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ATLANTA – Sunbury Press has released John D. Cressler’s latest novel “Shadows in the Shining City,” the 2nd book in the Anthems of El-Andalus Series.

About the Book:

sitsc_fcThe Golden Age of Moorish Spain was during the 10th century, a time when the benevolent Syrian Arab Caliphs ruled Iberia from Córdoba, the site of the iconic Great Mosque and home to the Royal Library, one of the largest collections of ancient books ever assembled. 10th century Córdoba was the richest, most populous, and most cultured city in the western world. Under the tolerant Muslim Caliphs, the pinnacle of convivencia was attained, that unique period of Spanish history when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in relative harmony and peace. Multicultural Córdoba was an enlightened city that treasured its books, celebrated art and literature, advanced science and medicine, and its myriad accomplishments were envied by both the west and the east alike.

Shadows in the Shining City is a prequel to Emeralds of the Alhambra, and the second book in the Anthems of al-Andalus SeriesShadowstells the story of the forbidden love between Rayhana Abi Amir, a Muslim princess of the Royal Court, and Zafir Saffar, a freed slave. Young love blossoms in 10th century Madinat al-Zahra, the Shining City, the Caliph’s magnificent Royal Palace located just outside of Córdoba. Their love story is set against the backdrop of the epic rise to power of Rayhana’s ruthless father, a man history will come to both celebrate and revile for the role he plays in dooming the bright future of Moorish Spain.

Praise for John D. Cressler’s

Shadows of the Shining City

An inspiring and deeply moving novel on both the nature of love and the many beautiful possibilities brought to life when religions learn to coexist.”

Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

 

A mesmerizing love story … filled with vivid historical descriptions of treachery and strategies in politics, religion, power, and love during the Golden Age of Moorish Spain.”

Valerie Jackson, In Conversation (Between the Lines),

National Public Radio

 

This is the second novel in Cressler’s Anthems of al-Andalus Series, where the legacy of the Arab/Islamic civilization in medieval Spain, with its refinements, its enduring tolerance, and its esthetic dynamism is celebrated. A novel about love, political strife, and cultural conflicts, it is written in a rich and shimmering style carrying an implicit message on the value of recognizing the achievements of the “other,” and asserting the fact that there is no fixed center for human creativity and progress.”

Salma Khadra Jayyusi, poet, writer, and literary historian.

Founder and Director of EAST-WEST NEXUS/PROTA for the

Dissemination in English of Arabic cultural achievements

An enthralling narrative to a shocking history. In this novel of 10th century Spain during the critical transition in the Muslim world from a progressive leader to a cruel megalomaniac, the author brings the reader straight into the landscape, the majesty and the struggles for power which cast the shadows upon al-Zahra, the Shining City. Cressler brilliantly weaves together fact and fiction, passion and intrigue, the throes of love, and the violence of war. With great attention to detail, he artfully unfolds the drama of a young and forbidden love, exquisitely keeping us rapt in the story, wondering in each moment, what will happen next?”

Rabbi Rachael M. Bregman, Temple Beth Tefilloh

 

Another tour de force! Cressler submerges us in a luxurious narrative evoking the loves, lives, intrigue, and history of 10th century Córdoba, a time of religious and political amity among Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Our master storyteller provides a cautionary tale of how human desire can corrupt the power of love through the love of power. We cheer for Rayhana and Zafir while we witness the horror of books burning on the pyre of one man’s insane desire to stem the love of knowledge. We rejoice in the many triumphs of al-Andalus, yet despair at lessons not yet learned about how human beings may live and love together. Shadows in the Shining City is a lovely, moving, and inspiring story of how it might have been. We believe!”

Professor Susan Abraham, Loyola Marymount University

Cressler is a master of meticulously researched detail. His intricately woven characters plumb the depths of love and fear, cunning treachery and wisdom, immersing the reader into the heart of 10th century al-Andalus as it balances on the edge of a cosmic shift, with repercussions that continue to reverberate today. What better way to learn history than through the eyes of lovers both young and seasoned: lovers of books and scientific discovery, of beauty and of harmony among diverse peoples, and ultimately, human love that defies all obstacles to proclaim,

I believe’!”

