Brother and sister flee with mysterious blue stone from coal mine — authorities in pursuit


POTTSVILLE, Pa.  — Sunbury Press has released From Blue Ground, Joe Harvey’s historical YA novel about a brother and sister trying to solve the mystery of their late father’s murder.

fbg_fcSet in 1876 in the coal hills of Pennsylvania, the story follows two unwitting orphans, Patrick and Sissy Hughes, who are propelled on a desperate journey after witnessing the murder of their father. They carry with them a wooden box retrieved from a secret compartment beneath their father’s bed. His dying words to them: “keep it safe, keep it hidden.” Powerful men are looking for what’s inside the box and they will do anything they can to get it.

One hundred miles to the South, large crowds have gathered at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. Patrick and Sissy’s father had promised to take them there for the Fourth of July celebration. Instead, they are running for their lives. Alone…

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It’s the eve of Independence Day 1876, and Patrick and Sissy are running for their lives. Their only hope lies in unlocking the mystery of a stone that emerged From Blue Ground

Patrick and Sissy Hughes are fleeing their father’s murderer.  They carry with them a wooden box retrieved from a secret compartment beneath their father’s bed.  His dying words to them: “keep it safe, keep it hidden.”  Powerful men are looking for what’s inside, and they will do anything they can to get it.

Set in 1876 in the coal hills of Pennsylvania, From Blue Ground follows the two unwitting orphans as they make their way to Philadelphia, where large crowds have gathered at the Centennial Exhibition.  Their father had promised to take them there for the Independence Day celebration.  Instead, they are running for their lives.  Alone and on the run, they are pursued by James McKenna, their father’s murderer, a rogue Pinkerton Security Agent working undercover for the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad.

Patrick and Sissy’s only hope is to unlock the mystery of the contents of the box: a diary, a translucent blue stone, and a bag of blue ground.  As they make their way to Philadelphia, their pursuers grow in numbers and Patrick and Sissy must fight against time and the odds to stay together—and alive.

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Handyman witnesses a murder in Connecticut’s Litchfield Hills

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Ernest & Edgar Literary Blog

LITCHFIELD, Conn. — Sunbury Press has released Murder Run, Shelly Frome’s latest murder mystery, set in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut.

mr_fcIn this crime novel, a wayward handyman grapples with the suspicious death of his employer, a fragile choreographer who secluded herself in the Litchfield Hills. As the fallout mounts, the reader is taken to various locales in and around Manhattan, an escapade in Miami Springs and back again to the hills of Connecticut until this twisty conundrum is finally laid to rest.

Jed turned around and headed back for the cellar. Banging into things, he brushed past the mess the guy had made, located the breaker panel, flipped the switches, and climbed the stairs as the lights came back on. He called her name as he passed the kitchen and cut around the dining room, but there was no answer.

He hurried up to the bedroom and…

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El Koussa’s books reign in advance of his upcoming US Tour — Sunbury Press bestsellers for August


MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for August, 2015. Karim El Koussa took the top two spots with Jesus the Phoenician and Pythagoras in anticipation of his upcoming US Tour. Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley’s The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf moved up to 3rd, while Chris Papst’s Capital Murder, the prior top bestseller, slipped to 4th.

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for August, 2015 (by Revenue)
RankLast MonthTitleAuthorCategory
1Jesus the PhoenicianKarim El KoussaReligious History
2PythagorasKarim El KoussaHistorical Fiction
38The Segregated Georgia School for the DeafRon Knorr & Clemmie WhatleyHistory
41Capital MurderChris PapstInvestigation
57Where Elephants FoughtBridget SmithHistorical Fiction
63The Bipolar Millionaire and the OperationJohn E Wade IIMemoir
76The B TeamAlan MindellSports Fiction

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Pet crow bonds with fatherless boy in inspirational novel by Paul Argentini

For middle grade and young adults…

Paul Argentini

VENICE, Fla.Sunbury Press has released Charlie Caw, Paul Argentini’s latest novel, for middle grade and young adults.

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A crow that picks wildflowers and delivers them to show affection, and a fatherless boy who teaches the bird how to fly create a heartwarming story of these two disparate beings going and growing with one another. Their deep and abiding companionship keeps them close, yet they remain free to maintain all their relationships. Each protects the other in awkward situations, but they respect one another to allow the freedom to make individual choices. They confront humorous and dangerous situations with daring spirit learning a bit more of the other’s world with each confrontation. CHARLIE CAW is such a likeable story one can only believe it is true. It will find a niche in your memory for a long, long time.

Charlie Partridge caught at his…

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How Choctaws aided starving Irish

Check out Jim Remsen’s book Visions of Teaoga…

Pennsylvanus Book Blog

A major antagonist in my book Visions of Teaoga isn’t a person but a stone monument. Its plaque commemorates a Revolutionary War assault into the Iroquois Indian heartland–a march it says “destroyed savagery” and opened the region to “civilization.” Dedicated in 1902 by the Daughters of the American Revolution, the monument perfectly captures our country’s then-imbedded mindset that native peoples were mere savages with no redeeming values.

So I loved learning the other day about one tribe’s beautiful and little-known good works on behalf of white people a half-century earlier. What a redeeming story it is.

The Choctaw Indians were one of the first tribes to be uprooted and forced west on the horrific Trails of Tears in the early 1830s. Untold numbers died from

This sculpture in County Cork, Ireland, honors the Choctaw's generosity. This sculpture in County Cork, Ireland, honors the Choctaw’s generosity.

hunger and exposure on the long, cold march from their Mississippi homeland to faraway Oklahoma…

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“Feeble-minded” youth accused of murdering young woman

Historical Fiction set in Pennsylvania for adult readers…


SUNBURY, Pa.Sunbury Press has released Something So Divine, J R Lindermuth’s tragic tale of murder in the rural hills of Pennsylvania.

“… reminds us of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, with similar intrigue and tension, but set in Pennsylvania ..” The Publisher

ssd_fcWhen a young girl is found murdered in a Pennsylvania rye field in the autumn of 1897, Ned Gebhardt, a feeble-minded youth known to have stalked the victim, is the prime suspect. Incidents involving another girl and gossip stir emotions to a frenzy, nearly leading to a lynching.

Evidence against Ned is circumstantial and there are other suspects. Influenced by the opinions of Ned’s stepsister and Ellen, a woman who has perked his interest, Simon Roth, the investigator, is inclined to give Ned benefit of the doubt. Then he discovers damaging evidence.

Still unwilling to view Ned as a cold-blooded killer, Roth puts…

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