Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Carlo Armenise

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Carlo Armenise has been writing for several years and has written short stories, screenplays and television episodes across different genres, ranging from comedy to horror. Writing has always been Carlo’s passion, and now with Footsteps In the Dark, that passion comes to life and is shared with readers who enjoy great story-telling.
Footsteps in the Dark:

“Footsteps in the Dark” is a collection of eight horror/supernatural short stories, with a Twilight Zone flavor, that highlight the eternal struggle between good and evil, brought on by the human condition and the lengths we go to satisfy our desires. Each of the stories present an intricate character study that identifies the flaws, frailties and weaknesses of a host of interesting characters, and the outcomes of the actions they take to get what they want. “Footsteps in the Dark” is written in an extremely engaging and intriguing story telling style that will get and keep your attention as you take each of the “Footsteps in the Dark”. For more insights go to http://www.Footstepsinthedark.com

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Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 09, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478786736
ISBN13: 9781478786733
Genre: FICTION / Occult & Supernatural

 

 

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Chef Jonathan Ho

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About the Author:

Chef Jonathan Ho has experienced cuisines from all over America and enjoyed local favorites in big cities and small towns, from Hawaii and Alaska to Texas and New England. He has committed his career to celebrating the US culinary melting pot, the union of world cuisines that define modern American fare. He believes in cooking with a no-holds-barred approach to ingredients and a passion for diversity. His food offers unexpected flavors, naturally vibrant colors, and a new taste experience with every dish.

That’s the Spirit: Creative Sautéing with Beer, Wine and Liquor

As a Chef of world fusion, Jonathan Ho is always seeking out new ingredients, inventing out-of-the-ordinary recipes and testing the limits of food fusion. One thing that he has discovered is that the many colors, aromas and tastes available through spirits are often overlooked…from sweet fruit liqueurs to spiced rums, from dry Chardonnay to sweet Port, and from light beer to bitter Irish stout. Beneath the harsh alcohol, each beverage has it’s own distinct symphony of flavor and aroma.

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Format:5.5 x 8.5 Color Paperback , 74 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 17, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432784005
ISBN13: 9781432784003
Genre: COOKING / General

Dine Fine, Forget Frugal: A Wholesome Approach To Fine Food

Frugal cooking, imitation ingredients, or family meals in a few minutes…appropriate for some, but not for me. A delicious dish crafted with natural ingredients, time, and technique will win their hearts (and stomachs) every time. If you want to impress your family, friends, and guests with wholesome and unique dishes you’ll love this cookbook! With today’s Internet, it seems a shame not to take advantage of fast shipping from distant markets and vast access to new, exotic ingredients rife for the picking. These far-away foods may be a bit pricier than something you can pick up at the corner store, but getting hold of these delectable morsels is well worth the effort. The recipes in this cookbook aren’t fast and frugal, but they are works of culinary art you’ll be glad you got your hands on. Life is too short to deprive yourself and your loved ones of a little wholesome indulgence…You deserve it!

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Format: 8 x 10 Color Casebound , 153 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 27, 2016)
ISBN10: 147876516X
ISBN13: 9781478765165

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Format: 8.5 x 8.5 Color Paperback , 153 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 27, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478765151
ISBN13: 9781478765158
Genre: COOKING / Courses & Dishes / Appetizers

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Charles Ayer

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About the Author:

Charles Ayer lives in Vernon,  Connecticut, with his wife, singer Claudia Ayer. They have three grown children. His second Walter Hudson novel, Pleasant Hollow, will be released in the near future. 

A Deadly Light

Why did two apparently unrelated murder victims, a young prostitute and an unidentified Korean man, die on the streets of New York City with the same cryptic words, “A thousand points of light,” on their lips? NYPD Detective Sergeant Walter Hudson’s efforts to find out unexpectedly but inexorably lure him into the treacherous worlds of political intrigue, unchecked power, and limitless wealth—worlds that he is ill-equipped to understand. But he has to learn fast as he begins to peel back the layers of a monstrous plot that threatens not only the city he loves, but his country as well. It’s a race against time, and Detective Hudson has less time than he thinks.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 30, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478754184
ISBN13: 9781478754183
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

