Posts Tagged ‘the joes’

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for December, 2015. Kyle ALexander Romines took the top spot with his novel Keeper of the Crows. Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man took the #2 spot.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for December, 2015 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 18 The Keeper of the Crows Kyle Alexander Romines Thriller Fiction
2 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Psycho Thriller
3 9 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
4 1 Mary Sachs: Merchant Princess Barbara Trainin Blank Biography
5 NEW Gotham Graves Volume 1 Joe Farrell and Joe Farley Biography
6 26 Capital Murder Chris Papst Investigation
7 8 Where Elephants Fought Bridget Smith Historical Fiction
8 16 Murder in Tuxedo Park William Lemanski Detective Thriller
9 11 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
10 21 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
11 2 The Penns’ Manor of Spread Eagle and the Grist Mills of the Upper Mahantongo Valley Steve Troutman History
12 7 The B Team Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
13 Prohibition’s Prince Guy Graybill History
14 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
15 14 That Night at Surigao Ernie Marshall History
16 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Memoir
17 Blue Lines Up In Arms James Craig Atchison Detective Thriller
18 24 Dying for Vengeance J M West Detective Thriller
19 Winter of the Metal People Dennis Herrick Historical Fiction
20 Prince and the Paupers Guy Graybill History
21 NEW From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
22 Digging Dusky Diamonds John Lindermuth History
23 6 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair War Memoir
24 Bravo! Guy Graybill History
25 The Death Machine Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
26 The Final Charge Charles Godfrey Historical Fiction
27 Pit Bulls II Anthony Julian History
28 Emeralds of the Alhambra John Cressler Historical Fiction
29 What to Do about Mama? Barbara Matthews & Barb Blank Self-Help
30 Freemasons at Gettysburg Sheldon Munn History

tkotc_fcSunbury Press closed out a record year in 2015. However, sales remained weak through the holiday season. Fourth quarter sales were up 6% over Q4 2014, but it was the weakest quarter of the year, when typically it is the strongest. Sales were up 64% year over year. Overall, a great performance tempered by the lack of a hit new release at the end.

“Keeper of the Crows” returned to the top spot thanks to author events in Louisville, KY. Keith Rommel’s “The Cursed Man” benefitted from a large order from a Hollywood producer. Tony Julian grabbed #3 with Pit Bulls and #27 with Pit Bulls 2 thanks to Christmas purchases. “Mary Sachs,” last month’s leader, slipped to 4th, but local sales remained strong. The Joe’s New York release of “Gotham Graves” debuted at #5 thanks to author events. Chris Papst’s “Capital Murder” revived to #6 as interest in the scandal renewed. Bridget Smith’s “Where Elephants Fought” held at #7 due to interest in the Vicksburg, MS area. William Lemanski’s novel “Murder in Tuxedo Park” climbed to #8 thanks to online orders. Alan Mindell grabbed #9 and #12 with “The Closer” and “The B Team” as he continued to make appearances in the San Diego area. Mike Campbell’s “Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last” continued its streak in the top 30, reaching #10 thanks to continued interest in the lost aviatrix. Steve Troutman’s “Penns Manor” slipped to #11, as orders to the valley waned a bit. All-time best-selling author Guy Graybill returned to the rankings with “Prohibition’s Prince” #13, “Prince and the Paupers” #20, and “Bravo!” #24. Guy was very active in the 4th quarter. “Jesus the Phoenician” rolled back the stone and rejoined the bestsellers at #14. The book remains a steady seller most months. Ernie Marshall’s battleship history “That Night at Surigao” remained at #15 thanks to steady sales to naval historians. Brandon Musgrave’s “Hour 30” climbed to #16 due to college bookstore orders. “Blue Lines Up in Arms” by James Craig Atchison benefitted from author events, returning to the rankings at #17. J M West’s “Dying for Vengeance” found #18 due to sales in the Carlisle area. Dennis Herrick’s bestselling “Winter of the Metal People” granned #19 due to sales in the Southwest. Joe Harvey’s YA historical thriller “From Blue Ground” debuted at #21 and has sold well regionally. John Lindermuth dusted off “Digging Dusky Diamonds,” finding himself at #22. Joe Fair’s Vietnam memoir “Call Sign Dracula” slipped to #23. Charles Godfrey’s novels “The Death Machine” and “The Final Charge” were #25 and #26 thanks to sales to Civil War reenactors. John Cressler’s “Emeralds of the Alhambra” returned to the rankings thanks to discussion about its potential as a movie, taking #28. The Barbs’ “What to Do about Mama?” rode author events back to #29. Sheldon Munn’s “Freemasons at Gettysburg” took #30 due to regional sales.

