Interview with Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz

Interview with Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz

Meet Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz

Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz author headshot for novel The Weathermaker

In 1985-86, Glenn Schwartz became the first "storm chaser" at The Weather Channel and was one of their designated "Hurricane Specialists." He got his nickname in New York City after an anchor saw video of him being blown around during one of his hurricane chases. Now, he lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, Sherry, and is a lifelong Philadelphia sports fanatic. Learn more at

About the Book

Baltimore TV meteorologist Neil Stephenson can control the weather. But should he?

During a light snowstorm, TV meteorologist Neil Stephenson discovers that he can predict more snow on TV to match his prediction. With a power like this, he could be soaring in his profession in no time.

This cli-fi genre-bending thriller has the action aspects of Twister--with accurate science, organized crime, and death threats making their way to his doorstop.

Interview with Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz

by Joe Walters

This is an original photo for the Joe Walters and Glenn Hurricane Schwartz interview

Q: Glenn Schwartz, author of The Weathermaker, thanks for chatting with me! Your book has gotten off to a great start as a #1 bestseller for our mystery imprint Milford House Press for the months of January and February. And I could.not.wait to bring you on for an author interview.

A: And I can't wait to talk about it. What a pleasant surprise that it started selling well right from the start!

Q: You've been flashing across Philadelphia area television screens for quite some time with your role as a TV meteorologist on NBC10. So we know you're real weather fanatic, but I'm curious--when did you start writing fiction?

A: This is my first piece of fiction. As scientists, we are trained to deal with facts, so it was a little strange (but refreshing) to just make stuff up. I wanted to get the science parts right but to tell an entertaining story too.

Q: You surely have more knowledge about weather than your everyday citizen. So what is it about climate change that you'd like to share through The Weathermaker?

A: The connection between climate change and extreme weather has become more and more obvious in the past decade. The studies show it, and I have clearly noticed changes as a forecaster. These changes are happening way before the projections said they would. That extreme weather is occurring all over the world, and the world needs to take some big action to limit these changes.

Q: It's not every day that a meteorologist pumps out a novel as thrilling as yours, so I'm sure you've had your nose in a book for a little while. Do you have any literary influences and/or favorite authors and books?

A: My biggest influences as a science communicator were Carl Sagan and Steven Schneider. As an author, I was most inspired by Michael Crichton. Jurassic Park was my favorite--how amazing that a writer could get into chaos theory in such an entertaining book for the masses!

Q: If you could control the weather like your book's main character, what would you do with that power?

A: I would make it rain to stop the huge wildfires and end droughts. I would weaken hurricanes as they threatened land. I would stop or minimize floods. And I might have some fun with it and make it rain on people I don't like when they least expect it.

Q: Ha! Remind me to stay on your good side, will ya? What is it about your main character (Neil Stephenson) that makes him a great character to follow around?

A: He seems to have such an easy charmed life. But there are conflicts inside him--and even possibly some demons.

Q: Can you share something about the book that we can't find in the blurb?

A: There are a lot of "inside TV" stories in the book, and nearly all of them are based on true stories--or at least that's what the people who told me the stories said. A lot of this stuff happened WAY back, when the rules weren't nearly as strict, and there was lots of money flowing around. I think it's one of the most entertaining parts of the book.

Q: Who do you envision as your ideal readers?

A: Someone with a casual interest in the changing weather and climate but would rather read a novel than a textbook.

Q: Do you think there's another novel hiding inside you now that The Weathermaker is out and available?

A: Definitely. If The Weathermaker is a success, there will be sequels (yes, plural). And my hope is that if all goes well, you'll be seeing this one up on the big screen.

Thanks for checking out my interview with Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz! I had a blast talking with this local TV legend, and I can't wait for everyone to get a hold of what he has brewing in The Weathermaker

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5 Nonfiction Books about Sports to Keep You Cheering

5 Nonfiction Books about Sports to Keep You Cheering

Break out your foam fingers. It's time to get right back into the action with 5 nonfiction books about sports!

There's no peeling us away from our deep-rooted love of sports. Here at Sunbury, we're down in the dumps about missing live-action basketball and baseball like the rest of you, but we have a secret.

