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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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 17, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478783605
ISBN13: 9781478783602
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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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 77 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 31, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478788054
ISBN13: 9781478788058
Genre: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religion / Christianity

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Chidozie Osuwa

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About the Author:

Chidozie E. Osuwa, also known as “Poetic Style”, is an Author, Poet, Performer, and Songwriter originally from Nigeria. With the natural gift and passion to ignite feelings with his words, he quickly became a very well known poet in Baltimore, Maryland where he currently resides. His ability to perfectly depict what goes on in the minds and hearts of women in relation to love and pain makes him unique, and makes his work extremely relatable to say the least.

What She Feels

This is not just another poetry book filled with cliché quotes. What this is is every emotion a woman has ever felt when dealing with love, but could never put into words. This is looking at yourself in the mirror. This is finally being able to look at your situation from the outside looking in. This is a look into the too often scarred hearts of our women. This is inspiration. This is hope.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 09, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478754451
ISBN13: 9781478754459
Genre: POETRY / General

What She Still Feels

When it comes to love, the biggest decision most people are faced with is whether to let go, or fight harder. This book is your guide to making that decision. For some, this is everything you’ve felt; for others, this is everything you STILL feel. One thing that is for sure is that, after reading this book, the one question you will be left with is “How does he know my life so well?”

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Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 179 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 20, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478784806
ISBN13: 9781478784807
Genre: POETRY / General

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Author Spotlight: An Interview Author Shelly Kauffman

Shelly Kauffman, author of Life Established by Faith Shelly Kauffman is a creative individual from Juniata County, Pennsylvania. Her passion to write began as a little girl and the opportunity to become a published author transpired as a young adult. A sudden twist in her life prompted Shelly to prayerfully consider her next move. As a Christian, her faith in God and patience had established her life to this point and produced victory over her life’s most difficult challenges. Shelly was inspired to share her story with you.

We recently caught up with Shelly to learn about what inspired her book and what the future holds.

OP: What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Shelly: The title of my most recent book is A Life Established by Faith and Patience.

My book is a personal memoir of instances where God led me to do something, guided me out of a problematic situation, or bestowed blessings upon me.  This book was written as my testimony to God’s guiding light. The events, circumstances and people in my book lay a foundation to the turmoil and frustrations that I found myself dealing with as part of my everyday life.  Understanding what was happening in my life makes it easier to see and appreciate the peace, miracles and blessings God has bestowed upon me.

OP: Tell us something about yourself. 

Shelly: I am a stay-at-home mom with two very active children. I homeschool my oldest and serve as a full-time mother to my youngest. We have many animals to care for, and we plan to expand our furry family with another dog in the near future.

In addition to becoming reunited with my passion to write, I am also in the process of pursing another life-long desire of building my own business.

OP: What inspired you to write this book?

Shelly: During my morning Bible study and devotional time, immediately after my life took a sudden turn, God told me to give my testimony.  I was inspired to turn my testimony into my first published book.

OP: How did you choose the title?

Shelly: God inspired the title also.  His guidance came after praying for some time about a suitable title that would sufficiently summarize the message God and I wanted to tell, elaborate on my book’s personal contents and intrigue others to want to read it. I was proofing and critiquing my manuscript one evening, and God’s light shown through… my book was about A Life Established by Faith and Patience.

OP: What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

Shelly: I did not encounter any obstacles in getting this book published.  I opted not to seek a publisher and put myself through the frustration of trying to be noticed as an unknown author with my first book.  I self-published to streamline what God instructed me to do, and to satisfy a life-long desire to be a published author.

OP: How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

Shelly: I used to dream of becoming a published author; writing is a gift that has been given to me, and one I had an early desire to share.

I got started writing as a child.  I wrote constantly when I was little, but as I grew older my dream and ability to write grew cold when life became filled with responsibilities. One day I was prayerfully considering my next move; conversing with God my desires to write, design and help people.  It was then, during my morning Bible study and devotional time, when God told me to give my testimony.  I was inspired to turn my testimony into my long-awaited, first published book.

OP: Do you have any writing rituals?  

Shelly: No, I do not have any writing rituals.  I write what and when God leads.  Sometimes that is as simple as stopping to write down thoughts and ideas as they come, and then composing a narrative later.  Other times, I am led to set aside time and the narrative just flows.

OP: Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What? 

Shelly: I cannot say that I learned anything by writing the book.  However, as a self-published author, I am continually learning the avenues for exposing my work, and publication methods for my future books.

OP: If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?   

