Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Randy Cochran

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This week’s spotlight author combines two themes, golf and animals, in a charming series of juvenile fiction books, Critter Golf. Get to know more about author Randy Cochran in this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

Randy Cochran grew up as a caddy and attended Marquette University after receiving a Chick Evans Scholarship. He finished Marquette majoring in communications. After college he joined the PGA of America to become a golf professional. Randy married his wife, Barb, in 1984 and they have three daughters, Mandy, Tracy and Katie. Randy worked as the Golf Professional at Briarwood Country Club near Chicago for 26 years, teaching countless junior golfers. Having winters off, he coached youth and high school soccer where he helped even a greater number of kids. Throughout his golf pro and coaching life, he wrote hundreds of silly poems and told many made up stories for all occasions. As his own children became adults they and Barb urged him to write some of those stories down. Now he has.

Critter Golf: The Adventures at Owl's NestCritter Golf: The Adventures at Owl’s Nest

Fun, fur, friends and a five iron. Critter Golf: The Adventures at Owl’s Nest is a story that mixes friendship, golf and true amazement. A possum, a rabbit, a raccoon, and a squirrel sure make an odd foursome, but these four furry pals prove there is nothing they won’t do for one another. You will cheer for them while they root for each other. You will laugh and smile as these friends giggle their way through many exciting adventures. There are so many questions to answer. How do these critters learn to play golf? Can a rabbit really learn to climb a tree? Can a possum escape a hungry pack of coyotes? What begins as a story of golf becomes a test for survival. These buddies never forget the lessons learned from local PGA pros or the lessons gained from the bonds of great friendship.

Product details…
Format: 5 x 8 paperback white, 83 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 18, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478712635
ISBN13: 9781478712633
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

Critter Golf II: Chaos at Owl’s NestCritter Golf II: Chaos at Owl's Nest

Scoot, scamper and skedaddle your way into snap happy chaos. Thomas, the Great Horned Owl, knew this year would be even more exciting. It simply had to be! Our four furry friends are smarter, more determined and constantly asking bigger questions. Finding answers to those wonderful questions is where most of the incredible chaos begins. As these critter kids have grown, so has their curiosity. Venture further out into Owl’s Nest Golf Trail and feel their jaw dropping awe when they face their first water hole. You will laugh out loud one second…but beware!! Something may be lurking in the darkest shadows…When you can answer these puzzling questions you will learn to love the chaos, too! What is puddle jumping? Can these whiskered golf pals help the USGA and PGA speed up play? Is there any escape from wild hungry bobcats? What can trapped critters do when cornered by more than 25 advancing dogs? And, what IS that SMELL? Join the giggles but be prepared to grit your teeth and squirm a bit while you hope for their narrow escape. This tale may have started with a shared love of junior golf, but it has become something much bigger. It is a story of true friendship, which in itself is the biggest gift of all.

Product details…
Format: 5 x 8 paperback white, 146 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 16, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478703024
ISBN13: 9781478703020
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

Critter Golf III: The StormCritter Golf III: The Storm

Critter Golf III: The Storm is the third book in a series of incredible adventure tales involving four best friends and all types of twists and turns. Thomas, the Great Horned Owl, tells the story while he attempts to keep up with the fun, friendship, triumphs and more than a few unfortunate mishaps. Jennifer, Sarah, Alex and Andy have built a friendship that keeps getting stronger all the time—and they will need one another’s help more than ever. Sometimes it seems these buddies cannot manage to stay out of trouble. But honestly, most of the time this year it’s really not their fault. Come and witness as nearly every emotion is reached in these spell-binding chapters. What would you do if the skies blackened? How would you deal with being tied up hundreds of feet off the ground? Can a critter escape from a hunter’s trick box? Do you have fleas? Did someone say kirobees? Who is the mysterious yet enchanting woodcarver? Turn these pages and find answers to these questions and more. The episodes enclosed within the cover of this newest Critter Book are as unpredictable as they are wholesome stories of friendship. Come and follow the best friend’s antics from the forest preserve and back onto the golf course. Find out if they are trapped in a predicament so big, so bold, so tough they will even reach out to a human for help. You’ll see firsthand why Thomas can never stay perched high in his favorite oak tree for long. So often he must soar down swiftly to whisk his bushy pals away from the danger they have stumbled into. Remember, warmth and laughter are always a part of the outcome—eventually. Join the excitement in Critter Golf III: The Storm.

Product details…
Format: 5 x 8 paperback white, 138 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 27, 2013)
ISBN10: 147871610X
ISBN13: 9781478716105
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General

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