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The Mind of a Deviant Woman

by Paula Paul

(5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

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Paula Paul’s “The Mind of a Deviant Woman.” An indentured servant in Virginia during the early 1900s, Carrie Buck, is institutionalized. Her sickness? She gives birth to a daughter out of wedlock. She, along with epileptics, prostitutes, criminals, and other “undesirables,” are considered deviant and must be sterilized according to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in the 1920’s. New York socialite Louisa Van Patten who is involved in the eugenics movement and the Supreme Court decision is writing a college dissertation on deviants, and Carrie is the primary source for her research. In this mesmerizing fictionalized account of Carrie’s life, her trial and the Supreme Court decision, the reader can understand the influence of Nazi Germany against its citizens. 2019 CIPA EVVY AWARD – Merit Award Historical Fiction

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Help us Celebrate the Top 10 Best Sellers from Outskirts Press!

Outskirts Press regularly compiles book sales to identify our bestselling works, and these 10 delightful books together sold more than 5,850 copies across variety of genres. From romance to mystery to children’s books, nearly every reading interest is represented is this impressive list.

Connect! How to Quickly Collaborate For Success in Business and Life
by Barry J. Moline

“Connect! offers up the best thinking out there on how to reach across differences to generate ideas, craft solutions, and create the kind of trust that is dangerously eroding in our society,” writes Mark Schumann, author of Homeless in a Land of Plenty, about Moline’s book. Connect! shows you how to quickly develop relationships that allow you to work well with others and accomplish important shared goals. You’ll learn to enhance collaboration between colleagues and teams, use networking to meet people quickly (and enjoy it!), onboard new employees effectively, and learn to handle situations when people don’t respond positively. Achieving lasting progress requires that we work together in support of mutual goals. Connect! gives you the tools to build the foundation of your success.

Oh, For The Love Of Haiti!
by JoAnne M. Kuehner

A record of Kuehner’s thirty-year love affair with the country of Haiti, this inspiring memoir is sure to appeal to those who love reading works of non-fiction and memoirs in which public service is both celebrated and encouraged. Come along and follow Kuehner on a journey that transformed her life, her family, and the stories of countless children in Haiti!

Dewey the Puppy
by James Hatch

This adorable picture book takes readers along on Dewey’s adventures as he discovers the world around him. The book explores the world from a puppy’s perspective, and encourages children reading along in learning both new words and new things about the world around them.

My Antiques Journey
by Bill D’Anjolell

In My Antiques Journey, Bill D’Anjolell offers an autobiographical, behind-the-scenes insight on what it’s like to be an antiques dealer. The book reveals the best stores in the Bucks County, PA, and Cape May, NJ, areas, as well as the best auction houses, and describes how to buy and sell like an antiques dealer. It also explains how to downsize your home; how to manage an antiques show; what antiques are hot and what are not; why antiques are less popular with Millennials; and the value of certain items.

Prison Break: Breaking Free of Generational Strongholds
by Jacky Connell

Prison Break is a book of hope and deliverance that can change entire family trees-severing the generational bondage that leads to addiction, anger and abuse, poverty, fear, arrogance, and so much more. Are you ready to learn what generational strongholds are, where they come from, and, most importantly, how to step into deliverance for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren?

We Will See Our Pets In Heaven: The Afterlife of Animals from a Biblical Perspective
by Brian Burgess

After losing his black lab back in December 2009 and then his golden retriever in 2011, Brian Burgess decided to find out for himself what the Bible had to say about the subject. What he found out was very comforting it is his hope that you will be comforted too when you read this book.

The Dog Rescuers: Kiddo Trains A Rescuer & The Dog Rescuers II: Purrfectly Unleashed
by Joni Wilson

In this adorable twofer of a series, author Joni Wilson brings kids into the magical world of the Dog Rescuers, where both human and canine deal with life challenges. They learn they are not that different after all. In the end, we ask, are the humans really doing the rescuing or does this secret world of doggie communication, expose that all along it was a ruse to rescue humans. Every character has their own song, written by Joni and some of Nashville’s top songwriters.

Jake! The last southern populist mayor who transformed Jacksonville, Florida from a sleepy city with an inferiority complex into a dynamic metropolis with a can-do attitude
by Mike Tolbert

Jake Godbold began his life during the Depression in Jacksonville public housing and selling boiled peanuts on the streets as a kid. He used his outsized personality and passion to transform his city and has remained an unmatched force in the political flow of Jacksonville for fifty years. This is the story of what happened, how it happened, and why.

