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Author Poll: Larry W. Wessels Wants Your Help With His Cover

Larry W. Wessels is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

Aerial, the fastest Blue Jay. What stops him?

Aerial, a Blue Jay that is slow to learn to fly but becomes the fastest Blue Jay in the region. Tries to see just how high he can fly, but gets lost as a result!  That is where the real adventure begins.  Tired and hungry, he almost becomes dog food!  He gets pawed by a cat, caught by a little fat lady, imprisoned in a box, he remembers home and the mischief he did. He loved his family – will he ever see them again?  Then his escape and life springs eternal.   He meets the most beautiful Blue Jay he has ever seen and his heart is opened.  He makes a new home, has a new life but is haunted by his past.  Will he ever be able to connect his new life to the old?

Author Bio

Larry W. Wessels, retired Air Force pilot and middle school teacher, loves flying, loves teaching, loves wild life and loves writing about it. Air Force assignments included flying in Asia and in Europe and taking it all in. Teaching in Illinois middle school made him aware of students reading likes and dislikes.

Please take a look at the two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Larry.

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Posted by on January 27, 2016 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized

 

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Author Poll: Robert Weaver Wants Your Help With His Cover

Robert Weaver is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

Star grew up in a small country town in rural America. There were no tall buildings or crowded streets and very little to do other than hang out with friends. Occasionally, some aspiring business owner would put an arcade game room in the city part of the town and that would instantly become the local attraction and hang out for many kids and teenagers. But not Star, the kid with the unusual name had little ambition to do no more than stay home and let his mother take care of him. His interests was playing basketball and football…at home. But something happened to this “mama’s boy” that turned his world around. High School. Yes, even a kid with little desire to do anything except stay home has to attend high school!

Author Bio

Robert Weaver grew up in a family of six. When he was five, his father passed away leaving him and his other five siblings to grow up without a father. He was the fifth oldest in his family but became the first to graduate from college. While in college, he also became the first in his family to join the military (Army National Guards) where he became an officer by graduating from the Reserve Officer Training Course in college. After college he spent 25 plus years in retail sales. During that time, he also obtained an MBA in Business Administration.

Please take a look at the two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Robert.

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Posted by on December 31, 2015 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized

 

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Author Poll: George Thomson Wants Your Help With His Cover

George Thomson is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

Can An Honest Man Be Elected President?

I didn’t give the protagonist of The Candidate a face. I didn’t give him a body or a race either. That was not an oversight. I am confident you will do that for me. I did give him a voice and when you hear that voice you will assign him whatever characteristics seem appropriate to you. Listen to that voice. If you don’t know what Norman Telos has to say about life in America then you don’t know where you live. Does a fish know he is swimming in water? Does he know his pond, lake, river, ocean? After a series of wars, recessions and global warming we are wondering where we are and where we are going. There is a fear that rich powerful men have an agenda for America. The Carlisle Group did write a plan for the new American Century. They believe that war is good for our economy and our souls. War is of course older than the Carlisle Group. Eisenhower warned us of the Military Industrial Complex. Remember that a demand for more bombs requires that they be exploded.

Mr. Telos also speaks of important economic realities for a democratic capitalist society. He reminds us of an unshakable truth that Karl Marx gave us. “Capitalist societies require a reserve army of the unemployed to keep wages down.” So we keep a pool of unemployed and poorly employed in poverty.

This book is written for people who can think and want to think. It is not the Sermon on the Mount or holy writ, but a spark to your own thinking.

Author Bio

Dan Thomson’s father became an Air Force officer when Dan was two years old so he grew up on military bases and civilian quarters in Illinois, California, Japan, Idaho, Canada, New York and Texas.  When he came of age he earned a BA and MA in Anthropology.  Then he earned a JD in Law and practiced for less than a year before he found honest work.  During his early years and in school and grad school Dan supported himself and raised three sons by working in factories.  When he had time he wrote.  This book is the first effort complete enough for publication.  There will likely be others.

