Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” returns as the Sunbury Press bestseller for April

Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” returns as the Sunbury Press bestseller for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April. Former Congressman Jason Altmire reclaimed the top spot with his political book Dead Center, seeking to end the partisan divide in US politics. A Short Season, recounting the life of Josiah Viera, a baseball-loving youth battling progeria, slipped one spot to 2nd place. Jim Remsen’s Embattled Freedom about the Underground Railroad in Waverly, Pennsylvania returned to the list at #3.  Lawrence Knorr claimed the 4th spot with his biography of Eddie Plank, Gettysburg Eddie, and 17th place with the biography of Carl Scheib, Wonder Boy. Joe Regenbogen’s The Boys from Brookdale, about a group of WW2 veterans at the same nursing home, was #5. Recently released The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast took the 6th. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir Call Sign Dracula held the 7th spot. John L Moore took six spots with his popular Frontier Pennsylvania and Revolutionary Pennsylvania series.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 8 Dead Center Jason Altmire Politics
2 1 A Short Season Jake Gronsky & David Bohner Sports Memoir
3 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
4 NEW Gettysburg Eddie Lawrence Knorr Baseball
5 5 The Boys from Brookdale Joe Regenbogen Biography
6 3 The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment Mark Pendergrast Legal History
7 6 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
8 Fifty Years in a Fox Hole Charles Kniffen Military Memoir
9 Look I Shrunk Grandma Karen Severson Medical Memoir
10 4 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
11 14 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
12 NEW Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Michael Hawley True Crime
13 12 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
14 9 Trumpet Call to Victory: The Final Years of Hazelton Saint Gabriel’s Basketball Joe Farley Sports History
15 10 Chicken Bone Beach Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks History
16 7 The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Mark Carlson Aviation History
17 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Baseball
18 18 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
19 15 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
20 11 Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs Scott Zuckerman Military Memoir
21 24 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History
22 16 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L. Moore History
23 17 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
24 13 Tories, Terror, and Tea John L. Moore History
25 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George Donehoo History

Altmire’s book was boosted by renewed efforts by the author. A Short Season was helped by broad interest across the country. Remsen’s sales increased due to author appearances. Knorr’s baseball books were helped by seasonal interest and the recent passing of Carl Scheib.

John Cressler’s historical novel “Fortune’s Lament” again tops Milford House Press bestsellers for April

John Cressler’s historical novel “Fortune’s Lament” again tops Milford House Press bestsellers for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. John Cressler’s recently-released Fortune’s Lament held the top spot. Cressler took one other spot with his first book of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, Emeralds of the Alhambra at 16th place.  Joe Harvey’s From Blue Ground bolted to #2. Joan West’s first book in the Carlisle Crime Cases series, Dying for Vengeance, held at #3. Her three other books in the series: Courting Doubt and Darkness (#13), Darkness at First Light (#14), and Had a Dying Fall (#15) also charted. Marie Sontag charted with her YA novel Rising Hope in 10th. Bridget Smith returned to the rankings at #5 with Where Elephants Fought.  Jess Steven Hughes took the four spots with his historical novels set in Ancient Rome. The Sign of the Eagle, the first book of the series, took 12th place. The recently-released The Broken Lance was 6th.  The Wolf of Britannia Part I was 7th, while its partner, Part II, was 9th. Jim Remsen rounded out the top 10 with his YA historical novel Visions of Teaoga.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Fortune’s Lament John Cressler Historical
2 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA – Historical
3 3 Dying for Vengeance Joan West Detective Thriller
4 10 Rising Hope Marie Sontag YA – Historical
5 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
6 8 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
7 12 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical
8 15 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
9 13 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical
10 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA – Historical
11 16 The Bartered Body J R Lindermuth Historical Thriller
12 2 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
13 Courting Doubt and Darkness Joan West Detective Thriller
14 Darkness at First Light Joan West Detective Thriller
15 Had a Dying Fall Joan West Detective Thriller
16 4 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical
17 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
18 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
19 14 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
20 NEW The Bolivian Sailor Donald Dewey Detective Thriller

