Kyle Alexander Romines’ “The Keeper of the Crows” is #1 at Hellbender Books for September

Kyle Alexander Romines’ “The Keeper of the Crows” is #1 at Hellbender Books for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September for its horror/thriller imprint, HELLBENDER BOOKS. Kyle Alexander Romine’s supernatural thriller The Keeper of the Crows was the bestseller for the month. Keith Rommel’s psychological thriller The Cursed Man was second.

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
2 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
3 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
4 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
5 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller

Romines was buoyed by strong ebook sales and author activities. Three of Rommel’s Thanatology Series books placed in the top five, including The Cursed Man, The Sinful Man, and The Lurking Man. His supernatural thriller The Devil Tree, recalling a real-life serial killer from Florida in the 1970s, also made the list.

 

 

“The Ripper’s Hellbroth” is the first of the “Watchmaker Revelations” series by Michael L. Hawley

“The Ripper’s Hellbroth” is the first of the “Watchmaker Revelations” series by Michael L. Hawley

BUFFALO, NY – Sunbury Press has released The Ripper’s Hellbroth by Michael L. Hawley under its Hellbender Books imprint.

About the Book:

 

Western New York is under siege from a serial killer who seems to be following in the footsteps of the most famous fiend of them all – Jack the Ripper. The Niagara Falls Serial Killer Task Force calls in none other than the Watchmaker, a detective sleuth par excellence. The Watchmaker, FBI’s chief scientist Dr. Edward Dunham knew at once there was something strange about this killer. When he discovers the fiend’s immortal agenda, giving the case its first break in what seemed to be an unsolvable situation, he blows the case wide open with a prediction of where the killer will strike next. They begin their deadly cat and mouse game, then one of the killer’s intended victims, a college sophomore, and her younger brother bestow a gift on the Watchmaker, although, when he locks horns with the killer, Dunham’s not prepared for the outcome. All is not lost. The Watchmaker knows his secret, a secret that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michael Hawley holds a master’s degree in invertebrate paleontology and secondary science education from the State University of New York, College of Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics from Michigan State University. He has published ten research articles in RipperologistWhitechapel Society Journal, and Casebook Examiner. He is the author of Curse of the Bayou Beast (fiction, 2015), Jack’s Lantern (fiction, 2014), The Ripper’s Hellbroth (fiction, 2013), and Searching for Truth with a Broken Flashlight (nonfiction, 2010). He has been involved in genealogical research since 1992, which ultimately led to his interest in Ripperology research. He is a commander and naval aviator in the U.S. Navy (retired), and is currently enjoying a career as a secondary earth science and chemistry teacher at Tonawanda City High School. He resides with his wife and six children in Greater Buffalo, New York.

by Michael Hawley
HELLBENDER BOOKS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620068359
286 Pages
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural

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J Geoffrey Barber’s novel “Three Rogues in Gettysburg” inspired by famous Civil War photo

J Geoffrey Barber’s novel “Three Rogues in Gettysburg” inspired by famous Civil War photo

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Sunbury Press has released Three Rogues in Gettysburg by J. Geoffrey Barber under its Milford House Press imprint.

About the Book:

There would be no monuments for these Johnnies…just charity from the hand and heart of a Quaker maiden.

A historic photograph of three Rebel prisoners at Gettysburg has long been a familiar icon of the Civil War. Yet we have wondered whatever became of those three soldiers, their identities seemingly lost forever. Inspired by their images captured by an unknown photographer, Three Rogues in Gettysburg is the story of three such prisoners who pose before a box camera while eluding their Yankee captors. Each will make his own discreet departure from the battle-scarred town, but not before first encountering Hannah Strumn, a forsaken Quaker mother of two young sons, Seth 12 and Jonathan 3.

What begins with a charitable cup of water will develop into a prolonged stay for the wayfarer named Vergil. The chemistry between him and the wary Hannah grows fonder with each event-filled day on the Strumn farm. Both have secrets which neither wishes to divulge in spite of circumstances that beg for explanations. Hannah is curious to know something about the dead Yankee whose diary Vergil has placed in her care. Vergil, however, desperately would like to know more about the prize horses the family keeps hidden on the property. There is also the question of Hannah’s marital state—where is the man-of-the-house whom she refers to as Jeduthun, or Mr. Strumn?

