Introducing Jill West, author of Pumpkin

“My Author Representative was amazing and she went the extra mile. I would highly recommend her and Outskirts Press!”

Jill West spins a coming of age tale which follows two young girls as they grow into adulthood into a psychological thriller which will have you turning pages into the night. She grips the reader’s attention with rich character development and keep-you-guessing scenes. The author started her voracious reading journey at a young age and remains an avid book lover. She wrote her first short story in the third grade, later using the protagonist’s name for her only daughter. Jill resides in Vinton, Virginia with her husband of 26 years, and faithful Papillon, Mikey. Her daughter also lives in the area. In her first novel, Pumpkin, she achieves a life goal of writing a book she would want to read.

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Obsessive and hungover, Christina rouses herself from a night of partying at Claytor Lake in time for the cops to arrive. There has been an apparent drowning, and she is unfamiliar with the evening’s prior events. She must have blacked out-again. What she remembers is Lonnie’s ever-present security by her side. What she can’t forget is tearing apart Mel’s life and burning down her parent’s home. The Dark Maidens Society. Her mothers passing. Her Gran’s advice. What she expects is schlepping back into her daily routine of waitressing in a bakery and visiting Gran’s grave, drinking half the night and waking up to do it over again. What she couldn’t predict is the eye of the storm approaching her small-town Pulaski Virginia life. What she didn’t foresee is the unexplainable events occurring in her duplex, knowing she was being watched. She didn’t plan on falling in love with Jacob, being questioned by the police and finding out the drowning wasn’t an accident. What she didn’t expect was to be questioning her own thoughts, wondering if she was somehow involved.

Introducing C. Gary Johnston, author of Secrets Unused

“I am very, very pleased with Outskirts — the personnel, the process, and the finished product.”

C. Gary Johnston has a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Before a successful career as a business executive, Johnston worked as an advertising copywriter. Secrets Unused is his debut novel. He and his wife live in suburban St. Louis.

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Many would say that Dr. Michael O’Byrne has it all. With a beautiful, smart, if somewhat snobbish wife, a loving young daughter, a successful practice, and an elegant home in the burbs, his life seems perfect. But his cushy existence is suddenly threatened when mysterious emails begin arriving from a woman from his past. A woman he last saw at a class reunion years ago who now wants to meet him-at a very odd place and time. Intrigued, Michael welcomes the private diversion, and takes the emails at face value, purposely avoiding a serious search as to who, or even what, is really behind them. Knowing the magnitude of the risk, he formulates a credible plan and alibi to justify his absence. But at the last minute, problems arise, suspicious things, warning, perhaps, that Michael should call the whole thing off. But no. If his escalating guilt and apprehension can’t stop him, nothing can. Finally the long-awaited day arrives-a day when nothing but the unexpected occurs and one Michael wishes would both end and continue. And when it’s over, one thing is certain. This day in June will live secretly in his mind forever. Twists, surprises, deceptions, revenge-Secrets Unused has them all. With this psychological tour de force, a bookmark may not be necessary. Because putting it down might not be possible…

Introducing Sandra Harris, Ph.D., author of Shrapnel: A Journey Toward Psychological Healing

“I would recommend Outskirts Press to any other author.”

Sandra Harris, Ph.D. received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. As a VA clinical psychologist, she conducted psychotherapy with combat veterans. Dr. Harris is a past president of the California Psychological Association, from which she received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award. Dr. Harris retired to Scottsdale, Arizona after a 33-year career in psychology. Dr. Harris is working on her second novel, Survival: Nurses in ‘Nam, which is the story of three Army nurses who volunteer to serve in Vietnam amid turmoil and strife that tests the strength of their will and character.

