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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for April. Doug Beed’s Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam: My Year as a Black Scarf took the top spot. Living in the Afterlife by Michele Livingston was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for April, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 1 Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
2 32 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
3 3 Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
4 11 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
5 NEW Had a Dying Fall J M West Thriller Fiction
6 4 American Berserk Bill Morris Memoir
7 8 The Sea is a Thief David Parmalee Historical Fiction
8 The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Mahantango Valley Steve Troutman Local History
9 Tulpehocken Trail Traces Steve Troutman Local History
10 19 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
11 35 Skunks, Nuts, and Other Stories John L Moore Family History
12 Prince and the Paupers Guy Graybill Local History
13 21 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
14 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
15 10 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Biography
16 NEW The Honey Trap Wade Fowler Thriller Fiction
17 2 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
18 Dead of Autumn Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
19 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill Local History
20 9 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
21 The Wolf of Britannia Part II Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
22 28 Planet Jesus #1: Flesh & Blood Doug & Shaun Brode Supernatural Fiction
23 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History
24 The Wolf of Britannia Part I Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
25 38 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
26 NEW Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Sports History
27 17 Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
28 24 Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill David Parmalee Middle Grade Fiction
29 NEW Keystone Tombstones Battle of Gettysburg Farrell, Farley & Knorr Biography
30 Perilous Journey Ted Brusaw Historical Fiction
31 40 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
32 47 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
33 37 There Is Something about Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
34 50 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
35 33 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
36 6 Tories, Terror, and Tea John L Moore History
37 45 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
38 Home Is a Long Time Ago William F Lee Historical Fiction
39 Ded Reckoning William F Lee Espionage Thriller
40 39 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
41 41 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
42 The Heatstroke Line Ed Rubin Climate Fiction
43 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth Local History
44 OneWay: The Oracle Robin McClellan Metaphysical Fiction
45 42 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
46 31 Fireproof Moth Mile Thornberry History
47 30 What Waits Beneath Thomas Malafarina Horror
48 NEW A Second Revolution C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
49 Pythagoras Karim El Koussa Historical Fiction
50 Lost in the Shadow of Fame William Lemanski History

Doug Beed’s Vietnam memoir Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam, was #1 due to brisk sales, especially on the Kindle platform, upon its release. Medium Michele Livingston’s Living in the Afterlife took #2 due to her regular media appearances. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Spring held at #3 due to her successful Earth Day release campaign. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last took #4 due to a spike in interest in the aviatrix. J M West’s latest volume in the Carlisle Crime Cases series, Had a Dying Fall was #5 thanks to author activities.

The company released eight new titles in April:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for April, 2017
Lykens Township Volume 2 Gratz Historical Society Local History
Tigers by the River Wylie McLallen Sports History
Chasing Understanding In The Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Military Memoir
Keystone Tombstones Battle of Gettysburg Farrell, Farley & Knorr Biography
A Second Revolution C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
The Honey Trap Wade Fowler Thriller Fiction
Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill David Pamelee Middle Grade Fiction
Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction

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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

