Author Poll: Writer Carolyn Bryant wants your help with her cover

Carolyn Bryant is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help deciding her book cover.

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“I love you Holli!” “I love you Brooklyn!” The author shows how precious a sisters bond can be when developed by spending time together. This sweet story of two sisters who learned that a walk together was creating a bond that will last a lifetime.

About the Author

CAROLYN BRYANT – Author of her first book “No Shoes”, wife, mother and Granny to her amazing grandchildren. Sister to the siblings she disagreed with from time to time!

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Author Poll: Writer Pat Overton wants your help with her cover.

Pat Overton is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help deciding her book cover.

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“He was with me. He hadn’t left. We were one and always would be…” On a wintry night in January, Ray Overton passed suddenly from lack of oxygen to the brain. What happened next was difficult for his wife, Pat, to grasp. While she was journaling one night, her deceased husband began to speak to her. At first she thought Ray’s voice might be a product of grief, wishful thinking, or imagination—but subsequent events would prove her wrong… Throughout the course of the following year and beyond, Ray guided Pat through the grief process, confirming her belief that consciousness does indeed survive death. In Still Beside You, Pat offers hope to others, validating that our deceased loved ones are not “lost” to us. They continue to exist, just in another form, in another—heavenly—place.

About the Author

Patricia Overton is a retired professional educator, a Reiki master/teacher, and a lecturer on life after death. She holds a certificate in grief recovery; a master’s degree in International Studies, specializing in Latin America; and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish. Her husband, Ray, received his academic training in Civil Engineering and worked in stone design and construction. He was a Reiki master, a professional educator, and a true Renaissance man. Learn more at http://www.ouregarden.com.

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Author Poll: Writer Joe Stearns wants your help with his cover

Joe Stearns is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And he wants your help deciding his book cover.

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What one wishes not to be; may not be avoided. Greentea Gravelt just wants to be a loyal Cleric Dwarf to her Clan. Her King and her Great Uncle Wizard know differently. Can she be the answer to what the Dwarves have long desired?  Jackrol Tiller just wants to be a normal young teenager and maybe a great swordsman for the Wyndswept people, but his first opportunity goes all wrong.  Vonn, the Magi, of the Mounties knows the world of Magic is changing. Can he make it work for The Mounty Republic?  Wyndliege, land of Dragons, but the Dragons are gone, the Elves are slaves, and the Dwarves and Humans are dominated by the diminutive Mounties. The odd pairing of the Recorder and Protector has all the important leaders scared and confused! But first, the Battle of Beardly must be decided.

About the Author

After many years of reading every fantasy book out there, I realized that the story I wanted to tell had still not been written. A few years later, the story emerged onto paper. The art of creating my world, with my characters, my rivers, mountains and cities, and my conflicts was exhilarating, exhausting and unbelievably fantastic. I give my thanks and blessings to all who write a story and give a part of themselves to the world, for that’s what writing really is. As a native Idahoan, I am blessed to have beautiful mountains, stately forests, wonderful rivers, and beautiful open plains in my State to draw inspiration from. God bless the USA.
Joe Stearns

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Author Poll: Writer MP Kollman wants your help with her cover

MP Kollman is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help deciding her book cover.

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A honeymoon in Reno—what could possibly go wrong?

However, back in Jaspar, Margaret Addams, preparing to leave home to visit Elizabeth and Emery Grayson, is catapulted twenty feet down the sidewalk by the explosion that destroys her house. She is barely holding onto life, but what has she to live for? Jerome, a young man she had grown to love as a son—a murderer—is dead, and her husband—no better than a common criminal—is imprisoned a hundred miles away.

And then, there’s the Hamiltons. Ivy—a woman Sandy thought he had put in prison seven years ago—has found her estranged husband Martin, and their daughter, Azalea—owners of MHE in Reno, a company that provides data entry services for its clients using its powerful server.

Questions need answering. Why is Ivy in Reno and not in prison? What does she want with Sandy’s boss, Jeff Hand? How did the Hamiltons anticipate Sandy and Samantha’s arrival in Reno? What is the source of the hundreds of thousands of dollars accumulating in an account that has no connection to their business?

About the Author:

Honeymoon is the third in a series by MP Kollman—Brothers published in 1995 and Sequela in 2012. MP also published Skin Deep, which is not part of the series, in 2016. MP began writing in grade school for her own enjoyment-taking her on adventures and away from the family farm. MP retired several years ago and can now devote more time to writing.

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Author Poll: Yvonne Hilton wants your help with her cover in a Survey Poll

Yvonne Hilton is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and wants your help deciding her upcoming book cover.

