Author Poll: K. A. Zartman Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

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

Book Summary:

The intimate details and challenges of a life well-lived.

After a long-suffering divorce, the journey begins. It will be a long and hazardous road strewn with the challenges of life. Sex, the caregiving and death of both parents, a sister’s suicide and two catastrophic medical issues—just a few turns on the path to maturity. God bless this baby boomer and be amazed at what a senior citizen can think or do. An erotic must-read for the young and a more important read for seniors feeling their mortality.

About the Author:

Former furniture executive, artist, mother of three, grandmother of six, great-grandmother of one. Recovering from open-heart surgery with time to reflect, memories from her past 50 years flooded into the long hours. A gradual build of courage to reveal such intimate details resulted in this book. K. A. Zartman invites you to join her on this epic journey.

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Author Poll: Gloria Swift Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

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

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Building for Retirement in Belize – How a Primary School Dropout Conned a Multiple-Degree College Client!

Belize is a thriving Caribbean mecca in Central America with a booming construction business and a plethora of contractors. But without governmental agencies regulating and monitoring these so-called contractors, many prey on unsuspecting, trusting, financially able clients from the U.S., like Ms. Gloria Swift.

What follows is the story of “one of the largest financial blunders and idiotic decisions of my life,” remarked Ms. Swift. When she was told, “You aren’t the first one that this happened to and you won’t be the last,” she wrote Building for Retirement in Belize as a cautionary tale for others—”Because I will be the last.”

About the Author:

Ms. Gloria Swift served in the U.S. Army and was the Distinguished Graduate in the Instructor’s Training Course and the first black female in the Color Guard on Post. She was also the first female officer on a police department where she was not accepted by the majority of men, including the Chief. In Banking, although she had a reputation for cleaning up branches in order for them to pass internal audits, promotions eluded her for years. Ms. Swift pursued multiple degrees and credentials in the field of Education and went back to her first love, Teaching. Her memoir, The True Story of an Illegal Immigrant, details the obstacles she faced…and overcame as a black woman and an immigrant in the U.S.

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Author Poll: W.F. James Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

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

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Christmas Eve on the Christmas Unit

HELPING THE HEALING POWER OF CHRISTMAS WORK ITS MAGIC!

This suspenseful, touching, quirky little tale of Christmas is a fast-moving, frequently shocking, account of a children’s crisis hospital on one Christmas Eve. This one night of the year has a mysterious power, from millennia of pre-Christian harvest festivals and ancestor worship, when ghosts walked and admonished us to love our neighbor and give to those who suffer most in a time of plenty. Adopted by Christianity, but celebrated by all, this is a time embraced by family, to feel safe and loved, especially for children and teenagers.

The children’s crisis unit and its staff provide a safety net for abused, neglected, and traumatized children and teens. This little novella is a modern look at these issues, at some children’s harsh reality, directly confronting the age-old question of “ if God is good, why are bad things allowed to happen”, on a night when the whole world seems warm and fuzzy, except for some unlucky children and teens, who need the Children’s Unit and staff, and the healing power of Christmas .

About the Author:

The author has first-hand experience with all of the issues in this unusual little Christmas story, including Constitutional Law and efforts to stem the tide of abuse of children and teenagers. The author has been a therapist for children and adolescents in a crisis hospital setting for many years, spending many Christmas Eves there, treating and supporting children, teens and their families, and helping the healing power of Christmas work its magic.

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Author Poll: Nick Weber Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

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

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Recess Time: When Mind Gets to Play with Memory and Imagination

“A profound, vital and human delight.” Kevin Curdt, Courtroom Clerk, Santa Clara Co. Superior Court, San Jose, CA

This eloquent collection of 13 loosely connected essays covers topics from God to gifts, with plenty of help along the way from Einstein, Chopin, and Picasso to the great Ringling clown Lou Jacobs. The author’s 80 years of memories—from priestly ministry as a former Jesuit, professional acting, and over two decades of circus performance—visit this playful jaunt, as connections are made bearing on the art of life itself. Nick Weber brings an inquisitive and disciplined mind to this often festive romp through recall and celebration.

