Several new releases from local authors

by April Helms Special Products Editor Published:

To Travel Lite, Part 1

by Denise Sharp

$30 hardcover, $12.99 softcover, and $3.99 e-Book/Kindle

Balboa Press

www.totravelliteministries.com

Twinsburg resident Denise Sharp, who published her first book earlier this year, said she "achieved a great landmark in my life."

"The publishing process is not at all a breeze," she said. "It is exactly that, a time involved, painstaking, yet exciting, a process of building in layers. For my book, 'To Travel Lite, Part 1' it required nine months to go from manuscript to completed book. I learned so much about the business of writing, and the publishing industry. In addition, I learned to speak the correct language of the book designers too."

"To Travel Lite, Part 1" is a compilation of poetry, short stories and drawings by Sharp. She calls it "a non-fiction account of a non-conformist striving to maintain her sanity."

That Girl With Cancer

by Brianne Dishong

$15.99

Tate Publishing

thatgirlwithcancer.com

Stow resident Brianne Dishong said she "grew up battling it out on a court or a field; she had no idea my next battle would be for my life."

She was trying to get started in a master's program while coaching a sport she loves, until the day she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in November 2011. "That Girl with Cancer" is the story of Dishong's battle in the form of blogs that were created when she was diagnosed. She has been in full remission since February 2013 and said she hopes to spread her story of survival in support of all of those facing life's challenges.

Dishong will sign copies of her book May 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 4015 Medina Road in Akron.

Starfly: Don't Fear, I'm Here

by Pearl Smithern, with illustrations by Ronie Pios

$15

Xlibris

www.pearlsmithern.com

Tallmadge resident Pearl Smithern said the first seeds for "Starfly" were planted when her granddaughter Michelle was going through some major changes in her life.

So Smithern, in 2013, published "Starfly: Don't Fear, I'm Here" in 2013. The book's young heroine, also named Michelle, is adjusting to changes at home so her teacher creates the Starfly character to cheer her up. Smithern said a second book was recently published, and two more are currently being proofed.

"Children hear things like 'you are stupid,' or 'you're feet are too big,' or 'you can't do this,' things like that," Smithern said. "There is all this negative built in a child. I want to show the positive."

Smithern said her books not only aim to help children through difficult life changes, but also can be used as an interactive teaching tool. Each page has questions for children, such as why was the teacher's bag so heavy or can adults be sad, too. This is meant to promote comprehension and discussion, she said.

"This is good for children struggling through a major upset," she said. "I have learned there is something about a good word to a hurting kid that means more than anything."

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