Nymphomaniac college girlfriend comes back to haunt middle-aged man during midlife crisis

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Sunbury Press has released Ray Fashona’s novel “The Death of Obsession,” about a middle-aged man haunted by memories of his nymphomaniacal college girlfriend and who tries to relive his past.

tdoo_fcAbout the Book:
Mike Zinarelli’s life has not turned out the way his college self thought it would. Having once basked in the hazy comfort of pot smoke, cocaine, booze, and sex, sex, sex, Z’s adult life leaves him disillusioned. Once dreaming of making a difference in the world through cutting-edge journalism, Z now watches the decline of the print newspaper and feels the irrelevance of his unused potential. Remembering the virile youthfulness of days past, Z muses on his lifeless, complacent marriage and realizes his age through the one-sidedness of ogling his twenty-something neighbor from a window. In an attempt to revive the spark of life he felt during his college days—debating literature and philosophy, riding the highs of drugs and jazz, having wild sex—Z secretly drinks Jack Daniel’s all day, reaches out to an old college friend, and even sees the woman who once brought him to the brink of a violent, nearly murderous rage: his nymphomaniac college girlfriend, Crystal Cassidy. His clandestine meeting with Crystal, however, puts him at the top of the list of suspects for her mysterious disappearance and assumed death. A quarter of a century after their rollercoaster romance—and the best sex of his life—Crystal Cassidy still has her hooks in Z. Caught between trying to maintain his innocence and living vicariously through his past, Z struggles to survive in the present … and a surprise visit from Crystal’s adult son only complicates his effort. At the risk of losing everything he’s worked for—regardless of how far short it fell from what his college self imagined—Z must fight for his family and break free of his obsession once and for all.

About the Author:

Ray Fashona is a longtime journalist who has written and edited for several newspapers and magazines. This is his first novel.

He lives in the Hudson Valley with his wife and two daughters.

The Death of Obsession

Authored by Ray Fashona
List Price: $16.95

List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
216 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063736
ISBN-10: 1620063735
BISAC: Fiction / Suspense

Also available on Nook and Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Death-of-Obsession-9…

NOTE: This book is recommended for adult audiences due to language and sexual content.

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An innocent meeting at the mall leads to a torrid love affair and murder? Or does it?

POTTSVILLE, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Raven’s Run novelist Joseph Tarone’s latest novel “A Little Indiscretion.”

ald_fcAbout the Book:

What happens when a traveling salesman accidentally meets an attractive woman at the mall? Joe Tarone’s latest novel takes many unexpected twists.

Missy preceded Mark down the stairs.  At one point she stopped and turned to look at her son. She did not like what she saw. Mark looked diminished–shrunken–not at all like the vibrant 17 year-old that she knew. Only once before had she seen her son look like this.  That was years ago, when a pitch that he threw was knocked beyond the outfield fence and won the local Little League Championship for the opponents. It took a week or more for Mark to recover from that. This, she worried, might take longer.

Rick had been deeply hurt by the accusation of his son. He now waited for his family to join him in the kitchen. Sitting at the kitchen table, his elbows planted firmly on its surface, his bowed head resting in his cupped hands. When he heard the approach of Missy and Mark, he dropped his hands. An expectant look came over his doleful face. After having just considered the pitiful appearance of Mark, Missy was now doubly disturbed by the apprehensive look on Rick’s face. There was a hollow, almost helpless, ache in her chest. It was a foreboding feeling. She had to shake it, she knew that. She had to get her family to where it was only three days ago. It would take more than an apology from Mark, she feared. Something was happening that she didn’t understand.

About the Author:
Joe graduated from Penn State with a degree in Finance.  He lived in Philadelphia and eventually moved to Chester County to work for a small scientific instrument manufacturer which, shortly after his employment there,   was acquired by Hewlett Packard.  After several years in finance with HP, Joe made a major career change and became a Personnel Administrator.

