Introducing Donald Cifarelli, author of The Reluctant Warrior

“I am thoroughly pleased with the entire publishing experience through Outskirts Press.”

Donald Cifarelli currently lives in Carlsbad, CA, where he teaches Italian conversation gratis to seniors at the Encinitas Senior Center. He is a member of the YMCA and meets regularly with a group of seniors for coffee, conversation, and workouts. His interests include writing, playing the guitar and ukulele, cooking, and reading an average of a book a week.

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Book description…

Life, Love, War, and the American Dream. Donald Cifarelli was born to be a soldier: he came into the world on March 4th, 1924-and in one way or another, marching forth is what he’s always done. At the age of four, he arrived at Ellis Island, and a year later, watched the American Dream tatter and fade with the onset of The Great Depression. But “The Reluctant Warrior” is the memoir of a man who saw what he wanted in the great United States and embraced life in America with a full and open heart. This is the story of his journey from a colorful childhood as an immigrant in Brooklyn to assimilation into American culture, and the fateful day after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when he heard President Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy” speech and knew that he would fight to preserve the freedom that was America’s promise. Along with the horrors of war in North Africa and in Italy during the final campaign that ended WWII, Donald unexpectedly found love, which had to survive long months of separation and uncertainty. After being reunited at the end of the war, the Cifarellis faced the task of rejoining everyday society, and struggling to find work and realize their dream of a home and family. Candid, detailed, deeply personal yet broadly relatable, “The Reluctant Warrior” is a vivid picture of the historical arc of the 20th century in America.

Introducing Sharon D. Green, author of Torn Bible

“My publishing experience was amazing and so professional. Everyone I worked with throughout the process was attentive and helpful. Every email was answered in a timely manner and courteously. The finished product, my book, looks beautiful. I’ve gotten nothing but great compliments. I would gladly recommend anyone I know to Outskirts for their publishing needs.”

Sharon Green is an author and freelance writer. She’s a Bible teacher and a sexual/domestic abuse advocate. Sharon has a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from DePaul University and currently obtaining a Master’s degree in Urban Leadership from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sharon resides in Chicago, IL

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Love and Grace – The Enemies of Religion and Abuse! Torn Bible is a brutally honest and thought provoking memoir of perseverance, resilience, and redemption. It is a look into a life plagued by sexual, domestic, church abuse, and mental illness. Sharon takes you on a very personal journey into her pursuit of love and acceptance. Her life takes many twists and turns through fear, trauma, and the fog of religion and legalism in her quest to know Jesus and His love for her. It is a story permeated by the love and loyalty of one family, while chasing love and acceptance from another. It is a story of a transformed heart and a developing personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Sharon brilliantly tells her story, with humility and boldness. Torn Bible is truly riveting and astonishing.

Introducing Veronica Marme, author of Woman of Integrity: How God Raised Me in the Wilderness For 20 Years

“I just got my very first book published titled Woman of Integrity. Thanks so much to the President of Outskirts Press, Mr. Brent Sampson, with his great Outskirts Publishing, Production and Marketing Team. God bless you all. Cheers.”

Veronica Temai Marme is a Journalist by profession. Ms Marme graduated from the University of Papua New Guinea with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Degree in 1994. Thus, for the past 22 years she had practiced the various fields of Journalism with the government of PNG as a Press Officer, Researcher, Press Secretary and Journalist to career politicians and Prime Ministers like Sir Julius Chan and Paias Wingti, Post-Courier as a Sub-Editor and Wantok Radio Light the PNG Christian Broadcasting Network as a pioneer News Editor, senior Journalist and a spiritual counsellor and mentor to the young girls, broadcasters. Currently, she is a senior Producer & Presenter with the NBC TV Programs section producing and presenting church and positive development programs. She is now a widow and is happily living with her three sons namely; Bobby Umba, Willie Umba and Charles Okuk Umba.

