Introducing Self-Publishing Author Valerie Sumter’s Book Video Trailer for “Transformed”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Transformed:
Breaking Free from the Thoughts and Words that Bind You
(published by Outskirts Press, August 2022), by Valerie Sumter.


The power of thoughts and words—and how they affect our lives.
Our thoughts are frequencies that have the ability to transform our lives in powerful ways. Transformed reveals the potential inside each one of us for greatness, and how we can create a life of personal power and fulfillment. It shares the science and spiritual truths behind our creative words and thoughts, and how we can use them, to break the cycle of destructive thought patterns! With Transformed you will:

Discover the power to be intentional and creative with your thoughts and words.

Become more aware of the spiritual laws of the universe and how to tap into those laws and allow them to work for you rather than against you.

Be the master of your thoughts and intentions by learning to give your brain the right programs until they become automatic responses.

Become more empowered and then help empower others, as you begin to experience firsthand the connection between your thoughts and your reality.

Realize the true power you possess to create a life you love. As your thoughts begin to transform, they will create joyful moments that become joyful days, weeks, months, and years. In turn, you too, will experience a “Transformed life of Joy.”

Valerie Sumter

Valerie Sumter

Valerie Sumter is from the Pacific Northwest, but has lived and traveled throughout the United States. Coming from an abusive background caused her to develop a victim mentality in her younger life, so she knows the pain of that negative mindset and the destructive patterns it can create. Valerie now works as a life coach and facilitator to teach others the techniques and principles that keep her on a successful path.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author MP Kollman’s Book Video Trailer for “The Accident”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for The Accident (published by Outskirts Press, July 2022), by MP Kollman.


Special Agent Kevin Grayson appears to have taken the Bauer family’s accident, his uncertainty over Jimmy’s recovery, very hard. Drinking. Staying out until all hours. Never visiting his best friend in the hospital. Samantha Grayson stops at the hospital every day. Chatting with a comatose Jimmy Bauer about everything and anything. Except the turmoil her husband is causing in their marriage. When Jimmy awakens, she’s certain Kevin will revert to the man she knows him to be. But when he does awaken from the medically induced coma, paralyzed on his left side from the waist down, Jimmy is devastated by the loss of his wife and older son. Will he recover? And if not, how will he care for himself and his younger son?

MP Kollman

The Accident is the fifth in the seven-book crime / adventure Brothers series: Brothers (pub. 1995), Sequela (2012), Honeymoon and Moirai (both 2021). MP Kollman has also published Skin Deep (2016), a romance unrelated to the series. MP was raised on a dairy farm in central Minnesota. She began writing in grade school for her own enjoyment–whisking her on adventures far from the family farm. After graduating, she moved to Wisconsin, where she married and now has two children and three grandchildren. MP recently retired from a full-time job which allows her to dedicate more time to her writing.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author David Wayne Lusk’s Book Video Trailer for “Invasion of the Roach People, The Story of Failed Desegregation in Dallas”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Invasion of the Roach People, The Story of Failed Desegregation in Dallas (published by Outskirts Press, July 2022), by David Wayne Lusk.

Book Details

After the Civil Rights Act of 1964, David Lusk lived the greater part of his life with African-Americans, and he found it almost impossible to communicate with them. They simply didn’t want to communicate with White people. He gave up in 1975 when a Black neighbor threatened to kill him over a misunderstanding. David witnessed the economic collapse of southern Dallas in the 1980s due to White Flight; during which the City of Dallas became the Crime Capital of the United States. He then saw most of the city transformed by Black Emergence and White Flight as black people merged into other sectors of the city. David saw the very core of Dallas change by the year 2000 because of the Civil Rights Act! He then saw the rebirth of the southern sector during the first two decades of the 21st century as developers returned to south Dallas. They had no place else to go because the rest of the city had been developed! During the early 21st century, Black people who controlled an airport harassed David with aircraft for 20 years because he was a White person jogging in a Black neighborhood. Dallas Police participated in this racial persecution, and the FBI eventually had to step in to stop the police involvement. This unbelievable story is told in Invasion of the Roach People, which David wrote for the benefit of future generations of Whites and Blacks. The future begs for cohesiveness between Whites and Blacks, but can it ever happen?

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author T.K. Kohl’s Book Video Trailer for “Quest of the Staff and the Sword IV”

Quest of the Staff and the Sword IV
Codex Nexus
by T.K. Kohl

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Quest of the Staff and the Sword IV (published by Outskirts Press, June 2022), by T.K. Kohl.

