Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” “threepeats” as the Sunbury Press bestseller for October

Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” “threepeats” as the Sunbury Press bestseller for October

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for October. Former Congressman Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It took the top spot for the third month in a row. Call Sign Dracula by Joe Fair was runner-up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for October, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It Jason Altmire Political Science
2 3 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
3 10 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
4 2 Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Sports History
5 4 A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush Lawrence Knorr History
6 5 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
7 8 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
8 6 The Relations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
9 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
10 NEW Gotham Graves Volume Two Joe Farrell & Joe Farley Biography
11 NEW The Lost Island of Columbus Keith Pickering History
12 7 The Relations of Isaac F. Stiely, Minister of the Mahantongo Valley Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
13 Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley Biography
14 9 General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words, and Relations Lawrence Knorr, Michael Riley, & Diane Watson Genealogy
15 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
16 13 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley True Crime
17 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
18 There Is Something about Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
19 12 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
20 Hidden Dangers: Mexico on the Brink of Disaster R J Stout Government
21 16 History of Lykens Township, Volume 2 Gratz Historical Society History
22 Scared Skinny No More Mary Dimino & Brad Johnson Self-Help
23 Raising Monarchs Sue McGovern Pets
24 11 The BANG Story Lawrence Knorr & BANG Music Biography
25 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History

Jason Altmire’s Dead Center: How Political Polarization Divided America and What We Can Do About It was #1 due to brisk sales following the former Congressman’s appearances on Your World with Neil Cavuto and Meet the Press with Chuck Todd. Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula placed #2 due to the sales of the Kindle version. Doug Beed’s Chasing Understanding in Vietnam showed third, also due to Kindle sales. Wylie McLallen’s Tigers by the River took #4 due to author appearances and due to seasonal interest in professional football.

J. Geoffrey Barber’s historical novel “Three Rogues at Gettysburg” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for October

J. Geoffrey Barber’s historical novel “Three Rogues at Gettysburg” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for October

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for October for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. J. Geoffrey Barber’s historical novel Three Rogues at Gettysburg took the top spot. Dennis Herrick’s updated historical novel Winter of the Metal People, placed second.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for Octoer, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Three Rogues in Gettysburg J Geoffrey Barber Historical
2 NEW Winter of the Metal People (2 ed.) Dennis Herrick Historical
3 5 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
4 8 Dying for Vengeance Joan West Detective Thriller
5 The Making of a Don Charles Ursitti Crime Thriller
6 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports
7 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical
8 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
9 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical
10 4 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
11 Rising Hope Marie Sontag Historical YA
12 A Brother’s Cold Case Dennis Herrick Detective Thriller
13 Darkness at First Light Joan West Detective Thriller
14 Had a Dying Fall Joan West Detective Thriller
15 2 Hard to Quit Mark Mitten Western

Barber’s novel Three Rogues at Gettysburg took the top spot due to release activities. Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People and A Brother’s Cold Case were bolstered by author activities. Jess Steven Hughes had four titles on the list due to his ongoing book signings. Joan West had three of her titles on the list due to recent book events.
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Michael Hawley’s “The Ripper’s Hellbroth” is #1 at Hellbender Books for October

Michael Hawley’s “The Ripper’s Hellbroth” is #1 at Hellbender Books for October

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for October for its horror/thriller imprint, HELLBENDER BOOKS. Michael Hawley’s supernatural thriller The Ripper’s Hellbroth was the bestseller for the month. Kyle Alexander Romine’s supernatural thriller The Keeper of the Crows was second. Keith Rommel’s psychological thrillers filled out the remainder of the list.

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for October, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW The Ripper’s Hellbroth Michael Hawley Supernatural Thriller
2 1 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
3 The Silent Woman Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
4 You Killed My Brother Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
5 3 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller

Hawley was buoyed by author appearances and activities. Romines was helped by strong ebook sales. Rommel performed well with ebook sales due to his movie deals.

