Lee E. Hollingsworth’s “A Gold Rush Tragedy: The George Hollingsworth Letters ” is a never before published firsthand account of gold rush life. Going to California in the 1850’s was dangerous but George Hollingsworth set out from Missouri in 1850, leaving his wife and four children behind. But what was life like back home? What was the experience of crossing those rugged plains and mountains? And why did so many people return from California empty-handed, if they returned at all? This book gives us a glimpse into the heart and mind of America in the 1800s — into the brutal realities and the strength of character it took to face them head-on. You will laugh, shake your head, and question life’s decisions.
Throughout the holiday season, we feature our authors who have taken advantage of the 2019 Holiday Marketing Bundle and the benefits of the New York Times Holiday Book Review co-op ad! Co-op ads provide authors effective exposure through a well-known, established publication with millions of dedicated book lovers!
The New York Times Holiday Edition features Outskirts Press Self-Published author William Kunle Adeniyi.
About the Author
Dr. William K. Adeniyi is a chemist by profession. Although he developed a passion for reading and writing, he was driven by his interest in science.
He has been inspired by Victorian authors and has read many biographies. When not researching or writing, he enjoys photography.
Dr. Adeniyi lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Stegomyia: The Story of My Life
There’s No Shortcut to the American Dream
Growing up in a small village in Nigeria, William Adeniyi knew that his opportunities in life would be limited unless he was relentless in his pursuit of education. The death of his father left William, his sister, and their mother in financial straits. Despite that, William’s mother was dedicated to her children’s schooling…until she too died, leaving William an orphan at a crucial juncture of his life. Stegomyia is the story of how William overcame seemingly insurmountable personal and financial challenges to graduate from Titcombe College, the prestigious high school run by Canadians and Americans of the Sudan Interior Mission, and his subsequent academic career in America as a student and then as a professor at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. From the perils of Nigeria’s political bloodbath to the frustrations of immigration to America, from bullies in elementary school to racist colleagues in the US, from despair when everything was taken from him to dawning hope thanks to helping hands from people who believed in William’s future, this memoir is a compelling chronicle of a life lived in defiance of the odds. A clear-eyed, honest assessment of what it means to embrace the American Dream, Stegomyia is both inspirational and cautionary, an epic true story of determination and hard work.
Technology has made it easier than ever to reach wider audiences no matter where they are in the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative ways, affordably and impactfully. This is where book tours come in: Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and cheaper than ever!
Author Kevin Barnett Sr. is taking his latest book, Living My Shadows: Dreams Do Come True, on tour—a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. What this means is that Kevin will get his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of home! Keep an eye out for Kevin’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.
Luckily for us, Kevin was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so we could give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Living My Shadows: Dreams Do Come True.
OP: Tell us a little bit about Living My Shadows: Dreams Do Come True. What is it about?
Kevin: It’s about my journey growing up in foster care and the adoption system, and ultimately about joining the Armed Forces and finding my birth parents at the age of 56.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Kevin: I did this for therapeutic reasons and to help others have hope of finding out who they are—and to never give up their dreams, no matter how big or small they might be.
OP: How did you get your book published?
Kevin: I used Outskirts Press to self-publish as well as market.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Kevin: Individuals who would like to adopt or enroll in a foster care parent program, adoptees, foster care children—both adults and youths. Individuals who are searching for parents, or veterans or folks thinking about joining the Armed Forces will also benefit.
OP: What is special about your book?
Kevin: It is written from the heart. The is book is based on real events and it will take one through many emotions.
OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
Kevin: The book is small but packs a big punch of emotions and you can’t put it down.
OP: Have you published any other books?
Kevin: No, this is my first book.
OP: Do you plan to publish more?
Kevin: Yes, I plan to do this again.
OP: Thanks for your time, Kevin! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kevin I. J. A. Barnett Sr. is a retired non-commissioned officer of the United States Army. He has served in Germany, Afghanistan and many stateside tours during his career. He is married to Sharon F. Pelham and does motivational speaking when time permits.
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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Roberta Kennedy’s “The Island.” Joanna Kelliher is a 32-year-old missionary teacher on an island in the Indian Ocean. A devout, single mother of four adopted children, Joanna has never had a serious romantic relationship, and she believes that her chances for true love have passed her by. Along comes Ian MacDonald, a newly arrived missionary and doctor. Ian falls for Joanna but their love will be tested to its limits in The Island, where the past can make or break you.