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Vermillion, SD — Sunbury Press has released Touring America by Automobile in the 1920s, William A. Cook’s compilation of his grandmother’s, Hepzy Moore Cook, travel journals.

About the Book:

A true labor of love, author William Cook has reproduced his grandmother’s (Hepzy Moore Cook) narrative of the day-to-day rigors in early twentieth century vacation travel by automobile.  The journals describe in great detail, a more remote, less accessible nation that existed ninety years ago during the dawn of America’s love affair with the car.  The oldest of the two journals written by Hepzy Moore Cook chronicles a challenging and sometimes very hazardous journey by automobile taken by her, the author’s grandfather, Dr. William A. Cook and father, Ralph Moore Cook in August, 1920 from Vermillion, South Dakota to Yellowstone National Park and back again to Vermillion, covering 3,180 grueling miles in the process.

Contents:

PROLOGUE: A Brief History of the Automobile and Highway in America
JOURNEY ONE: Vermillion, South Dakota, to Yellowstone Park to Vermillion, 1920
JOURNEY TWO: Trip South – Cincinnati, Ohio, to Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Return, 1927
About the Cooks

Touring America by Automobile in the 1920s: The Travel Journals of Hepzy Moore Cook

Authored by William A. Cook
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (hardcover)
Black & White on Cream paper
136 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068144
ISBN-10: 1620068141
BISAC: History/United States/20th Century

For more information, please see:

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Touring-America-by-Automobile-in-the-1920s-9781620068144.htm

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CARLISLE, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Had a Dying Fall, J M West’s fourth installment of Carlisle Crime Cases thrillers.

About the Book:
In HAD A DYING FALL, a raging fire greets the Carlisle police and fire crew where Detectives Snow and Savage discover a male body splayed across the kitchen island in a domicile on South Street. Their search for the missing wife, Kelly Sims, leads CPD detectives to one of their own: Shannon Mahoney, one of Three Musketeers cycle team. Clues lead to the Sims extended family members, many of whom have motives to kill. As the evidence mounts and suspects multiply, danger erupts, exposing damaging secrets that could destroy them all.

And what happened to Detective Erin McCoy, who was last seen at a Revolutionary War re-enactment rehearsal in Darkness at First Light?

Then another murder occurs on Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg. The victim had ties to Dennis Sims, the Carlisle murder victim. Are the murders connected? Meanwhile, the killer stalks the streets. Where will he or she strike next?

About the Author:
Had a Dying Fall
is the fourth in the Carlisle Crime Cases series of murder mysteries featuring Homicide detectives Christopher Snow and Erin McCoy by Jody McGibney West, pseudonym for Joan M. West, Professor Emerita of English Studies at Harrisburg Area Community College, The Gettysburg Campus. She also taught at Messiah College and Shippensburg University as an adjunct and served as Assistant Director of the Learning Center (SU). She is a member of Sisters in Crime. She has previously published poetry and Glory in the Flower, her debut novel. It depicts four coeds who meet during the turbulent sixties.

She and her husband live near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. They have two sons and two grandsons. In her spare time, West volunteers at the Bookery—Bosler Memorial Library’s used bookstore, participates in the Litwits Book group, and reads voraciously.

Excerpt:
Black smoke plumed over orange flames from the backyard. Sparks like fireflies flew. The shed’s roof splintered, pieces somersaulting skyward. Flames erupted, feeding on the fuel. The Explorer screeched to a halt in front of a limestone Cape Cod on a corner lot. Requesting fire trucks, the CPD detectives raced around back, waving back curious neighbors. “Stay back! Other explosions may follow!”

Just as the words left Snow’s mouth, a second eruption boomed. Wood and metal spewed from the flames, hot and dangerous. Sirens approached, pump and hook and ladder jutting to the curb, with men jumping off and flying to their tasks.

