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Commander George

by Dick Hettenbaugh

(4.5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)

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Dick Hettenbaugh’s “Commander George.” After the great “Yellowstone Disaster,” four billion people have perished from Earth, and only the advanced societies have survived – forming ten Districts that now control the world. Two young people, George and Charlee rise to high positions. Commander George is now a captain of deep space. Committed to the New World Order, they will soon discover there is another dimension. With underlying themes of past lives and reincarnation, Commander George is a thrilling, fast-paced saga about two people tasked with saving Earth from unfriendly aliens.

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Self-Publishing Author Robert W. Leonard Jr. Discusses A Trail of Many Tales: The Discovery of the Fish Lake Cutoff on the Old Spanish Trail

Author Robert W. Leonard Jr. is taking his latest book A Trail of Many Tales: The Discovery of the Fish Lake Cutoff on the Old Spanish Trail, on tour — a Virtual Book Tour with Outskirts Press. 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 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 Robert W. Leonard Jr. and A Trail of Many Tales: The Discovery of the Fish Lake Cutoff on the Old Spanish Trail as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!


Luckily for us, Robert 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 A Trail of Many Tales: The Discovery of the Fish Lake Cutoff on the Old Spanish Trail.

OP: Tell us a little bit about A Trail of Many Tales: The Discovery of the Fish Lake Cutoff Along the Old Spanish Trail. What is it about?

Robert: The Old Spanish Trail is one of 22 National Historic Trails in the United States. From our studies we found that the trail began in the late 1700’s as a Spanish slave and trade route from Santa Fe, NM to the central Utah area. By 1829, the trail was pushed into southern California and carried commerce back and forth from New Mexico to Los Angeles. The book centers on the archaeological discovery of a cutoff trail from Interstate 70, east of Salina, Utah back to the main branch at Junction, Utah. The path saved only 22 miles but took travelers past Fish Lake with its abundant fisheries resource and foraging areas, a much-needed reprise from the deserts of eastern Utah and the looming presence of the Mojave Desert to the west. The book uses historical documentation, tribal lore, archaeological surveys and excavations, and state-of-art scientific methods to define this 72-mile shortcut.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Robert: The last nine years of my 38-year career as the Fishlake National Forest archaeologist were invested in identifying the Fish Lake Cutoff. Because the project had been funded by the American taxpayer, I felt an obligation to formally report the findings of this effort. In doing so, we were able fill in some of the many blanks in the history of Utah dealing with the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Robert: Due to U.S. Forest Service regulations, the book was unable to be published by the agency. Instead, I self-published using Outskirts Press, Inc.

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

Robert: The book will appeal to people not only interested in western history but to those folks who are fascinated by the detective side of archaeology. A Trail of Many Tales was accomplished using the expertise of many people from livestock handlers to the LIDAR technicians circling the cutoff in an aircraft. Every tool in the chest was used to solve this perplexing challenge of tracing a heavily used corridor that, on the surface, did not leave a lot of obvious evidence. In the end, the vestiges of the trail were overwhelming.

OP: What is special about your book?

Robert: In A Trail of Many Tales, we, beyond doubt, identify the trail once traversed by small groups of travelers, mule trains from New Mexico, and the return from California of hundreds to thousands of horses and mules. Herding techniques were examined and we were surprised to learn that a thousand head of stock could be managed by only 15 to 20 drovers.

