Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” returns as the Sunbury Press bestseller for April

Jason Altmire’s “Dead Center” returns as the Sunbury Press bestseller for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April. Former Congressman Jason Altmire reclaimed the top spot with his political book Dead Center, seeking to end the partisan divide in US politics. A Short Season, recounting the life of Josiah Viera, a baseball-loving youth battling progeria, slipped one spot to 2nd place. Jim Remsen’s Embattled Freedom about the Underground Railroad in Waverly, Pennsylvania returned to the list at #3.  Lawrence Knorr claimed the 4th spot with his biography of Eddie Plank, Gettysburg Eddie, and 17th place with the biography of Carl Scheib, Wonder Boy. Joe Regenbogen’s The Boys from Brookdale, about a group of WW2 veterans at the same nursing home, was #5. Recently released The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast took the 6th. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir Call Sign Dracula held the 7th spot. John L Moore took six spots with his popular Frontier Pennsylvania and Revolutionary Pennsylvania series.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 8 Dead Center Jason Altmire Politics
2 1 A Short Season Jake Gronsky & David Bohner Sports Memoir
3 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
4 NEW Gettysburg Eddie Lawrence Knorr Baseball
5 5 The Boys from Brookdale Joe Regenbogen Biography
6 3 The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment Mark Pendergrast Legal History
7 6 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
8 Fifty Years in a Fox Hole Charles Kniffen Military Memoir
9 Look I Shrunk Grandma Karen Severson Medical Memoir
10 4 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
11 14 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
12 NEW Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety Michael Hawley True Crime
13 12 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
14 9 Trumpet Call to Victory: The Final Years of Hazelton Saint Gabriel’s Basketball Joe Farley Sports History
15 10 Chicken Bone Beach Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks History
16 7 The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Mark Carlson Aviation History
17 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Baseball
18 18 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
19 15 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
20 11 Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs Scott Zuckerman Military Memoir
21 24 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History
22 16 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L. Moore History
23 17 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
24 13 Tories, Terror, and Tea John L. Moore History
25 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George Donehoo History

Altmire’s book was boosted by renewed efforts by the author. A Short Season was helped by broad interest across the country. Remsen’s sales increased due to author appearances. Knorr’s baseball books were helped by seasonal interest and the recent passing of Carl Scheib.

John Cressler’s historical novel “Fortune’s Lament” again tops Milford House Press bestsellers for April

John Cressler’s historical novel “Fortune’s Lament” again tops Milford House Press bestsellers for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. John Cressler’s recently-released Fortune’s Lament held the top spot. Cressler took one other spot with his first book of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, Emeralds of the Alhambra at 16th place.  Joe Harvey’s From Blue Ground bolted to #2. Joan West’s first book in the Carlisle Crime Cases series, Dying for Vengeance, held at #3. Her three other books in the series: Courting Doubt and Darkness (#13), Darkness at First Light (#14), and Had a Dying Fall (#15) also charted. Marie Sontag charted with her YA novel Rising Hope in 10th. Bridget Smith returned to the rankings at #5 with Where Elephants Fought.  Jess Steven Hughes took the four spots with his historical novels set in Ancient Rome. The Sign of the Eagle, the first book of the series, took 12th place. The recently-released The Broken Lance was 6th.  The Wolf of Britannia Part I was 7th, while its partner, Part II, was 9th. Jim Remsen rounded out the top 10 with his YA historical novel Visions of Teaoga.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 1 Fortune’s Lament John Cressler Historical
2 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA – Historical
3 3 Dying for Vengeance Joan West Detective Thriller
4 10 Rising Hope Marie Sontag YA – Historical
5 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
6 8 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
7 12 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical
8 15 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
9 13 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical
10 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA – Historical
11 16 The Bartered Body J R Lindermuth Historical Thriller
12 2 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
13 Courting Doubt and Darkness Joan West Detective Thriller
14 Darkness at First Light Joan West Detective Thriller
15 Had a Dying Fall Joan West Detective Thriller
16 4 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical
17 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
18 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
19 14 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
20 NEW The Bolivian Sailor Donald Dewey Detective Thriller

Cressler’s novels continued to sell after release. Hughes’ books continue to sell well through bookstore events in the Pacific Northwest. West’s books were helped by author activities, as were most of the others.
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Romine’s “The Keeper of the Crows” returns to #1 at Hellbender Books for April

Romine’s “The Keeper of the Crows” returns to #1 at Hellbender Books for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April for its horror/thriller imprint, HELLBENDER BOOKS. Kyle Alexander Romine’s The Keeper of the Crows returned to 1st.  Keith Rommel claimed the rest of the list with his supernatural thriller The Devil Tree 2 in 2nd followed by recently-released crime thriller Southside Sinners in the 3rd.  Psycho-thriller The Cursed Man was 4th and crime thriller You Killed My Brother rounded out the list.

