The Trouble With Peer Pressure A Simple “My ADHD Story” for Young Teens by Darlene R. Wood Virtual Book Tour

With the abundance of self-published authors, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book.  While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion.  However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Darlene R. Wood, who is taking her latest book, The Trouble With Peer Pressure
A Simple “My ADHD Story” for Young Teens,
on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.


Luckily for us, Darlene 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 Trouble With Peer Pressure
A Simple “My ADHD Story” for Young Teens
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The Trouble With Peer Pressure A Simple “My ADHD Story” for Young Teens book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Trouble With Peer Pressure
A Simple “My ADHD Story” for Young Teens
. What is it about?

DRW: Peer pressure compounded with ADHD – this book is a practical guide to help you navigate every day life at home and in school from a young age to adulthood.  It includes ways to think about the consequences of your actions whether it be from drinking to using drugs, to getting along with others or just being happy within your own skin.  Coping with every day issues that may seem simple for others can be a harder task for a child with ADHD to handle.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

DRW: It is based on my son’s life story who has ADHD and the challenges he had to overcome while growing up including socializing, using drugs and alcohol, and dealing with peer pressure.  He is an adult now and sober for several years and definitely contributing to society in a very healthy and positive manner.

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

DRW: It is for children ages 8 to 13.  If we reach out the our young youth and explain how their actions affect everything they do in life, hopefully, we can get them to chose going down the right path before it is too late; otherwise, they could end up in our jails and detention centers.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

DRW: Due to the fact that ADHD in itself means, attention deficit (short attention span to hold onto a subject), this book is short, to the point, and covers a real life child’s journey from childhood to adulthood in a easy to read (with pictures) book.  It asks a lot of questions to make the child THINK about their answers and perhaps the consequences of their actions and how the final outcome of their life could be successful as the books’ final words read:  SUCCESS IS THE ONLY OPTION.

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

DRW: This is my very first book.  I wrote it a long time ago,but I never acted on it until recently.  I do plan to write a followup book on the consequences it takes on siblings growing up in the families’ toxic environment.

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

The Trouble With Peer Pressure A Simple “My ADHD Story” for Young Teens Author Darlene R. WoodABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Darlene R. Wood is a full-time mom who loves to create art in a variety of media, from designing wedding cakes to sewing cloth “How-To” books for children, painting, and now writing. The Trouble With Peer Pressure is her first book.

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

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour 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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Warburton’s Winning System by Greg Warburton Virtual Book Tour

With the abundance of self-published authors, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book.  While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion.  However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Greg Warburton, who is taking his latest book, Warburton’s Winning System
Tapping and Other Transformational Mental Training Tools for Athletes,
on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.


Luckily for us, Greg 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 Warburton’s Winning System
Tapping and Other Transformational Mental Training Tools for Athletes
.

Warburton's Winning System Tapping and Other Transformational Mental Training Tools for Athletes book cover

OP: You’ve published three books with Outskirts Press.

First, please tell us about the first two, Warburton’s Winning System and the complementary Fast-Start Guide to Warburton’s Winning System…?

 What led to writing Warburton’s Winning System?

GW: Athletes, parents and coaches need practical methods for how to apply the constant advice to be mentally tough, keep your emotions off the field and play with confidence. I was frustrated to notice that there was still advice only being given…

So I create a down-to-earth system to practice and added the innovative body-energy based methods to rapidly and dependably relax…

Athletes don’t want just advice…THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY CAN LEARN AND PRACTICE TO RELAX IN THEIR SPORT…SO THEIR BODY CAN DO WHAT THEY HAVE TRAINED IT TO DO…

Championship Mental Training…Adding the Missing “How to/What to” Practice

This is the practical, down-to-earth mental training that athletes, parents and coaches have wanted for generations. You will be introduced to a complete, step-by-step system for how to truly get started managing your mental game. You will learn innovative, specific techniques that you were never taught in school, nor on the athletic field.  You will learn how to practice so that you dependably compete with a relaxed body and calm mind from start to finish…the ideal performance state.  These are mental-and-emotional self-management skills you can actually do. Imagine the value of knowing how to manage stress and anxiety when competing under pressure when it matters most. No more fighting your head to stay calm. No more butterflies and no more slumps!  Players say, “Now mental training is fun.” A decade later, many players who have been part of College Division I Conference and/or National Championships have chosen to add my mental training.

