Outskirts Press Presents Bob Wilber, author of “How Far?”

Author Bob Wilber is taking his latest book, How Far? on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Bob Wilber and How Far?: A Tale of Determination, DNA, and Drama as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Bob Wilber was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of How Far?.

OP: Tell us a little bit about How Far?. What is it about?

Bob: “How Far?” focuses on two fictional sports characters navigating their way through real life in a factual setting. A “surfer dude” baseball player from Southern California and an overachieving hockey player from Minnesota meet, develop a deep friendship, and learn the lessons of great success and even greater hardship. It is a story of friendship and support, seen through a sports lens.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Bob: After my autobiography “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts” was written and then published by Outskirts Press in 2016, I spent more than a year promoting it around the country to much acclaim and rave reviews. It gave me the confidence to get out of my comfort zone and find the next “thing” for me as an author. It was, in other words, time to find the next writing challenge. I wanted to stretch out into a new genre and put myself into a place of discomfort as I wrote, hoping to feel myself growing as a writer and creator of this sort of stuff. The historical fiction angle seemed to be everything I was looking for. The characters came to me organically, basically out of thin air, as did the story line. Writing it, for basically two years, pretty much consumed me but the two main characters got me through it. I heard their voices in my head, so it almost felt like I was just transcribing versus actually writing fiction. I know these two guys now. They live in my head, rent-free!

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Bob: I sure hoped it would be for everyone who loves a tale of success, hardship, challenges, emotion, glory, and failure, all wrapped up in two likable but flawed yet understandable characters from vastly different backgrounds. It is a life book, for readers of all types. So far, the reviews and comments bear that out. It’s not just for sports geeks. There are more life lessons, I think, than their are strikeouts or goals.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Bob: As a former professional athlete (baseball) and a fan of nearly all sports, including hockey, my world has been full of unique people just like my two main fictional characters. I also come from a sports family. I grew up as the son of a former Major League ballplayer who went on to a scouting, coaching, and managing career for decades. My mom was a radio personality, a baseball executive, and then opened her own PR agency. They say you can’t pick your parents, so it’s pretty obvious I won the lottery in that regard. That was all part of growing up in the Wilber family. It’s in my DNA. I know the ball fields and the hockey rinks very well. I can still smell the dirt and the pine tar from every baseball game I ever played, and I know the sound of skates on the ice and checks into the boards deep within me. I know the joy of success and the heartbreak of defeat. I’ve been there. I’ve experienced it. I’ve been at the top of my game and have sunk to depressing lows when the injuries and unforeseen failures brought me crashing down. These two characters and the world around them are very personal to me. In many ways, they are part of me, and I’m part of them.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Bob: I published my autobiography “Bats, Balls & Burnouts” in 2016 with Outskirts Press, and that success made me more confident in trying something more difficult. I tell people the first book made me realize I wasn’t just a writer. I could be an author. That was an audacious “step up” for me. The new book proved to me that the author title was earned and legitimate. Will there be a third book? I would surely think so and hope so. I’m not sure what it will be yet, and I need to recharge a bit before I think about it. The grind of writing “How Far?” wasn’t just mental, it was also very physical. I ended up in the hospital for five days, just a week or so after finishing primary writing. I’d literally worn myself out and about starved myself of both sustenance and sleep getting it done. I’ve learned to pace myself and take better care of myself because of that. There will be another one, but we’ll just have to find out when I will tackle it and what it will be about.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Bob: The setting is sports, so the other “real” characters and events are often well known and famous. As you might imagine, the amount of research to make that happen was really enormous and time consuming. For months on end, it felt more like I was just a researcher instead of a writer, but it all paid off. The two main characters weave their way through this real world as if they are truly part of it, while they are clearly part of each other’s lives. Because of the research, what goes on around them and in their lives is very real and very historic.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Bob: They can head to bobwilber.net to order both books on Amazon and learn all about the author who created them.

