"The Silent Woman" is the long-awaited fourth installment in award-winning novelist Keith Rommel's "Thanatology Series"

Vero Beach, FL — Sunbury Press has released The Silent Woman, Keith Rommel’s fourth novel in the Thanatology series of psychological thrillers. The first two books, The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man, have already been made into Hollywood movies and are winning awards on the festival circuit. Both movies are slated for release and distribution later this year. The third novel, The Sinful Man, is scheduled for filming in April.

About the Book:

The past. 

A little girl is nearly kidnapped. A wild man runs loose, terrorizing a neighborhood. An older sister stops at nothing to protect her younger sibling from outsiders. 

The present.

A woman sits in a prison cell, left to rot alongside a ruthless tormentor on a mission to break her. But, little does she know, the prison holds more insidious monsters than the beastly cellmate who steals her food and trades away her belongings for seemingly irrelevant trinkets. 

The past.

Secret murders. A clandestine friendship. A broken pact between sisters. In an effort to cover up a string of devious acts, an unlikely coalition unites to bury their shared dark past. 

The present.

A woman continues to be tortured by her mocking bunkmate, as well as by her own past—and all the things she can’t recall about it. What has she done? Why is she here? Where is she? As she ponders and pieces together the mysteries of her history, she traverses a place that incarcerates her not only physically but also forces her deeper into the prison of her own mind.

 

The Silent Woman: A Psychological Thriller

Authored by Keith Rommel
List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm) 
Black & White on White paper
204 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064412 
ISBN-10: 1620064413 
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers
For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Silent-Woman-9781620064412.htm

Keith Rommel's "Thanatology" series collecting awards in Hollywood on the festival circuit

c-mw-laurelsHOLLYWOOD, CA — The first two books in Keith Rommel’s Thanatology series (Sunbury Press), The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man, have been adapted into feature films and have recently begun their festival runs. Rommel along with director/producer James L. Perry wrote the screenplay for The Cursed Man, and with executive producer Maritza Brikisak for The Lurking Man. Each film took top awards for their screenplay. Now the powerful stories and acting are turning heads. To date, the two films and the novels combined have garnished 60+ awards,  the start of what could be truly spectacular. The film festivals continue throughout most of the year, bringing with them many opportunities. Having won ‘Best Book of the Year’, ‘Best Feature Screenplay’, ‘Best Ensemble’, ‘Best Narrative Feature Film(s)’ and wins in many other categories, the films are a direct reflection of the full length novels and are gaining much attention.

lm_with-laurelsRommel with Frank Krueger, Maritza Brikisak and Felix Martiz is getting ready to bring the third book in the series, The Sinful Man to the big screen. It is yet another powerhouse filled with emotion, psychological terror and reflections on your everyday decisions. Reviewers have called Rommel’s writing, “Horror for the curious mind” and “Thinking man’s fiction.”  This is going to be the most ambitious rendition to date.

Beyond the big screen, Sunbury Press and Rommel are getting ready to release the fourth installment in the series. The Silent Woman is scheduled for a March 7th, 2017 release and is available for pre order now.

On The Rise: Ruth Connell On Her Career, Role On ‘Supernatural’ & Much More!

Originally published on the blog Icon vs. Icon: All Things Pop Culture on December 4, 2014

(Ruth Connell appears in the movie The Cursed Man based on the novel by Keith Rommel)

ruth-connell-2014-feature-BAs a child, Ruth Connell spent her days on her family’s farm in the middle of nowhere dreaming of one day becoming an actress. As time went by she continued toward her goal; no matter how impractical it may have seemed. Today, with years are hard work and dedication under her belt, this inspiring young actress has made those dreams become a reality. An accomplished actress in the UK, Connell will soon be a very familiar face to science fiction fans as she bursts onto the American scene in the critically acclaimed, long running and hugely successful “Supernatural,” airing Tuesdays in The CW. The show follows brothers Sam and Dean Winchester as they travel throughout America hunting for supernatural creatures, their main adversaries through out are Demons. Ruth takes on a pivotal role with the character of Rowena, who is poised to make a big impact on the series this season.Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Ruth Connell to discuss her amazing journey as an actor, her work on stage and scene, making the transition from the UK to life in Hollywood, her time on ‘Supernatural’ and what the future might hold for her in the years to come!

ruth-connell-2014-3How did you get started on your journey in the entertainment industry and what made you know acting was something you wanted to pursue as a career?

