Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits Is a Finalist for the NIEA Awards

Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits Is a Finalist for the NIEA Awards

A big Sunbury Press congratulations to Arthur Hoyle and Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits, a National Indie Excellence Award Finalist!

Please join us in celebrating Arthur Hoyle's latest achievement in being named a finalist for the renowned NIEA Awards! Only two books in each category get recognized each year (one winner and one finalist) among hundreds of entries, so we're terrifically proud of this accolade.

We're thrilled that Hoyle's amazing collection of American biographies is being recognized the way we knew it would, and we can't wait for this accomplishment to bring his great work in front of more readers.

To help amplify Hoyle's victory, we're reaching out to YOU to share more about the author as a person and more about the book that's been both a #1 Amazon bestseller and now an award finalist!

About the Author

This is an author photo of Arthur Hoyle in front of books

Arthur Hoyle is a writer, educator, and independent filmmaker. His documentary films have won numerous awards and have aired on PBS, and he received a media grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Before becoming an author, he produced corporate communications materials in print and video for a broad array of clients. He received Bachelors and Masters Degrees in English from the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught English, coached tennis, and served as an administrator in independent schools.

He currently volunteers as a naturalist in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, leading interpretive walks on Chumash Indian culture. His biography of Henry Miller, The Unknown Henry Miller: A Seeker in Big Sur, was published in March 2014 by Skyhorse/Arcade. He has also published essays in Huffington Post, Empty Mirror, Across the Margin, Counterpunch, and AIOTB: As It Ought To Be. He lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

Learn more at his author website or this exclusive interview.

About the Book

Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits is a NIEA finalist!

Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain takes the reader on a journey across American history from the colonial period to the present, through the life stories of exceptional men and women who have responded in unconventional ways to the challenges and circumstances of their time and place.

Biographies include:

  • Roger Williams: The First American
  • Anne Bradstreet: The First American Poet
  • Judith Baca: Chicana Muralist
  • And 7 more!

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Keith Rommel's "Thanatology" series collecting awards in Hollywood on the festival circuit

c-mw-laurelsHOLLYWOOD, CA — The first two books in Keith Rommel’s Thanatology series (Sunbury Press), The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man, have been adapted into feature films and have recently begun their festival runs. Rommel along with director/producer James L. Perry wrote the screenplay for The Cursed Man, and with executive producer Maritza Brikisak for The Lurking Man. Each film took top awards for their screenplay. Now the powerful stories and acting are turning heads. To date, the two films and the novels combined have garnished 60+ awards,  the start of what could be truly spectacular. The film festivals continue throughout most of the year, bringing with them many opportunities. Having won ‘Best Book of the Year’, ‘Best Feature Screenplay’, ‘Best Ensemble’, ‘Best Narrative Feature Film(s)’ and wins in many other categories, the films are a direct reflection of the full length novels and are gaining much attention.

lm_with-laurelsRommel with Frank Krueger, Maritza Brikisak and Felix Martiz is getting ready to bring the third book in the series, The Sinful Man to the big screen. It is yet another powerhouse filled with emotion, psychological terror and reflections on your everyday decisions. Reviewers have called Rommel’s writing, “Horror for the curious mind” and “Thinking man’s fiction.”  This is going to be the most ambitious rendition to date.

Beyond the big screen, Sunbury Press and Rommel are getting ready to release the fourth installment in the series. The Silent Woman is scheduled for a March 7th, 2017 release and is available for pre order now.

Keith Rommel's "The Cursed Man" named a finalist in the Mystery category Reader's Choice Red Carpet Award for BTSeMag, LLC

MECHANICSBURG, PA — Sunbury Press author Keith Rommel has been named a finalist by BTSeMag, LLC for it’s Reader’s Choice Red Carpet Awards in the Mystery category. Click on the star for a list of all finalists:


The awards will honor the best in literary and genre fiction. BTS has partnered with the ARC Convention in New Orleans. The presentation of awards will be conducted at the ARC Convention in New Orleans, held July 30-Aug 1st, 2015.

We are pleased to announce that the talented Abbi Glines will be our Keynote Speaker for NOLA 2015!

Enjoy the tours and fun of the French Quarter with the authors. Many fun activities planned including speed dating with the authors, games, author sponsored events like carriage rides, author & reader workshops and more.

BTSeMag, LLC is the publisher of the popular BTS Book Reviews “Your Guide to Great Reading.”  The magazine is available at no cost.




