Children's book "Help Me!" by former teacher Sherri Maret is the Sunbury Press bestseller for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April. Sherri Maret’s children’s book Help Me! earned the top spot. Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess by Barbara Trainin-Blank was second.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for April, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Help Me! Sherri Maret Childrens
2 NEW Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess Barbara Trainin-Blank Biography
3 4 Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
4 1 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
5 NEW Israel Under Siege Scot McCauley Espionage Fiction
6 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
7 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
8 7 Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
9 NEW The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
10 The Mouse with the Broken Tail Dan Shutters Childrens
11 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
12 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
13 20 A Moment in the Sun Tory Gates YA Fiction
14 11 Between Good and Evil R Michael Phillips Detective Thriller
15 NEW The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
16 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
17 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
18 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
19 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
20 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
21 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
22 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
23 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
24 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L Moore History
25 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
26 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
27 Dying for Vengeance J M West Murder Mystery
28 26 Darkness at First Light J M West Murder Mystery
29 Courting Doubt and Darkness J M West Murder Mystery
30 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History

hm_fcSherri Maret’s Help Me!, about a humorous wildlife expedition to Africa, was the top seller thanks to author promotional activities. Mary Sachs by Barbara Trainin-Blank placed second due to a large order from a charitable organization. M. A. Richards’ Choice of Enemies inched up to #3 thanks to bookstore sales ahead of author appearances. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last slipped from the top spot to #4, as sales tailed a bit following release. Former Admiral Scot McCauley’s thriller Israel Under Siege debuted at #5 due to author activities. Where Elephants Fought, the Civil War historical fiction by Bridget Smith, returned to the list at #6 thanks to author events. Alan Mindell’s sports fiction titles The Closer (#7) and The B Team (#12) both returned to the list thanks to author appearances in California. Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure held steady at #8 due to promotional events. Michael Hawley’s The Ripper’s Haunts debuted at #9 thanks to excitement among ripper-aficionados. Dan Shutters’ The Mouse with the Broken Tail returned to the rankings at #10 due to a bulk order. Sheldon Munn’s Freemasons at Gettysburg notched #11 due to continued interest in the subject. Tory Gates’ A Moment in the Sun climbed to #13 thanks to author events. R. Michael Phillips’ thriller Between Good and Evil held steady at #14 due to author appearances. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man benefited from the new movie-themed cover, just released, boosting the book to #15. Terry Ray’s Orange Orbs book jumped to #16 due to an order from MUFON. Jess Stephen Hughes’ The Sign of the Eagle was #17 as the author continued to tour the Pacific Northwest. John L Moore took #’s 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, & 26 with his Frontier Pennsylvania series. Moore’s books have received heavy orders from various retail outlets in the Susquehanna Valley. Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People returned to #20 due to orders from New Mexico. J. M. West’s Carlisle Crime Capers series took #’s 27, 28, & 29 thanks to author activities. Ernie Marshall returned to the rankings at #30 with his naval history That Night at Surigao.

The company released seven new titles in April:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for April, 2016
The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
Israel Under Siege Scot McCauley Espionage Fiction
Help Me! Sherri Maret Childrens
Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess (paperback) Barbara Trainin-Blank Biography
The Cursed Man (movie cover) Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
Death by Internet Joe Carvalko Speculative Fiction
What Do You Say? James Campbell Pastoral Resources

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

"Keeper of the Crows" is the top Sunbury bestseller for December

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for December, 2015. Kyle ALexander Romines took the top spot with his novel Keeper of the Crows. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man took the #2 spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for December, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 18 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
2 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psycho Thriller
3 9 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
4 1 Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess Barbara Trainin Blank Biography
5 NEW Gotham Graves Volume 1 Joe Farrell and Joe Farley Biography
6 26 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
7 8 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
8 16 Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Detective Thriller
9 11 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
10 21 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
11 2 The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Upper Mahantongo Valley Steve Troutman History
12 7 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
13 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill History
14 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
15 14 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
16 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
17 Blue Lines Up In Arms James Craig Atchison Detective Thriller
18 24 Dying for Vengeance J M West Detective Thriller
19 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
20 Prince and the Paupers Guy Graybill History
21 NEW From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
22 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth History
23 6 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
24 Bravo! Guy Graybill History
25 The Death Machine Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
26 The Final Charge Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
27 Pit Bulls II Anthony Julian History
28 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
29 What to Do about Mama? Barbara Matthews & Barb Blank Self-Help
30 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History

tkotc_fcSunbury Press closed out a record year in 2015. However, sales remained weak through the holiday season. Fourth quarter sales were up 6% over Q4 2014, but it was the weakest quarter of the year, when typically it is the strongest. Sales were up 64% year over year. Overall, a great performance tempered by the lack of a hit new release at the end.