Cressler’s novels continued to sell after release. Hughes’ books continue to sell well through bookstore events in the Pacific Northwest. West’s books were helped by author activities, as were most of the others.
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Romine’s “The Keeper of the Crows” returns to #1 at Hellbender Books for April

Romine’s “The Keeper of the Crows” returns to #1 at Hellbender Books for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April for its horror/thriller imprint, HELLBENDER BOOKS. Kyle Alexander Romine’s The Keeper of the Crows returned to 1st.  Keith Rommel claimed the rest of the list with his supernatural thriller The Devil Tree 2 in 2nd followed by recently-released crime thriller Southside Sinners in the 3rd.  Psycho-thriller The Cursed Man was 4th and crime thriller You Killed My Brother rounded out the list.

 

 

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 6 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
2 8 The Devil Tree 2 Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
3 2 Southside Sinners Keith Rommel Crime Thriller
4 9 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psycho-Thriller
5 You Killed My Brother Keith Rommel Crime Thriller

Romine’s book was supported by author activities.  Rommel was helped by recent movie releases and social media outreach.

“Pythagoras” by Karim el Koussa surprises as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for April

“Pythagoras” by Karim el Koussa surprises as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA.  First place went to Lebanese author Karim el Koussa with his fictionalized life of Pythagoras, Pythagoras the Mathemagician. El Koussa rounded took three of the top 4, taking second place with his popular well-researched alternative history of the life of Jesus Christ entitled Jesus the Phoenician. El Koussa also took fourth place with his metaphysical fiction novel The Phoenician Code for which a French version was just released. Terry Ray’s investigation into The Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs was #3. Anna-Karin Bjorklund’s The Dream Alchemist, as a travel memoir, slipped on the list to #5. The Peoples’ Medium, Michele Livingston, took the sixth spot with her visionary Living in the Afterlife, revealing her channeling of information from the other side.  She also nabbed the 8th spot with her previous release Messages from Beyond. Susan Kiskis’s  new travel memoir Let Me Carry You Home recounting her recent trips to India was #7.

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 5 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction
2 3 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
3 10 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal/UFOs
4 4 The Phoenician Code Karim el Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
5 2 The Dream Alchemist Anna-Karin Bjorklund Travel Memoir
6 7 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
7 1 Let Me Carry You Home Susan Kiskis Travel Memoir
8 8 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
9 Der Lange Verborgene Freund John George Hohman Folk Magic
10 9 Planet Jesus: Flesh and Blood Doug Brode Metaphysical Fiction

El Koussa’s books continue to sell well internationally. Pythagoras was boosted by an export order. Kiskis’ success is tied to the release activity of her book and her upcoming podcast series on the BookSpeak Network entitled Zen Up. Bjorklund was helped by author appearances in California. Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter.
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PCCA’s artistic “Downtown Details” debuts as Brown Posey Press bestseller for April

PCCA’s artistic “Downtown Details” debuts as Brown Posey Press bestseller for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April for its literary fiction imprint, BROWN POSEY PRESS. The Perry County Council of the Arts architectural exhibition guide Downtown Details: An Artful Perspective of Newport, Pennsylvania debuted in the top spot. Melanie Simms’paperback version of her poetry compilation about Sunbury, Pennsylvania, Remember the Sun, returned to the charts at #2. Michael Barton’s humorous fictional ethnography of the Shipoke, aka Shitepoke, a neighborhood of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was #3.  Sharon Marchisello’s Going Home was #4. The Heatstroke Line by Ed Rubin returned to the rankings at #5.

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Downtown Details: An Artful Perspective of Newport, Pennsy… PCCA Architecture
2 Remember the Sun Melanie Simms Poetry
3 1 Shitepoke Michael Barton Literary Fiction
4 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Murder Mystery
5 The Heatstroke Line Ed Rubin Climate Fiction

PCCA’s book was boosted by advance purchases in preparation for the associated photography exhibition in Newport, Pennsylvania. Simms’ book was helped by author activities.  The remaining titles received activity due to social media mentions.
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