Introducing Al Monroe, author of Ninety-Year-Old Vet’s Journey Through Life

“I’m glad that I chose Outskirts Press publishing, which has turned out to be an education for me. Now I’m looking forward to publishing my next book.”

Al Monroe, a retired chief electrician and veteran of five wars, is not an accomplished or career author. He seeks to capture people and places in his life, and how they have changed since the 1920s to the present day, but he can’t do that without writing about himself in this series of endearing autobiographies.

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For many years now, I have wanted to write about my life, and especially about some of the people in my life. I’m sorry to say that due to my lack of faith in my writing skills, I gave up many times. In those days, I thought I wouldn’t live past sixty years old, but here I am — ninety years old, and still going strong. Well, not so strong, but people are surprised when I tell them how old I am! And would you believe it — due to the encouragement of a few of my family, friends, VA doctors, nurses, and counselors, I have completed this book about the first seventeen-and-a-half years of my life, and I have almost completed a book that ends on the year of my twenty-first birthday. And if the readers of this book will do the math, they will realize that I have a lot more writing to do!

Introducing Earl Morrison, author of Leadership Lessons Learned

“This was my first time to write and publish a book. Outskirts Press and all of the associates I have encountered have made the process easy and were very helpful along the way.”

Earl Morrison has been a peace officer for seventeen-plus years in the state of Texas. During his career as a peace officer he has risen through the ranks and held several leadership positions, such as sergeant, lieutenant, and chief of police. Earl has a great passion for training and developing others and has been an instructor/trainer in those areas for the last twelve years. Earl has implemented several development and leadership programs to aid in the advancement of others throughout his career. In addition to this book on Leadership Lessons Learned, Earl has written several papers on Mentoring in Law Enforcement addressing the need to grow and develop others. Earl has also held several leadership positions in his private life within the church community as a men’s group leader and church elder and chairman of the board for a city’s employee credit union.

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Leading and Learning with Character. Earl Morrison has held leadership positions in both his private life and professional life. Throughout his life he has encountered many different types of people and leaders. Earl has striven to be the best leader that he can be no matter the place or the title he holds. Earl rose to the top of his profession as a chief of police in 2014. Leadership Lessons Learned is a collection of the lessons he learned throughout his career and most recently as the head of an organization. These lessons hone in on his struggles and triumphs as he learned how to Lead and Learn with Character.

Introducing Jack Heslin, author of Thunder: Stories From the First Tour

“After considerable research, I decided that Outskirts Press was the best option for me. From the first phone call to Outskirts Press to the announcement that my book was published, it has been a very positive experience working with a very professional team of people. I strongly recommend this team to anyone thinking of publishing a book.”

Jack Heslin is a two-tour Vietnam veteran who flew helicopters in the Highlands of Vietnam. He completed a 20-plus year military career as an Army Lt. Col. Jack had a variety of command and staff assignments and is a graduate of the Naval War College Command and Staff Course. He has had a number of articles published in military journals. Jack has been awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with V device and 24 oak leaf clusters and many other medals and awards. Jack’s civilian career included 19 years with John Tyler Community College in Virginia where Jack served as a sociology professor, campus administrator, apprenticeship coordinator, and Workforce Development Program coordinator. Jack is founder and owner, along with his daughter, of Black Jack Enterprises, Inc. which is focused on workforce development and integrated computer solutions for business. Jack was a founding member of the Chester Rotary Club and is a life member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association VHPA, the VFW and the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. He is the author of the award-winning website “The Battle of Kontum,” and the book “Reflections From the Web.”