OP: Thanks for your time, Bob! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bob Wilber has been writing creatively since grade school, when he won a St. Louis city-wide essay contest as a sixth-grader. He was first published at the age of 16 in a St. Louis sports magazine. He is the son of a former Major League baseball player and a mother who passed along her communications and public relations skills to her youngest son. After earning a full athletic scholarship to Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, he spent six years in professional baseball as a player, coach, and scout. Bob then moved on to international sports marketing and eventually spent 22 years in the world of NHRA Drag Racing, as a PR representative and team manager for Funny Car drivers Del Worsham and Tim Wilkerson. In 2017, he published his autobiography “Bats, Balls, & Burnouts.” Bob continues to write his longstanding and popular blog. He lives in Minnesota with his wife Barbara and their cats Boofus and Buster.

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Outskirts Press Presents Mark Loughman, author of “Before the Moon: A Complete History of the New World Order”

Author Mark Loughman is taking his latest book, Before the Moon: A Complete History of the New World Order on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Mark Loughman and Before the Moon: A Complete History of the New World Order as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Mark Loughman was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Before the Moon: A Complete History of the New World Order.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Before the Moon: A Complete History of the New World Order. What is it about?

Mark: My book is about a race of aliens that installed the moon to trap mankind into a matrix of the five senses. They are nearing their endgame, which is a one-world government that will supersede any sovereign nation’s laws and creates an open-air prison for humanity.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Mark: As more and more false flags were perpetrated on the global
community and the “leaders” imposed further restrictions dressed up as a way of keeping us secure, I knew that I needed to try to alert the populous of this slide into a dystopian nightmare.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Mark: Anyone who would choose freedom over tyranny and is awakening to the fact that there is an attempt at a global coup taking place will be interested in this book. If that isn’t of interest, it illustrates a foolproof plan of how to become a millionaire.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Mark: Nine original songs show up as lyrics in the story that can
be downloaded as complete songs.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Mark: I haven’t published any previous books but I plan on publishing more in the future.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Mark: There are a few who question certain aspects of history, but this explains every single aspect of how a minuscule number of entities are on the verge of total world domination.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Mark: My book can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.

OP: Thanks for your time, Mark! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mark Loughman is an English musician-author-entrepreneur who now resides in Southern California. markloughman.com

For more information or to contact the author, visit

www.outskirtspress.com/markloughmanbtm

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Self-Publishing Author Joe B. Stallings, Jr. Discusses “Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories”

Author Joe B. Stallings, Jr. is taking his latest book, Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Joe B. Stallings, Jr. and Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Joe B. Stallings, Jr. was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Tales from the Joe Zone: Sixteen Entertaining Stories. What is it about?

Joe: This book is a collection of short stories. The stories are quite varied: someone being blackmailed, someone working at the Department of Agriculture, a teen girl tunneling into a bank, a young boy who’s in elementary school getting on the wrong bus to go home, a man who wins the lottery, a man and his wife discussing tattoos, and much more.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Joe: After I retired, I started writing stories for fun. When I began, I had no plans to publish a book. I have two college degrees, but I don’t remember being taught grammar in school. About ten years ago, I got very interested in grammar. I wrote the stories partly to understand grammar better and use my imagination . . . and it turned out to be so much fun!

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Joe: People who have a sense of humor and who like being surprised will be interested in my book. That’s my best guess, but who knows . . .

OP: What is special about your book?  

Joe: Special—I don’t think you’ll get bored or have read anything like them. Uniquely personal—I like to throw facts into the stories in a fun way.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Joe: No, I have not. I think I will publish more. I may publish another collection of short stories and maybe a novella.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Joe: For five or six years, I subscribed to fifteen or so literary journals so I could read a variety of short stories. And I bought other journals in bookstores. Also, I subscribed to several magazines, such as The New Yorker. I probably read at least a thousand short stories—and found almost all of them dull. So I kept track and rated them. My stories are fast-paced, keep you interested, and almost always surprise you.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Joe: Learn more—I don’t know, as I’m not on social media and don’t want to be. My books can be purchased at most online bookstores.

