Hello from Peschel Press Dear Reader; Our publishing philosophy is simple: We publish books that we’re passionate about, no matter the subject. This gives us a diverse line: annotated popular works, guides to sewing cloth grocery bags, a dictionary on the meanings of flowers and gems, and even our own fiction. The new year is shaping up to be our biggest ever. We’ll further open up Odessa Moon’s “Steppes of Mars” world with “The White Elephant of Panschin,” and Teresa will have another book about sewing with “Notquilts.” Skye Kingsbury is working on a book of divination to help fantasy writers build their worlds. And Bill, when he’s not running the business, is writing novellas and novels in the mystery, horror, and thriller genres. It promises to be an exciting journey in 2019, and we would like you to join us. Sign up for our newsletter at www.peschelpress.com, or visit our booth at Hershey events. If you want to chat, reach us at [email protected] Bill & Teresa Peschel
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The Bride from Dairapaska On a terraformed Mars, an abused wife risks all to save her family and change the world On a terraformed Mars, young Debbie Miller was sent far from her rural village as part of a marriage compact between the rulers of two demesnes. A peasant who knew only obedience, she accepted her duty to bear her husband’s children and work alongside him. But when they were sent to build a village in a barren patch of nowhere, her abusive husband forces her to take action. She flees with her children and their dog into the vast open steppes where dying was preferable to life with him. Debbie only wanted to escape, but her encounter with the Steppes Riders, and especially Yannick of Kenyatta, unwittingly ignites changes that attract the attention of Mars’ ruling families. Left to her own resources, Debbie must adapt to her new life and figure out how to defend her adopted people. The Steppes of Mars series imagines a transformed world where a disaster on Earth decades ago cut off all contact with its wealth and resources. Experience a Mars where its genetically modified inhabitants have developed their own cultures, beliefs, and religions. A semi-feudal world where ruling families control vast demesnes under a central government at Barsoom. A world of limited resources where train travel is possible but cars and planes are not. A world of free-cities — open and domed — villages, vast fields and steppes, and people banding together to survive and thrive in this harsh new world. About the Author Odessa Moon has painted, sewed, served in the Navy, worked as a sales clerk and cashier, cared for her family, and gardened with enthusiasm. While growing up, she read piles of science-fiction and fantasy, and she continues to read extensively, especially on subjects like medieval history, the class struggle, colonization, and resource depletion.
A Dictionary of Flowers and Gems Discover the language of flowers & the power of gemstones Sunflowers for health and lavender for chastity; Chrysanthemums for wealth and bachelor’s buttons for celibacy.
For every emotion and feeling the Victorians used flowers, bushes, and trees to express it. Not just love, attraction, and desire, but also doubt, indifference, slander, and cruelty. They created beautiful bouquets and tussie mussies to express their connection to the natural world and feelings — not all of them pleasant — to each other. We’re rediscovering this bygone way to communicate our deepest thoughts and emotions and “A Dictionary of Flowers and Gems” can help. We’ve taken 2,000 plants, supplied their scientific name, and arranged them from Aaron’s Beard ([Hypericum calycinum]: Invincibility, Protection) to Zinnia, yellow ([Zinnia]: Daily remembrance, Remembrance). We also resorted the plants according to emotions, such as Abandonment: Anemone (Zephyr Flower), Field Anemone, Grape, Japanese Anemone (Windflower), Jasmine Anemone, Red Anemone, Wildflower Anemone, and Zeal: (Elderberry, Wake-robin (Arum)). Finally, we created specialty lists to cover emotions such as courtship, love and affection, beauty, and refusal, making it easier to create themed bouquets and gardens. There are also lists for color connections, birth month flowers and anniversary flowers, making this the most useful flower reference on the market. A bonus section lists more than 400 gems and crystals and their associated powers and benefits. See which ones strengthen the chakras, encourage feelings of peace and calmness, radiate love, and fortify selfconfidence. “A Dictionary of Flowers and Gems” provides an easy-to-use reference for quick consultations for practitioners of the floral and gemstone arts.
Sew Cloth Grocery Bags
Make Your Own in Quantity For Yourself, For Gifts, And For Sale
Strengthen Your Life Against an Uncertain Future
Coming in early 2019!
