Introducing L. Leon Little, author of Rebel Plantation . . . In The Shadow of Legends

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L. Leon Little is an innocent man who has worked hard on different levels to uphold the law. He has been railroaded to prison, gotten out, and had the police come back and harass him thirty years later, even though the case was reversed by the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Little resides with his family in the Midwest. Mr. Little

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It has taken us from slavery to freedom, yet we are still secretly used for gain in a clever scheme of repression whose darkness is finding light, through the blood spill of our martyrs who’s sacrificed so much, including the ultimate. America still has so much work to do and so many have gotten too comfortable with the attitude becoming more like “if it doesn’t hurt or affect me, I’m fine.” We can’t stop our fight for freedom. So many of us have been pacified momentarily, you don’t know where the crooked officer is going to strike next because the loose cannon has no accurate target. As I look around and ask, how could this happen to me or why me, I am reminded of all the heroes who gave but never enjoyed the harvest of their labor. All the legends who paved the way and secured the freedoms we enjoy today surely turn in their tombs as another corrupt official takes the dream of the humble, an official with his hand so deep off into the public trusts that his elbow and arm have tendonitis from the frequency of activity. All the martyrs who were hung from the tree as the world watched and looked for guidance on a planet in a country, who is building a platform, on a mission out into the great unknown they cheer our efforts and guide our movements.

Introducing Margaret St. Claire, author of An American Mosaic

“This was the first time publishing my own book after many years and Lisa made it all go smoothly.”

Margaret St. Claire was politically active in the ’60s and is marching again. She has a BA in American History, an MA in American Studies, and is an avid writer and photographer with a special interest in 19th century social history. She lives in a Midwest university town near her three grown children, two grandchildren, and one very special soul mate.

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Diverse ancestors created Margaret, their American mosaic. Margaret’s remarkable forebears-including a peasant, an Indian, a slave, and a king-came from Europe, Africa and the wilds of Maine. The captivating tales in this debut novel are based loosely on Margaret’s family and cover seven generations over 150 years. There is the Jewish girl who chooses to become a Gentile; the Massachusetts man who marries the Indian from Maine; the child of the slave and her master; the man from the prairie who gets a PhD from Harvard at age 26; the Abolitionist who goes to jail for sheltering the runaway; the descendants of the indentured servant who just never have any luck; the woman who comes alone in steerage with her two-year old; the woman who goes mad on the stark prairie; the model who marries the spy. Then Margaret tells her own story of a rather lonely childhood that culminates with her exciting 9th grade year in Rome followed quickly by her mother’s cancer, her marriage at 19, and three beloved children who struggle with her as she and the marriage disintegrate. She comes out of a long breakdown at last, strong like her “sod-hut grandmother” and ready to meet her soul mate. Margaret St. Claire, writing under a pen name, presents a unique story that is semi-fictional social history with behaviors reaching over seven generations. Starting with great-great grandparents from remote places and ending with her own mosaic splendidly intact, Margaret’s saga is fascinating and eminently readable.

Introducing Layne Daye, author of Running From Your Life

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Layne Daye, this is his first novel, with many more to come. He is a native of Baton Rouge, La and now lives in Lake Charles, La. He has one daughter, Ciara Alexis. He has been writing since he was a young boy, but he never thought that he would be a published author. He hopes that through his work he can inspire readers to chase their dreams and live them out. Through his own personal trials and tribulations Daye has been inspired by those life experiences to reach as many people as possible through his writing. His book will draw your attention and hold it to the last page.

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Lester Dukes had everything in the world a man could possibly want. He had good looks, money, popularity and the finer things in life. However his way of obtaining those means were contrary to the law. Now he is wanted for the murder of a police sergeant, and the clock is ticking on his existence in this lifetime. Chances of survival have become slim to none, and the life that Lester has been proud to live is now the life he’s trying to avoid. He quickly learns that there are consequences and circumstances when choosing between good or evil, and life or death. What does a man do when he looks in the mirror, and realizes the man he sees is the man he must run away from?

Introducing Swot Zhai, author of Over the Rainbow: The Path to Success, Health and Happiness

“My first time experience is a very pleasant one!”

SWOT Zhai, vice president of Beijing TONSAN New Material Technology Co. Ltd., is one of the company’s founders and vice chairman of China National Adhesives Industry Association. The former university lecturer and visiting scholar of University of Kaiserslautern of Germany built TONSAN to become China’s premier brand of engineering adhesives. In 2014, H.B. Fuller signed a merger agreement with TONSAN, allowing SWOT Zhai the financial freedom to begin consulting and writing. He is the author of nine books, including Entrepreneur Management Practice, Cut Your Losses Short and Let Your Profits Run, and Engineering Adhesives.

