Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Madelyn I. Sawyer

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About the Author:

Madelyn Sawyer started her aviation career by serving in the United States Navy as an air traffic controller based in Puerto Rico. She has worked for the FAA for more than 30 years; 25 of those years as a special agent. Her aviation career beyond the FAA has including soloing in a Cessna-150, flying as a flight attendant, working in airline crew scheduling, and teaching water survival classes to pilots and flight attendants.
Away from the world of aviation, Madelyn has two children and three grandchildren. She is a distance runner and an avid outdoor enthusiast. In 2009 she launched a business called Grandmothers on the Run (www.grandmothersontherun.com ), an online clothing company for active, busy, and very proud grandmothers.

Hired to Protect: Adventures of a Federal Air Marshal

Maggie Stewart didn’t gain the nickname “Mad Dog Stewart” without a reason. From the charred remains of an airline tragedy, Maggie Stewart’s career began as a Federal Air Marshal. From that point on, her career, and her life, would never be the same. Chapter after chapter, this spell-binding story tells of her brushes with danger and intrigue, every page telling of her incredible adventures as she flies around the world “Hired to Protect” passengers and crew members, while on duty as a Federal Air Marshal for the United States Government.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 16, 2012)
ISBN10: 143279390X
ISBN13: 9781432793906
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers

Hired to Defend

Maggie Stewart didn’t get the nickname “Mad Dog Stewart” without reason. She’s determined and tough, meeting the rigorous physical and personal requirements to serve as a Federal Air Marshal—a job that allows her to travel the world, but also demands the very best she has to give, under stressful circumstances. Traveling armed and in teams, Maggie faces danger and tragedy that most people see only in the movies. Maggie’s life changes professionally and personally when she leaves the air marshal cadre for a promotion to a Supervisory Special Agent. The stress and politics intensify, but the terrorist plots aren’t slowing down. From California to Washington DC, Maggie’s field experience and dedication are put to the test every day—and she is faced with personal sacrifices that her calling requires. This exciting real-life story is a compelling portrait of a woman who rose to a position of incredibly demanding accountability, and who faced life and death decisions. Travel along with Maggie and learn the reality of what it means to serve and protect—both in the air and behind the scenes!

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 27, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478726962
ISBN13: 9781478726968
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers

Hired To Serve: The Third Book of the Adventures of a Federal Air Marshal

Maggie Stewart didn’t get the nickname “Mad Dog Stewart” for no reason. She’s determined and tough. She passed the rigorous requirements to serve as a Federal Air Marshal with flying colors–and now she’s facing new challenges. When she leaves the air marshal cadre, little does she know that she’s in for the fight of her life. The stress and politics intensify, but the terrorist plots aren’t slowing down. After experiencing the most horrific day in American history, she not only fights against terrorism, but enemies from within. This exciting behind-the-scenes real-life story is a compelling portrait of a woman who rose to a position of incredibly demanding accountability and personal sacrifice. Travel along with Maggie and learn the reality of what it means to protect, defend, and serve this great country of ours.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 156 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 13, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478752831
ISBN13: 9781478752837
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Sam Oputa

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About the Author:

Raised in an environment where religion was never forced, Sam Oputa became a Protestant, then later a practicing Catholic with an interest in religious studies. He attended Bronx Community College and Baruch College of the City University of New York. He also received an MBA in 2005.

