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JETT’S Payback: JUST JETT Series Book VI

by Robin R. Randolph

(5 Stars – 4 Customer Reviews)

Price: $23.95

Robin R. Randolph’s “JETT’S Payback: JUST JETT Series Book VI.” It’s Payback Time! When Jett learns that her husband, Brodie Marxx, has cheated on her, she knows that enough is enough, and it’s time for a change. But there’s more to her husband’s infidelity than meets the eye. Brodie’s indiscretion was plotted, prompted, and paid for by his Italian cousin, Michael Langitto, who is in love with Jett and believes she will marry him as soon as she divorces her cheating husband. Smart, sexy, and fast-paced, Jett’s Payback will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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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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Painting Oil Portraits: And Bones and Muscles

by Wm. Conte, Diane P. Conte, Mary Lynn Conte-Lawe

(4.5 Stars – 7 Customer Reviews)

Price: $29.95

Wm. Conte, Diane P. Conte, Mary Lynn Conte-Lawe’s “Painting Oil Portraits: And Bones and Muscles.” Painting Oil PORTRAITS will enlighten artists with a step by step learning experience. With each step you will see your subject come to life on canvas. BONES and MUSCLES will give the artist an understanding of the structural elements of human anatomy.


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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.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author John Griffith’s Book Video Trailer for “Crystal Reflections”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for Crystal Reflections  (published by Outskirts Press, October 2020), by John Griffith.

A Victorian era industrialist struggles with the destruction of his family business—and his own forbidden love.

Crystal Reflections chronicles the early days of the industrial revolution, when glass manufacturing reigned supreme in western Pennsylvania. It is during this time that Paul Zimmerman, a bright, ambitious boy, emigrates with his family from Germany—and will soon come to figure prominently in the glassmaking business.

Raised by a Lutheran minister, Paul conducts himself in accordance with the teachings of his faith and has many friends. He also has a few enemies, including Harry McCabe. Paul and Harry have a common interest in a beautiful young Irish girl but are driven by vastly different reasons. Amy is the love of Paul’s life. For Harry, she is an object and the ultimate victim of his pathological rage. Paul and Harry’s paths unintentionally cross throughout their lives, even after Amy disappears, and at each intersection, violence and mayhem usually follow.

Set in Pittsburgh during the Victorian era, Crystal Reflections is a story of family, commitment, romantic love, and loss set against the backdrop of the glass industry for which Pittsburgh was famous long before steel.

John Griffith

John Griffith was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree emphasizing the military, financial, and industrial history of the U.S. between 1860 and 1945. He also earned a Juris Doctor degree at Duquesne University School of Law. He owned a financial services business in Pittsburgh until moving to Florida in 2002. Since then, he has served as an institutional investment consultant to many of Florida’s largest business and governmental entities. John currently lives on a quiet inlet on Tampa Bay with his wife, Betsy, and their dog, Lucille. Aside from his daily work, he writes books, sings, plays guitar, and uses his boat to explore the many natural and historic treasures around the Bay.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author C. Cwik’s Book Video Trailer for “Entrepreneurship Is It For You?”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for Entrepreneurship Is It For You? (published by Outskirts Press, February 2021), by C. Cwik.

Entrepreneurship is a goal for many—but it’s not for the faint of heart!

For those who are novice and pro entrepreneurs, as well as those in the initiation or end stage of business management, this book will help you reach a level of success beyond your wildest dreams.

But the journey is rarely easy!

Entrepreneurship, Is It for You? describes the setbacks and toxic people that plagued the author’s career, told through a series of real-life vignettes of trouble and triumph. There are no pie-in-the-sky stories for this entrepreneur of 35 years, whose turbulent experiences were her steady companion. But Cheryl Cwiklinski survived and thrived, and now she shares her cautionary tale to not only enlighten other entrepreneurs but to inspire them not to give up on their dreams.

