Serial killer on the loose in the Cumberland Valley

CARLISLE, Pa.Sunbury Press has released J. M. West’s first novel in the Carlisle Crime Cases series, Dying for Vengeance: A Christopher Snow & Erin McCoy Mystery.

dfv_fcAbout the Book:
Carlisle Homicide Detective Erin McCoy battles the jitters as the first woman in Homicide partnered with Senior Detective Christopher Snow. On their first case, they track a serial killer who’s stalking family members embroiled in an inheritance dispute. The perp dispatches his victims with toxic chemicals. As the detectives chase clues and connect the related victims, their mutual attraction blooms while she nurses him after a shooting incident. But sparks fly when FBI Special Agent Howard offers McCoy a job if she’ll train at Quantico. McCoy returns to Carlisle when she learns she has a rival for Snow’s affections.

Snow’s former partner, Reese Savage, returns to the CPD from Middle-East deployments expecting to resume their bachelor ways. Savage’s ire results in a PTSD spike while he’s tailing a suspect. In the interim, Chief March reassigns McCoy to the K9 Unit. When Mac becomes a target, she learns that she needs Chris to shove and shock her into life.

 

Carlisle Crime Cases series

Carlisle Crime Cases series

Dying for Vengeance is Jody McGibney West’s first murder mystery/romance featuring Detectives Christopher Snow and Erin McCoy in The Carlisle Crime Cases Series. Interested reader may wish to backtrack and meet the Flowers family in her debut novel,Glory in the Flower.

Excerpt:
Relieved to be finished testifying in a local Domestic Violence case, Detective Erin “Mac” McCoy navigated the courthouse stairs. Clambering down concrete steps, wearing spike heels and a bulky quilted jacket while lugging a purse and briefcase, she longed to change into sweats and chill. The defendant and a few suits were clustered near the famed, charismatic defense attorney Antony Karagianis. His dark, wavy hair and distinctive silver sideburns framed telegenic blue eyes. She skirted the staged tableau. Karagianis nodded as she passed but turned to the cameras to explain why his client had been acquitted, despite slashing his wife and threatening his two kids. At the bottom of the steps, a reporter cornered the defense attorney for a sound bite, sticking the microphone in his face.

“I feel like Sisyphus,” Erin muttered, anger surging at the uphill battle with DV; usually the perp was acquitted—or not even tried because the victim refused to press charges. Hiking to her silver Honda Accord a block down West High, Erin fished for her keys and unlocked the door. A woman across the street, with wavy chestnut hair and oversized sunglasses, stood by a mud-brown Dodge Charger parked at the curb, her hands hidden behind her back.

The acquitted sauntered toward them. A thin navy suit, white shirt, and tie failed to hide the dragon tat on his neck. His long dark hair had been washed and gelled back off his face, his mustache and soul patch shaved for the trial. Seeing the woman wiped the satisfied smirk off his face. He rushed to confront her. “You bitch, you filed charges against me! I warned you!” His meaty hands latched onto her neck, squeezing; his body pinned hers against the vehicle. Before Erin could cross the street to intervene, the woman’s right hand came between the couple. A loud pop, then blood and matter spurted from the exit wound. Cordite filled the air. The dead man kept his balance for a few seconds, and then crumpled to the ground, shot through the heart. The gun clattered to the macadam.

About the Author:
Dying for Vengeance
is the first in the Carlisle Crime Cases series of murder/mysteries featuring Homicide detectives Christopher Snow and Erin McCoy by Jody McGibney West, pseudonym for Joan M. West, Professor Emerita of English Studies at Harrisburg Area Community College, The Gettysburg Campus. She also taught at Messiah College and Shippensburg University as an adjunct and served as Assistant Director of the Learning Center (SU). She has previously published poetry and Glory in the Flower, her debut novel. It depicts four coeds who meet during the turbulent sixties.

She and her husband live near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. They have two sons and two grandsons. In her spare time, West volunteers at the Bookery—Bosler Memorial Library’s used bookstore, participates in the Litwits Book group, and reads voraciously.

