Fred Preiss’s “Too Late The Homecoming: A Gambler’s Love Story.” A powerful romantic adventure about a Las Vegas gambler who after twenty-five years, suddenly has doubts about his life in the fast lane, and decides to return to his hometown in Pennsylvania, after three failed marriages, to see if he can make a new life for himself. But his plans go awry. In this complex portrait of opportunity and regret, the gambler unexpectedly finds true love.
The 25th Annual Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association EVVY Awards Banquet took place in Denver, Colorado last Saturday night, and as often happens, Outskirts Press demonstrated that award-winning writers publish an unparalleled number of award-winning books at Outskirts Press. We are proud to announce that Outskirts Press authors took home a total of 14 impressive 1st-, 2nd- and 3rd-place awards.
Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to winning the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Stay tuned to find out which three authors from the winners below will be the finalists for that prestigious prize! The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award will be determined by the readers of our blog, Self-Publishing News, in an open, public vote beginning September 9th.
Here are our 2019 EVVY Award winners. Congratulations to them all!
FIRST PLACE WINNERS
1st Place Humor Fiction
1st Place Mystery/Crime/Detective Fiction
1st Place Self-Help Non-Fiction
1st Place Sports/Fitness Non-Fiction
1st Place New Adult Fiction
SECOND PLACE WINNERS
2nd Place Children’s Story Fiction
2nd Place Academic/Educational Non-Fiction
2nd Place Sports/Fitness Non-Fiction
THIRD PLACE WINNERS
3rd Place Historical Fiction
3rd Place Business/Finance Non-Fiction
3rd Place History Non-Fiction
3rd Place Children’s Storybook Fiction
3rd Place Motivational/Inspirational Non-Fiction
3rd Place Self-Help Non-Fiction
MERIT AWARD WINNERS
Merit Award Mystery/Crime/Detective Fiction
Merit Award Health/Medicine Non-Fiction
Merit Award History Non-Fiction
Merit Award Science Fiction
Merit Award Religion/Spiritual Non-Fiction
Merit Award Suspense/Thrillers Fiction
Merit Award Women’s Fiction
Merit Award Academic/Educational Non-Fiction
Merit Award Historical Fiction
Congratulations to all of our EVVY nominees, finalists, and winners!
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Andrew Youngblood’s “Covenant Kids – Book One: The Law.” A law was just passed, which makes it illegal to study or even talk about the faith outside of church on Sunday. But one law can’t stop Naomi. She forms a study group to learn more about the Bible and the stories in the Old Testament. They realize God’s plan is to bring everyone into a loving relationship with him through his Covenant. But not everyone likes this “Good News.” Soon, they find themselves in the middle of a dangerous plot to enforce the new law against religion — at any cost. Designed to show how exciting and beautiful the Old Testament is, Covenant Kids reveals what the Bible is really about–God’s great love for each of us.
Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. It takes is a little thinking outside the box and you can market a self-published book in creative, affordable and impactful ways. Consider book tours! Tours are a great way to connect with your readers and technology has made them easier and more cost effective than ever!
Author Lance Anderson is taking his latest book Life in the Morgue, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. This will allow Lance to take his book into the far corners of the globe, all from the comfort of his own home! Keep an eye out for Lance’s book as he will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead!
Luckily for us, Lance 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 Life in the Morgue.
OP: Tell us a little bit about Life in the Morgue. What is it about?
Lance: The best way I can describe this book is it’s not what you think it is. It is not a horror or gross, it is more focused on the people that actually work in the morgue, and their quirks and about the things that they had to deal with. The office itself and how things were run, the inter office politics and even some state and local government shenanigans. There was another saying at the office “dead people don’t vote” so sometimes things could get out of hand. With that being said the people that I worked with in real life always treated the deceased with the same respect whether they were famous or well connected with lots of money or a drug overdose found in an alley. The doctors there were all top notch and knew what they were doing. Greg the main character is just a normal blue-collar guy who managed to get this job and it so much more than he expected it to be. It becomes an all-consuming life for him, he sees and experiences things he or most people never thought about in his normal regular life.
OP: Why did you decide to write this story?
Lance: I wrote the book because no matter where I go, once people find out where I worked they all want to hear stories about what happens there, or specific cases, and some of the types of things that I had to deal with. I was at a friend’s backyard cook out a few weeks ago. A young married couple had arrived, and the husband walked right past the hosts and came and sat next to me and started talking. His wife came over and told him it was pretty rude to not say hi to the hosts first. He responded the only reason I came is because Lance was going to be here, he is going to make this an interesting day.. A woman that had recently started dating one of my other friends was sitting next to me. I had only met her on one other occasion chimed in with “what’s going to make it more interesting?” He looked at her and said, “go ahead, ask him where he used to work!” She did, so I told her, and spent most the rest of the afternoon telling morgue stories and talking about cases. It only took a few minutes when I noticed most everyone in the back yard was now standing around the table I was sitting at listening to the stories. People find the stories intriguing, funny, sad and dramatic, and are always asking for more. I had been asked by countless people to write about it over the past several years, so I think it will appeal to lots of people.
