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Friday, February 12, 2016

Weekly Roundup: February 12, 2015

Welcome again to the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! We had another great week of guest posts from our authors, and we hope you read them all. Serita Stevens posted about collaborations and safeguarding one's worth as a writer. Nancy LiPetri also joined in this week to share a hobby and talked about how they sometimes make their way into her fiction. Then on Wednesday, Walter Luce provided some tips and encouragement for author marketing.

Be sure to catch up if you missed any of these interesting additions to our blog, and please feel free to leave your comments and questions for the authors and the OTP community.

It's Valentine's Day weekend, and love is in the air. You'll find stories about love in our romances, of course, but you'll also find it in many of our thrillers, mysteries, westerns, memoirs, and even paranormal tales. Let your inner romantic out to play this weekend by diving into some romantic suspense, a story about love found and love lost (and maybe found again), or a good mystery where a lover is at the top of the list of suspects. You'll truly find it all in the OTP bookstore. And don't forget—nothing says love like the gift of a good book!

Thank you for stopping by for the roundup this week. Here as always, for your reading pleasure, we have the week's news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs, and more from our authors to share with you.


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REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

Mary Montague Sikes was interviewed on the Neal Steele's show on XTRA 99.1 FM on Monday, January 8. On the show, Mary talks about the title, plot, and heroine of her most recent book, Evening of the Dragonfly.

The host calls the book's plot "an amazing scenario" and probes Mary to describe her writing process and the evolution of the novel from start to finish. Mary also talks about the writing projects she's working on now.

You can listen to the full interview here.

In the novel, 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?  

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Two more OTP authors were recently been featured on the promotional site Ebook Bump. The site gives a synopsis and reviews and publicizes titles on Twitter.

Jackie Taylor Zortman's Footprints in the Frost. The novel introduces homicide detective, Max Richards, and involves his life both on the job and away from it. When he is hand picked by the chief of police to work a long and complicated serial rape case involving five beautiful victims with whom he must spend much time, his life with girlfriend and bookstore owner, Sami Murphy, becomes extremely complicated. Escaping from the city hustle and bustle to his beautiful and remote Colorado mountain cabin, the two of them attempt to relax and try to untangle the knots in their relationship. What will happen to this couple who are tremendously bonded, but have to decide if their jobs and lives can meld permanently or if it  would be better to go their separate ways?  

Amy Bennett's End of the Road. Corrie Black, owner of the Black Horse Campground, hopes for a successful summer season but the discovery of a long-time guest, shot dead in his own RV, along with $50,000 in cash missing, does not herald a good beginning.

Is the appearance of a mysterious biker with a shadowy past merely a coincidence? Despite opposition from former flame, Sheriff Rick Sutton, Corrie is determined to find out who murdered her guest. But will she find out before the murderer decides it’s the end of the road for Corrie?



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Amy Bennett was a guest on Erin McCole Cupp's blog on Wednesday, February 10. Her appearance was the last stop on the blog tour for her upcoming novel At the Crossroads, the third in the Black Horse Campground mystery series. 

You can read the full blog post here.

In At the Crossroads, trouble often comes in threes, and it’s no different at the Black Horse Campground. On his first day as detective with the Bonney Police Department, J.D. Wilder finds three cold case files on his desk—three women who have disappeared over a fifteen year period at five-year intervals. It seems that no one has ever taken the cases seriously . . . or even properly investigated them.

Then J.D. receives a visit from two former colleagues who inform him that he’s about to receive another visitor; a woman from his past who is in trouble and needs his help. Again. The timing couldn’t be worse, since he’s finally about to ask Corrie on a date, but then Corrie also has a visitor from her past show up . . . someone who’s hoping for a second chance with her. In the meantime, Sheriff Rick Sutton has his hands full dodging his ex-wife, Meghan, who insists on discussing personal business with him -- business that has to do with digging up a painful past.