 

 

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 6 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
2 8 The Devil Tree 2 Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
3 2 Southside Sinners Keith Rommel Crime Thriller
4 9 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psycho-Thriller
5 You Killed My Brother Keith Rommel Crime Thriller

Romine’s book was supported by author activities.  Rommel was helped by recent movie releases and social media outreach.

“Pythagoras” by Karim el Koussa surprises as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for April

“Pythagoras” by Karim el Koussa surprises as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA.  First place went to Lebanese author Karim el Koussa with his fictionalized life of Pythagoras, Pythagoras the Mathemagician. El Koussa rounded took three of the top 4, taking second place with his popular well-researched alternative history of the life of Jesus Christ entitled Jesus the Phoenician. El Koussa also took fourth place with his metaphysical fiction novel The Phoenician Code for which a French version was just released. Terry Ray’s investigation into The Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs was #3. Anna-Karin Bjorklund’s The Dream Alchemist, as a travel memoir, slipped on the list to #5. The Peoples’ Medium, Michele Livingston, took the sixth spot with her visionary Living in the Afterlife, revealing her channeling of information from the other side.  She also nabbed the 8th spot with her previous release Messages from Beyond. Susan Kiskis’s  new travel memoir Let Me Carry You Home recounting her recent trips to India was #7.

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 5 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction
2 3 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
3 10 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal/UFOs
4 4 The Phoenician Code Karim el Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
5 2 The Dream Alchemist Anna-Karin Bjorklund Travel Memoir
6 7 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
7 1 Let Me Carry You Home Susan Kiskis Travel Memoir
8 8 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
9 Der Lange Verborgene Freund John George Hohman Folk Magic
10 9 Planet Jesus: Flesh and Blood Doug Brode Metaphysical Fiction

El Koussa’s books continue to sell well internationally. Pythagoras was boosted by an export order. Kiskis’ success is tied to the release activity of her book and her upcoming podcast series on the BookSpeak Network entitled Zen Up. Bjorklund was helped by author appearances in California. Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter.
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PCCA’s artistic “Downtown Details” debuts as Brown Posey Press bestseller for April

PCCA’s artistic “Downtown Details” debuts as Brown Posey Press bestseller for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April for its literary fiction imprint, BROWN POSEY PRESS. The Perry County Council of the Arts architectural exhibition guide Downtown Details: An Artful Perspective of Newport, Pennsylvania debuted in the top spot. Melanie Simms’paperback version of her poetry compilation about Sunbury, Pennsylvania, Remember the Sun, returned to the charts at #2. Michael Barton’s humorous fictional ethnography of the Shipoke, aka Shitepoke, a neighborhood of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was #3.  Sharon Marchisello’s Going Home was #4. The Heatstroke Line by Ed Rubin returned to the rankings at #5.

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Downtown Details: An Artful Perspective of Newport, Pennsy… PCCA Architecture
2 Remember the Sun Melanie Simms Poetry
3 1 Shitepoke Michael Barton Literary Fiction
4 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Murder Mystery
5 The Heatstroke Line Ed Rubin Climate Fiction

PCCA’s book was boosted by advance purchases in preparation for the associated photography exhibition in Newport, Pennsylvania. Simms’ book was helped by author activities.  The remaining titles received activity due to social media mentions.
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Gronsky and Bohner’s “A Short Season” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for March

Gronsky and Bohner’s “A Short Season” is the Sunbury Press bestseller for March

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for March. A Short Season, recounting the life of Josiah Viera, a baseball-loving youth battling progeria, climbed to 1st place upon its release.  Jeffrey Geiger’s German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California debuted at #2. Recently released The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment by Mark Pendergrast took the third spot. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #4. Joe Regenbogen’s brand new The Boys from Brookdale, about a group of WW2 veterans at the same nursing home, was #5.  Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir Call Sign Dracula held the 6th spot. John L. Moore had ten of the spots in the bottom half with his books in the Frontier Pennsylvania and Revolutionary Pennsylvania series.

