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?

1st Edition

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.

. . .

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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Wasp on the Wind: Book II of the Wasp Chronicles

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

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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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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Steven Rosner

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About the Author:

Steve is seeker of truth. He is always looking at the bigger picture and delving deep into the core of what life means. If engaged in a conversation with Steve, you will always be challenged and perhaps enlightened by his unique and creative view of life, Scripture and spirituality. His keen intuitive sense may direct you to a new understanding that you were not aware of. If you want to know a person who is constantly probing the most difficult questions, it is Steve. Steve’s personal life has spanned a broad spectrum of experience and adventure. Steve has worked in corporate America as a systems analyst and driven a taxi, written a novel, produced his father’s play, published short stories, and a lot more.

A Guide to the Psalms of David

Although typically thought of as hymns of praise to God, The Psalms of David are so much more. They are invoked to bless, as well as to curse, to comfort and instruct, to lament and inspire. In tone, they span the gamut of human emotions from ecstasy to despair, grief to relief, fear to awe, indignation to remorse, and rage to love. They talk about the rewards of righteousness, the pitfalls of evil, the grandeur of the universe, as well as recount God’s compassion, benevolence and deliverance.

In short, The Psalms are a fabulously rich gold mine whose ore has not been extracted for lack of tools. With its unique taxonomy classifying all 150 psalms within four major categories, this book rectifies that major shortcoming and makes the psalms accessible to the English speaking public of all races, religions, and creeds; indeed to any human who can benefit from their wisdom and guidance. That, and a translation which engages the reader emotionally,should prove a resource for an individual of any faith who is suffering or directionless—to find solace, gain wisdom, receive a new awareness or be transformed, resulting in healing and/or reconsideration of personal ethics—to be more inclined toward “clean hands and a pure heart.”

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ISBN10: 1478753390
ISBN13: 9781478753391
Genre: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Healing / Prayer & Spiritual

 

God is Good

Billions of people all over the world believe in a Being known in the English world as God. Among His many names, Moslems call him Allah, Christians use The Father, and Jews say Hashem. It seems fair to say the overwhelming majority believe so on faith. What is understandably more difficult to prove is that God is righteous, that God is good, that God is not an evil being in the sky who loves to watch mankind suffer. This relates to the age- old question, why does it appear the righteous suffer while the wicked thrive.

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Genre: RELIGION / General

 

God and Man Love on the Rocks

THE INDEPENDENT AUTHOR NETWORK AWARD – FINALIST

“On the Rocks,” was originally a phrase used for ships which ran aground and broke apart. But nothing could be a better metaphor to describe God’s relationship with man — hence the title of this book. For God created us with love and gave us His heart and soul:

And God created Man in His Own Likeness;
In God’s image created He him; both male and female.

Alas, ever since Cain slew Abel, our relationship with God has been on the rocks. Throughout the Millennia, we have totally failed to act in accordance with His relatively few requirements. At best, we have ignored Him, but mostly mocked, disparaged, and treated Him with disdain. We have abrogated our responsibility, whether as an individual or nation, have engaged non-stop in the worst evil imaginable, causing Him untold suffering.

Is it any wonder then, why God is estranged from us; why there is unrelenting havoc in our lives; why the world is falling apart; why suffering is prevalent at every level? Terrorism is a daily occurrence — no individual, no nation is immune! Isn’t it time we re-evaluated our behavior and altered it — to repair our relationship with God and gain His many blessings.

But to understand how, we need to know something about God, something about ourselves, something about religion, and something about history.

This book provides that understanding: It covers Scripture and science, God and His attributes, and Man — including his Free Will, Soul, Body and Mind. It addresses Good and Evil, and the nature of each. It reviews six major religions, and asserts at their core, they are virtually the same.

We will learn that God desires very little of us — regardless of our culture, religion, or ethnicity. In simple terms, He wants us to be righteous, do justice, and love compassion. He also longs for a relationship with man, and we will document not only multiple examples of Divine Providence, but how to engage God real-time!

You will find that while God may be ineffable, He is not unreachable!
We assert He wants to do our Will, and only wishes to shower us with blessings — provided we deserve them. Finally, you will discover that one person — you — can save the world!

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 328 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 09, 2018)
ISBN10: 1478796324
ISBN13: 9781478796329
Genre: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / General

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Gabriel F.W. Koch

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About the Author:

Gabriel FW Koch is the winner of the 2004 L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future award; the 2016 CIPA EVVY award for science fiction; a second-place winner of the 2016 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year; and a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist.

