“Hard to Quit” is the second Western novel by Mark Mitten

“Hard to Quit” is the second Western novel by Mark Mitten

DENVER, Co. – Sunbury Press has released Hard to Quit by Mark Mitten under its Milford House Press imprint.

About the Book:

1892

Creede, Colorado

In a boom camp like Creede, most people want to get rich either mining silver or playing cards. LG and Davis have a different plan — sell beef. Fighting the bitter temperatures and the winter storms of the Colorado high country, they string wire and bring in cattle. But there are things more dangerous than the weather. Having run out of luck and out of Denver, con man Soapy Smith brings his gang up to Creede to start over. His vision of success if different than anyone else’s, and it involves rigging the odds in his favor. No matter who it affects, or how far he must reach.

Excerpt:

Squinting in the darkness, Davis tried to see if LG’s eyes were open. But his hat brim was too low, and the light too dull. He resisted the urge to check his pocket watch. Davis didn’t even want to know what time it was.

The two of them were huddled around a cast-iron stove with a big dent in it. The top of the firebox was so mashed in, the iron door did not close properly, and hot embers kept rolling out every time the fire popped or shifted. Just to keep the tent warm, someone had to stay up and feed sticks every half hour or so. Davis was mad about the whole situation. Every night they drew cards to see who stayed up with it. And every night, it seemed, LG drew a high ace. Why couldn’t they just alternate?

“If I ain’t getting no sleep, then you ain’t getting no sleep.”

He reached over and poked LG in the cheek but got no response.

LG’s arms were folded, and his chin was resting on his chest. He appeared to be sound asleep, but Davis suspected he was just as awake as he was.

“Say, whatever happened to Emmanuel?” he asked in a loud voice. “That cook was one of the finest men that ever graced a chuck wagon. Top hand punching cattle, I’d add. He could fork any horse no matter how corrupt it was.”

They had a long day ahead, and Davis was not looking forward to it. Building a cow camp in the middle of winter was a chore. Creede was a new boomtown. Silver had just been found, and people were flocking to the canyon creek to try their hand at mining. But LG and Davis had a different plan to get rich—beef. The only meat source in the backcountry was deer, maybe a bear, or fish from the half-frozen river. People would pay high dollar for steak. The first step was to build a fence all around their new cow camp. They had chosen an open meadow in the middle of the forest. It would be perfect to hold beeves. All they needed to do was string wire from tree to tree to circle in the whole area.

Burning wood shifted inside the stove, and a lump of bright embers dropped onto the ground.

“What a foolish purchase,” Davis pointed out unnecessarily. “Them boys at the Amethyst sure pulled one over on us, didn’t they? They sure weren’t straight about how it got bent in. A big Kodiak thought it was a biscuit—my eye! There ain’t no Kodiak around here. I bet one of them drunks got soaked and whacked it with a sledgehammer.”
He squinted at LG again, studying him in the dim light.

There was no way the man could be sleeping. This was pretend. He obviously wanted Davis to think he was impervious to hardship and could sleep through anything.

Book Trailer:

TRAILER #1 (Short version):  https://youtu.be/99ejfwui9f8

TRAILER #2 (Full version):  https://youtu.be/SugTITnkvOc

Praise for “Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave”:

“Lyrical, fresh and an impressive debut.”  —Roundup Magazine
“Dialogue and actions resonate with authenticity.” —Kathleen Rice Adams, Western Fictioneers
“Mitten awakens images of Gunsmoke and The Magnificent Seven . . . Certain to be a favorite of equestrians, modern ranchers and history buffs.” —Karina Wetherbee, The Summit Daily
“A heckuva Western novel that more than lives up to its unusual title.” —Ron Scheer, Buddies in the Saddle

About the Author:

Mark Mitten was born in Texas and raised in Colorado. He has written two western historical novels. Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave was nominated for a Peacemaker Award. Hard To Quit is his second novel. An experienced mountain climber, Mark has summited all 54 of Colorado’s highest peaks. He and his wife Mary currently reside in Winsted, MN.  Learn more about Mark at his website: http://mmitten.wixsite.com/mark-mitten

Hard to Quit

Authored by Mark Mitten

List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
400 pages
Milford House Press
ISBN-13: 978-1620067482
ISBN-10: 162006748X
BISAC: Fiction / Westerns / General

Also available on Kindle

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Hard-to-Quit-9781620067482.htm

Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for August

Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for August

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for August. Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It took the top spot. Embattled Freedom by Jim Remsen was runner-up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for August, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It Jason Altmire Political Science
2 8 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
3 2 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
4 3 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
5 1 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
6 9 A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush Lawrence Knorr History
7 12 The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
8 17 The Relations of Isaac F. Stiely, Minister of the Mahantongo Valley Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
9 NEW The BANG Story Lawrence Knorr & BANG Music Biography
10 Seinsoth Steven Wagner Sports Biography
11 4 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
12 18 General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words, and Relations Lawrence Knorr, Michael Riley, & Diane Watson Genealogy
13 The Georgia Segregated School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
14 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
15 41 Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Sports History
16 42 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Pets
17 NEW Letters to the Inhabitants of Northumberland Joseph Priestley History
18 20 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
19 21 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
20 The Lost Island of Columbus Keith Pickering History
21 The Mouse with the Broken Tail Dan Shutters Juvenile Fiction
22 25 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
23 27 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
24 32 American Berserk Bill Morris History
25 31 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
26 29 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
27 37 The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping William Cook History
28 Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
29 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
30 40 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical Fiction
31 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Farrell, Farley, & Knorr Biography
32 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
33 OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan Metaphysical Fiction
34 OneWay: The Message Robin McClellan Metaphysical Fiction
35 44 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
36 History of Lykens Township, Volume 2 Gratz Historical Society History
37 Keystone Tombstones Gettysburg Farrell, Farley, & Knorr Biography
38 35 A Second Revolution C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
39 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth History
40 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
41 24 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L Moore History
42 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
43 Strange Magic Cathy Jordan (editor) Short Stories
44 23 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
45 Keep Turning Right Rick Dapp Self-Help
46 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
47 48 Hairy Men in Caves Marlin Bressi History
48 13 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
49 Fireproof Moth Milo Thornberry History
50 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill Biography

Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It was #1 due to brisk advance sales as the author prepares for an October release. Jim Remsen’s Embattled Freedom took #2 due to author appearances.  Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula placed #3 due to the sales of the Kindle version. Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib by Lawrence Knorr grabbed the fourth spot thanks to seasonal interest. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last slipped to #5 as it comes off of the publicity from the controversial History Channel program which drew most of its material from the book or complementary sources.

135 titles had sales this month.  Following are the leaders by imprint:

Imprint Title Author Category
Sunbury Press Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It Jason Altmire Political Science
Milford House Press Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
Brown Posey Press Strange Magic Cathy Jordan (editor) Short Stories
Hellbender Books Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
Ars Metaphysica Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
Speckled Egg Press The Mouse with the Broken Tail Dan Shutters Juvenile Fiction

The company released two new titles in August:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for August, 2017
The BANG Story Lawrence Knorr & BANG Music Biography
Letters to the Inhabitants of Northumberland Joseph Priestley History