How I Became an Author: Sharon Marchisello on the Path to Publication

How I Became an Author: Sharon Marchisello on the Path to Publication

Welcome to the fifth installment of the Sunbury Press author journey series!

In every book, there's a story. And not just the one between its pages.

Every author has a different journey for how they ended up with the incredible book that landed in our inbox. Sure, we loved the book that they sent to us--enough to publish it and share with you all--but we wanted to know what it took for them to write that book, what drove them toward publication, and to get to know them better as artists.

And instead of keeping those answers to ourselves, we thought--to hell with it, let's share it with YOU.

We are thrilled to continue this new author-centric series with mystery author Sharon Marchisello, author of  The Secrets of Galapagos and Going Home


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"How I Became an Author"

by Sharon Marchisello

As long as I can remember, I knew I was a writer. Even before I learned my alphabet, I entertained myself with stories, long after my parents tucked me into bed. If my mother had read me a story earlier or I'd seen a movie recently, I'd join my favorite characters on their next adventure.

I loved creating a world where I was in control. My heroines were prettier and richer and cleverer than me. They succeeded where I failed, always firing off that zinger at exactly the right moment. Characters created in the likeness of people who had been mean to me ended up getting killed or having bad things happen to them.

I wrote short stories and essays all throughout school, and although teachers and peers praised my work, I got nothing but rejection letters when I submitted them to national publications.

My first completed novel was a plotless, semi-autobiographical mess. When I got accepted into the Master's in Professional Writing program at the University of Southern California, I showed my masterpiece to one of my professors, with the hope of polishing it for possible publication. He suggested I begin a new project.

This professor believed the best way to get published was to focus on a genre. Agents and publishers want to know what shelf your book belongs on in a bookstore. He was a mystery fan, and he encouraged his students to write one. I didn't read many mysteries as a child. I'd heard of Nancy Drew but never read one of the books. I didn't think I could write a mystery, so I decided to try my hand at romance.

My master's thesis started as a romance novel, but I couldn't follow the formula. I set the novel in France, where I spent a year as a Rotary scholar, and it's full of culture clashes and misunderstandings. Oh, and there's also romance. But in the end, the heroine doesn't choose either guy vying for her hand; instead, she rides off into the sunset with a girlfriend for a summer of travel and adventure. The book never got published.

Unable to find fame and fortune as a writer by the time I finished my master's degree, I got a real job working in the airline industry, which allowed me to indulge my passion for travel. I sold some travel articles about destinations I'd visited. Living in Hollywood, of course I wrote screenplays. I found an agent for one of my screenplays, which was terrifically exciting, but then no one bought it. One script I worked on did get produced, but the movie never got released. Probably a good thing, because it was terrible. My contract promised "deferred pay" from the profits; I never saw a dime.

One night, while working at the Los Angeles airport during a major construction phase, I walked through a long, deserted, temporary hallway to meet an incoming plane. The fog was rolling in, shadows loomed, and the ramp area where I waited was almost dark. Someone could get killed out here and no one would know, I thought. The idea for my first mystery, Murder at Gate 58A, was born.

I had a great time writing it, creating a cast of characters who all had motive and opportunity, and then trying to figure out whose motive was strong enough to commit murder. I was thrilled when I found an agent to represent me, but unfortunately, after almost two years of peddling my story around the publishing world, he gave up. Murder at Gate 58A is still on the shelf. Maybe someday…

My fourth completed manuscript, Going Home, also a murder mystery, became my first novel to get published. Going Home was inspired by my mother's battle with Alzheimer's disease, which prompted me to wonder what it would be like to interview a witness or a suspect who could not rely on her memory. It opens when the heroine visits her childhood home to check on her elderly mother, who has Alzheimer's, and finds her hovering over the bludgeoned body of her caregiver. Alone. And unable to explain what happened. The heroine is forced to remain in her hometown in a caregiving role, while trying to prove her mother's innocence. People from her past she thought she'd left behind pop back into her life and complicate her role as an amateur sleuth. Although I began writing Going Home in 2003, it took ten years and seven drafts before I received a publishing contract from Sunbury Press. In 2014, the book was released.

