This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is 24: What Can Happen in a Day by Michael Ford Jr.

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24: What Can Happen in A Day

by Michael Ford Jr.

(5 out of 5 Stars – 19 Customer Reviews)

Price: $19.95

Life is a fragile, unpredictable adventure. Yet all too often, we squander our twenty-four-hour days with complacency, fear, and petty fights, not appreciating that none of us are guaranteed another day. Michael Ford Jr. wrote 24: What Can Happen in a Day from his perspective as a 24-year firefighter and emergency medical technician, and as someone who knows all too well how we should treasure every moment in the day. From 24, readers will be motivated to overcome every fear, adversary, and obstacle to achieve healthy love, a vibrant life, and the understanding that anything can happen in a day.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Sometimes Mommy Works and Sometimes Mommy Plays by Stephanie Cathey

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Sometimes Mommy Works and Sometimes Mommy Plays by Stephanie Cathey

(5 out of 5 Stars – 3 Customer Reviews)   

Price: $14.95 Paperback & $26.95 Hardback

This simple yet purposeful book was written to help parents explain that while working may be a necessity in life – nothing is more cherished than their time with their children.

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Self-Publishing Insight: David MacFawn, discusses “Applied Beekeeping in the United States”

“Author David MacFawn is taking his latest book, Applied Beekeeping in the United States 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 David MacFawn and Applied Beekeeping in the United States as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”


Luckily for us, David MacFawn 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  Applied Beekeeping in the United States.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Applied Beekeeping in the United States. What is it about?

David: This book is about applied or practical beekeeping.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I wrote this book because there is a void in beekeeping literature. There are plenty of theoretical books and purely beginners’ books available, but very few applied books have been written.

OP: How did you get your book published?
David: Outskirts Press, Inc. published my book. I worked with Outskirts Press on the formatting, editing, and compilation of the book. Dr. Dewey Caron wrote the foreword.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
David: The readers interested in this book are those seeking an applied practical approach for beginners through advanced beekeepers. It is a compilation of articles I published in Bee Culture, American Bee Journal, and Beekeeping Your First Three Years over the past five to seven years, plus some unpublished material.

OP: What is special about your book?  

David: My book is unique because the information covers a broad range of beekeeping topics. It begins with basic beekeeping (smokers, moving hives, pulling honey, going through a colony, laying workers, the bee year, splitting, extracting your honey crop, when is a colony worth saving, swarming, drawing out comb, feeders, installing a package of bees, safety in the beeyard, frames and foundation, beeswax candles, bottom boards, walk-away splits, feeding, rotating old comb, and determining how many colonies to have at each location). I also discuss equipment (assembling frames and foundation, amassing equipment), planning (establishing out-yards, sales and marketing, pollination, mentoring, and starting a bee club) and finance (when and how much equipment should you purchase), as well as other items of interest. I have over 50 years’ experience working with honey bees, mainly in the southeastern United States.

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

David: This book stands out from other books because it is an applied book and not theoretical.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

David: I have published Beekeeping Tips And Techniques For The Southeast United States, Beekeeping Finance (Beekeeping Tips and Techniques for the Southeast United States, by David E. MacFawn, and Getting The Best From Your Bees, by David MacFawn/Chris Slade. Both books are published by Outskirts Press). In addition, I plan to publish another bee book.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

David: My book can be purchased via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Dadant & Sons bee supply.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Elgie MacFawn is a North Carolina Master Craftsman Beekeeper (1997); he co-founded the South Carolina Master Beekeeping Program and was awarded the South Carolina Beekeeper of the Year in 1996. He received his Eastern Apiculture Society Master Beekeeper certification during the Eastern Apicultural Society meeting in Greenville, SC, in 2019.

