Introducing Tom Reed, author of The Long Ride to Forever

“This was my fourth book with Outskirts and each experience was excellent.”

Tom Reed lives and writes on a small farm with his wife, Judy, in West Tennessee, shared with an abundance of critters. Prior to writing, he retired from a career in health care management and was active in many community organizations. This is his fourth book of fiction.

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A love story of perseverance and loyalty. A young man, who did not like farming, becomes a cowboy and travels all over the West looking for the love of his life who once lived next door to him in Tennessee. A true Civil War story is included.

Introducing Barbara Lopuszynski, author of Angel and Brie

Angel and Brie is the second book I’ve self-published, the first book with a different publisher. My experience this time was refreshingly different. My author representative and the team that I worked with were responsive, professional, and meticulous. Outskirts Press has the online tools that make the process efficient and expeditious. Thank you, Outskirts Press!”

Award-winning author, Barbara Lopuszynski, lives with her husband and two cats in Seattle, Washington, where Angel and Brie start their journey. She’s been a computer professional and teacher and now enjoys writing fiction. Her writing has been recognized by Independent Publisher Book Awards, Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Competition, Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Whidbey Island Writers Conference, and Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest.

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Angel and Brie won a gold medal in the 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest in the Pre-teen General Fiction category. Angel & Brie are foster sisters, Angel a sassy rebel, Brie a nerdy scientist. Both 13-year-olds are on a quest to save a wolf-dog hybrid by taking a road-trip on their bicycles. Angel has been in and out of over a dozen foster homes. She hangs out with delinquents and has to do community service to pass 8th grade, but never gives up hope that her rocker dad, Jocko, will pull his life together and give her a home. Enter Brie, her new super-smart, animal-loving foster sister, who is also in denial about needing a home. When Brie discovers that a wolf-dog hybrid named Wolfie is going to be euthanized, she sets out to take her to Wolf Home, which just happens to be near the town Angel’s dad is playing. Please visit www.barbaralopuszynski.com for more information.

Introducing Lisa Simpson, author of Crybaby Bridge

“Colleen has been a Godsend! I became very anxious about a few things, and she answered all of my questions, and handled things in a very timely manner. She really put me at ease with the way I was treated throughout the process. I want to give a big SHOUT OUT to Colleen for all the things she has done to make my publishing a very pleasant experience! Thanks again!”

As a teenager, Lisa Simpson visited one of the hundreds of Crybaby Bridges that reportedly exist. Although swearing she heard a baby cry, she never saw the powdered footprints. Crybaby Bridge is her imagination of what might have happened many years ago. Currently Lisa lives in Northern Kentucky. Her extended family includes a husband, four children, two stepchildren and eight grandchildren.

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They say that if you go to the bridge and the moon smiles down at you, you should place powder on the hood of your car, then you shall see a baby’s footprints and hear its horrific cry in the night… In the seventies, poor little rich girl, Maddie Sheppard, becomes pregnant by a thing that she called the Shadow Man. Swearing he is Satan himself, Maddie hides the pregnancy from her parents, her town and their God. Afraid her child is a “monster,” she has no choice but to give birth. The Shadow Man comes to claim his child, and in a trance, Maddie throws the child over the railing of a county bridge, jumping over behind him, killing them both. Present Day-Amanda Sheppard begins having horrible dreams that she can’t explain, or begin to understand. With the help, support and love from her friends and family, she finds a way to reach out to the woman haunting her dreams. Maddie crosses time and the afterlife to reach Amanda, her great-niece, asking for her help. Through a long journey, both awake and asleep, Amanda begins to relive Maddie’s life and everything she had lived through. Amanda realizes that the only thing Maddie is after, is to be forgiven for killing her child. Along the way, through many twists and turns, she ends up helping her grandfather learn about the sister he never knew he had. This is a story of sadness, faith, and love. But most of all…it is about forgiveness.

Introducing Beronica Latorre-Lopez, author of Just Understand Nothing Ends

“I want to thank Outskirts Press for helping me achieve my goal to become a published author and making the experience a smooth and enjoyable one. I look forward to publishing many more books with Outskirts Press. A special thanks to Lisa. You made this experience a memorable one. Great job!”

Beronica Latorre-Lopez started out early with, roses are red, violets are blue, type of poetry. As she got older, her poetry became her special kind of therapy. Beronica is thirty-six years old with three children, living in Stroudsburg, PA. Her mom has passed and now her children are her inspiration and motivation. And, of course, God who makes all things possible.

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When life becomes so overwhelming to the point that it is hard to bear, I cope by writing poetry that I like to share. My poetry consists of love, loss and also heartbreak. And although they come from personal experience, I am sure you can relate.

Introducing Steve Sellers, author of Epiklesis

“My experience with Outskirts Press was wonderful. I thoroughly enjoyed the entire process. I have published before — with traditional publishing houses — but this was an infinitely more enjoyable process. Dana was a big reason for that. She is fantastic! I am already finishing a sequel to my book, and I look forward to another great experience with Outskirts Press! Blessings to you!”

