|SUNBURY PRESS / DISTELFINK PRESS / OXFORD SOUTHERN – Bestsellers for February 2020 (by Revenue)|
|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|
|MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for February 2020 (by Revenue)|
|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.
|HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for February 2020 (by Revenue)|
|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|
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.
|BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for February 2020 (by Revenue)|
|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.
|SUNBURY PRESS / DISTELFINK PRESS / OXFORD SOUTHERN – Bestsellers for January 2020 (by Revenue)|
|1||1||Displaced||Linda Schwab||Holocaust Memoir|
|2||17||Do You, Without Them||Calvin Richardson||Musical Memoir|
|3||Tulpehocken Trail Traces||Steve Troutman||History|
|4||My War and Welcome to It||Tom Copeland||Vietnam Memoir|
|5||2||The Last Ride of the Iron Horse||Dan Joseph||Baseball|
|6||22||What Springs of Rain||Lindsay Lough||Nature|
|7||4||Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath||Barbara Mancini||Memoir|
|8||Surviving: A Kent State Memoir||Paula Tucker||Memoir|
|9||25||Wrestling with George||Miles Richards||History|
|10||5||I Made a Short Film Now WTF Do I Do With It?||Clarissa Jacobson||Self-Help|
|11||10||Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed.||Mike Campbell||History|
|12||Freemasons at Gettysburg||Sheldon Munn||History|
|13||11||The Most Hated Man in America||Mark Pendergrast||True Crime|
|14||7||The 1932 Yankees||Ronald Januaryer||Baseball|
|15||27||Dead Center||Jason Altmire||Politics|
|16||8||The Journalist||Oxana Lapchuk||Holocaust Memoir|
|17||Keeping the Lights on for Ike||Rebecca Daniels||History|
|18||24||Bows, Bullets, and Bears||John L. Moore||History|
|19||Ingrid Newkirk||Jon Hochschartner||Biography|
|20||21||Gods, Philosophers, and Scientists||Scott Hendrix||Science|
|22||Call Sign Dracula||Joe Fair||Vietnam Memoir|
|23||19||Collission Course||William Cook||Basketball|
|24||The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens||Mark Singel||History|
|25||The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad||Steve Troutman||History|
|26||6||The Foreman’s Boys||William Marcum||History|
|27||NEW||The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution||Edward Hocker||Biography|
|28||Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania||George Donehoo||History|
|29||15||Raising Monarchs||Sue Fox McGovern||Nature|
|30||Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys||Steve Troutman||History|
|MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for January 2020 (by Revenue)|
|1||NEW||The Weathermaker||Glenn Schwartz||Climate Fiction|
|3||2||Secrets of the Galapagos||Sharon Marchisello||Murder Mystery|
|4||NEW||Summer Squall||Sarah Jones||Murder Mystery|
|5||15||Magic Diary||Pat LaMarche||YA|
|6||Dying for Vengeance||J M West||Murder Mystery|
|7||The Closer||Alan Mindell||Sports|
|8||The Sign of the Eagle||Jess Steven Hughes||Historical|
|9||3||The Vatican’s Vault||Barry Libin||Murder Mystery|
|10||8||The Road to Lattimer||Virginia Rafferty||Historical|
|11||Darkness at First Light||J M West||Murder Mystery|
|12||Courting Doubt and Darkness||J M West||Murder Mystery|
|13||6||The Ghosts of Saratoga||Ossont & Dampf||Historical YA|
|14||Dead of Summer||Sherry Knowlton||Murder Mystery|
|15||Miss Feezenschneezen Is Ill||David Parmalee||YA|
|HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for January 2020 (by Revenue)|
|1||1||Wolf||Chris Fenwick||Supernatural Thriller|
|2||2||When the Sky Goes Dark||Oliver Seneca||Techno Thriller|
|3||5||Pig||Nancy Williams||Supernatural Thriller|
|4||4||Whisper Music||JB Toner||Supernatural Thriller|
|5||—||The Devil Tree II: The Calling||Keith Rommel||Supernatural Thriller|
|ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for January 2020 (by Revenue)|
|1||NEW||Spritual Treasures||Michele Livingston||Metaphysical|
|2||2||Jesus the Phoenician||Karim El Koussa||Religious History|
|3||NEW||The Three Supreme Gifts||Lisa Hromada||Spirituality|
|4||4||Der Lange Verborgene Freund||J G Homan||Powwow|
|5||—||The ABCs of Narcissism||Michelle Hoffer||Self-Help|
|BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for January 2020 (by Revenue)|
|1||NEW||Where the Tree Frogs Took Me||Maia Williamson||Travel Memoir|
|2||NEW||Only You||Eileen Obser||Memoir|
|3||5||The Indigo Scarf||PJ Piccirillo||Literary Fiction|
|4||4||Rainwalkers||Matt Ritter||Climate Fiction|
|5||3||The Reluctant RV Wife||Gerri Almand||Travel Memoir|