For more information or to contact the author, visit

www.outskirtspress.com/appliedbeekeepingintheus

This author purchased the Media Marketing Blitz 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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Published Author: Robert Phillip Jones, discusses The Minorcan Princess: A St. Augustine Story

“Author Robert Phillip Jones is taking his latest book, The Minorcan Princess: A St. Augustine Story 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 Robert Phillip Jones and The Minorcan Princess: A St. Augustine Story  as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”


Luckily for us, Robert Phillip Jones 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 The Minorcan Princess: A St. Augustine Story.

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Minorcan Princess: A St. Augustine Story. What is it about?

Robert: This book is about the culture of St. Augustine, Florida, as seen through the eyes of a Minorcan shrimp fishing family. The sea has always been a big part of life in America’s oldest permanently settled community. St. Augustine had an infrastructure decades before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Robert: I decided to write this book because there are not many books about the fishing industry involving Minorcans and early settlers in St. Augustine. Some of the families mentioned in the book were real, and the activities of the people in St. Augustine are genuine.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Robert: Outskirts Press published my book. It is a very professional organization, and they do what they say they will.

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

Robert: People interested in the history of the oldest permanently settled community in America will be interested in this book. People who know and respect the dangers of shrimp fishing in the ocean will also enjoy it, as well as those who like to read about the qualities found in people, both their kindness and their meanness.

OP: What is special about your book?  

Robert: This book is unique because it is about the city of St. Augustine and the Minorcan culture born in 1777 when Minorcans escaped from the Turnbull indigo plantation in New Smyrna Beach, and it speaks about the strength of the Catholic faith.

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

Robert: This book stands out from other books in this same category because there does not seem to be an abundance of literature about shrimping in the ocean offshore of America’s oldest city. It also provides a complete description of the San Sebastian River.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Robert: I have published four books with Outskirts Press. At 89 years of age, I am not sure how many more books I will be writing, although I do have some other stories in my mind I would like to share.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Robert: My book is for sale by Outskirts Press and Amazon.com.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Robert Phillip Jones grew up on St. Augustine’s Vilano Beach and North City, Florida, and has maintained a close relationship with the rivers, creeks, and ocean since he was a teenager. Jones was the director of the Southeastern Fisheries Association for 55 years, an association dedicated to preserving the culture of the seafood industry and continuing to provide sustainable seafood on the tables of those who cannot harvest their own.

For more information or to contact the author, visit

www.outskirtspress.com/TheMinorcanPrincess

This author purchased the Media Marketing Blitz 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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Five Steps to Publishing

Infographic on Five Easy Steps to Becoming a Self-Published Author

If you will indulge us for just a moment, we’d like to compare the self-publishing process to conflict resolution and the scientific method.

Wait, what? Each of these things has been distilled down to five simple steps, as we have done with the publishing process. Just as with conflict resolution, self-publishing is a negotiation of complex relationships. And just like the scientific method, self-publishing through Outskirts Press is a careful, thoughtful, and exploratory enterprise which produces reliable—and sometimes revelatory—results!

The comparison, perhaps, ends there. But when we talk about five steps to self-publishing success, we’re not being overly simplistic or reductive. Within those five steps, you are:

  1. Registering for a (free) Author’s Account
  2. Contacting a Publishing Consultant and receiving a Custom Publishing Profile
  3. Submitting your manuscript
  4. Reviewing your digital files and approving them for print
  5. Sending your book out into the world to meet its eager readers

Your entire Outskirts Press publishing experience, including everything done both by you and our team of experts who will labor behind the scenes to ensure your masterful vision for your book is fully realized, is contained within these five steps. It is no simple thing to produce a masterpiece. However, we are committed to ensuring that you retain full creative control and full rights and royalties without having to spend invaluable hours in labor or your hard-earned dollars in dimes on services that might not pan out. At Outskirts Press, we put your investment to work and commit ourselves daily to walking you through these five easy steps! So, connect with a Publishing Consultant today to learn how Outskirts Press can help YOU publish YOUR masterpiece:

Publishing Reflective: Sonia Lewis, Discusses FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE

“Author SONIA LEWIS is taking her latest book, FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE 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 SONIA LEWIS and FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE  as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”


Luckily for us, SONIA LEWIS  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 FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE.