My latest novel, also a mystery published by Sunbury Press, is called Secrets of the Galapagos. It was soft-launched in December 2019 and hasn't really had a hard launch yet, on account of the coronavirus pandemic. While not a sequel to Going Home, Secrets of the Galapagos features two of the same characters. Grandmother and granddaughter set off on a cruise of the Galapagos only to encounter murder and mayhem. The setting was inspired by a bucket-list cruise of the Galapagos Islands that my husband and I took in 2014.

For the past three years, I've "sold" copies of Going Home at fundraisers for the Alzheimer's Walk, and many readers have bought the book due in part to the fact that all the proceeds go to the charity. It's not a great way for me to earn a living, but people are paying attention to my stories and causes. And really, that’s still great to me.


About the Author

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Sharon Marchisello is the author of two mysteries published by Sunbury Press: Going Home (2014) and Secrets of the Galapagos (2019). Her other publications include travel articles, corporate training manuals, short stories, book reviews, a blog, and a nonfiction book about personal finance, Live Well, Grow Wealth. Sharon grew up in Tyler, Texas, and earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Houston in French and English. Learn more on her website.


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The First Decade of Terror: How Author Thomas M. Malafarina Wrote and Contributed to 15 Books of Horror Fiction

The First Decade of Terror: How Author Thomas M. Malafarina Wrote and Contributed to 15 Books of Horror Fiction

Welcome to the third installment of the Sunbury Press author journey series!

In every book, there's a story. And not just the one between its pages.

Every author has a different journey for how they ended up with the incredible book that landed in our inbox. Sure, we loved the book that they sent to us--enough to publish it and share with you all--but we wanted to know what it took for them to write that book, what drove them toward publication, and to get to know them better as artists.

And instead of keeping those answers to ourselves, we thought--to hell with it, let's share it with YOU.

We are thrilled to continue this new author-centric series with the inspirational Thomas M. Malafarina, horror author of The Ridge of Death and many more.


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The First Decade of Terror

"The First Decade of Terror"

by Thomas M. Malafarina

This year marks my 10th year writing horror for Sunbury Press/Hellbender Books. That’s right, I’m an author of horror fiction. Yep, the dreaded genre. In the eyes of many publishers that makes me the ugly three-headed stepchild. Regardless, I’ve written in various forms all of my life from newspaper reporting at the age of 19 to having created thousands of pages of technical documentation during my 43-year career (and still going strong) as a manufacturing engineer. But one thing I always wanted to do was to write and publish horror fiction.

One might wonder why I would choose a genre that most "serious" authors and publishers tend to frown upon. Most of those publishers are often happy to remind would-be authors that Stephen King, Clive Barker and Dean Koontz already do it better than anyone else, so why bother? I’ve had a life-long love of horror from my childhood days of watching the Universal Monster movies and reading Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines. My bedroom was decorated with posters of monsters and my dresser was covered with Aurora monster models, which I built and customized.

Thank goodness Sunbury Press saw past all the prejudice against horror and started me on a journey that has resulted in ten years of publishing with over thirteen books currently in print, close to two hundred short stories to my name, with much more terror on the horizon.

But let’s turn the clock back a decade or so. It was spring of 2010 and I was coming up on my fifty-fifth birthday in July. Having completed my first novel, 99 Souls as well as more than a dozen short stories, I was close to completing my second novel, Burn Phone. I had not yet found a publisher but was nonetheless having a blast writing blood-curdling prose.

After a few failed attempts to find a publisher, I had actually considered contracting with one of the vanity press companies (I was unaware of self-publishing websites, if in fact they existed at that time). The bottom line was, I wanted to know if the work I was doing was any good. Vanity press or self-publishing would not answer that question. Only acceptance by a traditional publisher would do that for me. I had works ready to publish but nowhere to publish them. I was like an atheist at his own funeral, all dressed up and no place to go.

Then one day while cruising Craigslist looking for potential gigs for my part-time blues band, I saw an ad for a publisher from Camp Hill called Sunbury Press that was in the process of growing its business and looking for new authors. I did some research and learned at that time, Sunbury was best known for non-fiction and historical types of books.

Never one to be afraid of having yet another door slammed in my face, I contacted Sunbury publisher Lawrence Knorr to see if he would have any interest in looking at my work, even though it was fiction and horror fiction to boot. To my surprise, he agreed. I prepared myself for yet another rejection letter to add to my growing stack. To my astonishment, he offered to publish three books; my novels 99 Souls and Burn Phone as well as a collection of short stories, which he decided to call 13 Nasty Endings.