When three bodies are discovered that prove the missing women were murdered, J.D.’s investigation reveals that all of their visitors have some connection to the victims. But which one of them killed three women… and is prepared to kill again?

When trouble comes to Bonney County, Corrie, Rick, and J.D. band together to protect each other and their community. But can they solve the mystery before the murderer strikes again?
 


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Radine Trees Nehring was interviewed live by Frank Truatt on New York's WTBQ, on Wednesday, February 10. Radine writes that she has "been on the air with him before -- he's an insightful interviewer."

Radine is the author of A Fair to Die For. It’s October, craft fair season in the Ozarks, and Carrie and Henry are helping their friend Shirley sell her quilts and Baby Cuddlys at the War Eagle Craft Fair. After a mysterious cousin with ties to drug dealers appears, danger stalks the fair. 

When Carrie is abducted by killers following a breakfast at War Eagle Mill, she’s afraid she won’t escape, because—though her aim in life has always been to help others out of problems—no one who can help her knows where she is. “There is no me out there to help me.”









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Lesley Diehl's recently released Laura Murphy mystery, Failure Is Fatal, was profiled on Pat Gligor's blog. The novel, published by Creekside Publishing, is the second in the Laura Murphy mysteries and loosely (very loosely!) based on her years as a college professor.

Someone at Professor Laura Murphy’s college appears to be playing a joke on her by planting sexually explicit stories in her research results, but the joke turns deadly when one story details the recent stabbing murder of a coed. Laura’s close friend, Detective Derrick Pasquis from the local police, asks for her help in interviewing the prickly suspects who resist intervention from outside the campus community. 

Eager to search out clues, Laura ignores warning signs that playing amateur sleuth may jeopardize her newly developing romance with Guy. And of course her usual intrusive manner puts her at odds with everyone on campus—colleagues, the college administration, the head of campus security and fraternity members. Is there no one Laura can’t offend in her eagerness to find the truth? The closer she gets to solving the crime, the more it appears that the past—the coed’s, that of a prominent faculty member and Laura’s own—is the key to the murder. Caught in an early winter blizzard, Laura must choose between wandering the mountains and freezing to death or taking her chances with a killer clever enough to make murder look like the work of an innocent student.

Lesley is the author of the Big Lake Mystery series published by OTP. The series includes Dumpster Dying and Grilled, Chilled and Killed.
 
 

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C. Ed Traylor's The Crossing was reviewed by Night Owl Suspense in December. The site chose the novel as a top pick and reviewer Adeshr gave it 4.5 stars, describing it as "well written with good insights from the author on what makes [the Taliban and Mexican drug cartels] tick."

You can read the complete review here.

In The Crossing, a routine traffic stop in the Illinois heartland uncovers a sinister secret – a sweeping terrorist plot endangering the lives of thousands of Americans. Racheed Ul-Bashar, a Pakistani whose grandfather and sister are killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan is driven by revenge against the United States. The obsessive Racheed develops a minutely detailed plot, a synchronized attack that will hit three American cities on the anniversary of September 11. He obtains contact information of Juan Rodrequs, a violent, ruthless drug cartel leader in Juarez, Mexico, who agrees – for a price ― to move terrorists across the border and supply all materials needed for the attacks.

All goes well until Diego Garcia, a trusted ally and confidant of the cartel leader, is stopped for a speeding violation in Illinois.  There, 400 kilograms of cocaine are discovered, concealed in his vehicle, and he is facing significant prison time.  To save himself, Garcia, becomes an informant for agents of the FBI Anti-Terrorism Task Force.

Unbeknownst to the other terrorists, the informant, or the FBI Task Force, Racheed and his partner change plans at the last minute and enter the U.S. at a different location. This unexpected move forces the FBI Task Force to scramble. Will they be able to eliminate the threat to some of America’s largest cities and most cherished attractions?    





AWARDS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

The publication of Radine Trees Nehring's upcoming novel, A Portrait to Die For, by Oak Tree Press was announced in the most recent Sisters in Crime members-only Links newsletter. The novel is the eighth in Radine's To Die For mystery series.

