Introducing Inez A. Lasso, author of A Singing Journey

“Over the years, I have been encouraged to share my life story with others to inspire them to believe in their ability to follow their dreams. However, I needed a book to do this and finding Outskirts Press proved to be the best publishing choice I could make. Outskirts Press provided me with the professional, beautiful book that I envisioned. All their employees are outstanding and know what it takes to make my dream come true. I sincerely thank them all.”

Inez A. Lasso wanted to make a difference in the world so she went to college and became a lawyer. Approx. 1971 – 1977 -worked as Legal Assistant -U.S. Attorney’s Office, Albuquerque, N.M.; September 1984- U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. -Position: Staff Attorney -Served as appellate attorney representing the Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation. November 1990 – October 1992 U.S. Dept. of Justice -Special Assistant (Legal Counsel) to Assistant Attorney General, Jimmy Gurule. Office of Justice Programs (OJP). Primary responsibility for authorship of Victims’ Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 and the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990. October 1992 -Director, Office for Civil Rights Enforcement, OCR. I Developed proactive approach to enforcement of Title VI of Civil Rights Act, after twenty years of inaction -ensuring compliance with civil rights law by recipients of federal funding,

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A Woman at 40 years decides that she will become a lawyer and fight for women’s rights, but first, she had to go to college…My name is Inez A. Lasso. I was born in 1937 in the South Bronx of NYC, the youngest of four children. My mother, a Singing Contest Winner in her youth, filled our lives with music, singing with the radio as she cared for us. She turned the poverty of the Bronx into a happy home for us and singing and songwriting into a lifelong passion for me. I had the opportunity to join a religious organization, the “Young Christian Workers” as a Lay Missionary in Bogota, Colombia. I tell of the work I did to form new groups and of the young people I met who were enthusiastic about the movement and hoped to have a better life. I met my future husband in Colombia, and he came to New York where we got married on June 16, 1961. We lived in Jackson Heights, N.Y. and had 2 children, Elena and Diana. We then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico as a better place to raise them. Our third daughter, Julie was born in Albuquerque. I always worked as a legal secretary while the girls were growing up but decided when I turned Forty that I wanted to have a job that made a difference in the world – I wanted to be a Lawyer who fought for the rights of women who felt powerless…but I had never been to college… So I enrolled in the University of Albuquerque and received my Bachelor of Business Administration; May 16, 1981, my Masters Certificate; from The Antioch School of Law for Equal Opportunity Law on February 15, 1983…and my Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico on May 16, 1984. I divorced my first husband in 1985 after 22 years of marriage. I tell of my life as a Student and my life as an Attorney at Law and, in retirement, as an Administrative Hearing Officer, A/KA The Judge. I tell of my Second Life with New Husband after I moved to D.C. to work as a lawyer with the Dept. of Labor. He is a blind bluegrass musician and I was able to join him as a harmony singer in his band in weekend gigs. We were married for 12 years and remain friends. I wrote many songs during our marriage which we recorded together. Although I have travelled many roads from New York City to Colombia, S.A. to Albuquerque, N.M. to Nashville, TN to Napa, CA, my companion has always been a lifetime of songwriting. My life story has taken many unexpected turns and exciting challenges as well as marvelous blessings. The treasure I hold closest is the love of my three daughters who stand behind me through all my life choices.

Introducing Janice Johnson, author of Deception: Lies and Secrets

“Dana was an exceptional Author Rep. I don’t know when she sleeps! I would often send inquiries late at night when I was working or getting frustrated with a particular process, and I would hear from her immediately. She is very knowledgeable, tolerant, and was very helpful in assisting me with my book. I could not have asked for a better individual to work with. She is absolutely very professional as well as very knowledgeable. She is a definite asset to Outskirts Press Publishing.”

Author Janice Johnson is a rehabilitation therapist with over 27 years of medical experience. She has worked with trauma patients, traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients, and soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She worked with The Wounded Warrior Project at Fort Hood, Texas as a contract therapist. She has extensive knowledge of working with patients that have psychological and behavioral issues. Her real-world experiences lend credence to the factual details and anticipation of the story line for her novel. She is also a military veteran and, has a master of arts in human services degree. She lives near Austin, Texas.