We have a way to transport right back into the bleachers...with books about sports! Here's what you can come to expect out of this listicle:

  • A sportscaster's legendary interviews with the finest in professional sports like Oscar Robertson, Ted Williams, and more.
  • Professional basketball history--and drama?
  • Hoosiers fans can relie small town glory with a little historic high school basketball in Pennsylvania
  • Some of the finest moments of Pittsburgh Steelers history
  • A book to send you back in time to the early years of professional football

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BY John Rayburn


Including anecdotes and conversations with the brightest in the world of sports, this behind-the-scenes book offers everything you're looking for in sports history.

From someone who has interviewed outstanding personalities like Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, and more, John Rayburn offers new avenues of thought about sports figures, regardless of what your favorite sport is.

*Included in Book Authority's "7 Best New Sports Broadcasting Books to Read in 2020!*

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BY William A. Cook


In the 1960s, the Cincinnati Royals were loaded with All-Stars including Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, and Wayne Embry. But when Bob Cousy transitions to coach the underperforming Royals, things take a turn for the worse.

An uneasy relationship between Coach Cousy and Robertson turn a once-promising franchise into a dysfunctional failure in Collision Course.

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BY Joe Farley

Trumpet Call to Victory tells the story of a small parochial high school in Pennsylvania that reaches the summit of basketball glory in the late 1960s.

Glorious victories, heartbreaking losses, and unsung heroes, this book has the stuff to inspire you and rekindle your love of basketball. Great for fans of Hoosiers!

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BY Merrill Shaffer

A Super Steelers Journey is the story of the 23-year search to find the 22 players and head coach who were members of all four of the Pittsburgh Steelers' Super Bowl Championship teams in the 1970s.

Honoring their accomplishments and dissecting their biographies, this book is a sure-fire treat to the Steelers' fan in your life.

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BY Wylie Graham McLallen

A wealthy entrepeuner buys the Memphis Tigers along with the services of some of the finest players in football. Packed with early inductees of the NFL Hall of Fame, follow the rise of the 1929 national professional football champions.

With stories of little-paid coaches and massive player movement, Tigers By the River has it all for football history buffs.

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Linda Schwab and Todd Mealy’s “Displaced” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for February

Linda Schwab and Todd Mealy’s “Displaced” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for February

SUNBURY PRESS / DISTELFINK PRESS / OXFORD SOUTHERN – Bestsellers for February 2020 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Displaced Linda Schwab Holocaust Memoir
2 10 I Made a Short Film Now WTF Do I Do With It? Clarissa Jacobson Self-Help
3 8 Surviving: A Kent State Memoir Paula Tucker Memoir
4 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
5 Baseball Under the Palms Sam Zygner Baseball
6 5 The Last Ride of the Iron Horse Dan Joseph Baseball
7 NEW The Blood Letter Helga Rist Memoir
8 24 The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens Mark Singel History
9 26 The Foreman’s Boys William Marcum History
10 16 The Journalist Oxana Lapchuk Holocaust Memoir
11 As the Paint Dries Carrie Wissler-Thomas History
12 7 Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath Barbara Mancini Memoir
13 NEW Golden Beauty Boss Cheryl Brooks Biography
14 20 Gods, Philosophers, and Scientists Scott Hendrix Science
15 NEW What to Do About Mama? 2 ed Barbara Matthews Self-Help
16 1780: Year of Revenge John L. Moore History
17 29 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
18 11 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
19 Scorched Earth: General Sullivan and the Senecas John L. Moore History
20 23 Collission Course William Cook Basketball
21 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill Biography
22 In the Company of Patriots Virginia Brackett Biography
23 American Citizen Benjamin Myers Biography
24 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L. Moore History
25 6 What Springs of Rain Lindsay Lough Nature
26 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L. Moore History
27 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
28 15 Dead Center Jason Altmire Politics
29 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
30 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L. Moore History

