Outskirts Press Presents David D Bernstein, author of ‘Voices of the Heart, a collection of poems’

Author David D Bernstein is taking his latest book, Voices of the Heart, a collection of poems 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 Voices of the Heart, A Collection of Poems    as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

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 Voices of the Heart, A Collection of Poems.


OP: Tell us a little bit about Voices of the Heart, A Collection of Poems.  

OP: What is it about?

David:  My book has a collection of poems that I wrote over the course of about ten years. These poems were written when I was in middle school through my college years.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David:  I decided to write this poetry book because I strongly believe that poetry is very important in our lives, and it also is a great way to express someone’s life story through poetic language and photography. This art is even more important today than ever.

OP: How did you get your book published? 

David: I published my book with outskirts press a self-publishing company that has been very good and professional with all my books which I now have six off.

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

David: I think that readers of all ages will be interested in my book. I also think it is a great book to read for inspiration, growth, and to learn the story of a young man’s journey through life, which was not that perfect.

OP: What is special about your book?  

David:  My book is special because it tells the story of how I survived in an urban society, where a gang war raged, murder was common, and being a young boy that had to watch his back all the time. It was these wonderful and emotional poetry that helped me survive in such a scary place. If it was not for my poetry and connecting with others through open mic nights, I might not have been alive to see this book of poetry come out.     

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

David: Each poetry book is unique and different because poets are human, and they each have a wonderful story to tell. This story can be told through fiction, non-fiction, poetry or through writing.  I think the more books that are out there the better.

OP: Have you published any other books, and do you plan to publish more?

David: Yes, I have published many books. This includes two picture books “The Enchanted Rope” and “Peanut” they deal with real life issues we face death and diverse and help readers out in their own lives. I also published a collection of tween books named “The CORT Chronicles” This includes “The Portal” which won a CIPA EVVY Merit Award in Juvenile Fiction. “Spirral” and “Rebirth”. Finally, “Voices of the Heart, a collection of poems.”

I do plan to publish more books two more middle grade series one called “Living Library Chronicles”, A pre sequel named “His-story” for CORT Chronicles”, a trilogy of books based on elements and some more picture books. I am not sure when these books will be out yet.  

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

David: You can find my books on amazon, Barnes & Nobles, outskirts press and other online bookstores like Target and Walmart.   

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 was born in Moscow and immigrated from the Soviet Union in 1981. He has been writing poetry from the heart since high school. Several of his poems have been published in anthologies and magazines, and David has been the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards. He has hosted several open mic events in bookstores and in college was the co-founder of The Poetry Society. He is the author of two picture books, The Enchanted Rope and Peanut. His middle grade book The Portal won a CIPA Envy Merit award in Juvenile Fiction in 2018. He also authored Spirral and Rebirth in The CORT Chronicles. David is the proud uncle of two teenage boys.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/vociesoftheheart

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Outskirts Press Presents S.C. Burns, author of Cookesville U.S.A.: The Wildest, Wickedest, Wealthiest Big “Small” Town In the West

Author S.C. Burns is taking her latest book, Cookesville U.S.A.: The Wildest, Wickedest, Wealthiest Big “Small” Town In the West 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 S.C. Burns and Cookesville U.S.A.: The Wildest, Wickedest, Wealthiest Big “Small” Town In the West as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, S.C. Burns 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 Cookesville U.S.A.: The Wildest, Wickedest, Wealthiest Big “Small” Town In the West.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Cookesville U.S.A.: The Wildest, Wickedest, Wealthiest Big “Small” Town In the West. What is it about?

