Self-Publishing Author David D. Bernstein Discusses The Enchanted Rope

Author David D. Bernstein is taking his latest book, The Enchanted Rope on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join David D. Bernstein and The Enchanted Rope as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Luckily for us, David D. Bernstein was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The Enchanted Rope.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Enchanted Rope. What is it about?

David: This book is about a young boy named Jack who has just lost his mother to cancer, unfortunately, a common cause of death in people of all ages. In this book, Jack decides to find a way to connect to his mother and see where her world is. So, under the Alaskan sun, in a field of dreams, Jack gathers up one hundred wildflowers and starts to weave a magic rope he can climb up to the world of angels that his mother is in. A school of salmon, a clan of wolves, a brown bear and a bold eagle watch him as he weaves and weaves a finally sends the magic rope far up into the air to go where his mother is.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: This book was published originally in 2010. It was actually based on a poem I wrote called “Moment” which was featured in a poetry chapbook called “Voices of the heart.” That poem grew into the picture book The Enchanted Rope. The main reason I wrote this was because my Grandmother got cancer and I researched this topic and saw how many people that cancer kills and the long-lasting effect it has on the children and family members. I figured by writing this book and using fantasy and folk tale style that it would help families who lost loved ones. It was especially for the children who went through death even if it was a friend, a pet, or a family member. Like in 2010 this book is once again valuable with the Covid-19 cases and death growing daily in the world. The Enchanted Rope is a kind of self-help picture book that can not only change children’s lives but adult lives as well.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: This was the first book I published with Outskirts press and it did very well back in 2010 and I think it can also do well here in 2021. Outskirts press was professional and helpful on the process and that is why I have been publishing with them ever since.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

David: Any person rather they are 6 to 100 will be interested in this book. It helps them cope with death and overall, it is just a good folk tale for anyone to read and learn from.

OP: What is special about your book?

David: I think what makes this book special is the style of it which is my own Fairy Tale and at the same time it also is a self-help book and picture book. That combination is rare these days. I am not sure I found that many types of books out there. It also is a very touching story that will make individual’s emotions act out. It also will help people cope with tough issues like death and guide children in healing and use their own imagination to grow and move on in life.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

David: I am very sure, many books like this are out there so I really cannot answer that question. Probably I think this book is unique in how it is written and the story and guidance it gives to individuals who are facing hard times. The book gives you that fuzzy feeling of comfort a person can find within their own imagination, which is something all of us whatever the age is very comfortable with.

OP: Have you published any other books?

David: I have published a chapbook of poetry called “Voices of the Heart” it is a combination of poems from my teenage years to my college years spanning about ten years. A picture book “Peanut” that helps children cope with diverse and obsession. I also have a trilogy of books known as The CORT Chronicles “The Portal” an CIPA Award winner Book 1 is already published and “Spirral” and “Rebirth” book 2 and 3 will be out in the next few months. I also have poetry published in several magazines and Anthologies that also have won awards.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

David: I do have plans to publish more books. In the next 5 to 10 years, I plan to publish two picture books “Betty’s Dreams” and “Angry James” and I also plan to publish another trilogy called “Living Library Chronicles.” I do not have any set publishing years for those books, but I do plan to release them soon.

OP: Thanks for your time, David! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The Enchanted Rope is David Bernstein’s first children’s book. He is also the author of one book of poetry and of many individual poems that have been published in magazines and anthologies. He has been awarded five Editor’s Choice Awards and a Certificate of Participation in the 15th Annual Writer’s International Self-Published Book Awards. David has worked with children for many years as a librarian, a camp counselor and a sports.

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For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/DavidBernstein

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Outskirts Press Presents David D. Bernstein, author of The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal”

Author David D. Bernstein is taking his award-winning book, The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal” on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join David D. Bernstein and The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal” as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Luckily for us, David was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal”.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal”. What is it about?

David: My book is about two brothers named Zack and Andy who fall through a Portal and find themselves transported to a ghostly version of their hometown-101 years in the future. They soon discover that the city is controlled by CORT robots…and that this reality is Earth’s possible future. Together with the help of a girl named Wendy who is the leader of the Resistance movement here. Our heroes must journey together through a nightmare world that only they can change. How can three young people alter the present by saving the future?

