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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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

This is an author photo of Oxana Lapchuk, author of the journalist a holocaust story

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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4 Thrilling Climate Fiction Books to Keep You Warm This Winter

4 Thrilling Climate Fiction Books to Keep You Warm This Winter

Feeling a little under the weather? Check out this 4-book climate fiction bundle to tide you over!

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For a limited time, we are lowering the price tag on this 4-book cli-fi book bundle to $49.95 to show you the special work we've been up to over at Sunbury Press. Fans of Twister and The Day After Tomorrow, get ready. Books are coming.


#1. The Weathermaker

by Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz

The Weathermaker by Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz is a cli-fi novel with plenty of action.

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.
But in a world already struggling with climate change, Neil has to battle his own conscience, recognizing that when he weakens a hurricane in the US, a typhoon could worsen in the Pacific.

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.

Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz author headshot for novel The Weathermaker

About Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz

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. He lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife, Sherry, and is a lifelong Philadelphia sports fanatic.

Advance Praise for The Weathermaker

"The Weathermaker is both a cli-fi thriller and a who-dun-it, written by a professional TV meteorologist. In this age of eco-anxiety over floods, droughts, and hurricanes, this novel is both a gripping read and an entertaining wake-up call."
-- Dan Bloom, editor, The Cli-Fi Report

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#2. The Heatstroke Line

by Edward L. Rubin

This is the yellow cover photo of the book The Heatstroke Line a cli-fi novel by Edward L. Rubin

About the book

Coastal cities are flooding. The US is sweltering under debilitating heat. This is our future in climate change.

In an imaginable future, not so different from our own, coastal cities are flooding and the world is feeling the sweaty effects of record heat.

In addition to being a smart, entertaining novel with sharp characters, The Heatstroke Line motivates people who believe that climate change is real to take action and to induce those who deny climate change to re-think their position.

This is the author photo of Edward L Rubin, author of The Heatstroke Line

About Edward L. Rubin

Edward Rubin is a Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He is the author of an academic book titled Soul, Self, and Society, and The Heatstroke Line is his first novel.

Advance Praise for The Heatstroke Line

"Mad Max...The Hunger Games...Waterworld...The Walking Dead. Movies and TV series like these attract large audiences with their portrayals of future society devastated by war, disease, calamity, or supernatural disaster. Rubin wants to place his own cli-fi footprint in the sands of time and aims for this book to serve as a kind of warning flare for readers now and in the future."
-- Dan Bloom, The Cli-Fi Report

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#3. The Rainwalkers

by Matt Ritter

This is the cover photo for the Rainwalkers by Matt Ritter

About the book

Chronic droughts sweep a near-future US. But what happens when the solution is even worse?

To combat chronic droughts, scientists use genetically engineered bacteria to create regular rain. Only problem? The rain is lethal to humans, and there are only a few people who can withstand it: the rainwalkers.

In the not-so-distant future, war hero Willie Taft's wife is killed during an escape from the administration, and his daughter is on the verge of being screened in the deadly rain. Can Willie save his daughter--and this messed-up system--before it's too late?

This is the author photo for Matt Ritter, author of The Rainwalkers

About Matt Ritter

Matt Ritter is a biology professor in San Luis Obispo, California. He is the author of several best-selling books of non-fiction about California's natural history. His most recent book, California Plants, won the Northern California Bookseller's Golden Poppy Award.

Advance Praise for The Rainwalkers

"A terrific novel of climate change and genetic engineering; a first-rate cautionary read set against the backdrop of an all-too-probable future."
-- Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids.

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#4. Twister Town

by Scott Stevens

This is the book cover for Scott Stevens's tornado novel Twister Town

A tornado has never swept through Tolland, Kansas. Until now.

Tolland, Kansas has never had a tornado directly hit their small town. But Emma Green, the local meteorologist, has information that suggests their lucky streak is coming to an end.

And yet, her boss threatens her job if she airs her predictions. So she's left with a choice: save her job, or save her town.

This book brings to life exactly what it's like to live in a small mid-western town during the height of tornado season.

This is the author photo for Scott Stevens, author of Twister Town

About Scott Stevens

Scott grew up in New York and is an avid sports fan. He was a sportscaster and then a sportswriter. His work has been enjoyed more than 125 million readers, and he loves working on his craft.

Twister Town is an Amazon bestseller!

Straight from its readers:

  • "Breathtaking. Did not want to put it down. Almost makes you scream."
  • "Had me holding my breath, crying and cursing all at the same time. A must read."
  • "Twister Town is a finely crafted attention grabber that places you nicely on the edge of your seat, that you find yourself firmly gripped to, as you lose yourself in its fantastic story."

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