El Koussa's books reign in advance of his upcoming US Tour — Sunbury Press bestsellers for August

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for August, 2015. Karim El Koussa took the top two spots with Jesus the Phoenician and Pythagoras in anticipation of his upcoming US Tour. Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley’s The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf moved up to 3rd, while Chris Papst’s Capital Murder, the prior top bestseller, slipped to 4th.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for August, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Religious History
2 Pythagoras Karim El Koussa Historical Fiction
3 8 The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
4 1 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
5 7 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
6 3 The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation John E Wade II Memoir
7 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
8 16 Pink Crucifix Johnny Strife Supernatural Fiction
9 10 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
10 5 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
11 27 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
12 24 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
13 Rising Hope Marie Sontag YA Fiction
14 14 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
15 11 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
16 Fireproof Moth Milo Thornberry History
17 17 For Better, For Worse Carolyn Perry Disaster Memoir
18 30 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
19 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
20 15 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
21 The Bookseller’s Secret Catherine Jordan Thriller Fiction
22 Rising Sun Descending Wade Fowler Historical Fiction
23 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth History
24 Seeking Samiel Catherine Jordan Thriller Fiction
25 Pit Bulls II Anthony Julian History
26 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
27 NEW Something So Divine John Lindermuth Historical Thriller
28 20 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
29 Of Guilt and Innocence John Scanlan Thriller Fiction
30 28 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History

jtp_fcWhile August is usually the peak of the “dog days” in the book trade, Sunbury Press posted a hot August, narrowly missing August 2014’s best-of-all-time numbers. YTD Sales are nearly double last year. EBooks posted their best month of the year, but remain only 3% of overall sales.

Karim El Koussa’s upcoming US tour includes stops in Colorado, California, New Jersey, and New York. Advance sales to the venues fueled his sudden return to the top of the charts. Not all orders are in, so a strong September is also expected for his controversial religious history Jesus the Phoenician and his nonfiction novel Pythagoras. The Segregated Georgia School for he Deaf, by professors Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley of Mercer University, moved up to #3 thanks to author activity.Chris Papst’s Capital Murder slipped to #4 due to a lull in news about the Harrisburg mayoral scandal. Bridget Smith’s historical novel Where Elephants Fought moved up to #5 thanks to author appearances in Mississippi. John E Wade II’s memoir, The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation, slipped a bit to #6, but held its ranking due to author appearances in New Orleans. Alan Mindell’s sports novels The B Team (#7) and The Closer (#9) held serve thanks to continued interest in the author’s new website and blog and his appearance schedule. Johnny Strife’s Pink Crucifix crept up the list to #8 thanks to his recent activities. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Summer stayed in the top 10 at #10, thanks to author activities. Call Sign Dracula, the Vietnam memoir by Joe Fair, moved up the chart to #11 thanks to steady sales in bookstores. Dennis Herrick lifted to at #12 with his Winter of the Metal People. The book is popular in New Mexico. Marie Sontag’s Rising Hope (#13) and The Bronze Dagger (#15) sold well in advance of her new release The Alabaster Jar, which came out September 5. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, held at #14, thanks to ongoing interest in the lost aviatrix. Milo

Karim El Koussa

Karim El Koussa

Thornberry’s real-life Taiwan “spy” thriller Fireproof Moth returned to the chart at #16 due to academic orders. Carolyn Perry’s Katrina memoir, For Better, For Worse, retained #17 through the 10th anniversary of the hurricane. Anthony Julian’s ever-present Pit Bulls (I & II) charted again at #18 & #25 respectively because of ongoing interest in the subject matter. Raising Monarchs, Sue Fox McGovern’s instructions on saving these disappearing butterlies, flitted to #19.  Three of John L. Moore’s Frontier Pennsylvania Series appeared on the list (20, 28, & 30). Interest remains strong from local bookstores, historical parks, and retailers. Thriller writer Catherine Jordan returned to the list with both of her creepy titles – The Bookseller’s Secret at #21, and Seeking Samiel at #24, as she heads up a writing workshop. Wade Fowler’s Rising Sun Descending returned to #22 thanks to author activities. Both of John Lindermuth’s books grabbed spots, as he released his new novel, Something So Divine (#27). Digging Dusky Diamonds, an anthracite region history, was #23. Ernie Marshall’s account of the last conflict between battleships, That Night at Surigao, was #26, thanks to author activity. John Scanlan’s police procedural, Of Guilt and Innocence, charted at #29.

