Friday, August 23, 2013


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,, 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…

BILLIE JOHNSON, Oak Tree Press Publisher, is evaluating hosting or co-hosting a conference next summer, 2014. The location would be California's beautiful San Joaquin Valley. The survey is a short 6 questions. Also, your input is needed for ideas of what you would like to see at the conference. A writing competition? Book signings? Participation in speaking panels? Billie would love to have your feedback on this exciting possibility. Please use the following link for the survey.

JEANA THOMPSON, OTP Public Relations, was featured in a recent edition of Western Writers of America Round-Up magazine. She speaks of receiving review blurbs from your fellow authors at your publishing house. JEANA says, “I think it would be that a review blurb from a well-known author would be more influential to prospective readers than that of a professional reviewer with less name recognition.” Nice job, JEANA! Congratulations on being on the other side of the public relations desk!

CINDY LADAGE and JANE AUMANN's children’s book, “My Name is Huber” has been reviewed by Night Owl Reviews. I have included the entire review so you can see what a delight this book is. I also chose this book as the Blog Feature Book of the week. Simply click the link of the book cover on the far right to order it today for your little ones. Click this link for the review:

Huber is a tractor built in 1927. He is ready to work on a farm. When he is sold, he wonders what type of farm work he’ll do and if he’ll have a family. The farmer and his family take very good care of Huber. As the years pass, they need a newer, faster tractor and Huber is replaced. Huber is put in a field with the other broken-down farm equipment. One day, the farmer’s son, who is grown now, finds Huber and remembers all the fun he had riding Huber around the farm. He decides to rebuild Huber. Once again, Huber is good as new. Huber’s final move is to a museum in 1990 where everyone can see the shiny tractor from 1927. This is a cute story. It is written from Huber’s viewpoint. The story details the hard work that is needed to take care of a farm. It shows the changes in the needs of equipment from year to year. Even though Huber is replaced and left alone for years, the farmer’s son restores Huber to share with others. It is interesting to note that the goal of the two authors is to preserve agricultural heritage for future generations.

CAROL ALEXANDER, author of “The Big Squeal” would like to share a picture that was sent to her by Gail Doyle. Gail’s friend, Judy Nickles, proudly displays a copy of "The Big Squeal" by MISS LIBERTY and a miniature of the world's only statue of Abe Lincoln and a pig. This display is right inside Judy’s front door so everyone gets to see it! CAROL is positive that MISS LIBERTY is now "at home" in all 50 states.

MISS LIBERTY has also been invited to hold a book signing for "The Big Squeal" at the Rock Springs Nature Center fall festival September 14th - 15th in Decaur, IL. This is really of interest to me. Exactly how does a pig sign a book? This is a pygstery!
J. L GREGER’s book “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight” will be featured in Rebecca Dahlke’s All Mystery Newsletter September 7th - 13th. This book’s kindle edition, along with "Coming Flu" the first in this series, are both on sale for$2.99 through the end of September on Follow this link for the newsletter:


ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” will be at Killer Nashville this weekend, August 23- 25, 2013 in Nashville, TN. She has two panels scheduled. The first panel is Friday, August 23rd from 10:10 am -11:40 am, “Hardboiled Heroines and Feisty Female Sleuths/Strong Female Protagonists.” The second is Saturday, August 24th from 11:20 am-12:20 pm, “Fiction on the Fringes: Writing about Other Cultures, Closed Societies and Countercultures.”

RADINE TREES NEHRING, author of “A Fair to Die For” is spending all day this Saturday, August 24, at the yearly Frisco Festival in Rogers, Arkansas. She's appearing as an invited guest of Trolley Line Books at 110 West Walnut in Rogers's Historic District,where streets will be closed to all but pedestrian traffic. Trolley Line owners, Myra and Pat Moran, are setting up an open tent in front of the bookstore where RADINE will be talking with the public and signing copies of “A Journey to Die For” and “A Fair to Die For” from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Look for the fluttery-topped shelter just a half-block south of Frisco Park, where artists on the concert stage, plus other attractions, will be entertaining festival attendees throughout the day.

On September 09, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Cranford Community Center 220 Walnut Avenue Cranford, NJ 07016, RICHARD MARRANCA and the library invites you to an evening about the culture and history of Southeast Asia. His book “Dragon Sutra” unfolds across Southeast Asia and is about politics, history, travel, Buddhist monks, the adventure of living, and more. There will be a slide show, a brief reading from the novel, and a question and answer period. RICHARD was awarded a Fulbright to teach at the University of Munich, as well as six summer study grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has a doctorate from New York University and is an Assistant Professor of English at Passaic County Community College. In Asia, he studied yoga and meditation and spent time with a hill tribe. Admission to the program is free and all are welcome.

RICHARD MARRANCA, author of “Dragon Sutra” has an interview and an upcoming appearance. The interview will run Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11:30 pm through Saturday, August 31 at 11:30 pm CST on Romancing the Heart interviews. Here is the link:

WILLIAM DOONAN, author of “American Caliphate” has a speaking event at Sacramento Public Libraries to talk about writing, archaeology, and "American Caliphate." The event is next Tuesday, August 27th.  WILLIAM says he will be meeting with some major library people to talk about his book, about Oak Tree Press, and about future projects.

AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road,” will be selling and signing copies of her debut mystery novel on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at By the Cupful, 123 N. White Sands Blvd., Alamogordo, NM from 10 am to 12 noon. "End of the Road" was the 2012 Oak Tree Press Dark Oak Mystery contest winner. Everyone is invited to stop by and pick up a copy of the book and some wonderful coffees, teas, and other goodies offered by the friendly people at By the Cupful (a locally owned small business) and meet the author as well!


JOHN DANIEL, author of “Behind the Redwood Door” hosts Larry Karp on his blog this week. Larry writes medical thrillers and ragtime mysteries. Drop by and meet a master:

DAC CROSSLEY, author of the upcoming “Revenge of the Texas Ranger,” declares that in Atlanta the rain continues to fall and he is reduced to a whimsical entry on Dac Crossley's Western Blog. DAC also reminds us that progress continues on publication of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger.”

J. R. LINDERMUTH, author of “Sooner than Gold” is interviewed on several projects at

LORNA COLLINS, author of "Ghost Writer" invites you to find out about the new book by J. L. GREGER who is LORNA's guest this week on her blog.

JAMES CALLAN, author of "A Ton of Gold" is interviewed by Daphne Self on Rebel Book Reviews. It is a nice interview. Get to know JAMES at the following link:

HELEN OSTERMAN, author of “Locked Within” is pleased to announce that her author spotlight is live on Morgen Bailey's writing blog . The direct link is:

P.J. NUNN, author of "Angel Killer" has a full schedule for the upcoming week. Here is where you can find her:

Wednesday, August 28 Book Review & Guest Blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Wednesday, August 28 - Dames of Dialogue Interview, (
Thursday, August 29 Book Review at A Room Without Books is Empty
Friday, August 30 Book Review, Interview & Character Guest Post at Melina’s Book Blog
Friday, August 30 Guest Blogging at Read 2 Review

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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marja said...

Jeana, Great job! And congratulations!

Good news all the way around and I love keeping up with everyone through the Weekly Round-Up.
Marja McGraw

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Nice to see Jeana out in the public eye. Good job all, Beryl

Eileen Obser said...

Thanks for this, Suzi. Great news and I'm glad to learn all about the Oak Tree authors, as usual.