Self-Publishing Author Cordell Mitchell, Author of 27 Books (and counting!)

Cordell W. Mitchell, along with his frequent co-author Odena Mitchell, have published 27 books with Outskirts Press since 2013. For those of us looking for a little inspiration, that’s nearly four books a year, or one every three months.

In fact, they take inspiring others very seriously. Cordell and Odena have been evangelists, pastors, and teachers for over 50 years in Texas and Oklahoma. With a B.A in Biblical Studies, Cordell was also the Dean of The Biblical School of Theology in Cleburne, Texas, and the Administrator of the Pacific Mission Training Centre in Matafele, Apia, Western Samoa. He and his wife, Odena, are now officially retired, if you can call writing and publishing 3-4 books a year “retired.” They are truly an inspirational force to be reckoned with.

But as you can see from just a sampling of their vast collection of published works, they also have a firm grasp on what it means to create a “brand” identity for their volume of work.

Take, for instance, this series:

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Impressive, right? And that’s only six books out of 27. Then there are their books that simply stop you right in your tracks:

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Visit their Outskirts Press website at https://outskirtspress.com/cordellwmitchell for more information about them and links to all of their books.  Thank you, Cordell and Odena; you motivate and inspire so many people and we are truly honored and blessed that you have joined with Outskirts Press to share your message.

Another Outskirts Press Author Reaches #1 on Amazon’s Bestseller List

authorCongratulations to Dr. Paul J. Arciero, who reached #1 on Amazon in Physiology in April with his latest book, The Protein Pacing Diet, published by Outskirts Press.

Dr. Paul J. Arciero holds advanced graduate degrees in Nutrition and Applied Exercise Physiology, and serves as a scientific advisory board member and consultant for the health and wellness industry. He is also a fellow in The Obesity Society, the American College of Sports Medicine, and the International Society of Sports Nutrition. With over 30 years of dedication to scientific research and over 58 published peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Paul continues to be the leading nutrition and fitness scientist and expert and can be reached at http://www.proteinpacing.com, http://www.paularciero.com, and http://www.priseprotocol.com. When he is not spreading the word of Protein Pacing® and PRISE® around the world, he loves spending time with his family, including his wife, Karen and their three sons.

coverDr. Paul J. Arciero is the world’s leading nutrition, exercise and applied physiology scientist and keynote speaker. In his compelling new book he presents the science behind the way we are exercising and eating is all wrong. His human clinical research findings have been condensed into a single guide designed to help the everyday overstressed busy person, weekend warriors, and even Olympians get off the crazy-diet roller coaster and live with optimal health and performance. His scientifically proven PRISE Life Protocol, powered by his Protein Pacing Diet, is healthier and easier than fad diets and the overexertion of most exercise routines.

Dr. Paul’s Protein Pacing & PRISE Life secrets are finally revealed – from what to eat and when to eat using his ‘Morning Muscle Maximizer’ and ‘Bedtime Bellyfat Burner’, to debunking the many health, fitness, and diet myths that arise daily. Consulted by the highest level media outlets – O Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Prevention, Good Housekeeping, WebMD, TIME, Huffington Post, Glamour, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, and many more – he answers the call to share his knowledge. It’s time to join the millions of people worldwide who have heard his message: Put an end to fad diets and harmful exercise programs, and ‘Never Diet Again’ by Keeping Your Eyes on the PRISE!

Save 10% on The Protein Pacing Diet at Outskirts Press.

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Another Movie is in the Works for another Outskirts Press Author

Not too long ago, we shared the exciting news of Outskirts Press author Skip Stover and how his book was being turned into a movie. And shortly thereafter we announced the TNT Mini-series starring Chris Pine, which was based upon Fauna Hodel’s memoir One Day She’ll Darken.

Self-publishing author Stephen S. Janes is now the latest Outskirts Press author to join those exclusive ranks. His book The Prayer Wheel Odyssey is currently in pre-production.

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The Fate of the World Is in One Woman’s Hands…

A man climbs the fence at the White House and is shot to death. A passerby, a young American Everyman, finds a document fallen at the site of the tragedy. Suddenly, his life changes beyond his capacity to imagine – for this document is of crucial importance to the shadowy and subterranean forces that rule the world in the barely known realm at the peripheral vision of the ordinary citizen. But the powerful figure at the center of this web is anything but ordinary. She is a modern Medea: brilliant, ruthless, who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. And our Everyman – drawn into a mythic hero’s quest – must thwart her, or the world will pay the price. Brilliantly crafted from the political and environmental realities we face, The Prayer Wheel Odyssey is a uniquely spellbinding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat while it opens your eyes to what could happen to our planet if just one mistake is made… or just one person tips the balance for personal gain.