OP: Thanks for your time, Joe! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I’ve lived a normal life except perhaps in my youth during the 1960s and 1970s, when I lived in both Spain and Germany as an Air Force brat. My career as an accountant and financial planner required little if any imagination, creativity, or knowledge of grammar. Reading was of no interest to me until I reached the eleventh grade. Grammar was of no interest until a few years ago, when I asked my wife, “When should I use affect, and when should I use effect?” I didn’t understand how effect could be a noun. Wasn’t a noun supposed to be a person, place, or thing? I’ve been reading grammar books, diagramming sentences, trying to learn new words, and writing ever since. Dictionaries are my constant companions, and I have nine close at hand, one copyrighted in the 1930s. I’ve never had so much fun!

www.outskirtspress.com/talesfromthejoezone

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Self-Publishing Insight: David MacFawn, discusses “Applied Beekeeping in the United States”

“Author David MacFawn is taking his latest book, Applied Beekeeping in the United States on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join David MacFawn and Applied Beekeeping in the United States as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”


Luckily for us, David MacFawn was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of  Applied Beekeeping in the United States.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Applied Beekeeping in the United States. What is it about?

David: This book is about applied or practical beekeeping.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I wrote this book because there is a void in beekeeping literature. There are plenty of theoretical books and purely beginners’ books available, but very few applied books have been written.

OP: How did you get your book published?
David: Outskirts Press, Inc. published my book. I worked with Outskirts Press on the formatting, editing, and compilation of the book. Dr. Dewey Caron wrote the foreword.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
David: The readers interested in this book are those seeking an applied practical approach for beginners through advanced beekeepers. It is a compilation of articles I published in Bee Culture, American Bee Journal, and Beekeeping Your First Three Years over the past five to seven years, plus some unpublished material.

OP: What is special about your book?  

David: My book is unique because the information covers a broad range of beekeeping topics. It begins with basic beekeeping (smokers, moving hives, pulling honey, going through a colony, laying workers, the bee year, splitting, extracting your honey crop, when is a colony worth saving, swarming, drawing out comb, feeders, installing a package of bees, safety in the beeyard, frames and foundation, beeswax candles, bottom boards, walk-away splits, feeding, rotating old comb, and determining how many colonies to have at each location). I also discuss equipment (assembling frames and foundation, amassing equipment), planning (establishing out-yards, sales and marketing, pollination, mentoring, and starting a bee club) and finance (when and how much equipment should you purchase), as well as other items of interest. I have over 50 years’ experience working with honey bees, mainly in the southeastern United States.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

David: This book stands out from other books because it is an applied book and not theoretical.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

David: I have published Beekeeping Tips And Techniques For The Southeast United States, Beekeeping Finance (Beekeeping Tips and Techniques for the Southeast United States, by David E. MacFawn, and Getting The Best From Your Bees, by David MacFawn/Chris Slade. Both books are published by Outskirts Press). In addition, I plan to publish another bee book.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

David: My book can be purchased via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Dadant & Sons bee supply.

OP: Thanks for your time, David! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Elgie MacFawn is a North Carolina Master Craftsman Beekeeper (1997); he co-founded the South Carolina Master Beekeeping Program and was awarded the South Carolina Beekeeper of the Year in 1996. He received his Eastern Apiculture Society Master Beekeeper certification during the Eastern Apicultural Society meeting in Greenville, SC, in 2019.

For more information or to contact the author, visit

www.outskirtspress.com/appliedbeekeepingintheus

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Published Author: Robert Phillip Jones, discusses The Minorcan Princess: A St. Augustine Story

“Author Robert Phillip Jones is taking his latest book, The Minorcan Princess: A St. Augustine Story on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Robert Phillip Jones and The Minorcan Princess: A St. Augustine Story  as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”


Luckily for us, Robert Phillip Jones was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The Minorcan Princess: A St. Augustine Story.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Minorcan Princess: A St. Augustine Story. What is it about?

