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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for March, 2016. Mike Campbell’s 2nd edition of his Amelia Earhart book took the top spot. Dead of Summer by Sherry Knowlton grabbed the second spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for March, 2016 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
2 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
3 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
4 13 Choice of Enemies M A Richards Spy Thriller
5 NEW The Relations of Dwight D Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
6 6 The Bipolar Millionaire John E Wade II Biography
7 2 Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
8 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
9 The 3-5-7 Model Darla Henry Grief Counseling
10 24 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
11 3 Between Good and Evil R Michael Phillips Detective Thriller
12 The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle Steve Troutman History
13 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman History
14 NEW The Mask of Minos Robert Walton Thriller Fiction
15 Beagle Tales 2 Bob Ford Pet Humor
16 Beagle Tales 4 Bob Ford Pet Humor
17 Beagle Tales 3 Bob Ford Pet Humor
18 Beagle Tales 5 Bob Ford Pet Humor
19 Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos Beth Lancione & Kathy Haney Childrens
20 NEW A Moment in the Sun Tory Gates YA Fiction
21 A Darker Shade of Freedom C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
22 11 Rabid Philanderer’s, Inc. Nancy Williams Thriller Fiction
23 Raising Monarchs Sue Fox McGovern Science
24 The Undecided Robin Donaruma YA Fiction
25 The Cogan Legend Robert Miller Historical Fiction
26 Darkness at First Light J M West Murder Mystery
27 Found. Still Lost. Ashley Nichole Poetry/Photography
28 The Politics of Prevailing William Miller Education
29 Linnea’s Kitchen Linnea Jepson Cookbook
30 30 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History

amelia fcover 2The 2nd edition of “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” by Mike Campbell took the top spot thanks to continued interest in the missing aviatrix. Sherry Knowlton nabbed the next two spots with “Dead of Summer” at #2 and “Dead of Autumn” at #3 thanks to author activities. M A Richards’ “Choice of Enemies” climber to #4 due to book store events. Lawrence Knorr’s 2nd edition of “The Relations of Dwight D Eisenhower” joined the rankings at #5 because of a large order for the Pennsylvania German Society event on June 4th honoring the former President and his Pennsylvania Dutch roots. John Wade’s biography “The Bipolar Millionaire” held at #6 thanks to author activities in New Orleans. Beth Lancione’s “Solomon Screech Owl’s Antarctic Adventure” slipped to #7 as orders tapered following the initial release. However, “Soloon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapagos” returned to #19 thanks to interest in the Antarctic release. Joe Harvey’s “From Blue Ground” rejoined the rankings at #8 due to author activities. Darla Henry’s “The 3-5-7 Model” took #9 thanks to orders from clinics. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir “Call Sign Dracula” climbed to #10 because of author activities. Michael Phillips’ “Between Good and Evil” held at #11 thanks to bookstore orders in advance of signing events. Steve Troutman grabbed #12 and #13 with “The Penns’ Manor at Spread Eagle …” and “Tulpehocken Trail Traces” thanks to interest in the author’s events in the region. Robert Walton’s new release “The Mask of Minos” grabbed #14 due to author release activities. Bob Ford ranked #15, #16, #17 & #18 with Beagle Tales 2, 4, 3, & 5. Ford has had great responses when selling books at his dog trials. Tory Gates’ new release “A Moment in the Sun” debuted at #20 thanks to author events. C James Gilbert’s “A Darker Shade of Freedom” returned to the rankings at #21 as the author prepped for events. Nancy Williams’ “Rabid Philanderers” held on at #22 due to online sales. Sue Fox McGovern’s ” Raising Monarchs ranked #23 as seasonal orders from garden centers arrived. Robin Donaruma’s “The Undecided” climbed to #24 thanks to author activities. Robert Miller’s “The Cogan Legend” ranked #25 due to local interest. Joan West’s “Darkness at First Light” took #26 from book signing sales. Ashley Nichole’s “Found Still Lost” charted at #27 from sales at an author event in Hershey, PA. Dr. William Miller’s “The Politics of Prevailing” made the list at #28 thanks to sales to education professionals. Joanna Jepson’s “Linnea’s Kitchen” cookbook sold out of it’s print run, taking #29. Anthony Julian’s “Pit Bulls” clung to #30 for the second straight month due to online sales.