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


SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for December, 2015
Gotham Graves Volume 1 Joe Farrell and Joe Farley Biography
From Blue Ground Joe Harvey YA Fiction
Perilous Journey Ted Brusaw Historical Fiction
Healing Tips for the Mind, Body, and Soul Arif M Shaikh Self-Help
Restitution Courtney Frey Memoir
The Savage Apostle John Kachuba Historical Fiction

For a list of Sunbury’s best-sellers, please see the Sunbury Press web site:
For a complete list of recent and upcoming releases, please see:

Read Full Post »

ktbest_fc smMECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released The Best of Keystone Tombstones, Joe Farrell and Joe Farley’s hardcover finale, comprised of the most interesting and impactful individuals pulled from their five volumes.

About the Book:
Joe Farrell and Joe Farley have combed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for interesting biographies of noteworthy people buried in the Keystone State. This volume is the culmination of the best of the stories found in Volumes 1, 2, 3, The Civil War, and Sports. Subjects run the gamut from politicians to serial killers to movie stars to war heros to labor leaders to musicians to sports figures, etc. Included in this volume:

  • Richie Ashburn and Harry Kalas “The Voices of Philadelphia”
  • “Babes in the Woods”
  • Smedley Butler “The Fighting Quaker”
  • Dick Winters and Joe Toye “Band of Brothers”
  • Simon Cameron “Pennsylvania’s Political Kingmaker”
  • Michael Cheslock “The Lattimer Massacre”
  • Billy Conn “The Pittsburgh Kid”
  • Benjamin Franklin “The First American”
  • Joe William Frazier “Smokin Joe”
  • John White Geary “An American Success Story Few Have Heard”
  • Josh Gibson “The Black Babe Ruth”
  • Frank Gorshin “What Does It All Mean?”
  • Winfield Scott Hancock “Hancock the Superb”
  • Milton Hershey “The Chocolate King”
  • Johnstown Flood Victims “An Act of God”
  • Mary Jo Kopechne “What If?”
  • Jayne Mansfield “The Blonde Bombshell”
  • Mary Pinchot Meyer “The Mysterious Case of Mary Pinchot Meyer”
  • “The Molly Maguires, Black Jack Kehoe and Franklin Gowen
  • Herman Webster Mudgett aka Dr. Henry H. Holmes “America’s Answer to the Ripper”
  • Joe Paterno “JoePa”
  • Bob Prince and Myron Cope “The Voices of Pittsburgh”
  • Frank Rizzo “The Cop That Would Be King”
  • Fred Rogers “America’s Favorite Neighbor”
  • Art Rooney “The Chief”
  • Bessie Smith “The Empress of the Blues”
  • Thaddeus Stevens “The Dictator of Congress”
  • Jim Thorpe “The Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century”
  • “Titanic Victims and Survivors”
  • Andy Warhol “The Pope of Pop”
Joe Farrell (left) and Joe Farley (right) with Nick Nichols at Nick's 114 in New Cumberland.

Joe Farrell (left) and Joe Farley (right) with Nick Nichols at Nick’s 114 in New Cumberland.

The Best of Keystone Tombstones
by Joe Farrell & Joe Farley
List Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 228 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620065843
ISBN-13: 978-1620065846
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
BISAC: Biography

For more information, please see:

Read Full Post »

kstspi_fcPITTSBURGHSunbury Press has released Keystone Tombstones Pittsburgh Region by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley.

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

Allegheny County
Billy Conn
Stephen Foster
Josh Gibson
Frank Gorshin
Harry Greb
David L. Lawrence
Chuck Noll
Alfred L. Pearson
Pirates Pride
Art Rooney
Lillian Russell
Harry Stuhldreher
John Sutherland
Charles William Tate
Harry Kendall Thaw
The Voices of Pittsburgh
Andy Warhol

Somerset County
Flight 93 Crash Site

Westmorland County
Fred Rogers
Willie Thrower

Maurice Stokes
Johnstown Flood Victims

Keystone Tombstones Pittsburgh Region: Biographies of Famous People Buried in Pennsylvania
Authored by Joe Farrell, Authored by Joe Farley
List Price: $16.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
152 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620065464
ISBN-10: 1620065460
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

For more information, please see:

Read Full Post »

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Joe Farley’s poetry collection “Song Poems in Search of Music.”


