Introducing Stephanie J. Mayo, author of My Voice…God’s Mouthpiece

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Stephanie J. Mayo, God’s mouthpiece, a sanctified wife, a mother and a licensed minister. She is a graduate of Lynchburg College with a B.A. degree in Communications and a minor in Business Administration. She also holds a B.S. in Education from Liberty University and is currently a middle school business teacher. Although Stephanie has achieved many accomplishments with the most recent being an author, she recognizes that her righteousness didn’t come from things she has done, but through God’s mercy, which gave her a new birth and a new life through the dunamis power of the Holy Spirit. She resides in Virginia with her husband, Francisco, and three children, Miguel, Manuel and Morgan.

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My Voice, God’s Mouthpiece takes you on the journey of a woman who needs God and awakening her voice in order to fulfill her purpose. Her voice was silenced as a result of sexual abuse and rape during her adolescent years, the unbearable loss of her unborn son and other loved-ones, devastating job loss and unexpected health issues. Her pain produced her purpose, her trauma fueled her testimony and her tears became liquid words that drew her closer to God. My Voice, God’s Mouthpiece offers a cognizance of restoration, healing, direction to faith focus, peace and hope.

Introducing Don Truman Wilson, author of Seeking My Peace in the Midst of Conflict: Memoir of a Soul Rescued by Grace

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Don Truman Wilson is a writer and a spokesperson for suicide prevention. Don’s 2009 brush with suicide opened his eyes to see what matters in life. He is a graduate of the Institute for Writers (formerly, the Long Ridge Writers Group). Don is a native of West Virginia, now living and working in Central Florida.

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I Stared into the Abyss of Suicide. Without a doubt, to contemplate suicide has to be one of the darkest experiences a human heart can know, a moment of incredible loneliness. You feel abandoned by everyone, even God, as if alone in the universe. The moment to end my life had come. My tormented soul would find peace at last. When a suicidal person makes it to this juncture, it is all but finalized. In his mind, it is settled. For him to execute this final act of misery will be easy. His relief is in sight. He doesn’t see the devastating effects the act will have on his family and friends. He only wants the unbearable emotional pain to end. I had mulled the final act over several times. I decided upon an overdose of pain pills. As I stood motionless at the bathroom sink, the blank face in the mirror resembled my own. Because of the long-term emotional pain of the conflict, I had lost my desire to live. As I took one last look at the person who stared back at me, I lifted the hand that held the pills, and I thought to myself, “so this is how it ends.” Seconds crept by. I put the handful of pills into my shaking hand. I took a deep breath, swallowed the lethal meds with a gulp of water, then stood silent for the longest time, no emotions—no fear, if anything, relief. I staggered over to my bed in a daze, the ache of my heart accompanied by such loneliness I had never felt.

Introducing Steve Buzzelli and Rita Klein, author of Steve’s Story: World War II Through the Eyes of a Signal Corpsman

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Steve Buzzelli and his daughter, Rita Ann Buzzelli Klein were both born and raised in Akron, Ohio. Cemented together with the close family ties of Italian immigrant families, they both carried in their hearts an appreciation for lives lived in love for each other and a compassion for all those that they encountered along the way. While just barely completing high school (he had to take both junior and senior English together his last year of high school since he failed junior English the year before) Steve, a “rubber worker,” generously supported his oldest daughter’s college education. Rita now holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from The University of Akron. She taught at the high school and university levels as well as served in Student Affairs administration at the University of Akron. Steve died much too soon in 1988 at the age of 68. Rita, now retired at age 72 has had the privilege of giving life to Steve’s Story, which was very close to being forgotten.

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An Unexpected Journey into World War II. An innocent project to preserve a family keepsake turned into an unexpected 2-year journey into World War II for the daughter of the main author, Steve Buzzelli. Enthusiasm, exhaustion, boredom, frenzy, agony and ecstasy pours forth from words and images gathered by her father between 1942 and 1945. A partnership between the primary author of this story and his daughter (not yet born when this story was collected) gradually took shape. Propelled by curiosity, cluelessness, and unending love, “Steve’s Story” has materialized in a form meant to memorialize his experience for his descendants and his family. The authors hope that as the reader peruses these pages they come to appreciate the goodness and decency of this soldier and realize that they too carry that spirit in their souls.

Introducing Kimberly Arms Shirk, author of Remote Fears & Silver Linings: In all of life’s challenge there comes a Silver Lining…Can you find it?

“Thank you Outskirts Press for helping me successfully publish my first book, Remote Fears & Silver Linings. After a devastating electrical accident that almost took my life it has been a dream to share my story so that others might find hope in the midst of tragedy. For all of the ways that you have walked me through the publishing process and the many answered questions from a journalist, thank you so very much!”

Kimberly Arms Shirk is an author, motivational speaker and a Senior Marketing Strategist for Talent Plus. Her story has been featured in News Photograper, Television Broadcast, Communicator, the Key, national newspapers, television segments, a training documentary for Union Pacific Railroad and she has been a featured speaker at the National Press Photography Association Conference and LCMS Women’s Contentment Conference among others. Shirk currently resides in Lincoln, Nebraska with her husband Chad and her three children, Caleb, Logan and Addison and shares her story every chance she gets.

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In all of life’s challenge, there comes a Silver Lining… Can you find it? In the four minutes it took the first paramedics to arrive, some decided I was dead. I didn’t like that decision. I wasn’t ready to go. So I fought. September 3, 1997. Nineteen years ago a near tragedy took place in Des Moines, Iowa. While setting up for a Remote Live Television Broadcast a colleague of Kimberly Arms Shirk raised the mast of their Live truck into electrical lines grounding a path for 13,000 volts of electricity first to the colleague and then after a daring rescue attempt, coursing through the body of Kimberly. Burned over 12 % of her body and face, and against all odds, she survived to tell the story of a devastating physical journey and spiritual healing through it all.

