Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling eBooks of August 2020

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling eBooks of August 2020

Goodbye August 2020. Hello, Sunbury Press Bestsellers!

We have published over 700 books. Not bad, huh? Going strong since 2004, we have always prided ourselves in our ability to find, publish, and promote the highest-quality books we can find. Since it's easy to get lost in the workflow, we like to step back at the end of every month to celebrate just how many readers were able to find our books during a 30-day period.

And August 2020 did NOT let us down. Both new books and older books reached the top five in their categories. Before we get into the top 100 books sold, check out these superstars who reached the top five ebooks in both fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction

Fiction


Top 100 Bestselling eBooks from Sunbury Press in August 2020

# - Author - Title (Imprint)

1. Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife (Brown Posey Press)
2. Linda Schwab -- Displaced (Sunbury Press)
3. Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees (Sunbury Press)
4. Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last 2 ed (Sunbury Press)
5. Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula (Sunbury Press)
6. Dan Joseph -- Last Ride of the Iron Horse (Sunbury Press)
7. Lawrence Knorr, et al -- After the Pandemic (Sunbury Press)
8. Cynthia & W J Royce -- The Road to Villa Page (Sunbury Press)
9. Jerry Roth -- Bottom Feeders (Hellbender Books)
10. Jessica Weible -- Dead Letters (Sunbury Press)
11. Chris Fenwick – Wolf (Hellbender Books)
12. Barry Libin – The Vatican's Vault (Milford House Press)
13. Calvin Richardson – Do You, Without Them (Sunbury Press)
14. William & Amy Blocher -- Holocaust's Child (Sunbury Press)
15. Chris Fenwick -- Human (Hellbender Books)
16. Tom Copeland -- My War and Welcome to It (Sunbury Press)
17. Oxana Lapchuk -- The Journalist (Sunbury Press)
18. Paula Tucker – Surviving: A Kent State Memoir (Sunbury Press)
19. Chris Fenwick -- Fae (Hellbender Books)
20. William Cook -- Collision Course (Sunbury Press)
21. Ron Reitz -- Why vs What (Sunbury Press)
22. Carol Vento – The Hidden Legacy of World War II (Sunbury Press)
23. NAR -- Northern Appalachia Review Volume 1 (Catamount Press)
24. Mark Pendergrast – The Most Hated Man in America (Sunbury Press)
25. John Rayburn -- The Remarkable Big Band Era (Sunbury Press)
26. Helga Rist -- The Blood Letter (Sunbury Press)
27. Doug Beed – Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam (Sunbury Press)
28. Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (Ars Metaphysica)
29. Arthur Hoyle -- Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits: Americans Against the Grain (Sunbury Press)
30. Idle Minds -- Pennsylvania Patriots (Sunbury Press)
31. Glenn Schwartz -- The Weathermaker (Milford House Press)
32. Doug Brode – Planet Jesus v2: Body and Soul (Ars Metaphysica)
33. Douglas Brode -- Planet Jesus Trilogy: Book Three: Hope & Glory Kind... (Ars Metaphysica)
34. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Summer (Milford House Press)
35. Bridget Smith – Where Elephants Fought (Milford House Press)
36. Jane Austen -- Catharine or the Bower (Brown Posey Press)
37. Captain Hooter – Captain Hooter's Connoisseur's Guide to Amsterdam Co...(Sunbury Press)
38. Doug Brode – Planet Jesus v1: Flesh & Blood (Ars Metaphysica)
39. Milo Thornberry – Fireproof Moth (Sunbury Press)
40. Oliver Seneca -- When the Sky Goes Dark (Hellbender Books)
41. Van Carter – REMF (Sunbury Press)
42. William A. Cook -- America and the Automobile: A Historical Entertain... (Sunbury Press)
43. Peter Gibbs -- Murder at Henrys Fork (Milford House Press)
44. Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities (Sunbury Press)
45. Charles Kniffen – Fifty Years in a Fox Hole (Sunbury Press)
46. Kristen Cunnane – Undoing Jane Doe (Sunbury Press)
47. Jason Altmire – Dead Center (Sunbury Press)
48. Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach (Sunbury Press)
49. PJ Piccirillo – The Indigo Scarf (Brown Posey Press)
50. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Winter (Milford House Press)
51. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Spring (Milford House Press)
52. Jeffrey Zemler -- A Family for a Time (Oxford Southern)
53. Clarissa Jacobson -- I Made a Short Film, Now WTF To Do With It (Sunbury Press)
54. Kyle Alexander Romines -- The Whispers of the Crows (Hellbender Books)
55. Sam Zygner -- Baseball Under the Palms (Sunbury Press)
56. Jyssica Schwartz – You Are Not Alone (Brown Posey Press)
57. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Autumn (Milford House Press)
58. Michele Livingston – Living in the Afterlife (Ars Metaphysica)
59. Joe Carvalko – The Techno-Human Shell (Sunbury Press)
60. Ossont & Dampf -- The Ghosts of Saratoga (Milford House Press)
61. Mark Carlson – The Marines' Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 Ki...(Sunbury Press)
62. Steven Wagner – Seinsoth (Sunbury Press)
63. Michele Livingston – Messages from Beyond (Ars Metaphysica)
64. Ben Myers -- American Citizen (Sunbury Press)
65. Kelly Park -- Just Like Me Volume 1 (Sunbury Press)
66. John Lindermuth – Hear the Whistle Blowing (Sunbury Press)
67. William Cook – Touring America by Automobile in the 1920s (Sunbury Press)
68. Michele Livingston – Inspirational Creatures (Ars Metaphysica)
69. Karim El Koussa – The Phoenician Code 2 ed (Ars Metaphysica)
70. Wendy Webb -- The Eye of the Gargoyle (Milford House Press)
71. Jim Remsen – Visions of Teaoga (Milford House Press)
72. John Cressler – Shadows in the Shining City (Milford House Press)
73. JC Gatlin – H_NGM_N (Milford House Press)
74. Karim El Koussa – Pythagoras the Mathemagician (Ars Metaphysica)
75. Scott Zuckerman – Dreams of My Comrades (Sunbury Press)
76. Kyle Alexander Romines – The Keeper of the Crows (Hellbender Books)
77. Sharon Marchisello – Going Home (Milford House Press)
78. John L Moore -- Bows, Bullets, and Bears (Sunbury Press)
79. Larry Lehmer -- Bandstandland (Sunbury Press)
80. Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie (Sunbury Press)
81. Maryka Biaggio – Eden Waits (Milford House Press)
82. Steve Kious – Sherlock Holmes and the Crater Lake Adventure (Milford House Press)
83. L D Knorr – Dead Catch (Milford House Press)
84. Dennis Herrick – Winter of the Metal People (Milford House Press)
85. Patty Bialak – When the Numbers Don't Add Up (Milford House Press)
86. Pat LaMarche – Magic Diary (Milford House Press)
87. Jack Adler – The Apostate (Milford House Press)
88. Alan Craven – Till We Have Built Jerusalem (Milford House Press)
89. John Lindermuth – The Bartered Body (Milford House Press)
90. Miles Richards -- Wrestling with George (Sunbury Press)
91. Jon Hochschartner -- Puppy Killer, Leave Town (Sunbury Press)
92. Susan Daigneault – In the Shadow of a Mountain (Sunbury Press)
93. Jeffrey Geiger – German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California K... (Sunbury Press)
94. L D Knorr – Site 22 (Milford House Press)
95. John L Moore -- Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks (Sunbury Press)
96. Lisa Hromada -- Love Is the Seed (Ars Metaphysica)
97. Fortress Publishing -- Satan's Petting Zoo (Verboten Books)
98. Jess Steven Hughes – The Wolf of Britannia Part I (Milford House Press)
99. Marlin Bressi -- Pennsylvania Oddities Volume 2 (Sunbury Press)
100. Marlin Bressi -- Hairy Men in Caves (Sunbury Press)