Please take a look at the two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for George.

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Posted by on December 30, 2015 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized

 

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Author Poll: Linda Faye Robin Wants Your Help With Her Cover

Linda Faye Robin is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding her book cover.

Book Summary

Linda had what seemed to be a charmed life—two loving parents, a lucrative career, two beautiful homes, a substantial bank account, a supportive extended family, and a stellar reputation. In a single day, everything in Linda’s life would change when her father died unexpectedly…leaving behind Linda’s vulnerable mother, who had Alzheimer’s disease. Linda was already engaged in an ongoing struggle with a younger brother with schizoaffective disorder, and suddenly she also became the caretaker of another brother who had Asperger’s syndrome. Linda had been trained by the best for physical conflict: she went through her paces with the US Air Force, the US Bureau of Prisons, and the Miami-Dade Police Department. She was a respected and accomplished police officer, but now she found herself facing a foe that was both invisible and seemingly impossible to conquer. Overwhelmed by the difficulties of finding herself the caretaker for her mother, her brother, and her newly adopted son, Linda fell back on the greatest gift from her parents: her faith in God, the greatest ally against any foe, and a source of strength and comfort. The Hidden Storm is the surreal story of Linda’s fight with her loved ones against mental illness and dementia…and how her advocacy and care was complicated by secrets, lies, and the confusion that accompanies Alzheimer’s disease. Linda learned the grace of surrendering to the struggle, and her compelling, inspiring story is a remarkable resource for anyone who is facing similar challenges.

Author Bio

Linda Faye Robin is a graduate of St. Thomas University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership. She is a lifetime member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Catholic Scholastic Honor Society, and a devoted member of Boca Glades Baptist Church. Linda lives with her very supportive husband and the youngest two of their four children in Pompano Beach, Florida. Her eldest son attends The Art Institute of Tampa, and her eldest daughter (featured on the cover) is currently pursuing a career in entertainment in Orlando, Florida.

Please take a look at the two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Linda.

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Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized

 

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Author Poll: Juanita Gutierrez Wants Your Help With Her Cover

Juanita Gutierrez is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding her book cover.

Book Summary

This primer covers the basic requirement of the Tagalog language you need to know. From the alphabet, it’s pronunciation, ways of saying each word, conversational statements you need to get acquainted to, and bits of history.

This book guides you on how each letter is said as the native speakers say it. And how a similar word refers to two different meanings, when to say and how to say them.

Delve into the book the easy way. When you want to swim you get into the water. And practice often .When  you want to learn a language , say it over and over again. Practice makes perfect. This book will teach you how on day one.

“Maganda ka”—-you’re beautiful !

“Guapo ka “——you’re handsome !

“Salamat po”—–thank you very much !  (with utmost respect ) “Walang anuman”—-you’re welcome !

Knowing these words and saying them often will endear you to the Tagalog speakers.

Having this primer in your library on hand will help you speak Tagalog in ways you cannot imagine. Your dream of a lifetime is now in your fingertips.

http://stjoan-center.com/

About the Author

Juanita Gutierrez graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in English and a minor in Tagalog Pilipino from the University of the East, Manila, Philippines . She also holds a Master of Science in Education degree  with specialization in Reading  Literacy at Fordham University in New York City, New York, USA. Miss Gutierrez had taught for thirty-three years as a school paper adviser and in  High School English and Tagalog Pilipino Journalism that has won for its students and newspaper local and national awards. She has received Outstanding teaching performance consistently and was elected as president of the teachers association. In the New York City Schools Archdiocese of New York, Miss Gutierrez won a grant for her students effectiveness. At the New York City Public Schools, Miss Gutierrez has received the Dorothy Stout Award as a Science teacher for her students learning enhancement. Juanita was called Sister Juanita as a religious novice at a monastery in Virginia for three years and three months. serving as Officiant or song leader, Scripture Reader, assistant Food Dispenser, gardener, Altar Bread sorter, dishwasher , and monastery household cleaner. After which, she became the primary caregiver of her I’ll mother. Miss Gutierrez enjoys writing, reading, gardening, piano playing, going to church, and traveling. She has gone to different states here in America, Canada, Great Britain- London, Switzerland . Germany, Belgium ,  The Netherlands , Paris and Lourdes in France,, Fatima, Portugal, Rome Italy, and Madrid, Spain.

