Meet the author: Deb Lerew a.k.a. Leta Hawk

Franklin Township writer Deb Lerew, 45, recently released her book, “The Newbie: A Kyrie Carter Ghost Hunting Adventure.”

“This book had its origins as fan fiction for the Syfy show Ghost Hunters. I love reading and writing both ghost stories and romance, and I soon found myself completely wrapped up in expanding the story of Kyr, Spook, and the Berkeley mansion,” Lerew said via our local author web form.

The book is the first in the Kyrie Carter series. Book 2 is in the revision stages, and Book 3 is in the works as well, Lerew said.

The synopsis is as follows:

When Kyrie Carter wins a Halloween-themed radio contest, she gets the chance to do her first paranormal investigation with Drac and Gabe Petery, stars of the hit show Project Boo-Seekers. As the investigation begins, she thinks her biggest challenge will be dealing with unsupportive teammates, especially the handsome but enigmatic Spook Steele. However, she soon discovers that she has more to worry about than flesh and blood rivals. Her dream weekend turns into a nightmare when the ghost of Jeremiah Berkeley becomes aggressive and dangerous.
Will Kyr and the Boo-Seekers be able to unravel the mysteries of the Berkeley mansion?And will she be able to sort out her romantic feelings for the off-limits Gabe as well as her unwelcome attraction to Steele?

In her spare time, Lerew enjoys crocheting, reading and writing. She’s also a den leader for her sons’ Scout troop.

Lerew’s book was self-published through CreateSpace and can be purchased on

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From Page to Projector: ‘The Maze Runner’

maze runnerThe latest in a string of young-adult novels to be translated to the big screen, “The Maze Runner” feels the most like “The Hunger Games” than any YA dystopian tale this side of “Divergent.” The film, which sat atop the box office in its first week, is based on the 2007 book written by James Dashner. It tells the story of a teenage boy named Thomas who wakes up to find himself with no memories in an isolated community of a few dozen other boys.

No one knows why they’re there, but over the years, those who were there before Thomas had built a society that builds shelter, makes food and, most importantly, traverse the enormous maze that surrounds the Glade. Things start changing upon Thomas’ arrival, though, from the killing of the dangerous Grievers that lurk in the maze to the unexpected arrival of a girl — who just so happens to have a telepathic link with Thomas — to the walls of the maze staying open at night. After the Grievers invade the Glade, Thomas leads the escape into the maze and through the hole that he’d recently discovered. The group comes across the scientific leaders behind the maze, learn about the testing that put them them and then are busted out by another group of adults who whisk them away to await their fate in the sequel.

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Comic Book Wednesday: ‘Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman’

IMAG1311I know what you are probably thinking: “This girl is reviewing yet another Wonder Woman comic?!”

Yes, I am. It is because for the first time, Wonder Woman is getting similar recognition that Batman and Superman do, and that is monumental. It makes me want to scream “Girl power!” but then that reminds me too much of the Spice Girls and the ’90s.

Anyway, back to “Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman.” This title started off with a digital release in August, where readers got to see Wonder Woman on a new adventure each week.

According to a IGNsenior VP of Vertigo and Integrated Publishing Hank Kanalz said in a press release, “With the success of ‘Legends of the Dark Knight’ and ‘Adventures of Superman,’ giving Wonder Woman her own digital anthology series makes perfect sense.”

Each new edition featured famed comic book writers and artists, giving them a chance to create unique, never-told Wonder Woman stories. Then, three of these tales were collected and printed into a physical comic, which is what I am reviewing today.

Famed comic book writer Gail Simone teamed up with artist Ethan Van Sciver to create the first two chapters of this inaugural issue.

This introductory story is a drawn-out production of the qualities of Wonder Woman: strong, kind, compassionate, human and brave. We get an inner-monologue of what Wonder Woman is thinking about herself, about Gotham and how she fights evil.

It’s a little campy but traditional to the original Wonder Woman comics. The art, however, is very modern and well-drawn. I think this makes the story a bit less campy and provides the action that the words are missing.

The second story, “Defender of Truth,” is written by Amanda Deibert. Again, this story is traditional: Circe is trying to fight Wonder Woman and is using her magical powers to make the gargoyles on the National Cathedral come alive and create other mystical enemies to fight Wonder Woman.

But that isn’t the moral of the story. The last two pages are heart-warming, and in the words of Wonder Woman, “Being true to yourself is never wrong.”

The artwork, done by Cat Staggs, is different than anything I have seen before, yet captivating and action-packed. I appreciate her version of Wonder Woman: Sexy, yet not falling out of her top; strong, yet doesn’t look like a massive body-builder.

I think this comic harkens back to the original “Sensation Comics,” which featured Wonder Woman as a prominent character but also included other “cross-over” characters from the DC universe. If this new title is anything like the original, Wonder Woman’s success will skyrocket, and she will finally get the recognition as a prominent superhero.

Comic Book Wednesday is a feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.

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Marathon reading of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ set

Penn State York will host a marathon reading of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” starting at noon on Sept 25.

