Friday, October 25, 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…

Halloween is coming up fast! Do you know what you are going to do? Want to try something fun and different? OTP author CHRIS KULLSTROEM has just the book for you!

"Deadly Roles: Interactive Games of Murder and Mystery" is a collection of interactive murder mystery games in which players take on character roles, search for clues and solve  mysteries in Halloween-party settings. Games are themed on different ways death has been regarded from the Middle Ages to the present. Mysterious topics include the plague, death omens, alchemy, funerals, Underworld legends, graveyards and legends of the undead.

JOHN M. DANIEL would like to announce the release of his new novel, "Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery."
To top off this announcement, JOHN shares with us that Publishers Weekly gave "Hooperman" a glowing, starred review!
"Pleasant and unusually good-natured, this novel from Daniel (The Poet’s Funeral) harkens back to a time when printed books mattered and an independent bookstore could be a social club for passionately eccentric bibliophiles. Tall, bearded, and helplessly stuttering, Hooperman “Hoop” Johnson is happy to be hired at Maxwell’s Books in Palo Alto, Calif., in the summer of 1972, even if his secret assignment is not to take care of the books but to find out how big chunks of the store’s inventory are disappearing. Hoop becomes acquainted with Maxwell’s squabbling employees and begins a romance with Lucinda Baylor, one of the suspects in a case that turns out to be larger than amateur shoplifting. In fact, the effort to identify the thief soon takes a backseat to Daniels’s exploration of the odd quirks of human nature, as flashbacks reveal how Hoop became the person he is and lead to a sweet, gently satisfying conclusion."
I have chosen "Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery" as my Featured Blog Book of the Week. To get your copy, simply click the cover on the right column to go directly to
BERYL REICHENBERG, Oak Tree Press children's author, will be reading her stories at Santa Rosa Elementary School in Atascadero to a first grade class. BERYL has chosen to read "The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake," a favorite with young children. Her visit is sponsored by Bucket of Books, an independent bookstore, who provides authors to area schools on a regular basis. Bucket of Books will also be selling BERYL's stories.

Two OTP authors are running specials on their kindle editions coming up soon.
“Gray Ghost” by CHRIS SWINNEY will be 99 cents October 31 – November 4.

“Locked Within” by HELEN OSTERMAN is running for FREE October 31 and November 10 & 11.

Lucy Walton from Female First Magazine has been very busy interviewing several Oak Tree Press authors. Check in on each one of these OTP authors and learn more about them and their books.

I. C. ENGER and her book “Green Ice”

ROBERT WEIBEZAHL and his book "The Dead Don’t Forget"

JACKIE TAYLOR ZORTMAN and “We Are Different Now”

CHRIS SWINNEY and “Gray Ghost”

AMY BENNETT and “End of the Road”

VELDA BROTHERTON and “The Purloined Skull”

PATRICK LINDER and “Ghost Music”

J. L. GREGER and “Coming Flu” and “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight”

MICHAEL A. BLACK and “Pope’s Last Case”


ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” will be appearing at Magna Cum Murder October 24-28 in Indianapolis, IN. She will be on a panel Sunday about Writing Your First Novel. The event is being held at Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN.

ILENE will also be at the New England Crime Bake November 6 - November 11. The event is being held at the Hilton, 25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA.

JOHN M. WILLS, author of “The Year Without Christmas” will be signing copies of his newly released novel at St. Matthews Catholic Church Craft Bazaar in Fredericksburg, VA, on October 27 from 9:00am – 3:00pm.

MARY MONTAGUE SIKES, author of "Jungle Jeopardy" has been focusing on art more than usual during this summer and fall. October 29, 30 and 31, she will teach Experimental Mixed Water Media at This Century Art Gallery Education Center in Williamsburg. Earlier this year, she taught similar workshops at the Art Academy in Hilton Head, SC and at Gloucester Arts on the Main in Gloucester, VA. She gave demonstrations of her experimental techniques in San Diego, CA and in Sedona, AZ.

MONTI will have a one-person exhibition of her Animal Art at Prince George Gallery in Williamsburg, November 1 – 30 with an opening reception on November 1 from 5:30 - 7:30. In addition to the 26 “A to Z” paintings, she will show two larger works she created for book signings with her novel, “Jungle Jeopardy.” One of those paintings is “Guatemala Parrot” shown here. She also painted “Billy,” the jaguar from her story.

RADINE TREES NEHRING, author of “A Fair to Die For” will be celebrating Halloween in the gift shop at Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, AR, October 30 - November 1. She has one novel and two short stories set in the park and they carry all of her books year-around.

RADINE will be having an all-day book signing at T. Charleston and Sons Booksellers, Grand Village Shops in Branson, MO on November 15th, and will be at the quarterly Ozarks Writers League meeting at College of the Ozarks on November 16th.

In between scheduled book events, RADINE often sets up in a Harps Grocery on Fridays and Saturdays. She has been appearing at many stores in this Arkansas/Oklahoma chain for several years. "They couldn't be nicer to work with and book sales are always good-though I admit the 6 to 8 hour schedule standing on my feet to greet shoppers can be wearing." You can check out RADINE’s website at


JAMES CALLAN, author of “Cleansed by Fire” will be blogging on the topic “Maybe the Debate Started with Shakespeare” on Ada Brownell's site on Friday, October 25.

DAC CROSSLEY, author of the upcoming “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” blogs about a seasonal farewell, and thoughts about the eternal constellations. Please note - holidays are almost upon us. BUT for every Christmas tree trimmed before Thanksgiving, an elf drowns a baby reindeer!

JOHN M. DANIEL, author of “Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery” asks if you are tired of all the squabbling over divisive social and political issues going on these days? Well, forty years ago the public discourse was just as contentious, but about different issues. JOHN has found that period fun to revisit in fiction. So, whether you remember that era or not... Return with him now to those daring days of yesteryear--the summer of 1972, which is when his novel "Hooperman" takes place. Visit JOHN's blog at:

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” tells us what happens when an author finishes a book. Check it out on her blog:

J.L. GREGER, author of “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight” asks the question "Where do you get ideas for your writing?" on her blog J. L. Greger's bugs.

TERRY AMBROSE, author of “License to Lie,” was featured on three blogs this week. On Sunday, his Oak Tree Press blog post was titled The holidays bring joy, cheer, and scams. He followed that up on Wednesday with appearances on Crime Fiction Collective and Terry's Place, a blog run by author Terry Odell. Terry also interview New York Times Bestselling author Steve Berry and Oak Tree Press author HELEN OSTERMAN for his Crime Fiction column on

A softcover copy of TERRY's new funny Hawaiian mystery, "Kauai Temptations," is up for grabs in a Goodreads giveaway. Enter at And to learn more about his mysteries with character, visit his website 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...

Nice job, Suzi!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Thanks Suzi, my visit with the first grade class was delightful. I left a copy of my five OTP books and a bookmark for each child. Beryl

Anonymous said...

Great Round-up as usual, Suzi!

Bookworm said...

Thanks! I sure enjoy doing the Round-Up. Keeps me "in the know" with all of the authors events. ;)

Eileen Obser said...

Thanks for the news of the week once again, Suzi. All "good" news!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thank you, Suzi! Great job.