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

"Visions of Teaoga" repeats! — Sunbury Press bestsellers for September 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for September, 2014. Jim Remsen’s young adult novel Visions of Teaoga was #1 for the second month in a row.

vot_fcAbout Visions of Teaoga
The year is 1790 and Queen Esther, a notorious American Indian matriarch, travels under cover to observe a U.S.-Iroquois summit at the ancient Teaoga treaty grounds. Will she be able to pass on her wisdom – and warnings – to the Indian villagers before the hostile settlers discover her in their midst? Will troubled native girl Sisketung awaken to Esther’s truths and see how wrong-headed the brash settler girl Sarah was?

Moving two centuries forward, restless tweener Maddy Winter also visits Teaoga, now a quiet riverfront town on the Pennsylvania-New York border. She tunes in to the region’s dramatic lost history and soon encounters spirits in the wind. As she gains in wisdom, Maddy longs to take on Esther’s mantle of the “peace woman,” but will she find the courage to do right in her own life?

Drawing richly from the historical record, Visions of Teaogacaptures a world in upheaval. Readers sit at a native story circle and learn of the tensions and treachery besetting the Eastern frontier. As Maddy and her modern-day compatriots enter the story, they ponder how our history was recorded and by whom. The book is a perfect companion for middle-school history classes, with discussion questions and other supplemental materials provided on the author’s website, www.jimremsen.com.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for September, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 1 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
2 NEW Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
3 16 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
4 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Military History
5 19 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
6 2 The Piano Bed Anne Marie Drew YA Fiction
7 NEW The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
8 NEW Death of the Dying City Matthew Taub Urban Fiction
9 11 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
10 NEW Hidden Dangers Robert Stout Foreign Policy
11 15 Dying for Vengeance J . M. West Thriller Fiction
12 18 Fatal Snow Robert Walton Action Adventure
13 Keystone Tombstones Civil War Joe Farrell & Farley History
14 6 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
15 10 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
16 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
17 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick HIstorical Fiction
18 7 Petrified Tanya Reimer YA Fiction
19 The View from Four Foot Two Judi Markowitz Medical Memoir
20 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction

DOA-FCSunbury Press closed out its best September ever and its best 3rd quarter ever. For the month, sales were up nearly 8% as compared to last year. For the quarter,sales were up 22% compared to last year. Year-to-date, sales are up nearly 10%. The company is on track to have its best year ever. Trade paperbacks continue to be strong, while ebooks continue to weaken.

Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga was boosted by author activities. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Autumndebuted at #2 thanks to author events. Jess Steven Hughes’ The Sign of the Eagle climbed the rankings as a result of author bookstore appearances. Call Sign Dracula, by Joe Fair, returned to the rankings thanks to author activities. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man & The Sinful Man grabbed #5 and #20 respectively as a result of sales from the Sunbury Press 10th Anniversary Celebration. Keith traveled to Mechanicsburg and appeared with Brahm Gallagher, who plays Alister in The Cursed Manfilm. Anne Marie Drew’s The Piano Bed was helped by author activities. Terry Ray’s The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs started strong at #7 because of interest from MUFON, the UFO research organization. Death of the Dying City, by Matthew Taub, was helped by extensive friend and family connections in New York. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales in the San Diego area. Bob Stout’s Hidden Dangers was boosted by orders from Mexico. J. M. West’s Dying for Vengeance charted despite only a couple days on sale due to interest in the Carlisle, PA area. Robert Walton’s Fatal Snow was helped by sales at Bob’s Bagels as it closed for good. The Joes, Farrell and Farley (and Lawrence Knorr), returned to the rankings with Keystone Tombstone Civil Wars benefitting from author activity. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls I continued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #15 due to his appearance before the 99’s in Wichita, Kansas. The Bronze Dagger by Marie Sontag reappeared on the list thanks to signing events at schools. Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People grabbed a spot after being named a finalist in the 2014 New Mexico-Colorado Book Awards. Tanya Reimer’sPetrified performed very well thanks to interest in Canada. Judi Markowitz’s The View from Four Foot Two returned to the rankings thanks to author activities.