Tucker and Ripley’s Adventure on Presque Isle
by Eugene H. Ware

On a bright and sunny summer morning, Tucker Turtle and Ripley Rabbit decide to meet the many animals, birds, and insects that live on Presque Isle State Park located near Erie, Pennsylvania. Their journey is fun, exciting, and educational. Children are sure to be delighted in joining them on their travels throughout the park.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight on T.D. Arkenberg

At Outskirts Press we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so in many ways, including through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight blog series. Today we shine the spotlight on T.D. Arkenberg, the 2018 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Winner for his memoir, Two Towers.

Two Towers is the fourth book and first memoir from award-winning author T.D. Arkenberg. Independent Publisher Book Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, National Indie Excellence Awards, and Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society have recognized his work. T.D. studied at The University of Chicago, London Business School, and Northwestern University. He lives with his spouse, Jim, and their cat outside Chicago. Visit Keep reading below to learn more about all the books he has published (so far) with Outskirts Press.

TWO TOWERS – In his poignant memoir, Two Towers, T.D. Arkenberg navigates readers through a personal perfect storm. A resurgence of his father’s long-dormant cancer and chaos at his job in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks serve as the backdrop for a private struggle with a secret hidden for thirty-seven years. The story opens on Christmas Eve, 2001. Alone, he stands in his empty childhood home. Two months earlier, his father succumbed to cancer after a lengthy struggle. Five weeks after that painful loss, his mother’s unexpected death shattered his world. The double-barreled blast toppled his towers of strength and unconditional love at a time he was barely treading water. Only weeks before his parents’ deaths, his professional life descended into turmoil. Nineteen hijackers commandeered four commercial jets, unleashing unspeakable terror on US soil. Two towers collapsed into piles of twisted steel, a dusty grave for thousands of innocent souls. Two of the planes belonged to his employer. Eighteen colleagues were killed and thousands of others were soon without jobs. His leadership would never be more severely tested. Friends don’t know how he survives. Neither does he, especially with the added burden of a dark secret. As his world starts to crumble, fate offers a lifeline. Jim, a facilitator of a men’s coming-out group guides him through the process of accepting his sexuality. With towers collapsing around him, Jim might be able to save him from becoming another casualty. Two Towers stands as testament to duty and the power of love. Visit the Two Towers Author Webpage for more details or to order.

A BELGIAN ASSORTMENT – Travel to Belgium, One Tale at a Time

A Belgian Assortment transports readers to contemporary Belgium, a vibrant and multifaceted nation in the heart of Europe. The country plays host to legions of expatriates. Award-winning author T.D. Arkenberg draws on his own experience as an expat in Brussels to craft this collection of twelve vivid and enticing short stories. The characters who populate the stories are as unique and as diverse as the inhabitants of Belgium. Among these is Sabine, an idealistic Flemish woman. Relocating to Brussels to teach young immigrants, she soon finds her broad-minded ideals compromised. An unexpected lover revives her wounded spirit, but can the couple escape the bias and terror that grip the city? Brothers Hasan and Kadar, transplants from Lebanon, struggle to assimilate. A dark secret threatens to isolate them even further, this time from each other. American Jack Ramsey, free of the fetters of his Catholic upbringing, lives openly as a gay man in Brussels. But a visit from his mother could push him back into the closet. Marion is a shop clerk who finds refuge from her lonely, drab life in the carnival atmosphere of Chatelain, one of Brussels’ afternoon markets. A chance encounter offers her a lifeline, but will she grab it? Then there’s Marguerite, a charming octogenarian whose quest to recreate the lavish dinner where she first met her late husband inspires an unexpected detour. These are just a few of the colorful and complex characters who await readers in the pages of A Belgian Assortment. 

NONE SHALL SLEEP – Opera is Life!

And life is opera. None Shall Sleep parts the curtain to reveal lives drawn together by one woman’s dream to sing. Isabella Fabrini, a discouraged Argentine-bred consultant living in London, has little to show for her forty years but a sputtering career, a string of unsatisfying relationships, and layers of cynicism. Her bold plan to reinvent herself as an opera singer has unintended consequences even before the reluctant diva sings her first note. “Every Italian town worth its weight in pasta has an opera house,” Isa says as she plans her debut. San Benedetto is no exception. The faded spa town of Isa’s birth, with its nineteenth-century theater, provides the setting for concert weekend, when anything can happen. Those gathered to hear Isa sing are as colorful as characters created by Puccini or Verdi. Their mirth and mayhem rival any opera libretto. There’s Telma Rossi. The fiery temptress stole Isa’s fiancé but wants more—a chance to steal the spotlight and maybe crush Isa again. Luca Caruso, a dashing restaurateur who fell in love with Isa at the start of her musical journey but harbors a painful secret, which sabotages their relationship. Can concert weekend liberate him from his tragic past? None Shall Sleep is a story of hope, perseverance, friendship, and love that will captivate anyone who’s ever dared to dream big. The novel was a 2014 semifinalist in the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom competition.

