Secret missile test witnessed by JFK off the coast of Cuba tied to his assassination in “The Compass Island Incident: November 1963”

Secret missile test witnessed by JFK off the coast of Cuba tied to his assassination in “The Compass Island Incident: November 1963”

MECHANICSBURG, PA – Sunbury Press has released The Compass Island Incident: November 1963 a novel by Wade Fowler, under its Milford House Press imprint.

About the Book:

John Franklin Kincaid clocks out at 4 PM on Thursday, August 27, 1953, after his shift at New York Shipbuilding Corporation’s sprawling shipyard in Camden, New Jersey, never to be seen or heard from again.

A little more than a decade later, a little girl is assailed by a terrible recurring nightmare. She dreams she is a man, buried alive in a dark compartment in the bowels of a ship under construction.

On November 16, 1963, President Kennedy helicopters to that ship, now a US Naval vessel called the USS Compass Island, as it steams off the coast of Florida to witness the firing of a Polaris missile clandestinely targeting Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

And so topple the first dominoes in a chain of events leading inexorably to the president’s assassination one week later in Dallas, Texas.

Who killed JFK — the president and shipyard worker? The answers abide on the Compass Island as the old ship casts off on its final voyage to the scrap yard in October of 2003 with descendants of John Franklin Kincaid on board and determined to solve not one, but two murder mysteries.

About the Author:

Wade Fowler is a career journalist with more than thirty years of experience with daily and weekly newspapers. He was a copy editor, feature writer and beat reporter for The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, PA, for 10 years before leaving to become editor of the Perry County Times in New Bloomfield.

He has won Keystone Press Awards for investigative reporting, feature series writing, and headline writing and is a former president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.

Fowler is a native of North Carolina, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.

He and his wife, Sharon, live in New Cumberland, PA. They have three children and two grandchildren.
by Wade Fowler
MILFORD HOUSE PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620060063
258 Pages
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical

Also available on Kindle

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Compass-Island-Incident-November-1963-9781620060063.htm

World War 2 atrocities in the Pacific recalled by Navy Seabee in new book “Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs”

World War 2 atrocities in the Pacific recalled by Navy Seabee in new book “Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs”

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Sunbury Press has released Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs by Scott Zuckerman, MD.

About the Book:

When a ninety-five-year-old World War II veteran from Utah agrees to reveal the untold details of his wartime experiences to a pediatrician from Brooklyn, an intense bond is formed between the two men, each of whom is taken on an unexpected journey in search of the truth.

Dreams of My Comrades chronicles the life of Murray Jacobs, a former Navy Seabee, who served in the Pacific Theater and was treated for PTSD until his death at the age of ninety-eight. He agreed to a series of interviews, under the strict conditions that his real name could not be used, and the details of the conversations could not be disclosed to anyone until after he was dead.

Murray’s story is not one of heroism, nor does he portray himself as heroic in his narrative. In the course of his dialogue with the author, Murray confesses to wartime atrocities the likes of which have never before been heard. Despite his advanced age, his recollections are entirely lucid, and he describes the events of his life in vivid detail. As the conversations progress, however, the author comes to recognize the challenges involved in trying to depict history based on the account of a single elderly man. Discrepancies lead to doubts, doubts lead to disbelief, disbelief leads to investigation, and after exhausting all possible avenues of research, unanswered questions linger and tantalize. This is a unique story, one that will not only appeal to connoisseurs of history but to anyone interested in the psychology of the human condition. It is unlike any narrative ever told about a veteran of the Second World War.

About the Author:

Dr. Scott Zuckerman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Stuyvesant High School in lower Manhattan. His high school English teacher, Frank McCourt—who would later win a Pulitzer Prize for his memoir, Angela’s Ashes—inscribed in his yearbook, “You have displayed the writer’s gift. Cultivate it.” Forty years later, after a successful career as a physician, Zuckerman has heeded McCourt’s advice. Dreams of My Comrades was awarded first place in the nonfiction category of the 2015 Utah Original Writing Competition.

What Others Are Saying:

“I found Dreams of My Comrades captivating. When I put it down at night I was eager to return to it the next day. The author was not only on top of his subject, I found him likable, funny, clever, sympathetic, insightful, and as fair as he could, in good conscience, be. How war atrocities gave way to an unexpected mystery midstream was particularly compelling. The title, which I didn’t think much of in the beginning, turns out to be brilliant.”  —Poe Ballantine, Award-winning author of Love and Terror on the Howling Plains of Nowhere

by Scott Zuckerman, MD
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x .7
9781620067451
296 Pages
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
HISTORY / Military / World War II
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military

Also available on Kindle

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Dreams-of-My-Comrades-9781620067451.htm

Mystery of lost Marine air squadron in WW2 investigated by Mark Carlson in new book “The Marines’ Lost Squadron”

Mystery of lost Marine air squadron in WW2 investigated by Mark Carlson in new book “The Marines’ Lost Squadron”

LOS ANGELES, CA – Sunbury Press has released The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 by Mark Carlson.