The company released five new titles during the month of September:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for September, 2014
Hidden Dangers Robert Stout Foreign Policy
Death of the Dying City Matthew Taub Urban Fiction
The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
The Power of Uncertainty John F. Loase Mathematics

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

YA fiction takes top spots — Sunbury Press bestsellers for August 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for August, 2014. Jim Remsen’s young adult novel Visions of Teaoga was #1.

About Visions of Teaoga
vot_fcThe year is 1790 and Queen Esther, a notorious American Indian matriarch, travels under cover to observe a U.S.-Iroquois summit at the ancient Teaoga treaty grounds. Will she be able to pass on her wisdom – and warnings – to the Indian villagers before the hostile settlers discover her in their midst? Will troubled native girl Sisketung awaken to Esther’s truths and see how wrong-headed the brash settler girl Sarah was?

Moving two centuries forward, restless tweener Maddy Winter also visits Teaoga, now a quiet riverfront town on the Pennsylvania-New York border. She tunes in to the region’s dramatic lost history and soon encounters spirits in the wind. As she gains in wisdom, Maddy longs to take on Esther’s mantle of the “peace woman,” but will she find the courage to do right in her own life?

Drawing richly from the historical record, Visions of Teaogacaptures a world in upheaval. Readers sit at a native story circle and learn of the tensions and treachery besetting the Eastern frontier. As Maddy and her modern-day compatriots enter the story, they ponder how our history was recorded and by whom. The book is a perfect companion for middle-school history classes, with discussion questions and other supplemental materials provided on the author’s website, www.jimremsen.com.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for August, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
2 The Piano Bed Anne Marie Drew YA Fiction
3 Remember the Sun Melanie Simms Poetry
4 NEW Going Home Susan Marchisello Thriller Fiction
5 What to Do about Mama? Matthews & Blank Self-Help
6 14 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
7 NEW Petrified Tanya Reimer YA Fiction
8 12 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
9 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
10 6 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
11 5 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
12 Pythagoras Karim El Koussa Historical Fiction
13 The Phoenician Code Karim El Koussa Action Adventure
14 NEW The Voice in my Ear Ken Newman Action Adventure
15 NEW Dying for Vengeance J . M. West Thriller Fiction
16 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
17 Pit Bulls II Anthony Julian History
18 Fatal Snow Robert Walton Action Adventure
19 1 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
20 4 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction

dfv_fcSunbury Press closed out its best August ever. Sales more than doubled last year’s August. Year-to-Date, sales are up nearly 15%. Trade paperbacks led the way with a 20% year-to-date gain. Ebooks are down over 20% year-over-year. Hardcovers, reintroduced by the company in June, were nearly double eBook sales in August. Since June, hardcover sales have caught up to eBook sales. There is a clear trend for readers preferring print over digital platforms. Nook content sales fell over 50% in August. Is the end near?

Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaga was boosted by author activities. Anne Marie Drew’s The Piano Bed was helped by author activities and an Amazon promotion. The poetry book about Sunbury, Remember the Sun, by Melanie Simms charted high thanks to author radio appearances. Sharon Marchisello’s Going Home grabbed the clean-up spot due to author activities. What to Do about Mama by “The Barbs” returned to the list buoyed by their recent network TV appearance. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls III continued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts. Tanya Reimer’s Petrified performed very well thanks to interest in Canada and feedback concerning the cover design. Karim El Koussa had a hat trick with Jesus the Phoenician, Pythagoas, and The Phoenician Code all charting thanks to an export order to Lebanon. John Cressler’s Shadows in the Shining City returned to the list due to anticipation about his appearance at the Decatur Book Festival. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last held at #11 due to advance orders for his appearance before the 99’s in Wichita, Kansas. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales in the San Diego area. Ken Newman’s The Voice in My Ear was helped by author activities. J. M. West’s Dying for Vengeance charted despite only a couple days on sale due to interest in the Carlisle, PA area. Jess Steven Hughes’ The Sign of the Eagle returned to the rankings as a result of author bookstore appearances. Robert Walton’s Fatal Snow was helped by sales at Bob’s Bagels. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man & The Lurking Man clung to the last two spots due to sales at Rocky’s Ace Hardware.