OP: Tell us a little bit about FROZEN MEMORY: THE SPLINTERED SILENCE. What is it about?

Sonia:  My book is Emotive, Dystopian Poetry, and is about the suppressed anger of our ancestors. They coped with songs of hope and dreams of returning to the motherland of Africa. Today we, the descendants, are fighting for change that is slow in coming, so we try to make Peace with a past that continues to invade our daily lives, and we continue to believe in GOD. We pray for acceptance and Peace in Surrender

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Sonia:  In my own country, Jamaica, we were exposed only to British and European History in schools. The scant curriculum did not include certain facts. For example: During the middle passage from Africa, there were many warrior chiefs on board who rebelled and were labeled as “Mutinous”. The slave ships stopped in the Islands to obtain fresh supplies like citrus to prevent scurvy among the crew, and other fresh supplies. The Mutinous slaves were left on the Islands. WE are descendants of those chiefs, and although I cannot revisit the past to fight, I have a pen through which I push the inherited, (perhaps genetic) pain.

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

Sonia: People who love poetry. Readers who have experienced loss and known deep sadness, and people of Faith who believe that with GOD, ALL, not some, but ALL things are possible

OP: What is special about your book?  

Sonia:  Much of the material on these pages was gleaned from my early years of nursing school in England, my first love affair AND heartbreak, the Ebb and Flow of recovery, and the shocking revelation that the biological imperative results in a unique struggle that, at times, is reflected as desperation i.e. “I have to meet someone to love before I am older” versus “It’s OK to be alone”. I should also point out that my ignorance of the suffering of my ancestors began to disappear when I was introduced to a series of books starting with “The Mandingo”. My hunger to learn sent me on a quest that is still in progress

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

Sonia: This book of poetry is unique. Rather than dwelling on one subject, there is a mélange of situations that runs the gamut of human emotions.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Sonia: Yes, I published “A Corona of Clouds”. The idea began to take shape while I was visiting the “High Atlas” mountains of Morocco. The cover photograph is emblematic. There I am standing in blazing sunlight, with a backward glance at the clouds that formed a corona (crown) on the mountain. A perfect example of how far I had come from a troubled past (the clouds), to emerge into bright sunshine. The pain was left behind.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Sonia: I firmly believe that this little book is one that can be handed down to the younger generation, and the owner of this little treasure, will return to its pages again and again. Amazon carries it in both the printed version and Kindle. The publishers, Outskirts Press will be happy to forward purchases from them. When you read the poetry, share your feelings about whatever poem has touched you, and tell others but keep your own copy for reference.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sonia Lewis is a retired registered nurse/midwife who spends half her time with her husband in Morocco, from where she writes as she is inspired and half the year in her second city, Miami, Florida. Her first book, “A Corona of Clouds”, is available on Amazon Kindle.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/frozenmemory

This author purchased the Media Marketing Blitz 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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Self-Publishing Book Tour: “What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same” by Nancy Panasci

“Author Nancy Panasci is taking her latest book, What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same 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 Nancy Panasci and What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”


Luckily for us, Nancy Panasci  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 What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same.

OP: Tell us a little bit about What Day Is It? Everyday Seems The Same. What is it about?

Nancy: Spring of 2020 brought to this world an unknown—the Coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19. Every day became the same with a constant routine. What Day Is It? Every Day Seems the Same is a story that attempts to help parents and children simplify what a “new normal” might look like with the presence of COVID-19 in their everyday lives.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Nancy: I wrote this book because I firmly believed that children, parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care providers could benefit from a story that provided an idea to take each day of the week and make it memorable during a period when time stood still.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Nancy: I submitted my book to Outskirts Press, Inc. for publication.