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Great Truths Are Often Simple at Their Core. “Over the Rainbow is a compelling story, both entertaining and thought-provoking. It was written from the unique perspective of a Chinese author who has lived through multiple stages of life and recognizes that professional success, happiness, and health are intertwined aspects of a balanced life. Through the effective use of stories, the author helps the reader relate to the personal struggles we all face as we mature and try to balance all aspects of our lives. Over the Rainbow provides a simple set of rules on how to stay balanced and enjoy success, happiness, and health.” -Jim Owens, President & CEO of H.B. Fuller “After achieving financial freedom, SWOT has persistently shared his reflections and inspirations, as well as a sense of satisfaction beyond money, with everyone. The hope is for everyone to be successful, healthy, and happy, and this jewel of a book has organically integrated the common pursuit of success, health, and happiness and introduced to us a simple and practical approach to make dreams come true. SWOT himself is a practitioner of success, health, and happiness and the true model of making all this happen in reality.” -Feng Lun, Founder of Vantone Group

Introducing Janet Cameron Hoult, author of Going to the Dogs and Other Critters

“Each time I have published a book with Outskirts Press, and this is my fourth, OP seems to outdo itself with providing even better guidance. Thank you for all you do for self-publishing authors.”

Janet Cameron Hoult, Professor Emerita at California State University, Los Angeles, was appointed Culver City’s Honorary Artist Laureate for Poetry in 2015. Janet has lived and traveled all over the world. Now in her 80’s, Dr. Hoult and her husband, Charley, a rocket scientist whose ashes were dispersed by his Cal State Long Beach ESRA Team at the 2017 IREC in New Mexico, have treasured their dogs – subjects of many of the poems in this book – who enjoyed going to the Culver City “Boneyard” which will receive proceeds from book sales. Mick Beyer is an aspiring artist from Magdeburg, Germany. Mick has been part of two completely different cultures throughout his life – Elementary School in Germany and Middle through High School in Southern California. He has traveled to many different places, from Greece to Italy to Tunisia! He has a lot more to see and to learn, and hopes to one day study and excel in a career in the architectural field.

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GOING TO THE DOGS AND OTHER CRITTERS. We humans have developed relationships with all kinds of animals be they tame or wild, fierce or mild, big or small, short or tall! The poems in “Going to the Dogs and Other Critters” will let you explore your interactions with animals and give you an opportunity to revisit cherished experiences as well as think about having more! Designed for children and parents, this delightful book includes instructions for creating puppets and developing a puppet show. So enjoy reading about “Unconditional Love,” “Dorca the Orca” and “Noah and the Woodpeckers” while you heed the “Alligator Warning.”

Introducing Kathryn Atkins, author of Giving My Self to the Wind

“I had no idea Outskirts Press was one of the bigger players.”

When Kathryn gave a copy of her poem “Light the Light” to her adoptive mom, she was surprised when a few years later her mom presented her with a hand-stitched sampler (there’s an image of it inside) with the poem embroidered on it. The title for this collection is from the penultimate line of that poem. Kathryn is married, has two grown sons, and works hard to inspire fellow writers through the non-profit California Writers Club. Her writing has been published in the club’s commemorative 100-year collection West Winds Centennial, ©2010, in two issues of the club’s Literary Review, and in print editions of many newspapers and magazines as well as in numerous online venues including the Huffington Post.

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This classic collection of short stories, poems, and essays will take you to new places. Kathryn Atkins forages “the musty, cobwebby place between my ears, and the sweet, squishy place in my heart” to explore themes ranging from the natural world to music, architecture, friends and family, and other life events begging to be exposed and handled. At times humorous and other times sad and serious, these short works are the result of a playful, feisty, and oh-so-clever Muse!

Introducing Lucie Cote Contente, author of Gluten and Gluten Free Cooking in Perfect Harmony

“I am happy that I used Outskirts Press. I feel my cookbook is great quality.”

Lucie Cote Contente shares recipes that her family and friends enjoy. Her love of cooking homemade meals combined with her food allergies have allowed her to create this new version cookbook for everyone. She uses her experience with multiple food allergies and creates an easier path for others with similar issues. Because her family does not have food allergies, she made sure to create her recipes for everyone to enjoy.

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The One Recipe Solution to Accommodate Everyone. What makes this book different from other gluten free books is that the recipes are written for everyone-people with and without gluten issues. Delicious meals made the original way and it incorporates a new cooking technique for people with food allergies. Creating one recipe for the whole family with one little tweak called the “root recipe.” If you have a food allergy, imagine the main part of the recipe is like a tree trunk-the part everyone can eat, separate the main mixture into 2 bowls and add the “root ingredients” – the gluten free/non gluten free ingredient to complete the recipes. The best part is that the gluten-free person gets to eat exactly what the non gluten-free people eat. If you enjoy delicious food, this book is for you. If you are on a food allergy journey, this book is for you. If your family is food diversified, this book is for you.