Robert: This book is about the culture of St. Augustine, Florida, as seen through the eyes of a Minorcan shrimp fishing family. The sea has always been a big part of life in America’s oldest permanently settled community. St. Augustine had an infrastructure decades before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Robert: I decided to write this book because there are not many books about the fishing industry involving Minorcans and early settlers in St. Augustine. Some of the families mentioned in the book were real, and the activities of the people in St. Augustine are genuine.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Robert: Outskirts Press published my book. It is a very professional organization, and they do what they say they will.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Robert: People interested in the history of the oldest permanently settled community in America will be interested in this book. People who know and respect the dangers of shrimp fishing in the ocean will also enjoy it, as well as those who like to read about the qualities found in people, both their kindness and their meanness.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Robert: This book is unique because it is about the city of St. Augustine and the Minorcan culture born in 1777 when Minorcans escaped from the Turnbull indigo plantation in New Smyrna Beach, and it speaks about the strength of the Catholic faith.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Robert: This book stands out from other books in this same category because there does not seem to be an abundance of literature about shrimping in the ocean offshore of America’s oldest city. It also provides a complete description of the San Sebastian River.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Robert: I have published four books with Outskirts Press. At 89 years of age, I am not sure how many more books I will be writing, although I do have some other stories in my mind I would like to share.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Robert: My book is for sale by Outskirts Press and Amazon.com.

OP: Thanks for your time, Robert! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robert Phillip Jones grew up on St. Augustine’s Vilano Beach and North City, Florida, and has maintained a close relationship with the rivers, creeks, and ocean since he was a teenager. Jones was the director of the Southeastern Fisheries Association for 55 years, an association dedicated to preserving the culture of the seafood industry and continuing to provide sustainable seafood on the tables of those who cannot harvest their own.

For more information or to contact the author, visit

www.outskirtspress.com/TheMinorcanPrincess

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Publishing Reflective: Sonia Lewis, Discusses FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE

“Author SONIA LEWIS is taking her latest book, FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join SONIA LEWIS and FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE  as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”


Luckily for us, SONIA LEWIS  was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE.

OP: Tell us a little bit about FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE. What is it about?

Sonia:  My book is Emotive, Dystopian Poetry, and is about the suppressed anger of our ancestors. They coped with songs of hope and dreams of returning to the motherland of Africa. Today we, the descendants, are fighting for change that is slow in coming, so we try to make Peace with a past that continues to invade our daily lives, and we continue to believe in GOD. We pray for acceptance and Peace in Surrender

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Sonia:  In my own country, Jamaica, we were exposed only to British and European History in schools. The scant curriculum did not include certain facts. For example: During the middle passage from Africa, there were many warrior chiefs on board who rebelled and were labeled as “Mutinous”. The slave ships stopped in the Islands to obtain fresh supplies like citrus to prevent scurvy among the crew, and other fresh supplies. The Mutinous slaves were left on the Islands. WE are descendants of those chiefs, and although I cannot revisit the past to fight, I have a pen through which I push the inherited, (perhaps genetic) pain.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Sonia: People who love poetry. Readers who have experienced loss and known deep sadness, and people of Faith who believe that with GOD, ALL, not some, but ALL things are possible

OP: What is special about your book?  

Sonia:  Much of the material on these pages was gleaned from my early years of nursing school in England, my first love affair AND heartbreak, the Ebb and Flow of recovery, and the shocking revelation that the biological imperative results in a unique struggle that, at times, is reflected as desperation i.e. “I have to meet someone to love before I am older” versus “It’s OK to be alone”. I should also point out that my ignorance of the suffering of my ancestors began to disappear when I was introduced to a series of books starting with “The Mandingo”. My hunger to learn sent me on a quest that is still in progress

