Friday, July 12, 2013


Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Oak Tree Press has officially moved to California! Billie survived the long trip and is settling in just in time to move on to Las Vegas for the PSWA conference. If you are attending the conference, as well, please take some photos to submit to me for a future edition of the Round-Up. This week we have an author with a TV segment, great reviews, in-depth interviews, meet and greets, blogs and more to share with you. Let's head into the Round-Up!

SHIRLEY SKUFCA HICKMAN, “Fall in Love with an Orange Tree or a Book,” has a TV segment she would like to share. The name of the show is California Life with Heather Dawson. The interview aired on July 6th and the show runs here as well as in Hong Kong, Australia and for our armed forces overseas. Here's the link to the show: 

OTP children’s author BERYL REICHENBERG’s new book When Caterpillars Dream” has been reviewed by Sarah Mazor of It received 5 stars!

And here is a very nice review from OTP author CINDY LADAGE: "When Caterpillars Dream" offers insight into how a caterpillar morphs into a beautiful butterfly and supplies children with educational material offered in a creative way. One of the best things about the book is that at the end Reichenberg provides a vocabulary list of words a child may not understand. The book is a fun read and visually appealing. Cindy is the Co-author of "Tucker’s Surprise", "The Christmas Tractor" and "My Name is Huber, a Tractor’s Story"

Sarah Mazor also reviewed BERYL's other new OTP book, "Butterfly Girls," giving it 5 stars also.

CAROL ALEXANDER, “The Big Squeal,” would like you to join Liberty’s Legion!
Liberty, the only live pig on's roster of authors, invites fans to join the newly-launched "Liberty's Legion." To join, contact Oak Tree Press ( Membership is free, with recruits receiving a lapel pin and personal message from Liberty. Liberty hopes her new friends will wear the lapel pin on their vacations and become ambassadors for America's vanishing heartland and its warm-hearted people. And did you know…Miss Liberty is available for interviews!

RADINE TREES NEHRING, “A Fair to Die For,” has a review of her book from Kittling books. Cathy says "Nehring knows how to make a reader's heart beat faster!"

LORNA COLLINS, “Ghost Writer,” was interviewed for Romancing the Heart Interviews. Read what she had to say and learn a lot about LORNA in the interview.  


MARY MONTAGUE SIKES, author of the Passenger to Paradise series, will have a book signing on Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at William and Mary Barnes & Noble, Duke of Gloucester St. in Williamsburg, VA. The signing will focus on her novels, Secrets by the Sea and Jungle Jeopardy. The related stories are set on the island of Antigua and in Central America.

AMY BENNETT is ready to launch her new book! On Saturday, July 27, Books, Etc., an independent book store in Ruidoso, NM will be hosting a book signing for her debut mystery novel, “End of the Road” (2012 winner of the Dark Oak Mystery contest) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  The bookstore is located at 2340 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345.

On Sunday, July 28, the official release party for “End of the Road” will be held at Noisy Water Winery, 2342 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, NM.  This event is a wine and cheese reception and is by invitation only (so anyone who might be visiting in the area and would like to attend can visit AMY’s website and request an invitation if space is still available!)  Guests will be offered samples of the winery’s award-winning Jo Mamma’s White sweet white wine which is mentioned in the novel!  Also, anyone who wishes to order signed copies of the book may order them from Noisy Water Winery (which happens to be her part-time employer!)

HELEN OSTERMAN will be at the American Library Association Convention on Sat. July 29 at the Sisters in Crime booth. Mark your calendars! She will be handing out postcards and book marks for her new title, “Locked Within” which is the 5th in the Emma Winberry Series.


JOHN DANIEL, “Behind the Redwood Door,” tells us for this month's invitational post, five writers sent in 99-word stories showing the courage it takes to challenge authority. Here they 

LORNA COLLINS, “Ghost Writer,” has blogged about preparing for writing conferences.

And LORNA is off this week to another writing conference. Find out how she gets ready: 

MARILYN MEREDITH, author of the Rocky Bluff P. D. series, has a blog up about why her series is not like a soap opera:

MARJA MCGRAW, author of the Bogey Man series, has a blog up discussing giving characters in books an extra degree of difficulty. Please check it out at: .

JAMES CALLAN, “A Ton of Gold,” has a mention on Venture Galleries. "An old folk tale affects the lives of people today, bringing murder, fire-bombing, and kidnapping." Follow this link:

This is MARVA DALE week on Cathy's blog at Kittling Books.

Monday, July 15th is an author interview, Tuesday, July 16th is a review of "Death of a Flapper," and Wednesday, July 17th she talks about Life in the Roaring Twenties. Also be sure to check out MARVA's website

DAC CROSSLEY, author of "Guns Across the Rio," has something different to read on a July afternoon. His blog this week is the bare bones of a story - a real one - that he’s fiddling around with. Let him know what you think, if you will. Here is the link:

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 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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Anonymous said...

Nice work, Suzi!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Suzi! Great job!

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Bookworm said...

Thank you! I enjoy doing the Round-Up :) ~ Suzi