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)|
|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.
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)|
|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.
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)|
|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.
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)|
|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.
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)|
|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.