Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Best Compliment

As a writer, what is the best compliment that you can receive from a reader? I have heard many good compliments concerning, The River Hideaway. Some people read it in one day, even though it is 311 pages. Many people said they could not put it down. Many kind remarks said about the characters, which is also great. I never desired to be that writer that devotes two pages to describing clouds. My desire was for people to be engaged with my characters. Still, that is not the best compliment for me. The best coincides nicely with one of my favorite sayings.

"Less is more."

The single best thing that I have been blessed to  hear from a few people is, "I did not want it to end."

That simple statement speaks volumes. My story kept them engaged. They did not say, "It was good, but it was fifty pages too long. Think in terms of movies. How often have we viewed a movie and said later, "It was good but it was about thirty minutes too long." Or, "It was a good beginning and ending, but it bogged down in the middle somewhat." 

Simply stated, I never wanted to waste the reader's time, regardless of the length of the story. 



The year is 1967 and Wilmington, NC, is embedded in racial turmoil. Bret Marin and Money Wilkins, forge an improbable friendship.

 Bret’s life is constructed around his love for his little brother Alex and hatred of their cruel wealthy father.

Money possesses no external luxuries but thanks to his proud black father, Clarence, a builder of houses and lives, he has the greater riches. When his beautiful sister Teke visits it sets off a series of events no one could foresee. The most chilling being the dark night the Klan appears.

Friday, September 26, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR SEPTEMBER 26, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website, www.ShopOTPbooks.com, 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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We are extending the deadline on this year’s Writing Contests. We need more entries! Spread the word for us, tell your friends, scream it from the mountaintops! If you would, please mention on your social media and in your networks. Several categories are available and complete details are at www.oaktreebooks.com
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JEANA LOMPREZ, OTP Public Relations Manager, has hooked up with Manic Readers to spotlight several OTP books. These sample chapters will be updated frequently and new releases will also be featured. 

Oak Tree Press titles on MANIC READERS!!

Need help choosing a great book to read? 
Check out our sample chapters we have plenty to choose from... 
Click on the title and you will be directed to a free read!

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OTP is pleased to announce three new titles that are now available: The first book below, "Healer" is my Featured Book of the Week!

"Healer"
by JOHN M. WILLS

In “Healer”…Sixteen-year-old Billy Anderson’s short life has been full of daunting challenges. A birth defect and the death of his parents force him to live with his Aunt Staci. That situation becomes untenable for Billy and he chooses to live on the street. One day things change dramatically when Billy receives the “Gift of Healing.” Not only does Billy’s own life take a dramatic turn, but his new gift also affects those around him. Is this gift a blessing or a curse?
http://tinyurl.com/Healer-JohnMWills







“Danger by Design”
by HELEN OSTERMAN

Net Petrone resides in a townhouse in a retirement complex where the previous owner died of a heart attack. A number of widows in the complex joined a society for the betterment of the environment called The Society for the Fifth Beneficence. Brother Rupert, the founder, convinces some of the women to change their wills and leave everything to the society.Net goes to a meeting and realizes that the people are served a drugged tea. Those that change their wills, soon die of “natural causes”. The previous owner of Net’s townhouse was one of these women. Her son is convinced that his mother wrote a hand written will negating the previous one and hid it somewhere. Net’s townhouse is broken into while she is on vacation. She is convinced someone was looking for the will. Brother Rupert sends his minions to Net’s townhouse to either find the will or burn it down. One of them, Andrew Marcus, is an investigator attempting to expose Rupert. He reaches the town house in time to save Net, but the townhouse is damaged. She call 911 and Rupert and his followers are caught and arrested. When Net decides to pull up the rug, she finds the will under a corner and returns it to its rightful owner.


“A Duty to Betray”
by KELLY MORENO

In A Duty to Betray,” Dr. Ricardo Ruiz finds himself in a complicated legal dilemma when his sexually promiscuous AIDS patient, Taylor Tran, refuses to tell his lovers of his condition. Moreover, as Dr. Ruiz considers warning others of his patient’s illness, Mr. Tran starts plotting to make Dr. Ruiz his next victim. As their battle with each other approaches a fatal pitch, however, both men realize one can die long before one is dead.  The question in the story—as in life—is whether or not this discovery is made in time.
http://tinyurl.com/A-Duty-to-Betray

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” and “Chanukah Guilt” is very excited to have been asked to be on a panel at Bouchercon in Long Beach, CA, on Saturday, November 15, from 4:30 - 5:30. She feels as though she’s been asked to present an Academy Award!

