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Water Wars: Sharing the Colorado River

by Bruce J. Carter, Ph.D., and Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D.

(5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

Bruce J. Carter, Ph.D., and Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D.’s “Water Wars: Sharing the Colorado River.” Water scarcity in the Western United States is a huge threat and future availability of adequate water supplies is in doubt. In this independently funded study, the authors address the future of the world’s supplies of clean water, exploring in depth the U.S.A.’s Colorado River Basin, where a variety of approaches have been used and proposed to manage provision and allocation of the Colorado River water. Traditional approaches and policy options are discussed along with the use of Bayes’s theorem, a mathematical approach to predicting droughts and floods.

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Grinza’s Orchard: An Enchanted Tale

by Leonard I. Eckhaus

(4.5 Stars – 27 Customer Reviews)

Price: $13.95

Leonard I. Eckhaus’s “Grinza’s Orchard: An Enchanted Tale” is the story of a Gypsy girl growing up in the early 1900’s in Romania. At five years old, she is gifted her own cherry tree and it becomes the centerpiece of the story as she grows up dreaming of one day having her own full-blown cherry orchard. Laugh with her as she is willing to try anything to get rid of her freckles… cry with her as she gives up her greatest possession to save her parents… cheer for her as she reaches her lifelong dream… and follow her as she grows up, gets married and has children of her own. “You will fall in love with Grinza!” For children of all ages from 8 to 100.

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Self-Publishing Book Tour: I will get by: As long as I have you by Judith Welsh

Author Judith Welsh is taking her latest book I will get by: As long as I have you 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 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 Judith Welsh and I will get by: As long as I have you as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Judith 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 I will get by: As long as I have you.

OP: Tell us a little bit about I will get by: As long as I have you. What is it about?

Judith: It’s the third book in my series about Grand Duchess Tatiana and her husband Mikhail this time they travel to the front to pick up his brother’s body and return it to Tambov to bury him next to his wife. While there they learn of the death of Grand Duke Konstantinovich they return to the front to pick up Tsar Nickolas and Alexei to attend to his funeral.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Judith: I was reading another historical novel and googled something, and Tatiana popped up. While reading it I realized how wrong we had it and decided to tell her story. To give her voice back to her showing she wasn’t the isolated princess as we were led to believe.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Judith: After being rejected by several publishers a friend told me about Outskirts Press. I went with them and they’ve held my hand through the publishing process. I couldn’t be happier I’ve learn so much.

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

Judith: I think the readers who would enjoy this series are ones that are interested in history with a different twist. For years the people in power have written they’re own history to show themselves in a positive light ignoring the truth. Then there are others who claim differently and present the facts that aren’t quite true. You have to look at both and somewhere in between is the actual truth.

OP: What is special about your book?

Judith: I present and talk about mental health issues. For example, I believe Empress Alexandra suffered from Post Traumatic Syndrome with an emphasis on depression and some sort of Anxiety disorder. She lost her mother at the tender age of seven during a diphtheria outbreak. Then spent most of her vacations and holidays with Queen Victoria. During her withdrawal from the world that must have had a profound impact on her. Her behavior when Alexei had a bleed most certainly had an impact on her four girls. She was often over-heard berating them for something they did whether it was real or not. It’s known she would be the only one who would nurse Alexei until she fell from exhaustion with debilitating headaches. I think her Anxiety disorder was a fear of leading. Imagine you’re one of the crowds than your actually leading the crowd. One that is made up of people who either outright hate you and spread lies and disinformation about you.

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

Judith: That’s a tuff question I think it’s because I’ve added fantasy characters for example Father Benedikt, Geyl, and the imps Makar and Iosif. I really have fun with them and they’ll appear more in the series. I’ve also added bumbling thieves Ioakim and Boirya when I introduce the old man. Believe me you haven’t seen the last of them.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Judith: Yes, the first three books in what is now a series.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Judith: Absolutely I’m working closely with my editor on the next book in the series, which I hope to publish in the spring. It’s about what was going on in Russia just before the Revolution which includes Rasputin’s murder. Not to mention what happens to Prince Nikita and the trials he experiences; the last book will end in 2008.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Judith Welsh is a retired Clinical Social Worker. She and her husband live on the seacoast of New Hampshire, where they enjoy wildlife and natural beauty.

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

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Outskirts Press Presents Bernice L. Dunlap, author of When the Bullying Stopped

Author Bernice L. Dunlap is taking her latest book When the Bullying Stopped on tour — 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 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 Bernice L. Dunlap and When the Bullying Stopped as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Bernice 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 When the Bullying Stopped.

OP: Tell us a little bit about When the Bullying Stopped. What is it about?