Cathy Devlin Crosby,Cofounder of Neshama Interfaith Center

 

Cressler is a master of rich description, pulling the reader into each scene. An incredible love story supported and sustained by the remarkable coexistence of religions that characterized that magical era. (We) are left yearning for a return to convivencia.”

Father Bruce Maivelett, S.J., Jesuit Superior,

Ignatius House Retreat Center

 

Cressler’s suspenseful novel, set at a decisive moment in Spain’s pre-modern history, challenges our all too comfortable prejudices about medieval culture as the eternal dark “other,” an allegedly primitive and less cultured period we have long left behind. Under the deceptive garment of an engaging love story, Cressler reveals the human continuities between the medieval past and the modern present, confronts twenty-first century religious intolerance with the decline of a relatively peaceful convivencia among tenth-century Spanish Muslims, Christians, and Jews, and celebrates the powerful role of learning and intellectual curiosity for interfaith dialogue.”

Professor Richard Utz, Chair, School of Literature, Media and Communication, Georgia Tech, and President,

International Society for the Study of Medievalism

Cressler has done it again! He has woven an intricate and fascinating web in 10th century Córdoba from the threads of court intrigue, war, lust for power, passion, and most of all, love. The author reminds us that the most powerful force available has always been, and will always be, love; and that people from different cultures and religions can not only live together in peace, but also thrive and flourish even more profoundly in diversity. Cressler helps us all to believe that these highest values are still attainable and worth fighting for. A great read with a heartfelt message for today’s world!” 

Marian Monahan,Cofounder of Neshama Interfaith Center

Cressler is a vivid writer who creates a breathtaking adventure that is both intensely entertaining and informative. The reader is immersed in the cultural, religious, and scientific currents of one of the most remarkable periods of Spanish history. I look forward to the next one!”

Father Thomas Kenny, S.J., Chaplain and Teacher,

Atlanta Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

 

 

Reader Reviews

Cressler has done it again! Against a tapestry of historical grandeur and religious conflict in 10th century Spain, he has woven a compelling tale of political intrigue, cultural turmoil, and forbidden love. Page turning was never so easy, or so unstoppable! Can’t wait for the third installment of this memorable trilogy!”

Roger A. Meyer, M.D.

A medieval masterpiece filled with love, intrigue, betrayal, and passion … (that) leaves the reader thirsting for more!”

Dennis Day

A superbly written novel (that allows readers) to glimpse the complex events that shaped Spain … (and) become living witnesses to a slice of the history of al-Andalus, which Cressler brings to life with such love and care.”

Acar Nazli

Takes you into the intrigue of a sophisticated civilization in medieval Córdoba. Full of ambitious plots, secrets, and true love. It kept me on the edge of my seat!”

Trish Byers

A love story inspiring to those lucky enough to have been loved unconditionally, and to those who hope for such a blessing someday. This riveting story kept me on edge throughout.”

Preston Bennett

A fast-paced, fun read that makes medieval Spain come alive. Characters of differing cultures and faiths come to life in a way that shows the goodness that is possible when we are tolerant.”

Patty Smith

A love story (that) will make you see that times change but mankind remains the same; capable of great love and awful treachery. Take a trip back to 10th century Spain and see people of faith—Muslim, Christian, and Jew—live with and love one another. There is hope for us all and it begins with love.”

Bud Treanor

I have undergone an education about a period of time of which I knew little, and best of all is that in becoming educated, I was thoroughly entertained!”

Bob Wilhelm

 

You will be awestruck (and) your breath will be taken away over and over again as you read the beautiful love story of two young people … whose unwavering love outshines the powerful, intriguing political forces set against their union.”

Denise Black

(Cressler is) a first-rate storyteller. Wonderful three-dimensional characters, dramatic situations, and fascinating historical and cultural details.”

Tom Nadar, Ph.D.

Exhilarating! A beautifully told story of love that finds a way to triumph. Historically compelling, with characters that make the time come alive.”

Tom Jablonski

Weaves fiction and fact into a suspenseful, intriguing, passionate saga. A compelling story exploring themes of love, religion, and the thirst for power. A must read!”

