Author Poll: Writer Michael Birt wants your help with his book cover

Michael Birt is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help with the book cover.

Kody, a Chocolate lab pup, loves to make friends but when he runs into a Texas Tortoise named Tori, can he help his new friend Tori cross the black wasteland and find his family?

Michael Birt was born in 1987 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved throughout his childhood until his military family was stationed in Texas. He was the youngest of three children. Ever since he could remember he’s had a passion for wildlife and conservation. He attended Texas A&M University where he obtained a degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences. He has taken part in several conservation projects including one with James Cook University in Australia dealing with the Great Barrier Reef and the highland rainforests of northern Australia. He published his first research with the Fort Worth Zoo at the age of 18. He then worked at the Fort Worth Zoo for two years. He now resides in Stephenville, Texas with his faithful conservation pup Kody pursuing a masters degree in animal science at Tarleton State University.

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Author Poll: Writer Elise Koepke wants your help with her book cover

Elise Koepke is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help with the book cover.

Since her father’s death, Savannah Morgan has considered herself a realist who doesn’t waste time with things like the supernatural or fairy tales. With no other family and a limited knowledge of her parents’ pasts, she makes the best of her life. Years later at the age of sixteen, she is given her mother’s cherished locket when her mother passes away from an abnormally rapid Leukemia. Orphaned, alone, and more cynical than ever, Savannah moves in with her parents’ closest friends miles from her home. It is there that she opens the locket and discovers a portal to an enchanted world where a kingdom lies in peril. A war is about to erupt and the general is unreachable on the other side of the Mysterious Forest, which no solider will cross. There has only ever been one other time in the kingdom’s history when such an event has occurred…eighteen years ago when the only person brave enough to save it was her mother. Savannah’s black and white beliefs are soon challenged as she agrees to help the kingdom, unknowingly getting herself into more than she bargained for, including a rediscovery of her imagination and passion for life. Along the way she faces many obstacles including vicious ogres, temperamental pixies, and a prince in disguise who may just show her that it’s alright to believe in the make-believe.

Elise Koepke is a first time author and an avid reader. The Locket was written when she was eleven years old and has been an almost ten-year quest to get published. In that ten years she has performed in various school and community theater productions, graduated high school with high distinction, and modeled for Keen Modeling Agency. Now, she attends college in Rochester, NY, studying to be a clinical psychologist with her boyfriend Charlie, also studying psychology. She hopes to write more books in the future and in the meantime will get her masters to be a marriage and family counselor.

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Author Poll: Writer Skip Hofstrand wants your help with his book cover

Skip Hofstrand is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help with the book cover.

What Happens When Your Home Disappears?

For most of us, it’s hard to imagine our home vanishing. But for Nanertak, a polar bear cub, the melting of her Arctic homeland means that she has nowhere to live. She and her mother, Nanuck, are forced to escape. Their exit by iceberg is full of danger – the beginning of an incredible journey of survival. Many tears are shed along the way, but there is unexpected hope for Nanertak’s future…along with a solution to the problem of her disappearing Arctic homeland. Join Nanertak and Nanuck as they search for their new home in this beautiful story that is both educational and inspiring for children and adults alike.

Skip Hofstrand has been a professional watercolor artist for 26 years. This is his first children’s picture book. The illustrations were painted using water from the melting Greenland Ice Cap, collected by Will Steger, polar explorer and winner of National Geographic’s prestigious John Oliver LaGorce award for exploration, science, and public service. Skip has served as medical director for all of Steger’s polar expeditions. You can find further information on Skip’s watercolor style and biography at www.skiphofstrandartist.com<http://www.skiphofstrandartist.com. A percentage of royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to The Will Steger Foundation, which educates our children about global warming.

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Author Poll: Writer Lonneice Weeks-Badley wants your help with her book cover

Author Lonneice Weeks-Badley is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help with the book cover.

Mind Games is a book of poetry – once you read it you will realize that these are the things, or people, controlling our minds. Why? Because we allow them to. There’s one that destroys or hates us, and the other that reveals love for us. This book will not only teach us how to gain faith, but how to tap into the deepest depth or the darkness of our mind. It also helps us to clear our mind of all hurts and pains and allow the inner “Being” Holy Spirit to help you to be FREE. Some of these poems will make you laugh and some will make you cry. Here’s your sneak views – “Mind Games” is a poem of tricks being played with the mind; there’s one looking for happiness in “In My Doings”; one that thinks they’re dying in “Drifting Away”; and lastly, “Secrets Secrets” is a different spin from a child’s perspective of one’s mind.

God’s Blessings and Favor to all that read and apply the helpful advice that is written to you as poems in Mind Games to your life. Let us all TRUST and be STRONG in the LORD for HIS thoughts are much better than ours. It’s time for us to be transformed and restored in our mind.

