Saturday, October 12, 2013


Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has a lot 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…

SHIRLEY SKUFCA HICKMAN, author of “Fall in Love with an Orange Tree or a Book” has a TV interview on California Life with Heather Dawson. How cool is this! Be sure to check it out.

CHRIS SWINNEY, author of “Gray Ghost” has a review and giveaway on Kings River Life Magazine at the following link. There is also an article by CHRIS about his time as a narcotic's agent. Be sure to get entered to win this great book!

TERRY AMBROSE, author of “License to Lie” appeared at the Duarte Festival of Books on October 5, where he was on the "Who Dunnit?" panel with five other mystery authors. Also on October 5th, his interview with five Edgar-nominated authors was published on King's River Life Magazine. A softcover copy of TERRY’s new funny Hawaiian mystery, "Kauai Temptations," is up for grabs in a Goodreads giveaway. Enter at

CAROL ALEXANDER and MISS LIBERTY, authors of “The Big Squeal” are calling all cooks! If you have a favorite "Pigs-in-the-blanket" recipe, please submit it to MISS LIBERTY’s facebook page. MISS LIBERTY and friends will hold a taste test. Reviews will be reported and a prize will be awarded. "The Big Squeal," is soon to be published in a Second Edition with a special bonus package on Abraham Lincoln's Eighth Judicial Circuit. This is believed to be the first ever kid-friendly look at the circuit, which launched Lincoln's presidency!


CORA RAMOS, author of "Dance the Dream Awake" and MARILYN MEREDITH author of "Indian Paintbrush" are both scheduled to attend The Festival of Mystery and Imagination in Clovis on October 12 from noon to 4:00pm. They will both read a selection and sign books. The event is free and open to the public.

Then on October 19th CORA will be speaking to Yosemite Romance Writers on Social Media and on October 18th check out an interview at

JOHN WILLS, will be launching his new book, “The Year Without Christmas” on Saturday, October 12th, at the Salem Church Library in Spotsylvania, VA. The event is, "The Parade of Prose," which features open mic readings by participants, a panel of published writers (JOHN will be one of the panelists) and a guest speaker. Scheduled from 9:30am-4:30pm, the event is open to the public and features a writer's workshop.

BILLIE JOHNSON, OTP Publisher has taken a booth at the Visalia Taste of the Arts festival. The event takes place October 17-19. MARILYN MEREDITH author of "Dangerous Impulses" also has a booth at the event. Stop by and see these lovely ladies.

J. L. GREGER and her beloved dog, Bug, will be at the Farmington, NM Public Library on October 17 at 6:00pm. J. L. will speak on "Science in your Fiction" and sign copies of “Coming Flu” and “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight.” Bug will supervise!

AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” has a book talk scheduled for Thursday, October 17 at 4:00pm at the Ruidoso Public Library, 107 Kansas City Road, Ruidoso, NM. Copies of “End of the Road” will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefitting Ruidoso Friends of the Library.
Then on Monday, October 21, AMY has a book signing at Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso campus bookstore, 709 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM. The signing will be from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm and AMY will be available to answer questions from university students. This event is open to the public and the bookstore will add “End of the Road” to its collection of books by local authors available for purchase.

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” will be appearing at Magna Cum Murder (October 24-28) in Indianapolis. The event is being held at Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN.


JAMES CALLAN, author of “A Ton of Gold” is busy on the blogging scene again. This past week he was a guest on two blogs. The first was on creating memorable characters and is at Becky Jacoby's site at:

The second was on Venture Galleries on the importance of the antagonist. It is located at:

On Saturday, Oct. 12, JAMES CALLAN, author of Character: The Heartbeat of the Novel" has a post on dialog at:

On Monday, Oct. 14, JAMES CALLAN has a guest post on Dames of Dialogue. This one is a bit different. It is a travel blog on Uluru, or Ayers Rock, considered to be the largest rock on the planet. It is in the Red Center of Australia. Actually, the blog is more on the Red Center, but Uluru is the centerpiece of the Red Center. the blog is at:

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” blogs about MARILYN MEREDITH using LORNA's name for a character in her new book "Spirit Shapes." Find out how the character and LORNA are alike—and different!

DAC CROSSLEY, author of the upcoming “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” has a new entry on his blog, with some directions for you. DAC also explains that he had to add some security to the comment feature of his blog to prevent being slammed by commercial messages. Please comment to DAC directly to his email and he will post the comment for you.

