Deathbed Secret Spurs Search: A Rose for Essie Mae Published by Outskirts Press

Outskirts Press announces the latest highly anticipated African-American romance fiction from Sturbridge, MA, author Alberto Mercado.

Sturbridge, MA, March 19, 2013 --( Outskirts Press, Inc. has published A Rose for Essie Mae by Alberto Mercado. The author's most recent book to date is a 5.5 x 8.5 paperback in the African-American romance 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.

For years, Rose Clark thought that her estranged mother had abandoned her and her father for a life in the streets. Years later, at her father's deathbed, she learned a secret that would take her and her best friend across country in search of her mother and her past. A Rose for Essie Mae is sure to capture the heart of everyone.

161 pages in length, A Rose for Essie Mae is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the African-American romance fiction category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, A Rose for Essie Mae meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $16.95.

Additionally, A Rose for Essie Mae 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: 9781478711438

Format: 5.5 x 8.5 paperback cream

SRP: $16.95

For more information or to contact the author, visit

About the author:

Alberto Mercado was born in Puerto Rico to a family of modest means. A subsequent family tragedy left the family fatherless and struggling to get by. With no outside help forthcoming, the family pulled together, with each member playing his or her own role in daily life in an effort to survive. But their hardships, in contrast to many of the families around them, instilled a desire to succeed. Alberto strove valiantly to improve his life, initially frustrated by financial hardships and other factors. He had long dreamed of escaping to the United States, the Land of Opportunity. Given the chance to realize this dream, he has never looked back. Alberto has established a long career in medical service. He has recently explored a love of photography, a pursuit which has brought him some press coverage and several exhibitions. In writing a brief self-introduction for one of his photography exhibitions, the seeds of his first book were planted. His brief autobiography generated strong emotional responses from some readers who encouraged him to more fully tell his story. The end result is not an autobiography but is inspired by many actual events in Alberto's life. These childhood years forged in Alberto a man who appreciates family and friendships. He remains very close with his family and Alberto has established and tries to maintain annual traditions that reunite his friends - even when it seems that everyone is caught up in their own individual world.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

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