Think Beyond The Cause by Godfred A. Amah

Author Godfred A. Amah is taking his latest book Think Beyond The Cause 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 Godfred A. Amah and Think Beyond The Cause as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Godfred 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 Think Beyond The Cause.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Think Beyond The Cause. What is it about?

Godfred: How Evil spirits affect humans.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Godfred: My life is a good example of a life frustrated, if not destroyed in many aspects by witchcraft or obstructive spiritual activity. To anyone being told this or listening, this claim will appear laughable and hardly believable. The book explains and shows how possible, real and ongoing, the role of evil spirits is present and responsible for many of humanity’s problems.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Godfred: By doing some research, identifying Outskirts Press, and contacting them for the publication.

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

Godfred: Everyone who is literate will find this book interesting to read and will learn a lot about a much neglected and unsuspecting origin of many problems, and their solutions.

OP: What is special about your book?

Godfred: It opens a window into an invisible world or spiritual realm and makes it possibly visible.

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

Godfred: This is an account of a lived experience, not learned academic knowledge or summarized facts. The book introduces something important that has been erroneously ignored.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Godfred: No, this is my first book.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Godfred: Yes.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Godfred Amah has an MD degree, a Master of Public Health degree and over twenty-four years of practice of Clinical Medicine and Public Health.

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Hitler’s Last Christmas by Donald F. Kilburg, Jr.

Author Donald F. Kilburg, Jr.is taking his latest book Hitler’s Last Christmas: The Day the Entire Mighty Eighth Air Force Joined the Battle of the Bulge 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 Donald F. Kilburg, Jr. and Hitler’s Last Christmas as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Donald 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 Hitler’s Last Christmas.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Hitler’s Last Christmas. What is it about?

Donald: It is a documentary based on archived records and the firsthand accounts of the airmen who participated in the largest aerial bombing mission in history, one that involved every flyable bomber and fighter in the 8th Air Force. The mission enabled ground troops to turn the tide against Hitler’s surprise last major offensive of the war, his surprise Ardennes Offensive…

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Donald: Actually, I was “volunteered” to write it. My late father was a member of the 487th Bomb Group and served as a Bombardier on a B-17. He, like many of the WWII veterans, didn’t talk much about the war after it was over. Eventually, he began to look for and contact some he served with. Then he discovered the 487th Bomb Group Association, a group of the vets and their families who met annually around the country to renew old friendships and share old stories. At one of these reunions, there was a discussion about a most frightening mission that many of the surviving members had participated in. A member said, “We know that the Christmas Eve Mission in 1944 was the largest mission of the war and likely the largest mission ever since. We remember it because we were there. We suffered serious losses. We lost dear friends. Many of us still have nightmares about it. But the full story has never been told. Someone needs to write it.” I was sitting next to my Dad. Within seconds he grabbed my wrist and was waving my hand in the air. “My son will do it. He’s done lots of writing. He’ll do it.” How do you say “no” at that point with a room full of octogenarians applauding? So that is how I “decided” to research and write the book. I learned that my Dad had been the Lead Bombardier on this mission after General Castle’s plane was blown out of the air. I learned for the first time that my Dad, his pilot, and navigator received the Distinguished Flying Cross for their actions that day. I am proud to document and preserve the memory of these great men.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Donald: I concluded early on that I would self-publish. My enthusiastic audience was extremely interested in seeing their story and they were quickly reaching the end of their lives. I researched a number of publishers, evaluated their services, checked their reviews, and contracted with Outskirts Press.

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

Donald: This is clearly a “niche” book. It details the events of the day and is full of firsthand stories from many who were there. These are definitely of interest to World War II historians, veterans, and veterans’ family members and friends. There were more than 20,000 airmen directly involved in the subject mission and many of their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are just now learning about their progenitor’s heroic participation. It is also of interest to people with personal interest in things military, pertinent to the Air Force in general and the 8th Air Force in particular.

OP: What is special about your book?

Donald: It reveals a story that has not previously been told – an accounting of the collaboration of mammoth air power and determined ground troop advancement that brought Hitler’s ambitious dreams to a disappointing retreat, a beginning of the end of Hitler’s destructive war.

