Introducing Rick Lawin, author of Legend of Tierra del Puma

“I’m new at this writing stuff and self-publishing. And, being a guy, I have a hard time reading directions! But, I took the plunge. My initial contact with Outskirts quickly responded to my emails then did several telephonic follow-ups with me. Her knowledge and honest assessments of my needs convinced me to fly with Outskirts. In a world of electrons and emails, it is refreshing to deal with folks who are professional, know their craft and show a personal side. Please ensure my thank you goes to all involved in this project. If I am crazy enough to do this again, it will be Outskirts that will bear the brunt of my attempts to scribble words into readability.”

Rick Lawin spent over twenty-five years on the Los Angeles Police Department. He served as a pilot and instructor at LAPD’s Air Support Division. Rick received the LAPD’s highest award, the Medal of Valor. He is rated in multi-engine airplanes, helicopters, seaplanes and gliders. Rick was also a charter and news pilot. He holds a Masters degree in Aeronautical Science and has spent nearly twenty years teaching aviation safety at a major university. Rick resides in Northern California, close to the High Sierra.

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Jake Cahill is a pilot for the Los Angeles Police Department who has become restless and bored with flying over the City. He’s torn between duty with LAPD and a responsibility to run his late parent’s ranch, Tierra Del Puma. That changes when Jake uncovers a scheme to take his family’s property, by any means necessary. Powerful people want Tierra Del Puma for its water and to build a mountain resort. But one man believes there is something more on the land. He holds an ancient clue that speaks of a natural treasure buried somewhere on the ranch. And it sparkles far brighter than gold. Valerie Paige leads an independent and busy life in Los Angeles; juggling her job as a project analyst for a large property development firm and as a part-time actress. After losing her grandparents, the only parents she ever knew Valerie senses a vague recollection of a task yet to be finished. It is a distant memory shrouded in fog, unclear and unexplainable. By an odd coincidence, Jake and Valerie meet at a small airport in New Mexico and share an adventurous helicopter ride across the Southwest. Once back in Los Angeles they part ways. Their paths cross again when she learns of Jake’s involvement in a harrowing helicopter rescue. Valerie’s personal and professional lives collide when things go awry at the development company. Past bad decisions and strange dealings intersect with her questions about Jake Cahill’s true identity. Struggling to find the answers she stumbles upon murkier secrets that may prove lethal for her and Jake. They both become ensnared in a deadly confrontation that will test their bravery and will to survive. Events unfold as Valerie discovers a 175-year-old promise, and the obligation that comes with it.

Introducing William J. Goyette, author of In Our Blood: A Jake Hawksworth Thriller

“I had a wonderful experience publishing my first novel with Outskirts Press. The process can be very daunting, but the team at Outskirts assisted me through each step of the way. They also worked with me to create an eye-catching cover design, which I receive positive comments on quite frequently!”

William J. Goyette has worked as a copywriter in the corporate world for more than twenty years. A native of Massachusetts, he is married with two daughters. In Our Blood is his first novel…but there are another dozen in his head screaming to get out.

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Evil isn’t always learned,,, sometimes it’s IN OUR BLOOD. Nearly thirty years ago, Detective Jake Hawksworth and best-selling author Drew McCauley were brought together by a horrific crime. Jake, still reeling from the unsolved hit-and-run death of his wife, and Drew will be reunited once again when a crime from Drew’s novel-in-the-making becomes a devastating reality. Is the kidnapping of Drew’s son somehow linked to the murder Jake is investigating? Was Jake’s wife’s death really an accident? And could the person who has haunted both men for decades be responsible for these seemingly unrelated events? As Jake races to protect Drew’s family, they find themselves on a collision course with fate – derailed by a series of breakneck twists and turns that culminates at an isolated, snow-ravaged house. It is here that long-buried secrets are unearthed and Jake realizes, to his horror, that his hunches are not always right. That the keys to solving his wife’s death and a heinous, decades-old crime have been under his nose all along.

Introducing C. Gary Johnston, author of Secrets Unused

“I am very, very pleased with Outskirts — the personnel, the process, and the finished product.”

C. Gary Johnston has a B.A. in English from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Before a successful career as a business executive, Johnston worked as an advertising copywriter. Secrets Unused is his debut novel. He and his wife live in suburban St. Louis.

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Many would say that Dr. Michael O’Byrne has it all. With a beautiful, smart, if somewhat snobbish wife, a loving young daughter, a successful practice, and an elegant home in the burbs, his life seems perfect. But his cushy existence is suddenly threatened when mysterious emails begin arriving from a woman from his past. A woman he last saw at a class reunion years ago who now wants to meet him-at a very odd place and time. Intrigued, Michael welcomes the private diversion, and takes the emails at face value, purposely avoiding a serious search as to who, or even what, is really behind them. Knowing the magnitude of the risk, he formulates a credible plan and alibi to justify his absence. But at the last minute, problems arise, suspicious things, warning, perhaps, that Michael should call the whole thing off. But no. If his escalating guilt and apprehension can’t stop him, nothing can. Finally the long-awaited day arrives-a day when nothing but the unexpected occurs and one Michael wishes would both end and continue. And when it’s over, one thing is certain. This day in June will live secretly in his mind forever. Twists, surprises, deceptions, revenge-Secrets Unused has them all. With this psychological tour de force, a bookmark may not be necessary. Because putting it down might not be possible…

Introducing Norm Olson, author of Long Beach: A Novel of Intrigue and Suspense

“If I publish another book, I will choose Outskirts Press.”