Thank you for checking out our Sunbury Press bestselling print books from August 2020! If you liked what you read, please check out our recent blog post "Sunbury Press Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US," or purchase some bestsellers from our virtual bookstore.

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling Print Books of August 2020

Sunbury Press Bestsellers: The Bestselling Print Books of August 2020

August 2020 has come and gone. And you know what that means? It's time to celebrate our bestsellers!

We have published over 700 books. Not bad, right? Going strong since 2004, we have always prided ourselves in our ability to find, publish, and promote the highest-quality books we can find. Since it's easy to get lost in the workflow, we like to step back at the end of every month to celebrate just how many readers were able to find our books during a 30-day period.

And August 2020 did NOT let us down. Both new books and older books reached the top five in their categories. Before we get into the top 100 books sold, check out these superstars who reached the top five print books in both fiction and nonfiction.

Nonfiction

August 2020 Bestsellers for Sunbury Press, nonfiction paperback

Congratulations to our top five bestselling print books in nonfiction!

  1. Why vs. What: One Man's Spiritual Journey Through Tragedy by Embracing God's Planby Ron Reitz
  2. The Chubbs: A Free Black Family's Journey from the Antebellum Era to the Mid-1900s by Dr. Clemmie Whatley
  3. Still Left Out in America: The State of Homelessness in the United States by Pat Lamarche
  4. Dead Letters: Delivering Unopened Mail in a Pennsylvania Ghost Town by Jessica Weible
  5. Last Ride of the Iron Horse: by Dan Joseph

Fiction

Sunbury Press Bestsellers fiction august 2020 paperback

Congratulations to our top five bestselling print books in fiction!