The company released four new titles during the month of August.

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for August, 2015
Murder Run Shelly Frome Murder Mystery
Something So Divine John Lindermuth Historical Thriller
White River Monster II Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
White River Monster III Keith Rommel Thriller 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

"Capital Murder" crowned again — "The Devil Tree" is top fiction among Sunbury Press bestsellers

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for June, 2015. Chris Papst took the top spot again with Capital Murder, the expose of Harrisburg’s failed finances. Frank Deter’s newly-released hunting memoir A Dog Named Judy grabbed the second spot. Keith Rommel’s recently-released The Devil Tree led Fiction at #3.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for June, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 2 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
2 NEW A Dog Named Judy Frank Deter Hunting Memoir
3 4 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
4 The Phoenician Code Karim El Koussa Action Adventure
5 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
6 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Paranormal
7 The Amish Rebel Preston Nuttall Historical Fiction
8 Dinorific Poetry Volume 1 Mike Sgrignoli Childrens
9 Dinorific Poetry Volume 2 Mike Sgrignoli Childrens
10 Dinorific Poetry Volume 3 Mike Sgrignoli Childrens
11 16 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
12 22 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
13 17 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
14 14 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
15 12 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
16 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
17 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
18 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
19 11 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
20 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
21 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Murder Mystery
22 NEW Found. Still Lost. Ashley Nichole Photography
23 Dying for Vengeance J M West Murder Mystery
24 29 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
25 25 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
26 The Machine Horace Taylor Science Fiction
27 Along the Bethel Trail Friends of Bethel AME History
28 Courting Doubt and Darkness J M West Murder Mystery
29 9 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen Historical Fiction
30 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L. Moore History

cm_fcAnother record! The company, for the second straight month, had its best month ever. Compared to last June, sales more than doubled. YTD Sales are also up over 100% from last year. Hardcover books exceeded trade paperbacks for the 2nd quarter. EBook sales for the quarter were down slightly from the 1st quarter.

Chris Papst’s Capital Murder moved to the top due to author media activity and breaking news about the Harrisburg financial scandal. Frank Deter’s My Dog Judy placed due to author activity. Keith Rommel’s The Devil Tree grew to #3, and The Cursed Man to #5, thanks to author appearances at Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg and Comic Con in Florida. Karim El Koussa’s The Phoenician Code rose to #4 thanks to a French language deal with a French publisher. Michele Livingston’s Messages From Beyond reappeared at #6 thanks to author appearances. Preston Nuttall’s The Amish Rebel rejoined the chart at #7 thanks to renewed author activity. Mike and Ethan Sgrignol’s Dinorific Poetry series took #8, 9, and 10 thanks to their appearances. Bridget Smith’s historical novel Where Elephants Fought moved up to #11 thanks to ongoing sales in Mississippi. Call Sign Dracula, the Vietnam memoir by Joe Fair, continued to chart at #12 thanks to steady sales in bookstores. Anthony Julian’s ever-present Pit Bulls charted again at #13 because of ongoing interest in the subject matter. Dennis Herrick held at #14 with his Winter of the Metal People. The book is popular in New Mexico. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, held at #15, thanks to ongoing interest in the lost aviatrix. Steve Troutman’s Tulpehocken Trail Traces tracked at #16 due to author appearances. Alan Mindell’s sports novels The B Team (#17) and The Closer (#19) were bolstered by author appearances in California. John Cressler’s Shadows in the Shining City (#18) and Emeralds of the tdt_fcAlhambra (#20) both returned to the rankings thanks to author activities in Georgia. Going Home, by Sharon Marchisello, grabbed #21 while Ashley Nichole’s new photography book Found-Still Lost debuted at #22 thanks to an exhibition at the Sunbury Press Store during Jubilee Day. J. M. West’s Dying for Vengeance (#23) and Courting Doubt and Darkness (#28) were helped by the author’s participation in Jubilee Day. John L. Moore grabbed the three spots #’s 24, 25, & 30 with 3 of the 8 books in his Frontier Pennsylvania Series. Interest remains strong from local bookstores and retailers. Horace Taylor’s The Machine notched #26 due to author activities. Along the Bethel Trail, by the Friends of the Bethel AME, slipped to #27. Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaoga stayed on the chart at #29 due to author appearances.

