Archive for December, 2016

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Jan. 6, 2017PRLog — Sunbury Press has released “Skunks, Nuts and Other Stories: A Chronicle Culled from the Oral Histories of the Moore/Evans Clan,” a (true) short story compilation from veteran newspaperman John L Moore.

About the Book:
snaos_fcAs a boy delivering newspapers after school, author John L. Moore once found a copy of Playboy magazine on the grass beside the sidewalk. In “Skunks, Nuts, and Other Stories,” he details the dilemma that picking up the magazine created for him.

Moore’s collection of two dozen yarns told by and about members of his extended family reveal the humor, sadness, heroism, resourcefulness and resiliency that his family members experienced in dealing with the world around them. Without meaning to, they sometimes took part in historic events and had chance encounters with famous people.

Its real-life characters include: an aging Vietnam veteran who refuses to forget his long-dead comrades; an uncle telling about his great-grandfather’s Civil War trophies; a teenage girl selling cookies to buy groceries for her younger siblings during the Depression; and a father who plays Santa Claus for his son’s Kindergarten class.

About the Author:
John L. Moore, a veteran newspaperman, said he employed a journalist’s eye for detail and ear for quotes in order to write about long-dead people in a lively way. He said his books are based on 18th and 19th century letters, journals, memoirs and transcripts of official proceedings such as interrogations, depositions and treaties. The author is also a professional storyteller who specializes in dramatic episodes from Pennsylvania’s colonial history. Dressed in 18th century clothing, he does storytelling in the persona of “Susquehanna Jack,” a frontier ruffian. Moore is available weekdays, weekends and evenings for audiences and organizations of all types and sizes. Moore has participated in several archaeological excavations of Native American sites. These include the Village of Nain, Bethlehem; the City Island project in Harrisburg, conducted by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission during the 1990s; and a Bloomsburg University dig in 1999 at a Native American site near Nescopeck. He also took part in a 1963 excavation conducted by the New Jersey State Museum along the Delaware River north of Worthington State Forest. Moore’s 45-year career in journalism included stints as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal; as a Harrisburg-based legislative correspondent for Ottaway News Service; as managing editor of The Sentinel at Lewistown; as editorial page editor and managing editor at The Daily Item in Sunbury; and as editor of the Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal in Bethlehem.

Advance Praise:
“From the Revolution to the 20th century, John L Moore’s family tales are humorous or poignant, capturing how the family connected to the world, the lessons learned, and the connections made to eternity.” — the Publisher

Skunks, Nuts and Other Stories
Written by John L Moore
List Price: $19.95
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (January 4, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620068079
ISBN-13: 978-1620068076
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
BISAC: Humor / Family

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Strange Magic, a short story compilation from writers in the A Novel Idea Workshop sponsored by Perry County Council of the Arts. Catherine Jordan was the editor.

From PCCA:
sm_fcIn the late 1980s, I wrote a nifty little novel and signed on with a veteran agent who peddled it all over New York City.

I papered the wall of my office with scores of rejection letters, licked my wounds, and went on to other pursuits. But I always wondered why my story went nowhere.

Fast forward thirty years. In collaboration with the Perry County Council of the Arts, author Don Helin assembled a stellar faculty of successful, published authors to teach A Novel Idea, a year-long class for aspiring novelists. I signed on for that first year, half to represent PCCA, and half hoping I might learn what I did wrong three decades ago.

A Novel Idea didn’t disappoint. I learned many reasons why my book never got out of the starting blocks, all the time wishing I could have avoided these pitfalls by taking such a course before I ever started writing.

But there was an unanticipated bonus. My 18 classmates demonstrated a gift for the written word that made each session a joy. As they read aloud the fruits of their writing exercises, I marveled at their talent and inspiration. They made me laugh, pulled hard at my emotions, or transported me to places that I had never been.

