Author Poll: Margaret Watkins Needs Your Help With Her Book Cover

Margaret Watkins is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding on her book cover.

Book Summary

TIBET.  Land of mystery.  Or is it still?

The author finds out when an unexpected opportunity takes her across the arid Tibetan plateau and lands her at the foot of Mount Everest.

About the Author

During the decade surrounding this adventure and the writing of this book the author lived in a small cabin in Stanley, Idaho (population 100) with her husband, two horses and two large messy dogs.

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Author Poll: Peter DeLorenzi Needs Your Help With His Book Cover

Peter DeLorenzi is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

Book Summary

Every life has a unique journey; some life paths are brilliantly illuminated by explosions of insight sparked by war, wanderlust, prison, and pain…as well as love, joy, celebration, and delight. Paper Airplanes and Serial Lovers shows you the bleeding and beating heart of one man, whose personal experience becomes yours as you see the world through his eyes and speak his words aloud with your own voice. From the failings of government to the frailties of mankind, from the brutal forces of nature to people’s deliberate cruelty to one another, from childhood memories to adult revelation, this confrontational, exhilarating book will challenge you to see life from a broader and deeper perspective.


About the Author

Peter DeLorenzi lives, works, and writes on San Juan Island, Washington. He is a Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He has spent most of the past thirty years painting houses he could never afford, loving women he could never have nor keep, and doing his best to be a good human being.

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Author Poll: Rayfield Walker Needs Your Help With His Book Cover

Rayfield Walker is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

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Out of the Jungle is the heart-wrenching story of Rayfield Walker’s abuse and neglect as a child growing up in Guyana, at the hands of his violent and repressed father, to his eventual escape to New York, where he found success as a star student and catharsis in painting, filmmaking and writing. In New York, Rayfield found wage work at art supply stores in order to save up thousands of dollars to hire professional book editors to help realize his dreams as a published author.

Rayfield’s accounts of repeatedly verbal, mental and physical abuse offer a grim portrait of life in rural Guyana. His father expressed the pain of an identity as a gay man living in an unforgiving homophobic society on young Rayfield, including daily beatings until he urinated or defecated on himself, only to stop in order to lock him in the kitchen cupboard for hours at a time. His grandparents home also became the location of sexual assault and rape by close friends and relatives. Despite enduring horrifying and repeated abuses, he fought for his life with an iron will and the utter determination that there had to be something better.

Rayfield eventually found refuge in his grandparent’s home where his grandmother instilled important virtues and strength of character. He eventually found himself a path to New York after accepting the truth embedded in the advice his grandmother had given him: remembering where you came from can give you strength, clinging to the past only leads to stagnation.

With the help of those who cared for him, he learned to grab hold of his dreams and to find comfort in the momentum needed to reach his next goal, believing that in this life, no one knows what they will experience, accomplish, or who they can become.

About the Author

Rayfield Walker is a young man in his early twenties who migrated from his native country Guyana, to the United States in search of better opportunities. Throughout Mr. Walker’s childhood and early teenage years, he lived with his grandparents who loved and took great care of him to the best of their abilities. Constantly, Rayfield was sent to visit his father who never loved and steady verbally, mentally and physically abused him. While Rayfield attended Junior high school in Guyana, he had to work a job so he could support himself and his household through the poor condition his grandparents go through. When Mr. Walker was given the opportunity to permanently live in the United States, he left his native land hoping someday to better the life of his grandparents.

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Author Poll: Rod Lewin Needs Your Help With His Cover

Rod Lewin is self-publishing his highly-anticipated 3rd book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding on his book cover.

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In this third much-awaited novel in the series, Mitch Blaine and his learned sidekick Beyer have returned to their isolated retreat on Apache Lake in the Arizona desert, where a young Mexican girl had been ruthlessly tossed out of a low-flying aircraft. After saving her life, they had been drawn into a battle of retribution with the same gang of thugs who had attempted to slay her. Severely wounded himself in the ensuing fray, Beyer has unilaterally determined that it is time to ‘go home’. Now the intrepid duo has decided to fly back to Australia in their vintage PBY flying boat, the ‘Wayward Wind’. They plan a fuel stop in Vanuatu in the South Pacific to visit some old friends, who have retired to Havannah Harbor on the island of Efate. Port Havannah was a repair base for the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet just prior to the Battle of the Coral Sea. Only thing is, it’s cyclone season down there, and one of the most devastating storms that part of the world has ever known is heading right towards Vanuatu. Blaine and Beyer arrive at the exact moment that the cyclone is battering the islands. They inadvertently fly into one of the most bizarre adventures they have yet encountered….and literally right into history!

