"Visions of Teaoga" repeats! — Sunbury Press bestsellers for September 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September, 2014. Jim Remsen’s young adult novel Visions of Teaoga was #1 for the second month in a row.

vot_fcAbout Visions of Teaoga
The year is 1790 and Queen Esther, a notorious American Indian matriarch, travels under cover to observe a U.S.-Iroquois summit at the ancient Teaoga treaty grounds. Will she be able to pass on her wisdom – and warnings – to the Indian villagers before the hostile settlers discover her in their midst? Will troubled native girl Sisketung awaken to Esther’s truths and see how wrong-headed the brash settler girl Sarah was?

Moving two centuries forward, restless tweener Maddy Winter also visits Teaoga, now a quiet riverfront town on the Pennsylvania-New York border. She tunes in to the region’s dramatic lost history and soon encounters spirits in the wind. As she gains in wisdom, Maddy longs to take on Esther’s mantle of the “peace woman,” but will she find the courage to do right in her own life?

Drawing richly from the historical record, Visions of Teaogacaptures a world in upheaval. Readers sit at a native story circle and learn of the tensions and treachery besetting the Eastern frontier. As Maddy and her modern-day compatriots enter the story, they ponder how our history was recorded and by whom. The book is a perfect companion for middle-school history classes, with discussion questions and other supplemental materials provided on the author’s website, www.jimremsen.com.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 1 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
2 NEW Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
3 16 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
4 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military History
5 19 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
6 2 The Piano Bed Anne Marie Drew YA Fiction
7 NEW The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
8 NEW Death of the Dying City Matthew Taub Urban Fiction
9 11 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
10 NEW Hidden Dangers Robert Stout Foreign Policy
11 15 Dying for Vengeance J . M. West Thriller Fiction
12 18 Fatal Snow Robert Walton Action Adventure
13 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Joe Farrell & Farley History
14 6 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
15 10 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
16 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
17 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick HIstorical Fiction
18 7 Petrified Tanya Reimer YA Fiction
19 The View from Four Foot Two Judi Markowitz Medical Memoir
20 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction

DOA-FCSunbury Press closed out its best September ever and its best 3rd quarter ever. For the month, sales were up nearly 8% as compared to last year. For the quarter,sales were up 22% compared to last year. Year-to-date, sales are up nearly 10%. The company is on track to have its best year ever. Trade paperbacks continue to be strong, while ebooks continue to weaken.

Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga was boosted by author activities. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Autumndebuted at #2 thanks to author events. Jess Steven Hughes’ The Sign of the Eagle climbed the rankings as a result of author bookstore appearances. Call Sign Dracula, by Joe Fair, returned to the rankings thanks to author activities. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man & The Sinful Man grabbed #5 and #20 respectively as a result of sales from the Sunbury Press 10th Anniversary Celebration. Keith traveled to Mechanicsburg and appeared with Brahm Gallagher, who plays Alister in The Cursed Manfilm. Anne Marie Drew’s The Piano Bed was helped by author activities. Terry Ray’s The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs started strong at #7 because of interest from MUFON, the UFO research organization. Death of the Dying City, by Matthew Taub, was helped by extensive friend and family connections in New York. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales in the San Diego area. Bob Stout’s Hidden Dangers was boosted by orders from Mexico. J. M. West’s Dying for Vengeance charted despite only a couple days on sale due to interest in the Carlisle, PA area. Robert Walton’s Fatal Snow was helped by sales at Bob’s Bagels as it closed for good. The Joes, Farrell and Farley (and Lawrence Knorr), returned to the rankings with Keystone Tombstone Civil Wars benefitting from author activity. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls I continued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #15 due to his appearance before the 99’s in Wichita, Kansas. The Bronze Dagger by Marie Sontag reappeared on the list thanks to signing events at schools. Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People grabbed a spot after being named a finalist in the 2014 New Mexico-Colorado Book Awards. Tanya Reimer’sPetrified performed very well thanks to interest in Canada. Judi Markowitz’s The View from Four Foot Two returned to the rankings thanks to author activities.

The company released five new titles during the month of September:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for September, 2014
Hidden Dangers Robert Stout Foreign Policy
Death of the Dying City Matthew Taub Urban Fiction
The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
The Power of Uncertainty John F. Loase Mathematics

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Pastor finds meaning in his beloved old oak chair

BEULAH, Colo.Sunbury Press has released Rev. James A. Campbell’s visionary memoir The Chair. Road trip photographs were provided by Vernon J. LaBau.

tc_fcAbout the Book:
Sometimes, one needs a special mentor to find life and its wonder. Sometimes, that mentor is a chair.