The torch has been passed…

In the captivating fourth installment of the epic adventure of the Quest of the Staff and the Sword saga, the “hooded man” and his wife, Elizabeth, are tucked away in Luke’s dungeon. With the help of a forgotten ally, Luke is guided back through time to a place called Halcyon, where he is certain he will fortify his hold as king of the world. Before he leaves, Luke attempts to tear apart John and Elizabeth by introducing a new woman into John’s cell. Elizabeth has to push aside her increasing feelings of jealousy to step onto the Quest of the Staff and the Sword. John’s role in the Quest is to gather eight individuals, known simply as The Eight, including Elizabeth and the new woman, Jena. Now Elizabeth, John, and Jena must find a way out of the dungeon to search for a series of codices that form the Codex Nexus. Their Quest takes them into harrowing tombs and ancient ruins around the world, all while deciphering clues and fighting against Luke’s tyranny. This exhilarating, character-driven adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat!

T.K. Kohl

T.K. Kohl has a bachelor’s degree from Logos Christian College. Much of his life has been spent working in the technical field and customer service. He is the proud father of two adult sons, whom he considers his greatest accomplishments. In his spare time, he enjoys bringing the world of his imagination to life through fiction.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Marita Ludvigsen’s Book Video Trailer for “Eastern European Eats”

Eastern European Eats
Regional Dishes from Poland and Czech Republic
by Marita Ludvigsen

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Eastern European Eats (published by Outskirts Press, July 2022), by Marita Ludvigsen.

Good food should be easy. These Eastern European influence recipes are fun and delicious.

My grandparents grew up in Eastern Europe. When they made the arduous journey to America, they brought their European culture, traditions and recipes with them. This book blends my own second generation American food traditions with the strong influence of my heritage. Many of the recipes are taken from my mother’s handwritten note cards still stained with the ingredients from making the dishes. You can almost smell the delicious mouthwatering foods just by reading the recipes. My hope is that you enjoy making these delectable dishes as much as I have enjoyed sharing the recipes with you!

Marita Ludvigsen

Marita Ludvigsen

I started my cooking journey in childhood with an interest in creating amazing tasting foods. My mom always seemed to have some tantalizing aroma coming from the kitchen when I came home from school. She would encourage me to help her especially when she was baking which was my favorite experience. I continued to perfect my skills by cooking for my family of three children. Creating something delicious to be enjoyed by others you care about is a gift from the heart, a warm hug out of the oven! I currently live in Colorado with my husband Rich happily cooking and sharing the joy of food.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Peggy Jo Henry’s Book Video Trailer for “Curious: Are my Stories about Morals?”

Curious: Are my Stories about Morals?
by Peggy Jo Henry

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Curious: Are my Stories about Morals? (published by Outskirts Press, April 2022), by Peggy Jo Henry.

My book is fiction and nonfiction

It is a collection of short stories and poems with a twist. These are the facts about my unique book. It is a puzzle, controversial, confusing, short, helpful, collectable, and I am not famous. You will find no other book like this in the world. Communication, how do I convey popular subjects to you, the reader, in a way that can be interesting and at the same time entertaining? Some stories are serious, and others are not. I talk about me, suicide, mental illness, taking care of the earth, addictions, and obsessions. Like I said there is a twist to my book. Let us say you are interested in the entertainment business and like to watch and listen to a wide variety of movies and songs and like brain games. Well, this is the book for you. You go through finding hidden movie and song titles. There are 775 movie, television series, and documentary titles and 343 songs. That is over a thousand. Believe it, you can find this stuff in everyday language. That is not all. I have eight similarities with a popular Oscar nominated actor. The similarities intertwine with my book, so you can tie our lives together with. What does that make him, a soulmate? I use these similarities to help you find out who he is. I have added twenty-three clues to help you get to know him and see his interests and accomplishments. That makes thirty-one clues in all which makes it downright fun. Who is the actor? You would be surprised. Who wants to know more about a famous actor? We have all done it, looked up entertainers we are interested in on the internet. Are you a Sherlock or trivia sleuth? Play on your smartphone, computer, or tablet. You can play at airports, coffee houses, and appointments. Do you have to wait? Then you have the time. Are you entertainment savvy enough to play the game? You can play with friends and family to see who can find the most titles. It is paperback so easy to carry and not too heavy. Just to let you know, I can do this because titles, names, short phrases, expressions, and ideas are not protected by copyright laws. Have a positive day and happy hunting.

