Getting cabin fever? Books can help stave off winter boredom

by April Helms Special Products Editor Published:

Look How Lovely! ¡Mira qué lindo!

By Marti Skarupa

$11.25

CreateSpace

www.lookhowlovely.com

This charming bilingual book, crafted by Macedonia resident Marti Skarupa, follows the activities two grandparents and their grandson as they spend the day outdoors and marvel at the beauty of nature. It is geared for children ages 4 to 8, and includes the English text is on one page, and a Spanish translation is on the opposite page.

Condemned Property?

By Dusty Earl Trimmer

$25 paperback, $29 hardcover

Dog Ear Publishing

www.condemnedpropertybook.com

Twinsburg resident Dusty Earl Trimmer, a Vietnam veteran, shares his experiences and what it's like to live as a survivor of a very unpopular war that continues for those who served in his first book.

"Condemned Property?" provides a stark portrait of combat and its lingering effects on veterans, including the author. For instance, Trimmer changed jobs almost two dozen times because he couldn't find or keep a job with few employers wanting to risk employing a "crazy" Vietnam veteran, and he said he nearly killed himself in a high-speed sports car accident. Many of his fellow survivors came back unable to work, becoming homeless and unable to care for themselves. From descriptions of combat maneuvers to accounts of everyday nuisances -- such as leeches and bathing in Agent Orange run-off and refuse-filled rivers - and the hostile welcome veterans had once they came home, Trimmer brings the war to life in vivid detail, as only someone who served there can do.

Trimmer writes that he wanted to publish the book to preserve memories of the Vietnam War veteran's generation as those veterans are dying every day, as well as to inspire them to never give up if they are trying to get help from the Veterans Administration. In Trimmer's continuing effort to help his fellow veterans, a portion of proceeds will be donated to disabled veterans, homeless veterans and highly rated military charities such as Army Emergency Relief, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and the Wounded Warrior Association.

The Wimping of Our America Youth

By Dr. Ted Chandler

$7.99 eBook

Robert D. Reed Publishers

http://www.rdrpublishers.com

This book, by Boston Heights resident Dr. Ted Chandler, seeks to empower children through specific remedies, and to prevent children from becoming "wimps" or bullies. Topis include bullying and cyberbullying, the myth of self-esteem, the failure to value failure, why motivation doesn't always work and more.

Chandler worked for Kent State University for 32 years as a professor of educational psychology.

The Walk Home

By Lyn Phoenix-Abbott

$7.99 eBook, $16.03 paperback

Tate Publishing Co.

tatepublishing.com

Lyn Phoenix-Abbott, a Twinsburg, recently published "The Walk Home" Phoenix-Abbott said the book is an inspirational Christian Fiction novel about a woman in her 50s who loses her husband to cancer and now has to re-invent herself. She meets an angel and time travels with this angel to discover her own plan and purpose for life from God.

"It has elements of humor and drama that make it an interesting read according to some of the reviews I have gotten from people who have purchased it and read it," she said.

Phoenix-Abbott said she donated a free copy of her book to the Twinsburg Library, and has also done presentations at St. Ambrose Grief Counseling group, Arbor Glen, and for the Senior Citizen group SOFT. She said she wrote the novel after losing her first husband to cancer in 2009. She has since remarried.

The Juniper Story

By Pat Jameson

$34

Dorrance Publishing Co.

www.dorrancebookstore.com

When Rick Kelley's arm was broken by Neb Jame during an incident at school, Byron had no way to realize that his silence on the matter would make the approaching summer the time that would most define his life, in Westlake author Pat Jameson's book, "The Juniper Story."

In "The Juniper Story," Jameson paints a western town reliving the nuances of discrimination in its many forms, this time involving the James, a family with a strange set of superhuman abilities, but whose mysterious personalities set them prominently apart from the people of their town.

Jameson currently works for an engineering firm in Avon Lake, Ohio. Other than writing and reading, he is also interested in traveling, sports, history, and watching movies.

Confessions Of A Romance Cover Model

By CJ Hollenbach

$6.49 eBook, $16.99 paperback (paperback available starting Feb. 28)

Ellora's Cave Publishing

www.cjcovermodel.com

Streetsboro resident and former Sparkle Market Grocery store manager, CJ Hollenbach has written his memoirs about his last two decades as a romance novel cover model. "Confessions Of A Romance Cover Model" takes the reader behind the scenes as he navigates the treacherous waters of the multi-billion dollar romance novel industry. Hollenbach has graced the covers of dozens of romance novels in his long career. His novel starts shortly after his appearance in Playgirl magazine that gained him national notoriety and his being named "Sexiest Grocer In America" by The Washington Post newspaper. Hollenbach competed in the first ever "Mr. Romance Novel Cover Model Pageant" at a romance novel convention in San Diego in 1993. Since then, he has gone on to do several TV shows: The Jerry Springer Show, The Joan Rivers Show, The Gordon Elliott Show, Entertainment Tonight, The Today Show, M-TV and countless others. He is also a favorite guest on local talk radio.CJ was also a contestant on The American Gladiators. His long, blonde hair and muscled frame earned him the title of "Ohio's Answer To Fabio,", with whom he has worked with several times.

An Unusual Nest of Stories

By Mary Hanninger

$17

Dorrance Publishing Co.

www.dorrancebookstore.com

Canton author Mary Hanniger recently published, "An Unusual Nest of Stories," a collection of illustrated short-stories, poems, and alphabetical collections. These entertain and educate dealing with the emotions a child might encounter. A special section also spends time in the magical period of the Halloween season - a favorite holiday for all children.

Hanninger is a self-employed hairdresser who is married with two children, Sarah and Rachel. "An Unusual Nest of Stories" has been published in pieces now on three occasions.

In addition to writing for young children, Mary also enjoys gardening and drawing.

A is for Akron

By Karen Starr and Joanna Wilson

1701 Press

www.facebook.com/AisforAkron

Local authors Karen Starr and Joanna Wilson will have a book release party for their book, A is for Akron, March 20 at Musica, 51 E. Market St. in Akron, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Guests will have the first local opportunity to purchase the new book, and the co-authors will be available to sign copies. The cash bar inside Musica will be open, serving drinks that evening. This event is free and open to the public.

A is for Akron is an A to Z guide to the places in the city, and includes both text and full-color photos.

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