Introducing David “Bill” Verhines, author of Super Thunderbird

“I can see where Outskirts Press really knows their business and that they have done this for quite a while. They know how to cater to the author in a responsive and responsible way. I plan to keep on publishing my passion with Outskirts Press.”

David, or “Bill,” Verhines had experienced academic success, journalistic success, and even Charismatic success. In this single, powerful volume he devises a way to understand everything in terms of a life-satisfying worldview. Now, having drawn the attention of a startling cryptid companion in the process, “Bill” now wishes to share his perspective with the church, family, friends, neighbors, and any companion who might listen — be that companion cryptid or otherwise.”

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I am not the sort of person who goes out of his way looking for encounters with cryptid creatures. I have no interest in believing they are real. I never had any desire to encounter one. Until something appeared right in front of me on an Interstate highway. After experiencing several plateaus in my life, the truck-driving rhythm of the road has afforded me a lot of time to reflect on my life, my experience, and how to understand reality. My hours of contemplation led me to construct a worldview that emphasized the importance of a “bipedal” existence as a tie-in with all of life — Christian life, in particular. I had a “driver’s seat, front-row” experience with the largest bipedal event in all of human history. Applying my endeavors to this newfound-jet-airliner-winged dinosaur has led me to several startling new insights. The purpose of this book is to share these insights with you.

Introducing Forest Riggs, author of GALVESTON: Memories & Related Stories

“My Author Representative listened to my ramblings with genuine concern and compassion.”

Forest Riggs is one of the original co-creators and contributors to OutSmart Magazine. He has contributed to numerous other publications including This Week in Texas, The Houston Press, Ranger Rick Magazine, The Texas Triangle, Catholic Herald and Guideposts Magazine, as well as many newspapers and journals in Texas, California and the U.S. Virgin Islands. His popular column Reflections and Recollections, appeared monthly for many years in Houston’s holistic magazine The Uptown Express. Since 2015 he has written a twice-monthly column in Houston’s Montrose Star. “Across the Causeway” has become a popular and well-received chronicle of life on Galveston Island. Mr. Riggs, a wildlife biologist and educator has taught for the National Wildlife Federation and in both public and private schools in the U.S. and abroad. He has presented programs in educational settings, libraries and civic meetings as well as participating in several theatre projects. Mr. Riggs currently resides in Galveston, Texas where he keeps busy writing, gardening, fishing, home restoration, cooking and entertaining friends. Cover Photo: Billy G. Hill

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A galloping romp through the memories and stories of a man who has held a colorful relationship with Galveston Island since his very early years. From first-hand stories told to him by the direct descendant of an enslaved woman bought and sold in Galveston, and the heart-wrenching memories of a 1900 storm survivor, to the hilarious adventures he and his brother shared while spending summers on the island with paternal grandparents. Raconteur Riggs has woven a rich tapestry of tales and memories of the magical island, including early history, pirates, slavery, gambling, natural history, hurricanes, love, loss, ghosts and a myriad of other topics. Sharing from his personal adventures, Riggs takes the reader on a roller coaster journey through emotions that run the gamut of human experiences, and all associated with the tiny island in the Gulf of Mexico. A must read for those who enjoy adventure, romance and pure fun, as told through the memories of a young boy, adolescent and adult who has held strong to every piece of a Galveston story that became part of his life.

Introducing Nancy L. Regas, author of The Art of Being a School Counselor

“The one on one with my Author Representative was great. Her guidance helped turn my dream into a reality and sometimes it is still hard to believe until I look at my book. Thank you.”

Nancy L. Regas spent twenty-two years counseling in public schools: first as a resource coordinator, next as a life skills counselor, and finally, the majority of her time [eighteen years] as a high school counselor. Nancy followed that by becoming a regional representative for an out-of-state private liberal arts college. She advised both public and private schools in three counties for three years. She resides with her husband of forty-seven years and has two adult daughters and two granddaughters.”

