Andrew Ceroni is the 2019 Best Book of the Year Author

The votes are in and for the third time in nine years the winner of the 2019 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year is Andrew Ceroni, author of the CIA thriller, The Red Shore!

The three finalists in our annual Best Book of the Year contest all won First Place EVVY Awards during the Colorado Independent Book Awards Gala in their respective categories, so they’re all winners in our book; but only one can claim our highest honor: The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

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As all the finalists will no doubt attest, winning the Best Book of the Year is no small feat, so to accomplish it three times with three different books (Snow Men, Meridian, and The Red Shore) is truly a remarkable achievement. Andrew earned 70% of the votes in the public poll last week at SelfPublishingNews.com.

Congratulations, Andrew! Please enjoy the kudos and the $1,500 Grand Prize that accompanies it.

About the Author:

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 lives in Colorado with his family.

About the Book:

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.

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight on Bob Love

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors, and we do so in many way, including through our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight blog series. Today we shine the spotlight on Outskirts Press author Bob Love.

Bob Love was born in 1933 by a mid-wife at Mountain Home, Elmore County, Idaho, and raised in the territory in which this story is set. From age four years, he spent the summers with his aunt and uncle, the county road overseer, following along the 80-mile road through Pine Grove, Featherville, Rocky Bar, and over the summit of Mt. Baldy to Atlanta, opening and maintaining the corridor.

Love spent his 52-year career in law enforcement and the insurance industry. He served for 43 years as an independent adjuster/investigator including major case aviation, maritime and commercial risk cases. His research stretched from the conception in 1957 to the publication of his first non-fiction book, Destiny’s Voyage, in 2006.

Following his Korean War service in the USAF Love joined the Boise Police Department. He ultimately became the Chief of Police in Nyssa, Oregon, then served as a detective for the Ada County Sheriff in Idaho. Declining a bid to run for Sheriff, Bob entered the independent adjuster profession in Idaho. In 1967 he took a mid-winter trip with his wife and daughters to Fairbanks, Alaska. He also spent two and a half years in Hawaii handling major case claims, including aircraft accidents in the Marshall Island and during filming of the Magnum PI TV show. Love has been a student of journalism since he was editor of his high school paper, and his college major before the military draft interrupted his studies. Now retired Love resides with his lovely companion Patricia and their Bishon, Murphy, in Boise, Idaho.

Peg Leg Annie: Pistol Packing Madam, Rocky Bar, Idaho Territory

Annie McIntyre is a four-year-old girl from an Iowa farm, trekking across the vast uncivilized lands of the American frontier. This is a young girl growing up in an Idaho Territorial mining camp of Rocky Bar whose experience from the gunfight in the street involving her father, a marriage to an abusive man old enough to be her father, and the birth of her children, escaping the abuse of her miner husband, and leads Annie on a path to destiny. Being alone and in need of self-preservation she became a saloon dancer ultimately forming her own brothels. Becoming a strong gruff woman packing a .44 pistol, she still had a compassionate soul and humanitarian spirit, evidenced by her aid and financial assistance to miners. Then tragedy struck in the high mountains when caught in a snowstorm. Annie McIntyre Morrow’s story tells of the strength and resolve of this pistol-packing madam to survive. For the first time, this story lays to rest the identities of the two people who become the most intertwined in her life. The ending will perhaps pose controversy among those who hold Annie’s lifestyle in disrespect, but the author finds a deeper understanding through his personal faith. After hundreds of articles over the years this is the first book written about the life of Peg Leg Annie McIntyre Morrow. As her great-grand daughter in-law states, “she can now rest in peace.”

Mr. Love recently sent us an update on the exciting successes he has experienced with Peg Leg Annie:
“I want to tell you how pleased I am with my book. The cover has struct a chord and raved about in the local area where the story originates. My first book signing went off with a bang. Reception great, sold over $1300.00 in the 4 hours of the signing in Mountain Home, ID. The Museum Director, Debbie Sh0emaker, did a great job promoting including baking cookies in shape of the book with the cover in color projected on them. She baked a large 2 section cake, one with the book cover and one with an excerpt written in blue letters on white raised and scrolled page. It was held at the public library. More signings have been requested in the Boise (Treasure Valley) area and articles written. I was also invited and appeared on Boise State Univ. PBS Radio. I has been a thrilling ride and I hope it continues a little longer. The book quality is beyond my expectations and admired by all who have bought and read it. A plus side is I find readers saying it has enlightened their interest in researching more about the places I mention in the book as they read along with it. I am flattered by their comments and very pleased about the side benefit of education the readers are expressing. Thanks again for Lisa and the people of Outskirts Press.”

 

Thank you, Bob. And congratulations on all your successes.

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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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Or this one:

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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?

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.

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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!