When I was 4 years old, my cousin Ruby wanted to go to dancing lessons. I was sent along to keep her company! I had a natural aptitude for dancing and I was eventually picked for Scottish Ballet where they do classes for young dancers that you have to audition for. I got involved and they put me in some of their productions. Eventually, I was Clara in “The Nutcracker.” I remember walking out on to the stage and feeling like it was my living room. It was Clara’s living room but I felt so at home. I loved being in the company of The Scottish Ballet. I am an only child, so I think, for me, it was that instant thing of having camaraderie and having people around you. I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere and was an only child, so I really did love being in the company. That is really what started me on my journey. I thought maybe I could get into acting by doing musical theater, a side-step into acting. Eventually, it became an overriding feeling that I really wanted to commit to being just an actor. I went to drama college when I was 24 years old, so I was a very old and mature student! [laughs] Even though things weren’t easy when I left drama college, I have never regretted my decision to do it.

Who were some of the influences who had a big impact on you as an actor early on?

As I said, I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere. I would watch movies and, I have to admit, I was kind of obsessed with “Gone With The Wind” and “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” the American cartoon version. I grew up loving Vivian Leigh and she has always had a special place in my heart. Recently, I played Blanche Dubois in a workshop and it has to be one of my favorite things I have ever done. All sorts of people have inspired me and I have always been lucky with the dance teachers I have had, who believed in me and pushed me on. I did my dance ballet and I didn’t get to dance school eventually, I had failed my medical, but I kept dancing and one of my teachers worked with me and got me through my dance ballet. That is something I am still really proud of! Some of my teachers from drama college, I am still friends with now. I just got a message the other day from a teacher who has been following now that I am working in America. That was really cool.

ruth-connell-2014-4I wanted to ask you about the work you did with The Avenue Theater Company in Greenwich. What can you tell us about it and how it impacted your career?

I was used to working a lot as a dancer. When I was at drama college, I booked some theater jobs. When I graduated from drama college, I was picked as the Critic’s Choice, which was great, but all of a sudden, nothing happened! That happens to actors, where all of a sudden there are six months where there is no audition. I hated that feeling! I couldn’t stand it, so me and my friends, Joanne Morton and Joseph Raishbrook, created this theater company so we could be in something, direct something or produce something for ourselves and for all of our friends to be in. I didn’t realize quite how much I had bitten off more than I could chew with a cast of 13 and a girl from London Fashion College. It was pretty much all put on my credit card at the time! [laughs] It was a great success and we sold out with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” for a week in Greenwich Royal Park. The following year we devised our own piece. Really, the only reason it stopped is because I started to book more work as an actor. One of the big jobs I had as an actor was a number one tour in the UK of a play called “Men Should Weep.” Charlotte Gwinner, who is now my friend, directed it. The man that runs The Globe Theatre in London now, Dominic Dromgoole, helped cast me in it. I remember in an interview him speaking to me and the first thing he had ever done was an open air Shakespeare, so he understood what I had managed to accomplish! He had done it himself, so he knew where I was coming from and I think that helped me get my first proper big acting tour.

What impact has moving from the UK to Los Angeles had on you?