The company released two new titles during the month of June.

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for June, 2015
A Dog Named Judy Frank Deter Hunting Memoir
Found. Still Lost. Ashley Nichole Photography

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

Jesus was not Jewish says Christian scholar

BEIRUT, LebanonSunbury Press has released the hardcover version of author Karim El Koussa’s religious history Jesus the Phoenician, placing Jesus’s origins in Galilee, outside of Judea.

About the book:
imageJesus the Phoenician. A book of religious history that is sure to challenge conventional thinking about the origins of Jesus Christ, not only among Christians in the west, but in the entire world. It conveys important historical, geographical, archaeological, cultural and theological findings regarding the possibility that Jesus was not Jewish, but rather Phoenician.

Could Jesus have been a non-Jew? Of course!

He was Phoenician in every possible way.

Be ready to experience a World Revelation and a Christian Revolution…

Contents:
Part I
Etymology of the Savior’s Name
The Great Annunciation
The Family of Jesus

Author Karim El Koussa (photo by Rene Mouawad)

Author Karim El Koussa (photo by Rene Mouawad)

Part II
The Geographical Region: Mt. Carmel & Bet-Lahem of Galilee
The Historical Evidence of Jesus the Galilean
The Galilean Disciples of Jesus

Part III
The Cultural and Religious Entourage at the Time of Jesus
The Hypothetical Jesus the Jew Fails to Prove Himself Once Again
Which God and What Temple?

Part IV
The Extra-New Testament Sources
The Church New Testament
The Religion and Theology of Jesus the Phoenician
Epilogue

Appendix:

Maps
Authentic Maps of the Phoenician Bethlehem
Bet(h)-Lahem (House of Bread)
Map 1 – Section of “Palestine”
Map 2 – Section of ancient “Soria”
This is a section of the first scientific map of Syria (meaning Phoenicia). It was drawn by the geographer Ptolemy around 150 AD, basing it on the work of Arastonis and Marinos of Tyre.
Map 3 – Section of “Bird’s Eye View of the Holy Land”
Map 4 – Section of “Israel”

Pictures
The Grotto of Makadoushi where Virgin Lady Maryām waited for her son to return from his missionary journeys in Jerusalem
The Lebanese Kana or Qana
the place of origin of the Virgin Lady Maryām
the famous wedding of Kana where the first miracle of turning water into wine occurred

Tables
Table 1 – Yāwshu Family Tree
Table 2 – The Apostles
Table 3 – The Approximate Timeline of the Most Important Christian Events and the Development of the Church New Testament

Jesus the Phoenician
Authored by Karim El Koussa
List Price: $29.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) hardcover
Black & White on White paper
350 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-10: 1620065789
ISBN-13: 978-1620065785
BISAC: Religion / Christianity / History

Also available on Nook and Kindle and in paperback

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Jesus-the-Phoenician-HAR…

Children's Trifecta — Solomon Screech Owl and Flying Pants take off — Sunbury Press bestsellers

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January, 2015. The late Beth Lancione’s Solomon Screen Owl Goes to the Galapagos was #1, followed by  Solomon Screech Owl’s First Flight. Lola James claimed the third spot with Flying Pants. All were childrens books benefitting from Children’s Day at the Sunbury Press Store.

ssogttg_fcAbout Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos:
In the second of Solomon Screech Owl’s stories, Sollie travels, with help from some whales, to the Galapagos Islands, where he meets birds that seem very different from himself. As he gets to know them better, he comes to understand that they all have more in common than he first thought.

About the author & illustrator:
Beth and Kathy, with their husbands Mel Lancione and Gary Haney, visited the Galapagos Islands in 2005 and saw, at very close range, all of the fascinating creatures that Sollie encounters in this book.

Beth said, “A fellow traveler once told me, ‘If you go only one place in your life, go to Galapagos.’ I agree. I’ve been to many other places, but Galapagos is my favorite. I definitely wanted to show Sollie, and all of our readers, the wonders of these special, unique islands.”

Kathy said, “The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the earth’s unique birds and animals. There are few places in the world where you can have an upclose and personal interaction with wild creatures.