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Sonia: This book of poetry is unique. Rather than dwelling on one subject, there is a mélange of situations that runs the gamut of human emotions.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Sonia: Yes, I published “A Corona of Clouds”. The idea began to take shape while I was visiting the “High Atlas” mountains of Morocco. The cover photograph is emblematic. There I am standing in blazing sunlight, with a backward glance at the clouds that formed a corona (crown) on the mountain. A perfect example of how far I had come from a troubled past (the clouds), to emerge into bright sunshine. The pain was left behind.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Sonia: I firmly believe that this little book is one that can be handed down to the younger generation, and the owner of this little treasure, will return to its pages again and again. Amazon carries it in both the printed version and Kindle. The publishers, Outskirts Press will be happy to forward purchases from them. When you read the poetry, share your feelings about whatever poem has touched you, and tell others but keep your own copy for reference.

OP: Thanks for your time, Sonia! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sonia Lewis is a retired registered nurse/midwife who spends half her time with her husband in Morocco, from where she writes as she is inspired and half the year in her second city, Miami, Florida. Her first book, “A Corona of Clouds”, is available on Amazon Kindle.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/frozenmemory

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Self-Publishing Book Tour: “What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same” by Nancy Panasci

“Author Nancy Panasci is taking her latest book, What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Nancy Panasci and What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”


Luckily for us, Nancy Panasci  was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same.

OP: Tell us a little bit about What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same. What is it about?

Nancy: Spring of 2020 brought to this world an unknown—the Coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19. Every day became the same with a constant routine. What Day Is It? Every Day Seems the Same is a story that attempts to help parents and children simplify what a “new normal” might look like with the presence of COVID-19 in their everyday lives.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Nancy: I wrote this book because I firmly believed that children, parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care providers could benefit from a story that provided an idea to take each day of the week and make it memorable during a period when time stood still.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Nancy: I submitted my book to Outskirts Press, Inc. for publication.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Nancy: Those interested in this book are children ages two to six years old, parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care providers

OP: What is special about your book?  

Nancy: My book is unique because it provides a story that helps bring structure and understanding to parents and their children who struggled with the lingering effects of COVID-19 and everyday life.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

I believe my book is the only one of its kind with the story that it shares. It won the 2020 Story Monsters LLC Award.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Nancy: I am presently working on the sequel to What Day Is It? Every Day Seems the Same.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Nancy: Interested readers can contact me or Outskirts Press, Inc. to purchase my book.

OP: Thanks for your time, Nancy! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nancy Panasci is the mother of three talented and successful daughters. This, she believes, is the most important accomplishment of her life so far. Nancy is a speech pathologist who has her own private practice in Englewood, Colorado. She has spent her career surrounding herself with preschool and school-age children who need assistance in communicating effectively with peers and family. Nancy has been active in her community as a volunteer for many organizations and loves surrounding herself with family and friends. She believes What Day Is It? Every Day Seems the Same will encourage her to author additional children’s books.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/whatdayisit

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Outskirts Press Presents Ruth Berkowitz, author of The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond, Book Two

Author Ruth Berkowitz is taking her latest book, The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond, Book Two on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Ruth Berkowitz and The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond, Book Two as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Ruth Berkowitz was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond, Book Two .

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond.. What is it about?

Ruth: It is about a young girl named Ruthie who loves life on the farm with her family & adores all creatures & animals along with the freedom of country living. Ruthie finds out her family is moving to a small apartment above a butcher shop in a city and her father is not moving with family. Her mother and father are getting a divorce and her father is moving with his new family. Ruthie is only 4 ½ years old and feels so lonely and confused in this new world Ruthie finds herself in. But, she meets a wonderful new friend, Rachel, a Fly Fairy Princess and together they journey to many exciting places while helping many people/animals and creatures along the way. Ruthie and Rachel embrace all differences, all the creatures and animals, along with many different types of gifted people they meet on their many journeys.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Ruth: My writing began when I started the 1st day of Kindergarten Class. Our class was told not to write with our left hand because we would be punished if we wrote with our left hand. I picked up the pencil and all I knew how to write was my name and the alphabet. I went running home that 1st day of school crying because I wrote with my left hand. My mother handed me a piece of paper and said, “start writing, it is okay, you can write with your right or left hand!” I was confused but I sat down at the kitchen table and wrote and wrote my name over and over again as I cried. I found I could write with right hand and left hand. By the end of my Kindergarten Class that year, I was writing with my right hand. I have kept journals my entire life after that year in school.