  1. My Christmas Attic by Dennis M. Clausen
  2. Lost in the Cogan by R.E. Miller
  3. Magic Diary by Pat LaMarche
  4. Hope and Glory (Planet Jesus Trilogy, Book Three) by Douglas Brode & Shaun L. Brode
  5. Body and Soul (Planet Jesus Trilogy, Book Two) by Douglas Brode & Shaun L. Brode

Top 100 Bestselling Print Books from Sunbury Press in August 2020

# - Author - Title (Imprint)

1. Ron Reitz -- Why vs. What (Sunbury Press)
2. Northern Appalachia Review Volume 1 (Catamount Press)
3. Clemmie Whatley -- The Chubbs (Oxford Southern)
4. Pat LaMarche -- Still Left Out in America (Oxford Southern)
5. Jessica Weible -- Dead Letters (Sunbury Press)
6. Dan Joseph – Last Ride of the Iron Horse (Sunbury Press)
7. Victor Hart -- Crossing with the Clarks (Sunbury Press)
8. Dennis Clausen – My Christmas Attic (Milford House Press)
9. Robert Miller -- Lost in the Cogan (Milford House Press)
10. Jason Altmire – Dead Center – (Sunbury Press)
11. Knorr, et al -- After the Pandemic (Sunbury Press)
12. Michele Livingston – Living in the Afterlife (Ars Metaphysica)
13. Sheldon Munn – Freemasons at Gettysburg (Sunbury Press)
14. Mike Campbell – Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last (2 ed) (Sunbury Press)
15. Farrell, Farley, & Knorr – Pennsylvania Patriots (Sunbury Press)
16. Knorr & Whatley – The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf (Sunbury Press)
17. Helga Rist -- The Blood Letter (Sunbury Press)
18. Anna-Karin Björklund -- Dream and Believe: The Celestial Art of Cr... (Ars Metaphysica)
19. Pat LaMarche – Magic Diary (Milford House Press)
20. Douglas Brode -- Planet Jesus Trilogy: Book Three: Hope & Glory (Ars Metaphysica)
21. Sue McGovern – Raising Monarchs (Sunbury Press)
22. Michael Hawley – Jack the Ripper Suspect Dr. Francis Tumblety (Sunbury Press)
23. Doug Brode – Planet Jesus v1: Flesh & Blood (Ars Metaphysica)
24. George Donehoo – Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania (Sunbury Press)
25. Jeff Pappas -- Ponies West (Sunbury Press)
26. Oxana Lapchuk – The Journalist (Sunbury Press)
27. Gratz Historical Society – History of Lykens Township Volume 2 (Sunbury Press)
28. Lawrence Knorr – Gettysburg Eddie (Sunbury Press)
29. Joe Regenbogen – The Boys of Brookdale (Sunbury Press)
30. Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (Ars Metaphysica)
31. James Dohren -- Windy City Stories (Sunbury Press)
32. Michael Hawley – The Ripper's Haunts (Sunbury Press)
33. Gerri Almand – The Reluctant RV Wife (Brown Posey Press)
34. Barbara Mancini -- Cruel Death, Heartless Aftermath (Sunbury Press)
35. Ronald Mayer – The 1932 New York Yankees (Sunbury Press)
36. William Marcum – The Foreman's Boys (Sunbury Press)
37. Linda Schwab -- Displaced (Sunbury Press)
38. Captain Hooter – Captain Hooter's Connoisseur's Guide to Amsterdam...(Sunbury Press)
39. Marlin Bressi -- Pennsylvania Oddities vol 2 (Sunbury Press)
40. Doug Brode – Planet Jesus v2: Body and Soul (Ars Metaphysica)
41. Arthur Hoyle -- Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits (Sunbury Press)
42. Pamela Bakker -- McDowell's Mill Fort in Markes, Pennsylvania, 175...(Sunbury Press)
43. Cheryl Brooks – Chicken Bone Beach (Sunbury Press)
44. John L Moore -- Murder at Killbuck Island (Sunbury Press)
45. Arthur Graeff – Conrad Weiser: Pennsylvania Peacemaker (Distelfink Press)
46. Kyle Romines -- The Whispers of the Crows (Hellbender Books)
47. John L Moore -- Against the Ice (Sunbury Press)
48. Jon Hochschartner – Ingrid Newkirk: A Biography of PETA's Founder (Sunbury Press)
49. Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 2 (Sunbury Press)
50. Wynne Kinder -- Mindful Moods, 2nd Edition: A Mindful, Social Emot...(Oxford Southern)
51. Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 3 (Sunbury Press)
52. Mark Singel – The Life and Loves of Thaddeus Stevens (Sunbury Press)
53. John L Moore – 1780: Year of Revenge (Sunbury Press)
54. Gronsky & Bohner – A Short Season (Sunbury Press)
55. Heather Paterno – H is for Hershey (Speckled Egg Press)
56. Terry Ray – The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Or... (Ars Metaphysica)
57. Farrell & Farley – Keystone Tombstones Gettysburg (Sunbury Press)
58. Farrell & Farley -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 (2 ed) (Sunbury Press)
59. John Hochschartner -- Puppy Killer, Leave Town (Sunbury Press)
60. Jeffrey Geiger – German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, California (Sunbury Press)
61. Mark Mitten – Breck's Quandary (Milford House Press)
62. Anthony Julian -- Vintage Photographs of Pit Bulls (Sunbury Press)
63. Joe Harvey -- Summer Changes Everything (Milford House Press)
64. Cynthia & William Royce -- The Road to Villa Page (Sunbury Press)
65. John L Moore – Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves (Sunbury Press)
66. Scott Zuckerman – Dreams of My Comrades (Sunbury Press)
67. John Lindermuth – Digging Dusky Diamonds (Sunbury Press)
68. Michelle Hoffer – The ABCs of Narcissism (Ars Metaphysica)
69. Joe Fair – Call Sign Dracula (Sunbury Press)
70. Wynne Kinder -- Mindful Choices (Oxford Southern)
71. Mark Carlson – The Marines' Lost Squadron: The Odyssey of VMF-422 (Sunbury Press)
72. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Autumn (Milford House Press)
73. Marlin Bressi – Pennsylvania Oddities (Sunbury Press)
74. Diane McCormick – Well-Behaved Taverns Seldom Make History (Sunbury Press)
75. Guy Graybill – Prohibition's Prince (Sunbury Press)
76. Benjamin Myers – American Citizen (Sunbury Press)
77. Edward Hocker -- The Fighting Parson of the American Revolution (Sunbury Press)
78. John L Moore – Tories, Terror, and Tea (Sunbury Press)
79. Barbara Workinger – Plain & Deadly (Milford House Press)
80. Joan West – Things Strangled (Milford House Press)
81. Farrell & Farley – Keystone Tombstones Civil War (Sunbury Press)
82. Farrell, Farley, and Knorr -- Keystone Tombstones Volume 4 (Sunbury Press)
83. Brad Bumsted – Keystone Corruption Continues (Sunbury Press)
84. Donald Dewey -- Franchisement (Milford House Press)
85. Jason Altmire – Dead Center (Sunbury Press)
86. Karim El Koussa – Jesus the Phoenician (Ars Metaphysica)
87. Sherry Knowlton – Dead of Spring (Milford House Press)
88. Jeffrey Geiger -- German Prisoners of War at Camp Cooke, Californi... (Sunbury Press)
89. Darla Henry – The 3-5-7 Model: A Practice Approach to Permanency (Sunbury Press)
90. Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks -- Golden Beauty Boss (Sunbury Press)
91. John L Moore – Scorched Earth: General Sullivan and the Senecas (Sunbury Press)
92. William Cook – Collision Course (Sunbury Press)
93. William Lemanski – Lost in the Shadow of Fame (2 ed) (Sunbury Press)
94. Keith Rommel – The Devil Tree (Sunbury Press)
95. Kelly Park -- Just Like Me (Sunbury Press)
96. Wendy Webb -- The Eye of the Gargoyle (Milford House Press)
97. Joe Harvey -- If We’re Really Quiet, It Won’t Find Us (Milford House Press)
98. Joe Farley – Trumpet Call to Victory (Sunbury Press)
99. J G Hohman – Der Lange Verborgene Freund: The Original German Vers...(Distelfink Press)
100. Dennis Clausen – The Sins of Rachel Sims (Milford House Press)


