Introducing Katie Patterson, author of Ride

“Outskirts made the publishing process super easy for me and my Author Representative knew what she was doing and was very helpful!”

Ever since she was born, Colorado native Katie Patterson has spent summers at her grandparents’ lake house in Minnesota. She completed Ride, her debut novel, years ago at the age of fifteen and now attends the University of Colorado, Boulder, studying Biology and Secondary Science Education. Katie hopes to complete her second novel soon.

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Everything Happens for a Reason. Seventeen-year-old Alyson Butler is living a dream life in Los Angeles, California, and she’s hoping for the perfect summer before her senior year. The daughter of two successful Hollywood professionals, she enjoys a life of privilege, wealth, parties, and independence-as she rarely sees her parents. But when an unfortunate decision lands Alyson in rural Minnesota as punishment to spend the summer with her grandparents at Davis Lake, she quickly realizes that living in this small town will be a far cry from the glitz and glam she is accustomed to. A slow start at the lake has Alyson believing she won’t survive beyond the first week, but things begin to change when the seemingly perfect Marc Maylore and his friends arrive a few doors down. As Alyson tries hard to keep her own secrets from those she meets, she soon realizes there may be more to this little town than she initially thought-and that anyone can be hiding something. Ride is a story of love, loss, friendship, lies, and self-discovery. As Alyson soon learns, moments in life define us, but it is our choice as to who we become.

Introducing Gerlinde Pyron, author of Shadows and Joys of a Life in Bavaria

“The process of publishing this book was guided by the wonderful people at Outskirt Press. Most of all I was pleased with the book’s cover in which the art department was able to incorporate my own watercolor of our small town in Bavaria. I also liked having the chat feature, when now and then I couldn’t find my way around on the editing screens.”

Gerlinde Pyron arrived in Texas in 1960 at the age of seventeen, an unwilling immigrant, a farm girl with minimal formal schooling, who spoke only German. In less than two years, she mastered enough English to do office work. Later, night time college courses in computer design led to jobs in banking, manufacturing and in the oil industry. Early retirement offered the opportunity for community service, painting, writing, gardening, and enjoying grandchildren. But most of all, she has appreciated traveling with her husband, living out her childhood dream of visiting far-off lands…and frequently returning to her home in Bavaria.

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A Childhood in the Shadow of War-Torn Germany. Growing up in rural Bavaria, Gerlinde didn’t know about Hitler’s regime in the way Americans learn about it in school. All she knew was the beauty and tragedy of daily life on the farm where she lived with her brother and sister, her mother, and her stepfather-she never knew her father, who was killed in the Siege of Leningrad. Experience country life in Germany in the 1940s and 1950s, through the eyes of an observant, imaginative child who watched as defeated German soldiers and their families tried to reinvent their lives after the war. From elaborate childhood games to the sobering reality of exhausting daily work, from the love and care of friends and neighbors to the heartbreak of a traumatized family, this compelling memoir is a testimony to the courage and grit of a girl who eventually came to America, fulfilling her own great-grandmother’s dream.

Introducing Freddie Remza, author of Shattered Bangles

“I am happy with the looks of the book. It’s very professional. Thank you.”

Storytelling and international travel are two passions of Freddie Remza’s. Combining the two is what she does in her novels that include The Stolen Brooch, The Poison Ring, The Orchid Bracelet, Ride the Wave, and The Journey to Mei.

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Three Paths Converge. Three women traveling to India. A journalist, a college intern, a victim. Each on their separate journey. Allison, Lynne, Kasi. Here is their story.

Introducing Helen Payson Sebring, author of More Stories from My Neck of the Woods

“I’m looking forward to publishing my first children’s book!”

Helen Payson Sebring was born in Milton, Massachusetts. She was the only child of Alma and Carl Payson who encouraged her to read, write and explore. She did just that. She met her husband to be, Fred Sebring, in Harvard Square when she was 16 and he was 21. After graduation and World War II, Helen and Fred began their adventure together which included six children, ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Family was everything to Helen and Fred. That and traveling the world. Helen lived to be 90. She kept traveling and writing throughout those 90+ years, with a little bit of writing almost every day and one last trip to celebrate hers and Fred’s 69th wedding anniversary.

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More Stories from My Neck of the Woods. These stories are about the author’s children, stories written for and from the grandchildren, adventures with family and travel with her husband Fred. Helen began writing as a child – first poems and then short stories. Her first book was published when she was 85. She always hoped there would be another book. Here it is.

Introducing J.G. Possum, author of Tara: The Goldilocks Planet

“I’m looking forward to a good marketing experience. The book looks great.”

Jerry G. Possum was born in central Pennsylvania. At the age of seventeen, he joined the US Navy and served aboard a destroyer in the Korean Conflict. His ship was awarded three battle stars. After his service, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Quality Control. In his extensive engineering career, he has written over one thousand quality-control test methods and procedures and issued several quality control manuals for manufacturing. After retiring, he worked as a Manufacturing Quality Control Consultant. Presently, he lives in central New England, near his five children and thirteen grandchildren. He’s a patented inventor, an artist, a billiards instructor and a lifelong science fiction enthusiast, he wrote his first novel at the age of eighty-six.

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Can a Perfect Planet Save the Human Race? Risking everything, leaving the known world behind as the Earth is being totally decimated by an atomic war, a brave and visionary crew leave Earth on the spaceship Aquarius, traveling to another galaxy where a planet has been identified that can sustain human life. They call it Tara, and it represents hope for a new beginning. But a planet that is ideal for human life is certain to be inhabited by an intelligent life form already. As the crew approaches Tara, they make contact with the race already living there. Will the crew of Aquarius have the chance to prove that the human race can redeem itself and not make the same mistakes of the past? How will they handle the encounters of hostile creatures as well as understanding an advanced society? They are the last of the human race. Inventive, insightful, and adventurous, Tara is explorer science fiction in the best tradition. A must read.

Introducing Edward Kleinguetl, author of Encounter: Experiencing the Divine Presence

“It was a good experience.”

Edward Kleinguetl is a deacon in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and also serves the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic). Deacon Ed has been extensively involved in parish missions and retreats for varying age groups, both in the United States and China. He has written extensively on Eastern Christian spirituality including works on the Jesus Prayer and theosis. In connection with his interests on these topics, he has been on pilgrimage to St. Antony’s monastery in Egypt and to Mt. Athos in Greece. Encounter: Experiencing the Divine Presence leverages his graduate thesis and is a complementary book to Journey: Striving for Our Destiny. Deacon Ed holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University, a Diploma in Pastoral Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and a MA in Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. He was ordained to the diaconate on February 3, 2007 by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. In secular life, Ed is a partner with Grant Thornton, LLP, working in Transaction Advisory Services.

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Christ is the light which pierces the darkness. We often find ourselves in darkness. Battle lines have been drawn. The messages of the secular world stand in contrast to the Gospel. We question. We doubt. We feel lost and emptiness inside seems to be growing. Where is God? Jesus himself tells us that if we lose the light, how dark that darkness will become. God is not distant. Through his Son Jesus, he reveals his great love for us; how he desires to be close to us and to enter into a personal relationship with each of us. We just need to be open to his presence. For those who are lost, who find themselves in the dark and who are searching for something lasting, we extend a simple invitation: Come and see. Consider how life in Christ is the only true source of lasting happiness. Experience a God who is always near. Discover or re-discover a faith that is ever ancient, ever new. Christ is the true light that has come into the world and darkness cannot overcome it.

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!