Why Was Man Created?: War of the Gods- Yahweh Vs Satan

Before they re-engineered man, they were living here on earth by themselves for eons of years. They decided to “let Us create man.” But WHY? Most people have at one time or another asked themselves, Why am I here? What is my purpose? It’s a difficult and profound question, and a common conclusion is that we were created for God’s glory. This may be true, but it is not logical. There must be a far more specific reason for our creation. This work is a navigation and connection of dots to understand creations/evolution through the sciences, psychology, geology, anthropology, religion and mostly through the Holy Books which harbor mountain of misunderstood scientific evidences. This work did not shy way from misunderstood myths of the Annunakis who some know as the watchers or the angels. I will want to think that the sciences in the Holy Books are either not understood for what they are or are simply misinterpreted. This author borrows extremely from narrations in the Holy Books as recorded in narratives and from other sources as narrated in folklore, other authors and geological/anthropological findings. This book redefines days and nights especially when applied to creation. “And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:5 describes the first day as happening even before the earth is formed. This tells you immediately that The All-Powerful Creator is not stating earthly days. How can He, when the Earth was not in existence? The Book of Genesis if properly read and understood, contains information most people will never see. You cannot even start to think about something that you don’t understand but when such puzzles are explained, they no longer appear to be mysteries. Just like the Book started as “In the Beginning…” so also the Book has given us “In the end…” It is hard to see this information just like it was difficult to find the Big Bang in those Biblical first few words. Though, the book of genesis was not the big bang of this book, that we gleaned new information from it, is satisfaction enough. A simple arithmetic manipulation brings to light some hidden information in the book of Genesis. The simple arithmetic was performed in this book but you need to read the details and apply it to fully grasp how it works. “Why are we created?” will also explain in simple terms why man was created and for what reason and purpose. You will be shocked to finally come to terms as to why Man was created.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 22, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478706112
ISBN13: 9781478706113
Genre: RELIGION / Religion & Science

God is Not Enough, Messiah Needed: Messiah Ascends to Heaven

If it was explained to you that that Light that shone in the night and transformed into cloud in the day which helped lead the Israelites in the wilderness day and night out of Egypt was an aircraft, you might exclaim- Ah ha! If it was explained to you that the star that led the three wise men to Jerusalem was not a star but an aircraft, an alarm bell might go off. If it was explained to you that Prophet Ezekiel was describing an aircraft in Chapter 10, you will say, how did they know. They were even different aircraft models. When Prophet Elijah was taken to heaven, did you think the angels did it? Of course, an aircraft was involved. And when Prophet Enoch explained the beings he witnessed and their manner of travels- fast movement using the aircraft, his book was not included in the Bible. Our forefathers were not stupid. So, who were the operators of those sophisticated and awesome machines? It was difficult for the prophets to come up with the vocabulary needed to describe what they saw. Let us see if given such an assignment if we can do any better. Let us see, if your assignment was to write what you were observing for future generations like those prophets did. Think for a moment what a daunting job that would be. First, your ability to describe what you are seeing is difficult and on a verge of near impossible. It is so difficult that your descriptions even if it appears well phrased and okay to you, what are the chances that the future generations could make sense of your descriptions? This is the dilemma of all the messengers of that time. The Gods were wowing them with technologies never been seen or understood. The prophets saw what they saw and wrote what they saw. The constraints are that we are assigning interpretations to these recorded events not applying logic, science, texts etc. You know that a star will not move and stop and resume movement again like the Bible described. Science made that perfectly clear. To ignore science here to help you think logically is the problem why many people pretend to believe by faith. There was something in the sky moving quite alright but it was not a star. It was the best way the writers could describe it. What was moving up in the sky? Many people believe what they believe because it is generally accepted. Some only accept interpretations that are confirmed by their version of The Holy Books, and they consider any use of reason in religious matters to be misleading and impermissible. In God Is Not Enough–a groundbreaking and thought-provoking book–the author attempts to deconstruct the puzzles surrounding the concept of God. Who is He? And are these questions really unanswerable?

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 30, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478703644
ISBN13: 9781478703648
Genre: RELIGION / Faith

Faith or Reason: Can Science Silence God?

