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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 and on the run, they are pursued by their father’s murderer, James McKenna, a Pinkerton Security Agent who is working undercover investigating the Molly Maguires 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. That hope lies in Philadelphia with Henry Carvill Lewis, a professor of mineralogy at the Academy of Natural Sciences. 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.

EXCERPT:
Years later, when the ghosts of his childhood had long since faded, Patrick would remember the wooden box as clearly as the night he and his sister had found it. He remembered every detail: the pieces of scrap wood it was made of, the broken hinge that didn’t quite hold the lid, the frayed twine that was wrapped around it. It seemed strange that he would remember such an ordinary thing because, like every box, the box itself was not important. It was what was inside the box that mattered. The same was true of this box. Its contents sent Patrick and his sister off on an unexpected—and unwelcome—adventure.

It began with a warning in the small hours after midnight on July 3, 1876. Patrick nudged his sister across the bed. “Sissy, are you awake? Sissy?”

Sissy was fourteen, just two years older than Patrick, yet she had been a continued source of comfort to him since their mother died, when he wanted her to be, that is.

“What is it Patrick?” Sissy asked, still half asleep.

“I heard something.”

“What?”

“I don’t know . . . a noise.”

“What kind of a noise?”

“I don’t know . . . . Did you hear the whippoorwill?”

“The whippoorwill? That’s just a dumb bird.”

Patrick didn’t think so. The Native Lenape believed that the bird’s call was a bad omen, a warning that it intended to capture someone’s soul to carry it to the spirit world.

“Well, I heard something,” Patrick said.

Sissy propped herself up on her elbows and listened. She heard only the sounds of the sleeping mountain: crickets, an owl, a distant loon. “I don’t hear anything, Patrick.”

Patrick sighed. Bothered, Sissy listened again. Still silence. “It’s nothing Patrick—probably that ol’ black bear down from the mountain to scratch at the smokehouse again. Papa will scare it off. Now go back to sleep.”

I wont be able to go back to sleep, Patrick thought. Im sure I heard something—maybe it was a banshee. He pulled the blanket close to his nose, his eyes widened. Papa’s room lay just beneath their bedroom loft. If there was something outside, surely Papa would have heard it, he thought.

A cool mountain breeze moved the curtains and cleansed the cabin of the thick summer air. Their family’s cabin lay deep in the folds of Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Mountains, in the heart of the eastern coal region. Patrick and Sissy’s grandfather named the wooded hill where they lived “Shannon’s Hill” after the river in Ireland where he had made his living before coming to America during the Potato Famine of the 1840’s.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joe Harvey is currently a fourth grade teacher at Saucon Valley Elementary School in Hellertown, PA. He began his career teaching music. Joe received his bachelor’s degree in education from Millersville University and his Elementary K-6 certificate from DeSales University. He holds a Master of Arts from West Chester University and has conducted historical research in the field of musicology, identifying a lost symphony by the mid-nineteenth century American composer William Henry Fry. He is six credits shy of a Master of Education from DeSales University. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Kara. They have two children. Outside of teaching, Joe loves to read, write, play the guitar, watch the Iron Pigs and root for the Phillies.

From Blue Ground
Authored by Joe Harvey
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
150 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066546
ISBN-10: 1620066548
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Historical / United States / 19th Century

Coming Soon on Kindle

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/From-Blue-Ground-9781620…

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Dr. Arif Shaikh offers 365 healing tips for the mind, body, and soul

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunbury Press has released Healing Tips for the Mind, Body, and Soul by Arif M. Shaikh, MD.

ht_fcA Note from the Author:

How I see the world:

From where I sit and view the world, It helps me constantly change.

I become a physician because I wanted to help people, only to realize, that I cannot help anyone; but learn from everyone.

Someone once said, “If a doctor listens to the patient, the patient will tell him what is wrong. If a doctor listens more carefully, the patient will tell the doctor what he should do about it, and if the doctor listens more carefully, the patient will tell the doctor what is wrong with the doctor.”

I find this to be true.

I am reminded of Jesus saying, “Physicians thy heal themselves.”