The Blue-Footed Boobies captured our imaginations, along with the iguanas, tortoises, and many other birds. We want to share our love of Galapagos with you.”

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for January, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos Beth Lancione Childrens
2 Solomon Screech Owl’s First Flight Beth Lancione Childrens
3 Flying Pants Lola James Childrens
4 4 As the Paint Dries Carrie Wissler-Thomas Art History
5 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Relgious History
6 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
7 2 Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys Steve Troutman Earth History
8 9 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
9 11 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
10 NEW Beagle Tales 5 Bob Ford Pet Humor
11 Petrified Tanya Reimer YA Fiction
12 1 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
13 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Thriller Fiction
14 18 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
15 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler HIstorical Fiction
16 3 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
17 The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad Steve Troutman History
18 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
19 The Phoenician Code Karim El Koussa Action Adventure
20 Whimsy and Wry Guy Graybill Literary Fiction

fp_fcSunbury Press had its best January ever, up nearly 3x from last January, and 4.5% from December. It was the first time in 5 years that January sales topped December. Hardcover books grabbed the top 4 spots in the bestseller rankings, dominated by the Children’s category. Trade paperback sales were double hardcover sales, and remain the most popular format. EBooks have slipped to third, amounting to only 5% of all sales. Hardcover sales were over 6x the eBook sales. EBook sales were up over last month, however, by nearly 20% thanks to price increases implemented after Christmas.

The three children’s books were helped by the standing-room only Children’s Day event at the Sunbury Press Store — more successful than the 10th Anniversary Party with Keith Rommel, Brahm Gallagher, and Bang. Ten Percent of all sales from that day were donated to help the Lanciones following the death of Beth, the author of the Solomon Screech Owl series, and her husband Mel. As the Paint Dries, Carrie Wissler-Thomas’s history of the Art Association of Harrisburg, co-authored by Michael Barton, held at #4 due to demand at the Art Association. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician(#5) and The Phoenician Code (#19) took two spots on the list due to export orders to Lebanon. John Cressler’s due, Shadows in the Shining City and Emeralds of the Alhambra grabbed #6 and #15 due to author events. Steve Troutman’s Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleysheld at #7 thanks to author activities. Troutman also charted at #17 with The Trevorton, Mahanoy, and Mahantongo Railroad and #18 with Tulpehocken Trail Traces. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir Call Sign Dracula climbed the rankings to #8 thanks to author appearances. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last inched up to #9 due to continued national media attention for the search for the aviatrix’s plane. Beagle Tales 5 debuted at #10 thanks to Bob Ford’s following. Petrified, the YA novel by Canadian Tanya Reimer, returned to the chart at #11 thanks to sales north of the border. Tony Julian’s Pit Bulls, available in both trade paperback and hardcover, slipped to #12 following a strong Christmas showing. Sharon Marchisello’s Going Home grabbed lucky #13 thanks to sales in the Southland in advance of her events. Winter of the Metal People, by Dennis Herrick, moved up to #14 thanks to author activities. Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga slipped to #16. Guy Graybill’s Whimsy and Wry rounded out the list, thanks to author activities.

The company released five new titles during the month of January

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SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for January, 2015
Malaformed Realities Volume 1 Thomas Malafarina Thriller Fiction
Beagle Tales 5 Bob Ford Pet Humor
Courting Doubt and Darkness J. M. West Thriller Fiction
The Bookseller’s Secret Catherine Jordan Thriller Fiction
How to Achieve Peace of Mind Dorsman & Davis Mindfulness

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

Mike Campbell is the Sunbury Press Author of the Year for 2013 — Other “Sunnies” winners announced

Mechanicsburg, PA — Mike Campbell’s thoroughly researched solution to the Amelia Earhart mystery, Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, was the top selling book for Sunbury Press in 2013, taking Sunny awards for overall sales and for the nonfiction category. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician, questioning the origins of Jesus Christ, was a close second. The Sunny for the top fiction book of 2013 went to John Cressler for his Emeralds of the Alhambra.  Anthony Julian, author of Pit Bulls, won Emerging Author of the Year. Following are the top books for 2013:

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for 2013 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
2 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Christian
3 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Medical Memoir
4 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
5 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian Pets
6 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
7 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
8 Keystone Tombstones Volume 2 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley History / Biography
9 Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley History / Biography
10 “Patsy!” – The Life and Times of Lee Harvey Oswald Douglas Brode HIstorical Fiction
11 There Is Something About Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
12 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Farrell, Farley & Knorr War Biography
13 Of Guilt and Innocence John Scanlan Police Procedural
14 Five Drops of Estrogen Nirmal Joshi Biography / Memoir
15 Rockabilly Rebel: Known and Unknown Stars I’ve Known Mack Allen Smith Music
16 In the Shadow of a Mountain Susan Daigneault War Biography
17 Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons Linnea Jepson Cookbook
18 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Self-Help
19 The Closer Alan Mindell Literary Fiction
20 That Night at Surigao Ernest Marshall History

Controversial "Jesus the Phoenician" tops Sunbury Press bestseller list for December

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Jesus the Phoenician, Karim El Koussa’s well-researched alternative history regarding the origins of Jesus Christ, ranked #1 due to international export sales. Barbara Matthews and Barbara Trainin Blank took the second spot with their self-help book What to Do About Mama: A Guide to Caring for Aging Family Members, thanks to author activities.

jtp_fcSunbury Press’s sales for 2013 were up 15% over 2012. EBook sales were up only 6% over last year, significantly lagging the growth in print sales. Sales for the 4th quarter were up 1% compared to the same period in 2012.

Judi Markowitz’s The View from Four Foot Two, debuted at #3, thanks to strong advance sales, including to Europe.

Tony Julian’s Pit Bulls: Vintage Photographs of Pit Bulls and the People Who Loved Them moved up the rankings, taking #4 on the list, due to sales to dog enthusiasts.

Madelyn Killion’s At the End of the Day, a novella about a nosy postman, grabbed #5 thanks to author activities.

Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart – The Truth At Last moved up on the list, taking #6, thanks to bookstore and library sales.

John Lindermuth’s Digging Dusky Diamonds, a history of the Coal Region of Pennsylvania, ranked #7 due to sales in the Shamokin area.

Pink Flamingos All Around, Dr. Matt Anderson’s humorous and educational children’s book about the pink birds, nabbed the 8th position

Pit Bulls

Pit Bulls

thanks to author activities and bookstore sales.

Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People returned to the rankings, taking #9 on the list, due to sales in the southwestern US.

Alan Mindell’s baseball novel, The Closer, returned to the rankings, notching #10 on the list, due to steady sales on all fronts.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Fiction  – At the End of the Day by Madelyn Killion
Horror/Mystery – A Little Indiscretion by Joseph Tarone
Children/YA – Pink Flamingos All Around by Matt Anderson
The Arts – Contemporary Photo Impressionists by T K McCoy
Self-Help – What to Do About Mama? by Matthews and Blank
Metaphysical/Spiritual – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Reference – Education Behind Bars by Christopher Zoukis

tvf4f2_fcThe company released six new titles during the month of December:
A Little Indiscretion by Joseph Tarone, The View from Four Foot Two by Judi Markowitz, Sherlock Holmes and the Crater Lake Adventure by Steve Kious, An American Hiroshima by Don Wulffson,GXM731 by Terry Ray and Stink Bomb by Ricky Bruce.

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

Dr. Musgrave's medical school memoir tops the Sunbury Press bestseller list for November

hour30_pubMECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Hour 30, Dr. Brandon Musgrave’s memoir of his challenges in medical school, was #1, returning to the list after a two-month hiatus, thanks to charitable author events in Illinois. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician, a well-researched alternative history regarding the origins of Jesus Christ, ranked #2 due to international export sales.

Sunbury Press’s year-to-date sales for 2013 are up 17% over 2012. EBook sales are up only 8% over the year-to-date prior, significantly lagging the growth in print sales. Sales for the quarter to date were up 3% compared to the same period in 2012.

Jim Dohren’s Letters from a Shoebox: The Civil War Correspondence of John Huffman, David Huffman and William Bowman, jumped to #3, thanks to author events and brisk sales in Ohio and Indiana.

Mike and Ethan Sgrignoli’s Dinorific Poetry series, a father-son collaboration highlighting interesting “ancient animals,” ranked #4 (Volume 3), #7 (Volume 2) and #8 (Volume 1) due to author events.