S.C.:  It is a historical satire/drama/western, based upon the history and peoples of Bakersfield, CA—and its relationship with Hollywood. While Bakersfield was founded by a Colonel Baker, the fictional town of Cookesville was settled and founded by a wealthy goldminer named Frank Cooke. Cooke was a captain in the U.S. Cavalry (yes, he was Captain Cooke), who fought in the Mexican War before heading to the California gold fields to make his fortune. When he returned to the southern “San Andreas” valley with his Choctaw wife, and a menagerie of Chinese and Mexican laborers, he brought with him the idea of protecting the “others” in the new state of California—those who had no legal protections by the new state constitution. This story continues into the 21st century, as Cookesville grows into a modern and thriving town—governed oftentimes by persons of questionable character. The major protagonist, “Lynnie,” is a sleuth who uncovers, and often covers up, the major crimes for a major law firm in Cookesville. He and most characters in this book are based upon real people in the history of Bakersfield, most of whom I have known personally, and some of the characters’ storylines are a composition of numerous people. The investigator whose life mirrored Lynnie’s (he passed away in 2011, like his character in the book) was approached by actor Dennis Quaid, who wanted to tell the story of one of the real crimes “Lynnie” had worked to alter (cover up?). “Lynnie” passed away before this could happen. My spouse (criminal attorney, family law attorney and administrative law judge with the California Department of Rehabilitations) and I were close friends of “Lynnie’s.” We often met for lunch, had him over for dinner in our home, and I collected those stories through the years.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

S.C.:  I have lived in Bakersfield for over forty years, raised my three children here, and often planned to leave the area. In plotting my “escape,” I have been continually snagged by a relationship, friendships, and career advantages. Also, as I state in my introductory chapter, Cookesville (like Bakersfield) is a conundrum, one that is hard to leave behind. There are great country clubs, tennis clubs, wealthy organizations and beautiful neighborhoods that freeway flyers never see. They have no idea about the amazing quality of life, and benefits, of living here—in spite of the heat in the summer, and Tule fog in the winter. Its extremes in climate and wealth (from poverty to extreme wealth) are responsible for its dramatic history and stories. As I continued to dream of retiring elsewhere, I finally decided that the reason I have been “stuck” here is that I need to tell the dramatic stores I have been privy to: crimes, affairs, crooked and clever politics, but mainly the personal dramas I have observed.

OP: How did you get your book published?

S.C.: During the years I have been writing this book, and especially during the race to finish it in 2020, I have continued to peruse publishers, the length of time the publishing process might take, while continually returning to the terms proposed by Outskirts Press. Knowing that I would be in complete control of the contents of my book and the story I need to tell, I opted for this company. They have a solid history of sound practices, and well-oiled promotional plans. At this point in the process, I have been very happy with Outskirts Press.

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

S.C.: If you read the review by Peter Freedman in the front pages of the book, I think you’ll see that this book should appeal strongly to anyone familiar with Bakersfield: residents of this fine town (of many nationalities and ethnicities), Hollywood writers and producers, and anyone who likes western history. The story starts in 1846 and concludes in the year 2011, and it includes authentic mob influences (establishing Las Vegas and reaching into the valley), Italian farmers, big-time oil and agricultural corporations, and more. It has both a small-town vibe and an international community of investors in the various industries. Always, there are strong communities—Native Americans, Chinese, Italian, Basque, Mexican, African Americans, and Middle Easterners. You can see that anyone who knows anything about Bakersfield might be curious to read about some familiar and salacious history.

OP: What is special about your book?

S.C.:  The authentic Bakersfield shows through: the historic wild west, the influences of the U.S. South (King Cotton), country-western music, the hidden resources such as oil and agriculture, and a continual connection to the Los Angeles/Hollywood community. The real crimes are recognizable, though they have been fictionalized to protect both the guilty and innocent. My book contains authentic sexual relationships, ladies of the night, and extramarital affairs—many of them known to community leaders who will recognize the inferences.

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

S.C.:What sets Cookesville apart are the real stories of Bakersfield that have not been exposed before. As already stated, people I have known through years of socializing, working and being involved in the legal community will recognize many of the stories. Much like the book/movie, The Help, I am already being contacted by friends who are telling me whose story they recognize, and asking me who some of the others represent. I knew this would be a fun project, and it is certainly proving to be so.

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

S.C.:Yes. My first book was entitled, Daughters of Juno, Chronicle I; Matilda of Argyll. It was published in 2003 by Pentland Press. Before they went out of business, I republished the book with University Press of the South in 2007 as Matilda of Argyll—after re-editing the book and removing the introductory paragraph—in order to have it stand on its own, not as a series.

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

S.C.: There is a lengthy summary about this book on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I will be advertising through digital billboards around Bakersfield soon, and hopefully beyond Kern County in the not-too-distant future. Also, I hope to be interviewed by you, on your Blogsite!