About the book:
Joe Farley is best known as one of “The Joes” who have written the “Keystone Tombstone” series of biography books, about famous or noteworthy people buried in Pennsylvania. He and his partner, Joe Farrell, have appeared on numerous television and radio interviews and programs, as well as dozens of news columns and magazines regarding this work. The two have traveled the Commonwealth in search of interesting tales to tell, interesting tombstones to honor, and interesting taverns in which to discuss their findings.

Joe Farley’s poetry spans his adult life, from the 1970s to the present, lamenting opportunities lost in the Anthracite Region of his birth, as well as his conquests and travels as he settled in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania. Farley is a fan of Shakespeare’s sonnets, Wordsworth, Poe and William Butler Yeats, but his lyric style calls to mind his Irish roots. Regardless, these are verses in search of music. Hopefully a few musicians will do them justice. In the meantime, enjoy these lines by Joe Farley, an Irish bard at heart.

Song Poems in Search of Music

Authored by Joe Farley

List Price: $9.99
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
64 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064191
ISBN-10: 1620064197
BISAC: Poetry / American / General

For more information about the book, please see:


Read Full Post »

kt3_fcMECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the third volume of the Keystone Tombstone series by Joe Farrell and Joe Farley. The book relates interesting tales of famous people interred in Pennsylvania including the search to find their graves, most of which involved detours through local pubs and taverns.

The authors will be on hand for the Mechanicsburg Wine Walk at Sunbury Press’s bookstore at 50 W Main St. in Mechanicsburg on Saturday May 10th, 2014 from 2 to 6 PM. They will be signing copies of their books as the company also celebrates the release of volume three of this popular series.

Since the release of Volume One, Farrell and Farley have become mainstays on PCN, where segments based on their series have been aired.  The two have also appeared on numerous other television and radio stations and have been written about in dozens of newspapers.

About the book:
Joe Farrell and Joe Farley
 explore the cemeteries (and pubs) of Pennsylvania in search of interesting graves and stories about the interred.

Included in this volume:

  • Nick ADAMS “Johnny Yuma Was a Rebel”
  • Marian ANDERSON “A Voice Heard Once in a Hundred Years”
  • “Babes in the Woods”
  • John BARRYMORE “The Great Profile”
  • Robert CASEY “The Three Time Loss from Holy Cross”
  • Jimmy DORSEY “A Fabulous Dorsey”
  • FLIGHT 93 Crash Site “40 Heroes”
  • “Four Founders”
  • “Fox and Cox”
  • Joe William FRAZIER “Smokin’ Joe”
  • Dave GARROWAY “The Communicator”
  • Harry GREB “The Human Windmill”
  • John Frederick HARTRANFT “Old Johnny”
  • Robert (Bob) HESS “More than Just a Scientist”
  • “The Kelayres Massacre”
  • John MCDERMOTT “Golf’s Unknown Champion”
  • Mary Pinchot MEYER “The Mysterious Case of Mary Pinchot Meyer”
  • Joe PATERNO “JoePa”
  • Teddy PENDERGRASS “Life Is a Song Worth Singing”
  • Molly PITCHER “From Molly Pitcher to Black Hawk Down”
  • Art ROONEY “The Chief”
  • Lillian RUSSELL “The Great American Beauty”
  • Arlen SPECTER “The Single Bullet Theory Senator”
  • ”Titanic Victims and Survivors”
  • Willie THROWER “Football’s Jackie Robinson”
  • “Pirates’ Pride”
  • John UPDIKE “One of America’s Best”
  • Grover WASHINGTON, Jr. “The Smooth Jazzman”
  • Anthony WAYNE “Mad Anthony”
  • Unusual Tombstones

backcoverimageKeystone Tombstones Volume Three: Famous Graves Found in Pennsylvania

Authored by Joe Farrell, Authored by Joe Farley

List Price: $19.95
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
190 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063613
ISBN-10: 1620063611
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

For more information about the book, please see:

Read Full Post »