Author Poll: Thomas Shipp Wants Your Help With His Cover

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

Book Summary:

Turn boring and bland to outstanding and grand!

Colleges, hospitals, military bases, and many other companies all over the world share one thing in common: a cafeteria that may prepare food for hundreds if not thousands daily. Cafeteria fare can be downright plain and uninteresting, but Cafeteria Cuisine will show you quick and easy recipes and meal pairings created from the precooked food and condiments offered by your cafeteria—and how to turn them into fresh new delights.

From stuffed croissants to lemon-buttered crab legs, Thomas Shipp created unique meals in the Army’s dining facilities while stationed in Kuwait—using anything he could find to make his precooked meal taste better. Now he shares these recipes with you. Whether you rely on cafeteria cuisine or prefer to cook at home, Cafeteria Cuisine will open your eyes—and appetite—to new possibilities. Let’s eat! Bon appétit!

About the Author:

Thomas Shipp, born and raised in Byhalia, Mississippi, is the proud father of two beautiful young daughters—Maleah and Meilani. He has served as an active duty soldier in the U.S. Army for 19 years and is a self-taught cook. His popular Instagram account showcased some of the meals he created while deployed in Kuwait (2016–2017) and led to the creation of this book.

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Author Poll: Viola D. Wants Your Help With Her Cover

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

Book Summary:

In many cultures, girls are engaged in early childhood to a future husband chosen by their relatives. This is the story of one such girl, who at the age of 16 found her dreams and desires cut short by a fate handed down by tradition. Mistreated, discriminated against, and a victim of the worst habits and customs of the older generations, she can endure no more. But will she find a way to stop the violence, fight for her freedom, and dare to dream beautiful dreams? You Cannot Imprison Eagle’s Dream is a powerful story, filled with anger and pain. The all-too-real traditions dominating societies in some countries can serve the stability of the family and culture—but when these practices suppress or threaten young girls, it’s time to say, No more!

About the Author

Viola D. was born in Eastern Europe to an intellectual family. Her childhood was happy and comfortable, despite the hardships of living under a communist dictatorship for over 30 years. Witnessing the violence and unfair treatment perpetrated against girls in her country led her to author her debut novel, You Cannot Imprison Eagle’s Dream, the story of her girlfriend’s dysfunctional arranged marriage.

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Author Poll: Nancy Peek Youngdahl Wants Your Help With Her Cover

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

Book Summary:

My Nana was an Outrageously Mischievous kid.

In the 1940s and ’50s, children were allowed to run free, play outside, and use their imaginations—without parents constantly hovering over them and fearing for their safety. In her own small town in North Carolina—with very little traffic, and neighbors who actually knew each other—Nana was no exception to the free-range kid phenomenon. But as an outrageously mischievous kid left to her own devices, she sure got into some amazing and hilarious adventures… It was a glorious time to be a child!

Both of Nana’s parents worked, so she and her brother were unsupervised and wreaked havoc most of the time, and they lived an exciting childhood. Nana’s stories—told to her great-grandchildren—are all true. She relates how her family and neighbors survived in spite of her and is quick to let her great-grandchildren know what not to do. As she says, if she had lived as a child today, she’d probably be locked up in a juvenile home!

Author Bio:

Nancy Peek Youngdahl is a watercolor painter, golfer, and writer. She loves to travel with her husband, Skip, and between them, they have six adult children, fourteen grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Nancy has been a schoolboard chairman and an art teacher, and she has a passion for genealogy, tracing her ancestors back thirteen generations to the late 1600s when they lived in Virginia. My Nana Was A Free-Range Kid is her second book; the first is an autobiography of Nancy’s family history.

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Author Poll: Douglas Richie Wants Your Help With His Cover

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

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The Restless Richies: How We Survived 1001 Cruises and Assorted World Travels

What’s the secret to happiness? Travel!