Ok, so I had always had a thing about America in my head. When I was a teenager, I thought it was going to be like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” to be a teenager in America. [laughs] One of my friends, who is also an actress, had made the move. I remember discussing with other friends in London the fact that the year before I moved to LA I had had four really big projects, which all didn’t come to anything. I had worked my way up in theater and I was being seen for TV and I was penciled in for some really good stuff but it wasn’t coming through. It was very frustrating. I had booked a series regular and then the series didn’t run. It was things like that, so I said to my friend, “I am thinking about going to LA.” He said, “You have been talking about this for seven years!” I thought, “Aww man, I better hurry up and get on with it!” [laughs] There came a point in my life where I needed a change and a life challenge. It wasn’t just about my career, it was about moving to a new continent on my own and experiencing the challenges of setting up a life here. I needed that challenge. My masterplan, so to speak, was to get a lot more experience in film and television because there is so much more getting made out here. In Britain, you tend to cut your teeth on theater, where out here people tend to cut their teeth on costarring roles and the like. From when I got here until now, I feel like I have been lucky because I have always had a project, even if it was low budget, to work on. I will never regret having come to LA. It has been a journey! [laughs] The people that I have met have been great. I feel like a tourist in many ways! I am still getting a kick out of the fact that I am at so-and-so’s house or at such-and-such’s party. I am sort of a fangirl myself with some of the people I meet. I am friends with a director named Kevin Connor and he directed “Moonlighting.” I was like, “Oh my gosh! You directed ‘Moonlighting!’” I was really young when it was on but stuff like that gives me such a thrill! That is one of the things I love about LA!

ruth-connell-2014-1You have some great things happening at the moment. One of the biggest is your role on the hit series, “Supernatural.” How did you get involved with the project and made you know it was a role you wanted to pursue?

My friend sent me the breakdown and said, “I think you should try and get seen for this!” When I read it, I just thought, “This is written for me!” I did say to a friend, “If I can’t get seen for this, there is no point in my being in America.” It was just so up my street. I was pretty determined at that point in time that I would do whatever it took to get seen for it. I wasn’t sure if I could get an audition. I had been working steadily and I knew I had a bit of a breakthrough last year but I had to go home for six months. I was back in LA and I wasn’t sure if I was going to get an audition. I hadn’t been in the room for a TV job in about 18 months. I just couldn’t seem to get in the room. I decided, at that point, to put all of my Scottish clips on tape, I sent it to the casting director’s office and the casting office in Canada. I knew I had to get seen for it! At the end of the day, they came back to me with an audition in the normal way! [laughs] I cleared my calendar for the weekend and had the weekend to prepare, luckily, because that doesn’t always happen. I watched about 14 episodes of “Supernatural” in about two days to immerse myself in the world and familiarize myself with the character I was seeing on the page. My first meeting was so positive and I could see a little light go on when they met me and saw I was authentically Scottish and I could do the role. That doesn’t happen often as an actor that you think, “I have quite a good feeling about this.” The next day, I was in front of producers and the next day I had network approval! I absolutely feel that this is one of the reasons I was meant to be in America, to play Rowena. If you believe in anything supernatural, perhaps this is my little piece of magic and maybe it was meant to be!

ruth-connell-2014-5What did you bring to this character that wasn’t on the written page?

I didn’t even realize how Scottish I was until I came to LA! When I was in Scotland, I was like, “I not the most Scottish person, I’m a child of the universe … ” and then you travel 5,000 miles. You quickly realize how much you have been influenced by the place you grew up in, the sensibilities you have and the language. They are a couple of instances in the script where I have made tiny suggestions, where things could be more Scottish. These are things I see as second nature because it is where I am from, so I hope I brought some real authenticity to Rowena. She is really funny on the page and hopefully I bring my own little twinkle!

Aside from featuring a lot of great talent, one of the cool things about “Supernatural” is how everyone involved seems so invested and excited about the project. What was the vibe like on set and what have you picked up from working with the cast?

It has been truly fantastic. When you hear people talking about how the cast is a family and how great things are, it’s not lip service. You can’t fake that stuff for 10 years. There really is an amazing atmosphere and there is a lot of care that goes into each show. The producers of the show have always listened to the fans of the show on social media and were one of the first shows to respond and take onboard what the fans were feeling. They keep in touch with their fan base and are really making the show for the fans. It does feel like you are family and I think that is a really cool thing. There is such an atmosphere of respect on the set. Everyone has been in it for a long time and there are no egos or anyone trying to prove their worth. Everyone is pretty secure in what they are doing. As a newcomer on the American television scene, I realize how lucky I am to have landed in that kind of environment where there is so little stress and everyone is really engaged with what they are doing.

