“Jesus the Phoenician” by Karim el Koussa” returns as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for August

“Jesus the Phoenician” by Karim el Koussa” returns as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for August

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for August 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 2 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
2 NEW Planet Jesus Vol 2: Body & Soul Doug & Sean Brode Metaphysical Fiction
3 6 The Phoenician Code Karim el Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
4 9 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction
5 4 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal/UFOs
6 Planet Jesus Vol 1: Flesh & Blood Doug & Sean Brode Metaphysical Fiction
7 1 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
8 3 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
9 5 Der Lange Verborgene Freund John George Hohman Folk Magic
10 8 The Dream Alchemist Anna-Karin Bjorklund Travel Memoir
“Pythagoras” by Karim el Koussa surprises as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for April

“Pythagoras” by Karim el Koussa surprises as the Ars Metaphysica bestseller for April

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April for its spiritual/metaphysical imprint, ARS METAPHYSICA.  First place went to Lebanese author Karim el Koussa with his fictionalized life of Pythagoras, Pythagoras the Mathemagician. El Koussa rounded took three of the top 4, taking second place with his popular well-researched alternative history of the life of Jesus Christ entitled Jesus the Phoenician. El Koussa also took fourth place with his metaphysical fiction novel The Phoenician Code for which a French version was just released. Terry Ray’s investigation into The Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs was #3. Anna-Karin Bjorklund’s The Dream Alchemist, as a travel memoir, slipped on the list to #5. The Peoples’ Medium, Michele Livingston, took the sixth spot with her visionary Living in the Afterlife, revealing her channeling of information from the other side.  She also nabbed the 8th spot with her previous release Messages from Beyond. Susan Kiskis’s  new travel memoir Let Me Carry You Home recounting her recent trips to India was #7.

ARS METAPHYSICA – Bestsellers for April 2018 (by Revenue)
Rank Prior Title Author Category
1 5 Pythagoras the Mathemagician Karim el Koussa Historical Fiction
2 3 Jesus the Phoenician Karim el Koussa Religious History
3 10 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal/UFOs
4 4 The Phoenician Code Karim el Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
5 2 The Dream Alchemist Anna-Karin Bjorklund Travel Memoir
6 7 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Metaphysical
7 1 Let Me Carry You Home Susan Kiskis Travel Memoir
8 8 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Metaphysical
9 Der Lange Verborgene Freund John George Hohman Folk Magic
10 9 Planet Jesus: Flesh and Blood Doug Brode Metaphysical Fiction

El Koussa’s books continue to sell well internationally. Pythagoras was boosted by an export order. Kiskis’ success is tied to the release activity of her book and her upcoming podcast series on the BookSpeak Network entitled Zen Up. Bjorklund was helped by author appearances in California. Livingston’s books have sold steadily throughout the US and overseas due to the subject matter.
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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