Introducing T. L. Needham, author of The Biscuit & Timely Tales

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T. L. Needham is a native of Kansas City with an extensive publishing background. His historic memoir, When I Was A Child, won an honorable mention in Writer’s Digest Indie Book Awards and was a finalist in USA Book News-Best Books Award in the category of History, USA. It was also awarded the bronze medal by Readers Favorite, and a gold medal by Global Ebook Awards. Needham’s collection of poetry, Pesky Poems, was awarded a silver medal by Readers Favorite, and a children’s Christmas story poem called Kitty Claus was honored with a gold medal from Readers Favorite. He has also authored Winning and Keeping Relocation Business; Who’s Who in Relocation; started a national news magazine, Relocation/Realty UPDATE; and was a national consultant, speaker and trainer on real estate and corporate relocation issues.

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A timely collection of short stories by T. L. Needham, an award-winning author of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The Biscuit & Timely Tales offers short stories about time-as in running out of time, wasting time as the meter keeps running, and going back in time, as in dream time. Author T. L. Needham also presents poems that, like a helium-filled balloon, tug at the string of your imagination. The collection begins with THE BISCUIT-a story about the times when you do the wrong thing for the right reasons and then the right thing for the wrong reasons-and ends with THE RING, which describes traveling with spirits in the car…and not the kind of spirits you drink! These two stories frame short prose with broader themes based on growth and enlightenment, life, death, and the spirit world. The Biscuit & Timely Tales eloquently nudges us to learn to listen to the whispered guidance of spirit friends and family guiding us along the path we are destined to follow on our mission of discovery.

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

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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 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 Alicia Kay Lanier, author of My Unspeakable Loss: A Birthmother’s Memoir About Adoption Secrecy

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Alicia Kay Lanier is a writer and activist who lives in North Texas. She began her writing career as a daily newspaper reporter in Oklahoma and Texas. Since then, she has written about real estate, technology, adoption issues, political topics, and for business and corporate publications. Alicia was editor-writer for the periodical, Adoption Triad Forum ; co-founder and founding president of TxCARE; former board member for Concerned United Birthparents (CUB) and California Open; and presenter at American Adoption Congress (AAC) conferences. She was the first birthmother to serve on the Board of Directors for Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center in Dallas, and is editor of the book, Hope, A Collection of Birthfamily Stories, Poems & Letters, which contains Alicia’s essay, An Invisible Tattoo. She spends much of her leisure time with friends and family, especially with her four grandchildren whom she calls her Joy Buttons because of the fun they add to her life. Alicia’s Blog: https://birthmomunspeakableloss.wordpress.com/. See reviews at Amazon.com on book page for My Unspeakable Loss

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Mother Reveals Saga of Secret Baby Given to Strangers. In 1965, Alicia Kay Lanier finishes her University journalism studies in Texas and embarks on an exciting career as a daily newspaper reporter in another state. She has been raised in a Christian home and she is still a virgin. Alicia quickly finds her new job and friends to be as thrilling as she had expected. But, a few months later, Alicia discovers she is pregnant. The fact that she is unmarried, combined with the recent death of a parent, influences her to give her infant to strangers who want to adopt him. Alicia keeps this baby a secret from her family and friends for over two decades. Alicia later marries and the couple has other children. In the mid-eighties, a series of family crises threatens the family’s serene image and the marriage; the author says: “To family and close friends, my life at age 48 looked pretty good: Longtime marriage, pretty daughters, professional career, lovely home. What they could not see was the marriage was on shaky ground, my daughters were in distress, and I had kept a sad secret for over two decades.” Alicia’s saga includes a nostalgic portrayal of her parents and early family life in addition to intense truth telling about the marital-family dilemmas she encountered while ending secret-keeping. Confronting a closed adoption system, which hides information from all parties involved, Alicia and her daughters persistently search for lost family; that journey has surprising twists and turns and presents new challenges for Alicia and her children in reunion and relationship renewal. Covering several decades, her memoir draws from Alicia’s vivid memories and extensive personal journal and family letters. Written in the style of a contemporary novel, there are flashbacks to Alicia’s years as a teenager learning to deal with the opposite sex and intimacy; her life as a daily newspaper reporter in Oklahoma and Texas; reflections about her months living in a “home for unwed mothers;” meditation on the shame and grief felt by birthmothers of the closed adoption era; and Alicia’s evolution into being a writer and advocate for adoptee rights and other issues; and more. See reviews at Amazon.com on book page for My Unspeakable Loss. Alicia’s Blog: https://birthmomunspeakableloss.wordpress.com/

Introducing Morris Gliklich, author of The Memoirs of Morris Gliklich: Holocaust Years and Beyond

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Morris Gliklich was born in Nisko, Poland. When the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, he and his family made a daring escape from their town and the advancing Nazis, only to be captured by the Russians and sent to Siberian labor camps. Following the war, they found their way to Germany, spending time in a series of DP camps. He immigrated to the United States in 1951, where he went on to join the US Army, attend college, marry, start a family, and launch a successful business career.

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Holocaust Years-From Poland to Siberia. The German invasion of Poland in 1939 put an end to the tranquil childhood of Morris Gliklich. Fleeing the Nazis, only to be captured by the Russians, Morris and his family spent much of the war years in Siberian labor camps. Narrowly escaping death on numerous occasions, first from the Nazis and the Russians, then from Siberian winters, bears, and malaria, Morris survived the war with his immediate family, making his way to German DP camps, and later on to America. This memoir is a tribute to their strength, courage, perseverance and faith.

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.