Introducing Onalee, author of Love & Kisses, Max

“The book has both a professional interior and exterior thanks to the combined expertise of the staff at Outskirts Press. People love the cover! The best compliment I have received to date was from a friend who is a librarian. She examined it and pronounced my book, “Very well done!” The book is just out, but I am already receiving extremely positive reviews from those who have read it. My hope was to explain the essence of war and show how it impacts families. It is the story of one little family’s attempt at normalcy in the midst of wartime separation, and it is history that personalizes the sacrifices our military families make to preserve and protect our freedom. I am getting great advice from the Outskirts Marketing Coach and am counting on him to coach me to a successful best seller! I feel that I won the lottery in the publishing world with Outskirts Press. You allowed me to exercise control over this rare and valuable historical collection while giving me valuable input on how to present it to the world. Thank you Outskirts Press!”

Onalee (Onee) is the eldest daughter of Max and Floris Guger and currently lives in Traverse City, Michigan where she was raised. She is the mother of a son and a daughter and grandmother to three girls. She put this historical collection together for all families who have experienced the essence of war.

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As the military waged war against enemy forces in 1944, strict rules of communication and secrecy were developed to keep strategic locations and battle information out of enemy hands. Letters home were censored, and diaries forbidden. Here for the first time a private and secret journal, kept by a sailor aboard the USS Yorktown, is revealed. Terse journal entries disclosing casualties and battles engaged in by “The Fighting Lady” are in striking contrast to the thoughtful and affectionate letters sent home to a beloved family. This is the story of one little family’s attempt at normalcy in the midst of separation caused by war. It illustrates the sacrifices our military families make to preserve and protect our freedom. Actual news reports of the time are a living lesson in history, while one sailor’s outlook on life aboard an aircraft carrier is both enlightening and amusing. A little girl, who misses her daddy because he now “lives at the war,” greets you throughout with a confused “Hello?” This is a unique perspective into war and a stark reminder of the way in which war impacts families.

Introducing William Horick, author of The Helpers

“I chose Outskirts Press over 2 rival companies, and I know I made the best choice. I could not explore all the options that were offered, but I am well-pleased with my book. In fact, I hope to return next year with my 2nd novel. I hope to go with the Diamond package for it. My special thanks to Michael for his help in the initial phase of the publication of my book. I have no complaints about the grand finale—me, almost 90 years old, becoming a published author.”

A native of Eastland Texas, William Horick has written numerous feature stories and articles. He holds degrees from Baylor University and Southern Methodist University. As a retiree, William resides in Temple Texas with his wife of 61 years, Patricia. He says his writing career began when he wrote letters to his great-grandmother in early childhood.

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Following their college enrollment at Baylor University, WW2 veterans, Homan Kandall and Brigdon Chonliff, become steadfast friends. After graduation, they follow their chosen careers to high plateaus of success, but on the lonely side of life. Chonliff finds his first true love at Baylor, but his sophomore sweetheart dies of viral pneumonia which sends him into a reclusive retreat. Later, Kandall’s wife is killed, 3 months pregnant. He renounces his career as a top Texas sportswriter, and like Chonliff, they have only the piccolos their women played in the Baylor University Band. The years spiral their loneliness until they encounter twin sisters who strongly resemble the Hollywood legend, Hedy Lamarr. That involvement leads to romance and also adventure that pits them against a Mexican drug baron.

Introducing Resty Farmer, author of A Teenager Called Nene San

“I was not happy with the publisher of my first Book. I decided to do an extensive search for a good publisher..and finally decided to send my manuscript to Outskirts Press. First time I submitted my manuscript, I was surprised and happy to received a very friendly e-mail from Brent Sampson, President/CEO, Outskirts Press, Inc. He stated that he was just checking to make sure everything was going smoothly…But if I had specific concerns, he would get involved. I was so impressed to received such friendly e-mail from the President of Outskirts Press. I am very proud to have Outskirts Press as my publisher! I want to thank all members of the Outskirts Publishing Team, the Production and Author Support departments. Everyone of them are so nice and friendly. Jamie,the Publishing Consultant, was there to answer my questions and made it easy for me through the entire process. Lisa, from the Manuscript Review Team, I thank her also for the excellent review of my book. Brie, my Author Representative–I am also very grateful for her suggestions and she guided me to make my book convince the reader to buy it. She was so nice and very friendly. I would like to extend my profound gratitude for the outstanding service to all the Publishing Team and Marketing Dept. As a published author of 2 books, if there are writers or authors out there searching for an excellent publisher, I highly recommend Outskirts Press as the best!”