Placid Hollow: A Walter Hudson Mystery

Federal Judge T. Franklin “Teddy” Braxton was beloved by his family and admired by his peers. His immense wealth had put him at the pinnacle of New York City’s elite political and social worlds. So who murdered him in cold blood? Perhaps it was the nearly naked young woman found standing over his body with a .45 caliber pistol in her hand. Or perhaps not…. Detective Lieutenant Walter Hudson is in over his head, and he knows it, as he immediately begins to receive intense pressure to solve the case from both Mayor Deborah Kaplan and Police Commissioner Sean Donahue, both personal friends of the Judge. And he may be getting in over his head personally as well, as the judge’s beautiful daughter, Virginia, starts giving him more help than he’s looking for. He’ll need all the help he can get from Leviticus Welles, now a rising star in the NYPD’s Intelligence Division, to guide him through the maze of Teddy Braxton’s life as well as the tangle of his own emotions. But one thing Walter knows from the start is that there’s nothing placid at all about Placid Hollow.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 203 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 06, 2016)
ISBN10: 147876497X
ISBN13: 9781478764977
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Dutch River: A Walter Hudson Mystery

When NYPD Detective Lieutenant Walter Hudson’s wife, Sarah, unexpectedly inherits a family farm in the tiny upstate village of Dutch River, New York, their first thought is to sell it as soon as possible. But they are immediately charmed by the village and its residents, and Sarah’s great-uncle, Armin Jaeger, leaves them a letter too puzzling to ignore. They are soon stunned to find that Sarah has been left more than a simple farmhouse in a quaint village; and matters turn even more intriguing when Walter discovers a mysterious connection between Dutch River and the murder of a prominent Boston philanthropist, Charles Martin Sewall. And matters take an even more deadly turn when Walter’s family is threatened. Walter will need all his skills and all the help he can get from his good friend, Leviticus Welles, as he desperately races against time not just to solve a hideous crime but to save his family as well. It’s a race he can’t afford to lose.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 238 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 25, 2016)
ISBN10: 147874054X
ISBN13: 9781478740544
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

The Iron Range: A Walter Hudson Mystery

Stephanie French, Wall Street legend, virtuoso musician, and devoted philanthropist is dead, shot on the streets of New York City in broad daylight on a beautiful spring afternoon. Perhaps she was simply the tragic victim of a bullet meant for someone else, but Detective Lieutenant Walter Hudson smells murder. But who is Stephanie French? That’s a good question, as Hudson soon learns that one of the most famous women in New York City was not who she seemed to be, and before he can solve her murder he will have to piece together the puzzle of her past.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 261 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 17, 2017)
ISBN10: 147878962X
ISBN13: 9781478789628
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Thelma Lewis

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Thelma Lewis has spent 25+ years gathering expertise in the customer service industry. In 1999 she started a staffing agency that employed more than 250 workers over a span of six years. She created her own customer service manual and taught her staff the skills to ensure part-time and full-time positions. Thelma lives in Maryland with her husband Roger Lewis.

 

Customer Service Tips for exUBERant Drivers
…to give your career a much needed LYFT

Are you a professional driver? Maybe you’re new to the industry through emerging services like Uber, Lyft, or Sidecar. Or maybe you’ve been in the business for a while as a town car or taxi driver. No matter where you are in your driving career, Customer Service Tips for ExUBERant Drivers is your invaluable guide to building and maintaining your business. As an independent contractor, you’re a small business owner! You might never have thought of it that way, but it’s true: when you’re self-employed, you have to take responsibility for learning service skills that will build your reputation and guarantee profitability. Thelma and Roger Lewis give you the benefit of their experience in the customer service and driving industries to make sure you get a head start. Do you know how to problem-solve, troubleshoot, and respond pro-actively to criticism? Are you prepared for the unexpected? Are you ready to manage your time effectively to attain a healthy work/life balance? And most of all…do you know how to create a WOW factor for your clients? Customer Service Tips for ExUBERant Drivers gives you all this and more. Pick up this smart, user-friendly book, and get on the road to success!

