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Finalist #4 for the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to T.C. Newman author of  Follow the Light: The Shroud’s Revelations, one of four finalists for the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award.

The four finalists are being introduced throughout the week on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the four finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Saturday, September 6.

The Monster MonroeAs a self-taught artist, T.C. Newman splits her passions between art and family. Her mother was an artist and her father a physicist, so she developed a strong knowledge of art as well as all things mysterious.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

The mysteries of the Shroud of Turin are not so difficult to understand; sometimes the hardest things to see are right there in plain sight.

This shocking and enthralling project catapults the reader to a greater understanding of the image formation process of the Shroud of Turin, the most misunderstood artifact known to mankind, yet one of the most rigorously investigated. This Journal is unlike any other publication written about the Shroud. The project details direct, personal, and original research that reveals a fresh new approach. This entertaining chronicle unravels the mysteries of the Shroud’s image, revealing riveting new evidence, which combines science and faith with new information never before realized. Follow the Light, is based on more than 30 years of artistic study, and perseverance, and reveals more scientific truth, than all the other theories and analyses up to date. This is a book that is good for all ages, believers, and non believers, Christian and Scientific alike. It details the project as the author, along with her eight-year old daughter, explore a fascinating journey, while developing a process of decoding the three-dimensional information within the image, resulting in sculptures demonstrating some startling conclusions.

Buy the paperback from Amazon for $13.33
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Buy the paperback from Outskirts Press for $13.46
Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $13.51
Buy the hardcover from Barnes & Noble for $21.95

Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best book they publish with their annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which must not only win an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association but must also be recognized as the best book among four finalists.

As one of four finalists, T.C. Newman and her book Follow the Light will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other three finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Saturday. T.C. has already demonstrated she has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by her EVVY Award win. Does she have the marketing prowess to make it as the Best Book of the Year author in this digital age? Stay tuned for information on the remaining finalists being announced this week, and then come back on Saturday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the four.

The author of the winning book will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2013 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of the book.

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Get started today.

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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Awards, EVVY Book Awards

 

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Finalist #3 for the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Lesha Acker, author of No Fear, one of four finalists for the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award.

The remaining three finalists will be introduced throughout the week on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the four finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Saturday, September 6.

No FearLesha Acker published her first book, Powdered Donuts on Monday, in 2010. She graduated from Texas Tech University, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in Early Childhood Education.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

One thing I know for sure, Daniel is my Greek god … How can one person create deep love, passion, and complete exhilaration from the pit of my soul but also resuscitate my existing darkness … At the peak of my desperation, which do I choose … succumb to my fears or conquer them?

Buy the paperback from Amazon for $4.53
Buy the Kindle edition from Amazon for $9.99
Buy the paperback from Outskirts Press for $14.36
Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $15.95

Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best book they publish with their annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which must not only win an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association but must also be recognized as the best book among four finalists.

As one of four finalists, Lesha Acker and her book No Fear will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other three finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Saturday. Lesha has already demonstrated she has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by her EVVY Award win. Does she have the marketing prowess to make it as the Best Book of the Year author in this digital age? Learn about the remaining three finalists being announced throughout the week, and then come back on Saturday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the four.

The author of the winning book will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2013 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of the book.

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Get started today.

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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Book Awards, EVVY Book Awards

 

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Finalist #2 for the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Richard Pires author of The Monster Monroe, one of four finalists for the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award.

The four finalists are being introduced throughout the week on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the four finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Saturday, September 6.

