Friday, July 19, 2013


Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone. Oak Tree Press had quite a presence at the Public Safety Writers Association Conference held recently in Las Vegas, NV.  Several OTP authors attended and I believe a great time was had by all! Below is a re-cap of the winners along with some pictures. A big congratulations goes out to everyone!
ILENE SCHNEIDER, and her book “Unleavened Dead,” won First Place in the Fiction Book Published category. Pictured are ILENE, BILLIE JOHNSON and SUNNY FRAZIER.
Also winning First Place in the Fiction Book Published category was HONORA FINKELSTEIN and SUSAN SMILY with “The Reporter Who Died Probing.” This writing duo also won Second Place in the Non-Fiction Creative Non-Technical Non-Published category with “Angel Flights and Female Firefighters.”

RONALD CORBIN, and his book “Beyond Recognition” had a First Place win in the Non-Fiction Book Published category. RON was a two time winner with another First Place prize with “Shadows of the Heart,” in the Non-Fiction Creative Non-Technical Non-Published category.

KEITH BETTINGER won an Honorable Mention in the Non-Fiction Book Published category with “Murders in McHenry.”     

JOHN WILLS, with his upcoming book “The Year Without Christmas,” won Second Place in Fiction Book Non-Published. JOHN also won in the Fiction Flash Non-Published Category with “The Van” in First Place and “Black Mask” in Second Place. JOHN scored another First Place win in the Non-Fiction Creative Non-Technical Published Category with “Why I Became a Cop.”  JOHN is also a poet, winning First and Second Places in the Poetry Non-Published category with his poems, “Blue Pride” and “Why.”

J. L GREGER, pictured here with her dog, Bug, placed Second in the Fiction Short Story Non-Published with “Shoes.”

JACKIE TAYLOR ZORTMAN won Third Place in Non-Fiction Creative Non-Technical Non-Published with “Amache.” JACKIE also placed Third in Non-Fiction Creative Non-Technical Published with “Siege at Cortez.” JACKIE was really excited to have won two writing awards this year as this is the first writing contest she has ever entered.

We are so proud of all of the authors who placed in the contest! Kudos to all of you! Now on to other news from our wonderful authors at Oak Tree Press...

D. R. RANSDELL, author of “Mariachi Murder,” has a wonderful review at Night Owl Reviews. Cassandra writes the book was a smooth read and she didn't want to put it down. She hopes this is the beginning of a new series. She was guessing who did it until the end!
When I check the link, I go to the main website, I had a bit of trouble finding the exact review...I have a message in to Cassandra and hope to get a direct link for next week's Round-Up.

SHARON A. MOORE, author of the upcoming “Mission: Impastable,” has a spot in the July-August issue of the Writers Tricks of the Trade Ezine. The ezine is published by OTP author MORGAN ST. JAMES, author of "Who’s Got the Money?” You can find SHARON’s mention on pages 15-18 of the following link:

SHARON has two blog posts to share this week. MJ and Me is on her foodie blog and talks about Pot Luck,” book three in SHARON’s culinary mystery series. On SHARON’s general writing blog she shares some of her experiences at the recent Public Safety Writers Association Conference

TERRY AMBROSE, author of “License to Lie,” recently interviewed Edgar-award nominee Kim Fay to discuss the nomination and how being nominated for this prestigious award has affected her writing. The interview can be found at And, if you've ever wondered if health care fraud will ever be brought under control, his article, Health care fraud—working toward a solution, may give you hope.

TERRY also informs us that My July newsletter has a tip on how to keep our elders safe from scams along with a Ground Chicken Ranch Burger recipe that's perfect for those hot summer evening barbecues.

AMY BENNETT is ready to launch her new book! On Saturday, July 27, Books, Etc., and independent book store in Ruidoso, NM will be hosting a book signing for my 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. Helen has a nice webpage:


JAMES CALLAN, author of “A Ton of Gold,” has a guest blog on Venture Galleries about Tasmania - an island south of the mainland Australia. If you search for JAMES on the link, you will find several good blogs he has done at:

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer,” writes on her blog about returning from the PSWA conference in Las Vegas and how she really feels about the city. Catch it here 

P. J. NUNN, author of “Angel Killer,” has some blogs to share with you. On July 17th and 18th you can find her on Marilyn’s Musings.

On July 21st, P. J. will have a spot on Dalene’s Book Review.

WALTER LUCE, author of “Vermont Bound,” is featured on Romancing the Heart Interviews. He is there all week, folks! Follow this link:

JOHN DANIEL, author of "Behind the Redwood Door," invites everyone to visit his blog this week. He hosts Amy Franklin-Willis, a remarkable, talented novelist. 

This was "MARVA DALE Week" on Cathy's blog at Kittling Books.
Monday, 15th was an author interview, Tuesday, 16th was a review of "Death of a Flapper," and Wednesday, 17th was about Life in the Roaring Twenties. You are also invited to check out MARVA’s website at:

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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Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Good job, Suzy. Fun to read all this stuff even though I was at the awards luncheon.

Terry Ambrose said...

Great job, Suzy! So much stuff going on!