About the Book:

Finally, there is a book that reveals the truth about the worst air disaster to strike a Marine Corps fighter squadron during the Second World War. Marine Fighter Squadron 422 was a group of twenty-four typical young Americans trained to fly the famous F4U Corsair into combat with the legendary Japanese Zero. When they arrived in the Pacific, they suddenly found that not all their enemies carried guns in savage Banzai charges. Their two most dangerous and merciless adversaries were the fury of a tropical typhoon and the cold heartless whims of a Marine Corps general. Together, these two foes seal the fate of VMF-422 and cause the greatest disaster ever to strike a Marine squadron.

Aviation historian Mark Carlson has written the first full account of a group of ordinary young men who were suddenly challenged beyond their experience and which forever changed the lives of the survivors. The Marines’ Lost Squadron is the dramatic true story of a desperate and courageous fight for survival against the forces of nature and a conspiracy of silence. The Marines’ Lost Squadron is a saga of courage and conspiracy, patriotism and pride, fate and futility in a struggle to survive the ferocity of a huge typhoon in the midst of the Second World War.

What Others Are Saying:

“Mark Carlson does it again, this time with a fast-moving revelation of a forgotten Second World War tragedy, one that should be remembered by all! Excellent! A compelling read.” — Colonel Walter J Boyne, USAF, (Retired), world-renowned author and historian, former curator of the National Air & Space Museum

by Mark Carlson
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x 2
9781620067451
358 Pages
HISTORY / Military / World War II
HISTORY / Military / Aviation

Also available on Kindle

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Marines-Lost-Squadron-The-Odyssey-of-VMF-422-9781620067475.htm

Imprint update

So far, so good. This whole imprint strategy seems to make so much sense! There seems to be a lot of energy behind the new brands, and we hope to see an uptick in sales over the next year, as we fully implement.
Right now, we are engaged in a huge data update regarding your books:
1) Updates to Bowker — all of the books in print — to include imprint information.
2) Updates to Ingram to apprise them of the imprint changes.
3) Updates to Amazon for the same reason.
4) Updates to Baker & Taylor and Follett, too — more on this later.
This means, before long, you will see your books listed at the various online retailers under the imprints, assuming you have been assigned to something other than the base Sunbury Press imprint.
This is a great time to think about other updates you might want to make to your metadata. Books that are selling will receive a rebranding — change to the cover and interior. Have a look at your books and think about any improvements you might want to make:
1) Categories — is there a more targeted category?
2) Reviews — have you received any reviews from VIPs?
3) Awards — have you won any awards?
4) ECommerce — check your book on our website. Is it up to date? Do you have an author page on our site? We can help set this up.
5) Keywords — think about keyword assignments you might want to try. This could improve your book’s performance in online search.
Lastly, please be sure to like your imprint on Facebook. As we get into next year, we will be working with groups of authors associated with each imprint. Social media will be a big part of this.