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

Donald: The underlying story of the Christmas Eve 1944 mission was obscured by the tragic loss of the mission commander, General Frederick Castle in a surprise attack over “friendly” territory. Castle was the only American General killed in enemy combat in the European Theater. He had been one of the original seven “Eaker’s Amateurs” who established the 8th Army Air Force in England in 1942. General Henry “Hap” Arnold, Commander of the Army Air Forces was his Godfather. The story of Castle’s tragic loss became the story of the day. After the war ended, the 8th Air Force mission records for the mission were misfiled in the National Archives Air Force history stacks. They remained “lost” until I began researching this book and found them in a box labelled for the previous mission. They had been in the wrong box since the early 1950s.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Donald: I am a retired manufacturing executive and writing has been a sideline hobby. I have written one previous book of an entirely different genre. Titled Neither Virgin nor Martyr, it is a history of saints who do not fit into the traditional model of the Catholic Church. My other military history writings have primarily been articles in military related publications, many for the 8th Air Force Historical Society.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Donald: Presently none are in the works.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Donald F. Kilburg, Jr. is a retired business executive whose interest in history has led him to research and write numerous published articles about events of World War II. He is a member of the 487th Bomb Group Association and serves on its Board. A charter member of the World War II Museum, he is also a member of the National Museum of the Mighty 8th Air Force, the Eighth Air Force Historical Society, and the National Museum of the Air Force.

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Introducing Handbook for True Democracy: How the Grassroots Can Create a Nation Of, By and For All the People Through the Evolution of Individual and Organizational Behavior by John G. Mentzos, PhD

Author John G. Mentzos, PhD is taking his latest book Handbook for True Democracy: How the Grassroots Can Create a Nation Of, By and For All the People Through the Evolution of Individual and Organizational Behavior 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 John G. Mentzos, PhD and Handbook for True Democracy as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

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OP: Tell us a little bit about Handbook for True Democracy: How the Grassroots Can Create a Nation Of, By and For All the People Through the Evolution of Individual and Organizational Behavior. What is it about?

John: It’s about American political transformation from oligarchy to true democracy. True democracy is not just a set of laws and a government structure it’s a collective consciousness. The collective consciousness of true democracy arises out of human nature when called forth by group psychology and the social constructs and cultural artifacts of a nation. The appropriate collective consciousness for an effective democracy (a true democracy) is one that yields culture and process that manages human diversity in equitable ways. But group psychology and the social constructs of a nation can serve as countervailing forces to effective democracy as well. To the extent that such elements create consciousness focused on producing inequity and perpetuating the conflicts that arise out of human diversity, the public consciousness needed for true democracy is lost. Corporate oligarchy is the leading instigator of group psychology, social constructs and cultural artifacts that threaten democracy. Consequently, this book is about true democracy vs. corporate oligarchy. In the book I explore this ongoing struggle over power where the winner will control the foreseeable future of civilization. Power in its most naked form is control of energy-the energy that powers our cars, homes and militaries but more importantly the energy that we human beings represent. To control the energy that we humans represent one must control human consciousness. To control human conscious, one must control the four pillars of power-control of information, control of leadership, control of economics and control of organization. So, the question is who shall control these pillars of power for the foreseeable future-will it be corporate oligarchy or We The People? The answer to that question is found in the emerging evolution of human psychology and behavior. Human psychology and behavior will either evolve toward greater democracy or greater totalitarianism. This book is about how we the everyday man, woman and child can pursue the former. It is about how each one of us can contribute to creating a true democracy.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

John: The simplest way to explain why I wrote this book is to reference our current state of affairs as a nation. We The People are moving closer to a violent and deadly chasm. The chasm is over our worldviews. One position offers a psychological outlook that could be described as centered on an “I, Me, Mine” worldview. The opposing position strives to impose an “Us, We, Ours” worldview. True democracy brings balance to these divergent views because it is designed to manage human diversity in equitable ways. True democracy pursues this balance through prioritizing win-win propositions over zero-sum approaches. It achieves this balance through a specific style of leadership, structure and process as well as individual initiative. The United States is at a crossroads. It is paramount that the people become aware that there are alternative worldviews that offer balance to our thinking before our divisions completely destroy our republic.

