Introducing E. Philip Trapp, author of Memoirs of a World War I Baby Boomer

“I am thrilled and pleased the book is published.”

Dr. Trapp is a clinical psychologist and scholar who taught at the University of Arkansas for four decades and has received numerous awards (e.g., the first recipient of the Arkansas Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service Award and Who’s Who in America’s Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement award). His life philosophy has been influenced by his WWII experiences as a naval officer landing Marines at places such as Iwo Jima. In his retirement years, he has used his life experiences, his knowledge of human nature, and his gift for storytelling to write both fiction (The Red-Ribboned Letters) and non-fiction (Memoirs of a World War I Baby Boomer, and Did the Smarter Apes Stay in the Trees).

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In Memoirs of a World War I Baby Boomer, Dr. Phil Trapp takes the reader on a fascinating journey through his life. The chapters proceed chronologically, but the author thoughtfully selects vignettes to shed light on the unique forces and context that shaped the WWI baby boomers. The book begins with family history (imagine knowing a grandfather who was alive during the Civil War), followed by the dramatic changes of the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression and World War II. Chapters after WWII explore Trapp’s experiences during graduate studies in psychology, with insights into this relatively new profession and learning from some of the greats in the field. Subsequent chapters touch selectively on his career as a clinical psychologist and university professor. He provides snapshots of his engagement as agent of change at the university, state and national levels. The memoirs close with reflections on lessons learned through these experiences. There is something for everyone in Memoirs of a World War I Baby Boomer. For the lover of a good story, Phil Trapp does not disappoint. He is a gifted story teller who understands the power of stories to communicate broader messages. For history lovers, the book is rich in historical detail, including anecdotes about the author’s family in the first century of our country’s existence. For those seeking insight into the human condition, Trapp’s psychological knowledge and personal wisdom provide many opportunities for reflection. The memoirs engage us emotionally with humanity, particularly what World War II taught us, and with life vignettes about love lost and love found. And for those appreciating humor, the memoirs do not disappoint, given Trapp’s signature wry humor. Ultimately, Phil Trapp has a message – about the impact of history on one’s life and the lessons learned after 95 years on this planet. The Word War I baby boomers are disappearing rapidly. We are fortunate that the author is still willing and able to share his stories and his wisdom.

Introducing Amy Jordan, author of Dance Because You Can: 5 Steps to Transform Trauma into Triumph

“Outskirts Press has published and marketed two books I have written: ‘Dance Because You Can: 5 Steps to Transform Trauma into Triumph’ and ’26 Tips for Easier Living with Diabetes.’ This was my first foray into publishing a book. What was paramount for me with Outskirts is my ability to maintain full ownership of the content of my books. This is relevant due to the documentary feature film about my life premiering soon. I was able to communicate my vision to the editing and author support team. I had specific design ideas that were completely created to my specifications. The marketing team supported the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble along with countless other author platforms. ‘Dance Because You Can’ was represented at the National Book Fair in New York City. The book was also the 2019 EVVY Award Winner for best self-help. Thank you Outskirts for supporting my intention to spread hope and possibility through my writing.”

Amy Jordan encompasses a very optimistic spirit and while wearing many hats, she has been able to bring them all together. Her professional knowledge and personal experiences have given her the insight needed to inspire others. She is a motivational speaker, coach, fitness expert and first and foremost a dancer! Amy’s dance life includes study with choreographers for Madonna, Michael Jackson and Paula Abdul. The Victory Dance Project, Amy’s professional dance company members credits include Broadway shows The Lion King, Hamilton and Chicago as well a Rockette and company members from The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theater of Harlem. Amy’s SWEET ENUFF Movement is an award winning youth diabetes and obesity prevention program. SWEET ENUFF was a top 5 national finalist of First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘End Childhood Obesity Challenge.’ Amy has Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes and fought most of her life to hide her chronic condition. Life challenged Amy again when she was hit and run over by a New York City bus. The accident nearly ended her life and her leg came close to being amputated. Amy Jordan is on a mission motivating and inspiring others to overcome ANY adversity. She tells everyone she meets, ‘Please Dance Because You Can.’