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

S.C. Burns has been a teaching historian at the college/university level for 26 years. Her scholarship and research focus on hot-button social issues, and her search for authenticity in history and fiction has led her across Europe and Latin America. A native of northwestern Kentucky, Burns has lived in Orange County, CA, San Francisco and British Columbia, Canada. She eventually settled in Bakersfield, CA where she raised her three children.

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

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Self-Publishing Author Conor Mitchell Discusses Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future

Author Conor Mitchell is taking his latest book, Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future 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 Conor Mitchell and Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Conor Mitchell 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 Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future


OP: Tell us a little bit about Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and An Uncertain Future. What is it about?

Conor:  My book documents the first 100 days of the COVID-19 pandemic in San Francisco using pictures that I took on my iPhone.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Conor:  I decided to write it after I had taken thousands of photos of the city, shared them with family, and every one of them had told me to get these put into a book.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Conor: A friend of mine from New York City had published with Outskirts Press and she had recommended my name to them in order to help move the process of the book along.

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

Conor: I think everyone would be interested in this book. We have all lived through some part of the pandemic and we each saw some perspective of what happened. Being able to see something like this in a city as famous as San Francisco would certainly be something everyone will want to see.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Conor:  This documents a very specific time in the pandemic when nothing was certain and a time in San Francisco’s history that is unlike anything the city had ever experienced before.

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

Conor: For each day I was taking these pictures, I kept notes to myself about how each day was in terms of how I felt or what was going on at the time. It not only offers a view into what the city must have looked like but also what it must have been like to experience it first-hand.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Conor: I have not published any other books but I do plan to publish a follow-up to this book, which will focus on the recovery of San Francisco and the revival of different sectors of the city.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Conor: You can learn more about it through LockdownSF.com and order the book through Amazon.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Conor Mitchell, a photographer and videographer lives in downtown San Francisco. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he found himself alone in the city he had called home for just 18 months. Taking as many pictures as he could, Conor curated a collection of photos in this book to best illustrate what a total lockdown in one of the most famous cities in the world looked like.

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

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Outskirts Press Presents Steven E. Skinner, author of Hope This Day Finds You Well

Author Steven E. Skinner is taking his latest book, Hope This Day Finds You Well 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 Steven E. Skinner and Hope This Day Finds You Well as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Steven E. Skinner 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 Hope This Day Finds You Well.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Hope This Day Finds You Well. What is it about?

Steven:  Series of short stories containing light humor essays about everyday life.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Steven:  My wife was the inspiration for this book. These essays were columns for the BRAVO TROY-local news website.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Steven: I used Outskirts Press to self-publish.

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

Steven: Any age persons who enjoy reading light humor about everyday life.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Steven:  It is entertaining.

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

Steven: Most of the essays are written about and around small-town USA.

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

Steven: Yes, I have published other books. Yes, I do plan to publish more.

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

Steven: To purchase, they can go to my website at https://outskirtspress.com/hopethisdayfindsyouwell. The Kindle and Nook digital editions are also available there.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Steven E. Skinner is a columnist for BRAVO TROY, a local news website. Steven is also a NAVY Veteran and a Vietnam veteran. He and his wife, Patricia have been married since 1972 and together have three children, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, riding motorcycles and playing bluegrass gospel music.

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

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Self-Publishing Author DL Larson Discusses Back Home Again: Book 5, Douglas Family Saga

Author DL Larson is taking her latest book, Back Home Again: Book 5, Douglas Family Saga 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 DL Larson and Back Home Again: Book 5, Douglas Family Saga as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, DL Larson 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 Back Home Again: Book 5, Douglas Family Saga.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Back Home Again: Book 5, Douglas Family Saga. What is it about?

DL:  Back Home Again is a family saga set in Kentucky 1850s. Family secrets are finally revealed in a way if you have not read the previous books, you are still a part of the discovery. Francis travels the broken road back in his mind in order to be whole for is new wife and family. His son, Jim, learns about what it means to be a millionaire’s son and the adjustment that it will take to carry that burden into adulthood. He helps his cousin Ruf with horseracing only to discover his own desire to be a part of the Douglas horse racing legacy. Young Hattie and Granny have a deep secret. Hattie promises to keep that awful time between her and God, only to discover her actions may well affect the rest of her life. And Ruf’s.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

DL:  I wanted to tell a story about everyday problems in a historical setting. I hope my readers find comfort that others before them have overcome domestic abuse, abortion, greed, jealousy, and heartbreak. And through it all, love still shines through. Love is what binds us together and gives us the strength to trust again, no matter what has happened in the past.