I was blown away! I went from thinking I might never be published to becoming a published author with a three-book deal. Unfortunately, like all naive and uninformed writers new to publishing, I was mostly concerned about how I would spend all the money that came pouring in. Needless to say, that didn’t happen.

Now I can look back and laugh. Writing has not and likely will never make me financially rich (or even comfortable), but it has succeeded in filling my life with the sort of wealth you can only receive from the experience of creating something from nothing and seeing it in print with your name on it. For the record, the tenth or thirteenth book is no less exciting to hold in your hands than the first.

If you total all the books I've published through Sunbury and their imprint Hellbender Books, the number is actually much higher. Some of my earlier works are out of print. I reworked several of them over the years, which we retitled and re-released. 99 Souls is now available as What Waits Beneath. Burn Phone is now Burner. My large novel Fallen Stones has been re-written, streamlined and re-released as Circle Of Blood. 13 Nasty Endings is now available as 13 Deadly Endings and my dark and some say frustrating Eye Contact is now available under the title From The Dark. Three short story collections, Malafarina Malefacarum Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 as well as Gallery Of Horror have been discontinued. Their stories have been sprinkled in with new stories for my current series called Malaformed Realities.

Oh, and another thing, we published a collection of my bizarre cartoons called Yes, I Smelled It Too.

Hellbender has published my series of three zombie apocalypse novels called the Dead Kill series. Will there be a Book 4? Time will tell.

So, what does the future hold for me? What does my next decade of terror look like? Shortly, Hellbender will be releasing a short story collection I co-curated with Catherine Jordon (she did an excellent job of editing—thanks, Cathy!) called Hellbent, which consists of stories from many Hellbender authors. As I mentioned earlier, Malaformed Realities 4 and 5 are slated for 2020 release, unless COVID-19 screws that up. Also, scheduled to be released will be a new novel, which might become a series called, Death Bringer Jones, Zombie Slayer. He is a spinoff character from my Dead Kill Series.

I'm also working on a new novel (which has the potential to become yet another series), a novella or two and a ton of short stories so new, this is the first I’ve mentioned them. I'm always writing something. I love to write. I never tire of writing and never seem to run out of ideas. Professional writers take vacations to get away from writing; I look forward to writing while on vacation. Writing is actually a sort of vacation for me.

So now you know why the past ten years with Sunbury Press have been so rewarding to me. It's not about the money. Publishing my books allows me to share my crazy ideas with many readers. It permits me to proudly call myself a published author. Most importantly, it offers me a platform from which I can launch many, many more stories for as long as I can keep coming up with fresh new ideas. Be ready, folks. The next decade of terror is right around the corner.


About the Author

Thomas Malafarina

Thomas M. Malafarina is a horror author from Berks County, Pennsylvania. He has been featured in over 15 books, including seven novels and even one book of often-strange single panel cartoons called Yes I Smelled It Too. Learn more on his website.

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It Started with a Dream: How Oxana Lapchuk Wrote The Journalist, a Holocaust Story

It Started with a Dream: How Oxana Lapchuk Wrote The Journalist, a Holocaust Story

Welcome to the second installment of the Sunbury Press author journey series!

In every book, there's a story. And not just the one between its pages.

Every author has a different journey for how they ended up with the incredible book that landed in our inbox. Sure, we loved the book that they sent to us--enough to publish it and share with you all--but we wanted to know what it took for them to write that book, what drove them toward publication, and to get to know them better as artists.

And instead of keeping those answers to ourselves, we thought--to hell with it, let's share it with YOU.

We are thrilled to continue this new author-centric series with the inspirational Oxana Lapchuk, author of The Journalist: A Holocaust Story.


"It Started with a Dream"

by Oxana Lapchuk

Oxana Lapchuk author journey

My book journey started ten years ago on May 5, 2010 when I dreamed that I gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby. The baby was chunky and laughed profusely. While I knew I wouldn’t be having a baby, I did know that God was speaking to me in a different way; instead, he was telling me that I'd bring something new into the world. To me, that meant it was finally time to write a book about the story that meant the most to me: my father’s holocaust experiences.