On bookstores and book orders

Alas, another brick and mortar book chain has succumbed to the Amazon behemoth. Here’s the article from Publishers Weekly:
Appleton, Wisc.-based Book World Inc. has announced that it is closing all bookstores in its Book World chain that operates 45 outlets across the Midwest. In a letter to its business partners and vendors as well as in a release sent to media, Book World said that liquidation sales will begin on November 2 at all 45 locations. The sales will continue until all inventory — books, magazines, greeting cards, gifts, and other sidelines – is gone. The company expects that all stores will be closed by January 15.
In the letter to Book World’s business partners, senior v-p Mark Dupont said that while the chain had been able to weather the advent of e-books, in the past 12 months sales started plummeting and still continue to drop. Dupont attributed the downturn to the national consumer shift towards e-commerce and away from large department stores. This, Dupont wrote, “has triggered the loss of vital mall anchor stores and a downward spiral in customer counts, reducing sales to a level that will no longer sustain our business.”
“We didn’t anticipate being in this situation,” Dupont told PW, disclosing that the decision to liquidate the company was made about 10 days ago. “I thought I’d be at Book World until the day I retired.”
Book World stores are located throughout the Midwest, outside of the region’s most populated metropolitan areas, most of them either in small town business districts or in shopping malls. There are 20 stores in Wisconsin, eight in Illinois, seven in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, five in Minnesota, three in Iowa, and one each in Missouri and in North Dakota. Dupont said a dozen employees in Book World’s corporate office will be laid off, as well as more than 300 booksellers across the 45 stores.
The first Book World store was founded in 1976 by William Streur in Rhinelander, Wisc.; Streur has always shied away from industry attention as he and his family built up the company over the years; the company declined to cooperate with a 2010 PW profile.
Du Pont, noting that Book World just opened a location in Jefferson City, Mo. said that some of the stores — especially those in downtown areas — are doing well, and expressed his hope that people interested in bookselling in communities about to lose their Book World outlet would open up their own bookstore, perhaps even in the same building. “Many of the stores are truly still healthy,” he wrote.
“We’re saddened to hear the news of a longstanding family business in our region closing and wish all of the employees best wishes with this transition,” wrote Carrie Obry, the executive director of the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association. While MIBA will be losing some members, Obry noted that “the real impact will be in the communities that have to do without a bookstore until someone opens a new one.”
Given the relatively small store count, we don’t expect this closing to have a major impact on publishers. However, it is indicative of the point we are at in this business. While the vast majority of books are still sold in print, the majority of books are sold online, through ecommerce.
At Sunbury Press, we continue to be very supportive of our local and regional booksellers, and urge our authors to select them for events over Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million whenever possible.
We will continue to monitor our risk of returns from the book trade, as we continue to navigate these choppy waters. Next year will be our 15th in business, and we hope to continue for many many more years.
We have had a number of questions recently about ordering books for events. Bookstores can order from us directly at a 40% discount, or can order from Ingram. We would prefer a direct order — or that you handle the books for your events. This month, we are once again in receipt of a large number of copies returned from book events where the stores over-ordered. These boomerang books are deducted from your royalties and build up in our inventory, when you could have just picked them up and used them at your next event.  If you are doing a series of author events, please work with the bookstores to prevent returns. They are expensive for all parties involved.
And, for those of you ordering books, don’t forget to use the A50 coupon code when checking out. We’ve had to fix a number of orders this past month. Please email orders@sunburypress.com if you have any questions.
History of segregated Atlantic City beach recounted by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks in new book “Chicken Bone Beach”

History of segregated Atlantic City beach recounted by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks in new book “Chicken Bone Beach”

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – Sunbury Press has released Chicken Bone Beach: A Pictorial History of Atlantic City’s Missouri Avenue Beach by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks.

About the Book:

Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks has compiled this history of Atlantic City’s racially segregated beach during its heyday from the 1920s through the 1960s and the residents who lived on the Northside near the established Missouri Avenue Beach. Included are images, research, and oral interviews of Atlantic City residents. Despite racial division in America, Chicken Bone Beach functioned as an African-American resort attracting celebrities, civic leaders, and other races.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks is a legislative assistant with the Pennsylvania House of Representatives who recently completed her Masters of Arts in American Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Cheryl’s passion for writing began as a child and won her a Martha Holden Jennings Essay Scholarship in high school and another essay scholarship from the National Black MBA Association while pursuing her Masters from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Cheryl is also a professional vocalist, writing songs for her own music projects as well as other artists. Cheryl was featured in Currents Magazine (PSU Alumni Magazine). Spring/Summer 2016 issue, discussing the exhibit of Chicken Bone Beach photographs.and the history of the beach.Cheryl resides in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania with her husband and son.

by Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 8 x 10 x .5
9781620067833
76 Pages
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic
HISTORY / African American
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies

Also available on Kindle

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Chicken-Bone-Beach-9781620067833.htm

The Jerry Sandusky case is thoroughly rehashed in new book by suppressed memory expert author Mark Pendergrast

The Jerry Sandusky case is thoroughly rehashed in new book by suppressed memory expert author Mark Pendergrast

STATE COLLEGE, PA – Sunbury Press has released The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast.

About the Book:

Everyone knows the story of Jerry Sandusky, the serial pedophile, the Monster. But what if that story is wrong? What if the former Penn State football coach and founder of the Second Mile is an innocent man convicted in the midst of a moral panic fed by the sensationalistic media, police trawling, and memory-warping psychotherapy? The Most Hated Man in America reads like a true crime psychological thriller and is required reading for everyone from criminologists to sports fans.

“If potential readers are convinced that Jerry Sandusky is guilty, they need to read The Most Hated Man in America. This meticulously researched, provocative, and wonderfully written book by Mark Pendergrast, an enormously important contributor to the repressed memory debate, will certainly make them see another side. Maybe they will think twice.”

— Elizabeth Loftus, Distinguished Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine, author, The Myth of Repressed Memory and other books.

The Most Hated Man in America tells a truly remarkable story.  In all the media coverage the Sandusky case has received, it’s amazing that no one else has noticed or written about so many of these things, including all the ‘memories’ that were retrieved through therapy and litigation. One would think that the sheer insanity of so much of this will have to eventually come out.”

