Archive for July, 2015

tsgsftd_fcMACON, Ga.Sunbury Press has released The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf, by Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley of Mercer University.

In the years following the American Civil War, few educational opportunities were provided to newly-freed black citizens. The situation was compounded for black deaf children in the American South. Efforts to educate these children were delayed and deferred in most southern states. Even as the need for this education became obvious, southern legislatures frequently denied or deferred any real educational opportunities for black deaf children. In The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf, Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley tell the story of one such institution designed to educate Georgia’s black deaf children. Beginning with early efforts during Reconstruction, Knorr and Whatley trace the often tumultuous and neglectful history of the education for these students from the time of the Jim Crow South through efforts during the Progressive Era to improve the plight of these children. This history of the segregated school continues through two world wars and the struggle for civil rights, ending with the ultimate desegregation of the school. Rich with contemporary stories, firsthand accounts and interviews, and photographs and illustrations of its history, The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf is a compelling story of heroic efforts to improve the lot of these students along with the often shameful neglect of Georgia’s most vulnerable children.

Ron Knorr is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Tift College of Education at Mercer University. He holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and a B.S. in Financial Management from Clemson University, as well as an MBA from the University of North Florida. Prior to entering education, he was a CPA and financial executive. His public school experience included teaching Middle Grades Language Arts and Social Studies, and his university teaching includes courses in Curriculum, Language Arts and Social Studies Methods and Content for Teachers, and Qualitative and Quantitative Educational Research. His research and publications interests include bullying prevention, teacher education, early adolescent literacy, the History of Education in the American South, and the application of Activity Theory in education. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Kappa Delta Pi, and Beta Gamma Sigma. Dr. Knorr was selected as a 2014 Teacher of Honor by Kappa Delta Pi.

Clemmie Whatley is an Associate Professor of Education in the Tift College of Education at Mercer University. Dr. Whatley received an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Clark College, a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology, an Ed.S. in Mathematics Education and Educational Leadership from State University of West Georgia, and a PhD in Educational Studies from Emory University. She worked in corporate administration for over twenty years. She taught high school mathematics and currently focuses on instruction in mathematics education at the university level. She is founder of Educational Dynamix, a non-profit educational organization, providing services in consulting, evaluation, and professional development for school districts. Educational Dynamix also produced Musical Mathematics ®, a program that integrates music and mathematics for engaging learning for students.

The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf
by Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley
List Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 146 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620065907
ISBN-13: 978-1620065907
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
EDUCATION / Special Education / Physical Disabilities
EDUCATION / Special Education / Learning Disabilities
HISTORY / African American

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ktr_fcMECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Keep Turning Right: You’ll Get There Eventually, Rick Dapp’s humorous “how-not-to” book about life in the unemployment line.

Laid off? Let go? Down-sized? Right-sized? Made redundant? Author Rick Dapp relates his personal experiences dealing with unemployment at an inopportune time — near the end of his career. Dapp does this with modesty and good humor, enlightening us all along the way about what is most important in life.

It was an experience with my dad that provided the title for this book. Once, when I was hopelessly lost in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, (a city of seemingly all one-way streets) I called him from a pay phone and expressed my frustration at ever finding my way out of my predicament. His reply was, “Keep turning right, you’ll get there eventually.” Those words stayed with me and, despite a variety of wrong turns in life, I always fell back upon the simple logic of his statement.

The book is not intended as a solution to the problem of unemployment, as many “how-to” books profess, but is, rather, a “how-not-to” volume from someone who has lived the experience.

Sudden unemployment and the removal from the mainstream often lends itself to experimentation in facial hair if you are a man—a perfect time to grow a beard if you haven’t done so in a while. If you can get past the itchy stage, and if you have the ability to grow a good one, you should indulge yourself. Unlike the beard or moustache you attempt during vacation, the one that good sense tells you to shave off on Monday morning before you return to work, facial hair allows you to exude a ruddy sense of individualism. It’s a great time to experiment with your new-found freedom. Besides, if you decide it’s just not “you,” it can be shaved off at a later date. Other experiments in personal freedom, like tattoos, can be more problematic as you transition back into the working world since they aren’t as easily removed. If going with a tattoo, get one that can be obscured by clothing during the interview. Since you can’t foretell who will be interviewing you for the next position, the ability to return to “normal” mode is critical.