Please take a look at the two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Juanita.

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Posted by on September 21, 2015 in Survey Poll

 

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Author Poll: Writer Mike MacCarthy Wants Your Help With His Cover

Mike MacCarthy is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his book cover.

Book Summary

The year is 1429 and the English have been attempting to annex France since long before Joan can remember, and since 1419 trying to illegitimize its crown prince (the Dauphin). Joan, 17 years old and a pious young woman, runs away from home in order to attempt an impossible mission from God—have herself appointed as a French field general and lead her country to victory over the English. She knows she’s small in stature, of low birth, illiterate, and has no knowledge of war or politics. Nonetheless, like her hero, the Blessed Virgin Mary, she says “yes” to God and, determined to succeed, sets off to prevent a major English victory at Orléans.

Like Michael and Jeff Shaara’s historical fiction models, this book chronicles Joan’s every perilous step from the harsh road away from her parent’s farm to the Dauphin’s heavy-handed investigation to determine if she’s a witch or virgin. It also portrays the indignity she suffers at the royal court as well as the anger and hysteria among veteran French generals with the announcement of her elevation to knighthood. Then, at its heart, Maiden General takes readers through the week long Battle of Orléans—Joan’s failures, her wounds, her indomitable courage, and finally her impossible and miraculous victory.

“Once I finished reading the first chapter of Maiden General, I was hooked.  Even though I have read many history books and novels about my dear friend Saint Joan, nonetheless I eagerly devoured each word of Mike MacCarthy’s book. It so meticulously relates Joan’s amazing and astonishing life. I was overwhelmed by the depth of its research about what was going on in France during the early months of 1429 and especially within the court of the would-be king, Charles VII. Much of that information, I did not know.

“This is an inspired and imaginative re-telling of the life of one of the world’s most astonishing and unique saints—Joan of Arc. I hope and pray that many people from all over the world, young and old alike, will read this delightful book, thus bringing thousands to the ever-growing family of people who fully embrace the idea that all of us—even an uneducated teenager—can accomplish great things as long as we have real faith.”

―Virginia Frohlick, founder and President of the Saint Joan of Arc Center, Albuquerque, NM.

http://stjoan-center.com/

About the Author

In 1990, Mike MacCarthy co-founded San Diego Writers Monthly, which led to his collaboration on 11 published books.  He fell in love with Joan of Arc in the hospital at age nine and has since spent so much time reading, writing, and speaking about her that his wife of 34 years lovingly calls Joan “the other woman” in his life.

Please take a look at the two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Mike.

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Posted by on September 16, 2015 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized

 

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Author Poll: Writer Michael Steven Tunstall Wants Your Help With His Cover

Michael Steven Tunstall is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

Book Summary

The world around us is joyful, mysterious, colorful, sometimes sorrowful…but always rich with experiences, meaning, and connections. In our fast-paced lives, poetry is a way to distill the world into flashes of light, rainbows of song, bubbles of laughter. The Lord Is Pleased When the Angels Sing is a delightful collection of verses with deep reflections, funny adventures, and a keen sense of observation. With topics ranging from our relationship with God to the pleasure of listening to falling rain, there’s a window into a world of wonder for every reader in these poems from the heart.

About the Author

Michael Steven Tunstall was born in 1947. He currently lives in Summerlin, a small town near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Michael.

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Posted by on September 14, 2015 in Survey Poll, Uncategorized

 

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