Sherry Knowlton’s thriller “Dead of Spring” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for September

Sherry Knowlton’s thriller “Dead of Spring” tops Milford House Press bestsellers for September

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September for its Milford House Press fiction imprint. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Spring, the third book in the Alexa Williams series, took the top spot. Mark Mitten’s recently-released western, Hard to Quit, placed second.

MILFORD HOUSE PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Title Author Category
1 Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Detective Thriller
2 Hard to Quit Mark Mitten Western
3 The Silver Coin Marie Sontag Historical YA
4 The Broken Lance Jess Steven Hughes Historical
5 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical
6 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Murder Mystery
7 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical
8 Dying for Vengeance Joan West Detective Thriller
9 Who Killed Marcia Maynard? Alma Bond Detective Thriller
10 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen Historical
11 The Sea Is a Thief David Parmalee Historical
12 Murder on the Streetcar Alma Bond Detective Thriller
13 Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave Mark Mitten Western
14 Home Is a Long Time Ago William F Lee Historical
15 Courting Doubt and Darkness Joan West Detective Thriller

Sherry Knowlton’s detective thriller Dead of Spring took the top spot due to author activities.  Mark Mitten’s western Hard to Quit grabbed the second spot due to regional sales. Marie Sontag’s The Silver Coin placed third due to author activities.  Jess Steven Hughes had two titles on the list from his historical novels set in Roman times. Two of Alma Bond’s and two of Joan West’s detective thrillers made the list due to author activities.

“Hard to Quit” is the second Western novel by Mark Mitten

“Hard to Quit” is the second Western novel by Mark Mitten

DENVER, Co. – Sunbury Press has released Hard to Quit by Mark Mitten under its Milford House Press imprint.

About the Book:


Creede, Colorado

In a boom camp like Creede, most people want to get rich either mining silver or playing cards. LG and Davis have a different plan — sell beef. Fighting the bitter temperatures and the winter storms of the Colorado high country, they string wire and bring in cattle. But there are things more dangerous than the weather. Having run out of luck and out of Denver, con man Soapy Smith brings his gang up to Creede to start over. His vision of success if different than anyone else’s, and it involves rigging the odds in his favor. No matter who it affects, or how far he must reach.


Squinting in the darkness, Davis tried to see if LG’s eyes were open. But his hat brim was too low, and the light too dull. He resisted the urge to check his pocket watch. Davis didn’t even want to know what time it was.

The two of them were huddled around a cast-iron stove with a big dent in it. The top of the firebox was so mashed in, the iron door did not close properly, and hot embers kept rolling out every time the fire popped or shifted. Just to keep the tent warm, someone had to stay up and feed sticks every half hour or so. Davis was mad about the whole situation. Every night they drew cards to see who stayed up with it. And every night, it seemed, LG drew a high ace. Why couldn’t they just alternate?

“If I ain’t getting no sleep, then you ain’t getting no sleep.”

He reached over and poked LG in the cheek but got no response.

LG’s arms were folded, and his chin was resting on his chest. He appeared to be sound asleep, but Davis suspected he was just as awake as he was.

“Say, whatever happened to Emmanuel?” he asked in a loud voice. “That cook was one of the finest men that ever graced a chuck wagon. Top hand punching cattle, I’d add. He could fork any horse no matter how corrupt it was.”

They had a long day ahead, and Davis was not looking forward to it. Building a cow camp in the middle of winter was a chore. Creede was a new boomtown. Silver had just been found, and people were flocking to the canyon creek to try their hand at mining. But LG and Davis had a different plan to get rich—beef. The only meat source in the backcountry was deer, maybe a bear, or fish from the half-frozen river. People would pay high dollar for steak. The first step was to build a fence all around their new cow camp. They had chosen an open meadow in the middle of the forest. It would be perfect to hold beeves. All they needed to do was string wire from tree to tree to circle in the whole area.

Burning wood shifted inside the stove, and a lump of bright embers dropped onto the ground.

“What a foolish purchase,” Davis pointed out unnecessarily. “Them boys at the Amethyst sure pulled one over on us, didn’t they? They sure weren’t straight about how it got bent in. A big Kodiak thought it was a biscuit—my eye! There ain’t no Kodiak around here. I bet one of them drunks got soaked and whacked it with a sledgehammer.”
He squinted at LG again, studying him in the dim light.

There was no way the man could be sleeping. This was pretend. He obviously wanted Davis to think he was impervious to hardship and could sleep through anything.

