Introducing Lee Martin, author of McGowan: Red Kings Rising

“My Author Representative has worked with me on several books and is always both helpful and professional.”

Lee Martin, a native of West Virginia lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of Colonel, he was awarded the Bronze Star and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross for his service in Vietnam. He has a Doctorate in Counseling and is an adjunct professor teaching courses in Psychology at an Atlanta area university. Lee is the author of fifteen other mystery novels.

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It is November, 1991. About the time the final nail was being driven in the coffin of the Soviet Union, from the remnants of its former Red Army leadership and defunct KGB came cold-blooded mobsters such as Andrei Guryev, a sadistic crime lord who set about terrorizing New York’s Brighton Beach with his extortion and sex trafficking racket. One man, however, stood in his way…Bruce McGowan. You might know McGowan as America’s quintessential counter-terrorist operative, but find out what he was like twenty plus years before when as an FBI Special Agent he took on the ever-surging Russian Mafiya. Working undercover as a homeless vagrant outside of a Russian restaurant, a known Mafiya operation base, Bruce is not only gathering evidence to bring down the malevolent mob boss and his organization but end the senseless slaying of the homeless on the street who seem to always be getting in Guryev’s way. Bruce, working in tandem with the lovely Russian-bred Misha Orlov, herself a Bureau plant inside Guryev’s operation, in turn becomes the pursued and number one on the crime boss’ target list. Although Bruce can be composed, compassionate and cool-headed, you will not believe he’s the same man when you experience his ruthless side. He plays by the rules…mostly…but don’t make the mistake of going after his family or otherwise pressing his buttons. You may not live to see tomorrow.

Introducing Janice Chapman, author of Legacy of Short Stories and Essays

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Janice N. Chapman was born in Woodward, Oklahoma in 1941. She was raised in northwest Oklahoma just south and west of Laverne, Oklahoma. She now lives in Harper, Kansas, where she owns a small non-profit thrift shop, The Prairie Angel.

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In putting together this book I have tried to focus on interests of the general public. Rubber Duck 5001 was spawned by an actual rubber duck race on the Chattahoochee River; an annual 4th of July event that only lasted a few years, and where I witnessed a small boy in a wheelchair rudely denied entrance with his little rubber duck. A Place I Called Home was remembered from the time I spent on the Davidson Ranch south of Las Animas, Colorado. Grapes of Wrath (Essay) was an essay I wrote in college after reading the novel by John Steinbeck. We Are at War was written because of the conflict in Iraq. I lived just outside Fort Benning, Georgia, at the time I wrote it, and also drove a taxi cab during that era of time, and listened to many tales brought home by our Military troops both from Iraq and also from Vietnam. Cab Eighty Nine was thought up as a result of my years in the taxi business. Old Yellow Doc was the best stallion I have owned. He died in 2010. The rest of the stories are purely fictional. And in dipping into my imagination I hope I have come up some enjoyable pieces of writing that you, the readers, will enjoy and recommend to your friends. Thank you for being my loyal and loving public. Other of my books you may enjoy are: Destiny’s Call – my debut western novel, Priceless Pages From Amazing People — a collection of mini short stories and poetry written by friends and associates as well as some of my own, and If I Could Be a Poet – a collection of my own inspirations.

Introducing David Craft, author of Top 40 Radio 1955-1975: A Fanboy’s Tribute to the Hits, Misses and Forgotten Gems

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David Craft, a native of Des Moines, Iowa, has been a professional journalist for 40 years. While earning his journalism degree, he hosted his own Top 40 oldies show on the campus radio station. Prior to that he worked in the retail and wholesale record business for 12 years. He is the author of six other non-fiction books, mostly about baseball, and a member in questionable standing of a loose-knit group of retired broadcasters and radio engineers calling themselves the Microphonies, who meet once a month to swap stories and reminisce about the people they’ve known and the radio and TV stations around the country where they worked. Some of their stories are even true.

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Explore the rich history of Top 40 radio. Millions of people grew up listening to Top 40 hits on the radio, a format that drew from multiple styles of music to create a soundscape mirroring the diverse nature of its listening audience. Whether you’re a baby boomer or a millennial, you’ll enjoy taking a step back in time to visit cherished old friends in Top 40 Radio 1955-1975: A Fanboy’s Tribute To The Hits, Misses And Forgotten Gems-a book that spotlights the songs and artists representing the Top 40’s richest years. The author includes thousands of songs he would play if he had his own “oldies” show today as he tips his cap to the disc jockeys all across the country who spun these songs for three decades!

Introducing Dale Cathell, author of Pete the Greek: An Entrepreneurial Life

“I am very familiar with the self-publishing business. I have written and published four prior books using another publisher. But the process with the other publisher was very complicated and at times even painful. I picked Outskirts Press for my last book and it was a great choice. My Author Representatives guided me through the publishing process and the process was the most efficient that I have experienced. And you produced a beautiful book. The formatting of the photos was great. I would never have thought of setting them off by the change in the color of the pages. Also, highlighting the paragraphs within the quotes was much more attractive than the way I had done it in my manuscript. Over the years, I have become very familiar with the self-publishing business. I know there are disappointed writers whose expectations exceeded their talents and they end up blaming the publisher for their own shortcomings. And then go online to vent. I have always considered them as crybabies. When a publisher, such as Outskirts Press, so improves my work by the way in which the book was formatted, I am almost stunned. Thank you again for making the publication process so pleasant.”

