Introducing Margaret Watkins, author of Trans-Planted: a series of short stories

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Margaret Watkins is a transplanted Southerner. By that she means a sweet southern belle who has maintained her roots firmly planted in Mississippi red clay while losing her heart to the sagebrush plains of Idaho.

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Margaret Watkins grew up on a small cotton farm in far northeast Mississippi. When she and her husband moved to a dilapidated ranch in the Sawtooth Mountains of central Idaho, the transition from belle to cowgirl had many bumps along the way. There is humor and tragedy, drama and hubris in these pages. Adaptation! That is the way to flourish after being transplanted.

Introducing L.B. Johnson, author of Saving Grace: A Story of Adoption

“I published my first two books with Outskirts Press. Although I had an overall great experience, an author friend talked me into trying her publishing service for Book 3, and then on my 4th book, an anthology with other authors, we used another publisher. I have to say after using several methods of publishing that Outskirts Press was the easiest and cost-effective publisher to use with a patient and informative staff that was always there for me. Although all four of my books were best sellers, the two Outskirts Press books went to #1 on Amazon for many many weeks — thanks to your marketing assistance included in my package as well as some of the affordable options for further marketing. My first book The Book of Barkley is still in the top 20 in genre at Amazon almost FOUR years after publication. I just started my fifth book and when I’m done I will be contacting you again. I would not use another publisher.”

L.B. Johnson is the Author of the Amazon #1 Best Seller “The Book of Barkley – Love and Life Through the Eyes of a Labrador Retriever.” She lives in Chicago with her husband and a Lab Retriever rescue.

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A Memoir of Family, Redemption and Hope. It started with a piece of paper — a birth certificate, sent to the author’s parents long after her birth. There is much history in that piece of paper. For she was born to an unwed mother in the generation prior to Roe v. Wade, on a warm day in August — a small, painful beginning in which she had been an unwilling participant, yet one that would shape her destiny. She is adopted into a loving home with another child that would become her beloved brother. She finds herself pregnant; she’s a teen and a college student, abandoned at the news. The options are obvious, but there is only one decision she could make: to give her child up to a family praying for one, and walking away. Saving Grace is more than a story of adoption. It’s a deep look into family — at hope and faith and why we end our days surrounded by souls that may not bear our name or share our blood, but who are our true family.

Introducing G. Jean Fleming, author of It Was All About Love

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The account of Ms. Fleming’s life played out will leave you laughing and crying but, never a doubt that she lived life to its fullest extent. This book is about love. Love of a family, love of children, love of work and a woman that spent her life doing what she loved, writing. From eight to eighty she wrote about her family and the people she loved. She is still going strong. You will want a copy to share with your own family.

Introducing Charles Cranston Jett, author of Bess: A Pioneer Woman’s Journey of Courage, Grit and Love

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Charles Cranston Jett is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and the Harvard Graduate School of Business. He served in the US Naval Nuclear Submarine Force and has thirty years’ experience in the management consulting and executive recruiting world. A native of the Western Dakotas, Mr. Jett is also the author of WANTED: Eight Critical Skills You Need To Succeed; The Doom Loop; Field Studies; and Super Nuke! A Memoir About Life as a Nuclear Submariner and the Contributions of a “Super Nuke” the USS RAY (SSN653) Toward Winning the Cold War.

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Bess Parker is only 21 years old when she sets out by herself in 1908, leaving the safety of her childhood home for southwestern North Dakota to establish a homestead. And it takes all the strength she can muster to succeed-facing the perils of the vast prairie, making her homestead productive, conquering the dangers of the frontier, flirting with romance, struggling with the emotional needs of her heart and body, and meeting the challenges of life on the prairie. But this unique young woman has a steely determination, and her story is the epitome of courage and grit in a difficult and sometimes cruel time in the history of the west.

Introducing Joann Grantling Braswell, author of Generations of Fadeless Memories

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Joann Grantling Braswell is a retired educator whose dedicated career was recognized with two Educator of the Year awards. She was also nominated twice for the McKibben Lane Award, and appeared multiple times in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. Her poem “When I Look in the Mirror” appeared in the county’s Handbook for Middle School Parents.

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As Times Change, Women’s Courage Stays the Same. Three generations of mothers and daughters come vividly to life in this extraordinary family memoir, which captures and explores the experiences of women who stood up bravely to the sometimes nearly intolerable tragedies…and who survived to give life to the women after them. You might think that life in the early 1900s was very different from life today, but as you read, you’ll see that hope and heartache, duty and desire, courage and compassion have stayed the same over the past century, though the era in which events occur dictates the protocol for expressing these common experiences. You’ll meet Cora, who carried an intolerable secret; Ethel, whose marriage fell apart in ways she could not have imagined; Joann, whose lifelong fear was mirrored in the terrible experience she had to face. Visceral, unforgettable, and deeply important, Generations of Fadeless Memories bears witness not only to the extraordinary women of one family, but to the forces of social, racial, and gender equality in the 20th century.

Introducing Nora Beason, author of Windflowers

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Nora Beason lives on 36 beautiful acres outside of Harrisonville, Missouri with her husband Don, her grandson Egan, and her Jack Russell, Buddy. Nora has always enjoyed writing poems and short stories, and in August 2013, decided to write her first novel, with the encouragement of her family and her faith in the Lord.

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Lily, Daisy, and Rose Wind were well mannered, well educated young ladies in 1874. Lily was 14, Daisy was 12, and the curly little redhead Rose, was 10. Suddenly their world came to an end when their parents died from a small pox epidemic. Daisy and Rose were put on an orphan train heading west. During the confusion at the crowded train station, Willy the Kid and Daisy had to crawl out of a tiny window to escape the law, and the train left without Daisy. Rose was alone on a train of unfamiliar faces. For seven years Daisy prayed that she would find her sisters again. Her whole world existed around 4 little cabins surrounded by mountains in the middle of nowhere in a deserted outlaw town called Hideaway, New Mexico. Willy taught Daisy to shoot and ride and Daisy taught the children and families in Hideaway about the Lord. She became the school teacher and the Bible preacher, and learned to love and respect her new families. At the age of nineteen, Daisy Wind knew she had to leave Hideaway, and take the long rough wagon ride to Silver City, New Mexico in search of Luke and Willy. She was in love with Luke, and his blue eyes, so she left her safe haven in Hideaway, and followed her heart to Silver City. She thought the Lord had sent her to this gambling town in search of Luke, but she discovered the real reason why the Lord sent her there, and her life would never be the same again. Through sickness and through health, Daisy followed her heart.

Introducing Paulette Wilkes-Bass, author of Inconceivable Trials

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Paulette Wilkes-Bass currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri with her family. Paulette is currently working full time and attending college part time. In her free time she enjoys going to church, traveling and looking for her happy place. Also, she looks forward to new endeavors.

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A knife broken in her heart! Paula was misunderstood by those she encountered. She had challenges on every walk of her life including: her own fight within, death, and her family’s rejection. The tears in her eyes kept coming, but Paula held on to her beliefs and values. She did not believe life had anything else to offer, yet she prayed for a breakthrough.