They used air-crafts. Our forefathers likened such technologies to airships. The Bible mentioned the airships. Not once, not twice but they were mentioned in the book of Genesis. Prophet Ezekiel also told us about these airships. Did you miss the biblical mentions too? The Gods were not hiding themselves from our forefathers. They grew plants and tamed animals. The book of Enoch explained it. In some places in the Bible, the ships were described as moving stars. Fortunately, we now know that stars does not move and stop as was described. All the above were science and technology. Not Faith. If they moved by means of airships, would that make them omnipresent or omniscience? Science and technology- yes but omnipresence– the quality of being everywhere– is not one of their characteristics. We as humans assigned those characteristics to the “Gods” Some people believe that the Earth is 4.6 billion years by evidence. Some believe the earth is 6000 years by faith. Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. That verse 2 alone if understood puts paid to arguments that there is no God. It also describes the form of transportation and arrival of these God(s) via an aircraft christened “spirit of God” that hovered on the surface of the waters as there was no land to land. That verse, if understood puts paid to the argument that there were no intelligent beings. That verse confirms that there were intelligent beings existing long before the earth formed. The name of the Gods’ aircraft will come to play again in the book of prophet Ezekiel and described again in the Book of Enoch. Do not forget that science puts earth at approximately 4.6 billion years and 13.7 billion years for the universe. What this means is that there were intelligent beings billions of years ago before earth formed. It is therefore wise to logically assume that their knowledge and experience far exceeds our still developing intelligence, discoveries and experience. It is also logical to assume that if man was to live just 4.6 billion years, our smarts, discoveries and experiences will far outpace the level where we are at this moment. Genesis verse two therefore is a description of initial moments when the intelligent beings landed on earth’s atmosphere.
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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 201 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 17, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478733179
ISBN13: 9781478733171
Genre: RELIGION / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / Old Testament

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: TJ Viola

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About the Author:

Tom and Judy Viola were both raised on Staten Island, New York. Tom is a retired engineer with an interest in the Roaring Twenties and its impact on American culture. Judy is a retired middle school science teacher and registered nurse with an interest in history, science, and the power of language. Since completing The Gumshoe Chronicles, the Violas are currently working on a new science fiction project.
The Gumshoe Chronicles: 1920

In New York City during Prohibition, only gutter rules apply.

New York City, 1920. “I’ve killed more people in the last year than I did in the entire war,” says newly minted private eye Joey Batista.

No wonder the DA is after him. But so are Chicago mobsters, a New York drug lord, a corrupt politician, a viperous hit man and even his old gang. Not even Joey’s tight Italian family can keep him out of trouble. In fact, they’ve got secrets of their own. It helps to have a friend on the police force and the respect of the local mob boss.

And it doesn’t hurt to have two gorgeous assistants who keep their wits sharp, their knives close and their beds warm. But only Joey can solve the one case that truly haunts him — the mysterious deaths of several young girls at the hands of a serial killer, the same thug who might have murdered the only woman Joey ever loved.

In New York City during Prohibition, only gutter rules apply. And Joey learns if you’re gonna survive, you gotta call up your demons, and just hope they don’t destroy you.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 20, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432736914
ISBN13: 9781432736910
Genre: FICTION / General


The Gumshoe Chronicles 1921

In 1920s New York, the streets hold no secrets—if you’ve got the right connections.

New York City, 1921. “Get too close to the Mafia and you’ll be nothing more than a puppet with the Syndicate pulling the strings.” It’s not the first time Joey Batista, private eye, has heard this warning, but this time he’s honor-bound by his family’s ties to Castellano, the neighborhood mob boss. When Castellano brings in Joey to solve a local waterfront murder, then sends him to Detroit to help settle a Mafia power struggle, Joey realizes his hopes of building a nice, quiet PI business with his gorgeous partner, Jackie, are dashed. If that weren’t enough, he’s also being pursued by a killer with a blood vendetta, an unscrupulous DA, and a pair of notorious hit men. When Castellano’s family is threatened, Joey is drawn deeper into the inner workings of the underworld, pitting him against a foe so deadly that even Joey’s wartime skills as an assassin might not save him. As the neighborhood braces for a Mafia standoff, Joey must decide once and for all where he stands.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 13, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432787950
ISBN13: 9781432787950
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

The Gumshoe Chronicles 1922

In 1920s New York, sometimes enemies make surprising bedfellows.

New York City, 1922. “I can’t protect the neighborhood forever,” says private eye, Joey Batista, but what choice does he have? With Prohibition in full swing, the rules are changing, and Mafia bosses, like Big Ben Napoli, will sacrifice anything to claim their place in the new order. When Castellano steps down and appoints his ruthless son as the new godfather, Joey finds himself once again in the middle of a Mafia power struggle. To restore balance, he seeks assistance from two unlikely allies, former members of his WWI elite fighting troop who have ties to the growing Communist Party. When Joey’s best friend, Sergeant Mike O’Reilly, is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, Joey’s long-standing feud with the corrupt DA comes to a head, just as the streets of his neighborhood turn into a battleground. But how can Joey keep the peace without sacrificing what matters most – his family and the love of the only woman who has stood with him through it all?

