Introducing Diane Dettmann, author of Twenty-Eight Snow Angels

Twenty-Eight Snow Angels is my second publishing experience with Outskirts Press. Once the book was completed and in my hands, I fell in love with the custom cover and the photos that we integrated into the text added such a warm and personal touch. The positive reader response to Twenty-Eight Snow Angels makes my heart soar! Many thanks to Outskirts Press.”

Diane Dettmann is an author, presenter and teacher. During her teaching career, she was an elementary teacher, a literacy staff developer and taught at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Diane is the coauthor of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants and has presented the book at international conferences in Finland and Canada. Diane lives in Afton, Minnesota, where she enjoys writing and spending time with her loving husband, Allan.

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A beautifully written story of a life renewed. Diane Dettmann’s memoir, Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal, invites the reader into her personal experience of grief, as she faces life alone, after the sudden death of her 54-year old husband. With honesty and a clear perspective, Dettmann reveals her daily struggles and the realities of grief. The reader feels her pain and at the same time rejoices in her commitment to tackle the daily challenges of life alone and to succeed. Her heartfelt story inspires hope as the reader discovers that they can build a meaningful life-alone or with someone new-after a devastating loss.

“In this well written memoir, Diane tells of her emotional journey in touching detail.” -Mary Ann Grossmann, St. Paul Pioneer

“Writer Diane Dettmann makes small events, like the sale of a beloved piano, become as momentous as the sale of a national treasure. In the process, she rediscovers faith, community and love.” -Susan Parker, author of Walking in the Deep End

“In Twenty-Eight Snow Angels, writer Diane Dettmann gives us a poignant account of a life badly rent and ultimately revitalized in a way we can all take to heart.” -Peggy Lang, award-winning ghostwriter ”

“The reader is drawn in and captivated by Diane’s vivid account of her grief after the death of her loving husband . . . a powerful story of love, grief, hope and faith all can learn from.” -Mary Jacks, M.S. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

“Diane’s piano move was one of our most memorable. It really touched us all.” -Paula Soukup, Manny’s Piano Company, Inc.

Introducing Maurice Mayberry, author of The Dark is in the Light

“I am pleased with my experience with Outskirts Press and if I should publish another book, I will use them.”

Maurice Mayberry was born in Oakland, CA but now resides in Antioch, CA and works for a transit system in Concord. He attended Contra Costa College and Los Medanos College in California. Maurice has written poems, inspirational songs and this is his first published book and he is filled with joy! ”

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My life seemed doomed because of my abusive father, my exposure to sexuality at a young age, my failed marriage to an older woman, and my appetite for a forbidden fruit that contributed to my path of emotional destruction. As a result, I became a loner, I was depressed, and suicidal thoughts stampeded my mind. But through it all, I’ve learned to love and forgive myself—I’m at peace.

Introducing Abayomi Atolagbe, author of Furnace of Life from Nigeria to America

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Abayomi Atolagbe, the CEO of MoorTECH (, founded the company in 2011. MoorTECH was inspired by his love for building things, fondness of technology, and grit to see and act on opportunities in the face of adversities in order to be successful. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria and moved to Nashville, TN with his mother and sister in 1996. He graduated from McGavock Comprehensive High School, earned his Architectural Engineering degree at Tennessee State University with a N.A.S.A. practicum at University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2007, and an MPA in 2011.

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As real as it gets. Powerful story on obstacles, success, with content that makes you laugh. It keeps you curious on what happens next. A very transparent book on things going on in the world currently from Nigeria (Africa) to America, about government, personal struggles-success, relationship-intimacy, religion-faith, financial stability-job, racism, with questions and suggested solutions on making people’s lives better. Why should you read this book? Furnace of Life: from Nigeria to America is a very good read and will keep you curious, laughing at times, and wondering what will happen next. It is a tool that will get the conversation going, bringing to light childhood and adulthood experiences-struggles by both females and males that we (parents-children) too often keep quiet about due to fear or shame. It will provide workable solutions for young men, women, and adults that are going through or may go through similar experience(s) detailed in book. It will positively influence lives on an international scale because it required me to let my guards down, ask questions, and be as transparent as possible in order to be a part of the positive (real) change on this earth. This book details my life experiences in Lagos Island (Lagos, Nigeria) and in the United States of America, from primary school, secondary school (high school), college life, and professional life.  It asks the tough questions regarding faith-religion, God, government, career, relationship, intimacy, and exposes a clever system of inequality. It details my failures , common to both males and females, triumphs, how to handle rejections-failures, and why they are like a foundation for any level of success. It explains how my parents divorce affected me as a boy and a young man, why a son can hate his dad for abusing his mom, and how I was able to forgive and overcome not having a father around.  It also shows my love for both Nigeria (country of birth) and its culture, my love for United States of America, the good-bad-ugly conditions in both countries, and ideas on how to engender a community to help make people’s lives a little bit better. Life has literally molded me and I believe everyone has a story or testimony. Remember, you are powerful beyond measure and you have the spirit within you to overcome any setbacks. It is when things are hardest that the very thing we worked so hard for is there to claim. We must see opportunities, not obstacles, and achieve the good desires of the heart and may even attain something much better with a life full of joy, peace, and value.

