Friday, October 24, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR OCTOBER 24, 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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“Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad by ANN K. HOWLEY was awarded 3rd place in the Autobiography category at the Authors Zone Book Awards Ceremony on October 16, 2014 at the Rivers Club in Pittsburgh! 

Congratulations, ANN! This is beyond fabulous!




Shown here with ANN is Emmy Award-winning and legendary broadcast journalist, Eleanor Schano who was another winner that evening.

ANN also has an interview in Female First Magazine, which went online this week.

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NANCY LI PETRI is proud to announce the release of "The Wooded Path.” She will be celebrating her launch with friends and neighbors dancing under the disco ball at a costume party at her home in Mooresville, NC, on Saturday night, October 25th. 

"The Wooded Path" is now available on amazon.com and is my pick for the Featured Book of the Week. Simply click on the cover on the right sidebar of this blog or the following link to order now!
Author Anne Schroeder says "...Nancy's "The Wooded Path" is an edgy, thoughtful treatment of issues facing married women today, including friendships, self-growth and marital fidelity. An unflinching portrayal of women I felt I knew..." "...clever dialogue, and lots of real life issues pepper the page and make this a must-read for women struggling with middle age itch, the need for meaningful friendship bonds and the illusion that the marital grass is greener outside..."       

Author John Wills says "...it would make a great made for TV movie."

Author Janet Greger says "...The author’s stream of consciousness account of Laine’s quandary about the direction of the rest of her life, particularly her love life, reveals a lot about marriage and relationships in modern suburban neighborhoods..."
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NICK CHECKER had a great review for his new release “Druids” on amazon. http://tinyurl.com/Druids-NC

Nicholas, I'm on Chapter 9 of DRUIDS and loving it! Great story line, highly imaginative, and interesting well-developed characters, great pacing, and side bar stories between the characters that add depth and zest to the character interactions. Plus I'm intrigued by the Druids, the Living Energy, and Power Roots, and am eager to see where you go with these concepts. I've been a fantasy fan since I read my first Conan story in my early teens, and DRUIDS carries on the grand tradition very capably. I hope to be at the halfway point by the time I turn in tonight, so I need to get off the computer pretty soon. You'll have an Amazon review from me. I will also be ordering SCRATCH in the coming days - or did you say that SCRATCH is coming out in paperback soon? If so I'll wait because I much prefer to journey by book :-)
 ~ Gregg Zimmerman
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HELEN OSTERMAN, author of “Danger by Design” attended the Homer Township Author Fair this week. In the span of two hours, she sold 13 books, was interviewed by two newspaper reporters and was asked to speak at a women’s group. Not bad for one evening! 







BERYL REICHENBERG and her new kid's book “Clowning Around” were recently featured on Venture Galleries website. This site is for authors and readers. The newly released OTP book for young children up to the age of eight is about jealousy and the need to work as a team. When Charlie the Clownfish gets all the attention at the aquarium doing tricks for the children, the other fish in the tank become jealous. They devise a plan to keep Charlie from being the star, but the plan backfired. Ultimately, all the fish learn to work together to put on a fabulous show for the kids. Here's the link for Venture Galleries: http://venturegalleries.com/blog/authors-showcase-clowning-around-beryl-reichenberg/


BERYL will also be teaching another class of book making for kids at the Studios on the Park on Friday, October 24 at 3:30 pm.. This class will feature Halloween books, either a spooky bat or silly pumpkin. Children older than six are welcome to attend. 




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We would love for our OTP authors to enter their covers. 
The link to enter is:

If you would like us to enter your cover for you, we would be happy to and then bill you for the entry fee. Please contact JEANA at bookpromodept@aol.com


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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


MARILYN MEREDITH, author of “Murder in the Worst Degree” 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 on October 25, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.








J. L. GREGER, author of the new release, “Malignancy” will be speaking on "Halloween: Time for Medical Thrillers” and doing a book signing at Rio Grande Retirement Center on October 28. Bug, the Japanese Chin featured in her novels, will accompany her, but he refuses to do paw print signings!








