The Effect of the Supernatural in Joanie K. Findle’s Latest Release

Have you ever thought about what lurks behind closed doors, under your bed, or in the creepy attic? Every child has panicked about what could be hiding in these dark corners because the supernatural poses a threat that is so frightening because it is so unknown. In her latest release, Joanie K. Findle further explores these classic frights in her book of short, supernatural stories, Out of This World.

Geared toward a younger audience, stories about the mysterious walls of an ancient house, disappearing scarecrows in a field, and the strange old man next door (among many others) provide young readers with a mysterious and spooky reading experience without being too horrific. The stories are completely original and do their job to be sufficiently creepy.

The supernatural continues to be a topic in literature, especially current young adult literature, that is popping up everywhere. Whether it’s supernatural mysteries, horror stories, or even romance, this is constantly a genre that is proving itself to being increasingly popular with readers. One reason for this could be the fact that it is so foreign. Supernatural characteristics of a story are so completely out of the ordinary that this is what makes them fascinating to read and be immersed in.

As well as this, because supernatural is fantastical in its nature, there are endless possibilities that can be written about supernatural characters or situations. There is no limit to the fantasy that can occur in a book with this genre, unlike the general limits of a realistic fiction novel. Whether or not the supernatural exists in some capacity within the real world or not, anything goes in the world of fantasy.

Joanie K Findle explores this and more in Out of This World, the second book of short supernatural stories in her Nothing is as it Seemsseries. Young readers everywhere will be thoroughly pleased – and creeped out – by the books’ end.

A Past-Life Gothic Mystery and Thriller

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In the Fall of 1926, Judd McCarthy disappears while travelling between two small towns in the Midwest. Thirty-three years later, Joel Hampton is victimized by nightmares and blackouts until he assumes a different personality that is prone to violent outbursts. When psychiatrist Ned Finley is brought into the case, he traces Joel’s memories back to Judd McCarthy and suspects Joel may be reliving another life altogether.

Book overview:

In the Fall of 1926, itinerant laborer Judd McCarthy disappears with a company payroll while traveling between two small towns in the Midwest. Thirty-three years later another man, lawyer Joel Hampton, thinks he is going insane. Victimized by nightmares and blackouts, Joel is prone to sudden, unpredictable violent outbursts. Psychiatrist Ned Finley, who becomes involved in the case, believes that Joel’s problems defy traditional psychological explanations. Under hypnosis, Joel expresses memories that appear to belong to another person. Finley consults with his good friend Aurther Schlepler, a reluctant psychic who once worked with police departments to solve difficult homicide cases. Schlepler has taken up permanent residence in the Farmington State Mental Hospital to avoid “the truly insane who live on the other side of Farmington’s massive walls.” With Schlepler’s assistance, Finley starts to peel away Joel’s suppressed memories. Under hypnosis, Joel remembers a time when he apparently lived in Carver County in 1926 and knew a woman by the name of “Katharine.” However, Joel’s wife Susan informs Finley that her husband was not born until 1927. As Joel’s violent outbursts steadily worsen, Finley becomes convinced that his patient is slowly being possessed by the spirit of a man who was prone to violence and once lived in Carver County. Finley eventually journeys to the small town of Danvers, where he learns of a man who disappeared in 1926 while transporting a company payroll between two small towns. As Finley struggles to learn what happened to Judd McCarthy, and why his spirit seemingly lives on in Joel Hampton, his own life is threatened by some menacing presence in the small town. Meanwhile, Joel, who has fully assumed the persona of Judd McCarthy, remains under sedation at the mental hospital, where he plots an escape and dreams of the mysterious Katharine who lives on in his memories.

Book review:

"This expertly written thriller, a kind of Stephen King-Ross MacDonald hybrid (and in a class with either) beautifully evokes the feeling of a small town dying—its buildings, its streets and, most of all, its lost souls."

~ Publisher's Weekly

About the author:

Dennis M. Clausen was born and raised in a Minnesota small town near the South Dakota border. His early years on the prairie provided the inspiration for his novels and other literary works that chronicle the struggles of these small towns to survive in modern America. In addition to writing and publishing since the early 1980s, he has been a professor of American literature and screenwriting at the University of San Diego for forty-six years. Currently, he is working with Sunbury Press on several literary projects. The Search for Judd McCarthy and The Sins of Rachel Sims, novels that feature the fictional character Ned Finley’s research into early-life and other human memories, are scheduled for publication in early summer of 2018. The Accountant’s Apprentice, a novel set in San Diego at a time when the homeless population was increasing dramatically, is scheduled for publication in October of 2018. My Christmas Attic, the story of a young boy struggling with dyslexia and the loss of his father in the Korean War, will be published in late November of 2018.