The Monster MonroeRichard Pires was born and raised in a small town in Northern California where there was little to do but use one’s imagination. He has been writing for ten years professionally, and The Monster Monroe is his first novel.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

Steven Fisher is about to be sent off to fight in World War II, but his patriotic zeal is tempered by a series of nightmares. He realizes that his psyche is trying to remind him of something—a promise he made to a deformed World War I veteran who saved his life years earlier. Steven looks back on his past, rediscovering his childhood and reflecting on the horrifying events that brought him face-to-face with pure evil in the summer of 1928 in his small town. As a 13-year-old, Steven is enamored by the local legend, The Monster Monroe, who lives alone in a big house and wears a mask to cover his hideously mangled face. Monroe works as a freak at a carnival in the city and drinks to escape the pain his life has become. He also documents his life in his memoirs—the mistakes he made and the love he lost—in an attempt to reconnect with his daughter, long absent from his life. And when a sadistic murderer begins to kill young boys, Monroe is the perfect scapegoat. THE MONSTER MONROE, a period drama, centers around one fateful summer of a young man’s life. It’s a powerful debut novel—a page-turner that packs a powerful emotional punch.

Buy the paperback from Amazon for $14.36
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Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $15.95
Buy the NOOK edition from Barnes & Noble for $3.99
Buy the Kindle edition from Amazon for $3.99

Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best book they publish with their annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which must not only win an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association but must also be recognized as the best book among four finalists.

As one of four finalists, Richard Pires and his book The Monster Monroe will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other three finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Saturday. Richard has already demonstrated he has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by his EVVY Award win. Does he have the marketing prowess to make it as the Best Book of the Year author in this digital age? Stay tuned for information on the remaining finalists being announced this week, and then come back on Saturday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the four.

The author of the winning book will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2013 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of the book.

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Get started today.

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Posted by on September 3, 2014 in Awards, EVVY Book Awards

 

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Finalist #1 for the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Lynda Stephenson author of The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club, one of four finalists for the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award.

The remaining three finalists will be introduced throughout the week on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the four finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2013 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Saturday, September 6.

The Southern Chapter Of The Big Girl Panties Club: A Frankilee Baxter StoryLynda Stephenson’s first novel, Dancing with Elvis, introduces the irreverent teenager, Frankilee Baxter, who is both charming and sharp-tongued. Published in 2005, fifty years after Brown vs. Board of Education, Dancing with Elvis was chosen by Book Sense for Teen Readers and was a finalist for the Oklahoma Center for the Book Award. It was named an International Reading Association Book Award Notable. In addition to other accolades, the book received the Delta Kappa Gamma Young Adult/Adult Award in 2007. Born and reared in the West Texas Panhandle, Stephenson attended Trinity University in San Antonio and then received her Master’s Degree and doctoral work in English from the University of Oklahoma. A former English professor at East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma, she is a prolific writer of poetry, essays, and short stories. She currently lives with her husband, Gene, in Edmond, Oklahoma.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

The year is 1958, and schools in the South are rebelling against the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown vs. Board of Education. In the beginning, Frankilee Baxter, a freshman at Athena College, is not concerned with racial issues. Instead, she is determined to improve her looks, pledge a sorority, find a steady boyfriend and make her name as a journalist at the college newspaper. Her plans are changed, however, when she befriends Eleanor Wilson, the only Negro student on campus. Eleanor is the daughter of a northern minister who is a prominent leader in the NAACP. When life becomes almost more painful and confusing than they can bear, Frankilee and her friends in the dormitory form The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club, and they invite Eleanor to join. The BGPC members stand together to protect Eleanor from acts of discrimination. The story also deals with the blossoming love of Frankilee for Trace Godwin, a popular star basketball player and the pledge trainer of his fraternity. When a boy in Trace’s fraternity is seriously injured during a campout, the narrative takes a dark turn of mystery and deceit. More complications arise when Frankilee spends Easter weekend with Trace’s wealthy, dysfunctional family. A quirky story of love, discrimination, forgiveness, and redemption, The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club follows Frankilee and her friends during their freshman year.

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Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $7.99
Buy the NOOK edition from Barnes & Noble for $10.99
Buy the Kindle ediion from Amazon for $6.99

Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best book they publish with their annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which must not only win an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association but must also be recognized as the best book among four finalists.