Peggy Jo Henry

Peggy Jo Henry

I’m a divorced lady with two children. I’ve been diagnosed bipolar since 1997 which is now controlled with medication. I’ve had three psychotic delusional episodes where I thought I had exceptional powers, and two I was admitted to a lockdown mental institution. I had a suicide attempt in 1996 which I tried to take the lives of my children without consequences. I’m not sure how my book is going to help people, but I hope it does.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Dell M. Allen’s Book Video Trailer for “Meat Then and Now”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Meat Then and Now (published by Outskirts Press, June 2022), by Dell M. Allen.

The History of Meat and the Expansion of America

As the population of the United States expanded and moved westward, the meat and livestock industry expanded as well. Animals were essential not only for food and other products, but also as a source of power for pulling wagons and farm equipment. The parallel development of railroads was instrumental in the efficient transport for both livestock and meat during America’s rapid growth in the 1800s and early 1900s. An entire industry was developed to raise, market, slaughter, and process meat for the nation’s citizens, and this fascinating book provides extensive histories of early meat companies. Researched with authoritative and meticulous detail by a leading expert in the field of meat and food safety, Meat Then and Now will give you perspective on the industry, rooted in the history of America’s development.

Dell M. Allen

Dell M. Allen

Dell M. Allen was raised on a farm in rural southeast Kansas and after graduating from High School, attended Kansas State University where he graduated with a degree in Animal Husbandry in 1961. He then transitioned to the University of Idaho where he received a Masters degree in Animal Science in 1963. He then went to Michigan State University receiving his PhD in 1966. It was while he was at Michigan State that he met and married his wife Joyce in 1965. Following graduation at MSU, he returned to Kansas State as an Assistant Professor in the Animal Science Department. He remained at Kansas State on the faculty until 1988 when he joined Excel Corporation (now called Cargill Meat Solutions). While at KSU he coached the meat judging team from 1967 to 1979 where his teams won multiple contests and consistently place in the top two or three teams. This provided him with the opportunity to visit a wide variety of meat plants and learn the industry, bringing those experiences with him back to the classroom. While at KSU, his research focused primarily on beef composition and beef quality. In 1977, he was contracted by the US General Accounting Office to do a nationwide survey on the accuracy and uniformity of beef grading as applied by USDA meat graders across the US. This resulted in a joint research project between the Departments of Animal Science and Electrical Engineering at KSU developing a prototype beef grading instrument by coupling a digital camera with a computer which ultimately was adopted by both Ag Canada and USDA meat graders. In 1978, he went to Brazil to work on an AID project pertaining to the potential development of a beef grading system for that country. In 1980, he took a one year leave of absence to work for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in the Law and Compliance division and worked at developing new feeder cattle and fat cattle contract specifications. In 1988, he joined Excel Corporation rising through the ranks to become Vice President of Technical Services and Food Safety where he was responsible for company wide food safety and quality standards for Excel/Cargills 20 meat plants across the nation and Canada. While at Excel/Cargill, Dr. Allen reached out to consumer advocacy groups conducting tours of Excel plants for several of them and for elected officials and their staff that had been critical of the industry. He has spoken at many major food safety conferences and collaborated in many high profile efforts to work with the Department, the broader industry from farm to fork, and with consumer advocates. He has been recognized with awards by many groups, including the Scientific Achievement Award from the American Meat Institute, the E. Floyd Forbes Award from the National Meat Association, the Howard Baughman Food Safety Award from the FSIS-USDA, the R.C. Pollack Award by the American Meat Science Association, and was named to the Meat Industry Hall of Fame in its initial class of 2009. In February of 2013, Dell was named the 2013 “Stockman of the Year” by the Livestock and Meat Industry Council, at Kansas State University. Since retirement from Cargill, Dell has worked as “Consultant” on the meat packing industry, working with a variety of companies including multiple packing companies, food safety companies and Merck on projects ranging from food safety issues to production problems. He and Joyce have done some traveling and both spending time with their grandchildren.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Dr. Larry Webb’s Book Video Trailer for “Are We Yet Alive?”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Are We Yet Alive? Effective Ministry in a Multi-Stress World (published by Outskirts Press, May 2022), by Dr. Larry Webb.