OP: How did you get your book published?

John: I published it through Outskirts Press.

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

John: Handbook for True Democracy will be of interest to anyone pursuing a greater understanding of the underlying reasons for the turmoil occurring in our nation, especially those who feel an obligation to do something constructive about it. This includes readers of social philosophy; individuals open to personal wellness and intrigued with practical ways to oppose corporate influence through actions compatible with their daily lives; leaders within civil society committed to equity, participation, and socially responsible organizations; and scholars and educators interested in the roles of evolutionary psychology and national culture in understanding the dilemmas of society and/or the role of the nonprofit sector in addressing these dilemmas.

OP: What is special about your book?

John: Encapsulated in the pages of this book are the great underlying questions (and potential answers) that we as a society are struggling with at this very moment-Trump and the death of democracy, socialism vs. capitalism, political divisions based on identity, our health and even the future of our economy. What is special is that this book relates these issues to humanity’s ongoing psychological evolution and then helps establish how that evolution could lead to a national culture that supports true democracy.

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

John: Where Handbook for True Democracy differs is that it places themes championed in the books listed below squarely in the context of America’s political divide and then interweaves them into a comprehensive worldview pertinent to current efforts to achieve authentic democracy in the United States. Titles that explore subject matter that relate to Handbook for True Democracy include The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins; The Evolution of the Mind by Robert Townsend; Not by Genes Alone by Richerson and Boyd; The Age of Empathy by Franz De Waal; Personal and Planetary Wellness by Marilyn Cornelius; Nonprofit Management: A Social Justice Approach by Elaine P. Congress; and Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind by Geert Hofslede. Books and researchers on these subjects paved the way for much of the conceptual framework found in Handbook for True Democracy. Some of these books explore how organizations shape us, others explore how our wellness and grassroots organizations can shape the world we live in. Others explain how evolutionary processes shape the values, norms, and assumptions of humanity and therefore our society.

OP: Have you published any other books?

John: Yes. Organizational Culture for Successful Democracy: Participatory Nonprofits That Advance Their Missions, Build Political Community and Initiate the Evolution of Society, POCD Publishing (2013) – Examines how organizational culture in nonprofit organizations can establish highly efficient and effective democratic movements; Characteristics Associated with Not-for-Profits that Successfully Involve Clients in Shaping Their Programs, ProQuest (2009) – Examines performance management, internal and external community building, organizational ethics and entrepreneurship/innovation in the context of participatory organizational behavior and development in public service nonprofit organizations; Way to the River Source, COMPAS (1997) – A training handbook on diversity, community building and parent involvement in schools. Co-authored by Judith Katz.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

John: It’s likely that I will.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

John G. Mentzos earned his Ph.D in Organizational Behavior and Development from the Union Institute. For more than 25 years he has consulted with leaders in non-profit management, government, foundations, business, education, human services and religion. His work has focused on grassroots efforts to build community, develop youth, address social injustice and advocate for the arts at the local, state and national levels.

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Sacrifice and Salvation: Mission GDR by Gary R. Hall

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Author Gary R. Hall is taking his latest book Sacrifice and Salvation: Mission GDR, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Gary to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Gary’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Gary 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 Sacrifice and Salvation: Mission GDR.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Sacrifice and Salvation: Mission GDR. What is it about?

Gary: This book is about recovery and enlightenment. Trudi Kehle and Peter Ackerman are ethnic Germans who escaped from the former Czech Sudetenland after World War II while still youngsters. Both are troubled by their country’s immoral Nazi conduct. Trudi’s father was a Nazi sailor who died in the Black Sea Campaigns. The adult Peter, now a US Army sergeant, and Trudi, are dispatched on a mission to retrieve suspected war criminal, Herman Nagle, from East Germany to account for his war conduct. While searching for Herman, they find the Jewish woman Sarah living in the forest — confused and unaware the war is over.