Now, this happened right around the time that I was diagnosed with endometrial cancer. Thanks to the dream, I had newfound confidence that I would beat it and that my book-baby would become a reality. I needed to focus on it, not the cancer. I had surgery shortly after the dream, cutting out the need for chemo or radiation and giving me inspiration to get to work.

But when I focused my attention toward the book, I found that there were many challenges to getting it written.

First and foremost, my father had died 20 years earlier. I had to recall my conversations with him about his experiences and dig through his records and documents (he was a journalist) to try to piece it all together. I found some old photos that shed some light on his timeline and was able to get a clearer picture. However, I knew it wasn’t enough; I needed to go to the actual concentration camps to get further clarification.

In 2018, a friend of mine connected me to a German teacher who focused on the Holocaust. I spoke to her about my father’s history in Buchenwald and working in the underground tunnels of the Dora-Mittlebau complex. She helped me locate someone at the Buchenwald Memorial who was able to gather even more documents about his personal information while he was at the camps.

I made arrangements with her to pick us up at the train station in Nordhausen, Germany and to take us to the underground tunnels in Dora-Mittlebau. They only opened the tunnels in 2006 so we were able to take a tour and see for ourselves the horrible working conditions that the prisoners had to endure.

Then she drove us to Buchenwald—about an hour away. We met with the head of the Memorial Archives and she had all the documents ready for me. We spent an hour going over everything, and I realized that some of my information was not accurate.

So I had to make some revisions as to my father’s timeline while in the different camps. The most amazing experience for me was when they took me to the actual spot where my father slept in the barracks in the “Little Camp.” It was block 63. I stood on that grassy spot where there was once a building. It was as if I was walking in his footsteps and reliving some of his experiences.  I couldn’t believe it.

When I went back to the states, I immediately started rewriting to make it as accurate as possible. At the time I was thinking I might self-publish it, but I wasn’t young anymore and didn’t have the time or the finances to go through that whole process. I had been a member of the Florida Writers Association and found out they were having a conference in October 2018 near my city.  So, I went.

At the conference, I made an appointment to meet with Lawrence Knorr of Sunbury Press, Inc. To my surprise, he was actually interested in publishing it! And one year later, my book (and my father's story) was published.

Some amazing things have happened since it got published. I was able to reconnect with friends that I hadn’t been in touch with for 45 years. I was able to reconnect with an old roommate. But the most amazing connection was with a woman whose father is in several chapters of the book. His name was Stefan, and he was arrested along with my father and spent some time with him in two of the camps. They were in Buchenwald together and my father’s prisoner number was 25362 (adds up to 18) which in the Hebrew means “life” and her father’s number was 25363.

She lives in Idaho and had done a lot of research about her father and had also been trying to locate my father as well.  When she found my book on the internet, she was amazed and told me the book filled in a lot of gaps for her. Her father had died in 1998, and before the war was studying to be a priest in Lviv, Ukraine. Our fathers never reconnected after the war once they moved to the states.

Writing and researching this book has been an amazing journey and has opened up a lot of doors for me. I’ll even be doing an event at the local holocaust center here in my town in the fall, and the local paper has written an article about me and the book. My old alma mater even has two of my books in their libraries!

I’m excited about where else the wind will take this book, especially if it can get out to those who need it. One of the reasons for writing it was to give hope to many people out there who are facing challenging situations. I believe they’ll find help in the principles my father practiced that enabled him to overcome and triumph in the midst of his adverse circumstances.


About the Author

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Oxana Lapchuk was born in New York, New York the same year her father emigrated to the United States. A lifelong student of Ukrainian history and culture, she has worked as an interpreter in Ukraine and Israel and now lives in Florida. This is her first book.


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5 Terrific Novelists from Pennsylvania – Part 1

5 Terrific Novelists from Pennsylvania – Part 1

Sunbury Press celebrates our local literary community with this look of 5 brilliant genre fiction novelists from Pennsylvania

As a Pennsylvania publisher, you better believe we're chomping at the bit to find our next favorite local writer to showcase through our various imprints.

Here's an in-depth look at the novelists roaming across multiple Pennsylvania counties, sure to be hosting an event somewhere near you. From mystery thrillers to epic fantasy to literary fiction, each one of these novelists from Pennsylvania has something thrilling to share with you.

