Introducing Georgann Prochaska, author of Murder Comes To The Vineyard: The Fourth Snoopypuss Mystery

“As always, the cover designer was amazing. Thank you Colleen for matching him to my book.”

Georgann Prochaska grew up in the Chicago suburbs, taught school, and kept journals. After her mother passed away, Georgann wrote On Little Cat Feet, a memoir of being a caregiver for a parent with Alzheimer’s. Writing mysteries followed. The Case of the Girl Who Didn’t Smile, the first in the Snoopypuss series, was named one of ten finalists of the 2015 Lascaux Prize. The second mystery involves slobber with Audrey the bloodhound: The Case of the Hound Who Didn’t Stay, and The Case of the Ex Who Plotted Revenge is the third novel, a second-place winner of the Royal Dragonfly Book Award for mystery.

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How did a request for a simple bloodhound search leapfrog into a murder investigation? Alice Tricklebank and her bloodhound Audrey are on their own in California when they awaken to gunshots-only to find the body of Guthrie Huff in the main house and another body among the tendrilled grapevines. Like it or not, Alice is once again entangled in a stiff-necked investigation, with suspects holding secrets and scars close to their chests. But this time her dear friends Lena and Julian are not immediately available to help cobble a story together. And Audrey’s being difficult, miffed that her favorite toy was left behind in Limekiln… Alice will have to hustle to snoop and solve the mystery if she plans to attend her grandson’s graduation. She’s promised to have her keister planted on the bleachers for the ceremony in one week, but can she keep her promise? Tick-Tock. Better hurry, Alice!

Introducing Steven Rosner, author of God and Man: Love on the Rocks

“Bridget was invaluable in helping me solve several problems, most of which were due to me, and was extremely flexible when I desired a couple of formats that might not have been standard in the industry.”

Steven Rosner is seeker of truth. He is always looking at the bigger picture and delving deep into the core of what life means. If engaged in a conversation with Steve, you will always be challenged and perhaps enlightened by his unique and creative view of life, Scripture and spirituality. His keen intuitive sense may direct you to a new understanding that you were not aware of. If you want to know a person who is constantly probing the most difficult questions, it is Steve. Steve’s personal life has spanned a broad spectrum of experience and adventure. Steve has worked in corporate America as a systems analyst and driven a taxi, written a novel, produced his father’s play, published short stories, and a lot more. But enough of Steve’s resume, it is deeds that put him in his own category–for example, taking responsibility for his parents care so they can remain in their apartment. Steve goes out of his way to help others when he sees they are a victim of injustice. He is not afraid to get involved. His ambition is to inspire people to awaken to God’s tangibility and the wisdom of Scripture. Behind the scenes, Steve is a kind and caring person. He is a loving husband, father, and grandfather. And while some people, at first, find his direct manner a bit intimidating, his kindness is real. If you go deeper, you’ll discover his intention is always for the best and his heart is soft. He has a strong sense of integrity and honesty. He will not tell you what you want to hear, but will tell you the truth. His soul abhors deceit, so he often feels distressed observing the lack of integrity in our culture.

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“On the Rocks” was originally a phrase used for ships which ran aground and broke apart. But nothing could be a better metaphor to describe God’s relationship with man-hence the title of this book. For God created us with love and gave us His heart and soul: And God created Man in His Own Likeness; In God’s image created He him; both male and female. Alas, ever since Cain slew Abel, our relationship with God has been on the rocks. Throughout the Millennia, we have totally failed to act in accordance with His relatively few requirements. At best, we have ignored Him, but mostly mocked, disparaged, and treated Him with disdain. We have abrogated our responsibility, whether as an individual or nation, have engaged non-stop in the worst evil imaginable, causing Him untold suffering. (Part III presents multiple examples of the incredible evil of our species, detailing particularly monstrous religious and secular conflicts from 3000 BCE to the present.) Is it any wonder then, why God is estranged from us; why there is unrelenting havoc in our lives; why the world is falling apart; why suffering is prevalent at every level? In truth, no individual, no nation is immune! Isn’t it time we re-evaluated our behavior and altered it-to repair our relationship with God and gain His many blessings. But to understand how, we need to know something about God, something about ourselves, something about religion, and something about history. This book provides that understanding: It covers Scripture and science, God and His attributes, and Man-including his Free Will, Soul, Body and Mind. It addresses Good and Evil, the nature of each, and the role Satan plays in our lives. It reviews six major religions, and shows that at their core they are virtually identical. We will learn that God desires very little of us-regardless of our culture, religion, or ethnicity. In simple terms, He wants us to be righteous, do justice, and love compassion. Featured on the Author’s Independent Network blog, click here.