The Chair is Pastor James Campbell’s spiritual odyssey that leads us through the night of emptiness and then emerges into the light of compassion, intervention, and redemption.  Through his renovation of a simple chair, reverence for worn out sewing needles in the Japanese celebration of Hari-Kuyo, and reflection upon how stress to the Diamond Willows of Alaska produces works of art, this parable describes Campbell’s own epiphanies during the course of his life travels ministering to the forgotten and broken.

“For members of the helping profession, caregivers, or those looking for meaning in meaningless times, Campbell is a valuable read.   He will guide you, literally and figuratively, out of the ruins of the great dust bowl to a peaceful Colorado valley.  And he will show you how all these things remain part of your soul.” — Steve Schoenmakers, M.S., Superintendent, Retired, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.

With warmth and wit, James Campbell explores one of life’s mysteries:  the way ordinary objects acquire meaning in our lives.  In literal and symbolic journeys with him across the country and through the years, his old oak chair becomes a catalyst for new discoveries, comic revelations, daydreams, and finally, of blessing.   He shares his wisdom, borne of rich experience, and leads us to think about what the things we treasure and what they might mean to us. — Margaret M. Barber, Ph.D.  Professor Emeritus of English, Colorado State University-Pueblo.

The Chair is a metaphor, at first puzzling, then intriguing and then a reference to “life.” The book hooked me into experiences of my own life. This was enjoyable, enlightening. I ended the book wanting to know more, unwilling to have to say, “the end.” — Taylor McConnell, Professor Emeritus,  Garrett-Evangelical Seminary

Vernon J. LaBau (left) and Rev. James A. Campbell (right).

Vernon J. LaBau (left) and Rev. James A. Campbell (right).

A life by that one thing.

How many funerals through the years were planned around that thought? Show me something that is your father, his spirit, distilled into that one thing: a coffee cup, a favorite chair, a fishing rod, a photograph.

Life in that one thing.

For me, that one thing is the old oak chair and that one thing is this story. I wish I had one picture, just one, of when it all began. I doubt the chair, a captain’s chair, would be the center of any photo. Most likely the chair would be in the picture’s corner, out of focus, perhaps cut off in partial disclosure. Still, hopefully, there would be enough of the chair in the photo to witness to its original humbled condition and its overlooked place in the backyard. Overlooked is a good word for forgotten. That is what the old chair was, forgotten in plain sight, overlooked. Its once caned seat was missing the caning and the seat was now a piece of makeshift plywood. Its weathered layers of green, beige, orange, and turquoise paint were peeling like diseased skin.

In fairness, the chair had some utility. The family cat claimed it as a lounge. By knotting the garden hose around its arm, the chair could be posed to point the hose nozzle across the lawn or garden. Looking back, I wish I had had the wisdom to capture such mundane moments with a camera. Photography was my one art. I earned money selling photos of my valley. I knew what was appealing. Yet, I missed what would become a centerpiece of my life.
When that revelation came, it was not a dramatic epiphany, but rather quiet bemusement. It was a joke. Joke can be another word for “dismissed”, as “dismissed” is another word for forgotten.

A joke was how I remember first seeing it through the kitchen window, really seeing it. Even then it was a subtle joke… not a funny grab-the-camera joke, only a reason to pause as pause turns to passing wonder and passing wonder to “what if?” Wouldn’t it be something if, under all that paint, there was still enough integrity of wood to both bear a luster and, if reinforced, to even serve its purpose as a chair?

Christmas was two months off. With no money for gifts, I wondered if, with considerable effort, I might give the old chair a new face, well, as much a new face as the chair would allow. Certainly, I had no idea that the joke of that old chair before me was sacred, as ironic humor sometimes is. That chair was the essence of my calling, my door to the kingdom of God. It was to be the parable of hope with which I would relate and come to bless others. Eventually, the chair became a mentor, as it inspired taking the camera into the sacredness of forgotten places. If only I had thought to take just one picture through the kitchen window.