Cursed Man pubThe Cursed Man, by Keith Rommel, tells the story of Alister Kunkle, a patient at Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. Alister has been in seclusion for the last 25 years, having no contact with the staff or the outside world. The reason for this is that anyone who communicates with Alister dies within the day, for he is the Cursed Man and Death takes a professional interest in those unlucky enough to cross his path.

Believing him simply deranged, Dr Anna Lee, an up-and-coming young psychiatrist, has come to cure Alister. She is warned about Alister’s past and is shown evidence of previous encounters made by the skeptical or unbelieving, all of whom died, sometimes horribly. Regardless of the stories, Anna will not be dissuaded and is reluctantly allowed access to Alister. All assume her fate is sealed, but when she returns unharmed the next day, we also start to wonder about the stories.

So begins an enthralling narrative told in the past and the present as Anna attempts to learn why Alister believes he is cursed, while at the same time trying to convince him the events were not real and that in fact he is merely ill and so can be cured. Is Alister truly followed by death or is he simply mentally ill? The Cursed Man is an extremely well-written suspense horror story… I enjoyed it immensely; right up until the very end I was never sure of the outcome… Great story-telling in the tradition of Stephen King… — Booklore

The Cursed Man is being made into a Hollywood movie by producer James L. Perry of Intergalaxy Entertainment:

The Cursed Man movie at IMDB

See one of the early trailers:

Cursed Man Trailer #2


Joe Fair's Vietnam memoir "Call Sign Dracula" is the Sunbury Press Book of the Year for 2014. Other Sunnies announced.

Mechanicsburg, PA — Joe Fair’s heart-felt memoir of his time as a Black Scarf in the Big Red One in Vietnam, Call Sign Dracula, was the top-selling book for Sunbury Press in 2014, taking the Author of the Year Sunny as well as the top nonfiction book. Alan Mindell’s The Closer, about a baseball pitcher past his prime making a comeback, was the top fiction book for the year. Sherry Knowlton won the Sunny for Emerging Author of the Year thanks to her debut thriller novel Dead of Autumn. Following is a recap of Sunbury Press Sunny Awards over the years:

2014 Joe Fair Call Sign Dracula History
2013 Mike Campbell Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last History
2012 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 History
2011 Guy Graybill Prohibition’s Prince History
2010 Guy Graybill Prohibition’s Prince History
2014 Joe Fair Call Sign Dracula History
2013 Mike Campbell Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last History
2012 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 History
2011 Guy Graybill Prohibition’s Prince History
2010 Guy Graybill Prohibition’s Prince History
2014 Alan Mindell The Closer Sports Fiction
2013 John Cressler Emeralds of the Alhambra Historical Fiction
2012 Preston Nuttall The Amish Rebel Historical Fiction
2011 Charles Godfrey The Final Charge Historical Fiction
2010 Chris Fenwick the 100th human Metaphysical Fiction
2014 Sherry Knowlton Dead of Autumn Thriller Fiction
2013 Anthony Julian Pit Bulls Pets
2012 Jess Steven Hughes The Sign of the Eagle Historical Fiction
2011 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 History
2010 Thomas Malafarina 13 Nasty Endings Horror Fiction

Mike Campbell is the Sunbury Press Author of the Year for 2013 — Other “Sunnies” winners announced

Mechanicsburg, PA — Mike Campbell’s thoroughly researched solution to the Amelia Earhart mystery, Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, was the top selling book for Sunbury Press in 2013, taking Sunny awards for overall sales and for the nonfiction category. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician, questioning the origins of Jesus Christ, was a close second. The Sunny for the top fiction book of 2013 went to John Cressler for his Emeralds of the Alhambra.  Anthony Julian, author of Pit Bulls, won Emerging Author of the Year. Following are the top books for 2013:

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for 2013 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
2 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Christian
3 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Medical Memoir
4 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
5 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian Pets
6 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
7 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
8 Keystone Tombstones Volume 2 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley History / Biography
9 Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley History / Biography
10 “Patsy!” – The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald Douglas Brode HIstorical Fiction
11 There Is Something About Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
12 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Farrell, Farley & Knorr War Biography
13 Of Guilt and Innocence John Scanlan Police Procedural
14 Five Drops of Estrogen Nirmal Joshi Biography / Memoir
15 Rockabilly Rebel: Known and Unknown Stars I’ve Known Mack Allen Smith Music
16 In the Shadow of a Mountain Susan Daigneault War Biography
17 Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons Linnea Jepson Cookbook
18 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Self-Help
19 The Closer Alan Mindell Literary Fiction
20 That Night at Surigao Ernest Marshall History