Amazon Featured Book of the Week: The War Is Over Captain by Warren Tindall

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The War Is Over Captain by Warren Tindall

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Set in the Post Napoleonic war era, Scottish professional soldier Captain Hugh M’Glemere of the disbanded King’s 577th Foote Regiment is unemployed and facing poverty. Almost by accident, he rescues from a mob what he perceives to be a simple “Jew peddler.” Actually, Solomon Woolsey is a wealthy Jewish coal merchant and ship owner. Solomon’s son has selected a bride and Cossack attacks are preventing the bride from arriving in Edinburg. Villagers are fleeing to Solomon’s ships to go to Jerusalem and the Promised Land, this story chronicles the voyage of a bride to Solomon’s son in Edinburgh and the eventual delivery of the villagers to their Ottoman-controlled Promised Land by way of Scotland and the pirate-infested Mediterranean. In the process, soldier Hugh M’Glemere becomes a sea captain in command of his own ship.

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Hit the Polls! Vote for the 2021 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

Just days ago, we announced the three finalists in this year’s Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year awards. All three of our finalists were 1st place winners of a 2021 EVVY Award sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA). 

The time has come to vote on which of these talented authors have built an author platform and worked up the promotional muscle to acquire Outskirts Press’ top honors through a head-to-head competition! The title of “Best Book of the Year” and $1,500 will be awarded based on the results of a live public poll … which is where you come in!

Our three finalists couldn’t be more different, and you’ll find summaries of each book below. So, study your choices, visit their webpages and social media, watch their book trailer videos and cast your vote. Voting is easy! Simply scroll down to the poll, below, to place your vote for the book you think deserves our top honors in the 2021 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year competition!


FINALIST: In the Black by Andrew Ceroni

Visit the blog posting to read the synopsis, learn more about the author, watch the video, and visit the author’s webpage.


FINALIST:  Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership by Paul E. Kotz

Visit the blog posting to read the synopsis, learn more about the author, watch the video, and visit the author’s webpage.


FINALIST:  Whale of Wonder by Marie-Paule Mahoney

Visit the blog posting to read the synopsis, learn more about the author, watch the video, and visit the author’s webpage.


Cast Your Vote!

The public poll for Best Book of the Year closes at 12:01 AM Mountain Time on Friday, September 17th.

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Remember to vote for your favorite to win the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award

Next week’s voting will determine the winner of the 2021 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award. Help out your favorite author by voting for their book to win!

Voting will begin Monday, September 13th on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Friday, September 17th at 12:01 AM Mountain Time.


In the Black

Profiles in Kindness

Whale of Wonder


Click on the book covers above to learn more about each book and author.  Then, come back on Monday, September 13th, to cast your vote!

This week’s Amazon Featured Book is The Intelligence of Captain Heinz by Steven Dodge

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The Intelligence of Captain Heinz by Steven Dodge

(5 Stars – 4 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

If we could alter history, should we? Dr. Jane Gaffey is a new breed of scientist – one who is able to experiment with history using computer technology but what kind of change would be necessary to significantly alter the outcome of the surprise Japanese attack of December 7, 1941, which triggered America’s entry into World War II? Volunteer Bill Baxter—a former Navy fighter pilot is introduced directly into the complex, highly realistic computer simulation. As the experiment draws to a close, Dr. Gaffey must face the answer to her research question along with a new one: Will she be able to extract her volunteer from the simulated world of 1941?

Your Third Finalist for the 2021 Best Book of the Year Award is … Marie-Paule Mahoney, Author of Whale of Wonder

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2021 Best Book of the Year award: In the Black by Andrew Ceroni, Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership by Paul E. Kotz, and Whale of Wonder
by Marie-Paule Mahoney.

All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press’ highest honor! Remember, only one book can win — so look into your choices, order their books and cast your vote. Voting will begin Monday, September 13th on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Friday, September 17th at 12:01 AM Mountain Time.

So, come back on Monday, September 13th, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your Third Finalist

An educational tale of love, grief, and resilience.

On a radiant summer day in 2018, an orca named Tahlequah gave birth to a female calf off the coast of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. The calf was emaciated, lacking enough blubber to stay afloat, and she only lived for 30 minutes. Tahlequah placed the baby on her head, and with the members of her pod, she swam for 17 days, covering 1,000 miles before releasing her into the sea.