Inadvertently Vergil will gleam information from young Jonathan, who happens to mention the nocturnal comings and goings of black people to the house. Vergil surmises that Hannah’s domicile is a mercy station on the Underground Railroad. He will become the family guardian when he fatally fends off a devious Yankee sheriff, who assaults Hannah and threatens to arrest her for aiding the enemy and harboring slaves. Later, with Seth’s help, Vergil will set a trap for a despicable slave owner who arrives, with two baying hounds, to reclaim his fleet-footed property. In the end, Vergil, his thirst quenched and wearing a new suit of clothes sewn by Hannah, rides away on a gleaming black steed. He carries with him provisions from Hannah’s pantry—as well as a piece of her heart and the promise to return.

An epilogue, written in the first-person alleging to be a descendant of Vergil, lends the fiction a sense of reality while exploring themes of ancestry and lost personal identity. For families of Civil War soldiers, news of the death of a family member was heart-wrenching. Worse still, however, was to have never learned the fate of a missing loved one.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

James G. Barber is a historian and curator at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. His research interests include the portraiture of the Jacksonian and Civil War eras, and the American presidency. He is the project coordinator for the Smithsonian’s popular Civil War Web site, CivilWar@Smithsonian. In observance of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, he was an editorial consultant for two Smithsonian books, The Civil War: A Visual History(DK, 2011), and Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection (Smithsonian, 2013). He is the curator of the Portrait Gallery’s TIME magazine collection of more than 2,000 works of original cover art.

Barber was born in Washington, DC, and is a life-long Alexandrian. With family roots in Carlisle and New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, his early memories include car trips passing through Pickett’s charge on the Emmitsburg Road.

by J. Geoffrey Barber
MILFORD HOUSE PRESS
Trade Paperback – 5.5 x 8.5 x .7
9781620068052
216 Pages
Fiction / Historical

Also available on Kindle

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2nd edition of “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick

2nd edition of “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick

BERNALILLO, NM. – Sunbury Press has released Winter of the Metal People, 2d Ed. by Dennis Herrick under its Milford House Press imprint.

About the Book:

The Untold Story of America’s First Indian War

The first named war between the Europeans and the Native Americans was the nearly forgotten Tiguex War, which Spaniards and their Mexican Indian allies fought in 1540-42 against the Pueblo Indians along the Rio Grande, between present-day Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico.
This historical novel “Winter of the Metal People” presents the first account of the war written from the Puebloan point of view. It follows a young Pueblo warrior who reluctantly takes leadership of his people in a time of crisis, overcoming self-doubt to lead Puebloans in successful guerilla warfare against the Spaniards.
Praise for Winter of the Metal People and author Dennis Herrick
“A riveting historical novel of immense scholarship and insight. Dennis Herrick makes the story of the first American Indians in the West to face the military might of European forces as vivid and real as if Coronado’s expedition had ridden out of Mexico yesterday. Winter of the Metal People will forever influence your perception of the stunning landscapes and rich cultures of the Southwest.”
—Margaret Coel, author of Killing Custer
“In Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick, journalist and award-winning writer of fiction, offers us a consummately humane novel of the first encounters between Pueblo peoples of the Southwest and a European, African, and Native American expedition led by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado in the early 1540s. Herrick skillfully brings the Native side of those encounters into vivid focus. We are brought to imagine the complexity and variety of Pueblo reactions as they struggle to come to grips with the foreign presence and how it violently impacts their lives and traditions.”
—Richard Flint, Historian, Author of No Settlement, No Conquest: A History of the Coronado Entrada
“A vivid historical novel that brings to life the epic winter of 1540-41 as Spanish and Pueblo Indian worlds first collided. Herrick’s narrative—driven by extant annals of the Coronado expedition, recent archaeological research, and Pueblo accounts—is the closest we will ever get to standing on a hill above an ancient Pueblo community and witnessing the gritty reality of history. It is a masterful eye opener.”
—David E. Stuart, Professor of Anthropology, University of New Mexico
Author of Prehistoric New Mexico, Anasazi America, and The Ancient Southwest
“With Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick has peeled back the familiar to expose the fascinating. As he alternates viewpoints between Spanish conquistadors and the first Americans they found in thriving pueblos, Herrick provides essential reading for anyone who would understand the collision of cultures that defines so much of what see all around us today.”
Jim Belshaw, Author of Trickster in the Front Yard and Closing the Chart
by Dennis Herrick
MILFORD HOUSE PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620068267
278 Pages
Fiction / Historical

Also available on Kindle

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Benjamin Anderson’s novel “Middle of the Road” leads Brown Posey Press bestsellers for September

Benjamin Anderson’s novel “Middle of the Road” leads Brown Posey Press bestsellers for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September for its literary fiction imprint, BROWN POSEY PRESS. Benjamin Anderson’s novel of the frustrations of millennial mediocrity, Middle of the Road,  ranked number one.   William F. Lee’s touching memoir about the loss of his wife after a long marriage, All My Heroes Are Gone, soared to number two.