As one of four finalists, Lynda Stephenson and her book The Southern Chapter of the Big Girl Panties Club will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other three finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Saturday. Lynda has already demonstrated she has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by her EVVY Award win. Does she have the marketing prowess to make it as the Best Book of the Year author in this digital age? Stay tuned for information on the remaining finalists being announced this week, and then come back on Saturday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the four.

The author of the winning book will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2013 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of the book.

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Get started today.

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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Awards, EVVY Book Awards

 

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EVVY Awards Winners and Best Book of the Year Award Finalists Announced

The Annual CIPA EVVY Awards ceremony took place in Denver on August 23, 2014. These honors pave the road toward the 2013 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. The EVVY Awards are widely acclaimed for recognizing excellence in independently published books. Offered every year, these awards are sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association (CIPA), and judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in nineteen different categories. Outskirts Press was on hand to accept the awards on behalf of our winning authors. Congratulations to this year’s EVVY Award winners, shown below:

First Place

 

Fiction-Action & Adventure

Fiction-Historical

Fiction-Romance

Fiction & Spirituality

Second Place

 

Fiction-Action & Adventure

Philosophy

Third Place

 

Fiction-Action & Adventure

Juvenile Fiction

Merit (in alphabetical order)





An EVVY Award is a prerequisite to the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and the equally coveted $1,500 Grand Prize. The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award recognizes the best book published by Outskirts Press in 2013 as decided by our executives, our authors and the writing community.

Typically there are three finalists for the Best Book of the Year Award; however, this year we have made an exception to include all four of the first place EVVY Award winners in the Best Book of the Year Award contest. This week, we will be featuring each of the Best Book of the Year Award finalists on the Outskirts Press blog and voting will begin on Saturday, September 6th. You can learn more about each of the finalists through the links below and on the blog this week. Then be sure to visit the blog on Saturday to place your vote!

The Southern Chapter of The Big Girl Panties Club

The Monster Monroe

No Fear

Follow The Light

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“Thank you Outskirts for helping bring my book, The Road from Money, to life! Your help every step of the way has helped me accomplish the goal of having my first novel published. My plan is for this book to be the first of a three part series and I look forward to working you in the future. Thanks again.”

Sylvester Boyd Jr. is a native of Chicago, Illinois. At the age of fifteen, he and his family moved from Chicago’s south-side public housing projects to Allegan, Michigan where he later graduated in 1963 from Allegan High School. The Road from Money is his first novel and is based on the life of his Aunt Estella and stories told to him by family members over the years. He has woven both fact and fiction into a dynamic portrayal of historical events of the era including music, inventions and the journey of a young Negro girl and her family living under the trying times of Jim Crow in the South.

The Road from Money takes you on a journey to the small town of Money, Mississippi; just after the turn of the 20th century. It is the story of Estella Reynolds, a young Negro girl, growing up in America’s deep South. You follow her life as she faces racism, segregation, exploration, brutality and poverty. You watch as she finds the joy of family life, battles to get a good education, finds her first love and above all tries to figure out why things are the way they are. You enter a time after World War I and before the start of World War II. A time when automobiles were new and planes had just taken to the sky. The story is set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the Great Dust Bowl, a flood, Prohibition; and a time when Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt were President. The story also highlights the strengths of a people and many of America’s weaknesses.
- Sylvester Boyd, Jr., author of The Road From Money

 
 

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Finalist #3 for the 2012 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Basil Pallis, author of 46 Days In Ukraine, one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award.

The first two finalists were introduced over the last two days on this blog (finalist 1 and finalist 2). Public voting will determine which of the three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Friday, May 31.

