Introducing T.W. Messer, author of The First Two Seasons

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T.W. Messer is a former journalism major who has written columns for his college and hometown newspapers. Retired, after a two decade career in law enforcement, he currently runs his The Sportsnutt blog. T.W. has one adult son and resides in California with his wife, daughter, and cat.

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The year is 1985. Willie Stewart and B.J. Jackson are as opposite as best friends can be. Willie is tall, white and likes to rock. B.J. is black, short, and prefers rap. Willie is the only child to two loving parents. B.J. is one of six children, with no father figure. What they do have in common is their love of sports at El Dorado High. They are set for a big senior year, but can they stay out of trouble long enough to succeed?

Introducing Blaine R. Smith, author of The Learning Season

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A former high school teacher, football and wrestling coach, Blaine R. Smith is currently an elementary school Superintendent/Principal. He has over 30 years of experience in the education profession. His grandfather was a WWI infantryman, his father was a pilot in WWII and several members of his family served the US military. His deep respect for the United States Armed Forces is an integral part of his books.

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MIA-Presumed KIA In Iraq. Will anything help John Douglas’s heart heal? Seemingly unable to recover from the grief he feels after the US Army notifies his family that his father is listed as presumed KIA in Iraq, this high school football player learns hard life lessons with the help of his mother, his football coach and his friends.

Introducing Bob Wilber, author of Bats, Balls, and Burnouts: A Life of Sports, Marketing, and Mayhem

“When I retired in late 2015, in order to write my autobiography, I had no preconceived notions about the process, especially the publishing side of the equation. I just dove in the deep end of the pool and quickly taught myself how to swim. The lifeline thrown to me, which I clung to tightly for 16 months, was from Outskirts Press. My rep walked me through all of it, gave me space and time to write, and led me from cluelessness to an actual book, step by step. I had gotten so much negative feedback from friends who had self-published with other firms I was afraid the entire industry was that way. Working with Outskirts Press, I continue to feel fortunate that I have been and still am in great hands. Thank you!”

Bob Wilber grew up aspiring to follow in his father’s baseball footsteps, and while he was able to secure a full college scholarship and later spend parts of six years in professional ball, as a player, coach, and scout, his mother’s writing, communications, and public relations skills were what eventually defined his career. After a successful and adventurous sports-marketing trek through the sports-apparel business, agency work, and professional indoor soccer, he saw his first drag race as he closed in on his 40th birthday. Little did he know that he’d go on to spend 20 consecutive years as a team manager and PR representative for Del Worsham and then Tim Wilkerson, two of the most popular Funny Car drivers on the NHRA tour. At the conclusion of the 2015 season, Bob ended his drag racing run in order to take on the lifelong dream of writing “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts.”

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Praise for Bats, Balls, & Burnouts. “Bob Wilber grew up steeped in the baseball of a different time. He became part of the game professionally, along the way meeting countless unforgettable characters and collecting the memories of successes, disappointments, and adventures detailed here. The baseball parts of ‘Bats, Balls, & Burnouts’ really resonated with me. As for the drag racing, dear reader, you will have to consult a source more familiar with the sport than me.” -Bob Costas, Broadcaster, NBC and MLB Network “I give Bob a lot of respect for the passion he has displayed for everything he has been a part of. This book brings his journey to life.” -Antron Brown, 3-Time NHRA Top Fuel World Champion “I highly recommend reading this compelling book about the sports-based life of Bob Wilber. The baseball world has so many different adventures, at every level, and the people that are in the game are there for the love of the game. It’s clear in ‘Bats, Balls, & Burnouts’ that the same goes for sports like soccer and drag racing.” -Bert Blyleven, Former MLB pitcher and Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee “Whether he’s hitting home runs, selling soccer tickets, traveling the world, or watching a Nitro Funny Car go from zero to 300 mph in four seconds, Bob Wilber tells the tales powerfully. Bats, Balls, & Burnouts is a joy to read.” -Bob Griese, former NFL quarterback and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame “Bob Wilber made a big name for himself in the NHRA world because of his fantastic writing style. ‘Bats, Balls, & Burnouts’ takes it to completely new level. A great read from front to back.” -Ron Capps, 2016 NHRA Funny Car World Champion

Introducing Dwight Slaughter, author of Inner City Strength

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Dwight Slaughter was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1954. His expertise is basketball and mentoring youths and adult men, and he promotes concerts that give back to life-changing organizations and people.