Enlightenment occurs when, during mission training, Trudi befriends a young American girl named Evelyn. Trudi and Evelyn have only their athletic interests in common until Trudi becomes Evelyn’s mentor. As the relationship grows, Trudi describes the differences between her life and the relatively secure life of a teen-age 1950’s American girl. Under Trudi’s mentorship, Evelyn becomes a successful athlete as well as a world-knowledgeable and matured young lady.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Gary: I lived and vacationed in West Germany (and then Germany after reunification) for well over twelve years. During this time, I became aware of the stark differences between the war-era lives of my stateside contemporaries and the lives of most Germans. Reading and conversing with those Germans who had lived through the war convinced me that there was a story to tell.

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

Gary: Readers will be motivated by the strong protagonist character of Trudi. Readers who are drawn to post-war events in Europe — especially the Sudetenland crisis since Peter and Trudi lived there as youngsters. A reader interested in how a cross-cultural female mentorship might work.

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

Gary: It’s difficult to find books in this category. There are plenty of books describing the war, but not many post-war books. This book describes day-to-day life in the early to mid-post-war years, which is seldom found. This book describes real geographical and cultural sites that I personally visited.

OP: What is special about your book?

Gary: I get some comments about the amount of research, the detail, and the geographic accuracy of the book. That always surprises me because I lived and studied through casual interest for many years before I decided to write. At one point I interviewed the 1980’s mayor of a small East German town named Kella. This was especially interesting because Kella had been the location of a non-fiction American writer years before. The Bürgermeisterin (female mayor), another German family and I, with interpreter, talked for two days. We were also taken on a walking tour of a surprisingly neat and picturesque village. It’s personal because I developed an affinity for the Germans through the years and often puzzled how so many Germans could have bought into the Nazi philosophy. It’s personal because I’m aware of how detached my American friends and relatives have been from the reality of post-war Europe. We lived the good life, but hardly knew it.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Gary: I am the author of The 5K Zone: Cold War Border Intrigue, also published by Outskirts Press. I am currently working on the third of a series.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Gary: On Amazon under books or Kindle store: Authors page — https://amazon.com/author/gary-hall: My webpage for The 5K Zone: Cold War Border Intrigue, is www.5kzone.com. The book can also be purchased from me in Everett, WA.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gary was a career army non-commissioned officer with over twelve years of Cold War duty in West Germany and one year in Viet Nam. He is the recipient of four Army Commendation Medals and a Bronze Star for meritorious performance of duty in Viet Nam. In West Germany, Gary was an instructor and course chief of the Communications Officer/Communications NCO courses at the United States Army School, Europe (USASCHEUR). Upon retirement from the Army, Gary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources at the University of Washington. Gary now lives in Everett, Washington.

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Integrity Based Policing: Policing the Streets of Las Vegas by Dan Barry

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Author Dan Barry is taking his latest book Integrity Based Policing: Policing the Streets of Las Vegas by Dan Barry, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Dan to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Dan’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Dan 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 Integrity Based Policing: Policing the Streets of Las Vegas.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Integrity Based Policing: Policing the Streets of Las Vegas. What is it about?

Dan: My book is about policing in the greatest city in the world — “Las Vegas.” I’ve been blessed to have spent 30 years with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). During my career I served in a variety of positions, from undercover high school narc to Bureau Commander of the Organized Crime Bureau. In all these assignments I realized that the importance of maintaining trust is the key to success. The three key virtues to successful policing are Courage, Good Loyalty and Empathy. My goal in writing this book is to uplift organizational culture by realizing that policing is a vocation that requires us to treat others as gifts from God, not focusing solely on numbers and politics.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Dan: When I retired, my love for the policing vocation and my brothers and sisters still working the streets, never went away. I realized that God allowed me to go through my experiences to make our world a better place. I pray that others will learn from my example the importance of being a servanthood leader and serve their communities with honor.

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

Dan: The fact that the author is both a practitioner and an academic. Throughout my career, I’ve lived the history and knew that policing was heading in the wrong direction. In my present role as the Program Chair for the University of Phoenix, I have been able to study the subject and the need to exercise practical wisdom in our decisions.