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I originally wrote this book back in 2017 so I can help people escape a political civil war between the elite politicians and the forgotten men and women who they treat as secondary citizens. These elite do not care one bit about this great country we live in. They always put America second and the world first so they can make a profit for their own pocketbooks. This was the case in 2017 and it is even worse in 2020. I wrote this book so people who are suffering from Covid-19 and this philosophy can have a few hours to escape reality and immerse themselves in an amazing adventure. I believe this book is needed more then ever today. It also seems that others agreed, since in 2018 my book won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in Juvenile Fiction

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I self-published this book with Outskirts Press an amazing company that worked closely with me to make a wonderful book. They were very professional and fun to work with.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

David: I think that all kinds of readers will be interested in this book, even though the target age are children 7 to 12, but are we all not children in heart?

OP: What is special about your book?

David: That is a tough question, any author will say their book is special, but I believe my book is not special, but unique. My characters live and breathe off the page. The readers will journey with our Protagonists and will be on the edge of their seats to see what happens next. “The Portal” will also affect them on a physical and emotional level. People will laugh and cry as our heroes grow from children to young adults and discover how they can reverse this dark world and bring it to the light.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

David: I am not sure this book is different from other books in this category, but it does show our world in a different light. It also is just an amazing read, that puts our current world in a nutshell using fantasy, and great characters. The book helps individuals immerse themselves in a dark world where the spark of hope still shines.

OP: Have you published any other books?

David: Yes, I have my first book was a collection of poems from my high school and college days. It is called “Voices of the Heart” and was published in 2004. I also have written two picture books that deal with real life situations that children face death of a parent and divorce. They are called “The Enchanted Rope” published in 2010 and “Peanut” published in 2018. There is also “The Portal” published in 2017. I also have several individual poems published in various magazines and anthologies and have received several Editor awards.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

David: I do have plans for future books. The next fantasy trilogy I am considering is for a younger age group and it named “Living Library Chronicles.” I also have two picture books I am considering. There are no titles yet. As for publishing dates, I am not sure about those. Right now, I will be focusing on marketing my two new books “Spirral” and”Rebirth” which are do out Spring or Summer 2021 and my award winner “The Portal.”

OP: Thanks for your time, David! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Bernstein is a tennis instructor and energy healer who has worked with children for many years. He’s the author of a book of poetry and The Enchanted Rope, a children’s picture book. He has also had poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards. The Portal is his debut novel.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/theportal

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Self-Publishing Editors Jonathan Goodrich & Owen Everard James Discusses OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960

Editors Jonathan Goodrich & Owen Everard James are taking their latest book, OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960 on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Jonathan Goodrich & Owen Everard James and OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960 as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Jonathan Goodrich & Owen Everard James were kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the minds of the Editors of OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960.

 

OP: Tell us a little bit about OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960. What is it about?

Owen: The most visionary intervention in the policies & practices of secondary education in the history of Jamaica. Its purpose was to provide the children of poor families equal opportunity for access to secondary education. Children from selected elementary and all-age schools were allowed to sit the internationally recognized Senior Cambridge/GCE examinations while attending their elementary schools.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Owen: Although the success rate of the intervention surpassed that of nearly all of the traditional, elite secondary schools, the narrative of the history of secondary education in Jamaica does not reference either the existence or the remarkable success of the visionary Experimental Classes.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Owen: After much investigation, Outskirts Press was chosen to publish the book.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Owen: Those generally interested in education but more particularly readers with an interest in developing countries as well as policy makers in universities and government in such countries.

OP: What is special about your book?

Owen: It is the only documented history of the existence and outcomes of the visionary, experimental intervention in Jamaica’s system of secondary education. The book uniquely reveals the fact that the intervention of 70 years earlier instigated what has become known as Jamaica’s New Deal in Education.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Owen: The book tells the previously unknown story of an important aspect of Jamaica’s system of secondary education while simultaneously presenting insights into Jamaica’s socio-political climate and its relevance to education policy & practice immediately preceding and following national Independence in 1962.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Owen: Goodrich has published three books; James has published four books.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Owen: Perhaps!

OP: Thanks for your time, Owen! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/ourstoryjamesc

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Outskirts Press Presents Sonya Blackburn, author of Uniquely Me: “in how I came to be” An IVF story

Author Sonya Blackburn is taking her latest book Uniquely Me: “in how I came to be” An IVF story on tour — a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press!  Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Sonya Blackburn and Uniquely Me: “in how I came to be” An IVF story as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Sonya was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Uniquely Me: “in how I came to be” An IVF story.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Uniquely Me: “in how I came to be” An IVF story. What is it about?