ONE LOVE = HIS LOVE FOREVER IN US; TO ENCOURAGE AND SHARE WITH EACH OTHER IN LOVE DAILY…

About the author: God is the LOVE of my life and I serve HIM with all my heart and soul. I AM SOLD OUT FOR HIS LOVE; THAT DWELLS INSIDE OF ME.

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Author Poll: Writer William J. Stone wants your help with his book cover

Captain William J. Stone is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help with the book cover.

The Vietnam Era through the eyes of a non-combat Army officer…

Fortunately, not everyone who was on active duty during the Vietnam era went to war, but they didn’t miss all the action. Although no one was shooting at them, non-combat officers were heroically engaged in the age-old battles against military logic, rules, and bureaucracy.

This is the memoir of Captain William Stone, who not only led the first systematic critique of Mexican food available near the White Sands Missile Range and singlehandedly revised the wording on the mess-hall inspection form—he also cleverly got his men out of morning formations and was “killed” twice during exercises. On active duty, he courageously rode in helicopters, was ruled the victor in an Inspector- General complaint against his colonel, and even fired a missile. (Okay, it was only a rocket filled with weather instruments.)

Captain Stone describes ROTC and unveils the mysteries of KP, sick call, saluting protocols, uniforms, and getting beer at the PX. He tells of juggling a university education with a military obligation and recounts the joys of active duty, such as firing an M-16 in full automatic mode when told not to, taking over the company when the “real captain” wasn’t there, being in an Army research lab at the dawn of weather satellites, and suffering the vagaries of Army publishing.

There Are No Drafted Captains is sometimes irreverent, sometimes nostalgic, but always humorous. Think the Army is different now? Maybe not so much.

Captain Stone survived the Army, and the Army no doubt got over him long ago. Dr. Stone is semiretired now, after a fulfilling career applying his geology degrees to teaching and resolving water-resource/environmental issues through jobs in universities, government agencies, mining and consulting, including two stints as Visiting Scientist in Australia. He has published numerous journal articles and a technical book with Prentice Hall (Hydrogeology in Practice). He currently writes Hydrothink, a humorous but instructive column for a bimonthly professional magazine.

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Author Poll: Writer Leonora Alongi wants your help with her book title

Leonora Alongi is publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help with her book title.

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

  1. Return of the Dread Champions
  2. Return of the Dread Champions I (since it is the first of 2 books) 

To help you decide, here’s a bit more information about the book:

My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away, (Song of Solomon 2:10)

This book is a trumpet call to arms. To inspirationally rearm and encourage a people to renewal who have somehow along the way lost the knowledge and remembrance of who they are in Christ Jesus, and all that He has invested in us. Come, come, all who hear the call. Rise up!

Come away and be refreshed from the consistent flooding onslaught of the things of this world, the cares of this world, the darkness of this world, and the vain fashionable craze of secular culture which attempts to snare, wear, and tear us down, causing us to forget we are always more than conquerors in Jesus! The flesh is weak and our emotions will always deceive us. Though God is strong and His truth will set us free! And free indeed we shall be! From the shackles and lies that attempt to bind and chain us to earthly things that have no power over us!

About the Author: 

Having great interest in Biblical History, Leonora researched and studied at home while raising 6 children with her husband. She set out to write a book finding the stories in the bible miraculously similar to everyone’s own needed personal triumphs. She desired to share the life lessons she learned to be more than a conqueror in every aspect of life. They reside in New York.

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Author Poll: Writer James Riedy wants your help with his book cover

James Riedy is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help with the book cover.

Begin a Lifetime of Exploration, Admiration, and Devotion…

Arguably the most functional device in the male human — symbols of manliness, objects of ribald humor and obscenities, dispensers of sensual pleasure, therapeutic devices, producers of testosterone and “bad ass tadpoles” — the testicles…or balls, or eggs, or nuts, or stones…have been all but totally ignored in the writings of even recent internationally celebrated sex authorities. Entertaining, provocative, and hilarious, exhaustively researched, drawing on information from sources as diverse as ancient history and current online chat groups, The Pleasures of Testicles explores all angles of this underappreciated aspect of male sexuality from visual enhancements to the most shocking intimate acts. If you’re ready for sexual adventure and education or you’re just curious, The Pleasures of Testicles will give you a wealth of information…and plenty of ideas you can put into action to more thoroughly enjoy the amazing jewels that make the man.

After discovering that there was not a single broad-audience book on the market focusing on the testicles (despite several recently published books on the penis, breasts, and vulva), Professor James Riedy decided to fill this gap in sexual literature. With his wide-ranging background as a journalist, musician, photographer, and world traveler, Professor Riedy was in a unique position to research, appreciate, and present this subject matter from a scientific, aesthetic, and cultural point of view. He has become an internationally recognized expert, and has been invited to give presentations to such distinguished groups as The American Urological Association, The American Culture Association, and The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. This is his third book.

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