JELL-O AND JACKIE O – Jet Set Dreams

Greek Isles, Capri, the Riviera, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Andy Warhol, Twiggy; people and places that conjure up the chic world of the jet set. To Tad Aldenburg, a child who discovers Jackie Kennedy on the cover of LIFE magazine, beautiful people provide escape from a world of canned soup, bickering parents, and Jell-O. Tad’s fascination with Jackie begins just as his mother announces the return of her younger sister. His aunt’s free spirit and globetrotting lifestyle open old wounds while secrets promise to cut even deeper. When Tad greets his aunt, he can’t believe his eyes. She’s torn from the same magazine pages as Jackie. The uncanny likeness sparks his imagination. We first meet Tad as an adult approaching his thirty-ninth birthday. After years of running from love, he may have found romance with Mike, a handsome CPA. But a ten-year age difference and suspicions planted by his over-protective mother and petulant brother stir anxieties. Can he accept the love that Mike offers? Temptation and doubt threaten his happiness, testing lessons learned in childhood. Tad awakens to news that a plane piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. is missing. Stung by the recent deaths of his father and aunt, the unfolding Kennedy tragedy catapults Tad back to his youth. Could that turbulent journey help him find a path forward? Capturing the glamour and calamity of an era that includes the rise of Jackie Onassis into an international icon, Jell-O and Jackie O was a 2013 semifinalist in the prestigious Faulkner-Wisdom literary competition.

FINAL DESCENT – First Class Betrayal

Everyone hates the airlines, and Intercontinental’s no exception. Economic headwinds, executive infighting, and a concession-weary workforce generate turbulence, feeding the media and Congress a diet of sensational service failures. Richard Weston, Chairman and CEO, will use any means to crush dissent. His goal? Keep the company airborne long enough to sell it. Leaks of his scheme could send the airline into a graveyard spiral. Charting a course of deception, Weston enlists the aid of diabolical, Ingrid Shattenworter. The pair tap grizzled company veteran, Hap Sweeny to polish the airline. And Sweeny’s got just the guy to calm employees, Jim Abernathy, a young idealist who loves Intercontinental as much as Sweeny – perhaps more. Jim has an adoring wife, Julie and a satisfying job. One thing’s missing – a baby. Getting pregnant is their top priority, but Julie fears Jim’s job will make him an absentee parent, or worse, send him to an early grave like his father. Ignoring his wife’s warnings, Jim accepts Sweeny’s offer, pulling away just when the couple’s goal is within reach. At work, forces conspire; the current culture won’t surrender without a fight. And rather than pacifying employees, Jim stirs them up. Weston commands Sweeny, torn between love of the airline and loyalty to his boss, to rein in the maverick before the place ignites. A flight to Frankfurt provides the stunning climax. A story of love and betrayal, the book appeals to anyone who’s toiled in the corporate world, juggled home and work, or stepped onboard a commercial airliner. Visit the Final Descent Author Webpage here.

Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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The Master Hacker

by Steve Burkart

(5 Stars – 1 Customer Review)

Price: $19.95

Steve Burkart’s “The Master Hacker.” A North Korean computer scientist develops a unique weapon system that can wipe out the Western nations, but now she regrets its creation since she wants to defect to the U.S. to obtain freedom. She escapes taking secrets with her, but the guilt of the hardships of her fellow countrymen haunts her. Forming a partnership with a covert organization with the intent to destroy the weapon system, she is pursued by Chinese agents and she becomes in danger of being exposed. A blackmail plan is put in place to turn the tables but the price of the sacrifice may be much too high.


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Hurry! Limited Space Left For Your Book in the New York Times

Imagine your book advertised in the pages of the New York Times for pennies on the dollar just in time for Christmas! But hurry, there are only a few spaces left, so reserve your spot right now.

Outskirts Press is proud to offer our authors the unique opportunity to advertise their books with a coveted spot in the New York Times Holiday Books Edition during the busiest book-buying time of year.

Our popular annual Holiday Marketing Bundle includes:

  • Coveted ad space alongside select other Outskirts Press titles in a co-op advertisement in the pages of the New York Times (Holiday Book Edition)
  • A feature spotlight about you and your book on with over 37,000 followers (each of whom will also receive an email specifically about your book)
  • Your own book trailer video, which will be uploaded to our Outskirts Press You Tube Channel and sent to you for further video marketing as you see fit
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  • 5 hours with a Personal Marketing Assistant to make the most of the holiday shopping season
  • A custom graphic showcasing your book in Times Square to use in your holiday marketing efforts

This Holiday Marketing Bundle offers the greatest combined value, but if you wish to only purchase the New York Times Co-op Ad click here for the stand-alone service.