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Dec 23, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478764740
ISBN13: 9781478764748
Genre: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Transportation

Chart-A-Meal: A Weight-loss Diary that Helps You Lose Weight in Less than 30 Days

This book will only work for two groups of people: Those who have already lost weight and those who need to lose weight. You can decide which group you fit in, but whatever you choose, Chart-A-Meal is the food diary that’s going to help get you the look you desire. Every year something happens in our lives where we must lose some weight. It might be a wedding, a class reunion, or summer is quickly approaching and it’s time to fit into that brand new bikini. Imagine those long tone legs, sleek abs, and overall sexy figure while walking on the beach. Be the envy of all your friends. It’s not that hard to get there with Chart-A-Meal. Chart-A-Meal was created with you in mind. It is a weight-loss diary where you get to write down all your eating habits, good and bad. Think back to when you were a child and had all these incredible secrets you didn’t want to share with the world. You wrote it in your diary. You wrote about your first kiss, your secret crushes, and everything that was important to you. Well, Chart-A-Meal is the same thing. Chart-A-Meal allows you to write down all your eating habits, good and bad. According to research, keeping a food diary is one of the best ways to help you stick with a weight-loss program. “You become very aware of what you’re eating. You get a lot of insight on food choices that are healthy and food choices you might want to change.” Even if you have already lost the weight it is a great idea to continue journaling your meals, so you won’t ever fall back into the fat trap again. It makes record-keeping quickest and easiest if you write down everything you eat and approximately how much. No one has to see it. Included with Chart-A-Meal is a Mood Food Journal to note how you were feeling at the time you were eating. Recent studies have shown that certain situations trigger emotions that lead to binge eating. The Mood Food Journal can help monitor over-eating. It will also help you uncover your own unique food triggers. We have several festive holidays during the year that allows us to binge eat, gain weight, and feel sorry for ourselves. Not to mention the three that comes in a row: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. These holidays arrive so fast and so close together you really need a plan just to get through them. If you give Chart-A-Meal a try I guarantee you will get control of your eating and be ready to show off that sexy figure for the New Year’s. So, it doesn’t matter if you have already lost the weight or have some weight to lose Chart-A-Meal will give you a real chance to take the weight off and maintain it. In just a few short weeks you will see a rejuvenated, younger, sexy body filled with life.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 72 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 18, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478768045
ISBN13: 9781478768043
Genre: HEALTH & FITNESS / Diet & Nutrition / Weight Loss

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Sam Oputa

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Raised in an environment where religion was never forced, Sam Oputa became a Protestant, then later a practicing Catholic with an interest in religious studies. He attended Bronx Community College and Baruch College of the City University of New York. He also received an MBA in 2005.

Why Was Man Created?: War of the Gods- Yahweh Vs Satan

Before they re-engineered man, they were living here on earth by themselves for eons of years. They decided to “let Us create man.” But WHY? Most people have at one time or another asked themselves, Why am I here? What is my purpose? It’s a difficult and profound question, and a common conclusion is that we were created for God’s glory. This may be true, but it is not logical. There must be a far more specific reason for our creation. This work is a navigation and connection of dots to understand creations/evolution through the sciences, psychology, geology, anthropology, religion and mostly through the Holy Books which harbor mountain of misunderstood scientific evidences. This work did not shy way from misunderstood myths of the Annunakis who some know as the watchers or the angels. I will want to think that the sciences in the Holy Books are either not understood for what they are or are simply misinterpreted. This author borrows extremely from narrations in the Holy Books as recorded in narratives and from other sources as narrated in folklore, other authors and geological/anthropological findings. This book redefines days and nights especially when applied to creation. “And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:5 describes the first day as happening even before the earth is formed. This tells you immediately that The All-Powerful Creator is not stating earthly days. How can He, when the Earth was not in existence? The Book of Genesis if properly read and understood, contains information most people will never see. You cannot even start to think about something that you don’t understand but when such puzzles are explained, they no longer appear to be mysteries. Just like the Book started as “In the Beginning…” so also the Book has given us “In the end…” It is hard to see this information just like it was difficult to find the Big Bang in those Biblical first few words. Though, the book of genesis was not the big bang of this book, that we gleaned new information from it, is satisfaction enough. A simple arithmetic manipulation brings to light some hidden information in the book of Genesis. The simple arithmetic was performed in this book but you need to read the details and apply it to fully grasp how it works. “Why are we created?” will also explain in simple terms why man was created and for what reason and purpose. You will be shocked to finally come to terms as to why Man was created.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 195 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 22, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478706112
ISBN13: 9781478706113
Genre: RELIGION / Religion & Science