OP: Who is the target audience for Warburton’s Winning System?

GW: My goal is to teach what I call, Mental and Emotional Self-Management, for the athletic field, the classroom and in life to as many middle school, high school and college athletes, including parents and coaches as I can.

Also for recreational athletes

Professional athletes could benefit from the information as well

The young athletes are excited to learn what they can actually practice to consistently compete with a relaxed body, calm mind…no more big butterflies/big anxiety to begin a performance (Practice, practice, practice mental training)

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They like learning that they are strong and are operating on “the courage to admit there are some trouble spots in their performance and are taking action to fix it”  instead of the old belief that if they meet with someone/ or coach wants them to meet with someone it means there is something wrong with them and they are weak.

I also wrote a companion Fast-Start Guide for Warburton’s Winning System…the guts of the system for those who want to jump right in and start practicing mental training.

OP: Tell us about your most recent book, Ask More, Tell Less…? What types of readers would be interested in Ask More, Tell Less?

GW: My target audience is parents, teachers, counselors…any who want to build a big collection of practical and effective skills/fill their “tool box”…instead of

Any and all in those groups who are weary of the ineffectiveness of being a three-practices-only parent…The I “TRY” parent … TRY standing for:

Telling (kids/teens what to do), Reminding (kids/teens what they are supposed to do) and Yelling (at kids/teens when they aren’t doing what they are supposed to be doing)

The reviews are really strong…with the independent review below speaking specifically about why I wrote the book rooted in her experience of and description of the usefulness of my book…

OP: What do you feel differentiates this book from other books in the parenting genre?

GW: It is about asking both parents and children, WHAT KIND OF PARENT/WHAT KIND OF CHILD DO YOU WANT TO BE? instead of telling them what to do.

I SPENT THE PAST 25 YEARS WRITING THIS BOOK BECAUSE THE PEOPLE I SERVED AS A MENTAL HEALTH/SCHOOL COUNSELOR FOUND MY METHODS VERY PRACTICAL AND HELPFUL AND ASKED ME TO WRITE ABOUT THEM BECAUSE THEY COULDN’T FIND THEM IN ANY BOOKS.

It takes pressure off parents because the questions effectively cause kids/teens to progressively do more and more of their own thinking, talking, listening, remembering, truth-telling and deciding about what they are going to do in their life all along the getting on with growing up pathway

I think it is the most comprehensive collection of practical skills/tools for working with kids/teens and boost esteem and move them onto the self-reliance pathway ON THE MARKET TODAY.!

It teaches parents, teachers, counselors how to use language creatively to communicate with kids/teens

OP: Tell us a little about publishing with Outskirts Press. What was that like?

GW: Outskirts Press is superb operating in a critical nice in the publishing world where they provide a complete book product  (including front matter, ISBN, etc.), sales pages/information for talking with book stores and providing marketing service as well…this all gives self-published authors a big advantage over merely using something like “create space” for a Print-on-demand book.

The staff have worked with me to address any concerns I may have had and have assisted me with finishing my book projects

Further, I recently had the pleasure of meeting and talking with OP President, Brent Sampson. I learned he is approachable, truly listens to author experiences using OP services and is tirelessly working to build a superb and complete self-publishing service company for aspiring authors.

OP: Are you currently writing another book? Tell us about it…?

GW: I am not currently writing another book…though have some ideas percolating…

Given the strong reviews for my books I am working with OP on generating marketing and publicity to share the information with the whole wide world.

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

Warburton's Winning System Tapping and Other Transformational Mental Training Tools for Athletes Author Greg WarburtonABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Greg Warburton is a licensed mental health counselor who helps children and parents become instruments of their own healing and change. He is a dedicated innovator who brings emotional and mental self-management methods into the worlds of parenting and sport performance. As an award-winning college instructor, he helps people eliminate self-defeating behaviors and achieve the inner freedom that comes with becoming self-reliant. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon with Valoy, his wife of 31 years.