Dressed in full gear, Fire Chief Lane Rusk jumped down from the cab, motioned his men to hook into the nearest hydrant. Lowered his Plexi-glass shield and raced to the carnage. Water spewed forth on the grass and house while white fire-retardant foam arced over that. “Bet the gas grill blew,” he muttered. The detectives sprinted to the back door, pounding to raise someone. The house sat mute, dark windows shuttered and curtains drawn against Dawn’s fingers of resurrecting light. The light yawned in ribbons, rolling back the grey blanket of night.

“Sorry about Mac and . . . ,” Savage said while he and Carlisle Police’s lead homicide detective Christopher Snow had sped to the suspicious fire on South Street. “We took up a collection for flowers—had them sent to your house for the family plot.”

“Yes, thanks,” Snow swallowed hard and nodded. “I can’t talk about that right now. It’s just too raw.” He scrubbed his hands over his face and shook his head. Swallowed over the lump in his throat.

Reese flipped open his cell, called HQ to find out who owned the house. “Court records list that domicile belongs to a Dennis and Kelly Sims.” Always the first on the job, Sonja Hamilton, CPD admin extraordinaire, had her pulse on the department and its personnel. She hadn’t missed a day of work in five years despite two kids, a husband, and night classes.

“We can’t raise anybody here. Their shed just blew to smithereens, but nobody came outside to investigate. Could be on vacation, but we should notify them,” Savage said.

Had a Dying Fall: A Christopher Snow & Erin McCoy Mystery
Authored by J. M. West
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
258 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068243
ISBN-10: 1620068249
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Had-a-Dying-Fall-9781620…

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Dead of Spring, Sherry Knowlton’s third installment of Alexa Williams thrillers.

About the Book:
When a beloved state senator plunges to his death at Alexa Williams’ feet in the Capitol Rotunda, the authorities suspect suicide. Although the powerful chair of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee was at the center of a controversial new bill to expand hydraulic fracturing, he was also rumored to be ill. Shaken, Alexa tries to move past the disturbing incident by concentrating on work. She’s leading a senate commission on sex trafficking. Plus, she’s helping an old college roommate sue a natural gas company for their role in causing her daughter’s rare cancer.

In researching the lawsuit, Alexa becomes embroiled in the high-stakes politics of fracking. As the relationship with her state trooper boyfriend drifts onto the rocks, Alexa is drawn to a charismatic state legislator who’s leading an anti-fracking crusade. Then, the police shock Alexa with the news that she could be in danger; she’s a witness to the senator’s murder, not his suicide.

When Alexa narrowly escapes a sniper’s bullet, she must discover why she’s a target―and who she can trust—before the next shot hits its mark.

With Sherry Knowlton’s trademark mix of feminism, history, romance, and fast-paced thrills, Dead of Spring skyrockets from the fracking fields of the Marcellus Shale to the Three Mile Island nuclear disaster of 1979 to the rolling hills of Tuscany to the halls of Pennsylvania state government. In this suspenseful tale of corruption and runaway greed, Alexa Williams proves, once again, that she’s a formidable heroine. The twists and turns keep will keep you on the edge of your seat.

What Others Are Saying:
DEAD OF SPRING combines legislative corruption with corporate greed that ends in deadly violence. Heroine Alexa Williams resists intimidation to battle evil at the highest levels of Pennsylvania government and commerce. Spurring her on is a love for the environment and for a friend whose daughter’s cancer is caused by fracking. Here is a spellbinding yarn jerked straight from today’s frightening headlines. — Kay Kendall, award-winning author of historical mysteries

About the Author:
Sherry Knowlton is the author of the Alexa Williams series of crime thrillers, Dead of Autumn and Dead of Summer. When not working on her health care consulting business or traveling around the world, Knowlton lives in the mountains of South Central Pennsylvania.

Excerpt:
A subtle shift in light caught Alexa’s attention. Her eyes rose from the notebook as she sensed a whisper of motion in the open space above. She gasped as a body sailed through the air, careening toward the grand central staircase. For a moment, time stalled and the body appeared to drift in slow motion as it floated through the bright rotunda. But, as it neared their bench, the body seemed to pick up speed. Alexa watched, frozen in place with hand to her mouth in horror, as it hurtled closer and closer.