Patients are just mirrors, showing me my sick self, and helping me grow personally.

I am grateful to each one for helping me be who I am. I love that.

Healing tips are basically what I learned from others and therefor like to share, hoping to have their input, so I may keep learning.

The letters I received are lot more powerful than the book I wrote.

This book is just a talk, but the letters from others are the walk, and the walk is much louder!

I thank my Creator, who helps me all along, especially my parents, my siblings, my wife, my children, co-workers, family, friends, my patient, and all humans in general.

About the Author:
Dr. Arif M. Shaikh graduated from the Ross University School of Medicine, Roseau, Dominica in 1987. He works in Steelton, PA and 1 other location and specializes in Family Medicine. Dr. Shaikh is affiliated with Penn State Milton S Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health at Harrisburg Hospital.

Praise for Healing Tips:

“You are my friend as well as my physician. The book Healing Tips is a plethora of information. Many talks we’ve shared over the years have brought to light and many pieces of advice for both of us. As Ben Franklin once said, ‘Something well done is better than well said.’”  —John Cavalier

“I loved your book Healing Tips. I have been meaning to tell you how beneficial my visits to you have been. Your book and your encouragement and overall positive approach have been profoundly helpful in restoring my self-image and providing insights into the root cause of my problem.” —Stan Stohl

“Thank you for your insightful book. It has been very helpful to me as I reflect on choices I have made in my life and the consequences and outcomes that have followed. The healing tips in your book, on your website and when I see you in the office make me realize some of the destructive behaviors I have allowed in my life and MY ability to make positive changes. It is no one else’s fault but mine if I can’t be happy. No one controls my happiness except me—I am the only person that can allow someone to take my happiness away.” —A. F.

Healing Tips for the Mind, Body, and Soul
Authored by Arif M Shaikh MD
List Price: $14.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on Cream paper
140 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066409
ISBN-10: 1620066408
BISAC: Body, Mind & Spirit / Healing / General

Coming soon on Kindle.

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Healing-Tips-for-the-Min…

What do Babe Ruth, Anne Bancroft, and Soupy Sales have in common? Gotham Graves

gg_fcSunbury Press has released Gotham Graves Volume One, Joe Farrell and Joe Farley’s first volume in their new series about famous people buried around New York City..

The Joes ventured to the Big Apple and its boroughs to visit the graves of the rich, famous, and infamous. This first volume of the Gotham Graves series focuses on those persons interred in and around New York City who were interesting figures in their times. Farrell and Farley have combed New York City to bring you the most entertaining biographies about interesting people buried in New York. Included in this volume:

• Louis Armstrong “What a Wonderful World”
• Anne Bancroft “And Here’s to You Mrs. Robinson”
• Nellie Bly “Lonely Orphan Girl”
• James Cagney “You Dirty Rat”
• George M. Cohan “Yankee Doodle Dandy”
• Jim Farley “As Maine Goes So Goes Vermont”
• Ulysses Grant “Uncle Sam”
• Alexander Hamilton “America’s Financial Founder”
• Billie Holiday “Lady Day”
• Harry Houdini “Master of Illusion”
• Alan King “King of Comedy”
• John Lennon “Give Peace a Chance”
• William Barclay “Bat” Masterson “The Batman”
• Gouverneur Morris “The Penman of the Constitution”
• Robert Moses “The Master Builder?”
• Joseph Petrosino “New York’s Finest”
• Grantland Rice “Granny”
• Jackie Robinson “42”
• George Herman “Babe” Ruth “The Sultan of Swat”
• Soupy Sales “A Pie in the Face”
• Al Smith “The Happy Warrior”
• Elizabeth Stanton “The Solitude of Self”
• Ed Sullivan “The Toast of the Town”
• Dave Van Ronk “The Mayor of MacDougal Street”

Gotham Graves Volume 1: Famous Graves Found Around New York City
List Price: $19.95
8″ x 10″ (20.32 x 25.4 cm)
Black & White on White paper
250 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620066706
ISBN-10: 162006670X
BISAC: History / United States / State & Local / Middle Atlantic

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/Gotham-Graves-Volume-1-9…