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“Jack Heslin tells the powerful true story of his first combat tour of duty in Vietnam.He brings that long-ago war to life as he recounts his baptism under fire and his subsequent mastery of the flying skills and tactics so essential to his surviving some of the most intense combat of the war. He gives extraordinary insights into battlefield leadership and unit dynamics. He tells what it was like being an Army helicopter pilot engaged in special, highly classified missions supporting secret commando operations behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia. Jack writes of hovering below treetops with bullets ripping into his aircraft; flying battle-damaged aircraft, shedding pieces of rotor blades in flight; and many other harrowing actions.A fascinating read.” -William Reeder Jr., Author of Through the Valley: My Captivity in Vietnam. “THUNDER: Stories From the First Tour” is a riveting account from a combat helicopter pilot in the period of the most intense combat for American forces during the Vietnam War, including Tet of 1968. Climb into the front seat of a combat assault UH-1 helicopter with Jack, and experience the intense fear and exhilaration of flying through a hail of bullets to save dying men. The intensity of the action is matched only by the gravity of the situation at this crucial time in the war. Jack takes you from his arrival in-country with an assault helicopter company, where, on his first night in Vietnam, the only thing he had to defend himself with was a single, silver .38-caliber bullet. The journey from “peter pilot” to being “Blue One” as a Platoon Commander and, finally, as an assault helicopter company operations officer in the Highlands of Vietnam will keep you on the edge of your seat as Jack flies into one terrifying situation after another. Feel the sense of power thundering through the skies of Vietnam, where you know any moment could be your last. Read about the top secret SOG missions into Laos and Cambodia where small Special Forces teams battle against huge odds along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. You are there when Jack is shot down in Laos on the Ho Chi Minh Trail and fights his way to the rescue helicopter. Visit a leprosarium with Jack as he listens to small children sing Christmas carols and then travel in a jeep through the night under the protection of a Catholic nun. Experience a Montagnard ceremony with Jack and elite Special Forces soldiers where rice wine is liberally served and brass bracelets are presented by the village chief. This non-fiction book is the real deal. It is all real; it all happened, and Jack lived through it to return home to his wife and family.

“My Dad did two tours in Vietnam and your book verifies his stories. I believe he helped plan some of those SOG sorties. But, being MI, he didn’t get specific about his duties. At his funeral, one of his friends said he hopped helicopters to see situations for himself. Again, thanks for a well-written history. -Gwenyth J.”

Introducing Andrew Ceroni, author of The Red Shore

“This is the third book I’ve published with Outskirts Press. The reason I continue with them is that I’m convinced there is no better Independent Press publishing service east or west of the Mississippi. Outskirts Press is Top-Notch. Your author’s representative will work with you to absolutely ensure your book looks and says exactly what you want it to. Outskirts Press is simply the very best there is. Their staff makes excellent service happen time after time. None better!”

Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a Senior Supervisory Special Agent in the conduct of global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He received his BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy; MA from Case Western Reserve University; and studied several foreign languages at the University of Maryland. He lives in Colorado with his family.

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Russia-no longer convinced of American resolve or military preparedness-has decided to test the U.S. as never before…plunging the planet toward the slippery edge of World War III. Dave McClure arrives in Bar Harbor, Maine, for some rest and relaxation before returning to the CIA-a world he left behind years ago. But he is unaware of the danger he’ll face in the days ahead as he discovers the secrets that lie in the deep ocean trenches of the Atlantic. Deadly secrets. McClure is unexpectedly thrust into the middle of a vicious Russian plot and a harbor town’s lethal intrigue, each as perilous as they are startling, and struggles to make sense of all the jumbled pieces in this deadly puzzle. Is there a connection between Russian drone submarines probing the U.S. coastline, a Top-Secret, advanced technology Navy torpedo program, and the sinister secret behind Tamarack Harbor’s missing boys? Another brutal murder is the catalyst that finally leads McClure to the juncture of high-stakes espionage and an impending attack on American soil. As the CIA and the U.S. Navy race against time and the Russian threat, the powerful pull of emotion will test the limits of Dave McClure’s skill, strength, and courage.

Introducing Maria Sakowitz, MS, RDN, author of Do Food Labels Drive You Crazy?

“It was a very good experience with my first book!”