Thank you for checking out our Sunbury Press bestselling print books from August 2020! If you liked what you read, please check out our recent blog post "Sunbury Press Authors Discuss Their Favorite Bookstores in the US," or purchase some bestsellers from our virtual bookstore.

4 Binge-Worthy Mystery Novels from Milford House Press

4 Binge-Worthy Mystery Novels from Milford House Press

When it's time for a reading binge (and maybe some social distancing), curl up with one of Milford House Press's head-scratching mysteries 

Did you know that we publish books across nearly all genres? We've got a handful of imprints that make sure each reader has something they can love in our catalog.

This time around, we want to show you head-scratching, heart-pumping mysteries that'll keep you company during these next few social-distancing weeks from our imprint Milford House Press.


Dig into the murky business of murder with Detective Erin McCoy in Things Strangled.

When a film crew goes missing, Detective Erin McCoy and K-9 Officer Shadow must visit the site where they were last seen. What they find is exactly what they didn't want to discover.

With equal parts mystery and police procedural, Things Strangled is a thrilling new stand-alone addition to the Carlisle Crime Cases.

If you like police procedural novels and K-9 detectives, you've come to the exact right place.

About the Author

J.M. West 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 series. Check out more about her at carlislecrimecases.com.

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RV trip turns ghostly in the spooky paranormal mystery Site 22.

L.D. Knorr's fourth installment in the RV Mysteries series might just be her finest yet. When Hank and Helen Moran vacation away from their private investigator business, they never expected to have to bring their investigate skills along with them.

Join this daring couple on a trip gone paranormal involving the realm of the afterlife.

About the Author

L.D. Knorr was born and raised on a dairy farm in Berks County Pennsylvania and now resides in rural Alabama. Now a retired mechanical engineer, he focuses most of his free time traveling with his wife or working on his fiction. Learn more about his books here.

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French Quarters is a time-sensitive case you must crack before it's too late.

In 1884 New Orleans, Chief of Detectives Dawson Shaughnessy investigates a string of bizarre and brutal homicides despite the highest levels of corruption, Presidential politics, and American law enforcement.

As the clock ticks on for Dawson and his brother Michael to solve the case, a mysterious railroad arrives, bringing with it a few ties to the murders that might be the just the secret they've been waiting for.

About the Author

James Snyder was born in Memphis, Tennessee and lived in many parts of the United States, before settling with his family in Napa Valley. He has published short stories in the Houghton Mifflin Black Mask anthologies, the Ginosko Literary Journal, and was a finalist in the New Letters’ Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction. Learn more about him here.