The reading, in the Lee R. Glatfelter Library, will end when the book is completed, or about 7 p.m, according to a news release.

The free event is organized by Stephanie Diaz, reference and instruction librarian, who got the idea from a similar event at the University Park campus.

-Angie Mason
York Daily Record/Sunday News

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Fifth edition of ‘Journal of York County Heritage’ to debut Sept. 28

The fifth edition of the Journal of York County Heritage, a publication of the York County Heritage Trust, will be premiering at a reception at 1 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Historical Society Museum, according to a news release. The goal of the Journal each year is to highlight aspects of the area’s vibrant heritage brought forth through current scholarship.

The reception is open to the public, but R.S.V.P.s are requested by calling 848-1587, ext. 210 or emailing

The evening’s program will feature a conversation between Ronald Hershner and John Zimmerman. The interview will focus on John’s long involvement with efforts in preserving history and structures throughout the county.

The Journal will be available for purchase beginning Sept. 28th in the York County Heritage Trust’s Museum Shop, 250 East Market Street. The book is priced at $6.95. The first four editions will also be available at a discounted price. Many other books on York County History are also available on the Trust’s website at

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On the Shelves: Kids’ books that tickle a funny bone

By Deb Sullivan
On The Shelves

alexanderLast night I saw a movie trailer on television that instantly grabbed me. I know this story, I thought…all of these crazy, terrible things happening to this kid and his family. And then the light bulb moment arrived as the narrator announced…. Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. I read this; it’s a children’s book by Judith Viorst, and I want to see that movie. With Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner as leads, it looks hilarious, and not only is it my kind of movie, but it reminds me of the many funny children’s books our York County Libraries have on the shelves. After all, what better way to get kids to love reading than with books that are pure fun to read? Continue reading “On the Shelves: Kids’ books that tickle a funny bone” »

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Meet the author: Zachary Zinn

West York resident Zachary Zinn self-published his book, “A Song for Swans” in 2012. He discussed his book via our local author web form.

61fSoSgGGKL._SL1500_The book follows Landon Hughes, a teen who experienced the anguish of cancer at a young age, Zinn wrote. Now, Landon is a senior in high school and has built his life back together since his remission was announced. All the sudden, he feels a lump in his throat and it all slowly floods back in his mind. Landon is diagnosed with a rare cancer that leaves little hope for survival. Traveling through the lowest of lows, Landon has to answer the most important question: is there anything worth living for when it all leads to death?

My high school English teacher taught me to write about things worth writing.  Around that time,  a good friend of mine,  Bob had gotten pancreatic cancer.  I saw how he lived his last days with more life than some people live in their normal days,” Zinn wrote.

The book is available for purchase on Amazon.

In his spare time, Zinn enjoys writing, drumming and driving.


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From Page to Projector: ‘Eat Pray Love’

eat pray loveI took my (admittedly late) summer vacation last week and figured I bring with me the book that most screamed “beach book” with me. My choice: “Eat Pray Love,” a story of a woman who goes on a yearlong trip of self-discovery and religious fulfillment to Italy, India and Bali.

The memoir, published in 2006, was written by Elizabeth Gilbert, who traveled the globe in an effort to find peace with herself after a messy divorce and a passionate and destructive follow-up relationship. The book goes over what she experienced and learned from a journey of indulgence and fascination while learning a new language in Rome, of meditation and finding God at an ashram in India, and of finding balance in her life with a medicine man in Indonesia, and finding new love there, as well.

The popular success of the book led to a film adaptation, starring Julia Roberts and released in 2010. The movie contains a decent amount of recognizable actors: Viola Davis plays Liz’s friend from back home in New York, James Franco is her flame after she leaves her husband, and Javier Bardem plays the boyfriend she meets in Bali.

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Dover native writes memoir on baking, resourcefulness

0831-bakerygirlscoverFlorence Ditlow, 67, never thought she would receive such interesting feedback from readers after publishing her book, “The Bakery Girls,” in November 2011.

“One woman (who wrote to me) grew up smelling sticky buns because she lived so close to my grandfather’s bakery. She and her father would go across the street to buy bread and rolls as they were pulling them out of the oven,” Ditlow said.

The book is part fiction and part memoir of her mother and two aunts, Dot, Louise and Elaine, growing up amid the turmoil of the Great Depression and World War II. The story describes the girls’ tenacity and resourcefulness in running a bakery in Harrisburg during troubled times.

“When I wrote this story, I was hit over the head with a muse. I had been reading books that were sadly lacking in background. My book became a reconstruction of my aunts’ lives and parts of history as a duet.” Continue reading “Dover native writes memoir on baking, resourcefulness” »

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Semi-annual Book Sale slated in Hellam Township

The Friends of the Kreutz Creek Valley Library will hold its semi-annual Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Hellam Township Maintenance Building, across from the library at 45 Walnut Springs Rd.

The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  To give blood, call 755-2743.  For details visit or call the library at 252-4080.

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