Saturday, September 21, 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…

Publisher BILLIE JOHNSON is busy putting the final details together for the WORDSTOCK festival in Portland. She's finishing up the catalog to hand out to visitors to our booth...and collecting needed items and supplies into a the staging area, awaiting transfer to the car. OTP authors who wish to ship us bookmarks or giveaways featuring their titles....there is still time...but hurry!

OTP is starting a new yahoo group... This will be for any and all authors who want to share something book-related....industry news, a new release, a new ebook, a blog, an author event, a good review, a favorite bookseller, anything pertaining to books and/or the book business. OTP is managing this list, but it is open to all authors, regardless of who published their book. Book fans who want to see the latest news are welcome to subscribe also.

PATRICK LINDER, author of the upcoming "Ghost Music" is looking forward to the launch of this title at WORDSTOCK. "Ghost Music" was awarded third place for a non-published fiction book at the Public Safety Writers Association annual writing competition. Congratulations, PATRICK!
PATRICK has recently had three essays published at an online journal. Please feel free to follow this link:
PATRICK also has a great blog, take a look and welcome him to the OTP family!

J. L GREGER’s book “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight” kindle edition, along with "Coming Flu" the first in this series, are both on sale for$2.99 through the end of September on Time is running out to get these books at bargain price!

JOHN BRANTINGHAM, author of “Mann of War” will be discounting the kindle version of this title to 99 cents from September 22 – 29 on Another great deal from our OTP authors!

AMY BENNETT's new release "End of the Road" has been reviewed by Kings River Life Magazine. The review, by Cynthia Chow, says that this book "looks to be the beginning of a very fun and skillfully written mystery series." Here is the link to the review: 


Children's author BERYL REICHENBERG, author of "Butterfly Girls" will be attending the Cuesta College Writer's Conference this coming weekend, Sept 20 and 21. She'll be selling all five of her OTP children's books at the conference as well. In fact, this year she is in charge of the local writer's group, NightWriters, book selling table. The annual conference has been going on for 29 years and usually draws a crowd of authors and renown presenters. This year should be no exception.

SHIRLEY SKUFCA HICKMAN, author of "Fall in Love with an Orange Tree or a Book" is having a book reception and signing this Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Porterville Art Association Gallery at 121 N. Main in Porterville, CA. SHIRLEY shares the reason behind this intriguing title. When one of her former students came to the United States from Mexico, her mother told her, “I brought you to the best country in the world. Make a choice. Fall in love with an orange tree or a book.” In other words, spend your life working in the fields or get an education. Her former student chose to get an education and is now the Director of Migrant Education for her school district.

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” will be at the Congregation Ahavat Olam Sisterhood Sukkot Brunch, 106 Windeler Rd., Howell, NJ on September 22 from11:00 am - 2:00 pm. The topic is “What Makes a Jewish Book Jewish?”

BILLIE JOHNSON, OTP Publisher, is getting ready for the Virginia American Library Association conference exhibit in Williamsburg September 26-27. Several OTP titles will be on display including MARY MONTAGUE SIKES Hotels to Remember collection: “Scenic James River,” “Hotel DuPont” and “Williamsburg Inn.” Also MONTI’s “Daddy's Christmas Angel” and “A Rainbow for Christmas.” JOHN M. WILLS new release “The Year Without Christmas” will also be displayed. It's starting to sound a lot like Christmas!

ROBERT WEIBEZAHL, author of “The Dead Don’t Forget” will be signing books at the Sisters in Crime booth at the West Hollywood Book Fair on Sunday, September 29th. ROBERT will also be doing a book signing on Saturday, October 5 from 1:00pm – 3:00 pm at Mrs. Figs' Bookworm, 93 East Daily Drive, Camarillo, CA 805/482-1384

VELDA BROTHERTON, author of the upcoming “The Purloined Skull” will be at the Springdale Library, Arkansas Authors Fair, October 5th from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. VELDA will speak and have her books available at the Ozark Creative Writer's Conference in Eureka Springs October 10-12. Also a special book launch for her latest book, "The Purloined Skull" will be held at The Trolley Line Book Shop in Rogers on October 19 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. She will talk about what it was like to switch from historical romances to a dark, gritty and sexy mystery and how she pulled it off.

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.


LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” invites you to check in on her blog. This entry is about video book trailers. She has them for all her books. Check it out at:

DAC CROSSLEY, author of the upcoming "Revenge of the Texas Ranger" has a blog entry titled,  "It's all about the webbing."

JOHN LINDERMUTH, author of “Sooner than Gold” is talking about this title and other topics at Romancing the Heart Interviews at You can also learn more about JOHN on his website at

JOHN DANIEL, author of the upcoming “Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery's” blog this week features Nancy Klann-Moren, a brilliant fiction writer. Drop by and meet this fine storyteller and novelist.

EILEEN OBSER, author of the upcoming “Only You” invites you to view her new blog. This entry tells about her recent travels through time. She hopes you will give it a look and leave a comment or send an e-mail.

ROBERT WEIBEZAHL, author of “The Dead Don’t Forget” has two guest blogs this week: The first link is for Bookpage:
and the second blog is on Auntie M Writes

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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Eileen Obser said...

Hi Suzi,

Great job, Suzi. Please add a note asking OTP authors to comment on this site. You should have responses! Thanks for mentioning my blog. I'll be posting another on Wed. Sept. 25 and I'll get it off to you.

Janet Greger said...

Thanks for mentioning my book sale. Do you think comments on a blog are tabulated anywhere? Do they help anyone? JUst wondering.
JL Greger

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks for doing this, Suzi. When I get busy, I forget to send out info including about the Williamsburg Book Festival yesterday!

Billie Johnson said...

Ellen, thanks for being on the ball and reminding us that comments are important!

Janet, yes, comments are tracked in various places where we can look up the stats, and also the web crawlers will pick up names, titles and so on, so this is a plus. Also, people often cite how many views they get, etc, as part of their 'cred' when pitching themselves.


Beryl Reichenberg said...

It's nice to know our comments count, and it's nice to see all the good work everyone is doing. Thanks to you Suzi, we know about all this progress. Beryl

Bookworm said...

The Round-up has been quite full the last few weeks! I love it! Keep up the events, everyone and I will keep trying to get people to them! Keep up the blogs and I will get people to come read them. Keep up promoting yourself and your book(s) and people will keep buying and reading them. :)