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Local author says books lost in mail are now posted on eBay

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Metro Atlanta author Deanna Sirlin completed a project near and dear to her heart this year.

"So this book is actually two years in the making," Sirlin said. "It's a wonderful thing to have your first book, period - whoever you are."

She wrote her first book and even had it published.

"It's a really significant, really personal book and only 1,700 were printed," Sirlin said.

Sirlin then shipped 24 copies to an art gallery in New York City where they planned to throw her a book party. The only problem is that the books never showed up.

"The name of the book is ironically, She's Got What It Takes, which I hope I have what it takes to get this book back," Sirlin said.

She filed a claim with the United States Postal Service. They sent her original shipping labels back to her, but the books were nowhere to be found.

"They cut off the label and sent it back to me. They were able to do that. So how did the label separate from these books? That's a mystery," Sirlin said.

Part of the mystery was solved when she noticed that her books, all 24 of them, were for sale on eBay.

"Well of course my first thought was 'gosh, they were stolen'. You know that was my first thought," Sirlin said.

CBS Atlanta News contacted the Postal Service to see if we could get the books back. Postal inspectors are investigating to see if the books were stolen or damaged and then auctioned off.

"I'm hoping that the post office will say 'we goofed up here,'" Sirlin said.

Sirlin said the value of the missing books and the cost for shipping totaled about $1,000. She said if the Postal Service returned that money to her, she could just buy them back off eBay, but that may not happen because the Postal Service said that Sirlin did not buy insurance on her package.

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