Steve Sellers is a newly ordained Catholic priest who served twenty-five years as a priest in the Episcopal Church. He is a former investigative newspaper reporter and is the author of Terror on Highway 59 (1984, Texas Monthly Press), an account of his 1982 investigation that broke up a corrupt sheriff’s department in East Texas. His book was made into a television movie in 1989 “Terror on Highway 91” by the CBS network. He holds two doctoral degrees (D.Min. and Ph.D.) and teaches comparative religion at the University of Phoenix campuses in Houston. He and his wife Dixie live in Houston.

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EPIKLESIS is a spiritual mystery about light and darkness, life and death, hope and despair, and about two orthodox and conservative priests who find themselves in the middle of the ancient battle that still rages over the souls of men, women, and children. It is the story about a spiritual war that is, for the most part, unseen, unheard, unspoken, and ignored. It is a story about shadows, about seduction, about the primordial forces of darkness that continue to pursue and bewitch the Lord’s precious children, even in the pews, classrooms, and administrative offices of the old mainline Christian denominations. It is also a story about friendship, faith, and the enduring power of prayer. The story begins in the turbulent days of the spring and summer of 1968, following the assassinations of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy, and then winds its way across three states – steadily and inexorably — to the very doorway into Sheol. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:10-11).

Introducing Kathryn J. Kappler, author of My Own Pioneers 1830-1918

“Outskirts Press has been a fantastic experience. Everyone has been extremely knowledgeable, but also very responsive, positive, friendly and helpful. Time frames have been quick and as promised. Your marketing support is also excellent after publishing. I am very impressed with Outskirts and hope to start a new book since the last three are now published.”

Kathryn J. Kappler was born in Fort Worth, Texas, but spent her childhood and young adulthood outside the United States, in Newfoundland, France and Spain, because of her upbringing in a military family. She is a former Regent Scholar of the University of California, and graduated Magna cum Laude from UCLA with a degree in Economics. She subsequently earned an MBA with honors at University of Southern California. Throughout her life, Kathryn has sustained an ardent interest in history. The author’s family has been associated with Native Americans for several generations. She has lived and traveled extensively on Indian reservations of the Southwest while researching early Native American silver jewelry. She has spent many years working with troubled horses.

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The three volumes of My Own Pioneers together tell a remarkable story of the desperate pioneer struggles of four generations of the author’s family. Although the memorable historical journey begins seven generations ago, these three volumes of stories focus on four important pioneer generation. They are the culmination of fifteen years of painstaking research as the author carefully reconstructs her family’s pioneer struggles from before 1830 to 1918 using information from family records, journals, memoirs, histories and letters, supplemented by accounts from their pioneer companions, and by Church and other official records. Volume I tells about the author’s once prosperous pioneer families survived the French and Indian War and the War of 1812, then eventually relocated to join the newly founded Mormon Church. The stories tell how the pressure of mobs and mob wars eventually forced these families to abandon everything as they were driven from place to place, until they found themselves exiled on the western-most border of the United States—at the Missouri River—looking toward the wild and hostile West as their only refuge. Stories describe how dozens of family members were among the Mormon refugees who died by the hundreds at the Missouri River, of illness, starvation and exposure. Yet family members had managed to journey among Indians on the frontier to preach, and had sailed through nearly catastrophic ocean storms to preach in England. And despite much sorrow and hardship, this volume relates how five family members left their loved ones behind at the sickly Missouri River in order to march down the Old Santa Fe Trail in the U.S. Army’s Mormon Battalion to prove their loyalty to the government by helping to fight a war with Mexico.

Introducing Veleta Jones, author of Five Layers Deep On How To Forgive

“I was really pleased with the support of my first book project. Everything went really smoothly. I have already referred friends and family to Outskirts Press. The staff is very professional and knows their work very well.”

Veleta Jones is a Georgia Native and always had the habit of reading and writing at an early age. When she started writing chapters everyday as a hobby, she knew it was her calling. She can also write five thousand words or more per day when time permits. She is a literary new-comer and this is a dream come true. Veleta loves to help people and she knows this is the start of a great thing. She also enjoys ghostwriting, researching and mentoring. She wrote this book in 36 hours so as you can see this is her gift and passion. This book gives you a quick reading guide that can help you if you ever come across a state of unforgiveness. Stay tuned for future publications. She can be reached via email at mygifttowrite@gmail.com for additional book copies, or visit her website at outskirtspress.com/fivelayersdeep.

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Why should we master forgiveness? Because we have needed to be forgiven at some point. We are all human and are entitled to mistakes. Giving others grace and room to mess up usually comes back to you in the same measure. Five Layers Deep on How to Forgive will help you see how important it is to forgive others and yourself. This book gives you 5 practical situations that can help you in life. It is time to let go of what you have not been able to forgive. Letting go of resentment when you don’t really want to develops your character and leaves room for blessings. Choose to be the person that people love to be around and not the person that everyone avoids.