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

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour 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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Arabelle A Mile in These Shoes by J. Olympio Virtual Book Tour

With the abundance of self-published authors, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book.  While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion.  However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, J. Olympio, who is taking her latest book, Arabelle
A Mile in These Shoes,
on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.


Luckily for us, J. Olympio 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 Arabelle
A Mile in These Shoes
.

Arabelle A Mile in These Shoes book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about Arabelle
A Mile in These Shoes
. What is it about?

JO: The book is a true story about a young South American girl who had dreams of becoming a physician in her native home of Colombia. Uncontrollable events cause her to move to the United States where she struggles to survive. Over a period of several years, fate deals her so many blows, she declares: “I sometimes feel like life’s punching bag.” In spite of all that, she forges on, believing that life will one day get easier.  While it is a story of disappointment, pain, and incredible losses, it is also one of strength and hope.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

JO: I witnessed parts of a tragedy unfold in a co-worker’s life, and I knew that her story had to be told. She had already been through the strangest of circumstances, and I could not fathom how anyone could quietly endure so much adversity. I thought her story would give others courage to deal with challenges in their lives. I also believed that it would help readers understand the nuances of other cultures and open their eyes to issues they ought to know about but might be oblivious to.

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

JO: The writing style appeals to a wide audience. Both male and female readers of varying ages already rate it highly. Anyone who has been through difficult times or needs encouragement will relate to the story, and immigrants of all races will see themselves in this book.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

JO: Right from the beginning, you are drawn into Arabelle’s world. She has a compelling story that encompasses many elements. A reader described the book as a tragedy, a comedy, and a mystery all in one. The narrative is so strong that you feel Arabelle’s every emotion. Parts of the book are sad, hilarious, enlightening, scary, or even strange. It is very well written and easy to read. Almost every reader’s comment is: “It was hard to put the book down.”

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

JO: I have two other memoirs to publish. The next one is another true story entitled Battle Lines – A Story of Deployment, Infidelity, and Broken homes.

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

Arabelle A Mile in These Shoes Author J. OlympioABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Whether she is writing financial columns, curricula, or proposals on multimillion-dollar contracts, J. Olympio endeavors to engage her audience. She draws you in and makes a subject come alive. She chronicles events in Arabelle’s life in a simple yet compelling way. She is the author of two other memoirs to be published soon. Arabelle is her debut novel.

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

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour 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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Got a Bad Picker? by Jesse Carr MD Virtual Book Tour

With the abundance of self-published authors, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book.  While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion.  However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Jesse Carr MD, who is taking his latest book, Got a Bad Picker?, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.


Luckily for us, Jesse 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 Got a Bad Picker?.

Got a Bad Picker? book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about Got a Bad Picker?. What is it about?

Jesse: The quality of our life hinges on a few key decisions at key moments during our life’s Journey–none more important than our choice of life partners.  On one level this book is about a few of the causes, consequences of poor choices in relationships and then how to enhance our picking ability.  The underlying theme is about how to live life without regrets by making the best choices for our happiness.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Jesse: Early in my practice, while working with seniors, I noticed a common theme of regret among some of my female patients–regret about their relationships and the men who caused them so much heartache.  Subsequently, after years of observation, I decided to write a “how to book” about living life now, so you won’t have regrets later.

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

Jesse: Although this book was written for dissatisfied relationship minded women.  There are universal themes explored which has utility for satisfied couples and men as well.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Jesse: In writing this book, I draw upon 24 years of tested clinical experience as a practicing psychiatrist.  The book offers a wide array of innovative holistic exercises designed to assist and improve the well-being of the reader and that of their family and relationships.

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

Jesse: This is my first published work.  Currently, working on a book about mothers and teenage daughters.  Also, working on the sequel to Got A Bad Picker? ….A book for the men- Got a Bad Pecker?.

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

Got a Bad Picker? Author Jesse Carr MDABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dr. Carr is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has been practicing for over 24 years. He completed his residency at the University of Southern California in 1991, and has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the same institution. He has been a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 1993. He is also a seasoned researcher and has conducted over 100 clinical research studies as the Principal Investigator. Dr. Carr has served as the Medical Director of a number of inpatient and outpatient programs over the years, including: • The Return to Work/Function program • The Co-occurring disorders program • The Elders program • The Transitions program • The Share program II (substance abuse program) • Intensive Outpatient programs • Partial Hospital programs • Psychogeriatric consultants

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

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour 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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Twisting My Kaleidoscope by Shannon Love Virtual Book Tour

As an author in this economy, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Shannon Love
, who is taking her latest book, Twisting My Kaleidoscope, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.


