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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Author

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

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

Learn more at his author website or this exclusive interview.

About the Book

Mavericks, Mystics, and Misfits is a NIEA finalist!

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

Biographies include:

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

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FREE EBOOK: Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth

FREE EBOOK: Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth

From July 2 to July 5, 2020, Bottom Feeders by Jerry Roth is free to download on Amazon

About the Book

Bottom Feeders

Would you recognize the Devil if you met him?

A decaying prison hides a dark secret. Robert Deville, the youngest prison warden in the history of the state, never expected to feel a supernatural connection in a prison. After discovering a diary, Robert learns a prisoner, rumored to be the Devil, was hidden away under his feet.

Was this prisoner responsible for a fire that killed hundreds of prisoners? Did he play a part in the murder of a local family years earlier? Robert must learn the prisoner’s true identity and unravel why he hasn’t aged in decades.

Surviving a relationship with an abusive ex-husband, Jenny Deville is dealing with the pain of her past. Noticing a sudden change in her son’s behavior, and his horrifying drawings of murders, no child should ever witness, she must discover the cause.

As local children mysteriously disappear, there is little time to prove who the killer really is.


About the Author

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Jerry Roth is a graduate from The Ohio State University where he studied English Literature. He has written for Ohio newspapers and sports articles for the Disc Golf Pro Tour. His fiction career began as a screenwriter. He currently lives in Ohio with his wife Tricia and his three children Jesse, Lea, and Nick. After reading The Stand by Stephen King, he became passionate about creating his own work of fiction. Bottom Feeders is his debut novel.

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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

About the Book

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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