Archive for November, 2013

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa. — Speckled Egg Press, an imprint of Sunbury Press, has released Downingtown resident Dr. Matt Anderson’s children’s book “Pink Flamingos All Around.”

About the Book:

pfaa_fcPink Flamingos All Around is a fantastic frolic full of fabulous flamingo fun. The text, which is rhyming in nature, contains some factual information about the birds, as well as some general silliness. The images are bright and attractive, containing cartoon flamingos that are designed to capture both the beautiful and unique nature of these amazing birds. The book is designed to be both educational and entertaining for children and their parents.

About the Author:

Dr. Matthew J. Anderson is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Saint Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA) where he teaches and investigates various aspects of animal behavior, with a particular interest in flamingos.  He is the director of SJU’s interdisciplinary minor in Animal Studies, and has authored numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Pink Flamingos All Around is his first children’s book.

Pink Flamingos All Around

Authored by Dr. Matthew Anderson

List Price: $12.95
8.5″ x 11″ (21.60 x 29.21 cm)
Color on White paper
24 pages
Speckled Egg Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063149
ISBN-10: 162006314X
BISAC: Childrens / Nature

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Barbara G. Matthews’ and Barbara Trainin Blank’s self-help book “What to Do about Mama?: A Guide to Caring for Aging Family Members.”

wtdam_fcAbout the Book:

Everyone is a potential caregiver.

Fifty-four million Americans already serve as unpaid caregivers to family members, and that number is likely to grow as the population continues to age.

Two-thirds of these caregivers are women—many of them in the “sandwich generation,” simultaneously caring for both children and older family members.

This book offers guidance to present and future caregivers—based on the real-life experiences of the authors and other caregivers who have openly and honestly shared their joys and heartaches. It isn’t a book by “experts,” but by people in the trenches—to help you develop realistic goals and expectations and strategies to keep your sanity through the trials and tribulations of caregiving.

Your experiences may be similar to or different from those of the caregivers featured here, but their stories are likely to resonate with anyone who has cared for a loved one—or might.

Table of Contents:

Introduction: Why Write this Book?

Chapter One: Barbara M.’s Caregiving Story

Chapter Two: Barbara T.B.’s Caregiving Story

Chapter Three: Assuming Caregiving Responsibilities

Chapter Four: The Roles and Responsibilities of Caregivers

Chapter Five: The Emotional and Physical Impact of Caregiving

Chapter Six: Family Relations

Chapter Seven: Finances

Chapter Eight: Residual Difficulties

Chapter Nine: Positives and Negatives of Caregiving: Would You Do It Again?

Chapter Ten: Caregiver Recommendations

Conclusion: You Don’t Always Get What You Expect

Caregiver Questionnaire

About the Authors:

Barbara G. Matthews has had a patchwork quilt of professional career experiences.

For nearly five years, she served as an Assessor/Care Manager for the Area Agency on Aging of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Her main responsibility was to visit seniors in their homes to administer a comprehensive assessment, which determined their needs and eligibility for services. Matthews then “retired” to become a full-time caregiver when her mother-in-law moved into her home, an experience that motivated her to write this book.

Prior to that, Matthews was literacy coordinator for a Jobs Training Partnership Act agency. Over seven years, she was instrumental in building a thriving learning center program, which included Adult Literacy, English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education, General Educational Development, and Adult High School Diploma programs.  She was also a Life Skills Instructor with the Dauphin County Prison for four years.

Matthews graduated from Kent State University in 1969 with a degree in Elementary Education. She also attended one year of graduate school at Kent State and was a graduate assistant in the sociology department. Her graduate education was cut short, both by the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, and her marriage in June of that year.

After college, Matthews taught 4th grade for a year, then began raising a family as a full-time homemaker. She returned to full-time employment when her children were in their pre-teen and teen years.

The mother of three and grandmother of nine lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, with her husband of forty-three years.

Barbara Trainin Blank is an independent writer and editor who heads her own company, Blank Page Writing, now based in Maryland.

A writer for newspapers, magazines, and web sites, in areas as diverse as the arts, health and medicine, religion, and societal trends, she has contributed to Health, Emergency Medicine, Hadassah, Business2Business, and B magazines, as well as to Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Patriot-News, and Carlisle Sentinel, among others.

Trainin Blank also provides editorial services to agencies, businesses, and individuals and has edited several books, including for the U.S. Army War College, an interior designer, nonprofit consultant, and major NYC social service organization.

A graduate of Barnard College in New York City, her hometown, she also writes plays, several of which have been presented in several local and regional theaters.

Trainin Blank is married and has two children.

What to Do about Mama?: A Guide to Caring for Aging Family Members

Authored by Barbara G. Matthews & Barbara Trainin Blank

List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
230 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063156
ISBN-10: 1620063158
BISAC: Family & Relationships / Eldercare

Soon to be availble on Kindle, Nook and Sony eReader.

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Dr. Stephenie Slahor’s children’s book “Meteors.”

About the Book:

They come to Earth from other reaches of our Solar System. They’re meteorites and they have been puzzling and fascinating Earthlings for centuries. In this book, you’ll read facts about their origins and characteristics, but you’ll also learn some of the many interesting stories about meteors and meteorites.

About the Author:

Stephenie Slahor holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and a Juris Doctor degree.  Her career spans the fields of journalism, law, administration and education.  She has traveled extensively and has lectured and taught at many colleges and universities.


Authored by Dr. Stephenie Slahor

List Price: $9.99

8.5″ x 8.5″ (21.59 x 21.59 cm)
Full Color on White paper
28 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062715
ISBN-10: 1620062712
BISAC: Juvenile Nonfiction / Science & Nature / Astronomy

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SHREVEPORT, La. — Sunbury Press has released L.D. Knorr’s third installment in the RV Mysteries series entitled “Dead Catch.”