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Tory Gates (Harrisburg, PA) is an award-winning novelist of four books and a program host for authors on the BookSpeak Network.  His works are of young adult/crossover fiction with exotic settings that deal with real-life issues and problems. Learn more on his author website.

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J.M. West (Carlisle, PA) is a professor of English Studies and the author of the Carlisle Crime Cases series and a debut novel called Glory in the Flower, in which four coeds bond during the turbulent sixties. Check out more about her at carlislecrimecases.com.

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Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz author headshot for novel The Weathermaker

In 1985-86, Glenn Schwartz 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. Now, he lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, Sherry, and is a lifelong Philadelphia sports fanatic. Learn more at TheWeathermakerBook.com.

About the Book

Baltimore TV meteorologist Neil Stephenson can control the weather. But should he?

During a light snowstorm, TV meteorologist Neil Stephenson discovers that he can predict more snow on TV to match his prediction. With a power like this, he could be soaring in his profession in no time.

This cli-fi genre-bending thriller has the action aspects of Twister--with accurate science, organized crime, and death threats making their way to his doorstop.

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Chris Fenwick is a writer, editor, marketer, and part-time farmer. She is a maker of books: some are the works of others, and some she writes herself (like The 100th Human and Wolf). She lives on a farm in rural Pennsylvania with her family. Learn more at chris-fenwick.com.

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Oliver C. Seneca was born and raised in the suburbs of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. After attending the Capital Area School for the Arts for filmmaking, he became passionate about writing and storytelling. This is his first novel. Learn more at OliverCSeneca.com.

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After a sudden, bloodied brawl leaves over half of White Haven College dead, Jonathan Barnes finds himself thrust into a near-apocalyptic world turned completely upside down in violence. With no explanation as to the cause, Jon must venture into the horror to find his family and loved ones.

Nothing is certain except for one thing: Jon wants to be inside when the sky goes dark.

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3 Fascinating Literary Novels about Puerto Rico

Former New York Daily News reporter Robert Friedman pens three fascinating literary novels about Puerto Rico 

Ready for a trip to the Caribbean?

Crime, corruption, colonialism, and compassion. The Puerto Rico Trilogy by Robert Friedman consists of three separate character-driven novels that focus on this Caribbean island and its complex political and social relationship with the US.

Whether you want to see what it's like to live in Puerto Rico or you're in the mood for a well-written literary fiction series, former New York Daily News reporter Robert Friedman's got you covered


Praise for the Puerto Rico Trilogy

Book 1

"Well-written, well-paced, and thoroughly satisfying."

Book 2

"A gripping account of lost love, the temptations of the drug trade, and the struggle to survive in a difficult world."

Book 3

"A wonderful novel that gives you an inside look at what it was like in [1980s] Puerto Rico."

The Odyssey of Pablo Camino

About the Book

The Odyssey of Pablo Camino was inspired by a real-life incident when a stateside doctor, sent to the island for research, claimed in a letter that he purposely killed eight of his patients because of his disgust with the "natives."

In this first novel, the doctor's fictional son, a well-known but troubled Puerto Rican artist, goes on a search for the truth of his father's possibly murderous past.

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The Defining Sea

About the Book

The Defining Sea was also sparked by US-Puerto Rico history. Its plot is derived from the US Navy's decades-long fire and bombing exercises on the inhabited offshore Puerto Rico island of Vieques, which caused death and serious illness.

This story concerns a 20-year-old University of Puerto Rico student who delivers drugs between the island and the states to raise money for a scholarship that will be named after his girlfriend, killed by police during a protest.

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Ulysses in San Juan

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The year is 1980, and Wolf, a survivor of Auschwitz, is trying once again to build a new life, this time in Puerto Rico. As the final novel in the trilogy, Ulysses in San Juan tells of a captivating relationship between a Jewish concentration camp survivor and a Puerto Rican female drug addict.
It takes the reader on a trip into the San Juan underworld, as well as to other island sites to meet crooked, poignant, and colorful characters.

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For Friday the 13th – 13 nasty ways to go described in 13 Deadly Endings by Thomas Malafarina

READING, Pa.Jan. 13, 2017PRLog — Sunbury Press has released 13 Deadly Endings, Thomas Malafarina’s short story compilation.

