Introducing Self-Publishing Author T.K. Kohl’s Book Video Trailer for “Quest of the Staff and the Sword IV”

Quest of the Staff and the Sword IV
Codex Nexus
by T.K. Kohl

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Quest of the Staff and the Sword IV (published by Outskirts Press, June 2022), by T.K. Kohl.

The torch has been passed…

In the captivating fourth installment of the epic adventure of the Quest of the Staff and the Sword saga, the “hooded man” and his wife, Elizabeth, are tucked away in Luke’s dungeon. With the help of a forgotten ally, Luke is guided back through time to a place called Halcyon, where he is certain he will fortify his hold as king of the world. Before he leaves, Luke attempts to tear apart John and Elizabeth by introducing a new woman into John’s cell. Elizabeth has to push aside her increasing feelings of jealousy to step onto the Quest of the Staff and the Sword. John’s role in the Quest is to gather eight individuals, known simply as The Eight, including Elizabeth and the new woman, Jena. Now Elizabeth, John, and Jena must find a way out of the dungeon to search for a series of codices that form the Codex Nexus. Their Quest takes them into harrowing tombs and ancient ruins around the world, all while deciphering clues and fighting against Luke’s tyranny. This exhilarating, character-driven adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat!

T.K. Kohl

T.K. Kohl has a bachelor’s degree from Logos Christian College. Much of his life has been spent working in the technical field and customer service. He is the proud father of two adult sons, whom he considers his greatest accomplishments. In his spare time, he enjoys bringing the world of his imagination to life through fiction.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Marita Ludvigsen’s Book Video Trailer for “Eastern European Eats”

Eastern European Eats
Regional Dishes from Poland and Czech Republic
by Marita Ludvigsen

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Eastern European Eats (published by Outskirts Press, July 2022), by Marita Ludvigsen.

Good food should be easy. These Eastern European influence recipes are fun and delicious.

My grandparents grew up in Eastern Europe. When they made the arduous journey to America, they brought their European culture, traditions and recipes with them. This book blends my own second generation American food traditions with the strong influence of my heritage. Many of the recipes are taken from my mother’s handwritten note cards still stained with the ingredients from making the dishes. You can almost smell the delicious mouthwatering foods just by reading the recipes. My hope is that you enjoy making these delectable dishes as much as I have enjoyed sharing the recipes with you!

Marita Ludvigsen

Marita Ludvigsen

I started my cooking journey in childhood with an interest in creating amazing tasting foods. My mom always seemed to have some tantalizing aroma coming from the kitchen when I came home from school. She would encourage me to help her especially when she was baking which was my favorite experience. I continued to perfect my skills by cooking for my family of three children. Creating something delicious to be enjoyed by others you care about is a gift from the heart, a warm hug out of the oven! I currently live in Colorado with my husband Rich happily cooking and sharing the joy of food.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is The Sting of the Love Bee by Dennis Boisvert

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The Sting of the Love Bee

by Dennis Boisvert

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Facing a lawsuit against their father’s marina, Danny and Michael Peters are looking for legal papers when Michael discovers a gun, along with news clippings of the shooting of Rochelle Bea, Danny’s girlfriend from ten years ago. The gun is owned by their older brother Norman, and Michael and Danny agree to get rid of it. With buried treasure, a little mystery, a woman who believes the troublesome gun has magical powers, and a kiss that stings Danny’s heart, Dennis Boisvert’s The Sting of the Love Bee is a play that will keep readers on the edge of their seat.
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It’s National Book Lovers Day! How Will YOU Celebrate?

National Book Lovers Day!

Now, here’s a holiday we can all get into: National Book Lovers Day (NBLD)!

Occurring annually (usually on August 9), this is a day just for you and your fellow bibliophiles to sink into the bath with a glass of vino and a juicy read and guiltlessly indulge your inner bookworm. As if you needed a reason . . .

