Shirley Alarie


Author of the LEMONS TO LEMONADE Series of inspirational nonfiction.

My breast cancer diagnosis was the slap in face I needed to re-prioritize my life’s goals. I dumped the notion of climbing any ladder of success and, instead, focused on what mattered most to me - making a positive difference in the world. Writing became my new platform.

My cancer journey came to life in ‘Losing the Girls – My Journey Through Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy and Beyond’. My objective was to tell an entertaining story with a healthy dose of education. Even though I had consulted medical experts, I stumbled upon the surgical technique of nipple-sparing mastectomy and vowed to educate other women in a way I hadn’t been. With proactive awareness, women would be able to make fully informed decisions if the need ever arose.

Besides the entertaining and educational aspects, I offered hope to others who might be affected by a breast cancer diagnosis. My experience had been a cliché. Cancer had truly changed my life for the better.

I followed up ‘Losing the Girls’ with ‘The Road Paved in Pink – A Personal and Practical Guide for Breast Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones’, strictly an educational tool for newly diagnosed cases. This guide resulted from a calling to pay forward the goodness I’d received during my own breast cancer experience.

I've also created a proactive learning video to educate women about surgical options. Please check it out and pass it along - doing so may make a huge difference for someone you love. Follow the link:

The LEMONS TO LEMONADE Series is my latest project and I am thrilled to branch out into incredible, misunderstood, and inspirational avenues. Bringing inspirational books to a society deluged with negativity has brought me great joy and fulfills my purpose.

‘Losing the Girls’ is the first installment, followed by ‘A Healing Haven – Saving Horses and Humans at RVR Horse Rescue’. The book is an amazing testament to the healing power of love and it shines a spotlight on a worthy organization pulling out all the stops to save animals in need. The third installment of the series is currently underway!

In 2016, real-life Dominick the donkey inspired a children’s book series, based on actual people, animals, and events at RVR Horse Rescue. ‘A New Home for Dominick’ opened the series and the sequel, ‘A New Family for Dominick’ is set to launch in the fall of 2016. Young animal advocates and their parents will find themselves cheering for a sweet little donkey.

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Smashwords Interview

What is the theme of your latest book - Hope in the Hood?
My latest book is being launched on April 29, 2017 and is part of my 'Lemons to Lemonade' Series. 'Hope in the Hood' is an inspiring true story about Colleen Adams and her improbable dream to help inner city young men who were on the wrong path, to have a chance for a better life.
What surprised you most during this project?
I grew up in an average middle class neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, so I felt I had some idea of the plight of these inner city youth from Miami. I had African-American friends, I was the minority at one of my schools, and my neighborhood gradually morphed from white to black, so I felt somewhat knowledgeable about this topic. I had the idea that we all have choices in life and if we just make the right choices, then we have the chance to have a decent future.

This project reminded me that you don't have any idea what's going on behind people's front door. When I heard and saw the disparity of what these young men have and what I had in my childhood - even though I hadn't had much - it made me realize that if I'd grown up in their shoes, I probably would have ended up on the same wrong path that they did.

When I watch the news and see violence and crime, I can now understand there is more behind the person than them just being criminals.

The empathy and great fondness I had for the youth in a very short time surprised me.
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Where to find Shirley Alarie online

Where to buy in print


Breast Cancer Surgery Options
As a breast cancer survivor and a woman who nearly had surgery without understanding all the surgical options, I have created a video to increase awareness of this aspect of breast cancer. I would bet that 99% of women will learn something new from this 11 minute experience. Please check it out and share if you feel it's worthwhile!

Hope in the Hood Book Trailer
Coming Spring 2017! The inspirational book, Hope in the Hood, is the true story of hope found in poverty and crime-ridden inner city USA. With Colleen Adams and Empowered Youth. Written by Shirley Alarie.

The Left Turn
26 minute documentary by Xiao Fang (Email introduces Colleen Adams and her boys of Empowered Youth USA. The book version, Hope in the Hood, by Shirley Alarie, is coming Spring 2017!



A Healing Haven - Saving Horses and Humans at RVR Horse Rescue
Series: Lemons to Lemonade. Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 63,230. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Animals
Discover the magical effect the beautiful equines of RVR Horse Rescue imprint on their caregivers, blurring the lines of who was saving whom. Enjoy the riveting saga of Shawn Jayroe and her Horse Angels who are tackling equine neglect and abuse one desperate animal at a time. A Healing Haven is an inspiring true story and a reminder that it is in giving that we receive life’s greatest blessings.
The Road Paved in Pink: A Practical and Personal Guide for Breast Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones
Series: Breast Cancer, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,570. Language: English. Published: July 30, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Reference
The Road Paved in Pink: A Practical and Personal Guide for Breast Cancer Patients and Their Loved Ones will educate and support those reeling from a recent diagnosis. This booklet provides the comprehensive guidance needed to withstand the challenges ahead. The Road Paved in Pink is HELP and HOPE in a time of need.
Losing the Girls - My Journey Through Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy and Beyond
Series: Breast Cancer, Book 1 · Lemons to Lemonade. Price: Free! Words: 57,390. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Cancer
Delve into the breast cancer journey and beyond in Losing the Girls, a unique memoir differentiated by the author’s cutting-edge nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM)―a little-known breast cancer surgery technique that leaves the breast completely whole. Shirley Alarie shares her story to boost awareness of this specialized procedure so women facing mastectomies will know all of their options.

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