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This book is an account of how God raised the Author in the wilderness for 20 years. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I sanctified you, I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 Holy Bible, The New King James Version, pg 506). As the Author realised after 20 years when she started writing about her own life story that God had called her to be a prophetess to her nation, Papua New Guinea. The Author was adopted into the Marme family who raised her with so much love and care. She was brought up in a village called Hoblesuhul meaning ‘stone place’ (in the Goling vernacular) in the remotest parts of Simbu called Gumine in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. She moved around with her adopted parents during the colonial days as her father Peter Marme was a ‘Mangi Master’ (domestic servant) with her illiterate mum Elizabeth Balua from Simbu to Port Moresby to Madang and back home, Gumine in the late 60’s and early 1970’s. Eventually, in 1984 she was fostered by a British woman who is an Anthropologist and an Oxford scholar who raised her in Brisbane, Queensland Australia for three years doing her grades 9, 10 and 11 in 1984, 1985 and 1986 respectively. And, that’s where the Author actually completed her secondary schooling at the Gap State High School in Brisbane successfully and achieved her Queensland Junior School Certificate in 1985. Her English woman guardian is normally known as Dr Joan Johnstone Drikore. She was one of the Professors at the University of Queensland with the Anthropology Department at the time the Author was fostered by her. After Brisbane she came back home and attended the University of Papua New Guinea where she met her husband and children’s father Robert Umba who just returned from attending People’s Friendship University in Moscow, USSR of Russia for his summer holiday on the 8th of July, 1988. She met Robert during her first year at the University of Papua New Guinea and started family while still being a student becoming a teenage mother and wife, and all the troubles and challenges she had gone through in life at that stage. And, she spent 20 years of her young vibrant life with Robert raising her family and she had faced a lot of situations and challenges in her life. However, despite all these her dreams of getting a University degree, becoming a Journalist and Author one day never shattered. She made it through and believes any teenager in her situation can make it like herself as she shares her life’s experiences and testimonies in this powerfully written book which is her autobiography.

Introducing Robert D. Easton, author of Sailing Around the World In 300 Days

“I have just written my fourth book entitled Sailing Around the World in 300 Days: The Last World Cruise of the Yankee Trader. This was my first experience writing a book electronically since I had no cell phone or computer knowledge. So I bought a cell phone and with the patient help of my Author Rep and some hard working and patient local librarians in Sacramento, we were finally able to complete the book in late August. My book is an attempt to recapture some of the places and names from bygone days. It will be an enjoyable read for everyone who likes ships, oceans and travel.”

Robert D. Easton is a native of the state of Washington. He earned two liberal arts degrees from Central Washington State College at Ellensburg, Washington and has done postgraduate work at colleges in California. Even though classified as a veteran of the Korean War, he served only in Europe and in Stateside army posts as a teletype operator and message center clerk for the U.S. Army Signal Corps during 1953 and 1954. At various periods in his life, he has worked as a custodian, section hand, truck driver, newspaper reporter, schoolteacher, technical writer, landscape technician, parks maintenance worker, nurseryman, salesman, public school classified employee, warehouseman, and computer assembler. His latest employment is serving as foster grandparent in an elementary school in Sacramento California. His article, about Jack London, placed 22nd (out of 100) in the 1974 Writer’s Digest Article Contest. He has written nonfiction articles for Air California, National Humane Review, Horse and Rider, Sacramento Magazine, and Good Old Days magazines. The Hibiscus Press (In A Nutshell) of Sacramento, California, has published four of his short stories. In May, 1978, he published a book of nostalgia entitled Tales from the Palouse Country and in 2004, a memoir entitled Beyond the Palouse. In 2009, he wrote a paperback entitled, Cobwebs, Echoes, and Footprints. He lives in Sacramento and has four grown children and six grandchildren.

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This book is a narration, written by the author, about a 31,000 nautical mile circumnavigation of the globe by the ship, Yankee Trader. In the early days of February 1979, Easton embarked on this voyage joined by approximately 75 other passengers, plus about 20 crew members. During this 300-day adventure, the Trader visited 61 ports and sailed the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans as well as the Caribbean sea. Yankee Trader, on this, its last trip, also crossed the Equator four times, the International dateline, and the Greenwich meridian once each. This was largely an island hopping voyage, enjoyed by many in the group who were engaged in the exploration, fishing, scuba and skin diving, meeting Islanders, savoring other cultures, and sailing into many beautiful sunsets.

