Category Archives: Book Release

Ignoring PTSD isn’t bliss, it is hell for sufferers and those around them

Veterans Day will soon be upon us, replete with ceremonies and remembrances for the 21 million-plus living U.S. heroes, as well as the deceased millions, who served in our nation’s legendary military. There will be much-deserved reverence, respect and joy for the brave and selfless, as well as their families.

That is exactly as it should be. Our bravest citizens should be celebrated, honored, and lifted up in gratitude by the billions of us who reap the reward called freedom they sowed for us.

At least one in every four veterans, and probably closer to one in three, won’t be able to enjoy their special day. No, a conservative estimate of somewhere in the neighborhood of 31 percent will be suffering. Not from physical injuries, but from invisible yet brutal scars on their souls and psyches. Continue reading Ignoring PTSD isn’t bliss, it is hell for sufferers and those around them

The Ripper’s Time is Published

Written By Mark Vogel

History professor Henry Willows is in love—in love with Catherine Eddowes, the fourth victim of Jack the Ripper. Although over a century distant, Henry’s obsession knows no bounds. With the aid of an ingenious physicist, Henry achieves his raison d’être: a means to travel back in time, stop the world’s most infamous serial killer, and save the woman he loves. But the fabric of time isn’t easy to change . . . and the Ripper has plans of his own. Continue reading The Ripper’s Time is Published

New Book Bob Porter “Soul Jazz”

Soul Jazz is a history of jazz and its reception in the black community in the period from the end of World War II until the end of the Vietnam War. Previous histories reflect the perspective of an integrated America, yet the United States was a segregated country in 1945. The black audience had a very different take on the music and that is the perception explored in Soul Jazz. Continue reading New Book Bob Porter “Soul Jazz”

History of Burlington City Told though Lives of its People in New Book Published by Stockton

The South Jersey Culture & History Center at Stockton University has released of its latest publication, “Burlington Biographies: A History of Burlington, New Jersey told through the Lives and Times of its People,” by Robert L. Thompson. This 558-page hardbound book takes a fresh look at many aspects of the city’s rich heritage and longstanding lore through a unique approach to writing local history. Continue reading History of Burlington City Told though Lives of its People in New Book Published by Stockton

Smoke Over Steamtown

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is pleased to announce the release of Smoke Over Steamtown by Dennis A. Livesey featuring an absorbing, behind-the-scenes look at locomotive history and the people who make it their passion.


Through Dennis A. Livesey’s camera lens, readers will experience the thrill of the steam railroad, a transportation system that dominated the USA for over 100 years and helped build a nation. In 131 photographs of Steamtown—a heritage railroad—see the billowing smoke and the flashing steel rods that turn enormous spoked wheels, hear the scream of the whistle, and listen as veteran railroaders share their stories and wisdom. Find out what it means to be in charge of the handbrake on a 400-passenger train as it begins a downhill descent. This book goes beyond train hardware and history, sharing stories so that those outside the railfan community can appreciate the importance of preserving this part of our history.

Size: 12″ x 9″ | 131 color and b/w images and illustrations | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764351273 | Binding: hard cover | $34.99

About the Author

Dennis A. Livesey has loved railroads since age three, when he saw a New Haven train in Mamaroneck, New York. A graduate of New York University Film School, he spent the first part of his career as an assistant cinematographer for top talents on award-winning TV shows and features, and later returned to his first love: train photography. His photographs have been published in national calendars, on magazine covers, and in feature articles in Trains and Railfan & Railroad magazines. His work has been recognized in the Center for Railroad Photography and Art’s prestigious annual awards program. A Manhattanite for decades, he has raised two children with his wife and ladylove, Mel.
About the Publisher
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. is a family-owned, independent publisher of high-quality books. Since 1974, Schiffer has published thousands of titles on the diverse subjects that fuel our readers’ passions. From our traditional subjects of antiques and collectibles, arts and crafts, and military history, Schiffer has expanded its catalog to publish books on contemporary art and artists; architecture and design; food and entertaining; the metaphysical, paranormal and folklore; and pop and fringe culture, as well as books for children. Visit to explore our backlist of more than 5,800 titles.

