"The Cursed Man" rules! — Sunbury Press bestsellers for July 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for July, 2014. Keith Rommel’s novel The Cursed Man led the way.

About The Cursed Man

Cursed Man pubThe Cursed Man, by Keith Rommel, tells the story of Alister Kunkle, a patient at Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. Alister has been in seclusion for the last 25 years, having no contact with the staff or the outside world. The reason for this is that anyone who communicates with Alister dies within the day, for he is the Cursed Man and Death takes a professional interest in those unlucky enough to cross his path.

Believing him simply deranged, Dr Anna Lee, an up-and-coming young psychiatrist, has come to cure Alister. She is warned about Alister’s past and is shown evidence of previous encounters made by the skeptical or unbelieving, all of whom died, sometimes horribly. Regardless of the stories, Anna will not be dissuaded and is reluctantly allowed access to Alister. All assume her fate is sealed, but when she returns unharmed the next day, we also start to wonder about the stories.

So begins an enthralling narrative told in the past and the present as Anna attempts to learn why Alister believes he is cursed, while at the same time trying to convince him the events were not real and that in fact he is merely ill and so can be cured. Is Alister truly followed by death or is he simply mentally ill? The Cursed Man is an extremely well-written suspense horror story… I enjoyed it immensely; right up until the very end I was never sure of the outcome… Great story-telling in the tradition of Stephen King… — Booklore

 

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for July, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 3 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
2 Of Guilt and Innocence John Scanlan Thriller Fiction
3 My Mom Is an Alien Joanne Risso Childrens Fiction
4 8 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
5 4 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
6 7 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
7 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag Childrens Fiction
8 The Undecided Robin Donaruma YA Fiction
9 15 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
10 The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad Steve Troutman History
11 6 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair History
12 17 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
13 The Mouse with the Broken Tail Dan Shutters Childrens Fiction
14 5 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
15 16 A Darker Shade of Freedom C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
16 19 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Medical Memoir
17 The Spirits’ Cabin of Lake Eagle Talon Paul Argentini Literary Fiction
18 Well I’ll Be Hanged Tim Dempsey History
19 Victims of Circumstance John Scanlan Thriller Fiction
20 20 Sanctuary Dishonored Robin Lee Art History

ogai_pubEbooks continued their decline from their peak in 2012, dropping 20% in July, as compared to last July. Trade paperbacks continue to be the most popular format. The company is preparing for the 10th anniverary celebration at the Sunbury Press store at 50 West Main Street in Mechanicsburg on Friday September 5th. Keith Rommel, the author of The Cursed Man and the lead actor who plays the cursed man in the movie, Brahm Gallagher, will be on hand to sign books and to read. The festivities run from 6 to 9 followed by an after party at The Metropolis Collective at 17 West Main.  All are invited!

Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man, The Lurking Man & recently released The Sinful Man were helped by orders from Barnes & Noble, strong sales at Rocky’s Hardware and interest in The Cursed Manmovie. John Scanlan’s Of Guilt and Innocence and Victims of Circumstance both charted thanks to strong sales in Florida. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales to San Diego area bookstores. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last climbed to #6 on the winds of interest in the anniversary of the loss of the aviatrix. Marie Sontag’s The Bronze Dagger grabbed #7 thanks to author events. The Undecided by Robin Donaruma placed 8th due to book store orders. Steve Troutman’s The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad charted thanks to regional interest. Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula was #6 thanks to author activity at military unit reunions. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician returned to thst charts thanks to interest in Europe. Dan Shutter’sThe Mouse with the Broken Tail was 13th thanks to author activities. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls Icontinued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts. A Darker Shade of Freedom by C James Gilbert was bolstered by author activities in the Gettysburg area and a TV appearance in Harrisburg. Brandon Musgrave’s Hour 30 was the 2nd ranked ebook, taking #16 overall. Paul Argentini’s The Spirits’ Cabin of Lake Eagle Talon debuted at #17 thanks to author activities. Tim Dempsey’s Well I’ll Be Hangedwas helped by bookstore purchases. Robin Lee’s Sanctuary Dishonored rounded out the list again.