NO, I can't. I promised Henry. No more offering to help people in trouble. Carrie looked at her watch, and hurried along the Art Trail toward Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She was due at her job as a volunteer in the museum's library in twenty minutes. It was just a tiny lie, pointing that man away from the path the woman took. I'll never see either of them again. And I do understand the reason for Henry's ultimatum. It was awful for him last fall when he thought I'd been killed by drug dealers. However, within two hours Carrie has seen both of the trail runners working together to install a new loan exhibition in the museum, and also discovered there are two versions of a valuable and supposedly original portrait stored with that exhibition.

A week later, a sharp female reporter who challenged Carrie in a probing interview about volunteer work in the museum vanishes. It's said she was abducted by people disturbed over one of her "tell-all" feature articles. The last straw? Carrie learns her son Rob and the missing woman were friends in college. Now Rob wants Carrie and Henry to help him find her. What are a loving mother and stepfather to do? Will Henry and Carrie, along with their family and friends, be drawn into crime-solving once more? What about -- what about the danger?
    



UPCOMING

Mary Montague Sikes is the featured member on the front page of the Chesapeake Bay Writers Club website during the month of February. 

Mary is the author of both novels and nonfiction books published by OTP. You can read about these books as well as her artistic projects at her website.

Her most recent novel is 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?



 
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Children’s book author and artist Beryl Reichenberg will be teaching two upcoming paper craft classes for children. On February 19, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., she'll be at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, California

Then on Saturday February 28, she'll be at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum in  Santa Maria, California, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Beryl will be showing the children how to make another pop-out form at these classes. She explains thatpop-ups and pop outs are very popular with children. This form is a pop out of a house. It’s easy to make with some folding and only two cuts. I’ll encourage the children to draw their own family surrounding their house.”

She'll be selling her own children’s picture books at both events. Among her many titles for children are six titles from OTP: Ants on a Log, Butterfly Girls, Camouflage, Clowning Around, When Caterpillars Dream, and The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake.

You can read about her writing and art projects at her website.


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In preparation for the release of At the Crossroad, the fourth book in the Black Horse Campground mystery series, Amy Bennett wrapped up a blog tour on Wednesday, February 10. You can still read through her stops on the tour by following the complete list of links below.

Friday, January 22

John M. Wills, author of Healer and The Year Without Christmas 

Sunday, January 24
Oak Tree Press blog 

Wednesday, January 27
Marilyn Meredith, author of the Rocky Bluff P.D. and Tempe Crabtree mysteries 

Friday, January 29
Stephen Brayton, author of ALPHA, a Mallory Petersen mystery 

Wednesday, February 3
Janet (J.L.) Greger, author of the Sara Almquist mysteries, including Malignancy, I Saw You in Beirut, and others

Friday, February 5
Ilene Schneider, author of the Rabbi Aviva Cohen mysteries Chanukah Guilt and Unleavened Dead

Wednesday, February 10
Erin McCole Cupp

In At the Crossroads, trouble often comes in threes, and it’s no different at the Black Horse Campground. On his first day as detective with the Bonney Police Department, J.D. Wilder finds three cold case files on his desk—three women who have disappeared over a fifteen year period at five-year intervals. It seems that no one has ever taken the cases seriously . . . or even properly investigated them.

Then J.D. receives a visit from two former colleagues who inform him that he’s about to receive another visitor; a woman from his past who is in trouble and needs his help. Again. The timing couldn’t be worse, since he’s finally about to ask Corrie on a date, but then Corrie also has a visitor from her past show up . . . someone who’s hoping for a second chance with her. In the meantime, Sheriff Rick Sutton has his hands full dodging his ex-wife, Meghan, who insists on discussing personal business with him -- business that has to do with digging up a painful past.

When three bodies are discovered that prove the missing women were murdered, J.D.’s investigation reveals that all of their visitors have some connection to the victims. But which one of them killed three women… and is prepared to kill again?