JOHN DANIEL, author of the upcoming “Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery” blogs this week about the shocking, surprising and scary power language can have. It features several 99-word stories contributed by his followers. JOHN invites you to drop by:


JOHN M. WILLS novel, “The Year Without Christmas”
John Wills' novel does not tell a happy story, but it is one that will grip you. You will not want to put it down. A cop abandons his family and disappears into a bitter cold Chicago winter, lost among the homeless - the anonymous sub-culture of humans struggling to stay alive when meals often come from a trash can and life might depend on finding an intact cardboard box to spend the night. Eric Doyle is a good cop, but one night as he and his partner, Al Giordano, pursue a burglar, Eric makes a terrible mistake. It can happen in the heat of pursuit, but no amount of R&R, counseling or family love can convince Eric of that. As he descends into despair you, the reader, will go with him. But never fear, "The Year Without Christmas" is so well crafted, the characters so well drawn, the details so authentic, you will want to follow Eric as he struggles to survive even as he wonders if he really wants to. It is a story of hope.
J. Allen Hill "The Secret Diary of Ewan Macrae"

VELDA BROTHERTON’s novel, "The Purloined Skull" offers intrigue in the very first sentence. By the end of the first chapter we have eight mysteries to solve: who was the dead person, who killed him, where is the head, what is Jessie’s dark secret and what is she running from, what is Dallas Starr’s secret and what is he running from, and will Jessie and Dallas get together. Brotherton weaves these together masterfully, letting the reader find answers little by little all the way to the end. The story is set in rural Arkansas, and the author gives us a clear picture of life there, its advantages and its disadvantages. Jessie Stone has moved back to her childhood home from California, trying to leave her problems behind. Dal Starr has left the Dallas Police Department to take over as the detective in the small town of Cedarton. And just so you don’t think that’s all there is to this book, Dal is part Cherokee and receives the feelings and moods of the dead. That ought to be enough to entice you to read the book. But, just to top it off, there is the romance that may, or may not, be able to survive between Jessie and Dal. If you’re ready for a good mystery, a good romance, and some dark moods from the dead, The Purloined Skull is a great choice.
James R. Callan, author of the Crystal Moore suspense novels and the Father Frank mysteries.

J. L. GREGER's book, "Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight"
Janet Greger writes a thoroughly enjoyable murder mystery without the clich├ęs of car chases and gun toting, swaggering detectives. Her book is a welcome relief. Many of us enjoy more character development with our plot. With Janet’s book, we find the interplay of diverse personalities in the close and sometimes hostile atmosphere of a top-notch, competitive, medical school setting. The mystery opens with one murder and then another, with threats of more to come. Yes, there are also stolen romantic moments, betrayal, dark secrets and academic misconduct. These elements are played out against a backdrop of colorful, ambitious characters in their climb up the academic ladder. The multi-layered mystery has all the twists and turns of a conventional murder mystery. Along the way, the reader is treated to a crisp, flowing writing style, peppered with ironic, humorous asides by the main character, Acting Dean Linda Almquist. We are also introduced to the world of cutting-edge, medical research and in particular weight loss, one of the hot topics of the day. Janet is well suited to be the author of such a book. She was a biology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a professor and Associate Dean of a medical school. Readers can be assured that the academic intrigue is true to life and the scientific information is accurate. Yes, murder is indeed a new way to lose weight. Pick up a copy of Greger’s, five star book today and enjoy.
Beryl Reichenberg, Author and Illustrator of Children’s Books and lover of mysteries.

ILENE SCHEIDER's book "Unleavened Dead"
Another 5-star review on! A Delight! I must confess I'm not Jewish, but it made no difference in how much I enjoyed this delightfully funny cozy mystery. The heroine, Rabbi Aviva Cohen, is reminiscent of Jessica Fletcher or Miss Marple, only more outspoken and nosier. The book is a pleasure from beginning to end. Highly recommended!
Lorna Collins author of Ghost Writer.

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.
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Have a great weekend, everyone.~ Suzi
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Eileen Obser said...

This is great, Suzi. Can't wait until my book is out and you start posting all my rave reviews (I hope). Thanks for all your hard work.

Janet Greger said...

Keep up the good work Suzi.
JL Greger