Author will show new book ‘Two Week Notice’ at Yawn’s open house March 2
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Jeffrey Costa, with his wife Kimberly and their three daughters, offers advice in his new book ‘Two Weeks Notice.’ Costa will be at the grand opening of Yawn’s Books and More in Canton on March 2. <br> Special to the Tribune
Jeffrey Costa, with his wife Kimberly and their three daughters, offers advice in his new book ‘Two Weeks Notice.’ Costa will be at the grand opening of Yawn’s Books and More in Canton on March 2.
Special to the Tribune
The cover of “Two Weeks Notice” by Jeffrey Costa.
The cover of “Two Weeks Notice” by Jeffrey Costa.
The cover of “What the Children Saw” by Deb Gerace.
The cover of “What the Children Saw” by Deb Gerace.
An open house to celebrate the new location of Yawn’s Books and More and introduce several of the local book publisher’s latest publications is set March 2.

The open house is from noon to 4 p.m., and book lovers who stop by will be treated to some of owner Nadine Yawn’s famous Mom’s chicken salad croissants, brownies and other goodies.

Yawn’s Books and More Inc. is now located at 198 North St. Owner Farris Yawn said the Canton-based bookstore’s relocation to a smaller site is an attempt to focus more on the publishing side of the business and is already a best seller.

“We are pleased and gratified at how well our new endeavor is going,” Yawn said.

Yawn’s has published more than 100 books by at least 50 authors since its inception a few years ago, Yawn said.

The local publishing house is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, the Southeast Independent Booksellers and the American Booksellers Association

“We really like it concentrating on publishing,” Farris said.

Author Jeffrey Costa will be at the open house from 1 to 3 p.m. with his new book “Two Week Notice.”

Yawn said the book is interesting and well written.

Other Yawn’s published authors will be stopping by including Polly Balint and Kathi Harper Hill, as well as Deb Gerace, who will be debuting her book, “What the Children Saw.”

“Two Weeks Notice” By Jeffrey Costa

For more than 20 years, Jeffrey Costa worked at one of the largest corporations in the world. But just as his career was exceeding professional expectations, he and his wife Kimberly decided to leave it all behind to put family first.

“Two Weeks Notice” by Costa, published by Yawn’s Publishing, is an “in your face” reality check about whether you are happy with your present position and career. In it, he shares his strategy and family’s emotional journey in making the most difficult decision of their lives. “The purpose of writing this book is to simply share my story and hopefully inspire those who can relate to my experiences to initiate a positive change in their lives,” Costa said. “”Two Weeks Notice” is certainly not a ‘how to’ book. However, it may be used by young professionals as a preview of what working in the corporate world could be like, and especially by those who have worked for years in a corporate environment by providing guidance toward happiness in your professional life.”

The book is not intended to encourage people to leave their secure corporate positions. It is to inspire people who are unhappy professionally and encourage them to take action and to find happiness within their professional career, perhaps even if it’s in the same company, and personal life, he said.

For people who are at a point in their lives where their career is no longer satisfying or meeting their expectations for happiness, the chapters in “Two Weeks Notice” explore: whether you are happy right now, what do you believe will make you happy, educating yourself and making a family decision to change, trusting your feelings and God’s timing, and finally, recognizing true happiness.

Costa’s wife, Kimberly Costa, is a Cherokee County elementary school teacher in Canton.

“Our marriage is more important to us than anything in this world. We knew the decision we were going to make could have significant financial consequences, but we both decided that as long as we had each other and put our girls first, nothing else really mattered.” Kimberly said. “We’ve been blessed our whole lives by God’s grace, trusting Him with this decision was a risk we were willing to take.”

Costa had words of advice as well.

“I believe millions of people struggle with these feelings of frustration in the workplace every single day. People’s lives shouldn’t be consumed with professional frustration which ultimately impacts their families as well,” Costa said. “Is this you?”

“Two Weeks Notice” is available in paperback for $14.99 at Yawn’s Books & More or online at, and

About the Author

Costa was born and raised in Southern New Jersey. He and his wife began dating in 1982 and have been together for more than 30 years including 23 years of marriage. They have three daughters. Costa has a bachelor of science degree in business and accounting and a master’s degree in finance.

He was a successful business professional for 21 years within a Fortune 100 Company and is now co-owner of a small successful business, which allows him to place family first, he said. J

“Two Weeks Notice” is an autobiography sharing his strategy and personal journey toward escaping the corporate world and finding happiness.

“What the Children Saw” By Deb Gerace

Deb Gerace, a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Kennesaw and singer with Vintage Vocals, is a retired Walker School teacher who has been writing skits, stories and songs for years to hook her middle school students into a little stealth learning.

With her newest project, she is extending her skill to her church youth and others.

“What the Children Saw,” — a skit, short story and song booklet — is designed as a teaching tool for Lent.

It also makes for a meaningful Easter gift for adolescents and young teens.

The skit, a five-minute drama permits the viewer to witness the crucifixion of Jesus through the eyes of two adolescents, a Jewish girl and a Roman boy whose father just happens to be the Roman Centurion in charge of the terrible event.

The drama then deals with their horrified reactions. The story fleshes out these two characters and lets the reader learn what occurred a few days afterwards when they meet again in the marketplace.

Finally, the song, “The Clouds Wept Tears of Rain,” is a simple minor key round which includes teaching ideas for musical accompaniment, instructions for interpretation via American Sign Language and an opportunity to unite children and adults in a simple but effective and inclusive multi-media activity or performance project.

Although the book is small, the short skit is offered royalty-free and the author will consider granting teachers and youth leaders permission to copy the parts for educational or performance purposes upon request.

The first printing is a limited run, since the Lenton season is already in progress.
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