OP: How did you get your book published?
Lance: I did a lot of internet research on going to a major publisher vs. self-publishing and decided that Outskirts Press seemed to offer everything I was going to need to turn this into a book. Outskirts made it very easy to go through the whole process.
OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
Lance: The book is written as a fiction, but I think it will appeal to anyone that enjoys the inner working of what happens at a morgue or specifically the medical examiner’s office. The story has drama, humor, some office politics and action. I think the story crosses several genres and will appeal to many different types of people.
OP: What is special about your book?
Lance: Well I think it is written from a perspective that hasn’t been seen before. Greg Benson is just an ordinary guy getting through life as best he can. He suddenly finds himself dealing with things and situations that never would have entered his mind that this stuff could happen. The book is written as a fiction but, I used the basis of real situations in the storyline. Some of the situations are twisted around a bit and I did not use real names or locations. I used a Steven king quote in the beginning of the book “Fiction is just the truth wrapped in lies” and I think there is a lot of validity in that statement.
OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?
Lance: I did a lot of research trying to find a book to compare it to and really did not find one that I could match it with. Most of the other books I have seen about Morgues or Medical Examiners seemed to be non-fiction case studies or were highlighting the deceased and what brought them into the morgue. This is a good story about a few years in the life of someone who was not really trained or equipped to deal with what he saw, but he managed to excel anyway. Everyday people never think about this stuff and what can and does happen on a daily basis.
OP: Have you published any other books?
Lance: I have co-written a movie script with a friend and it was shopped around and picked up by a major production company and they asked if I could write a sequel, so I did, and they loved that as well. Currently they are sitting in a holding pattern, but we are still in contact and they say they are going to produce them but won’t put a date on when.
OP: Do you plan to publish more?
Lance: Well I am an active paranormal investigator as well and have plans to write about a particular ghost hunt, I was on as well as another book that covers many other investigations I have done over the years. Who knows, if Life in the Morgue does well. I have enough stories and scenarios to write a sequel to that, maybe even a third.
OP: Thanks for your time, Lance! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lance Anderson spent most of his life as an ironworker until he decided it was time for a change. He took a job at the medical examiner’s office, where he worked for six years and assisted in more than two thousand cases until he was forced to retire due to vision problems. Life in the Morgue is his debut novel, but he has also written two movie scripts that are in the process of being produced.
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Diane Dettmann’s “Courageous Footsteps: A WWII Novel.” Fifteen-year-old Yasu Sakamoto loves living in California, but Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 turns her young life into a devastating nightmare. Anti-Japanese threats appear everywhere-even in her school. Her hopes and dreams unravel quickly when President Roosevelt orders the internment of all people of Japanese descent living along the West Coast. Surrounded by barbwire fences and the constant watch of armed guards, Yasu and her older brother, Haro, struggle to accept the overcrowded living conditions and hardships of camp life. The strict regulations and humiliation force them to make courageous choices that will change their lives forever. Medalist Winner-New Apple E-Book Awards, Winner-Pacific Rim Book Festival-Young Adult Category
Each month, Outskirts Press analyzes its overall book sales in order to identify and celebrate those works which have really connected with readers. In recent weeks, the ten books listed below have collectively sold more than 7,250 copies in total, representing a number of genres and formats.
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With sterling reviews from Bill Nelson (three-time NCAA champion and 1948 Olympian), Kirk Pendleton (1963 NCAA champion), Donald Rumsfeld (former Princeton wrestling team captain and United States Secretary of Defense), and Mike Caruso (three-time NCAA champion), this book is an absolute must-read.
Gerald Grant Leeman emerged from a life of poverty and addiction to become one of the greatest wrestlers and most beloved coaches in American history. Nicknamed “Germ” due to his small stature, Gerald and his nine siblings lived hardscrabble childhoods, but their Osage, Iowa, roots grew deep and served them well. In Germ’s case, those humble beginnings taught lessons that led to three state high school wrestling titles; serving as a Naval carrier pilot; an NCAA championship during which he was named Most Outstanding Wrestler; an Olympic silver medal; and a storied coaching career at Lehigh University. The son of an alcoholic father, Gerald battled the disease later in life with grace and dignity, and became a glowing example of the power of recovery and redemption. Tough Street illuminates Germ’s expansive impact on his siblings, teammates, children, and, most poignantly, his wrestlers at Lehigh, where famed Grace Hall’s arena bears his name. Gerald Leeman lived the American Dream.
Richard Sotelo Berlanga was born in King City, California, in 1946. At the age of 30, he was second-in-command of one of the largest crime families in the state. The Sotelo/Berlanga crime family controlled enormous swathes of the heroin and cocaine trade throughout the western United States. But three decades ago, Berlanga faced a literal “come-to-Jesus” experience that altered his life trajectory. Having been given a vision of his family’s impending incarceration–a vision that came to pass–Berlanga was then given an additional vision, one of a catastrophe that looms over us all. A harrowing and inspiring read all at once, “Our Final Hour” offers a way forward.