Keep Turning Right: You’ll Get There Eventually
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
152 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066102
ISBN-10: 1620066106
BISAC: Business & Economics / Careers / Job Hunting

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wrm_fc smJONESBORO, Ark.Sunbury Press has released White River Monster, Keith Rommel’s novella about the mysterious cryptozoological creature in Arkansas.

The White River Monster has eluded people for over a century. Manhunts were brought to a fever pitch in Newport, Arkansas, where people were anxious to prove the existence of the river monster. But, it went unfounded.

For years, sightings were reported up and down the White River, but no physical evidence ever came forth. Soon the monster faded into obscurity and was dismissed as a legend never to be solved … that is until now!

Thriller writer Keith Rommel brings this cryptozoological mystery to life — in a classic tale of drippy, slimy, and deadly horror!

Keith is an award winning author and screen writer. His writing has been called, “Horror for the curious mind.”

The Cursed Man (book 1) – Soon to be a Major Motion Picture
The Lurking Man (book 2)
The Sinful Man (book 3)
The Silent Woman (book 4)

The Devil Tree (based off of the Florida legend)
The Devil Tree II: The Calling (based off of the Florida legend)
White River Monster

You Killed My Brother

Among The People.

Keith is the co screenplay writer for The Cursed Man movie and is the screenwriter and producer of The Lurking Man movie.

White River Monster
Authored by Keith Rommel
List Price: $0.99
File Size: 202 KB
Print Length: 22 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (July 27, 2015)
Publication Date: July 27, 2015
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English
BISAC: Fiction / Horror

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DoS_fcCARLISLE, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Dead of Summer, Sherry Knowlton’s second Alexa Williams novel. The first book, Dead of Autumn, was released last year.

In a tale of suspense that travels from Southcentral Pennsylvania to Africa to the iconic Woodstock Festival of 1969, Dead of Summerembroils Alexa Williams in the dangerous world of sex trafficking.

With help from friends, family, and her yoga practice, Alexa Williams is finally starting to recover from last autumn’s trauma of finding a dead body and the violence that ensued. The young attorney can’t believe that her summer has begun with the discovery of another body. This time, the dead woman was famous for her worldwide campaign against sex trafficking. The murder hits close to home: the late activist was a friend and mentor to Alexa’s best friend, Melissa.

While the town mourns, Alexa stumbles into a burglary at Melissa’s home, barely escaping serious harm. A client asks for help in convincing the police that her foster child is not a runaway, and Alexa learns that other local girls have gone missing. Drawn into the fight to save lost and exploited children, Alexa discovers a community of child activists. A local philanthropist wants Alexa to join his foster care empire. A sexy social worker and a hip college professor want a more personal connection with Alexa, but she is also drawn to the police detective leading the murder investigation.

Searching for answers, Alexa becomes entangled in a web of deception and danger that puts both her heart and her life at risk. By the time she discovers that the key to the present lies in the halcyon days of peace and music, it may be too late.

Sherry Knowlton is the author of the successful Alexa Williams suspense novels, DEAD of AUTUMNand DEAD of SUMMER. Sherry was born and raised in Chambersburg, PA (nee Sherry Rothenberger)where she developed a lifelong passion for books. She was that kid who would sneak a flashlight to bed at night so she could read beneath the covers. All the local librarians knew her by name.

Sherry spent much of her early career in state government, working primarily with social and human services programs, including services for abused children, rape crisis, domestic violence, and family planning. In the 1990s, she served as the Deputy Secretary for Medical Assistance in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The latter part of Sherry’s career has focused on the field of Medicaid managed care. Now retired from executive positions in the health insurance industry, Sherry runs her own health care consulting business.

Sherry has a B.A. in English and psychology from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.

Sherry and her husband, Mike, began their journey together in the days of peace and music when they traversed the country in a hippie van. Running out of money several months into the trip, Sherry waitressed the night shift at a cowboy hangout in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Mike washed dishes in a bakery. Undeterred, they embraced the travel experience and continue to explore far-flung places around the globe. Sherry and Mike have one son, Josh, a craft brewer.

Sherry lives in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania, only a short distance from the Babes in the Woods memorial, which figures prominently in DEAD of AUTUMN.

Melissa abruptly stopped shouting and knocking. “Alexa, something is wrong. I’m going to check.”

Alexa let out a deep sigh and tilted her head to the left, then to the right, trying to dispel the tension building between her shoulder blades. Melissa was pushing her to the limit today. With reluctance, she gave in.