About the Author

Rod Lewin was born in Brisbane, Australia.  His acclaimed autobiography, ‘Steel Spine, Iron Will’, wherein he narrates his recovery from paralysis after a near-fatal plane crash, has been in constant demand for over two decades. Rod has spent the last thirty-five years as a professional aviator.  He has experienced all manner of adventure as a true “knight of the air,” from operating seaplanes on the Great Barrier Reef, the far outback of Western Australia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Greece, to airline flying in DC-3’s, 727’s, and 737’s in the U.S.  ‘The Port Havannah Paradox’, the third in the series, is based on some of his own astonishing exploits.

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Author Poll: Author Carole Molchany Wants Your Help With Her Cover

Carole Molchany is self-publishing her second book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding on her book cover.

Book Summary

Dreams really can come true. At the age of ten, the author, Carole Molchany, had a dream of owning her own bike. That dream became a possibility after a grandparents visit, which concluded with a one dollar bill for ice-cream money. Instead, the dollar bill was spent for the purchase of a comic book. The back of the comic book held an advertisement which read, Kid’s Sell This, And Win That! Boxed Christmas cards, that was the pitch, and the grand prize was a bike. This is where the adventure begins.

About the Author

This is Carole Molchany’s second book. Carole is from New Jersey and currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Author Poll: Fr. John Francis Kamwendo, D.Th. and John E. Koenig, Ph.D. Need Help Choosing a Cover

Fr. John Francis Kamwendo, D.Th. and John E. Koenig, Ph.D. are self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and they want your help deciding the book cover.

Book Summary:

The thoughts, discussions, and research presented in this book are principally focused on the responsibility mankind and the Church in its mandated diaconal role, are obligated to carry out in serving others, particularly the poor, and in addressing poverty through selfless acts of διακονία (diakonia) or service. In doing so, we discuss the importance and significance of incorporating transformational development in the decision-making process by including those most directly affected by poverty and its harsh realities.

A case study, based on Fr. Kamwendo’s doctoral dissertation, with editorial and professorial assistance from Dr. Koenig, concerning diakonia and transformational development conducted in four parishes in the Diocese of Lindi in Southern Tanzania is included.

The study was principally interested in assessing the question of whether mankind, the Church and the Diocese of Lindi leadership is providing philanthropic diakonia (διακονία) and implementing transformational development processes to others, particularly the poor.

The research also focused on the extent to which those mentioned above are engaged in empowering others to: “develop their own capacity and skills so that they may become competent decision makers with the confidence to act on their choices.”  (Roy and Hartigan)

Every effort was made to study poverty from the experiences of the poor.  The case study, beginning in Chapter 5, was conducted in the Diocese of Lindi, Tanzania where Fr. Kamwendo was born and raised.

This book is a thoughtful reminder that all things do work together for the good of those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

About the Authors:

Fr. Kamwendo, Th.D. holds a Doctorate in Practical Theology and Missiology (D.Th.) Degree and was raised by loving and caring parents in a poor rural area of Lindi, Tanzania.  He worked with the poor and special needs children in Tanzania and the United States.  Fr. Kamwendo is Associate Pastor of St. Michaels Catholic Parish in Brookville, Indiana, USA.

Dr. Koenig holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Degree in Educational Leadership and spent 20 years as an administrator and professor in higher education; 14 in secondary education; and eight as a business executive. Dr. Koenig a consultant, retired from Indiana University in 2011, and was raised the eldest of six siblings, in Effingham, Illinois by loving and caring parents of meager means.

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Author Poll: Adrian P. Matherne Wants Your Help With His Cover

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

Book Summary:

This book was written to give a historical account of how Bourg, Louisiana was established.  The 168 pictures will come alive as you embark on a journey back in time and see what life was like in a small Louisiana town with true accounts of  life in the 1920’s thru 1960”s. Step aboard as we journey back in time.

Author Bio:

Adrian P. Matherne was born and raised in the  community of Bourg, Louisiana and served as its Postmaster from 1993 until he retired in 2002; with thirty-seven years of postal service. He collected pictures and information for thirty-seven years and has compiled it into this book to serve as a history of the  Bourg community.   He currently lives in the Bourg with his wife Cheryl and has a son living in Virginia.

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