“The Prayer Wheel Odyssey” is described as “a uniquely spellbinding thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat while it opens your eyes to what could happen to our planet if just one mistake is made…or just one person tips the balance for personal gain.”

Sounds like a good movie, doesn’t it? Los Angles based talent management company Harris Management thought so and put the wheels in motion. Click here to read the full press release.

We caught up with Mr. Janes to discuss his success:

Q: Why did you decide to write The Prayer Wheel Odyssey?

Janes: I have always been concerned about reliance on fossil fuels as our primary energy resource, not only because that supply will one day be exhausted but because of what its products appear to be doing to the health of people and of the planet. After some reflection, writing a book seemed to be the best approach for expressing my views. I decided to publish the book myself. I knew the book would have to be worth reading and I wanted it to be a work of fiction based on a number of relevant facts. I wrestled at length with how best to write a novel that would hold reader interest while conveying a message in an entertaining manner. An action/adventure storyline was the solution I settled on and after considerable research I determined that Outskirts Press would be my best resource for publication and support services.

Q: Tell us about the plot . . . what happens? 

Janes: A woman and a man face off in a struggle that may have implications for the welfare of life on the planet. The woman is the modern-day Medea, she of ancient Greek mythology, searching for something of incredible value. She is ruthless, cunning, and has resources and connections beyond those of most world leaders. He is Everyman, young and somewhat naïve, thrown into a battle of wits simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. At the center of their contest is a document resulting from the work of one of the world’s greatest chemists centuries ago. That chemist was a real person and the novel is based on some of his work as well as that of his son at the behest of a Russian Czar. The storyline, reflected in the title of the novel, follows the path of that document from the late 1700s to now.

Q: Tell us about the process of getting your book turned into a movie…? 

I participated in the Outskirts Press Book Awards Program and received a professional book review that I shared with others, including a close friend, Sharon Justice, who had read and commented on the manuscripts for my books. She shared that book review with Earnest Harris of Harris Management in Los Angeles. He expressed interest in the book, so I sent him both books that I have published with Outskirts Press. Mr. Harris indicated after reading The Prayer Wheel Odyssey that it should be made into a feature film. He agreed to become Executive Producer for the film and to shepherd the book through the process involved in making the movie. I feel fortunate that Earnest Harris agreed to write the screenplay himself.

Q: Why will The Prayer Wheel Odyssey make a great movie?

 Janes: I believe it will make a great movie. Some readers have indicated that this book is one of the best mystery stories they have read. Their comments centered not only on the plot line but on the intrigue and action involved as the story progresses. I wrote it almost visualizing it as a movie, each scene and every confrontation guided by what I saw happening as I wrote. As other writers well know, the outline for the book was often outpaced by the characters as they developed. I am anxious to see what those characters do on a big screen.

So are we, Stephen. Congratulations on your remarkable success!

 

Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Two-Time Best Book of the Year Winner Andrew Ceroni

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the success (and awards) of our self-publishing authors with our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Andrew Ceroni, who has published multiple award-winning books with us.

Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a Senior Supervisory Special Agent in the conduct of global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He received his BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy; MA from Case Western Reserve University; and studied several foreign languages at the University of Maryland. He is the author of three espionage thrillers published with Outskirts Press. He lives in Colorado with his family.

A murder in the Alaskan wilderness is only the beginning of the unimaginable…

Dave McClure is on a plane to Alaska in early winter, having quit his job with the FBI and turned his back on the world. It’s been a year since the horrific accident that claimed his wife and son, and McClure is still unable to move beyond his grief. Remembering the joy he once shared with his wife on vacation in Alaska, he heads north… seeking solace and resolving to either put his painful past behind him or succumb to the unforgiving Alaskan wilderness. Instead, McClure finds a grisly scene in the forest — the body of a hunter whose throat has been cut ear to ear. And that’s only the beginning. In Snow Men… equal parts international thriller and wilderness survival — McClure uncovers a cache of nuclear weapons and a Russian-Iranian plot to wipe the nation of Israel off the map. With only a hunting rifle, a pistol, and a few days worth of supplies, Dave McClure not only faces Russian Special Forces and the harsh reality of nature, but discovers a will to live he didn’t know he still had. Spanning locales in Alaska, Paris, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Thailand, and Washington, DC, Snow Men is a heart-pounding thriller set against the pristine beauty of Alaska’s rugged Wrangell-St. Elias wilderness.