Whale of Wonder is the dramatized story of this true-life odyssey, told through a dialogue between the mother orca and her curious son, who keeps asking, “Why, Mama?” Young readers will discover how Tahlequah expresses her maternal love, her grief, and slowly overcomes her loss to celebrate life again. This unique story opens a window to the majestic orcas and their complex emotional lives.

The Afterword presents information about orcas in general and the specific culture of the Southern Residents. It unveils Tahlequah’s life with the members of her pod in the Salish Sea, emphasizing the plight these orcas—close to extinction—are facing.

About the Author

Marie-Paule Mahoney was born and grew up in Brittany, France, and now lives in the foothills of New York State. Before retirement, she taught French in a Waldorf School for over 20 years, as well as at the State University of New York. Her professional career includes the publication of The French Connection and as a co-author of En Français. In the last few years, she has taken a greater interest in nature, wildlife, and conservation. She co-authored Molly and Babou, and wrote Coco. Tahlequah’s heroic journey inspired her to write Whale of Wonder.

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Also by Marie-Paule Mahoney


The Best Book of the Year winner will receive a Grand Prize of $1,500 as a direct result of your choice at the polls. So, come back on Monday, September 13th, to cast your vote!

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

Your Second Finalist for the 2021 Best Book of the Year Award is … Paul E. Kotz, Author of Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership!

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2021 Best Book of the Year award: In the Black by Andrew Ceroni, Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership by Paul E. Kotz, and Whale of Wonder
by Marie-Paule Mahoney.

All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press highest honor! Remember, only one book can win — so look into your choices, order their books and cast your vote. Voting will begin Monday, September 13th on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Friday, September 17th at 12:01 AM Mountain Time.

So, come back on Monday, Sept. 13th, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your Second Finalist

Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership

Leadership. You know it when you see it.

Those who make an impact – leave a mark on us. Hopefully, it is a positive one, grounded in those who bring us joy, and those who inspire us. They give us examples of how we can live our own lives, and also push us to be better.

You have so much time. There are plenty of people who have opened my eyes. Often it comes on unexpectedly. You can give back to society. You can bring your community together. You have relevance.

I am not going to tell anyone in this collection of stories of servant leadership, combining unexpected surprises, and lessons learned exactly what to do. I am going to give you examples of those who do make an impact, observations of people who can help us to realize our gifts and those who assist us in consciously or unknowingly changing for the better.

About the Author

Paul E. Kotz wrote the CIPA Award winning – Something Happened Today (2018), featuring stories of mentorship, advocating keeping eyes and ears open to the present and the positive. It addresses seeing the good each day – facing difficulties and adversity with hope and compassion. Dr. Kotz is a lifelong learner with education and business expertise. This includes working as faculty and advisor with undergraduate, graduate students and since 2013, in a doctoral program in leadership. Kotz has taught and served as an executive/life coach to graduate students and business professionals; and has assisted high school students in navigating adolescence. Teaching Ethics, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategies for Adult Learning Theory, and Statistical Research Methods, Kotz brings practical decision tools and discussion to assist in creating opportunities, facing situations that arise in our own lives and organizations. Some of his work in leadership practice includes – Teaching Examples of Extraordinary Leadership – Influence and Inspiration – An Ethnographic Study; Women Who Have Run for President – An Examination of Leadership Qualities; and Reaching Millennials in the Classroom. In addition, he continues to give motivational talks on examples of influence and inspiration. He is a resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota and continues to collect new experiences that shape and challenge his perspectives. Feel free to contact Paul at pkotz@smumn.edu or paulekotz@yahoo.com.

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Also by Paul E. Kotz


The Best Book of the Year winner will receive a Grand Prize of $1,500 as a direct result of your choice at the polls. So, come back on Monday, September 13th, to cast your vote!

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

Your First Finalist for the 2021 Best Book of the Year Award is … Andrew Ceroni, Author of In the Black!

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2021 Best Book of the Year award: In the Black by Andrew Ceroni, Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership by Paul E. Kotz, and Whale of Wonder
by Marie-Paule Mahoney. These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish!

All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press’ highest honor! Remember, only one book can win — so look into your choices, order their books and cast your vote. Voting will begin Monday, September 13th on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Friday, September 17th at 12:01 AM Mountain Time.

So, come back on Monday, September 13th, to cast your vote for the book you believe to be the best of the three.

Meet Your First Finalist

In the Black

CIA’s most valuable foreign agents are being methodically assassinated. With its intelligence network shattering, the Agency begins a desperate search to uncover the traitor within its ranks!