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

Dan: I am hoping that people currently in, retired, or considering beginning a career in law enforcement will be the largest audience. I am confident that they can all learn important lessons and grow in their own careers. I also hope that policy makers will see the potential positive impact policing can have in their jurisdictions. When policing is done right, great things happen. Troubled neighborhoods form partnerships and the quality of life skyrockets. Lastly, this book is loaded with exciting police stories that are at times emotional, and most often humorous.

OP: What is special about your book?

Dan: First, my knowledge that we are here to serve God, and each other. All of my decisions are from a Christ-centered frame. Second, in parts of this book I admit that I have made mistakes that I learned from. In “The Killer Bees,” I admit that I failed to adequately plan out a tactical situation because I didn’t realize the potential danger. In this situation, all of my team got out safely, but there was an officer involved in a fatal shooting. Third, all my experiences can be applied to other professions. Leadership requires we all act in a virtuous way and not just as bosses.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Dan: I published Ready, Aim, Trust in 2015 – Classic Day Publishing

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Dan: Integrity Based Policing is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Outskirts Press.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dan Barry is retired as a captain from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department after 30 years of service. During his career, he served in a variety of assignments as an officer ranging from patrol to undercover high school narcotic detective. After promotions, he commanded numerous bureaus including Patrol, Organized Crime, Criminal Intelligence and SWAT. He is currently the Program Chair for the College of Social Sciences & Behavioral Health—Criminal Justice & Security, University of Phoenix. Dan has been married to his beautiful wife, Allison, for 39 years, Dan and Allison have four grown children, nine grandchildren and an Irish Terrier (Brigid).

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In Search of the Body & Soul Connection by Duke Saganich

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Author Duke Saganich is taking his latest book In Search of the Body & Soul Connection, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Duke to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Duke’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Duke 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 In Search of the Body & Soul Connection.

OP: Tell us a little bit about In Search of the Body & Soul Connection. What is it about?

Duke: This book is a thought-provoking analysis for all of the spiritual seekers looking for answers. It’s for those who are open to all the possibilities of what could be. My research into spirituality and religion has led me to find common ground between them. The premise of this book is based on my interpretation and understanding of the three main aspects of spirituality; the “Body”, the “Soul” and the “Link” which connects them.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Duke: I wrote this book to share with others my research, knowledge and interpretation on spirituality. I am legally blind and writing this book has been very therapeutic for me and has contributed to my own spiritual growth.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Duke: Researching many self-publishing companies I found that Outskirts Press stood out among the others. I chose them for their professionalism, experience and available options.

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

Duke: It’s for anyone who is on a spiritual journey and looking for possible answers and growth.

OP: What is special about your book?

Duke: As a researcher for many years, I wanted to give my interpretation and understanding of the common ground between spirituality and religion. I also explain many simple techniques and exercises that anyone can use to help them grow spiritually.

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

Duke: I wanted to create a resource for those seeking spiritual enlightenment. In this genre there aren’t many books that incorporate full color images and quotes that relate to each chapter.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Duke: This is my first book.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Duke: Possibly, but I have not made any decision as yet.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Duke Saganich was born in Croatia and came to the United States when he was eight. Throughout his life his interests focused on research in spirituality, religion, philosophy, psychology, mysticism and meditation. He retired at age 62 and is living in Upstate New York with his wife Ellie. The author will be donating 50% of his royalties to various charities that are in need.

BOOK EXCERPT

Part Two “The Soul”:

Chapter 5 “The Bridge of Consciousness” will show the bridges that are formed through the consciousness communication network. I will also discuss death as the transitional period between lives. During this period you reconnect with your soul and make choices for your next life experience. These choices will depend mostly on the level that your soul has evolved. There will be many other choices available to your soul when it has come to the end of its reincarnation cycles. The soul is continually evolving and has choices which include becoming Guides, or Teachers. Evolved souls can also choose to start a new reincarnation cycle to continue the experience of physical life and help other souls in their evolutionary process.

