Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Elton Houck

Self-publishing authors are a unique and hearty bunch, pushing themselves to their limits to produce great works — with no guarantees. Outskirts Press author Elton Houck is one such writer. To date, he’s authored three books under the Outskirts Press name, and we’re looking forward to more from this talented author. This week we features Houck in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

Elton Houck — author, song writer and artist — unveils an action/adventure end-time series that is comedic, insightful, horrific, outlandish and sublime. Uniquely geared for our day and hour, as we witness Biblical prophetic adventures transpire in a world that seems to have gone completely mad. Elton lives just outside of Dallas, Texas, with his wife Sheila and their dog named Boo. Elton has BAAS and MLA degrees from Dallas Baptist University.

The Hand of God: Vol. 1 SeriesThe Hand of God: Vol. 1 Series

Devils and angels collide in the final days of history. The end is near as the battle to stay alive becomes a nerve rattling adventure at its peak of explosive excitement.

Have you ever fled for your life from hell spawns sent to destroy you, or had a mystical invisible figure eight brand appear on your wrist? Have you met with Satan and the Anti-Christ in the Peruvian cloud forest? Soon you will! Get ready for adventure leaving you astonished and amazed by the Hand of God.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 475 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 29, 2010)
ISBN10: 1432761919
ISBN13: 9781432761912
Genre: FICTION / Religious


Blood of the Moon: Vol. 2 SeriesBlood of the Moon: Vol. 2 Series

The saga continues in volume 2—BLOOD OF THE MOON. The man who would be king and rule the world–the Antichrist explodes onto the scene placing planet Earth in peril. The U.S.A. is under siege and on the verge of destruction! After nukes are detonated in the Brazilian rain forest and in Mexico, the plot becomes even more sinister when time is measured in the Biblical unit of–a time and a time and half time– and then the end! General George Scott Hammond under presidential mandate to secure the U.S. border with Mexico must fire nukes on unarmed civilians …Rodney and Oscar return from hell to taunt and tempt and reap havoc and mayhem with laughable but devilishly sinister schemes… The man of power brings the dead back to life, then proclaims himself god and savior–but is he from heaven’s shores, or the lower recesses of hell? The U.S. government is toppled by a military coup that could plunge the country into another bloody civil war. The Crew of 8 receives a fearful warning and must face a new threat–will God rain down fire and brimstone on degenerate America? Is it too late? Time is short–but is there enough time to repent and escape the wrath to come?

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 348 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 24, 2011)
ISBN10: 1432732625
ISBN13: 9781432732622
Genre: FICTION / Action & Adventure

The 6th Day: The Mud Walks and TalksThe 6th Day: The Mud Walks and Talks

Walking barefooted to within inches of a diamond-back rattlesnake, or running from rushing water in an underground tunnel…or fleeing from tornadoes by land and sea…nearly being crushed by a speeding locomotive…or perched precariously on the seaward side of a jetty as tumultuous waves cover everything…or seated near the clouds on a high voltage electrical tower—the author often felt the hand of Death on his shoulder, but dismissed his close calls with eternity, failing to acknowledge God’s compassionate care and love for even the foolhardy and flagrantly obtuse.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream, 325 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 28, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478701420
ISBN13: 9781478701422
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers

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The Deadline for the 2014 Readers Favorite Self-Publishing Book Awards is coming up!

If your book has a copyright of 2013 or 2014, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you don’t want to miss! Now that so many books are published each year, customers look for “award-winning” books to spend their hard-earned dollars on. The only way to have an award-winning book is to enter contests, and this is one of the most prestigious. Readers Favorite has now added a new Illustration Award as well!

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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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Christianity Karma and Reincarnation

by Micheal J. Andrisano, Sr.

Price: $31.95

Micheal J. Andrisano, Sr.’s “Christianity Karma and Reincarnation.” Many people in the world today are lost, going through their lives with no direction, enduring terrible pain, becoming increasingly hopeless and inflicting pain on others. Christianity Karma and Reincarnation is what you have been waiting for. It reveals why confusion exists in so many lives today. It tells you how to find your path more clearly back to God and explains why mankind needs to better understand his purpose here in this Garden, that is, Earth.

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Submissions Now Being Accepted by Outskirts Press for the 4th Annual Facebook Anthology


Outskirts Press is putting the call out to Facebook fans to contribute their short literary works for inclusion in Fandemonium Volume 4. The volume is expected to hit shelves by summer.

April 8, 2014 – Denver, CO – In what’s quickly become an anticipated annual tradition, Outskirts Press is once again reaching out to the online community for contributions to its annual Fandemonium anthology, slated for publication in early summer. The Denver-based self-publishing company is accepting submissions to Fandemonium Volume 4 now through April 30.

The annual Fandemonium compilation includes stories, poetry and other short-form literary works submitted by fans of the Outskirts Press Facebook page. For three years now, Fandemonium has brought Outskirts Press Facebook members together to experience the joy of publishing first-hand, while benefiting a great cause along the way. Proceeds from the sale of the 2014 Fandemonium collection will be donated to the American Red Cross on behalf of Outskirts Press and its Facebook fans.

Members of the Outskirts Press Facebook community can submit poetry, short stories, excerpts, recipes or anecdotes for free publication. Submissions can be fiction, non-fiction or poetry, and entries under 5,000 words will be considered first. Getting published in the Facebook Fandemonium is simple:

  • Create a “Status Update” on Facebook.
  • Tag the Outskirts Press Facebook Page in the update (Type @Outskirts somewhere in the body of the message – the Outskirts Press page should pop up in a drop down message. Then select it).
  • Set the update as “Public” and click “Post.”
  • Submit the entry before April 30, and enlist friends to “like” it on Facebook.