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Peter has run away twice. This time the overseer on the large estate farm in colonial New York decides to use his cat-o-nine-tails on the slave to teach a more thorough lesson. His 12 year old apprentice, Martin Tucker is horrified, but grows to learn the useful application of whipping for the most serious offenses, like running. After all, he is the only white person on the place.
Sally is a 14 year old black girl newly arrived on the farm. Tucker, now thirty, chooses her to become his mistress. Sally is still a virgin when Tucker becomes her first sexual encounter. She however, already loves another slave, 16 year old Lemuel, with whom she’d grown up and who was purchased along with her.
Over the next few years, Tucker impregnates Sally with five babies in quick succession but none of them can belong to either him or her, since she is the property of the absentee owner of the farm and he is just an employee.
However, unbeknownst to the overseer, Sally eventually figures out a way to meet her lover Lemuel. And she manages to give birth to Polly, Lemuel’s child. The first five children resemble Tucker in coloring. Polly, on the other hand is dark-skinned, like her mother and father.

A dangerous situation has been created – how to hide the existence of this child from Tucker.

About the Author:

I was an assistant principal/supervisor of English. In my 32 years of teaching, my profession kept me constantly analyzing and dissecting literature, looking for the points of connection that made works come to life for high school students. Yet, for me, as a reader, it was always history, the events going on behind the narrative in a piece that held the real fascination. In 1972, I began to write short stories about fictional characters living during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. I began researching urban and rural slavery in New York with information from Dr. Sherrill Wilson, an urban anthropologist and learned about the actual day-to-day experiences of enslaved people during the 1700s. When this novel began to unfold in my mind, the lives of the people, as revealed by the excavations of the graves at the African Burial Ground motivated many of the events in the story.

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Author Poll: Frederick Munch wants your help with his cover in a Survey Poll

Frederick Munch is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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Are you doubting God’s existance? If there is a God would He really have time to listen to your problems and requests?

In reading “Searching for my Faith,” you will come to understanad you are not alone. What does God really expect from us? Does God punish us for ignoring Him and His commandments? You will learn how the author began to build his faith with the focus more on what God’s purpose is for us.

A twenty-nine year veteran of police work, the author describes the daily struggles of policing and the constant battle he endured with the question of faith. Does God really exist? Why do good people get hurt?

Share his experiences, and come to learn how he overcame adversity, tragedy, and guilt. Most importantly was how he eventually found contentment and an inner peace.

If you have questions concerning spirituality and are looking for some direction, “This book is for you.”

Or simply- if you ever thought about being a cop, you may want to read this first!

About the Author:

Fred is retired after seving twenty-nine years in Law Enforcement. He has experience in serving with both a State and Municipal agency. Twenty-five of those years were spent as a street cop assigned to the Patrol Division, and worked as a Patrol Street Supervisor. He served his last four years assigned to the Detective Division as a Sergeant investigating all types of crime including Juvenile offences. Fred is most thankful for the opportunity to serve his hometown community for so many years. He now enjoys spending most of his time with his six grandchildren.

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Author Poll: David Gottstein wants your help with his cover in a Survey Poll

David Gottstein is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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A More Perfect Union- Unifying Ideas for a Divided America

We are a divided country, but we don’t have to be. A More Perfect Union-Unifying Ideas for a Divided America is the essential guide for a polarized country. Author David Gottstein has identified the most pressing issues that Americans must address to prosper at home and abroad. More importantly, he offers common sense solutions that will unite Americans regardless of their politics. Imagine solutions that provide enough water and energy for generations, leaving a cleaner planet in return. Imagine a way to end unemployment and welfare as we know it. Gottstein shares a vision of America where success is based on how hard you work and not where you were born. If you are looking to be inspired by an America that can be, you have found the right book. Read it, share it, and add your voice to A More Perfect Union.

About the Author:

David Gottstein is President of Dynamic Capital Management with a degree in Economics and Finance from the Wharton School. He has been a political activist working behind the scenes, in a bi-partisan role for more than 40 years. He was the founder of Backbone, a political action alliance of Republicans and Democrats, dedicated to finding common ground.

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Author Poll: Don Provance, Jr. wants your help with his cover in a Survey Poll

Don Provance, Jr.  is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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JIMMY is the perfect story for anyone searching for the love to accept themselves or the grace to forgive.  A terrible accident carries Jimmy and his father down different forks in the river.  While Jimmy refuses to be defined by his new physical limitations, his father struggles with emotional wounds that threaten to consume him.  Through Jimmy’s eyes we see the immense natural beauty of the Ozarks and we remember that friends bring joy to life and soften the pain of loss.  Jimmy is the caring, emotionally brave hero we all need.  JIMMY is a baseball story, a tale from the Ozarks, and a slave for the soul.

