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.
About 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)|
|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|
Sunbury 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:
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