Author Poll: W.F. James Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

W.F. James is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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Christmas Eve on the Christmas Unit

HELPING THE HEALING POWER OF CHRISTMAS WORK ITS MAGIC!

This suspenseful, touching, quirky little tale of Christmas is a fast-moving, frequently shocking, account of a children’s crisis hospital on one Christmas Eve. This one night of the year has a mysterious power, from millennia of pre-Christian harvest festivals and ancestor worship, when ghosts walked and admonished us to love our neighbor and give to those who suffer most in a time of plenty. Adopted by Christianity, but celebrated by all, this is a time embraced by family, to feel safe and loved, especially for children and teenagers.

The children’s crisis unit and its staff provide a safety net for abused, neglected, and traumatized children and teens. This little novella is a modern look at these issues, at some children’s harsh reality, directly confronting the age-old question of “ if God is good, why are bad things allowed to happen”, on a night when the whole world seems warm and fuzzy, except for some unlucky children and teens, who need the Children’s Unit and staff, and the healing power of Christmas .

About the Author:

The author has first-hand experience with all of the issues in this unusual little Christmas story, including Constitutional Law and efforts to stem the tide of abuse of children and teenagers. The author has been a therapist for children and adolescents in a crisis hospital setting for many years, spending many Christmas Eves there, treating and supporting children, teens and their families, and helping the healing power of Christmas work its magic.

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Author Poll: Nick Weber Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

Nick Weber is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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Recess Time: When Mind Gets to Play with Memory and Imagination

“A profound, vital and human delight.” Kevin Curdt, Courtroom Clerk, Santa Clara Co. Superior Court, San Jose, CA

This eloquent collection of 13 loosely connected essays covers topics from God to gifts, with plenty of help along the way from Einstein, Chopin, and Picasso to the great Ringling clown Lou Jacobs. The author’s 80 years of memories—from priestly ministry as a former Jesuit, professional acting, and over two decades of circus performance—visit this playful jaunt, as connections are made bearing on the art of life itself. Nick Weber brings an inquisitive and disciplined mind to this often festive romp through recall and celebration.

“Nick Weber has shown that even the sacred is potentially humorous.”—Daniel Kendall, S.J., Professor of Theology, University of San Francisco, CA

“Words that are dense but accessible, strident but poetic, completely authentic.”—Judith Gillespie, Chair, Theology Department, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee, WI

“A primer for any person serious about becoming.”—Carlo Pellegrini, Co-founder, Amazing Grace Circus, circus producer, director, choreographer, Nyack, NY

About the Author:

Nick Weber brings his playfulness as a professional clown and eight decades of memories to Recess Time. Here he creates a free space allowing new connections between those memories. With graduate degrees in theater and theology, his chief concerns in these essays focus on how his past can serve the future. Mr. Weber is also the author of The Circus that Ran Away with a Jesuit Priest and Shakespeare with Hearing Aids.

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Author Poll: Hugo Marinucci Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

Hugo Marinucci is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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Iris Maloney is the new no-nonsense nurse manager of the busy Medical-Trauma ICU. She inherits a close-knit staff that do their job in a happy-go-lucky way. Iris embarks on a mission to professionalize the unit but gets frustrated in her every attempt.
Will Iris accept this present culture? Or will she resort to other means to achieve her goals?

About the Author:

“Likable, laughable, and lovable” describes the staff in the Medical-Trauma ICU. And yet they always rise up to the life-and-death challenges and the many personalities that come with them, including a new nurse manager that wants to change everything.
I should know. I’m one of those nurses. And I wrote Traumatized. I also published Rome 2020 and The Capitano and Rita.

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Author Poll: Roger Wilco Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

Roger Wilco is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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One woman’s fight to save her children…

and come to terms with a faith that has torn her life apart.

The book of Revelation has come to pass. The Rapture has come and gone, but for some reason, the years of the Tribulation have continued far beyond what was foretold. The Nephilim giants of Genesis have returned, the demons of hell now roam the earth, and the Angels are divided over the fate of the humans left behind.

Caught in the middle is Judy Bishop, a single mother who has struggled to keep her two children alive for the last 20 years while humanity flounders. With the Nephilim feeding on them like cattle, and the demons hunting them down for pleasure, Judy and the few million humans who remain are losing their fight for survival.

A chance encounter with a powerful stranger gives Judy the hope she’s been looking for, but when the real reason for the Nephilim giants’ return to Earth is finally revealed, Judy will find the terrifying truth impossible to believe.

About the Author:

Roger Wilco is an Air Force veteran who served 15 years of active duty at various bases in the continental US. During a year-long deployment in Afghanistan in 2010, he decided to forego movies and video games to pursue his love of writing. John has spent the last nine years working as a physician assistant in Boston. He is married with three children and lives on a scenic road in Massachusetts with his English/American bulldog mix, Katie.

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Author Poll: Robert Collins Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

Robert Collins is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help deciding his upcoming book cover.

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“Business Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast” i.e. reinvent or create a business for these changing times

Are you interested in creating a vision-based culture that results in team members of your organization being highly charged and focused on success? Are you searching for ideas on how to gain more firepower and engagement from your employees? Is your business in need of a shakeup, or outright turnaround to improve performance, or ideas on accelerating performance?