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 431 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 09, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478738936
ISBN13: 9781478738930
Genre: FICTION / Crime

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Brooke Lewis

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author-3About the Author:

Brooke Lewis is a multi-award-winning Actress, Producer, Author, Board Certified Life Coach and Dating Expert. She has done writing, speaking and TV segments in media such as CBS2 KCAL9 Los Angeles, San Diego Living CW6, CBS 8 Las Vegas Now, Fox 5 Vegas, AM Buffalo, FOX 29 Philadelphia, John Kerwin Live, AfterBuzz TV, Pop Trigger TV, Brandi Glanville Unfiltered, Huffington Post, She Knows, Your Tango, Her Campus, Girls Life, Woman’s Day, Female First and Meet Mindful. She was the Creator and Host of the award-winning talk show and web series Ms. Vampy’s Tween Tawk, Teen Tawk & In Between Tawk. Brooke is also known as the sassy co-host on the dating talk show Breaking Dating. She has empowered teens, women and men around the world, giving them knowledge they can use in their everyday lives and giving them the confidence they need to go after their dreams. Her motto is…BE FEARLESS!

cover-21Coaching from a Professed Hot Mess:
Tips on Life, Love, Dating, Online Dating, Female Empowerment & LGBT Support from a Board Certified Life Coach, TV Dating Expert & Hot Mess

Tips to help you embrace your hot mess, be fearless and own it!

HOT MESS: refers to when a “person’s appearance is in a state of total disarray while still maintaining an undeniable attractiveness” and allure. Hot messes’ are appealing for a variety of reasons, most notably because they’re generally unexpected, capricious and agonizingly provocative. Additionally, numerous contingent factors make duplication rare and continual repetition virtually impossible. No one set of guidelines can perpetually determine what distinguishes a “hot mess” from an above-average train wreck. Regardless of the circumstances, you know it when you see it; because they are typically conspicuous, and obviously they are always awesome.

“I cannot tell you how good it feels to be self-aware enough to admit and embrace my “flaws”. Along with my strengths, my “flaws” and weaknesses make me vulnerable, special and unique. I also believe that by sharing my HOT MESS quirks with you, it will support you in embracing your HOT MESS quirks, too! Let’s break the ‘rules’ and stop chasing “perfection”. It gets tiring trying to be “perfect” all the time, doesn’t it?” – Brooke Lewis
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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 25, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478777109
ISBN13: 9781478777106
Genre: REFERENCE / Etiquette


cover-20Ms. Vampy’s Teen Tawk: There’s A Lotta Power In Ya Choices

I am a Vampiress from Brooklyn with a mission! Do you know how many teen girls struggle with the courage to make the right choices and find their own voice? My mission is to empower teen girls to be courageous, so they can make the right choices and find their own voice. I may be over 100 years old now, but, remember, Vampires never grow up! I still feel like a teenager at heart and I still struggle with the same issues and challenges I did 85 years ago. I’ve also been through over 100 years of challenges and experiences, so I think that qualifies me as a freakin’ “expert”, don’t you? I mean, there ain’t nothin’ I haven’t seen or heard, so I am inspired to share both my mistakes and successes with you. I will also tell ya that some of my biggest successes and lessons have come from making mistakes and the wrong choices. You just gotta pick yourself up, start over and make different choices the next time. At any time, you have the power to create a “do-ova” and feel differently, think differently, dress differently and be different. I, and this book, are here to support you, guide you and honor you in areas where you are feeling stuck, confused, fearful, insecure or simply needing help. I may have only tawked to them a few times, but I know your role models like Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift would also tell you to “Be You…And, Be Fearless” and in Ms. Vampy words, “VAMP IT OUT!”.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 30, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478783591
ISBN13: 9781478783596
Genre: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: T. Charles Brantley Ph.D

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author-2About the Author:

Dr. T. Charles Brantley is the senior pastor of Restorations Springs interdenominational church in Waterbury, Connecticut. TC has been married to Jackie for over 25 years with two children, Timothy II and Jocelyn R. He received his accreditation in pastoral counseling from the International Board of Christians Counselors. He is a relationship expert on Hot 937 (WZMX – CBS Radio – Connecticut #1 radio Station). Furthermore, he is a relationship TV correspondent for CT Style (ABC) and Stan Simpson Show (FOX).