One October day, 1971, with no one watching, I removed the old chair to the garage of Hugh Reed down in the village. In the two months of the chair’s renovation, not one mention was made in the family that the old chair was gone from the backyard, a true test of the meaning of forgotten.

jcampbellAbout the Author:
Rev. James A. Campbell, D. Min. is a retired clergy living in Beulah Valley, Colorado.  His writings and paintings culminate thirty-nine years of ministry in Iowa and Alaska. Much of the emphasis of his work in Alaska was as Director of Humanitarian Aid to the Russian Far East during the desperate years from 1995-2003. Rev. Campbell is the author of seven books. He spends these years discovering multiple ways of knowing, the wonder unto beauty of each venue of discovery, and the doors that then open to the sacred.

The Chair
Authored by James A. Campbell, Photographs by Vernon J. LaBau
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Full Color on White paper
82 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064955
ISBN-10: 1620064952
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Religious

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Painter Fritz VonderHeiden known for his cityscapes of Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Lawrence von Knorr’s catalog of the paintings of Fritz VondeHeiden entitled Modern Realism According to Fritz: The Oil Paintings of Fritz VonderHeiden.

mraf_fcAbout the Book:
No one has painted urban Harrisburg as often as Fritz VonderHeiden (b. 1934). His style, developed over many decades, calls to mind Edward Hopper, but in a reductionist, minimalist way. His best urban works feel sterile and monolithic, emphasizing the geometry of road, architecture and the natural world in a compelling composition of curves, color, and structure. They exemplify the energy of the 20th Century, harkening back with Art Deco elements.

Fritz did not always paint this way. His earlier works – and some of his award-winning paintings – are more detailed, calling to mind Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent. His range of subjects is also varied, from the urban settings mentioned to country landscapes, lighthouses, portraits, still lifes and even surreal imaginings.

Office Space, 1996

Office Space, 1996

This book contains images of 127 of Fritz’s paintings in all of his categories: Scenes of Harrisburg, Scenes of the Greater Harrisburg Area, Portraits, Groups, and Figures, Landscapes and Lighthouses, and Still Lifes and Wildlife. All help celebrate the long career of this prolific painter, capturing his mastery of 20th Century Modern Realism.

About the Editor:
Lawrence von Knorr is a native of Pennsylvania who is one of the pioneers in “Digital Impressionism” or “Photo Impressionism”, utilizing computer software to enhance photography to produce painterly creations. His work includes landscapes, architectural, portrait and still-life subjects.

South on Susquehanna Street, 1998

South on Susquehanna Street, 1998

Lawrence received a 35mm camera as a gift at age 13, and has been photographing ever since. Professionally, he has worked in the information systems field, providing numerous opportunities to travel extensively. In recent years, the love of photography and experience in computer software merged into an interest in digital fine art.

Von Knorr began exhibiting in the Harrisburg, PA area in 2006. His first New York Exhibition was in 2008. He lives in the Harrisburg area with his wife Tammi.

An exhibition of Fritz VonderHeiden’s work is being held at the 2nd Floor Gallery at 105 S Market St, Mechanicsburg, PA, 17055, for the month of October. A book signing will be held there on Saturday October 18, 2014, from 6 PM to 9 PM. Please contact the gallery for more information: (717) 697-0502.

Skaters, 2009

Skaters, 2009

Modern Realism According to Fritz: The Oil Paintings of Fritz VonderHeiden
Edited by Lawrence von Knorr
List Price: $29.95
8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Color on White paper
64 pages, hardcover
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064504
BISAC: Art / Artists / Painters / American

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Cyclist breaks neck — "hangman's break" says doc

CINCINNATISunbury Press has released Ken Mercurio’s medical memoir Head Over Wheels – A ‘Lucky Stiff’ Turns Tragedy into a Cycling Triumph.

how_fcAbout the Book:
The inspiring story of how a 56-yr-old avid cyclist recovered from a life-threatening bicycling accident to conquer an “impossible” biking tour just 9 months later. On a training ride going 28 mph, Ken’s bike fork suddenly snapped apart, catapulting him onto his head and breaking his neck and six other bones. With pulverized neck vertebrae, his neurosurgeon said it was a miracle he didn’t die or become a quadriplegic. Five vertebrae were surgically fused to save his life, leaving him with a permanently stiff neck and almost no ability to turn his head.