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Author Poll: Nick Weber Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

Nick Weber is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

Book Summary:

Recess Time: When Mind Gets to Play with Memory and Imagination

“A profound, vital and human delight.” Kevin Curdt, Courtroom Clerk, Santa Clara Co. Superior Court, San Jose, CA

This eloquent collection of 13 loosely connected essays covers topics from God to gifts, with plenty of help along the way from Einstein, Chopin, and Picasso to the great Ringling clown Lou Jacobs. The author’s 80 years of memories—from priestly ministry as a former Jesuit, professional acting, and over two decades of circus performance—visit this playful jaunt, as connections are made bearing on the art of life itself. Nick Weber brings an inquisitive and disciplined mind to this often festive romp through recall and celebration.

“Nick Weber has shown that even the sacred is potentially humorous.”—Daniel Kendall, S.J., Professor of Theology, University of San Francisco, CA

“Words that are dense but accessible, strident but poetic, completely authentic.”—Judith Gillespie, Chair, Theology Department, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee, WI

“A primer for any person serious about becoming.”—Carlo Pellegrini, Co-founder, Amazing Grace Circus, circus producer, director, choreographer, Nyack, NY

About the Author:

Nick Weber brings his playfulness as a professional clown and eight decades of memories to Recess Time. Here he creates a free space allowing new connections between those memories. With graduate degrees in theater and theology, his chief concerns in these essays focus on how his past can serve the future. Mr. Weber is also the author of The Circus that Ran Away with a Jesuit Priest and Shakespeare with Hearing Aids.

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

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5 Ways to Market for the Holidays – and How to Get Them Started

Many sellers large and small do more business during the holiday season than during the rest of the year, and self-publishing authors are no different. But the holiday magic usually doesn’t just happen. It takes clear goals, planning, focus and commitment to reap the greatest profits during this key time of opportunity.

There are many things an Outskirts Press author can do to boost profits, but let’s focus on this peak spending season. Here are five ways to market your book for the holidays:

  1. Build flexibility into your holiday marketing approach. While Christmas is the primary money-maker for sellers of all kinds, it’s not the only game in town. Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Kwanzaa—even New Year’s Day—are occasions when millions of people will be buying for others and themselves. Reach out to these audiences every chance you get.
  2. Offer holiday-themed specials. Hold a Christmas flash sale on Amazon or host Turkey Day giveaways on Facebook. Get creative! The idea is to encourage engagement with your readers and entice new readers.
  3. Create a social media plan. People love to mingle on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media sites – and they’re quickly becoming the go-to places to exchange information, too. Join the massive, online conversation by regularly “checking in” on social media as often as you can.
  4. Recycle review and media queries. Most of your existing outreach to book reviewers and contacts in print and broadcast media can be repurposed and tailed to your holiday campaign. (If you don’t already have a great query letter, write one!) Grab attention with holiday-themed buzzwords and keywords that will keep your copy relevant.
  5. Organize book-signing or book-reading events. If you want to get into those brick-and-mortar bookstores in time for the influx of holiday shoppers, start now. November and December are hot months for book-signing events, so available dates are booking up quickly. Consider focusing specifically on mall bookstores, where shoppers will be converging by the hundreds.

Of course, none of these techniques happen in a meaningful or organized way without a well-defined strategy to guide you. Outskirts Press can get you started on holiday marketing with a Custom Marketing Plan that not only helps you capitalize on seasonal spending but provides a solid all-around plan for the rest of the year.

The Marketing Consultation with Marketing Plan Development begins with a 30-minute, one-on-one phone consultation with a professional Personal Marketing Assistant to learn more about the author’s book, marketing preferences and goals. The marketing assistant will take these factors into account to craft a unique marketing approach for you that includes actionable and achievable marketing techniques, time-saving tips and techniques to boost profits during the holidays and beyond.

After the initial consultation, the Personal Marketing Assistant will send your Custom Marketing Plan to you within just 48 hours! That means if you place the option in your cart today, you could have a clearly defined marketing plan before another weekend passes. Then if you decide you want more assistance you still have the option to hire a Personal Marketing Assistant for a five-hour block of time to begin tackling those marketing steps.

Don’t let the holiday frenzy overwhelm you. Get your Marketing Consultation with Marketing Plan Development, and put in place the steps you need to take for a successful season of selling!

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