OP: How did you get your book published?

DL: I’ve had my last two books published with Outskirts Press.

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

DL: If you like family stories, lives entwined with others, you will enjoy my Douglas Family Saga.  Here’s a little bit about my series: If you like American Indian stories and the War of 1812, you’ll enjoy Memories Trail, still available in ebook, on Amazon.com. Promises To Keep and the sequel Promises My Love are about family secrets, gambling, and kidnapping, as well as young love, forbidden love, and unstable love. (Available in book and ebook form). Coming Home might intrigue you with high stakes horse racing and politics of the time, along with learning what love really is. And…Back Home Again, Book 5 of the Douglas Family Saga…real life issues cause my characters to search for their strength in dire circumstances. Francis doesn’t want to harm his family, but his past mocks him, tests him beyond his endurance. Ruf is sure he has ruined Hattie’s life and his own. His guilt propels him more than love. And Jim, continues to search for his place in the family. He’s not a gambler, a horse racer, or even that good a son. Politics intrigue him and he wonders what his future holds.

OP: What is special about your book?

DL: I believe readers will connect with my family of characters as they struggle with life lessons. The evils of gambling, the memories of child abuse, an unwanted pregnancy, and where is God in all of this? Where does love fit into make life bearable? It’s a question we all struggle to understand. Will love overshadow the hurt and loss? The Douglas family comes through with hope in their hearts for a better tomorrow. Something we all strive for.

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

DL: I’m not sure other books tackle social issues as mine has. We hear statistics but rarely hear personal life struggles so openly. In Kentucky 1850, there were no abortion clinics, no abusive hotlines, no gamblers anonymous, etc. There was only family and what you entrusted to share with one another. Social unjust is nothing new. We as a society tend to forget that…so I hope my book(s) help remind folks, these struggles have been with us a long time and only hope for a better tomorrow will see us through.

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

DL: Yes, my other books in my Douglas Family Saga. I am currently working on the next Douglas family installment, called, When Tomorrow Comes. Jim and his family head for New York where he discovers a runaway slave. His involvement will change his life he only begins to realize. Hattie leaves with Granny for the western territories to see the Great PowWow, a counsel with the U.S. Government. Ruf is stuck at home helping with the building of the town library…until he receives a letter from a young man who tells him Hattie no longer belongs to him. Ruf heads west and ends up kidnapped by young Indian scouts… (I was also a contributing author to the WindyCity RWA Anthology 2019, called A Wicked Appetite. All proceeds for that book went to Breast Cancer Research.)

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

DL: You may purchase my books at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble. Please leave a review. Visit me at my website: www.DLLARSON.com Or visit me on Facebook: DL Larson; or visit Twitter: DL_storyteller.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DL Larson lives in northern Illinois with her farming family. Back Home Again is the fifth book in the Douglas Family Series. Visit DL Larson on Facebook or visit her website at: http://dllarson.com Purchase DL’s books at Amazon.com. Leave a review.

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

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Outskirts Press Presents Kevin Vachna, author of 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 Vachna 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:  Black Mirror meets Dead Poets Society, OBSOLETE is a thrilling adventure set in the not so distant future, where technology is invisibly engrained in every aspect of life, even finding a home inside of us.  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 into 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: 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 or uniquely personal about your book?

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? Do you plan to publish more?

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

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

Kevin: Here is where buyers can find my book:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1977235263
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/obsolete-kevin-vachna/1138001370
ComiXology: https://www.comixology.com/Obsolete-Vol-1-A-Teachers-Tale-Of-Tomorrow-Today/comics-series/151287

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

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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.

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

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Self-Publishing Author Liborio Lungaro Discusses The 3-0: Based on a True Story of the Largest Police Corruption Scandal in New York City’s History – The Dirty Thirty

Author Liborio Lungaro is taking his latest book, The 3-0: Based on a True Story of the Largest Police Corruption Scandal in New York City’s History – The Dirty Thirty 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 Liborio Lungaro and The 3-0: Based on a True Story of the Largest Police Corruption Scandal in New York City’s History – The Dirty Thirty as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Liborio Lungaro 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 3-0: Based on a True Story of the Largest Police Corruption Scandal in New York City’s History – The Dirty Thirty.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The 3-0: Based on a True Story of the Largest Police Corruption Scandal in New York City’s History – The Dirty Thirty. What is it about?