C. Cwik

Cheryl Cwiklinski has spent the last three decades promoting entrepreneurship by facilitating public and private programs. She teaches the fundamental principles of image and etiquette, career building strategies, and computer and soft-skills applications in her workshops for students in high school through the university level. Cheryl has been a home décor stylist for 26 years, and consults on home décor and organizational challenges.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author An Ecumenical Anthology’s Book Video Trailer for “Transforming Eucharist”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for Transforming Eucharist (published by Outskirts Press, January 2021), by An Ecumenical Anthology.

COVID-19 has changed everything, including how, and even if, we meet Christ at the Communion table. Spiritual leaders are wrestling with how to feed the souls of God’s people while keeping the body of Christ healthy and safe. As a gift to the Church, this collective of cutting-edge Christian leaders, ministers, and scholars invites you to witness our struggle and join us in:

• Asking hard theological questions;

• Offering practical, real-life solutions rooted in different traditions;

• Casting a prophetic vision amid challenging and changing realities.

We never expected to face this future, and the good news is, none of us has to face it alone. Together, we can still come to the table in response to Christ’s invitation: “Do this in remembrance of me.” Are you in?

An Ecumenical Anthology

You don’t want to miss this cutting-edge book featuring the following authors, representing diverse Christian traditions and perspectives: Rev. Dr. Joseph L. Boysel, Diana Butler Bass, Ph.D., Rev. Dr. Mindy Johnson-Hicks, Katie Kuntz-Wineland, M.Div., Rev. Steve North, Rev. Wil Ranney, Kurt Struckmeyer, Professor Deanna Thompson, Ph.D.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Harry L. Runyan and John V. Quarstein’s Book Video Trailer for “Harry’s War”

Introducing Self-Publishing Author Harry L. Runyan and John V. Quarstein’s Book Video Trailer for “Harry’s War”

This story about the USAAF’s 30th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in World War II comes to life with 135 photographs.

Harry’s War is an engaging personal story about World War II aviation. Captain Harry Runyan served with the 30th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, US Army Air Forces, in the European theatre, collecting hundreds upon hundreds of photographs during his duty overseas. These stunning, thought-provoking images of planes, places, men, and battlefields come together to tell the tale of an oft overlooked; yet, extremely vital fact of how the Allies achieved Victory in Europe. Harry’s War shares stories about logistics, aerial reconnaissance, aircraft, jets, and rockets, and the men behind the men behind the guns—stories delivered by an engineering officer who later became a leading member of the NASA team that built the X-15 and the Space Shuttle. Award-winning author and military historian John V. Quarstein melds Runyan’s letters, field notes, and photographs to provide this inside look at one American soldier’s service ‘Over There.’

Harry L. Runyan and John V. Quarstein

Praise for Harry’s War Harry’s War provides powerful perspectives about the courage and dedication of USAAF personnel who fought to defeat the Axis Powers during WWII. Armed with Harry Runyan’s memories and photographs, noted historian John Quarstein brings this story and its history to life. — Joseph C. Ritchie Jr, former F-14 Naval Flight Officer; Research Engineer, NASA Langley Research Center; Board President, Virginia Air and Space Center, Hampton, Virginia.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Richard W. Foster, Jr.’s Book Video Trailer for “Kilo 3”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for Kilo 3 (published by Outskirts Press, March 2021), by Richard W. Foster, Jr.

This is the true story of a 17-year-old kid who quit high school in his junior year to join the Marines. After a short cruise with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, he was assigned to a rifle company in Vietnam during the heaviest fighting of the war in 1967 and 1968. He went to Vietnam eager to save the world from Communism, only to become disillusioned by the lack of progress in the field, and mentally exhausted from the intensity of the ground combat. Returning in shock from what he had seen and done, he was assigned to the most prestigious Marine ceremonial detachment in the world: the Special Ceremonial Platoon located at the oldest post of the Corps, Marine Barracks at 8th and I Streets in Washington, DC. As part of this unit, he served at the White House under two Presidents, and at ceremonial duties all over DC. The contrast from the jungle of Vietnam was startling. While fighting constant nightmares of combat, he stood before Presidents, politicians, celebrities and heads of state, all the while maintaining the dignity and poise required for his position. This book is honest, graphic, and yet enlightening, ending positively. For those interested in understanding the Marine Corps and the horror of personal, ground combat, contrasted with the bright lights and facades of Washington politics, this book will not disappoint.