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Dwight Slaughter graduated from Verbum Dei High School, a school with one of the top 10 winning basketball teams of all time. While at Verbum Dei High School Dwight was voted number one player in the Country in 1972 by different sports magazines. He then went on to further his education and play basketball at Cal State Los Angeles from 1972 to 1976-a period that would set a precedent with new laws changing how colleges accept athletes. During his athletic career, Slaughter was interviewed by such greats as Howard Cosell, on his show SportsBeat and in his book, I Never Played the Game; Morley Safer from 60 Minutes; and John Chancellor from World Nightly News. He was voted by ESPN and Sports Illustrated as one of the top 100 basketball players in the State of California. As a child, Slaughter relied on basketball to build his self-esteem and relieve the stress of mental and physical abuse. His gripping memoir follows his public career and takes the reader inside his personal life as well-into a childhood of abuse, betrayal…even murder.

Introducing Mark Reinsmoen, author of J-Hawk Nation

“I have been very pleased with the professional treatment I have received during the publishing process. The representatives from Outskirts Press have been very knowledgeable. I am very impressed with your company. My book looks great, and I am very proud of that.”

Mark Reinsmoen is a Luther College graduate who retired from teaching after 36 years in the classroom. An Army infantry veteran of the Viet Nam War, Mark is an avid cyclist, and he has taken several bicycle trips through Norway, France, and the Western United States. In 2010 and 2011 he completed RAGBRAI, the official bike ride across Iowa along with over “10,000 friends.” Mark has enjoyed participating in sports since his early years in Iowa, and he continues to pursue athletics by running, biking, swimming, and playing softball with other “seniors” at Sun City Grand in Surprise, Arizona. He and his wife Dianne spend their winters there, living very active lives and hosting sleepovers for their three young grandsons, (ages one, two, and three). Mark and his wife return to Burnsville, Minnesota, for the summer months to mow the grass, cheer for the Twins, and swat mosquitoes.

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The early 1960s was a time of innocence and a time of promise as America was holding its breath, preparing itself for major changes that began emerging throughout the country. J-Hawk Nation paints a portrait of those magical years in a small rural Iowa community, as seen through the eyes of a sixteen-year-old boy. The heartfelt, nostalgic anecdotal stories recall milestones familiar to every reader . . . first love, the search for personal identity, questions that needed to be faced about the high school years and what lay ahead. But the soul of J-Hawk Nation is the extraordinary basketball team that is playing in its school’s final season, and the possibilities and dreams that open up when a sports columnist begins to write about the team and becomes involved in the team’s quest to leave a lasting legacy for the community. This lyrical tribute to the golden years of an unforgettable decade will resonate in your memory long after you have turned the final page.

The Summer of ’79, by Alan Blackwell

Al Blackwell has been an avid pool player since childhood. He began playing in local tournaments and leagues in the mid 70’s and is still actively playing in them today. He resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia and plays regularly at Q-Master Billiards. Al considers himself a student of the game and enjoys playing one pocket, nine-ball, eight-ball and three cushion billiards.

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– Alan Blackwell, author of The Summer of ’79

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Jesse Quantrell, is abandoned as a child by his backwoods, dysfunctional family. He’s left to spend his formative years with the vets at the local VFW in Blackstone, West Virginia. Here, he learns the game of pool from one of the vets, who, was also a retired road player and master of the game. The sociopathic Jesse breaks away and leaves ten years later, at the age of twenty, and embarks on his pool odyssey through the south. Follow this “Pool Wizard’s” journey as he encounters many colorful characters and places, while sharing his passion for the game and hustling his way from town to town searching for the love and acceptance he so desperately longs for.