Introducing Constance Smith, author of Mid, A Girl In The Mountains

“This is my debut book. With patient guidance, my Author Representative opened my eyes to the exciting publishing world.”

Constance Smith, a registered nurse, tells her mother’s compelling story in “Mid, A Girl In The Mountains,” her debut book. Constance, born in West Virginia, lives with her husband on Lake Houston, Texas.

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Betrayed by her family, betrayed by love, and farmed out to relatives during the Great Depression, a young woman is determined to rise above. In 1931, spirited 17-year-old Mid Cover and her family are battling the hardships of the Great Depression. Set in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, Mid’s story begins in the great outdoors, with clear, cold streams, brilliant green vegetation, and fields and forests teeming with berries, nuts, greens, and roots to forage. Restless after a bitter-cold winter, Mid and her siblings tumble outdoors to greet the spring. But Mid’s sheltered childhood is soon shattered by scandal, and her Pop can’t cope: He splits up the five children, and Mid is sent to her uncle’ s farm in Greenbrier County. It is here at a country dance that she meets Pat, her first true love. Against the emotionally charged backdrop of World War II, Mid’s story takes the reader down a path of betrayal and heartbreak, loneliness and loss, as the resilient young woman seeks closure-and a second chance at happiness.

Introducing Donald F. Kilburg, Jr., author of Hitler’s Last Christmas: The Day the Entire Mighty 8th Air Force Entered the Battle of the Bulge

“The overall experience exceeded my expectations.”

Donald F. Kilburg, Jr. is a retired business executive whose interest in history has led him to research and write numerous published articles about events of World War II. He is a member of the 487th Bomb Group Association and serves on its Board. A charter member of the World War II Museum, he is also a member of the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force, the Eighth Air Force Historical Society, and the National Museum of the Air Force.

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Christmas Eve 1944 The Greatest Day in the History of Aerial Warfare. The events of World War II have been studied, analyzed and documented extensively. Yet, one of the greatest feats of aerial bombing warfare has been all but ignored. In Hitler’s Last Christmas, we revisit the Second World War and specifically Sunday, December 24, 1944-when the 8th Air Force launched the largest air armada in the history of warfare. It was a desperate effort by the Allies to support the troops hopelessly hunkered down in the frigid weather of the Battle of the Bulge. The eventual success of those beleaguered troops was to some great measure due to the success of that Christmas Eve air mission. The details of the 8th Air Force mission #760 were mis-filed shortly after the war and the magnitude of that day in December 1944 overlooked-until now. Hitler’s Last Christmas shares the accounts of the event both from the Air Force Archives and the memories of those brave flyers who participated in it.

Introducing Diane Dettmann, author of On Liberty’s Wings: A Post-WWII Novel

“Lisa stayed connected with me and followed up on questions I had. She was always positive and easy to work with.”

Diane Dettmann is the award-winning author of Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel and Yasu’s Quest: A Tale of Triumph. On Liberty’s Wing: A Post-WWII Novel is the third book in her World War II series. She is also the author of Twenty-Eight Snow Angels: A Widow’s Story of Love, Loss and Renewal, the co-author of Miriam Daughter of Finnish Immigrants and a contributing author for the national “Women’s Voices for Change” organization in New York City. BOOK EVENTS: Hudson House Hotel, 1616 Crest View Dr. Hudson, WI; 2018 Barnes & Noble, Jan. 21, 2:00 PM Har Mar Mall 2100 N. Snelling Roseville, MN

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The end of World War II signals a new beginning for America, but for twenty-two-year-old Yasu Nakahara and her family, harsh prejudices remain. Now married and leading a new life, Yasu faces barriers almost as unyielding as the years she and her family spent imprisoned in the Japanese internment camp in California during the war. Motivated by flashbacks of armed military guards and barbwire fences, Yasu strives to build a new life. She pours her heart and soul into her new teaching position while her husband Masato, a World War II veteran, faces his own battles of attaining an engineering degree and securing a job. On Liberty’s Wings: A Post-WWII Novel is a story of the strength of the human spirit and focuses on themes of forgiveness, choice, prejudice and change. Become immersed in Yasu’s evolution and her family’s recovery as they celebrate victories and grieve their losses.

“Many novels focus on the Japanese internment camp experience; but far fewer continue the story to document the ongoing challenges faced by the Japanese as they-and American society-recover in the aftermath of war. The different forms of prejudice that continue to complicate Yasu’s life, even for something as simple as a real estate transaction, are especially revealing and powerfully portrayed.
The story stands nicely alone as an individual piece, but when read in the wider context of Yasu’s life, it helps the reader form a bigger picture of the World War II experience. When taken as an integral part of Dettmann’s blossoming series, it is recommended for mature teens to adult readers seeking far more psychological depth and social inspection into this period of America’s history.” —Diane Donovan, Senior Editor Midwest Reviews.