Luckily for us, Shannon 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 Twisting My Kaleidoscope.

Twisting My Kaleidoscope book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about Twisting My Kaleidoscope. What is it about?

Shannon: My book guides the reader through my psychotic breaks attempting to replicate my thoughts and experiences. It is a virtual tour of what psychosis feels like through the eyes of the main character (me).

I keep it as authentic as possible, allowing all the taboo bits to sieve through—daring the reader to feel the sensations that taunt me, to hear the voices that whisper in my ear, and to fathom the delusions that ruminate in my mind.

In the end, the reader will close the book slightly amused yet somewhat disturbed. For it will occur to her that she truly understands what it is like to be psychotic.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Shannon: More often than not, I hear the word “psychotic” used as a dirty word.  Those of us who suffer with this particular symptom seem to wear an extra black mark on our shirts.  The stigma attached to mental illness, in general needs to be eliminated.  I believe if people understand psychosis better and realize that those who suffer from it are simply reacting to symptoms, they will perhaps be more empathetic. My memoir offers that opportunity.

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

Shannon: I wrote my memoir to read like a captivating novel. My intentions were to reach as broad of an audience as possible. That being said, it will most likely appeal to individuals connected to someone who struggles with mental illness. But, any person should be able to relate on many levels. The parts he/she does not relate to I hope will intrigue him/her.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Shannon: I do not hold back. My story is as bona fide and intimate as I could possibly make it without hurting anyone. To get lost in my book is to immerse oneself into psychosis. I would call it a simulation, except—unfortunately—it was not made up.

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

Shannon: This is my first child—my first baby book. I have a trilogy outlined in my computer. The hero suffers from schizophrenia. He’s a bit of a martyr, but serves the greater good. I don’t want to give away too much yet;-)

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

Twisting My Kaleidoscope Author Shannon Love ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Shannon Love began life in rural Alabama as a seemingly stable and content youngster. After marrying her childhood sweetheart she continued on this path of fulfillment, expanding her household to five members and thoroughly enjoying a nomadic and international lifestyle. Three countries and five states later our author suffered a psychotic break, forcing her into yet another world—that of mental illness. Repatriated to the U.S., she now resides in Houston, Texas with her husband, two sons, and daughter.

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

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour 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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The Disappearing Dolphins by Jennifer Kelman with Jordyn & Kyle Kelman, Illustrated by Michael Swaim Virtual Book Tour

As an author in this economy, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Jennifer Kelman with Jordyn & Kyle Kelman, Illustrated by Michael Swaim, who is taking their latest book, The Disappearing Dolphins, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. They will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about them and their book.


Luckily for us, Jennifer 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 Disappearing Dolphins.

The Disappearing Dolphins book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Disappearing Dolphins. What is it about?

Jennifer: A lovely tale of young twins on a “usual” trip to the beach.  Today was different; Kevin’s great imagination was playing tricks on him, or was it?  He believed that each time he looked up he saw beautiful dolphins springing into the air. He nudged his twin sister, Jackie, in the hope she would see it too, but each time she looked up, they were gone.  Was Kevin left wondering?  No, at the perfect moment, Jackie looked up to see the most wonderful sight…..five graceful dolphins shining in delight.  The adventure continues as they board a boat and feed the dolphins.  The tale is about imagination, trust, the sibling (twin) relationship and sticking to your beliefs.  The illustrations bring this story to life and capture the beauty and wonderment of children and nature.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Jennifer: This is my third children’s book.  My first departure from the award winning Mrs. Pinkelmeyer book series.  This story came tumbling from me after a few weeks of my twins being sick.  Not feeling particularly creative, I began to weave this story and was truly surprised as I watched my kids begin to feel refreshed and happy.  It was at that moment that we all decided together to make the story of The Disappearing Dolphins into a book.