Introducing Ardie Victor Estes, author of I’m Just a Boy

“Laura and Dana both did a great job helping a greenhorn. I appreciate you girls. May God bless you with the best.”

Regarding his professional career, Ardie Victor Estes has done extensive technical writing but rises to the top with this collection of All-American short stories.

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This series of true episodes is a serious but fun attempt to tell it like a growing up boy felt it in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. Uncovering the whole story of a healthy boy’s dealings with his conscience often reflects his very heart. Christian principles are conveyed and sometimes subtle. The message, benefits of character development, and unique qualities are apparent.

Introducing Eve Bat Shalom, author of With Love Not Met

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Born in 1928, Eve Bat Shalom and her family escaped in 1939 on the SS Veendam, one of the last ships accepting refugees going to America. She has 3 children and 6 grandchildren and lives in Boulder Colorado with her beloved dog, Fin, and the quiet presence of the cat, Little Bear. With her ever inquiring mind, she reads vociferously and has recently become deeply interested in Sacred Geometry.

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In her 60’s, Eve Bat Shalom began the process of recovering memories of her childhood in Nazi Germany in the 30’s. The release of these memories tapped into her creativity and she began painting. The walls in every room of her house are now covered with these large canvases. These paintings also provide the illustrations in this book, as well as its companion book, “From This Incredible Dot.” “With Love Not Met,” Eve expands on chronicling her childhood experiences and takes us through to the transformations which have allowed her to become, as she says, “more than a Holocaust survivor” to a deep gratitude to the Universe for giving her Life.

Introducing Don Friesen, author of Memories: Mostly True, Revisited: Growing up in the 40s & Fabulous 50s

“This was my second book to be published by Outskirts. My first experience was good, but Dana was excellent. She was very prompt in replying to my stupid email questions and exhibited a lot of patience in helping me with technical computer stuff. I probably won’t do a third book, but if I did, I would ask for Dana to be my rep.”

Don Friesen is a retired elementary school principal and former avid mountain climber and runner. Don lives in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his wife Nancy. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

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No man, said one of the Greeks, loves his city because it is great, but because it is his. How can one begin a worthwhile story without the immortal words Once upon a Time? My Once upon a Time is set in the 1940s and fabulous ’50s, a time where our world was being redefined by a post-war economic boom, all the while remaining true to the universal and unchanging plights and endeavors of humanity that will forever remain untouched by the passage of generations. It is a story of my boyhood in Thomas, Oklahoma, from my earliest childhood memories all the way through high school graduation. And like my world at the time, my story both uniquely defines me and simultaneously reflects my mere commonality to all mankind. Shelley’s poem “Ozymandias” implies that everyone and everything will ultimately be forgotten: “Nothing beside remains . . .” It is this espousal that should compel those of us who have stories to tell, and each of us does, to write them down, to pen them into timeless monuments to the past and heralds to the future before they escape into the mists of history. As we age, our treasured memories age with us . . . evolving into greater and greater historical and personal significance, but fading and calcifying as time marches on. Napoleon said that geography is destiny. I hope you’ll find within these pages that mine was a blessed destiny . . . one each of us can find some relic to share in and relate to as I recount endearing times at home with my family, adventures with my brothers, and infamous school day escapades with my classmates who helped carry the 40s and 50s into the memories of our hearts.

Introducing Maria E. Rundquist, author of Maria

“Gwen was an excellent representative. She helped me navigate the Outskirts website. She answered my emails promptly and all my questions. I am very happy with Outskirts Press and I will recommend it to my friends and family.”

Maria E. Rundquist is retired from her small business as translator/interpreter, and Spanish instructor. She is still involved in her community as volunteer. She is active in the Northwest Iowa Sierra Group, The Loess Hills Audubon Society, The Sioux City Neighborhood Network, The League of Women Voters, the Missouri River Runners, and the First Unitarian Church of Sioux City, Iowa. Maria and her husband Rex have four children and seven grandchildren.

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An Immigrant Making a Difference Through Community Involvement. As a young girl growing up in Merida, Maria faced tragedy and hardship. As a young woman she endured abuse by her ex-husband. Maria found the courage to break free from her abuser and build a good life as a single parent with two small children. Maria’s life changed when she met a young American medical ex-change student from Iowa while she worked as a secretary for the medical residency program at a Hospital in Merida. Maria and her two small children came to America with a fiancé visa in order to marry Dr. Rundquist. Maria and her two children are naturalized citizens and they hold dual citizenship. She is proud to be an American yet part of her heart belongs to her native country, as well. Maria has actively assimilated into the communities where she raised her four children. She advocates for women, children and the environment. Maria wants to inspire women to face challenges in their own lives by getting involved in their children’s activities as well as volunteering in their communities.