Displaced: A Holocaust Memoir and the Road to a New Beginning

Displaced is Linda Schwab’s Holocaust memoir, a retelling of her experience surviving 18 months in a man-made cave, another year as an exile in Poland and Germany, and three years as a refugee in a displaced persons camp. Just six years old when a band of Nazi soldiers arrived in her tiny shtetl in Myadel, Poland, Linda observed atrocities no child ever needs to witness. With her parents and two brothers, during the summer of 1942, Linda was forcibly relocated into a ghetto where most of the Jewish men were led to the nearby forest and killed in a pogrom. After the massacre, Linda escaped with her family into the Ponar Forest, but only after evading Polish nationals and Nazis that patrolled Poland’s countryside. Deep in the woods, Linda’s family lived in a cave. They survived brutal winters, eluded partisan fighters that might force Linda’s father to leave the family, and remained out of sight from Nazis and Polish police, who at one point, came only feet from their dugout.
Written with historian Todd M. Mealy during a time when Holocaust deniers aim to rehabilitate the Nazi ideology and as roughly 400,000 survivors remain with us, Displaced presents Schwab’s singular voice. Her narrative will help maintain—if not bolster—Holocaust knowledge, as her story of surviving the Polish wilderness during WWII and in a Displaced Persons Camp after the war is unique from most accounts. Displaced will inspire the rest of us to confront hatred in its many forms.
by Linda Schwab and Todd M. Mealy, Ph.D.
Trade paperback – 6 x 9 x .8
128 Pages
HISTORY / Holocaust
HISTORY / Jewish
HISTORY / Europe / Eastern
Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz’s “The Weathermaker” repeats as Milford House Press bestseller for February

Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz’s “The Weathermaker” repeats as Milford House Press bestseller for February

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS  – Bestsellers for February 2020  (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 The Weathermaker Glenn Schwartz Climate Fiction
2 13 The Ghosts of Saratoga Ossont & Dampf Historical YA
3 15 Miss Feezenschneezen Is Ill David Parmalee YA
4 3 Secrets of the Galapagos Sharon Marchisello Murder Mystery
5 NEW Deadly Roses Scott Stevens Crime Thriller
6 NEW The Eye of the Gargoyle Wendy Webb Murder Mystery
7 10 The Road to Lattimer Virginia Rafferty Historical
8 The Peacekepper Jess Steven Hughes Historical
9 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
10 9 The Vatican’s Vault Barry Libin Murder Mystery
11 NEW Twister Town Scott Stevens Climate Fiction
12 NEW Voyage to the Planet of the Giant Bugs Wil Falconer Science Fiction
13 Eden Waits Maryka Biaggio Historical
14 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical
15 NEW Murder at Henry’s Fork Peter Gibbs Murder Mystery

His father warned him not to do it. Neil Stephenson can control the weather—but should he? He is already a rising star TV meteorologist in Baltimore. During a snowstorm that isn’t producing as much snow as predicted, Neil discovers his gift: he can make the snow increase or decrease and make it start or stop raining.

The latest science shows that extreme weather has increased in frequency and severity due to climate change. Being able to prevent some of those disasters sounds great, but… weakening one hurricane in the Atlantic could strengthen a typhoon in the Pacific. Preventing floods in one country might lead to drought next door (“They stole our rain!”).

Neil is torn between preventing disasters that save the insurance industry billions and saving lives from drought in Africa. The most famous actress in Hollywood seduces him so he will do the latter. The military and organized crime want to use him, too. He becomes a national hero to many. On the other hand, lawsuits, criminal charges, and even death threats follow his actions.

The Weathermaker is a “cli-fi” genre-bending thriller, with the action aspects of Twister. It shows the tragic aspects of climate change (like The Day After Tomorrow) and “the cure is worse than the disease” (Snowpiercer). There is also evidence that controlling nature can lead to disaster (Jurassic Park). The added bonus is that the author is a meteorologist, and the science is accurate. Plus, 40 years on TV has given him lots of “inside TV news” stories.

What Others Are Saying:

Science doesn’t only belong in conferences and textbooks. It needs to be accessible to the public. The climate and extreme weather affect almost every aspect of our lives, yet the only scientist that many people encounter daily is their favorite TV meteorologists. Meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz is a respected and acclaimed scientist and communicator that has offered up a fascinating fictional narrative anchored in science. It is sneaky, effective and entertaining way to share weather and climate science to the masses. — Dr. Marshall Shepherd; Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Geography; Director, UGA Atmospheric Sciences Program; Full Professor, Department of Geography

The Weathermaker is both a cli-fi thriller and a who-dun-it, written by a professional TV meteorologist. In this age of eco-anxiety over floods, droughts and hurricanes, this novel is both a grippping read and an entertaining wake up call. — Dan Bloom, editor, The Cli-Fi Report

Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz gives us that true rarity in fiction: an entertaining story that also has great meteorology. Tornadoes, droughts, hurricanes, winter storms, and how climate change may be affecting them are all featured as the hero meteorologist travels the world. And the Hurricane Hunters should definitely not repeat the type of hurricane flight featured in The Weathermaker! — Dr. Jeff Masters, former Hurricane Hunter, co-founder of Weather Underground, and extreme weather and climate change writer for Scientific American