“We’ll both go. Does she have an alarm system?”

“I doubt it. Cecily rarely even locks the door.” Melissa reached for the doorknob, which turned easily in her hand, and the two women slipped into a mudroom area.

“Cecily?” Melissa called again in a hushed voice.

Alexa grabbed Melissa’s hand as they crept into the big kitchen. Following the scent of cinnamon, she noticed an uncovered plate of muffins next to the stove. The sight of a black pocketbook sitting undisturbed on the wide counter sent her pounding heart into overdrive.

“There’s a living room and an office through that door,” Melissa gestured, her steps slowing.

“Maybe we should go outside and call the police.”

“But what if Cecily has been hurt? Let’s at least check out the downstairs.” Melissa squared her shoulders and marched into the hall. Alexa scanned ahead and behind, on high alert, as she followed her friend.

“I’ll check in here. You look in there.” Melissa disappeared through the door on the right, and Alexa turned into the room that Melissa indicated on the left. Clearly, this was the office. She could make out the shape of an old roll-top desk in the near corner.

The stormy twilight that filtered through the tall casement windows steeped the room in shadows. This whole thing was creeping Alexa out. She ran her hand along the wall next to the entry, searching for a light switch. Finding none, she took a deep breath and strode toward the silhouette of a floor lamp on the far side of the room. She flipped the switch and sighed with relief as light flooded the office.

That relief vanished when Alexa took in the roll-top desk to her right. The desk was a mess. It looked like someone had pulled papers out of the little cubbies in the back of the desk and dumped them in the center. The big drawers all stood open, and more paper littered the floor beside the desk. The computer monitor hung by a cord, facedown, perched over some files. When Alexa took a step toward the desk, the monitor shifted, hitting the table with a thump. Startled, she backed away.

A coppery smell, like new pennies baking in the sun, hung in the still air. In the silence, Alexa noticed a faint buzzing noise coming from outside the house. Beyond the reflection of lamplight, she could see hundreds of flies crawling over the wavy glass panes of the antique windows.

With dread, Alexa turned left to survey the rest of the room. She moaned and swayed when she spied a pool of blood on the floor at her feet. “Not again. This can’t be happening again,” she protested under her breath.

As she looked in revulsion at the blood, a thin crescent of red inched toward her like a scarlet claw. She jerked her foot away in horror before she realized that it was a lone, blood-drenched fly, staggering out of the crimson pool in a drunken stupor.

Dead of Summer
Authored by Sherry Knowlton
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
276 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065938
ISBN-10: 1620065932
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths

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NEW ORLEANSSunbury Press has released John E. Wade II’s memoirThe Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation.

tbmato_fcAbout the Book:
John E. Wade II, retired CPA, author, investor, television producer, and philanthropist, reveals in his memoir, The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation, his personal struggle with bipolar disorder and his experience being the focus of an all-encompassing and benevolent entity he calls the Operation.

Wade takes the reader through his family experiences, political aspirations and beliefs, spiritual journey, relationship trials and errors, and battle with mental illness, as well as writes about how he feels he has been cured of the detrimental aspects of bipolar disorder.

With the help of a unique and powerful network he calls the Operation, and through religious beliefs, personal perseverance, and the help of friends, family, and his mental health professionals, Wade lives an active, creative, and successful life.

His memoir doesn’t end with contentment at achieving a balance in his life, however. Instead, Wade expresses a determined vision for the future, aiming to assist humanity in what he describes as achieving heaven on earth through his writing, political and spiritual endeavors, as well as through being the focus of the ever-pervasive Operation.

John 4-0606 smAbout the Author:
John E. Wade II, born in Decatur, Alabama and longtime New Orleans resident, is a philanthropist, an investor, and a retired accountant, who is an active member of his church.

Wade began writing in 1998 and has published many essays, blogs, and book reviews, as well as one book filled with his own essays, Deep Within My Heart, and three books that he has co-authored: How to Achieve a Heaven on Earth, Glimpses of Heaven on Earth, and Ronald Reagan’s Wisdom for the Twenty-First Century.

In his free time Wade likes to travel the world and learn about other cultures. He also enjoys exploring his hometown of New Orleans, enjoying the unique food, architecture, and music. Wade also regularly attends New Orleans Saints games as well as football games at Mississippi State University, where the Davis Wade Stadium was named after his father.