T. Charles Brantley Ph.D is also chief counselor at Strong Marriages. He has earned a double Doctorate and Master Degrees from Newburgh Theological Seminary. He has an Accredited Board Certified Pastoral Counselor and Diploma in Biblical Counseling from American Association of Christian Counselors.

cover-15New Sheets: Hot Passionate Undefiled Married Sex

T. Charles Brantley Ph.D’s first book speaks about heterosexual marriage as it relates to sex. Especially for Christians, the church has been taboo. This book will encourage couples to talk about their sexual desires and inhibitions within the boundaries of the married bed. The audience is for engaged and married heterosexual couples. The church can not be silent about sexuality because of the high divorce rate within the church.  The book conveys an unique message is for married heterosexual couples to say and speak to one another in truth as it relates too their sexuality. The joys of sex should be for married couples.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 52 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 14, 2006)
ISBN10: 1598008048
ISBN13: 9781598008043
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Marriage & Long Term Relationships


cover-16You Can’t Have the Head (Christ) Without the Body (Church): Diligo Corpus Sarcalogos (Love the Body of Christ)

Pastor T. Charles Brantley M. Div continues his quest to bring reality to the body of Christ in his latest book “You Can’t Have the Head without the Body.” The author of such books: “New Sheets”, “Real Men Don’t Have Closets”, “Successful Marriages for Successful Men”, “Even Christians Use the Bathroom” and “Store Front Churches” comes his latest work. Within this book, T. Charles Brantley disdains the notion that one can love Christ and hate HIS (Jesus) body. This rumor has gone on for Christians for too long and this book dismantles such hypocrisy and lies.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 10, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432734059
ISBN13: 9781432734053
Genre: RELIGION / Theology

cover-17Cracked Tiara: Recovering from Affairs, Major Disappointments & Emotional Abuse within the Marriage

In this book,  T. Charles Brantley Ph.d declares the importance for wives to change once their husbands have made the initial and
consistent change in their lives. The change he speaks of is a change that may have destroyed the life of the marriage, such as adultery or lying.

The premise of this book is that once the husband has made a permanent change in his life, as it relates to his family, his wife must move on and try to find the love in her marriage again. Both spouses are hurting from the sins of the other and it will take time and counseling for the marriage to recover; its time to fix the Tiara.

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Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 132 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 29, 2011)
ISBN10: 1432774964
ISBN13: 9781432774967
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Marriage & Long Term Relationships

perf6.000x9.000.inddSINGLE LADIES: Get Ready For Your Man: THOU SHALT’S for DATING as you await your Husband-to-Be

This book highlights the things women should do for themselves as they venture in the arena of relationships. It is written especially for women who did not have a father figure in their lives. Why is this important? Because a woman will sometimes find anything to fill this need. This book is full of THOU SHALTS. Some will be positive and others will be negative. But THOU SHALTS are just points to ponder before you marry that special someone.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 12, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478742194
ISBN13: 9781478742197
Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Love & Romance

perf6.000x9.000.inddThou Shalt NOT Be Full Time Parents: Danger of Loving Your Kids More than Each Other

Always full-time lovers never full-time parents. This statement must rain in your head like crazy. You can’t fall into the trap of being full- time parents. You have to stay the course and fight that spirit that says you must give all to the child. You must remain full-time lovers. You have to fight it. You have to make it a priority to be full-time lovers. I know the child needs you, but your husband or wife needs you more. Yes, I said it. We can admit that we will never hold down the lover part consistently, and now and then put being the parent into the mix. Usually, what takes priority is being a full-time parent. If you want to be GREAT parents be an abnormal couple in love. Go against the flow of loving your kids more than each other. The more you love your spouse the more you can love your children.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 24, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478782900
ISBN13: 9781478782902
Genre: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / General