Liborio: This book is based on actual events of the 30th Precinct in the New York City Police Department in the early 1990s, the West Harlem station was tagged by the press as “The Dirty Thirty,” where rogue cops ran rampant in the streets. This book reveals how the police and the city politicians handle the moral issues of corruption, crime and city politics, and how those in power managed their biggest fears; damaging their reputations and losing their power base. But the story of the “Dirty Thirty” is not just about police corruption. It’s the story of bringing a community together during such trying times, working together to gain trust with each other and eventually bringing crime down over seventy percent. It’s the role of law enforcement to protect and serve. It truly is the story of the good guys going after the bad guys – of how officers react to investigating their own, discovering corruption among their own, and arresting their own – in the biggest, most diverse city in the country. Ultimately, it is the story of a political time bomb that no one wanted to touch.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Liborio: I decided to write, The 3-0, due to current events. To tell the actually story through my eyes, what’s it’s like to be a good guy, a good cop and deal with the enormous amount of pressure, stress and political pressure. I also wanted the story of, “The 3-0, The Dirty Thirty,” to be told. That Community Policing can work because it worked at the 30th precinct during the toughest of times. That good cops will not tolerate bad cops. It’s a story of Good versus Evil.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Liborio: I weighed the differences between a publisher and self-publishing. I didn’t want to wait two years for a publisher and to be honest I felt my book had the legs to be self-promoted today, especially with social media and my background. I went through Outskirts Press Publishing. I checked out reviews of self-publishing companies and I felt Outskirts Press was the best suited for what I was looking for.

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

Liborio: Fans of: True Crime, Non-Fiction, Autobiography/Memoirs, Police Corruption and Misconduct, Community Policing and Political Corruption and Misconduct.

OP: What is special about your book?

Liborio: It’s a story that’s never been told before and it’s through my eyes.

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

Liborio: It’s different because it’s based on a true story about my accounts in the 30th precinct. It shows for the first time what a good honest cop goes through and how they respond to corruption amongst their own.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Liborio: This is my first published book.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Liborio: Yes! I’ve started working on these up and coming titles: The Quakers Passage to Freedom – Based on True Events of how the Quakers helped with, The Underground Railroad, Drag Bunt – Based on True Events about Corruption and Backdoor Politics’ in Little League Baseball, New York City’s T.N.T. (Tactical Narcotics Team) – Based on True Events of NYC’s Drug Wars, ADONIS – How four Retired NYC’s Detectives went against the system and help freed a young African American, from Murder charges. They never accepted money for their investigation.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Liborio Lungaro is a veteran decorated NYPD cop with twenty years of service. He received many community awards to go along with his many NYPD’s accolades. Since leaving the NYPD he has blended his lifelong passion for writing and his life experience to create a fascinating story based on true events. A former Sergeant and Detective in the NYPD he brings his investigative expertise to the forefront, giving you compelling characters that are real, not fictional. He and his family reside in Los Angeles but travel back and forth to New York where most of their family reside. The 3-0: Based on a True Story of the Largest Police Corruption Scandal in New York City’s History – The Dirty Thirty is the first of its kind.

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Outskirts Press Presents David D. Bernstein, author of ”Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2

Author David D. Bernstein is taking his latest book, “Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2 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 “Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2 as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


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 “Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2.

OP: Tell us a little bit about “Spirral” The CORT Chronicles Book 2. What is it about?

David:  This book is the second part of trilogy called The CORT Chronicles. A civil war rages on, and a world is about to be fully fall into deep darkness. Andy, John, Wendy, and Zack must figure out how to save everything they love, but before they win the battle against a powerful corporation named CORT, they must win the battles within. Our heroes must travel through this dangerous world and destroy a new powerful robot named Spirral who is causing death and destruction everywhere. The children are guided by powerful sages and given tools to survive. They soon discover that only teamwork, human connection, and emotions can truly triumph over evil.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I decided to write this book to send a powerful message to our children who are suffering more then ever these days. They have been kept away from human connection to their school friends and teachers. They have been kept away from live learning by powerful organizations like teacher unions and others. Teachers are wonderful and want all the best for their students, but these leaders of the unions only care about profit and themselves. I hope this book will teach our kids and their parents that they can do anything they put their minds to. I hope this book also gives the readers a chance to escape the stress and problems they face daily. It sends a powerful message that anything is possible and even one person can make a huge difference in their lives and in others.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I self-published this book with Outskirts Press. They are a wonderful company that I have published five books with and plan to publish more in the future. The team that was assigned to me gave their full support as I went through the publishing process.