The panel is called "You Say Traditional, I Say Cozy: Exploring the Boundaries of the Classic Mystery Novel," and is moderated by Sarah Chen. ILENE will share the table with John Billheimer, Paul Bishop, Linda Joffe Hull, and Eric James Miller. ILENE says it's one of the first times she’s been on a panel about cozies that has more men than women panelists. 

UPCOMING EVENTS


MARY MONTAGUE SIKES, author of "Jungle Jeopardy" is one of two visiting artists at New Town Art Gallery in Williamsburg, VA. During September, October and November, she will display her novels and the coffee table book, “Hotels to Remember,” in addition to her paintings. http://www.newtownartgallery.com/galleryevents/index.htm .







KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin” will be on an Author Panel at Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT on September 27 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. http://tinyurl.com/Reluctant-Assassin
Pictured here is KEN at his Elm Street book signing last weekend.






BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's book author, will be giving an enrichment class for four weeks at the Almond Acres Charter School in San Miguel for elementary school children over the age of seven. The class will run once a week for four weeks, starting Wednesday, September 24 until October 8.  It will feature book forms including BERYL's "Clap Your Hands" book. 

BERYL will be joining two other children's book authors, Destry Ramey and Heidi Gill at Whiz Kids Toy Store for a fun family event. Called "Clown Around at Whiz Kids," the event will feature popcorn, games, a craft project, a raffle and book signings by all three authors. BERYL will be featuring her new children's book, “Squiggles,” a book for very young children full of line drawings of animals by artist Babette Girard and silly poems about these animals by BERYL. The event is on Saturday, September 27 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in San Luis Obispo. "This will be our second event together. Joining forces seemed to be a good idea. We reach more people, can share the work in promoting the event and have fun together with the kids and families. We hope to do more events together in the future." In conjunction with the Whiz Kids event, Beryl, Destry and Heidi will be interviewed on KVEC on Tuesday at 3:00; listen in if you have a chance. 
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Join some fellow OTP authors at the Oakhurst Library Authors Faire. Published authors, instructors and critique groups are welcome! The event will be September 27 starting at 10:30 am. Connect with fans, sell and sign your books and network with other authors. There is NO COST to authors, agents, publishers, editors, illustrators and others involved in the literary arts. Oakhurst Library Community Room 49044 Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst, CA 559-683-4838
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BILLY BEASLEY will have “The River Hideaway” kindle edition on sale for only 99 cents from September 26 – 28. That's this weekend, folks! Here's a handy link to go right to the ebook: http://tinyurl.com/The-River-Hideaway-kindle

The year is 1967 and Wilmington, NC, like much of the nation is embedded in racial turmoil. Bret Marin and Money Wilkins, two boys on the cusp of manhood, forge an improbable friendship.
Bret’s wealthy lifestyle is defined by his love for his little brother and hatred of their cruel father.

Money is rich in other ways, thanks to his proud black father. When his beautiful sister Teke visits it sets off a series of events no one could foresee. 


NICOLA FURLONG will have her Riley Quinn Mystery, “Teed Off!” kindle edition on sale for only 99 cents from September 27 – 28. Another great read for pennies...this weekend! Here is a handy link to go straight to the ebook: http://tinyurl.com/Teed-Off-kindle


When Riley Quinn tees off an investigation into a suspicious death, her inquiries pitch her behind the scenes of professional women's golf and jeopardize her new career as part-time coroner. As the tournament progresses, she finds herself sand-wedged by a villainous environmental group, a mysterious Japanese consortium and her estranged sister. 




MICHAEL ELDRIDGE, author of “Jack of Harts” will be at the Miami County Harvest Balloon Festival and Creative Arts Fair in Troy, OH on October 3 & 4 http://tinyurl.com/Jack-of-Harts










THONIE HEVRON, author of “By Force or Fear” will be at the San Rafael Police Blue Choir Reunion on October 4

THONIE will be a featured reader at the Fountain Grove Lodge at 4210 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa on Monday, October 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. 

Then on October 8, THONIE will be at Star of the Valley Catholic Church Women's Club monthly meeting speaking on the Writers Life.