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Bohner and Gronsky’s “A Short Season” repeats as the Sunbury Press bestseller for June

Bohner and Gronsky’s “A Short Season” repeats as the Sunbury Press bestseller for June

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for June 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 A Short Season Jake Gronsky & David Bohner Sports Memoir
2 3 Gettysburg Eddie Lawrence Knorr Baseball
3 7 Chicken Bone Beach Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks History
4 5 Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Michael Hawley True Crime
5 13 Scorched Earth: General Sullivan and the Senecas John L. Moore History
6 The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Mark Carlson Aviation History
7 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
8 8 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
9 6 The Boys from Brookdale Joe Regenbogen Biography
10 History of Lykens Township Volume 1 Gratz Historical Society History
11 The Penn’s Manor at Spread Eagle … Steve Troutman History
12 14 Tories, Terror, and Tea John L. Moore History
13 10 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
14 History of Lykens Township Volume 2 Gratz Historical Society History
15 2 The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment Mark Pendergrast Legal History
16 4 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
17 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley True Crime
18 Raising Monarchs Sue McGovern Nature
19 22 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L. Moore History
20 20 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
21 16 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History
22 15 Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs Scott Zuckerman Military Memoir
23 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George Donehoo History
24 19 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L. Moore History
25 17 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
Kyle Romines’ debut western “Atonement” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for June

Kyle Romines’ debut western “Atonement” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for June

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for June 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Atonement Kyle Alexander Romines Western
2 18 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
3 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
4 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
5 1 The Titan Strain Virginia Soenksen Dystopian Thriller
6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
7 The Wolf of Britannia I Jess Steven Hughes Historical
8 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
9 NEW The Man Who Hated History Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
10 NEW Plus and Minus Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
11 10 Who’s Killing the Brooklyn Dodgers? Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
12 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
13 8 The Fantasy League Murders Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
14 9 Fortune’s Lament John Cressler Historical
15 5 Wake Up and Smell the Bees Donald Dewey Detective Thriller
16 The Wolf of Britannia II Jess Steven Hughes Historical
17 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical
18 Murder Run Shelly Frome Murder Mystery
19 6 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical
20 Three Rogues at Gettysburg J Geoffrey Barber Historical
Hawley’s “The Ripper’s Hellbroth” slashes to #1 at Hellbender Books for June

Hawley’s “The Ripper’s Hellbroth” slashes to #1 at Hellbender Books for June

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for June 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 The Ripper’s Hellbroth Michael Hawley Supernatural Thriller
2 NEW Dead Kill 3 – The Ridge of War Tom Malafarina Supernatural Thriller
3 NEW From the Dark Tom Malafarina Supernatural Thriller
4 2 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
5 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
6 4 Southside Sinners Keith Rommel Crime Thriller
7 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
8 Dead Kill 2 – The Ridge of Change Tom Malafarina Supernatural Thriller
9 Dead Kill 1 – The Ridge of Death Tom Malafarina Supernatural Thriller
10 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
“Living in the Afterlife” by Michele Livingston returns as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for June

“Living in the Afterlife” by Michele Livingston returns as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for June

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for June 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 2 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
2 8 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal/UFOs
3 1 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
4 5 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction
5 4 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
6 9 Let Me Carry You Home Susan Kiskis Travel Memoir
7 10 The Phoenician Code Karim el Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
8 7 Der Lange Verborgene Freund John George Hohman Folk Magic
9 3 Soaring Minds Journal & Workbook Michelle Hoffer Self-Help
10 6 The Dream Alchemist Anna-Karin Bjorklund Travel Memoir
Ben Anderson’s novel is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for June

Ben Anderson’s novel is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for June


BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for June 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 Middle of the Road Ben Anderson Literary Fiction
2 3 The Sins of Rachel Simms Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
3 2 The Search for Judd McCarthy Dennis Clausen Literary Fiction
4 4 Shitepoke Michael Barton Literary Fiction
5 Restitution Courtney Frey Literary Fiction
6 Contemporary Photo Impressionists T K McCoy Art
7 The Journey Called Life Christina Burns Personal Memoir
8 1 Downtown Details: An Artful Perspective of Newport, Pennsy… PCCA Architecture
9 The Heatstroke Line Ed Rubin Climate Fiction
10 Live from the Cafe Tory Gates Literary Fiction