Dying for Vengeance: A Christopher Snow & Erin McCoy Mystery
Authored by J. M. West
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
394 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620064825
ISBN-10: 1620064820
BISAC: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Police Procedural

Also available on Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Dying-for-Vengeance-9781…

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RIOTS BREAK OUT IN PARK, SPREAD INTO TOLUCA

A peaceful rally in Saint Teresa Park, protesting recent killings of Latino immigrants, erupted in violence when two Caucasian males shouted racial slurs at the gathering. Rioting and looting quickly spread into Toluca.

Forty-eight deaths were reported, including that of Sheriff Gordon Crowe. Hospitals soon overflowed with the wounded, many of whom are not expected to survive.

Throughout Toluca, stores were looted and vandalized, sixteen of which were extensively damaged by fire. A spokesperson from the mayor’s office, Liana Cisneros, estimated that the cost to be “upwards of sixty million, and still climbing.” She further commented: “Our town is in ruins. This is a disaster of tragic proportions for the citizenry of Toluca.”

michael isherwood, @lascruscessun.com

<this is a fictional news account based on the novel An American Hiroshima by Don Wulffson>

aah_fcABOUT THE BOOK:

America was on the border of disaster. A slew of barbarous murders of illegal aliens in New Mexico has incited riots throughout much of the country and had brought the US and Mexico to the brink of war. Reporter Mike Isherwood, a bruised and bitter veteran of Iraq, was there to cover the bloody story—but the story he began to uncover  was far more complex and treacherous than anything he would have anticipated—the annihilation of America. As the countdown to disaster continued death by death, he moved through a maze of traitors, terrorists and CIA operatives. With all of the odds against him, only a lovely libidinous female deputy sheriff stood staunchly at his side.

Who were the good guys? Who were the bad guys? And who were the fall guys? Isherwood might well die trying to find out …

A portion of author proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
178 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063279
ISBN-10: 1620063271
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage

 

EXPLOSIONS WRACK TUNNEL CROSSING INTO U.S.

In the wake of last Friday’s helicopter attack on Mexican and Central American nationals, an estimated forty-eight men, women, and children were slain yesterday evening while attempting to illegally enter the United States via a 1200-meter tunnel into Toluca, New Mexico, the deaths attributed to massive explosions which wracked the underground passage. There were no survivors.

Two Mexican nationals were also killed by gunshots at the entrance to the tunnel, which was concealed in a candy store near the border.

The carnage was beyond description,” reported a federal agent. “We found only body parts,” he said. “The sight was beyond horrifying,” the agent, a veteran of Iraq, continued. “I have not seen its equal, even on the battlefield.”

The tunnel collapsed along its entire length, and a ranch house at its terminus was enveloped in flames, killing three and injuring five. Gordon Crowe, sheriff of Toluca, stated: “We will not rest until the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice.”

michael isherwood, @lascruscessun.com

<this is a fictional news account based on the novel An American Hiroshima by Don Wulffson>

aah_fcABOUT THE BOOK:

America was on the border of disaster. A slew of barbarous murders of illegal aliens in New Mexico has incited riots throughout much of the country and had brought the US and Mexico to the brink of war. Reporter Mike Isherwood, a bruised and bitter veteran of Iraq, was there to cover the bloody story—but the story he began to uncover  was far more complex and treacherous than anything he would have anticipated—the annihilation of America. As the countdown to disaster continued death by death, he moved through a maze of traitors, terrorists and CIA operatives. With all of the odds against him, only a lovely libidinous female deputy sheriff stood staunchly at his side.

Who were the good guys? Who were the bad guys? And who were the fall guys? Isherwood might well die trying to find out …

A portion of author proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
178 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063279
ISBN-10: 1620063271
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage

IMMIGRANTS BUTCHERED ON BORDER

Toluca City –Ten Latino immigrants, including a pregnant woman and four children, were killed last night during an apparent illegal crossing into the U.S.

According to sources choosing to remain anonymous, the panel truck which carried them was attacked at approximately 10 p.m. by a single helicopter using a .50 caliber machinegun. None survived.

The immigrants died of multiple gunshot wounds, traumatic amputations, burns, and other injuries.