Looking forward to November 11, THONIE will be speaking to the Rohnert Park Rotary about the Writers Life.


RADINE TREES NEHRING, author of “A Fair to Die For,” continues her promotion of Arkansas' special places. She will appear at the Fall Festival celebration at Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area in Arkansas on Sunday, October 5. There will be special events for adults and children in several areas of the park, Arkansas' largest at over 12,000 acres. RADINE will be showcasing her novel “A Fair to Die For” at a signing table in the Park's Visitor Center from 1:00 to 5:00.  (Some events in the novel take place in the park, as well as at fall craft fairs in the area.)  The park is east of Rogers, Arkansas in the NW corner of the state. For more information see: http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea/events/ 479-789-5000. 20201 East Highway 12.

RADINE will also be signing books at the Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs, AR (where another of her novels is set) on October 9-11 in the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks and Conference Center. http://www.ozarkcreativewriters.com

http://tinyurl.com/A-Fair-to-Die-For


Join BILLIE JOHNSON, OTP Publisher and MARILYN MEREDITH at Taste the Arts on October 11. Come and see all the great creative work in the Central Valley and visit OTP's booth while you are there.








TEKLA DENNISON MILLER, author of “Mother Rabbit,” will be interviewed by Leigh Black on Roving with the Arts, KSJE, public radio at San Juan College, Farmington, NM on October 1 at 9:00 am. The interview will also be on a podcast after on their website www.ksje.com

TEKLA, along with ALYCE BONURA who the memoir was written about, will present and sign books at the Westwood Public Library, 1246 Glenwood Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 310-474-1739 on October 11 at 2:00 pm.

Then on October 13, TEKLA and ALYCE will be at the Burbank Central Library auditorium, 110 North Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank CA 818-238-5562 starting at 7:00 pm. 
http://tinyurl.com/Mother-Rabbit



ANN K. HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” will be signing books on October 16 at the Authors' Zone Pittsburgh Book Awards Ceremony at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. The event starts at 5:30 pm.

On November 6, ANN will be the featured speaker for the Peters Township Referrals group at their event at the Sharp Edge Brasserie in McMurray, PA at 5:00 pm. My presentation is called "Write a Memoir - and Try Not to Laugh." She will also be selling and signing books at this event.



AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” and “No Lifeguard on Duty” will be at the Open House for the Alamogordo Public Library (Alamogordo, NM) on October 18 at 1:00 pm where she will be giving a book talk and signing her books. And just brought to my attention is that AMY’s books have gotten 29 Five-Star Reviews on amazon.com! Wow!







MARILYN MEREDITH aka F. M. MEREDITH, author of “Murder in the Worst Degree" will be at the Great Valley Bookfest on Saturday October 18 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. The Bookfest is located at the Orchard Valley Shopping Center in Mateca, CA. MARILYN will be on Stage A at 2:00 pm talking about writing two mystery series.

On Saturday, October 25, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, MARILYN will be participating with the Central Coast Sisters in Crime on a panel about the age of E-Publishing at the Atascadero Library in Atascadero.



JOHN M. WILLS, author of “The Year Without Christmas,” "Dancer" and his latest "Healer" will be signing copies of his books at the St. Matthew Catholic Church in Spotsylvania, VA on October 19 from noon – 3:00 pm. http://tinyurl.com/Year-w-o-Christmas







BLOG CORRAL


LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” continues with her memories of her 50th reunion banquet. Read about the highlights. http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/    http://tinyurl.com/Ghost-Writer-Collins









DAC CROSSLEY’s latest book, “Guns of the Texas Ranger,” is featured this week on Pat Gligor's blog. Take a look at:

And as the weekend approaches, DAC wants to share something from last week's trip to the Cabin on Freeman Ridge. A most usual spider.





JOANN SMITH AINSWORTH, author of the paranormal thriller, “Expect Trouble,” will be a guest author on Tempting Romance on October 9.











SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” has been busy blogging again! http://tinyurl.com/Mission-Impastable

Where did Maria in Mission Impastable” originate? Meet “The Other Maria” and read if there are risks to developing your characters based on real people. http://sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com/2014/09/meet-other-maria.html

SHARON posted at Write on Sisters about “Bad Boys” in books. Who they are. How to write them. http://writeonsisters.com/writing-craft/tips-to-write-bad-boys-in-books/

SHARON’s other pen name, Angelica French, wrote another post about the bad boys of romance. http://angelicafrench.blogspot.com/2014/09/writing-bad-boys-of-romance.html

SHARON’s monthly foodie column, "The Quick Cook" (a way to make a pitch for her mystery), is out with ways to make meal prep faster and easier. Plus she shares her favorite quick pumpkin soup recipe. http://www.thepinewoodnews.com/assets/pwn-09-22-14.pdf



That wraps up the Round-Up for this week. I hope everyone enjoys the Weekly Round-Up as much as I enjoy posting it for you. 

As always, if you have something you would like to submit to the Round-Up, send me an email at otpoffice@aol.com. 

Big or small, old or new. I would like to keep our corral full of news! Comments, questions or suggestions are welcome too.

Have a great weekend, everyone.~ Suzi 

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

GETTING BLURBS

Donald Caplin, author
Sports Therapy for the Mediocre


To establish credibility, a book needs to have quotes from noted people. In looking for blurbs, I thought of all the famous authors I knew:

Michael Palmer, best-selling author, a bridge colleague

Riva Poor, co-author of the classic book “4 Days/40 Hours,” a friend

Oliver Sachs, best-selling author, a cousin of mine

John Irving, best-selling author, schoolmate

Frederick Buechner, highly respected novelist, a former teacher

Brendan Boyd, author of sports books like “Blue Ruin,” my sister’s former husband

Then I thought of other famous people I had met:

Bill Lee, Red Sox pitcher, I played against once

George Segal, noted actor, a friend of my late parents

I sent them all queries with a self-addressed stamped envelope.  I got back some very nice notes:

John Irving said he was busy with his own book, rarely wrote blurbs, but would look at it later (after publication date).

Mr. Buechner said at age 88, he was not writing blurbs, but encouraged my writing.

Cousin Oliver’s secretary wrote that he didn’t feel qualified to blurb, since he didn’t write novels himself.

My letter to George Segal came back twice, and I hadn’t found his address as we went to press.

I got very nice blurbs from Palmer (shortly before he died), Lee, and Poor.  You’ll see them on my book cover.

My ex-brother-in-law never answered.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

If You Have It, Do They Come?

by Velda Brotherton

For the past few weeks a group of writers have been touring libraries together in the hopes that folks who like to read books would just naturally gravitate to the tables where we have some of our latest books. The appearances have been promoted by us online and by the libraries as well. So far, we’ve had next to no response from readers.

 One suggestion was that if they can check out the books for nothing, why would they buy one from the author? That should hold true across the board then, so why even bother to write if the only sales are to libraries? But they aren’t. Books sell to readers and e-books sell very well.

 Another theory is that readers don’t understand author appearances, signings, speaking engagements. Before I became a writer I never heard of meeting an author at a signing or speaking somewhere. Perhaps we need to educate our readers about meeting us. I enjoy meeting my readers and talking to them. It’s fun, but it seems so difficult to get them out to attend our appearances.

 I know writers aren’t the only people who read. If anything, writers have less time to read than those who don’t write because in our spare time we are so engrossed in our writing, editing, re-reading and writing some more that when we have down time we might not pick up a book. But I decided it was a good question to personally consider.

 Why buy books if we can check them out free? My reason is simple. I don’t like to have a deadline on reading a book. I want to take my time. If I checked out four books and have a two or three week limit before I have to return them, I wouldn’t be able to take my time and enjoy reading them. So, I buy books for Kindle or in print when I want to read one. I may have to wait for a while till the price comes down, cause let’s face it, we can’t always afford every book we want to read.
 
Personally, I like having books in Kindle. There they are, waiting for as long as it takes. I can put that Kindle Fire in my purse, read while waiting at the doctor’s office or anyplace else. I have a habit of arriving early at every function I attend. Can’t stand to be late, so the Kindle is right there to fill the time, day or night, till the doors open and I can go in. One thing I’m careful of, though, is not to load up on free books without reading the first few pages. Nothing is harder for a writer than to try to read a badly written book, so I’m very careful and read that sample closely.
 
How about you? As writers how do you get to reading your favorite authors/books?  And how successful have you been in appearances for book signings, events or the like? Have you tried something special prior to or during a signing or appearance that increased visitors and sales?