The company released six new titles during the month of July:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for July, 2014
Remember the Sun Melanie Simms Poetry
The Piano Bed Anne Marie Drew YA Fiction
Among the People Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
The Spirits’ Cabin of Lake Eagle Talon Paul Argentini Literary Fiction
Great Lakes Lilly Kirckof & Daniel Allen Butler Historical Fiction

For a list of Sunbury’s best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm
For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm

20 year-old murder case subject of Palm Beach County mystery novel by John Scanlan

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Sunbury Press has released John Scanlan’s second novel “Victims of Circumstance.” set in Florida’s Palm Beach County.

voc_fcAbout the Book:

For twenty years he knew the man who murdered his wife.  He knew he was where he belonged: in a jail cell, never again to see the light of day as a free man.  It didn’t help Chris Redgrave move on, but it was enough.  Then the new city-slicker State Attorney of Palm Beach County came to pay him a visit.  He told Chris of advances in DNA testing.  He told him of recanted witness statements and a racist, good ol’ boy culture that mistook an innocent man for a guilty one.  And he told him of Julian Anderson’s release from prison.

As his closure unravels and memories of his wife’s brutal death haunt him once again, Chris wages war with himself over if he can accept that his wife’s true killer has lived free for the past two decades.  But when the new investigation into his wife’s murder unearths clues that indicate Anderson may be guilty after all, Chris is convinced he had it right all along.  Knowing that the politically motivated State Attorney will never admit he made a mistake, Chris is forced to examine just how far he will go to achieve justice.

About the Author:

John Scanlan is a police officer on the picturesque island of Palm Beach in South Eastern Florida. After moving south from the small, western New York village of Le Roy in 2005, he subsequently fell in love with South Florida’s tropical beauty and laid back lifestyle, which is the backdrop for his first novel, Of Guilt and Innocence, and this novel.

A graduate of Brockport College, John’s previous endeavors include training with the United States Border Patrol in Charleston, South Carolina and working as a legal aid for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in Buffalo, New York. He currently resides in Martin County, Florida with his wife, two daughters, and son.

Victims of Circumstance

Authored by John Scanlan

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
210 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063705
ISBN-10: 1620063700
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

Also available on Nook and Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Victims-of-Circumstance-…

Doug Brode's Kennedy assassination novel "Patsy!" goes national – Sunbury's April bestsellers

Mechanicsburg, PA – “Patsy!”, Doug Brode’s nonfiction novel relating Lee Harvey Oswald’s perspective on the Kennedy assassination,  was #1 upon release thanks to media attention, including the Dennis Miller show. Anthony Julian’s “Pit Bulls,” a collection of vintage photos of these pets and their families ranked #2 due to heavy interest from dog shelters and dog rescue supporters.

"Patsy!" by Douglas Brode

“Patsy!” by Douglas Brode

Sunbury Press experienced its best April ever. In fact, it was the company’s best month since December 2011 and the best non-holiday month in its history!  Sales for April 2013 were up 92% over April 2012, with growth in eBooks outpacing growth in print. “We’re moving at a good clip heading into BEA,” said publisher Lawrence Knorr. “Sales are up 52% year-to-date. We continue to expand our distribution channels and grow our direct-to-consumer and direct-to-store sales.”

The late Linnea Jepson’s “Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons” has been selling briskly since the author’s unexpected passing. A second print run is being contemplated by her heirs.

“Emeralds of the Alhambra,” John Cressler’s soon-to-be released historical novel about religious harmony in medieval Spain has been bolstered by advance sales.

Susan Emmi’s newly released “As a Guest of Clive Barnes – Journeys through the Ballet with Clive Barnes and Others,” grabbed the 5 spot due to author activities in New York City.

Jess Steven Hughes’ novel “The Sign of the Eagle,” set in ancient Rome, was #6 in sales thanks to author activities.

“The 3-5-7 Model,” Darla Henry and Associates’ program to counsel grieving children, took the 7 spot thanks to author events.

“In the Shadow of a Mountain,” Susan Dahlgren Daigneault’s memoir about her famous father, WW2 hero Ed Dahlgren, “The Sergeant York of Maine,” stayed on the chart at #8 thanks to author appearances.

Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart – The Truth At Last” continues to sell well, taking #9 on the list.