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Break out your calculator and solve Pasha Stern's mystery of a multi-million-dollar international crime in When the Numbers Don't Add Up.

Pasha Stern, an accountant with a knack for forensics, discovers a multi-million-dollar international crime during a routine corporate audit. And she isn't going to let it slip through the cracks.

Shocking discoveries bring her face-to-face with a disparate cast of suspects and the FBI. Newly minted temporary Special Agent Pasha Stern steps into the world of terrorists, extremists, and traitors.

She is forced to confront her ex-hippie disdain for all things violent when her survival is at stake and she must decide to use a gun or die. After a lifetime of rejecting her Jewish lineage, she must now decide how she will risk helping Israel.

About the Author

Patty Bialak is a retired CPA who specialized in forensic accounting. Much of her free time is spent traveling the world and making new friends wherever she goes. After ten years traveling solo in a forty-foot luxury motor coach, she settled in the California desert with her two cats, teaching yoga and singing in her synagogue choir.

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Stay tuned for more from Sunbury Press!

Thanks for checking out these mystery novels for a dark and stormy night! Sunbury Press has over 600 titles to choose from--the best in fiction and nonfiction through various imprints--and we love helping readers find their next favorite book.

If you liked what you read, check out these "4 Thrilling Murder Mysteries by Sherry Knowlton" or browse our virtual bookstore.

4 Thrilling Murder Mysteries by Sherry Knowlton

The Alexa Williams series is a 4-book collection of thrilling murder mysteries set in southcentral Pennsylvania. 

There's nothing quite as good as a spine-tingling thriller novel.

Well, maybe there is. Maybe there's nothing quite as good as four of them.

Sherry Knowlton's Alexa Williams series offers readers four murder mysteries and the bravery of a strong female protagonist taking on the unknown thrills of southcentral Pennsylvania.

With multiple-book award accolades and reviews saying things like "It will keep you guessing and glued raptly to your reading chair," Sherry Knowlton pens a breathtaking series that you've got to get your hands on. Check out more about these titles below.


About the Alexa Williams Series

Book 1: Dead of Autumn

About the Book

A southcentral PA murder mystery twists into a captivating fight against the harsh truths of a misogynistic world in book one of the Alexa Williams series.

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Book 3: Dead of Spring

About the Book

Political corruption. A dead Senator. A dying child. With Sherry Knowlton's trademark mix of feminism, history, and fast-paced thrills, Dead of Spring places you in a crash course with suspense. 2017 Best Book Awards Finalist for Mystery/Suspense.

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About the Book

Alexa Williams returns in a valiant fight to save the victims of rural sex trafficking. Find yourself in a dark web of danger and destruction in this 2017 finalist for the Best Book Awards.
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Book 4: Dead of Winter

About the Book

One dark night in the dead of winter, Alexa must discover how threads of racism and hate-groups intersect, and she must stop an attack that could kill hundreds. If she fails, she could lose everyone she loves.
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What others are saying:

"A captivating mystery with roots in the past and a courageous hero in Alexa Williams. Sherry Knowlton beautifully engages the readers with her easy style and Pennsylvania setting as she seamlessly threads in historical details as well as current issues about crimes against women. Very courageous in its undertaking and very important in today's social climate, DEAD OF AUTUMN remains true to the mystery and detective genres as it entertains and thrills. I already have the next one in the series!"

-- Heidi Ruby Miller, Author of the Ambassadora Series

"Knowlton weaves a compelling tale, and the threads become tighter as the plot progresses. A suspicious suicide of a powerful politician takes on new meaning when Alexa Williams's investigations uncover corruption at the heart of the fracking industry. And when she becomes the target, the tension ramps up to a thrilling climax. Highly recommended."

-- Mark Leggatt, best-selling author of international thriller Names of the Dead


Read more about these thrilling murder mysteries by clicking on the links below.

Thanks for checking out these amazing thriller books set in Pennsylvania! Sunbury Press has over 600 titles to choose from--the best in fiction and nonfiction through various imprints--and we love helping readers find their next favorite book.

If you liked what you read, check out these "4 Thrilling Climate Fiction Books to Keep You Warm This Winter" or browse our virtual bookstore.

Fiction Book Releases (Soft and Grand Openings)

Q: When will my novel be released?

A: Historically, publishers have a long lead-time from contract signing until the book is released. This is a throw-back from the days of paper manuscripts and snail-mail. Today, things move along much faster.

Sunbury Press does not deal with paper manuscripts. The entire process, from submission, contract signing, to book release is done electronically. We communicate most often through email and public posts on our website. We do this for efficiency and to free our staff to concentrate on editing and getting your books out the door. For fiction, we are also moving to a single point of contact, so you have access to the primary person in charge of your book’s publication. Internally, at Sunbury Press, we work together, but there are no review boards or long review processes to contend with. We’re a small company of professional, hardworking people committed to publishing good books.

We have over 800 fiction manuscript submissions in our queue right now, with more coming in every day. We are working as fast as we can to evaluate and get back to the authors that submit to us. The only way we can hope to better serve all those authors, is to streamline our process. And that is just what we are doing.

Once we take on your novel and the contract has been signed, your book will be released within three months, sometimes even faster depending on the quality of your manuscript and the workload in our queue.