Friday, September 19, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR SEPTEMBER 19, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website, www.ShopOTPbooks.com, 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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We are extending the deadline on this year’s Writing Contests. We need more entries! Spread the word for us, tell your friends, scream it from the mountaintops! If you would, please mention on your social media and in your networks. Several categories are available and complete details are at www.oaktreebooks.com
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JEANA LOMPREZ, OTP Public Relations Manager, has hooked up with Manic Readers to spotlight several OTP books. These sample chapters will be updated frequently and new releases will also be featured! 


Need help choosing a great book to read ? Check out our sample chapters we have plenty to choose from.... Click on the title and you will be directed to a free read!

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CAROLYN NIETHAMMER, author of “The Piano Player” cooked lunch for 60 and invited friends to the Tucson rollout of her new book last Sunday afternoon. The event doubled as her delayed 70th birthday party. CAROLYN took over a local bar and renamed it Frisco Rosie's Saloon. The piano player/singer she hired to impersonate Rosie sang a medley of the old saloon songs of the 1880s and '90s.  Guests were invited to wear their best western duds and many did. They got into the spirit and took home 38 copies of the book! 




JOANN SMITH AINSWORTH has a book trailer of “Expect Trouble” that has just been released on YouTube. It is done in the style of a WWII news announcement at a movie theater. Enjoy! YouTube (1:43): https://www.youtube.com/user/JoAnnAinsworth/videos.

JOANN is also giving away an autographed copy of “Expect Trouble” on Goodreads running from September 18 – 24. https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/107723-expect-trouble).

On September 22, JOANN will be the featured "Ask an Author" Q & A event on Goodreads.com from 4:30 - 5:00 pm. PT.

JOANN will be a guest author on Tempting Romance on October 9.




THONIE HEVRON, author of “Intent to Hold” is featured on Venture Galleries. Click the following link to read about the book and also learn more about THONIE...

http://tinyurl.com/Intent-to-Hold







DAC CROSSLEY, author of The Border Trilogy is now featured on Western Ebooks. Here is a link to his Author Page, Book Page and also a Free Sample! I have chosen "Guns of the Texas Ranger" as my Featured Book of the Week.


Here is a link to his Book Page: 

Here is a link to his Free Sample Page: 




UPCOMING EVENTS


MARY MONTAGUE SIKES, author of "Jungle Jeopardy" is one of two visiting artists at New Town Art Gallery in Williamsburg, VA. During September, October and November, she will display her novels and the coffee table book, “Hotels to Remember,” in addition to her paintings. Pictured at right is a piece of MONTI's fabulous art. http://www.newtownartgallery.com/galleryevents/index.htm







JOHN M. WILLS, author of “The Year Without Christmas” will be signing copies of his books at the St. Matthew Catholic Church in Spotsylvania, VA on October 19 from noon – 3:00 pm. 









MICHAEL ELDRIDGE, author of “Jack of Harts”  will be at the Ohio River Book Festival in Huntington, WV on September 19 & 20. Then on October 3 & 4, MICHAEL will be at the Miami County Harvest Balloon Festival and Creative Arts Fair in Troy, OH.








KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin” will be having a book signing at Elm Street Books, in New Canaan, CT on September 20 from noon - 2.30 pm and he is on an Author Panel at Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT on September 27 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. 








D.R. RANSDELL, author of “Island Casualty” will be giving a writer's workshop for the Tucson Sisters in Crime on September 20th. Topic? How to test potential line editors for quality control. Here is a link to read more about it: http://tinyurl.com/bum939b








BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's book author, will be giving an enrichment class for four weeks at the Almond Acres Charter School in San Miguel for elementary school children over the age of seven. The class will run once a week for four weeks, starting Wednesday, September 24 until October 8.  It will feature book forms including BERYL's "Clap Your Hands" book. 

BERYL will also be attending the Cuesta College Writer's Conference in San Luis Obispo, CA on September 19 and 20 and will be selling her children's books at the conference. 

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Join some fellow OTP authors at the Oakhurst Library Authors Faire. Published authors, instructors and critique groups are welcome! The event will be September 27 starting at 10:30 am. Connect with fans, sell and sign your books and network with other authors. There is NO COST to authors, agents, publishers, editors, illustrators and others involved in the literary arts. Oakhurst Library Community Room 49044 Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst, CA 559-683-4838
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BILLY BEASLEY will have “The River Hideaway” kindle edition on sale for only 99 cents from September 26 – 28. Be sure to take advantage of this special buy!