I began at a young age to write books and wrote about the adventures of my family of 13 children and my life as a member of 13 children in many journals.

When my mother became ill with Leukemia she asked me to publish this book series, called the “Barber’s Daughter” I said, “Yes.” Ruthie and Rachel’s adventures come from my life in a big family and the daughter of a Barber who also was a very talented musician.

The wonderful part of this book series is my mother was in the hospital when I read her the 1st book in the series, The Barber’s Daughter and the Little Window, Book One and described each picture to her from my hand drawings. She was so excited I would put this book in print. The first book published is what I read to my mother that day, word for word and each picture in the book is what I described to her before she passed.

My mother was so pleased with listening to the adventures of Ruthie and Rachel and the Little Window Book One. My mother was my inspiration for the love of writing, doesn’t matter what hand, memoires are forever. I will always remember her on that day in Kindergarten, for giving me a gift I did not know I had, the love of writing.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Ruth: I published through Outskirts Press Inc.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Ruth: I believe all children in grade school and all ages will like this book. This series, The Barber’s Daughter, embraces differences and fears many of us have, fear of bugs & snakes, meeting new people, swimming, learning to ride a bike, dealing with older and younger siblings in a larger family, moving to a new place, dealing with divorce and it shows how Ruthie and Rachel deal and cope with all these adventures which somehow helps all along the way. It’s a wonderful way to look at everyday life and how to cope with it as you follow Ruthie and Rachel on their adventures in their new world.

OP: What is special about your book?

Ruth: The main character Ruthie, has many hidden talents, her ability to talk with insects and all creatures along with animals. Ruthie never judges, she sits and watches the world around her and embraces differences of all. She takes her fears and turns them into strengths and insights which then helps others.

Rachel the Fly Fairy Princess is her best friend, but when they first met, Fly’s was one of Ruthies worst fears. Ruthie has many hidden talents but one she wanted the most was the gift of music that her family shared with her Dad.

In these books I share my personal experiences as I lived them as a young girl. Fears, bugs, horses, swimming, meeting new child, writing with my left hand, feeling different because I never played a musical instrument which was so important to my father. Growing up in a big family you quickly learn the pecking order and where you fit in, but I never fit in to this big wonderful, musically gifted family. What is so unique is each person has talent, you just have to find it. I hope this book series inspires people of all ages to enjoy and embrace who you are and be positive with each moment. Being positive with each moment brings happiness. With happiness you can overcome anything life has to share with each you.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Ruth: The Barber’s Daughter is based on a true story and my real-life adventures with a little imagination about the adventures of Ruthie and Rachel. When it comes to real life adventures in the 1960s & 1970s no one can make this stuff up. Life in the real world is heart breaking and wonderful at the same time. Life in a very big family where most members inherited the musical gene from Dad, was hard on a family member who did not play a musical instrument; but Ruthie had her writing and pen as her musical instrument. Our wonderful family of 13 children had its hardships, but there is this great silent golden cloud which was never spoken out loud about, which is that each one of us carried within us an abundance of love for each other no matter if we did not share the same Mother. I have tried to share and describe this love of a larger family whose lives went in so many different directions.

The special gifts this book brings is that there is no judgement of what you look like, how you look, talk or walk, it is about your gifts you carry with you everyday which makes each person, creature and animal special. This book is just about life and how to learn to embrace life’s adventures and make today a better place to live and stay positive about tomorrow. A young girl’s adventures with life in a new world with no judgement but an excitement to meet all new adventures positively.