Norm Olson is a retired FBI Agent and lives in Tucson, Arizona. He can be found most days on the golf links of Tucson.

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Murder and Betrayal Run Rampant! Marc Ryder is a government agent of a little known agency, Defense Foreign Liaison, known as DFL, based in Long Beach, California. His marriage is on the rocks and his wife becomes entangled with Panamanian drug smugglers. Ryder is thrust into the middle of an international drug ring and becomes the target of a formidable assassin. His job leads him into the USSR and a liaison with a beautiful Afghan woman and a Chechen smuggler. The FBI recruits him to travel to Mexico and reach out to his old friend in the Policia Federales. A hired female assassin, known only as The Bolivian enters the story and makes it her mission to terminate Ryder. Dead bodies are stacking up as an old fashioned shoot out takes place in Puerto Vallarta. Ryder returns to Long Beach and starts a new life only to be thrown back into the guns sights of a new unperceived foe and The Bolivian.

Introducing Janice Johnson, author of Deception: Lies and Secrets

“Dana was an exceptional Author Rep. I don’t know when she sleeps! I would often send inquiries late at night when I was working or getting frustrated with a particular process, and I would hear from her immediately. She is very knowledgeable, tolerant, and was very helpful in assisting me with my book. I could not have asked for a better individual to work with. She is absolutely very professional as well as very knowledgeable. She is a definite asset to Outskirts Press Publishing.”

Author Janice Johnson is a rehabilitation therapist with over 27 years of medical experience. She has worked with trauma patients, traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients, and soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She worked with The Wounded Warrior Project at Fort Hood, Texas as a contract therapist. She has extensive knowledge of working with patients that have psychological and behavioral issues. Her real-world experiences lend credence to the factual details and anticipation of the story line for her novel. She is also a military veteran and, has a master of arts in human services degree. She lives near Austin, Texas.

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What happens when two women who are first cousins, the off springs of two sets of identical twins (quaternary unions, and share the same DNA), plot to deceive a man when one of the women impersonate the other? They are so similar in appearance that they could, and have, passed for twins when they were younger. What develops when one of them, Camilla (the therapist), pretends to be Karmen to help her cousin out of a sticky situation? Although they look alike, their personalities are quite different. Karmen is self-absorbed and selfish, and Camilla is caring and considerate. Karmen has two rich men on the hook and is not willing to give up either. She convinces Camilla to take her place and meet up with Josh, a cardiac surgeon with a past he’s hidden, while she takes off to Paris to enjoy the other man. Karmen and Josh agree to meet at his lodge in the remote Texas Hill Country. Josh, is unaware that a psychotic hillbilly has been tracking him for years, determined to exact revenge for what he believes Josh’s surgery did to his wife. Their weekend is interrupted by this psychopath and his emotionally unstable son. Will they survive a violent, long harrowing night where lies, secrets and deceptions are revealed? The truth that is finally exposed is totally unexpected, and changes the lives of all involved.

Introducing Layne Daye, author of Running From Your Life

“With the help of my author rep, I was able to have a true understanding of how the publishing process works. I would recommend to anyone who is interested in self publishing to go through Outskirts Press.”

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 C D Swanson, author of The House on East 4th Street

“It’s a veritable pleasure doing business with professionals on staff at OP! I’ve published 19 books so far with OP and wouldn’t go anywhere else…I’m sold on their courteous, prompt, and professional knowledge. Colleen has been with me for almost all of my books and it’s a great comfort to be in her hands. She knows my wants and needs and acts accordingly. Thanks OP staff…and a special thanks to Colleen!”

C D Swanson is an author of twenty books. Along with her books, she’s been published in several magazines, has a website of her own, and remains a woman of faith in all of her works. She’s an advocate for the elderly population, volunteers for various organizations, loves animals, and has been married to her teenage sweetheart for 37 years. They share a “furry son” named Max.

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Lies, secrets, betrayals, and heartache “live” at the House on East 4th Street, as three families strive to cope with dire, and prolific circumstances, that threaten to destroy them all.  The three families that live in the house on “East 4th Street” are as different as night and day. Each of these families has a host of hidden secrets. Each with their own set of troubles, had hearts that were broken at one time or another-albeit, different in their ethnicity, and religious views, they share a common thread in their dedication to their loved ones. As you read and learn about these three families, you’ll find yourself rooting for them, and crying with them, from the very first page, right through to the massive conclusion. The reader will want to find out more, while cheering for the characters that’ll come alive with each word. A fine story told in outstanding fashion! C D Swanson does it again, and again, and again, as only she can!