With over twenty years of experience in nutrition counseling, Maria Sakowitz, MS, RDN, has educated patients about the real science behind food through her visual teaching tools and ability to explain things in a way that is easy to understand. President of a large private practice group of registered dietitians since 1998, Maria and her team service hundreds of patients referred by doctors throughout New Jersey. Nutrition Associates of East Brunswick, Inc. is located at 123 Dunhams Corner Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816, phone: 732-254-0113, website: www.weightobetterhealth.com.

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You’re not alone! With recent changes to the food labeling system, there is more confusion than ever. Do you spend a lot of time at the supermarket comparing labels to determine the healthier choice? Do claims on the front of food packaging influence what you buy? This book is a simple start to basic nutrition knowledge that can empower you take control of your food choices and make sense of the information printed on food labels. It is an essential reference for both beginners and veterans on the path to better health through nutrition education.

“I came to Maria with the hope of losing weight and lowering my blood sugar. I learned that I could succeed at both because of the choices I make. I can enjoy all the foods I like and never feel deprived. Thank you, Maria!” -Georgette P.

“I developed three health conditions all related to being obese. The most important thing I learned is how foods work in the body, so I know how to choose the correct foods to eat to stay healthy. As of today, I have lost about 40 pounds. I am off my medications.” -Robin P.

Introducing Dr. George M. Burnell, author of Funny People: Short Stories

“My experience in the publishing process was beyond expectations with regards to communication with the author representative.”

Dr. George M. Burnell lives in Palm Desert, California.

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What Readers Say About Funny People. “Every story is a compelling read. You don’t want it to end and can’t wait for the next one to begin.” -Angela DeSarneaux, Desert Edge, CA. “Stories to ignite your thinking buoyed by an entertaining touch and humorous edge.” -Robin Anawalt, Las Vegas, NV. “Dr. George Burnell’s stories are fun, thought provoking and always an entertaining read.” -Art True, La Quinta, CA. “George Burnell takes you on a delightful journey of short stories that entertain, educate and surprise the reader, about ordinary and not so ordinary people. A thoroughly enjoyable read.” -Craig Himot, Berkeley, CA. “The main characters in these stories share a deep quiet compassion for others. Waiting to see what happens next in each story kept me engaged to the end, where each one touched me deeply, but with a feather touch that left me surprised and satisfied.” -Susan Moore, Hemet, CA. “Through captivating and humorous stories, the author gives us flashes of insight while opening our minds to a promising new world. An entertaining and provocative read.” -Henri Waisblat, Grenoble, France. “A delightfully eclectic collection of short stories. With dark and subtle humor, the author cleverly weaves these stories in a way that brings the characters to life.” -David Burnell, Winston-Salem, NC Entertaining. “Informative, and amusing stories that every reader will enjoy.” -Elizabeth Ann Gomez, Atascadero, CA. “I have found these stories riveting, inventive, educational, and always captivating from the first page.” -Joan Lachkar, Sherman Oaks, CA. “Dr. Burnell educates and enchants us with his sometimes realistic, sometimes imaginative stories of life’s twists.” -Richard Seigle, Joshua Tree, CA.

Introducing Jo D. Tanenbaum, author of FDR And The Dime: The Defeat Of Polio

“My Author Representative was terrific.”

Jo D. Tanenbaum grew up at the time of the polio scare and remembers the 1955 announcement of the success of the Salk vaccine. She is a retired French teacher, and lives in Los Angeles, California.

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The only four-term president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, led the U.S. to victory in World War II, led the country in the Depression, and conquered polio with the March of Dimes. Americans defeated polio by sending nickels, pennies, and dimes to Washington for research in the fight against polio. ‘Polio’ was the scare word in the early 1900s just as ‘cancer’ is the scare word today. This book tells the story of why and how Roosevelt founded the Society for Infantile Paralysis and the world-renowned Roosevelt Institute for Rehabilitation in Warm Springs, Georgia.