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Have you ever felt pinned down by life? Have you ever had a moment when you thought things would never get better? Guess what? You are not alone. “Dance Because You Can” is a direct pathway to getting through any obstacle and transforming trauma into triumph. The book from Amy Jordan, critically acclaimed award-winning author, speaker, coach, and choreographer, walks you through her five-step system of D.A.N.C.E In the end you have a tool kit that works for pretty much any adversity in life. The book is poignant, funny, tragic, and truthful. Jordan parallels her dramatic and life-threatening experiences, proving that value can be created from any situation. She challenges and triumphs life with difficult-to-manage type 1 diabetes, recovery from an eating disorder, a dream of dancing professionally, or challenging an MTA bus. Whatever you are facing right now, no matter how tough it seems, this book will help you feel better and create answers. There is light at the end of the tunnel. Her professional company, The Victory Dance Project, has honored legends of dance and stage including Chita Rivera. Jordan’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NY Post, and FORTUNE magazine among others. Amy is an in- demand motivational speaker and coach speaking for groups from ten to ten thousand, including corporations, organizations, youth programs, leadership development, health organizations, and schools. This is an amazing book. Amy’s message is empowering and impactful. Thank you for sharing your message to encourage everyone to never give up. James Malinchak, Star of ABC’s hit show ‘Secret Millionaire’, World’s premiere speaker, trainer and coach. “This book: ‘Dance Because You Can’, simply says if you reach a point of impossibility, a seemingly unfixable challenge, this 5 Step system will help anyone facing any adversity to Transform Trauma into Triumph and dance your victory dance!” -Kevin Harrington, Original Shark on ‘Shark Tank’, Inventor of the infomercial: Sold over $5 Billion on TV. “Dance Because You Can. I love that message. Thank you for inspiring the world.” -Leeza Gibbons, Emmy winning journalist, Former Host: Entertainment Tonight. “This is an amazing woman with an amazing story. If you would like to take your life to the next level and move through what you think is stopping you; Amy Jordan can help you do that.” -Jack Canfield, New York Times Best Selling Author Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Success Principles, Star of the breakthrough movie: ‘The Secret’ http://www.amyjordanspeaks.com

Introducing John J. Wells, author of Die Like A Dog

“I had no idea how to go about publishing a book, and Outskirts took me through the process step by step with clear instructions and explanations so that I never made a false step. I am tremendously pleased by all that Outskirts did for me, and the final product is exactly what I wished. I will certainly print my other books through them.”

I worked at various New England boarding schools for thirty-odd years, then retired to Maine to get in some of the reading and writing I’d never had time for. As it happens, though, I find that my daily schedule now is determined primarily by the whim of my dogs.

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“For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.” Someone is killing the dogs of London, Maine, and Bill Williams is convinced that one of his neighbors or acquaintances is responsible. But which one? It could be any of them: Eleanor Bird, the village tyrant, who collects other people’s secrets and exploits them ruthlessly; her son Eddy, a preoccupied country realtor who, people say, isn’t at all as simple as he seems; Roy Emory, once the boy genius who went off to the ivy leagues and wound up in jail on drug charges and now lives as a hermit back in the London woods; his parents, Charlie and Kristin, who are afraid of him and struggling over a failing business; Rosie Brig, a subservient school teacher who becomes infatuated with the wrong men, first Roy Emory and then Sean Winder, the high school hero who gave up on college to run his father’s general store and marry the shy and self-effacing Patricia instead of his fiancée Rachel Morgan, who, recently widowed, has returned to London to claim him; or Linc Mundy, owner of the local garage and a professed dog hater. And Bill is very much afraid that, if the guilty party is not identified soon, the nightmare will only grow darker. And then people start to die…

Introducing Edward Goodliffe, author of Nailed It: The Story of the Granum Gripper

“Having lived through an amazing adventure migrating from London to a little town in Western Canada and establishing a nail manufacturing plant, I wanted to make sure the story was preserved. I had never attempted to write a book before and had no idea what was involved. I came across Outskirts Press. The whole experience has exceeded my expectations and the finished product is excellent. Everyone I have dealt with has been friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Being from Britain, I wanted to retain the English spelling of words rather than the American way and the Editor was most accommodating. Where she really excelled was her ability to make suggestions for improving my choice of words without changing the meaning or my style of writing. She knew precisely what I was trying to say and she knew how to say it better than I did. The review process was so well thought out. To have three reviews was precisely what was needed. The icing on the cake is that the quality of both the hardback and the paperback version is first class. The cover is perfection, the paper quality is excellent, the text is clear and the colour photographs are vibrant. Thank you Outskirts Press for a job well done.”

Edward Goodliffe is the Speaker of Congress for Freedom Force International and is a promoter of individual liberty. He grew up in England; resides in Alberta, Western Canada; and has established and operated several businesses over the years.

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This is the action-packed, real-life story of three young Brits who leave the crowds and high taxes of London, England, in 1975 and make a new life in Granum, Alberta, Western Canada, population 325. It documents the trials and tribulations of acquiring cheap industrial land, constructing a building, and establishing a nail manufacturing plant, despite knowing almost nothing at all about what was involved. They overcome a daunting number of surprises and obstacles to get production up and running, doing it all on the cheap. Along the way, they encounter wonderful and unique people as the company is established and then built up. Numerous diversions throughout the book cover humorous and characterful locals, as well as customers and suppliers, and the establishment of Granum Radio, thanks to a makeshift transmitter made by the local television repairman. But this book is more than the story of making nails; it’s thought-provoking as well. The author, a promoter of individualism, addresses some of the damage done by collectivist governments and the fraudulent banking system. He documents some basic liberties we have lost since the 1970s that nobody seems to have noticed. Nothing is really as it appears, he maintains, and we have been lied to about almost everything. When you reach the end, there will be plenty to reflect upon.