Reading Rick’s chapters on “The Barracks,” (8th & I), rekindled many fond—and not so fond—memories of our time together. I was a fresh-caught second lieutenant charged with the almost impossible task of transforming combat Marines into ceremonial perfectionists. For a Marine to leave the mud and blood of Vietnam and report to the most fabled and oldest post of the Corps was something not every Marine could handle physically or emotionally. Rick’s reaction to the trauma and how he succeeded reminds me of the song Tin Man by America: “But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man that he didn’t, didn’t already have.” I believe no one gave Rick anything he didn’t already have. He survived that transition with little help from anyone because he is that kind of Marine. To become one of a nine-man section responsible for the Marine Corps’ official colors and all presentations throughout the nation’s capital is something only a few Marines can own. For those fortunate enough to have watched a Friday Night Parade, Rick’s vivid description makes that “MGM Production” come to life. No Marine leaves “The Barracks” untouched by the significance of it all—Richard W. Foster, Jr. is living proof of that!
—Colonel Jim Bathurst , US Marine Corps (Ret)

Richard W. Foster, Jr.

Richard W. Foster Jr. (“Rick”) withdrew from high school in his junior year at 17 years old to join the Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam as a rifleman during the heaviest fighting of the war. Upon his return from combat, he was selected to serve in the most prestigious ceremonial Marine unit in Washington, DC. His extensive combat and subsequent DC service shaped his life dramatically.

He entered college after his Marine duty, earning a bachelor’s degree in Political Science/English and a subsequent law degree. He practiced law while living on a working ranch near Junction, Texas where he raised two children: a son who is an attorney, and a daughter who is an airline pilot. He has remained married to his first and only wife since 1969.He presently lives in Newnan, Georgia near his two children.

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AUTHOR INSPIRATION: The Freedom to Keep Writing? Priceless!

K. Raymond Zabielski had a great idea for a book—in fact, he had a great idea for six books: a coming-of-age series gorgeously woven within an epic fantasy world. With drive, skill, and passion he eventually turned his concept into a finished and polished manuscript.

The only problem?

He was spending all his time running up against the towering walls of traditional publication, when he really needed to continue writing his series. After all, once his first book hit the shelves, readers would want the second! He didn’t have time to put his writing on hold while he dealt with rejection slips from agents and unsatisfactory contracts from publishers—all of which kept looming in his way.

“Luckily,” he says, “I came across Outskirts Press.”

Zabielski did his research and learned that Outskirts Press is not just a “glorified copy house” that leaves all the work to our authors, a fear many writers have about self-publishing companies. Instead, he says, Outskirts Press “was exactly what I was looking for. All questions were answered right up front. My author representative was always there to help guide me through everything.”

 Zabielski published The Cantrill Book One: Beginnings with Outskirts Press in February. Already, the second book in the series is in editing, and the third is in the production queue. Outskirts Press’ commitment gave Zabielski exactly what he needed: “This gave me the freedom to continue writing while they took care of the nuts and bolts of getting a book out into the market.”

Zabielski is quick to add that he still participates in marketing. After all, a writer will always be a book’s biggest cheerleader, but he’s no longer alone. “Outskirts Press gives you the tools and shows you the way,” he says.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

K. Raymond Zabielski is a native of Long Island, New York, where he spent time hiking and camping in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains, reinforcing his deep love of nature. He started writing The Cantrill series there. In addition to his passion for storytelling, he loves animals. After a stint in Florida, Zabielski moved to Colorado, back to the mountains, which continue to inspire him as a writer.

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