Sontag's latest in Ancient Elements series based in Egypt

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Sunbury Press has released The Alabaster Jar, Marie Sontag’s second installment in the Ancient Elements series, set in ancient Egypt.

TAJ_fcSam held up the lamp and studied the room’s walls.  Hieroglyphs of prayers, painted pictures of the gods, and elaborate stone torch sconces adorned the area. There has to be more to this tomb. But what?  Why were men sneaking in and out of it?

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
“Readers who have waited for Samsuluna’s next escapade will not be disappointed in The Alabaster Jar. In this fast-paced adventure, Sam, Balashi and Amata witness political plotting, and question the sincerity of their new friends. A newly discovered tomb, the bustling Nile River trade, secret passages and the alabaster jar all await you!” — Mary Pat Vargas, 6th Grade Teacher, CA

“A skillfull interweaving of intrigue and deception. Each character has different secrets and issues, but they all become intertwined. A great read for early adolescents!” — Roberta Hendricks, Reading Intervention Specialist, TX

“One of the best books I’ve ever read! This book will have you on the edge of your seat no matter how hard your heart is.” — Ian, age 12, TX

“The Alabaster Jar is a mesmerizing journey of good versus evil in one of history’s greatest ancient cultures.” — Nick Gervase, Santa Clara Unified School District Superintendent, Retired, CA

EXCERPT:
When fourteen-year-old Samsuluna saw the scrawny scribe grab the priest’s robed arm, Sam stepped back into the shadow of a limestone column.

“We just uncovered the entrance to an undiscovered tomb near Giza,” the administrative scribe told Nakthor, the lector priest.

Sam saw Nakthor cup his hand on the side of his mouth. “Does anyone know about this yet?”

The short scribe shook his baldhead. “Only our two workers.”

Even in the dim light of Memphis’ setting sun, Sam saw Nakthor’s bottom lip curl into a half-smile. “Draw me a map and start our usual process tomorrow.” Nakthor then gripped the scribe’s shoulder. “But make sure no one sees you. This must remain a secret.”

Sam stepped further into the column’s shadow and waited for the two men to leave the compound of the House of Scrolls. He never liked Nakthor. Every morning Sam endured Nakthor’s high-pitched voice as the priest recited prayers and incantations for the day. And whenever Sam and his adoptive father, Balashi, left with the Egyptian Chief Physician to visit patients in the city of Memphis, they first had to get permission from the priest. Nakthor always granted it, but he never failed to make condescending remarks about Sam and Balashi’s Babylonian citizenship. More than once, Sam heard Nakthor refer to them as unwelcomed foreigners.

The Alabaster Jar
Authored by Marie Sontag
List Price: $9.99
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
124 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066218
ISBN-10: 1620066211
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Ancient Civilizations

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Alabaster-Jar-978162…

An immigrant girl is separated from her mother in this YA historical novel by Anne Marie Drew

ANNAPOLIS, Md.Sunbury Press has released Anne Marie Drew’s first novel “The Piano Bed,” a historical young adult novel about an immigrant girl separated from her mother.

tpb_fcAbout the Book:
Caeli survives an earthquake, her father’s death, and an abrupt voyage from Italy to the United States. Now, she faces steely-eyed Nona Rosie who forces her to sleep in a piano and classmates who make her feel like an outcast. Worst of all, everyone believes her mother is dead. 10-year-old Caeli Farina refuses to give up hope. She knows her beloved Mama is alive and sets out to find her.

Excerpt:
With a cloth, Nona Rosie briskly dusted off the piano. Caeli coughed and waved the dust from her face. She had no idea what Nona was doing. If Caeli was supposed to sleep in this room, Nona better make a bed appear real quick, or at least get more pillows so the floor wouldn’t be so hard.

Nona pulled the bench out from under the piano.

“How I detest this thing. Sheer nonsense.”

Nona could even be mad at a piano?

“Utter foolery,” Nona snapped. “Angelina wanted this thing.”

She watched as Nona unfolded the piano. She pulled down the entire front of the piano, easing it onto the floor, like one of those beds that unfolds from a wall. Metallic sounds came from the strings.

Nona pulled a thin mattress from a closet and flung it on top of the open platform. Even more dust. More metallic sounds. She put white sheets on the now-bed, slipped the pillow into its case, and then covered everything with a white quilt.

“There,” Nona said. “This will be your bed.

About the author:
Anne Marie Drew is an English Professor at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where she teaches writing and Shakespeare. She’s served as Department Chair, Faculty Senate President, and Director of Masqueraders, the theatre troupe. She writes about everything from Shakespeare to spaghetti sauce. Mother to three children and nona to three granddaughters, she lives in Annapolis. And she has a puppy named Zucca.

The Piano Bed

Authored by Anne Marie Drew

List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
132 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064573
ISBN-10: 162006457X
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Europe

Also available on Kindle and Nook

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Piano-Bed-9781620064…