Visit www.JohnEWade.com to learn more about author John E. Wade II and The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation.

The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation—A Memoir
Authored by John E. Wade II
List Price: $ 29.95
Size: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Page Count: 174 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 78-1620066034
ISBN-10: 1620066033

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The Garden District Book Shop
Rink Shopping Center,
2727 Prytania St,
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 895-2266

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.Sunbury Press has released Pink Crucifix, Johnny Strife’s first installment in The Passion Plaything Trilogy.

pc_fcPink Crucifix is a darkly comic romance with horror and fantasy elements. The story of courtship between a vampire and her thrall endeavors to be analogous to that of a young man’s awkward attempts to maintain a relationship with an emotionally distant, much older, much more powerful woman. The story spans one night, but stretches back ninety years into the past, through the recollections of various characters. Ian Raith is an American soldier stationed in the medieval Bavarian town of Bamberg. Since his unit is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan soon, he and his friend and subordinate, Nikolas Skandalis, take advantage of an Easter training holiday to abscond to the Netherlands. There, they score a large quantity of “Pink Crucifix” ecstasy from the Bosnian drug dealer Omar Amsterdam, in the hopes of selling it to their buddies downrange at a vastly inflated price. While sampling the pills in the Red Light District that night, Ian encounters a lovely German girl named Lorelei Böse, who appears to be surrounded by a glowing red aura. Enchanted and besotted, he follows her into the darkness, and quickly descends into a maelstrom of death and destruction, in which everything he has is taken from him. But Ian might discover that sometimes, one must lose everything in order to find the one thing that matters.

This is Johnny Strife’s first novel. He spent most of his adult life in the army, and is now focusing on writing full-time.

I was cresting a chemical-induced wave of euphoria from three hits of Omar Amsterdam’s “Pink Crucifix” ecstasy the first time I laid eyes on Lorelei, so it didn’t strike me as strange that her alabaster arms and legs glowed with an eerie iridescence in the neon night. Her heels were clicking quickly toward Nikolas and me as we meandered down Bloedstraat, a narrow, crowd-congested artery running through the heart of Amsterdam’s Red Light District. The litter-strewn street was rimmed with crimson-lit show windows exhibiting bored whores in various states of undress and stages of gender reassignment.

I nudged Nikolas on the shoulder. “Check her out,” I semi-shouted into his ear to be heard above the pulsating din of polyglot prattling.

“Check who out?” asked Nikolas, looking as if I’d roused him from some placid reverie. He hadn’t dropped any of the X yet, but he’d smoked a fat joint after our dinner at the Café Remember, and his angularly handsome Greek features exuded that beatific beaming he only evinced when stoned. “All these chicks are dimes.”

“The girl in the black dress,” I said, motioning with a sideways nod toward the raven-haired pixie that was just then hovering past us like an apparition.

Nikolas, never one for subtlety, turned mid-stride and unabashedly ogled her up and down. He nodded noncom-mittally. “Not bad.”

“Not bad?” I replied, somewhat surprised. “She’s glowing, dude.”

Nikolas’s guffaw rattled my drug-addled jaw. “You’re X-ing like Malcolm, Sarge.”

“Al-Khalil did not lie,” I said. “This shit is intense.”

“Al-Khalil never lies,” agreed Nikolas. “Unless you’re a teenage runaway looking for a place to stay.” I couldn’t help but laugh. Khalil Kaya, a Turkish pimp and narcotics dealer we’d befriended back in Germany, had the skewed brand of honor that only exists among reprobates.

Nikolas—professionally known as Private First Class Skandalis—was my soldier, and as close to a friend as I’ve ever had. Our unit, Charlie Battery, First of the Thirty-third Field Artillery, was part of the First Infantry Division of the United States Army, stationed in the small Bavarian town of Bamberg. It was in that medieval municipality, in a soapsuds-soaked techno rave held in a seedy basement discotheque, that we’d first met Khalil.

Our unit was scheduled to ship out to Afghanistan three weeks hence, and Nikolas and I had taken advantage of the four-day Easter-weekend training holiday to drive up to the Netherlands and purchase one hundred grams of ecstasy pills, which we planned to sell to our brothers in arms downrange. It had been Khalil who had facilitated our clandestine transaction with the Bosnian gangster known as Omar Amsterdam earlier that afternoon, in an abandoned, malodorous windmill in the southeastern Dutch city of Maastricht.