The CIA’s most valued Russian double agents are being assassinated one by one. In Langley Center itself, Jack Barrett, Director of Central Intelligence, barely escapes assassination. When the Agency discovers the attacks originate from a Russian top secret cyberwarfare program called Chernyy Almaz, or Black Diamond, they must respond swiftly to shut down the attacks and extract their top prized agents before they’re lost forever. Chief among them is Dr. Armand Mishenkov, the head of Russia’s research and development for cold fusion weaponry. Pursued by Russian assassins and Spetsnaz teams, Agent Dave McClure must find Mishenkov and smuggle him across Europe and to the United States—but can they make it alive?

About the Author – Andrew Ceroni

Award-winning author Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a Senior Supervisory Special Agent focused on global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He received his BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MA from Case Western Reserve University, and he studied the German and French languages at the University of Maryland. Andrew is a member of the Authors Guild.

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The Best Book of the Year winner will receive a Grand Prize of $1,500 as a direct result of your choice at the polls. So, come back on Monday, September 13th, to cast your vote!

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

Introducing the Finalists for the 2021 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year

And the Winner of Best Book of the Year is… determined by YOU!

Congratulations to our three finalists for the Outskirts Press 2021 Best Book of the Year award: In the Black by ANDREW CERONI , Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership by Paul E. Kotz, and Whale of Wonder by Marie-Paule Mahoney. All three books took home first place awards from this year’s EVVY Awards, qualifying the authors for Outskirts Press highest honor!

While each of these books has achieved great heights, the highest honor of Best Book of the Year is determined by… YOU! So, study your choices, order their books, visit their webpages and social media and cast your vote. Public voting will begin Monday, September 13th on Self-Publishing News and will close promptly on Friday, September 17th at 12:01 AM Mountain Time.

These works are impressive and it’s going to be an interesting sprint to the finish! Here’s a recap of the finalists:

In the Black

CIA’s most valuable foreign agents are being methodically assassinated. With its intelligence network shattering, the Agency begins a desperate search to uncover the traitor within its ranks!

The CIA’s most valued Russian double agents are being assassinated one by one. In Langley Center itself, Jack Barrett, Director of Central Intelligence, barely escapes assassination. When the Agency discovers the attacks originate from a Russian top secret cyberwarfare program called Chernyy Almaz, or Black Diamond, they must respond swiftly to shut down the attacks and extract their top prized agents before they’re lost forever. Chief among them is Dr. Armand Mishenkov, the head of Russia’s research and development for cold fusion weaponry. Pursued by Russian assassins and Spetsnaz teams, Agent Dave McClure must find Mishenkov and smuggle him across Europe and to the United States—but can they make it alive?

About the Author

Award-winning author Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a Senior Supervisory Special Agent focused on global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He received his BS degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MA from Case Western Reserve University, and he studied the German and French languages at the University of Maryland. Andrew is a member of the Authors Guild.

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Profiles in Kindness: Stories of Inspiration & Everyday Leadership

Leadership. You know it when you see it.

Those who make an impact – leave a mark on us. Hopefully, it is a positive one, grounded in those who bring us joy, and those who inspire us. They give us examples of how we can live our own lives, and also push us to be better.

You have so much time. There are plenty of people who have opened my eyes. Often it comes on unexpectedly. You can give back to society. You can bring your community together. You have relevance.

I am not going to tell anyone in this collection of stories of servant leadership, combining unexpected surprises, and lessons learned exactly what to do. I am going to give you examples of those who do make an impact, observations of people who can help us to realize our gifts and those who assist us in consciously or unknowingly changing for the better.

About the Author

Paul E. Kotz wrote the CIPA Award winning – Something Happened Today (2018), featuring stories of mentorship, advocating keeping eyes and ears open to the present and the positive. It addresses seeing the good each day – facing difficulties and adversity with hope and compassion. Dr. Kotz is a lifelong learner with education and business expertise. This includes working as faculty and advisor with undergraduate, graduate students and since 2013, in a doctoral program in leadership. Kotz has taught and served as an executive/life coach to graduate students and business professionals; and has assisted high school students in navigating adolescence. Teaching Ethics, Organizational Effectiveness, Strategies for Adult Learning Theory, and Statistical Research Methods, Kotz brings practical decision tools and discussion to assist in creating opportunities, facing situations that arise in our own lives and organizations. Some of his work in leadership practice includes – Teaching Examples of Extraordinary Leadership – Influence and Inspiration – An Ethnographic Study; Women Who Have Run for President – An Examination of Leadership Qualities; and Reaching Millennials in the Classroom. In addition, he continues to give motivational talks on examples of influence and inspiration. He is a resident of Saint Paul, Minnesota and continues to collect new experiences that shape and challenge his perspectives. Feel free to contact Paul at pkotz@smumn.edu or paulekotz@yahoo.com.

