The Best Gift Books for 2021 – Part I


Welcome to the Holiday Season! This is the time of year when we direct you to some of the most talented writers in the world!  Yep, we at HumorOutcasts Press/Shorehouse Books/Corner Office Books are not biased at all. Anyway, give a look at our wonderful authors and books and buy one or 20 to support their work.


12 Conversations: How to Talk to Almost Anyone about Long-Term Care Planning

Keep your family Informed and prepared with this educational and humorous guidebook by elder care attorney Cathy Sikorski, 12 Conversations: How to Talk to Almost Anyone about Long-Term Care Planning.  (visit Amazon for paperback and ebook). Follow Cathy on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn

Book Description: When someone you love has had an unexpected accident, what do you do? When Mom has fallen and she can’t get up, what comes next? How do you talk to your siblings, doctor or employer about caregiving issues? What’s the most critical work to get done before a caregiving dilemma hits? Most people say they wish they had known sooner how to plan for just such an emergency. Here’s your roadmap for having “the talk!”

Cathy Sikorski’s third book, 12 Conversations: How to Talk to Almost Anyone about Long-Term Care, is an important contribution to the caregiving crisis. This book will help with the hard conversations around long-term care. Sikorski has created a quick yet abundant read armed with questions you need to ask, actual conversations you need to have, and hardcore suggestions to guide you to a personal plan for you and your loved ones. Each chapter addresses those important people who need to be involved when a critical juncture occurs: like your spouse, mom, dad, and adult children. But unlike other books, Sikorski includes the other professionals who will be needed to create a secure, workable plan: a doctor, a lawyer and yes, even your employer. This book is for everyone who hopes to get older, or has someone they love who is getting older. That’s pretty much everyone. So, this book is for you!

Cathy Sikorski is a consulting and practicing attorney for over 30 years and limits her practice to Elder Law issues. She has been a significant caregiver for eight different family members and friends. This combination of legal and practical experience in aging and caregiving has made Sikorski a sought-out speaker on these important issues.

She is a frequent guest on television, radio programs and podcasts as well as a keynote speaker at conferences where she educates audiences on financial and legal preparation for the aging crisis.

 12 Conversations is her third book. Her first two books include a humorous memoir Showering with Nana: Confessions of a Serial (killer) Caregiver (HumorOutcasts Press, 2015) and Who Moved My Teeth? Preparing for Self, Loved Ones and Caregiving which debuted at #1 on Amazon (Corner Office Books,2016).


Full Circle and Discretion by Deborah Fezelle

Deborah Fezelle has captivated our attention with a series of psychological thrillers.  The first two, The Evil That Men Do and A Walking Shadow, written with the talented Sherry Yanow, set the stage for the Nick McDeare series. On her own with Book three and Four, Full Circle and Discretion, Deborah Fezelle transports us to faraway places where mystery and suspense follow. Check out the entire series because the fifth installment of the series, What’s Past is Prologue, will be here in late spring. Follow Deborah Fezelle on Facebook as well.

 Full Circle: Book Description

The dark days were behind them. Or so they thought.

Nick McDeare finally has everything he ever wanted. A successful career as a suspense novelist and investigative reporter. A beautiful and talented wife, Jessie, the brightest star on Broadway. And a loving and smart young son Anthony.

But when twelve-year-old Katrina ‘Kat’ Gillingham drops into Nick’s life, it throws his very existence into turmoil. Kat, his daughter from a past affair, forces Nick to confront long-buried memories, ghosts both benevolent and malevolent, hazy images Nick vowed to forget.

Kat stirs the pot for everyone, but no one more than Jessie, who has her own secret she must tell Nick. Timing is everything, and the timing couldn’t be worse. How will her husband react?

And why does a middle-aged woman latch onto Anthony? Is she merely lonely, desperate for a family and someone to love? Or is there more to her forced friendship with the young boy?

To make matters more precarious, close family friend Abbie moves in with them, desperate to hide from a menacing stalker.

Set against the glittering backdrop of Manhattan and London, FULL CIRCLE is a psychological thriller about complex family relationships. About ordinary lives hidden behind a facade of celebrity and money. And about a man who comes face-to-face with his own demons.

Discretion: Book Description

DISCRETION finds best-selling author and investigative reporter Nick McDeare crisscrossing Italy while his wife, Broadway star Jessica Kendle, travels to England. Adding to the international backdrop is a return to the Caribbean island of St. John and the secure walls of the McDeare villa.

Delving into the world of high-end art galleries in Rome, Venice and Tuscany, Nick embarks on the risky mission of finding Ethan Wells. Just who is Ethan and could his shady dealings imperil Nick as well as himself?

Arriving in London with a heavy heart, Jessie rehearses for her West End debut in a much-hyped, multi-million-dollar musical. Is she up to the task, or will the added pressure affect her already precarious frame of mind?

Nick and Jessie’s marriage will be put to the test in DISCRETION as their careers separate them for the first time, as they find themselves in a world where up is down, left is right, and nothing happens according to plan. Will they succumb to old habits, ultimately sending them down a dangerous path?


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