Plastic grocery bags are on their way out. They’re a littering hazard and a terrible use of limited resources. Many communities have passed laws banning them, and stores have taken to charging you for them. The solution: Make your own tough, high-quality bags from cloth. Cloth bags can be washed, repaired, and will last you a lifetime. They are also not hard to make if you have a sewing machine and basic sewing skills. “Sew Cloth Grocery Bags” is the onestop solution where you can learn to make dozens of bags using either a simple “boxed” bag or the elegant and slightly more involved tailored bag. Author Teresa Peschel, an expert sewer who has made hundreds of these bags for her Peschel Press publishing business, sits down with you and describes in detail and with shortcuts how you can take new or salvaged fabric and turn them into sturdy and sellable cloth grocery bags. She describes the process from beginning to end: ● How to source your material from fabric stores and thrift shops ● How to prepare them for sewing ● Figuring out where to cut the panels with minimal waste fabric left over ● What to use for the straps ● How to sew many bags at a time without losing your mind. Peschel also provides you with expert-level advice for unusual situations such as piecing together bags from scraps, fabric that bunches up while sewing, and dealing with fabric that has a clear direction. There are even chapters on setting up your own business selling bags at craft shows and art fairs. “Sew Cloth Grocery Bags” is an easy-to-understand guide to making grocery bags that can help you make a more sustainable future for you and your family.
It’s our paradox for the 21st century. The richer we’ve grown in material goods, the less we seem able to cope. We have access to borrowed money, but we can’t save $500 for an emergency. Many families are one paycheck from financial disaster, yet the culture discourages us from saving money. We’re told to spend more, even to go into debt for a new car, an oversized home, or a college education. We’re bankrupting our future to pay interest on our past spending. We’ve become slaves to debt. “Suburban Stockade” is Teresa Peschel’s manifesto/memoir about her quest to drop out of the rat race, embrace her peasant ancestry, and prepare her family for an uncertain future. She describes how our emphasis on a consumer economy and cheap goods blinded us to the personal and moral costs of economic growth. To pursue material wealth, we’re taught to ignore the value of family, friends, and community, and the pleasures of a comfortable home and good food. Peschel describes how to win by paying down debts, saving money, buying a home we can age in, and keeping ourselves secure. Although not a how-to book, Peschel describes how she cut expenses through simple tasks such as insulating her home, hanging laundry, searching for mongo and obtainium, and effective grocery shopping. “Suburban Stockade” will teach you the value of organization, public libraries, heating and cooling your home through the Window Dance, enhancing your home’s natural light, installing hedges and fences to improve your privacy, learning the rudiments of sewing and cooking, and grocery shopping like a Jedi master. “Suburban Stockade” is a manifesto, a polemic, and a chat with your smart neighbor over coffee about your families’ futures. Peschel dares you to build your suburban stockade by not playing the game where the rules are set by corporations and economists and rigged by politicians and the media.
The 223B Casebook Series Reprints of classic and newly discovered fanfiction written during Arthur Conan Doyle’s lifetime, with original art plus extensive historical notes. The Early Punch Parodies of Sherlock Holmes ● Parodies, pastiches, book reviews, cartoons, and jokes from 1890 to 1928. ● Includes 17-story cycle by R.C. Lehmann. ● Two parodies by P.G. Wodehouse, and a short story by Arthur Conan Doyle. ● Essays on Punch, Lehmann, Wodehouse, and an interview with Conan Doyle. 281 pages. Victorian Parodies & Pastiches: 1888-1899 With stories by Conan Doyle, Robert Barr, Jack Butler Yeats, and J.M. Barrie. 279 pages.
Great War Parodies and Pastiches I: 1910-1914 With stories by O. Henry, Maurice Baring, and Stephen Leacock. 362 pages.
Edwardian Parodies & Pastiches I: 1900-1904 With stories by Mark Twain, Finley Peter Dunn, John Kendrick Bangs, and P.G. Wodehouse. 390 pages.
Great War Parodies and Pastiches II: 1915-1919 With stories by Ring Lardner, Carolyn Wells, and a young George Orwell. 390 pages.
Edwardian Parodies & Pastiches II: 1905-1909 With stories by ‘Banjo’ Paterson, Max Beerbohm, Carolyn Wells, and Lincoln Steffens. 401 pages.
Jazz Age Parodies and Pastiches I: 1920-1924 With stories by Dashiell Hammett, James Thurber, and Arthur Conan Doyle. 353 pages.