Barbara Nalbone

 

Shadows in the Shining City: Book Two of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series

Authored by John D. Cressler

List Price: $24.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
606 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063453
ISBN-10: 162006345X
BISAC: Fiction / Historical

Coming soon on Kindle and Nook

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Shadows-in-the-Shining-C…

 

 

 

KINGSTON, N.Y. – Sunbury Press has released Paul Argentini’s latest novel “The Spirits’ Cabin on Lake Eagle Talon,” a WW2-era coming-of-age tale set in the woods of upstate New York

About the Book:
The Spirit’s Cabin on Lake Eagle Talon is a story of Native American Lore, a teenage couple’s abiding love, and ordinary people who are called upon to do extraordinary deeds.

tscolet_fcExcerpt:
1940
The cabin was first a put-up-in-a-hurry forest lean-to before it started to look like a refuge a desperate hiker would seek out on a rainy, lightning-filled night. Joe Caruso wondered if some long-ago design had him decide to build it unknowingly in front of the site of an ancient Indian ceremonial fire pit complete with mystery and portent. Maddy Malloy had no such doubts. She knew the first time she put foot on the cabin’s site alongside Lake Eagle Talon, which was hidden in the lush, rolling Bekshire Hills of western Massachusetts. According to her sensations, its beginnings and construction lay in a design and plan arranged eons before. When Joe asked her how she knew that, she told him by the same knowledge that told her they knew each other in another time. They had only to take care they did not let their attraction to one other displease too much the jealous ancients.

“Do you feel it?”

“What?”

“Shhhh! Shhhh! The sensations. Hold my hand. I’m getting goose bumps.”

Joe wrinkled his brow, looked around slowly. “Like we’re not alone … ?”

“Yes. Like I feel sometimes when I’m in church. I get lost and this sensation comes over me.”

“Like someone is standing right in front of me, nose to nose.”

“Like … another dimension … ?”

Joe felt the awe engulf him just as it did the first night he spent in the lean-to. He sat cross-legged Indian style in front of the fire. He stared off to the side. The sight made him blink rapidly and open his eyes widely. A rattlesnake was coiled, its rattle clicking. Shika-shika-shika-shika.

Joe surprised himself. He felt not an iota of fear.

He folded his hands in front of him, and felt compelled to welcome the visitor. He could not speak. He simply nodded his head. It was as if the snake was expected.

Joe had no idea how long the snake was there. He had nodded off, then awoke to find it gone. Joe smiled, stretched out, and went to sleep.

“Maddy, do you feel as if we have been transported to another dimension?”

“Whatever it is, it is so weird. Do you still feel it?”

“Yes! Like it’s a shroud covering us with magic spirits …”

“Like we were meant to discover it so we could be guided …”

“Yes, to acknowledge all its portents and blessings …”

“Yes!”

“And tells us to follow the word! It says we are to take off all our clothes …”

“Crazy shit!” she said to Joe and didn’t talk to him for the next three days.

Argentini_smAbout the Author:
PAUL ARGENTINI is a Random House bestselling author and prize-winning playwright. He and lives in Florida. He has two grown daughters, Lisa and Mona.

Also by Paul Argentini:

Fiction

A Matter of Love In Da Bronx

The Fourth Nail – An Historical Novel

Jim – A War-torn Love Story

Non-Fiction

A Treatise – The Art of Casting A Fly (Vera C. Argentini – Artist)

Elements of Style for Screenwriters

The Essential Manual for Writers of Screenplays (Random House Bestseller)

MUSICALS! Directing School and Community Theatre (Robert Boland and Paul Argentini)

Full-length plays

The Decisive Point

The Secret of The Sea Island Mansion

The Essence of Being

King’s Mate- Off –Off- Off Broadway Showcase  (Massachusetts Artists Foundation Playwriting Fellowship)

One Act Plays

No Gas For Nick – Berkshire Theatre Festival

Pearl Seed – Berkshire Theatre Festival

My Pen Name’s Mark Twain (written and performed in sixth grade)

Theatre Odyssey 2011 Ten-minute Play Festival
The Ordinance
 – First Prize Winner Sarasota, Florida

The Spirits’ Cabin on Lake Eagle Talon

Authored by Paul Argentini

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
220 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064351
ISBN-10: 1620064359
BISAC: Fiction / Coming of Age

Also available on Kindle and Nook

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Spirits-Cabin-on-Lak…

DULUTH, Minn. – Sunbury Press has released “Great Lakes: The Saga of the Inland Seas” by Lilly Kirckof and Daniel Allen Butler.