About the Book:

Retired robbery/homicide detective Hank Moran and his wife Helen are off on another adventure in their motorhome. Their plan was to take their grandson Chip on a pleasant weekend fishing trip to a Louisiana state park, but Chip hooks into something a bit more interesting than a five pound bass.

About the Author:

L.D. Knorr was born and raised on a dairy farm in Berks County Pennsylvania and now resides in rural Alabama. His profession as a mechanical engineer required his relocation from Pennsylvania to Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama. He honed his writing skills on engineering related technical papers and reports. Now being retired he is focusing his attention on fiction.

He has been married fifty years to his wife Emily and they were blessed with three talented and creative children. They have also had their own adventures traveling the country in their RV.

DC_fcDead Catch

Authored by L.D. Knorr

List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
170 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062753
ISBN-10: 1620062755
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

Also available on Kindle and Nook.

Also in The RV Mysteries Series:

The Leviticus Mission

The Rest Area Murder

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jtp_fcMECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Jesus the Phoenician, Karim El Koussa’s well-researched alternative Christian history, was #1, upon its debut, thanks to author events related to his US book release tour.  Susan Dahlgren Daigneault’s In the Shadow of a Mountain, a memoir about her war hero father, Ed Dahlgren, and his PTSD, ranked #2 due to events and promotions in her home state of Maine.

Sunbury Press’s year-to-date sales for 2013 are up 25% over 2012. EBook sales are up only 9% over the year-to-date prior, significantly lagging the growth in print sales. Sales for the month of October were up 54% compared to October 2012. Regarding the monthly performance, it was the 2nd best month of the year and 2nd best October ever.

Bob Ford’s Beagle Tales 4, the latest edition of his folksy humorous series about rural living, debuted at #3, thanks to author events in the State College area.

Jess Steven Hughes’ The Sign of the Eagle, historical fiction set in Roman times, ranked #4 due to the author’s aggressive appearance schedule at bookstores in the Pacific Northwest.

Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People, a novel about the Tiguex War between the Spanish and the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico, ranked #5 due to regional sales in New Mexico.
That Night at Surigao, Ernie Marshall’s well-researched history of the last clash between battleships in World War 2, nabbed the 6th position thanks to recent author events.

The Joe’s — Farrell and Farley — reclaimed the 7th spot withKeystone Tombstones Volume 1 thanks to continued interest in the series and their media appearances.

Robert Miller’s The Cogan Legend, a novel about a murder mystery in pre-Civil War upstate Pennsylvania, slotted at #8 thanks to author activities.

Alan Mindell’s The Closer, a baseball love story, joined the list at #9 thanks to seasonal interest in the sport.

Guy Graybill’s Prohibition’s Prince returned to the rankings, taking #10 on the list, due to sales at Williamsport area bookstores and author activities.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
ul_fcFiction  – The Sign of the Eagle by Jess Steven Hughes
Horror/Mystery – Undead Living edited by Thomas Malafarina
Children/YA – Colors in the Garden by Wendy Latty
The Arts – Contemporary Photo Impressionists by T K McCoy
Self-Help – Raising Monarchs by Sue Fox McGovern
Metaphysical/Spiritual – Messages from Beyond by Michele Livingston
Reference – Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons by Linnea Jepson

The company released eleven new titles during the month of October:
Beagle Tales 4 by Bob Ford
Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Dinorific Poetry Volume 3 by Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli
Colors in the Garden by Wendy Latty
Colors in the Garden the Creator Made by Wendy Latty
Undead Living edited by Thomas Malafarina
Normal Comix Volume 1 by Sean Madden
519+ToMmPfL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Crossers #1: The Man in the Mountain by Terry Ray
The Crossers #2: The Circle by Terry Ray
The Crossers #3: Crossing the Valley by Terry Ray
The Crossers #4: Path to Armageddon by Terry Ray

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Mechanicsburg, PA — Friday November 1, besides being All Saints Day, was First Friday in this borough — an evening to emphasize the arts.  Sunbury Press, the trade publisher headquartered on West Main Street, participated with a program of six authors from a variety of categories.  The author readings ran from 7 to 9 PM.  Sunbury’s showroom was packed with patrons — standing room only.  Many people lingered on the street outside in order to listen in.  Following are some pictures from the event:

Standing room only...

Standing room only…

Some of the young patrons...

Some of the young patrons…

Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli presenting "Dinorific Poetry Volume 3"

Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli presenting “Dinorific Poetry Volume 3”

Thomas Malafarina reading from "Undead Living"

Thomas Malafarina reading from “Undead Living”

Wendy Latty presenting "Colors in the Garden the Creator Made"

Wendy Latty presenting “Colors in the Garden the Creator Made”

Karim El Koussa in front of his sign

Karim El Koussa in front of his sign

Karim El Koussa in front of the Sunbury office

Karim El Koussa in front of the Sunbury office

Karim El Koussa, Mike Sgrignoli and Wendy Latty after the show.

Karim El Koussa, Mike Sgrignoli and Wendy Latty after the show.

Fred Burton reads from "The Old Songs"

Fred Burton reads from “The Old Songs”

Karim El Koussa presents "Jesus the Phoenician"

Karim El Koussa presents “Jesus the Phoenician”

Karim El Koussa signs a copy of "Jesus the Phoenician" for a patron

Karim El Koussa signs a copy of “Jesus the Phoenician” for a patron

Cathy Jordan reads her story from "Undead Living"

Cathy Jordan reads her story from “Undead Living”

Karim El Koussa on West Main Street

Karim El Koussa on West Main Street


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