Whether it is on stage, television or film, what is your process for bringing a new character to life?

I am a bit of a magpie when it comes to process. I am one of those actors that still goes to class. That is one of the great things about coming to LA. Coming from Britain, we had different ways of approaching things. I have done a couple of turns with The Groundlings and that is something I wouldn’t ever have dared to do in Britain. I have really enjoyed doing that and worked with a really cool teacher named Diana Castle. I did a lot more imagination work. When I am looking at parts, I use my instincts mainly but then I ask myself all of the actor questions. I come from a dance background and I can usually feel the character in my body, if that makes sense. I was aware when I saw the episode of “Supernatural” last night that I had made a strong physical choice when Rowena glides in with her hands in the air. [laughs] I think that always helps me too.

ruth-connell-2014-2You have quite a few projects in the works. What should we be on the lookout for in the near future?

I am so excited about “Supernatural” and how that is going to roll out. I can’t say for how long but I am still looking forward to that! [laughs] I am going to be going to some of the conventions next year! This whole journey I have been on is overtaking everything at the moment and it is wonderful! That is what I had wanted to happen! This show has given me everything I have wanted all in one goal! I have been waiting a long time and all of a sudden it’s like, “Bingo!” [laughs] I have worked on a few other projects this year. I often do voice-overs. I do voice match for a really cool character for Disney, a Scottish character for Disney, who is also a feisty redhead! [laughs] I’ve recently worked on a Dogma-style movie for my friend, Henry Alberto. It is called “Hara-Kiri.” It was really cool and I had never done anything like that before. I also filmed a movie at the beginning of the year called “The Cursed Man” based on the cult novel by Keith Rommel. One is very experimental and the other is very sci-fi. Those will be coming out next year. I am really looking forward to seeing what opportunities doing “Supernatural” leads to. Maybe I will get in some more rooms and get some auditions now! [laughs]

What is your biggest evolution as an actress since first starting out?

That is a good question. Coming to America has really been part of my process as a person and an actor. I did a play last year where I played Mrs. Darling and Captain Hook. It was a really good version called “Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers.” It was really cool to play the heartbroken mother and then to play the diabolical Hook. I think that part really stretched me and has informed Rowena in some way. It was quite metaphysical as well. It was a big step up. I had been in “Peter Pan” 10 years before playing Tigerlily, which is a really fun part but a much smaller part. I think when I did the play last year, I realized how far I had come in 10 years.

ruth-connell-2014-6Is there a role or genre you are anxious to take on at this point in your career?

I think of myself as this serious theater actress but usually, with everything I do, there is a little twist of humor in it. I realize that now, looking back. I am really drawn to really dark drama, independent and French films. There is so much amazing television around now with really strong writing and it is really inspiring seeing women in their 30s or older really doing it. It seems that we are breaking through and people are happy to watch women as they mature with the strength and power that they have. Hopefully, I can evolve into being one of those women! I would love to be one of those leading actresses in a few years who are taking that forward. On another note, I also lived “Flash Gordon.” [laughs] That was my first sci-fi memory! I I wanted to be like Dale Arden [played by Melanie Anderson]. I think I really liked her orange two piece and the fact she was tied up and rescued by Flash, which is very un-feminist of me but she was a savvy reporter as well. [laughs] I have always loved sci-fi and was a huge fan of the TV series “V.” When I was really young I remember when Diana pulled off her human face to reveal the reptile underneath, I said to my mom, “I always knew there was something wrong with her!” [laughs] I recently met the actress who played Diana, Jane Badler. I love when life comes to a freckle like that! When you meet someone in LA who you watched on your farm in Scotland, you realize life is pretty magical.

What is your best advice for someone out there on a farm in the middle of nowhere who aspires to make their career in the entertainment industry as you have?