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

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for August, 2014
Petrified Tanya Reimer YA Fiction
A Pale Horse & 40 Other Tales Joe Tarone Short Stories
Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
Going Home Susan Marchisello Thriller Fiction
How I Got Into Hollywood Rommel & Knorr Self-Help
The Voice in my Ear Ken Newman Action Adventure
Dying for Vengeance J . M. West Thriller Fiction
The Ghost Sisters and the Girl in Hallway B Patricia Marcantonio YA 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

"Tweener" girl stumbles upon Native American history in a quiet corner of Pennsylvania

SCRANTON, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Jim Remsen’s YA historical novel Visions of Teaoga, about an adolescent girl who stumbles upon local Native American history.

vot_fcAbout the Book:
The year is 1790 and Queen Esther, a notorious American Indian matriarch, travels under cover to observe a U.S.-Iroquois summit at the ancient Teaoga treaty grounds. Will she be able to pass on her wisdom – and warnings – to the Indian villagers before the hostile settlers discover her in their midst? Will troubled native girl Sisketung awaken to Esther’s truths and see how wrong-headed the brash settler girl Sarah was?

Moving two centuries forward, restless tweener Maddy Winter also visits Teaoga, now a quiet riverfront town on the Pennsylvania-New York border. She tunes in to the region’s dramatic lost history and soon encounters spirits in the wind. As she gains in wisdom, Maddy longs to take on Esther’s mantle of the “peace woman,” but will she find the courage to do right in her own life?

04_massacreDrawing richly from the historical record, Visions of Teaogacaptures a world in upheaval. Readers sit at a native story circle and learn of the tensions and treachery besetting the Eastern frontier. As Maddy and her modern-day compatriots enter the story, they ponder how our history was recorded and by whom. The book is a perfect companion for middle-school history classes, with discussion questions and other supplemental materials provided on the author’s website, www.jimremsen.com.

Excerpt:
“Sheshequin, Madd. Yo, how’s that for a name?”

Maddy jerked awake. “Wuh. Wha-where?”

“We just passed the turnoff to Sheshequin,” her father smiled. “Sorry, girl, you were conked out for a few minutes.”

Maddy righted herself and peered around. “Sheshequin?” It sounded like another Indian word. Earlier on the drive, he’d had her pronounce the names of other spots as they passed: Tunkhannock, Meshoppen, Wyalusing, Towanda. The big river, she knew that one already: Susquehanna. All were place names left over from the original native inhabitants. And all whispered not Texas.

Mr. Winter found an oldies station on the radio and began wah-waahing along to a love ballad. Maddy listened lightly, still too groggy to join in. Once her eyes would stay open and focused, she turned to look outside. They were traveling down on the valley floor now. Not a single cottonwood tree in sight, but those frilly white wildflowers were everywhere. Lots of noisy trucks, too.

Soon something told Maddy to look to the right. Her gaze caught a big slab of rock just ahead. It was sunk in the ground along her side of the road. As they shot past, words flashed by her window: Tea-something. Queen-E-something. Whoa, that was a monument. To a queen? I love queens!

“Wait!” she cried. “Stop!”

About the Author:
Jim Remsen is a professional writer and editor in Philadelphia, where he had a successful career at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Prior to retirement, he was newspaper’s awarding-winning Religion Editor. He also is co-author of The Intermarriage Handbook: A Guide for Jews and Christians (HarperCollins), a widely used bible for mixed-faith couples.

Jim, an avid student of history, stumbled onto the story of Queen Esther and the Bloody Rock while on a road trip. Deciding to bring the poignant saga to life for the young reader, he spent nearly two years researching and writing Visions of Teaoga. He is a member of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, and the Authors Guild. To learn more about Jim, and to access educational materials about Queen Esther’s world, visit his website at www.jimremsen.com.

Visions of Teaoga
Authored by Jim Remsen
List Price: $14.95
7″ x 10″ (17.78 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
178 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064511
ISBN-10: 1620064510
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Historical / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods

Also available on Kindle and Nook

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Visions-of-Teaoga-978162…