“Keeper of the Crows” returned to the top spot thanks to author events in Louisville, KY. Keith Rommel’s “The Cursed Man” benefitted from a large order from a Hollywood producer. Tony Julian grabbed #3 with Pit Bulls and #27 with Pit Bulls 2 thanks to Christmas purchases. “Mary Sachs,” last month’s leader, slipped to 4th, but local sales remained strong. The Joe’s New York release of “Gotham Graves” debuted at #5 thanks to author events. Chris Papst’s “Capital Murder” revived to #6 as interest in the scandal renewed. Bridget Smith’s “Where Elephants Fought” held at #7 due to interest in the Vicksburg, MS area. William Lemanski’s novel “Murder in Tuxedo Park” climbed to #8 thanks to online orders. Alan Mindell grabbed #9 and #12 with “The Closer” and “The B Team” as he continued to make appearances in the San Diego area. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” continued its streak in the top 30, reaching #10 thanks to continued interest in the lost aviatrix. Steve Troutman’s “Penns Manor” slipped to #11, as orders to the valley waned a bit. All-time best-selling author Guy Graybill returned to the rankings with “Prohibition’s Prince” #13, “Prince and the Paupers” #20, and “Bravo!” #24. Guy was very active in the 4th quarter. “Jesus the Phoenician” rolled back the stone and rejoined the bestsellers at #14. The book remains a steady seller most months. Ernie Marshall’s battleship history “That Night at Surigao” remained at #15 thanks to steady sales to naval historians. Brandon Musgrave’s “Hour 30” climbed to #16 due to college bookstore orders. “Blue Lines Up in Arms” by James Craig Atchison benefitted from author events, returning to the rankings at #17. J M West’s “Dying for Vengeance” found #18 due to sales in the Carlisle area. Dennis Herrick’s bestselling “Winter of the Metal People” granned #19 due to sales in the Southwest. Joe Harvey’s YA historical thriller “From Blue Ground” debuted at #21 and has sold well regionally. John Lindermuth dusted off “Digging Dusky Diamonds,” finding himself at #22. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir “Call Sign Dracula” slipped to #23. Charles Godfrey’s novels “The Death Machine” and “The Final Charge” were #25 and #26 thanks to sales to Civil War reenactors. John Cressler’s “Emeralds of the Alhambra” returned to the rankings thanks to discussion about its potential as a movie, taking #28. The Barbs’ “What to Do about Mama?” rode author events back to #29. Sheldon Munn’s “Freemasons at Gettysburg” took #30 due to regional sales.

The company released six new titles during the month of December.

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SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for December, 2015
Gotham Graves Volume 1 Joe Farrell and Joe Farley Biography
From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
Perilous Journey Ted Brusaw Historical Fiction
Healing Tips for the Mind, Body, and Soul Arif M Shaikh Self-Help
Restitution Courtney Frey Memoir
The Savage Apostle John Kachuba 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

"Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess" is the top Sunbury bestseller for November

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for November, 2015. Barbara Trainin Blank took the top spot with her biography Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess. Steve Troutman’s The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle … took the #2 spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for November, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess Barbara Trainin Blank Biography
2 The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Upper Mahantongo Valley Steve Troutman History
3 17 A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush Lawrence Knorr History
4 The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad Steve Troutman History
5 NEW Darkness at First Light J M West Detective Thriller
6 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
7 14 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
8 5 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
9 22 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
10 Geology of the Mahanoy, Mahantongo and Lykens Valleys Steve Troutman Earth History
11 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
12 7 Rising Hope Marie Sontag YA Fiction
13 3 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
14 30 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
15 5 The Alabaster Jar Marie Sontag YA Fiction
16 NEW Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Detective Thriller
17 19 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
18 1 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
19 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
20 8 The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
21 25 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
22 The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch Max Klinger Genealogy
23 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John Moore History
24 Dying for Vengeances J M West Detective Thriller
25 There is Something About Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
26 6 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
27 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
28 Lost in the Shadow of Fame William Lemanski Biography
29 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John Moore History
30 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John Moore History