Publicity update

Two of the most exciting developments at the press in recent years were the addition of NetGalley for advanced reviews and Cision for media access. Here’s an update on both:
NetGalley is used to make our titles available for review in advance of release. Users on the NetGalley platform can access or request access to titles posted by publishers. NetGalley is marketed as a way to more easily access “professional reviewers.” Our experience has been a mixed bag. First of all, only about one in four reviews could be considered even close to “professional.” We are finding it has become a free book grab for the Goodreads crowd and other part-time bloggers. In fact, it appears less than half the downloaded copies result in a review. So, it can be a little frustrating. We’ve also seen a clear delineation between fiction and nonfiction results on this platform. Simply put, only fiction gets attention here. The response to nonfiction books is minimal at best, and hardly worth the investment. We will be redirecting our attention on NetGalley to use it only for fiction titles.
Cision is an online platform that grants access to the 1.6 million people in the USA who are involved in the media industry — television, radio, online, etc. We have enjoyed a solid response from this investment. A good number of our authors have been invited on radio or television programs and/or have been featured in articles or blogs. This is never easy, but it is much easier for us now. There are two caveats to this though. Overwhelmingly, this platform appears best for nonfiction authors. We have had numerous requests for review copies. But, fiction gets very little attention here. We are also not seeing much lift in book sales following interviews. We are a little puzzled by this, but will look for longer-term benefits as we use this platform more and more.
So, to recap, fiction authors will be directed towards the NetGalley platform while nonfiction will be primarily on Cision. Of course, there will be exceptions to this where it makes sense. For instance, a fiction author whose work is very timely regarding something contemporary or contains a nonfiction hook of interest are great candidates for Cision.

Bad month for Barnes

This past month, Demos Parneros, the CEO of Barnes and Noble, was fired without warning for violating undisclosed company policies. One can only imagine what he did to warrant such treatment.
The company was not performing well — sales down 6% while the industry was growing at a very mature 3% rate. This means Barnes and Noble was going in the wrong direction in what is a fairly healthy book-selling environment. Clearly, if the company is losing when the rest of the industry is winning, they are doing something wrong.
At Sunbury Press, we have definitely experienced miscommunication and a lack of coordination between divisions of Barnes and Noble. Recently, we have entered into a direct relationship for distributing our books with them, avoiding the need to use Ingram as our middle-man. This, on the surface, appeared to be a win-win for both of us, providing more revenue to each. However, when a Barnes and Noble store in Washington state wanted to order copies of our books for a book signing, they contacted the distribution center who then contacted us to order them directly.
“Do you realize your Barnes and Noble Press division is printing these books?” I asked the manager at the distribution center.
“Yes, but we have none in stock,” she said.
“But you sell them online. When an order comes in, you print and ship. Why can’t you do that for your own stores?” I asked.
“… (silence),” was the response.
So, I put the order in for them — to their Barnes and Noble Press division and had the order shipped to their bookstore. It is no wonder they are failing. Their operations leadership sucks! (pardon my French)
On the eBook front, we have been loading our books onto their Nook platform again. Many of you recall we took a hiatus from this due to declining sales. Some of you asked for us to give it another try because you heard from readers who wanted it on that platform. Well, despite loading a couple hundred titles, we have not seen an increase in sales. In fact, the platform appears to be lacking a pulse. We are hoping B&N sells off its eBook capabilities to Kobo or another player in the industry. In the meantime, there is nothing happening here. If we don’t see any movement or a potential sale, we will move on.

The Joes visit famous graves in the big city

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When Joe Farrell and Joe Farley researched Pennsylvania graves, an old movie inspired them to shed light on the graves of famous people in New York.

Book overview:

The Joes ventured to the Big Apple and its boroughs to visit the graves of the rich, famous, and infamous.

This first volume of the Gotham Graves series focuses on those persons famous in and around New York City who were fascinating figures in their times, such as:

  • Louis Armstrong
  • Anne Bancroft
  • Nellie Bly
  • Jim Farley
  • ...& more!

This second volume of the Gotham Graves series focuses on those persons interred in and around New York City who were interesting figures in their times, such as:

  • "Gentleman Jim" Corbett
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Irving Berlin
  • Lou Gehrig
  • ...& more!

Farrell and Farley have combed New York City to bring you the most entertaining biographies about interesting people buried in New York.

Book review:

"I might sound a bit strange, but have always found a sort of peace walking through graveyards and reading the headstones of all who have gone before me. I try to read as many books as I can find on graveyards and cemeteries, and people’s final resting places, so this book was of special interest. Not to play favorites, but the one who got my attention in this book was Dorothy Kilgallen. I’ve always been interested in her life, and also supposedly controversial death. Thank you to Netgalley and Sunbury Press, Inc for an ARC of this book."

~ Julie, Amazon costumer

About the author:

In 1975, Joe Farrell hired Mr. Farley to work in the Governor’s Action Center. Nine years later Farrell would repeat his mistake by hiring Mr. Farley to work for him at the Public Utility Commission. On May 21, 2010, after 35 years of state service he retired. Mr. Farley has not returned to work because he has been unable to find a cushy high paying position like Joe Farrell’s. In addition, Mr. Farrell has apparently learned from his past mistakes as he has not attempted to hire Mr. Farley a third time. As a result, Mr. Farley has concentrated his efforts at co-authoring his books Keystone Tombstones.


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