Tragedy Draws Boys Together: Tears of the Phoenix Published by Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press announces the latest highly anticipated action and adventure fiction from McKinney, TX, author Lonnie Beerman.

McKinney, TX, September 01, 2011 --( Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Tears of the Phoenix by Lonnie Beerman. The author's most recent book to date is a 5 x 8 paperback in the action and adventure fiction category and is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book's publication.

“Do you remember when you were young and having friends was the most important thing in the world....and how bad it felt not to have any?” author Beerman asks.

Three young boys in a small southern town know what it’s like to be outcast, never picked on the playground…always the butt of jokes. Then one day, a violent playground assault by bullies brings them together, sowing the seeds of friendship and opening the door for a summer of wonder where they discover the feeling of being called “my friend.” Suddenly their world becomes bigger as they experience new adventures together.

But the town has its dark side. The boys struggle to cope with old prejudices and bigotry. A hateful remark reveals a secret that threatens to destroy one boy’s world and raises difficult questions for the boys to sort out. Personal tragedies change their lives forever and draw them closer. To their delight, their families also grow close as their equally isolated mothers discover friendships of their own and find shoulders they will lean heavily upon during the heartbreaks. Their mothers discover more about themselves as they watch their sons bloom.

As boyhood frolics toward manhood, each boy ponders his relationship with his father, or lack thereof. Tragedy and family secrets make them wonder what it means to be a man...or a father.

An excerpt from Tears of the Phoenix:

“The shock of the recoil and the amplified blast caused Aubrey to flinch, pulling the trigger to the shotgun once again. The second shot went wide, obliterating the telephone hanging on the wall nearby. The world around him ground to a halt. Through the ringing in his ears, he could barely make out his mother’s whimpers of pain.”

500 pages in length, Tears of the Phoenix is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the action and adventure fiction category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, Tears of the Phoenix meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $27.95.

Additionally, Tears of the Phoenix can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at

ISBN: 9781432769895

Format: 5 x 8 paperback cream

SRP: $27.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit

About the author;

Lonnie Beerman is a new author. He is married and the father of a daughter and a son. Lonnie is a dog lover and an avid car enthusiast. In his first book, Lonnie delves into the complexities of family relationships and social bigotries, offering insight into the importance of love, friendship and acceptance.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing and book marketing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.


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