Buy from Outskirts Presshttps://outskirtspress.com/profilesinkindness/
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Whale of Wonder

An educational tale of love, grief, and resilience.

On a radiant summer day in 2018, an orca named Tahlequah gave birth to a female calf off the coast of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. The calf was emaciated, lacking enough blubber to stay afloat, and she only lived for 30 minutes. Tahlequah placed the baby on her head, and with the members of her pod, she swam for 17 days, covering 1,000 miles before releasing her into the sea.

Whale of Wonder is the dramatized story of this true-life odyssey, told through a dialogue between the mother orca and her curious son, who keeps asking, “Why, Mama?” Young readers will discover how Tahlequah expresses her maternal love, her grief, and slowly overcomes her loss to celebrate life again. This unique story opens a window to the majestic orcas and their complex emotional lives.

The Afterword presents information about orcas in general and the specific culture of the Southern Residents. It unveils Tahlequah’s life with the members of her pod in the Salish Sea, emphasizing the plight these orcas—close to extinction—are facing.

About the Author

Marie-Paule Mahoney was born and grew up in Brittany, France, and now lives in the foothills of New York State. Before retirement, she taught French in a Waldorf School for over 20 years, as well as at the State University of New York. Her professional career includes the publication of The French Connection and as a co-author of En Français. In the last few years, she has taken a greater interest in nature, wildlife, and conservation. She co-authored Molly and Babou, and wrote Coco. Tahlequah’s heroic journey inspired her to write Whale of Wonder.

Buy from Outskirts Presshttps://outskirtspress.com/whaleofwonder
Buy from Amazon


The Best Book of the Year winner will receive a Grand Prize of $1,500 as a direct result of your choice at the polls. So, come back on Monday, September 13th, to cast your vote!

Are you ready to publish your own award-winning book and perhaps find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year award? Connect with Outskirts Press now in whatever manner is easiest for you:

Introducing Self-Publishing Author Phillippe W. Bryant’s Book Video Trailer for “INITIUM”

Announcing the Self Publishing News  premiere of the book video trailer for INITIUM (published by Outskirts Press, June 2021), by Phillippe W. Bryant.

Did the Biblical God Have a Beginning?

INITIUM: SELF-GENESIS OF GOD is a revelatory bombshell that no serious theologian, philosopher, scientist, or minister of the faith can ignore. This fascinating paper reveals the primordial self-genesis of God before He created the Universe. Surprisingly new aspects of His Divine Anatomy have also been unveiled. This knowledge, of His fearful Anatomy, will clearly show that God is the definitive “Rosetta Stone Paradigm” that lends insight into truth itself, the animate nature of life, and even the causal mechanics that explain the Universe. Exploring the mystery of God’s historic origins has ironically revealed the Key to understanding the future. These astonishing insights and observations are soundly explained by “the Holy Bible [KJV].” As intended by the Creator, mankind can once again partake of the special knowledge and enlightenment that can only come from realization of the Divine.

Phillippe W. Bryant

Phillippe W. Bryant had a life-changing epiphany at St. John’s University as a college freshman. In an introductory philosophy course titled “Man and Nature,” God was metaphysically referred to as “The Prime Mover.” This most intriguing discussion started Phillippe on a quest to understand and know the biblical God. The fruit of this quest has manifested in the founding of Principia DivineTM (www.PrincipiaDivine.com), a nontraditional teaching platform that allows for a candid study of God unfettered by pseudo theology, man-made doctrines, and false religion.

Visit https://outskirtspress.com/initium for formats, editions, pricing, and availability.

Red House Blues by Kimiko N. Wilson-Matthews, ED.S is the Amazon Featured Book of the Week

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Red House Blues

by Kimiko N. Wilson-Matthews, ED.S

(4.5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $15.95

Kimiko N. Wilson-Matthews’s ” Red House Blues. “This is a real coming of age story of a young African American girl Kai, who grows up on the southside of Chicago. What is interesting about the story is that young girl grows up in poverty and survives the 80’s and overcomes her circumstances. She realizes that her strong family history of music and love is what has helped her to become a strong young successful woman through it all. Both sides of Kai’s family had a strong history of being Blues musicians. Although Kai loved House, the Blues would always have a special place in her heart.”

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