Vision Powered Management (VPM) provides real world “how to” ideas that address these questions. Turnaround expert Bob Collins provides a roadmap, with actionable steps, based on his years of experience delivering solid results with VPM.

In these pages you will discover:

  • The “why” and “how” of inspiring your organization or team with vision.
  • The action steps necessary when taking on a new leadership assignment.
  • Gaining acceptance and enthusiasm for the new vision by your team/organization.
  • Bob Collins’ 7 pragmatic steps for implementing a top down culture shift.
  • How to unleash the personal performance capacity (and increase employee engagement) of your team.
  • Tools and methods to meaningfully communicate your organizational progress.
  • How to create your own leadership assessment tool and where to focus on areas needing improvement.
  • EQ’s [Emotional Quotient] role in your development as a leader.

About the Author:

Robert (Bob) Collins, Manhattan College, and winner of its Centennial Award for “Most Outstanding Engineering Graduate”. Bob was a Vice President of GE and led its Factory Automation business. He was active in promoting the modernization of factories including the creation of high involvement work forces as the means for improving productivity and operational efficiencies. He published in excess of 60 articles on those subjects and was considered and expert in the industry. Those experiences are detailed in his “how-to book”, along with prescribed steps, on how to transform and successfully manage businesses facing the challenges of tomorrow’s business world.  Bob and his wife Andrea spend time in Marco Island, FL, Charlottesville, VA, and Camden, ME and they are the proud parents of four children and nine grandchildren. They are members of the Island Club in Marco Island, the Megunticook Golf Club of Rockport, ME and the Camden, ME  Yacht Club.

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Author Poll: Kim Black Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

Kim Black is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding her upcoming book cover.

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The hilarious, real-life antidote to holier-than-thou parenting philosophies!

Raising Wildflowers is for anyone who is currently raising kids and wondering if they’re doing it all wrong. It’s for those who wake up before dawn to make sure their kids get a healthy breakfast before school. It’s for the parent who struggles to help their child overcome unique challenges and cries in the bathroom while the bathwater is running to mask the sound. It’s for the one who sits up late at night, worried about whether their child will make it to college. It’s for those who work all day and come home at night to make a meal, do the laundry, and hand-sew that DANG sheep costume for the school play. And it’s for those who wonder if their kids have brushed their teeth this week or are wearing clean underwear.

This book is also for those second-guessing bringing children into this mixed-up, overpopulated world, those afraid to take that great big step: to create a human being and be dedicated to their care and feeding for—well, forever!

Kim Black shares how she and her husband survived child-rearing and even managed to hold on to their sanity—and that finish-line moment when they knew they had molded amazing little individuals into people they could be proud of. Kim hopes that by sharing her story, others will realize that they are not alone in this fantastic, crazy, terrifying journey that is parenthood.

About the Author:

Kim Black is the mom of three rock-star kids who survived their childhood, have full-time jobs, and pay most of their bills. She’s the wife to a goofball golf enthusiast whose greatest possession is his grill. Kim loves wine and art and greatly dislikes cleaning bathrooms and yard work. She lives in Texas with the goofball, her youngest daughter, her mother-in-law (yes, in the same house), and her two rescue dogs.

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Author Poll: Becky Kueker Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

Becky Kueker is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and she wants your help deciding her upcoming book cover.

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Love, Life and Money:  a hilarious journey of coming to terms with a brand new you.

Becky Kueker thought she had it all, publishing a new book, Hiding in My Pajamas, three years ago, and launching a national speaking career traveling the country at 75.  What more could you ask coming off a two year low after she retired struggling with the emotional stereotypes that deal with retirement and aging.  It was not until a complicated surgery requiring six months in a wheelchair and endless rehab, turned her life in a new direction she could never have expected.  Fighting fear, depression and the realization that she would once again have to start over, Becky shares her journey facing a new beginning discovering that it’s laughter that changes everything.

Meeting passionate people who inspired her, chapters are filled with poignant stories from women and men who have proven that aging does not have to define you and new beginnings are possible. Their stories are powerful and highlight the determination it takes to live your best life and what the passage of time means to how capable we are of embracing change.

Not being financially prepared for retirement has become a national epidemic.  Her chapter, Learning to Live After Retirement, features stories from those who were unaware that not planning was just speculating and rolling the dice on what might be. The shock that their savings will not be sufficient to retain the lifestyle they lived before offers a glimpse of a generation not prepared.

Interviewing her husband and other men about retirement and aging highlights the unexpected marital turbulence that finds its way into very personal struggles that no one saw coming.

About the Author:

Becky is a Tucson-based, nationally known speaker and author traveling around the U.S. providing presentations that relate to her personal journey about retirement and long term financial planning. She retired from a 20-year career as a partner in a woman-owned, commercial architectural and interior design firm. Leading business development and forming strategic relationships with Fortune 500 companies around the world, she also headed the firm’s Corporate Advisory Board.  Becky was named a top Woman of Achievement, received the “Star Catchers” Award from St. Louis County Library, and is a recipient of the YWCA President’s Award honor.

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