–Richard A. Leo, Hamill Family Professor of Law and Psychology, University of San Francisco, author, Police Interrogation and American Justice and The Wrong Guys: Murder, False Confessions, and the Norfolk Four

“Virtually everybody knows with certainty that Jerry Sandusky is a serial child molester. He was, after all, found guilty by a jury of his peers. But what if what we think we know about Sandusky is at least in some ways incorrect? Regardless of their ultimate conclusions, readers will find The Most Hated Man in America to be thoughtful and provocative, addressing questions that deserve to be asked in a just society.”

–Fred S. Berlin, M.D., Ph.D. Director, The Johns Hopkins Sexual Behavior Consultation Unit, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Independent scholar and science writer Mark Pendergrast is the author of many critically acclaimed, deeply researched works of non-fiction, including Memory WarpThe Repressed Memory Epidemic, Victims of Memory, Uncommon Grounds, Inside the Outbreaks, Mirror Mirror, and For God, Country and Coca-Cola, among others. He lives in Vermont and can be reached through his website, www.markpendergrast.com

by Mark Pendergrast
SUNBURY PRESS
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x 2
9781620067659
400 Pages
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Abuse / Child Abuse
LAW / Legal History

Also available on Kindle

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Most-Hated-Man-in-America-9781620067659.htm

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

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

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for October. Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It took the top spot for the third month in a row. Call Sign Dracula by Joe Fair was runner-up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for October, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It Jason Altmire Political Science
2 3 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
3 10 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
4 2 Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Sports History
5 4 A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush Lawrence Knorr History
6 5 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
7 8 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
8 6 The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
9 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
10 NEW Gotham Graves Volume Two Joe Farrell & Joe Farley Biography
11 NEW The Lost Island of Columbus Keith Pickering History
12 7 The Relations of Isaac F. Stiely, Minister of the Mahantongo Valley Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
13 Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley Biography
14 9 General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words, and Relations Lawrence Knorr, Michael Riley, & Diane Watson Genealogy
15 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
16 13 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley True Crime
17 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
18 There Is Something about Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
19 12 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
20 Hidden Dangers: Mexico on the Brink of Disaster R J Stout Government
21 16 History of Lykens Township, Volume 2 Gratz Historical Society History
22 Scared Skinny No More Mary Dimino & Brad Johnson Self-Help
23 Raising Monarchs Sue McGovern Pets
24 11 The BANG Story Lawrence Knorr & BANG Music Biography
25 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History

Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It was #1 due to brisk sales following the former Congressman’s appearances on Your World with Neil Cavuto and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula placed #2 due to the sales of the Kindle version. Doug Beed’s Chasing Understanding in Vietnam showed third, also due to Kindle sales. Wylie McLallen’s Tigers by the River took #4 due to author appearances and due to seasonal interest in professional football.

J. Geoffrey Barber’s historical novel “Three Rogues at Gettysburg” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for October

J. Geoffrey Barber’s historical novel “Three Rogues at Gettysburg” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for October

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for October for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. J. Geoffrey Barber’s historical novel Three Rogues at Gettysburg took the top spot. Dennis Herrick’s updated historical novel Winter of the Metal People, placed second.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for Octoer, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Three Rogues in Gettysburg J Geoffrey Barber Historical
2 NEW Winter of the Metal People (2 ed.) Dennis Herrick Historical
3 5 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
4 8 Dying for Vengeance Joan West Detective Thriller
5 The Making of a Don Charles Ursitti Crime Thriller
6 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports
7 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical
8 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
9 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical
10 4 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
11 Rising Hope Marie Sontag Historical YA
12 A Brother’s Cold Case Dennis Herrick Detective Thriller
13 Darkness at First Light Joan West Detective Thriller
14 Had a Dying Fall Joan West Detective Thriller
15 2 Hard to Quit Mark Mitten Western

Barber’s novel Three Rogues at Gettysburg took the top spot due to release activities. Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People and A Brother’s Cold Case were bolstered by author activities. Jess Steven Hughes had four titles on the list due to his ongoing book signings. Joan West had three of her titles on the list due to recent book events.
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Michael Hawley’s “The Ripper’s Hellbroth” is #1 at Hellbender Books for October

Michael Hawley’s “The Ripper’s Hellbroth” is #1 at Hellbender Books for October

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for October for its horror/thriller imprint, HELLBENDER BOOKS. Michael Hawley’s supernatural thriller The Ripper’s Hellbroth was the bestseller for the month. Kyle Alexander Romine’s supernatural thriller The Keeper of the Crows was second. Keith Rommel’s psychological thrillers filled out the remainder of the list.

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for October, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW The Ripper’s Hellbroth Michael Hawley Supernatural Thriller
2 1 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
3 The Silent Woman Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
4 You Killed My Brother Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
5 3 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller

Hawley was buoyed by author appearances and activities. Romines was helped by strong ebook sales. Rommel performed well with ebook sales due to his movie deals.