Defense attorney examines the fight against terrorism on American soil in new novel

Terrorism is war in a new form.

In “Soul Witness,” defense attorney William C. Costopoulos channels more than 40 years of professional experience in the criminal justice system into an eye-opening fiction novel based on the potential for “lone wolf” terrorist attacks on American soil.

Costopoulos, a former prosecutor and one of Pennsylvania’s most notable defense lawyers, aims to expose the grievous consequences that terrorism causes to human life and civil society.

Based on actual events in history, “Soul Witness” follows a series of fictional terrorist events on American soil. Culminating in a suspenseful trial of the primary suspect, “Soul Witness” shows readers how members of the United State criminal justice system wrestle with moral, ethical and legal issues surrounding a defendant who defies all known precedents.

“The pursuit of justice can be elusive, and constantly requires the examination of one’s own morality,” Costopoulos said.

Through his novel, Costopoulos hopes to relay the message that justice is not just a worldly matter.

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Second book by regional romance author hits shelves in August

HANOVER, Pa.—Hanover native Heidi Hormel, whose debut Western romance novel was a Kindle Best Seller, will release in August her second connected book, THE CONVENIENT COWBOY. The novel, which received a four-star review from RT Book Reviews magazine, is published by Harlequin American Romance and available online (Aug. 1) and in print at book retailers (Aug. 4). unnamed

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Local authors release book together

Author: Chris Brenneman, Sue Boardman, and Bill DowlingLayout 1
Title: The Gettysburg Cyclorama: The Turning Point of the Civil War on Canvas
Synopsis: Thousands of books and articles have been written about the Battle of Gettysburg. Almost every topic has been thoroughly scrutinized except one: Paul Philippoteaux’s massive cyclorama painting The Battle of Gettysburg, which depicts Pickett’s Charge, the final attack at Gettysburg. The Gettysburg Cyclorama: The Turning Point of the Civil War on Canvas is the first comprehensive study of this art masterpiece and historic artifact.
You can read more about the book and the author by visiting:
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TG Books comes to York

The new bookstore is located in a strip mall directly behind Cosmo Prof, and next door to The Comic Store West.

The new bookstore is located in a strip mall directly behind Cosmo Prof, and next door to The Comic Store West.

TG BOOKS, LLC, York’s premier new and used bookstore with a computerized inventory is now open for business.  The new bookstore is located in a strip mall directly behind Cosmo Prof, and next door to The Comic Store West. Their phone number is 717-843-2947.

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Libraries and parks combine story times and nature

Staff from York County Libraries and two area state parks, Codorus State Park in Hanover and Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, will present story times and hands-on nature activities in the parks as part of Summer Reading Club.


“Library along Lake Marburg” at Codorus State Park Marina | Hanover, PA 17331

Join the Codorus State Park Environmental Education Specialist and Miss Kelly from Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover for “Library along Lake Marburg” – a FREE weekly program featuring a wildlife book reading at the classroom (on Marina Road) at Codorus State Park. Related crafts, game or a visit from live native wildlife will accompany each book.

Thursdays, June 11 through August 27 from 10am-11am.

“Libraries Outside” at Gifford Pinchot State Park | Lewisberry, PA 17339

Beth Kepley-McNutt, Environmental Education Specialist, along with staff from York County Libraries will present “Libraries Outside” at the Conewago Day Use Area.

Tuesday, June 9th @ 11:00 with Karen Hostetter – Amphibians and Reptiles

Friday, June 19th @ 4:00 with Paula Gilbert – Vermicomposting/Worms Eat My Garbage

Friday, July 10th @ 4:00 with Wendy Simpson – Insects

Tuesday, July 28th @ 11:00 with Lisa Schmittle – Owls

Tuesday, August 11th @ 11:00 with Karen Hostetter – Birds

Friday, September 4th @ 4:00 with George Matthew – Trees

“Library Along Lake Marburg” and “Library Outside” programs are one of hundreds of events scheduled at York County Libraries this summer.  The “Every Hero Has A Story • GO & Find Your Hero!” summer program is geared to kids and teens from birth to 18, and is running now through August 16.  Thanks to the generous support of sponsors, The York Water Company and Wellspan Health, the program is free to participants.  For additional information, please log onto and

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Author Cynthia Donley comes to Lotus Moon June 5

Lotus Moon Yoga is hosting Cynthia Stephens Donley, author of the book Oh, I’m So Angry on Friday, June 5 from 5 to 7 P.M.  The Lotus Moon Yoga Studio is located at 36 N. Beaver Street in downtown York. Owner Megan Donley says, “Kids love yoga and kids love reading especially with their Daddys, so this book signing is timely as we look forward to Father’s Day June 21.”

Released in December, 2014, Cynthia’s first book tells the story of 6 year old Katie and her journey, with her parents, sister and in the classroom, to express anger in a healthy way.  Beautifully illustrated by Hannah Stephens, the characters are charming human-like mice.  Young readers become fully engaged in this domestic drama, and they and their parents personally relate to its universal themes.

Oh, I’m So Angry is available online at and is being introduced to school lending libraries, classrooms, public libraries and community service programs aimed at young children.

Cynthia will be signing books that will be available for purchase at Lotus Moon Yoga as well as giving a brief presentation and question and answer session. Admission is free and there will be light refreshments.