 

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for March 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 9 A Short Season Jake Gronsky & David Bohner Sports Memoir
2 NEW German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California Jeffrey Geiger History
3 1 The Most Hated Man in America: Jerry Sandusky and the Rush to Judgment Mark Pendergrast Legal History
4 3 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
5 NEW The Boys from Brookdale Joe Regenbogen Biography
6 5 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military Memoir
7 12 The Marines’ Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Mark Carlson Aviation History
8 Dead Center Jason Altmire Politics
9 11 Trumpet Call to Victory: The Final Years of Hazelton Saint Gabriel’s Basketball Joe Farley Sports History
10 Chicken Bone Beach Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks History
11 14 Dreams of My Comrades: The Story of MM1C Murray Jacobs Scott Zuckerman Military Memoir
12 8 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
13 23 Tories, Terror, and Tea John L. Moore History
14 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
15 19 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
16 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peacepipes John L. Moore History
17 25 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
18 17 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
19 21 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L. Moore History
20 Scorched Earth: General Sullivan and the Senecas John L. Moore History
21 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L. Moore History
22 The Relations of Isaac Stiely: Minister of the Mahantongo Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
23 20 There Is Something About Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
24 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History
25 22 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L. Moore History

A Short Season was boosted by regional support and author events. Geiger’s book was helped by author activities. The Most Hated Man has been bolstered by radio and media appearances by author Mark Pendergrast.  Call Sign Dracula benefited from the release of the audiobook. Moore’s books sell steadily thanks to author events and regional retailers.

John Cressler’s historical novel “Fortune’s Lament” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for March

John Cressler’s historical novel “Fortune’s Lament” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for March

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for March for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. John Cressler’s newly-released Fortune’s Lament debuted in the top spot. Cressler took two other spots with his first two books of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series, Emeralds of the Alhambra at 6th place and Shadows in the Shining City at 9th.  Jess Steven Hughes took the four spots with his historical novels set in Ancient Rome. The Sign of the Eagle, the first book of the series, took second place.The recently-released The Broken Lance was 8th.  The Wolf of Britannia Part I was twelfth, while its partner, Part II, was 13th. Joan West’s first book in the Carlisle Crime Cases series, Dying for Vengeance, returned to the rankings at #3. Marie Sontag took four places on the chart with her YA novels: The Alabaster Jar in 5th, The Bronze Dagger in 6th, Rising Hope in 10th, and The Silver Coin in 11th. William Lemanski held 7th place with his murder ystery, Murder in Tuxedo Park. David Parmalee’s historical romance set around the time of the Civil War, The Sea Is a Thief, slid to 14th. Dennis Herrick slipped to fifteenth place with his historical Winter of the Metal People. New releases The Bartered Body by J R Lindermuth and Trolls in the Attic by Joanie Findle debuted at 16th and 20th respectively. Mark Mitten took two places with his western novels, 18th for Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave and 19th for Hard to Quit.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for March 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Fortune’s Lament John Cressler Historical
2 3 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
3 Dying for Vengeance Joan West Detective Thriller
4 9 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical
5 The Alabaster Jar Marie Sontag YA – Historical
6 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA – Historical
7 12 Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Detective Thriller
8 2 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
9 6 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical
10 Rising Hope Marie Sontag YA – Historical
11 The Silver Coin Marie Sontag YA – Historical
12 13 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical
13 10 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical
14 6 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
15 5 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical
16 NEW The Bartered Body J R Lindermuth Historical Thriller
17 The Survival of Sara Landing Margaret Meacham Murder Mystery
18 Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Mark Mitten Western
19 4 Hard to Quit Mark Mitten Western
20 NEW Trolls in the Attic Joanie Findle YA – Supernatural

Cressler’s novels sold briskly in advance of his new releases. Hughes’ books continue to sell well through bookstore events in the Pacific Northwest. Sontag’s books were boosted by school appearances. Mitten’s books have been selling well online. Herrick continues to hold author events to maintain his sales. The others were helped by publisher publicity and/or Kindle sales.

Kocienski & Pisano’s “The Devil’s Grasp” is #1 at Hellbender Books for March

Kocienski & Pisano’s “The Devil’s Grasp” is #1 at Hellbender Books for March

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for March for its horror/thriller imprint, HELLBENDER BOOKS. The Devil’s Grasp, the first in The Vengeful Prince Saga trilogy by authors Brian Koscienski and Chris Pisano ruled the nether regions. Keith Rommel claimed half of the list with his recently-released crimed thriller Southside Sinners in the second spot, psycho thrillers The Sinful Man third and The Cursed Man ninth, and supernatural thrillers The Devil Tree in 5th and The Devil Tree 2 in eighth. Veteran author Thomas Malafarina grabbed fourth with his novel Fallen Stones and the final position on the chart with Burner.  Kyle Alexander Romine’s The Keeper of the Crows slipped to 6th. Michael Hawley’s The Ripper’s Hellbroth returned to the rankings at #7.