In a momentous twist of fate, Ken had already registered to ride one of the country’s most difficult bike tours, scheduled nine months later. With no idea if he could ever ride again, Ken made that 5-day/500-mile tour his recovery goal. He tells a remarkable tale of love and support from family and friends, and of spiritual growth, to return to normal in as many ways as possible despite numerous emotional setbacks. From climbing back on a bike for the first time, to walking his daughter down the aisle exactly six months after the accident, readers will share Ken’s joy at reaching each milestone on his recovery journey.

Finally, in early afternoon, after a longer time than promised, Dr. Virella came out and spoke with them. The 4½-hour operation had gone well, but the damage was even worse than he had thought. I had broken cervical vertebrae #s 2 and 4, thoracic vertebrae #s 4, 6, and 10, and three ribs. That much they knew going in. What they didn’t know was how bad the break was on cervical #2, which is the most critical vertebra in the neck. It has a unique shape because it is the pivot point for the neck and head. Dr. Virella said it had snapped laterally all the way through it, and he had “no idea why” it did not injure the spinal cord that runs in between. He used the word “pulverized’ to describe the bone. This kind of break had a name, he said: Hangman’s Break. He specifically said to my anxious family that he was surprised I had not died instantly or become a quadriplegic.

Hangman’s Break got its name, of course, because the cause of death from a person being hanged by a neck noose could snap the cervical #2 bone, which in turn fatally injured the spinal cord. Most Hangman’s Breaks occur from falls that hyperextend the neck, which is exactly what happened to me. However, in only a small percentage of cases does this hyperextension not also injure the spinal cord due to a broken piece of the cervical bone coming in critical contact with it. Any injury or slightest cut to the spinal cord results in paralysis, and of course the greater the cord damage, the more extensive the paralysis is, up to and including death.

Dr. Virella mentioned then and many times since, that when he saw how badly my cervical #2 was pulverized, he would have completely expected this amount of trauma to have pushed the bone pieces into my spinal cord. Bone on both sides crushed and fragmented, but nothing touched the cord in between? He felt that was impossible! He always mentioned Christopher Reeve’s injury that made him a quadriplegic, and told me that my injury was similar to his. He always said it but didn’t have to: “Ken, you were very lucky indeed.”

About the Author:
Ken Mercurio is a 63-yr-old father of two who continues to endurance-ride his bike despite his permanently stiff neck and near-death bike accident. He worked 31 years for Carnation and Nestlé Food Company as director of nutrition and food-product labeling, and continues to consult in these fields during retirement.

After living his entire life in the Los Angeles area, he is now enjoying a new environment in Monroe, Ohio. Ken graduated from University of California, Davis, home to the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame, with a degree in nutrition science. His master’s degree is also in nutrition, from UCLA.

Head Over Wheels is Ken’s first book. He hopes his tale of recovery will inspire others to set goals to overcome what might seem like insurmountable hurdles in their lives.

What Others Are Saying:
“This fast-paced book is a must-read for cycling enthusiasts as well as anyone who has faced a life-changing challenge and wants to be inspired. Ken Mercurio has faced life’s demons and lived to ride again.”

Julie Davey, writing professor, author and cancer survivor

“Essential reading for those passionate about cycling and life! Tear-jerking, triumphant and joyous. Ken does an outstanding job of not only telling his story but inspiring us to reach our toughest goals!”

Jim Cunningham, Two-time South Carolina Cat. 1-2 State Road Race Champion

“Having your front fork snap is a bicyclist’s worst possible nightmare. There is only one place you can go and that is head first to the pavement. At the speed Ken was going, it is an absolute miracle he was not killed. The story of recovery that follows is one of great courage and determination, one that will appeal to cyclists and non-cyclists alike. I encourage you to read it and acknowledge Ken’s achievement.”

Thurlow Rogers, 1984 Olympic Road Cyclist, 2006 Masters World Road Race Champion, Multi-year National Champion, and author, “Fit and Fast: How to Be a Better Cyclist”

“When I saw Ken lying in the ER after his accident, I knew his recovery would be tough. He was extremely lucky to have survived the fracture in his neck known as Hangman’s Break. This story of his determination to recover is remarkable, a success I like to see in my patients.”

George A. Dichter, M.D., the author’s doctor

“Quite simply one of the most inspiring men I have had the pleasure of knowing. I am honored to have had the opportunity to share in Ken’s seemingly impossible goal of cycling the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway and to witness first hand his remarkable comeback. After having read the book, I am even more ‘inspired’ by him and his story.”