In 2003 the author published his first book, a novel, From Lands Over. Set primarily in Ocean City, Maryland it became a bestseller in the local coastal markets of the mid-Atlantic. It was described as a “hidden treasure” by the Writer’s Digest and was described as “an often passionate and sometimes earthy book which will hold your attention. It is entertaining . . . and moves along quickly.” “The Law Clerk.” In Books in Review in the Wave, it was described as “. . . a roller coaster ride of thrills and excitement. . . .The fishing passages are particularly vivid and demonstrate the author’s love of the sea.” His second novel, Scent of Lilacs, was also received favorably. His first biography, “Empires of the Crab,” was awarded a Silver Medal for non-fiction in the Independent Publishers ‘Ippy’ awards in 2007. He is also the author of Wading Through the Swamp – Memoirs of a Bad Boy, published in 2014 that, among other things, revealed the identity of the person who had murdered a local girl. It was met with great interest and much comment.

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From selling Christmas trees on street corners in Washington to becoming a multi-millionaire philanthropist, this is a success story of the son of immigrants who combined vision, risk-taking and a desire for perfection and became a leading restauranteur, businessman and world-class angler. It is an example of how thousands, if not tens of thousands, of immigrant families have made major contributions to the culture and economy of the United States. This is the true life legend of Peter Paul Boinis.

You Are Just Right: Celebrating the Beauty of Diversity

“Though I knew the subject matter of my book, I had no idea how to put it together. My Author Representative patiently walked me through the steps and answered my tedious, and sometimes repetitive, questions. She was absolutely life saving as the conduit to my illustrator. Her advice was flawless, and I am so grateful.”

Joni Crimmins has an MBA in finance and has pursued a fulfilling career in business. Yet it was her role as mother, that inspired her to return to school for a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy to understand the psychology around bullying, depression and anxiety, rampant among today’s youth and to try to make a difference. One of seven children, Joni understands the unique circumstances that make each of us special. This book was inspired by real events that happened involving Joni’s children. She was so saddened by them, that she wanted to bring a hopeful message to those that don’t feel they fall within society’s acceptable norms. Actually, she acknowledges, this could apply to most of us.

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Growing up can be tough when you feel you don’t “fit in” the way others think you should: he’s too old for the shopping cart, too tall for the ride. A mother shares a story with her struggling son to demonstrate that we all truly do fit in a piece of the bigger picture, and what’s more important is following his own heart, rather than how others see him. The story helps the young boy to understand that differences can be strengths and that he really is “just right.” This little book is a gentle reminder to children and adults that thoughtless comments are hurtful and unhelpful, that everyone is unique and that within each person is a special gift or talent. The array of options presented creates an opportunity for parent/child dialogue on my topics from accepting others to exploring a child’s aspirations and dreams. Perhaps you don’t have a pianist’s nimble fingers, but you have strong hands to build bridges and repair roads? Are you slow and methodical like a scientist in a lab, or are you small and quick like a jockey on a racehorse? This loving exchange between a mother and son is an assurance, not only to this little boy, but to all children and grown-ups, that each of us is uniquely special, born to bring a one-of-a-kind gift to this world.

Introducing J. S. Wiedemann, author of Dog Man

“I commend my Author Representative and the entire Outskirts team for a job well done with Dog Man. I will not hesitate to use their services again.”

J. S. Wiedemann is the real name of an authentic Baby Boomer and Jersey boy who lives harmoniously in Burlington County, NJ with his long-suffering wife and with happy memories of his late Labrador Retriever. The author welcomes reader questions and comments. Contact me on-line at Dog_Man19@aol.com.

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Dog Man might be the last great Baby Boomer novel. It is the self-told story of Rudi Werner, an engaging Boomer gone bust who learns about change the hard way: He lives it. Battling his demons all the way, Rudi accepts the challenge of opening and operating Dog Man, a kitschy hot dog joint that “serves the best damn wieners on the Jersey Shore.” But Rudi’s fabulous food fling brings him into daily conflict with what he calls The Great American Catastrophe-the election of Donald J. Trump. Rudi gets plenty of help balancing personal and political change from his inspiring love interest, Maria; from his extended Dog Man family; from his quirky, learned “spiritual” advisors, Phillipe and Malachi; and from his loving and loyal Labrador Retriever, Al. The novel provides poignant and humorous insights into modern life, relationships, politics and food, but Dog Man is fundamentally an uplifting tale of personal transcendence for Boomers of all ages.

Introducing Sean Senovich, author of The Slayer Chronicles: Community: Book 1 of the Homeland Trilogy

“With all the butterflies that came with my first publishing, Outskirts provided a great environment and helpful services. Their services were first class. Overall grade of A+”


Sean Senovich was born in 1978, growing up in a good home that saw the development of the cable system and home video, I watched it all! From the classic black and white horror movies my dad grew up with, to the B-rated seventies stuff, to the eighties horror classics and beyond, my questions were always, “Well, what happens after?” and “Why don’t more people fight?” Well, here’s how I see it…

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All Slayers die twice….Almost six years have passed since the Deadgeddon and nearly five since the TVs went dark. Having survived numerous untold horrors in a dead land, Christine Jordan is at the end of her rope. Stranded in a blinding snowstorm in an SUV on an unknown highway who knows where and with only one companion left, her biggest worry at the moment is not about survival. With the shock of losing her other companions still fresh and no food at hand, Christine knows she’s going to die. The Zombie Slayers, Evincar, and his compatriot Misty, patrol the area around an old frontier store, where the people from the nearby Community of Haven are salvaging goods on a cold winter day. A seemingly routine trip will lead to a life-changing encounter for all and no one’s world will ever be the same again.