For Those Who Have to See Something Before They Believe It

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is pleased to announce the release of Haunted Historic Colonial Williamsburg Virginia: with Breakthrough Ghost Photography by Tim Scullion featuring groundbreaking ghostly photos of America’s largest living museum. This book is a look into a world we cannot see with the naked eye. The advanced electronics of the digital camera have become the eyes through which we can see evidence of the paranormal! Most ghosts, apparitions, phantoms, wraiths, or whatever you choose to call them, have an appearance like nothing you have ever imagined—are you ready for proof of an alternate reality?
Join ghost photographer and researcher Tim Scullion on a two-year tour of Colonial Williamsburg, America’s haunted historic city of ghosts. Visit 43 creepy locations where Scullion describes his paranormal odyssey to capture and explain each apparition, a bit of historical and paranormal background of the building it appears in or over, and insights about these ghostly beings that he has learned from careful observation. With more eighteenth-century buildings and homes than any other place in America, Scullion has learned the secret to consistently capturing ghostly apparitions of all kinds on camera. Examine 230 paranormal images that are beautiful, ugly (if not horrifying!), bizarre, and defy explanation. He also provides historic accounts, ghost sightings, and narrative, insights, and introspection for each location. Colonial Williamsburg is a hotspot for ghosts!Size: 7″ x 10″ | 246 color photos | 208 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350603 | Binding: soft cover | $19.99
About the Author
Tim Scullion specializes in fine art photography as well as the paranormal. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from William and Mary and is a published author/photographer. Among his works is a novel called Nick—which removes all of the commercial trappings of Christmas and takes the reader to a place where giving oneself is the real meaning of the holiday. Tim has written and illustrated a children’s book, called the Kids Forever Club, with an emphasis on safe and educational activities for parents to participate in with their children. He has also written a guitar instruction series of four books on advanced lead guitar.”About 5 years ago while working at Colonial Williamsburg as a tour guide, I was asked to give ghost tours. I was a profound skeptic about ghosts, but I did it because it sounded like fun. On these ghost tours, every once-in-a-while someone would take a photo (usually with just a cell phone) and capture something paranormal that no one could see with the naked eye. As a photographer myself I thought, if a random tourist could capture something on a cheap cell phone camera, what could I do with my equipment? So over the next two years I began to experiment with my techniques and with the technology. I began to get ghost photos of all shapes, sizes, and colors. Out of over 10,000 photos taken in a 2-year span, I have selected 230 of the very best to include in this book. I have classified these photos into three different categories:

  1. Geo-lights—apparitions of various colors and geometric shapes of light,
  2. Classic whites—with an appearance of a white, ephemeral face with eyespots and sometimes a nose and/or mouth feature, and
  3. Visages—faces with distinguishable human features. However, there are some photos which defy a rational description and for which I have no explanation—perhaps only God does.

The great thing about Colonial Williamsburg is that there is a concentration of ghosts here due to the area’s amazing history and its role in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. For those that are skeptical of the veracity of the photographs, I have set aside a folder of some of my best photos to be released at the proper time to be examined by experts so that they can determine that they have not been tampered with or altered in any way! This book not only is proof that life continues after death, but also that the forms that it can take are boundless. It has profoundly changed the way I look at life and death, and I believe that it will do the same for anyone that reads it. Existentialism is no longer a viable belief system; here is proof that there is life after death, along with an infinite number of questions that we know no answers to . . . yet!”—Tim Scullion

West Virginia Travelogue of Strange and Spooky Locations

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is pleased to announce the release of West Virginia’s Dark Tourism by Tony Urban featuring monsters, true crimes, strange history, and assorted oddities from the cities to mountains and “hollers.”

West Virginia is famous for its mountains, nature, and scenery, but it’s also a treasure trove for tourists who prefer to visit history’s darker and stranger side. Hitch along with the author as he visits over 60 West Virginia strange and spooky landmarks, including the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum and haunted Moundsville State Prison. Learn about Charles Manson’s childhood hometown, the “Hillbilly Black Dahlia,” and serial killer Harry Powers, whose story inspired Night of the Hunter. Haunted houses, colleges, and cemeteries, otherwordly alien encounters, cursed amusement parks, and more are explored in detail. You’ll even discover Bat Boy’s cave, Sasquatch’s hideouts, werewolf country, and read about the time Teddy Roosevelt went monster hunting. Each location is complete with visitor information and a bounty of odd history.
Size: 9 1/8″ x 8 1/8″ | 101 color photos | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350078 | Binding: hard cover | $24.99

About the Author
A professional photographer, writer and fan of general weirdness (both real and imagined), Tony has traveled tens of thousands of miles seeking out everything from haunted locations and UFO crash sites to monsters like Bigfoot and Sheepsquatch. In a previous life, he worked in the independent movie industry but he finds his current career much more exciting. A Pennsylvania native, Tony’s work has been published in books and magazines around the world. He can frequently be found driving his Jeep around the countryside in search of his next great adventure with his dogs and his best friend, Sharon, at his side.

