Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Rodney D. Brooks

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About the Author:

Rodney D. Brooks, co-founder of What If?, is the president and founder of Brothers Brooks Vision 2 Mission LLC, has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and Operations in several Fortune 100 and 500 companies. Rodney has been a Sunday school teacher for over 25 years and a church deacon for over 15 years.

What IF? Just A.S.K.: How Our Youth Can Change, Improve or Become An Influence In Those Things They Desire

What if you could change, improve, or become an influence in areas of your life that are important to you? What if you could have a positive impact on people around you, while fulfilling your own goals? What if you could apply a simple, effective tool to every situation, and have a better outcome? Would you do it? If someone asked you how to do it, could you tell them? Just A.S.K. is the result of an eye-opening, world-changing collaboration between Rodney Brooks and his daughter Breanne Brooks. This simple yet profound process allows individuals to begin asking the right questions, seeking the answers, and utilizing resources. Most of all, it encourages people to accurately assess and believe in their abilities. Just A.S.K. is a particularly valuable tool to teach self-confidence and critical thinking skills to young people who are looking for reliable, practical guidance as they step out into the wider world. Just A.S.K. how this book can make your life better—you’ll be glad you did!

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 76 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 17, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478783605
ISBN13: 9781478783602
Genre: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

What If I Want to Be a Christian?: Just A.S.K.

There are some facets of Christianity that are hard for young people to fully grasp! This fun, easy-to-follow guide uses the A.S.K. process to help our youth discover what it means to be Christian and to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior:

• Ask the question

• Seek the answer within yourself first and then use your resources

• Know and believe in your abilities

What If I Want to Be a Christian? offers a simple yet compelling way to answer this question and others, along with resources for greater understanding of young people’s roles in Christianity. It all starts with A.S.K.!

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 77 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jul 31, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478788054
ISBN13: 9781478788058
Genre: JUVENILE NONFICTION / Religion / Christianity

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Lee Hilling

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About the Author:

Lee Hilling has been Chairman of FMIC’s governing body since 2006 and has traveled to Afghanistan nearly sixty times. He has held board and senior executive management positions at academic health centers in the United States, Pakistan, and East Africa. A native of Ohio, he now lives with his wife in Bethesda, Maryland.

Since the release of his book, Lee Hilling has participated in 46 presentations, in 21 cities, in 6 countries (Afghanistan, the UAE, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Canada, and the U.S. My events have been held at prestigious sites and co-sponsored by Universities (the University of Central Asia [Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan], the University of Alberta [Edmonton, Canada], USC, Stanford, Emory, and Augusta); French Consulates (New York City and Houston); religious centers; and the Mayor and City Council of the City of Fremont (California).

Prominent individuals either participating in or attending his events include Ministers of Foreign Governments, Ambassadors, a former President (Kyrgyzstan), a member of the ruling family of Dubai, Consulates General, the Mayor of Fremont, and Ambassadors to the United Nations. Some of his presentations have been broadcasted on global webcasts and he has been interviewed by numerous TV and radio stations, some of which have also been broadcasted globally, e.g., the Voice of America.

A Place of Miracles: The Story of a Children’s Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by It

An unusual partnership created the French Medical Institute for Children – two private, non-governmental organizations – the Aga Khan Development Network and the France-based humanitarian entity, La Chaine de l’Espoir, and two governments – the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and France. The result is an institution that has enabled children’s lives to be saved that might have otherwise been lost. Nearly 1,600 children have been treated for congenital and acquired heart diseases, almost half of which had open-heart surgery. Arising during a time of seemingly never-ending war, FMIC is one of Afghanistan’s most remarkable success stories. It has become the enabling catalyst for lives to be changed and dreams to be realized – a place where people have succeeded and survived against overwhelming obstacles and odds. As the U.S. and its allies prepare to shift their missions in Afghanistan from military and combat to aid and development, the general consensus is that nothing done in that war-torn country has been successful. FMIC is one of Afghanistan’s most remarkable reconstruction success stories. It is a model that can be emulated as the U.S. and others strive to complete their development missions there.
“FMIC has achieved many successes and achieved excellence in many fields in healthcare in Afghanistan. This Institute is a true example of a successful public-private partnership.” Dr. Suraya Dalil, Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Health, speaking at FMIC’s 2nd International Pediatric Conference, December 2012
“When we have international societies with us and partnerships like FMIC, we can have hope for the future. This hope gives me the energy to go ahead.” Dr. Jalil Wardak, Head of Pediatric General Surgery at FMIC.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 220 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 18, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478746912
ISBN13: 9781478746911
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Medical

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Katherine S. Egan

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About the Author:

Katherine S. Egan combines an MS in Professional and Technical Communication with over 20 years of writing experience and numerous awards; a BS in Computer Science/Mathematics; a US Coast Guard Third Mate unlimited license (and a commission as an ensign in the US Navy); and lessons learned as a vibrant and healthy, loving wife, step-mom, blogger, optimist, philanthropist, lifelong learner, traveler, and outdoors enthusiast. Katherine found her true calling when her beliefs were validated at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Today she is an internationally certified Holistic Health Coach helping clients rediscover their path toward optimal health. She shares stories of women who have suffered and conquered illness, and she wants to help you find your extraordinary life, too.

Katherine is currently working on her second book.

Genetics Isn’t Everything:

Epigenetics proves that environment, food, lifestyle, and daily toxin exposure can lead us down a path of health or illness, depending on the decisions we make every day. By supporting the genes you were born with, you can live a healthier and happier life—and your jeans will fit better too. Guaranteed!

Working outside our passion is exhausting, but facing a life with illness or even a lack of energy is what really stops us from achieving our true potential. From a young age Katherine S. Egan intuitively avoided Styrofoam, plastic containers, and microwaves without ever thinking she would one day be destined to write, teach, and become an internationally certified holistic health coach, helping others learn how to achieve an extraordinary and healthy life. Her true mission? To spread hope.

“My passion is to help people understand that genetics isn’t everything. Just because you have certain family traits and genes or certain diseases seem to run in your family, there is no guarantee that you will get the same illnesses or conditions as your parents or grandparents.”

Genetics Isn’t Everything shares wrenching yet heartwarming stories about women who have taken health into their own hands and ultimately changed their lives with nutrition and self-care. A happy and healthy life, while not guaranteed to everyone, is within reach. You can change your genetic destiny. You can take back your life!

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 345 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 24, 2017)
ISBN10: 1478790377
ISBN13: 9781478790372
Genre: HEALTH & FITNESS / Alternative Therapies

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Carlo Armenise

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About the Author:

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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through this week’s Self-Publishing

Author Spotlight.

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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Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 426 pages
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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About the Author:

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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Format: 5 x 8 Black & White Paperback, 69 pages
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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