Every day, do something towards your goal. I think sometimes, as an actor, the frustration is that you don’t know what to do to move things forward. Every day, even if it is just watching film, picking up a speech and working on it or reading about acting, you have to chip away at it. I think sometimes we wait for dramatic changes in luck or lightning bolts from the sky, and those can happen, but in my experience they happen when you are already on the path and doing the hard work. That is what you have to do to make it out there!

Thank you so much for your time today, Ruth! You have been an absolute delight!

Thank you, Jason! Very deep questions and I look forward to speaking to you soon!

Get all the latest news from Ruth Connell at her official website, www.ruthconnell.com. Connect with her via social media on Facebook and Twitter!

BIGFOOT ATTACKS CAMPERS! Ape Man runs off with bestselling novel!

Fort Bragg, CA — Residents near this northern California town were stunned to hear the tale of four young campers who had been hiking in the nearby redwood forest.  About 12 miles east of town, they had settled in for the evening, playing guitars, reading and smoking a little medicinal marijuana, when they were attacked by a large hairy ape-like man who ransacked their camp.

“Yeah man,” said Derek Mendocino, one of the campers, “we were just chillin’ in the trees, you know, just hangin’ out, when this nasty dude came stompin’ out of the woods, running right at us.”

bf running“Ewwwww, like, yuck!” exclaimed Skye Tyler, Derek’s girlfriend. “He smelled like, you know, like a dog that rolled in his own diarrhea, or something, you know, NASTY!”

“Dude was howlin’ like a banshee, man,” said Malcolm Nighthawk, their native American friend. “Definitely was a sasquatch — one of our ancient brothers.”

“I said … Whoa!  Dude!  Like slow down, man!” said Derek, explaining his interaction with the man beast. “I was so stunned, I swallowed my blunt!”

“He ripped up my tent and stole the novel I was reading right out of my hands!” cried Penelope Douglas, an aspiring young actress and student at UCLA. “It was my special hard cover first edition of The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel.  There are only 500 of these, you know. It’s going to be a movie with Brahm Gallagher!”

“Ahhh Brahm — he’s dreamy,” said Skye. Fortunately, she was able to snap a photo of the creature with her iPhone as it was running off with the novel.

According to Sunbury Press publisher Lawrence Knorr, the beast was estimated at ninety inches tall.

Close up of the Bigfoot near Fort Bragg California that stole a novel.

Close up of the Bigfoot near Fort Bragg California that stole a novel.

“The special edition Keith Rommel The Cursed Man is a hardcover with dust jacket six by nine inches. Comparing the book’s length to the height of the beast, it is likely about ten books tall, fully erect. That would put him at close to ninety inches — over eight feet tall!”

Knorr was kind enough to offer the young lady another copy and invited her to the Sunbury Press 10th anniversary party in Mechanicsburg, PA on September 5th at 6 PM. “Keith Rommel and Brahm will both be there to sign books,” said Knorr. “We’ll be sure to replace the young lady’s copy.”

The question that remains is why did the beast attack? And why on earth did he steal a copy of The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel when he could have nabbed food or more practical items.

According to George Grossfuss of the Bigfoot Research Center in Yakima, Washington, this was not the only instance of literary theft by these large simians.

“In 2005, a women had her copy of The DaVinci Code snapped up from her picnic blanket while camping in southern Idaho.  More recently, all three volumes of the Fifty Shades of Gray series were grabbed off of a back porch near Mokelumne Hill, California.”

Oddly enough, all were bestselling books about to become movies!

“The MO has been the same in all reports,” offered Grossfuss. “Squatch uncharacteristically makes a lot of noise and charges the site, tears up stuff, scares people, but then runs off with the bestsellers.”

“Thankfully they still like print books,” said Knorr. “I can’t imagine what they would do with a Kindle!”

