Casper Joe author plans signing event

Casper Joe author plans signing event


Author Connie Randolph, a resident of Salineville, will be available to sign copies of her book series “Casper Joe” from 1 to 5 p.m. next Sunday at the Howl-O-Ween Pawty! Tricks for Treats! at 721 E. Pidgeon Road.

In this story, a puppy, Casper Joe, is adopted by loving parents. His new world seems perfect, with toys everywhere and even a swimming pool.

But when Casper Joe gets sick, the fun is cut short. Casper Joe must learn to be brave while at the veterinarian’s office so he can enjoy his new life.

Casper Joe is back in “Wagging Tails of Casper Joe!” and the third installment, “The Fur-Raising Adventure of Casper Joe.”

For information, call 877-727-0697, or email Michelle Whitman at

‘Mud Sock’ writer will sign books


Judy Lennington of Cortland has scheduled a book-signing for her novel “Mud Sock,” the story of her father’s life as he grew up in Rogers from 1923 to 1941.

She will appear from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Place Bank, 325 S. High St.

‘Letters from Maria’ available for sale


Maria Sprankel Herren, who grew up in New Springfield, has released a book, “Letters from Maria,” which she says is about “family, faith, food, forgiveness and the joy of life.”

Three years ago she was told she has terminal cancer and didn’t have long to live. Though the breast cancer has spread to her bones, her doctor says she is beating the odds.

Recently, he told her she has a year to live. She appreciates that her husband of 25 years has been supportive of her every step of the way.

Not so, though, for a friend of hers who stole the money intended for Herren’s medical bills and is now in jail.

The book is a compilation of emails, many of them emotional, between Herren and her friends before her diagnosis and afterward, giving a snapshot into her life during that time.

The book can be bought on and from Kindle.

Poland native taps young-adult niche


Poland native Cristin Bishara experiences success with her debut novel, “Relativity,” published last month.

The young-adult novel tells of a 15-year-old, Ruby, who discovers a portal to alternative universes and grows obsessed with finding the perfect world.

Published by Walker Books for Young Readers, the book is published in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia.

Bishara graduated from Kenyon College with a bachelor’s degree in English, and she earned a master’s degree in poetry from St. Mary’s College. She has worked freelancing as a copy writer and taught university-level writing classes.

As she works on her second novel, the first one is garnering interest in Hollywood, along the lines of a TV series.

Barnes & Noble in the Shops in Boardman Park, Boardman, is selling autographed copies. The novel also is available in electronic format. For information, visit

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