About the Author:

Don is a lifelong resident of the Missouri Ozarks where he still lives with his wife Susan.  They have three children, Laura, Jana and Michael and two grandchildren, Jackson and Camryn.  Don enjoys spending most of his free time in the outdoors of the region either at the lake, floating down the James, or hiking through one of the forests that make up the region.  It is from these outdoor settings that he attains the inspiration for most of his stories.

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Author Poll: Jo-Ann Vega Wants Your Help With Her Cover

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

Book Summary: Moments in Flight – A Memoir

Stunning memoir shares hard-earned practical wisdom, recovers lost history, and brings the immigrant story full circle.


Set in the last half century of transformative cultural change, Jo-Ann Vega’s memoir chronicles personal voyages of discovery beyond traditional boundaries of gender and culture. It begins with an extended eulogy to the immigrants of the south Bronx and the children who played on the streets without parental supervision—with horse-drawn vegetable and fruit wagons, malocchio, bocce, macaroni in numbered boxes, Uncle Dan the bookie, and Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra at Yankee Stadium. Vega details the impact of her famiglia’s relocation to suburbia, and her own coming of age during the relentless cultural upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s. She then seamlessly forms a bridge to today and life after work and parents. Crafted from 40 years’ worth of writing and journaling, Moments in Flight also features useful websites, historical timelines, and a Book Club Discussion Guide.

“Conceived in the optimism after the successful conclusion of WWII, I grew up in the 1950s in New York City, the ninth grandchild of immigrants from southern Europe who arrived in America in the first decades of the 20th century. I came of age during the birth of the social justice and anti-war movements of the early 1970s that presaged today’s world. I started writing then, to make sense of my world…”

About the Author:

 Jo-Ann Vega, a proud Italian-American whose roots in America began in 1903, is a published author and dynamic speaker with 30 years of experience presenting to academic, business, and community groups. Jo-Ann lives with her life partner and canine companion.

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Author Poll: FaL’s Boy Wants Your Help With His Cover

FaL’s Boy is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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Where is there a book about God?

It you think about it, the Bible, were it a message from God, has been before most every man in history, from its’ humble inception.  It requires focus to understand it, and not experts.  It is meant for all to understand.  Ecclesiastes, in the last chapter sums it up. “… of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh……the conclusion of the matter, fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.”

If I had one wish this treatise would do, it would be to have every African American, Caucasian, Hispanic, and whomever I may have left out, place God on their “Bucket List”.  It takes awhile to get around to Him, but as you can see today, we probably don’t really have anything better to do than find Him.

About the Author:

I was born right before television came to the masses, at least the masses of which I was a part.  When I look back, I can see through my parents how absolutely horrible it had to have been being Black at the turn of the century, during the very early 1900’s.  I received what to them was exceptional treatment, along with many of my peers, because they, our parents,  were elated, empowered, being allowed a tiny modicum of freedom from the tyranny of racism, and they invested their efforts in to bettering their condition, but especially into bettering the lives of their children.  By simply staying in the North, and gingerly tipping around the elephant of racism that stood close by every modicum of Black success, ready and certain to quash any lasting happiness, they quietly hoped to escape the madness themselves, but surely wanted their children to have the opportunities they did not have.  To some degree, (to them a great degree, when they reflected on their parents and their history), their dreams came true.  I went to an all Black elementary school, to a integrated high school, (15% Black), a slightly integrated college, (20 out of 1,000), and a professional school that somehow could never figure out how to graduate more than two Blacks, with the most profound expressions of exasperation on their faces.  Television roared in about 1955, and in only 65 years, is here to document the “Neo, good ole boy, good old days” return, where suburbs, chalets, rural communities receive the best of schools, roads, parks, benefits, and public is the updated version of “Black only”, with outdated books, poor facilities, limited benefits for the “other”.  The return to the days of overt and covert racism, being “reparadigmed” by a nebulous group called White nationalists, complete with its’ own “ism”.  I knew adults who would have still thought that Black people had tales had we not met and come to know each other.  Why they thought that I didn’t know then, but in this modern world of “fake news” that idea, though not particularly harmful, is apt to resurface.  Through all of this, my life is not necessarily noteworthy, but the new research in Biblical history, done by younger scholars, is noteworthy to all, because it states a truth that most likely will never be again hidden.  Just as the God of the Nation of Israel said, “I AM”, to Moses, We, people of color, now say that we “are”.

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