Paul Wood, Owner Black Bear Adventure Tours and former pro bike racer

“Fascinating tale of determination and desire. It demonstrates once again how strong the mind is when a goal is emotionally important. Anything is possible and Ken proves it.”

Steve Ring, author of “How to Change your Life by Sitting on your Butt.”

Head Over Wheels: A “Lucky Stiff” Turns Tragedy into a Cycling Triumph
Authored by Ken Mercurio
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
164 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064986
ISBN-10: 1620064987
BISAC: Sports & Recreation / Cycling

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Coming soon — John L. Moore's "Frontier Pennsylvania Series" with art by Andrew Knez, Jr.

Northumberland, PA —  Sunbury Press has signed author John L. Moore of Northumberland, PA to publish his well-known Frontier Pennsylvania history series, which will reach eight volumes with the latest release:

  • Forts, Forests and Flintlocks
  • Bows, Bullets and Bears
  • Cannons, Cattle and Campfires
  • Pioneers, Prisoners and Peace Pipes
  • Rivers, Raiders and Renegades
  • Settlers, Soldiers and Scalps
  • Travelers, Traders and Tomahawks
  • Warriors, Wampum and Wolves

Each volume will be 8×5 inch paperbacks, ranging from 50 to 70 pages, with full-color covers.

john(From the Republican Herald Dec. 23, 2012):

Moore, a veteran newspaperman, said he employed a journalist’s eye for detail and ear for quotes in order to write about long-dead people in a lively way. He said his books are based on 18th and 19th century letters, journals, memoirs and transcripts of official proceedings such as interrogations, depositions and treaties.

The author is also a professional storyteller who specializes in dramatic episodes from Pennsylvania’s colonial history. Dressed in 18th century clothing, he does storytelling in the persona of “Susquehanna Jack,” a frontier ruffian. Moore is available weekdays, weekends and evenings for audiences and organizations of all types and sizes.

Moore has participated in several archaeological excavations of Native American sites. These include the Village of Nain, Bethlehem; the City Island project in Harrisburg, conducted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission during the 1990s; and a Bloomsburg University dig in 1999 at a Native American site near Nescopeck. He also took part in a 1963 excavation conducted by the New Jersey State Museum along the Delaware River north of Worthington State Forest.

Moore’s 45-year career in journalism included stints as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal; as a Harrisburg-based legislative correspondent for Ottaway News Service; as managing editor of The Sentinel at Lewistown; as editorial page editor and managing editor at The Daily Item in Sunbury; and as editor of the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal in Bethlehem.

Regarding cover artist Andrew Knez, Jr.:

THE FISHERI have been marketing my “Frontier Art” full time since the spring of 2000. The text that accompanies many of my paintings or prints is material from extensive research into period journals, diaries, archival records and I have a number of experts with whom I consult about particular details of an intended painting. It is not uncommon for the research into a particular portrayal of an event or proper clothing and accoutrements represented to take much longer than the actual painting. The text helps the viewer to have a more in-depth understanding of the subject of the painting. One-thousand copies of my recent book entitled “Eastern Frontier Art” sold out in twenty months through word of mouth, a few small ads in historical publications and personal appearances at historical sites. My art has graced the covers and/or pages of many books including the Kentucky Social Studies S. E. textbook by Harcourt Publishing, Rockhouses and Rhododendron, Volumes 1 and 2 by John Curry, The Indian Capture of Jacob Nicely by Robert Nicely, On the Banks of the Gauley by Rock Foster and Skulking in the Woods by Ben Scharff. To date, I have had my art on the covers of over 70 national and international publications including Backwoodsman, Muzzle Blasts, Muzzleloader, On the Trail, Black Powder Cartridge News, Journal of the Americas and Precision Shooting Magazine. I also was commissioned to create the video cover art for “The Captives”, an award winning documentary about the abduction of Mary Draper Ingles. I was made a Signature member of the National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Society along with being accepted as a member of the American Plains Artists. My originals are in many private, corporate and historical collections such as: The National Rifle Association, Bushy Run Battlefield, The Beaver County Historical Center, Old Bedford Village, The Brandy Station Foundation, Prickett’s Fort, Wilderness Road State Park, Contemporary Longrifle Association and Owensboro Museum of Fine Art.

For more information about the artist:  http://www.andrewknezjr.com/

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