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Middle of the Road Benjamin Anderson Literary Fiction
2 All My Heroes Are Gone William F Lee Grief Fiction
3 Hatched Robert Barsky Literary Fiction
4 The Heatstroke Line Edward Rubin Climate Fiction
5 Planet Jesus Vol. 1: Flesh and Blood Doug Brode Paranormal Fiction

Anderson’s book has performed well due to author activities. Lee’s book has been boosted by local activity in Texas where the author resides. Barksy and Rubin have continued to sell copies to the book trade. Brode’s novel continues to draw attention due to the unusual subject matter.

“Jesus the Phoenician” by Lebanese author Karim el Koussa leads the Ars Metaphysica bestsellers for September

“Jesus the Phoenician” by Lebanese author Karim el Koussa leads the Ars Metaphysica bestsellers for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA. Karim El Koussa’s retelling of the story of Jesus through the eyes of the Phoenicians entitled Jesus the Phoenician ranked number one.   The Peoples’ Medium, Michele Livingston, took the second spot with her channeled book Living in the Afterlife, revealing her visions of the other side.

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
2 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
3 Der Lange Verborgene Freund J G Hohman PA Dutch Powwow
4 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction
5 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal

El Koussa’s book has performed well since its release primarily due to exports to Europe and the Middle East. Karim also took the third spot with his recounting of the contributions of Pythagoras, the mathematician/scientist who lived in ancient times.  Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter.

 

Sherry Knowlton’s thriller “Dead of Spring” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for September

Sherry Knowlton’s thriller “Dead of Spring” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Spring, the third book in the Alexa Williams series, took the top spot. Mark Mitten’s recently-released western, Hard to Quit, placed second.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
2 Hard to Quit Mark Mitten Western
3 The Silver Coin Marie Sontag Historical YA
4 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
5 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
6 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Murder Mystery
7 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
8 Dying for Vengeance Joan West Detective Thriller
9 Who Killed Marcia Maynard? Alma Bond Detective Thriller
10 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen Historical
11 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
12 Murder on the Streetcar Alma Bond Detective Thriller
13 Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Mark Mitten Western
14 Home Is a Long Time Ago William F Lee Historical
15 Courting Doubt and Darkness Joan West Detective Thriller

Sherry Knowlton’s detective thriller Dead of Spring took the top spot due to author activities.  Mark Mitten’s western Hard to Quit grabbed the second spot due to regional sales. Marie Sontag’s The Silver Coin placed third due to author activities.  Jess Steven Hughes had two titles on the list from his historical novels set in Roman times. Two of Alma Bond’s and two of Joan West’s detective thrillers made the list due to author activities.

Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” repeats as the Sunbury Press bestseller for September

Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” repeats as the Sunbury Press bestseller for September

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

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It Jason Altmire Political Science
2 Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Sports History
3 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
4 A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush Lawrence Knorr History
5 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
6 The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
7 The Relations of Isaac F. Stiely, Minister of the Mahantongo Valley Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
8 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
9 General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words, and Relations Lawrence Knorr, Michael Riley, & Diane Watson Genealogy
10 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
11 The BANG Story Lawrence Knorr & BANG Music Biography
12 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
13 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley True Crime
14 Seinsoth Steven Wagner Sports Biography
15 American Berserk Bill Morris History
16 History of Lykens Township, Volume 2 Gratz Historical Society History
17 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
18 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
19 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
20 Letters from a Shoebox James Dohren History
21 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
22 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
23 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
24 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
25 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L Moore History

Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It was #1 due to brisk advance sales prior  to the October release. Wylie McLallen’s Tigers by the River took #2 due to author appearances and due to seasonal interest in professional football.  Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula placed #3 due to the sales of the Kindle version. A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush by Lawrence Knorr placed fourth due to regional sales. Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib by Lawrence Knorr grabbed the fifth spot thanks to seasonal interest.

The second volume of “Gotham Graves” features remarkable people from New York City

The second volume of “Gotham Graves” features remarkable people from New York City

NEW YORK, NY. – Sunbury Press has released Gotham Graves Volume Two by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley.

