Friday, April 24, 2015

WEEKLY ROUND UP APRIL 24, 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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NEW RELEASES
 
Tom Coffey's newest book, Bright Morning Star, was recently published by OTP on the 20th of this month! To kick this off, he will be having an event in early May. On Monday, May 4, Tom will be reading from the book at 2A, a literary bar in New York City's East Village. The reading is at 7:30 pm, and if anybody stumbles into the place, they should be aware that the readings are on the second floor.





UPCOMING EVENTS


Ann K. Howley, author of Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, will be one of the featured speakers at an upcoming event. She will be speaking at the "Live Well: A Conference for Women Nurturing Body, Mind and Spirit" event on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Christ United Methodist Church in Bethel Park, PA.
She hopes to see many people there!







Beryl Reichenberg, OTP children’s picture book author, will be at the Santa Maria Discovery Museum on Saturday April 25 at 3 PM to help children make a Spring Flower Book and talk about butterflies and wildflowers. She also will be selling and signing her books. Children under the age of 7 may need help with an adult. Sounds like the kids in Santa Maria will have a blast!



PAST EVENTS


Douglas Seaver, author of The Fourth Rule, had this to say about his recent event!
"Palm Beach Peril was great—over 300 people attended. Standing room only! Here’s a pic of Lisa Scottoline with yours truly. Lisa was funny and high energy, Oline Cogdill, the moderator, was thoughtful and articulate, and Stacy Alesi of the Delray Beach Library ran a smooth, hassle free event."




Thonie Hevron, author of By Force or Fear and Intent to Hold appeared on Barbara M. Hodges' blogtalkradio podcast-Red River Radio's No Limits on April 21. Click on the link to listen to the interview. Thonie's is in the last 30 minutes.












 

Richard Marranca, author of Dragon Sutra, was reelected in March for position of Trustee of NJ College English Association. His poem about traveling in Asia was just accepted by Rockhurst Review. And he's working on another novel and finishing up a collection of stories.

Way to go on the election and your poem, Richard!

 



BLAST FROM THE PAST


This week's Blast From The Past is F. M. Meredith's, An Axe To Grind.
Check out the book's description below!:
"Set in a small So CA beach town, an imaginative stalker's decapitation sends Detectives Milligan and Marshall on an investigation of the stalker's family, his victim and her family. When Doug strikes out on his own to corner the murderer and no one knows where he went, Stacey frantically tries to find him. She almost comes to a dead end, when his beloved MG is found in the lagoon on the Santa Barbara college campus."







BLOG CORRAL
Today I blogged about British actress Pauline Collins (no relation). Find out why I am so impressed with her work.

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Tara Willis, author of Carry Me Home, has recently been featured on an online blog, The Edible Bookshelf by DelSheree Gladden. Here is the link: http://theediblebookshelf.blogspot.com/201504/interview.tara-willis.html
Check out her other feature on Lucy Walton-Lange from Female First. Check it out here: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/carry-me-home-tara-willis-680051.html.
 



 

Good morning! And welcome to Texas's number one holiday: San Jacinto day. But what do we know?


Enjoy the Spring weather,


-Dac Crossley



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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Is Theatrical Reading Beneficial?

In my relatively short time as an Oak Tree Press author (Druids & Scratch), I am finding that there are worthy opportunities for events and sales where story-related themes are concerned. On May 3rd I will perform another theatrical reading of Scratch – a tale of a legendary tomcat’s quest to save his onetime clan from a gruesome fate. The story speaksout strongly regarding animal and human relations. So, at the upcoming Book Barn event in Niantic, CT on May 3rd, the owner is inviting some animal rescue groups to speak to our audience and will also have some rescue dogs & cats there available for responsible adoption. We may also have on hand a state rep who is a strong proponent of animal rights issues. She will speak to the crowd. It all ties in directly with my book which will be on sale. 

Recently, the city of New London, CT started a fundraising drive to support its public library. So I ran another event – reading passages from both novels at the Bean & Leaf/Carmelo’s CafĂ© – where the city mayor and library director both spoke on the value of literacy. I termed the event “Literacy & Arts” in New London and also invited Connecticut artist, Katie Loyd (who designed both covers for my books) to display and sell her works there. In keeping with the theme of animals/fantasy literature, other local artists also displayed and sold work at this event. We crammed the place with a highly appreciative crowd and all of us made out well with the theme and sales. Just saying that theme-related events can benefit everyone – including Oak Tree  authors!