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Thirty years after the Vietnam War, eight U.S. veterans – still scarred from the psychological shrapnel of combat and seeking the healing that has long eluded them – bravely return to the country where their enemy lurked so long ago. Retired VA psychologist Dr. Ken Carson prepares the men to minimize the trauma of their journey while Reverend Johnny Green and Rabbi David Aloni lend spiritual support. In Vietnam, the veterans confront their painful, haunting memories: crossing leech-infested rice paddies in the dead of night surrounded by enemy; peasants who could be carrying weapons under their loose fitting “pajamas”; terror in the tunnels; degradation in the whorehouses and more. Finally able to relate to each other emotionally, without the detachment that was necessary for survival during the war, the men form a mini-platoon during the trip, bonding in their quest for wellness. Written by a distinguished psychologist and told from the perspective of eight fictional but vivid central characters, Shrapnel: A Journey Toward Psychological Healing highlights the courage of the veterans while eloquently examining the long-term effects of combat stress and helping to remove the stigma of mental health treatment. http://www.shrapnelnovel.com

Shrapnel: A Journey Toward Psychological Healing has been named a Finalist in the First Novel Category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Introducing Latifa Hazim-Rogers, author of Six Months or Less

“I loved working with Outskirts Press. I actually did a lot of research before I selected a publisher and they did NOT disappoint. Everyone was nice, helpful, and did everything they could to make my publishing experience a breeze. I HIGHLY recommend this company! Tinamarie, Jackie, Colleen and Barbara were awesome! Please excuse me if I left someone out, you all are wonderful!”

Latifa Hazim-Rogers currently lives in Topeka, Kansas. Six Months or Less is her first novel.

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Page Langford is fifty years old, a wife and a mother-and now that she’s dead, she finds herself in the unenviable position of existing as one of the living dead. She is forced to watch as her friends and family’s lives unravel. There are secrets long since buried, lies too deep and gruesome to believe. But they’re all true, all of them, and Page is glad to be dead. Glad to feel no pain. If she were still alive, the pain of the betrayal and the lies would be too much for her to bear. As a spirit, Page watches and tries to help her loved ones. She tries to give them choices, feelings she places in their hearts and souls. She attempts to direct them so the inevitable won’t occur, but they never listen. They feel her presence but ignore her warnings, her gentle nudging. Unable to do anything else, Page just waits and welcomes her loved ones as they join her in death, one by one…

Introducing Sandra Harris, author of Shrapnel

“I would recommend Outskirts Press to any other author.”

Sandra Harris, Ph.D. received her B.A. from Stanford University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. As a VA clinical psychologist, she conducted psychotherapy with combat veterans. Dr. Harris is a past president of the California Psychological Association, from which she received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Contribution to Psychology Award. Dr. Harris retired to Scottsdale, Arizona after a 33-year career in psychology. Dr. Harris is working on her second novel, Survival: Nurses in ‘Nam, which is the story of three Army nurses who volunteer to serve in Vietnam amid turmoil and strife that tests the strength of their will and character.


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Thirty years after the Vietnam War, eight U.S. veterans – still scarred from the psychological shrapnel of combat and seeking the healing that has long eluded them – bravely return to the country where their enemy lurked so long ago. Retired VA psychologist Dr. Ken Carson prepares the men to minimize the trauma of their journey while Reverend Johnny Green and Rabbi David Aloni lend spiritual support. In Vietnam, the veterans confront their painful, haunting memories: crossing leech-infested rice paddies in the dead of night surrounded by enemy; peasants who could be carrying weapons under their loose fitting “pajamas”; terror in the tunnels; degradation in the whorehouses and more. Finally able to relate to each other emotionally, without the detachment that was necessary for survival during the war, the men form a mini-platoon during the trip, bonding in their quest for wellness. Written by a distinguished psychologist and told from the perspective of eight fictional but vivid central characters, Shrapnel: A Journey Toward Psychological Healing highlights the courage of the veterans while eloquently examining the long-term effects of combat stress and helping to remove the stigma of mental health treatment. http://www.shrapnelnovel.com

Shrapnel: A Journey Toward Psychological Healing has been named a Finalist in the First Novel Category of the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.