About the Book:

Famous Graves Found Around New York City

The Joes ventured to the Big Apple and its boroughs to visit the graves of the rich, famous, and infamous. This second volume of the Gotham Graves series focuses on those persons interred in and around New York City who were interesting figures in their times. Farrell and Farley have combed New York City to bring you the most entertaining biographies about interesting people buried in New York. Included in this volume:

 

  • “Gentleman Jim” Corbett
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Irving Berlin
  • Lou Gehrig
  • Bill Robinson
  • Dorothy Day
  • E G Marshall
  • Gil Hodges
  • Harry Chapin
  • Malcolm X
  • Mary Mallon
  • George and Ira Gershwin
  • The New York Mob
  • Triangle Shirt Factory Fire
  • “Boss” Tweed
  • Andy Kaufman
  • Dorothy Kilgallen
  • Miles Davis
  • Steven McDonald
  • Jimmie Walker
  • Roy Cohn
  • Ruffian

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Click to visit Author Pages to learn more about the authors and IN THE NEWS information

 

by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade Paperback – 8 x 10 x .6
9781620067628
244 Pages
History / US History / Mid-Atlantic

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Ex-Congressman Jason Altmire provides solutions to our partisan divide in “Dead Center”

Ex-Congressman Jason Altmire provides solutions to our partisan divide in “Dead Center”

WASHINGTON, DC. – Sunbury Press has released Dead Center by Jason Altmire.

About the Book:

How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It …

Rarely has America been so bitterly divided. Partisans now view those with differing opinions as the enemy. Cable news programs inflame passions rather than inform viewers. Social media provides the most irrational partisans a venue to spew their hatred and bias. Town hall meetings, once the staple of representative democracy, have degenerated into choreographed shouting matches. Money flows into campaigns at unprecedented rates. Centrists are nearly extinct in Congress, where compromise has become a dirty word. All the while, ordinary Americans feel disenfranchised, watching in disgust as our political process has been hijacked by ideological extremists.

A former three-term member of Congress, Jason Altmire is uniquely qualified to offer solutions to the polarization that has paralyzed Washington. A respected political moderate known for working with both sides of the aisle, Altmire during his time in office was recognized as having the most centrist voting record in the entire House of Representatives.

Fast-paced and easily-readable, Dead Center moves beyond the tired rhetoric that so often dominates our political discourse. Featuring a cast of characters including Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi, Dead Center contains riveting anecdotes from Altmire’s time in office, giving readers an inside view of what it is like to be a centrist in a divided Congress. Altmire draws upon his first-hand experience in the corridors of power to evaluate the root causes of polarization and offer novel solutions to break the gridlock and restore to Washington a spirit of cooperation nonexistent today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jason Altmire served three terms in the United States House of Representatives from 2007 to 2013. He was a bipartisan centrist known for working with both sides of the aisle, which led to an extraordinary record of legislative success. He had 29 of his legislative initiatives signed into law, went five and a half years without missing a single vote, and introduced a bipartisan bill that gained the most co-sponsors of any congressional bill in American history. During his time in office, the nonpartisan National Journal calculated Altmire’s voting record to be at the exact midpoint of the House — the Dead Center — giving him the most centrist voting record in Congress. He has been profiled by numerous national publications and has appeared on a wide variety of television news programs. He has spent his professional career in the healthcare industry, having earned a Master’s degree in Health Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“Jason Altmire is a throwback to our better angels — to a time when a brave few in each party dared to talk to the other party. Thing is, this former Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman was doing this, or trying to, just a few years ago. This isn’t ancient history. The cooperation ingrained in doing the people’s work “is” our history, and how we as a country made history. Whatever your thoughts on how we got so divisive, hear from a guy who was working the front lines, simply imploring his colleagues to just get something done.”

–Neil Cavuto
Sr. Vice President and Anchor,
Fox News Channel, and Fox Business Network

“Jason Altmire has written an insightful book on how Washington has become more polarized and dysfunctional over the last decade. He highlights the reasons why centrists in both parties have disappeared and why compromise is regarded as a four-letter word by factions on both the left and the right. Whether you’re a political junkie or someone who just wants to know how and why our political system has changed in recent years, you should read this book.”
–Bob Cusack
  Editor in Chief at The Hill newspaper

“Congressman Jason Altmire was one of the most thoughtful, pragmatic voices in the House when he served so it’s not surprising that he’s tackling the subject of rampant polarization with refreshing candor and independent insights in his first book. Most importantly, he offers solutions to help break the excessive partisanship that has poisoned our country’s politics. This book couldn’t have come at a better time.”

–Josh Kraushaar
  Politics Editor at National Journal
by Jason Altmire
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620067543
274 Pages
POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Comparative Politics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties
Hardcover w/dust jacket – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620067543
Also available on Kindle

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