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Are you thinking about school counseling as a profession or just starting as a school counselor? Okay, maybe you’re already an established school counselor; congratulations! However, are you feeling stuck, lost, or frustrated in your present position? If you answer yes to either question, this book is definitely for you. Enjoy your journey towards a personal and professional reawakening! 
HINT: If you are an administrator, this book will help you understand the role of a counselor; correctly utilizing your counseling staff will increase the effectiveness of your school. If you are a teacher, this book will help you comprehend the multiple roles of counselors and guide you in working collaboratively with them. Enjoy your journey towards becoming the best educator possible! Finally, parents, you can use this book too! It will help you understand what it takes for your son/daughter [in middle school or high school] to be a successful student. When you grasp that, your guidance will become more impactful.

Introducing Joey Barro, author of The Astronaut’s Whale

“Excellent process. Smooth and very communicative. “

Joey Barro lives with his wife and two sons in Southern California. He is a high school teacher and a musician.”

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Join Vincent the whale and Augie the astronaut on a deep sea, deep space adventure of a lifetime exploring the values of home, family, individuality, and friendship. “The Astronaut’s Whale” is a children’s poem about Vincent’s unlikely encounter with Augie in his home under the sea. After the two of them spark a friendship, Augie tows Vincent to space with his rocketship. The two of them explore the far reaches of the planets and stars with excitement and adventure. However, as time slowly passes having fun, Vincent becomes uncertain about his exploration and adventure. With the help and guidance of Augie, Vincent soon realizes that he misses his family and must return to his life as a sea dweller, even though he will have future friendship adventures ahead of him. Vincent and Augie return to their respective homes and remain friends until the end.

Introducing Keith R. Hairell, author of The Ghosts of Fort Loudon

“This was my first time self-publishing and my Author Representative was so patient with me. I was very pleased working with her.”

Keith R. Hairell is a graduate of the Centennial Class of 1976 at Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He has been a high school teacher and recently retired after more than thirty-five years in the insurance industry. He enjoys his grandchildren and the Great Smoky Mountains, and is heavily involved with the East Tennessee A&M Club. He has been married to his wife, Gail, for over thirty-three years and they have two sons. He lives in Maryville, Tennessee.
Also by Keith R. Hairell: “Return to Middleton Wood: Katherine’s Redemption”

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Connie and Bob St. Charles had retired very early thanks to Bob’s engineering discoveries. They thought they had built their dream home across the small country road from a lovely pastoral setting. As they slept one night, they were awakened by a blood-curdling scream. Bob dashed outside to find out the cause, and Connie desperately followed. As she ran onto the front porch, however, she saw Bob lying dead in the yard. When the coroner couldn’t find a cause of death, but Connie was determined to discover what had really happened in that field across the road, the site of the Cane Creek Massacre in 1760. During her research she read the report of an expedition to a haunted house known as Middleton Wood. She liked what she read and invited the entire team to come to Monroe County, Tennessee, to help her find the answers she so desperately needed. Kevin Spencer, PhD in anthropology at Texas A&M University; his wife, Camille; Bryan Carson, PhD in history at West Point; Stephanie Forrest; and Margaret Jackson packed their bags and headed for east Tennessee. What they would encounter there was nothing like Middleton Wood and something they were wholly unprepared for. Here, hostile Cherokees sought revenge, and innocent women and children tried to flee in the dark of night. In addition, Connie seemed to hold secrets about the past and the present. The team would have to try to assemble all of this information in order to provide Connie with the answers she wanted. But would they survive the hostile environment of the Cane Creek Massacre to get those answers?

Introducing E. J. Gandolfo, author of Tasting Death

“My Author Representative has worked with me on several books and I’m always impressed that she can expedite through the various problems that crop up. The Outskirts Team is just that – a dedicated group of publishing professionals that makes the process orderly and controlled.”

E. J. Gandolfo is a former advertising agency copywriter and sales executive. She is an artist and antique dealer and resides in the Boston area. Gandolfo is the author of the EVVY CIPA award winning book, To Paint A Murder and the EVVY CIPA nominated book, A Tale of Deceit, both Veronica Howard Vintage Mysteries.

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Veronica Howard and Harry Hunt take on a drug cartel that is ingeniously distributing their product in Bromfield. The fourth book in the series of Veronica Howard Vintage Mysteries, death comes close to home in this 1980s tale about the food industry.

Introducing Meryl Meyer, author of Their Secret to Keep

“My Author Representative guided me through the publication process. All my questions and concerns were answered and resolved.”