People are fascinated by meteorological phenomena, and Hurricane Schwartz has taken explaining extreme weather to another level. The Weathermaker is not just a page-turner, it showcases the ability of a science communicator to help people connect the dots. — John Morales, CBM, CCM, AMS Fellow Chief Meteorologist, WTVJ NBC 6, Miami, @JohnMoralesNBC6

It has been said that “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it”. In The Weathermaker, however, Philadelphia’s legendary TV Meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz spins an entertaining yarn about a meteorologist who does indeed do something about the weather. And in the process, Schwartz tells a cautionary tale about the threats posed both by human-caused climate change and perilous “geoengineering” quick fixes that have been proposed to deal with it. — Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, Penn State University and author of The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Destroying the Planet, Ruining our Politics, and Driving us Crazy

The popular meme that truth is stranger than fiction often holds true. But in the increasingly strange world of long-term climate change and every-day weather — and especially in the words of a masterful practitioner and communicator of both — one can only hope that “Hurricane” Schwartrz’s story-telling remains just that: engrossing and creative fictiion, with a clarity and sense of purpose that sucks the reader in with tornadic zest. If his Weathermakers really come to be, we’ll all be in for far more than just stormy days ahead, but at least this wizened Philadelphia weathercaster will have given us a few needed laughs along the way. — Bud Ward, veteran journalist and Editor, Yale Climate Connections

About the Author:

Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, doing the weather on TV for 40 years of his 47-year career. His specialty has been in forecasting and severe weather, especially hurricanes. He co-authored the award-winning “Philadelphia Area Weather Book” in 2002 and was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2010.

He graduated from Penn State University with a B.S. in Meteorology in 1972. His first forecasting job was at AccuWeather. From there, he went to the National Weather Service at the National Hurricane Center, working with many internationally-recognized authorities. After transferring to the NWS office in Atlanta, his title became “Disaster Preparedness Meteorologist” for the state of Georgia.

Glenn was recruited into TV in 1979 after doing a live interview on WAGA-TV in Atlanta as Hurricane Frederick approached. He has also worked in several other TV stations around the country. He covered Hurricane Andrew on his first day at WINK-TV in Ft. Myers and returned to his hometown of Philadelphia in 1995 where he has been a widely-recognized on-air presence in commercial television for the past 24 years.

In 1985-86 he became the first “storm chaser” at The Weather Channel and was one of their designated “Hurricane Specialists.” He got his nickname in New York City after an anchor saw video of him being blown around during one of his hurricane chases. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, Sherry, and is a lifelong Philadelphia sports fanatic.

by Glenn Schwartz
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
194 Pages
FICTION / Action & Adventure
FICTION / Disaster
FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Kyle Alexander Romines takes the top spot at Hellbender Books / Verboten Books for February with “Keeper of the Crows””

Kyle Alexander Romines takes the top spot at Hellbender Books / Verboten Books for February with “Keeper of the Crows””

HELLBENDER BOOKS  – Bestsellers for February 2020  (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
2 1 Wolf Chris Fenwick Supernatural Thriller
3 2 When the Sky Goes Dark Oliver Seneca Techno Thriller
4 Malaformed Realities v1 Thomas Malafarina Horror Stories
5 Malaformed Realities v2 Thomas Malafarina Horror Stories

The Keeper of the Crows

No evil can remain buried forever, as disgraced journalist Thomas Brooks discovers when a wave of death grips the rural Kentucky town of Gray Hollow in terror.

Following a very public humiliation, Thomas is looking for a story to get him back on the map—and free of the small-town newspaper where he serves out his exile. The apparent murder of a stranger seems to be just what the opportunistic reporter needs until he discovers the death is merely the start of something bigger.

Also investigating the murder is Sheriff Jezebel Woods, who doesn’t approve of Thomas’s sensationalist intentions. Mounting deaths force the pair to set aside their differences to confront a force that threatens to destroy the entire town.

At the center of the mystery is the disappearance of a boy named Salem Alistair, who designed a series of grotesque scarecrows for his parents’ farm—scarecrows that are turning up at each subsequent crime scene. Thomas begins to doubt his uneasy alliance with the sheriff when he realizes Jezebel has her own secret history with Salem Alistair.

Thomas and Jezebel are completely unprepared to face the supernatural force at odds with Gray Hollow. As the killings continue, and the town slowly begins to yield its dark secrets, the truth will pit Thomas and Jezebel on a collision course with true evil.

