Introducing Brenda Marie Black, author of The Bella Rose & Dianthus Bobby

“Thanks to the entire team at Outskirts Press! As a first-time author, there’s been much I’ve learned about getting a book published and I am glad Outskirts Press was recommended to me by an author friend who was published with Outskirts Press. Indeed, my publishing experience with Outskirts Press has been rewarding and positive; and, I received guidance and assistance along the way. The quality of my book in all versions is outstanding.”

Brenda Marie Black currently lives in Hanover, PA with her husband, Clay, and two adult puppies, Buffie Delizia and Antonio “Tony” Giocoso. Previously, Brenda worked as an administrative assistant for a county government and two colleges. During her career she humbly received recognition and awards for her work. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management, Summa Cum Laude, from Carroll Community College, Westminster, MD. She enjoys painting, writing, walking, jogging, camping, golf, baseball games, and bike riding. She feels blessed to have a loving family and wonderful friends. Brenda looks forward to making new friends with readers.

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Accompany Pasquale and Lena in this One of a Kind Story. Brenda Marie Black is a first-time author. As a child, she was filled with an incessant curiosity about the mysterious and unspoken past of her beloved Italian grandparents, Pasquale and Lena Donofrio. As an adult, she set out to discover and unlock abounding secrets through years of research, interviews, and travel. Brenda was gifted time to fulfill a dream-to write and now share this unique and faith-filled novel brimming with romance and suspense. Actual events, research and interviews, along with the author’s memories, were used to fabricate a natural fiber as the basis of the novel. An artificial fiber, composed of artistic embellishments of prose and fictional characters, was created for enhancing and materializing the story. Both fibers were spooled into one yarn and woven, nimbly and creatively, throughout the novel. Brenda Marie Black celebrated and cried in researching and writing The Bella Rose & Dianthus Bobby. All are invited to travel back in time to experience the riveting legacy of the author’s grandparents. Through precise period details, one will experience, first-hand, the treasured story of handsome Pasquale and beautiful Lena. The aura of their hearts and souls are revealed in raw, in-depth characterization. Along the journey, there are many other unique individuals to discover. Pasquale and Lena gift us with an extraordinary and inspirational story. Join them. Read of their challenges, celebrations, tragedy, heart break, deep regret, and . . . Was Lena’s mother right? Would a covenant be broken? Can a single tragic event change everything? Is it possible to bury love? Are coincidences just that-or are our lives in synchronicity? Is there a Heaven? The answers are found as you accompany Pasquale and Lena in this one of a kind story. Are you ready to travel? Bring a wrap for your arms as you might find the esoteric folklore a bit chilling. Be sure to lace-up your most sturdy shoes for this bumpy, unconventional and unpredictable journey. Pasquale and Lena’s venture is full of twists and turns. Take a few deep breaths before beginning the expedition to the many unique places this story takes you. You’ll be traversing on mountainsides, navigating rough ocean waters, exploring an enchanting lakeside, riding in diverse modes of transportation, and walking and running in various bountiful tracts of nature. And, just an important piece of advice, be sure to pack a cotton handkerchief.

Introducing Rebecca Mountain-Pazell, author of Ziggy: The Pig Who Loved Sushi

“My Author Representative’s professionalism, knowledge,and dedication guided me during my first publishing experience. I appreciate her patience!”

Rebecca Mountain-Pazell, a graduate of the University of Kansas, works as a freelance writer. She lives with her husband John, a corporate attorney, in the suburbs of Kansas City. The couple enjoys cooking, traveling, volunteering for local charities, and spoiling their pets. Caitlin Bryce Lassen is a freelance artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Saint Mary. Her specialties include animal illustrations, portraits, and fantasy comics. The Kansas-born Lassen lives in her home state with husband Andrew and their mischievous Pomeranian.

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ZIGGY, The Pig Who Loved Sushi A Celebration of Food and Friendship. Ziggy is a small pig enjoying a simple life on a quiet Kansas farm. But her calm world is turned upside when she eats sushi for the first time. Now, her quest for this tasty new food leads her and her owners on a cross-country journey. They even travel all the way to the Orient! By the end of their adventure, Ziggy and her humans learn the importance of home, family, and the value of friendship.

Introducing Chris Alan Foreman, author of Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast: My Journey into the Land of Fahrvergnügen

“My Author Representative did an outstanding job of handling the publishing process from start to finish.”

Dr. Chris Alan Foreman writes of his variegated life from the comforts of San Mateo, California. Now retired, he has served as a Peace Corps volunteer, an army officer, a college professor, an African missionary, and a Baptist pastor. An avid traveler, Chris has lived on four continents and toured all fifty states. In his foundational memoir, Forgive Like a Rwandan, Chris writes of love, loss and letting go. He traces his life through 888 tumultuous days, from the tragic death of his first wife in Africa to his joyful second marriage in California.

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Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast is an introspective travelogue of my twenty-nine-day road trip across the breadth of America accompanied by a rescue dog named Jody and propelled by a pop-up Volkswagen camper. Together we journey into the Land of Fahrvergnügen, that wondrous place of travel joy and driving pleasure. Sightseeing, camping, and contemplation fill the days. Family and friends sweeten the stops. Unfettered, unhurried, and off the leash, dog and man encounter an unscripted adventure around every bend. With the boundless horizon of twenty-five states, the soul is free to wander the outer world and the mind open to explore the inner. What can compare to the bliss of a camper, a dog, and an endless ribbon of American highway?

