RVN by Tim Gingras

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers, and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!

Author Tim Gingras is taking his latest book RVN, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Tim to take his book around the world, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Tim’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Tim 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 RVN.

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

Tim: It’s about a good Chicago kid, who gets drafted shortly after graduating High School, and despite options to avoid the call to serve, serves the best he can. It’s a story of survival.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Tim: I had the concept of the story swimming around in my mind for over a decade, and since retiring, I challenged myself to write this story, using everything I have learned, researched, imagined, and lived.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Tim: I made my best decision contacting Outskirts Press. They guided me and inspired me.

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

Tim: Veterans. War story readers. Students wanting to learn more about the Vietnam experience. Romantics, and patriots.

OP: What is special about your book?

Tim: Time will tell. I think it’s a simple novel, yet I wanted to research as much of the tangible parts, such as the weather of the day, and what was going on in Charlie Kinane’s world. A great summer in Chicago, 1966, just before induction. I tried really hard to describe surroundings, and situations as realistically as possible. Every quarter, 15% of my Royalties from each book will go to hard working Veteran Organization.

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

Tim: I was a U.S. Navy Corpsman. My Navy C-School was Pharmacy at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. I tried to create a REAL character in Charlie Kinane, dealing with a very complicated, and dangerous experiences, in the best way possible. It’s a quick read too, not too long.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Tim: This is my first novel, though I have written performed material.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Tim: I hope so, but I’m going to see how this turns out. I have a couple more stories swimming around in the old grey matter still.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

First time author, Tim Gingras, is a U.S. Navy Corpsman veteran. After serving honorably for 4 years during late 1970, and further education, Tim spent many years in Chicago Theaters, performing Stand-up, Film, Commercials, and hosting many Chicago events with City of Chicago. All while having a successful full-time career in Banking. After 9/11, Tim pursued work with Federal Government, and spent several months in Iraq War-zone, as civilian contractor during 2004. Tim retired from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, after working in all three branches. He lives in Phoenix.

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

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Peanut by David D. Bernstein

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, David D. Bernstein, who is taking his latest book, Peanut, on tour — a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.


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 Peanut.

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

David: My book looks at three major topics. How divorce affects a young girl named Wendy. What happens when an obsession becomes a part of Wendy’s life and finally how a homeless dog named Peanut helps Wendy overcome her problems and changes her life forever?

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I wrote this book for three reasons: most important reason was to honor our family dog named Tamber who died on October 22, 2017 she was in our lives for almost 16 years. This was very important for me to do this in her memory. The second reason I wrote this book was to help out children and families who have gone through divorce. It is a topic that is not fully explored or understood in the children book industry so “Peanut” had to be written to fill that gap. The third reason I wrote the book was to get more pets adopted by loving families. There are so many pets that need a new home. I will be trying to work with nonprofit organizations to get the word out to the world.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I went on the self-publishing route for this book, I chose Outskirts Press to help me on this project. It is my third book that I have published with them. They are very professional and helpful guides on this journey.

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

David: I believe the book can interest many people of all ages. This can include dog lovers, children, families that went through divorce. It also can be a great addition to professional offices that work closely with divorce and obsession. Overall this book can be read by many groups of people.

OP: What is special about your book?

David: I think this book is special because it was written from my heart and that is very rarely done these days, where most publishing companies care more about profit then quality. This is a very sad reality that authors have to face these days.

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

David: My book is different because it has more than one category it covers. It is not only a great picture book, but it also is a self-help book and much more.

OP: Have you published any other books?

David: Yes, I have three other books: a book of poetry from my high school to college years, a folk tale about how a boy goes into a fantasy world to cope with the death of his mom from cancer, it is called The Enchanted Rope. This book is about to be turned into a modern ballet done by children. My third book is called The Portal and it is a middle grade book about two boys who have to travel 101 years into the future to help alter the present. It is the first book in a trilogy.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

David: I still have plans to publish my next two books in my trilogy and some more picture books in the near future.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David D. Bernstein is a tennis instructor, psychic reader, and energy healer who has worked with children for many years in different settings. He’s the author of a book of poetry; a children’s book called The Enchanted Rope; and a middle grade novel, The Portal, the first book in the Cort Chronicles Trilogy. He also had several poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor Awards. Peanut is his second picture book. David is a proud uncle of two young boys.

