Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: Madelyn I. Sawyer

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About the Author:

Madelyn Sawyer started her aviation career by serving in the United States Navy as an air traffic controller based in Puerto Rico. She has worked for the FAA for more than 30 years; 25 of those years as a special agent. Her aviation career beyond the FAA has including soloing in a Cessna-150, flying as a flight attendant, working in airline crew scheduling, and teaching water survival classes to pilots and flight attendants.
Away from the world of aviation, Madelyn has two children and three grandchildren. She is a distance runner and an avid outdoor enthusiast. In 2009 she launched a business called Grandmothers on the Run (www.grandmothersontherun.com ), an online clothing company for active, busy, and very proud grandmothers.

Hired to Protect: Adventures of a Federal Air Marshal

Maggie Stewart didn’t gain the nickname “Mad Dog Stewart” without a reason. From the charred remains of an airline tragedy, Maggie Stewart’s career began as a Federal Air Marshal. From that point on, her career, and her life, would never be the same. Chapter after chapter, this spell-binding story tells of her brushes with danger and intrigue, every page telling of her incredible adventures as she flies around the world “Hired to Protect” passengers and crew members, while on duty as a Federal Air Marshal for the United States Government.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 202 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Aug 16, 2012)
ISBN10: 143279390X
ISBN13: 9781432793906
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers

Hired to Defend

Maggie Stewart didn’t get the nickname “Mad Dog Stewart” without reason. She’s determined and tough, meeting the rigorous physical and personal requirements to serve as a Federal Air Marshal—a job that allows her to travel the world, but also demands the very best she has to give, under stressful circumstances. Traveling armed and in teams, Maggie faces danger and tragedy that most people see only in the movies. Maggie’s life changes professionally and personally when she leaves the air marshal cadre for a promotion to a Supervisory Special Agent. The stress and politics intensify, but the terrorist plots aren’t slowing down. From California to Washington DC, Maggie’s field experience and dedication are put to the test every day—and she is faced with personal sacrifices that her calling requires. This exciting real-life story is a compelling portrait of a woman who rose to a position of incredibly demanding accountability, and who faced life and death decisions. Travel along with Maggie and learn the reality of what it means to serve and protect—both in the air and behind the scenes!

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 186 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Feb 27, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478726962
ISBN13: 9781478726968
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers

Hired To Serve: The Third Book of the Adventures of a Federal Air Marshal

Maggie Stewart didn’t get the nickname “Mad Dog Stewart” for no reason. She’s determined and tough. She passed the rigorous requirements to serve as a Federal Air Marshal with flying colors–and now she’s facing new challenges. When she leaves the air marshal cadre, little does she know that she’s in for the fight of her life. The stress and politics intensify, but the terrorist plots aren’t slowing down. After experiencing the most horrific day in American history, she not only fights against terrorism, but enemies from within. This exciting behind-the-scenes real-life story is a compelling portrait of a woman who rose to a position of incredibly demanding accountability and personal sacrifice. Travel along with Maggie and learn the reality of what it means to protect, defend, and serve this great country of ours.

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Format: 6 x 9 Black & White Paperback, 156 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Mar 13, 2015)
ISBN10: 1478752831
ISBN13: 9781478752837
Genre: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Adventurers & Explorers

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Self-Publishing Author Spotlight: TJ Viola

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About the Author:

Tom and Judy Viola were both raised on Staten Island, New York. Tom is a retired engineer with an interest in the Roaring Twenties and its impact on American culture. Judy is a retired middle school science teacher and registered nurse with an interest in history, science, and the power of language. Since completing The Gumshoe Chronicles, the Violas are currently working on a new science fiction project.
The Gumshoe Chronicles: 1920

In New York City during Prohibition, only gutter rules apply.

New York City, 1920. “I’ve killed more people in the last year than I did in the entire war,” says newly minted private eye Joey Batista.

No wonder the DA is after him. But so are Chicago mobsters, a New York drug lord, a corrupt politician, a viperous hit man and even his old gang. Not even Joey’s tight Italian family can keep him out of trouble. In fact, they’ve got secrets of their own. It helps to have a friend on the police force and the respect of the local mob boss.

And it doesn’t hurt to have two gorgeous assistants who keep their wits sharp, their knives close and their beds warm. But only Joey can solve the one case that truly haunts him — the mysterious deaths of several young girls at the hands of a serial killer, the same thug who might have murdered the only woman Joey ever loved.

In New York City during Prohibition, only gutter rules apply. And Joey learns if you’re gonna survive, you gotta call up your demons, and just hope they don’t destroy you.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 425 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Nov 20, 2008)
ISBN10: 1432736914
ISBN13: 9781432736910
Genre: FICTION / General


The Gumshoe Chronicles 1921

In 1920s New York, the streets hold no secrets—if you’ve got the right connections.