13de_fcAbout the Book:
Not all stories have a “happy ending”. Sometimes the forces of evil are just too strong to allow the characters, whether protagonist or antagonist, to survive unscathed. Sometimes it is because of revenge or sinister forces or simply bad Karma. Welcome to “Thirteen Nasty Endings”, a collection of short horror stories by Thomas M Malafarina. In this disturbing world of terror and foreboding, virtually every story has the potential to end badly for someone. There will be no “happily ever afters” in this collection! This is definitely not a “feel good” compilation. Thirteen Deadly Endings guarantees that someone, whether deserving or not, will get it in the end. Thomas has put together an incredibly upsetting anthology of some of his most gory, horrifying, disturbing and bizarre tales for your reading pleasure.

About the Author:
Thomas M. Malafarina (www.ThomasMMalafarina.com) is an author of horror fiction from Berks County, Pennsylvania. To date he has published six horror novels “What Waits Beneath”, “Burner”, “Eye Contact” , “Fallen Stones”, “Dead Kill Book 1: The Ridge of Death” and “Dead Kill Book 2: The Ridge Of Change”. He has also published four collections of horror short stories; “Thirteen Deadly Endings”, “Ghost Shadows”, “Undead Living” and most recently “Malaformed Realities Vol. 1”. He has also published a book of often-strange single panel cartoons called “Yes I Smelled It Too; Cartoons For The Slightly Off Center”. All of his books are published through Sunbury Press.(www.Sunburypress.com).

In addition, many of the more than one hundred short stories Thomas has written have appeared in dozens of short story Anthologies and e-magazines. Some have been produced and presented for internet podcasts as well. Thomas is best known for the twists and surprises in his stories and his descriptive often gory passages have given him the reputation of being one who paints with words. Thomas is also an artist, musician, singer and songwriter.

Praise for “Burner”:
Thomas Malafarina has a visual artist’s eye for detail and exuberance for the minutiae of his deceptively simple scenes.  He writes with the same flourish for violence and tableaus of flesh as Clive Barker and yet he shares the same cosmic vision and torment of inner and outer space of H. P. Lovecraft, all the while working the clichés and conventions of the genre bravely and unabashedly.  All in all, “Burner” is one hell of a rollicking horror house ride. — George Andrade Horror News

13 Deadly Endings
Written by Thomas Malafarina
List Price: $14.95
Paperback
Publisher:
Sunbury Press, Inc. (January 13, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620067943
ISBN-13: 978-1620067949
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural

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Cell phone used to connect to another nefarious dimension in Malafarina thriller

READING, Pa.  — Sunbury Press has released Burner, Thomas Malafarina’s supernatural thriller about the thing(s) on the other end of the line.

bu_fcAbout the Book:
Charles Wilson has left home in rural Pennsylvania for the most important sales call of his career when he realizes on the way to the airport that he has forgotten his cell phone; his lifeline to the business world with over a thousand contacts stored in its memory banks, Wilson’s cell phone has radically transformed him as a businessman and has changed the way that he conducts business since before such a device had entered his rather simple life and now he can’t live without it. In fact, “nowadays if he was without his cell phone for even as little as an hour, Wilson felt completely cut off from the rest of the world, a world that provided him with a substantial income.” Charles decides that since he has most of his contacts stored upon his laptop the best thing to do would be to have his wife overnight the phone to his hotel and in the interim he would look to purchase a “burn phone” – street vernacular for a pre-paid cellular phone. Unfortunately, luck does not seem to be on Wilson’s side as all of the kiosks are closed at the airport and when he arrives at his hotel it is too late to make such a purchase. Charles is frustrated and berates himself for his foolishness when he is directed down a dark street (an alley, really) that runs along the side of the hotel by a strange man sitting in the lobby – perhaps the fates will favor him after all and he will find what he is looking for? And so begins Charles Wilson’s hellish journey, and thus begins “Burner”, a novel of Lovecraftian horror and cosmic menace by Thomas M. Malafarina.