About the Author:

Kyle Alexander Romines is a teller of tales from the hills of Kentucky. He enjoys good reads, thunderstorms, and anything edible. The Keeper of the Crows is his first published book. His writing interests include fantasy, science fiction, horror, and western.

Kyle’s lifelong love of books began with childhood bedtime stories and was fostered by his parents and teachers. He grew up reading Calvin and Hobbes, RL Stine’s Goosebumps series, and Harry Potter. His current list of favorites includes Justin Cronin’s The Passage, Hard Country by Michael McGarrity, and Red Rising by Pierce Brown. The library is his friend.

Kyle discovered a passion for writing after graduating high school, which resulted in the completion of three novel-length manuscripts before The Keeper of the Crows. These fledgling attempts at writing taught him a great deal, and since writing Keeper he has worked to continue honing his skills. He hopes to continue writing as long as he has stories to tell.

He is currently a medical student at the University of Louisville.

by Kyle Alexander Romines
Trade Paperback – 5.5 x 8.5 x .7
284 Pages
Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural
Michele Livingston’s “Messages from Beyond” is the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for February

Michele Livingston’s “Messages from Beyond” is the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for February

ARS METAPHYSICA  – Bestsellers for February 2020  (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
2 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
3 1 Spritual Treasures Michele Livingston Metaphysical
4 2 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Religious History
5 4 Der Lange Verborgene Freund J G Homan Powwow

Messages from Beyond: A Spiritual Guidebook
Would you like to manifest and attract what you want in your life? Would you like to learn more about your evolutionary soul  journey? Would you like to gain more in-depth knowledge about metaphysical concepts? For anyone who has asked themselves these questions, this spiritual guidebook is for you! Internationally renowned clairvoyant and visionary, Michele A. Livingston, has compiled valuable information she has gleaned over the past 20 years. Most of these insights were received from her angelic guides, whom she calls the “Light Beings.” The spiritual knowledge in “Messages from Beyond” will give you a new, enlightened perspective about yourself and the universe you inhabit.

Michele A. Livingston is a visionary counselor, artist, healer and author. She has given the world uplifting spiritual guidance through her consultations, seminars, radio and TV Appearances.

Click here to watch Michele Livingston talk about “Messages from Beyond”



Part I: Conscious Manifestation

  1. Attracting a Companion
  2. Targeting One’s Soul Purpose
  3. Magnetizing Abundance
  4. Protecting Oneself from Negativity
  5. Clearing Negative Energy from an Environment
  6. Bringing Angelic Energy into the Home
  7. Utilizing a Method to Reduce or Stop Smoking
  8. Using the “I Am” Technique
  9. Releasing Departed Loved Ones
  10. Helping Our Relatives and Friends to Cross Over
  11. Balancing Energy with Gold and Silver Jewelry
  12. Desiring Weight Loss

Part II: Advancement of the Spiritual Journey

  1. Cleansing the Aura
  2. The Exercise of Forgiveness
  3. The Power of Prayer and Meditation
  4. Doorways to the Spiritual World
  5. Information on the 11-11 Concept
  6. Messages from Automatic and Spontaneous Writing
  7. Vibrational Soul Color, Gemstone, Number and Symbol
  8. Astral Projection
  9. Awareness of Soul Memory
  10. Understanding the Past Life Review
  11. The After Death Experience
  12. Eradicating Psychic Attacks

Part III: Spiritual and Metaphysical Concepts

  1. Colors of the Chakra Points
  2. Souls Who Came to the Earth Plane from the Stars
  3. The Twelve Dimensions
  4. The Golden Screw Protection Technique
  5. Making Soul Agreements before Incarnating
  6. Miscarriages, Stillborns, Abortions and Premature Death
  7. Prayer for Conception or Adoption of a Child
  8. Seeing Spirits in the Formative Years
  9. Accidents, Murders, Suicides and Comas
  10. Animal Consciousness
  11. The Controversy of Homosexuality and Trans-gender (Sex Change)
  12. The Masculine and Feminine Elements of Nature
by Michele Livingston
Hardcover – 5.5 x 8.5 x .5
96 pages
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Afterlife & Reincarnation
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Channeling & Mediumship
BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Spiritualism
Matt Ritter’s “Rainwalkers” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for February

