Author Poll: Jillie Jayroe Wants Your Help With Her Cover

Jillie Jayroe is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding her upcoming book cover.

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Who is Anna O’Reilly?

You probably think this book will be all catfights and ugliness from one woman to another. Not true. To be fair, I asked all of Anna’s exes what her story was and received numerous versions that bordered on either sainthood or insanity. No man ever really knew the real Anna O’Reilly. The legal paperwork, the uncomfortable phone calls that would turn into horrific interviews, and going behind other people’s backs—it was all amusing, at first. Then came the almighty twist. The uncertainty and panic that Anna threw in my life were unbearable. I was living the life she dreamed of living, but the path of destruction she took when I entered her life was too much.

Have you ever fantasized about killing your husband’s ex? I swear to you, that was not my intention.

About the Author

Jillie Jayroe graduated from a major college and is still active in the sorority she joined there. She is a loving mother, daughter, twin, sister, neighbor, friend, and pet owner. She has the most amazing marriage to one of Anna O’Reilly’s ex-husbands, and they live in Boston. The Biography of Her is her debut novel.

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Author Poll: Richard Lawless Wants Your Help With His Cover

Richard Lawless is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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Capitol Hill’s Criminal Underground focuses on real events—unmasking those who thrive in the dark corners of the Department of Justice and their “political overseers,” who use their power and influence to usurp our legal protections.

Perhaps one of the most thorough explorations of government corruption ever put in writing, this nonfiction account investigates the theft of trillions of U.S. dollars—money laundered in countries that are hostile to the United States. The ratings agencies, the banks, and our politicians are funding anti-American activity against their own people—and they couldn’t care less. The FBI refuses to investigate, the U.S. Attorneys refuse to prosecute, and the Securities and Exchange Commission refuses to protect the public. With enough evidence to investigate and prosecute over one thousand high-ranking government employees, bankers, and politicians, Capitol Hill’s Criminal Underground will show that the level of arrogance and contempt our political leaders hold for the American people is boundless.

About the Author

Richard Lawless was a career banker and entrepreneur who spent three years investigating the Department of Justice while working with the FBI, U.S. Attorneys, Securities and Exchange Commission, and U.S. intelligence agencies.

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Author Poll: Calvin D. Trowbridge, Jr. Wants Your Help With His Cover

Calvin D. Trowbridge, Jr. is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help in deciding his upcoming book cover.

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The indigenous North Americans above Mexico had successfully held off repeated European efforts to invade, settle, and hold territory for over a century. In 1610, Europeans had settlements only around Quebec City, St. Augustine, and Santa Fe. But thirty years later, Europeans controlled most of the Atlantic Ocean seaboard and central New Mexico, and European-style governments had been created in Canada and the United States. Thousands of Native Americans had died in warfare. Tens of thousands had died of disease, and epidemic after epidemic debilitated and depopulated villages, chiefdoms, and nations.

Three Bloody, Diseased, Deadly Decades is the first book to delve into the fascinating history of this 30-year period marking the beginning of modern Canada and the United States.

About the Author: Calvin D. Trowbridge, Jr. is the author of Marconi, Father of Wireless, Grandfather of Radio, Great-grandfather of the Cell Phone: The Race to Control Long-Distance Wireless. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale University, and Harvard Law School, Trowbridge was a corporate partner of Isham, Lincoln & Beale, and senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Norton Simon, whose subsidiaries included Avis and Canada Dry. He is currently managing director of Trowbridge International Consultants.

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Author Poll: Richard Siciliano Wants Your Help With His Cover

Richard Siciliano is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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Love and redemption intervened by violence and death.

This is the mosaic journal of Joseph Curcio, a homeless ex-alcoholic who once considered himself a progressive intellectual and the future mayor of his city. It is composed of fragments of memory, pieces of accomplishment, holes of loss, and shards of guilt and regret that are too sharp to touch. But in the isolated cabin of a woman who calls herself Amanda, Joseph believes that he has discovered the glue of insight, and that when he is able to hold the completed journal to the light he will see his reflection redeemed and his life will be restored. What he cannot see, however, are the character flaws that were his undoing and which take him once again from the brink of success to tragedy, violence, and death.