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. —  Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for March. Doug Beed’s Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam: My Year as a Black Scarf took the top spot. Embattled Freedom by Jim Remsen was runner up.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for March, 2017 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 NEW Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam Doug Beed Memoir
2 12 Embattled Freedom Jim Remsen History
3 33 Dead of Spring Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction
4 15 American Berserk Bill Morris Memoir
5 The Journey Called Life Christina Burns Memoir
6 14 Tories, Terror, and Tea John L Moore History
7 5 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair Vietnam Memoir
8 49 The Sea is a Thief David Parmalee Historical Fiction
9 11 The Sign of the Eagle Jess Steven Hughes Historical Fiction
10 Wonder Boy: The Story of Carl Scheib Lawrence Knorr Biography
11 9 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last, 2nd Ed. Mike Campbell History
12 Dinorific Poetry Volume 2 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
13 Dinorific Poetry Volume 3 Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli Childrens
14 Strange Magic Catherine Jordan, et al Short Stories
15 26 The Ripper’s Haunts Michael Hawley History
16 42 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
17 4 Seinsoth Steven k Wagner Sports Biography
18 The Savage Apostle John Kachuba Historical Fiction
19 6 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
20 The Cogan Legend Robert Miller Historical Fiction
21 7 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
22 From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
23 Dying for Vengeance J M West Thriller Fiction
24 NEW Miss Feesenschneezen Is Ill David Parmalee Middle Grade Fiction
25 Courting Doubt and Darkness J M West Thriller Fiction
26 Darkness at First Light J M West Thriller Fiction
27 NEW The Silent Woman Keith Rommel Psycho Thriller
28 13 Planet Jesus #1: Flesh & Blood Doug & Shaun Brode Supernatural Fiction
29 Visions of Teaoga Jim Remsen YA Fiction
30 NEW What Waits Beneath Thomas Malafarina Horror
31 Fireproof Moth Mile Thornberry History
32 16 Living in the Afterlife Michele Livingston Spirituality
33 18 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
34 History of Lykens Township Volume 1 Gratz Historical Society History
35 Skunks, Nuts, and Other Stories John L Moore Family History
36 H is for Hershey Heather Paterno Childrens
37 There Is Something about Rough and Ready Lawrence Knorr, et al History
38 50 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
39 31 Bows, Bullets, and Bears John L Moore History
40 38 Keystone Corruption Continues Brad Bumsted History
41 39 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
42 30 Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks John L Moore History
43 Hidden Dangers Bob Stout Current Affairs
44 2 Beagle Tales VI Bob Ford Humor
45 21 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
46 41 The Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping William Cook True Crime
47 35 Messages from Beyond Michele Livingston Spirituality
48 28 Cannons, Cattle, and Campfires John L Moore History
49 The Devil’s Grasp Brian Koscienski & Chris Pisano Fantasy
50 Dead of Summer Sherry Knowlton Thriller Fiction

Doug Beed’s Vietnam memoir Chasing Understanding in the Jungles of Vietnam, was #1 due to advance sales leading up to its release in April. Jim Remsen’s history of heroism in a small Pennsylvania town Embattled Freedom continued to sell well since its release, taking #2 as Jim landed a television interview on PA Books. Sherry Knowlton’s Dead of Spring soared to #3 due to advance activity for this Earth Day release. Bill Morris’s memoir American Berserk took #4 due to bookstore sales. Christina Burns’ memoir The Journey Called Life was #5 thanks to author activities.

The company released three new titles in March:

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for March, 2017
What Waits Beneath Thomas Malafarina Horror
American Berserk Bill Morris Memoir
The Silent Woman Keith Rommel Psycho Thriller

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

 

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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

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

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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

For a list of Sunbury’s best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/BESTSELLERS_c3.htm
For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/COMING-SOON_c47.htm

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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.

sherryABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.

EXCERPT:
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

Also available on Kindle

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

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Mechanicsburg, PA — Joe Fair’s heart-felt memoir of his time as a Black Scarf in the Big Red One in Vietnam, Call Sign Dracula, was the top-selling book for Sunbury Press in 2014, taking the Author of the Year Sunny as well as the top nonfiction book. Alan Mindell’s The Closer, about a baseball pitcher past his prime making a comeback, was the top fiction book for the year. Sherry Knowlton won the Sunny for Emerging Author of the Year thanks to her debut thriller novel Dead of Autumn. Following is a recap of Sunbury Press Sunny Awards over the years:

SUNBURY PRESS AUTHOR of the YEAR
2014 Joe Fair Call Sign Dracula History
2013 Mike Campbell Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last History
2012 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 History
2011 Guy Graybill Prohibition’s Prince History
2010 Guy Graybill Prohibition’s Prince History
 
SUNBURY PRESS NONFICTION BOOK of the YEAR
2014 Joe Fair Call Sign Dracula History
2013 Mike Campbell Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last History
2012 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 History
2011 Guy Graybill Prohibition’s Prince History
2010 Guy Graybill Prohibition’s Prince History
 
SUNBURY PRESS FICTION BOOK of the YEAR
2014 Alan Mindell The Closer Sports Fiction
2013 John Cressler Emeralds of the Alhambra Historical Fiction
2012 Preston Nuttall The Amish Rebel Historical Fiction
2011 Charles Godfrey The Final Charge Historical Fiction
2010 Chris Fenwick the 100th human Metaphysical Fiction
 
SUNBURY PRESS EMERGING AUTHOR of the YEAR
2014 Sherry Knowlton Dead of Autumn Thriller Fiction
2013 Anthony Julian Pit Bulls Pets
2012 Jess Steven Hughes The Sign of the Eagle Historical Fiction
2011 Joe Farrell & Joe Farley Keystone Tombstones Volume 1 History
2010 Thomas Malafarina 13 Nasty Endings Horror Fiction

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