Pink Crucifix
Authored by Johnny Strife
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: 978-1620066003
ISBN-10: 1620066009
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for June, 2015. Chris Papst took the top spot again with Capital Murder, the expose of Harrisburg’s failed finances. Frank Deter’s newly-released hunting memoir A Dog Named Judy grabbed the second spot. Keith Rommel’s recently-released The Devil Tree led Fiction at #3.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for June, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 2 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
2 NEW A Dog Named Judy Frank Deter Hunting Memoir
3 4 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
4 The Phoenician Code Karim El Koussa Action Adventure
5 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
6 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Paranormal
7 The Amish Rebel Preston Nuttall Historical Fiction
8 Dinorific Poetry Volume 1 Mike Sgrignoli Childrens
9 Dinorific Poetry Volume 2 Mike Sgrignoli Childrens
10 Dinorific Poetry Volume 3 Mike Sgrignoli Childrens
11 16 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
12 22 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
13 17 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
14 14 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
15 12 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
16 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
17 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
18 Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
19 11 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
20 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
21 Going Home Sharon Marchisello Murder Mystery
22 NEW Found. Still Lost. Ashley Nichole Photography
23 Dying for Vengeance J M West Murder Mystery
24 29 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
25 25 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
26 The Machine Horace Taylor Science Fiction
27 Along the Bethel Trail Friends of Bethel AME History
28 Courting Doubt and Darkness J M West Murder Mystery
29 9 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen Historical Fiction
30 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L. Moore History

cm_fcAnother record! The company, for the second straight month, had its best month ever. Compared to last June, sales more than doubled. YTD Sales are also up over 100% from last year. Hardcover books exceeded trade paperbacks for the 2nd quarter. EBook sales for the quarter were down slightly from the 1st quarter.

Chris Papst’s Capital Murder moved to the top due to author media activity and breaking news about the Harrisburg financial scandal. Frank Deter’s My Dog Judy placed due to author activity. Keith Rommel’s The Devil Tree grew to #3, and The Cursed Man to #5, thanks to author appearances at Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg and Comic Con in Florida. Karim El Koussa’s The Phoenician Code rose to #4 thanks to a French language deal with a French publisher. Michele Livingston’s Messages From Beyond reappeared at #6 thanks to author appearances. Preston Nuttall’s The Amish Rebel rejoined the chart at #7 thanks to renewed author activity. Mike and Ethan Sgrignol’s Dinorific Poetry series took #8, 9, and 10 thanks to their appearances. Bridget Smith’s historical novel Where Elephants Fought moved up to #11 thanks to ongoing sales in Mississippi. Call Sign Dracula, the Vietnam memoir by Joe Fair, continued to chart at #12 thanks to steady sales in bookstores. Anthony Julian’s ever-present Pit Bulls charted again at #13 because of ongoing interest in the subject matter. Dennis Herrick held at #14 with his Winter of the Metal People. The book is popular in New Mexico. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, held at #15, thanks to ongoing interest in the lost aviatrix. Steve Troutman’s Tulpehocken Trail Traces tracked at #16 due to author appearances. Alan Mindell’s sports novels The B Team (#17) and The Closer (#19) were bolstered by author appearances in California. John Cressler’s Shadows in the Shining City (#18) and Emeralds of the tdt_fcAlhambra (#20) both returned to the rankings thanks to author activities in Georgia. Going Home, by Sharon Marchisello, grabbed #21 while Ashley Nichole’s new photography book Found-Still Lost debuted at #22 thanks to an exhibition at the Sunbury Press Store during Jubilee Day. J. M. West’s Dying for Vengeance (#23) and Courting Doubt and Darkness (#28) were helped by the author’s participation in Jubilee Day. John L. Moore grabbed the three spots #’s 24, 25, & 30 with 3 of the 8 books in his Frontier Pennsylvania Series. Interest remains strong from local bookstores and retailers. Horace Taylor’s The Machine notched #26 due to author activities. Along the Bethel Trail, by the Friends of the Bethel AME, slipped to #27. Jim Remsen’s Visions of Teaoga stayed on the chart at #29 due to author appearances.

The company released two new titles during the month of June.

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for June, 2015
A Dog Named Judy Frank Deter Hunting Memoir
Found. Still Lost. Ashley Nichole Photography

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