Friday, June 7, 2013


This is the start of a busy summer for Oak Tree Press authors! Street fairs, library events, book store appearances and even some radio air time. Get in on a book give-away and have a laugh at the You Tube video of a reading flash mob—sort of. 

On June 2, TERRY AMBROSE, author of “License to Lie,” appeared at the RB Alive! street fair in Rancho Bernardo, CA, where he met plenty of new readers while promoting his novel. And, on June 6, he met with the Grantville Kiwanis Club to discuss how to avoid scams and cons

A Local Christian radio station just aired a one-hour interview with DAC CROSSLEY about writing, writers, Texas and GOK. Dac says “This was quite different for me. I've had short interviews, mostly science reporting, where I knew what was coming. Today was entirely unscripted. I followed a sermon by a black minister and ended with a program of gospel music. All in all -- an experience.”

Also, check out two of Dac's blogs in the Blog Corral.

NYU Alumni Arts and Science blog/newspaper is putting up a note about "Dragon Sutra" by RICHARD MARRANCA. Says Richard: “I have MA and doc from NYU -- I paid them a fortune so I'm glad they're coming through on this.” Ha!

D.R. RANSDELL, author of “Mariachi Murder” said: “I had so much fun watching Sunny's flash mob scene that I wanted to do something similar. I didn't have enough people for a mob, but I did gather some friends and make a little video. I had fun, they had fun, and if I'm lucky, I might get a few people interested in my book!” This one is fun to watch!

MARY MONTAGUE SIKES was notified that her novel, "Daddy's Christmas Angel", that was entered in the adult readers category in the National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest has won Third Place! Although she probably won't get to Salt Lake City, Utah for the awards banquet in August, she’s excited that others love "Daddy's Christmas Angel" too. Her book went to the National competition after winning First Place in the Virginia Press Women’s Communication Contest. Congratulations Monti!

On Monday, she was Alex Cavanaugh’s first guest feature interview about the A to Z Blog Challenge. Here’s the link:
Sikes talked about her writing journey at the Gloucester Point Rotary Club meeting on Tuesday. She gave some of the background of how her travels inspired her books.

One of our just released novels, “The Dead Don't Forget” by ROBERT WEIBEZAHL, got a great Amazon review. "This is the first time I've read one of Robert's books, and I was pleasantly surprised. Surprised because a LOT of mysteries are set in LA environs, and I tend toward third-person in selecting what I read, BUT, Billy Winnetka (what a great name) is so very engaging, likable, and a character I could cheer for! I also like a lot of secondary characters in books, especially ones that are multidimensional, and this book has a lot of great characters. And I loved the set scenes, and as a movie-land outsider, found them very interesting. I didn't feel this was just another LA/Hollywood book, but a unique look into a particular segment of the film industry. I read right through in one sitting on a particularly windy day when I could just curl up and read. Robert's writing is professional, snappy, but also rich in places. I enjoyed visiting with Billy!" We have to agree!

Robert offers copies of his book to two lucky winners at a Good Reads giveaway. The contest runs until June 25.

The Thousand Oaks Acorn gave Robert some love as well:


MICHAEL BLACK, author of  The Incredible Adventures of Doc Atlas” and “Pope's Last Case. . . .and Other Stories” will be showing at Printers Row on June 8 & 9 in Chicago.

On Wednesday, June 19, WENDY GAGER, author of the Mitch Malone series, (latest: “A Case of Volatile Deeds”) and three other local authors talk about our road to publishing at the Newaygo Area District Library at 6:30 p.m. in Newaygo, Michigan. For details, go to:

BERYL REICHENBURG, author of children's books, will be at the Coalesce Bookstore on Main Street in Morro Bay CA on Saturday, June 22 from 2 pm to 4 pm to sign her Wildlife Series books, “Wild Africa, Elephant Families in the Wild,” “Wild Hippos” and “Backyard Birds.” She will also be demonstrating how to fold accordion books to children. Drop by and join the fun. 


DAC CROSSLEY, author of “The Return of the Texas Ranger" (cover coming soon) talks about the Seventeen-Year Cicadas in Georgia. He also does a patriotic salute to D Day:

JOHN DANIEL, author of “Behind the Redwood Door,” has three good stories up and the challenge for next month up on his blog:

LESLEY DIEHL, author of “Dumpster Dying” and “Chilled, Grilled and Killed,” begins Sunday on her blog a discussion of  places where mystery writers could hide or find a body. She hasn't exhausted the list of possible locations, so you're invited to join in the fun by suggesting some spots of your own.

WENDY GAGER, author of the Mitch Malone series, is the featured author on Jungle Red Blog with Hank Phillipi Ryan as host. She's talking hockey and how it made it in the pages of her book:

MARJA MCGRAW, author of the Bogey series, talks about lessons learned the hard way. Check out the free book promotion:

PictureSHARON MOORE, upcoming “Mission Impastable,” writes about "What's in a Name" on her "Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time" blog (it's about titling manuscripts). She shares the culinary mystery titles she plans to use, and then gives away nearly four dozen others!

Over at "Write Away," Sharon posts the final entry on writing a business plan.

P.J. NUNN, promotion maven, and author of soon-to-be-released “Angel Killer,” posted a must-read blog on promotional madness:


Beryl Reichenberg said...

I always enjoy seeing what everyone is doing. Beryl said...

Echoing Beryl, I'm so glad to receive the Round-Up each week and to learn what all the authors are up to!

Jim Callan said...

Great video, Diane. And a good message to put out there - go away, I'm reading. What's more important than reading? Or more entertaining? As they say, if you don't read, you're just like the person who can't read.

Jim Callan said...

I have a number of open dates this summer for guest blogs and will be happy to host any OTP author. If you'd like to do a guest blog at The Author's Blog, send me a note and I'll send you the Guidelines for Guest Posts. or

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