Introducing Paul Dage, author of Trout Kill

“My experience with Outskirts Press has been excellent. As Virgil safely guided Dante through the perils of Hell, Outskirts safely guided me through the perils of self-publishing my first novel “Trout Kill.” And now Outskirts is helping market “TK”, which is perhaps comparable to Dante’s trip through Purgatory. Heaven is still a long journey ahead, but I can at least now see the light. Thank you, Outskirts Press.”

Paul Dage lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Debra. He began writing fiction in the mid-’80’s and has published a number of his stories. He is a member of Willamette Writers, and in 2010 he won a Kay Snow prize for his Vietnam story “Guard Duty.” He served in South Vietnam from 1971-72 as an Army helicopter crew chief. From 1973-76 he attended Western Oregon University, where he received a teaching degree. He taught English for nearly 30 years, most of them at Canby High in Canby, Oregon. Dage subscribes to Portland writer Tom Spanbauer’s philosophy called Dangerous Writing, which encourages writers to be “brave on the page” or, in other words, artistically explore themes that may be personally frightening or embarrassing, such as cultural taboos or traumatic experiences. “Trout Kill” is written in this spirit. It is the first part of a trilogy that explores Eddy Trout’s anguishing journey of discovery and love. For more information about the author, visit his website at

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Eddy Trout, a forty-seven-year-old bartender, has a heart that merely pumps blood. He wants to kill the stony thing and grow a warmer, more loving one. But how? Rekindle the fading love for his wife? Speed around the next blind corner? Then there’s his dying dog … his fragile sister…the best intentions of his friends… the dead deer he loves. And what about the stranger who’s making damnable claims of fatherhood? Should Eddy kill him? It wouldn’t be the first man he killed who claimed to be his father.

Introducing Charles Ayer, author of A Deadly Light

“Lisa was outstanding every step of the way. As a first time author, I had plenty of questions and concerns, and Lisa was always there for me. I was extremely pleased with the final product.”

Charles Ayer lives in Vernon, Connecticut, with his wife, singer Claudia Ayer. They have three grown children. His second Walter Hudson novel, Pleasant Hollow, will be released in the near future.

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Why did two apparently unrelated murder victims, a young prostitute and an unidentified Korean man, die on the streets of New York City with the same cryptic words, “A thousand points of light,” on their lips? NYPD Detective Sergeant Walter Hudson’s efforts to find out unexpectedly but inexorably lure him into the treacherous worlds of political intrigue, unchecked power, and limitless wealth-worlds that he is ill-equipped to understand. But he has to learn fast as he begins to peel back the layers of a monstrous plot that threatens not only the city he loves, but his country as well. It’s a race against time, and Detective Hudson has less time than he thinks.

Introducing The Brothers Donovan, author of The Bounds of Moderation

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The Brothers Donovan consist of a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran and a survivor of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City. When they are not peddling their screenplays along the Boulevard of Broken Dreams in the City of Angels, they can be found in any Irish pub throughout this incredible country.

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Based upon a true story, “The Bounds of Moderation” follows Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agents Bronson and Bailey as they struggle to solve the Lake Juliette murders. Bronson, haunted by his combat tours as a Marine, and Bailey, aided by years as a Georgia State Trooper, leverage lessons learned in their past lives. Along the way, the agents reveal the true character of the men and women who make up that thin blue line that stands between society and the predators who lurk within it. Thrown into the hunt for the killer, Donnie Robinson must complete an internship with the GBI to graduate from college with his degree in criminal justice. However, Donnie soon discovers that the reality of law enforcement is not as black and white as the pages of his criminal justice textbooks. Donnie witnesses so very many things outside the bounds of his formal education. Donnie’s entrance into the “Real World” and a career in law enforcement are beset by life questions about love and occupation at seemingly the worst possible time. Just as Donnie thinks his education is coming to an end, he realizes that it has only begun.

Introducing Rod Sadler, author of To Hell I Must Go

“After researching several different publishing options, I chose Outskirts Press for the simple reason that they were the rated as one of the highest in the business. After my first phone call, I received information and guidance from the beginning to the end. Outskirts Press gave me the opportunity to fulfill a dream and share the story of a grisly nineteenth century murder in Michigan. I’m certain that had I tried to find a traditional publisher, this story would never have been told. Beyond simply publishing the book, Outskirts has continually provided marketing support, while working with Ingram to provide complete distribution. To be quite frank, I don’t think I could have made a better choice, and for that, I’d like to thank Outskirts Press.”

Rod Sadler is a 30-year veteran police officer, having grown up in the small town of Williamston, Michigan. He spent over ten years researching information about this murder including court documents, original handwritten eyewitness statements, books, photos, maps, and news articles. His great grandfather spearheaded the investigation while serving as the Ingham County Sheriff in 1897. Having retired in 2012, Rod and his wife, Terri, live in the Lansing area with their three children, Alex, Austin and Andy.

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Alfred Haney had suspected there was something peculiar about his wife for a very long time. On a cool spring morning in 1897, he left his Williamston, Michigan home to earn a day’s wage. He returned to find a macabre murder so bizarre that it shook an entire community to its core. This is the true story of a woman who some might refer to as Michigan’s own Lizzie Borden.