Seen and heard from afar, some witnesses claimed the attack was carried out by the American Border Patrol or by vigilante “watch groups.”

The incident is under investigation by local and federal agencies.

___________________

michael Isherwood, @lascruscessun.com

 

<this is a fictional news account based on the novel An American Hiroshima by Don Wulffson>

aah_fcABOUT THE BOOK:

America was on the border of disaster. A slew of barbarous murders of illegal aliens in New Mexico has incited riots throughout much of the country and had brought the US and Mexico to the brink of war. Reporter Mike Isherwood, a bruised and bitter veteran of Iraq, was there to cover the bloody story—but the story he began to uncover  was far more complex and treacherous than anything he would have anticipated—the annihilation of America. As the countdown to disaster continued death by death, he moved through a maze of traitors, terrorists and CIA operatives. With all of the odds against him, only a lovely libidinous female deputy sheriff stood staunchly at his side.

Who were the good guys? Who were the bad guys? And who were the fall guys? Isherwood might well die trying to find out …

A portion of author proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
178 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063279
ISBN-10: 1620063271
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage

ALARM INCREASES OVER THE CONTINUING INFLUX OF MEXICAN AND CENTRAL AMERICAN ALIENS INTO THE U.S.

VeraFacs – Concern about mass migrations of illegal aliens into the United States, many of them children, has risen to a fevered pitch in Washington and throughout the country.

Groups such as World without Borders, Open Arms, and Love Thy Neighbor welcome undocumented foreign nationals into the United States. “It is our heritage and duty to care for those less fortunate than ourselves,” stated Rod Harmon, director of LTN, Love Thy Neighbor.

Many disagree.

The financial burden of subsidizing the lives of these people is destroying our nation,” stated Ruth Burgess, director of America First. “Because of this endless influx, our jails are overflowing, our schools dummied down, our health-care system in disarray, and our middle-class shrinking into non-existence.”

President Kindo has convened a special committee to study the complex issue.

<this is a fictional news account based on the novel An American Hiroshima by Don Wulffson>

aah_fcABOUT THE BOOK:

America was on the border of disaster. A slew of barbarous murders of illegal aliens in New Mexico has incited riots throughout much of the country and had brought the US and Mexico to the brink of war. Reporter Mike Isherwood, a bruised and bitter veteran of Iraq, was there to cover the bloody story—but the story he began to uncover  was far more complex and treacherous than anything he would have anticipated—the annihilation of America. As the countdown to disaster continued death by death, he moved through a maze of traitors, terrorists and CIA operatives. With all of the odds against him, only a lovely libidinous female deputy sheriff stood staunchly at his side.

Who were the good guys? Who were the bad guys? And who were the fall guys? Isherwood might well die trying to find out …

A portion of author proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
178 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063279
ISBN-10: 1620063271
BISAC: Fiction / Thrillers / Espionage

 

“The Cursed Man” rules! — Sunbury Press bestsellers for July 2014

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.Sunbury Press has released the bestsellers list for July, 2014. Keith Rommel’s novel The Cursed Man led the way.

About The Cursed Man

Cursed Man pubThe Cursed Man, by Keith Rommel, tells the story of Alister Kunkle, a patient at Sunnyside Capable Care Mental Institution. Alister has been in seclusion for the last 25 years, having no contact with the staff or the outside world. The reason for this is that anyone who communicates with Alister dies within the day, for he is the Cursed Man and Death takes a professional interest in those unlucky enough to cross his path.

Believing him simply deranged, Dr Anna Lee, an up-and-coming young psychiatrist, has come to cure Alister. She is warned about Alister’s past and is shown evidence of previous encounters made by the skeptical or unbelieving, all of whom died, sometimes horribly. Regardless of the stories, Anna will not be dissuaded and is reluctantly allowed access to Alister. All assume her fate is sealed, but when she returns unharmed the next day, we also start to wonder about the stories.

