Friday, August 9, 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, for a complete list of all the great books we have available. But now, for your reading pleasure, our authors have news, book signings, launches, blogs and more to share with you as we head into the Round-Up…

WALTER LUCE would like to announce the release of “Atlanta Exit.” This is the prequel to his book, “Vermont Bound.” WALTER has a reading and a book signing set for Wednesday, August 14th, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Brandon Library in Brandon VT. Here is a blurb about his book:
In 1970, Turk Donatelli left the mob-controlled city of Miami... Turk, along with his close friend, China Jon, and Digger, his Navy Seal protector, take a fast-paced adventure through Ocala, Florida and the European continent before taking the Atlanta exit. 
Here Turk crosses the line when he builds adult bookstores for Nikolas J. Pappas, the "Porno King of the Southeast.” Pappas is  facing a murder charge for the death of a competitor. Turk thought money would cure his angst, as he lives a life he always dreamed about. Instead, he feels empty and unfulfilled...

BERYL REICHENBERG, author of many delightful children’s books would like to share a review of “The Big Squeal,” by OTP author CAROL ALEXANDER. “The Big Squeal” is a delightful story about a runaway pig called Liberty (of course, she's called Liberty) who eventually finds a home and celebrity status as a VIP, Very Important Pig. The story may be for older children and adults more than very young children who may not understand all the tongue-in-cheek pig references. But who can resist such phrases, as “life is no pignic” or "to save my pigskin?” Weaving Liberty’s adventures into a story about Abe Lincoln and a bronze pig statue in Taylorville, IL only enhances the story. The reader will also find CAROL ALEXANDER’s writing style breezy and fun, with plenty of word play. This book could come with a warning: beware a giggle, chuckle or even a squeal may escape your lips as you read Liberty’s pig tale.

Kings River Life Magazine has a review and giveaway of "Mariachi Murder," a novel by D. R. RANSDELL this week along with a fun interview with the author. Learn all about D. R., mariachi music and enter to win a copy of the book here:

TERRY AMBROSE, author of “License to Lie” recently participated in a panel of local authors at the Oceanside Barnes and Noble. Each of the authors talked briefly about their books, answered questions, and then signed copies for those who wanted signed copies. It was a great event and everyone hopes Barnes and Noble will do more of these.

On August 7, TERRY published an interview with Best First Novel Edgar-nominee Daniel Friedman in his Crime Fiction column Interview with Edgar nominee Daniel Friedman. TERRY was interviewed by Maria Ruiz at, where he discussed his 25-year path to publication and the social media black hole.

JEANA GARTSHORE-THOMPSON, Public Relations at OTP invites you to “like” her Oak Tree Press Authors Page. This week she is spotlighting AMY BENNETT and her recently released, "End of the Road." Who will be spotlighted next? "Like" her page to find out! Follow this link:

MARTA CHAUSEE and her title, “Murder’s Last Resort” is featured on Love Romances and More. Helen reviewed the book and said, "All up it’s a pleasant read, with characters the reader can care about, enough excitement to keep the reader turning the pages, and a good balance of enough description to really see the beach and the rooms of the resort, without getting bogged down and killing the pace of the murder investigation." Read it all here:


BILLIE JOHNSON, Oak Tree Press Publisher, will be attending the reorganizational meeting of the Tulare Kings Writers at the Tulare County Library in Visalia this weekend. Yes folks, BILLIE is back in California! And back in action with appearances!

BILLIE has been doing some work on our Facebook page. She updated our cover photo to reflect some new releases and has been posting up a storm! "Like" our Facebook page to get in on the action!

ROBERT WEIBEZAHL will sign copies of his new crime novel, The Dead Don’t Forget,” at Barnes & Noble in Thousand Oaks, California, on Saturday, August 17 at 2:00 pm. The book features screenwriter Billy Winnekta, introduced in ROBERT's debut crime novel, The Wicket and the Dead. The new installment in the acclaimed mystery series once more finds the amateur detective reluctantly investigating a peculiar Hollywood crime. Barnes & Noble is located in the Westlake Promenade, 160 S. Westlake Blvd, Thousand Oaks, 805/446-2820.

ROBERT was the guest blogger this week at Mystery Fanfare:

BERYL REICHENBERG, children's book author, will be signing and talking about her new picture books, “Butterfly Girls” and “When Caterpillars Dream” on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Whiz Kids Toy Store in San Luis Obispo, 3979 South Higuera from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. She'll also be showing children how to fold accordion books. Drop by and join the fun.

BERYL has two events on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at the Curious Cup Bookstore, 929 Linden Ave in downtown Carpinteria, CA. From 11:00 am to 12 noon she will be teaching a class about the publishing industry and talking about how to publish your own book. This class is for budding authors and parents who wish to learn how to self-publish stories written by their children.

From 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the same location, she will be signing and talking about butterflies and her two new children's stories, “Butterfly Girls” and “When Caterpillars Dream.”

MARY MONTAGUE SIKES will present the workshop, "The Writer's Life – Using Personal Experiences in Crafting Your Book," at the Hanover Book Festival 2013. Her hour-long presentation for writers of all levels will be one of eight workshops that are part of this year's book festival. The event will take place from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday, August 10 at the Liberty Christian School Gymnasium, 8094 Liberty Circle, Mechanicsville.

About 50 authors will participate in this year's event and will feature many of their books for signing. MARY MONTAGUE SIKES will have seven novels available, including the award-winning “Daddy's Christmas Angel.” The first Hanover Book Festival took place in 2006 and has been revived after an absence of three years. This year's festival is sponsored by the Hanover Writers Club, a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. For more information about the festival, contact Joanne Liggan at 804-514-1446 or by email at

On Thursday, August 8, MARY presented a program, “Famous Historic Hotels,” to the West Point Rotary Club. Hotels from the “Hotels to Remember” project were featured along with several hotels located inside National Parks. She also showed her paintings of the Royal Hawaiian and the Moana Surfrider, hotels on Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii that she plans to include in a future book.


JOHN DANIEL, author of “Behind the Redwood Door,” blogs in honor of global warming and the sizzling month of August. For this month's invitational blog post, he challenged writers to send in 99-word stories about heat. Here are the seven stories he received:

MARJA MCGRAW, author of “Bogey’s Ace in the Hole” posted a new blog about Old Villains and Mysteries.
I checked out MARJA's site and there is a lot of good reading there! Be sure to check it out! 
Follow this link:

P.J. NUNN, author of “Angel Killer,” has some reviews and posts next week for your reading pleasure.
Monday, August 12 – Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea
Thursday, August 15 – Book Review at My Cozie Corner
Friday, August 16 – Character Guest Post at Books R Us
August 17-18, X Jane Reads,

DAC CROSSLEY, Check out some Texas rainmakers on his blog this week and he wants to know when are we are going to dry out?

JAMES CALLAN, author of "A Ton of Gold," currently has a blog on "The Importance of Contrast in Writing" on LESLEY DEIHL's blog at 

On Monday, August 12, he will have a blog at Venture Galleries at the following link:

On Wednesday, August 14, JAMES has an interview running on Emile Hendryx's site 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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Billie Johnson said...

Great Round Up! Kudos to Suzi for doing such a wonderful job with our news, and also kudos to our wonderful authors for making that news!!

Billie Johnson,

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Suzi, for putting up this comprehensive post!!!

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

As always, great job, Suzi!

Jeana_OTP_PR said...

Super Fantastic Job! I always find it exciting to get the Oak Tree Press Authors news spread out among the world!