Sonya: “Uniquely Me” is a family story about Mya, a 4-year-old preschooler, that reflects with her parents on what are the qualities that make her unique. She discovers that what made her unique is not only her interesting characteristics but is also in how she was born into this world through IVF procedure.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Sonya: “Uniquely Me”, was inspired by thoughts of families, just like my family, that have braved the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Sonya: I published the book as an independent author through Outskirts Press Publishing.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Sonya: This book is in the beginner reader category which would be good for a range of age 5 up to 8 years old.

OP: What is special about your book?

Sonya: This story gently explains the IVF process from a child’s point of view along with beautiful illustrations. This book is a celebration of all unique children and families around the world! So, it can be enjoyed even for families that have not undergone an IVF process.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Sonya: The book may be similar to others in the same category but offers it’s own uniqueness coming from being based on a personal story. The characteristics of Mya in the story are a reflection of the characteristics and quirky ways of my daughter.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Sonya: This is my first book, but I have hopes to publish more books in the future.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Sonya: I hope to build on a series of books that are based on real life experiences as my daughter continues to develop through childhood stages.

OP: Thanks for your time, Sonya! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sonya Blackburn is a new author based out of Atlanta, GA. Her first book, “Uniquely Me,” was inspired by thoughts of families, just like her family, that have braved the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process. She is mindful that this process brings a range of stories of families that were successful on their first try to those that are still trying. It was a 3 year journey for her family of which they were thankful to finally fulfill their hopes of having a daughter. Her book “Uniquely Me” is a family story about Mya, a 4 year old preschooler, that reflects with her parents on what are the qualities that make her unique. She discovers that what made her unique is not only her interesting characteristics but is also in how she was born into this world through IVF procedure. This story gently explains the IVF process from a child’s point of view along with beautiful illustrations. This book is a celebration of all unique children and families around the world! Sonya will build on a series of books that are based on real life experiences as her daughter continues to develop through childhood stages. Sonya hopes that her books bring awareness and feelings of joy in helping children conquer some of life’s most challenging situations.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/uniquelyme

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Outskirts Press Presents Patrick Scott, author of Wailing Winds

Author Patrick Scott is taking his latest book, Wailing Winds on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Patrick Scott and Wailing Winds as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Patrick was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Wailing Winds.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Wailing Winds. What is it about?

Patrick: My book is a poetic journey through life depictions of experiences that one sees along the way.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Patrick: This book was written to bring awareness of what some people experience in their life.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Patrick: I used the self-publishing method with the assistance of Outskirts Press.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Patrick: In view of the material contained, it is my opinion this book will attract all kind of readers.

OP: What is special about your book?

Patrick: My book is special in that it allows people to reminisce.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Patrick: This book comes from a personal perspective.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Patrick: No, as of this date I have not published any other books.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Patrick: Yes, I plan to publish more, in fact, I am writing one now.

OP: Thanks for your time, Patrick! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Patrick Scott was born in the southwest Alabama county of Choctaw. When he entered elementary school his family moved to Washington County, Alabama, town of Leroy. He attended Prestwick High School nearby, until his junior year. Patrick would graduate from Carver High School, Columbus, Georgia. After high school, he served in the US Army. While in the military, Patrick began writing poetry. Some he published in the Stars & Stripes army newspaper. After serving in the military, he would go on to earn two associate degrees. He continued writing, and eventually worked as a photo/journalist for the Columbus Times Newspaper, Columbus, Georgia. His writing talents earned him several awards, but he never decided to publish any of his works until now.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/wailingwinds

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Self-Publishing Author Robert W. Leonard Jr. Discusses A Trail of Many Tales: The Discovery of the Fish Lake Cutoff on the Old Spanish Trail

Author Robert W. Leonard Jr. is taking his latest book A Trail of Many Tales: The Discovery of the Fish Lake Cutoff on the Old Spanish Trail, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Robert W. Leonard Jr. and A Trail of Many Tales: The Discovery of the Fish Lake Cutoff on the Old Spanish Trail as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Robert was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of A Trail of Many Tales: The Discovery of the Fish Lake Cutoff on the Old Spanish Trail.

OP: Tell us a little bit about A Trail of Many Tales: The Discovery of the Fish Lake Cutoff Along the Old Spanish Trail. What is it about?