“Courage is more than going through the trial; it is living through the aftermath. On Liberty’s Wings is a poignant, engrossing story of young Japanese Americans pursuing the American dream with grace and determination in the face of post-World War II prejudice. Beautifully written, a story that touches the hearts of readers.” -Narita Roady, Book Blogger and Writer.

“Diane weaves in the intensity of racial actions and words with a story that ‘Americanizes’ a small Japanese American family just trying to make it in post-World War II America. They face the additional challenge of experiencing the advantages and disadvantages of being a minority in our society. Dettmann captures the basic goodness in human nature, showing how many treated this family as if they weren’t different while including reminders that negative racial thoughts are as much a part of human nature as that goodness. As a third generation Japanese American born and raised in the Midwest, I believe that Diane writes with an awareness of what it’s like being racially different that is quite accurate.” –John Suzukida

Introducing Jerry Snodgrass, author of Man from the Sea

“Thanks again for your professional assistance. It is always a pleasure working with you. My sincere thank you for the editing of my manuscript. The program used was easy for me and I followed each and every one of the suggested editing comments. My advice to authors is that they are wasting their time and money if they do not have their manuscript edited!”

Jerry Snodgrass was born in Butler, Missouri, in 1938. He was raised and went to school in Indianola, Iowa. He entered the military after graduating from high school in 1957, and successfully fulfilled his dreams of serving in the military and federal service traveling to exotic locations for over fifty years. Jerry is a Vietnam Veteran and is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. His passion for romance during World War II inspired him to write his latest novel, Man from the Sea. He provides exciting reading with a fiction romance novel set in Le Havre, France. Jerry lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Rosemary and their little Yorkie, Stormy.

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Le Havre, France—WW II 1943: Galveston, Texas native, U.S. Navy Lieutenant Percy Ward meets French beauty 18-year-old Gabriella Roux in a city park while his Navy ship was in the Le Havre port to assist in repairing the port facilities and civilian houses destroyed during heavy bombing by Allied aircraft. The two strike up a conversation and decide to see each other when Percy’s ship returns to Le Havre. Percy is the commander of a joint commando team that fights the Germans along with a team of French Resistance fighters. A love affair develops between Percy and Gabriella that lasted for over 50 years. Between the war and long absences after the war, he searches and finds Gabriella, and their love affairs expanded. Eventually, illness and the death of Percy he asks a young former U.S. Marine and friend, Harley Masters to fly to Le Havre, France and search for his long-lost love. Follow the war years with Percy engaging in battles fighting alongside his French Resistance fighter friends and the search for Percy’s long lost love, Gabriella. During the search, Harley discovers that Percy has a hidden secret journal documenting hidden events during WW II and post-war adventures.

Introducing Resty Vicencio Farmer, author of A Teenager called Nene

“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 Catherine Harris, author of Finding Frances

“Very pleased. I can’t wait to see my book.”

Catherine Harris was born in 1943 during an air raid. Growing up in post-war London, the eldest of seven children, born to an English father and an Irish mother, she was always acutely aware of the sacrifices made by the brave young men of the Royal Air Force. Their bravery was something she carried with her throughout her life. Half a century after the armistice, Catherine met Frances who had kept all of Eric’s letters and she gave them to Catherine. The letters inspired her to write this book, “I couldn’t just put them in a box and forget them” she said. This book is a tribute to her uncle and is a particular chronicle of one young man at war and his unfailing love for a young woman. It is also a story of human hope and triumph over the everarching forces that shape our lives and dreams. Catherine lives in Tucson, Arizona where she volunteers her time to The Irish Heritage Foundation; the Celtic Academy of Tucson; The Maguire Academy of Irish Dance; The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival and the Doolen Fruitvale Neighborhood Association. More information on the author, including a radio interview at http://www.transatlanticmanagement.com

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Eric Hutchin was 17 when he joined the Royal Air Force to fight the Nazis in World War II. He trained as a fighter pilot at Falcon Field, a Hollywood-financed military base built in Mesa, in the Arizona desert, and there he fell in love with 17-year-old Frances Mackenzie. For the remainder of that savage war, Eric flew iconic Spitfires and Typhoons, protecting the shores of England, intercepting V-1 rockets, liberating Holland. And writing to Frances. Clever and poignant, his love letters, sketches and photos form the personal chronicle of one young flight lieutenant and his love for his special girl, but of course this is also a universal story — the coming-of-age tale of every young man who goes to war.