His first book, Some Stones Shine, depicts a decade in his father’s life in the early 20th century.  In it, Tarone has succeeded in describing what life was like in a Coal Region family almost one hundred years ago.

His second book, The Mega-Bite Murders, although obviously a work of fiction, inhabits an environment built upon Joe’s background in the computer and human resource areas.

Caught Up In It, his third book, is a sequel to The Mega-Bite Murders. In it, two supernatural beings set out to eliminate greed in the world. Sometimes humorous, mostly serious, Caught Up In It, in it’s closing pages reveals something that could be a surprise to readers of The Mega-Bite Murders.

Upon his retirement from HP, Joe returned to Pennsylvania’s Schuylkill County where he continues to write.  He has served as an auditor in West Mahanoy Township, and as president of the Shenandoah Valley School Board.  He now lives in Raven Run, the anthracite mining village in which he grew up.

A Little Indiscretion
Authored by Jospeh Tarone
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
166 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620063248
ISBN-10: 1620063247
BISAC: Fiction / Romance / Suspense

Also available on Nook and Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/A-Little-Indiscretion-97…

Emmy Award-winning Michael Brown’s latest novel is “Love, Sex and Other Near Death Experiences”

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released author Emmy Award-winning Michael Brown’s latest novel “Love, Sex and Other Near Death Experiences.”

lsaondeAbout the Book:
Michael Brown’s humorous and titillating new novel pits an amorous workaholic couple against some very unexpected challenges.  Lisa and Bill, young lovers and roommates, have planned to forego marriage and children to pursue high-end careers. Suddenly, without warning, they lose their jobs! Unemployed and more in debt than the federal government they are forced to embark on a life-altering, calamitous bicycle adventure. Peddling from the tip of Baja California to the U.S.A. they are involved in disastrous accidents, adopt a ‘wild dog’ and help deliver a baby, all while being chased by ungodly monks who plan to murder them to retrieve an undisclosed ‘secret’.

About the Author:
Michael Brown has won 3 Emmy Awards and an ACE Eddie Award as a film editor, plus a Career Achievement Award.  He is a member of the Directors Guild of America & the Writers Guild of America and has sold ten scripts to ABC, CBS & NBC.  He lives in Southern California with his wife, Holly.  His first novel ‘William & Lucy” won the 2012 Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Novel of the year.

Love, Sex and Other Near Death Experiences
Authored by Michael Brown
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
308 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062593
ISBN-10: 1620062593
BISAC: Fiction / Romance / Contemporary

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Love-Sex-and-Other-Near-….

Soon to be available on Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader & Kobo

John Cressler’s debut novel “Emeralds of the Alhambra” is a love story based in medieval Spain

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released author John Cressler’s “Emeralds of the Alhambra: Book One of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series.”

About the Book:
eota_fc3How could we forget? We live in a world being torn apart by religious tensions and fanaticism, yet we managed to forget that for hundreds of years Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in peace, sharing languages and customs, embracing a level of tolerance and mutual respect unheard of today. Working together, these three peoples spawned one of the great intellectual and cultural flowerings of history. When and where? Medieval Spain. Our aching world desperately needs to recall this forgotten fact, these rich possibilities.

Emeralds of the Alhambra, a historical novel, reawakens this remarkable era via the relationship between William Chandon, a wounded Christian knight brought to the Sultan’s court in Granada, and the strong-willed Layla al-Khatib, who is on a quest to become the first female Sufi Muslim mystic in a male-dominated society. As Chandon’s influence at court grows, he becomes trapped between his forbidden love for Layla, his Christian heritage, the demands of chivalry, and political expediency. Chandon must make a choice between love and honor, peace and war, life and death, a choice which ultimately will seal Granada’s fate as the last surviving stronghold of Muslim Spain.

Emeralds is set in the resplendent Alhambra Palace in Granada during the Castilian Civil War (1367-1369), a time when, improbably, Muslims took up their swords to fight alongside Christians.