NOSTRADAMUS PREDICTED CURSED MAN SUCCESS

cursed nostradamusPARIS — An obscure quatrain by the great seer Michel de Nostradame, aka Nostradamus, had been a mystery to researchers for hundreds of years. With the recent rise in popularity of Keith Rommel’s psycho-thrillers, including “The Cursed Man,” which is presently being made into a movie in Hollywood, the meaning of the ever-puzzling 653rd quatrain now comes to light:

A great book by the scion of the House of the Dry Fox
All will marvel at its clever plot and suspenseful narrative
A son of Germany, he will rise in the new land
Though cursed, many will flock to hear his tale

"The Cursed Man" rules! — Sunbury Press bestsellers for July 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for July, 2014. Keith Rommel’s novel The Cursed Man led the way.

About The Cursed Man

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

 

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for July, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 3 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
2 Of Guilt and Innocence John Scanlan Thriller Fiction
3 My Mom Is an Alien Joanne Risso Childrens Fiction
4 8 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
5 4 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
6 7 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
7 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag Childrens Fiction
8 The Undecided Robin Donaruma YA Fiction
9 15 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
10 The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad Steve Troutman History
11 6 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair History
12 17 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
13 The Mouse with the Broken Tail Dan Shutters Childrens Fiction
14 5 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
15 16 A Darker Shade of Freedom C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
16 19 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Medical Memoir
17 The Spirits’ Cabin of Lake Eagle Talon Paul Argentini Literary Fiction
18 Well I’ll Be Hanged Tim Dempsey History
19 Victims of Circumstance John Scanlan Thriller Fiction
20 20 Sanctuary Dishonored Robin Lee Art History

ogai_pubEbooks continued their decline from their peak in 2012, dropping 20% in July, as compared to last July. Trade paperbacks continue to be the most popular format. The company is preparing for the 10th anniverary celebration at the Sunbury Press store at 50 West Main Street in Mechanicsburg on Friday September 5th. Keith Rommel, the author of The Cursed Man and the lead actor who plays the cursed man in the movie, Brahm Gallagher, will be on hand to sign books and to read. The festivities run from 6 to 9 followed by an after party at The Metropolis Collective at 17 West Main.  All are invited!

Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man, The Lurking Man & recently released The Sinful Man were helped by orders from Barnes & Noble, strong sales at Rocky’s Hardware and interest in The Cursed Manmovie. John Scanlan’s Of Guilt and Innocence and Victims of Circumstance both charted thanks to strong sales in Florida. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales to San Diego area bookstores. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last climbed to #6 on the winds of interest in the anniversary of the loss of the aviatrix. Marie Sontag’s The Bronze Dagger grabbed #7 thanks to author events. The Undecided by Robin Donaruma placed 8th due to book store orders. Steve Troutman’s The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad charted thanks to regional interest. Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula was #6 thanks to author activity at military unit reunions. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician returned to thst charts thanks to interest in Europe. Dan Shutter’sThe Mouse with the Broken Tail was 13th thanks to author activities. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls Icontinued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts. A Darker Shade of Freedom by C James Gilbert was bolstered by author activities in the Gettysburg area and a TV appearance in Harrisburg. Brandon Musgrave’s Hour 30 was the 2nd ranked ebook, taking #16 overall. Paul Argentini’s The Spirits’ Cabin of Lake Eagle Talon debuted at #17 thanks to author activities. Tim Dempsey’s Well I’ll Be Hangedwas helped by bookstore purchases. Robin Lee’s Sanctuary Dishonored rounded out the list again.

The company released six new titles during the month of July:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for July, 2014
Remember the Sun Melanie Simms Poetry
The Piano Bed Anne Marie Drew YA Fiction
Among the People Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
The Spirits’ Cabin of Lake Eagle Talon Paul Argentini Literary Fiction
Great Lakes Lilly Kirckof & Daniel Allen Butler 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

What would YOU DO if you had to face your sins?

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Sunbury Press has released Keith Rommel’s 3rd installment of the Thanatology series — The Sinful Man

SM_FC no maskAbout the Book:

Headaches. Hunger. Pain.

Leo needs something . . . his stomach growls, but it can wait. That’s not hunger he must feed. He has to get to his next high, but without money he knows he can’t buy what he needs to sate the voice inside telling him to get more, get more.