Emma and the Dragon Tooth Sword

Emma must disarm an evil pirate’s spells by using his own Dragon Tooth Sword

I move as a prisoner caught, for behind me comes my shadow, and before me goes my thought. The sculpture showed three people. The central figure was a young woman. Using one hand, she guided the bent form of an elderly woman, her other arm wrapped around the shoulders of a young boy. At the base, a plaque read: Between Yesterday and To-morrow, Edith Howland, and then, the poem. Emma’s hands rested on the carved bare foot of the central figure. A chill raced from the soles of her feet to the back of her scalp. Joan dropped to her knees and asked, “What’d you find?” Emma pointed to the small sign and watched as Joan read the words. Of course, Joan did not know the significance of what she read. Emma, her voice muffled by a reverence brought on by the awe of discovery, said, “This is where the sword’s buried. I can feel it.” Emma Dug frantically with her fingers. She tore at the grass and roots, lifted handfuls of wet, dark soil. “I see you’ve located my sword, young lady.” Emma felt George’s hand on her shoulder as her finger grasped the edge of the sword’s hilt. She shook him off as the air wavered, shimmering the marble sculpture. Emma heard Joan cry out, “Oh my God!” The garden faded and shifted. She felt Joan’s arm go around her waist. “Let go of the sword, Emma!” Then she could no longer draw in a breath. The alien roar again vibrated the air and was closer this time. Emma, heart pounding harder than a minute ago, leaped to her feet when she heard what could only have been the beating of wings, large wings, incredibly large wings. No, huge, she thought. Huge wings. “The dragon’s arrived,” she calmly informed Joan, although she could feel her heart in her throat. Joan released Emma, and stood directly in front of her, hands planted on her hips. “Do you know how to get us home?” “No.” Emma shook her head. What did I get us into? How do I get us home? Are we stuck here forever? And where’s here? “Sorry, Joan. I don’t know how. I wish I did. Maybe the pirate will know.” “Who? What darn pirate are you talking about?” “Dragon Sanglant. He’s the pirate.”

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ISBN10: 1478782714
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Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Science Fiction

Paradox Effect: Time Travel and Purified DNA Merge to Halt the Collapse of Human Existence
  • CIPA EVVY 2nd place science fiction winner
  • Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in science fiction

In 2554, the World is Coming to its End, unless an impossible mission through 600 years of time travel succeeds.

Maternal instinct knows no boundaries, including the nano-neural-net intravenously installed in Dannia Weston’s mind to repress her identity, allowing her to perform a mission 300 years before her time.

Transported to the year 1954, Dannia becomes a woman with a mid-twentieth century persona, college educated with an aptitude for mechanical invention. Due to her work during the war, she is employed by the U.S. government on a secret project. But what no one knows—including Dannia or those who sent her back to tinker with the mechanical past to reduce future pollution—is what might happen should she become emotionally involved in 1954.

The 2254 science team programmed the nano-net to prevent the possibility of pregnancy, but each person reacts to strong emotional stimuli differently, and using birth control not available in 1954 is out of the question.

When Dannia falls in love with Peter Hersh and becomes pregnant, her hormones erode a small section of the nano-chained network that stabilizes her new identity, triggering a mild memory rebirth…and threatening her mission and the fate of the world.

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ISBN10: 1478756225
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Beholden: A Marlowe Black Mystery
Rare gold coins, a beautiful woman, and a walk with death

Marlowe Black, a WWII combat veteran, walks the streets of New York with a PI license to serve justice, a .45 automatic and his fists to enforce it, and a steely determination to solve a case…regardless of the consequences. When a stranger’s body mysteriously lands in his office after a long Fourth of July weekend, Black is determined to learn why, regardless of what New York City cops say or do. As bullets fly, he hunts the killer through a maze of government agents, missing Russian gold coins, Nazi SS fugitives, dangerous greed, and women worth fighting for and knowing intimately. But to succeed, Black must right an old mistake, make a heart-wrenching discovery, and wrestle with a decision to adhere to personal principles of honor that will force him to look beyond love and death. Beholden paints a grim picture of American city life, corruption, and death. And with a morally insecure protagonist and an irresistible love interest, this hard-boiled detective novel promises to be darkly satisfying.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 18, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478792191
ISBN13: 9781478792192
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Hard-Boiled

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Jerry Snodgrass

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About the Author:

Jerry Snodgrass was born in Butler, Missouri, in 1938. He was raised and went to school in Indianola, Iowa. He entered the military after graduating from high school in 1957, and successfully fulfilled his dreams of serving in the military and federal service, traveling to exotic locations for over fifty years. Jerry is a Vietnam Veteran and is a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. His passion for romance and suspense and the lives of the American cowboy inspired him to write, Night Shadows Over Sandy Creek. He provides exciting reading with a fiction romance novel set in Southwest Texas. Jerry lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife Rosemary and their little Yorkie, Stormy.

Forgotten Honor Book CoverForgotten Honor

From the steamy jungles of Vietnam, to the ancient city of Istanbul, Blake Tanner is a man you want on your side. Follow him as he travels from his home in Colorado to New York City, Atlanta, London, Istanbul, Naples, Athens, and Barcelona in search of clues and answers connected to his friend’s death.