“Messages from Beyond” by medium and author Michele Livingston leads the Ars Metaphysica bestsellers for October

“Messages from Beyond” by medium and author Michele Livingston leads the Ars Metaphysica bestsellers for October

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for October for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA. The Peoples’ Medium, Michele Livingston, took the top spot with her visionary Messages from Beyond, revealing her channeling of information from the other side. Robin McClellan’s metaphysical fiction series OneWay claimed the next two spots.

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for October, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
2 OneWay:The Message Robin McClellan Metaphysical Fiction
3 OneWay:The Oracle Robin McClellan Metaphysical Fiction
4 2 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
5 4 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction

Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter. McClellan’s books were bolstered by author activities in the Harrisburg area. El Koussa’s books have been helped by exports.
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William F. Lee’s grief memoir “All My Heroes Are Gone” leads Brown Posey Press bestsellers for October

William F. Lee’s grief memoir “All My Heroes Are Gone” leads Brown Posey Press bestsellers for October

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for October for its literary fiction imprint, BROWN POSEY PRESS. William F. Lee’s touching grief memoir about the loss of his wife after a long marriage, All My Heroes Are Gone,  ranked number one.  The Bittersweet compilation of short stories edited by Catherine Jordan in coordination with the Fredericksen Library in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, was second.

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for October, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 2 All My Heroes Are Gone William F Lee Grief Memoir
2 Bitter Sweet Anthology Catherine Jordan, et al Short Stories
3 Sanctuary Dishonored Robin Lee Art History
4 Keep It Blue Haley Dean Bipolar Memoir
5 A Journey Called Life Christina Burns True Crime Memoir

Lee’s book has performed well due to author activities in his local area of Texas. The short story anthology received support at local book fairs. The other titles were bolstered by online sales.

 

Kyle Alexander Romines’ “The Keeper of the Crows” is #1 at Hellbender Books for September

Kyle Alexander Romines’ “The Keeper of the Crows” is #1 at Hellbender Books for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September for its horror/thriller imprint, HELLBENDER BOOKS. Kyle Alexander Romine’s supernatural thriller The Keeper of the Crows was the bestseller for the month. Keith Rommel’s psychological thriller The Cursed Man was second.

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
2 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
3 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller
4 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
5 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Psychological Thriller

Romines was buoyed by strong ebook sales and author activities. Three of Rommel’s Thanatology Series books placed in the top five, including The Cursed Man, The Sinful Man, and The Lurking Man. His supernatural thriller The Devil Tree, recalling a real-life serial killer from Florida in the 1970s, also made the list.

 

 

“The Ripper’s Hellbroth” is the first of the “Watchmaker Revelations” series by Michael L. Hawley

“The Ripper’s Hellbroth” is the first of the “Watchmaker Revelations” series by Michael L. Hawley

BUFFALO, NY – Sunbury Press has released The Ripper’s Hellbroth by Michael L. Hawley under its Hellbender Books imprint.

About the Book:

 

Western New York is under siege from a serial killer who seems to be following in the footsteps of the most famous fiend of them all – Jack the Ripper. The Niagara Falls Serial Killer Task Force calls in none other than the Watchmaker, a detective sleuth par excellence. The Watchmaker, FBI’s chief scientist Dr. Edward Dunham knew at once there was something strange about this killer. When he discovers the fiend’s immortal agenda, giving the case its first break in what seemed to be an unsolvable situation, he blows the case wide open with a prediction of where the killer will strike next. They begin their deadly cat and mouse game, then one of the killer’s intended victims, a college sophomore, and her younger brother bestow a gift on the Watchmaker, although, when he locks horns with the killer, Dunham’s not prepared for the outcome. All is not lost. The Watchmaker knows his secret, a secret that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Michael Hawley holds a master’s degree in invertebrate paleontology and secondary science education from the State University of New York, College of Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree in geology and geophysics from Michigan State University. He has published ten research articles in RipperologistWhitechapel Society Journal, and Casebook Examiner. He is the author of Curse of the Bayou Beast (fiction, 2015), Jack’s Lantern (fiction, 2014), The Ripper’s Hellbroth (fiction, 2013), and Searching for Truth with a Broken Flashlight (nonfiction, 2010). He has been involved in genealogical research since 1992, which ultimately led to his interest in Ripperology research. He is a commander and naval aviator in the U.S. Navy (retired), and is currently enjoying a career as a secondary earth science and chemistry teacher at Tonawanda City High School. He resides with his wife and six children in Greater Buffalo, New York.