Voices. Visions. Addiction.

No luck asking his father. His mother is in no position to help. After failing to steal the money he desperately needs, Leo must appeal to his dealer, the dangerous and infamous Saint Nick—despite the inevitable beating he’ll take for showing up empty-handed. Still, anything to keep the voices and flashbacks at bay . . .

Demons. Addiction. Death.

Leo soon learns that everything has a price—not just money for drugs, but that every choice he makes has a repercussion. Suddenly caught between a world where he can see the sins of his past and a new consciousness that he doesn’t fully understand, Leo finds himself not only chasing the dragon, but being chased by demons of a whole different kind. He must learn the finality of being past hope—all while reliving his missed opportunities for second chances—and truly come to understand that he is responsible for his own undoing before he runs out of time. After a lifetime of bad choices, this Sinful Man discovers the consequences to his actions and the mortal responsibility of exercising free will.

What others are saying:

“Downright chilling. Rommel has woven another nightmare that will haunt your days and nights!” — Hunter Shea, author of The Montauk Monster and The Waiting
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“Reading late into the night, this had me wanting more… and dreading it.”  — Catherine Jordan, author of Seeking Samiel
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From the very beginning of The Sinful Man, Keith Rommel grabs the reader by the throat and catapults him into a world where the reader’s own pounding heart screams that nowhere is safe. –Thomas M. Malafarina, author of Dead Kill – Book 1 – The Ridge of Death

The Sinful Man

Authored by Keith Rommel

List Price: $14.95
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on White paper
176 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062654
ISBN-10: 1620062658
BISAC: Fiction / Psychological

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The rest of the Thanatology Series:

Book 1The Cursed Man — soon to be a major motion picture:

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

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Book 2 – The Lurking Man — a Sunbury Press bestseller:

LM_pubWhat happens after we die? Are we given choices based on how we lived our lives?  It’s an age-old question pondered by just about everyone.

Author Keith Rommel dared to explore the answer by creating his newest novel The Lurking Man, a story of dark suspense that unmercifully reveals the life of a self-deluded, neglectful mother who caused irreparable damage to her family and ultimately struggles with death as much as life.  It’s the second novel in his suspenseful and thrilling Thanatology series that began with the eerie, spine-tingling The Cursed Man.

“Imagine Death knowing your deepest, darkest secrets and all of your private pain,” said Rommel about  The The Lurking Man. “Now imagine it wants to use what it knows against you so that you bend to its will.”

In the Lurking Man, main character Cailean stands beneath a spotlight in a blinding snowstorm. She has no idea where she is or how she got there, but she senses something moving around her in the darkness outside the light.

When the ominous presence calling himself Sariel makes himself known, he declares that he is Death Incarnate and that Cailean has died. He has taken her to the Aperture, a place between the living and the dead, where he will force her to face the sins of her past in exchange for twenty-four hours of life to try and right her wrongs. But what she must do in return for this precious time is unthinkable.

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Mr. Potter meddles with Keith Rommel Bedford Falls book signing

BEDFORD FALLS, PA — Mr. Henry F. Potter of Bedford Falls, PA, has offered to buy a special edition hard cover copy of Keith Rommel’s “The Cursed Man” for every citizen of the borough.

potter cm“Now George Bailey,” he said, “everyone gets a Rommel book and all you need to do is sell me the building and loan and rename the town Potterville.”

“Mr. Potter,” said George, putting the cigar back in the humidor, “Well, Mr. Potter — you see — that just isn’t right. Mr. Potter — you shouldn’t be giving out psycho-thrillers to everyone in town — Mr. Potter! That’s just crazy, Mr. Potter — just crazy…. I don’t want your deal, Mr. Potter, and neither does Bedford Falls! We want to read good books, Mr. Potter, like “Go Dog Go” and “Grapes of Wrath” and “The Old Man and the Sea”, Mr. Potter — not these nutzo books … what would Mr. Gower think? What about Zuzu? … Mary! Mary! Do you hear this — Potter’s giving out nutzo books!”

