Introducing Murdis Young-Hamlett, author of Running Blindly Through Life

“I like the professionalism of Outskirts Press and, if I publish another book, I will use Outskirts Press again. I enjoyed writing my book because it was a personal experience. I recommend Outskirts Press to all who want to self-publish especially first time authors.”

Murdis Young Hamlett was born in Shaw, Mississippi in 1952. She is the youngest of five children. She was educated in Montgomery County Public Schools in Mississippi. Later, she moved to Detroit Michigan where she attended Wayne State University, earning a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in English Education. She taught in Detroit Community Schools for twenty-nine and one half years, where she instructed students in English/reading at the middle school level. In 1996, she was inducted into the Fourth Edition of The Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, which was recommended by her many students. Murdis also received The distinguished Service Award from the AFT Local 231 AFL-CIO organization. There have been many other honors and certificates awarded to her for distinguished service. Her favorite hobbies are reading and writing poetry.

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“Wealth maketh many friends, but the poor is separated from his neighbor”. (Proverbs 19:4-K J V) Trauma has a way of crippling some people, whereas others grow stronger because of it. The drama we must face in life is never the real issue, but the way we internalize and respond to it is what matters. You either get up and greet success or lie there and cope with failure!

Introducing Joy E. Mason, author of Purpose: A Shift from Driving It to Embracing It

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Joy E. Mason is a recent retiree who grew up in a family that read insatiably, traveled extensively, and contributed passionately to the community. These experiences and the influence of her family contributed significantly to her Purpose Journey and her writing. Joy graduated from Miami University with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and from Butler University with a master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences. From 1988 to 2017, she worked her way up from associate to a global quality consultant, supporting an Indianapolis-based company’s international laboratories. As one of the few African-American women in a professional role supporting manufacturing, she successfully navigated corporate systems to eventually be recognized for her project leadership. The sometimes difficult navigation of a corporate environment contributed to exposing what felt like a paradox between wanting to be professionally successful and wanting spiritual fulfillment. This paradox, her faith, and her unquenchable reading contributed to her Purpose Journey. Joy successfully executed an aggressive plan to retire at the age of fifty. She is now an entrepreneur leveraging her black belt six sigma certification and her strong belief that every process can be improved, and every problem can be solved. Joy uses her extra time to travel with her family, volunteer, read, exercise, and tend her garden.

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Are You Truly Living with Purpose… or Just Reaching Goals? If you are driven or an overachiever; if you feel as though you are on a treadmill, reaching, straining, and driving for something; if you are still trying to understand your life’s purpose, then Purpose: A Shift from Driving It to Embracing It is for you. In this book, you will discover how goals and purpose are different. Unlike most books on finding life’s purpose, this book starts with what life’s purpose is not, because this is precisely how the author came to understand what was real in her life and what was imagined or supposed. The author demonstrates how not to look in a distorted mirror for answers, not to be hijacked by our past, not to practice off-purpose thinking and self-grievance, and so much more. She uses personal experiences, like joining a risky lawsuit and dealing with the reality of a brain tumor, as well as lessons of the spiritual leaders who guided her on her journey, to show how her perspective on a purpose-driven life changed over time and how that change led her to the peaceful space she’s in today. Warm, real, and relatable, this down-to-earth book is a practical roadmap to a more fulfilling way to be in the world.

Introducing Earl Morrison, author of Leadership Lessons Learned

“This was my first time to write and publish a book. Outskirts Press and all of the associates I have encountered have made the process easy and were very helpful along the way.”

Earl Morrison has been a peace officer for seventeen-plus years in the state of Texas. During his career as a peace officer he has risen through the ranks and held several leadership positions, such as sergeant, lieutenant, and chief of police. Earl has a great passion for training and developing others and has been an instructor/trainer in those areas for the last twelve years. Earl has implemented several development and leadership programs to aid in the advancement of others throughout his career. In addition to this book on Leadership Lessons Learned, Earl has written several papers on Mentoring in Law Enforcement addressing the need to grow and develop others. Earl has also held several leadership positions in his private life within the church community as a men’s group leader and church elder and chairman of the board for a city’s employee credit union.

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Leading and Learning with Character. Earl Morrison has held leadership positions in both his private life and professional life. Throughout his life he has encountered many different types of people and leaders. Earl has striven to be the best leader that he can be no matter the place or the title he holds. Earl rose to the top of his profession as a chief of police in 2014. Leadership Lessons Learned is a collection of the lessons he learned throughout his career and most recently as the head of an organization. These lessons hone in on his struggles and triumphs as he learned how to Lead and Learn with Character.

Introducing Chrystal Eve Jackson, author of Solis

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Chrystal Eve Jackson is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University with a B.S. degree in biology premed and has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for thirty-five years. She is a published poet with poems published by the International Library of Poetry (Name of books: Poetry’s Elite, The Best Poets of 2000; Winds of Freedom).