SNOWMEN was the First Place-Gold Winning Novel for Action-Adventure in the 2015 EVVY Awards, and the 2015 Outskirts Press BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 321 pages
ISBN10: 1478773472
ISBN13: 9781478773474
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers / General

ASSASSINATIONS OF CIA AGENTS BATTLING TO PROTECT AMERICA’S DARKEST SECRET SPIRAL INTO A TRAIL OF HORROR AND BLOODSHED IN THIS SIZZLING THRILLER!

It is the biggest of America’s big secrets—MERIDIAN, the deepest black and most intensely protected program since the Atom Bomb. The MERIDIAN program contains the furthest leading edge of weapons technology and with origins more profoundly startling than the technology itself. Governments will stop at nothing to get it. Laszlo Csengerny, a Russian–controlled spy, a man haunted by demons from his past, has uncovered the key to destroying the program.

In this prequel to SNOW MEN, CIA agent Pete Novak is racing to Europe with orders to stop Laszlo, to kill him if that’s what it takes. Several agents have already died trying. Novak’s dedicated security escort, J.T. Brannon, former assassin unmatched in the art of killing, is leery of Novak’s assignment and warns him of its danger. As Novak unravels the alarming secrets behind the MERIDIAN program and his path converges with Laszlo’s desperate pursuit to annihilate his demons, Novak and his family are swept into the crosshairs of rogue Agency assassins. Only Brannon can save Novak’s family, and he is committed to sacrificing his own life to do so. The final confrontation and profound revelation of MERIDIAN explode into a deadly struggle over what may be the very future of mankind itself.

MERIDIAN was the First Place-Gold Winning Novel for Action-Adventure in the 2016 EVVY AWARDS, and the 2016 Outskirts Press BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 363 pages
ISBN10: 1478773227
ISBN13: 9781478773221
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers / Espionage

Russia—no longer convinced of American resolve or military preparedness—has decided to test the U.S. as never before…plunging the planet toward the slippery edge of World War III.

Dave McClure arrives in Bar Harbor, Maine, for some rest and relaxation before returning to the CIA—a world he left behind years ago. But he is unaware of the danger he’ll face in the days ahead as he discovers the secrets that lie in the deep ocean trenches of the Atlantic. Deadly secrets.

McClure is unexpectedly thrust into the middle of a vicious Russian plot and a harbor town’s lethal intrigue, each as perilous as they are startling, and struggles to make sense of all the jumbled pieces in this deadly puzzle. Is there a connection between Russian drone submarines probing the U.S. coastline, a Top-Secret, advanced technology Navy torpedo program, and the sinister secret behind Tamarack Harbor’s missing boys? Another brutal murder is the catalyst that finally leads McClure to the juncture of high-stakes espionage and an impending attack on American soil. As the CIA and the U.S. Navy race against time and the Russian threat, the powerful pull of emotion will test the limits of Dave McClure’s skill, strength, and courage.

Will THE RED SHORE be a Best Book of the Year “three-peat” for this talented author? Find out this fall when the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Nominations and Finalists are announced.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 332 pages
ISBN10: 1977207006
ISBN13: 9781977207005
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

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Outskirts Press author lands a TV series and a traditional publishing contract with her book

Premiering on January 28, 2019, the television series I Am the Night, has recently finished its initial run on TNT in front of millions of people. The series was written by Sam Sheridan and stars Chris Pine (of the Star Trek reboot movie franchise), who also was one of the executive producers.

I Am the Night is based upon One Day She’ll Darken: The Mysterious Beginnings of Fauna Hodel, a memoir written by Fauna Hodel with  J.R. Briamonte and it documents Hodel’s search for her grandfather, George Hodel, who was a prime suspect in the Black Dahlia murder in 1947.

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Reprint Edition, 2019

One Day She’ll Darken was published traditionally as a reprint edition by Graymalkin Media on January 26, 2019 in conjunction with the television series. But a little-known fact is that Ms. Hodel initially self-published the book with Outskirts Press.