When trouble comes to Bonney County, Corrie, Rick, and J.D. band together to protect each other and their community. But can they solve the mystery before the murderer strikes again?

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Lorna Collins will be giving away her new short story, "Be Mine," for free on Kindle from February 10 to 14 as a Valentine's Day gift to reader.

In the story, Emma Macaulay hates Valentine's Day, but when a secret admirer begins to leave her gifts, she begins to question her dislike of the day.

Lorna is the author of Ghost Writer. In the novel, unemployed computer programmer Nan Burton inherits a California beach cottage from her great-great-aunt, and 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.

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Serita Stevens will be sharing her expertise as an award-winning writer of books, scripts, and adaptations and a teacher of writing, at Women Helping Women in Entertainment on Sunday February 21, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center. Her topic will be the pros and cons of pitching. Complete details appear the program website.

Then on Friday, February 26, Serita will be speaking at the West Coast Writers Conferences' Digital Author and Indie/Self Publishing Conference, which will be held at Los Angeles Valley College. Her talks that day will include "Plot versus Character" and "The Crucial First 10 Pages."

Serita is the author of the forthcoming Heathen Heart and Deceptive Desires. The latter is a classic story of the American frontier in which a young woman travels to the town of Ruby City, Montana, to find her twin brother, but he does not meet her stagecoach. Though unnerved, she must find her own way in this rugged and unfamiliar country. 


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David Freedland's Lincoln 9 will also be available for sale by request at the Oregon Reserve Police Officers conference being held Saturday, February 27, in Keizer, Oregon.

Lincoln 9 follows the career of Lieutenant Scott Hunter, the consummate cop who rises to the level of responsibility to lead a team of detectives on a mission aimed at connecting the clues and solving these crimes. The story conveys the pressures associated with working within an organization that hires only 4% of its applicants, and whose efforts result in perennial accolades for achieving the lowest numbers of violent crime.

Readers who enjoy the challenges of attempting to solve crime dramas will appreciate the first third of the book, which provides opportunities for the suspect’s identification. In addition, it introduces a look behind the curtain of secrecy shielding the role played by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams in the development of leaders.







RECENT

Beryl Reichenberg recently gave away one of her children's picture books Meerkats in Danger in a Goodreads Giveaway. She reports that the drawing had more than 600 entries, and the winner was a woman from New York. Beryl says, “I hope this story brightens her day and that she will be sharing the book with a young child.”





 

ADVANCE NOTICE

Additional details about these events will appear in future Roundups. 


Amy Bennett has scheduled several late winter and spring promotional events for her upcoming novel At the Crossroad. On Sunday, February 28, she'll have an official launch party at Noisy Water Winery in midtown Ruidoso, New Mexico, from 2 to 4 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13, Amy will be at the Tucson Festival of Books on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. She'll be at Alamogordo Public Library in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on Saturday, March 19, to give a book talk and sign copies of her Black Horse Campground mystery series books.

Then on Sunday, May 1, she'll be at Treasure House Books and Gifts in Old Town Albuquerque, New Mexico, from 1 to 3 p.m. as part of the Founder's Day weekend celebration.




NOW AVAILABLE FOR NOOK

We’ve been busy always adding many OTP ebooks to the collections available for Barnes and Noble's Nook readers and apps . E-books are perfect for budget-conscious or on-the-go readers who like to have a library at their fingertips. Remember: you don't need to own a Nook device to read e-books. You can read on your computer, smartphone, or tablet by downloading the Nook app from Barnes and Noble.


Abner's Story by Michael Bellito. Abner is one hundred and nineteen years old. He is desperately trying to make his one hundred and twentieth birthday so he can see his beloved Cubs win the World Series. It is the year 2020, and Abner is the only living person to remember the last time the Cubs won the World Series. Matt and Jason are two pre-freshmen who have taken on a summer assignment: interview an older man. They dejectedly move toward the senior home and their first meeting with Abner. Before the summer is over, they will be cheering with Abner for the re-born Cubs. Whether you’re a Cubs fan or not, you’ll enjoy this story.