So begins an enthralling narrative told in the past and the present as Anna attempts to learn why Alister believes he is cursed, while at the same time trying to convince him the events were not real and that in fact he is merely ill and so can be cured. Is Alister truly followed by death or is he simply mentally ill? The Cursed Man is an extremely well-written suspense horror story… I enjoyed it immensely; right up until the very end I was never sure of the outcome… Great story-telling in the tradition of Stephen King… — Booklore

 

SUNBURY PRESS – Bestsellers for July, 2014 (by Revenue)
Rank Last Month Title Author Category
1 3 The Cursed Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
2 Of Guilt and Innocence John Scanlan Thriller Fiction
3 My Mom Is an Alien Joanne Risso Childrens Fiction
4 8 The Lurking Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
5 4 The Closer Alan Mindell Sports Fiction
6 7 Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last Mike Campbell History
7 The Bronze Dagger Marie Sontag Childrens Fiction
8 The Undecided Robin Donaruma YA Fiction
9 15 The Sinful Man Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
10 The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad Steve Troutman History
11 6 Call Sign Dracula Joe Fair History
12 17 Jesus the Phoenician Karim El Koussa History
13 The Mouse with the Broken Tail Dan Shutters Childrens Fiction
14 5 Pit Bulls Anthony Julian History
15 16 A Darker Shade of Freedom C James Gilbert Historical Fiction
16 19 Hour 30 Brandon Musgrave Medical Memoir
17 The Spirits’ Cabin of Lake Eagle Talon Paul Argentini Literary Fiction
18 Well I’ll Be Hanged Tim Dempsey History
19 Victims of Circumstance John Scanlan Thriller Fiction
20 20 Sanctuary Dishonored Robin Lee Art History

ogai_pubEbooks continued their decline from their peak in 2012, dropping 20% in July, as compared to last July. Trade paperbacks continue to be the most popular format. The company is preparing for the 10th anniverary celebration at the Sunbury Press store at 50 West Main Street in Mechanicsburg on Friday September 5th. Keith Rommel, the author of The Cursed Man and the lead actor who plays the cursed man in the movie, Brahm Gallagher, will be on hand to sign books and to read. The festivities run from 6 to 9 followed by an after party at The Metropolis Collective at 17 West Main.  All are invited!

Keith Rommel’s The Cursed Man, The Lurking Man & recently released The Sinful Man were helped by orders from Barnes & Noble, strong sales at Rocky’s Hardware and interest in The Cursed Manmovie. John Scanlan’s Of Guilt and Innocence and Victims of Circumstance both charted thanks to strong sales in Florida. Alan Mindell’s The Closer stayed on the chart thanks to sales to San Diego area bookstores. Mike Campbell’s Amelia Earhart: The Truth at Last climbed to #6 on the winds of interest in the anniversary of the loss of the aviatrix. Marie Sontag’s The Bronze Dagger grabbed #7 thanks to author events. The Undecided by Robin Donaruma placed 8th due to book store orders. Steve Troutman’s The Trevorton, Mahanoy and Susquehanna Railroad charted thanks to regional interest. Joe Fair’s Call Sign Dracula was #6 thanks to author activity at military unit reunions. Karim El Koussa’s Jesus the Phoenician returned to thst charts thanks to interest in Europe. Dan Shutter’sThe Mouse with the Broken Tail was 13th thanks to author activities. Anthony Julian’s Pit Bulls Icontinued to draw interest among dog enthusiasts. A Darker Shade of Freedom by C James Gilbert was bolstered by author activities in the Gettysburg area and a TV appearance in Harrisburg. Brandon Musgrave’s Hour 30 was the 2nd ranked ebook, taking #16 overall. Paul Argentini’s The Spirits’ Cabin of Lake Eagle Talon debuted at #17 thanks to author activities. Tim Dempsey’s Well I’ll Be Hangedwas helped by bookstore purchases. Robin Lee’s Sanctuary Dishonored rounded out the list again.

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

SUNBURY PRESS – New Releases for July, 2014
Remember the Sun Melanie Simms Poetry
The Piano Bed Anne Marie Drew YA Fiction
Among the People Keith Rommel Thriller Fiction
Shadows in the Shining City John Cressler Historical Fiction
The Spirits’ Cabin of Lake Eagle Talon Paul Argentini Literary Fiction
Great Lakes Lilly Kirckof & Daniel Allen Butler Historical 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