About the Author:
Thomas M. Malafarina (www.ThomasMMalafarina.com) is an author of horror fiction from Berks County, Pennsylvania. To date he has published six horror novels “What Waits Beneath”, “Burner”, “Eye Contact” , “Fallen Stones”, “Dead Kill Book 1: The Ridge of Death” and “Dead Kill Book 2: The Ridge Of Change”. He has also published four collections of horror short stories; “Thirteen Deadly Endings”, “Ghost Shadows”, “Undead Living” and most recently “Malaformed Realities Vol. 1”. He has also published a book of often-strange single panel cartoons called “Yes I Smelled It Too; Cartoons For The Slightly Off Center”. All of his books are published through Sunbury Press.(www.Sunburypress.com).

In addition, many of the more than one hundred short stories Thomas has written have appeared in dozens of short story Anthologies and e-magazines. Some have been produced and presented for internet podcasts as well. Thomas is best known for the twists and surprises in his stories and his descriptive often gory passages have given him the reputation of being one who paints with words. Thomas is also an artist, musician, singer and songwriter.

Praise:
Thomas Malafarina has a visual artist’s eye for detail and exuberance for the minutiae of his deceptively simple scenes.  He writes with the same flourish for violence and tableaus of flesh as Clive Barker and yet he shares the same cosmic vision and torment of inner and outer space of H. P. Lovecraft, all the while working the clichés and conventions of the genre bravely and unabashedly.  All in all, “Burner” is one hell of a rollicking horror house ride. — George Andrade Horror News

Burner
Written by Thomas Malafarina
List Price: $14.95

Paperback
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (January 13, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 162006796X
ISBN-13: 978-1620067963
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches

BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / Supernatural

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Paul Argentini, WWII veteran, newspaperman, playwright, and novelist

VENICE, Fla.  — Sunbury Press and Random House best-selling author Paul Argentini (1926-2016) passed away on April 24, 2016. A resident of Venice, Florida, Paul was a World War II veteran Argentini_smwho was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon, and was exposed to ionizing radiation at Nagasaki, Japan. He was predeceased, in 2014, by the love of his life, wife Vera Argentini. The two teamed up for Paul’s most popular Sunbury Press title “A Treatise: The Art of Casting a Fly” (2012). Vera provided the very accurate pencil drawings of fish and flies while Paul wrote the how-to narrative.

Paul was the author of five novels published by Sunbury Press: “Charlie Caw” (2015), “The Spirit’s Cabin on Lake Eagle Talon” (2014), “A Matter of Love in the Bronx” (2013), “The Fourth Nail” (2012), and “Jim” (2011). Three more novels are under contract, including “Kiss,” “The Doubter,” and “In Time for Life,” and will be released over the next two years.

totaocaf_fcoverPaul wrote the following plays:
Full-length plays
The Decisive Point
The Secret of The Sea Island Mansion
The Essence of Being

King’s Mate- Off –Off- Off Broadway Showcase
Massachusetts Artists Foundation
Playwriting Fellowship

One Act Plays
No Gas For Nick – Berkshire Theatre Festival
Pearl Seed – Berkshire Theatre Festival
My Pen Names Mark Twain
(written and performed in sixth grade)

cc_fcTheatre Odyssey 2011 Ten-minute Play Festival
The Ordinance – First Prize Winner
Sarasota, Florida

Paul’s best-selling book published by Random House was Elements of Style for Screenwriters: The Essential Manual for Writers of Screenplays. He also co-authored, with Robert Boland, MUSICALS! Directing School and Community Theatre.

Paul was presented with the American Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals highest medal for crossing ice to rescue a German Shepherd that had fallen through. Paul was a chef, specializing in home-made pasta dishes, and a baker with reknown carrot and Bronx cheesecakes. He was also a cabinetmaker specializing in Queen Anne and Shaker case pieces, jazz drummer and a teacher of fly-casting. His paintings, sculptures, and photographs have been in juried art shows. He and Vera had two daughters, Lisa and Mona.

Following is a radio interview with Paul:

https://www.mixcloud.com/RadioEarNetwork/paul-argentini-o…

teosIn the interview, when asked why he became a writer, Paul stated, “I realized it was the only thing I could do well.”

“Paul always had a great sense of humor,” said publisher Lawrence Knorr of Sunbury Press. “He was a very talented and dedicated writer. We are honored to continue publishing his work and hope to see one or more of the novels made into films.”

For more information, please see:
https://paulargentini.wordpress.com/