Introducing Maria E. Rundquist, author of Maria

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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.

Introducing Iris Maria Goebel, author of Pigtails and Pigweed

“My publishing experience with Outskirts Press was superb! They published my memoir, Pigtails and Pigweed, from start to finish within seven weeks, and I am absolutely delighted with the end result. I will definitely use Outskirts Press to publish my next book.”

Iris Maria Goebel grew up on a farm in Central Alberta, Canada. She and her husband now live on a farm in Michigan, and they have been blessed with many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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In Iris Goebel’s touching and entertaining memoir, discover what it was like to grow up at the end of an era when most farmhouses had no electricity, no indoor plumbing, and no telephones-an era when most farmers were still using horses to farm their land, and there were no modern conveniences. Iris grew up during and after the Great Depression. Life was busy and hard in these years, and money was scarce for most everyone-it was a time when neighbors helped neighbors, and families turned to their community for support. Iris and her family faced many challenges and a near-death experience, but she also recounts some of the embarrassing and humorous moments that come from growing up on a farm and attending one-room country schools. Many wonderful memories, indeed!

Introducing MC Hansen, author of Journal of a Camp Host

“Overall super first time publishing experience! All the representatives I dealt with were awesome, and the Marketing follow-up tips, along with the “Sell Your Book on Amazon book, very helpful. Thanks to the entire staff.”

After a 30 year career spent in the corporate world, while earning a degree in Marketing and Graphic Communications, MC Hansen sets out on a free-lance venture Camp Hosting with her cat and newly found handsome partner/photographer.

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This comedic and romantic non-fiction is a journal of actual events that take place during their time in the Nicolet and Ocala National Forests. Also recorded, cross-country travel routes with some heart-felt lessons to be learned along the way. Finally these snowbirds find their new place to call home.

Introducing Dr. Frank Eden Godfrey, Sr., author of Cracker Boy

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Dr. Frank Eden Godfrey, Sr. was born in Charleston, South Carolina, to William Henry and Octavia Smalls Godfrey. He attended totally segregated schools from Kindergarten through High School. He was active in the Civil Rights Movement spear-headed by Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Saint Augustine’s College; Masters Degrees from Texas Southern University, and Harvard University; and a Doctorate Degree from Harvard University. He is a retired college professor; he worked for NASA, and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

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Follow the painful journey of a young, light-skinned African American boy as he deals with hatred and discrimination from whites as well as from his own people. For some he was not quite black enough, but for some others, he was still too black. Being born with light skin and blonde hair was an advantage to many slaves as they might be given special status, but for young Frank, two generations removed from slavery, it was more like a curse. He was hated and despised by many of his race. Some dark-skinned Blacks hated him because of his light skin while some light-skinned Blacks hated him because he did not think as they did. And, many whites hated him because he was still Black, despite his light skin. Frank would experience a painful triple oppression.

Introducing Michele Seals McConnell, author of Life of Lieutenant Colonel James A. Seals: 100 Year Old Pearl Harbor Survivor

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About Colonel Seals:  I was born in a log cabin on 5 April 1916 in the Bellview Community, Bledsoe County, Pikeville, TN. I served on numerous bases throughout the world during my military career. I was awarded many decorations and awards during this time.

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I am 100 years old World War II veteran and a Pearl Harbor Survivor. My name is Lt. Col. James A. Seals. I am 100 years old, World War II Veteran, and Pearl Harbor Survivor. This back cover photo was taken 6 December 1941 the night before the Japanese attacked Hawaii. A friend and I were supposed to go to the USS Pennsylvania that evening, however, we decided to go to Honolulu for dinner, drinks, and watch the hula girls dance. It was very late on 6 December so we decided not to go to the USS Pennsylvania until the next morning. On the beautiful calm, sunny morning of 7 December we were enjoying a walk to the USS Pennsylvania. We were about 200 feet away from the ship- another couple of minutes we would have been on board. The Japanese warplanes swooped down dropping bombs and firing machine guns. Chaos erupted.

Introducing Myrna Lovett, author of A Childhood Without Amenities

“I would like to say thank you very much to the production team of Outskirts Press. They did an amazing job in my book “A Childhood Without Amenities”. They were very nice to me and helped me publish my first memoir book. Again, a million of thanks to Outskirts Press for doing the excellent job! You made my dream came true. I highly recommend Outskirts Press for someone who is a first time author like me. May God bless you all!”

Myrna Lovett is a full-time wife and mother. She has a son who is six, and a stepson who is sixteen. She was born and raised in the Philippines, and has lived in the United States since 2005. She earned an associate’s degree and majored in general studies at Central Texas College.

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A Childhood Without Amenities is a searing, heartbreaking, inspiring memoir of survival and determination. This is the story of a girl who had nothing in life to cherish except the very fact that she was alive. At the age of six, her mother invited her to commit suicide. But despite this shocking psychological and emotional abuse, Myrna learned how to dig deep into the very core of her being, to find the will to survive. This extraordinary personal story offers hope and the possibility of healing to those who have survived or are in the process of dealing with similar circumstances, or with the stress and trauma of any type of abuse. Myrna will show you that even in the darkest hour, you can be a hero to yourself, and you can make a difference in your own life by making choices that are good and right. With faith, persistence, and a strong commitment to moving forward in light despite dark days past, Myrna shows you that miracles are possible.

Introducing Harry Anderson, author of Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie

“I am 80 years old and have learned to be suspicious of the hype coming from businesses. But that same inner voice that compelled me to write Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie – a factual account of coping with the loss of my house to fire – whispered to me to sign on with Outskirts Press. A miracle got me through my disaster, and a miracle again got my book published.”

Harry Anderson, a retired teacher of writing and literature, lives happily in the village of Harmony, Rhode Island, where he leads book discussions and writes for Your Smithfield Magazine. The Rhode Island Press Association has twice awarded him First Place honors.

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They fled their burning home into the night and watched with horror and disbelief the flames eating through the roof over their daughter’s bedroom. Thus began an elderly couple’s struggle to overcome trauma and to rebuild. Braced by the outpouring of good will, they regained composure. But more than good will was needed to deal with such exigencies as insurance matters, temporary shelter, demolition, and reconstruction. With almost no library materials to be had to help, they relied on what they thought to be a sign of hope: only their Bible, miraculously, lay undamaged among all the other books. Was it happenstance or was it a miracle that guided them through the maze of decisions and requisites that faced them? Pleasant Things in Ashes Lie gives a candid account of this elderly couple’s triumph over adversity. It is written with the intent that others – victims of house fires – may glean from this story something to help them also to triumph.