Robert: The Old Spanish Trail is one of 22 National Historic Trails in the United States. From our studies we found that the trail began in the late 1700’s as a Spanish slave and trade route from Santa Fe, NM to the central Utah area. By 1829, the trail was pushed into southern California and carried commerce back and forth from New Mexico to Los Angeles. The book centers on the archaeological discovery of a cutoff trail from Interstate 70, east of Salina, Utah back to the main branch at Junction, Utah. The path saved only 22 miles but took travelers past Fish Lake with its abundant fisheries resource and foraging areas, a much-needed reprise from the deserts of eastern Utah and the looming presence of the Mojave Desert to the west. The book uses historical documentation, tribal lore, archaeological surveys and excavations, and state-of-art scientific methods to define this 72-mile shortcut.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Robert: The last nine years of my 38-year career as the Fishlake National Forest archaeologist were invested in identifying the Fish Lake Cutoff. Because the project had been funded by the American taxpayer, I felt an obligation to formally report the findings of this effort. In doing so, we were able fill in some of the many blanks in the history of Utah dealing with the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Robert: Due to U.S. Forest Service regulations, the book was unable to be published by the agency. Instead, I self-published using Outskirts Press, Inc.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Robert: The book will appeal to people not only interested in western history but to those folks who are fascinated by the detective side of archaeology. A Trail of Many Tales was accomplished using the expertise of many people from livestock handlers to the LIDAR technicians circling the cutoff in an aircraft. Every tool in the chest was used to solve this perplexing challenge of tracing a heavily used corridor that, on the surface, did not leave a lot of obvious evidence. In the end, the vestiges of the trail were overwhelming.

OP: What is special about your book?

Robert: In A Trail of Many Tales, we, beyond doubt, identify the trail once traversed by small groups of travelers, mule trains from New Mexico, and the return from California of hundreds to thousands of horses and mules. Herding techniques were examined and we were surprised to learn that a thousand head of stock could be managed by only 15 to 20 drovers.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Robert: There is only one somewhat specific article about travel on the cutoff. This is a firsthand account by Lt. George Brewerton (USA) who traveled with Kit Carson in 1848 from Los Angeles to New Mexico on the Old Spanish Trail. Known only as the “trail to California,” the young lieutenant wrote about a series of isolated events and locations while on a journey across what would be later called the Fish Lake Cutoff. He notes finding a stream feeding Fish Lake where the men of the party waded in and threw hundreds of spawning fish onto the shore. Brewerton also details finding the remains of seven individuals from Arkansas that had been killed by the Ute Indians in a “gorge” near the lake. In my book, we identify not only the location of these events but most every lineal foot of this trail which followed inscriptions, blazes, cairns, swales, trade goods and subsurface traces of sporormiella, a fungus spore associated with livestock dung. During the investigation, we also noted that the “trail” was actually a travel corridor measuring 50 feet in width to over a thousand feet.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Robert: I have written hundreds of archaeological reports and management plans but never published a book.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Robert: No. In retirement, I plan on revisiting the significant archaeological sites that I never had the time to record when employed and assigned to different project areas. For example, pithouses a thousand years old, a possible Fremont solstice site, a maybe Old Spanish Trail layover camp, and an intriguing tree blaze that may have been left by Jedediah Smith.

OP: Thanks for your time, Robert! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bob Leonard was born into a military family and had the opportunity to travel the world from Heidelberg, Germany to Ft. Carson, Colorado and became a history buff at the side of his dad, a U.S. Army officer. Trips to Pompeii, Rome, Stonehenge and the like were vacations during the family’s six year tour of duty in Europe. Bob attended Clarke Memorial College, Louisiana College and Colorado State University between 1968 and 1975 majoring in history, anthropology and archaeology. At Colorado State, Bob found and excavated the long-lost ice house at Bent’s Old Fort on the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail. After graduate school, he became a Park Ranger at Mesa Verde NP in Colorado. In 1980, he accepted the Forest Archaeologist position on the Fishlake NF in south central Utah. During his 40 year career, Bob was named the Intermountain Region Archaeologist of the Year twice, received the National Interpreter of the Year award, was given the Citizen of the Year Award by Utah State Parks and was the recipient of a Certificate of Merit for his work on the Old Spanish Trail. Bob retired from the Forest Service in 2017 and now lives in Marysvale Utah, a stone’s throw from the Old Spanish Trail.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/trailofmanytales

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Self-Publishing Book Tour: I will get by: As long as I have you by Judith Welsh

Author Judith Welsh is taking her latest book I will get by: As long as I have you on tour — a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Judith Welsh and I will get by: As long as I have you as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Judith was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of I will get by: As long as I have you.

