|MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for January 2019 (by Revenue)|
|1||—||Dying for Vengeance||J M West||Detective Thriller|
|2||6||The B Team||Alan Mindell||Sports Fiction|
|3||5||The Closer||Alan Mindell||Sports Fiction|
|4||—||The Bartered Body||J R Lindermuth||Historical|
|5||—||Winter of the Metal People||Dennis Herrick||Historical|
|6||17||Moon Games||Shelly Frome||Detective Thriller|
|7||1||As the Raven Flies||Job Leach||Crime Thriller|
|8||9||Emeralds of the Alhambra||John Cressler||Historical|
|9||7||Where Elephants Fought||Bridget Smith||Historical|
|10||—||Sipping Whiskey in a Grave||Mark Mitten||Western|
|11||16||The Titan Strain||Virginia Soenksen||Dystopian|
|12||12||Atonement||Kyle Alexander Romines||Western|
|13||—||Dead of Spring||Sherry Knowlton||Murder Mystery|
|14||—||Maybe Tomorrow||Sue Carvalko||Historical|
|16||—||The Ghosts of Laurelford||Margaret Meacham||YA Thriller|
|17||—||The Rest Area Murder||L D Knorr||Detective Thriller|
|18||13||The Wolf of Britannia part 2||Jess Stephen Hughes||Historical|
|19||4||The Wolf of Britannia part 1||Jess Stephen Hughes||Historical|
|20||—||The Sea Is a Thief||David Parmalee||Historical|
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. Joan West’s Dying for Vengeance a detective thriller based in the Carlisle, Pennsylvania, area took the top spot. Joan also took 5th with Had a Dying Fall, 7th with Courting Doubt and Darkness, and 8th with Darkness at First Light. Marie Sontag’s historical young adult novel The Bronze Dagger was second. Jess Steven Hughes took the third spot with his historical novel set in Ancient Rome, The Sign of the Eagle. Mark Mitten took 6th and 9th with his two Western novels, Hard to Quit and Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave. Dennis Herrick took two spots with his two novels the historical Winter of the Metal People and the murder mystery A Brother’s Cold Case. The humorous Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill by David Parmalee, a young adult novel about unusual substitute teachers, was 10th. J. Geoffrey Barber’s romantic Three Rogues at Gettysburg, a historical novel set after the battle, was 11th. Wade Fowler’s The Compass Island Incident, a thriller that incorporates the JFK assassination, dropped from the top spot to 12th. Patchtown by Jolene (Busher) Fay and Blood Moon by S J Vermillion rounded out the top 15.
|MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for January 2018 (by Revenue)|
|1||—||Dying for Vengeance||Joan West||Detective Thriller|
|2||2||The Bronze Dagger||Marie Sontag||Historical YA|
|3||—||The Sign of the Eagle||Jess Steven Hughes||Historical|
|4||11||Hard to Quit||Mark Mitten||Western|
|5||—||Had a Dying Fall||Joan West||Detective Thriller|
|6||8||Winter of the Metal People||Dennis Herrick||Historical|
|7||—||Courting Doubt and Darkness||Joan West||Detective Thriller|
|8||—||Darkness at First Light||Joan West||Detective Thriller|
|9||6||Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave||Mark Mitten||Western|
|10||5||Miss Feezenschneezen Is Ill||David Parmalee||Humorous YA|
|11||10||Three Rogues in Gettysburg||J Geoffrey Barber||Historical|
|12||1||The Compass Island Incident||Wade Fowler||Detective Thriller|
|13||—||A Brother’s Cold Case||Dennis Herrick||Detective Thriller|
|15||—||Blood Moon||S J Vermillion||Detective Thriller|
West’s four books were greatly helped by author events. Sontag’s books continue to sell well to secondary schools. Hughes’ books continue to sell well through bookstore events in the Pacific Northwest. 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.
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for August, 2014. Jim Remsen’s young adult novel Visions of Teaoga was #1.
About Visions of Teaoga
The year is 1790 and Queen Esther, a notorious American Indian matriarch, travels under cover to observe a U.S.-Iroquois summit at the ancient Teaoga treaty grounds. Will she be able to pass on her wisdom – and warnings – to the Indian villagers before the hostile settlers discover her in their midst? Will troubled native girl Sisketung awaken to Esther’s truths and see how wrong-headed the brash settler girl Sarah was?