Submissions with the highest number of likes will be considered for inclusion in Fandemonium Volume 4. The result of this unique crowdsourcing effort is a collection of superior writing from the Outskirts Press Facebook community, the profits of which provide much-needed funding to a worthy cause.

“We received such an overwhelming response with our first three Fandemonium volumes,” said Outskirts Press Executive Vice President Kelly Schuknecht. “Not only did we get many, many enthusiastic responses – and a lot of positive feedback about Fandemonium – but we received a great deal of extremely high quality material. But then, we expect nothing less from our talented writers.”

For more information on how to submit work for Fandemonium Volume 4, visit:

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press offers high-quality, full-service self-publishing and book marketing services for writers and professionals who are seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining 100% of their rights, 100% of their profits, and 100% of the creative control.


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Save an additional $100 on the Elite E-book Package!

Do you want to save some green while going green? Add your self-published book to the three most popular e-book platforms (Kindle, Nook, & iPad) and save $100 on top of the 25% off you already receive for bundling these options with the Outskirts Press Elite E-Book Package. It’s the fastest, easiest way to increase distribution of your self-published book with very little impact on the environment and your wallet.

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Fiend by Toletha J. Dixon Virtual Book Tour

As an author in this economy, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Toletha J. Dixon, who is taking her latest book, Fiend, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.

Luckily for us, J.C. was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Fiend.

Fiend book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about Fiend. What is it about?

TJD: 9 year old Jacob Setherman has been tortured and beatened by an unstrange presence every night during the past year. Neither his mother nor stepfather, Angela Setherman and Keith Adams, can help him. Jacob is faced to defend himself alone as this Fiend becomes more and more hateful and terrorizing.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

TJD: From the beginning of time, mankind has acknowledged the presence of good and evil. Regardless of religion, most faiths throughout the ages and throughout the world have stood by the belief of forces of good and evil that is beyond the dimension of the average human being. For the average person who stands on these beliefs, it is more comfortable and more delightful to focus on an all loving God or Deity than to acknowledge and face the other part of their belief; that there is an enemy, who is not only an enemy of God, but an enemy against God’s creation.

Throughout the bible and other sacred and religious texts, we see stories and examples of angels doing God’s bidding on earth, but we also see Satan, or the Devil and his cohorts causing mayhem and destruction in the lives of mankind.

If we are to use the bible as a point of reference, we can take a close look at the story of the very first murder. Two brothers by the name of Cain and Abel brought sacrifices to God. For what reason, the bible doesn’t make clear, God did not “respect Cain nor his offering”, but respected his brother Abel and Abel’s offering to God. Cain was angry because of this. Genesis 4:6-7 says, “God spoke to Cain: “Why this tantrum? Why the sulking? If you do well, won’t you be accepted?” And then God speaks a profound revelation to Cain. “And if you don’t do well, sin is lying in wait for you, ready to pounce; it’s out to get you, you’ve got to master it.”

Before the very first murder in history, God warns Cain, that this doesn’t have to be so. Cain had the opportunity to “master” his anger and rage, in other words resist and reject it. And God also tells Cain that sin (evil) is lying as if a lion, ready to pounce on him. What important lesson do we learn from this? The lesson is that there are “doors”. Doors that we have the power to open and doors that we have the power to close.

Many people are going through things years after they have opened certain doors in their lives to certain things. Why do they struggle with pornography? Why are they sexually promiscuous? Why do they abuse their husband, wife or children? Why are they so angry?

Somewhere and at sometime, just like Cain, evil was “lying in wait” for us. Ready to enter into our homes, our marriages, our family, our minds, our health and even our churches. Yes, our churches. We fail to realize that once Satan and his angels resided in heaven and therefore can deceive men and women as being “angels of light”.

Discernment of what is really good and what is really evil is what men and women need. We’ve seen through history how men and women were deceived by others who have played the role of being of the “light”, but were actually evil. One of the greatest examples of this is the Jonestown mass suicide of 1978, lead by the cult leader Jim Jones.

If we do not stand sure of who we are as Christians and know truth for ourselves, even things that are meant to positive or for our good can be perverted and twisted and can be  destructive to our lives.

This short story will focus on the simple fact that if we are not careful to keep our lives, families and homes blessed and covered from evil, we will allow all kinds of demonic influences in our lives.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

TJD: Religious and paranormal interest; focuses on the effects of allowing immorality into your life, cautiously or incautious. However, those interested in mysteries and thrillers would highly appreciate it also.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

TJD: Instead of being something that just makes you hide in the blankets at night, this short novel gives you insight on morality. So you’re learning the effects of inappropriate behavior, spiritually, and also allow you to become more aware of whom you surround yourself with.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

TJD: I have also published “Darkened in Mississippi” which is a short play, and “Lorella’s Saga”, a short story. I want to focus on actually writing a novel, so that’s what I’m currently preparing for.

OP: Thanks for your time, Toletha! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

Fiend Author Toletha J. DixonABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Toletha Dixon was born March 22, 1982 in Norfolk, Virginia. Toletha joined the US Air Force at the age of 19. Being brought up in a Christian based home, Toletha studied both the Bible and that of the paranormal, relating the two in the range of normal and supernatural experience.



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Amazon Featured Book-of-the-Week

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Turbulent Waters

by Peter Duysings

(4.5 Stars – 5 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

Peter Duysings’s “Turbulent Waters.” The supply ship carried a small cache of firearms for security reasons, but would the armament in the hands of just a few crewmembers be adequate to fight off the marauders – modern-day Arab pirates? Survival became the overwhelming instinct as they resolved to go down fighting rather than capitulate.

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