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

Robert: There is only one somewhat specific article about travel on the cutoff. This is a firsthand account by Lt. George Brewerton (USA) who traveled with Kit Carson in 1848 from Los Angeles to New Mexico on the Old Spanish Trail. Known only as the “trail to California,” the young lieutenant wrote about a series of isolated events and locations while on a journey across what would be later called the Fish Lake Cutoff. He notes finding a stream feeding Fish Lake where the men of the party waded in and threw hundreds of spawning fish onto the shore. Brewerton also details finding the remains of seven individuals from Arkansas that had been killed by the Ute Indians in a “gorge” near the lake. In my book, we identify not only the location of these events but most every lineal foot of this trail which followed inscriptions, blazes, cairns, swales, trade goods and subsurface traces of sporormiella, a fungus spore associated with livestock dung. During the investigation, we also noted that the “trail” was actually a travel corridor measuring 50 feet in width to over a thousand feet.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Robert: I have written hundreds of archaeological reports and management plans but never published a book.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Robert: No. In retirement, I plan on revisiting the significant archaeological sites that I never had the time to record when employed and assigned to different project areas. For example, pithouses a thousand years old, a possible Fremont solstice site, a maybe Old Spanish Trail layover camp, and an intriguing tree blaze that may have been left by Jedediah Smith.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Bob Leonard was born into a military family and had the opportunity to travel the world from Heidelberg, Germany to Ft. Carson, Colorado and became a history buff at the side of his dad, a U.S. Army officer. Trips to Pompeii, Rome, Stonehenge and the like were vacations during the family’s six year tour of duty in Europe. Bob attended Clarke Memorial College, Louisiana College and Colorado State University between 1968 and 1975 majoring in history, anthropology and archaeology. At Colorado State, Bob found and excavated the long-lost ice house at Bent’s Old Fort on the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail. After graduate school, he became a Park Ranger at Mesa Verde NP in Colorado. In 1980, he accepted the Forest Archaeologist position on the Fishlake NF in south central Utah. During his 40 year career, Bob was named the Intermountain Region Archaeologist of the Year twice, received the National Interpreter of the Year award, was given the Citizen of the Year Award by Utah State Parks and was the recipient of a Certificate of Merit for his work on the Old Spanish Trail. Bob retired from the Forest Service in 2017 and now lives in Marysvale Utah, a stone’s throw from the Old Spanish Trail.

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

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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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The Value of Self-Publishing Multiple Formats/Editions

We all remember the fervor that overtook the publishing industry when eBooks hit the mainstream. Suddenly, it was the fastest-growing segment and everyone was anxious to make sure their books had an Amazon Kindle eBook Edition, a Barnes & Noble NOOK Edition, an eBook edition that was available on iTunes, and through Apple iBookstore, etc.

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And the excitement of the new eBook market lasted for several years, in fact, to such a degree that some authors began publishing their books ONLY as eBook editions, because they liked the speed and convenience of it.

But then a funny thing happened. With the exception of a fortunate few (you know, the eBook authors you’ve read about in the news), eBook-only editions failed to reach the lofty promises of all that hype! It turns out, people still like touching actual books. So the publication of paperbacks and hardbacks jumped back into the fray, along with their newfound format–the eBook!

And then, almost overnight, another new format caught readers’ (or should we say listeners’) attention: audiobooks.  With longer daily commutes, not to mention the convenience afforded by Audible, and the tendency of people to multi-task more than ever, audiobooks soon became the fastest-growing segment.

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Add Large Print and/or multi-media-enabled editions, and traditional publishers were looking at greater complexities and thinner profit margins for each book they gambled on. Soon, in many cases, particularly for the “mid-listers,” traditional publishers were having to make tough choices about which format(s) they would publish/maintain, and which format(s) they would allow to “expire” (much to the chagrin of their authors). Without the zero-inventory convenience available through POD self-publishing, traditional publishers frequently could not justify the time/expense of supporting a growing family of formats for every book. It just stopped making economic sense.

Which is why more books are now self-published than are published by all the traditional publishers combined! With print-on-demand (POD) self-publishing, you never have to worry about your publisher expiring one of your editions, ceasing future print runs, or not helping you pursue each and every format you are interested in.

Hint: You should be interested in all of them.

After all, you never know whether the potential reader you reach via your marketing efforts is going to prefer a paperback, an eBook, a hardback, a large print edition, or an audiobook; so make sure all those choices are available. Once the initial cost of publishing each format is absorbed, the economies of scale in the POD self-publishing world allow authors to affordably maintain all the formats they want, for as long as they want.

Talk about a happy ending!

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Grinza’s Orchard: An Enchanted Tale

by Leonard I. Eckhaus

(4.5 Stars – 27 Customer Reviews)

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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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How do bestselling self-published authors sell so many books? Sure, they often use high-quality publishers like Outskirts Press, so their books look great on the inside and out, but most bestselling authors also have multiple formats of their books available for sale. When you have a paperback version, a hardback, an Amazon Kindle eBook, NOOK eBook, and Apple eBook, you provide discerning readers 5 different formats from which to choose. This translates to more availability worldwide, better search results, more browsers, and more buyers.

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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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