TEKLA DENNISON MILLER, author of “Mother Rabbit,” will be a member of a 3 person panel presenting for the Life Long Learning Lecture Series at Fort Lewis College, Durango CO on October 30 at 7:00 pm. They will explore artworks inspired by Sr. Helen Prejean’s book Dead Man Walking.  Panelists include Charissa Chiaravalotti and Dennis Elkins. TEKLA will comment on the film, and journalist and music critic Judith Reynolds, will chair the panel and focus on the opera.

On November 12, TEKLA will be the guest author at the TWRAHS book group reviewing “Mother Rabbit.” The event will be hosted by Connie Jacobs, Durango, CO


ANN K. HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” will be the featured speaker for the Peters Township Referrals group at their event at the Sharp Edge Brasserie in McMurray, PA on November 6 at 5:00 pm. Her presentation is called "Write a Memoir - and Try Not to Laugh." She will also be selling and signing books at this event.







THONIE HEVRON, author of “Intent to Hold” and "By Force or Fear" will be speaking to the Rohnert Park Rotary about the Writers Life on November 11.








JOHN M. WILLS, author of “Healer” will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Council of Catholic Women held at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception parish in Fredericksburg, VA on Monday, November 17, at 10:00 am.








KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin” will be speaking about his writing experience at the New Canaan Inn in New Canann, CT on November 10 at 11:00 am.

KEN will then be having a.book signing at Barret Bookstore in Darien, CT on November 29.

In December, Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT will have KEN come and speak at their Christmas Book Fair. 




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








BLOG CORRAL


LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” blogs this week about seeing Susan Boyle in concert. Read all about it at  http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/










ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” and “Chanukah Guilt” asks if you have ever wondered why there are 9 candles on the Chanukah menorah? She also blogs about her work-in-progress and has answers to questions you never thought to ask. She also gives you a chance to ask any questions she hasn’t answered! Check it out at: WHY NINE CANDLES FOR CHANUKAH?







J. L. GREGER, author of “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight” and “Ignore the Pain” was featured on fellow OTP author AMY BENNETT’s Back Deck Blog with her new title “Malignancy,”  the third book in her medical mystery series. J. L. will be a guest at John Wills blog on October 24. 








DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Guns of the Texas Ranger” the first book in the Border Trilogy, welcomes autumn to the cabin at Freeman Ridge. As we prepare for another season. How long before we must build a wood fire in the little red stove? Today's blog asks questions about today's entrada. How far ahead can you see? www.daccrossley.typepad.com.








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.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waste Not...


        Lethal injections in Oklahoma are considered the most humane way to dispose of evil-doers. 
In both centuries before, we hanged bad guys (and gals) in Oklahoma, or used firing squads. Later we invented and used an electric chair, affectionately dubbed by the press, “Old Sparky.” 
Eventually, however, as media coverage expanded and taxpayers began to feel personally responsible for executions, we decided capital punishment would be more humane if we restrained a miscreant and injected chemicals to snuff him or her. 
The Bible says we are to put habitual evil-doers “away from us.” Death, of course, is the ultimate putting away.
As a newspaper reporter, I covered several trials of people who were accused of and proven to have committed unspeakable atrocities against fellow human beings. 
Once in private, after a devout Christian judge pronounced the death sentence, I asked if speaking those words troubled him? He said, “Not at all.” 
The convicted man had murdered––mostly women––on more than one occasion. Twice the man convinced juries that he was insane at the time he committed those acts. Twice jurors ordered him committed to the state department of mental health. When he had completed treatment and his sanity pronounced restored, he returned to society where he murdered yet another female. The trial I covered was for his third. Again he went with the tried and true insanity plea. The third time, however, was not a charm.
Several of the people on Oklahoma’s death row are strong physical specimens. It occurred to me that ailing folks outside might benefit from those healthy retinas, tissue, hearts, lungs, livers, etc. Poisoning a whole person seemed wasteful. 
I didn’t mention my idea to anyone else at first, afraid the theory might sound Frankenstein-ian. However, the more I thought about it, the better the idea seemed. Killing a healthy, physically viable sociopath was like throwing out the baby with the bathwater. 
I theorized some with law enforcement, all of whom scowled. After thinking it over, some said a lethal injection destroys organs and probably renders other parts unusable. One thoughtful fellow mused that, on the other hand, harvesting organs from a living donor probably would be illegal. 
When an Oklahoma inmate did not die on the table immediately after receiving the lethal injection (in April 2014), some suggested we return to one of our prior methods of capital punishment. Hanging would leave most organs and living tissue usable. A firing squad or "Sparky," probably not so much. 
My writer’s imagination began plotting a story in which a personable, handsome murderer fell in love with a lovely, naive young lawyer, and she with him.
That mental maneuvering created JINGO STREET, my eleventh published novel released by Oak Tree Press in August. 
This novel introduces Max Marco, 36, who murdered his first man when he was eight years old. Growing up in foster care and institutions, Max was a product of society’s answer to unwanted children. 
Attorney Anne Krease, 22, grew up like a hothouse orchid, protected, sheltered, and naive.
Under normal circumstances, these two should never have met. When they do, however, the chemistry between them is volatile. Tempestuous. Turbulent. 
Writers read the same news stories everyone else does. We process them differently. 
        JINGO STREET is a product of reality and my imaginings.    ––Sharon Ervin