About the Book:

CompassGreat Lakes, the novel is a tale as wide and deep as the lakes themselves; a rare combination of history, romance and, “what just might of have been,” rolled into a read so fascinating it is literally impossible to put down.

From the earliest days of the old “wind wagons” to the steel behemoths of today, Great Lakes, sails into the drama, mystery and outright treachery of the dark side of navigating the lakes. Screaming “nor’easter’s” and back-stabbing corporate boardrooms all form part of the novel’s captivating saga of the sweetwater seas.

As an historian reading “historical novels” has always been like scraping fingernails down chalkboards for me. The plot may have been believable but the scope of the times was so misunderstood and characters mere poorly constructed carboard cutouts, the book invariably collapsed of it’s own ponderous ineptness.

By contrast Great Lakes, is everything a historical novel should be; rich in history with an overarching story line balancing nicely between fact and fiction, believable characters, a narrative rarely told; all set against a backdrop that while we think we understand it, surprises keep emerging from the shadows.

Great Lakes, the novel is certain to become a classic for the Inland Seas.

… Fred Stonehouse

Great Lakes: The Saga of the Inland Seas

Authored by Lilly Kirckof, Authored by Daniel Allen Butler

List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
476 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064269
ISBN-10: 162006426X
BISAC: Fiction / Sea Stories

Also available on Kindle and Nook

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Great-Lakes-978162006426…

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for June, 2014. John Cressler’s novel “Shadows in the Shining City” led the way.

About Shadows in the Shining City

sitsc_fcThe Golden Age of Moorish Spain was during the 10th century, a time when the benevolent Syrian Arab Caliphs ruled Iberia from Córdoba, the site of the iconic Great Mosque and home to the Royal Library, one of the largest collections of ancient books ever assembled. 10th century Córdoba was the richest, most populous, and most cultured city in the western world. Under the tolerant Muslim Caliphs, the pinnacle of convivencia was attained, that unique period of Spanish history when Muslims, Jews and Christians lived together in relative harmony and peace. Multicultural Córdoba was an enlightened city that treasured its books, celebrated art and literature, advanced science and medicine, and its myriad accomplishments were envied by both the west and the east alike.

Shadows in the Shining City is a prequel to Emeralds of the Alhambra, and the second book in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series. Shadows tells the story of the forbidden love between Rayhana Abi Amir, a Muslim princess of the Royal Court, and Zafir Saffar, a freed slave. Young love blossoms in 10th century Madinat al-Zahra, the Shining City, the Caliph’s magnificent Royal Palace located just outside of Córdoba. Their love story is set against the backdrop of the epic rise to power of Rayhana’s ruthless father, a man history will come to both celebrate and revile for the role he plays in dooming the bright future of Moorish Spain.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for June, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 - Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
2 1 Revolt! Terry Ray Political Fiction
3 3 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
4 9 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
5 - Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
6 - Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair History
7 12 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
8 18 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
9 - Pit Bulls II Anthony Julian History
10 15 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
11 - Twilight of the Drifter Shelly Frome Literary Fiction
12 - At the End of the Day Madelyn Killion Literary Fiction
13 - Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
14 - The Death of Obsession Ray Fashona Thriller Fiction
15 - The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
16 - A Darker Shade of Freedom C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
17 - Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
18 - The Machine Horace J Taylor African Am Fiction
19 17 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Medical Memoir
20 - Sanctuary Dishonored Robin Lee Art History

revolt_fcSunbury Press enjoyed the best June ever. Sales were up 33% over last year. For the six months ended June 30, Sunbury Press had its best start to a year ever, its 10th year in business. Sales were up 11% over last year’s start. Trade paperbacks led the way with an 18% increase year over year. The company also reintroduced hard cover books with several titles this month. They outperformed the entire ebook category. Ebooks continued their decline from their peak in 2012, dropping 20% in June, as compared to last June.