As writers and authors, you’re the driving force behind national days like today. So, aside from page-flipping, how else can you mark the occasion? Here are three ways to celebrate National Book Lovers Day today with other readers, including your own:

  1. Give the gift of reading. Host a book giveaway on social media. Give your network of friends a chance to win an autographed hardcopy of your book or copies of your favorite reads. Consider giving copies to the first people to like, share, or retweet your contest post, or perhaps a gift basket with your book, a mug, hot cocoa, and other knickknacks to the person who tags the most friends in the Comments Section. Oh, and remember to use hashtags such as #NationalBookLoversDay or #NBLD in all related posts.
  2. Feed the reading bug. Encourage reading through philanthropy. Drop in on your local libraries and schools to donate books in honor of the occasion. Other great places to donate include nursing homes, veterans’ organizations, hospitals, and shelters.
  3. Stick your nose in a book. Relaxing with a guilty pleasure is always an option. In fact, the best writers are those who are also avid readers. So go ahead and proudly tuck into a steamy novel or a fast-paced mystery—it all counts. Consider it “personal development.”

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Peggy Jo Henry’s Book Video Trailer for “Curious: Are my Stories about Morals?”

Curious: Are my Stories about Morals?
by Peggy Jo Henry

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Curious: Are my Stories about Morals? (published by Outskirts Press, April 2022), by Peggy Jo Henry.

My book is fiction and nonfiction

It is a collection of short stories and poems with a twist. These are the facts about my unique book. It is a puzzle, controversial, confusing, short, helpful, collectable, and I am not famous. You will find no other book like this in the world. Communication, how do I convey popular subjects to you, the reader, in a way that can be interesting and at the same time entertaining? Some stories are serious, and others are not. I talk about me, suicide, mental illness, taking care of the earth, addictions, and obsessions. Like I said there is a twist to my book. Let us say you are interested in the entertainment business and like to watch and listen to a wide variety of movies and songs and like brain games. Well, this is the book for you. You go through finding hidden movie and song titles. There are 775 movie, television series, and documentary titles and 343 songs. That is over a thousand. Believe it, you can find this stuff in everyday language. That is not all. I have eight similarities with a popular Oscar nominated actor. The similarities intertwine with my book, so you can tie our lives together with. What does that make him, a soulmate? I use these similarities to help you find out who he is. I have added twenty-three clues to help you get to know him and see his interests and accomplishments. That makes thirty-one clues in all which makes it downright fun. Who is the actor? You would be surprised. Who wants to know more about a famous actor? We have all done it, looked up entertainers we are interested in on the internet. Are you a Sherlock or trivia sleuth? Play on your smartphone, computer, or tablet. You can play at airports, coffee houses, and appointments. Do you have to wait? Then you have the time. Are you entertainment savvy enough to play the game? You can play with friends and family to see who can find the most titles. It is paperback so easy to carry and not too heavy. Just to let you know, I can do this because titles, names, short phrases, expressions, and ideas are not protected by copyright laws. Have a positive day and happy hunting.

Peggy Jo Henry

Peggy Jo Henry

I’m a divorced lady with two children. I’ve been diagnosed bipolar since 1997 which is now controlled with medication. I’ve had three psychotic delusional episodes where I thought I had exceptional powers, and two I was admitted to a lockdown mental institution. I had a suicide attempt in 1996 which I tried to take the lives of my children without consequences. I’m not sure how my book is going to help people, but I hope it does.

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Self-Publishing Author Joe B. Stallings, Jr. Discusses “Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories”

Author Joe B. Stallings, Jr. is taking his latest book, Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Joe B. Stallings, Jr. and Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, Joe B. Stallings, Jr. 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 Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories. What is it about?

Joe: This book is a collection of short stories. The stories are quite varied: someone being blackmailed, someone working at the Department of Agriculture, a teen girl tunneling into a bank, a young boy who’s in elementary school getting on the wrong bus to go home, a man who wins the lottery, a man and his wife discussing tattoos, and much more.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Joe: After I retired, I started writing stories for fun. When I began, I had no plans to publish a book. I have two college degrees, but I don’t remember being taught grammar in school. About ten years ago, I got very interested in grammar. I wrote the stories partly to understand grammar better and use my imagination . . . and it turned out to be so much fun!

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Joe: People who have a sense of humor and who like being surprised will be interested in my book. That’s my best guess, but who knows . . .

OP: What is special about your book?  