New York City, 1921. “Get too close to the Mafia and you’ll be nothing more than a puppet with the Syndicate pulling the strings.” It’s not the first time Joey Batista, private eye, has heard this warning, but this time he’s honor-bound by his family’s ties to Castellano, the neighborhood mob boss. When Castellano brings in Joey to solve a local waterfront murder, then sends him to Detroit to help settle a Mafia power struggle, Joey realizes his hopes of building a nice, quiet PI business with his gorgeous partner, Jackie, are dashed. If that weren’t enough, he’s also being pursued by a killer with a blood vendetta, an unscrupulous DA, and a pair of notorious hit men. When Castellano’s family is threatened, Joey is drawn deeper into the inner workings of the underworld, pitting him against a foe so deadly that even Joey’s wartime skills as an assassin might not save him. As the neighborhood braces for a Mafia standoff, Joey must decide once and for all where he stands.

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 433 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Apr 13, 2012)
ISBN10: 1432787950
ISBN13: 9781432787950
Genre: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / General

The Gumshoe Chronicles 1922

In 1920s New York, sometimes enemies make surprising bedfellows.

New York City, 1922. “I can’t protect the neighborhood forever,” says private eye, Joey Batista, but what choice does he have? With Prohibition in full swing, the rules are changing, and Mafia bosses, like Big Ben Napoli, will sacrifice anything to claim their place in the new order. When Castellano steps down and appoints his ruthless son as the new godfather, Joey finds himself once again in the middle of a Mafia power struggle. To restore balance, he seeks assistance from two unlikely allies, former members of his WWI elite fighting troop who have ties to the growing Communist Party. When Joey’s best friend, Sergeant Mike O’Reilly, is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, Joey’s long-standing feud with the corrupt DA comes to a head, just as the streets of his neighborhood turn into a battleground. But how can Joey keep the peace without sacrificing what matters most – his family and the love of the only woman who has stood with him through it all?

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Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Black & White Paperback, 431 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (Sep 09, 2014)
ISBN10: 1478738936
ISBN13: 9781478738930
Genre: FICTION / Crime

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New York Times Features Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Nikki DuBose

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The New York Times Holiday Edition features self-publishing author Nikki DuBose.

About the Author

Nikki DuBose is a former model, host, and commercial actress who has appeared on the covers of and in editorials for magazines such as Maxim, Glamour, Vogue and Vanity Fair. She is now a writer and public speaker. She is an advocate for mental health and uses her experiences to connect with others.

Washed Away: From Darkness to Light

Nikki DuBose recently turned her career focus towards writing, public speaking, and mental health advocacy and draws firsthand experience from a long-standing battle with childhood abuse, sexual victimization, self-harm, addictions, eating disorders and various mental health issues. Her articles appear regularly online for The Huffington Post, the National Eating Disorders Association, Eating Disorder Hope, Recovery Warriors and Clinical Addiction Recovery Institute (C.A.R.I.).

Her recovery story and advocacy work have been profiled on CBS Los Angeles, People, The Inquisitr, L.A. Weekly and Esquire, among many others. In addition to writing, speaking and advocacy, Nikki is pursuing her degree in psychology, with the goal of one day obtaining her Ph.D.

With the help of James Johanson, who is a strategy consultant and the author of The Road to Wellness: Mastering Mind, Body and Environment, Nikki brings her story to the world with her personal memoir in Washed Away: From Darkness to Light.

Washed Away: From Darkness to Light is an incredible story of one brave woman’s perseverance in the face of daunting life circumstances. Nikki DuBose details her chilling experiences with an eating disorder, childhood sexual abuse, alcoholism and drug abuse – and how she found the strength to rise above and find recovery. This powerful read will inspire those in their own recovery journeys.” —Kristina Saffran, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director at Project HEAL

“I was truly amazed by her determination to live life. I saw a woman that had every reason to quit and remain silent, but she chose to break through every obstacle that challenged her. I am very grateful that she has taken on the challenge to not only speak about her experiences, but to fight for change in laws that will empower children and survivors to protect themselves. We all need to learn from Nikki and use our voices to create positive change. It is no longer okay for the silence to outweigh the tough discussion. Ignorance will not stop child sex predators from harming our children.” —Matthew Sandusky, Founder & Executive Director of Peaceful Hearts Foundation, Author (Undaunted: Breaking My Silence to Overcome the Trauma of Child Sexual Abuse), Speaker

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New York Times Features Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Joseph Bronson

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The New York Times Holiday Edition features self-publishing author Joseph Bronson.

About the Author

His successful business with global responsibilities has enabled Joseph Bronson to enjoy a unique set of golfing experiences throughout the world. Joe is a member of the Monterey Peninsula Country Club in Pebble Beach, and Cordevalle Golf Club in San Martin California (Host of the 2016 US Women’s Open). He plays golf and practices at least twice a week. He and his wife, Linda, live in San Jose and Pebble Beach, and they have two grown children who also reside in California. Golf Chronicles is his first book.