Friday, October 17, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR OCTOBER 17, 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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NEW COVER CONTEST!!
Do you think your cover is the best? 
Would you like to enter it into a contest for only $10.00? 
We would love for our OTP authors to enter their covers. The link to enter is:

If you would like us to enter your cover for you, we would be happy to and then bill you for the entry fee. Please contact JEANA at bookpromodept@aol.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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NANCY LI PETRI is proud to announce "The Wooded Path” is close to completion!
She will be celebrating her launch with friends and neighbors dancing under the disco ball at a costume party at her home in Mooresville, NC, on Saturday night, October 25th. 

Ever wonder if you’re normal? Laine McClelland sure does. When the mysterious disappearance of a bunco friend, Paula, shakes her Lake Norman neighborhood, her seemingly perfect world is suddenly filled with dark thoughts, dangerous temptations and surprising confessions. What is normal once you realize life’s short, anyway? Was her marriage ever enough? She finds herself risking it all…and afraid of what really happened to Paula.

Author ANNE SCHROEDER says "...Nancy's "The Wooded Path" is an edgy, thoughtful treatment of issues facing married women today, including friendships, self-growth and marital fidelity. An unflinching portrayal of women I felt I knew... clever dialogue, and lots of real life issues pepper the page and make this a must-read for women struggling with middle age itch, the need for meaningful friendship bonds and the illusion that the marital grass is greener outside..."   

Author JOHN WILLS says "...it would make a great made for TV movie."

Author JANET GREGER says "...The author’s stream of consciousness account of Laine’s quandary about the direction of the rest of her life, particularly her love life, reveals a lot about marriage and relationships in modern suburban neighborhoods..."
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CAROL ALEXANDER, author of “The Big Squeal” is back from MISS LIBERTY’s month-long book tour. Pictured here, during a book signing, is a young book lover sipping from one of MISS LIBERTY’s keepsake beverage mugs.

A program and book signing for "The Big Squeal" by Liberty the Pig was held recently at the Boston Athenaeum, founded in 1807. One of the oldest independent libraries in the U.S., the prestigious Athenaeum is a private membership and research library. Adorned by a pair of red doors, the brick structure houses a vast collection of books and art work. 

“As told to author" CAROL ALEXANDER presented a program on her true heartland of America story in the great room, where many famous authors have spoken. The audience consisted of parents who belong to the library and their children from infants to grade school age. Donuts were served afterward, followed by a book signing in the children's library.

"This was an honor for Oak Tree Books," CAROL said, and for our town of Taylorville, IL. To have “The Big Squeal” share shelf space with some of history's greatest writers is humbling and exhilarating."