 

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Andrew Olearchyk, MD

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authorAbout the Author:

Andrew S. Olearchyk, MD graduated from Medical University of Warsaw (1953-61), completed rotating internship (1961-62) at the Сity Hospital in Starachowice, training with certification for the 1st degree specialization in anesthesiology (1962-64) and general surgery (1962-65) at the City Hospital in Starachowice and at the Voi. Hospital in Kielce, Poland. He became a US citizen on Sep. 20, 1972. Dr. Olearchyk completed his rotating internship at Memorial Hospital (1967-68) in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, residency in general surgery (1968-73) at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, and at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, and residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery (TCVS, 1980-82) at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PA).

Andrew Olearchyk, MD is licensed to practice medicine and surgery in PA (1970-2010), Ohio (OH, 1974-77), North Carolina (1977-80) and New Jersey (NJ, 1978-present). Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery (1976-87) and the American Board of Thoracic (and Cardiac) Surgery (1983-2023), practiced general surgery in Philadelphia (1973-74), Dayton, OH (1974-77), TCVS – in NJ and Philadelphia (1982-2007). Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (1984 – present) and Honorary Member of the Association of Cardiovascular Surgeons of Ukraine (1996 – present).

He wrote 213 publications, including papers, monographs and books and contributed to the knowledge of general surgery, urology, anesthesiology, TCVS. He also introduced his own techniques or its modifications into cardiac and vascular surgery.

He is married to Renata M. Sharan, who is an Ukrainian-American sociologist. Their children are Christina, Roman and Adrian.

Andrew Olearchyk, MD  enjoys vegetarian food, running 5 miles once or twice a week, swimming and skiing.

cover-11A Surgeon’s Universe: Volume 1

“A Surgeon’s Universe” by Andrew S. Olearchyk, MD, is unique because it is composed in the form intermediate between encyclopedia, memoirs, medicine and documented reportage…honest, wise, intelligent, professional…This produces an optimal balance and beams on the very attractive personality of the author devoted to the truth, meticulous, humane and professionally dexterous. The author and his family team are looking out and talking with a reader from every page… (Evgenii V. Kolesov, MD). The 1st volume’s time period stretches from antiquity to the 3rd quarter of the 20th century, depicts the most important events of mankind that are the beginning of writing, the domestication of the horse, Christianization, laying out the heliocentric system of the creation of the Solar system and the Universe, discovery of America, the circumnavigation of the Earth, the development of modern transportation, the fission of the atomic nucleus, World War (WW) I and II, and on the personal level, the author’s childhood, maturity and the beginning of studies of medicine.

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ISBN10: 1478771488
ISBN13: 9781478771487
Genre: MEDICAL / Surgery / Genera


cover-12A Surgeon’s Universe: Volume 2

The 2nd volume of A Surgeon’s Universe encompasses the 3rd and the 4th quarters of the 20th century, marked by the development of modern medicine and the beginning of space exploration, culminating in man’s landing on the Moon, the author’s graduation from the medical university, postgraduate internship, specialization / residency and practice in anesthesia, general surgery and TCVS.

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ISBN10: 1478771453
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cover-13A Surgeon’s Universe: Volume 3

The 3rd volume of A Surgeon’s Universe depicts the events of the last quarter of the 20th century, illuminates the development of noninvasive and robotic surgery, deep space exploration, continuation of the practice in TCVS, the emergence of Independent Ukraine (1991) after 335 years of the Russian yoke. The 4th volume describes events of the first quarter of the 21th century when we witnessed further improvement in noninvasive and hybrid TCVS, progress in exploration of the deep space. The undeclared hybrid war by Communist-Nazi Russian Federation (RF) against Ukraine in 2014-15 included invasion and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, the Russian-Ukrainian War in eastern Ukraine in order to grasp more territories. Thus Communist-Nazi RF, like Nazi Germany in 1938-42 broke the existing international laws and treaties.

