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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Author Poll: Melody Monroe Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

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

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Pete Cluckington is a young chicken, who just moved away from a chicken farm to a farm with lots of different kinds of animals. Never being around other kinds of farm animals, not to mention his father’s beliefs about them, sets Pete up for a challenging adjustment. Even though he has a hard time adjusting to the diverse population of his new farm and his new school, deep in his heart, Pete wants to make friends with the other farm animals. But, can he? What will his dad say?

About the Author:

Melody Monroe is a music teacher with National Board Certification in early to middle childhood music. She loves to celebrate diversity in her classroom and school. Her love for diversity and children helped inspire Pete Cluckington and the Others, her debut children’s book. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Appalachian State University and a Master’s degree in Arts Management from George Mason University. Although born and raised in North Carolina, Melody currently lives in Maryland with her husband and three children. She enjoys teaching her students to sing, perform folk songs and dances from world cultures, read and create their own music, and of course, play Freeze Dance! She also loves going to the movies with her family and eating lots of buttered popcorn!

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Author Poll: R.C. White Wants Your Help With His Cover

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

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Real or hoax? The Vatican reacts!

The sound was barely a whisper, but the impact would rock Brittany’s soul. The crystal-clear photo that had never been taken would create an obsession that would consume her through much of the next decade. The family never saw it coming, but when the lava reached the surface, it erupted like none had ever seen. Brittany was adamant. She demanded an explanation and set out to get it. And Nana was with her at every step. Nana knew the history first-hand; she had been there when the photo wasn’t taken. Together they were determined to accomplish what Papa had been unable to do, even if it took them five thousand miles from the safety of home. Would they be successful? Could they solve the mystery? Where would it lead?

About the Author

R.C. (Ron) White holds engineering and business degrees and has enjoyed a progressive career in the petrochemical industry, capped by a CEO position in a multi-million-dollar corporation and front-page coverage in the Wall Street Journal. His initial novel, Amanda, Papa’s Story, was a finalist in Inspiring Voices’ 2012 Contest sponsored by Guideposts. His latest novel, Brittany, Nana’s Story, will soon be available from Outskirts Press. He has also written several dramatic religious scripts, including This Is Your Life, King David and The Gospel According to Harry Potter. Ron is currently an adjunct professor at Lone Star College in Houston, teaching business and math classes. He is a widower enjoying a great family with three terrific grandchildren.

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Author Poll: Jillie Jayroe Wants Your Help With Her Cover

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

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Who is Anna O’Reilly?

You probably think this book will be all catfights and ugliness from one woman to another. Not true. To be fair, I asked all of Anna’s exes what her story was and received numerous versions that bordered on either sainthood or insanity. No man ever really knew the real Anna O’Reilly. The legal paperwork, the uncomfortable phone calls that would turn into horrific interviews, and going behind other people’s backs—it was all amusing, at first. Then came the almighty twist. The uncertainty and panic that Anna threw in my life were unbearable. I was living the life she dreamed of living, but the path of destruction she took when I entered her life was too much.

Have you ever fantasized about killing your husband’s ex? I swear to you, that was not my intention.

About the Author

Jillie Jayroe graduated from a major college and is still active in the sorority she joined there. She is a loving mother, daughter, twin, sister, neighbor, friend, and pet owner. She has the most amazing marriage to one of Anna O’Reilly’s ex-husbands, and they live in Boston. The Biography of Her is her debut novel.

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Author Poll: Richard Lawless Wants Your Help With His Cover

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

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Capitol Hill’s Criminal Underground focuses on real events—unmasking those who thrive in the dark corners of the Department of Justice and their “political overseers,” who use their power and influence to usurp our legal protections.

Perhaps one of the most thorough explorations of government corruption ever put in writing, this nonfiction account investigates the theft of trillions of U.S. dollars—money laundered in countries that are hostile to the United States. The ratings agencies, the banks, and our politicians are funding anti-American activity against their own people—and they couldn’t care less. The FBI refuses to investigate, the U.S. Attorneys refuse to prosecute, and the Securities and Exchange Commission refuses to protect the public. With enough evidence to investigate and prosecute over one thousand high-ranking government employees, bankers, and politicians, Capitol Hill’s Criminal Underground will show that the level of arrogance and contempt our political leaders hold for the American people is boundless.

About the Author

Richard Lawless was a career banker and entrepreneur who spent three years investigating the Department of Justice while working with the FBI, U.S. Attorneys, Securities and Exchange Commission, and U.S. intelligence agencies.

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Author Poll: Calvin D. Trowbridge, Jr. Wants Your Help With His Cover

Calvin D. Trowbridge, Jr. is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press, and he wants your help in deciding his upcoming book cover.

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The indigenous North Americans above Mexico had successfully held off repeated European efforts to invade, settle, and hold territory for over a century. In 1610, Europeans had settlements only around Quebec City, St. Augustine, and Santa Fe. But thirty years later, Europeans controlled most of the Atlantic Ocean seaboard and central New Mexico, and European-style governments had been created in Canada and the United States. Thousands of Native Americans had died in warfare. Tens of thousands had died of disease, and epidemic after epidemic debilitated and depopulated villages, chiefdoms, and nations.

Three Bloody, Diseased, Deadly Decades is the first book to delve into the fascinating history of this 30-year period marking the beginning of modern Canada and the United States.

About the Author: Calvin D. Trowbridge, Jr. is the author of Marconi, Father of Wireless, Grandfather of Radio, Great-grandfather of the Cell Phone: The Race to Control Long-Distance Wireless. A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale University, and Harvard Law School, Trowbridge was a corporate partner of Isham, Lincoln & Beale, and senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Norton Simon, whose subsidiaries included Avis and Canada Dry. He is currently managing director of Trowbridge International Consultants.

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Author Poll: Shirley Raines Needs Help Choosing a Cover

Shirley is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press and wants your help deciding on a book cover.

An Uncommon Journey: Leadership lessons from a preschool teacher who became a university president.

Dr. Shirley Raines, now a much sought-after speaker, consultant, and author, earned her way from a humble farm in Tennessee to the office of the President of the University of Memphis as the first woman president of that institution.

In this frank and heartfelt volume, Dr. Raines shares how this unlikely journey transpired. She describes the challenges she faced and the lessons she learned along the way that may encourage other young women to pursue careers as leaders, whatever the leadership title.

She tells us about how special, loving people in her life guided and supported her along the way, including the touching story of how a professor saved her from giving up on her college education before she even got started.

The narrative shows how Dr. Raines starting as a young woman prepared for every opportunity by doing her homework. Those around her who came to respect her described her as “spunky” and labeled her a “steel magnolia.”

Read how Dr. Raines developed successful relationships with famous and powerful people in every walk of life including other university presidents, high profile celebrities, state governors, and wealthy philanthropists. At the same time, discover how she never forgot the working men and women who served in support roles and kept the gears turning.

This is a must-read for people, especially women, considering or pursuing a leadership role in education or related fields.  And an enjoyable read for the rest.

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