Resty Vicencio Farmer is a retired nurse from Napa California. After the war, she returned to school in Manila and later went to work as a clerk typist at the Base Supply in Clark Field Air Force Base. After six months, Drake-Utah-Grove (D-U-G) inside Clark Field Air Base, hired Resty as the Company’s Librarian. It was there she met her WW II Veteran husband. Happily married, they later moved to the United States with their four daughters; one son was born in Napa, California.

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This is a true story of a teenager called Nene San by the Japanese during World War II in the Philippines. She was 15 years old, a student at St. Paul’s College Catholic School for Girls and living with her grandparents in Manila when the Japanese invaded the Philippines on December 10, 1941. Originally from Concepcion, Tarlac in the Philippines, she learned to speak the Japanese language, besides her own dialect (Pampango), Tagalog (the national language) and English. She witnessed the American flyer shot down by the Japanese during a dogfight and who was brought in front of their house. It took her 42 years searching for the family of the downed American flyer. As a teenager, she was pressed into service as an interpreter during the Japanese occupation. During liberation, she also interpreted for the American forces until the end of war. Nothing can be worse than war!

Introducing Martin D. Jessen, author of Marty’s Musings

“Great experience. I will use Outskirts press for the next book.”

Martin D. Jessen’s Marty’s Musings: Tales of the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, and New Jersey is a collection of 168 short stories written by 85-year-old Martin D. Jessen. A lifelong storyteller, Marty grew up poor (like most people) in the small town of Metuchen, New Jersey during the Great Depression. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve and served as a quartermaster aboard the destroyer escort USS ALBERT T. HARRIS (DE-447). Marty attended Rutgers University thanks to the G.I. Bill and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. With the outbreak of the Korean War, Ensign Jessen was called up by the Navy as a reservist in January 1951. He graduated from the United States Naval Salvage School, Bayonne, New Jersey, as a qualified diver to 150 feet. He then served as the diving and salvage officer aboard the rescue salvage ships the USS CONSERVER (ARS-39) and USS CURRENT (ARS-22). In civilian life, Marty owned and operated an excavating business, Arnolt Bros, Inc.; The Diligent Diggers of Dignified Dirt! He still works today as president of Victorian Office Rentals, Inc. and continues to write more Marty’s Musings!

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From the foreword by: James J. Florio, 49th Governor of New Jersey & Lieutenant Commander USNR (Retired): “Marty is a deep and thoughtful observer of the human condition…someone with an observant eye for detail, with perceptive insights into everyday actions and events that are at the same time commonsensical and profound. It is clear that service in the Navy was for him, as it was for me, a major life-shaping force. Marty’s insights into the virtues and follies of military life are delightful! The military bureaucratic foolishness that some of his tales highlight can be humorous or tragic, depending on the circumstances. Marty’s stories about his business career offer us a picture as to how traits we all purport to hold in high esteem are still valued. Common sense, plain direct speaking, honest bargaining—all flow as virtues embedded in the pages of this book. In an age of business speculations and clever sharpsters, this book should be required reading. This book represents his views and values which reflect our hope that Metuchen, New Jersey, and America, even while experiencing the inevitable changes that the future holds for us, remain committed to the fundamental principles that Marty has shared with us in this delightful read…”

Introducing David Tavernier, author of Stories of the Rich and Famous

“The entire Outskirts Team was very responsive and helpful.  As a first time author I can say their guidance and suggestions went a long way in taking the mystery out of the process.”

David M. Tavernier’s career has been in banking, but history has been his avocation since he was a student at Florida Atlantic University. He resides in Aiken, South Carolina, with his wife, Patrice, and their four dogs.

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Aiken was a small, relatively obscure southern town until the arrival of an aristocratic New Orleans family with strong societal ties. And it didn’t take long before there was a seasonal flood of winter visitors—with names like Hitchcock, Vanderbilt, Whitney, and Astor. This South Carolina town was drawing the country’s wealthiest and most powerful families, beginning in the 19th century and continuing on past World War II. Every fall they came by private railcar to play polo and golf, race thoroughbreds, and hunt fox. They held high tea, musicales, balls, and dinners, and every spring the “Winter Colony” migrated north again, leaving behind mansions and traditions that still resonate in Aiken 100 years later. Author David M. Tavernier has woven a fascinating collection of stories around the people and places of this era. Based on fact, fiction, and years of historical research, the stories of “the Newport of the South” are masterfully and vividly brought to life.