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What happens when two women who are first cousins, the off springs of two sets of identical twins (quaternary unions, and share the same DNA), plot to deceive a man when one of the women impersonate the other? They are so similar in appearance that they could, and have, passed for twins when they were younger. What develops when one of them, Camilla (the therapist), pretends to be Karmen to help her cousin out of a sticky situation? Although they look alike, their personalities are quite different. Karmen is self-absorbed and selfish, and Camilla is caring and considerate. Karmen has two rich men on the hook and is not willing to give up either. She convinces Camilla to take her place and meet up with Josh, a cardiac surgeon with a past he’s hidden, while she takes off to Paris to enjoy the other man. Karmen and Josh agree to meet at his lodge in the remote Texas Hill Country. Josh, is unaware that a psychotic hillbilly has been tracking him for years, determined to exact revenge for what he believes Josh’s surgery did to his wife. Their weekend is interrupted by this psychopath and his emotionally unstable son. Will they survive a violent, long harrowing night where lies, secrets and deceptions are revealed? The truth that is finally exposed is totally unexpected, and changes the lives of all involved.

Introducing Mary Sue Holton, author of The Covered Bridge at Cravens Creek

“I cannot say enough about what a wonderful experience I’ve had with Outskirts Press. I used another publisher for my first book (more than a year ago) and still haven’t been paid any royalties. I used Outskirts Press for my second and third books, and already have a royalty check in hand! Thank you so much for your patience, knowledge, and willingness to help. Jamie and Dana are Rock Stars!”

This is the third published novel for author Mary Sue Holton. Retired from the medical field, she now fills her time exploring her passion to write. Also with a passion for dancing, she uses the metaphor “dancing with words” to explain the joy she finds in the pages of her own novels.

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Bridging the gap from yesterday to forever…The Covered Bridge at Cravens Creek is the beautiful, tender, playful and intoxicating story of Titus Harrington and the sassy young stranger who lures him into forever with a pair of ivory lace boots. With a perfect balance of happiness and struggles, the life they build will jump from the pages to introduce itself to you. Titus and Bootsie (the name he gives his wife), marry young, after he proposes to her in the place that becomes the center of their lives. Like a time capsule, the covered bridge notes each life event, and carries it safely into the reaches of the future where it becomes one with infinity. Supporting characters, Ma Hattie and Miss Patsy, are full of spunk and surprises. Despite their ages, they refuse to allow the best of themselves to die. You’ll be jolted with astonishment as some of their secrets are revealed. But they’ll weave a blanket of warmth that will embrace your heart, making them a part of your fondest memories. You’ll be left wanting to visit the covered bridge to dangle your feet in the refreshing waters of Cravens Creek.

Introducing Susan Lee, author of Hello, You Don’t Know Me

“My experience with Outskirts Press was outstanding! My questions were all answered and the representatives were kind and so helpful. No question was too small. The service itself was an amazing value compared to the costs of each service if purchased on my own. I am very pleased and more than satisfied with their attention to detail. Outskirts took away the entire worry about producing a professional product. From the fabulous custom cover design to the thoughtful packing of books I’ve ordered and the marketing coaching, the experience was wonderful. I have recommended Outskirts to other writers and I will definitely use their services to publish all of my future books. Outskirts allowed me to do what I do best: write. Outskirts did the rest. Thank you!”

Susan Lee has been a Registered Nurse for over 25 years. She taught University students in China before becoming Senior Editor of China Central Television International News and the host of her own talk show, ‘English Outlook Magazine,’ broadcast to 1.3 billion Chinese and several Asian countries. She has won several International awards for documentaries on AIDS and other topics. She is currently writing a new book called “The Jaded Dragon,” about living and working in China and a political thriller, “The Rise and Fall of Philip Whittemore.”

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Slowly in the distance, the figure of the woman approached. She still wore the old fashioned clothes and the locket and the blue hair ribbon. She was holding something in an open palm. It was a very small key. It looked like a jewelry box key. She looked worried. “Why have you come to see me?” Susan asked the apparition. “There is grave danger from without and from within. He is coming and death is in his eyes. Beware of those who are your own. Warn the others. Terrible times are almost upon you. Some of you will not survive, I fear. I cannot stem the flow of the tides. Watch for the key. Remember, remember, remember,” she finished with a whisper and began to fade away. On board the private yacht in the Gulf, wine and camaraderie seem to flow, but Susan is haunted by visions of what is to come. From the dead calm sea, her predictions of a terrible storm seem foolish. But the computer reports of fair weather ahead aren’t the only things that lie on this ship. From the blackness Susan wonders where the others are and will any of them be alive to see the sun rise?

Introducing Collette Jackson-Fink, author of Sons of Twilight

“Working with Outskirts Press has always been a pleasure, even more so the second time around! I was worried that because it had been sometime between books that the services would not be as prompt or the staff as caring. I was wrong! The Outskirts Press staff was amazing! They addressed all my concerns and answered my questions without delay. I’m Looking forward to working with them on my next book. Thanks Outskirts Press for a positive and supportive experience!”