Also, you can find all the information on my website http://www.Ruthiesbooks.com and Facebook, Ruthpremoberkowiz. Also, two of my brothers: Jon Premo and Bob Premo wrote and recorded the music to the theme song “Ruthie’s Little Window” video for Barber’s Daughter Book Series. Jon Premo wrote the words and music to the video theme song Robert(bob) Premo recorded the CD Theme song to the Videos in his “Charlie the Barber’s Music Studio” You can purchase the theme song by contacting Jon Premo at Jon.premo.01@gmail.com. Big thank you to these two wonderful talented brothers who are so gifted with their musical talent.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Ruth: I now have 2 books published in the Barber’s Daughter Series. The
1st book is “The Barber’s Daughter and the Little Window, Book One
2nd Book is “The Barber’s Daughter and the Pink Frog Pond, Book Two“ (also includes a coloring book).

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Ruth: Yes! I plan on many more books with The Barber’s Daughter Series of books where Ruthie and Rachel go on many wonderful adventures.

I am also writing an adult murder mystery book series with some fun & twists with, “who done it.”

OP: Thanks for your time, Ruth! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Ruth Premo-Berkowitz was born in Constableville, New York. She grew up in the city of Rome and visited her family farm every weekend. She loved growing up on the farm, learning the cycles of planting and harvesting, and enjoying the neighbors’ animals. Ruth has been writing since early childhood, keeping a journal to record the adventures of her large family, as well as keeping track of the twists and turns of her life’s journey. Ruth’s creative talents include throwing pottery, painting, and stained glass/fused glass. She is married with grown children, and grandchildren who bring lots of love into her home. The Barber’s Daughter books are based on Ruth’s experiences growing up in New York.

For more information visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/thebarbersdaughterandthepinkfrogpond

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Self-Publishing Insight: JERRY L. JONES, EdD, discusses Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle

Author JERRY L. JONES, EdD is taking his latest book, Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join JERRY L. JONES, EdD and Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, JERRY L. JONES, EdD was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Go and Come Again: Segregation, Tolerance, and Reflection: A Four-Generation African-American Educational Struggle. What is it about?

Jerry:  My book is about growing up African American in Appalachia in the 1950s and the early 1960s. It is about being an educator and teaching for 52 years. My book analyzes the issues of race, career success, life’s journey, and destiny.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Jerry:  I wrote this book to show respect to the legacy of African Americans of earlier times and honoring those African Americans who are living today. I use this book as a center point for discussions about race relations and analyzing my own life’s story.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Jerry: All ages can benefit from reading Go and Come Again.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Jerry:  The pictures are priceless. The humor is real. The details are stunning and the empathy is apparent.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Jerry: Few educators have stayed in the classroom for 50 years; my perspective is different than that of administrators. The Appalachian location is unique.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Jerry: Yes, and yes.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Jerry: To purchase, they can go to my website at https://www.jjonesgladespring.com AND by internet searching, jerry jones glade spring.

OP: Thanks for your time, Jerry! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

An African American born in 1947 in the Southwest Virginia small town of Glade Spring, Dr. Jerry L. Jones attended public schools in the era of segregation. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Virginia State University and a doctoral degree from Virginia Tech. Starting his teaching career as a high school teacher in Baltimore in 1969, he became a professor at J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond in 1974. Returning to his hometown in 2001 to take care of his elderly mother, Jones is currently a professor at Emory & Henry College, which is located only four miles from the Glade Spring home where he grew up and that has been in his family since 1870. With nearly sixty years in education, both as a student and as a teacher, Jones provides a unique prospective about society, education, and minority status in America—past and present. When Jerry Jones’s mother, Mary Waugh, finished the seventh grade in the 1920s, there was no high school for black children in Washington County, Virginia. She and one of her brothers were homeschooled during the eighth grade by a paid teacher. Later, Mary and her brother were sent to Morristown Junior College in Tennessee which—at that point in time—had a high school department. The author details four generations of black public-school education in his hometown, from his great grandfather (a former slave) to his own education, which involved being bused about 60 miles a day to and from high school. With nearly fifty years as a teacher, Jones writes his book as a tribute to the struggles that many African Americans faced in their pursuit of an education. The stories about his family may not be overly unique. However, these stories are representative of the time and of the geographic location. The education of Negro children in the early years of the twentieth century in most Southern school districts was not a priority. This was a case of separate and unequal—a situation which took decades and federal intervention to remedy. Hesitant to call his book autobiographical, Jones does detail many of his life experiences—tracing his journey from the segregated public schools of Virginia, to his college experiences at the historically black Virginia State University, and to his teaching career in Baltimore, Richmond, and Emory. Additionally, he analyzes his own shortcomings and reflects on his personal traits and strengths.