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

Jennifer: This is a great story for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and teachers to read to their kids.  Using fun and silly intonations while reading aloud, the listener can appreciate the frustration in Jackie and the desire in Kevin.  This book appeals to 4-6 year olds and maybe a bit older as they read the book to themselves.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Jennifer: The book is special because of the subtle messages…believe in yourself, imagine and it can be, the sibling (twin) relationship and the love of nature.  It is special because the story is woven in such a way that highlights all of these aspects.  The reader remains engaged and isn’t exactly sure if Jackie will ever see The Disappearing Dolphins.  I believe that the illustrations by Michael Swaim, set this book apart from others.  His gift is unparalleled.

I am also in the process of co-writing a song, The Disappearing Dolphins, which will be available on ITunes, to complement the book.  This song, a catchy, sing-a-long, is certain to stay stuck in your head all day long.

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

Jennifer: This is my 3rd book.  My first two belong to the Mrs. Pinkelmeyer book series.

I created two children’s characters; Mrs. Pinkelmeyer® and her lovable dog, Moopus McGlinden®. Together, they inspire self-esteem in children through their love, warmth and silliness.  I have also created a full product line including a plush doll, a Moopus McGlinden stuffed animal, a music CD and 2 books.  Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Burn the Rrrrump Rrrroast and Mrs. Pinkelmeyer and Moopus McGlinden Prance into New York City.  Available on Amazon.com and www.MrsPinkelmeyer.com

 

I will continue to write and publish more books when the light of creativity strikes again.

 

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

The Disappearing Dolphins Author Jennifer Kelman with Jordyn & Kyle Kelman, Illustrated by Michael SwaimABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jennifer Kelman is a licensed clinical social worker, life coach, author, and entrepreneur. She enjoys cycling and tennis, and finds endless creative inspiration from her young twins. She is the author of the award-winning Mrs. Pinkelmeyer® series featuring the lovable dog Moopus McGlinden®. The Disappearing Dolphins is her third children’s book. For more information about Jennifer and her book, please contact the author at NIFJK6@gmail.com or 561-899-7192

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

This author purchased the Virtual Book Tour 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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Ways a Virtual Book Tour Can Promote Your Book

Gone are the days when a writer must pound the pavement, toting hardcopies of their book and media kits from one book reviewer to another, one bookstore or news outlet to the next in order to get exposure.

Things have changed when it comes to book marketing. As a published author, you would be wise to tune into the changing methods by which news outlets and bookstores are getting information and exploit these changes in your marketing efforts. This is where a Virtual Book Tour can help.

A Virtual Book Tour can give you an edge in gaining visibility for your book when physical distance, time and budget constraints don’t allow for an actual physical tour. When you can’t travel from place to place, a Virtual Book Tour ensures you and your book are still making “appearances” on the blogosphere and social networking sites &mdash appearances that live online and in search engines forever (much longer than any in-person event lasts).

Here are the top 6 reasons to hold your own virtual book tour:

  • Spread word quickly over a wide range of venues and sites
  • Make multiple “appearances” on the blogosphere and social media
  • Capture attention and set your tone instantly
  • Have your message available forever on the blogosphere
  • Reach new audiences with little to no effort
  • Open the door to follow-up book reviews and interviews

If you’re too busy to put together your own virtual book tour or aren’t quite sure how you would begin, the Virtual Book Tour option from Outskirts Press can help you.

With the Virtual Book Tour through Outskirts Press, you receive the following:

  • Outskirts Press announces your Virtual Book Tour to the blogosphere
  • You receive every inquiry in response to the announcement about your book
  • Virtual Book Tour Packet, which includes all of the materials you need to follow-up with the bloggers quickly and easily in order to schedule your “appearance” on their blog, website, or social network
  • In most cases your appearance may include a book review and/or an author interview
  • Spotlight Appearance on the Outskirts Press blog, which receives its own announcements on Twitter and Facebook

Don’t wait to promote your self-published book!

The Stolen Dragon of Quanx by Becca Mann Virtual Book Tour

For many self-publishing authors, it can be a challenge to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with readers, they may not be cost-effective, especially if you want to reach a nationwide audience. However, technology makes it possible for authors to reach a larger audience, without all of the costly travel.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Becca Mann, who is taking her latest book, The Stolen Dragon of Quanx, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. She will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about her and her book.