Introducing Rodney D. Brooks, author of Threats

“This is my third book with Outskirts Press and like the first two thing went exceptional. My representative Lisa was on top of her game as usual. Her knowledge and understanding of the process is outstanding but what I really like about her is that she ask question to ensure I am understanding the process and getting across what I need to get across. Huge kudos to the editing group, cover design and cover scriber group, once again they took me to another level. I will be reaching out to Lisa again to help me get started on another book.”

Rodney D. Brooks, co-founder of What If? Just A.S.K., is the president of Brothers Brooks Vision 2 Mission LLC. He has been a church officer for over 15 years and a Sunday school teacher for over 25 years. In the private sector, Rodney has more than 30 years of Human Resources and Operations leadership experience in various Fortune 100 and 500 companies.

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There is one constant that reaches across relationships, religion, race, politics, the news, business, world affairs, and medicine-and this common thread is called a threat. A threat can strike fear, motivate, inspire change, crush, and rally people to do and act in ways that are not always predictable. Animals respond to threats physically, through noises, chemical releases, and physical changes in the body, driving a behavioral change in the animal. People who feel threatened are often driven toward action. So…are threats good or bad? Are they needed to drive certain behaviors? Are we stagnant or complacent without threats? Are we lawless without threats? Do we plan our lives around the promises of the future or around threats toward the future? Are our future and hopes dashed and drowned out by uncertainty and anxiety? One has to wonder if threats are essential to sustaining continual progress by mankind. Learn how the various sectors of society are affected by threats in this unique and thought-provoking study.

Introducing Becky Condon, author of City Slicker’s Guide to Country Living

“My new book has arrived! I can’t express the euphoria of feeling it in my hands. I’m still on a high since yesterday. Thank you so much, Outskirts Press, for helping me realize a dream. I learned so much! I learned that simply writing my story was the tip of the iceberg! Thank you, Colleen, my Author Representative, for your thorough, efficient, and timely responses. Everyone I communicated with at Outskirts Press was helpful and knowledgeable on every question I had. Now on to the marketing. Learning as I go. What fun! Thank you Outskirts Press.”

Becky Condon is a pilot by trade, a farmer by passion, and wants to be a writer when she grows up.

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Neighbors: Persons living in proximity to other persons. Everyone has neighbors. Neighbors-From-Hell: Neighbors who are not nice. Have you ever had Neighbors-From-Hell? Neighbors are an obvious arrangement in cities or towns. Good or bad, tidy or messy, quiet or noisy, nice or mean; there are all types. City slickers moving to the country invoke the image of space and solitude, but there will still be neighbors. The space between domiciles might be larger, but a bad, messy, or noisome neighbor can still exist. Even with a country home’s space and larger area, there can still be neighbors that won’t contain themselves to their own area. Once upon a time there was a young family who had a dream of owning land and operating a farm. They became land owners and cattle ranchers, building their very own dream house on their very own patch of paradise. They worked hard to assimilate to this new lifestyle in a new neighborhood. It was everything they’d hoped for, and they were so happy. Then they got neighbors. They got Neighbors-From-Hell. These bad neighbors were pushy, arrogant, and mean. Their bad attitudes, slovenly habits, and meanness aside, the neighbors would not contain themselves to their own area. They encroached. They took what was not theirs. They forced themselves into the space and lives of our heroes. These neighbors meant to build their house on their property next door to our little family. The neighbors’ property had some unfortunate attributes, however, and it became clear that their property wasn’t very conducive to building a home. Astonishingly, these neighbors insisted on utilizing portions of property they didn’t own to construct their project. There were other solutions to the construction dilemmas these neighbors faced, but these answers would have been costly. They wanted to use our little family’s land for free. They wanted to steal the property and property rights of our little family. These Neighbors-From-Hell came on over bringing their messes and problems with them, and embroiled our little family in a battle for their rights and their very lives. When our heroes stood firm on their property rights, these awful neighbors tried it anyway. When the young couple complained, the neighbors lied. When the family sought the help of the authorities, they found out the difficulties of fighting city hall when the local power came to the aid and assistance of their county crony, even in the face of proven and documented lies. The common refrain used as their excuse for lies and deceit was, “Y’all aren’t from around here, are you?” This bigotry and clannish attitude was brought to full force against our little family, whose only desire was to be left alone on their own land. When the neighbors couldn’t steal the part of the land they were after, they tried to take everything. Using their friends in county authority and the local judiciary, they brought the fight of our young heroes’ lives. Does the young family survive? Can they win against the local establishment and seemingly insurmountable odds? What do you do when your neighbors are the Neighbors-From-Hell? What do you do when the Neighbors-From-Hell have friends in high places? What do you do when they threaten your home, your livelihood, and your family? Everyone knows fighting city hall can be a pointless fight, rarely won. But what do you do when city hall brings the fight to you? Sometimes you have to stand and fight.