Moving two centuries forward, restless tweener Maddy Winter also visits Teaoga, now a quiet riverfront town on the Pennsylvania-New York border. She tunes in to the region’s dramatic lost history and soon encounters spirits in the wind. As she gains in wisdom, Maddy longs to take on Esther’s mantle of the “peace woman,” but will she find the courage to do right in her own life?
Drawing richly from the historical record, Visions of Teaogacaptures a world in upheaval. Readers sit at a native story circle and learn of the tensions and treachery besetting the Eastern frontier. As Maddy and her modern-day compatriots enter the story, they ponder how our history was recorded and by whom. The book is a perfect companion for middle-school history classes, with discussion questions and other supplemental materials provided on the author’s website, www.jimremsen.com.
|SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for August, 2014 (by Revenue)|
|1||NEW||Visions of Teaoga||Jim Remsen||YA Fiction|
|2||–||The Piano Bed||Anne Marie Drew||YA Fiction|
|3||–||Remember the Sun||Melanie Simms||Poetry|
|4||NEW||Going Home||Susan Marchisello||Thriller Fiction|
|5||–||What to Do about Mama?||Matthews & Blank||Self-Help|
|6||14||Pit Bulls||Anthony Julian||History|
|7||NEW||Petrified||Tanya Reimer||YA Fiction|
|8||12||Jesus the Phoenician||Karim El Koussa||History|
|9||–||Shadows in the Shining City||John Cressler||Historical Fiction|
|10||6||Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last||Mike Campbell||History|
|11||5||The Closer||Alan Mindell||Sports Fiction|
|12||–||Pythagoras||Karim El Koussa||Historical Fiction|
|13||–||The Phoenician Code||Karim El Koussa||Action Adventure|
|14||NEW||The Voice in my Ear||Ken Newman||Action Adventure|
|15||NEW||Dying for Vengeance||J . M. West||Thriller Fiction|
|16||–||The Sign of the Eagle||Jess Steven Hughes||Historical Fiction|
|17||–||Pit Bulls II||Anthony Julian||History|
|18||–||Fatal Snow||Robert Walton||Action Adventure|
|19||1||The Cursed Man||Keith Rommel||Thriller Fiction|
|20||4||The Lurking Man||Keith Rommel||Thriller Fiction|
Sunbury Press closed out its best August ever. Sales more than doubled last year’s August. Year-to-Date, sales are up nearly 15%. Trade paperbacks led the way with a 20% year-to-date gain. Ebooks are down over 20% year-over-year. Hardcovers, reintroduced by the company in June, were nearly double eBook sales in August. Since June, hardcover sales have caught up to eBook sales. There is a clear trend for readers preferring print over digital platforms. Nook content sales fell over 50% in August. Is the end near?
Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga was boosted by author activities. Anne Marie Drew’s The Piano Bed was helped by author activities and an Amazon promotion. The poetry book about Sunbury, Remember the Sun, by Melanie Simms charted high thanks to author radio appearances. Sharon Marchisello’s Going Home grabbed the clean-up spot due to author activities. What to Do about Mama by “The Barbs” returned to the list buoyed by their recent network TV appearance. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls I & II continued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts. Tanya Reimer’s Petrified performed very well thanks to interest in Canada and feedback concerning the cover design. Karim El Koussa had a hat trick with Jesus the Phoenician, Pythagoas, and The Phoenician Code all charting thanks to an export order to Lebanon. John Cressler’s Shadows in the Shining City returned to the list due to anticipation about his appearance at the Decatur Book Festival. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #11 due to advance orders for his appearance before the 99’s in Wichita, Kansas. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales in the San Diego area. Ken Newman’s The Voice in My Ear was helped by author activities. J. M. West’s Dying for Vengeance charted despite only a couple days on sale due to interest in the Carlisle, PA area. Jess Steven Hughes’ The Sign of the Eagle returned to the rankings as a result of author bookstore appearances. Robert Walton’s Fatal Snow was helped by sales at Bob’s Bagels. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man & The Lurking Man clung to the last two spots due to sales at Rocky’s Ace Hardware.