“Avast, me hearties, let us splice the mainbrace, raise our glasses high and shout hurrah for the everlasting majesty and glory of the tall ships.” – Robert D. Easton, author

Introducing Bryan Dow, author of Please Leave A Light On

“Those that I worked with were overall great.”

A consumer of mental health services for twenty-five years Bryan Dow was born in western NY, raised and lived in southeastern WI for close to forty years and now resides outside of El Paso, TX with his wife and two dogs. Bryan also enjoys writing outdoor action adventure and sci-fi stories.

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A Turbulent Journey Through Mental Illness. Stricken with a mental illness at the common stage in life where dreams and career possibilities surface, this book is about a young to middle-aged man named Bryan who faced rejection in a handful of career paths ultimately feeling pressured from within to become his own boss. Furthermore, this book takes the reader on a voyage of earning academic success, witnessing the ups and downs of those close to him as well as the healthcare bureaucracy, and experimenting with love though sometimes shallow. In retrospect Bryan concluded that, besides earning two degrees after his diagnosis, his work or informal training under a Vietnam veteran for just over six seasons at a public golf course had the most profound effect on him discovering manhood. Sacrifices were made. Friends and family were both negatively affected by this maddening illness that first exploded in Washington D.C. Bryan’s marriage is very symbiotic, but it never would have worked without his wife’s toughness learned and experienced while serving in the military for ten years. She demonstrates great skill in dealing with the adversity in their marriage.

Introducing Margaret Watkins, author of Trans-Planted: a series of short stories

“This was my fourth book to be published with Outskirts Press. My author representatives have been fabulous! My computer skills are limited, my OS seriously out-of-date, and each book with photographs or sketches or custom covers that required extra time and effort on Outskirts part. They delivered great books as promised!”

Margaret Watkins is a transplanted Southerner. By that she means a sweet southern belle who has maintained her roots firmly planted in Mississippi red clay while losing her heart to the sagebrush plains of Idaho.

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Margaret Watkins grew up on a small cotton farm in far northeast Mississippi. When she and her husband moved to a dilapidated ranch in the Sawtooth Mountains of central Idaho, the transition from belle to cowgirl had many bumps along the way. There is humor and tragedy, drama and hubris in these pages. Adaptation! That is the way to flourish after being transplanted.

Introducing Robert P. Jones, author of Minorcan Gumbo for the Soul: A St. Augustine, Florida Story

“This is my fourth book and the process gets better each time. The cover designs are outstanding and my Author Representative goes above and beyond to answer all questions and offer help. Great company to do business with because of the people.”

Robert P. Jones is a 6th generation Florida native. Jones’ 8th Great Grandfather was Onesimus Futch, who fought in the American Revolution. He was with Colonels Richard Caswell and John Lillington on February 27, 1776, when about a thousand members of the Patriot Army defeated an army of Scottish Highlanders at the Widow Moore’s Creek Bridge near the port city of Wilmington. Jones’ uncle, SSgt Phillip Lester Brinson, was killed in action during WWII on his tenth mission while serving as a tail gunner of a B-26. His name is on the monument in the St. Augustine Plaza. Jones married his high school sweetheart on May 28, 1955. He and Malinda had five children (Mike deceased 2014), seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Jones has worked for the commercial fishing industry as Executive Director of Southeastern Fisheries Association for fifty-four years.

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The story of the Minorcans in America is well chronicled. Minorcans (Menorcans) and St. Augustine, Florida are both unique. Spain had the first permanent settlement in America (St. Augustine). By the time Jamestown was founded by the English, St. Augustine was an established town. These short stories reflect a life well-lived because of the unconditional love of a Minorcan: my wife, Malinda Usina Jones. The stories are true and might make you feel almost as good as tasting true Minorcan gumbo with a drop or two of datil pepper sauce in the bowl.