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

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Tales of Charm. Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere in Between by Thomas Noel Smith

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Author Thomas Noel Smith is taking his latest book Tales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere In Between, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. Thomas will be able to take his book to the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Thomas’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Thomas was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a glimpse into the mind of the creator of Tales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere In Between.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Tales of Charm, Balderdash, and Yarns Somewhere In Between. What is it about?

Thomas: My book is a collection of short stories ranging from the very serious to the very ridiculous…all of the stories are very entertaining.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Thomas: There were stories deep within me that needed to be told.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Thomas: I submitted my manuscript to Outskirts Press. I have published four other books with Outskirts Press.

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

Thomas: I think everyone who enjoys fiction will be interested in my book.

OP: What is special about your book?

Thomas: It is unique. The tales offer a different view of life and the world in general.

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

Thomas: No other book has such a wide variety of stories — ranging from the very short and direct, to the longer stories that approach the essence of life and love.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Thomas: I have published four books of poetry with Outskirts Press: “Dust” and Other Poems, Pirouettes in the Moonlight, Words of the Times, as well as Impressions and Memories.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Thomas: Yes, I plan to publish more.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Thomas Noel Smith, in addition to being a writer, is also a poet. He is currently a film actor in Florida. He has also worked as a professional circus clown and a magician.

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

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Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan: Walking It All Back by Harold Phifer

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Author Harold Phifer is taking his latest book Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan: Walking It All Back, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Harold to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Harold’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Harold 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 Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan: Walking it All Back.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Sleep Walking Out of Afghanistan: Walking it All Back. What is it about?

Harold: Fighting for survival from a car bombing in Afghanistan yet finding the peace that had eluded him in the process.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Harold: During my most frightening moment I promised myself that I would write this story if I survived that Taliban attack.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Harold: I self-published through Outskirts Press.

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

Harold: Readers that like survival stories; readers that have dealt with bullies; readers that are from dysfunctional households; readers that have dealt with schizophrenia; readers that have love for a father; readers that love comedy/humor; readers that loves a feel good/inspirational story.

OP: What is special about your book?

Harold: It’s a combination of Terror, Disgust, Innate Love, Inspiration, and Humor.

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

Harold: Most people can identify with at least one of the characters or events in the book.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Harold: This is my first book.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Harold: I do plan a follow-up book.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Harold Phifer was born and raised in Columbus, Mississippi. All of his first 25 years were solidly spent inside his home state. After graduating from Mississippi State University and Jackson State University he went on to work for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for 23 years as an Air Traffic Controller. He eventually left the FAA and began work as an international contractor where he has done numerous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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

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FUELING AMERICA: An Insider’s Journey by Jack Kerfoot

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Author Jack L. Kerfoot is taking his book, FUELING AMERICA: An Insider’s Journey, around the world — through a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. Jack gets to take his book to the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Jack’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Jack was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started, giving us a glimpse into the mind of the creator of FUELING AMERICA: An Insider’s Journey.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Fueling America. What is it about?

Jack: Fueling America is an insider’s perspective of the real oil industry — the high stakes gambles to find new reserves, corruption, oil price volatility, fraud, technical blunders, spectacular successes and gut-wrenching failures. These are my first-hand experiences with scientists, wildcatters, bureaucrats, ministers, sheiks, tycoons and potentates in my travels around the world. The book also explains major developments in America’s energy industry, including coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear energy, hydropower, wind and solar. Fueling America concludes by presenting compelling evidence why America should aggressively move from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Jack: In my opinion, energy is a frequently discussed, but a poorly understood topic. I wrote Fueling America to explain how thousands of small companies, not just large multinational companies, turned an oil shortage in the 1970s into an oil surplus by the 1980s. I also wrote the book to emphasize the urgency for America to develop a viable and sustainable energy policy. I believe America can achieve reliable, sustainable and cost-effective power almost exclusively from renewable energy.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Jack: I chose to self-publish through Outskirts Press.

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

Jack: Readers who would be interested to learn why a forty-year veteran in the oil industry is now an outspoken advocate for renewable energy.

OP: What is special about your book?

Jack: Fueling America provides a personal account of inner workings of the of large multinational and small dynamic oil companies around the world.

I provide firsthand accounts of my experiences with the many colorful and dynamic personalities in the oil industry and governments around the world. I conclude with compelling evidence why America should move from fossil fuels to renewable energy, even if the reader doesn’t believe in climate change.

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

Jack: I have researched twenty-one bestselling books on energy. The majority of the authors are journalists who have limited insight into the energy industry. Fueling America provides my insider’s perspective of the oil industry.