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

Nancy: Those interested in this book are children ages two to six years old, parents, grandparents, teachers, and day care providers

OP: What is special about your book?  

Nancy: My book is unique because it provides a story that helps bring structure and understanding to parents and their children who struggled with the lingering effects of COVID-19 and everyday life.

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

I believe my book is the only one of its kind with the story that it shares. It won the 2020 Story Monsters LLC Award.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Nancy: I am presently working on the sequel to What Day Is It? Every Day Seems the Same.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

Nancy: Interested readers can contact me or Outskirts Press, Inc. to purchase my book.

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

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nancy Panasci is the mother of three talented and successful daughters. This, she believes, is the most important accomplishment of her life so far. Nancy is a speech pathologist who has her own private practice in Englewood, Colorado. She has spent her career surrounding herself with preschool and school-age children who need assistance in communicating effectively with peers and family. Nancy has been active in her community as a volunteer for many organizations and loves surrounding herself with family and friends. She believes What Day Is It? Every Day Seems the Same will encourage her to author additional children’s books.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/whatdayisit

This author purchased the Media Marketing Blitz 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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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Kilo 3: The True Story of a Marine Rifleman’s Tour from the Intense Fighting in Vietnam to the Superficial Pageantry of Washington, DC by Richard W. Foster, Jr.

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Kilo 3 by Richard W. Foster, Jr.

(4.5 out of 5 Stars – 24 Customer Reviews)    Price: $33.95 PB & $49.95 HB

The true story of a 17-year-old kid who quit high school to join the Marines. After a short cruise with the 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean, he was assigned to a rifle company in Vietnam during the heaviest fighting of the war in 1967 and 1968. Returning in shock from what he had seen and done, he was assigned to the most prestigious Marine ceremonial detachment in the world: the Special Ceremonial Platoon. As part of this unit, he served at the White House under two Presidents, and at ceremonial duties all over DC. The contrast from the jungle of Vietnam was startling. While fighting constant nightmares of combat, he stood before Presidents, politicians, celebrities and heads of state, all the while maintaining the dignity and poise required for his position. This book is honest, graphic, and yet enlightening, ending positively. For those interested in understanding the Marine Corps and the horror of personal, ground combat, contrasted with the bright lights and facades of Washington politics, this book will not disappoint.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is In the Black by Andrew Ceroni

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In the Black by Andrew Ceroni

(4.5 out of 5 Stars – 36 Customer Reviews)    Price: $19.95

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR ANDREW CERONI HAS UNLEASHED A BONE-CHILLING, BLOCKBUSTER OF A THRILLER!

CIA’s most valuable foreign agents are being methodically assassinated. With its intelligence network shattering, the Agency begins a desperate search to uncover the traitor within its ranks!

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Author Poll: Writer Great-Aunt Rita wants your help with her cover.

Great-Aunt Rita is self-publishing a book with Outskirts Press. And she wants your help deciding her book cover.

SYNOPSIS
What happens when the Tooth Fairy makes a mistake?

When Michael loses his front tooth, he puts it under his pillow, anticipating a visit from the Tooth Fairy. But the Tooth Fairy, in her hurry, accidentally leaves him too much money, which means there won’t be enough money for other children who lose their teeth. Now Michael faces a choice—should he keep the shiny new bike he bought with his windfall or let the White Fairy Rat set things straight?

AUTHOR BIO
Great-Aunt Rita (and she really is GREAT), AKA Rita Berman, M.D., M.P.H. is a dentist’s daughter who has heard a lot of stories about the Tooth Fairy. The Tooth Fairy Makes a Mistake is her second children’s book. She and her great-nephew and great-niece, Jake and Elina Farber, wrote Roarasaurus, the Roaring, Soaring Dinosaur!

Please take a look at two possible covers below and then vote on the choice you recommend for Great Aunt-Rita.

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Cover A

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Cover B

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