Steve Troutman’s “Tulpehocken Trail Traces,” detailing the remnants of the old Indian path from Shamokin to Conrad Weiser’s homestead returned to the chart thanks to author appearances.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – “As a Guest of Clive Barnes” by Susan Emmi
Fiction  – “Patsy!” by Doug Brode
Horror/Mystery – “Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan
Children/YA – “The Ghosts of Laurelford” by Margaret Meacham
The Arts – “As a Guest of Clive Barnes” by Susan Emmi
Self-Help – “Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons” by Linnea Jepson
Metaphysical/Spiritual – “Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston
Reference – “Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons” by Linnea Jepson

Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls

The company released five new titles during the month of April:
“Pit Bulls” by Anthony Julian
“As a Guest of Clive Barnes” by Susan Emmi
“A Matter of Love in da Bronx” by Paul Argentini
“Patsy!” by Doug Brode
“Translations of Favorite German and English Poems” by Fritz VonderHeiden

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm

John Scanlan's "Of Guilt and Innocence" again tops Sunbury Press's list — March bestsellers

Mechanicsburg, PA – “Of Guilt and Innocence”, John Scanlan’s debut police-procedural mystery,  was #1 in print for the second consecutive month thanks to brisk eBook sales. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart – the Truth at Last,” about the disappearance of the famed aviatrix, ranked 2nd due to strong sales in all formats.

Of Guilt and Innocence

Of Guilt and Innocence

Sunbury Press experienced its best March yet, and its best first quarter ever. In fact, it was the company’s strongest non-holiday quarter in its history!  Sales for March 2013 were up 29% over the prior year, with growth in eBooks outpacing growth in print. “Our strong start continues,” said publisher Lawrence Knorr. “Sales are up 40% year-to-date. EBook sales are nearly double last year, and 8x 2011 during the same quarter. Our best-seller sold more units as an eBook for the second straight month.”

Joanne Risso’s children’s book “In the Field,” about a little boy communing with nature, ranked 3rd thanks to author events. Her book “Over the Sea,” about the mysteries of water, also made the chart at #8.

“Hour 30,” Dr. Brandon Musgrave’s testimonial about life in medical school continued to sell well, rising to #4.

Jess Steven Hughes’ novel “The Sign of the Eagle,” set in ancient Rome, was #5 in unit sales thanks to author activities.

“There is Something About Rough & Ready: A History of the Village at the Heart of the Mahantongo Valley” ranked #6, as regional sales continued to be brisk.

Robert Miller’s “The Cogan Legend,” a novel set in antebellum Pennsylvania, ranked 7th thanks to author activity.

“In the Shadow of a Mountain,” Susan Dahlgren Daigneault’s memoir about her famous father, WW2 hero Ed Dahlgren, “The Sergeant York of Maine,” returned to the charts at #9 thanks to author appearances.

Dr. Brad Johnson’s and Mary Dimino’s “Scared Skinny No More!” debuted at #10 thanks to advance sales.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” by Mike Campbell
Fiction  – “Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan
Horror/Mystery – “Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan
Children/YA – “In the Field” by Joanne Risso
The Arts – “Contemporary Photo Impressionists” by T K McCoy
Self-Help – “Scared Skinny No More!” by Brad Johnson & Mary Dimino
Metaphysical/Spiritual – “Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston
Reference – “Education Behind Bars” by Chris Zoukis

The company released eight new titles during the month of March:
“In the Field” by Joanne Risso
“Beyond the Sun” by Sean Madden
“MONAD” by T Anderson
“The Boy from Saturn” by Sean Madden
“Ghost Shadows” by Thomas Malafarina
“The Sea is a Thief” by David Parmalee
“Tinseltown Riff” by Shelly Frome
“Scared Skinny No More!” by Brad Johnson & Mary Dimino

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm

John Scanlan's "Of Guilt and Innocence" tops Sunbury Press's February best-sellers

Mechanicsburg, PA – “Of Guilt and Innocence”, John Scanlan’s debut police-procedural mystery,  was #1 in print thanks to regional media interest. Carol Schultz Vento’s “The Hidden Legacy of World War II,” revealing the affect of PTSD on her famous father, Arthur Dutch Schultz and their family, ranked 2nd due to continued media interest in the book.

