and Poland. As the Resident Representative in Warsaw after the fall of communism, he experiences the hot-house of Polish reforms, turbulence and, ultimately, success. By contrast, and much to his regret, the transition in his native Zimbabwe leads, ultimately, to devastation and catastrophe. In this eloquent memoir, a testament to the value of education and the power of family, Ian explains how the major transitions through which he lived were separate but ironically linked. As a proud American he offers his grandchildren (four sons) a worldview—a moral equilibrium or resting point in the debate—to harmonize their vexed heritage with today’s divided America. In a message that’s more relevant than ever before, he exhorts them not to make the mistakes that tore his homeland apart: beware the herd mentality; always think for yourself.

Introducing Pete B. Betiku, author of Fire Your Shadows and Hire the Real You: The Decisions You Make Today, Will Determine the Direction You Will Walk In Tomorrow

“The price is good and the website is easy to use.”

Pete Betiku is a Minneapolis-based businessman, serial entrepreneur, and public speaker. He is passionate about conducting business and sharing his gift of teaching to help people get more out of life. As such, Pete provides mentorship to people of all walks of life and many organizations. He enjoys traveling all over the country to teach about business and personal development. Pete looks forward to growing and expanding internationally. Facebook: Pete Betiku Tweeter: @peteBetiku Booker

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Life is filled with highs and lows. These are the moments that can dictate the course of your life. Life is also filled with seconds that turn into minutes that can be used in any way that you choose. Most people spend their precious time doing jobs and having lives that make them miserable. They have some “shadow” that seems to keep them from shining. It keeps them from truly utilizing their true potential.

In Fire Your Shadows and Hire the REAL You! Pete Betiku explains that a shadow can be a person, place, emotion, or thing that is preventing you from stepping out of your comfort zone, and living the life that you were placed on earth to live.

A shadow can be anything negative that is preventing you from embarking on a prosperous life. In this book, you’ll learn every step in the process of removing yourself from any shadow that is trying to be in your path. You’ll learn how to rise into your greatness, and step out of any shadow that might be covering you.

You will learn all the tricks, and be given the tools that everyone-from world-class athletes to world leaders-use to live a life in which they are using their potential to exert their inner greatness. Your inner greatness just waiting to be released is the part of you that always lived in you, but some fear or doubt shadowed this greatness.

Well, here is where we will bring out the REAL you, and you will fire a version of yourself that is now outdated-and hire the person who you always knew you would be.

Introducing Dr. Paul E. Kotz, author of Something Happened Today: A Collection of the Unexpected

“Dana and Kirsten were joys to work with: professional, knowledgable, patient, and adept at guiding an author in the publishing of Something Happened Today.”

Dr. Paul E. Kotz is a lifelong learner with education and business expertise. This includes working as faculty and advisor with undergraduate, graduate students and since 2013, in a doctoral program in leadership. Kotz has taught and served as an executive coach to graduate students and business professionals; and has assisted high school students in navigating adolescence. In 2014, he published Personality, Gender and Learning Styles for students and practitioners. He is a resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota and continues to collect new experiences that shape and challenge his perspectives.

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A Collection of the Unexpected. There are times in my life, when I wasn’t truly looking around to see the goodness that exists. I am extremely lucky to have people who have mentored me along the way by their examples, words and actions to look for the good. I have learned and witnessed that if you open your eyes and ears, you can live your life staying present to the positive. This book is just that. It is a collection of stories that may inspire you, challenge you, or let you see a situation in an entirely new way.