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There's a saying: "Don't judge a book by its cover." But we do! It's a fact. And more than this, we judge quickly. First impressions matter in the world of book publishing, and self-published authors sometimes find themselves at a disadvantage. A custom cover, however, can establish your book as a standout on every bookshelf-and reap all the benefits of making a good first impression.
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  • Meet Your Team: Laura Stewart

    An avid reader from the minute she could hold a book, Laura is happy to call Colorado her home. When not working with other authors to publish their passion...

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  • Genre Close-Up: Mystery

    Welcome to March, the month of mystery ... and unpredictable weather! A sudden squall might throw a wrench in the works at the local airport, but it can't touch the joy...

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    "As someone who has previously has two other books published with another company, I am somewhat aware of the process involved in having a book published. Part of this...

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Meet Your Team: Laura Stewart

An avid reader from the minute she could hold a book, Laura is happy to call Colorado her home. When not working with other authors to publish their passion, Laura enjoys spending time with her family and with her running club/book club friends, as well as volunteering with Search and Rescue organizations.



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March Into a Mystery!

Welcome to March, the month of mystery... and unpredictable weather! A sudden squall might throw a wrench in the works at the local airport, but it can't touch the joy of settling in to wait out the storm with a good mystery... or five. In today's post, we'd like to highlight the works of several of our authors who understand that the real mystery isn't who killed the butler in the conservatory with the rope, but rather who we are as human beings. These authors exemplify the finest points of writing as well as serving to advocate for self-publishing packages like our One-Click Publishing package for the Fiction genre!

Dutch River: A Walter Hudson Mystery, by Charles Ayer

Secrets are afoot in Dutch River when NYPD Detective Lieutenant Walter Hudson's wife, Sarah, unexpectedly inherits a family farm in the tiny upstate village. They are immediately charmed by the village and its residents, and Sarah's great-uncle, Armin Jaeger, leaves them a letter too puzzling to ignore. Matters turn even more intriguing when Walter discovers a mysterious connection between Dutch River and the murder of a prominent Boston philanthropist, Charles Martin Sewall. And matters take an even more deadly turn when Walter's family is threatened. Walter and his good friend Leviticus Welles must race against time not just to solve a hideous crime but to save his family as well. It's a race he can't afford to lose-and a mystery entirely worth your time to read!

The Case of the Hound Who Didn't Stay: The Second Snoopypuss Mystery, by Georgann Prochaska

If you're looking to salt your bookshelves with some female heroines of note, look no further than Georgann Prochaska's fantastic duo, Alice and Lena, in this-Prochaska's second Snoopypuss Mystery and sequel to The Case of the Girl Who Didn't Smile (2015). Here, Lena and Alice are joined by the bloodhound Audrey, who finds an elderly man weeping while he digs in an open field near the Midwest town of Dingle Grove, having disappeared some time before. Audrey is an expert in finding dead squirrels and night crawlers, so when she indicates to the female sleuths that this man might be after something ... cadaverous ... the mystery of who or what is in that field, and how to engage with this man and his dementia, begins to unfold. A novel worth digging into!

Murder in Murrells Inlet, by Peter F. Warren

Suspense is Peter F. Warren's watchword as he thrills his readers with yet another fantastic foray into the world of mystery thrillers. Here, in a novel recommended by current and former members of the New Mexico State and Tonganoxie (KS) Police Departments as well as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, a retired State Trooper from Connecticut is called up to help investigate a string of murders involving a Catholic priest and several others. As Paul Waring begins hunting for answers, he learns that danger may lurk closer to home than he ever suspected as his own family is put at risk in the hunt for a would-be bomber. With a background rich in law enforcement, you can expect Warren's book to be both pulse-pounding and accurate-and well worth your time.

Snow Men, by Andrew Ceroni

Speaking of books with perfect pedigrees, you can't possibly pass up Snow Men by Andrew Ceroni, whose distinguished career includes a stint as Senior Supervisory Special Agent supporting global Counterespionage and Antiterrorism operations as well as degrees from the US Air Force Academy and Case Western University. Snow Men, which won first place for Winning Novel in Action-Adventure at the 2015 CIPA-EVVY Awards, follows ex-FBI agent Dave McClure to Alaska, where McClure lost his family on vacation the year before the book's events in a horrific accident. Determined to seek solace-or his own death-in the wilderness, he instead stumbles across a plot involving brutal murders, a cache of nuclear weapons, and a plot to wipe the nation of Israel off of the map. Alone, with only a few days of supplies and a hunting rifle, McClure must face Russian Special Forces as the plot skips from Alaska to Paris, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Thailand, and Washington D.C. Snow Men pulls no punches!

The Fat Man, by L.E. Hansen

If the previous book took us for a tour of the physical world, L.E. Hansen's The Fat Man takes us on a trip through time! Jake "Under" Underman and his best friend Paulie have been hooked on black-and-white movies since childhood, growing up to become modern throwbacks to the 1930s and 40s as adults. But when an unsettling string of mysteries begin to unfold involving teenagers, hard drugs, and dead bodies, these two hardboiled investigators discover that their lives might just need to draw upon the noir they once loved in order to crack the case. Meanwhile, the lovely Maggie arrives on the scene, adding a dash of femme fatale to this rich tapestry of characters as the plot races through crisp conversations and rip-roaring events. L.E. Hansen proves, once and for all, that those who love the classics help build all that is good and wonderful in literature

We're proud of all of our authors here at Outskirts Press, and we hope you'll take a moment to celebrate the hard work that you do and the work done by a stellar self-publishing community this February! You can find all of the titles we've mentioned here today, and more, listed in the Outskirts Press Bookstore. And if you haven't yet published a book in the romance genre, there's never a better time than now to inquire. Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com where you can chat with a Publishing Consultant or call us at 1-888-672-6657.


Author Spotlight: Peter Warren

"As someone who has previously has two other books published with another company, I am somewhat aware of the process involved in having a book published. Part of this entire process is selecting the right company to publish something you have worked so hard on for many months. My experience with Outskirts Press has been very positive and I have been very pleased by the finished product they have delivered to me. The cover alone has drawn many great reviews alone in the few short weeks since the book's release. I look forward to having Outskirts Press publish another book I am already working on."

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