Critical Skills When Treading Water is Not Enough

The role and profession of ministry includes both generic and episodic stressors. This time of pandemic, isolation, distance ministry and reduced congregational options is encumbered with global issues centered in the war in Ukraine. Churches are feeling the impact locally and globally. Add to these stressors an increasing division between conservative and progressive members and congregations and the emotional load on pastors may reach the breaking point. The insights and skills shared in Are We Yet Alive, can blunt the emotional and spiritual impact of these challenges and lead to healing ministry for self and congregations. Dr. Webb has walked this path and offers concrete actions to enhance the work of the Holy Spirit in your life and others.

The experience in this volume has developed over thirty-five years of ministry in small, medium, and large congregations from California to Florida. It is also informed by thirty years of psychotherapy with pastors and church members, and consultations with churches of numerous denominations across the nation. During that time the nation has encountered several crises and those have impacted the churches. I have seen and worked with churches during times of war, economic uncertainty, political transitions, and cultural crises. Working in the community with businesses, government, and not-for-profit agencies has enabled me to see that many human issues cross lines with those facing clergy. My wife, daughters, and colleagues have helped me be more sensitive in areas I might have missed a healing opportunity.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Răzvan Petrea’s Book Video Trailer for “The Champion Mindset”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for The Champion Mindset
How I Went From Homeless to CEO
 (published by Outskirts Press, May 2022), by Răzvan Petrea.

The hard part is not getting your body in shape, the hard part is getting your mind in shape and once you have the proper mindset, what I call the “Champion Mindset”, you can achieve anything you set your mind to!

Răzvan Petrea

Răzvan “Raz” Petrea is an optimist who enjoys comedy, travelling, fishing, working out, watching and playing sports, learning new things, reading, listening to music and last but not least films. He is passionate about motivating people to achieve their potential and manifest their destiny. He was born in Romania in 1981 and moved to United States in 2005. He has a background in sports, and he fell in love with working out and the fitness lifestyle. Eventually, he was able to turn his passion for fitness into a career and in 2008 became a certified personal trainer. In 2012, he opened his first business, an in-home personal training business. In 2019 he started working as a life coach (pro bono) as a way to give back to his community. The same year, he launched his YouTube channel (Raz Petrea/Champion Mindset), started working as a motivational speaker and wrote this book with the intention to motivate and inspire people. He hopes this book can be helpful in aiding others to create and live happy and meaningful lives. His motivation and drive came from the desire to reach his full potential, give back to the community and leave this place better than he found it. He believes in living his life in a “Crescendo” and he always wakes up in the morning ready to “attack the day”. For business inquiries, you can reach him at his email address:

Introducing Self-Publishing Author Great-Aunt Rita’s Book Video Trailer for “The Tooth Fairy Makes a Mistake”

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for The Tooth Fairy Makes a Mistake (published by Outskirts Press, June 2022), by Great-Aunt Rita.

What happens when the Tooth Fairy makes a mistake?

When Michael loses his front tooth, he puts it under his pillow, anticipating a visit from the Tooth Fairy. But the Tooth Fairy, in her hurry, accidentally leaves him too much money, which means there won’t be enough money for other children who lose their teeth. Now Michael faces a choice—should he keep the shiny new bike he bought with his windfall or let the White Fairy Rat set things straight?

“Adorable and vibrantly illustrated story, showing children the valuable lesson that even The Tooth Fairy can make a mistake. Read to see how this mistake gets corrected. And, in so doing, children will learn that mistakes can be corrected.”—Marion Goldberger, Retired Elementary School Teacher

“Anyone can make a mistake, including The Tooth Fairy. It is a special boy, who can understand and help make things right. Reading this book will show children, even though they make mistakes, there are ways to correct their mistakes.” —Deborah Sandler, Board member of the Ullman Trust for Education and Health, Mother extraordinaire

“Great-Aunt Rita has crafted an original story that humanizes The Tooth Fairy and teaches that anyone can make a mistake. It shows that mistakes can and should be corrected when possible. This is a fun read that also teaches an important lesson to young children.” —Susan Spitz, Master’s of Journalism, Mother extraordinaire

Great-Aunt Rita

Great-Aunt Rita (and she really is GREAT), AKA Rita Berman, M.D., M.P.H. is a dentist’s daughter who has heard a lot of stories about the Tooth Fairy. The Tooth Fairy Makes a Mistake is her second children’s book. She and her great-nephew and great-niece, Jake and Elina Farber, wrote Roarasaurus, the Roaring, Soaring Dinosaur!

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