Outskirts Press Presents David D. Bernstein, author of The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal”

Author David D. Bernstein is taking his award-winning book, The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal” on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join David D. Bernstein and The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal” as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Luckily for us, David was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal”.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The CORT Chronicles Book 1: “The Portal”. What is it about?

David: My book is about two brothers named Zack and Andy who fall through a Portal and find themselves transported to a ghostly version of their hometown-101 years in the future. They soon discover that the city is controlled by CORT robots…and that this reality is Earth’s possible future. Together with the help of a girl named Wendy who is the leader of the Resistance movement here. Our heroes must journey together through a nightmare world that only they can change. How can three young people alter the present by saving the future?

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I originally wrote this book back in 2017 so I can help people escape a political civil war between the elite politicians and the forgotten men and women who they treat as secondary citizens. These elite do not care one bit about this great country we live in. They always put America second and the world first so they can make a profit for their own pocketbooks. This was the case in 2017 and it is even worse in 2020. I wrote this book so people who are suffering from Covid-19 and this philosophy can have a few hours to escape reality and immerse themselves in an amazing adventure. I believe this book is needed more then ever today. It also seems that others agreed, since in 2018 my book won a CIPA EVVY Merit award in Juvenile Fiction

OP: How did you get your book published?

David: I self-published this book with Outskirts Press an amazing company that worked closely with me to make a wonderful book. They were very professional and fun to work with.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

David: I think that all kinds of readers will be interested in this book, even though the target age are children 7 to 12, but are we all not children in heart?

OP: What is special about your book?

David: That is a tough question, any author will say their book is special, but I believe my book is not special, but unique. My characters live and breathe off the page. The readers will journey with our Protagonists and will be on the edge of their seats to see what happens next. “The Portal” will also affect them on a physical and emotional level. People will laugh and cry as our heroes grow from children to young adults and discover how they can reverse this dark world and bring it to the light.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

David: I am not sure this book is different from other books in this category, but it does show our world in a different light. It also is just an amazing read, that puts our current world in a nutshell using fantasy, and great characters. The book helps individuals immerse themselves in a dark world where the spark of hope still shines.

OP: Have you published any other books?

David: Yes, I have my first book was a collection of poems from my high school and college days. It is called “Voices of the Heart” and was published in 2004. I also have written two picture books that deal with real life situations that children face death of a parent and divorce. They are called “The Enchanted Rope” published in 2010 and “Peanut” published in 2018. There is also “The Portal” published in 2017. I also have several individual poems published in various magazines and anthologies and have received several Editor awards.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

David: I do have plans for future books. The next fantasy trilogy I am considering is for a younger age group and it named “Living Library Chronicles.” I also have two picture books I am considering. There are no titles yet. As for publishing dates, I am not sure about those. Right now, I will be focusing on marketing my two new books “Spirral” and”Rebirth” which are do out Spring or Summer 2021 and my award winner “The Portal.”

OP: Thanks for your time, David! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Bernstein is a tennis instructor and energy healer who has worked with children for many years. He’s the author of a book of poetry and The Enchanted Rope, a children’s picture book. He has also had poems published in magazines and anthologies and is the recipient of five Editor’s Choice awards. The Portal is his debut novel.

For more information or to contact the author, visit https://www.outskirtspress.com/theportal

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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As a self-published author, do you know how to develop a book marketing plan or even what should be included in it? Do you have the time and know-how to snag and schedule book signings? Are you confused about when, where and how to implement these and other elements of your book marketing plan?

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Outskirts Press Proudly Sponsors the 2021 Colorado Book Awards

Attention all Colorado-based authors, editors, illustrators and photographers: Outskirts Press is once again sponsoring the annual Colorado Book Awards, and we encourage your submissions for the 2021 Awards!

The annual event is run by the Colorado Center for the Book, the program department of the Colorado Humanities, which is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators and photographers.

The Colorado Book Awards — presented annually by Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book — were launched in 1991 with four categories of awards to recognize authors, illustrators, editors and publishers, and have since expanded to 10 literary categories. Many of Colorado’s most prominent authors have been recognized with awards, including David Milofsky, John Fielder, Tom Noel, Stephanie Kane and Linda Hogan, among others.

Applications for the 2021 Colorado Book Awards are due January 8, 2021, and should be submitted directly to the Colorado Book Awards. Judging generally occurs in April, and the awards are presented at a ceremony in late Spring.

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We Will See Our Pets In Heaven: The Afterlife of Animals from a Biblical Perspective by Brian Burgess
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The votes are in! The winner of the 2020 Best Book of the Year is Whispers of Love!

Selecting the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year is no small feat as all of our authors’ works deserves to be recognized. This year, Life in the Morgue by Lance Anderson, Musings from Cowboy Country by George Rhoades, and Whispers of Love by Gina Simone were our top three finalists and we are proud of them and their great achievements.

All three finalists already won 1st Place in their categories at this year’s Colorado Independent Publishers Association’s EVVY Awards, but only one can claim our highest honor as the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year!

You’ve weighed your choices and voted for your favorites in a public poll on this blog.

And now, drum roll please. The 2020 Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year is… Whispers of Love by Gina Simone. Congratulations, Gina!

Whispers of Love

Death is never final — and you are never alone …From a young age, Gina knew she was different. She could never safely share her reality with her family — the reality that she could see and communicate with Spirit. But as she matured, she realized her life’s calling as a Spirit Medium was to help people connect with deceased loved ones. With warm, witty honesty, Gina shares landmark moments in her own life — from embracing the gift that was so misunderstood in her early life, to the devastating death of her 27-year-old son. Whispers of Love will introduce you to the messages, signs, and specific ways that Spirit and loved ones share their language of love. Are you struggling with storms in your life that you can’t overcome or has the weight of unbearable grief brought your life to a halt? With understanding messages from Spirit and your loved ones always around, finally hope can arise from heartbreak. Truly inspired, Whispers of Love compassionately introduces you to a deep exploration of why we are here, how to connect with Spirit, and how we can find meaning in life’s hardest challenges. Gina teaches us the impressive lesson that remaining frozen in pain is not the path to freedom. We must embrace our lives with Spirit on board so that every step can unfold in Divine order, with less drama and perhaps even a new found perspective on grief.

About Author Gina Simone

Gina Simone is a Spirit Medium certified through the Forever Family Foundation. At the age of 11, she began to notice and feel Spirit and energy around her. Not knowing what these gifts were, she always felt different and isolated. A traumatic pool accident with her toddler son catapulted her into finding the meaning behind life, Spirit, lessons, and karma. She left a comfortable corporate finance career to answer her calling to connect you with your loved ones and with your own innate intuition and higher consciousness. She has been a featured medium on Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP.com, has been voted Long Island Best Medium several years in a row, and is also a featured medium on WBLI 106.1 morning show.

Buy from Outskirts Press: https://outskirtspress.com/WhispersOfLoveSpiritMessages
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