MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February. Recently released The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast took the top spot for the second month in a row. Charles Kniffen’s Vietnam memoir, Fifty Years in a Foxhole was second. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last climbed to #3. Embattled Freedom, Jim Remsen’s recounting of the underground railroad and Civil War service of African Americans from Waverly, Pennsylvania, was 4th. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir Call Sign Dracula returned to the list in the 5th spot. Steve Troutman returned to the rankings, taking 6th place with his popular Tulpehocken Trail Traces. Lawrence Knorr’s Gettysburg Eddie: The Story of Eddie Plank slipped a bit to 7th place in advance of its release. Doug Beed’s Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam climbed back to 8th. A Short Season, recounting the life of Josiah, a baseball-loving youth battling progeria, slipped to 9th in advance of its release. Troutman’s The Penn’s Manor of Spread Eagle rounded out the top ten.
|SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for February 2018 (by Revenue)|
|1||1||The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment||Mark Pendergrast||Legal History|
|2||NEW||Fifty Years in a Foxhole||Charles Kniffen||Vietnam Memoir|
|3||11||Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed.||Mike Campbell||History|
|4||—||Embattled Freedom||Jim Remsen||History|
|5||5||Call Sign Dracula||Joe Fair||Military Memoir|
|6||—||Tulpehocken Trail Traces||Steve Troutman||History|
|7||2||Gettysburg Eddie: The Story of Eddie Plank||Lawrence Knorr||Sports History|
|8||12||Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam||Doug Beed||Military Memoir|
|9||4||A Short Season||Jake Gronsky & David Bohner||Sports Memoir|
|10||—||The Penn’s Manor of Spread Eagle …||Steve Troutman||History|
|11||6||Trumpet Call to Victory: The Final Years of Hazelton Saint Gabriel’s Basketball||Joe Farley||Sports History|
|12||10||The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422||Mark Carlson||Aviation History|
|13||NEW||R.E.M.F.||Van Carter||Vietnam Memoir|
|14||9||Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs||Scott Zuckerman||Military Memoir|
|15||—||The BANG Story||BANG and Lawrence Knorr||Biography|
|16||—||The Trevorton, Mahanoy, and Susquehanna Railroad||Steve Troutman||History|
|17||14||Bows, Bullets, and Bears||John L. Moore||History|
|18||24||Dear Ma – The Civil War Letters of Curtis Clay Pollock||John Hoptak||Military Memoir|
|19||15||Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks||John L. Moore||History|
|20||—||There Is Something About Rough and Ready||Lawrence Knorr, et al||History|
|21||20||Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps||John L. Moore||History|
|22||21||Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves||John L. Moore||History|
|23||—||Tories, Terror, and Tea||John L. Moore||History|
|24||—||Keystone Tombstones Civil War||Farrell, Farley, & Knorr||Biography|
|25||19||Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades||John L. Moore||History|
The Most Hated Man has been bolstered by radio and media appearances by author Mark Pendergrast. Fifty Years in a Foxhole was boosted by release activities. Campbell’s Earhart book benefited from false claims that bones found in the South Pacific belonged to the lost aviatrix. Call Sign Dracula benefited from the release of the audiobook. Troutman’s books were boosted by author activities.
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. J. Geoffrey Barber’s romantic Three Rogues at Gettysburg, a historical novel set after the battle, took first place. Jess Steven Hughes took the four spots with his historical novels set in Ancient Rome. The recently-released The Broken Lance was 2nd. The Sign of the Eagle, the first book of the series, took third place. The Wolf of Britannia Part II was tenth, while its partner, Part I, was 13th. Mark Mitten took 4th place with his Western novel Hard to Quit. Dennis Herrick moved up to fifth place with his historical Winter of the Metal People. David Parmalee’s historical romance set around the time of the Civil War, The Sea Is a Thief, climbed to sixth. John Cressler took two spots with his first two books of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, Shadows in the Shining City at 7th and Emeralds of the Alhambra at 10th place. Carrie Nyman returned to the rankings, taking 8th place with Why Aren’t You Sweet Like Me? Bob Wood’s western Sage followed in 9th place. William Lemanski returned to the rankings with his murder mystery, Murder in Tuxedo Park. Patchtown by Jolene (Busher) Fay stayed in 14th place. Steve Kious’s Sherlock Holmes and the Crater Lake Adventure rounded out the list.
|MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for February 2018 (by Revenue)|
|1||11||Three Rogues in Gettysburg||J Geoffrey Barber||Historical|
|2||NEW||The Broken Lance||Jess Steven Hughes||Historical|
|3||3||The Sign of the Eagle||Jess Steven Hughes||Historical|
|4||4||Hard to Quit||Mark Mitten||Western|
|5||6||Winter of the Metal People||Dennis Herrick||Historical|
|6||—||The Sea Is a Thief||David Parmalee||Historical|
|7||—||Shadows in the Shining City||John Cressler||Historical|
|8||—||Why Aren’t You Sweet Like Me?||Carrie Nyman||Historical Romance|
|10||—||Emeralds of the Alhambra||John Cressler||Historical|
|11||—||The Wolf of Britannia Part II||Jess Steven Hughes||Historical|
|12||—||Murder in Tuxedo Park||William Lemanski||Detective Thriller|
|13||—||The Wolf of Britannia Part I||Jess Steven Hughes||Historical|
|15||—||Sherlock Holmes and the Crater Lake Adventure||Steven Kious||Detective Thriller|
Barber’s book sold well due to author activities. 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.
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February for its horror/thriller imprint, HELLBENDER BOOKS. Veteran author Thomas Malafarina claimed four of the top five spots! Newly released short story compilation Malaformed Realities Volume 2 was the top-seller. Malaformed Realities Volume 3, also just released, was a close second. Kyle Alexander Romine’s supernatural thriller The Keeper of the Crows fell to third place after a long reign at the top. Tom’s supernatural thriller about the devil speaking through a cell phone, Burner, was 4th. His supernatural thriller about a blood-thirsty demon dwelling in a coal mine in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, What Waits Beneath, rounded out the list.
|HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for February 2018 (by Revenue)|
|1||NEW||Malaformed Realities Vol. 2||Thomas Malafarina||Horror Short Stories|
|2||NEW||Malaformed Realities Vol. 3||Thomas Malafarina||Horror Short Stories|
|3||1||The Keeper of the Crows||Kyle Alexander Romines||Supernatural Thriller|
|4||4||Burner||Thomas Malafarina||Supernatural Thriller|
|5||5||What Waits Beneath||Thomas Malafarina||Supernatural Thriller|
Malafarina was boosted by author activities and multiple releases in the same month. Romines was helped by strong ebook sales.
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA. The Peoples’ Medium, Michele Livingston, took the top spot for the fourth 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. Michelle Hoffer took second place with her new release Soaring Minds Journal and Workbook which is designed to assist women with recovering from abusive relationships. Lebanese author Karim El Koussa rounded out the last, taking third place with his popular well-researched alternative history of the life of Jesus Christ entitled Jesus the Phoenician. El Koussa also took fifth place with his metaphysical fiction novel The Phoenician Code for which a French version was just released.
|ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for February 2018 (by Revenue)|
|1||1||Living in the Afterlife||Michele Livingston||Metaphysical|
|2||NEW||Soaring Minds Journal and Workbook||Michelle Hoffer||Self-Improvement|
|3||3||Jesus the Phoenician||Karim el Koussa||Religious History|
|4||4||Messages from Beyond||Michele Livingston||Metaphysical|
|5||5||The Phoenician Code||Karim el Koussa||Metaphysical Fiction|
Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter. El Koussa’s books continue to sell well internationally. Hoffer’s book has sold well in the greater-Harrisburg area.
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February for its literary fiction imprint, BROWN POSEY PRESS. William F. Lee’s touching grief memoir about the loss of his wife after a long marriage, All My Heroes Are Gone, ranked number one. Robert Barksy’s entertaining novel Hatched about a counterfeiting ring that starts in a gourmet restaurant in New York took the second spot. Christina Burns’ true crime memoir A Journey Called Life returned to #3. Tory Gates took the last two positions with his YA novel A Moment in the Sun and Live from the Cafe.
|BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for February 2018 (by Revenue)|
|1||2||All My Heroes Are Gone||William F Lee||Grief Memoir|
|2||1||Hatched||Robert Barksy||Literary Fiction|
|3||—||A Journey Called Life||Christina Burns||True Crime|
|4||—||A Moment in the Sun||Tory Gates||Young Adult|
|5||—||Live from the Cafe||Tory Gates||Gay & Lesbian Fiction|
Lee’s book has performed well due to author activities in his local area of Texas. Barksy’s book has been selling through online retailers. Burns and Gates have received regional interest.