by Michael Hawley
HELLBENDER BOOKS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620068359
286 Pages
FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
FICTION / Thrillers / Supernatural

Also available on Kindle

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Rippers-Hellbroth-9781620068359.htm

 

J Geoffrey Barber’s novel “Three Rogues in Gettysburg” inspired by famous Civil War photo

J Geoffrey Barber’s novel “Three Rogues in Gettysburg” inspired by famous Civil War photo

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – Sunbury Press has released Three Rogues in Gettysburg by J. Geoffrey Barber under its Milford House Press imprint.

About the Book:

There would be no monuments for these Johnnies…just charity from the hand and heart of a Quaker maiden.

A historic photograph of three Rebel prisoners at Gettysburg has long been a familiar icon of the Civil War. Yet we have wondered whatever became of those three soldiers, their identities seemingly lost forever. Inspired by their images captured by an unknown photographer, Three Rogues in Gettysburg is the story of three such prisoners who pose before a box camera while eluding their Yankee captors. Each will make his own discreet departure from the battle-scarred town, but not before first encountering Hannah Strumn, a forsaken Quaker mother of two young sons, Seth 12 and Jonathan 3.

What begins with a charitable cup of water will develop into a prolonged stay for the wayfarer named Vergil. The chemistry between him and the wary Hannah grows fonder with each event-filled day on the Strumn farm. Both have secrets which neither wishes to divulge in spite of circumstances that beg for explanations. Hannah is curious to know something about the dead Yankee whose diary Vergil has placed in her care. Vergil, however, desperately would like to know more about the prize horses the family keeps hidden on the property. There is also the question of Hannah’s marital state—where is the man-of-the-house whom she refers to as Jeduthun, or Mr. Strumn?

Inadvertently Vergil will gleam information from young Jonathan, who happens to mention the nocturnal comings and goings of black people to the house. Vergil surmises that Hannah’s domicile is a mercy station on the Underground Railroad. He will become the family guardian when he fatally fends off a devious Yankee sheriff, who assaults Hannah and threatens to arrest her for aiding the enemy and harboring slaves. Later, with Seth’s help, Vergil will set a trap for a despicable slave owner who arrives, with two baying hounds, to reclaim his fleet-footed property. In the end, Vergil, his thirst quenched and wearing a new suit of clothes sewn by Hannah, rides away on a gleaming black steed. He carries with him provisions from Hannah’s pantry—as well as a piece of her heart and the promise to return.

An epilogue, written in the first-person alleging to be a descendant of Vergil, lends the fiction a sense of reality while exploring themes of ancestry and lost personal identity. For families of Civil War soldiers, news of the death of a family member was heart-wrenching. Worse still, however, was to have never learned the fate of a missing loved one.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

James G. Barber is a historian and curator at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. His research interests include the portraiture of the Jacksonian and Civil War eras, and the American presidency. He is the project coordinator for the Smithsonian’s popular Civil War Web site, CivilWar@Smithsonian. In observance of the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, he was an editorial consultant for two Smithsonian books, The Civil War: A Visual History(DK, 2011), and Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection (Smithsonian, 2013). He is the curator of the Portrait Gallery’s TIME magazine collection of more than 2,000 works of original cover art.

Barber was born in Washington, DC, and is a life-long Alexandrian. With family roots in Carlisle and New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, his early memories include car trips passing through Pickett’s charge on the Emmitsburg Road.

by J. Geoffrey Barber
MILFORD HOUSE PRESS
Trade Paperback – 5.5 x 8.5 x .7
9781620068052
216 Pages
Fiction / Historical

Also available on Kindle

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Three-Rogues-in-Gettysburg-9781620068052.htm

2nd edition of “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick

2nd edition of “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick

BERNALILLO, NM. – Sunbury Press has released Winter of the Metal People, 2d Ed. by Dennis Herrick under its Milford House Press imprint.