Matt Ritter’s “Rainwalkers” is the Brown Posey Press bestseller for February

BROWN POSEY PRESS  – Bestsellers for February 2020  (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 4 Rainwalkers Matt Ritter Climate Fiction
2 5 The Reluctant RV Wife Gerri Almand Travel Memoir
3 3 The Indigo Scarf PJ Piccirillo Literary Fiction
4 1 Where the Tree Frogs Took Me Maia Williamson Travel Memoir
5 The Court of Vintage Woods Josh Penzone Literary Fiction

RAINWALKERS is a story set in the not-so-distant future in a crumbling version of John Steinbeck’s Salinas Valley, after the breakup of the United States. A once rich and prosperous agricultural land is now a war-torn nation-state known only as The Valley. To combat chronic droughts, scientists seeded clouds with genetically engineered bacteria that created regular rains but unintentionally made the rains lethal to humans. Anyone caught in the rain dies within seconds, yet there are rumors of people who survive… known as rainwalkers.

In a land of forced labor camps and waning oil fields, poverty-stricken agricultural communities support the metropolis of Salinas City and the authoritarian Valley Administration in their unending war against neighboring nations. In desperation, the Valley Administration intensifies their search for rainwalkers, who are believed to be powerful weapons in the border wars, by forcing children housed at Valley schools into the rain to be screened for resistance.

War hero Willie Taft lives a quiet agrarian life until the Administration abducts him and his wife, separating them from their daughter. Although his wife is killed during their escape, Willie continues his journey to rescue their daughter. He faces mortal challenges from the Administration military force, the sociopath bounty hunter on his trail, and the ever-present toxic rain. Time is running out as he fights his way through the Valley back to his daughter’s school before she is forcefully screened with other children in the deadly rain.

What Others Are Saying:

A terrific novel of climate change and genetic engineering; a first-rate cautionary read set against the backdrop of an all-too-probable future. — Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids

About the Author:

MATT RITTER is a biology professor in San Luis Obispo, California. He is the author of several best-selling books of non-fiction about California’s natural history. His most recent book, California Plants, won the Northern California Bookseller’s Golden Poppy Award. As a professor, he helps young people cultivate their curiosity while learning more about the natural world.

by Matt Ritter
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
302 Pages
FICTION / Action & Adventure
FICTION / Dystopian
FICTION / Science Fiction / Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
Interview with Keith Rommel

Interview with Keith Rommel

Meet author Keith Rommel:

This is the author photo of keith rommel, author of The Thanatology Series

Keith Rommel is a multi-award-winning author and screenwriter best known for his Thanatology dark suspense series. In addition to writing thirteen books, he also had the honor of co-writing The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man movies which have garnished over 160 awards combined, including best screenplay and best feature film.

The Thanatology Series

Interview with Keith Rommel

Q: Keith Rommel, author of the Thanatology series, thanks for chatting with me!

A: Thank you for having me.

Q: Let’s hear that elevator pitch. How would you describe the series to someone who knew nothing about it?

A: The Thanatology series is a collection of realistic and supernatural novels that explore humanity and its inherently corrupt nature. Some people don't seem to care until they're forced to face the unthinkable, so what does it look like when the unthinkable happens? What sacrifices would you be willing to make to undo your wrongs?

Q: At this point, we’re six books deep into the series. It might feel like a while since it’s all started, but put yourself in that early writer’s shoes. What made you first begin this project?

A: The project started with my desire to tell a story that hasn't been told before. As an avid reader, I've felt the market has been saturated with stories that have been told many different times. I always strive for unique storytelling, and six books later, I'm pleased to say that people are still interested in what I have to say.

Q: We’ve heard quite a few reviewers telling us how much they enjoyed The Sinful Man (among others of course). But I’m curious: what is it about that book that resonates best with you?

A: Like most books in the Thanatology series, there are universal truths in which the story of The Sinful Man is based off of. I'm particularly attached to that one because the stories of sin and hopeful redemption have affected people I know, meaning this book is a sort of outlet for me to share these important truths. 

Q: Two of the novels in the series (The Lurking Man and The Cursed Man) were turned into award-winning films. How exciting is that! What was it like seeing your characters and story come to life on screen like that?

A: It is truly an honor to have had my works brought to life. At times the feeling is surreal. I remember being nervous, excited, suspended by disbelief, and ultimately satisfied. The price is long, and it teaches you patience. Above all things I mention, I remain humble and remain focused on telling great stories. I have many more to tell and hopefully one of them will be worthy enough for film adaptation.

Q: Where can we watch those movies?