Of Guilt and Innocence

Of Guilt and Innocence

Sunbury Press experienced its best February yet, after seeing sales decline slightly in 2012 versus 2011, as eBooks cannibalized print.  Sales for February 2013 were up 59% over the prior year, with growth in eBooks outpacing growth in print. “We are off to a fantastic start this year,” said publisher Lawrence Knorr. “Sales are up 54% year-to-date. EBook sales are nearly double last year, and 9x 2011 during the same period. Our best-seller sold more units as an eBook for the first time.”

Sunbury has decided to stop reporting separate rankings for print and eBooks, instead combining the unit totals.

“There is Something About Rough & Ready: A History of the Village at the Heart of the Mahantongo Valley” ranked #3, as regional sales continued to be brisk.

“Rockabilly Rebel: Known and Unknown Stars I’ve Known”, Mack Allen Smith’s recollection of the numerous musical talents he interacted with during his Rock-a-Billy Hall-of-Fame career,  was #4 thanks to regional bookstore sales.

Lane Heymont’s debut novel “The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff” jumped to #5 out of the gate thanks to a steady stream of author appearances and media coverage.

Jess Steven Hughes’ novel “The Sign of the Eagle,” set in ancient Rome, was #6 in unit sales.

Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” held 7th thanks to those seeking the truth about Amelia’s disappearance.

Robert Miller’s “The Cogan Legend,” a novel set in antebellum Pennsylvania, ranked 8th thanks to author activity.

“Flying Courage,” a children’s story written by Amanda Brown and illustrated by Jose Archeval, climbed to 9th thanks to author appearances.

“Hour 30,” Dr. Brandon Musgrave’s testimonial about life in medical school continued to sell well, holding #10.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – “The Hidden Legacy of WW2” by Carol Schultz Vento
Fiction  – “Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan
Horror/Mystery – “Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan
Children/YA – “Flying Courage” by Amanda Brown
The Arts – “Contemporary Photo Impressionists” by T K McCoy
Self-Help – “Linnea’s Kitchen” by Linnea Jepson
Metaphysical/Spiritual – “Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston
Reference – “Education Behind Bars” by Chris Zoukis

The company released five new titles during the month of February:
“The Hackman Story” by Dorothy Elaine Grace and Lawrence Knorr
“The Mouse with the Broken Tail” by Dan Shutters
“The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff” by Lane Heymont
“Spiritual Body or Physical Spirit?” by Philip Benjamin
“We Were Beautiful Once” by Joe Carvalko

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm

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"Rock-a-billy Rebel" headlines Sunbury Press's best January ever… Sunbury's January best-sellers

Rock-a-Bill Rebel

Rock-a-Bill Rebel

Mechanicsburg, PA – “Rockabilly Rebel: Known and Unknown Stars I’ve Known”, Mack Allen Smith’s recollection of the numerous musical talents he interacted with during his Rock-a-Billy Hall-of-Fame career,  was #1 in print thanks to regional bookstore sales. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” led all eBooks and was 7th in print thanks to those seeking the truth about Amelia’s disappearance. Farrell & Farley’s “Keystone Tombstones Volumes 2 & 1” were #2 & #3 in print, respectively,  due to several television appearances by the authors.  Dr. Brandon Musgrave’s medical school expose “Hour 30” ranked #2 in eBooks, thanks to a author promotions. “Of Guilt and Innocence,” John Scanlan’s debut police-procedural mystery, was #3 in eBooks and 4th in print due to heavy regional media coverage. Daniel Diehl’s “Revelations: Book One of the Merlin Chronicles” was #4 in eBooks thanks to the efforts of Daniel’s publicist.

Sunbury Press experienced its best January yet, after seeing sales decline slightly in 2012 versus 2011, as eBooks cannibalized print.  Sales for January 2013 were up 21% over the prior year, with growth in print leading growth in eBooks for the first time in years. “We have seen an increase in print sales to independent bookstores,” said publisher Lawrence Knorr. “We’ve had a lot of regional interest in many of our titles, and the media seems to be more open to reporting on smaller presses. Conversely, from our perspective, it appears eBook sales are beginning to level.  Regardless of which way the market goes from here, we are ready.”