John Cressler’s novels Shadows in the Shining City and Emeralds of the Alhambra were helped by advance sales in preparation for a July 22 release party. Terry Ray’s Revolt! continued to sell briskly in upstate Pennsylvania. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man, The Lurking Man & newly released The Sinful Man sold well thanks to promotional activities for a limited edition hardcover, strong sales at Rocky’s Hardware and interest in The Cursed Man movie. Alan Mindell’s The Closer climbed back up the chart thanks to sales to San Diego area bookstores. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls I & Pit Bulls II benefitted from the First Friday event at the Sunbury Press store and the release of hard cover editions. Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula was #6 thanks to author activity at military unit reunions. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last climbed to #7 on the winds of interest in the anniversary of the loss of the aviatrix. Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People climbed to #10 thanks to sales in New Mexico. Shelly Frome’s Twilight of the Drifter and Madelyn Killion’s At the End of the Day were two older novels helped by author activities. Ray Fashona’s The Death of Obsession was spurred by sales at a book expo in upstate New York. Recently released A Darker Shade of Freedom by C James Gilbert was bolstered by author activities in the Gettysburg area. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician returned to the charts thanks to interest in Europe. The Machine, by Horace Taylor, charted thanks to author activities. Brandon Musgrave’s Hour 30 continues to be the top ebook, ranking #19 overall. Robin Lee’s Sanctuary Dishonored rounded out the list.

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

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for June, 2014
Electric Funeral Mark Slade Horror Fiction
When Heroes Were Giants, 2 ed James Witherell Sports History
Impresario of Terror Jack Adler Thriller Fiction
The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
My Mom Is an Alien Joanne Risso Childrens Fiction

For a list of Sunbury’s all-time 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

 

 

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Sunbury Press has released Joanne Risso’s latest childrens book “My Mom Is an Alien,” dealing with immigration in a stimulating way. Dylan Matukaitis provided the illustrations.

mmiaa_fcAbout the Book:
My mom says she is an alien, but I am not so sure. She does sound funny when she speaks, and she eats weird food. Sometimes I think I see antennae sticking out the top of her head. She does not drive a spaceship, though, just a minivan. How can I really tell if she is an alien or not? You be the judge!

My Mom Is an Alien humorously explores the concept of immigration to the USA from the perspective from an Australian woman.

About the Author

Joanne L.S. Risso was born and raised in Gippsland, Australia.  She never had a pet platypus, but she did have a pet kangaroo named Fred when she was a girl. Joanne was classed as having ‘alien status’ by the U.S. government when she first immigrated to the U.S.A. She lives with her husband and four children in Central Pennsylvania. Please visit http://www.joannerisso.com to learn more about the author, who does not really have green skin or own a spaceship, though she does sound funny when she speaks.

About the Illustrator

Dylan Matukaitis is currently a student at Arcadia University, Pennsylvania, where he is studying Graphic Design. He loves reading and drawing, and considers himself a professional at lip-syncing to songs on the radio or his iPod. His favorite color is blue and his biggest celebrity crush is Beyoncé. This is his first published work as a children’s book artist.

My Mom Is an Alien

Authored by Joanne L. S. Risso, Illustrated by Dylan Matukaitis

List Price: $9.99
7″ x 10″
Color on White paper
32 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064290
BISAC: Childrens / Family / Immigration

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/My-Mom-Is-an-Alien-97816…

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
——–

“Reading late into the night, this had me wanting more… and dreading it.”  – Catherine Jordan, author of Seeking Samiel
———
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

Also available on Kindle & Nook

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Sinful-Man-978162006…

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

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Cursed-Man-PAPERBACK-9781620063682.htm

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.

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Lurking-Man-9781620063699.htm

AVAILABLE WHEREVER BOOKS ARE SOLD

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 …”

************************

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 …

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