Angel Killer by P.J. Nunn. The death of a child is every mother’s nightmare. But what if the child has no mother? What if their little bodies are discarded like garbage and no one even seems to care that they’re gone?

Shari Markham, psychologist for the Dallas Police Department, knows what it feels like to be unclaimed and unwanted. She can’t turn away, even if it means demons dancing in her dreams at night. But when her relentless pursuit of information to help apprehend this madman gets a little too close, he turns the tables, warning her that his next scheduled victim will be her own three-year-old granddaughter, Angel!


Atlanta Exit by Walter Luce. In 1970, Turk Donatelli left the mob-controlled city of Miami... Turk, along with his close friend, China Jon, and Digger, his Navy Seal protector, take a fast-paced adventure through Ocala, Florida and the European continent before taking the Atlanta exit.

Here Turk crosses the line when he builds adult bookstores for Nikolas J. Pappas, the "Porno King of the Southeast.” Pappas is facing a murder charge for the death of a competitor. Turk thought money would cure his angst, as he lives a life he always dreamed about. Instead, he feels empty and unfulfilled.

Beyond Recognition by Ron Corbin. Beyond Recognition is the memoir of Ronald Corbin, a former Army combat helicopter pilot and Vietnam veteran who becomes a Los Angeles policeman, and eventually a pilot for LAPD’s Air Support Division (ASD). Ron’s military training and unique combat flying experience as a “Slick” Huey pilot, and background as an instructor pilot is recognized by the ASD captain, but not without creating fierce jealousies.

After an accident that puts Ron in the hospital, the LAPD assembles a Board of Inquiry. Ron’s detractors seek revenge--feeding misleading statements to the Board. It evolves into a “kangaroo court,” but Ron exposes a cover-up that has the attorneys scrambling to settle.


By Force or Fear by Thonie Hevron. The shocking end to a hostage situation brings a courageous Sheriff’s Deputy to the attention of a powerful young judge. His obsession grows as she pursues a violent killer in the Sonoma wine country. After losing almost everyone close to her, she finds out the judge’s offer of security isn’t as attractive as he presented. As she closes in on the murderer, the judge’s own trap snaps shut, putting her and her partner in jeopardy.



 

Carry Me Home by Tara Willis. Following the passing of their invalid father, the poverty-stricken Montoya family is barely surviving, as, together, they wage a daily war against the ravages of extreme poverty, racism and a system bent on separating and destroying them. Nine months after her husband’s death, his widow makes the difficult decision to accept an advantageous marriage proposal from a close friend, for the sake of her nine young children. Her eldest, thirteen year old Celina, is hurt and angry about the remarriage which appears, to her, a betrayal to her dear father’s memory. Just as the young family is growing close, a stranger from the past appears and reveals the shocking secret Celina’s mother has kept for many years; a secret that will test the Gonzalez family’s love for each other and leave them changed forever.

Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad by Ann K. Howley. Confessions of A Do-Gooder Gone Bad is a wry, humorous coming of age memoir about a well-intentioned "problem child" raised by conservative, evangelical Christian parents in Southern California during the Sixties and Seventies. As she naively stumbles through her youth and young adulthood, one misadventure after another, she also struggles to reconcile her ultra-Christian upbringing with women's liberation, prejudice, protest and poverty during this turbulent era, eventually gaining a different perspective of faith in a world more complicated, terrifying, funny and wonderful than she expected. 


Daddy's Christmas Angel by Mary Montague Sikes. When Kathleen learns she will be an angel in the class Christmas play, the seven-year-old plots a meeting between her attractive teacher and Kathleen's daddy, a lonely widower who blames himself for his wife’s death. Angie McAllister is drawn to the subdued student and her handsome daddy, but has her own emotional scars. Can the magic of the season clear the way for a little girl's Christmas wish to come true?