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War of Dreams by Anton Venter

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Author Anton Venter is taking his latest book War of Dreams, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Anton to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Anton’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Anton 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 War of Dreams.

OP: Tell us a little bit about War of Dreams. What is it about?

Anton: The book tells the story of a German teenager who rapidly comes of age during the Second World War. Alexander’s involuntary participation in the War is interwoven with settings, plots and real characters (including Nazi officials) that are described in many historical WW2 books.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Anton: More has been written about the Nazi regime than about ordinary Germans and how the Second World War affected their lives. Many of their stories will never be told. Although fiction, Alexander’s story is told as he rapidly grows into adulthood and becomes an involuntary cog in the wheels of the Nazi machine.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Anton: I self-published with Outskirts Press.

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

Anton: Readers who are interested in the Second World War, especially the Nazi regime. Readers who are interested in how events such as a world war influence the development of a teenager into a young man and how he has to deal with the traumatic effects of a war on himself and his family. Readers who find dreams interesting and look at ways of interpreting them.

OP: What is special about your book?

Anton: The main character, albeit mostly in the background, features in World War Two plots and settings that were real and based on thorough research. The character’s development and early adult life follow a timeline that is accurately aligned with that of the Second World War.

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

Anton: I had much inspiration from dreams. I recorded my dreams over a period of fifteen years. Many of them were about a character in the context of a world war and I enjoyed weaving these dreams into factual WW2 settings and scenarios.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Anton: No, I currently do not.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Anton: I plan to publish a follow-up in which the same character will feature. The setting will be the Cold War that followed the Second World War. Again, it will be inspired by dreams that I have continued recording since publishing War of Dreams.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Anton Venter is a retired Information Technology professional doing freelance IT work in Cape Town, South Africa. He started writing as a hobby shortly before retiring and this is his first published novel.

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

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The Attitude Influence by LeAnn Shaw

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Author LeAnn Shaw is taking her latest book The Attitude Influence: Creating a positive life by taking accountability, building connections, and discovering how attitude influences everything, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow LeAnn to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for LeAnn Shaw’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, LeAnn 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 Attitude Influence.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Attitude Influence. What is it about?

LeAnn: My book is about discovering the influence of attitude and making a positive difference. It takes a holistic approach to attitude management that allows the reader to gain self-awareness, identify attitude types, develop methods for creating a positive mindset, and learning to positively influence their environments.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

LeAnn: After observing the increasing negativity and polarization in the world, I wrote this book for two important reasons. First, I wanted to start a conversation that I think is greatly needed. I also wanted to make a positive difference in peoples’ lives so they are satisfied when they answer the question, “How will I be remembered?”

OP: How did you get your book published?

LeAnn: I researched several self-publishing companies and ultimately decided to partner with Outskirts Press.

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

LeAnn: I started the book with organizational leaders in mind – the types of leaders who want to create happy, successful work environments. As I began the writing process, I knew the audience would be broader. Anyone who wants a more positive life, to live and work in environments that thrive, and make the most of their time on earth will be interested in The Attitude Influence.

OP: What is special about your book?

LeAnn: In my book, I do not hold back about my imperfections or the imperfections of my husband (who happens to be my favorite person). I wanted to paint a picture for the reader that was real and authentic. If I were perfect, I wouldn’t have anything interesting or insightful to share. The discoveries I made on my path towards a more positive life would not have been as valuable. As an avid non-fiction reader, I always appreciate being able to identify aspects of my life or experiences in the stories provided by writers. In The Attitude Influence, it was important for me that my readers be able to do this. I love when people reach out to me and say, “Oh my gosh, that’s me!” or “I had a boss who did that, and it drove me crazy.” These types of experiences connect us. They provide both a mirror for us to reflect upon and a channel marker to guide us. While trying to create a sense of urgency around being better human beings, I do not pull any punches in the book. I want people to be able to self-reflect and be accountable for how they behave and how they show up for other people.

