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.

Book Summary:

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.

About the Author:

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.

Book Summary

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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Author Poll: Joseph Bronson Needs Help Choosing a Cover

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

Book Summary

From Bandon Dunes to Ireland and Pebble Beach in Between

Shots in Spots from all over the World

Through the Green is Joseph Bronson’s second book on the game of golf.  Joe’s writing about golf is to bring the game to the amateur with insights that really impact all players.  Joe comments on the current state of the game and then immediately delves into playing Pebble Beach hole by hole.  Many golfers from all over the world have Pebble Beach on their bucket list.  The book proceeds hole by hole how an amateur or a professional would play the course.  There is an entire section on Bandon Dunes and selected courses in Ireland.  The book then provides an in-depth commentary of the major championships of 2017 in a very unique and detailed manner.  A big surprise is the section on driving ranges and practice areas.  An entire section discloses the hardest, most enjoyable and worst golf holes he has ever played.

The book concludes with a fictional short story of a senior amateur player trying to qualify for a USGA championship. This may have been a one-time personal goal that will remain unfulfilled.

About the Author

Joe is a member of Monterrey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach, California and Cordevalle Golf Club in San Martin, California.  He and his wife, Linda, live in San Jose, California with another home on the Spyglass Hill Golf Club in Pebble Beach.  Joe’s love for the game shines through in his second book.   Through the Green takes this passion for the game of golf to another level from his first book, Golf Chronicles.  Joe’s resume includes playing golf for over 40 years at courses all over the world—88 of the top 100 US venues to England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, China, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand and Israel.  He has a website with a corresponding blog at josephbronson.com which discusses various professional and amateur tournaments.

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Author Poll: Louis Reznick Needs Your Help With His Cover

Louis Reznick is self-publishing his first book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

Book Summary
Is Laughter Really the Best Medicine? Take This Book, and Find Out!

Louis Reznick knows the curative value of laughter. Sure, it can be dangerous, too—for example, he just about laughed himself to death while writing this book. While working as a physician, he would leave jokes up on the computer monitor for his patients, and he realized what a powerful tool a good laugh could be—even people who are anxious and depressed can benefit from a little distraction. A lifetime of laughter is compressed into this one little volume, so it’s sort of like one of those cans of joke snakes. Open this book, and you have no idea what will pop out! Laughter is the most important way to start and end your day, and it’s the thing that will keep you going when things aren’t going your way. If you could use a good laugh—and really, these days, who couldn’t?—then join Louis on his exploration of The Sixth Sense…the sense of humor!

About the Author

Louis Reznick is a retired doctor and continual comedian, whose medical background can prevent you from dying of laughter. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1966 with a BA in mathematics, and from Des Moines University in 1970 with a DO. He was a US Army flight surgeon from 1971-1973, including a year served in Vietnam. In 1973, he opened his family practice in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens, NY, where the neighborhood was so dangerous that he changed the telephone area code to 911 and saw an exponential increase in business.

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