Dancer by John M. Wills. Dancer is the story of a young woman’s journey into the dark world of the adult entertainment business. She quickly learns things are not always what they seem, and soon wishes she had never heard of the club known as After Hours. 








Dog Island by G. Thomas Gill. Cornelius “Corney” Graham, part-time EMT and full time beach bum, is jarred from his insular life on Dog Island when a boat floats up on his island. The pilot is dead and the passenger, beautiful Lisa Cataldo, is wounded. Corney searches the boat for more potential victims, but finds instead a bundle of cash and a stash of cocaine. Impulsively, Corney destroys the drugs, and decides not to call the police. All is well until the drug smugglers come to Dog Island in search of their property and the woman who robbed them.


 
A Duty To Betray by Thonie Hevron. Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Reyes answers a call from his estranged wife in Mexico to help find her kidnapped brother. When he and his partner Meredith Ryan arrive, they find the crime is not as simple as they were told. Betrayed and caught by the police, they are expelled from Mexico. Returning to Puerto Vallarta by boat at night, Nick and Meredith battle nature, Federales, crime cartels and even Nick’s own family to rescue his brother-in-law. To complicate their mission, Nick must face the end of his marriage while Meredith hasn’t yet put her own nightmares to rest.



Evening of the Dragonfly by Mary Montague Sikes. 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? 

End of the Road by Amy Bennett. Corrie Black, owner of the Black Horse Campground, hopes for a successful summer season but the discovery of a long-time guest, shot dead in his own RV, along with $50,000 in cash missing, does not herald a good beginning. Is the appearance of a mysterious biker with a shadowy past merely a coincidence? Despite opposition from former flame, Sheriff Rick Sutton, Corrie is determined to find out who murdered her guest. But will she find out before the murderer decides it’s the end of the road for Corrie?







Eva Pennington -- Trouble in Georgia by Walter Luce. While expanding her banking empire into Georgia, Eva clashes with devious Atlanta good-old-boys who think her ambitions are unseemly for a woman. But they’re desperate for Eva’s investment in their banks to avert financial calamity – a calamity created by their own poor management. Convinced they can out-smart Eva, the bankers try to secure her cash infusion without sharing control. As Eva and her team get to work on a hostile takeover, she finds she must put her romance with Dutch on a back burner and focus on out-maneuvering the bankers and escaping the violent intentions of the Georgia boys’ pals in the Ku Klux Klan.

 

Ghost Music by Patrick Linder. Mystery fans: Meet Detective Marcus Brace in the Award-winning first book of a new series set in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Detective Marcus Brace is falling apart, both professionally and personally. But a brutal murder and a phone call from family long-forgotten force Marcus to face everything he's been running from and consider how sins from the past haunt those in the present. With those closest to him targeted, Marcus is on a race to find not just a killer but also pieces of a family mystery that no one wants to acknowledge.




House of Homicide by Eileen Magill. Cindy is reeling from the loss of her husband, suddenly a single mother of two children and the sole caretaker for her aging aunt. She finds the perfect house to start anew. A rundown house in the Silicon Valley suburbs needs a lot of work, but Cindy is willing to take it on to get her dream house. Disclosure documents indicate that someone had died in the house, but they don't tell the whole story of the house's evil past. 

Cindy's dreams are invaded by a woman who shows Cindy the horrible murders that had taken place in the house. Her message to Cindy: Your family is next. When repairs on the house uncover the missing murder weapon, Cindy begins to believe that the strange woman is something more than just a dream. Using her journalism skills to research the property, the dark past of the house is revealed: a series of murders starting when the house was built more than 40 years earlier. But her meddling into the history awakens a killer's need to keep the past quiet, and Cindy is thrust into a struggle to find the killer before she and her family become the next victims.