Meryl is a retired Art Therapist and an award winning pastel artist. She lives with her loving husband and 3 adopted kitties in their mountain home in Western North Carolina. They are frequently visited by the critters that live in their surrounding woods. This is where the inspiration to write and illustrate this book was born.

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It is a cold, still and wintry day in the mountains. A lonely little girl and her kitty gaze out the window watching the falling snow. She wonders where the critters are that live in their woods. Her curiosity and imagination then takes her and her furry companion on a whimsical and heartwarming adventure to find out their hidden winter secrets. Her imagined answers combine fact with fiction that will keep you guessing…and unexpectedly she discovers so much more. This fun to read lyrical rhyming story will charm the reader, maybe even into sharing some secrets. Meryl’s pastel illustrations are beautiful and adorable. They will bring a smile and will melt your heart.

Introducing Kevin Fodor, author of Turn It Up! Confessions of a Radio Junkie

“My Author Representative made the publishing process easy and answered my questions quickly.”

Kevin Fodor is an almost 50 year veteran of the radio broadcasting industry working in small, medium and large cities across the midwestern U.S. He has spent almost 20 years back in his hometown of Dayton, Ohio on air at Cox Media Group’s WHIO-AM/FM, WHKO-FM and WZLR-FM. He also substitutes as a radio instructor at the International College of Broadcasting in Dayton.

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Kevin Fodor has gone by many “on air names” in his nearly 50 year broadcasting career. Currently on air at WHIO AM-FM/WHKO-FM and WZLR-FM in Dayton, Ohio, but has worked in large and small towns in Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. He has also been heard doing shows or interviews on stations in Florida, Georgia and other states, and has even been a contributing reporter to radio news networks such as ABC Radio, Fox News Radio, The National Black Network, the BBC and others. He is also a broadcast educator, working at the International College of Broadcasting in Dayton, Ohio where he is a substitute radio instructor, has built and programs an internet radio station (Radio ICB) which broadcasts to the world and runs and programs a low powered FM operation at Indian Lake, Ohio.

Introducing Cheri Rose Shamaly, author of Welcome to My Band

“It was a pleasure working with Outskirts Press to publish my second book. I really appreciate all my Author Representative’s hard work and dedication to this project.”

Cheri Rose Shamaly grew up in Imlay City, Michigan and now resides in Lapeer, Michigan. She is a wife and has two boys. She comes from a family of eight. This is her second book that she has written and illustrated. Cheri loves to create stories for children of all ages! Writing and illustrating children’s books is her passion. Cheri puts a lot of heart into her characters. She enjoys writing stories with a moral that encourages a loving and kind behavior. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her dream is to read her books to children all over the world!”

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This story quickly begins right where, ‘Welcome to My Office’ ended. It captures your attention with its entertaining rhymes as well as its colorful illustrations. New characters are brought to life as the band, ‘The Magnificent Bunch’ create music together. As all, ‘Welcome to My books’ this story communicates a great moral and life lesson to young readers. It encourages the reader to share and be thoughtful.

K. Raymond Zabielski, author of The Cantrill Book One

“Let’s face it. Getting a literary agent is extremely difficult. Luckily I came across Outskirts Press and after digging deeper as to how they work and what they offer, I decided it was exactly what I was looking for. All questions were answered right up front. My Author Representative was always there to help guide me. This gave me the freedom to continue writing, while they took care of the nuts and bolts of getting a book out into the market. I presently have my first book published, the second manuscript being edited now with a third in queue. I look forward to having all six books in this series published by Outskirts Press and I couldn’t be happier.”

K. Raymond Zabielski is a native of Long Island New York, where he spent time hiking and camping in the Catskill and Adirondack mountains, reinforcing his deep love of nature. He started writing The Cantrill series there. In addition to his passion for storytelling, he loves animals. After a stint in Florida, Zabielski moved to Colorado, back to the mountains, which continue to inspire him as a writer.”

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When eleven-year-old Etob Sheerbain starts learning about the legendary history of his homeland, little does he know that the stories he will hear are about to change his life forever. As the pageant of good and evil, brave men and women, shared values and family lore comes to life, a cloud is darkening on the horizon. As Etob comes to understand his calling as scribe and historian for his people, events are unfolding that will test him as never before. Warm, beautifully imaginative, rich with detail, this is both a sensitive, insightful coming-of-age story and the first installment in a gorgeously woven epic fantasy.