This quick pace might not allow you the time to do all the set up necessary to properly release your book to the world. If you are a new author, you’ll want to setup a new website, Facebook page, get a list of family and friends to help you, etc. So, we recommend that no matter the date that your book is available for purchase, you choose your own Book Announcement date far enough into the future that you have time to prepare. You can think of this as a ‘Soft Opening,’ and ‘Grand Opening’ model. For the Soft Opening, your book is out there selling and available for more reviews. For the Grand Opening, you announce your book with parties, emails, and whatever else you are planning. This lead time also allows you to purchase books (at discount) and have them on hand for your Book Announcement party(s) to sign and/or giveaway.

As an example, your book might be released on April 1st. But you schedule your Book Announcement or Grand Opening on June first. You will have time to work with local bookstores and establishments to plan your party(s), order and get books, make sure you have your website and other pages up and running and your author pages on Amazon and Goodreads ready. In this way, you can maximize the effectiveness of your Book Announcement.

Authors spend a good amount of time slaving over the words, trying to create the best story. But after it’s complete, they are anxious to get it out to the world. We understand! Many of us at Sunbury are also authors. We believe this model will serve authors wants and needs but still give time to give your book the splash you hope for.

One final note, Sunbury Press loves a big splash, just like any publisher. But we prefer the long, slow burn to the quick flash and then burn out. So, plan your big Grand Opening, but also make your plans staggered throughout the year to keep interest flowing and growing your readership. And then write another book! 😉

-Chris Fenwick

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Fiction vs. Nonfiction Sales

One of the most disappointing aspects of the eBook collapse is the lost opportunities for fiction. For some years, fiction has performed better as eBooks, supplanting mass (pulp) fiction. In the past I mentioned we published 60% fiction but 60% of our sales were nonfiction. As we shifted to a 50/50 split, you would expect sales to shift to 70/30 in favor of nonfiction. Instead, it is more like 80/20.
Yes, in recent months it seems 9 out of 10 print books we sell are nonfiction. The eBooks tend to split about 50/50. Above left is the pie chart by imprint. Sunbury Press is nonfiction as is most of Ars Metaphysica. A smaller portion of Brown Posey Press falls into this category as well. All told it is 80% plus for nonfiction.
While we have seen a strong interest in the Ars Metaphysica imprint and continued growth for the Sunbury Press imprint, Milford House and Hellbender Books have lagged. Brown Posey Press is the only good story for fiction in recent months. This brings to mind some questions:
1) Has our segmentation strategy further hurt fiction sales? In other words, were our fiction authors actually benefiting from being tagged with the Sunbury Press logo?
2) Or, is it a sorting of perceived quality? The literary fiction is doing better than it ever has with its own imprint, but the murder mysteries and horror have not.
3) Or, is it the brands themselves? Perhaps Brown Posey Press and Ars Metaphysica better identify with their target markets than Milford House or Hellbender.
4) Or, maybe we haven’t marketed the brands enough. It took quite a while for the International Thriller Writers to actually recognize the new imprints (Milford House and Hellbender Books). The others had no such restrictions.
More food for thought while chewing on your turkey! One last thing I will mention is the positive response received from independent bookstores for the Brown Posey Press email that went out to them. Maybe more direct email with the other imprints will help. And, we definitely need to leverage the Lurk character (below) for Hellbender Books a lot more!

A Past-Life Gothic Mystery and Thriller

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In the Fall of 1926, Judd McCarthy disappears while travelling between two small towns in the Midwest. Thirty-three years later, Joel Hampton is victimized by nightmares and blackouts until he assumes a different personality that is prone to violent outbursts. When psychiatrist Ned Finley is brought into the case, he traces Joel’s memories back to Judd McCarthy and suspects Joel may be reliving another life altogether.

Book overview:

In the Fall of 1926, itinerant laborer Judd McCarthy disappears with a company payroll while traveling between two small towns in the Midwest. Thirty-three years later another man, lawyer Joel Hampton, thinks he is going insane. Victimized by nightmares and blackouts, Joel is prone to sudden, unpredictable violent outbursts. Psychiatrist Ned Finley, who becomes involved in the case, believes that Joel’s problems defy traditional psychological explanations. Under hypnosis, Joel expresses memories that appear to belong to another person. Finley consults with his good friend Aurther Schlepler, a reluctant psychic who once worked with police departments to solve difficult homicide cases. Schlepler has taken up permanent residence in the Farmington State Mental Hospital to avoid “the truly insane who live on the other side of Farmington’s massive walls.” With Schlepler’s assistance, Finley starts to peel away Joel’s suppressed memories. Under hypnosis, Joel remembers a time when he apparently lived in Carver County in 1926 and knew a woman by the name of “Katharine.” However, Joel’s wife Susan informs Finley that her husband was not born until 1927. As Joel’s violent outbursts steadily worsen, Finley becomes convinced that his patient is slowly being possessed by the spirit of a man who was prone to violence and once lived in Carver County. Finley eventually journeys to the small town of Danvers, where he learns of a man who disappeared in 1926 while transporting a company payroll between two small towns. As Finley struggles to learn what happened to Judd McCarthy, and why his spirit seemingly lives on in Joel Hampton, his own life is threatened by some menacing presence in the small town. Meanwhile, Joel, who has fully assumed the persona of Judd McCarthy, remains under sedation at the mental hospital, where he plots an escape and dreams of the mysterious Katharine who lives on in his memories.

