Friday, March 27, 2015

WEEKLY ROUND UP MARCH 27, 2015

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! As always, thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website, www.oaktreebooks.com/bookstore.html, for a complete list of all the great books we have available. But now, for your reading pleasure, our authors have news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs and more to share with you as we head into the Round-Up…

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Marilyn Meredith aka F. M., author of Violent Departures, will be with the Central Coast Sisters in Crime at the Nipomo Library on Saturday, March 28th, at 10 a.m. She’ll be presenting “How to Create a Mystery Series and Sustain It.”

"College student Veronica Randall, disappears from her car in her own driveway, everyone in the Rocky Bluff P.D. is looking for her. Detective Milligan and family move into a house that may be haunted. Officer Butler is assigned to train a new hire and faces several major challenges."





JoAnn Ainsworth, author of Expect Trouble, has been making out and about promoting herself and her books at numerous events. Below are a few of them:
4/04/15 10:00 a.m. to noon - Guest Speaker at the Rossmoor writers club, Walnut Creek, CA. The speech is entitled, "Crafting and Marketing Fiction in Today’s Publishing Atmosphere.”
3/29/15 - Savvy Authors Blog Article, “How to Write a Keynote Address. ( SavvyAuthors Learning Center - http://savvyauthors.com/blog/ ).



PAST EVENTS

Beryl Reichenberg, OTP children's book author and artist, was be at the Studios on the Park March 20, for her monthly book making class with school kids. The class featured making a butterfly book, talking about Monarch Butterflies and reading Beryl's book, Butterfly Girls. Classes are held after school from 3:30 to 4:30 at 1130 Pine in Paso Robles. Kids under 6 years old may need the help of a parent. 

Butterflies were also on the schedule for Beryl's class at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum in Santa Maria on Saturday, March 21 from 2 to 3 PM. Making a butterfly book combined with a reading of Beryl's book When Caterpillars Dream and talking about the life cycle of Monarch Butterflies were featured. 
 
Ann K. Howley, author of Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, had a terrific time giving her memoir-writing presentation on Saturday, March 21st at the Carnegie Downtown & Business Library in Pittsburgh. A great group were in attendance, great questions and lots of laughs filled the room.

Also, Ann K. Howley will be participating in the Women Read/Women Write conference on Sunday, March 29th at the Carnegie Music Hall from 11:30am -5:00pm in Carnegie, PA. Tickets are going fast!

http://womenreadwomenwrite.com

Miss Liberty, the only pig author on Amazon.com, showed up for breakfast recently with four bloody hooves and a red-streaked  stomach.
    Her horrified family thought a pack of coyotes had invaded her enclosure in rural Central Illinois.
    Carol Alexander, who co-wrote "The Big Squeal" with the literary pig, summoned help from Countryside Veterinary Service in Taylorville.
    Despite her wounds, a still frisky Miss Liberty refused help by taking refuge in her condo and trotting out of arm's reach. Finally veterinarian Meghan Ward grabbed her tail and injected a mild sedative.
    The diagnosis: a broken toe and irritated hooves and skin caused by harsh snow and ice and over-zealous leaps onto a dog igloo for exercise. Treatment turned into a spa interlude as toe nails were clipped and tusks trimmed. 
    Medics praised Miss Liberty's sparkling white teeth, attributed to "an apple a day." They declared the Amazon best-seller their "most stubborn" patient for initially refusing treatment.

BLAST FROM THE PAST
This week's Blast From the Past book is Lorna Collins' Ghost Writer. Read the synopsis from the book below.

"When unemployed computer programmer Nan Burton inherits a California beach cottage from her great-great-aunt, she’s delighted. But she’s in for a huge surprise: The house is haunted by the ghost of famous romance writer Max Murdoch (pen name Maxine DuBois) who insists Nan complete his last novel, threatening to keep her from sleeping until she agrees. The ensuing clash pits youth against the long-dead but still egotistical author with humorous and moving results."