Each chapter in the book covers an eventful period in my journey in the oil industry. At the end of each chapter, I take a step back and explain major energy developments that impacted America. Fueling America explains the causes for oil price volatility, the rise and fall in demand for coal and nuclear energy and the dramatic growth in renewable energy.

I believe I am the only author who has worked in the oil and gas industry that is now an outspoken advocate for renewable energy.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Jack: No, I have not.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Jack: I am uncertain at the moment.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jack Kerfoot is the principal of JL Kerfoot Energy Services. He has worked with large, multi-national and small dynamic companies across six continents. His forty-year career provides him with unique insight into global energy issues. He blogs at Our Energy Conundrum at www.jackkerfoot.com

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

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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Shattered Dreams at Rainbow’s End by Christopher Horne, Ph.D.

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Author Christopher Horne, PhD is taking his latest book Shattered Dreams at Rainbow’s End, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. What this means is that Christopher will get his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of home! Keep an eye out for Christopher’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.


Luckily for us, Christopher 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 Shattered Dreams at Rainbow’s End.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Shattered Dreams at Rainbow’s End. What is it about?

Christoper: Shattered Dreams at Rainbow’s End is a real-life story of a World War II hero. The hero dies tragically leaving his widow vulnerable and in despair. His children shatter his dream with their greed, corruption and infidelity. The tragedy in Shattered Dreams is not just the multifaceted drama surrounding the widow’s three husbands but the breaking of at least one rule in the ethical and moral code for inheritance and family by each of his children and their accomplices.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Christopher: I wrote this book to honor a forgotten World War II hero who dreamed of family values: honor, loyalty, integrity, and love. His dream was shattered by difficult life choices made by his wife and family, resulting in tragedy and triumph. I have tried to include some hard lessons learned in the process. So often, others have said or written what we wish we had the skill to state. Still, we must have the courage to try, and this is what I have done. We live and learn!

OP: How did you get your book published?

Christopher: I chose an on-line self-publishing company, Outskirts Press.

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

Christopher: Females between the ages of 27 and 85; psychologists, pastors, ministers, Christian counselors and World War II buffs.

OP: What is special about your book?

Christopher: The novel incorporates a dying father’s wishes for the family farm with his widow’s subsequent marriages and unethical and immoral family practices aided by legal corruption. The book ends on a very positive note, inserting “lessons learned” relating to the issues discussed.

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

Christopher: The book is based on a real-life story- informative historically, psychologically and legally.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Christopher: Currently, I have not.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Christopher: Currently I do not plan to publish another book.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Christopher K. Horne, PhD, is the author of his first novel. A University professor, entrepreneur and writer and a native of North Carolina, he has visited or worked in more than 13 countries.

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

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Torn Between by Stacey Lynn Patterson

Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!

Author Stacey Lynn Patterson is taking her latest book TORN BETWEEN, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Stacey to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Stacey’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Stacey 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 TORN BETWEEN.

OP: Tell us a little bit about TORN BETWEEN. What is it about?

Stacey: My book is about a budding African American photographer, Gabriella Dixon, who goes on the vacation of a lifetime with her childhood friends Xavier, Ash, Inez, and Jess. An accident leaves Gabriella less than whole. Gabriella dies during the accident and is revived by some other vacationers that happen to be nurses, but she has left something in the realm of The Between during her short moment of death- half of her soul. The Between is junction or weigh station for souls of the departed, but it is full of darkness and despair. Gabriella must find a way to retrieve the missing half of her soul before the entities that took it come for the rest of it.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Stacey: I had already written several poetry books, a children’s book, and a short story book. The short story book, which had many strange events and people, inspired me to try my hand at a small novel with supernatural beings.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Stacey: I researched several self-publishing presses and decided on Outskirts because they had a lot of packages and options for me to utilize.

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

Stacey: Adults, YA, and lovers of supernatural and strange

OP: What is special about your book?

Stacey: I will transport the reader to other realms and maybe make them wonder if there are other realms parallel to ours.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Stacey: Yes, I have six poetry books, one children’s book, a short story book, and an Affirmation Journal published so far.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Stacey: Yes, I am currently working on another fiction novel called, “Someone is Always Watching,” which is a spin-off from one of my short stories in my, “Strange Happenings” book about a serial killer. I am also co-authoring a children’s book with my eleven-year-old granddaughter, and I am writing a new poetry book.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Stacey resides in Pittsburgh, PA. She spends most of her time lost in her thoughts. When she emerges to involve herself in the outside world, she chooses to share her inward adventures through her writing; whether it be fiction, poetry, or children’s books.

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

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