Then, with a tremendous crash, the body smashed into one of the tall winged statues that flanked the foot of the stairway, shattering a beaded crystal orb the angel held aloft. A spray of blood and glass beads spiraled in a shiny pink mist from the falling man as he bounced off the statue. Losing forward momentum, the body made an abrupt drop and slammed into the clay cobblestone floor.

Keisha’s shrieks muted the leaden thud of body hitting bricks. Recovering from her initial shock, Alexa leapt to her feet, scattering her coat, notebook, and papers to the floor. Slipping on crystal beads and uneven bricks, she rushed toward the motionless form that had landed less than ten feet away.

Dead of Spring
Authored by Sherry Knowlton
List Price: $19.95
Series: Alexa Williams
Paperback
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 22, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620068435
ISBN-13: 978-1620068434
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces

Video Trailer:
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For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Dead-of-Spring-978162006…

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released David Parmelee’s Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill, a humorous middle grade novella about an indispensable teacher.

About the Book:
When the beloved teacher of a “tough class” is out sick for a week, everyone must endure a succession of colorful substitutes. Each brings a lesson; all bring smiles.

“Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill” is a middle-grade chapter book that entertains.”

David Parmelee’s Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill began life as a series of little vignettes hidden in his fourth-grade daughter Andrea’s lunchbox to make her laugh at school. Discovering them many years later (his daughter is now completing her BA in film production design) he thought there might be a fun book in them. He wrote the story, which turned out to offer way more twists and turns than he thought (including a whirlwind tour through the U.S. medical system) and and asked illustrator Maria DeCerce to bring the 38 characters to life with her magical pen.

Miss Feesenschneezen is a really fun book for smart kids who like to read and have their own opinions about school. School is the place where young people, going about the work of deciding who they are, are taught by older people who have done that work long ago, but who usually have only a dim memory of  what it was like.  The worlds collide in a sometimes absurd and comical way. The very, very best teachers, like Miss Feesenschneezen, understand this.

About the Author:
David Parmelee is a father of four from Pennsylvania. An English Literature and Theatre student at Brown, he taught school briefly and now teaches adults, which is far more difficult, and CCD at his parish on Sundays. David is an actor and director in community theatre and is undertaking some playwriting. His first book is The Sea Is a Thief (Sunbury, 2013), a historical novel set on the island of Chincoteague during the Civil War. He also promises more of Miss Feesenschneezen. David loves bicycles and the cycling world, and truly does believe The Cannibal was the best rider of all time.

Excerpt:
“Miss Feesenschneezen is ill,” Principal Armstrong announced. It came as a surprise to us. She didn’t look ill yesterday, when she gave us our assignments for the chapter on Native Americans in her usual calm and quiet end-of-the day voice. She may have coughed once or twice.

She coughed quite a bit more when she called Principal Armstrong the next morning, and sounded like nothing so much as a duck. He could barely recognize her voice. In between wheezes, she explained that she sometimes came down with colds and touches of bronchitis as a girl back in Sullivan County, though this had hardly ever occurred since she moved east. She probably had the same thing again. Her mother used to give her a spoonful of cinnamon and honey, and wrap her throat with a piece of flannel from an old set of footie pajamas. On the flannel, she would drip ten careful drops of eucalyptus oil from a brown glass bottle. Her mother blamed the bronchitis on mold spores in the damp mountain air.

On this day, Miss Feesenschneezen called her family doctor, just to be on the safe side. He recommended she come into the office for a quick visit, even though it didn’t sound serious. His schedule was packed with patients, but he could squeeze her in around lunchtime. She was a patient he never minded seeing.

And so, Principal Armstrong explained, Miss Feesenschneezen would be out for the day.

“I will need everyone’s co-operation,” he continued.

Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill
Authored by David Parmelee, Illustrated by Maria DeCerce
List Price: $9.99
5″ x 8″ (12.7 x 20.32 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
92 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068151
ISBN-10: 162006815X
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / School & Education
For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Miss-Feesenschneezen-Is-…

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Wade Fowler’s The Honey Trap, the latest Rev Polk Mystery set in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

About the Book:
Investigative reporter Revere Polk of the Daily Telegraph is stunned when Pennsylvania Governor Casey Lawrence, a liberal Democrat, suddenly reverses course and decides to back the privatization of the state lottery, a proposal of the far right.

When a colleague is murdered while investigating whether the governor is being blackmailed, Polk picks up the gauntlet. Catastrophes pile up like a chain-reaction accident on Interstate 95.

Polk narrowly survives a bomb targeting a topless dancer alleged to be sleeping with the governor.

His National Guard unit is called to service in Afghanistan.

And his live-in girl friend, New Cumberland Chief of Police Olivia Pearson, announces she is pregnant.

Meanwhile, Polk is paralyzed by the certainty that he is not alone within his own skin. His great granduncle, Jake Addison, speaks to him from within. Jake, a notorious and profane naval aviator, died forty years ago.

Is Rev crazy, or is he Jake Addison reincarnate?

The answer is ensnared in The Honey Trap.

About the Author:
Wade Fowler is a career journalist with more than thirty years of experience with daily and weekly newspapers. He was a copy editor, feature writer and beat reporter for The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, PA, for 10 years before leaving to become editor of the Perry County Times in New Bloomfield.

He has won Keystone Press Awards for investigative reporting, feature series writing, and headline writing and is a former president of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.

Fowler is a native of North Carolina, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and a graduate of Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.
He and his wife, Sharon, live in New Cumberland, PA. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Excerpt:
2:30 p.m., Monday, January 2, 2012, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
“Why are you here?”
“Now there’s a deep question,” Revere Polk said. “I’ve asked God, and he hasn’t gotten back to me on that one yet.”
Henrietta Winslow laughed. “This is going to be fun.”
“What?”
“Cracking you open like a walnut.”
“I’m already cracked.”
She laughed again.
They were seated across from each other in comfortable armchairs positioned on the wide side of a five-by-seven foot faux oriental carpet, the centerpiece of a conversation nook in Dr. Winslow’s office.
“Talk to me,” she said.
“I’m dreaming.”
“Nothing unusual about that. In fact, it’s healthy.”
“These dreams aren’t. They belong to someone else.”
“What makes you think that?”
He shook his head. “It’s just when I wake up, it seems like I’ve been . . . I don’t know, violated somehow.”
“What wakes you up?”
Rev lied: “I don’t know.”
Winslow stroked her chin. “If you can’t be honest with me this intervention isn’t going to work. You’re at a crossroads here. Choose your path carefully.”
“That sounds like a warning.”
“Nope. Just friendly advice.”
Rev shuddered. “OK. Here it is. I’ve been having dreams of flying.”
“Like Icarus?”
Rev caught the allusion. “No. I’m not sprouting wings. I’m at the controls of an airplane—a PBY Catalina.”
“What’s that?”

The Honey Trap: A Rev Polk Mystery
Authored by Wade Fowler
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
306 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066812
ISBN-10: 1620066815
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Honey-Trap-978162006…

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released C James Gilbert’s A Second Revolution, the third book in the Langdon Trilogy about civil rights in America throughout history.

About the Book:
At the end of the Great War in November, 1918, Jim Langdon, of Langdon Plantation in Macon, Georgia, is preparing to continue his late father’s work for the full legal equality of Black Americans. Although slavery had been abolished fifty-two years earlier, constitutional rights and guaranteed protection under the law holds no meaning for black citizens.

With his wife, Elizabeth, by his side and Almighty God leading the way, Jim immerses himself in the civil rights movement with a dream of showing the nation that black or white, we are all brothers and sisters.