John Lindermuth’s Digging Dusky Diamonds, a history of the Coal Region of Pennsylvania, ranked #5 due to sales in the Shamokin area.

jtp_fcColors in the Garden the Creator Made, Wendy Latty’s richly illustrated children’s book introducing the ROY G BIV color spectrum, nabbed the 6th position thanks to author activities.

Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart – The Truth At Last rejoined the list, taking #9, thanks to bookstore and library sales.

Tony Julien’s Pit Bulls returned to the rankings, taking #10 on the list, due to sales to dog enthusiasts.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – Hour 30 by Brandon Musgrave
Fiction  – The Closer by Alan Mindell
Horror/Mystery – Undead Living edited by Thomas Malafarina
Children/YA – Dinorific Poetry Volume 3 by the Sgrignolis
The Arts – Contemporary Photo Impressionists by T K McCoy
Self-Help – Raising Monarchs by Sue Fox McGovern
wtdam_fcMetaphysical/Spiritual – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Reference – Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons by Linnea Jepson

The company released four new titles during the month of November:
Dead Catch by L.D. Knorr
Meteors by Dr. Stephenie Slahor
What to Do about Mama by Barbara Matthews and Barbara Trainin Blank
Pink Flamingos All Around by Dr. Matthew Anderson

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

New book on the origin of Jesus debuts on top of the Sunbury Press bestseller list for October

jtp_fcMECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Jesus the Phoenician, Karim El Koussa’s well-researched alternative Christian history, was #1, upon its debut, thanks to author events related to his US book release tour.  Susan Dahlgren Daigneault’s In the Shadow of a Mountain, a memoir about her war hero father, Ed Dahlgren, and his PTSD, ranked #2 due to events and promotions in her home state of Maine.

Sunbury Press’s year-to-date sales for 2013 are up 25% over 2012. EBook sales are up only 9% over the year-to-date prior, significantly lagging the growth in print sales. Sales for the month of October were up 54% compared to October 2012. Regarding the monthly performance, it was the 2nd best month of the year and 2nd best October ever.

Bob Ford’s Beagle Tales 4, the latest edition of his folksy humorous series about rural living, debuted at #3, thanks to author events in the State College area.

Jess Steven Hughes’ The Sign of the Eagle, historical fiction set in Roman times, ranked #4 due to the author’s aggressive appearance schedule at bookstores in the Pacific Northwest.

Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People, a novel about the Tiguex War between the Spanish and the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico, ranked #5 due to regional sales in New Mexico.
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That Night at Surigao, Ernie Marshall’s well-researched history of the last clash between battleships in World War 2, nabbed the 6th position thanks to recent author events.

The Joe’s — Farrell and Farley — reclaimed the 7th spot withKeystone Tombstones Volume 1 thanks to continued interest in the series and their media appearances.

Robert Miller’s The Cogan Legend, a novel about a murder mystery in pre-Civil War upstate Pennsylvania, slotted at #8 thanks to author activities.

Alan Mindell’s The Closer, a baseball love story, joined the list at #9 thanks to seasonal interest in the sport.

Guy Graybill’s Prohibition’s Prince returned to the rankings, taking #10 on the list, due to sales at Williamsport area bookstores and author activities.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
ul_fcFiction  – The Sign of the Eagle by Jess Steven Hughes
Horror/Mystery – Undead Living edited by Thomas Malafarina
Children/YA – Colors in the Garden by Wendy Latty
The Arts – Contemporary Photo Impressionists by T K McCoy
Self-Help – Raising Monarchs by Sue Fox McGovern
Metaphysical/Spiritual – Messages from Beyond by Michele Livingston
Reference – Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons by Linnea Jepson

The company released eleven new titles during the month of October:
Beagle Tales 4 by Bob Ford
Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Dinorific Poetry Volume 3 by Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli
Colors in the Garden by Wendy Latty
Colors in the Garden the Creator Made by Wendy Latty
Undead Living edited by Thomas Malafarina
Normal Comix Volume 1 by Sean Madden
519+ToMmPfL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Crossers #1: The Man in the Mountain by Terry Ray
The Crossers #2: The Circle by Terry Ray
The Crossers #3: Crossing the Valley by Terry Ray
The Crossers #4: Path to Armageddon by Terry Ray

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

Oh What a Night! Mechanicsburg comes out in droves on First Friday to support Sunbury Press authors…

Mechanicsburg, PA — Friday November 1, besides being All Saints Day, was First Friday in this borough — an evening to emphasize the arts.  Sunbury Press, the trade publisher headquartered on West Main Street, participated with a program of six authors from a variety of categories.  The author readings ran from 7 to 9 PM.  Sunbury’s showroom was packed with patrons — standing room only.  Many people lingered on the street outside in order to listen in.  Following are some pictures from the event:

Standing room only...