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

David: I believe that many people will be interested in this book. It sends a powerful message not only to our children but to the adults in this world as well. It shows that human emotions, teamwork, and connection to the natural world can triumph over evil. I recommend this book is for anyone who is ten to one hundred since it does have some mature subject matter that is not appropriate for younger children.

OP: What is special about your book?  

David: I believe that each book that comes out is special in its own way. Books create new worlds to explore and new characters to love. In this case if I were to share what makes “Spirral” special it is probably the strong message it teaches, the characters it brings to life and the struggles and adventures that happen with our heroes. The action-packed scenes and the wonderful illustrations also make this book special.

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

David: Every book is different from another book because each book is written with a different voice, a different point of view and a different vision.

OP: Have you published any other books, and do you plan to publish more?

David: Other books I published are: “Voices of the Heart” this is a collection of my poetry from high school to college and unfortunately is out of print, but I do plan to bring it back soon. Two picture books “The Enchanted Rope” and “Peanut.” They both deal with hard issues in life. One deals with the death of a loved one and how to connect to them and the other book deals with divorce and obsession and how to overcome those things. My latest books “Spirral” and “Rebirth” are part of my trilogy. The first book in this trilogy named “The Portal” won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in Juvenile Fiction in 2018. I do have plans to publish more books in the near future.

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

David: Both my picture books and the Trilogy are available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Outskirts Press Bookstore and other online bookstores. “The Portal” is also available in as an audio book that you can find on Apple iTunes.

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 an energy healer and psychic who has worked with children for many years in different settings. He is the author of a book of poetry and two picture books: The Enchanted Rope and Peanut. His middle grade book, The Portal, won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in Juvenile Fiction in 2018. He also authored Spirral and Rebirth in The CORT Chronicles Trilogy and has had poems published in several magazines and anthologies. David is the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards, and he is proud uncle of two young boys.

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

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Self-Publishing Author David D Bernstein Discusses Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3

Author David D Bernstein is taking his latest book, Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3 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 Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3 as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


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 “Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3.”

OP: Tell us a little bit about Rebirth: The CORT Chronicles Book 3. What is it about?

David: Over one hundred years in the future, eleven-year-old Andy and his brother Zack come home to 2009, hoping to live normal lives. Yet something has gone wrong, they get back to a terrifying version of their hometown. In this edition strange new technologies have taken over and an underground city is about to reborn. The brothers find them self in a different world that they left. They must set out on a quest to save Trinity, New York, and Earth again. They need to find the source of this chaos and destroy it.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I wrote this book to help people escape from the hard life and stress they are going through for the last one and half years, but especially with the Covid-19 epidemic. This virus continues to change lives forever. Yet, there is still hope at the end of this dark tunnel. This book looks at a world that is changing rapidly and going into the light. I hope this final chapter in my trilogy will bring an optimistic view of the world to children eleven to sixteen and to everybody who are losing hope right now. I also believe this book and my trilogy will change lives forever.

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I got this book self-published through Outskirts Press and like my other books had an amazing experience going through this process. The staff was great and helpful throughout. I recommend them to any new author who wants to get there book out into the world.

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

David: This book is a wonderful read for children eleven to sixteen and adults that love a great story. I believe it is a book anyone will love.

OP: What is special about your book?

David: “Rebirth” is special because it looks at the world in a different view. It is fast paced, action packed, great living characters, emotional and it shares an important message with everyone that is found rarely in other books in its genre.

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

David: Every book that is published is different from others, because individuals have different stories they created. This is because every person sees their own world differently. The books they publish also create different worlds and characters.

OP: Have you published any other books, and do you plan to publish more?

