Self-Publishing News: 12.18.2017 – These Holiday Books are Prime for Christmas!

December banner with fir branches.

And now for the news!

Some highlights from this month in the world of self-publishing, specifically new releases written by self-publishing authors and published by independent presses! Today we’ll be featuring brand-new wintery releases in the Outskirts Press Bookstore!

One of the most necessary of all things to have on hand at Christmas is … of course! … a children’s picture book. After all, many of us will be hosting family and friends over the winter break, and there’s no better way to entertain your youngest visitors than with a book they can’t get at home. Seriously, though, there’s no better way to one-up the holiday competition than to use the power of words, and there are no better words (and pictures!) than those of Lynn Menatian, whose previous Christmas-themed picture book for kids (Santa’s New Reindeer) has already proven a popular staple around our homes. Charlie Takes Flight, out just this last month, is her newest addition and sure to please: here is a story of inspiration, of “can-do” attitude, which is both winsome and sweet.

Maybe you’re not a kid, and you’re looking for something equally inspiring and heartwarming, but … for adults. Have we got the perfect book for you! A Baby Girl for Christmas is a powerful memoir of self-discovery, forgiveness, and relationships. At the start of this book, author Judith Patrecia Bounds is waiting for a call. An incredibly important call! She has only just discovered her birth name and knows very little about her past except her date of birth and where she was born. Fifty years on, she learns that not only has her birth mother reached out to her, but she reached out six years earlier. As you might imagine, this opens up a whole new world of questions and discoveries, and Bounds takes us all along for the ride. This is exactly what some of us need to feel the poignant meaning behind the season!


What Is Man’s Ultimate Goal on Earth? This is the question which Fredrick Reider sets out to answer–or if not to answer comprehensively, to frame thoughtfully. His premise?At some point, every person has the same questions about life on Earth: Why are we here? What can give more meaning to our lives? What happens after death? Message of the Prophets explores these and other questions from a spiritual and spiritually diverse perspective. Beautifully written in language both poetic and focused, this book presents conclusions drawn from science, philosophy, literature, and many different faiths and disciplines—but the reader will see that despite their diversity, many of the great thinkers agree on key points! Which this holiday season is encouraging indeed, as we face a world divided in so many ways. It’s nice to rediscover some of the ideas we hold in common. Concise, compassionate, and inspiring, Message of the Prophets is the perfect guide for your spiritual journey.

The holidays aren’t always sweet and saccharine, are they? Unbeknownst to many, incidences of emotional and psychological hardship spike over the holidays, particularly for those who feel alone or “at sea” with their own experiences. But life, reminds author T. Richard, is a treasure-trove filled with hidden gems … and we ought to treat each day as if it were one of these precious stones. There comes a time when we have to face the curve-balls this world throws our way, writes Richard. The same goes for Charlie Epstein, the protagonist of One Last Season, who is a divorced, middle-aged man whose father has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Despite receiving the dire news, however, both father and son slowly grasp what they have known all along—that not every pitch results in a strikeout, as love represents the hope of a second chance. This story is an endearing but sincere look at the ways in which we can discover joy in hardship–perfect for those long winter days which follow Christmas.


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