Joe: Special—I don’t think you’ll get bored or have read anything like them. Uniquely personal—I like to throw facts into the stories in a fun way.

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

Joe: No, I have not. I think I will publish more. I may publish another collection of short stories and maybe a novella.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Joe: For five or six years, I subscribed to fifteen or so literary journals so I could read a variety of short stories. And I bought other journals in bookstores. Also, I subscribed to several magazines, such as The New Yorker. I probably read at least a thousand short stories—and found almost all of them dull. So I kept track and rated them. My stories are fast-paced, keep you interested, and almost always surprise you.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Joe: Learn more—I don’t know, as I’m not on social media and don’t want to be. My books can be purchased at most online bookstores.

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


I’ve lived a normal life except perhaps in my youth during the 1960s and 1970s, when I lived in both Spain and Germany as an Air Force brat. My career as an accountant and financial planner required little if any imagination, creativity, or knowledge of grammar. Reading was of no interest to me until I reached the eleventh grade. Grammar was of no interest until a few years ago, when I asked my wife, “When should I use affect, and when should I use effect?” I didn’t understand how effect could be a noun. Wasn’t a noun supposed to be a person, place, or thing? I’ve been reading grammar books, diagramming sentences, trying to learn new words, and writing ever since. Dictionaries are my constant companions, and I have nine close at hand, one copyrighted in the 1930s. I’ve never had so much fun!

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Dell M. Allen’s Book Video Trailer for “Meat Then and Now”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Meat Then and Now (published by Outskirts Press, June 2022), by Dell M. Allen.

The History of Meat and the Expansion of America

As the population of the United States expanded and moved westward, the meat and livestock industry expanded as well. Animals were essential not only for food and other products, but also as a source of power for pulling wagons and farm equipment. The parallel development of railroads was instrumental in the efficient transport for both livestock and meat during America’s rapid growth in the 1800s and early 1900s. An entire industry was developed to raise, market, slaughter, and process meat for the nation’s citizens, and this fascinating book provides extensive histories of early meat companies. Researched with authoritative and meticulous detail by a leading expert in the field of meat and food safety, Meat Then and Now will give you perspective on the industry, rooted in the history of America’s development.

Dell M. Allen

Dell M. Allen

Dell M. Allen was raised on a farm in rural southeast Kansas and after graduating from High School, attended Kansas State University where he graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry in 1961. He then transitioned to the University of Idaho where he received a Masters degree in Animal Science in 1963. He then went to Michigan State University receiving his PhD in 1966. It was while he was at Michigan State that he met and married his wife Joyce in 1965. Following graduation at MSU, he returned to Kansas State as an Assistant Professor in the Animal Science Department. He remained at Kansas State on the faculty until 1988 when he joined Excel Corporation (now called Cargill Meat Solutions). While at KSU he coached the meat judging team from 1967 to 1979 where his teams won multiple contests and consistently place in the top two or three teams. This provided him with the opportunity to visit a wide variety of meat plants and learn the industry, bringing those experiences with him back to the classroom. While at KSU, his research focused primarily on beef composition and beef quality. In 1977, he was contracted by the US General Accounting Office to do a nationwide survey on the accuracy and uniformity of beef grading as applied by USDA meat graders across the US. This resulted in a joint research project between the Departments of Animal Science and Electrical Engineering at KSU developing a prototype beef grading instrument by coupling a digital camera with a computer which ultimately was adopted by both Ag Canada and USDA meat graders. In 1978, he went to Brazil to work on an AID project pertaining to the potential development of a beef grading system for that country. In 1980, he took a one year leave of absence to work for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the Law and Compliance division and worked at developing new feeder cattle and fat cattle contract specifications. In 1988, he joined Excel Corporation rising through the ranks to become Vice President of Technical Services and Food Safety where he was responsible for company wide food safety and quality standards for Excel/Cargills 20 meat plants across the nation and Canada. While at Excel/Cargill, Dr. Allen reached out to consumer advocacy groups conducting tours of Excel plants for several of them and for elected officials and their staff that had been critical of the industry. He has spoken at many major food safety conferences and collaborated in many high profile efforts to work with the Department, the broader industry from farm to fork, and with consumer advocates. He has been recognized with awards by many groups, including the Scientific Achievement Award from the American Meat Institute, the E. Floyd Forbes Award from the National Meat Association, the Howard Baughman Food Safety Award from the FSIS-USDA, the R.C. Pollack Award by the American Meat Science Association, and was named to the Meat Industry Hall of Fame in its initial class of 2009. In February of 2013, Dell was named the 2013 “Stockman of the Year” by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council, at Kansas State University. Since retirement from Cargill, Dell has worked as “Consultant” on the meat packing industry, working with a variety of companies including multiple packing companies, food safety companies and Merck on projects ranging from food safety issues to production problems. He and Joyce have done some traveling and both spending time with their grandchildren.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Not by Chance but for the Glory of God by J. Jackson