Snarling, Mr. Potter pulled away from his desk and glared at the lanky banker.

“George Bailey, you will regret this …”

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George Bailey and his bride are about to leave on their honeymoon. Mary Bailey handed George Keith Rommel’s “Thanatology Series” to read on the train.

“Mary! Mary! What’s this?” asked George.

istewaj001p1“Just something for you to read, Georgie, to get your mind off the building and loan…” offered Mary.

“Mary! Mary! These are those nutzo books Mr. Potter wanted to spread around!” exclaimed the young banker. “Well, I’ll have none …”

“George! They’re freaking good books!” screamed Mary. “I love the Thanatology Series — and Georgie — I really wanted to meet Keith Rommel!”

“Mary! What? Oh Mary!” said George, fumbling with The Cursed Man, The Lurking Man and The Sinful Man. “Oh my, Mary! They’re not only good — Mary! — these books are great! Oh Mary — what am I to do — I canceled the book signing at Mr. Gower’s store because Potter wanted to buy everyone nutzo books and change the town name! But these books are good! No! No! Mr. Potter can’t be right!”

George then dropped the books and stormed out onto the street — running through the snow and sleet — at one point he was about to jump off the bridge into the Susquehanna River below.

“I’m a screwball” he said, “I messed up Keith Rommel’s book signing at Mr. Gower’s store…”

The next thing George knew, he was waming himself in a small bungalo by the river with Clarence, the angel.

image“Sometimes, George, bad people can inadvertently do good things,” offered Clarence. “Mr. Potter didn’t know the books were actually entertaining — he was so focused on taking over the town. He would do anything to take over. But that doesn’t mean Keith Rommel’s book signing shouldn’t happen!”

“Oh Clarence … what am I to do …?” whimpered George Bailey.

“Let’s see if we can’t make things right,” suggested Clarence.

 

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George Bailey jumped up from the table in the bungalo and burst out the door. Clarence was right! Everything was going to be OK. The Keith Rommel book signing could still happen in Bedford Falls, despite the prying Mr. Potter.

wonderful life horay“The Cursed Man is coming! The Cursed Man is coming!” shouted George Bailey as he ran through the snow down Main Street.

George ran past the police car and shouted at Bob the policeman, “The Cursed Man is coming Bob! The Cursed Man is coming!” The officer looked at him like he was a kook.

He ran past Mr. Gower’s store. “Nutzo books for everybody! The Cursed Man is coming!” he yelled, slipping on the snow, heading for his home and his beloved Mary, Janie, Tommy and little Zuzu …

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George Bailey arrived back at the Bailey house to find a throng gathered around the table. The whole town had arrived, including brother Harry Bailey, back from the war.

“Mary! Harry! Uncle Billy! The Cursed Man is coming!” exclaimed George as he put his arms around Mary.

cm wonderful life celebration“I know George”, said Harry, “and we just got a telegram from Sam Wainwright … Mr. Gower cabled you need cash for books, stop. My office instructed to advance you up to twenty-five thousand dollars for Keith Rommel Cursed Man novels, stop. Hee Haw and Merry Christmas! Sam Wainwright.”

Meanwhile, townspeople dumped money on the table to get multiple copies of The Cursed Man, The Lurking Man and The Sinful Man.

“I’ve emptied my account at the building and loan to buy these Rommel books,” said Mr. Vincetti.

“Bless your heart,” whispered George.

“I gave my last fifteen dollars for one!” said Mrs. Hopkins.

“Oh no, no … you don’t need to do that. … Uncle Billy … see to it!” said George.

“Of course, of course,” said Uncle Billy, tying another string on his finger.

As the cash piled up, it was realized that The Cursed Man was going to be the #1 selling book in Bedford Falls in advance of the book signing. Townsfolk were now ready for the arrival of Keith Rommel on September 19.

Note: Keith will be at the Sunbury Press store on September 5. His limo arrives around 6 PM and he is staying until 9. The Bedford Falls appearance will follow …