Outskirts Press Announces The Victims of the Sage, the Latest Highly-Anticipated Historical - Military & Wars Book from Northridge, CA Author Claude Stephenson

Los Angeles, CA, August 29, 2007 --(PR.com)-- Outskirts Press, Inc. has published The Victims of the Sage by Claude Stephenson, which is the author’s most recent book to date. The 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback in the Historical - Military & Wars category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a suggested retail price of $16.95. The webpage at www.outskirtspress.com/thevictimsof thesage was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.

About the Book (Excerpts & Info)

Zane Grey made the setting of this novel famous in his Riders of the Purple Sage. He wrote about a world that never existed, of feats that were impossible, and he missed the real people who lived and died trying to tame this wild plain of sage brush.

Over 60 years ago, I roamed these hills and valleys, visited the ruins of houses and the graves that always were near by. I visited the local Indians and became friends with them, ate with them, and we befriended each other.

The Indian grave yard I describe is real, right down to the four inch friendship vase that still held the stems of flowers hundreds of years after they were put there.

As a boy, I helped excavate a number of ruins, mostly places that had been burned to the ground. From those excavations, we learned of the people who had lived in those houses. In two out of three of the places excavated by my team, the bodies of the settlers who used to occupy those cabins before they were burned were buried not more than 50 yards from their house of dreams.

The Anastasia also dreamed, long before the white men came. They tried to conquer and farm this same land. When life came to its end, they still had a dream of a new day. All their graves are placed on a hill top on the west rim of a mile deep canyon, with the feet of the deceased pointing to the east, waiting for the rising sun of the new world in where there will be no sorrow, pain, war, or suffering.

If that sounds familiar, remember it was from a people who lived there a thousand years before the white man came here. Does any man have a copyright on dreams of a better tomorrow? It is as old as mankind.

Mr. Stephenson began writing for hire while in college. For years, he wrote technical books for university or corporate use. One year, he wrote over 40 books. His secretary said she did not count them unless they were an inch thick. He has published over sixty articles in professional magazines, several poems and a short story. In the past year, he has written a biography which he is considering publishing as well as this western novel placed in the 1870s in the badlands of Colorado and Utah. He is married to Anna-Mae. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2005 in Hawaii.

He owns a business insurance brokerage that serves the building and manufacturing industries of Southern California.

Deftly constructed at 584 pages, The Victims of the Sage is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the Historical - Military & Wars category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere, The Victims of the Sage meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $16.95.

Additionally, The Victims of the Sage 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 wholesale online bookstore at www.outskirtspress.com/buybooks

ISBN: 9781432702861 Format: 5.5 x 8.5 Paperback SRP: $16.95

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

About the Author

Claude Stephenson is a student of the human condition, wielding the written craft to enrapture the mind much like an artist wields a brush. The pages are a blank canvas on which to draw from a talent heralded by many and matched only by an imagination that rises to the task. The Victims of the Sage is the first in a series of recent pursuits, with work progressing quickly on the follow-up. A graduate of the University of Redlands, he has been engaged as a writer for hire for 60 years. He has published over sixty articles and has written nearly a hundred technical books for use in business and industry. He has published several poems prior to releasing this novel about the real Old West he knew sixty some years ago.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

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