Introducing James A. Cutchin, author of Once A Hero: The Story of Private Wojtek Bear WWII Soldier

“I enjoyed working with Leona. She was supportive and very knowledgeable about the industry. I was lucky to have her in my corner although everyone I dealt with at Outskirts was professional and personable.”

James A. Cutchin grew up in a rural neighborhood in the Florida panhandle. He received his B.S. in social science from Florida State University and completed a hitch in the Army which included a tour of duty in Viet Nam. Upon his discharge from the Army James moved to Hawaii where he spent the next several years as a successful entrepreneur in the resort industry. After thirty-five years he has returned to the panhandle of Florida to retire and continue writing. James has traveled to more than 100 countries and combines his passion for writing, travel and love of history to bring stories to print that beg to be shared by a modern-day audience.


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When Private Wotjek joined the Allied fight during World War II, his comrades could not imagine the impact his presence would have in the war. However, soon after his arrival, they realized what a valuable asset Wotjek would prove to be. There was only one small problem: Wotjek was a bear. “Once A Hero” is a historical novel of a Syrian brown bear cub that was orphaned and later, through serendipity, landed in the hands of Polish soldiers escaping the Soviet gulags. The tale is not only endearing, but also based on true events. The bear in the story is today honored and celebrated in several countries for his heroic actions during World War II. The story profiles the bear from birth to adulthood. The journey of a band of Polish soldiers is interwoven in the plot as they travel from their homes in war torn Europe, escape from the Siberian gulags, and travel through the Middle East into Africa. Eventually the paths of the bear and the soldiers cross, and the ten-pound cub is adopted as the troops’ mascot. “Once A Hero” is rich in historically and culturally accurate detail. The characters are well-developed and endearing. Vignettes of colorful escapades are written in a delightfully humorous tone keeping the reader entertained though out.

Introducing Barbara Zavada, author of The Immigrant

“Bridget, my author representative instilled professionalism and confidence in my first attempt to publish. It was a learning experience to manage my book solely by the internet. Thanks Bridget for your patience.”

About Barbara Zavada. A unique story recounting the horrors of the author’s childhood in Germany during WW II. This account follows her new life in America as an accomplished artist, raising her family in Connecticut. The author now lives in the remote desert of Eastern Utah.


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This autobiography is the story of sheer survival in war torn Germany. Escaping the Eastern Zone, survival in the West before immigrating to the land of freedom, the USA. Joy and appreciation of the freedom of the new immigrant combined with selfless hard labor. Talents and gifts brought from the old world to contribute and enrich their adoptive land. Survival and adventure was to be the theme of my story, heritage for my descendants. More though this immigrant heritage was to enrich the United States of America. This story lay dormant for many years in a life of hard toil for every day living. Arriving on the American shores, little could I have foreseen a life so rich in experiences and colorful to unfold. Granted were freedom of choice for a satisfying career as an artist, raising a family, contributing to community and country. Many honors surprised me such as Marquis Who’s Who in American Women, Marquis Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who in American Art, International Woman of the Year and many more. The Immigrant is everyone’s heritage. May it be enjoyed. May it be thought provoking about everyones roots. May there be grace and thanks in a fulfilling life.

Introducing Barbara Zavada, author of The Immigrant

“Bridget, my author representative, instilled professionalism and confidence in my first attempt to publish. It was a learning experience to manage my book solely by the internet. Thanks Bridget for your patience.”

About Barbara Zavada. A unique story recounting the horrors of the author’s childhood in Germany during WW II. This account follows her new life in America as an accomplished artist, raising her family in Connecticut. The Author now lives in the remote desert of Eastern Utah.


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This autobiography is the story of sheer survival in war torn Germany. Escaping the Eastern Zone, survival in the West before immigrating to the land of freedom, the USA. Joy and appreciation of the freedom of the new immigrant combined with selfless hard labor. Talents and gifts brought from the old world to contribute and enrich their adoptive land. Survival and adventure was to be the theme of my story, heritage for my descendants. More though this immigrant heritage was to enrich the United States of America. This story lay dormant for many years in a life of hard toil for every day living. Arriving on the American shores, little could I have foreseen a life so rich in experiences and colorful to unfold. Granted were freedom of choice for a satisfying career as an artist, raising a family, contributing to community and country. Many honors surprised me such as Marquis Who’s Who in American Women, Marquis Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who in American Art, International Woman of the Year and many more. The Immigrant is everyone’s heritage. May it be enjoyed. May it be thought provoking about everyone’s roots. May there be grace and thanks in a fulfilling life.