The company released eight new titles during the month of August:
|SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for August, 2014|
|Petrified||Tanya Reimer||YA Fiction|
|A Pale Horse & 40 Other Tales||Joe Tarone||Short Stories|
|Visions of Teaoga||Jim Remsen||YA Fiction|
|Going Home||Susan Marchisello||Thriller Fiction|
|How I Got Into Hollywood||Rommel & Knorr||Self-Help|
|The Voice in my Ear||Ken Newman||Action Adventure|
|Dying for Vengeance||J . M. West||Thriller Fiction|
|The Ghost Sisters and the Girl in Hallway B||Patricia Marcantonio||YA Fiction|
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CARLISLE, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released J. M. West’s first novel in the Carlisle Crime Cases series, Dying for Vengeance: A Christopher Snow & Erin McCoy Mystery.
About the Book:
Carlisle Homicide Detective Erin McCoy battles the jitters as the first woman in Homicide partnered with Senior Detective Christopher Snow. On their first case, they track a serial killer who’s stalking family members embroiled in an inheritance dispute. The perp dispatches his victims with toxic chemicals. As the detectives chase clues and connect the related victims, their mutual attraction blooms while she nurses him after a shooting incident. But sparks fly when FBI Special Agent Howard offers McCoy a job if she’ll train at Quantico. McCoy returns to Carlisle when she learns she has a rival for Snow’s affections.
Snow’s former partner, Reese Savage, returns to the CPD from Middle-East deployments expecting to resume their bachelor ways. Savage’s ire results in a PTSD spike while he’s tailing a suspect. In the interim, Chief March reassigns McCoy to the K9 Unit. When Mac becomes a target, she learns that she needs Chris to shove and shock her into life.
Dying for Vengeance is Jody McGibney West’s first murder mystery/romance featuring Detectives Christopher Snow and Erin McCoy in The Carlisle Crime Cases Series. Interested reader may wish to backtrack and meet the Flowers family in her debut novel,Glory in the Flower.
Relieved to be finished testifying in a local Domestic Violence case, Detective Erin “Mac” McCoy navigated the courthouse stairs. Clambering down concrete steps, wearing spike heels and a bulky quilted jacket while lugging a purse and briefcase, she longed to change into sweats and chill. The defendant and a few suits were clustered near the famed, charismatic defense attorney Antony Karagianis. His dark, wavy hair and distinctive silver sideburns framed telegenic blue eyes. She skirted the staged tableau. Karagianis nodded as she passed but turned to the cameras to explain why his client had been acquitted, despite slashing his wife and threatening his two kids. At the bottom of the steps, a reporter cornered the defense attorney for a sound bite, sticking the microphone in his face.
“I feel like Sisyphus,” Erin muttered, anger surging at the uphill battle with DV; usually the perp was acquitted—or not even tried because the victim refused to press charges. Hiking to her silver Honda Accord a block down West High, Erin fished for her keys and unlocked the door. A woman across the street, with wavy chestnut hair and oversized sunglasses, stood by a mud-brown Dodge Charger parked at the curb, her hands hidden behind her back.
The acquitted sauntered toward them. A thin navy suit, white shirt, and tie failed to hide the dragon tat on his neck. His long dark hair had been washed and gelled back off his face, his mustache and soul patch shaved for the trial. Seeing the woman wiped the satisfied smirk off his face. He rushed to confront her. “You bitch, you filed charges against me! I warned you!” His meaty hands latched onto her neck, squeezing; his body pinned hers against the vehicle. Before Erin could cross the street to intervene, the woman’s right hand came between the couple. A loud pop, then blood and matter spurted from the exit wound. Cordite filled the air. The dead man kept his balance for a few seconds, and then crumpled to the ground, shot through the heart. The gun clattered to the macadam.
About the Author:
Dying for Vengeance is the first in the Carlisle Crime Cases series of murder/mysteries featuring Homicide detectives Christopher Snow and Erin McCoy by Jody McGibney West, pseudonym for Joan M. West, Professor Emerita of English Studies at Harrisburg Area Community College, The Gettysburg Campus. She also taught at Messiah College and Shippensburg University as an adjunct and served as Assistant Director of the Learning Center (SU). She has previously published poetry and Glory in the Flower, her debut novel. It depicts four coeds who meet during the turbulent sixties.
She and her husband live near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. They have two sons and two grandsons. In her spare time, West volunteers at the Bookery—Bosler Memorial Library’s used bookstore, participates in the Litwits Book group, and reads voraciously.
Dying for Vengeance: A Christopher Snow & Erin McCoy Mystery
Authored by J. M. West
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
Sunbury Press, Inc.
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural
Also available on Kindle
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