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1st Edition, 2008

Thanks to rave reviews and lots of book sales Graymalkin Media picked up the rights to the book, which required Ms. Hodel to terminate her non-exclusive contract with Outskirts Press (self-publishers usually allow non-exclusive contracts; traditional publishers rarely do). The rare 1st Edition of One Day She’ll Darken was terminated from Outskirts Press in October of 2018, and the 2nd Reprint Edition was published by Graymalkin in January of 2019 as the TNT television series premiered. Talk about acting fast!

Was it the rave reviews of the 1st edition, or the brisk book sales (which continued to grow quarter after quarter in the decade it was with Outskirts Press)? Or was it the heart-wrenching story itself and the personal strength of the author who wrote it?

Perhaps all of the above. Which edition do you like better, based upon each synopsis?

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After her father, Dr. George Hodel, a prominent Hollywood physician was acquitted in a sensational incest trial, 16-year-old Tamar gave birth to a blue-eyed, white skinned baby girl. She insisted that the father was “Negro”. Outraged by the audacity of their daughter and the stigma attached to a mixed-race child within their midst, her mother quickly arranged to have the baby permanently given away to Jimmie Lee, a black maid in a Nevada casino.

Overwhelmed by the problems of raising a white-skinned baby in her black community, Jimmie spent the next twenty years struggling to secretly raise Fauna. Together they endured extreme poverty, alcoholism, starvation, sexual abuse, pregnancy and death, hopelessly bound and knotted together by relentless bigotry.

Fauna survived this difficult world with a vow to find the one person who knew her beginnings, her biological mother, Tamar, the woman of her dreams. Fauna sets out to discover the truth, only to uncover her family’s notorious secret: her extraordinary grandfather and the murder of the Black Dahlia.

 

2nd Edition:

The inspiration for the TNT series I Am the Night.

The Black Dahlia Murder is near-legend in the annals of true crime. But behind the shocking case of a young actress’s gruesome slaying lies the story of another woman.
Was Fauna Hodel the child of incest, and the catalyst for a sensational trial that left her well-to-do family scarred by scandal, even as the accused sexual predator walked free?

Taken as an infant from her teenage mother, Fauna was placed in the care of a working-class black woman, who raised the white child as her own.

Together, as a close-knit mother and daughter, they weathered years of poverty and bigotry, alcoholism and sexual abuse, pregnancy and even death until the time came for Fauna to seek out her real mother, and uncover her lost past.

But as Fauna will learn, some truths don’t want to be told.

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In either case, the reprint continues to sell well, and is currently ranked #10 on Amazon in Ethnic Studies (which seems to suggest the 1st Edition synopsis may have favored a gritter, racially-charged approach while the reprint favors a more sensationalistic one).

And here’s some good news for collectors: While the 1st Edition is no longer available from Outskirts Press, it looks as if you can still get it used from Amazon for prices ranging from $120 to $500.

Congratulations, Fauna! All of us at Outskirts Press are extremely proud of you and the success you have found. You are an inspiration to survivors (and self-publishing authors) everywhere!

Self-Publishing Author Spotlight on Skip Stover and the Movie Based Upon His Outskirts Press Book

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the success of our self-publishing authors with our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author Skip Stover who has thus far published three successful books with Outskirts Press, the last of which is currently being made into a movie.

Skip Stover is a poet at heart. Writing for more than three decades, he has been published in numerous books and magazines and won the Golden Poet Award in 1982. Inspired to write at an early age, Skip writes romantic poetry, lyrics for songs, and believes the emotion of love to be the greatest feeling one can possess. He says, “When romance dies in a relationship, the relationship dies. From April 2007 to April 2008, Skip donated 100% of his royalties from Solitary Thoughts, his first book published with Outskirts Press, to the Ronald McDonald House, to help children and their families.

His second book, published in 2007, was Dangerous Love: 2010 A.D., which, according to Diane Lyn, co-host of the 101.9am Lite FM Morning Show, catapults the reader into the year 2010! Oh, how time flies!

It’s his third book, The Ghosts of Governor’s Bridge that we’re speaking with Skip about today…

Why did you decide to write The Ghost of Governors Bridge?