That is why I was so excited when author and facilitator Catherine Jordan and publisher Lawrence Knorr approached us with the idea of this anthology. I wanted to read the tales that my peers, and those from the class that followed, had to spin. Please relish them with the knowledge that they were written by ordinary people who believed they had a story to tell and had the courage to start writing.

–Rog Smith, executive director
Perry County Council of the Arts

Stories from the Perry County Council of the Arts Writer’s Workshop:
• Paint by Numbers, Maria V. Snyder
• On a Full Moon Night, Rachel Sink
• The Dragon’s Eye, Samantha Coons
• Haunting in Shipoke, Lori M. Myers
• The Lollipop Angel, Brenda Tadych
• The Black Dress, Donna Leiss
• The Candy Factory, Catherine Jordan
• The Light of Night, Mark Boerma
• A Logical Man, Sandy Nork
• Breakfast, Interrupted, Ann Elia Stewart
• Scent and Scentability, Angela Binner
• Feral, Lynne Reeder
• Murder in the Upper Galery, Don Helin
• Little Whirlpools, Carrie Jacobs
• Angel in the Midst, Laurie J. Edwards
• Petrus of Aldrintown, Tom Galvin
• Terra’s Eyes, Teddy Maurer
• Aphrodite, J. A. Thomas

Book Release Reception:

Landis House
Newport, PA
Noon on Saturday January 21, 2017

Strange Magic
Edited by Catherine Jordan
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
170 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068496
ISBN-10: 1620068494
BISAC: Fiction / Anthologies

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for November. Former Acting Governor Mark Singel’s memoir A Year of Change and Consequences took the top spot. Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper by Beth Lancione was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for November, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 A Year if Change and Consequences Mark Singel Memoir
2 7 Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
3 NEW Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
4 3 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Sports Biography
5 As the Paint Dries: The History of the Art Association of Harrisburg Carrie Wissler-Thomas & Michael Barton Local History
6 11 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
7 The Penns Manor of Spread Eagle … Steve Troutman Local History
8 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
9 17 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
10 4 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
11 46 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
12 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L Moore History
13 16 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
14 15 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
15 13 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
16 14 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
17 24 Cast Iron Signs of Pennsylvania Towns and Other Landmarks N Clair Clawser History
18 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L Moore History
19 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalp John L Moore History
20 34 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
21 1 Hatched Robert Barksy Literary Fiction
22 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
23 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman Local History
24 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
25 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L Moore History
26 The German and Welsh Origins of the Charles and Lottie Fetterolf Steve Troutman Genealogy
27 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L Moore History
28 40 The Devil Tree Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
29 33 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
30 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
31 Capital Murder Chris Papst Local History
32 The Complete Story of the Worldwide Invasion of the Orange Orbs Terry Ray Paranormal
33 47 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
34 Pit Bulls II Anthony Julian History
35 42 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
36 32 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
37 50 The Relations of Milton Snavely Hershey Lawrence Knorr History
38 Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
39 28 Hidden Dangers Bob Stout Geopolitics
40 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
41 31 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
42 Franni and the Duke Anne E Johnson YA Fiction
43 Pink Flamingos All Around Matt Anderson Childrens
44 22 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill Biography
45 Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
46 Keystone Tombstones Sports Joe Farrell and Joe Farley History
47 2 The Journey Called Life Christina Burns Memoir
48 39 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
49 Indian Villages and Place Names in Pennsylvania George Donehoo History
50 10 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction

msayocac_fcMark Singel’s political memoir A Year of Change and Consequences was #1 due to author events during election season. Beth Lancione’s Solomon Screech Owl’s Kangaroo Caper took #2 thanks to holiday orders. Steven K Wagner’s biography Seinsoth about the Dodger who almost was, debuted at #3. Lawrence Knorr’s Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib – The Youngest Player in American League History continued to sell briskly due to seasonal interest, taking #4. Carrie Wissler-Thomas’ As the Paint Dries was lifted by gallery sales to #5.

The company released two new titles in November:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for November, 2016
Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
The Book of Practical Wisdom Terry Ray Quotes

For more info: http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm

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