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Too Late The Homecoming: A Gambler’s Love Story

by Fred Preiss

(5 Stars – 2 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

Fred Preiss’s “Too Late The Homecoming: A Gambler’s Love Story.” A powerful romantic adventure about a Las Vegas gambler who after twenty-five years, suddenly has doubts about his life in the fast lane, and decides to return to his hometown in Pennsylvania, after three failed marriages, to see if he can make a new life for himself. But his plans go awry. In this complex portrait of opportunity and regret, the gambler unexpectedly finds true love.

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Congratulations to our EVVY Award Winners!

The 25th Annual Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association EVVY Awards Banquet took place in Denver, Colorado last Saturday night, and as often happens, Outskirts Press demonstrated that award-winning writers publish an unparalleled number of award-winning books at Outskirts Press. We are proud to announce that Outskirts Press authors took home a total of 14 impressive 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place awards.

Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to winning the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Stay tuned to find out which three authors from the winners below will be the finalists for that prestigious prize! The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award will be determined by the readers of our blog, Self-Publishing News, in an open, public vote beginning September 9th.

Here are our 2019 EVVY Award winners. Congratulations to them all!

FIRST PLACE WINNERS

1st Place Humor Fiction

The Gang by M.J. Biersbach

 

1st Place Mystery/Crime/Detective Fiction

To Paint A Murder by E.J. Gandolfo

 

1st Place Self-Help Non-Fiction

Dance Because You Can by Amy Jordan

 

1st Place Sports/Fitness Non-Fiction

Dropping My Lines by Dan O’Neil

 

1st Place New Adult Fiction

The Red Shore by Andrew Ceroni

 

SECOND PLACE WINNERS

2nd Place Children’s Story Fiction

Mr. Chance Collins by Daniel E. Brown

 

2nd Place Academic/Educational Non-Fiction

Eyes On Track by Kristy Remick

 

2nd Place Sports/Fitness Non-Fiction

Through the Green by Joseph Bronson

 

THIRD PLACE WINNERS

3rd Place Historical Fiction

Forger of Empire by Jeanne Blanchet

 

3rd Place Business/Finance Non-Fiction

Why Should Anyone Follow You? by Peter Smergut

 

3rd Place History Non-Fiction

Tales of Invasions and Empires by Kent Augustson

 

3rd Place Children’s Storybook Fiction

The Town of Alpaca by Patricia Ann Schoch

 

3rd Place Motivational/Inspirational Non-Fiction

You Cannot Imprison an Eagle’s Dream by Alba Era

 

3rd Place Self-Help Non-Fiction

Something Happened Today by Paul E. Kotz

 

MERIT AWARD WINNERS

Merit Award Mystery/Crime/Detective Fiction

And Come Day’s End by Gabriel F.W. Koch

 

Merit Award Health/Medicine Non-Fiction

Healing the Wounds of War by Amnon Ben-Yehuda

 

Merit Award History Non-Fiction

Out of the Storm: A Legacy by Anthony B. Cochran

 

Merit Award Science Fiction

LUNAR 3097 by Gary Timbrell

 

Merit Award Religion/Spiritual Non-Fiction

The Darker Side of Hope by David G. Fambrough

 

Merit Award Suspense/Thrillers Fiction

The Paymaster by Adeed Dawisha

 

Merit Award Women’s Fiction

Seeking Glory by Patricia Hamilton Shook

 

Merit Award Academic/Educational Non-Fiction

Journeys of Discovery by Lawrence J. Marcus

 

Merit Award Historical Fiction

The Mind of a Deviant Woman by Paula Paul

Congratulations to all of our EVVY nominees, finalists, and winners!

Have you published a book this year, or are you getting ready to? Let Outskirts Press show you how to produce an award-worthy work! Follow the link below to learn more about our book publishing and marketing services.

 

New! Faster, Easier Book Ordering at Outskirts Press

At Outskirts Press, we are constantly working to improve the experience for our author-clients, whether it is with new services (like the recently launched AudioBook service), or new publishing packages (like our suite of One-Click bundles), or improvements to the website to make actions easier and more streamlined.