Introducing Rachel Roebuck-Howard, author of Rhapsody from the Grave

“At times I did not understand why things were happening, and Lisa would always respond right away to explain the process to me never once being abrupt or judgmental. I appreciate her patience and understanding that this was my first publishing project and I wanted a product that would represent me in a big way as I stepped out on a new chapter of my life. The effort was a team effort and everyone did their part and I am so grateful for the end product. Thank you Outskirts Press for believing in my dream and now my reality. The seed was planted and now it has sprouted and I must continue to water it. ”

Rachel Roebuck-Howard became interested in writing mysteries when she herself played various characters in stage plays while attending college in Pennsylvania. Ms. Roebuck-Howard was cast in roles such as the Countess Alexandra Tambova in the stage play “Sherlock Holmes and the Hands of Othello” and another stage play as Martha Crouch in “The Conjure Man Dies.” Her desire to write mysteries deepened even more during her Graduate studies in Journalism/Mass communication with her Investigative Reporting courses.

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Rae Hines, formerly known as Lieutenant Rae Hines Criminal Investigations Special Agent of the United States Army, has found herself in quite a predicament! After suffering many years of grief, following the deaths of her parents, Rae decides to pick up the pieces of her life and use her past knowledge of law enforcement to start her own private investigation practice. Rae finds herself settled in the metropolis of Washington, D.C. where she befriends Detective Trina Platt. Both women have one thing in common—presumably they both suffer from the loss of a loved one. Detective Platt hires Rae as her very own private investigator into the death of her lover and partner in crime, Detective Blaine Heyworth. Detective Heyworths’ death was brutal and suspicions are looming that it may be an inside job. Rae is excited to be offered a job and views the case, at first, as a way to catapult her business in private investigations. However, what Rae didn’t foresee was the strange turn of events that would send her spiraling into an abyss of past lies, murders and unconscious truths. Rae quickly finds herself struggling with her own irrational decisions and the need to find deep within the ability to trust someone.

Introducing Susanne Leist, author of The Dead Game

“My author representative was a life-saver for me. She answered each and every one of my endless questions in a very timely manner, usually on the same day–even on the weekend. I highly recommend Sara. Thank you Sara!”

Susanne Leist graduated with an MBA in finance. Her life has led her through the hectic commodities market and the number-crunching field of budgeting, but she always continued to read and daydream – which led to the fulfillment of her dream to put one of her stories on paper for everyone to enjoy. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband, two daughters, and Maltese dog.

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The Dead Game is a murder mystery, a supernatural thriller, and a romance all in one. It takes place in a remote town called Oasis. Beneath the blue, green waters and peaceful setting, lies an evil quietly waiting for its next victim. Bodies are turning up on the shore. Shadows are roaming the streets at night. Tourists are disappearing–never to be seen again. The young residents are invited to a party at End House. And that’s when the games begin. Pursued through revolving rooms and deadly traps, they barely escape with their lives. Two of their own aren’t so lucky, but remain trapped in the house. Or so they believe. They must embark on a long and arduous journey, not knowing who to trust, to uncover the one controlling the game and everyone else in town.

Introducing Peter F. Warren, author of The Horry County Murders

“As someone who has previously has two other books published with another company, I am somewhat aware of the process involved in having a book published. Part of this entire process is selecting the right company to publish something you have worked so hard on for many months. My experience with Outskirts Press has been very positive and I have been very pleased by the finished product they have delivered to me. The cover alone has drawn many great reviews alone in the few short weeks since the book’s release. I look forward to having Outskirts Press publish another book I am already working on.”

Peter Warren is retired from the Connecticut State Police Department. Retiring at the rank of Major, he served as the commanding officer of several specialized units. An Honor Graduate of the CT State Police Academy, he is also a graduate of the University of New Haven, and of the FBI National Academy. He is also the author of two Civil War books. Currently, he resides in South Carolina with his wife.

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“Peter Warren’s experiences as a criminal investigator are clearly captured in this exciting new book. You cannot help but feel like you are there with Paul and Bobby Ray as they attempt to solve this series of murders that confront them.” —Colonel Kenneth H. Kirschner (Ret.), Connecticut Department of Public Safety

“It is great to see the characters of Paul Waring and Bobby Ray Jenkins back from Warren’s first novel Confederate Gold and Silver. No one is more qualified to write a murder mystery than Warren. His unique experience and these great characters make this book a real page turner from the start.” —Dr. Mark Foster, The University of Georgia

“A deadly combination of murder, drugs, criminals of all sorts, and great suspense. A well-written murder mystery which is a must read! Very, very entertaining!” —SAC Jeffrey Brandau (Ret.), Kansas Bureau of Investigation

“Many people set out to try and write an exciting novel or two, but few succeed as well as this author has. Warren’s career as a state trooper prepared him to have a second one as a great storyteller. This is such an occasion! This is a GREAT follow-up to Confederate Gold and Silver.” —Major Timothy Baughman (Ret.), New Mexico State Police

Paul Waring, a retired state trooper from Connecticut, is recruited by his friend, Captain Bobby Ray Jenkins, from the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Department, to help solve a series of brutal murders that continue to occur between Myrtle Beach and Georgetown. Can Paul’s expertise help stop the murders before the killings continue? Why has Georgetown been selected as the dumping ground for each of the victims?