God is Not Enough, Messiah Needed: Messiah Ascends to Heaven

If it was explained to you that that Light that shone in the night and transformed into cloud in the day which helped lead the Israelites in the wilderness day and night out of Egypt was an aircraft, you might exclaim- Ah ha! If it was explained to you that the star that led the three wise men to Jerusalem was not a star but an aircraft, an alarm bell might go off. If it was explained to you that Prophet Ezekiel was describing an aircraft in Chapter 10, you will say, how did they know. They were even different aircraft models. When Prophet Elijah was taken to heaven, did you think the angels did it? Of course, an aircraft was involved. And when Prophet Enoch explained the beings he witnessed and their manner of travels- fast movement using the aircraft, his book was not included in the Bible. Our forefathers were not stupid. So, who were the operators of those sophisticated and awesome machines? It was difficult for the prophets to come up with the vocabulary needed to describe what they saw. Let us see if given such an assignment if we can do any better. Let us see, if your assignment was to write what you were observing for future generations like those prophets did. Think for a moment what a daunting job that would be. First, your ability to describe what you are seeing is difficult and on a verge of near impossible. It is so difficult that your descriptions even if it appears well phrased and okay to you, what are the chances that the future generations could make sense of your descriptions? This is the dilemma of all the messengers of that time. The Gods were wowing them with technologies never been seen or understood. The prophets saw what they saw and wrote what they saw. The constraints are that we are assigning interpretations to these recorded events not applying logic, science, texts etc. You know that a star will not move and stop and resume movement again like the Bible described. Science made that perfectly clear. To ignore science here to help you think logically is the problem why many people pretend to believe by faith. There was something in the sky moving quite alright but it was not a star. It was the best way the writers could describe it. What was moving up in the sky? Many people believe what they believe because it is generally accepted. Some only accept interpretations that are confirmed by their version of The Holy Books, and they consider any use of reason in religious matters to be misleading and impermissible. In God Is Not Enough–a groundbreaking and thought-provoking book–the author attempts to deconstruct the puzzles surrounding the concept of God. Who is He? And are these questions really unanswerable?

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 165 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 30, 2013)
ISBN10: 1478703644
ISBN13: 9781478703648
Genre: RELIGION / Faith

Faith or Reason: Can Science Silence God?

They used air-crafts. Our forefathers likened such technologies to airships. The Bible mentioned the airships. Not once, not twice but they were mentioned in the book of Genesis. Prophet Ezekiel also told us about these airships. Did you miss the biblical mentions too? The Gods were not hiding themselves from our forefathers. They grew plants and tamed animals. The book of Enoch explained it. In some places in the Bible, the ships were described as moving stars. Fortunately, we now know that stars does not move and stop as was described. All the above were science and technology. Not Faith. If they moved by means of airships, would that make them omnipresent or omniscience? Science and technology- yes but omnipresence– the quality of being everywhere– is not one of their characteristics. We as humans assigned those characteristics to the “Gods” Some people believe that the Earth is 4.6 billion years by evidence. Some believe the earth is 6000 years by faith. Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. That verse 2 alone if understood puts paid to arguments that there is no God. It also describes the form of transportation and arrival of these God(s) via an aircraft christened “spirit of God” that hovered on the surface of the waters as there was no land to land. That verse, if understood puts paid to the argument that there were no intelligent beings. That verse confirms that there were intelligent beings existing long before the earth formed. The name of the Gods’ aircraft will come to play again in the book of prophet Ezekiel and described again in the Book of Enoch. Do not forget that science puts earth at approximately 4.6 billion years and 13.7 billion years for the universe. What this means is that there were intelligent beings billions of years ago before earth formed. It is therefore wise to logically assume that their knowledge and experience far exceeds our still developing intelligence, discoveries and experience. It is also logical to assume that if man was to live just 4.6 billion years, our smarts, discoveries and experiences will far outpace the level where we are at this moment. Genesis verse two therefore is a description of initial moments when the intelligent beings landed on earth’s atmosphere.
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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 17, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478733179
ISBN13: 9781478733171
Genre: RELIGION / Biblical Criticism & Interpretation / Old Testament