Collette Jackson-Fink has been writing since she was 13 years old. A Persian Gulf veteran, Collette works as a respiratory therapist at a trauma center in her home state of Iowa with her husband, Ron. Sons of Twilight is the second novel of a trilogy.

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Indulge Yourself in the Fantasy. It began with the debut of Daughters of Twilight, when a mysterious object came out of the ground in a small Midwestern city, throwing the residents’ lives into chaos. Soldiers, local law enforcement, and government scientists were soon deployed to the site. Amidst the confusion and terror, a romance began between one of the soldiers and one of the supernatural beings who used the mysterious object as a doorway to the human world-and the result is a fast-paced tale of an unlikely love between a man of earth and a war angel. The trilogy continues in Sons of Twilight, with gripping suspense and unexpected twists and turns that do not allow a moment’s rest. This gripping, hardcore fantasy promises to engross readers to the last page…and beyond!

Introducing Bess T. Chappas, author of Wrath of Aphrodite

“My relationship with Outskirt Press during the planning and printing of my book, Wrath of Aphrodite, was very pleasant and business-like. The contact personnel were always ready to listen and solve any problem and to answer my many questions. They were knowledgeable and eager to help me, someone with few computer skills. Outskirts Press delivered exactly what I was promised and in a timely manner. I am writing another book and would have no problem working with them again. My author representative deserves my special thanks for her consideration and patience.”

Bess T. Chappas is a retired educator, newspaper columnist, and professional teller of Savannah ghost stories. Although born in Greece, she has lived in Savannah most of her life. The late Pinkie Masters was a family friend so she didn’t think he would mind being a pivotal character in the story of Wrath of Aphrodite. Chappas has published two children’s books based on her early life in Greece, Kiki and the Red Shoes and Kiki and the Statue of Liberty.

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A love-struck and possibly vengeful marble statue of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love, becomes the third party in a love triangle in hot and sultry Savannah, Georgia in the 1970s. Michael Andrews, a handsome but troubled young man, is on the lam, fleeing Las Vegas pursued by a violent mobster. He seeks refuge with his godfather, Pinkie Masters-modeled on a real-life almost legendary Savannah figure. From there, Michael’s southern sojourn includes an encounter with a powerful politician, who has unusual marriage plans for his beautiful daughter, Stephanie, and a mysterious sexy encounter with a dangerous sculpture in the senator’s garden. Maggie, the senator’s housekeeper and granddaughter of a Gullah medicine woman, believes the statue is evil and becomes Michael’s unlikely ally. Michael searches for history of the statue he both admires and fears and is led to St. Augustine, Florida and a possible connection to a little known settlement of European settlers near New Smyrna established in 1767. Can he find a way to destroy the statue before he loses Stephanie’s love and the surprisingly happy life he has found in Savannah?

Introducing Mark Herod, author of The S.H.A.D.O.W.’s Of Sedona

“My Author Rep was fantastic. Jerry was so helpful when some problems surfaced concerning my original manuscript. He knew exactly how to correct the issue that originated from my laptop. I’m working on my second book now and I’m sure the process will be much quicker and easier this time around. Jerry educated me on the in’s and out’s throughout the whole process and I consider myself lucky for having him as my Rep. Thank you so much Jerry.”

Mark A. Herod spent time in the USAF at several locations around the world that required a “Top Secret” security clearance. He believes technology will someday provide the opportunity for time travel, forward and backward, to perhaps change history or learn from the future. He and his wife live only hours from Sedona, Arizona, and Mark’s obsession with the American Indian culture, specifically the Navajo tribe and their spiritual beliefs, inspired The S.H.A.D.O.W.s of Sedona, his debut novel.

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Cole Youngblood is a Navajo tribal member by blood, a park ranger in Sedona, Arizona, by necessity. He is also a renowned tracker and geographical expert in the Four Corners area, making him highly sought after in missing person cases. While on a camping trip with his sister and her friends, Cole rescues a trapped wolf pup, whom he names Shadow, in a deep shaft-leading to his accidental discovery of an underground government facility with a huge secret… The S.H.A.D.O.W. agency has created a way for humans to travel back in time with great precision, stopping heinous crimes before they happen, changing the destiny of certain people who died before their time-and preventing young children from being abducted and disappearing forever. If Cole joins this quest, he will be able to change the past in order to improve the present…and perhaps even rid the world gradually of the ever-present evil that has become all too familiar.