Shelly: I would not change anything regarding the choices for my first book. I am learning by trial and error and will implement changes with future books.

OP: What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?

Shelly: I very rarely read anything other than my Bible and devotionals, but when I do, I cannot say that have a favorite author.  I enjoy mysteries, but lately found myself geared toward inspirational Christian books.

OP: Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?  

Shelly: I currently have 3 books started for future publication.  They consist of two, adult, nonfiction, books in the category of Christian Life and inspirational memoirs.  These books are titled Living Outside the Box and Mom on the Move.  The third book I have in progress is a children/teen fiction book series beginning with a book titled The Stranger.  I am uncertain which book will be completed first and when, but I can provide some insight into what each one will contain.

Living Outside the Box will be highlighting my observations of the “cookie-cutter” society tends to force people through and my continuous efforts to follow God rather than be shoved through the “cookie-cutter”.

Mom on the Move will be another testament to God’s guidance and life navigating skills.

The Stranger will be a series written for children in which the characters are faced with everyday situations and must choose to follow God.  The characters will lead-by example and demonstrate the importance of choosing God’s way.

OP: What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?  

Shelly: The best advice I have to give any author who chooses to publish their own book would be to exercise patience!   Invest the time and reasonable amount of resources and allow God time to work.

OP: Who is the perfect reader for your book? 

Shelly: The perfect readers for my book would include people who are struggling; anyone who needs encouragement, whose life is spiraling out of control, recently had a devastating situation in life to overcome, or anyone who wants an uplifting, spiritual, inspirational story to read. I wrote my book to remind them that God is always there, and provide a ‘lead by example’ walk of faith.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?  

There are many ways readers can learn more about me and my book.  My website provides a one-stop shop to catch up with me, find links to my social media sites and purchase my book. Please visit my website: https://inspiration-motivation.live/ and learn more about who I am and what God has planned for my life!

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: I. A. Nova

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About the Author:

I. A. Nova has a lifelong interest in exploring the subject of human nature, especially in relationships between men and women. She has worked in the production department of one of the prominent ballet companies in the United States and currently works in the field of communication in Arizona.

e-love: escapades in search of romance in the digital age

A modern twist on the classic search for love.

Claire, a romantic, starry-eyed working girl frustrated with her love life, is strongly encouraged by her close and more practical friend Julie to try online dating in order to find her one and only. Unsure and reluctant at first—it seems unnatural to look for love on the Internet!—Claire soon embarks on an exciting adventure, filled with ups and downs and everything in between. Will Claire find true love? Or will she remain single forever? Find out in this fun, high-spirited novel.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 181 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 03, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478776722
ISBN13: 9781478776727
Genre: FICTION / Romance / Contemporary

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Lee Hilling

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About the Author:

Lee Hilling has been Chairman of FMIC’s governing body since 2006 and has traveled to Afghanistan nearly sixty times. He has held board and senior executive management positions at academic health centers in the United States, Pakistan, and East Africa. A native of Ohio, he now lives with his wife in Bethesda, Maryland.

Since the release of his book, Lee Hilling has participated in 46 presentations, in 21 cities, in 6 countries (Afghanistan, the UAE, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Canada, and the U.S. My events have been held at prestigious sites and co-sponsored by Universities (the University of Central Asia [Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan], the University of Alberta [Edmonton, Canada], USC, Stanford, Emory, and Augusta); French Consulates (New York City and Houston); religious centers; and the Mayor and City Council of the City of Fremont (California).

Prominent individuals either participating in or attending his events include Ministers of Foreign Governments, Ambassadors, a former President (Kyrgyzstan), a member of the ruling family of Dubai, Consulates General, the Mayor of Fremont, and Ambassadors to the United Nations. Some of his presentations have been broadcasted on global webcasts and he has been interviewed by numerous TV and radio stations, some of which have also been broadcasted globally, e.g., the Voice of America.