Introducing Dan Blair, author of Pretty Blue Death

“Jamie always got back to me promptly on any questions I had.”

Dan Blair is a retired executive from a multi-national consumer products company. Dan and his wife, Ronda, live in southern Ohio and enjoy their grandkids, traveling and the occasional book. Please follow my Facebook page, Pretty Blue Death, where I’ll be sharing a lot of what went into writing the book and insights I gained in the process.

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A psychopath targets a group of friends. A page-turning thriller with lots of twists! Mark and Daly Ford are living the good life in southern California. Busy building their security company in the San Fernando Valley, they are shocked when a long-time friend drowns unexpectedly, shaking their world. Just as the alarm of losing a good friend subsides, another friend dies suddenly. Mark and Daly are thrust into asking if their friends’ deaths could be more than coincidence…and perhaps a deadly vendetta being carried out against their close-knit group. Worse yet, could the person behind these deaths be someone from within their group of friends? Mark and Daly plunge headlong into solving the mystery, joining forces with a police sergeant from Scotland Yard, Sean McClarey, on loan to Santa Monica PD in this nonstop thriller. Will they unravel the twisted intentions driving the serial killings in time to save their friends? Will they be next on the killer’s list?

Introducing Susan Lee, author of Hello, You Don’t Know Me

“My experience with Outskirts Press was outstanding! My questions were all answered and the representatives were kind and so helpful. No question was too small. The service itself was an amazing value compared to the costs of each service if purchased on my own. I am very pleased and more than satisfied with their attention to detail. Outskirts took away the entire worry about producing a professional product. From the fabulous custom cover design to the thoughtful packing of books I’ve ordered and the marketing coaching, the experience was wonderful. I have recommended Outskirts to other writers and I will definitely use their services to publish all of my future books. Outskirts allowed me to do what I do best: write. Outskirts did the rest. Thank you!”

Susan Lee has been a Registered Nurse for over 25 years. She taught University students in China before becoming Senior Editor of China Central Television International News and the host of her own talk show, ‘English Outlook Magazine,’ broadcast to 1.3 billion Chinese and several Asian countries. She has won several International awards for documentaries on AIDS and other topics. She is currently writing a new book called “The Jaded Dragon,” about living and working in China and a political thriller, “The Rise and Fall of Philip Whittemore.”

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Slowly in the distance, the figure of the woman approached. She still wore the old fashioned clothes and the locket and the blue hair ribbon. She was holding something in an open palm. It was a very small key. It looked like a jewelry box key. She looked worried. “Why have you come to see me?” Susan asked the apparition. “There is grave danger from without and from within. He is coming and death is in his eyes. Beware of those who are your own. Warn the others. Terrible times are almost upon you. Some of you will not survive, I fear. I cannot stem the flow of the tides. Watch for the key. Remember, remember, remember,” she finished with a whisper and began to fade away. On board the private yacht in the Gulf, wine and camaraderie seem to flow, but Susan is haunted by visions of what is to come. From the dead calm sea, her predictions of a terrible storm seem foolish. But the computer reports of fair weather ahead aren’t the only things that lie on this ship. From the blackness Susan wonders where the others are and will any of them be alive to see the sun rise?

Introducing Brenda Harlow Dean, author of Rose Cliff Plantation: The Secrets Revealed

“I appreciate all the information Outskirts Press has given me to use in getting my book into the hands of readers. But, I never dreamed how very hard this publishing part of the “dream” could be. The folks that have purchased my book have been so pleased. Most, if not all, of them, were ladies that seemed to find a character that spoke to them and allowed the reader to escape into the Rose Cliff Plantation, if only for a little while.”

Brenda Dean was inspired to write this novel by an old mansion on the cliffs of the Pamlico River. She lives in Lucama, North Carolina, with her husband James Dean. They both share a love of books, long evening walks, and coffee. She hopes you will enjoy this book. Happy Reading!

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Continue the Journey; Reveal the Secrets of Rose Cliff Plantation. Time has a way of running into itself. The past and the present can collide and suddenly you have both resting inside the one-hundred-year-old mansion, a very bold statement but very true. Come and complete the last part of the journey of the Quartermain family. You will find out just what Summer Ann Johnson had to do with a family that lived over one hundred years ago in the old weather-worn mansion she found. What was so different about this mansion? What could possibly be inside that might just change this young lady’s life forever? It is the author’s hopes that you read the first book, “The Secrets of Rose Cliff Plantation” because that is where you will find all the secrets that surrounded not only Summer Ann but the rest of the Quartermain family. The first book introduced you to James Quartermain, a man who had a dream when he was eighteen years old. His dream was to create a wonderful plantation with a grand mansion for his wife and daughter. The dream came true only to become a nightmare after tragedy struck the plantation, a nightmare that followed him all the rest of his life. He became so tormented that he raised his fist to Heaven and yelled, “Why, why is all this happening to me and when will it end?” Did he get his answers? All the secrets will be revealed and you will be amazed.