NICOLA FURLONG will also have “Teed Off!” kindle edition on sale for only 99 cents from September 27 – 28. Another special buy to stock up your kindle!










THONIE HEVRON, author of “By Force or Fear" will be at the San Rafael Police Blue Choir Reunion on October 4.

THONIE will be a featured reader at the Fountain Grove Lodge at 4210 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa on Monday, October 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. 

Then on October 8, she will be at Star of the Valley Catholic Church Women's Club monthly meeting speaking on the Writers Life.

Looking forward to November 11, THONIE will be speaking to the Rohnert Park Rotary about the Writers Life.




RADINE TREES NEHRING, author of “A Fair to Die For,” continues her promotion of Arkansas' special places. She will appear at the Fall Festival celebration at Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area in Arkansas on Sunday, October 5th. There will be special events for adults and children in several areas of the park, Arkansas' largest at over 12,000 acres. RADINE will be showcasing her novel “A Fair to Die For” at a signing table in the Park's Visitor Center from 1:00 to 5:00.  (Some events in the novel take place in the park, as well as at fall craft fairs in the area.)  The park is east of Rogers, Arkansas in the NW corner of the state. For more information see: http://www.arkansasstateparks.com/hobbsstateparkconservationarea/events/ 479-789-5000. 20201 East Highway 12.

RADINE will also be signing books at the Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs, AR (where another of her novels is set) on October 9-11 in the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks and Conference Center. http://www.ozarkcreativewriters.com.



Join BILLIE JOHNSON, OTP Publisher and MARILYN MEREDITH at Taste the Arts on October 11. Come and see all the great creative work in the Central Valley and visit OTP's booth while you are there.










TEKLA DENNISON MILLER, author of “Mother Rabbit,” along with ALYCE BONURA who the memoir was written about, will present and sign books at the Westwood Public Library, 1246 Glenwood Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 310-474-1739 on October 11 at 2:00 pm.
Then on October 13, TEKLA and ALYCE will be at the Burbank Central Library auditorium, 110 North Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank CA 818-238-5562 starting at 7:00 pm. 







ANN K. HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” will be signing books on October 16 at the Authors' Zone Pittsburgh Book Awards Ceremony at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. The event starts at 5:30 pm.









BLOG CORRAL


LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” continues with memories of her latest school reunion on her blog. http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/











SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” has been busy blogging. Check out the following links:

An old post SHARON wrote for the OTP blog was picked up by The Food Daily an online Twitter newspaper! http://paper.li/GoodBlogPosts1/1309659385

SHARON shares a book marketing strategy for authors planning a virtual, online book launch. See “10 Steps to Launch Your Book Virtually” http://writeonsisters.com/the-road-to-publication/plan-to-launch-your-book-virtually/

She also wrote about 11 steps for putting together a successful traditional, onsite book launch http://writeonsisters.com/the-road-to-publication/11-steps-for-your-on-site-book-launch/

On the second Tuesday each month, SHARON writes about mysteries for WriteonSisters.com See what her 12 steps to writing the traditional mystery are http://writeonsisters.com/writing-craft/the-mystery-of-mysteries-12-steps-to-writing-traditional-mysteries/

SHARON’s character Alli, a personal chef, makes her own seasoning blends with these recipes. She does it to save time and money, but also to make foods with unusual flavors http://sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-quick-cook-saves-you-time-and-money.html

SHARON’s second place short story in the PSWA competition was published by Kings River Life Magazine! You can read “The Bloody Knife” here http://kingsriverlife.com/09/13/the-bloody-knife-a-mystery-short-story/

The relationship is complicated. As a tribute to her mother who died September 7, she wrote Mothers and Daughters http://angelicafrench.blogspot.com/2014/09/mothers-and-daughters-rip-mother.html

Here is another tribute to her mother: Everything I Know about Cooking Started with My Mother http://sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com/2014/09/everything-i-know-about-cooking-started.html

“Food Grieving” is a bit of a light-hearted look at how some of us grieve loved ones http://sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com/2014/09/food-grieving.html




That wraps up the Round-Up for this week. I hope everyone enjoys the Weekly Round-Up as much as I enjoy posting it for you. 

As always, if you have something you would like to submit to the Round-Up, send me an email at otpoffice@aol.com. 

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