Bernice: This story is about an eight-year-old boy named Peter, who was in the third grade at Leonard Street Elementary School. Alex and his friends, Max and Jax, picked on Peter every day. These boys were also in the third grade at the same school. This bullying made life miserable for Peter, and he knew he had to find the courage to tell his parents how Alex and his friends were terrorizing him at school.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Bernice: I decided to write to inspire and motivate children experiencing bullying or who may do so in the future.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Bernice: I got my book published by sending in the manuscript to Outskirts Press Inc. They approved my manuscript. Then, I choose my illustrator. My illustrator and I worked together as a team to draw and match up pictures to the story to make the book come alive

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

Bernice: The types of readers interested in my book include parents, teachers, youth leaders, and 5-9-year-olds.

OP: What is special about your book?

Bernice: What is special about my book is that it helps children find courage in their encounters with bullies and teaches them how not to be bullies.

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

Bernice: What differentiates it from other books in the same category is that it is a diversified colorful picture book about bullying that acts as a mirror for children to see themselves in other characters and experiences.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Bernice: Yes, I have published two other children’s books.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Bernice: Yes, I plan to publish two more children’s books in the future.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bernice L. Dunlap was born in North Carolina, where she resides today. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education and enjoys reading and telling stories to children and helping them with their fears.

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

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Self-Publishing Author Kevin Vachna Discusses OBSOLETE: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!)

Author Kevin Vachna is taking his latest book OBSOLETE: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!) 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 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 Kevin Vachna and OBSOLETE: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!) as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Kevin 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 OBSOLETE: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!).

OP: Tell us a little bit about OBSOLETE: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!). What is it about?

Kevin: OBSOLETE is a thrilling adventure about the future of school, technology, and society. Crime, Disease, and Poverty are all but extinct. Democracy is decided in real-time with lightning-fast ease. Holographic projections are at everyone’s fingertips, swallowing them in in a world of constant entertainment and communication. There’s just one problem: the kids are all becoming hyperactive, disconnected screen-addicts. The America Learns Initiative, a federal program under the Department of Restructure, has a solution: The Success Spheres! Championing the mantra, “Do nothing and learn!” this state of the art technology promises to save the failing school system, its students, and teachers, once and for all. After an unauthorized history lesson, Professor T is reassigned to one of the worst performing schools around. There, unlikely allies and hidden threats lead T to revelations about a conspiracy with sinister roots. What T discovers could threaten to overturn the ALI’s Success Sphere program and the very foundations of society, itself.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Kevin: I wrote and drew this graphic novel after being inspired by what I saw in the schools every day. There were never enough resources and they were always pushing for something that wasn’t in the students’ best interest but their own. And that’s when an over-reliance on technology infected our schools. I watched teachers replaced by screens. Education stagnated and the children suffered most of all. Over the past decade I have been witness to, participant in, and victim of this drastic transformation inside the New York City public school system. They’ve embraced detrimental practices under the guise of technological reform. There are computers in every classroom, but students enter through metal detectors and undergo body-searches. More often than not, teachers are encouraged to use media such as YouTube to entertain and pacify students while passing them through to graduation. Like parts in a machine, these overworked teachers are replaced by younger, cheaper ones. Students graduate into a world in which they are wildly under-prepared to participate let alone prosper. The What-If, nightmare scenario of where this path might lead and the underlying dangers for society are realized in the world and characters of my graphic novel, OBSOLETE.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Kevin: As we shifted to screen learning during the pandemic, the relevance of what I wrote seemed increasingly important, so I was encouraged to publish OBSOLETE and share my story. Outskirts Press accepted my manuscript and has been incredibly supportive throughout this process.

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

Kevin: Parents, teachers, and students (ages 15+) will benefit from reading this book and will connect with its important lessons and themes. People involved in school and education will connect with this and hopefully re-examine the effects technology has on education and their lives. For high school students and teachers, this book offers confirmation of many unspoken frustrations and fears they may have. The visual nature of this graphic novel creates avenues for reluctant readers to reach places of comprehension and introspection. Additionally, lovers of science fiction and/or dystopian fiction will enjoy this, as well, due to the major conflicts and tensions with technology in this book. Anyone who has attended (or is attending) High School will be interested in this graphic novel. There is some violence, so I wouldn’t want to give it to anyone under 15.

OP: What is special about your book?

Kevin: I spent the last decade working as a teacher and eventually an administrator in several NYC public schools. Slowly, but surely, I found myself experiencing what F. Scott Fitzgerald called “Emotional Bankruptcy.” It was emotionally draining, and I felt like I was continuously being forced to make ethical compromises for the sake of data. The stress of this time period was like nothing I had ever felt before. I started to reflect on the plight of the students and teachers around me. I needed a way to process these experiences. I also felt like there were a lot of sinister decisions made “behind the curtain” of which most people were oblivious. I’ve always written as a way to process and make sense of my own experiences, but my writing career has truly been a search for an appropriate medium. I’ve written stories, poems, novels, scripts, but this time I decided I’d experiment with a graphic novel. I love graphic novels, use them in my teaching, and found them influential in my own literacy development. So I began the 3-year process of learning to draw, and finally finished my graphic novel, OBSOLETE: A Teacher’s Tale (of tomorrow, today!). As we shifted to screen learning during the COVID pandemic, the relevance of what I wrote seemed increasingly important, so I was encouraged to publish OBSOLETE and share my story.