Introducing Julie Cull, author of Transformation: 30 Years

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Ms. Cull is a born again believer in Jesus Christ. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of Florida and a Master’s in Education from the University of Phoenix. She resides in the Sunshine State, Florida. Ms. Cull loves reading, writing, and going to the beach. She has a daughter and a grandson. She believes in the power of transformation because of the adversities she experienced in her own life. Going through life’s trials can lead you to a personal relationship with Jesus that can forever change your life!

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Experience Jenny’s journey as she “escapes” the overly-protecting arms of Mama and dives into the life of darkness and despair that she craved and fantasized about. She longed to enjoy the darkness and see what it held for her. What was she missing? What was Mama keeping her from? Why was Mama keeping her from it? She wouldn’t be Mama’s “yard dog” anymore. She was gonna get off the porch and run with the big dogs.

Introducing T.W. Messer, author of The First Two Seasons

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T.W. Messer is a former journalism major who has written columns for his college and hometown newspapers. Retired, after a two decade career in law enforcement, he currently runs his The Sportsnutt blog. T.W. has one adult son and resides in California with his wife, daughter, and cat.

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The year is 1985. Willie Stewart and B.J. Jackson are as opposite as best friends can be. Willie is tall, white and likes to rock. B.J. is black, short, and prefers rap. Willie is the only child to two loving parents. B.J. is one of six children, with no father figure. What they do have in common is their love of sports at El Dorado High. They are set for a big senior year, but can they stay out of trouble long enough to succeed?

Introducing Brenda Marie Black, author of The Bella Rose & Dianthus Bobby

“Thanks to the entire team at Outskirts Press! As a first-time author, there’s been much I’ve learned about getting a book published and I am glad Outskirts Press was recommended to me by an author friend who was published with Outskirts Press. Indeed, my publishing experience with Outskirts Press has been rewarding and positive; and, I received guidance and assistance along the way. The quality of my book in all versions is outstanding.”

Brenda Marie Black currently lives in Hanover, PA with her husband, Clay, and two adult puppies, Buffie Delizia and Antonio “Tony” Giocoso. Previously, Brenda worked as an administrative assistant for a county government and two colleges. During her career she humbly received recognition and awards for her work. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, Summa Cum Laude, from Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD. She enjoys painting, writing, walking, jogging, camping, golf, baseball games, and bike riding. She feels blessed to have a loving family and wonderful friends. Brenda looks forward to making new friends with readers.

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Accompany Pasquale and Lena in this One of a Kind Story. Brenda Marie Black is a first-time author. As a child, she was filled with an incessant curiosity about the mysterious and unspoken past of her beloved Italian grandparents, Pasquale and Lena Donofrio. As an adult, she set out to discover and unlock abounding secrets through years of research, interviews, and travel. Brenda was gifted time to fulfill a dream-to write and now share this unique and faith-filled novel brimming with romance and suspense. Actual events, research and interviews, along with the author’s memories, were used to fabricate a natural fiber as the basis of the novel. An artificial fiber, composed of artistic embellishments of prose and fictional characters, was created for enhancing and materializing the story. Both fibers were spooled into one yarn and woven, nimbly and creatively, throughout the novel. Brenda Marie Black celebrated and cried in researching and writing The Bella Rose & Dianthus Bobby. All are invited to travel back in time to experience the riveting legacy of the author’s grandparents. Through precise period details, one will experience, first-hand, the treasured story of handsome Pasquale and beautiful Lena. The aura of their hearts and souls are revealed in raw, in-depth characterization. Along the journey, there are many other unique individuals to discover. Pasquale and Lena gift us with an extraordinary and inspirational story. Join them. Read of their challenges, celebrations, tragedy, heart break, deep regret, and . . . Was Lena’s mother right? Would a covenant be broken? Can a single tragic event change everything? Is it possible to bury love? Are coincidences just that-or are our lives in synchronicity? Is there a Heaven? The answers are found as you accompany Pasquale and Lena in this one of a kind story. Are you ready to travel? Bring a wrap for your arms as you might find the esoteric folklore a bit chilling. Be sure to lace-up your most sturdy shoes for this bumpy, unconventional and unpredictable journey. Pasquale and Lena’s venture is full of twists and turns. Take a few deep breaths before beginning the expedition to the many unique places this story takes you. You’ll be traversing on mountainsides, navigating rough ocean waters, exploring an enchanting lakeside, riding in diverse modes of transportation, and walking and running in various bountiful tracts of nature. And, just an important piece of advice, be sure to pack a cotton handkerchief.