Sunbury Press had its second-worst month of the year in November. Sales were down 27% from last November. “After the terror attacks in Paris on the 13th, there was a two-week lull in sales,” explained Sunbury Press CEO, Lawrence Knorr. Overall, sales are still up 72% compared to last year.

msmp_fcBarbara Blank’s biography “Mary Sachs” took the top spot thanks to events in Mary’s native Harrisburg. Steve Troutman took four spots in the top 30 with “The Penn’s Manor” (#2), “The Trevorton, Mahanoy, and Susquehanna Railroad” (#4), “Geology of the Mahanoy …” (#6), and Tulpehocken Trail Traces (#27). Steve has increased his speaking engagements. Lawrence Knorr’s “A Pennsylvania Mennonite and the California Gold Rush” moved up to 3rd due to orders from Gold Rush country. Knorr also took #25 with “There is Something About Rough and Ready” due to Troutman’s activities. J. M. West’s new mystery “Darkness at First Light” debuted at #5. It’s prequel, “Dying for Vengeance,” charted at #24. Ms. West has been making appearances in the Carlisle area. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memor, “Call Sign Dracula,” returned to the charts at #6 thanks to author activities. Alan Mindell took lucky #7 and #11 with his two novels — “The B Team” and “The Closer.” Alan continues to have success on the speaking circuit in the San Diego area. “Where Elephants Fought,” the historical Civil War novel by Mississippian Bridget Smith held at #8 due to author appearances. Tony Julian’s “Pit Bulls” was #9, as it was a popular Christmas gift at online stores. Marie Sontag grabbed 3 spots with her YA novels: “Rising Hope” (#12), “The Bronze Dagger” (#13), and “The Alabaster Jar (#15). Marie continues her tour of schools in the San Jose area. Ernie Marshall’s “That Night at Surigao” moved up to #14 thanks to steady interest among naval historians. William Lemanski nabbed two spots with his new historical detective thriller “Murder in Tuxedo Park” (#16), and his biography of Kermit Roosevelt “Lost in the Shadow of Fame” (#28). Lemanski has been making appearances in and about Tuxedo Park, NY. “Raising Monarchs” by Sue Fox McGovern held steady at #17 due to continued interest in the declining butterfly population. Kyle Alexander Romine’s “Keeper of the Crows” slipped from the top spot to #18, following the Halloween period. “The Sign of the Eagle” by Jess Steven Hughes climbed back to #19, as the author continued his tours of the Northwest. Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley’s history “The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf” continued to chart at #20 due to interest in the subject matter. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” continued its steady sales at #21. “The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger and Catharina Steinbruch” by Max Klinger returned to the chart at #22 thanks to Steve Troutman’s activities. John Moore grabbed three spots with three of his eight “Frontier Pennsylvania Series” titles: “Bows, Bullets, and Bears” (#23), “Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires” (#29), and “Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks” (#30). Chris Papst’s “Capital Murder” slide to #26, as interest in the Harrisburg mayoral scandal wanes in favor of the PA State Attorney General scandal.

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

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for November, 2015
Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess Barbara Trainin Blank Biography
Darkness at First Light J M West Detective Thriller
Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Detective Thriller
Tough Decisions for Young Women Robin Reed Self-Help

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

Biography of the Merchant Princess of Harrisburg now available

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess, Barbara Trainin Blank’s biography of the Harrisburg apparel retailer.

msmp_fcAt a time when women rarely went into business for themselves, Mary Sachs, an immigrant from a poor family with little formal education, became perhaps the most successful entrepreneur in her adopted city of Harrisburg, Pa., and beyond. She opened her first retail store in Harrisburg, selling upscale women’s clothing in 1918, but expanded it to include several departments. Stores in Lancaster and Reading followed. Known as the “Merchant Princess,” she revolutionized retailing, by setting customers up in individual booths and bringing clothes to them.

But Sachs also won accolades for her charitable works, earning a second moniker as the “Princess of Philanthropy.” She was most active in the Jewish Community Center of Harrisburg and other Jewish organizations but donated ecumenically to serve many causes. Eleanor Roosevelt, a personal friend, declared that “few can ever match” her generosity.

Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess
Authored by Barbara Trainin Blank
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Hardcover
Black & White on White paper
118 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066454
ISBN-10: 1620066459
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography : Women
Biography & Autobiography : Business
Biography & Autobiography : Rich & Famous

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Mary-Sachs-Merchant-Prin…