MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for June, 2014. John Cressler’s novel “Shadows in the Shining City” led the way.
About Shadows in the Shining City
The Golden Age of Moorish Spain was during the 10th century, a time when the benevolent Syrian Arab Caliphs ruled Iberia from Córdoba, the site of the iconic Great Mosque and home to the Royal Library, one of the largest collections of ancient books ever assembled. 10th century Córdoba was the richest, most populous, and most cultured city in the western world. Under the tolerant Muslim Caliphs, the pinnacle of convivencia was attained, that unique period of Spanish history when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in relative harmony and peace. Multicultural Córdoba was an enlightened city that treasured its books, celebrated art and literature, advanced science and medicine, and its myriad accomplishments were envied by both the west and the east alike.
Shadows in the Shining City is a prequel to Emeralds of the Alhambra, and the second book in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series. Shadows tells the story of the forbidden love between Rayhana Abi Amir, a Muslim princess of the Royal Court, and Zafir Saffar, a freed slave. Young love blossoms in 10th century Madinat al-Zahra, the Shining City, the Caliph’s magnificent Royal Palace located just outside of Córdoba. Their love story is set against the backdrop of the epic rise to power of Rayhana’s ruthless father, a man history will come to both celebrate and revile for the role he plays in dooming the bright future of Moorish Spain.
|SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for June, 2014 (by Revenue)|
|1||–||Shadows in the Shining City||John Cressler||Historical Fiction|
|2||1||Revolt!||Terry Ray||Political Fiction|
|3||3||The Cursed Man||Keith Rommel||Thriller Fiction|
|4||9||The Closer||Alan Mindell||Sports Fiction|
|5||–||Pit Bulls||Anthony Julian||History|
|6||–||Call Sign Dracula||Joe Fair||History|
|7||12||Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last||Mike Campbell||History|
|8||18||The Lurking Man||Keith Rommel||Thriller Fiction|
|9||–||Pit Bulls II||Anthony Julian||History|
|10||15||Winter of the Metal People||Dennis Herrick||Historical Fiction|
|11||–||Twilight of the Drifter||Shelly Frome||Literary Fiction|
|12||–||At the End of the Day||Madelyn Killion||Literary Fiction|
|13||–||Emeralds of the Alhambra||John Cressler||Historical Fiction|
|14||–||The Death of Obsession||Ray Fashona||Thriller Fiction|
|15||–||The Sinful Man||Keith Rommel||Thriller Fiction|
|16||–||A Darker Shade of Freedom||C James Gilbert||Historical Fiction|
|17||–||Jesus the Phoenician||Karim El Koussa||History|
|18||–||The Machine||Horace J Taylor||African Am Fiction|
|19||17||Hour 30||Brandon Musgrave||Medical Memoir|
|20||–||Sanctuary Dishonored||Robin Lee||Art History|
Sunbury Press enjoyed the best June ever. Sales were up 33% over last year. For the six months ended June 30, Sunbury Press had its best start to a year ever, its 10th year in business. Sales were up 11% over last year’s start. Trade paperbacks led the way with an 18% increase year over year. The company also reintroduced hard cover books with several titles this month. They outperformed the entire ebook category. Ebooks continued their decline from their peak in 2012, dropping 20% in June, as compared to last June.
John Cressler’s novels Shadows in the Shining City and Emeralds of the Alhambra were helped by advance sales in preparation for a July 22 release party. Terry Ray’s Revolt! continued to sell briskly in upstate Pennsylvania. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man, The Lurking Man & newly released The Sinful Man sold well thanks to promotional activities for a limited edition hardcover, strong sales at Rocky’s Hardware and interest in The Cursed Man movie. Alan Mindell’s The Closer climbed back up the chart thanks to sales to San Diego area bookstores. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls I & Pit Bulls II benefitted from the First Friday event at the Sunbury Press store and the release of hard cover editions. Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula was #6 thanks to author activity at military unit reunions. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last climbed to #7 on the winds of interest in the anniversary of the loss of the aviatrix. Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People climbed to #10 thanks to sales in New Mexico. Shelly Frome’s Twilight of the Drifter and Madelyn Killion’s At the End of the Day were two older novels helped by author activities. Ray Fashona’s The Death of Obsession was spurred by sales at a book expo in upstate New York. Recently released A Darker Shade of Freedom by C James Gilbert was bolstered by author activities in the Gettysburg area. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician returned to the charts thanks to interest in Europe. The Machine, by Horace Taylor, charted thanks to author activities. Brandon Musgrave’s Hour 30 continues to be the top ebook, ranking #19 overall. Robin Lee’s Sanctuary Dishonored rounded out the list.
The company released five new titles during the month of June:
|SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for June, 2014|
|Electric Funeral||Mark Slade||Horror Fiction|
|When Heroes Were Giants, 2 ed||James Witherell||Sports History|
|Impresario of Terror||Jack Adler||Thriller Fiction|
|The Sinful Man||Keith Rommel||Thriller Fiction|
|My Mom Is an Alien||Joanne Risso||Childrens Fiction|
For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see: