History of Lykens Township Volume 2 is the Sunbury Press bestseller for February

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February. The Gratz Historical Society’s History of Lyken Township Volume Two took the top spot. Beagle Tales VI by Bob Ford was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for February, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW History of Lykens Township Volume 2 Gratz Historical Society History
2 NEW Beagle Tales VI Bob Ford Humor
3 Dinorific Poetry Volume 1 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
4 2 Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
5 41 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
7 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
8 Bravo! Guy Graybill Music History
9 5 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
10 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
11 8 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
12 1 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
13 NEW Planet Jesus #1: Flesh & Blood Doug & Shaun Brode Supernatural Fiction
14 NEW Tories, Terror, and Tea John L Moore History
15 American Berserk Bill Morris Memoir
16 9 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
17 40 Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
18 15 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
19 20 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
20 OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan Supernatural Fiction
21 26 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
22 7 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
23 12 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L Moore History
24 30 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
25 24 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
26 45 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
27 14 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L Moore History
28 35 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
29 25 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
30 19 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
31 18 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
32 27 The Descendants of Johann Peter Klinger … Max Klinger Geneaology
33 NEW Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
34 13 Mary Sachs Barbara Trainin-Blank Biography
35 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
36 OneWay Robin McClellan Supernatural Fiction
37 49 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
38 17 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
39 34 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
40 The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey Lawrence Knorr Geneaology
41 The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping William Cook True Crime
42 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
43 Well I’ll be Hanged Tim Dempsey History
44 37 Indian Villages and Place Names in PA George Donehoo History
45 50 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth History
46 Der Lange Verborgene Freund John George Hohman Spirituality
47 Keystone Tombstones Volume 3 Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
48 Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
49 The Sea is a Thief David Parmalee Historical Fiction
50 21 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History

The Gratz Historical Society’s local history “The History of Lykens Township Volume 2,” was #1 due to advance sales leading up to its release in April. Bob Ford’s humorous “Beagle Tales VI” continues a successful string of releases by the writer, took #2 thanks to sales in the beagling community. Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli’s “Dinorific Poetry Volume 1” bounced back to #3 due to author events. Steven K Wagner’s biography “Seinsoth” about the Dodger who almost was took #4 due to bookstore sales. Joe Fair’s Vietnam history, “Call Sign Dracula” was strong at #5 thanks to author activities.

The company released three new titles in February:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for February, 2016
Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
Tories, Terror, and Tea John L Moore History
Planet Jesus #1: Flesh & Blood Doug & Shaun Brode Supernatural Fiction
Beagle Tales VI Bob Ford Humor

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

Michele Livingston's "Living in the Afterlife" is the Sunbury Press bestseller for June

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for June. Michele Livingston’s record of her channeled spirit encounters, Living in the Afterlife earned the top spot. A Year of Change and Consequences by former governor Mark Singel was second.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for June, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
2 NEW A Year of Change & Consequences Mark Singel Political Memoir
3 NEW Bitter Sweet Catherine Jordan et al. Short Stories
4 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
5 1 What Do You Say? James Campbell Pastoral Resources
6 What Springs from Rain? Lindsay Lough Nature
7 NEW Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
8 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
9 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
10 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
11 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Religious History
12 The Phoenician Code Karim El Koussa Metaphysical Fiction
13 15 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
14 4 Israel Under Siege Scot McCauley Espionage Fiction
15 9 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
16 Head Over Wheels Ken Mercurio Medical Memoir
17 19 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
18 Dinorific Poetry Volume 1 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
19 20 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
20 8 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
21 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Nature
22 23 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
23 3 Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
24 2 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
25 NEW OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan & Ruth Watson Metaphysical Fiction
26 11 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
27 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
28 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
29 Hidden Dangers Bob Stout Geopolitics
30 24 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History

lita_fcMichele Livingston’s “Living in the Afterlife” debuted in the top spot thanks to advance sales prior to her appearance at the Lily Dale Assembly in Lily Dale, NY in July. Her “Messages from Beyond” also took #4. Former Pennsylvania governor Mark Singel’s new release, “A Year of Change and Consequences”shot out of the gate to #2 thanks to attention in the press. “Bitter Sweet,” the short story anthology shepherded by editor Catherine Jordan, who led the writing workshop at the Fredericksen Library in Camp Hill, rocketed to #3 due to strong sales at the library’s release celebration. All author proceeds and profits were donated to the library. “What Do You Say?,” last month’s bestseller, hung onto #5 thanks to author activities. The late Lindsay Lough’s previously discontinued pictorial compilation of the Ecuadoran rain forest, “What Springs of Rain,” placed at #6 thanks to a large order from the family to be shared in remembrance with those who attended her memorial service. Lawrence Knorr’s “Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib” took #7 in advance of the book release party in Gratz in early July. Kyle Romines “The Keeper of the Crows” returned to the rankings at #8 thanks to author activities. “The Blue Ground,” by Joe Harvey, grabbed #9 as interest increased thanks to reviews. Alan Mindell’s “The B Team” took #10 and “The Closer” #19 thanks to author appearances in southern California. Karim El Koussa netted #11 and #12 with “Jesus the Phoenician” and “The Phoenician Code” thanks to export orders. Anthony Julian’s “Pit Bulls” held at #13 as interest in the breed continues to be strong. Admiral McCauley’s international thriller “Israel Under Siege” slipped to #14 following his book release party at Bay Books in Coronado, California. Bridget Smith’s historical fiction “Where Elephants Fought,” about a Confederate general, rode in at #15 as the author continued her speaking rounds. Ken Mercurio’s “Head Over Wheels,” recounting his cycling mishap and subsequent medical recovery, returned to the rankings at #16 due to seasonal interest. Sheldon Munn’s “Freemasons at Gettysburg” held at #17 thanks to steady orders from gift shops in Gettysburg. The Sgrignoli’s “Dinorific Poetry Volume 1” re-appeared in the rankings at #18 thanks to author activities. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” continues to sell well at #20 as readers acquire this second edition. Sue Fox McGovern’s “Raising Monarchs,” instructing us how to save the butterfly species, charted at #21 thanks to sales to lawn and garden stores in the midwest. Ernie Marshall’s “That Night at Surigao” moved up to #22 due to continued interest in the subject matter. M A Richards’ spy thriller “A Choice of Enemies” slid to #23 as his tour of bookstores in the northeast wound down. “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick held at #24 due to sales in New Mexico. “OneWay: The Oracle” by Robin McClellan and Ruth Watson debuted at #25 thanks to interest in the Harrisburg area. Joe Fair’s Viet Nam memoir “Call Sign Dracula” continues to sell well among the veterans, ranking #26. Sherry Knowlton’s publicity efforts yielded #27 & #28 for “Dead of Autumn” and “Dead of Summer.” Increasing concern about tensions at the Mexican border has caused Bob Stout’s “Hidden Danger” to rise onto the chart at #29. Michael Hawley’s “The Ripper’s Haunts” held on at #30 as it continues to get interest from Ripper fans.

The company released four new titles in June:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for June, 2016
OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan & Ruth Watson Metaphysical Fiction
Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
A Year of Change & Consequences Mark Singel Political Memoir
Bitter Sweet Catherine Jordan et al. Short Stories

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

Lawrence Knorr's remarks about "Wonder Boy" Carl Scheib at the Gratz Historical Society

Gratz, PA (July 7, 2016) — Former major league baseball player Carl Scheib, the subject of the recent biography Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib — The Youngest Player in American League History, traveled to his hometown of Gratz, Pennsylvania from his residence in San Antonio, Texas for a presentation and book signing on Thursday July 7th, 2016, held at the Gratz Community Center. The event was organized by the Gratz Historical Society. ABC27 from Harrisburg and The Citizen Standard covered the event, which was well-attended–over 120 people were present.

(Click here for the ABC27 story by Ross Lippman)

wb_fcFollowing is a transcript of the remarks made by Lawrence Knorr, the author or Wonder Boy:

Welcome everyone!  What a turnout!  Thank you so much for coming out this evening to support Carl Scheib. Carl, Sunbury Press, and the Gratz Historical Society all thank you for doing so.

My name is Lawrence Knorr. I am the author of Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib — The Youngest Player in American League History.  My ancestors are from the nearby Mahantongo Valley, near the village of Rough and Ready and Salem Church, just a few miles from here. I’ll never forget the first time I saw the valley, crossing over Mahantongo Moutain. At the peak, I looked out and saw the beautiful Mahantongo Valley before me with the Salem Church nestled below. It was a sight to see. I have collaborated in several books about the area, and as the owner of Sunbury Press, have published a number of books about the region, including those by Steve Troutman, whom many of you know.

So, many people have asked me … why write a book about Carl Scheib?  Some have even asked me if I did it because I was related to him.  The truth starts with a funny story.  A few years ago, while working with Joe Farrell and Joe Farley of the Keystone Tombstones series, which we publish, I was looking for interesting stories for their Sports volume.  I stumbled across Carl’s story online — the youngest player in modern history when he came up — and saw he was from Gratz, Pennsylvania. Given his age, I figured he was probably dead and buried in Pennsylvania. The Joes write about famous or noteworthy people buried in Pennsylvania.  So, I called the Joes and told them about Carl, and they were intrigued.  A few days later, I had dug further into Carl’s situation and found him alive and well in San Antonio, Texas. I called the Joes back and let them know Carl was off the list — he was still alive!  They expressed a little disappointment, and then I declared I would write his biography anyway.

I reached out to Carl with a letter and soon we were talking on the phone and via the mail. We agreed it would be best to meet in person at his home. My wife, Tammi, and I flew to San Antonio and spent three days with Carl reviewing his memorabilia and photographs and interviewing him about his life and his days in baseball.  We also attended a couple Texas League games at the Missions ballpark.  It was a lot of fun to watch a few games with Carl and talk about baseball.

The book took two years to write — part time — and was released by Sunbury Press last month. It relates the interesting story of Carl’s rise from high school ball to the major leagues at the age of 16, and recounts every major league appearance he made.

The story of Carl’s discovery, due to the actions of a local grocery clerk, Hannah Clark, and a traveling salesman, Al Grossman is somewhat apocryphal.  The story was repeated again in a recent news article in the Harrisburg paper.  What is not told is that Hannah was much more than a grocery clerk.  She was Carl’s cousin!  What also was not told accurately by Clifford Kachline back in 1948 in The Sporting News was story of Carl’s tryout. In those days, they embellished news stories to put a family-oriented spin on them. In the story, it was assumed Carl’s father drove him to the tryout in 1942, when Carl was 15. What he didn’t say was that Gummy Rothermal, an older pitcher on the Dalmatia team in the West Branch League drove Carl because he had a good car.  Can you imagine two young lads, in 1942, driving on the two lane roads from the valley to Philadelphia — over 100 miles — to try out for a major league team?  I can only imagine the conversation they had. I am sure Gummy hoped he’d get a tryout too, but that didn’t happen.

Carl had been a high school star in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. Gratz won the baseball championship in 1941, and in 1942 with Carl as their ace pitcher. Carl was also invited to pitch for Dalmatia in the West Branch League … a town league of adult men who admitted teenage players during the war years.

Carl went to his tryout at Shibe Park in Philadelphia. It was raining that morning, and the game had been canceled. At first Carl thought the tryout was canceled too! But, after he found his way into the Athletics’ ballpark, he received his tryout in front of Connie Mack and others in the A’s brass. Connie told him to hurry back next year, after school was out.

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Author Lawrence Knorr

Carl went home and did just that. The following spring, in 1943, after school was out, he quit high school and headed to Philadelphia. He initially was a batting practice pitcher, and then began taking trips on the train with the team. By September, he was ready to go, and signed a contract. At this point, his father came from Gratz to co-sign, since he was underage. Carl then entered his first game that day — against the New York Yankees!

When he walked onto the field, Carl was the youngest player in modern major league history.  There had been some younger players back in the 1800s, but no one as young as Carl, at 16 years, had played major league baseball since. He was used sparingly in relief the rest of the way and had respectable numbers. The next year, a 15 year old named Joe Nuxhall threw less than an inning of crappy ball giving up five runs on five walks and two hits. Nuxhall then went to the minors and did not return for seven years!  Carl stuck in the big leagues and got better and better. Personally, I think there should be an asterisk next to Nuxhall’s appearance, but it is, what it is. Carl is still the youngest player to have ever appeared in the American League.

Carl was with the A’s the whole season in 1944, and then when he turned 18, in 1945, he was drafted into the Army early that season. Fortunately, the war was ending when Carl went off to Germany as one of the occupation troops. He was stationed at Nuremburg during the trials. He participated on two different teams in the Army, and won nearly all of his games, including the GI championship in Germany.

Upon his return in 1947, Carl was back with the A’s and continued what many would say was just an “average” major league career. But I disagree. Carl played 11 seasons at the highest level of his sport. Not many players do that. He had not played in the minor leagues before coming to the majors, and had performed very well at a very young age. Anyone who makes a major league is one of the top players in the sport, and Carl played at that level for over a decade. So no, Carl was not a hall-of-famer, or a World Series winner, or an All-Star, but he was a solid performer for many years, who did some remarkable things, some of which I will talk about in a few minutes.

So, why is Carl Scheib’s career important? I’ll give you eight reasons:

  1. Connie Mack — Connie Mack was involved with the Philadelphia A’s from their beginning, and spent over 50 years in baseball from the late 1800s into the 1950s. His teams in the early 20th century were the “Yankees” before the Yankees became good. Carl was signed and managed by Connie Mack, one of the all-time greats. So, Carl’s career, thanks to Mack, bridges all the way back to the early days of major league baseball, and carries into the golden era.
  2. World War II — Many players got their opportunities to play thanks to a lot of the players entering the service. Carl was someone who benefited from this situation. This is an interesting era in baseball history, which has been studied quite a bit. Quite a few of these players were older and were called up from the minors to play. Many of their careers ended when the boys came home. Carl was not one of them. He stuck — and got better when the best players were back.
  3. A’s last pennant race — The A’s were in Philadelphia until the late 1950s, when they moved to Kansas City and then onto Oakland. We now know them as the Oakland A’s and many can remember the great teams of the 1970s. But the Kansas City A’s never were in the pennant race, so it was the 1948 A’s of Philadelphia, who last challenged for the lead. This team was in first place as late as August, with Carl as one of their star pitchers having his best season. Even after the A’s faded, Carl continued to pitch well as the Indians, Red Sox, and Yankees battled for the championship. The last week of the season, Carl beat the Yankees, denying them the pennant, allowing the Indians to win. Under pressure, Carl was brilliant, and was somewhat of a Yankee-killer at that time.
  4. Integration — Carl played through the era when baseball became integrated — when Jackie Robinson entered the National League, and Larry Doby entered the American League. Carl faced Doby on a number of occasions, and usually didn’t do too well against him. The A’s hired a heckler to harass Doby when he was in Philadelphia. Some of it was good-natured, but a lot of it was shameful and mean. In fact, Carl related in the book that the other players were hard on the African-American players, treating them very badly. Carl felt sorry for them.
  5. All-Time Greats — Carl got to meet some of the all-time great ballplayers.  He was coached by Chief Bender, and Al Simmons. He also met Babe Ruth during Connie Mack’s celebration of 50 years in baseball. So, Carl interacted with some of the greatest old-time ballplayers.
  6. Opponents — Carl played against some of the greatest players of all time during baseball’s golden era, and often got the better of them. He faced Ted Williams, Joe Dimaggio, Yogi Berra, Larry Doby, Mickey Mantle, and many more. On the mound, his opponents were Satchel Paige, Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Hal Newhouser, and others.
  7. Did Great Things — Carl threw complete game shutouts, hit a grand slam against the White Sox, hit four other major league homeruns, had many clutch wins and saves, and even clutch hits as a batter.
  8. Good hitter — Carl was a good-hitting pitcher. He could have been an outfielder, and played in the outfield in a couple games. He was also a key pinch hitter. One year he hit .396 — in over 50 at bats — in the major leagues.  This is tough to do! He was a lifetime .250 hitter. One game in particular made me laugh. It was really remarkable. Carl was pitching a complete game. It was tied into the bottom of the 9th. With a couple men on base, guess who came up to bat — Carl. Now, these days, how likely is it that a manager is going to allow the pitcher to bat in the bottom of the 9th of a tie game. This doesn’t happen anymore!  Ever!  So, Carl is allowed to bat, and what does he do? He gets the game-winning walk-off hit!  I looked into this a little bit, and I don’t know of any other instances where a starting pitcher, throwing a complete game, has the walk-off hit to end the game. It certainly hasn’t happened in quite awhile, if at all.  Admittedly, I didn’t look too hard, but it is remarkable nonetheless.  In another game, in the minor leagues, near the end of his career, the manager was thrown out of the game for some reason, and Carl being one of the older players on the team, was asked to manage the rest of the way.  Along comes the bottom of the 9th, and the game is tied. There are a couple of men on. Guess who Carl, the manager, inserts as a pinch-hitter? Himself! And, guess what he did? He got a hit – a walk-off hit to win the game.

So, in summary, Carl was simply a great country ballplayer. On better teams, or with better management, or modern technology, I am sure he would have had an even better, and perhaps longer career. Carl truly was and is the “Wonder Boy” from Gratz!

Thank you ….

“Hass” Hassenger then spoke for a few minutes. He is the only other surviving member from the Gratz HS championship teams. He reminisced about the old days when they were boys playing ball in the valley.

Carl Scheib then answered questions and told jokes and stories for about 45 minutes.

(The entire program was recorded on video by The Gratz Historical Society and is available on DVD from them.)

Copies of the book Wonder Boy, and all other Sunbury Press books can be purchased wherever books are sold. A few signed copies will be offered by The Gratz Historical Society while supplies last. The book can also be purchased directly from Sunbury Press at:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Wonder-Boy-The-Story-of-Carl-Scheib-9781620064139.htm

James Campbell's "What Do You Say?" is the Sunbury Press bestseller for May

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for May. James Campbell’s aid to pastors handling the elderly, What Do You Say? earned the top spot. Winter of the Metal People by Dennis Herrick was second.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for May, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW What Do You Say? James Campbell Pastoral Resources
2 20 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
3 3 Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
4 5 Israel Under Siege Scot McCauley Espionage Fiction
5 The Oxygen Factory Renee des Lauriers YA Dystopian Fiction
6 12 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
7 Blue Lines Up In Arms James Craig Atchison Thriller Fiction
8 4 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
9 6 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
10 The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Mahantango Valley Steve Troutman History
11 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
12 14 Between Good and Evil R Michael Phillips Detective Thriller
13 NEW The Mask of Minos Robert Walton Thriller Fiction
14 Rising Sun Descending Wade Fowler Historical Fiction
15 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
16 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Joe Farrell, Joe Farley & Lawrence Knorr History
17 Keep It Blue Haley Dean Literary Fiction
18 Ionica Catalina Petcov Memoir
19 11 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
20 7 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
21 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Thriller Fiction
22 GXM731 Terry Ray Science Fiction
23 30 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
24 9 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
25 Seeking Samiel Catherine Jordan Thriller Fiction
26 13 A Moment in the Sun Tory Gates YA Fiction
27 NEW Death by Internet Joe Carvalko Speculative Fiction
28 Pink Flamingos All Around Matt Anderson Childrens
29 The Bookseller’s Secret Catherine Jordan Thriller Fiction
30 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction

wdys_fcJames Campbell’s “What Do You Say?” returned to print for the first time in 25 years and took the top spot thanks to author activities. “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick climbed to #2 due to a large order from a school district in New Mexico. M A Richards’ spy thriller “A Choice of Enemies” held at #3 due to the author’s tour of bookstores in the northeast. Admiral McCauley’s international thriller “Israel Under Siege” notched up to #4 thanks to bookstore orders. “The Oxygen Factory,” the YA dystopian novel from Renee des Lauriers returned to the rankings at #5 due to author activities. Alan Mindell’s “The B Team” took #6 and “The Closer” #20 thanks to author appearances in southern California. James Craig Atchison’s “Blue Lines Up In Arms” returned to the rankings at #7 as the author appeared at Pennsylvania bookstores. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” continues to sell well at #8 as readers acquire this second edition. Bridget Smith’s historical fiction “Where Elephants Fought,” about a Confederate general, clocked in at #9 as the author continued her speaking rounds. Steve Troutman grabbed #10 with “The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Mahantongo Valley.” Steve continues to make appearances upstate. Joe Fair’s Viet Nam memoir “Call Sign Dracula” continues to sell well among the veterans, ranking #11. R Michael Philips’ “Between Good and Evil” inched up to #12 as he continues to make author appearances in the Philadelphia area. Bob Walton’s “The Mask of Minos” debuted at #13 thanks to author activities. Wade Fowler’s “Rising Sun Descending” charted at #14 in advance of Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg. Anthony Julian’s “Pit Bulls” returned to the chart at #15 as interest in the breed continues to be strong. “Keystone Tombstones Civil War” by Joe Farrell, Joe Farley, and Lawrence Knorr slotted in at #16 thanks to author activities. Haley Dean’s “Kepp It Blue” charted at #17 in advance of Jubilee Day. Catalina Petcov’s “Ionica” ranked #18 in advance of her author event in Lebanon, PA. Sheldon Munn’s “Freemasons at Gettysburg” held at #19 thanks to orders from gift shops in Gettysburg. Sharon Marchisello’s “Going Home” grabbed #21 in advance of Jubillee Day. “GXM731” by wotmp_fc3Terry Ray benefitted from orders from MUFON, taking #22. Ernie Marshall’s “That Night at Surigao” moved up to #23 due to continued interest in the subject matter. Michael Hawley’s “The Ripper’s Haunts” slipped to #24 but continues to get interest from Ripper fans. Catherine Jordan took #25 and #29 with “Seeking Samiel” and its sequel “The Bookseller’s Secret.” Catherine made appearances in the Harrisburg area. Tory Gates continues to promote his book “A Moment in the Sun,” and ranked #26. Joe Carvalko’s “Death by Internet” slotted in at #27 due to author activities. Matt Anderson’s “Pink Flamingos All Around” returned to the chart at #28. Keith Rommel’s promotinal activities pulled “The Devil Tree” onto the chart at #30.

The company released three new titles in May:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for May, 2016
The 10 Second Shift Bill Foley Self-Help
Dead Kill 2: The Ridge of Change Thomas Malafarina Thriller Fiction
Wonder Boy – The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography

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

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

"Healing Tips for the Mind, Body, and Soul" is the top Sunbury bestseller for January

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for January, 2016. Dr. Arif Shaikh took the top spot with his compilation of 365 tips for personal growth Healing Tips for the Mind, Body, and Soul. John E. Wade II’s Bipolar Millionaire took the #2 spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for January, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 Healing Tips for the Mind, Body, and Soul Dr. Arif Shaikh Self-Help
2 NEW The Bipolar Millionaire John E Wade II Biography
3 6 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
4 Ionica Catalina Petcov Biography
5 NEW Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
6 The Savage Apostle John Kachuba Historical Fiction
7 14 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
8 11 The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Upper Mahantongo Valley Steve Troutman History
9 10 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
10 23 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
11 16 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
12 NEW Between Good and Evil R Michael Phillips Detective Thriller
13 8 Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Detective Thriller
14 The Heatstroke Line Ed Rubin Climate Fiction
15 21 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
16 12 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
17 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
18 Pink Flamingos All Around Matt Anderson Childrens
19 19 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
20 9 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
21 1 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
22 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Self-Help
23 NEW Rabid Philanderer’s, Inc. Nancy Williams Thriller Fiction
24 25 The Death Machine Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
25 The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
26 4 Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess Barbara Trainin Blank Biography
27 3 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
28 Perilous Journey Ted Brusaw Historical Fiction
29 30 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
30 15 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History

Sunbury Press has wrapped up its best January ever. Compared to last January, sales were up slightly at 2.5%. EBook sales continued their slide, dropping 12% from January 2015. Overall, sales increased over 9% from December.

ht_fc“Healing Tips for the Mind, Body, and Soul” grabbed the top spot thanks to author activities. John E. Wade II’s reissued biography “The Bipolar Millionaire” debited at #2 due to author publicity. Chris Papst’s “Capital Murder” surged to #3 due to renewed interest in the Harrisburg mayoral scandal. “Ionica,” Catalina Petcov’s biography climbed to #4 in preparation for her book release event. “Choice of Enemies” by M A Richards was released in January and took #5 thanks to author activities and direct sales. “The Savage Apostle” by John Kachuba charted at #6. Karim El Koussa continued to see success with “Jesus the Phoenician,” garnering #7 thanks to export orders. Steve Troutman’s “The Penns’ Manor…”, #8, continued to chart thanks to sales up state. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” notched up one spot to #9 because of continued interest in the missing aviatrix. “Call Sign Dracula” by Joe Fair soared to #10 thanks to author events. Dr. Brandon Musgrave’s “Hour 30” charted at #11 due to text book orders from medical schools. R. Michael Phillips’ “Between Good and Evil” debuted at #12 thanks to orders from the author’s fanbase. William Lemanski’s “Murder in Tuxedo Park” slipped to #13 as Christmas orders from the New York town ebbed. Ed Rubin’s “The Heatstroke Line” surged to #14 as interest in climate fiction increased. Joe Harvey’s “From Blue Ground” continued to chart, bumping up to #15 thanks to online orders. Alan Mindell’s novels “The B Team” and “The Closer” continued on the list at #16 and #20 thanks to author activities in the San Diego area. Jess Steven Hughes’ “The Sign of the Eagle” returned to the rankings at #17 due to author appearances in the northwest. Matt Anderson’s “Pink Flamingos All Around” was the only childrens book in the rankings at #18, bolstered by an appearance at Smithsonian.com. “Winter of the Metal People” by Dennis Herrick held at #19 thanks to author appearances in New Mexico. Kyle Romine’s “Keeper of the Crows” slipped to #21 from #1. “Raising Monarchs,” Sue Fox McGovern’s how-to book about raising butterflies, climbed to #22 due to interest in butterfly recover. Nancy Williams’ “Rabid Philanderers, Inc.” debuted at #23 thanks to orders from the Meadville, PA community. Charles Godfrey’s “The Death Machine” continued to chart at #24 thanks to ongoing author activities. “The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf” by Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley returned to the rankings at #25 thanks to online orders. Barbara Blank’s “Mary Sachs” slipped to #26, but continued to receive support from regional bookstores. Tony Julian’s “Pit Bulls” continued to chart at #27 following a strong Christmas season for this title. Ted Brusaw’s “Perilous Journey” eeked onto the list at #28 thanks to orders from friends and family. Sheldon Munn’s “Freemasons at Gettysburg” remained on the list at #29 as orders continued from venues in the battlefied town. Ernie Marshall’s “That Night at Surigao” rounded at the list at #30.

The company released five new titles during the month of January.

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for January, 2016
Between Good and Evil R Michael Phillips Detective Thriller
Rabid Philanderer’s, Inc. Nancy Williams Thriller Fiction
Irish Spring Jack Adler Spy Thriller
Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
The Bipolar Millionaire John E Wade II Biography

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

Cranbrook crowned, but Rommel takes tops fiction among Sunbury Press bestsellers

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for May, 2015. The Cranbrook Schools took the top spot with their Women of the Worldanthology. Chris Papst’s Capital Murder held strong at #2. Along the Bethel Trail, by the Friends of Bethel, showed at #3. Keith Rommel’s newly released The Devil Tree led Fiction from the 4 spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for May, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Women Who Changed the World Cranbrook Schools YA Biography
2 1 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
3 2 Along the Bethel Trail Friends of Bethel AME History
4 NEW The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
5 16 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
6 7 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
7 Rockabilly Rebel Mack Allen Smith Music History
8 At the End of the Day Madelyn Killion Literary Fiction
9 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen Historical Fiction
10 24 The Fossils of Blackberry Hill Kenneth Gass Paleontology
11 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
12 6 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
13 21 H Is for Hershey Heather Paterno Childrens
14 22 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
15 Keystone Tombstones Philadelphia Region Farrell and Farley Biography
16 NEW Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
17 13 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
18 Head Over Wheels Ken Mercurio Medical Memoir
19 The Oxygen Factory Renee des Lauriers YA Thriller
20 Ambush at Dry Bone Gulch Sid Davis Western
21 The View from Four Foot Two Judi Markowitz Medical Memoir
22 5 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
23 Well I’ll Be Hanged Tim Dempsey History
24 23 That Night at Surigao M Ernest Marshall History
25 27 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
26 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Medical Memoir
27 30 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
28 17 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
29 25 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
30 29 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L. Moore History

wwctw_fcWhat a month! The company had its best month ever, topping March’s record. Compared to last May, sales more than doubled. YTD Sales are up 82% from last year. Hardcover books have grown to a 43% share of sales. EBooks recovered a bit this month, tracking at 4.2% of sales. Trade paperbacks slipped to 45%.

Women Who Changed the World, by the Cranbrook Schools, grabbed the top spot thanks to a promotion at the end of the school year. Chris Papst’s Capital Murder held strong due to author activity and breaking news about the Harrisburg financial scandal. Along the Bethel Trail, by the Friends of the Bethel AME, was helped by its release party at the Simon Cameron Mansion in Harrisburg. Keith Rommel’s The Devil Tree debuted at #4 thanks to author appearances in Florida. Terry Ray’s popular The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs vaulted to #5 thanks to MUFON activities. Alan Mindell’s sports novels The B Team (#6) and The Closer (#11) were bolstered by author appearances and interest in The Kentucky Derby. Mack Allen Smith’s Rockabilly Rebel returned to the charts at #7 thanks to author activities. Madelyn Killion’s At the End of the Day took #8 thanks to author activities. Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaoga returned to the chart at #9 due to author appearances. Kenneth Gass’s The Fossils of Blackberry Hill was climbing the charts to #10 before it was withdrawn from publication. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, held at #12, thanks to ongoing interest in the lost aviatrix. Heather Paterno’s H Is for Hershey rose to #13 due to sales in the Hershey region. Dennis Herrick moved up to #14 with his Winter of the Metal People. The book is popular in New Mexico. The Joes, Farrell and Farley, grabbed #15 due to regional interest in with their recently-released Keystone Tombstones Philadelphia Region. Bridget tdt_fcSmith’s new historical novel Where Elephants Fought charted at #16 thanks to sales in Mississippi. Anthony Julian’s ever-present Pit Bulls charted again at #17 because of ongoing interest in the subject matter. Ken Mercurio’s Head Over Wheels returned to the rankings at #18 thanks to author activities. YA Thriller, The Oxygen Factory, by Renee des Lauriers found #19 thanks to author events. Sid Davis’s western, Ambush at Dry Bone Gulch, took #20 due to author interest. The View from Four Foot Two, by Judi Markowitz, returned to the rankings at #21 thanks to author activity. Call Sign Dracula, the Vietnam memoir by Joe Fair, continued to chart at #22 thanks to steady sales in bookstores. Tim Dempsey’s Well I’ll Be Hanged charted at #23 thanks to author activities.  Ernie Marshall’s That Night at Surigao maintained #24 thanks to interest in the last fight between battleships in WW2. John L. Moore grabbed the four spots #’s 25, 27, 29 & 30 with 4 of the 8 books in his Frontier Pennsylvania Series. Interest remains strong from local bookstores and retailers. Brandon Musgrave’s medical school memoir Hour 30 took #26 thanks to steady ebook sales. Jess Steven Hughes was at #28 with The Sign of the Eagle. Hughes continues to benefit from his regular bookstore events.

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

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for May, 2015
Women Who Changed the World Cranbrook Schools YA Biography
Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
Plain and Deadly Barbara Workinger Murder Mystery
The Devil Tree 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

Queen Esther's spirit reigns again — Remsen's "Visions of Teaoga" #1 — Sunbury Press bestsellers

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for February, 2015. Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaoga was #1, followed by Tess Rutjen’s newly released Stalked by a Demon.. The Wolf of Britanna Part I by Jess Steven Hughes claimed the third spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for February, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 16 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
2 NEW Stalked by a Demon Tess Rutjens Paranormal
3 NEW The Wolf of Britannia, Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
4 The Closer Alan Mindell Literary Fiction
5 Head Over Wheels Ken Mercurio Medical Memoir
6 NEW The Devil’s Grasp Pisano and Koscienski Dark Fantasy
7 NEW The Wolf of Britannia, Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
8 NEW The Death Machine Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
9 Courting Doubt and Darkness J M West Thriller Fiction
10 1 Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos Beth Lancione Childrens
11 2 Solomon Screech Owl’s First Flight Beth Lancione Childrens
12 Born Fire Dragon Susan Kiskis Memoir
13 NEW OneWay McClellan and Marks Visionary Fiction
14 NEW Rising Hope Marie Sontag Historical Fiction
15 8 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
16 6 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
17 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
18 The Oxygen Factory Renee des Lauriers YA Fiction
19 5 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa Relgious History
20 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
21 12 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
22 NEW A Treatise: The Art of Casting a Fly Paul Argentini Fly-fishing
23 Dying for Vengeance J M West Thriller Fiction
24 Beagle Tales 4 Bob Ford Pet Humor
25 NEW Adventures in Distant and Remote Places William Lemanski Travel Memoir
26 9 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
27 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
28 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
29 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
30 Patchtown Jolene Busher Historical Fiction

vot_fcSunbury Press had its best February ever, up nearly 50% from last year, and 3.5% from January on a sales-per-day basis.Year-to-date sales are more than double last year. Hardcover books continue to outpace eBooks, which continue to slide. Trade paperbacks remain steady.

Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaoga grabbed the top spot due to author appearances in eastern Pennsylvania. Tess Rutjen’s Stalked by a Demon bolted to #2 out of the gate due to author activities. Jess Steven Hughes has been drumming up interest in the Northwest with his hat trick of historical novels, newly released The Wolf of Britannia Part I (#3) and Part II (#7) along with the bestselling The Sign of the Eagle (#27). Alan Mindell’s baseball love story, The Closer, roared back to #4 thanks to author activities in the San Diego area. Head Over Wheels, the medical memoir by Ken Mercurio, has been buttressed at #5 by a busy booksigning schedule. Chris Pisano and Brian Koscienski debuted at #6 with their dark fantasy novel The Devil’s Grasp, due to prep for convention appearances. Bestselling author Charles Godfrey of Final Charge fame, has produced a sequel The Death Machine that has parked at #8 thanks to support from fans.  J M West’s Courting Doubt and Darkness reached #9 andDying for Vengeance #23 thanks to her First Friday appearance at the Sunbury Press Store and her TV interview on Good Day PA. The late Beth Lancione’s pair of Solomon Screech Owl childrens books slipped from the top spots last month to #10 & #11 respectively. Susan Kiskis rejoined the list at #12 with her metaphysical memoir Born Fire Dragon, helped by her appearance planning. Husband and wife team Robin and Deborah (Marks) McClellan kicked off their visionary fiction novel OneWay at lucky #13 thanks to support from friends and family. Marie Sontag’s presales of Rising Hope helped it rise to #14, while her sbad_fcappearances drove The Bronze Dagger back onto the chart at #20. Joe Fair’s Vietnam War memoir Call Sign Dracula slipped to #15, still garnering interest from veterans. John Cressler’sShadows in the Shining City held at #16 as the author makes his rounds in the Atlanta area. Terry Ray’s Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs returned to the rankings at #17 due to steady sales from MUFON’s bookstore. Renee des Lauriers dystopian YA novel The Oxygen Factory took #18 as the author prepped for appearances. Jesus the Phoenician, by Lebanese author Karim el Koussa, was #19 due to export orders. Anthony Julian’s popular Pit Bulls book held on at #21 due to online interest. Paul Argentini’s A Treatise: The Art of Casting a Fly was resurrected as a hardcover edition, stepping out at #22. Bob Ford’s Beagle Tales 4 returned to the chart at #24 due to author events. William Lemanski’s memoir Adventures in Distant and Remote Places found #25 as the author promoted the book in Tuxedo Park, NY. Mike Campbell’s classic Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last remained on the list at #26 due to continued interest in the topic. John L. Moore’s latest in his popular Frontier Pennsylvania Series, Forts, Forests and Flintlocks grabbed #28 thanks to local interest. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man made the chart due to his recent appearance in Florida and interest in the movie production. Jolene Busher’s historical tale about the Eckley Miners Village returned to the rankings due to orders from that venue.

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

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for February, 2015
Stalked by a Demon Tess Rutjens Paranormal
A Treatise: The Art of Casting a Fly Paul Argentini Fly-fishing
The Devil’s Grasp Pisano and Koscienski Dark Fantasy
The Death Machine Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
OneWay McClellan and Marks Visionary Fiction
Adventures in Distant and Remote Places William Lemanski Travel Memoir
The Wolf of Britannia, Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
The Wolf of Britannia, Part II Jess Steven Hughes 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

Keith Rommel's "The Cursed Man" named a finalist in the Mystery category Reader's Choice Red Carpet Award for BTSeMag, LLC

MECHANICSBURG, PA — Sunbury Press author Keith Rommel has been named a finalist by BTSeMag, LLC for it’s Reader’s Choice Red Carpet Awards in the Mystery category. Click on the star for a list of all finalists:

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The awards will honor the best in literary and genre fiction. BTS has partnered with the ARC Convention in New Orleans. The presentation of awards will be conducted at the ARC Convention in New Orleans, held July 30-Aug 1st, 2015.

We are pleased to announce that the talented Abbi Glines will be our Keynote Speaker for NOLA 2015!

Enjoy the tours and fun of the French Quarter with the authors. Many fun activities planned including speed dating with the authors, games, author sponsored events like carriage rides, author & reader workshops and more.

BTSeMag, LLC is the publisher of the popular BTS Book Reviews “Your Guide to Great Reading.”  The magazine is available at no cost.

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Cursed Man pubThe Cursed Man, by Keith Rommel, tells the story of Alister Kunkle, a patient at Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. Alister has been in seclusion for the last 25 years, having no contact with the staff or the outside world. The reason for this is that anyone who communicates with Alister dies within the day, for he is the Cursed Man and Death takes a professional interest in those unlucky enough to cross his path.

Believing him simply deranged, Dr Anna Lee, an up-and-coming young psychiatrist, has come to cure Alister. She is warned about Alister’s past and is shown evidence of previous encounters made by the skeptical or unbelieving, all of whom died, sometimes horribly. Regardless of the stories, Anna will not be dissuaded and is reluctantly allowed access to Alister. All assume her fate is sealed, but when she returns unharmed the next day, we also start to wonder about the stories.

So begins an enthralling narrative told in the past and the present as Anna attempts to learn why Alister believes he is cursed, while at the same time trying to convince him the events were not real and that in fact he is merely ill and so can be cured. Is Alister truly followed by death or is he simply mentally ill? The Cursed Man is an extremely well-written suspense horror story… I enjoyed it immensely; right up until the very end I was never sure of the outcome… Great story-telling in the tradition of Stephen King… — Booklore

The Cursed Man is being made into a Hollywood movie by producer James L. Perry of Intergalaxy Entertainment:

The Cursed Man movie at IMDB

See one of the early trailers:

Cursed Man Trailer #2