The Casebook of Twain and Holmes Beloved Humorist. Best-Selling Author. Consulting Detective. Meet Mark Twain like you never knew him. Now it can be told: Mark Twain knew Sherlock Holmes. And Dr. Watson. And Mycroft Holmes. And Irene Adler. In these seven stories, Mark Twain seeks Holmes' to get out of paying blackmail over his dirty manuscript, nearly gets poisoned by arsenic, goes grave-robbing, and runs a boxing scam. But that's not the only trouble he finds in Holmes' world. He meets the young noble idiot Watson in Gold Rush San Francisco's Chinatown, explains why a young Mycroft Holmes kept him from telling everything about Tangier in “The Innocents Abroad,” and as for Irene Adler and the duel in Heidelberg -- well, Sherlock wasn't the only man who underestimated her. Bill Peschel, the Pulitzer-Prize winning editor, uncovers the Mark Twain the biographers missed. With his characteristic wit and verve, Twain late in life recounted these stories as part of his autobiography, then at the last minute scrawled BURN THESE on the box and gave them to his maid. More than a hundred years later, they turned up at a Carlisle, Pa., farm auction. As he did with the annotated editions of Agatha Christie's novels, Peschel transcribed the manuscripts, added explanatory notes and contemporary art, but mostly got out of the way to let Twain tell his wild tales about Sherlock and company. You'll never look at Conan Doyles' stories the same. The book contains seven short stories: four featuring Holmes, and one each featuring Watson, Mycroft Holmes, and Irene Adler. They were first published in the eight-volume 223B Casebook series featuring Sherlockian parodies and pastiches from Arthur Conan Doyle's lifetime.
The Complete, Annotated Series
The Rugeley Poisoner Series
Classic novels by Agatha Christie & Dorothy Sayers with exclusive material and footnotes
Meet the murderer who inspired Christie and Sayers
The Complete, Annotated Whose Body? Dorothy L. Sayers Sayers’ first novel introduces the witty Lord Peter Wimsey investigating the mystery of the body in the bath. Three maps and essays on notorious crimes, anti-Semitism, Sayers and Wimsey, plus two timelines. 282 pages.
The Complete, Annotated Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie Mystery’s most auspicious debut, Christie was only 25 when she introduced Hercule Poirot! With essays on Poirot, Christie, strychnine, women during the war, plus chronology and book lists. 352 pages.
The Deluxe Complete, Annotated Secret Adversary Agatha Christie Christie’s conspiracy thriller in which Tommy and Tuppence —based on herself and her husband?—fight socialists plotting to ruin England! With art from the newspaper edition and essays on thrillers and her 11-day disappearance and more! 478 pages.
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The Illustrated Life and Career of William Palmer (1856) ● Gossip about Palmer, racing scams, and London’s fleshpots. ● More than 50 restored woodcuts. ● Excerpts from Palmer’s love letters. 225 pages.
The Times Report of the Trial of William Palmer (1856) ● The Times’ trial transcript edited, corrected, & annotated. ● More than 50 original woodcuts restored to betterthan-new condition. 426 pages.
The Life and Career of Dr. William Palmer of Rugeley (1925) ● Written by a doctor who interviewed witnesses and jurors. ● Rare photos and art. ● Essays on Palmer’s impact on culture, strychnine, and Rugeley. 227 pages. The trial in London’s Old Bailey, from “The Times Report of the Trial of William Palmer.”
Visit Us in 2019 We’ll be at a number of festivals and book fairs in the coming year. Be sure to check our website (www.peschelpress.com) to confirm the details and dates of these appearances. We’ll be adding new events throughout the year. We’d love to see you there! May: Hershey ArtFest and Flower Show, downtown. June: Hershey CultureFest, downtown. November: Winter Arts Show, Hershey High School. December: Shippensburg Book Festival
Coming in 2019 We’ve got many books planned for late 2018-early 2019. Warning: These projects are in the writing and editing process, so actual production times may vary. You know how writers are. Jazz Age Parodies and Pastiches II: 1925-1930 The final book in the 223B Casebook series, ending with Conan Doyle’s passing. Contains stories by Edgar Wallace, Corey Ford, Frederic Door Steele, Stephen Leacock, and August Derleth. Plus: A Mark Twain / Sherlock pastiche by Bill Peschel. The White Elephant of Panchin by Odessa Moon. The second novel in the “Steppes of Mars” series features Airik Shelleen, the ruler of the demesne, and his adventures incognito in the domed city of Panchin. Deadstock by Bill Peschel (novella, ebook only): It was meant to be a day of peace, love, and music at the Heartsicle Music Festival. But bad water turns the attendees into ravening zombies, and musicians have to survive their ravenous fans if they want to play again another day. Man Out of Time by W.T. Peschel (novella, ebook only): What happens when Christopher Marlowe time-travels to contemporary New York City? An outrageous romantic comedy featuring sword fights, grand theft, social media madness, and a happy ending!
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