Introducing George Rollie Adams, author of South of Little Rock

“I like the way my book turned out. I am a commercially published author and I have a number of friends who are writers and editors and at least three who are looking to self-publish.”

George Rollie Adams is president and CEO emeritus at Strong National Museum of Play, author of General William S. Harney: Prince of Dragoons, and coauthor of Nashville: A Pictorial History. He is a native of southern Arkansas and a former teacher with graduate degrees in history and education.

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Book description…

South of Little Rock is a story of love, hate, fear, and courage as the residents of a small town in southern Arkansas deal with social change in 1957. Sam Tate is a white merchant, councilman, and widower who dotes on his two children and has not given much thought to how black people live. He only wants to play baseball with them. Becky Reeves is an unmarried northerner who ignores a warning from her mother and comes south to teach. Ida Belle Tate is a strong-willed woman who loves quilting and helping raise her grandchildren and dislikes blacks and Yankees. Life changes for all of them when Governor Faubus resists the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School and President Eisenhower sends troops to ensure it. While national authority clashes with states’ rights in Little Rock, an ambitious newspaper editor and a bigoted minister fan racial hatred in Unionville. Amid cross burnings, White Citizens’ Council meetings, and all manner of ruminating, speculating, and sermonizing among townsfolk, white and black, at home, work, and church, Sam questions old ways, Ida Belle clings to tradition, and Becky angers parents and school officials. The unrest brings Sam and Becky together then stands between them. “Remarkably relevant to society today.” – Charles Phillips, coauthor of What Every American Should Know about American History. “Meticulously researched. Crisply rendered. Smartly constructed.” – Scott Eberle, blogger for Psychology Today. “Adams creates realistic characters and dialogue like a master playwright.” – Don Daglow, Emmy-winning author of The Fog Seller: A San Francisco Mystery.

Introducing Sylvester Boyd Jr., author of The Road from Money

“Thank you Outskirts for helping bring my book, The Road from Money, to life! Your help every step of the way has helped me accomplish the goal of having my first novel published. My plan is for this book to be the first of a three part series and I look forward to working you in the future. Thanks again.”

Sylvester Boyd Jr. is a native of Chicago, Illinois. At the age of fifteen, he and his family moved from Chicago’s south-side public housing projects to Allegan, Michigan where he later graduated in 1963 from Allegan High School. He has attended African American, mixed race and predominately white schools, often living in diverse communities. After receiving an Associate in Arts Degree at Kennedy King College, he attended Chicago State University acquiring a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography, with a minor in history. Mr. Boyd worked more than decade for a major airline at Chicago’s O’Hare Field. In 1981, he founded one of the largest minority owned advertising specialty companies in southwest Michigan; selling products to many major corporations, businesses, colleges and universities. He has traveled extensively throughout the world. Being semi-retired, Mr. Boyd has enjoyed the opportunity to work as a movie extra, motivational speaker and substitute teacher for Chicago Public Schools. The Road from Money is his first novel and is based on the life of his Aunt Estella and stories told to him by family members over the years. He has woven both fact and fiction into a dynamic portrayal of historical events of the era including music, inventions and the journey of a young Negro girl and her family living under the trying times of Jim Crow in the South.

Product description…

The Road from Money takes you on a journey to the small town of Money, Mississippi; just after the turn of the 20th century. It is the story of Estella Reynolds, a young Negro girl, growing up in America’s deep South. You follow her life as she faces racism, segregation, exploration, brutality and poverty. You watch as she finds the joy of family life, battles to get a good education, finds her first love and above all tries to figure out why things are the way they are. You enter a time after World War I and before the start of World War II. A time when automobiles were new and planes had just taken to the sky. The story is set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the Great Dust Bowl, a flood, Prohibition; and a time when Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt were President. The story also highlights the strengths of a people and many of America’s weaknesses.