Look for Tony at the following upcoming events:

10/29 Barnes & Noble Fall Spook-tacular in Morgantown

11/4 Pages & Light book launch party in Somerset from 4-7

11/5 Pages & Light book signing in Ebensburg from 12-2


Historic Postcards Showcasing Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is pleased to announce the release of Greetings from Gettysburg by David R. Craig and Mary L. Martin featuring historic postcards showcasing battlefields, monuments, statues, soldiers, town citizens, and beautiful landscape scenes.

Visit Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, showcased by 160 beautiful historic postcards, memorializing important and noteworthy scenes as though browsing a family picture album. The Battle of Gettysburg, fought from July 1 to July 3, 1863, with over 51,000 American casualties make this battle the single-most costly conflict fought within the United States. This book, however, is as much about the visitors to Gettysburg as it is about the soldiers and the battle struggles. See battlefields, monuments, statues, soldiers, town citizens, and beautiful landscape scenes and relive history via quotes from the writing that grace some of the greetings. Those who have been to the battlefield will recognize familiar places. For others, who have never spent time in this busy, yet tranquil, place, it will be like receiving postcards from a friend saying “wish you were here” or “Greetings from Gettysburg.”
Size: 11″ x 8 1/2″ | 160 b/w and color postcards | 96 pp
ISBN13: 9780764351723 | Binding: hard cover | $24.99

About the Author
David R. Craig is the great-grandson of a Civil War veteran, which interested him in becoming a history teacher. As the former mayor of Havre de Grace, he wrote a book about its history. While he was a State Senator, he served on the Maryland Civil War Commission. He currently serves as the Executive Director of World War I Centennial Commission, which oversees the celebration of the war in the state of Maryland for the next three years. David and his wife, Melinda, personally restored the 175-year-old Greek Revival home in which they live in Havre de Grace. Mary L. Martin, Ltd. is a the largest postcard operation in the world, based Perryville, Maryland.
Mary L. Martin, Ltd. is a the largest postcard operation in the world, based Perryville, Maryland.

Look for the author at the followign events:

10/12 Signing at the Bel Air Branch – Harford County Public Library

10/15 Signing at the Havre de Grace Oktoberfest – Hutchins Park

11/8 Signing at the York International Postcard Expo – York Fairgrounds, Horticultural Hall


ONE Antsy 5th-Grader! ONE Embarrassing Nickname! ONE Year to Change Things! ONE Way or Another, Ant Will Find

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., is pleased to announce the release of Just One Thing! by N. Viau with drawings by Timothy Young, a funny NEW middle-grade novel about that awesome (and awkward) final year of elementary school.

Every child about to enter middle school will be able to relate to this heart-warming, funny story. Anthony Pantaloni needs to figure out one thing he does well—one thing that will replace the Antsy Pants nickname he got tagged with on the first day of fifth grade, one good thing he can “own” before moving up to middle school next year. It seems that every kid at Carpenter Elementary has a claim to fame: Marcus is Mr. Athletic, Alexis is Smart Aleck, Bethany has her horse obsession, and even Cory is known as the toughest kid in the school. Ant tries lots of things, but nothing sticks! It doesn’t help that there are obstacles along the way—a baton-twirling teacher, an annoying cousin, and Dad’s new girlfriend, to name a few. Just One Thing!is chock full of hilarious adventures that will keep young readers cheering until the very end. For ages 8–12.

Size: 6″ x 9″ | 63 b/w drawings | 144 pp
ISBN13: 9780764351624 | Binding: hard cover | $12.99

About the Author and Illustrator
Nancy Viau no longer worries about finding her one thing, for she now has quite a few things she loves, like being a mom, writing, traveling, and working as a librarian assistant. She is the author of the picture books City Street BeatLook What I Can Do! and Storm Song, and an additional middle grade novel, Samantha Hansen Has Rocks in Her Head. Nancy grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and lives in South Jersey.
Timothy Young has done design work for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, the Muppets, Disney, the Simpsons, and Universal Studios. He is the author/illustrator of six published picture books including I Hate Picture Books! andThe Angry Little Puffin. He lives with his family on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Join Nancy and Tim for the official book launch party at the Hockessin Book Shelf Sunday, October 9 at 4:30. 

James Mondesir Announces Release of his First Fiction Book

Timely and important issues that people are dealing with such as excessive students’ college debt, immigration, assimilation and corporate greed are blended in James Mondesir’s debut book.  In “Sunrise” (published by Xlibris), Mondesir creates a protagonist who finds himself as he enters another transition in life. Continue reading James Mondesir Announces Release of his First Fiction Book