OP: Tell us a little bit about I will get by: As long as I have you. What is it about?

Judith: It’s the third book in my series about Grand Duchess Tatiana and her husband Mikhail this time they travel to the front to pick up his brother’s body and return it to Tambov to bury him next to his wife. While there they learn of the death of Grand Duke Konstantinovich they return to the front to pick up Tsar Nickolas and Alexei to attend to his funeral.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Judith: I was reading another historical novel and googled something, and Tatiana popped up. While reading it I realized how wrong we had it and decided to tell her story. To give her voice back to her showing she wasn’t the isolated princess as we were led to believe.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Judith: After being rejected by several publishers a friend told me about Outskirts Press. I went with them and they’ve held my hand through the publishing process. I couldn’t be happier I’ve learn so much.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Judith: I think the readers who would enjoy this series are ones that are interested in history with a different twist. For years the people in power have written they’re own history to show themselves in a positive light ignoring the truth. Then there are others who claim differently and present the facts that aren’t quite true. You have to look at both and somewhere in between is the actual truth.

OP: What is special about your book?

Judith: I present and talk about mental health issues. For example, I believe Empress Alexandra suffered from Post Traumatic Syndrome with an emphasis on depression and some sort of Anxiety disorder. She lost her mother at the tender age of seven during a diphtheria outbreak. Then spent most of her vacations and holidays with Queen Victoria. During her withdrawal from the world that must have had a profound impact on her. Her behavior when Alexei had a bleed most certainly had an impact on her four girls. She was often over-heard berating them for something they did whether it was real or not. It’s known she would be the only one who would nurse Alexei until she fell from exhaustion with debilitating headaches. I think her Anxiety disorder was a fear of leading. Imagine you’re one of the crowds than your actually leading the crowd. One that is made up of people who either outright hate you and spread lies and disinformation about you.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Judith: That’s a tuff question I think it’s because I’ve added fantasy characters for example Father Benedikt, Geyl, and the imps Makar and Iosif. I really have fun with them and they’ll appear more in the series. I’ve also added bumbling thieves Ioakim and Boirya when I introduce the old man. Believe me you haven’t seen the last of them.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Judith: Yes, the first three books in what is now a series.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Judith: Absolutely I’m working closely with my editor on the next book in the series, which I hope to publish in the spring. It’s about what was going on in Russia just before the Revolution which includes Rasputin’s murder. Not to mention what happens to Prince Nikita and the trials he experiences; the last book will end in 2008.

OP: Thanks for your time, Judith! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Judith Welsh is a retired Clinical Social Worker. She and her husband live on the seacoast of New Hampshire, where they enjoy wildlife and natural beauty.

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Outskirts Press Presents Bernice L. Dunlap, author of When the Bullying Stopped

Author Bernice L. Dunlap is taking her latest book When the Bullying Stopped on tour — Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Bernice L. Dunlap and When the Bullying Stopped as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Bernice was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of When the Bullying Stopped.

OP: Tell us a little bit about When the Bullying Stopped. What is it about?

Bernice: This story is about an eight-year-old boy named Peter, who was in the third grade at Leonard Street Elementary School. Alex and his friends, Max and Jax, picked on Peter every day. These boys were also in the third grade at the same school. This bullying made life miserable for Peter, and he knew he had to find the courage to tell his parents how Alex and his friends were terrorizing him at school.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Bernice: I decided to write to inspire and motivate children experiencing bullying or who may do so in the future.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Bernice: I got my book published by sending in the manuscript to Outskirts Press Inc. They approved my manuscript. Then, I choose my illustrator. My illustrator and I worked together as a team to draw and match up pictures to the story to make the book come alive

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Bernice: The types of readers interested in my book include parents, teachers, youth leaders, and 5-9-year-olds.

OP: What is special about your book?

Bernice: What is special about my book is that it helps children find courage in their encounters with bullies and teaches them how not to be bullies.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Bernice: What differentiates it from other books in the same category is that it is a diversified colorful picture book about bullying that acts as a mirror for children to see themselves in other characters and experiences.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Bernice: Yes, I have published two other children’s books.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Bernice: Yes, I plan to publish two more children’s books in the future.

