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New book on the origin of Jesus debuts on top of the Sunbury Press bestseller list for October

jtp_fcMECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Jesus the Phoenician, Karim El Koussa’s well-researched alternative Christian history, was #1, upon its debut, thanks to author events related to his US book release tour.  Susan Dahlgren Daigneault’s In the Shadow of a Mountain, a memoir about her war hero father, Ed Dahlgren, and his PTSD, ranked #2 due to events and promotions in her home state of Maine.

Sunbury Press’s year-to-date sales for 2013 are up 25% over 2012. EBook sales are up only 9% over the year-to-date prior, significantly lagging the growth in print sales. Sales for the month of October were up 54% compared to October 2012. Regarding the monthly performance, it was the 2nd best month of the year and 2nd best October ever.

Bob Ford’s Beagle Tales 4, the latest edition of his folksy humorous series about rural living, debuted at #3, thanks to author events in the State College area.

Jess Steven Hughes’ The Sign of the Eagle, historical fiction set in Roman times, ranked #4 due to the author’s aggressive appearance schedule at bookstores in the Pacific Northwest.

Dennis Herrick’s Winter of the Metal People, a novel about the Tiguex War between the Spanish and the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico, ranked #5 due to regional sales in New Mexico.
That Night at Surigao, Ernie Marshall’s well-researched history of the last clash between battleships in World War 2, nabbed the 6th position thanks to recent author events.

The Joe’s — Farrell and Farley — reclaimed the 7th spot withKeystone Tombstones Volume 1 thanks to continued interest in the series and their media appearances.

Robert Miller’s The Cogan Legend, a novel about a murder mystery in pre-Civil War upstate Pennsylvania, slotted at #8 thanks to author activities.

Alan Mindell’s The Closer, a baseball love story, joined the list at #9 thanks to seasonal interest in the sport.

Guy Graybill’s Prohibition’s Prince returned to the rankings, taking #10 on the list, due to sales at Williamsport area bookstores and author activities.

Following are the top overall print sellers by category:

History / Memoir – Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
ul_fcFiction  – The Sign of the Eagle by Jess Steven Hughes
Horror/Mystery – Undead Living edited by Thomas Malafarina
Children/YA – Colors in the Garden by Wendy Latty
The Arts – Contemporary Photo Impressionists by T K McCoy
Self-Help – Raising Monarchs by Sue Fox McGovern
Metaphysical/Spiritual – Messages from Beyond by Michele Livingston
Reference – Linnea’s Kitchen: Yummy Ayurvedic Recipes and Life Lessons by Linnea Jepson

The company released eleven new titles during the month of October:
Beagle Tales 4 by Bob Ford
Jesus the Phoenician by Karim El Koussa
Dinorific Poetry Volume 3 by Mike & Ethan Sgrignoli
Colors in the Garden by Wendy Latty
Colors in the Garden the Creator Made by Wendy Latty
Undead Living edited by Thomas Malafarina
Normal Comix Volume 1 by Sean Madden
519+ToMmPfL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Crossers #1: The Man in the Mountain by Terry Ray
The Crossers #2: The Circle by Terry Ray
The Crossers #3: Crossing the Valley by Terry Ray
The Crossers #4: Path to Armageddon by Terry Ray

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