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Let Solis Take You Into Her Magical Realm of Self-exploration. Solis is my magical friend who can take me and the reader to any place in the universe and beyond. In this realm in which Solis journeys, you will find lessons which aim to help today’s reader through their journey of life, hopefully making their passage through this world one of peace. The world today is sometimes lacking in exploring lessons that pertain to both children and adults. My book does this exploration. It is a self-help book based on lessons that I have learned from my friend Solis. They are lessons that provide realistic advice based on my experiences to help those who are seeking answers and often do not know which path to take. The book uses mythology, fantasy, and love of God and man to bring across its messages. The book is a companion to those in need of how to cope with some of what life brings their way.

Introducing Pete B. Betiku, author of Fire Your Shadows and Hire the Real You: The Decisions You Make Today, Will Determine the Direction You Will Walk In Tomorrow

“The price is good and the website is easy to use.”

Pete Betiku is a Minneapolis-based businessman, serial entrepreneur, and public speaker. He is passionate about conducting business and sharing his gift of teaching to help people get more out of life. As such, Pete provides mentorship to people of all walks of life and many organizations. He enjoys traveling all over the country to teach about business and personal development. Pete looks forward to growing and expanding internationally. Facebook: Pete Betiku Tweeter: @peteBetiku Booker

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Life is filled with highs and lows. These are the moments that can dictate the course of your life. Life is also filled with seconds that turn into minutes that can be used in any way that you choose. Most people spend their precious time doing jobs and having lives that make them miserable. They have some “shadow” that seems to keep them from shining. It keeps them from truly utilizing their true potential.

In Fire Your Shadows and Hire the REAL You! Pete Betiku explains that a shadow can be a person, place, emotion, or thing that is preventing you from stepping out of your comfort zone, and living the life that you were placed on earth to live.

A shadow can be anything negative that is preventing you from embarking on a prosperous life. In this book, you’ll learn every step in the process of removing yourself from any shadow that is trying to be in your path. You’ll learn how to rise into your greatness, and step out of any shadow that might be covering you.

You will learn all the tricks, and be given the tools that everyone-from world-class athletes to world leaders-use to live a life in which they are using their potential to exert their inner greatness. Your inner greatness just waiting to be released is the part of you that always lived in you, but some fear or doubt shadowed this greatness.

Well, here is where we will bring out the REAL you, and you will fire a version of yourself that is now outdated-and hire the person who you always knew you would be.

Introducing Rachael Melot, author of The Ten Commandments of #SuccessWithoutApology

“Throughout the process of publishing my first book, my author representative was attentive and helpful. She helped communicate my needs to the editors and she helped me navigate the options so that I chose the best solutions for my particular needs.”

Rachael Melot is leading the movement on retraining women’s apologetic vernacular and encouraging the omission of all unnecessary apologies. She is an entrepreneur with a passion for empowering women of all ages to live their best life. Rachael has written a brilliant roadmap for conscious mental change: The Ten Commandments of #SuccessWithoutApology. You will want all the women you know to read this book and laugh out loud at the journey of one woman who does success differently.

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Women can achieve success, be powerful, and take pride in their accomplishments. Women can be successful inside and outside the home. Yes, yes we can. We can achieve success in ways unlike any other generation, and we can do so without apology. This book offers: Personal triumphs, career highs and lows, as well as anecdotes inspired by her humorous Oklahoman/New Yorker perspective; An insider’s glimpse into her life, guiding a more insightful recognition of women’s individual, deeply ingrained apologetic tendencies; Detailed inspiration that pushed her to achieve professional, personal and financial success after a very painful divorce Through her motivating wisdom and #SassyHashtags you will realize how apologetic behavior can be detrimental to the respect you deserve, the advancement you earned, and the life you want to live The Ten Commandments of #SuccessWithoutApology-by a leader-for leaders, written by a woman who simply wants equality, and will not apologize for attaining it HER way. #HowDoYouLikeMeNow

Introducing Gloria Rayborn, author of Sharing: Learning to Share

“I worked with Jamie on both books that I self-published. Jamie was patient with me and extremely helpful throughout the process. There were times when I made mistakes in completing production items and Jamie was there each step of the way to assist me.”

Gloria Rayborn is the middle of nine children born to sharecropper parents in Mississippi. She had humble beginnings, but through faith in God and applying her skills she was able to climb the corporate ladder and became an executive with a Fortune 100 company. Gloria retired in 2015 and has devoted her post-retirement time to spending time with family. She is the mother of five and grandmother (GG) to four beautiful granddaughters. Her writings are part of her legacy to her family and she focuses on sharing God’s love, building self-esteem, and instilling values and virtues.

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Four girls learn the importance of sharing and taking turns. Victoria and Mya play well together as long as they have their own toys. Each has a problem with sharing. They encounter a situation while playing with Reese and Aly that teaches them a valuable lesson about sharing.