Standing room only…

Some of the young patrons...

Some of the young patrons…

Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli presenting "Dinorific Poetry Volume 3"

Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli presenting “Dinorific Poetry Volume 3”

Thomas Malafarina reading from "Undead Living"

Thomas Malafarina reading from “Undead Living”

Wendy Latty presenting "Colors in the Garden the Creator Made"

Wendy Latty presenting “Colors in the Garden the Creator Made”

Karim El Koussa in front of his sign

Karim El Koussa in front of his sign

Karim El Koussa in front of the Sunbury office

Karim El Koussa in front of the Sunbury office

Karim El Koussa, Mike Sgrignoli and Wendy Latty after the show.

Karim El Koussa, Mike Sgrignoli and Wendy Latty after the show.

Fred Burton reads from "The Old Songs"

Fred Burton reads from “The Old Songs”

Karim El Koussa presents "Jesus the Phoenician"

Karim El Koussa presents “Jesus the Phoenician”

Karim El Koussa signs a copy of "Jesus the Phoenician" for a patron

Karim El Koussa signs a copy of “Jesus the Phoenician” for a patron

Cathy Jordan reads her story from "Undead Living"

Cathy Jordan reads her story from “Undead Living”

Karim El Koussa on West Main Street

Karim El Koussa on West Main Street

 

Jesus was not Jewish says Christian scholar

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released author Karim El Koussa’s religious history “Jesus the Phoenician, ” placing Jesus’s origins in Galilee, outside of Judea.

jtp_fcAbout the book:

Jesus the Phoenician. A book of religious history that is sure to challenge conventional thinking about the origins of Jesus Christ, not only among Christians in the west, but in the entire world. It conveys important historical, geographical, archaeological, cultural and theological findings regarding the possibility that Jesus was not Jewish, but rather Phoenician.

Could Jesus have been a non-Jew? Of course!

He was Phoenician in every possible way.

Be ready to experience a World Revelation and a Christian Revolution…

Contents:

Part I

Etymology of the Savior’s Name

The Great Annunciation

The Family of Jesus

Part II

The Geographical Region: Mt. Carmel & Bet-Lahem of Galilee

The Historical Evidence of Jesus the Galilean

The Galilean Disciples of Jesus

Part III

The Cultural and Religious Entourage at the Time of Jesus

The Hypothetical Jesus the Jew Fails to Prove Himself Once Again

Which God and What Temple?

Part IV

The Extra-New Testament Sources

The Church New Testament

The Religion and Theology of Jesus the Phoenician

Epilogue

Appendix:

Maps

Authentic Maps of the Phoenician Bethlehem

Bet(h)-Lahem (House of Bread)

Map 1 – Section of “Palestine”

Map 2 – Section of ancient “Soria”

This is a section of the first scientific map of Syria (meaning Phoenicia). It was drawn by the geographer Ptolemy around 150 AD, basing it on the work of Arastonis and Marinos of Tyre.

Map 3 – Section of “Bird’s Eye View of the Holy Land”

Map 4 – Section of “Israel”

Pictures

The Grotto of Makadoushi where Virgin Lady Maryām waited for her son to return from his missionary journeys in Jerusalem

The Lebanese Kana or Qana

the place of origin of the Virgin Lady Maryām

the famous wedding of Kana where the first miracle of turning water into wine occurred

Tables

Table 1 – Yāwshu Family Tree

Table 2 – The Apostles

Table 3 – The Approximate Timeline of the Most Important Christian Events and the Development of the Church New Testament

Jesus the Phoenician

Authored by Karim El Koussa

List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
348 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062814
ISBN-10: 162006281X
BISAC: Religion / Christianity / History

Also available on Nook and Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Jesus-the-Phoenician-978…