OP: Thanks for your time, Bernice! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bernice L. Dunlap was born in North Carolina, where she resides today. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and enjoys reading and telling stories to children and helping them with their fears.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/Bernice

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Self-Publishing Author Kevin Vachna Discusses OBSOLETE: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!)

Author Kevin Vachna is taking his latest book OBSOLETE: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!) on tour — a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Kevin Vachna and OBSOLETE: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!) as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Kevin was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of OBSOLETE: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!).

OP: Tell us a little bit about OBSOLETE: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!). What is it about?

Kevin: OBSOLETE is a thrilling adventure about the future of school, technology, and society. Crime, Disease, and Poverty are all but extinct. Democracy is decided in real-time with lightning-fast ease. Holographic projections are at everyone’s fingertips, swallowing them in in a world of constant entertainment and communication. There’s just one problem: the kids are all becoming hyperactive, disconnected screen-addicts. The America Learns Initiative, a federal program under the Department of Restructure, has a solution: The Success Spheres! Championing the mantra, “Do nothing and learn!” this state of the art technology promises to save the failing school system, its students, and teachers, once and for all. After an unauthorized history lesson, Professor T is reassigned to one of the worst performing schools around. There, unlikely allies and hidden threats lead T to revelations about a conspiracy with sinister roots. What T discovers could threaten to overturn the ALI’s Success Sphere program and the very foundations of society, itself.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Kevin: I wrote and drew this graphic novel after being inspired by what I saw in the schools every day. There were never enough resources and they were always pushing for something that wasn’t in the students’ best interest but their own. And that’s when an over-reliance on technology infected our schools. I watched teachers replaced by screens. Education stagnated and the children suffered most of all. Over the past decade I have been witness to, participant in, and victim of this drastic transformation inside the New York City public school system. They’ve embraced detrimental practices under the guise of technological reform. There are computers in every classroom, but students enter through metal detectors and undergo body-searches. More often than not, teachers are encouraged to use media such as YouTube to entertain and pacify students while passing them through to graduation. Like parts in a machine, these overworked teachers are replaced by younger, cheaper ones. Students graduate into a world in which they are wildly under-prepared to participate let alone prosper. The What-If, nightmare scenario of where this path might lead and the underlying dangers for society are realized in the world and characters of my graphic novel, OBSOLETE.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Kevin: As we shifted to screen learning during the pandemic, the relevance of what I wrote seemed increasingly important, so I was encouraged to publish OBSOLETE and share my story. Outskirts Press accepted my manuscript and has been incredibly supportive throughout this process.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Kevin: Parents, teachers, and students (ages 15+) will benefit from reading this book and will connect with its important lessons and themes. People involved in school and education will connect with this and hopefully re-examine the effects technology has on education and their lives. For high school students and teachers, this book offers confirmation of many unspoken frustrations and fears they may have. The visual nature of this graphic novel creates avenues for reluctant readers to reach places of comprehension and introspection. Additionally, lovers of science fiction and/or dystopian fiction will enjoy this, as well, due to the major conflicts and tensions with technology in this book. Anyone who has attended (or is attending) High School will be interested in this graphic novel. There is some violence, so I wouldn’t want to give it to anyone under 15.

OP: What is special about your book?

Kevin: I spent the last decade working as a teacher and eventually an administrator in several NYC public schools. Slowly, but surely, I found myself experiencing what F. Scott Fitzgerald called “Emotional Bankruptcy.” It was emotionally draining, and I felt like I was continuously being forced to make ethical compromises for the sake of data. The stress of this time period was like nothing I had ever felt before. I started to reflect on the plight of the students and teachers around me. I needed a way to process these experiences. I also felt like there were a lot of sinister decisions made “behind the curtain” of which most people were oblivious. I’ve always written as a way to process and make sense of my own experiences, but my writing career has truly been a search for an appropriate medium. I’ve written stories, poems, novels, scripts, but this time I decided I’d experiment with a graphic novel. I love graphic novels, use them in my teaching, and found them influential in my own literacy development. So I began the 3-year process of learning to draw, and finally finished my graphic novel, OBSOLETE: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!). As we shifted to screen learning during the COVID pandemic, the relevance of what I wrote seemed increasingly important, so I was encouraged to publish OBSOLETE and share my story.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Kevin: As a teacher with over ten years of classroom experience, published author, and frequent media expert on themes involving technology and culture, my life has centered on pedagogy, analysis, and storytelling. I believe the characters and setting are unique among other science fiction books, dystopian fiction books, and graphic novels. The setting of the school is a location most readers will have intimate knowledge of and experience with, despite there not being many dystopian, science fiction stories that take place in school. The characters also are relatable due to their interactions with and dependency on technology like cellphones and computers. In a time of distance learning and increasing screen-time, many individuals (including teachers, students, and parents) are beginning to seriously contemplate the impact of technology in the classroom and on our lives. While technophobia is an emerging mood in fiction, OBSOLETE focuses heavily on these themes and moods in a way I believe has not yet been explored and discussed, prior.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Kevin: In 2009, at the age of 21, I published a short novel, Summer of the Fall.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Kevin: Absolutely! I currently teach English at a private high school in Westchester, NY, host a film discussion series on television, and use any remaining time to work on the next volume in the OBSOLETE series. In addition to all that, I’m hard at work, developing a new graphic novel, End of the World, where two college students must team-up with the Antichrist to prevent the Apocalypse.