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Golf Chronicles:
An Amateur’s Lifelong Dedication to the Game

Join the fun in this celebration of all things golf—a series of life stories, vignettes, and essays from the perspective of an ordinary player who simply loves the game. Joe Bronson has played golf for the past 40 years at courses all over the world—from 84 of the top 100 US venues to England, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, and even Israel. His book includes an account of the hardest holes and the most enjoyable holes he has played, as well as insights into the current state of the game. From his first round of golf at age 25 to reaching a handicap of four, this dedicated player’s passion for the game shines through in his entertaining yet informative collection of Golf Chronicles.

The book also discusses the current state of the game and some recommendations as to how it can be improved. A surprise ending is also in store for the reader who dares to dive into the final story.

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New York Times Features Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Keith Elkins

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The New York Times Holiday Edition features self-publishing author Keith Elkins.

About the Author

A Buffalo resident, Keith Elkins retired from Empire State College as a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor in 1997. He’s since been a volunteer in support of children, working adults and seniors. Currently, he’s founder/writer/performer with the Brainstormers, who dramatize and then discuss with seniors issues of concern to them.


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On his 40th birthday, community college teacher Eldred Duker feels he’s getting older faster and faster. Childless, he and his wife Marie visit the orphanage he and his now-estranged sister Anne lived in as small children and, as Marie has long wanted to do, end up adopting six-year-old Hope. Hope is sexually assaulted at age 16. Herself molested by one of their mother’s male friends as a child, Anne comes for a visit to help. After Hope is on her own, Marie is killed in a car accident. Slowly at first, Duke starts losing his grip on reality. He seeks revenge on the man whose vehicle killed Marie, looks for relief of his pain by taking a yoga class, falls in love with the instructor Rachel, marries her, sees his daughter Hope married to Dirk and helps Rachel bury her mother. During these years, Duke’s judgment deteriorates. He causes a car accident that kills Rachel, starts drinking regularly and tracks down the man who killed Marie to forgive him and thus himself. Hope and Anne eventually realize that he is no longer capable of taking care of himself and place him a Continuing Care Retirement Community. There, when ER tests given after he breaks a leg reveal that he has a fast-acting fatal disease, they move him back to his old home. Having separated from Dirk, Hope moves in to take care of him and arranges for hospice care. Along with her now-adult children, she and Anne attend his death.

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New York Times Features Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Herbert David Teitelbaum

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The New York Times Holiday Edition features self-publishing author Herbert David Teitelbaum.

About the Author

Rabbi Teitelbaum and his wife Robin have two sons and five grandchildren. The Teitelbaum’s presently live in a retirement residence in Palo Alto, California.

As a Mighty Stream: The Life of an American Rabbi

As a Mighty Stream is the personal memoir of Rabbi Teitelbaum.

Rabbi H. David Teitelbaum is a native of San Francisco. In 1951 he was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. He holds an M.A. in Educational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

He served as an Army Chaplain during the Korean War. He joined Martin Luther King, Jr. in the struggle for civic rights in Selma Alabama in 1965. In a 1976 mission to the Soviet Union, he brought support to Jewish refuseniks. After serving Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City, California for 38 years, he is now Rabbi Emeritus. He has published four booklets on Jewish life cycle events.

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New York Times Features Outskirts Press Self-Publishing Author Gerald W. Shaw

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The New York Times Holiday Edition features self-publishing author Gerald W. Shaw.

About the Author

Gerald W. Shaw is a retired trial attorney licensed in Ohio and Kentucky. He lives on a small farm in Ewing, Kentucky. He holds an A.B. degree from the University of Kentucky, with a major in political science and a minor in history. He also holds a J.D. degree from Cleveland State University. He spent 8  years in the United States Navy and worked for 10 years for the Ohio Supreme Court.

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Henry O’Day, a lawyer-planter widower with a teenaged daughter, owns a small plantation on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee in 1860. He secretly is a part of the Underground Railroad, sending runaway slaves north. While he is on a journey to Jackson, Mississippi to rescue a slave woman (the wife of one of the Negroes on his plantation) who has been taken from Crossville, Tennessee to be sold, Republican radicals in Congress are planning to pass punitive legislation which will ensure that plantation owners who continued to keep slaves after President Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation will have their lands confiscated and given to their former slaves. In addition, the owners will be sentenced to a period of servitude on the land under the control of their former slaves. Henry’s life becomes more complicated after he meets a middle-aged woman who stops over in Crossville, with her aged parents, on their way from Vicksburg, Mississippi to Oberlin, Ohio, where she is an instructor and assistant to the President of Oberlin College. After Karen Melaney is accused of being a Union spy, Henry convinces the trio to stay at his farmstead until the matter is resolved. The characters experience many adventures and travels throughout the war-torn south, and other parts of the country, via horseback, mule, stagecoach and steamboat. Henry’s trial before a military court set up by the U.S. Department of War for owning slaves, and the impeachment, conviction and removal from office of President Andrew Johnson culminate in Henry’s representation before the United States Supreme Court of slave owners who have been tried and convicted under the Slaveowners Redemption Act. A ferocious battle among counsel and members of the court takes place as Henry attempts to persuade the tribunal that the Constitution of the United States is not the organic law of the land but is superseded by cosmosean law.

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