Friday, September 6, 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…

AMY BENNETT, author of the newly released “End of the Road” has made the front page of her local newspaper. The Alamagordo Daily News ran a great article on August 31st titled: Bent author wins writing contest. AMY won the 2012 OTP Dark Oak Mystery Contest. Congratulations on being front page news, AMY! Read all about it at:

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:

EILEEN OBSER, author of the upcoming memoir “Only You” would like to announce the launch of her website and blog. “Only You” was the 2012 winner of the OTP Memoir Contest and will be published in January of 2014.

JOHN WILLS, author of the upcoming “The Year Without Christmas” shares an early review of his book:
I read “The Year Without Christmas” in just three days and was always anxious to get back to it when I had to put it down. Many serious and complicated life’s issues intertwine in this delightfully written novel and one can’t help but wonder how so many challenges ever possibly could all be resolved. But with the usual writing skill that John Wills presents, there are twists and turns that holds you riveted to the book and, eventually, has you reaching for a tissue as the end ever so slowly unfolds. Once again, John has done an excellent job with his latest Christmas themed book that reinforces what the reason for the season truly is and how a little faith can work miracles in one’s life. Anyone who prefers a book you hate to see end will love reading this book and I highly recommend it. This book would make a terrific Christmas gift.
Reviewed by: JACKIE TAYLOR ZORTMAN, author of “We Are Different Now”

On October 12th, JOHN WILLS is hoping to have a launch party for his novel, "The Year Without Christmas." It will be held at his local Public Library in conjunction with the monthly meeting of his writers group, The Riverside Writers. The Parade of Prose, an event in which members read excerpts of their work, and author panels are held (JOHN will be serving on one), is also on the agenda.

On September 3, TERRY AMBROSE, author of “License to Lie” appeared at the El Cajon Kiwanis club to talk about how to avoid scams and cons. TERRY’s presentation, titled "One Step Ahead," focuses on currently active scams and how to avoid becoming a victim.


W.S. GAGER, author of The Mitch Malone Mystery series will be at the Kerrytown Bookfest in Ann Arbor, MI on Sunday, September 8, from 11 am - 5 pm. She will be in booth #47 with other Michigan Mystery Writers. GAGER's latest Mitch Malone Mystery is "A Case of Volatile Deeds." On September 14 and 15 she will be at the Kalamazoo Street Rod Show at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday and 9 am to 3 pm on Sunday.

On September 09, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at Cranford Community Center 220 Walnut Avenue Cranford, NJ, 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.

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” will be at the Wall Township Library, 2700 Allaire Rd., Wall Township, NJ on September 10 at 7:00 pm. The panel discussion is sponsored by the New Jersey Authors Network.

OTP Children’s book author, BERYL REICHENBERG, will teach a class in making a basic accordion book. The group will then talk about how to write a story, where story ideas come from and the children will have an opportunity to write and illustrate their own story in the books they have made. BERYL will share some of her own children’s books with the class in addition to books written by other children. A pizza snack will be served. Beryl has been writing and illustrating children’s stories for six years and has nine books currently available at the Curious Cup Bookstore, including her two new books about Monarch butterflies, "When Caterpillars Dream" and "Butterfly Girls." The event will take place on Wednesday, September 18, 3:30pm to 5 pm at the Curious Cup Bookstore, 929 Linden Ave. in downtown Carpinteria. Seating is limited. Please pre- register.


HOLLI CASTILLO, author of “Jambalaya Justice” was interviewed by Maria Ruiz on September 5th. Find out how HOLLI got her jeep stolen and it ended up saving her life. Check out the interview on Maria’s blog:

JAMES CALLAN, author of “A Ton of Gold” has two blogs to check out this week. The first is on using metaphors and similes in your writing. It will be posted September 9 on Annette Irby's site, at:
Then on Thursday, September 12, JAMES will have a blog on Dialog running at Venture Galleries:

DAC CROSSLEY, author of the upcoming “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” blogs about a Labor Day many years ago, when he first visited Matamoros, Mexico. His father herded them into his Plymouth and they drove west from Kingsville, across the King Ranch to US 281. That took them south to McAllen, and the River Road took them to Brownsville. The family crossed into Mexico on the Gateway Bridge. DAC’s mother gave him a lecture about being in foreign lands and not under the protection of Uncle Sam. It made him nervous. A decade later, DAC’s father relocated to Brownsville. DAC had many occasions to visit Matamoros and he is pleased to blog about it today.

JOHN DANIEL, author of the upcoming “Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery,” blogs about back story and plot structure this week, illustrated by a brief chapter from "Hooperman." To the left, a sneak peak at the cover for JOHN’s new book. Please drop by:

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” blogs about her wedding 48 years ago and her wedding supper. Photos are included.

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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1 comment:

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Another super job, Suzi. Beryl