An Ocean in the Desert by Joseph Haggerty. Two private investigators specialize in finding missing children. If they find the child has been involved with a sexual predator, they indirectly offer the family an additional service that will guarantee there will be no future problems with the predator. The investigations into locating the child and identifying the predator as well as law enforcement's investigations as to who is eliminating these vultures.






An Uncertain Grave by Cathy Strasser. A stray hiker reports finding a partially decomposed body on Mt Lafayette in the “North Country” where the rugged terrain and sparse population provides enough space and isolation to keep any number of secrets. As the investigation widens, both teams contend with a variety of local residents who have secrets of their own they don’t wish to share and a shadow from Cliff’s past that becomes intertwined with the current investigation. All these threads combine as the killer starts to advance out of hiding and prepares to take action to keep his secret and himself safe.



BLOG CORRAL

Lesley Diehl hosted Elaine Faber on her blog this week. Elaine's first book in her new series is out, and Leslie promises that you're going to love her protagonist, Mrs. Odboddy.

She writes, "Here’s a woman I’ve never met but who I know I love. She writes about cats who solve mysteries using the memories of their ancestors, and now she had a new series with a protagonist who loves to stick her nose into what’s going on on the home front during the second world war. What’s not to love? I’d better let her tell you what she’s up to."

Elaine talks about why writers write in her post. You can read her thoughts here.

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Marilyn Meredith blogged this week on Marilyn's Musings about what she's been up to lately. She writes, "In the writing part of my life, I've been working on my blog tour for A Crushing Death [the next book in the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series]. The schedule is set, the posts are all written and I've sent off most of them. Before I send each one, I carefully go over it, trying to eliminate all typos and other errors. From much experience, I know that I'll miss some that I won't see until the day they're printed.

"I've also been working on my next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery. I'm at an exciting part, but haven't really had much time to write. I read a chapter each week to my writing group, which means I do have to be at least on chapter ahead.

"Those who are my real life or Facebook friends know there are many other things that take my time. . . ."


Find out what they are here.      
 
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Lorna Collins continued her series of blog posts about childhood memories. Last week's reminiscence about Granada Park in Alhambra, California, continued this week talking about the playground there.

She writes, "Last week I wrote about Granada Park, where my friends and I spent many happy days in our childhood. Several people asked, “But what about the playground?” I decided I had far too many memories from that magical place to lump it in with the rest of the stories of the park, so today I’ll tell you about it."

You can find out about this special place in the full post here.

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Radine Trees Nehring blogged this week about a recent experience with a writer's group she visited with fellow author Crow Johnson Evans in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

She writes, "Fellow author Crow Johnson Evans and I met with a writers’ group in Bella Vista, Arkansas yesterday, speaking to them about how we established our writing careers, and answering questions.  Following this we had the great opportunity to hear each member of the group read examples of their own writing.

"WOW, we heard some wonderful things. Most striking, I thought, was a lively article about wedding practices in Syria -- the author had lived in Damascus for twenty years. This was certainly a timely topic. Other pieces (mostly non-fiction, spiced by one romance author’s chapter) were also very good.

"But there was a big, publication-stopping problem, or rather, several problems." 


Find out about the problems and Radine's thoughts about them in the full post here.


GOODREADS GIVEAWAY

OTP is giving away a copy of Track Three by John H Gibson on Goodreads. The giveaway runs from February 14 to February 21. It's easy to participate in the giveaway by following this link.

You'll need to create a Goodreads account or log in (you're already on Goodreads as an OTP author or avid reader, right?). Then just enter your address to complete your entry. Winners will be notified at the end of the contest.


Readers come along for the ride when a popular and top-rated investigative journalist, Elliott Lawder, and Katherine Lambert, a street-wise black British street urchin, are thrown together by the untimely death of an NSA Systems Analyst. Follow the adventure of our hero and heroine as the story moves at break-neck speed from Washington to London to Brussels to The Netherlands as the two attempts to discover the answer to why every US Security Agency, including the NSA and the CIA, are trying to kill them. 


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