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Richard Siciliano attended Washington and Lee University and worked with community action and social service agencies for many years. He writes about the ethos of his generation and lives in a small town in Northern California.

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Author Poll: J. Lesley Graham Your Help With His Book Cover

J. Lesley Graham is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on a book cover.

Book Summary: Rogue Warrior

From a Doctor to a Star Warrior Cadet to Rogue Warrior to the Savior of Humanity

Star Warrior Basic Cadet Scarlet Smithe should be on her way to a Star Warrior Advance Cadet School. Instead, she finds herself assigned to a huge junkyard on an arid ball of sand called Home III. Worse, the old curmudgeon in charge tells her to do nothing and stay out of his hair.

Scarlet goes exploring and ends up purchasing Blackbird, an ancient starship. An anomaly is detected while Scarlet is testing the starship’s systems in space. A starship the size of a small planet has entered the Home Star System. An alien species called the Planet Eaters have arrived and will strip Home III of all life, including the old curmudgeon.

Unfortunately, Blackbird is Home III’s only defender. Even though Scarlet realizes attacking the Planet Eater’s starship will be futile and she will probably die, she has no option but to attack the monstrous starship. She is critically wounded early on, but is not only able to destroy the starship, but capture a live Planet Eater.

Scarlet survives. Unfortunately, her long rehab bars her from becoming a Star Warrior and even remaining in Star Service. Thankfully for humanity, she becomes the Rogue Warrior.

About the Author

J. Lesley Graham and Ursula, his wife, live in Wichita Falls, Texas. He enlisted in the United States Air Force a week after graduating from Thomas Carr Howe High School, and retired as a Captain after serving 20 years, 6 months, and 9 days.

J. Lesley has also been a college professor, and a software engineer. He holds a BS in Mathematics, a Masters of Divinity, and a Masters of Software Design and Development. That’s pretty good for someone who has flunked every spelling test he ever took. He can be contacted at JLesley1941@outlook.com

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Author Poll: Kenwyn K. Smith Your Help With His Book Cover

Kenwyn K. Smith is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on a book cover.

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Humanity now recognizes we are partway through a transformational epoch that may be even more impactful than the Renaissance. A central feature of this reformation is discovering that all of life is predicated on abundance. Never before has the world been so wealthy. Yet mostly we still feel it is a struggle to survive, largely because our economic system is based on real or artificially created scarcities. The world order has been founded on the economics of scarcity, which is an insufficiently robust architectural edifice given present geopolitical complexities. It needs to be augmented by a financial infrastructure centered on abundance.

About the Author

Kenwyn Smith, professor of organizational behavior at the University of Pennsylvania, is a scholar-practitioner. His work has ranged from schools to prisons, businesses to health care institutions, state-run enterprises to entrepreneurship, pharmaceuticals in Belgium to HIV/AIDS communities in America, from restoring under-resourced black South African townships to supporting livelihood-development in rural India.

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Author Poll: Shirley Raines Needs Help Choosing a Cover

Shirley is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press and wants your help deciding on a book cover.

An Uncommon Journey: Leadership lessons from a preschool teacher who became a university president.

Dr. Shirley Raines, now a much sought-after speaker, consultant, and author, earned her way from a humble farm in Tennessee to the office of the President of the University of Memphis as the first woman president of that institution.

In this frank and heartfelt volume, Dr. Raines shares how this unlikely journey transpired. She describes the challenges she faced and the lessons she learned along the way that may encourage other young women to pursue careers as leaders, whatever the leadership title.

She tells us about how special, loving people in her life guided and supported her along the way, including the touching story of how a professor saved her from giving up on her college education before she even got started.

The narrative shows how Dr. Raines starting as a young woman prepared for every opportunity by doing her homework. Those around her who came to respect her described her as “spunky” and labeled her a “steel magnolia.”

Read how Dr. Raines developed successful relationships with famous and powerful people in every walk of life including other university presidents, high profile celebrities, state governors, and wealthy philanthropists. At the same time, discover how she never forgot the working men and women who served in support roles and kept the gears turning.

This is a must-read for people, especially women, considering or pursuing a leadership role in education or related fields.  And an enjoyable read for the rest.

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