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: TJ Viola

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About the Author:

Tom and Judy Viola were both raised on Staten Island, New York. Tom is a retired engineer with an interest in the Roaring Twenties and its impact on American culture. Judy is a retired middle school science teacher and registered nurse with an interest in history, science, and the power of language. Since completing The Gumshoe Chronicles, the Violas are currently working on a new science fiction project.
The Gumshoe Chronicles: 1920

In New York City during Prohibition, only gutter rules apply.

New York City, 1920. “I’ve killed more people in the last year than I did in the entire war,” says newly minted private eye Joey Batista.

No wonder the DA is after him. But so are Chicago mobsters, a New York drug lord, a corrupt politician, a viperous hit man and even his old gang. Not even Joey’s tight Italian family can keep him out of trouble. In fact, they’ve got secrets of their own. It helps to have a friend on the police force and the respect of the local mob boss.

And it doesn’t hurt to have two gorgeous assistants who keep their wits sharp, their knives close and their beds warm. But only Joey can solve the one case that truly haunts him — the mysterious deaths of several young girls at the hands of a serial killer, the same thug who might have murdered the only woman Joey ever loved.

In New York City during Prohibition, only gutter rules apply. And Joey learns if you’re gonna survive, you gotta call up your demons, and just hope they don’t destroy you.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 20, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432736914
ISBN13: 9781432736910
Genre: FICTION / General


The Gumshoe Chronicles 1921

In 1920s New York, the streets hold no secrets—if you’ve got the right connections.

New York City, 1921. “Get too close to the Mafia and you’ll be nothing more than a puppet with the Syndicate pulling the strings.” It’s not the first time Joey Batista, private eye, has heard this warning, but this time he’s honor-bound by his family’s ties to Castellano, the neighborhood mob boss. When Castellano brings in Joey to solve a local waterfront murder, then sends him to Detroit to help settle a Mafia power struggle, Joey realizes his hopes of building a nice, quiet PI business with his gorgeous partner, Jackie, are dashed. If that weren’t enough, he’s also being pursued by a killer with a blood vendetta, an unscrupulous DA, and a pair of notorious hit men. When Castellano’s family is threatened, Joey is drawn deeper into the inner workings of the underworld, pitting him against a foe so deadly that even Joey’s wartime skills as an assassin might not save him. As the neighborhood braces for a Mafia standoff, Joey must decide once and for all where he stands.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 433 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 13, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432787950
ISBN13: 9781432787950
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

The Gumshoe Chronicles 1922

In 1920s New York, sometimes enemies make surprising bedfellows.

New York City, 1922. “I can’t protect the neighborhood forever,” says private eye, Joey Batista, but what choice does he have? With Prohibition in full swing, the rules are changing, and Mafia bosses, like Big Ben Napoli, will sacrifice anything to claim their place in the new order. When Castellano steps down and appoints his ruthless son as the new godfather, Joey finds himself once again in the middle of a Mafia power struggle. To restore balance, he seeks assistance from two unlikely allies, former members of his WWI elite fighting troop who have ties to the growing Communist Party. When Joey’s best friend, Sergeant Mike O’Reilly, is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, Joey’s long-standing feud with the corrupt DA comes to a head, just as the streets of his neighborhood turn into a battleground. But how can Joey keep the peace without sacrificing what matters most – his family and the love of the only woman who has stood with him through it all?