York is home to Cynthia and her family who are featured in the story.  A graduate of Lafayette College, Cynthia holds a Master of Arts degree in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Hannah Stephens is the illustrator. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

“This book is wonderful for helping children identify their feelings and develop positive coping strategies. The writing and illustrations are child friendly and engaging. As a Licensed Behavioral Specialist and Licensed Professional Counselor I strongly recommend this book for all children and families!”

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Lotus Moon Yoga to host author Cynthia Donley

angryLotus Moon Yoga, 36 N. Beaver St., York, is hosting author Cynthia Stephens Donley 5 to 7 p.m. June 5.

Donley’s book, “Oh, I’m So Angry,” tells the story of 6-year-old Katie and her journey as she learns to express anger in a healthy way.

Donley will give a brief presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served.



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York author publishes kids book that teaches fun lessons

The Adventures of Jonnie (A Rooftop Squirrel), a new book by Sandra D. (Marin) Reynolds-Herrell, has been released by RoseDog Books.
This is a story written to help children learn and identify some of the dangers of life. It was written in an effort to teach children to be safe and to listen to their parents. It was handwritten in 1989 and read nightly by the author to her own children for many years.
The author’s adopted son inspired her to continue it in 1990. It taught him a few basic things about what to do and what not to do by using various situations with positive, as well as negative, outcomes. Her daughter encouraged her to add new chapters as she grew.
Finally, in 2013, the author was ready to let it go and share it with other people’s children. She hopes you and your children will enjoy the story as much as her own children did.
About the Author:
Author Sandra D. (Marin) Reynolds-Herrell, born in Essex, Maryland, is a lifelong writer and the single mother of three biological children and one adopted son. Through the compassion and eyes of her first two biological children, and through the grace of God, the family opened hearts and home to an abused, forgotten, lost little boy. The author took custody of him when he was two and raised him as her own son. It was not easy and it came with many problems, but the family worked through them day by day to gain his trust, his loyalty, and, eventually, his love.
In her second marriage, the author was told that she could not have children. But, at age 40, miraculously, God blessed her with a new baby daughter who encouraged her to add to the book that you are holding in your hands.
After putting her life on hold for nearly 40 years, the author is finally a senior in her bachelor’s program in college today and pursuing her passion for writing.
The Adventures of Jonnie (A Rooftop Squirrel) is a 40-page paperback with a retail price of $8.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4809-6278-1.  It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore
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Hearts & Minds owner edits book for graduates

borgerbookByron Borger, owner of Hearts & Minds bookstore in Dallastown, has edited the book “Serious Dreams: Bold Ideas for the Rest of Your Life.”

The book, published by Square Halo Books of Lancaster, is a collection of graduation speeches from Christian colleges.

“After I was asked to do a commencement address at a Christian graduate school last year, and there were some requests for printed copies of the message I gave there, it dawned on me that there were many other really great talks that could be compiled into a book,” Borger said.

Other authors in “Serious Dreams” include the former President of Fuller Theological Seminary, Richard Mouw; Nicholas Wolterstorff, a world-renowned philosopher who has taught at Oxford, Yale, Harvard, UVa, and other prominent universities; John Perkins, a prolific Christian author and passionate voice about civil rights and racial reconciliation; Amy Sherman (a Messiah College alum who has written several significant books) and more.

“Serious Dreams: Bold Ideas for the Rest of Your Life” is available at Hearts & Minds, 234 E. Main St., Dallastown.  Borger talks about the book on his website.

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Summer reading program kicks off May 30

York County Libraries and GO York! will launch the 2015 “Every Hero Has a Story | Go and Find your Hero!” summer program with an official kick-off.  The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at the Dover Community Building, 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover, PA 17315.  This year is all about heroes – superheroes and community heroes!


Entertainer Steven Courtney will highlight the day with a performance at 12 p.m. Children may enjoy face painting by Changing Faces 4 Fun and strolling magic with John Andrews from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Spiderman will make an appearance, too! Outside activities include trucks and equipment from the Dover Township Fire Department.   Families may bring a picnic lunch or visit Bricker’s Famous French Fries at the nearby pavilion.

The event offers the opportunity for kids and teens from birth to 18 to register for the program with a library card.  Summer Reading Club has three main goals – Read, Move, and Learn! Set a goal to read (or be read to) 20 minutes a day, Get Outdoors to explore the parks, and enjoy fun, educational programs at your local York County library.  Participants will receive a rubbing sheet and a Go York! book with clues to help you find 30 autographs – wooden marker posts with a unique etching attached of community heroes.  The posts are hidden in various local, county, and state parks.

When found, kids and teens mark the rubbing sheet with a crayon or pencil. Visit or your local library to see the super programs lined up at each of the 13 York County Libraries.


York County Libraries offers an online activity guide for babies from birth to 18 months and toddlers from 19 months to 36 months.  Parents and caregivers are invited to mix and match activities or read 20 minutes a day and record in a reading log.

Many local businesses donate prizes to encourage kids to grow reading and learning skills and to stay healthy and active over the summer months.  Thanks to the generous support ofcorporate sponsors, the York Water Company and Wellspan Health, there is no cost to participate in the program.   For more information about the program, log and

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