For example, this week, we are excited to announce that buying books from your Publishing Center is now easier and faster than ever before.  When it goes “live” this week, your page for ordering Author’s Copies will look a little different, and this blog post will help you identify all the improvements.

In the past, ordering Author Copies from your Publishing Center has been “split” between two separate pages, depending upon the number of copies you were ordering.  If you were ordering less than 100 copies, you would see the “main” ordering page, and select the format you wished to order, and enter the quantity.

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Even if you wanted to order copies of both formats (paperback and hardback, for example), you would need to place your order for each format separately. Time consuming, and certainly not ideal.

What’s more, if you wanted to take advantage of bulk orders for higher author discounts, you would have to go to an entirely different page:

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The discounts were great, but the process? Not so much.

This week, the new book ordering page will be uploaded to your Publishing Center to allow you to order multiple formats and receive your Author Discounts all at once.

If you only have one format, you will see this new page, which displays the cover of the book you are ordering, it’s format type/details, and the quantity discounts.  Black and white books still receive up to a 50% discount when ordering in bulk while full-color books still enjoy a discount of up to 35%!  Now you can enjoy these discounts all from the same page.

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If you have two formats, you will see all the relevant information for each format, and you can place orders for both formats simultaneously:

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To celebrate this exciting new improvement, please enjoy our popular FREE SHIPPING promotion throughout the month of September. Simply order 50 or more copies of any format and US Commercial shipping throughout the continental United States is FREE!

Stay tuned to this blog in the coming weeks and months for more announcements about other improvements coming to your Publishing Center.

FREE Package Upgrade AND a free Kindle edition!

Make a good buy — get a great upgrade! For a limited time, Outskirts Press will bump you up to a better self-publishing bundle when you publish today.

Here’s how it works: Purchase a package now, and we will automatically upgrade you to a more inclusive publishing package at no charge. Interested in Full-Color Publishing? Pay for the Ultimate instead and get everything that comes with the Full-Color package at no extra cost. Did you only budget for Basic Black & White? Buy it today and you can claim all the extras that come with the more inclusive Ultimate Black & White publishing package!

Here’s how it works: Buy a package, enter PackageUp at check out and we will upgrade your package for free within 48 hours. In short, you’ll receive hundreds of dollars’ worth of extras that aren’t normally included in the package you purchased, including:

  • additional options for book formatting
  • more professional cover design choices
  • additional author copies
  • greater profit margins
  • other optional products and services

When you start today, we will also publish and distribute an Amazon Kindle e-book Edition of your book for free.

There’s no better time to self-publish.

So, are you ready to publish your masterpiece with the Better Business Bureau A+ rated and Top Consumer Reviews #1-rated self-publishing company? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

“I am pleased with my experience with Outskirts Press and I look forward to publishing my next book with the company.” –Robert McNally, author of Life is a Dream: A Journey of Wonderment

 

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Covenant Kids – Book One: The Law

by Andrew Youngblood

(5 Stars – 8 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

Andrew Youngblood’s “Covenant Kids – Book One: The Law.” A law was just passed, which makes it illegal to study or even talk about the faith outside of church on Sunday. But one law can’t stop Naomi. She forms a study group to learn more about the Bible and the stories in the Old Testament. They realize God’s plan is to bring everyone into a loving relationship with him through his Covenant. But not everyone likes this “Good News.” Soon, they find themselves in the middle of a dangerous plot to enforce the new law against religion — at any cost. Designed to show how exciting and beautiful the Old Testament is, Covenant Kids reveals what the Bible is really about–God’s great love for each of us.

 

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Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson

Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Lance Anderson is taking his latest book Life in the Morgue, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Lance to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Lance’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Lance 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 Life in the Morgue.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Life in the Morgue. What is it about?