Book review:

"This expertly written thriller, a kind of Stephen King-Ross MacDonald hybrid (and in a class with either) beautifully evokes the feeling of a small town dying—its buildings, its streets and, most of all, its lost souls."

~ Publisher's Weekly

About the author:

Dennis M. Clausen was born and raised in a Minnesota small town near the South Dakota border. His early years on the prairie provided the inspiration for his novels and other literary works that chronicle the struggles of these small towns to survive in modern America. In addition to writing and publishing since the early 1980s, he has been a professor of American literature and screenwriting at the University of San Diego for forty-six years. Currently, he is working with Sunbury Press on several literary projects. The Search for Judd McCarthy and The Sins of Rachel Sims, novels that feature the fictional character Ned Finley’s research into early-life and other human memories, are scheduled for publication in early summer of 2018. The Accountant’s Apprentice, a novel set in San Diego at a time when the homeless population was increasing dramatically, is scheduled for publication in October of 2018. My Christmas Attic, the story of a young boy struggling with dyslexia and the loss of his father in the Korean War, will be published in late November of 2018.

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by Dennis Clausen

BROWN POSEY PRESS

Trade Paperback - 6 x 9 x .7

9781620067574

224 Pages

FICTION / Literary

FICTION / Psychological

FICTION / Small Town & Rural

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A Modern Hester Prynne for ‘The Year of the Woman’

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Rachel Sims, an indomitable spirit in an intolerant religious community, is rumored to have left her husband for a man driving an expensive car from another state. Like Hester Prynne in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, she becomes the symbol of sin and adultery. Years later, another young woman becomes convinced that the true story of what happened to Rachel Sims is trapped in her own early life memories.

Book overview:

Rachel Sims, a young Midwestern farm wife, disappears in 1952 under mysterious circumstances while apparently on her way to a clandestine meeting with a man who is not her husband. Some people in a nearby small town claim they saw her leaving the area “with a well-dressed gentleman driving a car with Iowa license plates.” Others assign various nefarious motives to her disappearance. Only Charlie Flanigan, a cemetery caretaker known to the locals as “Crazy Charlie,” refuses to accept the ugly gossip about Rachel Sims. He insists he still sees her walking the riverbanks on Hodges Island on dark spring evenings when the lilacs are in bloom. After the death of her mother twenty-two years later, Laura Fielding, a graduate student with a bonding disorder and a history of broken relationships, discovers that her family may have been living under stolen identities. She also has vague memories and dreams that are unconnected to anything she remembers from her early childhood experiences. With the help of psychiatrist Ned Finley, an eccentric researcher who studies human memories, she attempts to solve the mystery of her lineage by bringing her early life memories to the surface through regressive hypnosis. They are assisted by Finley’s friend Aurther Schlepler, a retired psychic who once helped police departments solve difficult homicide cases, but who has taken up permanent residence in the Farmington State Mental Hospital. Laura eventually visits Point Tyson, where she learns that her mysterious past may be connected to the disappearance of the young farm wife, who reportedly left the area with a wealthy man. Although the townspeople believe Rachel Sims was an immoral woman who abandoned her husband for a better life, Laura suspects the real reasons for the young farm wife’s disappearance might be found in her own early life memories.

Book review:

"Excellent story line which was gripping from start to finish. Great Characters. I would highly recommend this book"

~ Net Gallery

About the author:

Dennis M. Clausen was born and raised in a Minnesota small town near the South Dakota border. His early years on the prairie provided the inspiration for his novels and other literary works that chronicle the struggles of these small towns to survive in modern America. In addition to writing and publishing since the early 1980s, he has been a professor of American literature and screenwriting at the University of San Diego for forty-six years. Currently, he is working with Sunbury Press on several literary projects. The Search for Judd McCarthy and The Sins of Rachel Sims, novels that feature the fictional character Ned Finley’s research into early-life and other human memories, are scheduled for publication in early summer of 2018. The Accountant’s Apprentice, a novel set in San Diego at a time when the homeless population was increasing dramatically, is scheduled for publication in October of 2018. My Christmas Attic, the story of a young boy struggling with dyslexia and the loss of his father in the Korean War, will be published in late November of 2018.

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by Dennis Clausen

BROWN POSEY PRESS

Trade Paperback - 6 x 9 x .7

9781620062074

222 Pages

FICTION / Literary

FICTION / Psychological

FICTION / Small Town & Rural

 

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A dark, heart-pounding glimpse into the possible future of genetic engineering

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After learning about Dystopian literature's newest addition, re-immerse yourself in the world of the Titan Strain and learn where to get your copy, today.

In a post-World War III London, humans have developed black-market genetic modification that allows them to take on animalistic strength and speed.