A long road with the possibility of so much to gain in the end is still a long road, especially when racism and hatred are waiting at every turn. As bloodshed stains the pages of what was written yesterday and the lynching of innocent humans goes unpunished, the Langdons stand fast in their quest to influence people, politics, and patriots to believe that, “All men are created equal”, cannot be defined as a discriminatory phrase.

As time goes by and generations of this Georgia family pass, the promise to carry on the fight passes also, with the hope that full legal equality is realized at the end of a second revolution.

About the Author:
C. James Gilbert, an author since November 2012, has done extensive research on the American Civil Rights Movement. A true supporter of human equality, Mr. Gilbert has completed a trilogy on the subject, titled, The Langdon Trilogy. Raised in the fifties and sixties, Mr. Gilbert witnessed the televised events during some of the most turbulent times in Black America’s struggle for equal rights. It is the memories of those times and his love of history that inspired his literary work.

A native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Mr. Gilbert now lives in Littlestown, Pennsylvania, with his wife of thirty-five years. He works part-time as a residential electrician, continues writing, and enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Excerpt:
Jim Langdon was having a very restless night to say the least; it was only five months since the deaths of his parents. As fate would have it, his mother and father both departed within a matter of hours of one another leaving a unique void in Jim’s life that almost nothing could fill.

As he lay in bed beside his sleeping wife, Elizabeth, and while he labored to lie still, his mind wandered; mostly through the past, a direction taken in league with the memory of his mother and father. He was the third generation to own Langdon Plantation, a twenty-five hundred acre cotton plantation located twenty miles south of Macon, Georgia.

But the plantation was not the only thing he inherited from his parents. He was given the belief that all people, regardless of race, are equal and should be treated as such. When Jim’s grandfather, John, owned the plantation, it was worked by slaves. That was when the change in Langdon family history first began. Jim’s father, James―also Jim’s real name―was very much against slavery, and rightfully so. It became a serious issue between Jim’s father and grandfather.

So Jim’s father decided to take matters into his own hands, leaving home when the Civil War broke out, but not to fight for the South as he had led his family to believe. Instead he began helping slaves escape to Canada, later joining the Union army and remaining in Union blue until the end of the war.

One thing Jim had learned in his lifetime: Racism is not inherent; it is taught, and the same is true of anti-racism. His father had been a very direct and permanent influence in his life; that is to say that Jim was a lot like his father. Many points of view were shared, especially that no man should have domain over another; slavery and discrimination were wrong.

A Second Revolution: An American Civil Rights Story
Authored by C James Gilbert
List Price: $19.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
340 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068281
ISBN-10: 1620068281
BISAC: Fiction / Historical / General

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/A-Second-Revolution-9781…

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Keystone Tombstones: The Battle of Gettysburg by Joe Farrell, Joe Farley and Lawrence Knorr.This special volume highlights those individuals buried in Pennsylvania who contributed to the battle.

About the Book:
Biographies of famous people buried in Pennsylvabia who participated in the Battle of Gettysburg are the focus of this localized edition of Keystone Tombstones. Farrell and Farley have combed Pennsylvania to bring you the most entertaining tales about interesting people buried in Pennsylvania. Included in this volume:

• John Burns
• Gettysburg National Cemetery
• Amos Humiston
• Ginnie Wade
• Andrew Gregg Curtin
• James Buchanan
• Simon Cameron
• John White Geary
• John Fulton Reynolds
• Thaddeus Stevens
• George Meade
• Samuel W Crawford
• Oliver B Knowles
• Herman Haupt
• Samuel K Zook
• Dennis O’Kane
• Winfield Scott Hancock
• Strong Vincent
• Alfred L Pearson

Keystone Tombstones: The Battle of Gettysburg
Authored by Joe Farrell, Authored by Joe Farley, Authored by Lawrence Knorr
List Price: $14.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
122 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620068328
ISBN-10: 162006832X
BISAC: History / United States / Civil War

http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Keystone-Tombstones-Batt…

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