Introducing Lance Anderson, author of Life in the Morgue

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Lance Anderson spent most of his life as an ironworker until he decided it was time for a change. He took a job at the medical examiner’s office, where he worked for six years and assisted in more than two thousand cases until he was forced to retire due to vision problems. Life in the Morgue is his debut novel, but he has also written two movie scripts that are in the process of being produced.

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When Greg Benson took a job as a morgue technician, he was told on his first day, “You can’t make this stuff up.” What an understatement that turned out to be… From his first autopsy (a teenage girl), deaths by accident and homicide, dumpster removals, subway electrocutions, and ghostly activity, this job was anything but normal. Just when Greg thought he had seen it all, something else would take place-and it wasn’t only the cases being brought in… Take a rare peek into the life of a morgue technician in this fascinating foray into Life in the Morgue.

Introducing James A. Hunter, author of Soft And Gentle 6 — A Remembered Prose

“This is my sixth book with Outskirts Press, and they have been great to work with. They have continually allowed me to contribute input on the interior format, resulting in a great publishing experience.”

James A. Hunter is the youngest of eleven children and grew up on a farm near the rural, small town of Metamora, Indiana. His parents started their life together about the time of the Great Depression, so their values and principles were a reflection of those hard times. They passed on their values to their children, and most of them patterned their life after those values. We were raised under old-school discipline, which seemed hard at the time; however, it has served us well throughout our lives. We were also raised on hard work, but we were clever and innovative enough to find time for hard play as well. That same family farm where we were raised still survives nearly a hundred years after Jim’s grandparents came from Kentucky and settled there. His love for the land has led to him owning part of that farm for 46 years and still counting. In addition, he owned much of the valley surrounding it for quite some time. Growing up and living with nature in that valley has provided the backdrop and inspiration for much of his writing.

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Soft and gentle sounds a little sissified, but all of us should yearn for a life filled with both. We are living in an electronic world which has speeded up our lives considerably. Gone are the days when families interact with conversation that is void of interruptions. Settling into daily routines and keeping pace with the children’s activities can be very stressful. Nature visits are beginning to be considered good therapy for children who have known nothing other than city and suburban life. That works for adults as well as it does for children. If one becomes friends with nature, that could very well be the best friend that they will ever have. Realistically, the best that most can ever expect in today’s busy world is to read about life simplified. This heartfelt collection of prose will mellow the heart as it explores life, love, beauty, nature, happiness, hardships, dreams, and nostalgic memories. Take a break from a hectic schedule and enjoy these observations which uniquely capture the soft and gentle aspects of life.

Introducing Mark Simone, author of When Mourning Turned Into Dancing: Seeds of Hope in Post-Apartheid South Africa

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Mark Simone is a powerful force for good in the world. His words, his work, and his life bear witness to love, joy, and gratitude in a way that will make your heart smile. You will leave this book feeling better for knowing him. -Regina Brett, author of God Never Blinks

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“Oh, my Africa; Africa, my beginning, and Africa, my end.” The topic of South African Apartheid (1948-1994) is controversial, and the real-life stories featured in When Mourning Turned Into Dancing: An American’s Journey of Discovery of Post-Apartheid South Africa are passionate, inspirational, and heart-wrenching. Within these pages, there is also violence, hatred, and racism. Under Apartheid, people were hurt, and many died. People disappeared, never to be heard from again. Others profited hugely from the spoils of institutionalized racism. Now, South Africa is experiencing a period of unparalleled renewal and change. Non-Whites are looking through the uncertainty with new hope. Oppression is fading, and poverty is being slowly pushed back. Tethers have been broken, and justice is beginning to be restored. When Mourning Turned Into Dancing is a candid look at life in South Africa after the fall of Apartheid. The personal stories told within weave a patchwork quilt of devastation, hope, and finally, rebirth-a poignant reminder that even in the absence of prosperity, there is still beauty, and where there is the seed of new hope, the gift of renewal will blossom and flourish. Hope springs eternal in When Mourning Turned Into Dancing: Seed of Hope in Post-Apartheid South Africa, a collection of memoirs, interviews, and correspondence from author and youth minister Mark Simone’s 16 trips to South Africa to aid the victims of Apartheid.