Childen's Librarian Suzanne Terry extended an invitation after CAROL made an inquiry by phone. Mrs. Terry clicked on the book's Amazon.com site during the phone call and was charmed by the pages she viewed. "We are so grateful to Mrs. Terry for this great opportunity," CAROL said. "I encourage other writers to follow their seemingly impossible dreams. Miracles do happen. As always, I credit OTP Publisher BILLIE JOHNSON for the gingham and flowers cover, which makes a fabulous first impression."

I choose "The Big Squeal" as my Featured Book of the Week for this prestigious honor!


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UPCOMING EVENTS

BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's book author, will have several book forms on display in a group show at the Paso Robles Library on October 2 running through the end of October. Her art piece, Hanging Book 3, continues to be displayed at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art until the middle of October. 





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, 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.



VIRGIL ALEXANDER, author of “Saints and Sinners” will be signing books at the Bullion Plaza Museum in Miami, AZ during the Miami High School Class of '64 fiftieth reunion on Sunday, October 19 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.








JOHN M. WILLS, author of “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. 


The Year Without Christmas” has been selected as the November book of the month by the St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception parish book club! 


On Monday, November 17, at 10:00 am, JOHN will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Council of Catholic Women held at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception parish in Fredericksburg, VA.




TEKLA DENNISON MILLER, author of “Mother Rabbit,” will be a member of a 3 person panel presenting for the Life Long Learning Lecture Series at Fort Lewis College, Durango CO on October 30 at 7:00 pm. They will explore artworks inspired by Sr. Helen Prejean’s book Dead Man Walking.  Panelists include Charissa Chiaravalotti and Dennis Elkins. TEKLA will comment on the film, and journalist and music critic Judith Reynolds, will chair the panel and focus on the opera.

On November 12, TEKLA will be the guest author at the TWRAHS book group reviewing “Mother Rabbit.” The event will be hosted by Connie Jacobs, Durango, CO

TEKLA was recently featured in Female First Magazine. Read the article here: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/mother-rabbit-tekla-dennison-miller-545747.html


ANN K. HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” will be the featured speaker for the Peters Township Referrals group at their event at the Sharp Edge Brasserie in McMurray, PA on November 6 at 5:00 pm. Her presentation is called "Write a Memoir - and Try Not to Laugh." She will also be selling and signing books at this event.







THONIE HEVRON, author of “Intent to Hold” and "By Force or Fear" will be speaking to the Rohnert Park Rotary about the Writers Life on November 11







KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin” will have a book signing at Barret Bookstore in Darien, CT on November 29. In December, Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT will have KEN come and speak at their Christmas Book Fair.  Ken is pictured here at his book signing at Barnes and Noble.








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







BLOG CORRAL

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” blogs this week about her Grandma’s powder box. Find out why it was so special to LORNA. http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/









DAC CROSSLEY, author of the Border Trilogy, is recovering from a head cold and he finds himself inspired to view its positive attributes. www.daccrossley.typepad.com.









SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of the culinary mystery, “Mission Impastable” has several blogging events and more to share this week.


SHARON is speaking at the Tucson Sisters in Crime meeting this Saturday. Her topic is: “The Plot Thickens when Well-Mixed” about plotting strategies.

She wrote a book review of a biography on Anne Mansfield Sullivan Macy http://writeonsisters.com/book-reviews/what-were-reading-biography-and-autobiography/

The winner of the contest to see what book Sharon will write next month for National Novel Writing Month was Potluck, the third book in her culinary mystery series. People read four options and voted for their favorite at http://writeonsisters.com/writing-craft/my-9-step-planning-process-for-nanowrimo-im-in-are-you/

In her continuing series at WriteonSisters.com about how to write the subgenres in mystery, she posted how to write a “cozy mystery” by following 16 steps. http://writeonsisters.com/writing-craft/the-mystery-of-mysteries-16-steps-to-writing-the-cozy-mystery/

In a related post, for those wanting to write a “culinary cozy mystery”, she provides 17 steps to get there. http://sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com/2014/10/17-steps-to-writing-culinary-mysteries.html

SHARON takes on the on-going plotter/pantser debate. If it works for you, who cares? It’s a false dichotomy anyway. http://angelicafrench.blogspot.com/2014/10/plotter-vs-pantser-specious-distinction.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. 

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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