Darla Henry’s “The 3-5-7 Model – A Practice Approach to Permanency,” detailing her system for dealing with grief, nabbed #5 in print due to wholesale orders to conferences.

Carol Schultz Vento’s “The Hidden Legacy of World War II,” revealing the affect of PTSD on her famous father, Arthur Dutch Schultz and their family, ranked 5th in eBooks due to continued media interest in the book.

Joseph Carvalko’s “The Techno-Hum​an Shell: A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap,” detailing the merging of technology and anatomy, debuted at 6th in print and 7th in eBooks thanks to author events.

Robert Broomall’s “Murder in the 7th Cavalary,” a mystery based in General Custer’s camp, continued to sell well in eBook format, ranking 6th.

Sue Dahlgren Daigneault’s biography about her famous father, WW2 hero Ed Dahlgren, grabbed 8th in print and 9th in eBooks thanks to author events.

‘The People’s Medium,’ Michele Livingston, rejoined to the top 10 eBooks, slotting in at #8 thanks to author events.

Ann Elia Stewart’s “Twice a Child,” a novel recounting her father’s Lewy Body Dimentia, ranked 9th in print.

Bob Ford’s “Beagle Tales,” the first volume in his popular series, finished the eBook top 10, thanks to author appearances.

“There is Something About Rough & Ready: A History of the Village at the Heart of the Mahantongo Valley” rounded out the print top 10, as regional sales continued to be brisk.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – “Rock-a-Billy Rebel” by Mack Allen Smith
Fiction  – “Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan
Horror/Mystery – “Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan
Children/YA – “USA to Z” by Mary Stout and John Gascot
The Arts – “Contemporary Photo Impressionists” by T K McCoy
Self-Help – “The 3-5-7 Model” by Darla Henry
Metaphysical/Spiritual – “Messages from Beyond” by Michele Livingston
Reference – “Education Behind Bars” by Chris Zoukis

The company released four new titles during the month of January:
“General John Fulton Reynolds: His Biography, Words and Relations” by Lawrence Knorr, Diane Watson and Michael Riley
“The Techno-Hum​an Shell: A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap” by Joseph Carvalko
“Rock-a-Billy Rebel: Known and Unknown Stars I’ve Known” by Mack Allen Smith
“Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm

Boca Raton police seek abducted child in John Scanlan's debut novel "Of Guilt and Innocence"

Of Guilt and InnocenceSunbury Press has released “Of Guilt and Innocence” by John Scanlan.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
The abduction of five-year-old Ashley Wooten from her own front yard rattles everyone in the quiet, upscale community of Boca Raton to their core, but no one more so than the little girl’s father, Tom Wooten. As the grieving father and successful businessman becomes desperately entrenched in the stalled investigation into her disappearance, he will be forced to reveal secrets from his past, at the cost of his once comfortable life, in an effort to jumpstart the search to bring her home.

Meanwhile, in a seedy neighborhood in the town of Davie, an elderly murder victim is discovered and linked to the long-dormant South Florida Strangler. As clues breathe new life into the dwindling taskforce responsible for hunting the serial killer, a suspect finally comes into focus. As the taskforce zeroes in, the detectives searching for Ashley Wooten unearth clues of their own, bringing the same suspect into their purview. With both investigative teams certain the same man could not be responsible for all these crimes, yet neither willing to budge, it becomes a frantic race to discover which theory, if any, is correct before Ashley or another victim runs out of time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John Scanlan is a police officer on the picturesque island of Palm Beach in South Eastern Florida. After moving south from the small, Western New York village of Le Roy in 2005, he subsequently fell in love with South Florida’s tropical beauty and laidback lifestyle, which is the backdrop for his first novel, Of Guilt and Innocence.  A graduate of Brockport College, John’s previous endeavors include training with the United States Border Patrol in Charleston, South Carolina and working as a legal aid for the former Immigration and Naturalization Service in Buffalo, New York. He currently resides in Palm Beach County, Florida with his wife and two small daughters.

Of Guilt and Innocence
Authored by John Scanlan
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
200 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061787
ISBN-10: 1620061783
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Of-Guilt-and-Innocence-9…

Also available on Kindle and Nook