Introducing John Vitucci & Gianna Familette, author of Kiddie Coddles: The Goat with the Red Coat

“Dana was great! She was always there when I needed her and handled issue in a timely manner.”

John Vitucci lives in New York with his wife Christine, his 5 children and 8 grandchildren. Gianna Familette is John’s oldest granddaughter and they share a passion for writing, drawing and magical creatures. The two children in the book are Gianna’s sister and brother who didn’t make it into this world. This story and future stories will give them the life they never had.

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Be careful what you wish for. Sometimes wishes do come true-but that’s not always a good thing! Scarlett and Jackson are excited to visit their grandparents’ farm. They’re even more excited when they get to explore the attic and discover a couple of things their grandfather was secretly hoping they’d find! But Scarlett is finding her little brother Jackson to be annoying, and it takes a goat in a magic red coat to teach Scarlett what her brother really means to her. Join Scarlett and Jackson on a magical adventure-where wishes really can come true when they are backed by love.

Introducing Victor Effah, author of No Limits: 14 Steps to Exceed Customer Expectations, What Great Teams Know and Do

“The entire team gave their best so my book could be published and I am grateful.”

Victor Effah graduated from Asokore Teacher Training College with a certificate in Education and Child Psychology and a Teacher Certification A from Cape Coast University Accreditation Board, Ghana, West Africa. In 2002, he co-founded Teen Educators’ Guild, a nonprofit organization in Ghana, with the mission of educating teenagers to think independently and to avoid negative peer pressures. In 2016, he formed a partnership with PETYEB Business Group, a Dubai-Ghana shipping group, where he currently serves as a venture capitalist and a board member. Today, Victor is a co-manager of a Walmart Super Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

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When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. —Mark Twain. Many employees do not see the big picture. While leadership is focusing on growth, development, innovation, and great customer service, team members are thinking solely of their wages. This book bridges the gap and makes career growth possible. Even if you’ve never considered yourself a leader, No Limits will guide you to new heights. It’s not talent and it’s not knowledge that will help you rise to the top: It’s quality service, above and beyond, that will help you reach new goals. Whether you’re already in a leadership position or you’re a brand-new team member, No Limits can have a significant impact on your career!

Introducing Corazon N. Puzon, author of Journey to Self-Discovery

“Thank you Outskirts Press for nominating my book for the EVVY awards. My journey in publishing my book touched me in a very personal way. I am in my 80’s and this is the special legacy I am leaving my entire family and friends in my life. I am fulfilling my dream of spreading the Absolute Truth and you made my dream come true. I know that my parents up there are clapping their hands for me! Thank you again.”

Cora Puzon is a retired nurse who immigrated to the United States of America from the Philippines with her husband, Benjamin, and daughter, Lisa. She graduated from the UP-PGH School of Nursing and received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of the Philippines. Her continuous search for her life purpose and looking for the meaning of life led her to the door of The Institute for Self-Transcendence in Georgia, where she graduated with a doctoral degree in transpersonal/spiritual psychology and metaphysics in May 2007. The book, Journey to Self-Discovery, is the product of her dissertation paper on Relationships: The Use of Transpersonal/Spiritual Psychology and Metaphysics in Relationships. In this book, she shares her educational learning and life experiences as she embarks in the journey to self-discovery. She hopes to reach all like-minded individuals to recognize the inherent powers in us not only for our own benefit but for all mankind.

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This book provides the readers with a wealth of information about transpersonal/spiritual psychology and metaphysical views of relationships between ourselves and others, including the environment and everything seen and unseen. Her belief in the strong leap of faith that we are mind, body, and spirit in one embodiment is depicted in different chapters of the book as it explores how everything and everybody around us affects ourselves and our belief systems. It is all about consciousness of our true nature as a spiritual being that can lead us to a more transpersonal way of living by expanding our insight of the frailties of life, the finiteness of physical existence, and the infinity of Being. It is through this journey that the author met and learned to embrace her shadows as well as the recognition of the people that she believed she had contracts with when she was placed on this earth. Self-discovery is not only a spiritual journey. It is also a way of learning who we really are as we discover and polish our hidden gems in all our relationships. Most important is learning what the author calls the Gem of Spirituality, which is our inherent power of knowledge, love, and will. This is the “invisible gem” that sparks and shines in every spiritual life. It is the gem that contains the elements of the True Self and is just waiting to be found and claimed by all of us. It is the gem hidden in the innermost fabric of our Being, which is ready to be recognized as we embark in a spiritual Journey to Self-Discovery.