Lance: The best way I can describe this book is it’s not what you think it is. It is not a horror or gross, it is more focused on the people that actually work in the morgue, and their quirks and about the things that they had to deal with. The office itself and how things were run, the inter office politics and even some state and local government shenanigans. There was another saying at the office “dead people don’t vote” so sometimes things could get out of hand. With that being said the people that I worked with in real life always treated the deceased with the same respect whether they were famous or well connected with lots of money or a drug overdose found in an alley. The doctors there were all top notch and knew what they were doing. Greg the main character is just a normal blue-collar guy who managed to get this job and it so much more than he expected it to be. It becomes an all-consuming life for him, he sees and experiences things he or most people never thought about in his normal regular life.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Lance: I wrote the book because no matter where I go, once people find out where I worked they all want to hear stories about what happens there, or specific cases, and some of the types of things that I had to deal with. I was at a friend’s backyard cook out a few weeks ago. A young married couple had arrived, and the husband walked right past the hosts and came and sat next to me and started talking. His wife came over and told him it was pretty rude to not say hi to the hosts first. He responded the only reason I came is because Lance was going to be here, he is going to make this an interesting day.. A woman that had recently started dating one of my other friends was sitting next to me. I had only met her on one other occasion chimed in with “what’s going to make it more interesting?” He looked at her and said, “go ahead, ask him where he used to work!” She did, so I told her, and spent most the rest of the afternoon telling morgue stories and talking about cases. It only took a few minutes when I noticed most everyone in the back yard was now standing around the table I was sitting at listening to the stories. People find the stories intriguing, funny, sad and dramatic, and are always asking for more. I had been asked by countless people to write about it over the past several years, so I think it will appeal to lots of people.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Lance: I did a lot of internet research on going to a major publisher vs. self-publishing and decided that Outskirts Press seemed to offer everything I was going to need to turn this into a book. Outskirts made it very easy to go through the whole process.

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

Lance: The book is written as a fiction, but I think it will appeal to anyone that enjoys the inner working of what happens at a morgue or specifically the medical examiner’s office. The story has drama, humor, some office politics and action. I think the story crosses several genres and will appeal to many different types of people.

OP: What is special about your book?

Lance: Well I think it is written from a perspective that hasn’t been seen before. Greg Benson is just an ordinary guy getting through life as best he can. He suddenly finds himself dealing with things and situations that never would have entered his mind that this stuff could happen. The book is written as a fiction but, I used the basis of real situations in the storyline. Some of the situations are twisted around a bit and I did not use real names or locations. I used a Steven king quote in the beginning of the book “Fiction is just the truth wrapped in lies” and I think there is a lot of validity in that statement.

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

Lance: I did a lot of research trying to find a book to compare it to and really did not find one that I could match it with. Most of the other books I have seen about Morgues or Medical Examiners seemed to be non-fiction case studies or were highlighting the deceased and what brought them into the morgue. This is a good story about a few years in the life of someone who was not really trained or equipped to deal with what he saw, but he managed to excel anyway. Everyday people never think about this stuff and what can and does happen on a daily basis.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Lance: I have co-written a movie script with a friend and it was shopped around and picked up by a major production company and they asked if I could write a sequel, so I did, and they loved that as well. Currently they are sitting in a holding pattern, but we are still in contact and they say they are going to produce them but won’t put a date on when.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Lance: Well I am an active paranormal investigator as well and have plans to write about a particular ghost hunt, I was on as well as another book that covers many other investigations I have done over the years. Who knows, if Life in the Morgue does well. I have enough stories and scenarios to write a sequel to that, maybe even a third.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Lance Anderson spent most of his life as an ironworker until he decided it was time for a change. He took a job at the medical examiner’s office, where he worked for six years and assisted in more than two thousand cases until he was forced to retire due to vision problems. Life in the Morgue is his debut novel, but he has also written two movie scripts that are in the process of being produced.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/lifeinthemorgue

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel

by Diane Dettmann

(5 Stars – 15 Customer Reviews)

Price: $24.95

Diane Dettmann’s “Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel.” Fifteen-year-old Yasu Sakamoto loves living in California, but Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 turns her young life into a devastating nightmare. Anti-Japanese threats appear everywhere-even in her school. Her hopes and dreams unravel quickly when President Roosevelt orders the internment of all people of Japanese descent living along the West Coast. Surrounded by barbwire fences and the constant watch of armed guards, Yasu and her older brother, Haro, struggle to accept the overcrowded living conditions and hardships of camp life. The strict regulations and humiliation force them to make courageous choices that will change their lives forever. Medalist Winner-New Apple E-Book Awards, Winner-Pacific Rim Book Festival-Young Adult Category

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