Monthly Archives: February 2013

Korean War murder mystery & legal drama subject of Joseph Carvalko’s “We Were Beautiful Once”

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released Joseph Carvalko’s novel “We Were Beautiful Once”; a murder mystery and legal drama set during the Korean War

We Were Beautiful Once

We Were Beautiful Once

ABOUT THE BOOK:
“We Were Beautiful Once” is a psychologically complex courtroom novel that builds an intriguing web of events, creating a sustained sense of anticipation from chapter to chapter in the mold of John Grisham’s The Pelican Brief, where trial lawyer Nick Castalano tries to uncover the fate of Roger Girardin, MIA during the Korean War, and discovers he may have been murdered in a POW camp by Trent Hamilton, a politician (sights on becoming governor) and businessman. Before the war, Jack O’Conner, Hamilton, Girardin and Julie, Girardin’s girlfriend and Jack’s sister, hung out. In part the story follows the lives of the survivors, who after the war, with Roger’s disappearance and Jack and Trent having spent years in a North Korean hell-hole, change dramatically, notably Jack goes through life teetering on the edge of insanity (believing he may have killed Girardin) and that his murderous act will be discovered by his sister, who waits her entire life for Roger’s return.

REVIEW:
Carvalko writes with such convincing realism and lyricism that I was at once brought into the landscape of his literary vision and grip of his storytelling.  His prose is wiry and wise, steely yet soulful. His tales are tethered to real life, lived and thoroughly pondered.  In right light, he is a cross between James Patterson and Scott Turow, only wiser and much more generous. — Da Chen, New York Times bestselling author of “Colors of the Mountain,” a memoir, “Brothers,” a novel, and “My Last Empress,” a novel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joseph Carvalko is an American writer, lawyer born in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The novel, We Were Beautiful Once, Chapters from a Cold War was inspired by a case he tried in Federal Court to locate a Korean War POW. In addition to numerous professional and academic writing, other of his publications include: The Techno-Human Shell-A Jump in the Evolutionary Gap (2012), which details the rapid rise in cyborg-like technology; A Road Once Traveled, Life from All Sides (2007); and A Deadly Fog (2004). In 2012, he was one of two finalists for the 2012 Red Mountain Press Prize for Poetry, for The Interior, A Memoir; and one of three finalists for the 2012 Esurance Poetry prize, for his poem “The Road Home.” When he is not writing, he plays jazz piano. He, his wife Susie, and four cats live between the Connecticut and Florida coastal areas.

We Were Beautiful Once: Chapters from a Cold War
Authored by Joseph Carvalko
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
352 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061718
ISBN-10: 1620061716
BISAC: Fiction / Legal

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/We-Were-Beautiful-Once-C…

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Former slaves battle the Klan in this Reconstruction-era action adventure by Lane Heymont

Mechanicsburg, PA – Sunbury Press has released Lane Heymont’s debut novel pitting two former slaves against the Ku Klux Klan in this post-Civil War era action adventure novel “The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff.”

The Freedman and the Pharaoh's Staff

The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Jeb, a former slave, rescues his brother-in-law Crispus from the Ku Klux Klan, pulling him into a world of Creole Voodoo, hatred, time travel, and redemption. The two brothers-in-law set out to stop Verdiss and his Klan followers from using the Pharaoh’s Staff, a magical artifact from ancient Egypt. Soon, Jeb and Crispus learn Verdiss’ diabolical plan and discover that he is working for an even more evil force. In the end Jeb and Crispus must stop the eradication of an entire people and each must find redemption for his own past sins.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Lane Heymont was born in Pennsylvania. He has been a lifelong reader and writer. As a child, his grandfather would pay him $5 to read the best literature had to offer. Such titles included “Ivanhoe”, “the Iliad”, “the Odyssey”, “A Tale of Two Cities”, and more. Ironically, as a lover of fantasy and medieval adventures…he hated “Ivanhoe” with a passion.
He earned a BA in Liberal Arts with a focus on literature and history. He also holds a double minor in psychology and business. After college, Lane turned his focus back to writing. He has several short stories published and his debut novel, “The Freedman and the Pharaoh’s Staff” is his debut novel.

Lane belongs to a number of professional organizations including the Horror Writers Association, the Historical Novel Society, the Association of Writers & Writing Programs along with the National Writers Union. He also belongs to the Infinite World of Fantasy Authors.

When Lane’s not writing stories, he writes freelance for various websites on a range of topics. He focuses mainly on science, astrophysics, environmental studies, including Global Warming.

He currently attends Harvard University in Extension, pursuing an MLA in creative writing.

The Freedman and the Pharoah’s Staff
Authored by Lane Heymont
List Price: $16.95
5.5″ x 8.5″ (13.97 x 21.59 cm)
Black & White on White paper
286 pages
Sunbury Press, Inc.
ISBN-13: 978-1620061626
ISBN-10: 1620061627
BISAC: Fiction / Historical

For more information, please see:
http://www.sunburypressstore.com/The-Freedman-and-the-Pha…

Also available on Kindle and Nook