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ISBN10: 147877147X
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Genre: MEDICAL / Surgery / General

cover-14A Surgeon’s Universe: Volume 4

The 4th volume of A Surgeon’s Universe describes events of the first quarter of the 21th century when we witnessed further improvement in noninvasive and hybrid TCVS, progress in exploration of the deep space. The undeclared hybrid war by Communist-Nazi Russian Federation (RF) against Ukraine in 2014-15 included invasion and annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, the Russian-Ukrainian War in eastern Ukraine in order to grasp more territories. Thus Communist-Nazi RF, like Nazi Germany in 1938-42 broke the existing international laws and treaties.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 01, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478771461
ISBN13: 9781478771463
Genre: MEDICAL / Surgery / General

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An Interview with Award-Winning Author Dawn Menge, Creator of the Queen Vernita Book Series

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Dawn Menge’s lauded Queen Vernita children’s book series now numbers seven impressive adventures and has racked up dozens of awards since the first book, Queen Vernita’s Visitors, was published by Outskirts Press in 2008. The exciting travels of the title character have earned Dawn legions of loyal fans as well, and as you’ll see, there are valuable lessons to be gleaned from each of Queen Vernita’s stops around the globe.

Dawn Menge has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, and clear credential in Special Education. She has worked with the severely handicapped population for 20 years. She combines imagination with practical skills to make learning fun.

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Dawn has called upon her years working with severely handicapped individuals and her personal adventures to create the characters, kingdom and vivid adventures in the Queen Vernita book series.

As Dawn gears up planning for future Queen Vernita quests, we caught up with the celebrated author to learn more about what inspired her seemingly unlikely path into an award-winning writing career:

OP: You’ve published an amazing children’s series with Queen Vernita and her adventures. Can you tell us about the books in the series?

DM: The character Queen Vernita is based on my grandmother, Vernita. This amazing queen lives in the Oceaneer’s kingdom in the land of Quails. Each year she visits a different region of her kingdom. The queen spends each month with 12 different friends. During each month, she discovers new flora or fauna of the area: She has learned about sharks, sea horses, whales, otters, dolphins, eels; she held a baby alligator and many other exciting creatures. She has learned how to whitewater raft, snorkel in glacier waters, went grunion hunting, swam with sharks, dolphins and manta rays. The queen is always very active and enjoys trying new adventures in each new region. During each month she learns seven new facts for each day of the first week.

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Queen Vernita and Sir HeathyBean the Astronomer spend the entire year learning about the solar system. Sir HeathyBean the Astronomer is based on my brother, who is an astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They spent the whole year learning about planets and asteroids. I love to travel, and each of the books is based on a trip that I have taken. Every activity in the book is an actual adventure I have had, as in swimming with the sharks, eels, manta rays and dolphins.

OP: What led to writing the first book, and did you always envision producing a series?

DM: I wrote the first book in the series while I was receiving my special education credential. I have been working with severely handicapped students for almost 20 years. In one of the classes we were required to write a math book and create a board game to go with the math book. I created Queen Vernita’s Visitors. I decided to self-publish the book and wasn’t anticipating writing any other books. Within several months I was nominated by Outskirts press for the EVVY award and Queen Vernita’s Visitors won first place. I then started participating in interviews. I was asked when the next book was coming out, my response was, “What next book?” But the seed was planted in my imagination, and off Queen Vernita went on her next adventure. I have had a wonderful time writing the series and have met so many interesting people.

OP: How long have you been writing and publishing this series for children?

DM: Queen Vernita’s Visitors was published in 2008. There are seven books in the series: Queen Vernita Visits the Blue Ice Mountains, Queen Vernita Meets Sir HeathyBean the Astronomer, Queen Vernita Visits the Islands of Enchantment, Queen Vernita Visits Baja Quails, Queen Vernita Explores the Oceaneer’s Coastline and Queen Vernita Visits Gator Country.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in Queen Vernita?