Praise for “Emeralds of the Alhambra”:
“A deeply moving and enlightening novel on the co-existence of religions.”
─Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“…Cressler has woven an imaginative and intricately persuasive story…[a] vivid and gorgeous world of romance, intrigue, murder and negotiations between multiple religions in medieval Spain…[a] story of love between human beings, for God, and for the creation so graciously bestowed on us. A thoroughly gripping and engaging first novel.”
─Professor Susan Abraham, Harvard Divinity School

“…Seamlessly weaves history, religion, passion, loyalty and romance into a compelling, beautifully-written narrative which brings [the reader] into the richness, majesty and complexities of this different, yet alluring world…”
─Rabbi Rachael M. Bregman, Temple Beth Tefiloh
and Rabbis Without Borders

“… More than ever, we need stories like Cressler tells, confirming the transformative power of relationships. Cressler illuminates the beauty and meaning found in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, reviving an important shared history…”
─Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core

“…A work of honesty and sensitivity that renders in depth, and with painterly detail, the living contours of a great civilization that the modern world needs to re-discover…A moving story of love across boundaries, set at a critical point in history…with unmatched and vivid descriptions of place, lifestyle, manners and practices…”
─Salma Khadra Jayyusi, poet, writer, and literary historian.
Founder and Director of EAST-WEST NEXUS/PROTA for the
dissemination in English of Arabic cultural achievements

“[Cressler’s] compelling characters and vivid imagery bring this tale of intrigue and barrier-breaking relationships to life in a way that even a visit to the Alhambra did not…[Celebrates] the power of love to forge human hearts into timeless bonds.”
─Cathy Devlin Crosby, Cofounder of Neshama Interfaith Center

“A captivating love story that speaks deeply to the purest and most humane places of the heart. A highly enjoyable and enthusing novel.”
─Aytekin Erol, Lawyer Society of Cinematographic
Work Creators, Istanbul

“Emeralds of the Alhambra has it all – mystery, intrigue, duels and interfaith romance…Cressler artfully draws us into the fascinating lives of the novel’s main characters with vivid prose. We experience the blows and blood of the fierce battles between enemies, as well as the luminosity and laughter of spell-bound lovers…Transports readers back to medieval Spain and offers them a peek behind la Convivencia and all the rivalry, romance and complex relationships that existed between Jews, Christians and Muslims.”
─Tayyibah Taylor, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief
of Azizah Magazine

“…A story of passionate love…and the spiritual quest for God…Cressler adds a most important element to the mix by weaving in the “problem” of how to reconcile interfaith concerns, [making] this wonderful novel especially prescient for the third millennium.”
─Marian Monahan, Cofounder of Neshama Interfaith Center

“History, conquest, and a captivating love story…Dares us to engage in conversations with those of different faiths. This is more than a novel, it is a resource.”
─Angela Harrington Rice, Senior Executive Producer,
Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters

“[Cressler] has a finely-tuned, sensuous capability to drink in and pass on exquisite sights, smells, colors, sounds and tastes…[At] the deepest level…Cressler helps [the reader] understand the…overwhelmingly powerful force that love truly is…and the role love plays in our experience of the Divine.”
─Father Gene Barrette, Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette

“…The novel’s rich and descriptive narrative serves as a call from the past, challenging us to realize that more is possible than we dare imagine. In its pages are found nearly everything that makes us human…”
─Professor John B. Switzer, Spring Hill College,
Cofounder and Director of the Muslim,
Jewish, Christian Trialogue

About the Author:
JOHN D. CRESSLER is Ken Byers Professor at Georgia Tech (Atlanta), and the author of five non-fiction books. Emeralds of the Alhambra is the first release in the Anthems of al-Andalus series and his debut novel. Visit the author at http://johndcressler.com.