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

LeAnn: Accountability is a strong underlying theme throughout the book. I created bad attitude types ‘BATs’ as a way to demonstrate how we sometimes behave in less than ideal ways (i.e., “The Know-it-All,” “The Blowhard,” “The Privileged,” etc.). I also provide the reader with The GREAT Attitude Toolbox (Gratitude, Relationship, Energy, Authenticity, & Thoughtfulness) and strategies for positively influencing our environments. The Attitude Influence also provides unique insights and real-world experiences to demonstrate the effectiveness of proper attitude management. I think my warmth is partnered well with my straight talk to maintain a healthy balance of inspiration and relatability that created a conversational tone throughout the book.

OP: Have you published any other books?

LeAnn: This is my first book.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

LeAnn: I would like to publish a few more books. I am interested in creating content that will embrace differences and create connections. I plan to start my second book later this year or early next year.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

LeAnn Shaw is founder and president of LeAnn Shaw Seminars, LLC and The Attitude Academy. She has spent the past decade working as a personal and professional development facilitator, keynote speaker, and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. She specializes in attitude, passion, workplace engagement, and creating strengths-based organizations. She lives in the Central Florida area with her husband and two of her three children.

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

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Seeking Glory: A Novel About Relationships, Loss and Finding Your Way Home by Patricia Hamilton Shook

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Author Patricia Hamilton Shook is taking her latest book Seeking Glory: A Novel About Relationships, Loss and Finding Your Way Home, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Patricia to take her book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of her own home! Keep an eye out for Patricia’s book as she will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Patricia 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 Seeking Glory: A Novel About Relationships, Loss and Finding Your Way Home.

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

Patricia: Kate LaRue is a divorced, successful co-owner of an art and gift store on Cape Cod who assumes custody of her young granddaughter, Glory, after the death of her long-missing daughter Ally. Kate soon discovers that Glory is mute and seemingly traumatized. To help her, she must try to solve the mystery of her granddaughter’s origins. As she struggles to deal with her own and Ally’s past she finds she is not the only one seeking Glory.

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OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Patricia: I felt compelled to write it. I had this and a couple of other stories in mind for a while that I really felt I had to put down in writing. I spent several years working on Seeking Glory writing whenever the motivation to do so came to me. I was in no rush because initially I did not expect to publish it. However, once I had it written I felt I had to publish it.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Patricia: I initially tried to find a literary agent but had little success. I decided to try self-publishing and, after reviewing several independent publishers, found that Outskirts Press was the best option.

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

Patricia: I think the readers most interested in the book would be women who could identify with Kate; for example, strong successful women dealing with troubled family relationships particularly with teen aged and adult children as well as the those identifying with the difficulties of older adults trying to raise grandchildren, a dilemma that is not uncommon.

OP: What is special about your book?

Patricia: Seeking Glory is a complex story with many themes woven into it. One of the most prominent is the theme of religious and spiritual belief systems. This becomes an issue when Kate begins to uncover the mystery of her daughter’s and later her granddaughter’s past. It leads Kate to examine her religious/spiritual beliefs and places this as a central theme of the book. There are also many psychological themes the most obvious is Kate’s efforts to help four-year-old Glory to talk again using play therapy, something I became interested in when I was beginning to write the book. All of the adult characters have psychological issues that eventually come to light. I think human behavior and why we do what we do is fascinating. And it can make a good story.

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

Patricia: I think Seeking Glory is most different in the way it successfully combines the elements of literary women’s fiction and cozy mystery.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Patricia: Not as of yet.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Patricia: I am working on a new book tentatively titled Where Spirits Dwell which features some similar themes to Seeking Glory; family dynamics, mystery, religion and spirituality but in a different setting and voice.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Patricia Hamilton Shook was born in Massachusetts, where she has lived most of her life. As a psychologist, she combines her professional expertise with an interest in spirituality and mysteries-along with a love of Cape Cod that dates back to childhood-to inform her debut novel, Seeking Glory.

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

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Religion 531 – The Master’s Course: 2000 Years of History Can’t Be Wrong, Can It? by Josephus the Scribe

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Author Josephus the Scribe is taking his latest book Religion 531 – The Master’s Course: 2000 Years of History Can’t Be Wrong, Can It?, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Josephus to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Josephus book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Josephus 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 Religion 531 – The Master’s Course: 2000 Years of History Can’t Be Wrong, Can It?.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Religion 531 – The Master’s Course. What is it about?