A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children’s Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by It

An unusual partnership created the French Medical Institute for Children – two private, non-governmental organizations – the Aga Khan Development Network and the France-based humanitarian entity, La Chaine de l’Espoir, and two governments – the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and France. The result is an institution that has enabled children’s lives to be saved that might have otherwise been lost. Nearly 1,600 children have been treated for congenital and acquired heart diseases, almost half of which had open-heart surgery. Arising during a time of seemingly never-ending war, FMIC is one of Afghanistan’s most remarkable success stories. It has become the enabling catalyst for lives to be changed and dreams to be realized – a place where people have succeeded and survived against overwhelming obstacles and odds. As the U.S. and its allies prepare to shift their missions in Afghanistan from military and combat to aid and development, the general consensus is that nothing done in that war-torn country has been successful. FMIC is one of Afghanistan’s most remarkable reconstruction success stories. It is a model that can be emulated as the U.S. and others strive to complete their development missions there.
“FMIC has achieved many successes and achieved excellence in many fields in healthcare in Afghanistan. This Institute is a true example of a successful public-private partnership.” Dr. Suraya Dalil, Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Health, speaking at FMIC’s 2nd International Pediatric Conference, December 2012
“When we have international societies with us and partnerships like FMIC, we can have hope for the future. This hope gives me the energy to go ahead.” Dr. Jalil Wardak, Head of Pediatric General Surgery at FMIC.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 18, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478746912
ISBN13: 9781478746911
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Katherine S. Egan

At Outskirts Press, Inc., we take great pride in celebrating the work of our successful self-publishing authors. This week we highlight self-publishing author Katherine S. Egan.

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About the Author:

Katherine S. Egan combines an MS in Professional and Technical Communication with over 20 years of writing experience and numerous awards; a BS in Computer Science/Mathematics; a US Coast Guard Third Mate unlimited license (and a commission as an ensign in the US Navy); and lessons learned as a vibrant and healthy, loving wife, step-mom, blogger, optimist, philanthropist, lifelong learner, traveler, and outdoors enthusiast. Katherine found her true calling when her beliefs were validated at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Today she is an internationally certified Holistic Health Coach helping clients rediscover their path toward optimal health. She shares stories of women who have suffered and conquered illness, and she wants to help you find your extraordinary life, too.

Katherine is currently working on her second book.

Genetics Isn’t Everything:

Epigenetics proves that environment, food, lifestyle, and daily toxin exposure can lead us down a path of health or illness, depending on the decisions we make every day. By supporting the genes you were born with, you can live a healthier and happier life—and your jeans will fit better too. Guaranteed!

Working outside our passion is exhausting, but facing a life with illness or even a lack of energy is what really stops us from achieving our true potential. From a young age Katherine S. Egan intuitively avoided Styrofoam, plastic containers, and microwaves without ever thinking she would one day be destined to write, teach, and become an internationally certified holistic health coach, helping others learn how to achieve an extraordinary and healthy life. Her true mission? To spread hope.

“My passion is to help people understand that genetics isn’t everything. Just because you have certain family traits and genes or certain diseases seem to run in your family, there is no guarantee that you will get the same illnesses or conditions as your parents or grandparents.”

Genetics Isn’t Everything shares wrenching yet heartwarming stories about women who have taken health into their own hands and ultimately changed their lives with nutrition and self-care. A happy and healthy life, while not guaranteed to everyone, is within reach. You can change your genetic destiny. You can take back your life!

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 345 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 24, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478790377
ISBN13: 9781478790372
Genre: HEALTH & FITNESS / Alternative Therapies

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Kimberlie D. Richardson

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About the Author:

Kimberlie D. Richardson is the daughter of the late Dr. David C. Cozart and Gloria J. Carter-Cozart. She was raised in Spring Valley, New York and resides in Baltimore, Maryland. She graduated from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University. Kimberlie is currently a Professional School Counselor within Baltimore City Schools. Not only is she an aspiring author but she is also the Writer, Director and Producer of the movie When Grandma Prays. She and her husband, Lawrence G. Richardson, have been pastoring Living Waters Ministries in Towson, Maryland since 1998. Together they are the proud parents of two wonderful sons, Malachi and Isaiah Richardson.

Choices

Love can be so complicated and I’m tired of crying while trying to figure it all out. He loves me… He loves me not is something that I often ponder. But the answer is never the same. I find myself falling in and out of love with guys who I’m not sure even know what love really means. Honestly, I guess I’m trying to figure it out as well. All I know is that I’m stuck between loving someone and being loved by someone else.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 127 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jun 03, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478773286
ISBN13: 9781478773283
Genre: FICTION / African American / Urban

Little Charlie and the Christmas Tree:
Little Charlie And His Awesome Adventures with Illustrator Priscella Brown

Little Charlie and the Christmas Tree is a story about a little boy who learned the importance of sharing and being considerate of others. Most importantly, he was reminded that Christmas is not just about giving and receiving gifts. But it’s about the celebration of the GREATEST GIFT, the GIFT of JESUS CHRIST.

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Format: 8.5 x 8.5 Color Paperback, 42 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 29, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478780762
ISBN13: 9781478780762
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / General

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