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Praise for “Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave”:

“Lyrical, fresh and an impressive debut.”  —Roundup Magazine
“Dialogue and actions resonate with authenticity.” —Kathleen Rice Adams, Western Fictioneers
“Mitten awakens images of Gunsmoke and The Magnificent Seven . . . Certain to be a favorite of equestrians, modern ranchers and history buffs.” —Karina Wetherbee, The Summit Daily
“A heckuva Western novel that more than lives up to its unusual title.” —Ron Scheer, Buddies in the Saddle

About the Author:

Mark Mitten was born in Texas and raised in Colorado. He has written two western historical novels. Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave was nominated for a Peacemaker Award. Hard To Quit is his second novel. An experienced mountain climber, Mark has summited all 54 of Colorado’s highest peaks. He and his wife Mary currently reside in Winsted, MN.  Learn more about Mark at his website:

Hard to Quit

Authored by Mark Mitten

List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
400 pages
Milford House Press
ISBN-13: 978-1620067482
ISBN-10: 162006748X
BISAC: Fiction / Westerns / General

Also available on Kindle

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Mark Mitten's "Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave" nominated for a Peacemaker Award

Mechanicsburg, PA – Western Fictioneers (WF) is pleased to announce the NOMINEES for the third annual (2013) Peacemaker Awards. Mark Mitten’s “Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave” is a finalist in the Best Western First Novel category.

Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave

Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave

About Western Fictioneers:
Western Fictioneers is the only professional writers organization composed entirely of authors who have written Western fiction, the classic American genre.

Western Fictioneers is comprised of writers who love what they’re doing and who believe in the literature of the old west–devoted to keeping the traditional western alive.

Stories of the west have been entertaining readers since the days of James Fenimore Cooper, and Western Fictioneers believe that western fiction is just as compelling ever. They have already produced a fine anthology of western tales. There’s a lot more to come in 2012, so look for some exciting announcements in the months ahead.

Membership in Western Fictioneers is open to professional authors who have written Westerns, as well as fans of the genre who can join as patron members. If you’d like to join the group and be a part of the fun, you can find the requirements at the website below. They welcome everyone who shares their love of traditional western fiction.

About this year’s nominees:
Western Fictioneers (WF) is pleased to announce the NOMINEES for the third annual (2013) Peacemaker Awards

** Nominees are in no particular order.

The Lifetime Achievement Peacemaker will be presented to Robert Vaughan

City of Rocks (Five Star Publishing — Cengage) by Michael Zimmer
Unbroke Horses (Goldminds Publishing, LLC) by D.B. Jackson
Apache Lawman (AmazonEncore) by Phil Dunlap
Wide Open (Berkley Publishing Group) by Larry Bjornson

“Christmas Comes to Freedom Hill” (Christmas Campfire Companion — Port Yonder Press) by Troy Smith
“Christmas For Evangeline”  (Slay Bells and Six Guns — WF ) by C. Courtney Joyner
“Keepers of Camelot” (Slay Bells and Six Guns — WF) by Cheryl Pierson
“The Toys” (Slay Bells and Six Guns — WF) by James J. Griffin
“Adeline” (Protectors: Stories to Benefit PROTECT — Goombah Gumbo Press ) by Wayne Dundee

High Stakes (Musa Publishing) by Chad Strong
Wide Open (Berkley Publishing Group) by Larry Bjornson
Red Lands Outlaw, the Ballad of Henry Starr ( Publishing) by Phil Truman
Last Stand At Bitter Creek (Western Trail Blazer) by Tom Rizzo
Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave (Sunbury Press) by Mark Mitten

Congratulations to all the nominees.  Winners will be announced on June 1, 2013 on the WF website (

Western Fictioneers (WF) was formed in 2010 by Robert J. Randisi, James Reasoner, Frank Roderus, and other professional Western writers, to preserve, honor, and promote traditional Western writing in the 21st century.  Entries were accepted in both print and electronic forms.  The Peacemaker Awards are given out annually.  Submissions for the Peacemaker Awards for books published in 2013 will be open in July, 2013. Submission guidelines will be posted on the WF web site.  For more information about Western Fictioneers (WF) please visit: or

About “Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave”
It is 1887. Snow is falling in the high country of Colorado. Bill Ewing led a bank heist in the small mountain town of Kinsey City — but just woke up tied to the back of a mule. “Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave” is an epic novel chronicling Bill Ewing’s gang of thieves and the posse that takes after them, the cowhands of the B-Cross-C, and the unexpected turns of life which bring them all together.

Following the Great Die-Up, the harshest winter to ever hit the West, LG Pendleton and Casey Pruitt lead a mixed herd of Polangus and Durham cattle down the stage road in Lefthand Canyon. Their way of life is fading with the changing times. Fences cross what once was open range, locomotives are eliminating the trail drive, and both Casey and LG must learn to change with it — or fade away themselves.

At once both personal and immutable, “Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave” is a sweeping tale of randomness and destiny, reminding us of the power of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

Sipping Whiskey in a Shallow Grave
Authored by Mark Mitten
List Price: $16.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
338 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061466
ISBN-10: 1620061465
BISAC: Fiction / Westerns

Also available on Kindle and Nook

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