A: The Lurking Man is the first released title and is available on Amazon Prime TV.VUDU and many other platforms are forthcoming. That is a great intro to the film series.

Q: Sure, these novels are suspenseful, but there always seem to be something innately human about them. What feelings do you aim to evoke in readers as they finish your book(s)?

A: Realism is important to me, and that is why I always incorporate truth within my fiction. I feel when you blend truth, it allows the reader in to connect to each emotion running through the characters, so in my series, you can expect to feel desperation, fear, motivation, and eventually, elation.

Q: Are you working on anything right now? Can we expect more out of the Thanatology series?

A: I'm currently in the middle of what I believe to be my best book yet. I'm hoping to see it completed and renewed by year end 2020. This book is raw, emotional and very VERY personal. For now, the title will remain a secret. Visit to stay informed.

Thanks for checking out my interview with Keith Rommel! If you dare, take a chance on the first book in the series (The Sinful Man). When you close the last page, I'm confident you'll be crawling back for more.

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4 Binge-Worthy Mystery Novels from Milford House Press

4 Binge-Worthy Mystery Novels from Milford House Press

When it's time for a reading binge (and maybe some social distancing), curl up with one of Milford House Press's head-scratching mysteries 

Did you know that we publish books across nearly all genres? We've got a handful of imprints that make sure each reader has something they can love in our catalog.

This time around, we want to show you head-scratching, heart-pumping mysteries that'll keep you company during these next few social-distancing weeks from our imprint Milford House Press.

Dig into the murky business of murder with Detective Erin McCoy in Things Strangled.

When a film crew goes missing, Detective Erin McCoy and K-9 Officer Shadow must visit the site where they were last seen. What they find is exactly what they didn't want to discover.

With equal parts mystery and police procedural, Things Strangled is a thrilling new stand-alone addition to the Carlisle Crime Cases.

If you like police procedural novels and K-9 detectives, you've come to the exact right place.

About the Author

J.M. West is a professor of English Studies and the author of the Carlisle Crime Cases series and a debut novel called Glory in the Flower, in which four coeds bond during the turbulent series. Check out more about her at

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RV trip turns ghostly in the spooky paranormal mystery Site 22.

L.D. Knorr's fourth installment in the RV Mysteries series might just be her finest yet. When Hank and Helen Moran vacation away from their private investigator business, they never expected to have to bring their investigate skills along with them.

Join this daring couple on a trip gone paranormal involving the realm of the afterlife.

About the Author

L.D. Knorr was born and raised on a dairy farm in Berks County Pennsylvania and now resides in rural Alabama. Now a retired mechanical engineer, he focuses most of his free time traveling with his wife or working on his fiction. Learn more about his books here.

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French Quarters is a time-sensitive case you must crack before it's too late.

In 1884 New Orleans, Chief of Detectives Dawson Shaughnessy investigates a string of bizarre and brutal homicides despite the highest levels of corruption, Presidential politics, and American law enforcement.

As the clock ticks on for Dawson and his brother Michael to solve the case, a mysterious railroad arrives, bringing with it a few ties to the murders that might be the just the secret they've been waiting for.

About the Author

James Snyder was born in Memphis, Tennessee and lived in many parts of the United States, before settling with his family in Napa Valley. He has published short stories in the Houghton Mifflin Black Mask anthologies, the Ginosko Literary Journal, and was a finalist in the New Letters’ Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction. Learn more about him here.

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Break out your calculator and solve Pasha Stern's mystery of a multi-million-dollar international crime in When the Numbers Don't Add Up.

Pasha Stern, an accountant with a knack for forensics, discovers a multi-million-dollar international crime during a routine corporate audit. And she isn't going to let it slip through the cracks.

Shocking discoveries bring her face-to-face with a disparate cast of suspects and the FBI. Newly minted temporary Special Agent Pasha Stern steps into the world of terrorists, extremists, and traitors.

She is forced to confront her ex-hippie disdain for all things violent when her survival is at stake and she must decide to use a gun or die. After a lifetime of rejecting her Jewish lineage, she must now decide how she will risk helping Israel.

About the Author

Patty Bialak is a retired CPA who specialized in forensic accounting. Much of her free time is spent traveling the world and making new friends wherever she goes. After ten years traveling solo in a forty-foot luxury motor coach, she settled in the California desert with her two cats, teaching yoga and singing in her synagogue choir.

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Thanks for checking out these mystery novels for a dark and stormy night! Sunbury Press has over 600 titles to choose from--the best in fiction and nonfiction through various imprints--and we love helping readers find their next favorite book.

