Each week, we celebrate one of our successful authors in our Self-Publishing Author Spotlight. This week Outskirts Press proudly features Newman Young, author of several books through Outskirts Press. Learn more about Newman Young and his educational works in this week’s Self-Publishing Author Spotlight.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Newman Young, originally of Vernon, Texas, earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Midwestern State University. He was a varsity athlete in football at the university. His career in education spans nearly four decades, where he held positions as a teacher, coach, principal-including time spent as the principal and superintendent of his daughter’s high school. He currently lives in Wichita Falls, Texas.
Circle the Wagons
In a school setting, the stage is set for some of the most interesting happenings to occur…So begins Circle the Wagons, a collection of public school experiences gathered and told by long-time educator and administrator Newman Young. During a hectic day at school and in very trying situations, teachers and principals will often say to one another, “We had better circle the wagons today,” a phrase that inspired the title of this book. The stories and anecdotes found within cover more than half a century, each one told from the perspective of a student, a teacher, a parent, an administrator, or a school board member. In all, 31 educators have contributed their experiences to this book. It is the author’s sincere hope that you will look fondly upon your own school days, and perhaps see them in a whole new light, as we Circle the Wagons.
Format: 6 x 9 casebound glossy, 156 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (July 15, 2007)
Saddle the Wind
It’s a month after General Robert E. Lee has surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant, but one Union Colonel in Texas is still looking for a little more glory from the Civil War. He figures he can take over the Confederate stronghold in Brownsville Texas with little struggle. He is wrong. After two days of fierce fighting, Colonel Theodore H. Barrett orders his Union troops to retreat back to the Texas coast and board a waiting ship. The Confederate Army has won the final battle of the Civil War. Young Karl Hagan is a brave member of that Confederate detachment at Brownsville. Saddle the Wind is his story. Like many of the men who settle the American West after the Civil War, Karl is a hard-working, God fearing man. His tale is one of risk taking adventures, cattle drives, ranching, romance and the settling of a close knit family on the rugged plains of the old American West.
Format: 6 x 9 casebound glossy, 209 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (May 29, 2010)
Comanche DawnThe thrilling adventure of America’s frontier days was often punctuated by bloody, terrifying conflict between determined settlers and Indians who would brutally defend the territory that was rightfully theirs. One of the most tragic events in Texas history was the Comanche and Kiowa Indian attack and massacre at Fort Parker in May of 1836. Many inhabitants of the fort were slaughtered, scalped, and horribly mutilated. Some were chased into the woods, or ran away to escape. But five people were taken captive, including nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker, and her five-year-old brother John. Despite the violence between settlers and Indians, it was often the case that Indians would adopt children taken captive, and raise them as valued members of the tribe. Comanche Dawn is the true story of Cynthia Ann Parker, adopted by the Comanche, the Lords of the Southern Plains. Saddle up and ride into the proud history of the tribe, their raids on Texas settlements, their fierce battles with the United States Cavalry – and immerse yourself in the remarkable life of a little Texas girl who would grow up to marry Comanche Chief Peta Nocona, and whose son, Quanah, would become a legendary Comanche chief.
Format: 6 x 9 color casebound glossy, 127 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Jan 20, 2012)
Genre: HISTORY/Native Americans
Across the Rio Llano
The year is 1860. In 1861 Texas seceded from the Union. Young Lenz Adler is seized by a desire to join the fray and volunteers for the Texas Confederate 8th Cavalry. After the war, Lenz marries his sweetheart, Anna Krause, and they begin their life together, ranching and farming in Llano County, Texas.
Lenz is soon hired as a special agent of the Texas Rangers to check brands and track down stolen cattle from herds driven up the western cattle trail to Dodge City, Kansas. It’s a lawless period in Texas-a time of outlaws and cattle rustlers and Indian raids on settlements-and the Texas Rangers provide a measure of order for the developing frontier. Across the Rio Llano is a sweeping tale of these times, following one family’s fight to survive and prosper in this desolate, yet breathtakingly beautiful land.
Format: 6 x 9 color casebound white glossy, 147 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 28, 2014)
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