-Nicholas Checker

Friday, April 17, 2015

WEEKLY ROUND UP APRIL 17, 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


Amy Bennett will be at the Alamogordo Downtown Merchants Association Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 17th (today!), signing copies of all three of her Black House Campground mystery novels! Also, on the 20th, she has been invited invited to speak to the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School in El Paso, TX. One of their 8th grade students recently won first prize at a literary fair for her report on Amy's first novel, “End of the Road” and, when the principal discovered that the student was related to the author (she’s Amy's niece!) they asked me to come speak to the students about being a writer and how a book gets published. See this week’s Back Deck Blog for Amy's post about my young readers: http://amymbennettbooks.blogspot.ca/2015/04/kids-say-darnedest-things.html
 




Channing Whitaker is planning a couple events for his newly released book, Until the Sun Rises: One Night in Drake Mansion, for this coming weekend. He will be having a book release party and signing event on Friday April 17th (today!), in Iowa City, IA, at Brix Cheese Shop and Wine Bar, from 6pm - 9pm. The following day, he will be having another book signing on Saturday April 18th, in Centerville, IA, at Morgan’s Ice Cream Parlor, from 2pm - 5pm.





Douglass Seaver, author of The Fourth Rule, is excited to announce that he will be one of five debut thriller authors selected by the International Thriller Writers to join New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline on April 17 at the Palm Beach Peril. This major event will introduce Lisa’s latest noel, Every Fifteen Minutes, and will include readings, a panel discussion and book signings. Douglass will be there to discuss and sign copies of The Fourth Rule. The event will be held at the Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library in Delray Beach, FL beginning at 2 p.m. If you are in the area, please join them!
Date: April 17, 2015 02:00PM
Venue: Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library in Delray Beach, FL
Location: The United States



PAST EVENTS



Robert Weibezahl, author of The Dead Don't Forget, returns to his literary project: reading the complete works of Graham Greene. Here's his new blog entry, on Greene's debut novel, The Man Within.
Also, Listen to an interview with Robert Weibezahl about the forthcoming audio recording of his short story, "Objet D'Art":






Ronald Wendling updated us with new information: "My memoir, UnsuitableTreasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past, was released on April 6th.The images at the end of each chapter were scanned from my family photo album by Christopher O. Dixon, Archival Research Historian at the Drexel Library of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, who also took the back cover photograph.

Chris also contributed his remarkable photographs of red-tailed hawks on the Saint Joseph’s campus to a book entitled Crimson and Gray recently published by SJU Press. Members of the campus community are known as Hawks and “Crimson and Gray,” the school colors, were the names given to two red tailed hawks followed by a “Hawk Cam” as, nesting in a campus tree,they became the proud parents of two baby hawks, “Iggy” and “Swoop”!"

Robert Richter, author of Something for Nothing, has an event to invite you all to. He is doing a book promotion and would like y'all to join. Here is what he had to say, "I recently did a podcast interview with George Puckett for his website on retiring in Mexico. I talk about my books and characters and Mexico in general. I hope you’ll check it out.
                     http://www.choosemexicotoretire.com/
While you’re at it, please check out my book page on Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Richter/e/B001K80Z1K/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
If you read one of my books, please feel free to write a review for the book page on Amazon or on Goodreads or any other book website you use. .
Here’s a review of Something Like A Dream:  http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/4197-something-like-a-dream"

The Big Squeal author Liberty the Pig felt like one of Beryl Reichenberg's social butterflies when a distingished visitor from Moscow, Russia came to America's heartland.

 
A few months ago, Svetlana Gorokhova accepted Miss Liberty's true story about Mr. Lincoln in his lawyering days for the permanent collection at the All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature. Wanting to walk in Mr. Lincoln's footprints, Svetlana came to America recently and explored the locale of Abe and Liberty. During a packed schedule, Svetlana chatted about Liberty's memoir with Cory Jobe, the new Illinois Director of Tourism, and with distinguished professors at the Mortenson Center of the University of Illinois Library in Champaign-Urbana.
 
The Big Squeal now delights patrons of the Children's Library at the U of I. Susan Schnuer, far right, holds the book after a round table discussion on Lincoln history and the importance of libraries as global cultural centers.




BLAST FROM THE PAST





This week, the book to be featured for the Blast From The Past is Carl Moen's, The Last of the Railroad Police. In the 1950s, Chicago was a great railroad center, and its Proviso yard was the largest in the world.
Times were hard in the Eisenhower Fifties, and I had a young family. When I heard it would pay $80 a month more, I had to take it on.
Looking back, it surprises me that I lived through it all: the fights, the gun play, arson, even a brush with the mafia. More dangerous were men so anxious to carry a gun, they’d work the job for nothing.







BLOG CORRAL
Lorna Collins recently invited Marilyn Meredith to discuss writing about ghosts on her blog. Check out her blog for that spooky tale and other interesting topics! http://tinyurl.com/ksu4c97






Have you ever wondered what the effects of an April Fools joke are? Check out Rabbi Ilene Schneider's (author of Chanukah Guilt) latest blog posting on the unintended consequences of an April Fools joke. http://rabbiauthor.com/2015/04/13/the-jokes-on-me/






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