DM: The Queen Vernita series is based on the format of learning the math concepts of days of the weeks, months of the year, and seasons. Within each format are fascinating facts about each new region. My readers are looking for knowledge on many different subjects, travel, adventure and excitement. My hope is that my books encourage children and adults to delve into new subjects by expanding their informational search beyond the pages of the Queen Vernita’s adventures. I hope they seek out more books, information on the internet and also expand their adventurous side and see new things—and meet many new people.

OP: What do you feel differentiates this series from other children’s series?

DM: This series is different from other adventure series because it is based on my real adventures and real people. Each friend in Queen Vernita’s books is an actual person in my life and each adventure is a true experience I have had. It promotes curiosity in others and a sense of accomplishment. It is not impossible to experience holding a baby alligator or have a manta ray swim up to you, to play with a seal in the ocean or sit on a beach cooking up the grunion from a grunion run, to sleep outside and count the stars as you are camping in the forest. It also teaches about several disabilities and the capabilities of these children. Queen Vernita’s series touches on cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and the deaf and blind. Queen Vernita also meets Harper Lee, who is a therapy dog, and she learns all about the benefits that a therapy dog has on someone who may suffer from an emotional or physical disability.

OP: Tell us about the amazing illustrations and the illustrators you’ve worked with.

DM: My first several books were illustrated by Bobbi Switzer, whom I contracted through Outskirts Press. As the content of my books became higher and there was more text, I decided to create a different look for the older students. I met my current illustrator, Pamela Snyder, at a book event and as she lives very close to me, our collaboration is more personal. Pamela has also painted a beautiful mural on my wall from my travels in Kona, Hawaii. I wake up each morning to turtles swimming in the ocean. Pamela is able to take an actual picture I have taken on one of my adventures and turn it into a beautiful illustration for a Queen Vernita adventure.

OP: Tell us a little about publishing with Outskirts Press. What was that like?

DM: Publishing with Outskirts Press has been an exciting part of my life. I have had so many experiences that have enhanced my life, it is hard to name. They made the process easy for me, and I was able to produce seven beautiful books to share with children across the world. If it were not for Outskirts Press, I would not have been able to read my books to the hundreds of children in libraries from New York to California, Idaho to Colorado.

Each year I attend the Book Festival at the University of Arizona and there I met a woman who was traveling to Ghana, Africa, to build a library. I donated a set of books and she sent me pictures of the children checking them out. I have been the featured author for a local school district for the past five years. I have met so many wonderful young authors, and each May they have a conference and I spend hours listening to the children read their stories to me. I have stayed in contact with some of these young authors and helped to encourage them to write more stories. I am also the Ambassador for California for the United States Board on Books for Young People. This is an international literacy group. I was able to travel to New York City last fall and met exciting authors and librarians from all over the world. The session that had the most impact on me was the “Children and War” authors. I am also a member of the Society of Children’s book writers and illustrators. I have attended several of their conferences and workshops. The have inspired me to keep working on my craft and to increase my skills. The authors and illustrators that I have met have been encouraging and supportive at whatever level you happen to be working on from pre-published to traditionally publish. I encourage all authors to join and become as involved as possible with their local chapter.

I recently attended the National Indie author day at the San Bernardino library. There I met other self-published authors from our local area. It was an exciting day.

OP: Your series has won a number of awards, to put it very modestly. Tell us about that.

DM: The Queen Vernita educational series has won 31 literary awards, which include: EVVYs, Readers Favorites, Reader’s Views, Story Monster Approved, Purple Dragonfly, USA Best Book Awards, Mom’s Choice, the American Children’s Book Society Scooter Award and an A+ rating. I feel very honored that my series has won these awards, and I plan to continue to become more skilled in my writing, so that I can share more of my adventures with a bigger audience.

OP: Do you plan to publish more of Queen Vernita’s adventures?

DM: I have not published a Queen Vernita adventure book in several years, as I was finishing my dissertation to receive my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. I graduated in 2015. I am now back to my creative writing projects and plan on writing many more Queen Vernita books, including: Queen Vernita conquers the Volcanic Islands, Queen Vernita snorkels through Paradise Reef, Queen Vernita travels on an old fashioned paddle boat and many more. I also plan on expanding my writing and will publish other stories as my imagination and real life adventure allow.


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