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 Linda Klein Means, author of Passport to the World

“Lisa was very patient with my poor computer skills!”

Linda Klein Means has spent her life writing and teaching. She was a reporter and editor for her college newspaper, then a feature writer for The Wilmington (Del) Morning News and Evening Journal, followed by similar posts at The Chicago Tribune and US News and World Report magazine. She has taught ESL in college and privately, and free-lanced. She lives near Boston with her husband, close to her daughter and three beautiful granddaughters.

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From the Midwest to Paris…Former Chicago Tribune reporter Linda Klein Means was born on a farm in Illinois and raised with strong values amidst family tragedies. Follow her travels through the world of newspapers, after which she spent years in Venezuela, Brazil and France, each offering amazing insights into other cultures while providing fertile breeding grounds for hilarious adventures and misadventures. Learn how the power of a grandmother’s love shined before her like a guiding star. Although she approached the abyss more than once, that guiding light made sure she never fell over the edge. Think with her about the issues surrounding Down Syndrome, a condition affecting her beloved brother John. Think with her about issues of racial “purity” while she and members of her Norwegian-American family look more closely into their heritage. Think with her about “unconscious” prejudice,” the ways in which we sometimes hurt others without meaning to, without even knowing we did. Only a dose of “Amazing Grace” will save us from that. Enter a very special church in Paris with her, and think about the ways in which it symbolizes the long, complex, and rewarding relationship between the United States and France. Enter a women’s prison with her, and become close to the unfortunates trapped within. Get to know them on a one-to-one basis. You will empathize and sympathize with them.

Introducing Richard Rosenblatt, author of On Borrowed Time

“Brittney’s knowledge and courtesy are boundless.”

Richard Rosenblatt spent his youth in art, music, and photography schools, and made countless trips on the greatest steamships of the 1930s. A West Point graduate of 1949, Rosenblatt became a pilot in Europe; an OSI counter-intelligence analyst and linguist in Wiesbaden and in Paris; a onetime parachute instructor with the Foreign Legion in Algeria; and aide to the head of the Strategic Air Command Depot in Casablanca, Morocco. His career then moved to include industrial engineering, advertising, media, underwriting, the law, and publishing, and he co-authored the novel Black Gold Gray. Rosenblatt won five gold medals in the Senior Olympics in San Diego, and now, past the age of 90, he lives in La Jolla, California.

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Richard Rosenblatt may hold the world record for sheer number of lifetime pursuits, professions, and adventures…In his remarkable autobiography, Rosenblatt shares scenes from a glamorous childhood in the south of France, to dinner at the Biltmore in New York City with Eddie Rickenbacker and Jimmie Doolittle. Lunch with Albert Einstein. Tea with Eleanor Roosevelt, Lauren Bacall, the Sultan of Morocco, the Duke of Windsor, Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, Jackson Pollock, and Kurt Weill… Rosenblatt met the rulers of Russia, Spain, France, Morocco, the United States, and other world leaders-as well as movie stars and moguls, captains of industry, the world’s greatest scientists, generals, explorers, athletes, crooks, gamblers, and sociopaths. On Borrowed Time is an extraordinary memoir-the true story of an extraordinary life-by a man who “wanted to experience everything.”

Introducing Patricia (Pat) A. Floyd, Ph.D., author of The Big Red Clock

“The Outskirts Press book team were professional, friendly, knowledgeable, efficient and made my publishing experience a joy. They went out of their way to please and make my book successful. Thanks to all of you.”

Dr. Patricia (Pat) Floyd received her PhD from Florida State University. Retired after 45 years of teaching at all levels in public education, and as university professor of undergraduate and graduate students, she is the co-author of twelve college textbooks. Pat was born and reared in her beloved Luverne, Alabama, where she developed a deep love for her people. She is an avid international traveler, a Belted Galloway cattle rancher, a volunteer, actress, community activist, and the founder of “Voices of Luverne” and “Voices of Crenshaw County.” She loves working with people, helping students, and making a difference in the world.

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“The Big Red Clock” is the story of a big red clock on a tall red post that sits right in the center of Luverne, Alabama-known as the Friendliest City in the South! The Big Red Clock was proud to be the focal point of Friendly City. Everyone greeted him as they passed by and they were grateful to know the time of day. The Big Red Clock was a very happy clock…until one day when storms damaged his working parts. He ended up in a dusty, dark warehouse for many months before the city leaders sent him to be repaired at the Tick-Tock Bells and Clock Factory Hospital in Cincinnati. There, the Big Red Clock was reunited with his clock family…but he missed his friends in Friendly City. It took a long time for the Big Red Clock to recover, but finally he was rushed back to Friendly City. All the happy people gathered around as he was placed on his Big Red Post to tell all the Friendly people when it was time to go to work or school, when it was time to go to lunch, and when it was time to go home and have dinner with their families. Today, the cheerful, mighty sound of the Big Red Clock can be heard throughout the Friendliest City in the South. Tick-Tock, Tick-Tock, Boing, Ding-dong, Clang!