After a challenging Inca trail trek to Machu Picchu in 1985, Rae Lewis returned six months later to Cusco to understand more about the deeper emotional connection she felt while on that trek. In no time she was surrounded by the street children who accompanied her on walks, and happily taught her bad words in Spanish. These were not the best times in Peru for a solo woman and these wise ragamuffins she realized were looking out for her. They began to share their raw and dangerous reality.
So begins the long and compelling story of Rae Lewis, who wasn’t just content to witness some of the challenges facing young girls the world over, but who went and did something extraordinary in order to help. She launched the Chicuchas Wasi, a nonprofit organization, and then wrote this book to chronicle the experience and, hopefully, inspire readers to join her in her lifelong project. In an additional act of goodwill, all proceeds from this book’s sales go to Chicuchas Wasi.
The events of Hitler’s Last Christmas in some ways speak for themselves, but this is also one of history’s most overlooked military engagements. Kilburg revisits the Second World War and what happened on Sunday, December 24, 1944, when the 8th Air Force launched the largest air armada in the history of warfare. As Kilburg describes it, this was a desperate effort by the Allies to support the troops hopelessly hunkered down in the frigid weather of the Battle of the Bulge. The eventual success of those beleaguered troops was to some great measure due to the success of that Christmas Eve air mission. Unfortunately for history lovers everywhere, the details of the 8th Air Force mission #760 were misfiled shortly after the war and the magnitude of that day in December 1944 overlooked-until now. Hitler’s Last Christmas shares the accounts of the event both from the Air Force Archives and the memories of those brave flyers who participated in it. A worthy read for all history buffs!
Not everyone has had the chance to visit Springfield, Illinois, in order to take part in its rich history of locally owned and family operated neighborhood taverns. With this book in hand, however, readers all over the world can get a taste of the area’s tapestry of flavor. As authors Bobby and Sandy Orr put it, the tavern business was an honorable one; husband and wife worked it together and everyone respected them. People worked, worshiped and socialized together, their kids went to church and school together, and the friendships and stories generated were lasting and passed down for generations. There are local families who have been and still are in the tavern business in Springfield for over 75 years! Some of the most honest hard-working people around are the patrons of the neighborhood taverns. In an effort to document these neighbors’ tales, the Orrs set out to capture their voices and preserve each tavern’s unique contribution to the town and to the overall legacy of “tavern talk” — something you don’t have to be from Springfield in order to appreciate!
Dealing with love is never easy or straightforward, especially when it comes to prose and poetry, but Chidozie Osuwa handles this subject with a light touch and all of the grace of an artist sensitive to the complexities of experience. Hers is the heart of experience, and her language reflects the maturity of thought and wisdom gleaned from a lifetime of inquiry, exploration, and yes-the scars of heartbreak. Osuwa’s collection of poems avoids clichés and seizes upon fresh images, captivating readers everywhere and keeping this book in the Top 10 for yet another month.
When her third child was born with disabilities and cognitive delays, author Shelley Brouwer had more questions than answers, and was thrust into an uncertain world. With equal parts fear and determination, she set out to help her family and her daughter thrive. Navigating the murky waters of an undiagnosed disability and a rare medical disorder, Shelley learned as she went, and discovered along the way, her young daughter was her greatest teacher. After her daughter’s unspeakably tragic death at age 22, Brouwer found a way to navigate her grief–with words. In this heartbreaking but powerful memoir, Brouwer offers readers the opportunity to share the emotional struggles her family sometimes faced, and the small triumphs (seemingly huge) her daughter achieved. Brouwer wrote to fill a void on bookstore shelves, creating a one-of-a-kind book for those needing equal parts reality, guidance, and encouragement in the face of hardship.
A timely and no-holds-barred exploration of government corruption, this non-fiction account investigates the theft of trillions of U.S. dollars. If that’s not enough to make you sit up and pay close attention, this book keeps providing more and more reasons. It takes on the ratings agencies, the banks, the politicians, the FBI, the U.S. Attorneys Office, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and more–all in pursuit of the truth. Where did that money go, and what can we do to prevent such theft from happening again?
We can all do with a good dose of positive psychology! In Mind Boss, Mike Gillette provides an action plan for unconditional achievement in any area readers choose. After proposing some new techniques combined with centuries-old secrets and Mike’s personal observations of some of the world’s most successful business leaders, Mind Boss teaches specific lessons on how to direct one’s thoughts, focus one’s intention and attain the outcomes one most needs out of life. Described as a “fluff-free field-manual for no-excuses living,” this is a necessary addition to any bookshelf.
In another sterling addition to the self-help canon of literature, The Core of Four proposes that building a strong foundation for human performance is crucial to achieving one’s ultimate goal of personal success. In it, author Tim Page-Bottorf offers insights for those looking to build up their workplaces and personal lives with sustainability and resilience, and for those who are done with tough, convoluted approaches to boosting performance. In a book that is both delightfully straightforward and totally unexpected, Page-Bottorf walks readers through the one easy question he proposes for altering one’s whole life trajectory: “Have you M.A.P.P.E.D. out your day?”
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