BLOG CORRAL


"On March 26, 1875 a band of Mexican raiders attacked Nuecestown, a settlement near Corpus Christi. Some twenty men surrounded Thomas Noakes’s store, which was closed. Noakes shot the first raider who entered the door. The raiders set fire to the building, but Noakes escaped via a trapdoor to a trench he’d prepared for that purpose.
Violence had escalated between Mexicans, Tejanos and Anglos, a cycle of attacks and revenge killings. Isolated cattle ranches suffered rustling and murders, with one ethnic group and then another taking revenge for a previous outrage. Following the Nuecestown raid, two companies set out to pursue the raiders. The sheriff of Nueces County captured the bandit shot by Noakes; a mob soon lynched him."

Read more on Dac Crossley's blog 
New blog post on Lorna Collin's blog.
Also, join Lorna and her husband on March 29 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at The Cottage Gallery on Los Rios in San Juan Capistrano for the launch of Larry’s new sci-fi book, The McGregor Chronicles: Book 1 – Saving Mike. Enjoy food, entertainment, and the works of some terrific artists plus the ambiance of the historic Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano.


That wraps up the Round-Up for this week. I hope everyone enjoyed this week's Round-Up! I look forward to your emails!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stories that End Where They Begin


I have a fondness for stories that end where they begin. It could be in a similar setting, with identical characters, or showing the same activity. When a protagonist has completed his journey, undergone whatever change he has; when the story’s mystery has been solved, or its conflicts resolved, I find it clever and satisfying to have the story return, in some way, to where it began, albeit with everything changed.

What recent book have you read that ends where it began?

Douglass Seaver, Author                                                                                                                       The Fourth Rule

Friday, March 20, 2015

WEEKLY ROUND UP MARCH 20, 2015

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! As always, thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website, www.oaktreebooks.com/bookstore.html, for a complete list of all the great books we have available. But now, for your reading pleasure, our authors have news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs and more to share with you as we head into the Round-Up…

Need help choosing a great book to read? 


Check out our sample chapters on MANIC READERS! 


We have plenty to choose from.... Click on the title and you will be directed to a free read! These sample chapters will be updated frequently and new releases will also be featured: 



UPCOMING EVENTS
Join Lorna Collins and her husband on March 29 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at The Cottage Gallery on Los Rios in San Juan Capistrano for the launch of Larry’s new sci-fi book, The McGregor Chronicles: Book 1 – Saving Mike. In addition to the gallery artists, enjoy food and entertainment plus the ambiance of the historic Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano.Larry and I will appear together. He is launching his new sci-fi book, but we’ll have all our Start titles with us as well.





In honor of Women's History Month, the Carnegie Downtown & Business Library in Pittsburgh, PA has invited Ann K. Howley, author of Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, to present a memoir-writing workshop on Saturday, March 21st from 2:30 to 4:30pm.

Ann K. Howley is a Wonder Bread, middle-class girl who has never thrown a punch, is cursed with a big bottom, and who celebrated a personal milestone when she finally drummed up the nerve to call a crabby lady a b*tch.
She is a regular contributor to Pittsburgh Parent Magazine and her articles have appeared in publications nationwide, including in skirt! Magazine, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, LA Reader, the Mirror newspapers, Writer’s News Weekly, Clever Magazine, The Inkwell.



Mary Montague Sikes, author of Evening of the Dragonfly, will be at the Crossroads Art Center Open House in Richmond, VA today, the 20th.

This is the synopsis for Evening of the Dragonfly: "Threatening telephone calls and strange cars with dark-tinted windows plague artist/teacher Farrah Ferand. Recovering from the tragic loss of her mother, Farrah is trying to adapt to the life of a small-town art teacher when she encounters Dirk Lawrence, a mysterious stranger. Her attraction to him is immediate and electric until Farrah discovers Dirk is part of the Lawrence and Pendesky investment firm that led to her mother's downfall a few years earlier. Farrah's not too perfect dating relationship with Tom Douglas, the town favorite football coach, worsens. An unexpected encounter leads to dates with Dirk and his help with the construction of a dream art studio in her rented house. But trouble looms with Tom who believes he and Farrah are engaged, and the entire town appears to be drawn in. Haunting dreams and lost memories overwhelm Farrah as she creates paintings for a one-person art show. Will shadows of the past ruin all hope for Farrah and Dirk?"