The company released five new titles in March:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for March, 2016
A Moment in the Sun Tory Gates YA Fiction
The Relations of Dwight D Eisenhower, 2nd Ed. Lawrence Knorr Genealogy
Amelia Earhart: The Truth At Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
The Mask of Minos Robert Walton Thriller Fiction
The Rage of Kali Jack Adler Espionage Fiction

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for July, 2015. Chris Papst took the top spot for the third month in a row with Capital Murder, the expose of Harrisburg’s failed finances. Darla Henry’s grief counseling classic The 3-5-7 Model grabbed the second spot. Sherry Knowlton’s recently-released Dead of Summer led Fiction at #5.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for July, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 1 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
2 The 3-5-7 Model Darla Henry Counseling
3 NEW The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation John E Wade II Memoir
4 Dinofiric Poetry Volume 2 Mike Sgrignoli Childrens
5 NEW Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
6 17 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
7 11 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
8 NEW The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
9 5 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
10 19 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
11 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag YA Fiction
12 21 Found. Still Lost. Ashley Nichole Photography
13 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
14 15 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
15 24 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L. Moore History
16 NEW Pink Crucifix Johnny Strife Supernatural Fiction
17 For Better, For Worse Carolyn Perry Disaster Memoir
18 30 Traders, Travelers, and Tomahawks John L. Moore History
19 29 Settlers, Soldiers, and Scalps John L. Moore History
20 23 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L. Moore History
21 Warriors, Wampum, and Wolves John L. Moore History
22 Pioneers, Prisoners, and Peace Pipes John L. Moore History
23 Rivers, Raiders, and Renegades John L. Moore History
24 14 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
25 Silver Moon Joanne Risso Childrens
26 Beagle Tales 5 Bob Ford Pet Humor
27 12 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
28 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L. Moore History
29 Beagle Tales 3 Bob Ford Pet Humor
30 13 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History

cm_fcSunbury Press just posted its best July ever! Compared to last Juy, sales more than tripled. YTD Sales are also up over 100% from last year. EBook sales for the month were down over 12% from June. The company continues to see growth in print formats, while ebooks falter.

Chris Papst’s Capital Murder stayed on top due to author media activity and breaking news about the Harrisburg financial scandal. Darla Henry’s The 3-5-7 Model soared to #2 thanks to the author’s speaking engagements. John E Wade II’s memoir, The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation, showed thanks to advertising and events in his local New Orleans market. Mike and Ethan Sgrignoli’s Dinorific Poetry Volume 2 took #4 thanks to their appearances. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Summer debuted at #5, and Dead of Autumn at lucky #13, thanks to author activities. Alan Mindell’s sports novels The B Team (#6) and The Closer (#10) moved up the rankings thanks to the author’s new website and blog. Bridget Smith’s historical novel Where Elephants Fought moved up to #7 thanks to a recent appearance in Nashville. The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf, by professors Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley of Mercer University, debuted at #8 thanks to author activity. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man held onto #9 as the author is in between convention appearances. Marie Sontag’s The Bronze Dagger rejoined the list at #11 as she prepares for release of the next volume in the series. Ashley Nichole’s Found. Still Lost. was the top selling art book at #12 due to her exhibition an 2nd Floor Gallery. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, inched up to #14, thanks to ongoing interest in the lost aviatrix. All 8 of John L. Moore’s Frontier Pennsylvania Series appeared on the list (15, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, & 28). Interest remains strong from local bookstores, historical tbmato_fcparks, and retailers. Johnny Strife’s Pink Crucifix crept onto the list at #16 thanks to orders from his circle. Carolyn Perry’s Katrina memoir, For Better, For Worse, returned to the list at #17 as the 10th anniversary of the hurricane approaches. Dennis Herrick held at #24 with his Winter of the Metal People. The book is popular in New Mexico. Joanne Risso’s Silver Moon reappeared on the list at #25 thanks to her activities. Bob Ford’s Beagle Tales series took two spots — #26 with Volume 5 and #29 with Volume 3. Call Sign Dracula, the Vietnam memoir by Joe Fair, continued to chart at #27 thanks to steady sales in bookstores. Anthony Julian’s ever-present Pit Bulls charted again at #30 because of ongoing interest in the subject matter.

The company released six new titles during the month of July.

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for July, 2015
The Bipolar Millionaire and the Operation John E Wade II Memoir
Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Murder Mystery
The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley History
Pink Crucifix Johnny Strife Supernatural Fiction
Keep Turning Right Rick Dapp Self-Help
White River Monster Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction

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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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