If you liked what you read, check out these "4 Thrilling Murder Mysteries by Sherry Knowlton" or browse our virtual bookstore.

6 MORE Terrific Fiction Authors from Pennsylvania (Part 2)

6 MORE Terrific Fiction Authors from Pennsylvania (Part 2)

Sunbury Press is a proud champion of PA voices. Here's 6 fiction authors from Pennsylvania that you're going to want to check out

The Pennsylvania literary scene has to stick together. As a PA independent publisher, we're thrilled to give voice to local authors churning out some of the best fiction we can find.

In this blog post, venture through the biographies, websites, and social media links of some of Sunbury's fiction authors from Pennsylvania. We think you're going to like what you'll find.

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Thomas M. Malafarina (Harrisburg, PA) is a horror author from Berks County, Pennsylvania. He has been featured in multiple anthologies, published seven novels, and even wrote one book of often-strange single panel cartoons called Yes I Smelled It Too. Learn more on his website.

Horror Books from Thomas M. Malafarina

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Nancy Williams is a graduate of Allegheny College and is a life-long resident of the very real town of Meadville, Pennsylvania. She is the author of four other books: Hawkmoon, Grace, Blood Truth, and Rabid Philanderers. Learn more at

Horror & Suspense Books from Nancy Williams

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R. Kane Maurer is the author of The Forbidden Powers book series; the first of which (The Cup in the Shadows) is his debut. Maurer lives in Hershey, PA with his family. When he is not working on the sequel, you can find him reading and traveling. Learn more about him at

Middle Grade Fantasy from R. Kane Maurer

As summer ends, young Jonny reluctantly agrees to explore a local cave, expecting to find nothing more than bugs and dirt. But his quiet life is changed forever when he is inexplicably transported to a strange world filled with trolls, dragons, and powerful magic.

Alongside a group of legendary heroes, Jonny must race to save the realm from a growing horde of enemies as he uncovers more about an ancient villain who will stop at nothing for the power of a god.

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this is the author photo for John L. Micek, author of Ordinary Angels

John Micek is an award-winning political journalist and the editor-in-chief of The Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In addition to his journalistic work and broadcast work, he writes fiction and lives in suburban Harrisburg with his wife and daughter.

Mystery/Thriller from John L. Micek

Veteran newspaper reporter Sean Flynn never imagined that a routine story about a fatal car crash would expose a dark secret about the highest reaches of Pennsylvania state government.

But when an anonymous tip and a thick sheaf of documents reveal that elected leaders are prone to put their own interests above those of the public, it’s up to Flynn to use all the skills of his profession to shake the truth loose.

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this is an author photo of Larry Loebell author of Tough Girl in the Jam

Larry Loebell (Philadelphia, PA) is best known for his plays La Tempestad and House Divided and for his role as a writer on Rugrats season one. He has published two previous books of fiction, The Abundance League and Seven Steps Ahead. This is his first novel.

Literary Fiction from Larry Loebell

Set in the fast and furious world of women's professional roller derby, Tough Girl in the Jam is a novel about sports, strength, and sacrifice. As the lead Jammer on the Philly Freedoms, Nina must prepare for the biggest season of her life alongside her biggest fan and girlfriend Rachel.

As Nina and Rachel move toward a deeper commitment and contemplate their lives together, Nina's estranged father falls ill, propelling her mother to pressure her to donate a kidney to save him.

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H.A. Callum is a poet and writer hailing from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The rolling hills, weathered stone walls, and meandering woodland streams serve as the inspiration to his writing and to his eye as a naturalist. Stop by and strike up a conversation at his blog

Literary Fiction from H.A.  Callum

Alder Ferry would have been just another nondescript suburb living in the shadow of its urban parent if not for one detail: the mysterious stand of alder trees anchoring the town to its past. In the shadows of the alders, a boy named Tommy seeks escape and finds refuge.

Then Aubrey appeared. An unlikely friendship blossoms into a love that few people ever come to understand of enjoy--proving that true friendship is a romantic pursuit in its purest form.

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Thanks for checking out these six fiction authors from Pennsylvania! Sunbury Press has over 600 titles to choose from--the best in fiction and nonfiction through various imprints--and we love helping readers find their next favorite book.

If you liked what you read, check out these "5 Genre Fiction Novelists from Pennsylvania - Part 1" or browse our virtual bookstore.