OP: Thanks for your time, Kevin! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

In the spring of 2009, at the age of 21, Kevin published a short novel, Summer of the Fall, through Outskirts Press. He spent the next few summers editing a second, experimental novel, Not All Vampires Suck Blood and a screen play, titled End of the World. For ten years, Vachna was employed as a high school English teacher at a New York City public school in the Bronx. In 2012, Kevin completed an English Literature MA at Lehman College. In 2016, he received a Masters in School Administration. The completion of Kevin’s latest project OBSOLETE in 2019 came on the footsteps of his exit from the New York City Department of Education. Neither parties elected to comment on any meta-narrative connections between art and life. Currently, Kevin teaches English at a private high school in Westchester, New York and hosts a film discussion show on television.

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Self-Publishing Author Marc McCormack Discusses Stella the Rejected Star

Author Marc McCormack is taking his latest book Stella the Rejected Star on tour — a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Marc McCormack and Stella the Rejected Star as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Marc was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Stella the Rejected Star.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Stella the Rejected Star. What is it about?

Marc: It’s a Christmas story about Stella, a four-pointed star, that is rejected by the other five-pointed stars because she is different and the brightest. The other stars are unkind to Stella and even “starnap” her at one point. Ultimately, she is selected by God to lead the wisemen to the manger on Christmas.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Marc: I wrote Stella the Rejected Star when I was 11 in 1983. About five years ago, my Mom found a copy of the book in the garage and asked me to reread it. I read it again, and I realized 37 years ago I had written the story of my son, Brady, who is now a beautiful blind and nonverbal 14-year-old individual with autism. I took the story to one of my close friends, and he illustrated it. Brady was the inspiration to publish it.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Marc: I contacted Outskirts publishers and went through the self-publishing process. I decided that the year 2020 was the perfect year for Stella’s debut! This is a story of hope in a world in need of it.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Marc: Kids who love stars, even mischievous ones, and Christmas will love this book, and all Individuals with special needs are represented by Stella. The book is set against the backdrop of the first Christmas and Nativity, but it is truly meant for everyone.

OP: What is special about your book?

Marc: This book is special because it is not only a cute story, but it is the perfect way to teach your children about the importance of kindness. Children will see that Stella was made fun of for her differences, and you can easily teach your children about love and acceptance. The ones among us who are considered different often shine the brightest! I am also planning on donating some of the proceeds to local (Orange County, CA) autism charities.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Marc: It’s a Christmas story about the first Nativity, but it is more than that because of its message of acceptance and inclusion.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Marc: This is my first published book.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Marc: Yes, I do. I’m currently working on writing the story of my son, Brady (and his brother Carson who we lost), from his four months in the NICU and his current triumphs as a beautiful 14-year-old with severe special needs.

OP: Thanks for your time, Marc! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I wrote Stella the Rejected Star when I was a wide-eyed, 11-year-old. Thirty-seven years later, the story is even more relevant personally when I consider my 13-year-old beautiful son, Brady, who was born at 24 weeks at one pound, six ounces. Brady was a twin, and tragically his brother, Carson, passed away after two weeks. Now, Brady is a blind, nonverbal boy with autism who has sometimes been rejected for his differences; however, he radiates love and light every day in my life and so many others. I want to express my sincere gratitude to a close friend and brilliant artist, Seth Thompson, who helped bring Stella to life through his perfect illustrations. Stella the Rejected Star is for Brady and all individuals with special needs who illuminate the world when, like Stella, they are given the opportunity to shine. With love, Marc McCormack

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/stellatherejectedstar

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