“Nick Weber has shown that even the sacred is potentially humorous.”—Daniel Kendall, S.J., Professor of Theology, University of San Francisco, CA

“Words that are dense but accessible, strident but poetic, completely authentic.”—Judith Gillespie, Chair, Theology Department, Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, Milwaukee, WI

“A primer for any person serious about becoming.”—Carlo Pellegrini, Co-founder, Amazing Grace Circus, circus producer, director, choreographer, Nyack, NY

About the Author:

Nick Weber brings his playfulness as a professional clown and eight decades of memories to Recess Time. Here he creates a free space allowing new connections between those memories. With graduate degrees in theater and theology, his chief concerns in these essays focus on how his past can serve the future. Mr. Weber is also the author of The Circus that Ran Away with a Jesuit Priest and Shakespeare with Hearing Aids.

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Author Poll: Hugo Marinucci Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

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

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Iris Maloney is the new no-nonsense nurse manager of the busy Medical-Trauma ICU. She inherits a close-knit staff that do their job in a happy-go-lucky way. Iris embarks on a mission to professionalize the unit but gets frustrated in her every attempt.
Will Iris accept this present culture? Or will she resort to other means to achieve her goals?

About the Author:

“Likable, laughable, and lovable” describes the staff in the Medical-Trauma ICU. And yet they always rise up to the life-and-death challenges and the many personalities that come with them, including a new nurse manager that wants to change everything.
I should know. I’m one of those nurses. And I wrote Traumatized. I also published Rome 2020 and The Capitano and Rita.

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Author Poll: Roger Wilco Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

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

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One woman’s fight to save her children…

and come to terms with a faith that has torn her life apart.

The book of Revelation has come to pass. The Rapture has come and gone, but for some reason, the years of the Tribulation have continued far beyond what was foretold. The Nephilim giants of Genesis have returned, the demons of hell now roam the earth, and the Angels are divided over the fate of the humans left behind.

Caught in the middle is Judy Bishop, a single mother who has struggled to keep her two children alive for the last 20 years while humanity flounders. With the Nephilim feeding on them like cattle, and the demons hunting them down for pleasure, Judy and the few million humans who remain are losing their fight for survival.

A chance encounter with a powerful stranger gives Judy the hope she’s been looking for, but when the real reason for the Nephilim giants’ return to Earth is finally revealed, Judy will find the terrifying truth impossible to believe.

About the Author:

Roger Wilco is an Air Force veteran who served 15 years of active duty at various bases in the continental US. During a year-long deployment in Afghanistan in 2010, he decided to forego movies and video games to pursue his love of writing. John has spent the last nine years working as a physician assistant in Boston. He is married with three children and lives on a scenic road in Massachusetts with his English/American bulldog mix, Katie.

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Author Poll: Robert Collins Wants Your Help With Choosing A Cover

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

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“Business Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast” i.e. reinvent or create a business for these changing times

Are you interested in creating a vision-based culture that results in team members of your organization being highly charged and focused on success? Are you searching for ideas on how to gain more firepower and engagement from your employees? Is your business in need of a shakeup, or outright turnaround to improve performance, or ideas on accelerating performance?

Vision Powered Management (VPM) provides real world “how to” ideas that address these questions. Turnaround expert Bob Collins provides a roadmap, with actionable steps, based on his years of experience delivering solid results with VPM.

In these pages you will discover:

  • The “why” and “how” of inspiring your organization or team with vision.
  • The action steps necessary when taking on a new leadership assignment.
  • Gaining acceptance and enthusiasm for the new vision by your team/organization.
  • Bob Collins’ 7 pragmatic steps for implementing a top down culture shift.
  • How to unleash the personal performance capacity (and increase employee engagement) of your team.
  • Tools and methods to meaningfully communicate your organizational progress.
  • How to create your own leadership assessment tool and where to focus on areas needing improvement.
  • EQ’s [Emotional Quotient] role in your development as a leader.

About the Author:

Robert (Bob) Collins, Manhattan College, and winner of its Centennial Award for “Most Outstanding Engineering Graduate”. Bob was a Vice President of GE and led its Factory Automation business. He was active in promoting the modernization of factories including the creation of high involvement work forces as the means for improving productivity and operational efficiencies. He published in excess of 60 articles on those subjects and was considered and expert in the industry. Those experiences are detailed in his “how-to book”, along with prescribed steps, on how to transform and successfully manage businesses facing the challenges of tomorrow’s business world.  Bob and his wife Andrea spend time in Marco Island, FL, Charlottesville, VA, and Camden, ME and they are the proud parents of four children and nine grandchildren. They are members of the Island Club in Marco Island, the Megunticook Golf Club of Rockport, ME and the Camden, ME  Yacht Club.

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