 

HELLBENDER BOOKS – Bestsellers for March 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 The Devil’s Grasp Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano Dark Fantasy
2 NEW Southside Sinners Keith Rommel Crime Thriller
3 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Psycho-Thriller
4 Fallen Stones Thomas Malafarina Supernatural Thriller
5 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
6 3 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Supernatural Thriller
7 The Ripper’s Hellbroth Michael Hawley Supernatural Thriller
8 The Devil Tree 2 Keith Rommel Supernatural Thriller
9 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psycho-Thriller
10 4 Burner Thomas Malafarina Supernatural Thriller

Koscienski and Pisano were boosted by convention sales and news of their upcoming second release in the series, The Devil’s Influence. Rommel was boosted by social media chatter about the release of his upcoming movie, The Lurking Man. Malafarina was helped by author activities and recent multiple releases. Romines and Hawley continue to be supported by fans.

“Let Me Carry You Home” by Susan Kiskis debuts as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for March

“Let Me Carry You Home” by Susan Kiskis debuts as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for March

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for March for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA. Susan Kiskis debuted in the top spot with her new travel memoir Let Me Carry You Home recounting her recent trips to India. Anna-Karin Bjorklund’s The Dream Alchemist, as a travel memoir, returned to the list at #2. Lebanese author Karim El Koussa rounded out the top 5, taking third place with his popular well-researched alternative history of the life of Jesus Christ entitled Jesus the Phoenician. El Koussa also took fourth place with his metaphysical fiction novel The Phoenician Code for which a French version was just released. Lastly, he grabbed fifth place with his fictionalized life of Pythagoras, Pythagoras the Mathemagician. Michelle Hoffer was next in sixth place with her new release Soaring Minds Journal and Workbook which is designed to assist women with recovering from abusive relationships. The Peoples’ Medium, Michele Livingston, took the seventh spot with her visionary Living in the Afterlife, revealing her channeling of information from the other side.  She also nabbed the 8th spot with her previous release Messages from Beyond.

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for March 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Let Me Carry You Home Susan Kiskis Travel Memoir
2 The Dream Alchemist Anna-Karin Bjorklund Travel Memoir
3 3 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
4 5 The Phoenician Code Karim el Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
5 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction
6 2 Soaring Minds Journal and Workbook Michelle Hoffer Self-Improvement
7 1 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
8 4 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
9 Planet Jesus: Flesh and Blood Doug Brode Metaphysical Fiction
10 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal/UFOs

Kiskis’ success is tied to the release activity of her book and her upcoming podcast series on the BookSpeak Network entitled Zen Up. Bjorklund was helped by author appearances in California. Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter. El Koussa’s books continue to sell well internationally. Hoffer’s book has sold well in the greater-Harrisburg area.
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Michael Barton’s humorous “Shitepoke” debuts as Brown Posey Press bestseller for March

Michael Barton’s humorous “Shitepoke” debuts as Brown Posey Press bestseller for March

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for March for its literary fiction imprint, BROWN POSEY PRESS. Michael Barton’s humorous fictional ethnography of the Shipoke, aka Shitepoke, a neighborhood of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, ranked number one.  Tory Gates took the second position with his novel Live from the Cafe. Robert Barksy’s entertaining novel Hatched about a counterfeiting ring that starts in a gourmet restaurant in New York took the third spot. William F. Lee’s grief memoir All My Heroes Are Gone slipped to #4.

BROWN POSEY PRESS – Bestsellers for March 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 NEW Shitepoke Michael Barton Literary Fiction
2 5 Live from the Cafe Tory Gates Gay & Lesbian Fiction
3 2 Hatched Robert Barksy Literary Fiction
4 1 All My Heroes Are Gone William F Lee Grief Memoir
5 Roadman Stefan May Poetry
6 Contemporary Photo Impressionists T K McCoy Art
7 Pass the Pierogies Mike Breslin Ethnic Memoir
8 Redemption Courtney Frey Memoir
9 Sanctuary Dishonored Robin Lee Art History
10 Images of Italy T K McCoy Art

Barton’s book was boosted by initial release activity. Gates’ book was helped by his hosting of the Brown Posey Books radio podcast. Lee’s book has performed well due to author activities in his local area of Texas. Barksy’s book has been selling through online retailers. The remaining backlist titles received activity due to social media mentions.
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