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

Kevin: As a teacher with over ten years of classroom experience, published author, and frequent media expert on themes involving technology and culture, my life has centered on pedagogy, analysis, and storytelling. I believe the characters and setting are unique among other science fiction books, dystopian fiction books, and graphic novels. The setting of the school is a location most readers will have intimate knowledge of and experience with, despite there not being many dystopian, science fiction stories that take place in school. The characters also are relatable due to their interactions with and dependency on technology like cellphones and computers. In a time of distance learning and increasing screen-time, many individuals (including teachers, students, and parents) are beginning to seriously contemplate the impact of technology in the classroom and on our lives. While technophobia is an emerging mood in fiction, OBSOLETE focuses heavily on these themes and moods in a way I believe has not yet been explored and discussed, prior.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Kevin: In 2009, at the age of 21, I published a short novel, Summer of the Fall.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Kevin: Absolutely! I currently teach English at a private high school in Westchester, NY, host a film discussion series on television, and use any remaining time to work on the next volume in the OBSOLETE series. In addition to all that, I’m hard at work, developing a new graphic novel, End of the World, where two college students must team-up with the Antichrist to prevent the Apocalypse.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

In the spring of 2009, at the age of 21, Kevin published a short novel, Summer of the Fall, through Outskirts Press. He spent the next few summers editing a second, experimental novel, Not All Vampires Suck Blood and a screen play, titled End of the World. For ten years, Vachna was employed as a high school English teacher at a New York City public school in the Bronx. In 2012, Kevin completed an English Literature MA at Lehman College. In 2016, he received a Masters in School Administration. The completion of Kevin’s latest project OBSOLETE in 2019 came on the footsteps of his exit from the New York City Department of Education. Neither parties elected to comment on any meta-narrative connections between art and life. Currently, Kevin teaches English at a private high school in Westchester, New York and hosts a film discussion show on television.

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Mermaid Eclipse

by N.E. Carlisle

(5 Stars – 16 Customer Reviews)

Price: $16.95

N.E. Carlisle’s “Mermaid Eclipse.” Muriel and Morgan are twins, siblings so close that sometimes it’s a struggle to find their own identities. With their ailing mother and narcissistic father, their life is challenging enough — and then Aunt Mallory dies in a mysterious boating accident, revealing a family curse. The twins set out to uncover the truth about their family. But, is their reality just an illusion? This book is perfect for any young adult interested in mythical creatures and the lore of the sea.

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Forger of Empire: A Novel of Genghis Khan

by Jeanne Blanchet

(5 Stars – 8 Customer Reviews)

Price: $22.95

Jeanne Blanchet’s “Forger of Empire: A Novel of Genghis Khan.” In this impeccably researched novel, this historical fiction author provides fascinating insight into the varied facets of the renowned Genghis Khan, the shrewd and brutal conqueror. Two rare occurrences at his birth were considered signs portending future greatness and power. As a young man, he rose from poverty and obscurity against all odds to become a military warrior and political leader who builds the largest contiguous land empire the world had ever known.

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The Gang: A Small Town Police Force – Sarcastic, irreverent, and crude to each other, yet loyal to the best interests of its citizens

by M.J. Biersbach

(5 Stars – 4 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

M.J. Biersbach’s “The Gang: A Small Town Police Force – Sarcastic, irreverent, and crude to each other, yet loyal to the best interests of its citizens” is a humorous, at times sarcastic, collection of short fictional tales based on the real-life experiences of the quirky yet dedicated police officers who patrol a rural tourism and fishing hub on the East Coast. Author Biersbach will delight and entertain as he draws upon his twenty-five years working in law enforcement.

 

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Robbie B.

by Diane D. Poczobut

(5 Stars – 7 Customer Reviews)

Price: $12.95

Diane D. Poczobut’s “Robbie B.” Are faith and attention to detail enough to overcome autism and save his closest friend? Robert Burton McGuire has encountered the biggest personal dilemma of his young life.. He overcomes the odds when he conquers his fears to save his friend who is kidnapped. Robbie B.’s innocence, faith, caring attitude, and determination make him an endearing, charismatic character. This could be the biggest personal dilemma of his young life.

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Moose, Baseball And A Friend Named Dutch

by Janet Wykes Moore

(5 Stars – 6 Customer Reviews)

Price: $12.95

Janet Wykes Moore’s “Moose, Baseball And A Friend Named Dutch.” Ten-year-old Joe Baker is moving from Minnesota to Alaska and he is leaving behind his baseball team. Joe is excited when seeing his first moose, a cow and her newborn calf and begins keeping a moose journal and photograph record. But, Joe is torn about what to do about baseball. Should he accept his new life and new baseball team in Alaska or should he go back and play with his old team? His new friend, Dutch, begs him to stay. What should he do?

 

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