About the Book:

The Untold Story of America’s First Indian War

The first named war between the Europeans and the Native Americans was the nearly forgotten Tiguex War, which Spaniards and their Mexican Indian allies fought in 1540-42 against the Pueblo Indians along the Rio Grande, between present-day Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico.
This historical novel “Winter of the Metal People” presents the first account of the war written from the Puebloan point of view. It follows a young Pueblo warrior who reluctantly takes leadership of his people in a time of crisis, overcoming self-doubt to lead Puebloans in successful guerilla warfare against the Spaniards.
Praise for Winter of the Metal People and author Dennis Herrick
“A riveting historical novel of immense scholarship and insight. Dennis Herrick makes the story of the first American Indians in the West to face the military might of European forces as vivid and real as if Coronado’s expedition had ridden out of Mexico yesterday. Winter of the Metal People will forever influence your perception of the stunning landscapes and rich cultures of the Southwest.”
—Margaret Coel, author of Killing Custer
“In Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick, journalist and award-winning writer of fiction, offers us a consummately humane novel of the first encounters between Pueblo peoples of the Southwest and a European, African, and Native American expedition led by Francisco Vázquez de Coronado in the early 1540s. Herrick skillfully brings the Native side of those encounters into vivid focus. We are brought to imagine the complexity and variety of Pueblo reactions as they struggle to come to grips with the foreign presence and how it violently impacts their lives and traditions.”
—Richard Flint, Historian, Author of No Settlement, No Conquest: A History of the Coronado Entrada
“A vivid historical novel that brings to life the epic winter of 1540-41 as Spanish and Pueblo Indian worlds first collided. Herrick’s narrative—driven by extant annals of the Coronado expedition, recent archaeological research, and Pueblo accounts—is the closest we will ever get to standing on a hill above an ancient Pueblo community and witnessing the gritty reality of history. It is a masterful eye opener.”
—David E. Stuart, Professor of Anthropology, University of New Mexico
Author of Prehistoric New Mexico, Anasazi America, and The Ancient Southwest
“With Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick has peeled back the familiar to expose the fascinating. As he alternates viewpoints between Spanish conquistadors and the first Americans they found in thriving pueblos, Herrick provides essential reading for anyone who would understand the collision of cultures that defines so much of what see all around us today.”
Jim Belshaw, Author of Trickster in the Front Yard and Closing the Chart
by Dennis Herrick
MILFORD HOUSE PRESS
Trade Paperback – 6 x 9 x 1
9781620068267
278 Pages
Fiction / Historical

Also available on Kindle

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Winter-of-the-Metal-People-2nd-Ed-9781620068267.htm

Benjamin Anderson’s novel “Middle of the Road” leads Brown Posey Press bestsellers for September

Benjamin Anderson’s novel “Middle of the Road” leads Brown Posey Press bestsellers for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September for its literary fiction imprint, BROWN POSEY PRESS. Benjamin Anderson’s novel of the frustrations of millennial mediocrity, Middle of the Road,  ranked number one.   William F. Lee’s touching memoir about the loss of his wife after a long marriage, All My Heroes Are Gone, soared to number two.

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Middle of the Road Benjamin Anderson Literary Fiction
2 All My Heroes Are Gone William F Lee Grief Fiction
3 Hatched Robert Barsky Literary Fiction
4 The Heatstroke Line Edward Rubin Climate Fiction
5 Planet Jesus Vol. 1: Flesh and Blood Doug Brode Paranormal Fiction

Anderson’s book has performed well due to author activities. Lee’s book has been boosted by local activity in Texas where the author resides. Barksy and Rubin have continued to sell copies to the book trade. Brode’s novel continues to draw attention due to the unusual subject matter.