Luckily for us, Becca 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 Stolen Dragon of Quanx.

The Stolen Dragon of Quanx book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about The Stolen Dragon of Quanx. What is it about?

BM: Four uncooperative companions are forced to undertake a dangerous mission to save their world.  In undertaking their quest to steal a dragon egg, they hide their identities, which is difficult because everyone is defined by the color of their eyes.  Some even need to hide the fact that they are female.  They must execute their plan knowing a murderer is amongst them.  The story takes unimaginable twists and turns as friendships are made, battles are fought, dragons are met, and secrets are discovered.  This is a page turner and you won’t be able to put it down.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

BM: I’ve been an avid reader my whole life and wanted to experiment with writing, mostly to see where the story would take me.  I have such a vivid imagination and I thought it would be fun to see all my crazy ideas come to life.  As soon as I started writing, I immediately fell in love with my story and my characters.

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

BM: My book is an action/adventure fantasy.  It’s fast paced and meant for young readers, though this is a book that everyone can enjoy.  Along with the action, it also has mystery and redemption.  Honestly, anyone who likes to read can find something they enjoy in The Stolen Dragon of Quanx.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

BM: The Stolen Dragon of Quanx is special because of all the thought and emotion that was poured into it.  The plot is elaborate, creative, and original.  The characters are developed and able to relate to as they grow throughout the story.  It also features betrayal, murder, fierce loyalty, bravery, mystery, and suspense.

There are also all kinds of secrets in my book—some the reader discovers and some you will learn in the future books.  I’m a big re-reader when it comes to amazing books.  I especially like when I reread a book and learn that something that happened in the beginning is so important in the end.  Or even just little clues which upon first glance seem like nothing, but end up being a huge factor in what happens in the future.  My book has plenty of those aspects!  So for those readers who like to obsess and reread—this book is for you!  There are also simple details that make it special, like how each tribe has its own identity…all the way from names and traditions to insults.  The dragons in my book also have their own language—good luck trying to decode it!

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

BM: The Stolen Dragon of Quanx is my first published book.  It is the first book of The Eyes Trilogy.  The second installment is in progress.  People keep contacting me and asking where they can get the second one, so I’m feeling the pressure!

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

The Stolen Dragon of Quanx Author Becca MannABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Becca Mann is a 16-year-old fantasy writer who likes chocolate milk, Broadway musicals, and reciting digits of pi. Becca has traveled and written in six of the seven continents. She now lives in Baltimore and is a member of the USA Swimming National Team.

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Creation and Creation’s God by Dean Fredrikson Virtual Book Tour

For many self-publishing authors, it can be a challenge to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with readers, they may not be cost-effective, especially if you want to reach a nationwide audience. However, technology makes it possible for authors to reach a larger audience, without all of the costly travel.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Dean Fredrikson, who is taking his latest book, Creation and Creation’s God, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.


Luckily for us, Dean 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 Creation and Creation’s God.

Creation and Creation's God book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about Creation and Creation’s God. What is it about?

DF: Written for concerned, literate, more or less Christianized readers, the book explores the apparently obvious idea that a creator is different from what he creates. Third and fourth century Christian leaders labored to show that Christianity was in this way different from Greek pantheism. The natural world, as we experience it, is not, as Shirley Maclaine once thought, an expression or embodiment of God. Adam, though made “in the image of God,” was still an element in this changing, temporal, physical world. All attempts to know the truth through our experience of material existence must fall short of knowledge of the ultimate reality that both science and theology seek to know.

I address two problems: one is the habit of modern readers to accept the Greek naturalistic bias as the rule by which the truth of Christianity is to be judged. The result has been the desperate attempts of Christians to defend the Genesis record by proving evolution wrong. The contingent truth of modern technology, leading to many good (and bad) things, is entirely consistent with the distinction of creator from creation, but as such it could never prove the truth of Genesis. I want my readers to see Genesis and the Bible as a world view statement, not as a series of pseudo-scientific, Red-herring side tracks.