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by J. Jackson

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After enduring six years of marriage to an abusive husband still attached to a destructive ex-girlfriend, this thirty year old young woman discovered that when her burden became unbearable, God was there to deliver her. In Not By Chance, but for the Glory of God, she shares her own story of God’s deliverance so she can help prevent others from making the mistakes she did in choosing a mate. As a young woman, she did not seek God in every decision she made, but rather was searching for love on her own. That choice, you will see by her story, nearly cost her life. Then God gave her a second chance.
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Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Authors Impress EVVY Awards Judges—Here Are the 2022 Finalists

Outskirts Press self-publishing authors continually impress the judges at the annual CIPA EVVY Awards and this year is no different. In fact, our authors garnered 15 spots as finalists for the 2022 awards and we couldn’t be prouder!

Now in its 28th year, the EVVY Awards, sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF), recognize the works of independent authors in dozens of book categories.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be revealed and recognized at an awards banquet on Monday, Aug. 29, in Denver, Colorado. Details about the broadcast will be announced soon on our blog, Self-Publishing News, and on the CIPA website.

Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to being an Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year finalist, and we announce those three finalists from among all the EVVY winners on our blog shortly after the EVVY Awards.

At last, here are the Outskirts Press books that have been selected as finalists in the 2022 EVVY Awards in no particular order:


Survived By No One? by Karen Spicer-Wolven

Survived By No One? by Karen Spicer-Wolven

Children’s Nonfiction

Demi and Brooklyn Covid 19 by  Playdate Willie Ray

Demi and Brooklyn Covid 19 by Playdate Willie Ray

Children’s Picture Books (Ages 0 – 5)

Max Goes to Town by Cynthia Clark

Max Goes to Town by Cynthia Clark

Children’s Story Books (Ages 5 – 9)

Kitty S. Hawk by Sarah Binder

Kitty S. Hawk by Sarah Binder

by Charles DeLong; Illustrated by Vinh Li

What I’d Miss… by Charles DeLong


Moravian Falls
The Fantastic Adventures of Dr. Domo
by M.R. Rodriguez

Moravian Falls by Michael RODRIGUEZ


The Un-Diet
The Ultimate Mindset Journal to Living Beyond Diets
by Stacey Stedman

The Un-Diet by Stacey Stedman

History—General/Military/United States

The Twenty-five Years that Changed the World
Our Place in Time Volume II
by Kent Augustson

The Twenty-five Years that Changed the World by Kent Augustson

Juvenile Fiction—Middle Grade (Ages 10 – 14)

The CORT Chronicles Book 2
by David D. Bernstein

Spirral by David Bernstein

Literary & Contemporary Fiction

Eating Yellow Paint
by Susie Newman

Eating Yellow Paint by Susie Newman

Narrative Nonfiction

Life's a Journey
Hardships to Blessin

Life’s a Journey by Colten Skinner


Voices of the Heart by David Bernstein


Chasing Santa Barbara
by Melissa Roberts

Chasing Santa Barbara by Melissa Roberts

Self Help—General/Relationships

Start Late, Finish Happy by Paul Kotz

Young Adult (Ages 14 – 18)

Picketing the President by Mary Brown

Congratulations to all our EVVY Award finalists! We are so proud of your impressive achievements in this awards cycle.

If you have a book that you’d like to see on next year’s list, reach out! We are ready to help.

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