Ken Oxman, author of Reluctant Assassin, will be giving a book talk at The Lapham Center in New Canaan, CT., March 31st at 10.30am. This is the excerpt from Reluctant Assassin: "Meet U.S. Navy Lieutenant Nathan Blake. He’s a government hit man, one of the best…and he wants out. It’s December 1941 and America is at war.

Blake wants to fight the war as a sea-going officer, but he is much too good at killing up close and his covert navy department will do what is necessary to keep him busy.

He’s deceived into eliminating a lascivious Nazi general in North Africa, who has got hold of information damaging to the Allies, and a top German double agent in Singapore who wants to expose the Allies Far-Eastern spy network."






PAST EVENTS 
The Tucson Festival of Books was this past weekend! We saw many people, spoke and networked, as well as sold a good amount of books! All of the oak tree authors in attendance were thrilled with the outcome and we have posted pictures of the event in an earlier post, which can assessed at this link http://otpblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/our-tucson-festival-recap-and-pics.html
We look forward to next year's festival and the opportunities it will provide!





Lucy Walton put Carry Me Home and the article "Top 10 Tips for Writing YA Fiction" in Female First, which is UK's largest independently-owned lifestyle, fashion, shopping and beauty news website. In the article, Tara Willis shares her top 10 tips to reaching the younger audience when writing a novel. She gives such tips as not providing too much screen to parental figures in books because young readers do not want a lot preachy, parental figures, and creating believable characters that are relatable to young people.
 




Tekla Dennison Miller, author of Mother Rabbit, presented at the Day Break Rotary at the Durango Colorado Recreation Center this past Wednesday. She spoke about her book, which covers the life of a women, who is caught in a dilemma during the 1960's: "living according to traditional societal mores and pursuing the promises of the feminist movement. Alyce’s stint as the Bunny Mother is set during a particularly turbulent era when even such a secluded environment as Playboy is affected by the Vietnam War, the Apollo I tragedy and back ally abortions. Her story pays tribute to the women who had the courage to break free from the oppressive standards of the day while also dealing with the universal dilemmas of single mothers including abuse, financial crises, the special difficulties of parenthood and the quest for self-fulfillment."


BLAST FROM THE PAST
This week's Blast from the Past book is Blind Buddy and Mojo's Blues Band by Nan Mahon. Nan was a journalist before becoming a writer. Currently, she teaches others how to write and is a board member with a local library group. "A side of the blues… From a dive in Memphis to Carnegie Hall, blues music has no permanent address. Guitarist and singer Blind Buddy O’Brian is fighting his way back to the top of the musical hill where he was before years of drugs and alcohol kept him in the low rent district. A new hit recording rising on the charts is overshadowed by the murder of his band’s singer. Then, police tell Buddy he could be the next victim ...

Buddy is side tracked by a cheating manager, a designing female police detective, and his own pride and arrogance. In spite of the best efforts of his girlfriend, Ivy, and his dog, Mojo, Buddy finds himself on the bad side of the blues."

BLOG CORRAL

April Knight gave feedback about her recent book that was published, Dig the Grave First. She is a bit overjoyed, to say the least. Here is the statement: "It feels like Christmas to have my latest book released! It was so much fun writing "Dig the Grave First,"  I became very attached to all the characters and I found myself wishing the hero, Grayson Mac Gregor was really going to wisk me away to his wee cottage in Scotland. I am very grateful to everyone at Oak Tree Press for all the time and work and effort they put into publishing my book and putting a big smile on my face." We at Oak Tree are happy that we put a smile on your face and assisted you in the process of publishing your book!


That wraps up the Round-Up for this week. I hope everyone enjoyed this week's Round-Up! I look forward to your emails!

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