Annie and Doug Richie believe the recipe for a long, happy life together requires a willingness to take risks, a sense of humor, and a sense of anticipation that comes from discovering new places and meeting new people. After they took their first cruise to Mallorca, Spain, after fifteen years of marriage, they knew they were hooked! Now in their late eighties, the Richies have enjoyed several land tours and over one hundred cruises, and their courage and willingness to explore new territories is one of the many reasons they are still together. The Restless Richies explains how travel added excitement and romance to one couple’s sixty-nine years of marriage. And their new book encourages others to experience the joy that travel can bring!

About the Author: Richie spent the first 14 years of his life in a small town in lower New York state. He completed his education in Philadelphia where he met his wife, Annie. Her story can be read in My Annie, an autobiography that is available on Amazon. With their four chillden, they moved to Californian in 1961. Richie worked in the field of institutional food service management. He took early retirement and moved to Palm Springs where he and Annie managed s small hotel for the next 13 years. Now fully retired Richie indulges his passion for writing.

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Hit the Polls! Vote for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Recently, we announced the three finalists in this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards. All three finalists were winners in last month’s CIPA EVVY Awards sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) and the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF); the annual awards recognize the finest works of independent authors in dozens of book categories.

Now it is time to determine which of these talented authors possess the author platform and promotional muscle to take top honors in a head-to-head-to-head marketing competition — a live public poll to determine the ultimate Grand Prize winner and the $1,500 Grand Prize for Best Book of the Year.

So, refresh your memory of these finalists: Re-watch their videos, download their ebooks, buy the paperbacks, and then scroll down to the poll to place your vote for the 2017 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

Finalist: Gramma Darling by Lissa Schroeder
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Finalist: When a Woman Is in Love with God by Darnelle Wilson
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Finalist: The Thundering Herd by John E. Peltier
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Cast Your Vote

The public poll for Best Book of the Year ends at 12:00 PM Noon Mountain Time on Friday, September 15th.

Author Poll: Mike Waters Needs Help Choosing a Cover

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

Book Summary

Michael and Kathie Waters always thought of themselves as average everyday citizens, until a devastating illness caused them to be swept into an amazing journey that was anything but average. When an unexpected path unfolded before them, a strange turn of events propelled them into a surprising spiritual awareness. This newfound enlightenment changed everything they thought they knew or understood about the world we live in. As their bond with those beyond the veil strengthened, long forgotten information was revealed. Their true adventures are finally told from recollection and long kept journals, recanted in an earthy and honest way that only those with an open heart could tell.

About the Author

From the time he was a small boy, Michael Waters knew there was something important he was supposed to do. After earning his psychology degree, Michael found greater joy working with his hands. He now owns and operates a construction company in their hometown of Renton, Washington. Married to Michael for the past 36 years, Kathie Waters is a recently retired educator with a background in small business. The couple has two grown children and one grouchy cat. Together, they are shamanic students and practitioners, specializing in the art of psychopomp and other related spirit work. This is their first book, but Spirit isn’t finished with them yet.

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Author Poll: Donna M. McNamara Needs Help Choosing a Cover

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

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Lying in southwestern Montana are the towns of Virginia City and Nevada City. In 1864 the towns possessed the lure of instant wealth, excitement, and adventure that came from gold mines. Along with this excitement came danger. Danger posed by men of unsavory character who would not stop at anything to get what they desired. Five men who were residents of the towns fought back by forming a Vigilance Committee with the goal of bring justice to the men who terrorized the towns. There have been many theories throughout the years of how the vigilantes financed their quest for bring law and order to the territory of Montana. This book explores the work of John Lott as territorial treasurer, author of the Vigilante Oath, and book keeper of the Ferreting Fund, a register of names and amounts of money donated to the Vigilantes to restore law and order. This paper is written not as an attempt to legitimize the actions of the vigilantes, but rather to explore the funding of the organization provided by citizens of Alder Gulch; ordinary people who refused to live in an environment where terror reigned and they feared for their lives and livelihoods.

About the Author

Donna M. McNamara is a special education teacher. For the past sixteen years she has volunteered as a living historian for the Montana Heritage Commission at Nevada City, Montana. She holds BA degrees in History, Elementary Education/Special Education, and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction in Reading.

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