More important, the Genesis account tells us of a purposeful creator who intends real flesh-and-blood persons to learn to spell out his vision of a truly good, loving people in the context of bodily life in this material world. The creator was free to create as he wished. He created morally free persons because he would not get what he wanted if he coercively determined our obedience. The idea of a supreme creator who seeks the highest good of his creatures both frees us to be real persons and also confronts us with his reality.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

DF: Nearly 70 years of active teaching, both in the United States and in Portugal, have convinced me that Soren Kierkegaard was right (in the main!): Christianity need s to be reintroduced into Christendom. This is particularly evident as Islam highlights by contrast the historic nature of Western Christianity. Is “God” like Allah, or is he the supreme, personal, creator God depicted in the Bible? Our understanding of what (who) is really ultimate is not a theologian’s toy but the key to becoming real people, different from mere competing animals. And, beyond understanding there is whole new world of becoming an authentic Christian in the details of

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

DF: I will skid the question just a bit. The book is directed especially to college students and achieved professionals who have not suffered “the closing of the American mind” regarding the question of human origins. It is also directed to Christians who fear science because it is commonly represented as philosophical naturalism and therefore anti-Christian. Within the self-imposed limits of modern empirical science, it is not! I very much hope such people will read the book.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

DF: Soren Kiekegaard’s (and my) critique of “scientific reason” puts the book at once in a slightly populated category. Relating obvious phases of the Genesis story of creation to the idea of a biblical God who continues to work creatively in the lives of modern persons is both elemental and almost unique in the modern world. As I note the categories of books offered on Amazon, Christianity Today and the various interactive media, I do not find one in which this book fits. Philosophy (metaphysics) is not generally written for popular consumption; and yet every explanation we offer about anything is philosophical. Books on theology for non-professionals are generally church related; and “how-to-be a good-and-happy-Christian” books, of which there are plenty, are superficial.

This book is an introduction  philosophy-theology for every intelligent, literate person who has any interest in Western civilization and particularly in Christianity. Alvin Plantinga’s book, Where the Conflict Really Lies, highlights the distinction of philosophical naturalism from what might be called legitimate science. Abraham Heschel, The Prophets, carries the biblical Story about the “people of God” as far as a Jew can be expected to do, but falls short of a conclusion.

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

DF: While I have done a lot of writing for academic purposes, this is my first address to the American public. I am now working on a book on the idea of church that I hope to publish if I live long enough and have the financial resources to do so.

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

Creation and Creation's God Author Dean FredriksonABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Dean W. Fredrikson holds a BS and MA from the University of Minnesota, with additional studies at BIOLA University and the University of Oklahoma. He served for 24 years in Portugal as a builder and instructor, taught at the Oak Hills Christian college for 22 years, and retired in 1998.

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Apache Mex by Chestcat Thomas Virtual Book Tour

For many self-publishing authors, it can be a challenge to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with readers, they may not be cost-effective, especially if you want to reach a nationwide audience. However, technology makes it possible for authors to reach a larger audience, without all of the costly travel.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Chestcat Thomas, who is taking his latest book, Apache Mex, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.


Luckily for us, Chestcat 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 Apache Mex.

Apache Mex book cover

OP: Tell us a little bit about Apache Mex. What is it about?

CT: A half-breed Indian and Mexican whose mother was raped and later killed; the half-breed swore to avenge her death…

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

CT: Because of my love for western story telling.

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

CT: Those that love western story telling.

OP: What is special about your book?  What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

CT: My book illustrates the ultimate love that one has for their mother where any prudent minded person would lawfully do anything within their power for their mother; in western story telling the gun is the decisive factor in justice being administered for most unjust situations.

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

CT: No I have not published any other books, but I plan to do so in the very near future.

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

Apache Mex Author Chestcat ThomasABOUT THE AUTHOR:

I’m a Native of Louisiana, who loves hunting, fishing, horseback riding, swimming in the Amite River, and Darlington Creek. My favorite childhood game was playing cowboys and indians, my favorite television shows were westerns, my favorite novels were westerns mostly written by Louis L’Amour. I love to write although it may be fiction, western fiction is a part of me. I grew up in a medium size family having one brother, and one sister, our father died when I was about one year old, therefore, I was only raised by my mother.

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

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