Introducing Alois (Al) F. Kertz, author of Dairy Calf and Heifer Feeding and Management: Some Key Concepts and Practices

“A very thorough, well-organized publishing process obviously honed over time. I would recommend to anyone considering publishing a book.”

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Looking for a technical but practical science-based book on Dairy Calf and Heifer Feeding and Management? Are you a field person such as a nutritionist or veterinarian or calf/heifer specialist, a commercial dairy or calf/heifer operation, a student, or dairy scientist?

Introducing Linda A. Brown, author of Chompy, The Lonely Alligator

“It was a very good experience. I would consider publishing with Outskirts Press again and have already recommended to a fellow author.”

I would like to tell you a little about myself and how Chompy came about. I have always enjoyed writing since my teen years. Poetry to express my feelings, prayers to express my needs and stories to express life. I never thought about writing seriously until my son introduced me to Chompy when I lived on a bayou in Florida. Chompy was the resident alligator you only saw in the water, never on land. He never came close to anyone, just watched from the middle of the bayou. So Chompy became a legend in the area and now the first of a series of Chompy books. I hope you enjoy reading about Chompy as much as I enjoy writing about him. Happy reading, Linda Brown

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Chompy, The Lonely Alligator was so lonely. He watched other animals on the bayou play together, but couldn’t figure why no one would play with him. Then, one day changed him. Find out what happened to change Chompy and could this happen to you?

Introducing Louis A. Dorio, author of Murder Finds the Suburbs

“My process was made easier than I expected thanks to my Author Representative and the rest of the Outskirts Team.”

Louis A. Dorio retired after a 20-year decorated career with a suburban NY Police Department. Retiring as Chief of Police. Former Chief Dorio, a Vietnam Veteran, served in the U.S. Navy. Louis is an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice. He lives in Westchester County and is married with two grown daughters and five grandchildren.

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Small Town Police Department Meets Big City Crime. Rocco DeMarco, a young police officer on a suburban “Bedroom Community” police department, north of New York City, is placed in a position of Baptism by Fire. Just days after being assigned as a patrolman to the detective division, DeMarco, along with his lieutenant, are summoned to two bodies, found in trash bags and dumped across the street from the local high school. The subsequent investigation presents many new and sometimes dangerous undertakings. During the course of the investigation, Rocco sometimes lets his enthusiasm cloud his awareness of the dangers he will be facing. DeMarco and the other Investigators have to deal with witnesses, who are of the impression that a small ‘upstate’ police agency can’t handle an investigation of this magnitude. Dogged investigating leads to the identification of three primary suspects. The case takes on a whole new level of risk when DeMarco realizes he would be dealing with a very dangerous, former enforcer from Castro’s Cuba who came to the U.S. on the Muriel Boat Lift in the 1980’s. An undercover arrest of an additional suspect, with the prospect of him facing serious jail time, results in the young man and his father, agreeing to be witnesses against the three key participants, one of whom is the homicidal Cuban. The nature of policing that Rocco DeMarco was looking for came to fruition when his lieutenant turns to him at the site of the two dumped bodies and says, “It’s Your Case Kid.”

An Uncommon Journey: Leadership Lessons From A Preschool Teacher Who Became A University President

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Dr. Shirley Raines, now a much sought after speaker, consultant, and author, earned her way from a humble farm in Tennessee to the office of the President of the University of Memphis as the first woman president of that institution. In this frank and heartfelt volume, Dr. Raines shares how this unlikely journey transpired. She describes challenges she faced and lessons she learned along the way that may encourage other young women to pursue careers as leaders, whatever the leadership title. She tells us about how special, loving people in her life guided and supported her along the way, including the touching story of how a professor saved her from giving up on her college education before she even got started. The narrative shows how Dr. Raines starting as a young woman prepared for every opportunity by doing her homework. Those around her who came to respect her described her as “spunky” and labeled her a “steel magnolia.” Read how Dr. Raines developed successful relationships with famous and powerful people in every walk of life including other university presidents, high profile celebrities, state governors, and wealthy philanthropists. At the same time, discover how she never forgot the working men and women who served in support roles and kept the gears turning. This is a must-read for people, especially women, considering or pursuing a leadership role in education or related fields. And an enjoyable read for the rest.