Josephus: The lost message of Jesus.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Josephus: I was raised a Catholic. In my early teens, I didn’t think what I was taught about the Church made much sense. When I would ask questions that drilled down into the ‘how’ or ‘why’ of the religion, exasperated nuns or priests could only answer my questions with ‘it’s a matter of faith,’ or words to that effect. As an adult, I started looking for my own answers, doing research on early Church history, reading about other religions, talking to friends who belonged to different churches, etc. I took a few college-level courses in Eastern Religions along with redoubling my readings of religion history. I also began reading the philosophy of Plato, among other ‘ancient’ writers. The more I read and studied, the more most religions and philosophies seemed to have the same core beliefs, differing only in the mumbo-jumbo and dogma that had developed over time with each one. Further research indicated that the ‘message’ of almost all great philosophers and religious leaders had been compromised by their followers, intentionally or unintentionally, through misunderstanding of the message, deliberate alteration of the message or suppressing key elements of what the message meant. I used what I believe to be the common core of the majority of religions to guide me for the rest of my adult life but kept it pretty much to myself. After I retired, I began to write down things I wanted my children to know – family stories, what I could remember about my parents and grandparents, what my childhood was like, etc. This prompted me to think about leaving something to them that would help them understand ‘what made me tick’ from a philosophical/religious/morality perspective. As I was writing this down, Religion 531 – The Master’s Course flowed out.

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

Josephus: People who have lingering doubts about their religion, whatever it may be. My book is written from a Christian perspective, and the examples of how the original message of what became a ‘religion’ has been distorted, deleted and suppressed revolve primarily around Christianity, every major religion has suffered the same effects. Once a person learns the nearly universal message of most religions, whatever religion they practice will be much more fulfilling.

OP: What is special or uniquely personal about your book?

Josephus: Each of us has a goal, whether we realize it or not. Our task, our goal, is to learn about God’s Universe; to learn what brings us closer to God and what moves us farther way. Reaching God – joining with God – is our objective. Nothing else matters. Each of us is on our own path back to God. Just like there are many ways to travel from Albany to Albuquerque, God’s GPS can show each of us a different path back to him, based on what we need to learn. My path is no better than yours. It is only different. I may need to learn to deal with failure. You may need to learn to deal with success. I with health. You with sickness. I with poverty. You with wealth. Etc. There is no ‘wrong’ path, for all paths lead to God.

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

Josephus: Religion 531 – The Master’s Course is not a ‘religious’ book, although that is the category it fits into. It does not profess a belief in a particular religion. It does not contend that Christ or Buddha or Mohammed or Plato or anyone else had a better idea than the others. It illustrates the core beliefs of all were pretty much the same, and that those core beliefs are no longer what the ‘founder’ of the religion intended them to be.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Josephus: Religion 531 – The Master’s Course is my first book. I have two more I’ve started to think about, tentatively titled Religion 533 – The Economics Connection, which will discuss how different economic systems (capitalism, socialism, communism, etc.) conform (or not) to the principles put forth in Religion 531, and Religion 535 – Where Science and Religion Meet, which will discuss how scientific advancement actually draws us closer to God rather than more distant.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it? 

Josephus: You can learn more about my book on my publishers website — https://outskirtspress.com/religion531themasterscourse and you can purchase my book from that site as well. It is also available on Amazon, as an iBook and will soon be available on Kindle.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

The ideas in this book are not mine. They are universal truths. I merely found them and wrote them down. My education and experience are not yours, nor are yours mine. We have not learned the same things in the same way. I have a technical bachelor’s degree and an MBA. So what? I have managed very large commercial and governmental IT projects. So what? Neither directly led me to my truth. Your education and experience, or lack thereof, does not preclude you from learning what your truth is. Perhaps this book may help you. It may not. My job was to present what I learned my truth is. Your job begins now.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/religion531themasterscourse

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