“Genetic engineering is part of our everyday life and has been since humans first began to raise crops and domesticated animals. I think it’s in our nature to want to perfect the world around us, including our own genetic structure. It helps us do incredible things, cure countless diseases. Every day scientists are learning more and more about how to manipulate the genetic structure of humankind. In the true spirit of science-fiction, I wanted to explore what might happen if this desire to change the human genetic code went very, very wrong.”

~ Virginia Soenksen, author

Book overview:

The city of London is beginning to rebuild from the ashes of the Third World War. Ruled by the fascist Libertas Party, the city is a desolate landscape of crime, corruption, and illegal genetic modification that turn humans into animalistic mods. Ineffectually policed, mods blend into normal society by day and rule the ruins beyond the city limits at night. People frequently go missing in this world, and those who want to survive must close their eyes to the crimes committed on their streets.

 

Within the city lives Liane, a girl trained since childhood to be an unfeeling, unthinking killing machine known as an Agent. Beautiful and deadly, Liane exists in a world of constant surveillance and brutality, living only to carry out the orders of the all-powerful Agency. This secret government organization enforces the laws of Libertas, killing anyone who threatens the tenuous peace within the country. Liane’s only human contact comes in the form of her Handler, Damian, who demands perfect obedience from her and desires for them to be far more than Agent and Handler. Chafing under the rules of the Agency, Liane secretly longs for a normal life and steals away to the ruins to spend time with the mods.

 

But when mods begin to turn up murdered and mutilated around the city, Liane finds herself wanting to help protect the people who have been her only friends. Working alongside Seth, a young police officer on the Genetic Modification Task Force, Liane defies her Handler in an effort to find the killers. Together, Liane and Seth weave their way through the dark world of cyberpunk London, following whispers of the next genetic advancement known as the Titan Strain.

Book review:

"I was able to preview an advanced copy of this book. AMAZING BOOK! Not my normal genre, but I was extremely engrossed and invested in the outcome. Lianne and Seth are my favorite characters and I could not make myself stop reading, I had to know more! This book did not disappoint, and I eagerly/anxiously await the sequel!!"

~ Sydney, five-star rating

About the author:

Virginia Soenksen is an art historian, and also writes about Japanese textiles. Having lived and worked all over the world, she now resides in the Shenandoah Valley where she is an associate director of a museum. This is her first novel.

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by Virginia Soeknsen

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS

Trade Paperback - 6 x 9 x .5

9781620061732

194 Pages

FICTION / Science Fiction / Genetic Engineering

FICTION / Science Fiction / Cyberpunk

FICTION / Dystopian

YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Dystopian

 

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Inelastic fiction sales

I recently read some very disheartening statistics regarding the industry-wide sales of fiction books. There are two main points:
1) Fiction sales are flat or down among most publishers in most categories.
2) Readers, on average, only pay for 25% of the fiction books they read. The remaining 75% are either free downloads, pirated, or borrowed.
At Sunbury Press, our sales have been increasing steadily the last three years, but this is mainly due to balancing our mix more towards nonfiction and increasing our marketing and publicity capabilities. Our fiction sales are actually up a bit for most authors.
However, it is very telling when you are in an industry where only one quarter of the customers pay. Understand, of the 25% who do pay SOMETHING for their fiction, they might be buying 99 cent eBooks or picking up used copies for a dollar or two at used bookstores or flea markets. The reader who pays full price for fiction is very rare indeed. Ask yourselves — when is the last time you paid full-price for a fiction book you actually read? In my case, it has been quite some time. I benefit from reading all of your novels! My last fiction purchase was a series of books by Howard Frank Mosher some years ago. Tammi and I cherish them as some of our favorite books. Of course, she reads A LOT of thrillers on her Kindle that she pays for.
But, think about it. When possibly only 10% of the reading public is paying full price for your work and the vast majority are reading it for free, what does this mean?
  • Can you really make a living as a fiction author in today’s saturated marketplace where anyone can release anything they want whenever they want?
  • In economics this is a clear indication of a situation where supply far outweighs the demand. We’ve clearly gone well past the point of elasticity — where the customer is willing to pay for another instance of a product. We are so far into the territory where they will only take it if they can get it for nothing!
As a publisher trying to grow both in the nonfiction and fiction spaces, we are finding our fiction propped up by our nonfiction. We do this because we believe these fiction works are worthy of publication and SHOULD be selling much better. Under normal circumstances, they would be.
As fiction authors, you must seriously consider the headwinds we are facing. We need to find different ways to get books in front of people that are willing to pay for them. I also think we need to stop participating in the giveaways. It’s a fools errand leading to nothing more than fool’s gold.
  • Growth of US traditional publishing print book sales in 2016: 3%
  • Growth of US traditional publishing print book sales in 2017: 2%
  • Growth of US traditional publishing print book sales in 2018 so far: 2.9%
  • Adult fiction print sales in 2018 YTD versus 2017: -3.5%
  • Children’s/YA print sales in 2018 YTD versus 2017: +5.7%
  • Hardcover sales in 2018 YTD versus 2017: +7%
  • Nonfiction print sales volume growth between 2014 and 2017: 5%
  • Fiction print sales volume growth between 2014 and 2017: 0
  • Children’s/YA print sales volume growth between 2014 and 2017: 3%