Mark Singel's memoir is Sunbury Press bestseller for November

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for November. Former Acting Governor Mark Singel’s memoir A Year of Change and Consequences took the top spot. Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper by Beth Lancione was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for November, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 A Year if Change and Consequences Mark Singel Memoir
2 7 Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
3 NEW Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
4 3 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
5 As the Paint Dries: The History of the Art Association of Harrisburg Carrie Wissler-Thomas & Michael Barton Local History
6 11 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
7 The Penns Manor of Spread Eagle … Steve Troutman Local History
8 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
9 17 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
10 4 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
11 46 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
12 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L Moore History
13 16 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
14 15 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
15 13 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
16 14 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
17 24 Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
18 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
19 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalp John L Moore History
20 34 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
21 1 Hatched Robert Barksy Literary Fiction
22 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
23 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman Local History
24 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
25 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
26 The German and Welsh Origins of the Charles and Lottie Fetterolf Steve Troutman Genealogy
27 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
28 40 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
29 33 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
30 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
31 Capital Murder Chris Papst Local History
32 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
33 47 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
34 Pit Bulls II Anthony Julian History
35 42 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
36 32 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
37 50 The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey Lawrence Knorr History
38 Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
39 28 Hidden Dangers Bob Stout Geopolitics
40 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
41 31 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
42 Franni and the Duke Anne E Johnson YA Fiction
43 Pink Flamingos All Around Matt Anderson Childrens
44 22 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill Biography
45 Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
46 Keystone Tombstones Sports Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
47 2 The Journey Called Life Christina Burns Memoir
48 39 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
49 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George Donehoo History
50 10 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction

msayocac_fcMark Singel’s political memoir A Year of Change and Consequences was #1 due to author events during election season. Beth Lancione’s Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper took #2 thanks to holiday orders. Steven K Wagner’s biography Seinsoth about the Dodger who almost was, debuted at #3. Lawrence Knorr’s Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib – The Youngest Player in American League History continued to sell briskly due to seasonal interest, taking #4. Carrie Wissler-Thomas’ As the Paint Dries was lifted by gallery sales to #5.

The company released two new titles in November:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for November, 2016
Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
The Book of Practical Wisdom Terry Ray Quotes

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

Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Australia

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Beth Lancione’s Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper. The book was illustrated by Kathy Haney.

About the Book:
case8.500x8.500.inddIn the fourth of Solomon Screech Owl’s stories, Sollie travels to the land down under, exploring the Australia where he meets many of the strange and wonderful creatures that dwell there.

About the Author & Illustrator:
The late Beth Lancione, formerly of Etters, PA, retired from a long career in public education and began what she hoped would be a long second career as an author of children’s books. The Solomon Screech Owl stories, conceived as an eight book series in which Sollie will visit the seven continents in his quest to see all that the world has to show him, was inspired by Beth’s love for her grandchildren, her enjoyment of adventurous travel, and her experiences working with owls as a volunteer at a rescue facility for injured birds of prey.

Kathy Haney, a retired high school art teacher, resides in Salem, Oregon. She is an active award-winning artist, creating drawings and watercolor paintings, designing posters, and illustrating books. An area of special interest for her is early childhood literacy, having taught young parents the value of reading to their infants, volunteering in Guatemala’s efforts to increase literacy in indigenous peoples, and proudly being the first person to read a book to her grandchildren. Kathy and her husband, Gary, love to travel, and much of her artwork reflects the peoples and cultures they encountered. She is excited to share the adventure of travel with Solomon’s readers.

Beth and Kathy had been friends since high school. The Solomon Screech Owl series is their literary collaboration.

Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper
Authored by Beth Lancione, Illustrated by Kathy Haney
List Price: $19.95
8.5″ x 8.5″ Hardcover
Color on White paper
38 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620067871
BISAC: Childrens / Adventure

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Solomon-Screech-Owls-Kan…

Darla Henry's "3-5-7 Model Workbook" is Sunbury Press bestseller for February

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February, 2016. Darla Henry’s grief counseling workbook for the 3-5-7 Model, took the top spot. Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure, by the late Beth Lancione and illustrator Kathy Haney, grabbed the second spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for February, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 The 3-5-7 Model Workbook Darla Henry Grief Counseling
2 NEW Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
3 12 Between Good and Evil R Michael Phillips Detective Thriller
4 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
5 Blue Lines Up In Arms James Craig Atchison Detective Thriller
6 2 The Bipolar Millionaire John E Wade II Biography
7 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
8 16 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
9 20 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
10 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Psycho Thriller
11 Rabid Philanderer’s, Inc. Nancy Williams Thriller Fiction
12 28 Perilous Journey Ted Brusaw Historical Fiction
13 5 Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
14 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psycho Thriller
15 NEW Sucked Into Cyberspace Ricky Bruce YA Fiction
16 13 Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Detective Thriller
17 3 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
18 30 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
19 9 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
20 26 Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess Barbara Trainin Blank Biography
21 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill History
22 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Thriller Fiction
23 Lost in the Shadow of Fame William Lemanski Biography
24 10 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
25 Fatal Snow Robert Walton Thriller Fiction
26 Keep it Blue Haley Dean Thriller Fiction
27 21 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
28 Prince and the Paupers Guy Graybill History
29 17 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
30 27 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History

Sunbury Press has wrapped up its best February ever. Compared to last February, sales were up 18%. Year-to-date, sales are up slightly less than 10% versus last year. So far, it is the best start ever for the company. EBook sales continued their slide, dropping 25% from February 2015, and 15% year-to-date. Ebook sales have collapsed 70% from February 2013, three years ago.

357 front“The 3-5-7 Model Workbook” grabbed the top spot thanks to the use of the book in the author’s consulting and seminar practice. The late Beth Lancione’s childrens book “Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure” was released in February, and benefitted from family events. Recently released R. Michael Phillips’ thriller “Between Good and Evil” showed thanks to author release events in the Philadelphia area. “Where Elephants Fought,” Bridget Smith’s historical novel about Confederate General Earl Van Dorn’s mysterious death moved up to #4 thanks to ongoing interest in the Vicksburg, Mississippi area. James Craig Atchison’s hockey/detective thriller “Blue Lines Up in Arms” ratcheted to #5 due to author events and activities. John E Wade II’s “The Bipolar Millionaire” held on the list at #6, buttressed by author publicity efforts. Jess Steven Hughes grabbed two spots with his Roman historical fiction, taking #7 with “The Wolf of Britannia Part I” and #29 with “The Sign of the Eagle.” Hughes continues to make his rounds of bookstores in the Pacific northwest. Allen Mindell also reserved two spots with his popular sports fiction titles, #8 “The B Team” and #9 “The Closer.” Mindell continues to prosper from appearances in southern California. Keith Rommel’s convention activity and movies pushed two of his titles up the list. “The Lurking Man” just made the top 10, while “The Cursed Man” was at #14. Both films are expected out in the next 12 to 18 months. Nancy Williams’ recently released “Rabid Philadenderer’s, Inc.” jettisoned to #11 thanks to orders from upstate Pennsylvania. The late Ted Brusaw’s novel about Benedict Arnold, “Perilous Journey,” climbed to #12 thanks to promotional efforts by his widow. Lucky #13 went to M. A. Richards and his spy thriller “Choice of Enemies” thanks to author promotional activities. Ricky Bruce’s new YA release “Sucked Into Cyberspace” debuted at #15 due to author activities in the San Jose, California region. William Lemanski has benefitted from the sales of his murder mystery, “Murder in Tuxedo Park,” very popular in his Tuxedo Park, New York hometown. The book was #16 in the rankings, pulling up his biography ssoaa_fcof Kermit Roosevelt, “Lost in the Shadow of Fame,” which returned to the list at #23. Investigative reporter Chris Papst’s “Capital Murder,” about the mayoral scandal in Harrisburg, continues to sell steadily in Pennsylvania’s capital city, taking #17. “That Night at Surigao,” Ernie Marshall’s naval history of the last battle of battleships in World War II grabbed #18 thanks to ongoing interest in the subject matter. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” continues to sell steadily, ranking #19. “Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess,” about the Harrisburg pioneering entrepreneur, benefitted from author Barbara Blank’s television appearance, taking #20. Guy Graybill was back in the rankings at #21 and #28 with his Prince Farrington biographies “Prohibition’s Prince” and “Prince and the Paupers.” Guy has been making his rounds again in the Williamsport, Pennsylvania area. Sharon Marchisello’s Alzheimers thriller “Going Home” jumped to #22 thanks to author appearances. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir, “Call Sign Dracula,” continues to sell well, including overseas, taking #24. Robert Walton’s humorous adventure/thriller “Fatal Snow” was boosted by author appearances, returning to the rankings at #25. Haley Dean took #26 with her thriller “Keep it Blue” thanks to ongoing author online efforts. Kyle Romines’ thriller “Keeper of the Crows” slipped to #27, holding on thanks to sales in the Louisville, Kentucky area. Anthony Julian clung to #30 with his “Pit Bulls” compilation of historic photos of the breed. Julian’s book was popular over the Christmas season, but has faded of late.

The company sold 110 other titles, 140 in all, during the month of February, with the strongest performances in the history and historical fiction categories. Online sales continue to dominate over brick and mortar bookstores.

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

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for February, 2016
Sucked Into Cyberspace Ricky Bruce YA Fiction
Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens

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

Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Antarctic

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. ssoaa_fc— Sunbury Press has released Beth Lancione’sSolomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure.. The book was illustrated by Kathy Haney.

About the Book:
In the third of Solomon Screech Owl’s stories, Sollie travels to the bottom of the world, exploring the Antarctic where he meets many of the strange and wonderful creatures that dwell there.

About the Author & Illustrator:
The late Beth Lancione, formerly of Etters, PA, retired from a long career in public education and began what she hoped would be a long second career as an author of children’s books. The Solomon Screech Owl stories, conceived as an eight book series in which Sollie will visit the seven continents in his quest to see all that the world has to show him, was inspired by Beth’s love for her grandchildren, her enjoyment of adventurous travel, and her experiences working with owls as a volunteer at a rescue facility for injured birds of prey.

Kathy Haney, a retired high school art teacher, resides in Salem, Oregon. She is an active award-winning artist, creating drawings and watercolor paintings, designing posters, and illustrating books. An area of special interest for her is early childhood literacy, having taught young parents the value of reading to their infants, volunteering in Guatemala’s efforts to increase literacy in indigenous peoples, and proudly being the first person to read a book to her grandchildren. Kathy and her husband, Gary, love to travel, and much of her artwork reflects the peoples and cultures they encountered. She is excited to share the adventure of travel with Solomon’s readers.

Beth and Kathy had been friends since high school. The Solomon Screech Owl series is their literary collaboration.

Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure
Authored by Beth Lancione, Illustrated by Kathy Haney
List Price: $19.95
8.5″ x 8.5″ Hardcover
Color on White paper
34 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620067239
BISAC: Childrens / Adventure

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Solomon-Screech-Owls-Ant…

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

Sunbury Press childrens author Beth Lancione killed in automobile accident

Author Beth Lancione (left) and illustrator Kathy Haney (right).

Author Beth Lancione (left) and illustrator Kathy Haney (right).

ETTERS, Pa.Elizabeth “Beth” Lancione and her husband Emilio, both 63 from Etters, PA, were killed in a single-car accident on the Pennsylvania Turnpike last evening. Beth, with illustrator Kathy Haney, was the author of the “Solomon Screech Owl” series of childrens books just released last month by Sunbury Press.

Beth’s Author Biography
Beth Lancione
, of Etters, PA, retired from a long career in public education and began what she hopes will be a long second career as an author of children’s books. The Solomon Screech Owl stories, conceived as an eight book series in which Sollie will visit the seven continents in his quest to see all that the world has to show him, was inspired by Beth’s love for her grandchildren, her enjoyment of adventurous travel, and her experiences working with owls as a volunteer at a rescue facility for injured birds of prey.

News Report from Lancaster Online:
Husband & wife killed & 2 others injured after vehicle slams into tree off PA Turnpike
Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 10:45 am |Updated: 2:19 pm, Wed Dec 31, 2014. — Jennifer Todd and Ryan Mellon Staff Writers

Two people were killed and two others seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lancaster County.

Driver Emilio A. Lancione, 63, and his wife, Elizabeth A. Lancione, 63, both of Etters in York County, were killed, state police Investigator Kevin Holland wrote in a press release. Jana M. Murray, 36, and a 10-year-old boy, both of York Haven, suffered “major injury.”

The crash was reported shortly before 8:30 p.m. at the Lebanon County line in Rapho Township.

The vehicle, a 2004 Subaru Outback, traveling westbound on I-76 went off the roadway and down an embankment before slamming into a tree and catching on fire.

The Lanciones, who were the front passengers of the car, were severely injured and trapped.

Two rear passengers, Murray and her 10-year-old son, were also severely injured and trapped in the vehicle.

Police were able to smash out the rear left window of the vehicle, allowing Murray and her son to escape.

Passersby used fire extinguishers and put out the fire with the Lanciones still trapped inside.

Crews needed to use tools to cut portions of the car in order to extricate the Lanciones.

State police Cpl. Kelly Lentz said they were trapped for at least one hour.

All four passengers were taken to Hershey Medical Center.

Two Life Lion medical helicopters responded to the area. Lentz said Murray and her son were flown to Hershey Medical Center.

The Lanciones were taken to the hospital by ambulance where they were later pronounced dead.

Lebanon County fire officials took command of the incident. Crews from Manheim and Mastersonville assisted at the scene.

The Lanciones are the 60th and 61st to die on Lancaster County roads in 2014, according to newspaper and county records.

ssoff_fcSunbury Press Statement
“We are deeply saddened to have lost one of our most enthusiastic authors, Beth Lancione,” said Sunbury Press President/CEO Lawrence Knorr. “Beth’s energy for her work was unparalleled. She was so thrilled to finally see her books in print just a few weeks ago. It is such an unspeakable tragedy to lose her and her husband at this time. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her extended family, her illustrator and lifelong friend, Kathy Haney, and the others injured in the crash. Words cannot express the shock and grief we at Sunbury Press are feeling at this moment.”

Beth was scheduled to participate as one of five authors at the Childrens Day at the Sunbury Press store at 50 West Main Street on Saturday January 17th from 1 to 4 PM.  In honor of Beth’s memory, Mr. Knorr will read and present her books for her as she would have ssogttg_fcwished.

"The Chair" grabs the top seat again! — Sunbury Press bestsellers for November 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for November, 2014. Jim Campbell’s memoir of his career as a pastor The Chair was #1.

tc_fcAbout The Chair
Sometimes, one needs a special mentor to find life and its wonder. Sometimes, that mentor is a chair.

The Chair is Pastor James Campbell’s spiritual odyssey that leads us through the night of emptiness and then emerges into the light of compassion, intervention, and redemption.  Through his renovation of a simple chair, reverence for worn out sewing needles in the Japanese celebration of Hari-Kuyo, and reflection upon how stress to the Diamond Willows of Alaska produces works of art, this parable describes Campbell’s own epiphanies during the course of his life travels ministering to the forgotten and broken.

“For members of the helping profession, caregivers, or those looking for meaning in meaningless times, Campbell is a valuable read.   He will guide you, literally and figuratively, out of the ruins of the great dust bowl to a peaceful Colorado valley.  And he will show you how all these things remain part of your soul.”

Steve Schoenmakers, M.S., Superintendent, Retired, Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for November, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 1 The Chair James Campbell Spiritual Memoir
2 NEW Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos Beth Lancione Childrens Fiction
3 NEW Keystone Tombstones Sports Joe Farrell & Joe Farley Sports History
4 11 Born Fire Dragon Susan Kiskis Spiritual Memoir
5 NEW As the Paint Dries Carrie Wissler-Thomas Art History
6 NEW Silver Moon Joanne L. S. Risso Childrens Fiction
7 NEW Solomon Screech Owl’s First Flight Beth Lancione Childrens Fiction
8 3 Poor Will’s Almanack 2015 Bill Felker Almanac
9 9 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
10 14 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
11 7 Head Over Wheels Ken Mercurio Sports Memoir
12 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
13 20 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
14 My Mom Is an Alien Joanne L. S. Risso Childrens Fiction
15 A Brother’s Cold Case Dennis Herrick Thriller Fiction
16 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Farrell, Farley, & Knorr War Biography
17 The Power of Uncertainty John Loase Philosophy
18 19 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
19 4 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
20 17 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction

Sunbury Press had its best November ever. For the month, sales were up 44% as compared to the same month last year. Year-to-date, sales are up over 18% overall. The company remains on track to have its best year ever. Trade paperback sales in 2014 have already exceeded sales of all of 2013. Hardcover sales since June have rocketed past eBook sales, which were down over 15% for the year.

ssogttg_fcJim Campbell’s The Chair led the way thanks to the chair’s (accompanied by Jim) tour of the Midwest. Beth Lancione’s Solomon Screech Owl series, lavishly illustrated by Kathleen Haney, debuted at #2 (Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos) and #7 (Solomon Screech Owl’s First Flight)  thanks to author activities. Joe Farrell and Joe Farley returned to the rankings at #3 with their new biographical compilation Keystone Tombstones Sports. Their Civil War volume, co-authored with Lawrence Knorr, grabbed the 16th spot, all thanks to author appearances and collaboration with a real estate agent offering books as housewarming gifts.Susan Kiskis’s Born Fire Dragon soared to #4 thanks to her author event at Sunbury Press and her appearance schedule. As the Paint Dries, Carrie Wissler-Thomas’s history of the Art Association of Harrisburg, co-authored by Michael Barton, opened at #5 due to advance sales to the gallery for the December 5th book signing event (which was well attended!). Joanne L. S. Risso’s Chinese fairytale Silver Moon, illustrated by German artist Christiane Künzel, debuted at #6 thanks to sales in the US and Germany. Joanne’s My Mom Is an Alien also joined the rankings at #14 thanks to author activities. Bill Felker’s Poor Will’s Almanack 2015 held strong at #8 thanks to sales from the author’s annual buyers.  Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga held at #9 as a result of ongoing author promotions. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #10 due to national media attention for the search for the aviatrix’s plane. Head Over Wheels, Ken Mercurio’s cycling memoir slipped to #11, It continues to receive strong interest from cycling enthusiasts. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir Call Sign Dracula returned to the rankings at #12 thanks to author appearances. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls I continued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts, ranking lucky 13th. Dennis Herrick;s latest, A Brother’s Cold Case, debuted at #15 in its new Sunbury Press edition. Professor John Loase’s polemic about the need for higher education, The Power of Uncertainty, ranked 17th thanks to author activities. The Bronze Dagger by Marie Sontag held on the list thanks to signing events at schools. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Autumn slipped to #19 the month after her author event at the Sunbury Press store. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales in the San Diego area.

The company released eight new titles during the month of November:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for November, 2014
Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L. Moore History
Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos Beth Lancione Childrens Fiction
Solomon Screech Owl’s First Flight Beth Lancione Childrens Fiction
Silver Moon Joanne L. S. Risso Childrens Fiction
Keystone Tombstones Sports Joe Farrell & Joe Farley Sports History
As the Paint Dries Carrie Wissler-Thomas Art History
A Guide to Finer Dining J. R. Hipsky Etiquette
Patsy (reissue) Doug Brode 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:
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Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Beth Lancione’s Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos. The book was illustrated by Kathy Haney.

ssogttg_fcAbout the Book:
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 says, “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 says, “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.”

07Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos
Authored by Beth Lancione, Illustrated by Kathy Haney
List Price: $19.95
8.5″ x 8.5″ Hardcover
Color on White paper
34 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065211
BISAC: Childrens / Adventure

For more information, please see:
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Solomon Screech Owl's world tour begins with "First Flight"

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Beth Lancione’sSolomon Screech Owl’s First Flight. The book was illustrated by Kathy Haney.

ssoff_fcAbout the Book:
Soar with Solomon Screech Owl as he takes hisFirst Flight on a grand adventure. This inquisitive, feisty little bird is sure that there must be a big world beyond his tree branch, and he sets out, with the help of some other species, on a quest to see all that this world has to show him.

About the Author & Illustrator:

Beth Lancione, of Etters, PA, retired from a long career in public education and began what she hopes will be a long second career as an author of children’s books. The Solomon Screech Owl stories, conceived as an eight book series in which Sollie will visit the seven continents in his quest to see all that the world has to show him, was inspired by Beth’s love for her grandchildren, her enjoyment of adventurous travel, and her experiences working with owls as a volunteer at a rescue facility for injured birds of prey.

SolomonBk1Pg19Kathy Haney, a retired high school art teacher, resides in Salem, Oregon. She is an active award-winning artist, creating drawings and watercolor paintings, designing posters, and illustrating books. An area of special interest for her is early childhood literacy, having taught young parents the value of reading to their infants, volunteering in Guatemala’s efforts to increase literacy in indigenous peoples, and proudly being the first person to read a book to her grandchildren. Kathy and her husband, Gary, love to travel, and much of her artwork reflects the peoples and cultures they encountered. She is excited to share the adventure of travel with Solomon’s readers.

Beth and Kathy have been friends since high school. The Solomon Screech Owl series is their first literary collaboration.

Solomon Screech Owl’s First Flight
Authored by Beth Lancione, Illustrated by Kathy Haney
List Price: $19.95
8.5″ x 8.5″ Hardcover
Color on White paper
26 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065204
BISAC: Childrens / Adventure

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Solomon-Screech-Owls-Fir…