Mark Pendergrast’s “The Most Hated Man in America” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for January

Mark Pendergrast’s “The Most Hated Man in America” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for January

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January. Recently released The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast took the top spot. Lawrence Knorr’s Gettysburg Eddie: The Story of Eddie Plank debuted in the 2nd spot in advance of its release. The late Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley soared to 3rd with The Georgia Segregated School for the DeafA Short Season, recounting the life of Josiah, a baseball-loving youth battling progeria, slipped one notch to the fourth spot in advance of its release. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir Call Sign Dracula returned to the list in the 5th spot.   Joe Farley’s basketball memoir Trumpet Call to Victory netted the sixth position. Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It finally fell from the top spot, dropping to 7th. John L. Moore claimed 8th with his new release Scorched Earth: General Sullivan and the Senecas. All of his books in the Frontier Pennsylvania series charted this month. Scott Zuckerman’s story of Murray Jacobs, a Seabee in WW2 entitled Dreams of My Comrades was ninth. Mark Carlson’s World War II aviation history The Marines’ Lost Squadron was tenth.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for January 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 2 The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment Mark Pendergrast Legal History
2 NEW Gettysburg Eddie: The Story of Eddie Plank Lawrence Knorr Sports History
3 18 The Georgia Segregated School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
4 3 A Short Season Jake Gronsky & David Bohner Sports Memoir
5 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
6 5 Trumpet Call to Victory: The Final Years of Hazelton Saint Gabriel’s Basketball Joe Farley Sports History
7 1 Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It Jason Altmire Political Science
8 NEW Scorched Earth: General Sullivan and the Senecas John L. Moore History
9 4 Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs Scott Zuckerman Military Memoir
10 6 The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Mark Carlson Aviation History
11 10 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
12 11 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
13 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
14 23 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
15 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
16 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History
17 NEW Look, I Shrunk Grandma Karen Severson Elder Care
18 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L. Moore History
19 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
20 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L. Moore History
21 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L. Moore History
22 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L. Moore History
23 12 Chicken Bone Beach Cheryl Brooks Segregation
24 13 Dear Ma – The Civil War Letters of Curtis Clay Pollock John Hoptak Military Memoir
25 Lost in the Shadow of Fame William Lemanski Biography

The Most Hated Man has been bolstered by radio and media appearances by author Mark Pendergrast.  Gettysburg Eddie has been helped by advance interest prior to its release in time for baseball season. The Georgia Segregated School for the Deaf was boosted by orders from academic institutions.  A Short Season has been helped by the television program produced by Ben Houser on ESPN, E:60 and a tremendous response to the book by the local community. Farley’s Trumpet Call has been helped by Joe’s media coverage of the book in the Hazleton region. John L. Moore’s books continue to sell well through bookstores in upstate Pennsylvania.

Joan West’s detective thriller “Dying for Vengeance” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for January

Joan West’s detective thriller “Dying for Vengeance” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for January

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. Joan West’s Dying for Vengeance a detective thriller based in the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, area took the top spot. Joan also took 5th with Had a Dying Fall, 7th with Courting Doubt and Darkness, and 8th with Darkness at First Light. Marie Sontag’s historical young adult novel The Bronze Dagger was second. Jess Steven Hughes took the third spot with his historical novel set in Ancient Rome, The Sign of the Eagle. Mark Mitten took 6th and 9th with his two Western novels, Hard to Quit and Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave. Dennis Herrick took two spots with his two novels the historical Winter of the Metal People and the murder mystery  A Brother’s Cold Case.  The humorous Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill by David Parmalee, a young adult novel about unusual substitute teachers, was 10th. J. Geoffrey Barber’s romantic Three Rogues at Gettysburg, a historical novel set after the battle, was 11th.  Wade Fowler’s The Compass Island Incident, a thriller that incorporates the JFK assassination, dropped from the top spot to 12th. Patchtown by Jolene (Busher) Fay and Blood Moon by S J Vermillion rounded out the top 15.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for January 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 Dying for Vengeance Joan West Detective Thriller
2 2 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag Historical YA
3 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
4 11 Hard to Quit Mark Mitten Western
5 Had a Dying Fall Joan West Detective Thriller
6 8 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
7 Courting Doubt and Darkness Joan West Detective Thriller
8 Darkness at First Light Joan West Detective Thriller
9 6 Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Mark Mitten Western
10 5 Miss Feezenschneezen Is Ill David Parmalee Humorous YA
11 10 Three Rogues in Gettysburg J Geoffrey Barber Historical
12 1 The Compass Island Incident Wade Fowler Detective Thriller
13 A Brother’s Cold Case Dennis Herrick Detective Thriller
14 Patchtown Jolene Fay Historical
15 Blood Moon S J Vermillion Detective Thriller