Basil Pallis, born 1961 in West Milford, N.J., currently resides with his wife, Rita and their three children in nearby Vernon N.J. A graduate of Columbia University, he is in private practice as a general dentist since 1987.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

A real life story of an American couple returning to Ukraine in an attempt to finalize the adoption of three orphaned children. To do so, they must traverse a bizarre labyrinth of government bureaucracy, confront obstacles man made and otherwise and contend with the all peculiarities of living in a strange land. Served up as a travelogue, tragedy meets comedy in a head-on collision. A heartwarming tale, best enjoyed from the comfort and safety or your own couch.

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Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $10.95
Download the e-book from Outskirts Press for $5.00
Download the Amazon Kindle edition for $5.99

Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best book they publish with their annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which must not only win an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association but must also be recognized as the best book among three finalists.

As one of three finalists, Basil Pallis and his book 46 Days In Ukraine will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other two finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Friday. Basil has already demonstrated he has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by his EVVY Award win. Does he have the marketing prowess to make it as the Best Book of the Year author in this digital age? Stay tuned for information on the remaining two finalists, being announced tomorrow and the day after, and then come back on Friday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the three.

The author of the winner will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2012 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of the book.

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Get started today.

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Finalist #2 for the 2012 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Congratulations to Whitney LeBlanc, author of Blues In the Wind-ReVisited, one of three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award.

The first finalist was announced yesterday in this post and the last finalist will be introduced tomorrow on this blog. Public voting will determine which of the three finalists should be awarded the Outskirts Press 2012 Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Voting is open to everyone and begins on this blog on Friday, May 31.

Louisiana native Whitney J. LeBlanc has been a teacher, writer, producer, set designer and award winning theatre director. He holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts Production from the University of Iowa. He has spent more than half of his fifty-year professional career in Hollywood as a television director of “Sitcoms”, and daytime dramas like, “The Young and the Restless” and “Generations.” LeBlanc has four children and now lives in the Napa Valley with his physician wife. He writes novels and creates stained glass windows for churches.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOOK

Whitney J. LeBlanc has written the saga of a Creole family from Estilette Louisiana, against the backdrop of the birth of the blues. In the 1930’s Phillip Fergerson’s marriage to Martha, the beautiful Creole woman of his dreams turns into nightmares. Instead of becoming the doctor he promised to be, he becomes a high school teacher, and events of murder, lynching, voodoo and sexual abuse by a priest, set in motion the disintegration of the family. Martha’s brother, Lightfoot, performs blues music in the juke-joints as he witnesses the beginning of the blues as an art form. We follow the early blues legends from Robert Johnson, to Bessie Smith to Leadbelly to Lightinn’ Hopkins and BB King as they sing their way through the Delta. Martha, a proud and devoted Catholic, looks on in horror as one by one of her family falls under the influence of the devil’s gut-bucket music. With his marriage falling apart, Phillip finds himself in the arms of a woman from his past. Each of the four children go their separate ways and Martha blames it all of the influence of the sinful music. She takes her revenge. It is a story filled with love, lust, murder, voodoo and adventure.

Buy the paperback from Amazon for $17.54
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Buy the paperback from Barnes & Noble for $18.95
Download the e-book from Outskirts Press for $10.00
Download the Amazon Kindle edition for $7.15

Every year, Outskirts Press recognizes the best book they publish with their annual Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award, which must not only win an EVVY Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers Association but must also be recognized as the best book among three finalists.

As one of three finalists, Whitney LeBlanc and his book Blues In the Wind-ReVisited will be competing head-to-head-to-head with the other two finalists in a public poll on this blog starting on Friday. Whitney has already demonstrated he has the writing chops to win this prestigious award, as evidenced by his EVVY Award win. Does he have the marketing prowess to make it as the Best Book of the Year author in this digital age? Stay tuned for information on the remaining finalist, being announced tomorrow, and then come back on Friday to vote for the book you believe to be the best among the three.

The author of the winner will receive a $1,500 credit to his or her Publishing Center, courtesy of Outskirts Press, and an exclusive 2012 Best Book of the Year award seal to apply to the cover of the book.

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Get started today.

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