 

 

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 08, 2007)
ISBN10: 1432718177
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Genre: FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

 

Moments to Remember 1957 Book CoverMoments to Remember 1957

It’s the summer of 1956, and how teenagers lived and loved and played, when James Dean was the coolest and rock ‘n’ roll was the only music worth listening to, comes to life in Moments to Remember 1957. In a small town in the Midwest, at Indian Falls High School, we meet the greaser and the misfit, the farm boy and the girl next door, and the dreams they thought were “made in the shade.” Here’s a slice of American life – both good times and bad – that will have you digging up your old 45s, sipping on some cherry Coke floats, and wondering what happened to all the friendships that were going to last forever.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 07, 2008)
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Lone Star Destiny Book CoverLone Star Destiny

It is 1878, as young John Wesley Steel leaves home for the wild Texas Frontier. It is a deadly time in the state’s fledgling history as Indian, Mexican, and white men fight for their beliefs. Wes works as a cowboy and then begins the life of a Texas Ranger, he soon falls in love and marries. But as Steel’s family grows, so do the dangers, and now he must fight to save his dear ones and the land he loves.

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ISBN10: 1432744151
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Genre: FICTION / Westerns

 

Memories – The Class of 1957
“The Fifties Was a Time of Excitement and Joy”

The story is a snapshot view of the fabulous 50s and the Indianola, Iowa graduating class of 1957. Too much happened during the final five months of the class’s senior year of high school. Also, too many years have passed to present accurate memories of activities and events. The 1950s, and especially the year 1957 was a very exciting decade and still is. It was a time of happiness, individually, and plain good old fun.

 

CASTLE ON THE RHINE
International Suspense

Brady Lane is happy to be retired from the US Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID). He is enjoying life with his second wife, Julie, and his two lovely daughters. But at the age of forty-five, Brady finds he’s not quite ready to retire when his expertise is requested to help solve the murder of his close friend and former partner. Brady and Julie relocate to Germany, where they find themselves enmeshed in an international intrigue, chasing down an arms and drug smuggler whose only motivation is money. This deftly plotted thriller will have you on the edge of your seat as you discover what really goes on beneath the tranquil exterior of the Castle on the Rhine.

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ISBN10: 1478731192
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Crystal Lake Secrets:
Kurt Chapel Book 1

 

Kurt Chapel former CIA operative, Navy SEAL, and mercenary decides to give up his dangerous occupation after the successful rescue of a Croatian politician’s daughter. During the rescue in the countryside near Zagreb, he killed the three kidnappers that were holding her for ransom. Kurt makes the decision to hide his past and relocate to the small central Texas city of Kingston and begin a new life as a novelist. But it isn’t long before he realizes that this pleasant little town is bursting at the seams with corruption and danger. Beautiful blonde realtor Norma Price enlists his help to figure out what her seemingly mild-mannered husband, Bill, has been doing at high-end listings represented by Price Realty. The truth they uncover will catch several people in a web of blackmail and corruption, and Kurt’s CIA connections will be priceless in bringing the criminals to justice. Smart, funny, and fast-paced, this romance/thriller will keep you guessing and leave you anticipating the next book in the Kurt Chapel series.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 30, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478757655
ISBN13: 9781478757658
Genre: FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

More books by Jerry Snodgrass include
WOODCREST 911
Man from the Sea
NIGHT SHADOWS

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Rodney D. Brooks

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About the Author:

Rodney D. Brooks, co-founder of What If?, is the president and founder of Brothers Brooks Vision 2 Mission LLC, has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and Operations in several Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Rodney has been a Sunday school teacher for over 25 years and a church deacon for over 15 years.

What IF? Just A.S.K.: How Our Youth Can Change, Improve or Become An Influence In Those Things They Desire

What if you could change, improve, or become an influence in areas of your life that are important to you? What if you could have a positive impact on people around you, while fulfilling your own goals? What if you could apply a simple, effective tool to every situation, and have a better outcome? Would you do it? If someone asked you how to do it, could you tell them? Just A.S.K. is the result of an eye-opening, world-changing collaboration between Rodney Brooks and his daughter Breanne Brooks. This simple yet profound process allows individuals to begin asking the right questions, seeking the answers, and utilizing resources. Most of all, it encourages people to accurately assess and believe in their abilities. Just A.S.K. is a particularly valuable tool to teach self-confidence and critical thinking skills to young people who are looking for reliable, practical guidance as they step out into the wider world. Just A.S.K. how this book can make your life better—you’ll be glad you did!

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ISBN10: 1478783605
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Genre: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

What If I Want to Be a Christian?: Just A.S.K.

There are some facets of Christianity that are hard for young people to fully grasp! This fun, easy-to-follow guide uses the A.S.K. process to help our youth discover what it means to be Christian and to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior:

• Ask the question

• Seek the answer within yourself first and then use your resources

• Know and believe in your abilities

What If I Want to Be a Christian? offers a simple yet compelling way to answer this question and others, along with resources for greater understanding of young people’s roles in Christianity. It all starts with A.S.K.!

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