Emeralds of the Alhambra: Book One of the Anthems of al-Andalus Series
Authored by John D Cressler
List Price: $19.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
444 pages
Sunbury Press Inc
ISBN-13: 978-1620061978
ISBN-10: 162006197X
BISAC: Fiction / Historical

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Emeralds-of-the-Alhambra…

Soon to be available on Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader & Kobo

Paul Argentini’s latest novel is “A Matter of Love in da Bronx: A 1950s Diary”

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A Matter of Love in da Bronx

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released Paul Argentini’s new novel “A Matter of Love in da Bronx: A 1950s Diary.”

About the Book: 
“If James Joyce’s “Ulysses” is considered the greatest unread novel of the 20th Century, then it is just as likely as not Paul Argentini’s “A Matter of Love In da Bronx” will become the greatest unread novel of the 21st Century.”
— Zeilvieg P. Battiscu, The LDN Literary Review

“A Matter of Love In da Bronx” is a 1950’s love story that almost didn’t happen. Based on an actual love affair diary to which the author was privy, the story and its maddeningly frustrating theme was meticulously recorded as event by event were relayed. It was incredible that just a few short years after the end of World War II such an atavistic, feudal family system existed. The lovers’ wishes and wants were denied to them at every single turn, by family, friends, society, circumstances, and just rotten luck.

Couples at that time were just as hungry to satisfy the intense, volatile yearnings of love as they are today. Especially without an automobile—which well could have sufficed for private encounters—there was no such thing as running to a motel or hiking off to a hotel. There were no cell phones to arrange a rendezvous, and even if they could freedom was at a premium under the oppressive regime of venal, ignorant, self-centered, rigid controlling parents. The best Sam and Mary found they could do was use stolen moments for fleeting bliss in darkened doorways.

This is a paen to lovers past, present, future, wheresoever they be who combat the cruel frustration of combustible emotions using only tender hearts and the hope of a pain-free moment of bliss as in this unequaled literary truth.

A Matter of Love in da Bronx: A 1950’s Diary
Authored by Paul Argentini
List Price: $18.95
6″ x 9″ (15.24 x 22.86 cm) 
Black & White on White paper
390 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062159 
ISBN-10: 1620062151 
BISAC: Fiction / Literary

For more information, please see: 
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/A-Matter-of-Love-in-da-B…

Also available on Kindle and Nook

David Parmelee’s novel “The Sea Is a Thief” features Chincoteague during the Civil War

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released David Parmelee’s first novel “The Sea Is a Thief.”

The Sea is a Thief

The Sea is a Thief

About the Book:
“The Sea is a Thief” is set on Chincoteague, Virginia during the Civil War. It tells the story of a dangerous courtship between Sam Dreher, a young Union sailor on a gunship sent to protect the island, and Anna Daisey, a Chincoteague girl whose gifts as a wildlife artist are beginning to blossom. By the time a jealous rival exposes the clandestine romance, their love has grown so strong that they ignore an approaching gale to steal one last day together before a long enforced separation, narrowly cheating death.

As the war rages, Anna awaits her sailor’s return, refining the artistic skills passed on to her by her mentor, the island’s reclusive medicine woman. Sam must fight his way back; stranded behind Confederate lines and injured terribly, he survives by stealth, courage, and a most fortunate encounter with the Underground Railroad. Over the course of years the two are reunited to rekindle their love.

Students come to know the American Civil War as series of political events: debates, campaigns, and battles won or lost. The Sea is a Thief offers a new perspective from the dusty lanes and muddy channels of an oystering island in Virginia, chronicling its effects on a captivating local crew of hardy watermen, rogue hunters, moonshiners and merchants. At the center of the storm stand an unlikely young couple who desire only to love each other in peace.

Of course, the beloved wild ponies of Chincoteague play a central role.

The Sea Is a Thief
Authored by David Parmelee
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
240 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620062128
ISBN-10: 1620062127
BISAC: Fiction / Historical

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Sea-Is-a-Thief-97816…

Also available on Kindle and Nook