West’s four books were greatly helped by author events. Sontag’s books continue to sell well to secondary schools. Hughes’ books continue to sell well through bookstore events in the Pacific Northwest. Mitten’s books have been selling well online. Herrick continues to hold author events to maintain his sales. The others were helped by publisher publicity and/or Kindle sales.

Kyle Alexander Romine’s “The Keeper of the Crows” is #1 again at Hellbender Books for January

Kyle Alexander Romine’s “The Keeper of the Crows” is #1 again at Hellbender Books for January

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January for its horror/thriller imprint, HELLBENDER BOOKS. Kyle Alexander Romine’s supernatural thriller The Keeper of the Crows was the bestseller for the month once again.  Keith Rommel’s psychological thrillers The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man took 2nd and 5th spots. Keith’s supernatural thrillers, The Devil Tree and The Devil Tree II grabbed third and fourth.

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for January 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
2 2 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
3 4 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
4 The Devil Tree II Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
5 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller

Romines was helped by strong ebook sales. Rommel performed well with ebook sales due to his movie deals and Kindle promotions.
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Robert Barsky’s clever novel “Hatched” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for January

Robert Barsky’s clever novel “Hatched” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for January

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January for its literary fiction/nonfiction imprint, BROWN POSEY PRESS. Robert Barksy’s entertaining novel Hatched about a counterfeiting ring that starts in a gourmet restaurant in New York took the top spot.  William F. Lee’s touching grief memoir about the loss of his wife after a long marriage, All My Heroes Are Gone,  ranked number two.  Strange Magic, a collaboration of Perry County Council of the Arts authors coordinated by Catherine Jordan, showed third. William Martin’s radical reference Quotes from the Underground nabbed the fourth spot. Sanctuary Dishonored, the heartbreaking expose about the fate of Maxfield Parrish’s studio by Robin Lee rounded out the top five.

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for January 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 Hatched Robert Barksy Literary Fiction
2 1 All My Heroes Are Gone William F Lee Grief Memoir
3 5 Strange Magic Catherine Jordan, et al Short Stories
4 Quotes from the Underground William Martin Reference
5 Sanctuary Dishonored Robin Lee Art History

Barksy’s book performed well thanks to author activities. Lee’s book has performed well due to author activities in his local area of Texas. The other titles were bolstered by online sales
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“Living in the Afterlife” by medium and author Michele Livingston “threepeats” as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for January

“Living in the Afterlife” by medium and author Michele Livingston “threepeats” as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for January

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA. The Peoples’ Medium, Michele Livingston, took the top spot for the third month in a row with her visionary Living in the Afterlife, revealing her channeling of information from the other side.  She also nabbed the 4th spot with her previous release Messages from Beyond. The metaphysical travel memoir, The Dream Alchemist by Anna-Karin Bjorklund, placed second. Lebanese author Karim El Koussa slipped to 3rd place with his controversial history Jesus the Phoenician. Doug Brode’s metaphysical fiction novel Planet Jesus Trilogy Book 1: Flesh and Blood, describing an alternative Gospel narrative involving ancient astronauts, took 5th.

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for January 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
2 3 The Dream Alchemist Anna-Karin Bjorklund Metaphysical Travel
3 2 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
4 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
5 Planet Jesus v1 Doug Brode Metaphysical Fiction

Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter. Bjorklund’s books were helped by regional sales in California. El Koussa’s books continue to sell well internationally. Brode’s book spiked due to publisher promotional activity.