For more information or to contact the author, visit http://www.outskirtspress.comgoandcomeagain

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Outskirts Press Presents Marc Daniels, author of Weed Out the Hate: Plant a Rose

Author Marc Daniels is taking his latest book, Weed Out the Hate: Plant a Rose: A Judaic Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on tour—a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box. Nowadays, you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe . . . all from the comfort of your own home. Join Marc Daniels and Weed Out the Hate: Plant a Rose as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, Marc Daniels was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Weed Out the Hate: Plant a Rose.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Weed Out the Hate: Plant a Rose. What is it about?

MARC: This is about my personal journey, researching the roots of systemic racism and anti-Semitism and how to draw upon our better angels to rise above the chaos into a better place.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

MARC: During my first trip to the Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich, Germany, I was overwhelmed by the shrilling, bone-chilling anger of the mockingbirds and the nightingales. I was convinced that they were heaven-sent angels, telling us to change. These sounds emanated from park trees, lush with blooms and beautiful fragrances. I felt that these birds were attempting to shock the visitors into striving for inner correction as a foundation for repairing the social ills of society.

Since I could not understand their rhetoric directly, I spent the better part of ten years researching the works of Strauss, Shakespeare, Jean-Baptiste Clément, Wolf Biermann, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

MARC: People looking for a method to coat and protect their hearts against hate speech on social media and those desiring to take a peaceful stand against racism, promoting compassion and nurturing instincts in others. Any reader interested in Jewish spirituality will be fascinated with the narrative of this book.

Not content to present only the theory, I promoted the concepts in political town hall rope line discussions with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand.

I provide viable strategies for weeding out hatred and planting roses in people throughout the country.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

MARC: This book inspires readers to perceive civil rights and politics through a spiritual lens. It helps the reader better judge the traits necessary to become president of the United States while illuminating the darkness in demagogues attempting to project their deception as truth.

OP: What is unique about your book?  

MARC: As the eldest grandson of the inventor of the Ross Root Feeder, an irrigation tool for watering and feeding tress[AB1]  and rosebushes, I spent years marketing our products to gardeners throughout the country. I experienced multiple mediation moments watching the water swirl premeasured plant food and insecticide tablets into a protective, nurturing tonic, delivered at the deepest roots. For me, the tablets represented our unfeeling, stony hearts.

This upper swirl consists of the musical, lyrical, and instrumental rhetoric, which helps the masses understand and respond positively to the angelic messaging of nature. This book helps decipher the cries of the Dachau songbirds that I could not completely understand at the time but now do.

When we place ourselves in the upper swirl of nature and divinity, we flush out any acculturated systemic racist and bias traits. The tonic becomes spiritual biofuel for the desire to heal the world through nurture and compassion. My character vivified the root feeder that I used to care for plants in the yard and garden.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more? 

MARC: In 2010, Allegria Verlag of Berlin published my first book Der Himmelsgarten: Das Handbuch des Spirituellen Gärtners. It illustrated how gardening with a spiritual intention could help you restore balance and purpose to your life.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

MARC:The book is written in the German language and is available through Amazon.de.

OP: Thanks for your time, MARC! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/weedouthate

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