I like to write romance novels. My first book, with OP was love poems, Solitary Thoughts. My first novel was Dangerous Love, 2010 A.D. It is a suspense/romance novel. My second novel, The Ghost of Governors Bridge took some thinking. I did a poetry reading at a private school. The teacher told me of a ghost story that was part of the secret of the school. I talked with the headmaster and we both decided it might interfere with registration. I did some research and found information of a bridge in Bowie, MD. I wrote it down and the title rolls of the tongue. Think about it for a second. I decided to write the novel and have it end romantically.

Tell us about the plot… what happens, and why will it make a great movie?

The plot of the novel is on the back of the book and the book trailer on You Tube. The plot for the movie is done by a writer for the movie. I have nothing to do with that. Once we have the entire agreement, the movie company can do what they want to produce the movie.

Tell us about the process of getting your book turned into a movie that is currently in production…

This is a long drawn out process. First you must get someone in the movie business to like your novel. I did that by sending my novel to many studios. The motion picture company that responded has ties to Maryland, [where I live]. We discussed the novel, at a round table and everyone loved the idea of a movie. They helped me do the book trailer. They took it from me after my attorney drafted the contract for me. That went back and forth for a while, then we agreed on the final contract of where it is currently.

It is in their hands now. Anyone can check with Murchison Motion Pictures and find out more information by clicking here.

Thanks Skip! We can’t wait to see it! Congratulations on all your incredible success!

Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: C.R. Norris

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so each week through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week we highlight self-publishing author C.R. Norris, who has published two successful titles with Outskirts Press.

Learn more about C.R. Norris and her published works through this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.

About the Author:

C.R. Norris is a perpetual student of science and mathematics. Born in Salina Kansas, her varied career has included experience as a musician, a blood banker, and an electrical engineer in the semiconductor industry. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she indulges her passions for green chile, playing music, and writing.

 

The Wasp’s Nest: Book I of the Wasp Chronicles

Two 21st-Century Teenagers Discover Their Strengths in an Apocalyptic Future…

Chris has never thought of herself as anyone special—she’s a band geek, and she’s happily on her way to a high school marching band contest when suddenly she finds herself standing in the middle of an unknown desert. Is this a hallucination from the bottle of tequila that the teenagers enjoyed the night before? If it’s a hangover, it’s worse than anything she could have imagined…her band uniform causes her to be mistaken for an enemy soldier. Chris is rescued by a rag-tag band of resourceful tribal people who call themselves Taders. She is taken to their home, Tojoba, where she is told that she has been “rifted”—pulled through time into the future. She finds that several other band members were dragged through as well, including her best friend, Bruce. But rescue by the Taders comes at a price: the teenagers must be accepted by mentors, and submit to training. Chris is accepted, but Bruce is rejected back to the wilderness. Both of them will find strengths they never dreamed they had, as they gradually uncover the tangled and shocking mysteries of humanity’s future…where each of them is destined to play a key role on opposite sides of an epic conflict. Richly imagined, beautifully characterized, and deeply engaging, The Wasp’s Nest will leave you eager for the upcoming second book in The Wasp Chronicles.

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Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 19, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478769688
ISBN13: 9781478769682
Genre: FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure

Wasp on the Wind: Book II of the Wasp Chronicles

The saga continues as a future apocalyptic world begins to reveal its secrets . . .

2018 BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD – FINALIST
EVVY AWARD WINNER – 1st PLACE

Chris, now a Trax, was what the West Sand Command called “a greeny.” Her “Before Time,” that time before she had been rifted, had been from a distant past, and perhaps even a different timeline. Who could say . . .? But after some three years of training and a return to the very group who had rescued her from the desert, her “Now Time” circle was complete . . . with one adjustment, she was now also “Det Arju′” She carried with her a mysterious pendant that she had been ordered to present to Lon, the Tagos of the Choe, an assignment that, as of yet, no West Sand Commander was aware. Bruce, Chris’s friend, and fellow “Before Time” band geek, was rejected by the Trax. While Chris trained, his path hooked him to the side of the Taden’s greatest nemesis, the Captain. Now as his lieutenant, he must help the Captain save his command by aiding him in the capture of Ponopin, a genius Tader entrepreneur, and the Brigade’s greatest thorn. But as fate would have it, neither mission is as easy as it sounds, the tangle of circumstances sending Chris and Bruce on a collision course with each other. Richly imagined, beautifully characterized, and deeply engaging, Wasp on the Wind will leave you clamoring for the upcoming third book in The Wasp Chronicles series.

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Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 379 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 30, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478785985
ISBN13: 9781478785989
Genre: FICTION / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure

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