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 431 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 09, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478738936
ISBN13: 9781478738930
Genre: FICTION / Crime

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Barbara A. Cefalu

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About the Author:

Barbara A. Cefalu is a musician/composer/author who has written several musicals and plays. The Adventures Of Patty-Cat And Kittle is not only a book with Illustrations by Emmanuel Saltis and Storyline Edits & Storyboard by Skyler Dennon, the team has turned it into a staged musical with a CD of the songs also available. Barbara lives with her cat, Puddy, in Florida, while the rest of the creative team reside in San Diego, CA.


perf8.500x11.000.inddThe Adventures of Patty-Cat and Kittle

What do bouncing, biting, unemployable sheep dogs, sniping spiders, irritated ants, and getting-under-everyone’s-skin, Cousin Fred (addicted to catnip and trouble), plus Billy-Bom-Tom-Cat all have in common? They’re the ones Patty-Cat and Kittle, two adventurous little kittens, meet and deal with, and sometimes it’s not easy! Patty-Cat and Kittle came to live with Angel at 112 Liver Lane, and life is far from dull. Two sheep dogs, Hal and Sam, come snarling down the street, snapping at each other and when Kittle tries to stop them, they turn on her. She suggests they could be nicer to each other, but alas, peacemakers are never appreciated. Off they go, snarling and biting, hoping to fight Hector the goat.

Cousin Fred comes for a visit and disrupts the whole household. Nothing he does turns out right. He spills gingerbread batter all over the kitchen, breaks things, disappears and refuses to do chores. Fred meets a disreputable ruffian called Billy-Bom-Tom-Cat who leads him to a catnip café. Before he is totally beat up, Kittle comes to the rescue and escorts him home. But Fred finds music, banging on the piano, and finally is sent to music school.

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Format: 8.5 x 11 Color Paperback, 129 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 18, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478745053
ISBN13: 9781478745051
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Cats

cover-3The Further Adventures of Patty-Cat and Kittle
The goblins started the trouble. From their viewpoint, anyone entering Grants Wood was fair game. But tell that to Mr. Billy-Bom-Tom-Cat, and later to Chester… It all started with the ice festival. Patty-Cat and Kittle, who lived with their mother, Angel, at 112 Liver Lane, and their friends, Chester and Susie went to the Ice Festival. It was held each year on the meadow next to Grants Wood, where a pond had been frozen over and where ice bat-ball was played. Colorful booths with games of chance and food items were displayed. While the kittens were there they saw Mr.-Billy-Bom-Tom-Cat being escorted to the edge of the meadow, who then slowly entered the woods. When the kittens heard that fairies were also to be found there, but never seen, the four kittens went exploring Grants Wood. Unfortunately Chester was captured by hostile goblins, but the fairies came to the rescue. Two rambunctious and irresponsible sheep dogs, a nasty black widow spider, the talented Cousin Fred, now in music school, other friends and families of the four kittens all come and go and play a part in the lives of all those who live in Katville. Won’t you join us and read all about the exciting lives of Patty-Cat and Kittle and their friends.

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Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 18, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478745053
ISBN13: 9781478745051
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Cats


cover-6The Adventures of Patty-Cat, Kittle, and the Prince of Peace

Excitement is running high at 112 Liver Lane, where Angel, and her two kittens, Patty-Cat and Kittle, are preparing for the holiday season. Cousin Fred and his mother, Sunny, are expected to visit, there’s baking to be done, gifts to wrap, a tree to decorate. Of course, first they need to get a tree. A Christmas parade is planned for the residents of Katville. The mayor and dignitaries will attend and friends will be in the parade. Just to prove that few things go smoothly a grinding noise shatters nerves; plaster and dirt fill the air, and … horror, of horrors, that impish elf, Grimsby appears, creating turmoil and scattering debris everywhere. Fortunately this time he brings a tree and of course it has to be decorated. The annoying resident spider, Miss Wilma Weaver, likes to stir up things, and the two sheep dogs, Hal and Sam, romp through the season, as joyfully and stupid and rambunctious as ever. Two new kittens come to town, one unhappy feisty one and another who was cruelly abandoned. Miss Maisey and Miss Katty-Kat, sisters who live next door at 114 Liver Lane, receive an unexpected but cherished Christmas gift and the animals all gather for the solemn Midnight event. If you are curious as to how the two sisters become kind and happy, (quite an about-face), or if you want to find out how everything ends, or if you just want a good read, try this book.

Product details…
Paperback
Format: 8.5 x 11 Color Paperback, 74 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Oct 29, 2016)
ISBN10: 1478779675
ISBN13: 9781478779674
Genre: JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Cats

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