David: I am the author of a book of poetry “Voices of The Heart” and two picture books: “The Enchanted Rope” and “Peanut” both cover real life situations. I also wrote a middle grade novel called The Portal the first book in the Cort Chronicles Trilogy. This book received a CIPA Merit award in Juvenile Fiction in 2018. A hardcover version and an audio book have published in 2021. The next two books “Spirral” and “Rebirth” came out in Spring 2021. He also had several poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor Awards. I do have plans to publish more books in the near future.

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

David: My books are available on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Outskirts Press and other online bookstores.

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 an energy healer and psychic who has worked with children for many years in different settings. He is the author of a book of poetry and two picture books, The Enchanted Rope and Peanut. His middle grade book, The Portal, won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in juvenile fiction in 2018, and he authored Spirral and Rebirth in The CORT Chronicles Trilogy. David has had poems published in several magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards. He is also the proud uncle of two young boys.

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Self-Publishing Author Barbara Lamb Illustrated by Mary Edwards Discusses Kids’ Adventures With E.T. Friends in Space: Stories of Friendship and Learning Between Human Kids and Extraterrestrials

Author Barbara Lamb with Illustrator Mary Edwards is taking her latest book, Kids’ Adventures With E.T. Friends in Space: Stories of Friendship and Learning Between Human Kids and Extraterrestrials 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 Barbara Lamb Illustrated by Mary Edwards and Kids’ Adventures With E.T. Friends in Space: Stories of Friendship and Learning Between Human Kids and Extraterrestrials as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Barbara Lamb 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 Kids’ Adventures With E.T. Friends in Space: Stories of Friendship and Learning Between Human Kids and Extraterrestrials.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Kids’ Adventures With E.T. Friends in Space: Stories of Friendship and Learning Between Human Kids and Extraterrestrials. What is it about? 

Barbara:  This book is based on real accounts with extraterrestrial beings of various kinds, as reported by children and adults who have had these experiences. We hope that our stories will inspire you to believe in the possibilities in friendships that will come in many shapes and styles. The storyline begins with a young boy being thrilled to see our Earth from the window of a spaceship. He and a girl have 18 different kinds of experiences with a variety of beings, ending with the possibility of growing up to participate in a Galactic Federation. These are real events reported by real children. Each scenario is impactful for the child and inspires a feeling of adventure and excitement. Many children worldwide are having these experiences with extraterrestrials of different species.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story? 

Barbara:  Mary’s lifelong dream was to write a book like this to share with others her own unusual childhood experiences. It is designed to help children and families to recognize, affirm, and talk about our ET experiences and our place in the universe.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Barbara: Mary designed the book and found the great Outskirts Press to publish it!

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

Barbara: Millions of people of all ages, including children, have encountered extraterrestrials of many species, and this book helps to validate and legitimize their experiences!

OP: What is special about your book?  

Barbara: Firstly, both authors are experiencers themselves. We feel it is a unique and positive contribution and relates directly to the desire we have to share to and support people to have conversations about our ET experiences, reduce skepticism, fear and reassure those having encounters that there are many positive aspects in these experiences. This book is geared towards children but will be a value to all ages.

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

Barbara: It is based on real accounts told from children to psychotherapist Barbara Lamb who has conducted more than 4,000 hypnotic regressions to people’s encounters with extraterrestrial beings. Illustrator Mary Edwards has taught art to children and worked for NASA designing Space Station interiors and her father and grandfather were rocket scientists. Both authors have had their own ET contacts.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Barbara: Yes, I have co-authored three other books: Crop Circles Revealed, Alien Experiences, and Meet the Hybrids.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR:

BARBARA LAMB, M.S., M.F.T., C.H.T. In her psychotherapy practice, Barbara’s conducted 4,000 hypnotic regressions revealing details of people’s real encounters with extraterrestrial beings. For most of these people, these experiences begin during childhood and involve many different species of beings from other planets. barbara.lamb.therapist@gmail.com Youtube: Barbara Lamb, http://www.barbaralambregressions.com

Mary Edwards is an artist, interior designer, and teacher. She’s taught art to young kids and design to college students. Her father and grandfather were rocket scientists. At age eight, she applied to NASA to be the first woman astronaut. Mary helped design the International Space Station interiors for NASA. For many years, she has wanted to inspire kid’s interest in space and the cosmos. meedwards11@gmail.com, MaryEdwardsDesign.com

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