Friday, November 15, 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.
Christmas is coming!
Books make great gifts!
Get out there and promote your book and/or kindle editions!
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 pleased to announce that MARILYN OLSEN is now Senior Acquisitions Editor at OTP. For several years, MARILYN has been OTP Editor for our CopTales line, plus provided invaluable support in other business matters. MARILYN helped us formulate our acquisitions strategy going forward from the staff changes we experienced this summer and develop a structure to accommodate our growth. This made it obvious to all that she was the right person to head up our acquisitions team! To learn more about MARILYN's background, please visit our STAFF PAGE To submit a query or check on a pending query, please email her at

JOHN M. DANIEL is the spotlighted author this week on JEANA’s Oak Tree Press Authors Page.  Want to be that spotlighted author? Contact JEANA at Follow this link to see the posts on JOHN.
JOHN blogs this week about the joy of romance and the perils of relationship. As a bonus feature: a scene from "Hooperman!"
JOHN learned that there was a typo in the toll-free ordering number on his web page for "Hooperman." He apologizes to anyone who tried to call and couldn't get through. The error has been corrected.

VELDA BROTHERTON is the spotlighted author this week on's “Acorns from Oak Tree Press” feature. Read about VELDA and her newly-released mystery “The Purloined Skull.”

DENISE SOLTERS had a wonderful story to share with the world and OTP was the lucky publisher to help her tell her story. DENISE’s book, “Jetta’s Journey: My Life as a Service Dog,” is the true story of DENISE and her service dog, JETTA. Written from JETTA’s point of view, this adorable book tells a powerful story and would be a great Christmas gift! I have chosen it as the BLOG BOOK FEATURE OF THE WEEK. Simply click the cover on the right hand column of the page to order your copy today. Also, take a peek at DENISE’s blog at:

Here is the prologue to “Jetta’s Journey: My Life as a Service Dog:”
I was born to be a Service Dog. Lynn, my breeder, tells me I am the pick of my litter. I will grow big and strong like my dad, and friendly and loving like my mom. I will be perfect for my special job, helping a disabled woman named Denise to walk safely. My training will take two years and I will have to pass a test before I will be a real Service Dog. I must learn how to walk nicely on a leash next to Denise, pick up items she drops, get the telephone when it rings, and help Denise stand up when she falls.
I have eight brothers and sisters. Some are yellow, like Mom, and some are black like Dad and me. I like playing with them, and I like chomping on houseplants, too. But Lynn tells me, “No,” and I stop chomping. I love to carry something in my mouth—a bone, a ball, or treats. I want to be a good girl.
"Jetta, come here, girl.”
That must be my name. I like it.

ROBERT WEIBEZAHL’s short story "Objet D'Art," is in Kings River Life this week. Here's the link to read it online:

LESLEY A DIEHL’s book “Dumpster Dying” has been reviewed by Josie at Night Owl Reviews.
It scored 4.5 out 5! A reviewer top pick!
Emily Rhodes is newly widowed and distraught over the fact that her long-term live-in boyfriend never took the time to update his will. His home, their home, will be going to his ex-wife. Not only that, Emily needs to get a job pronto. She is getting on her feet working at bar when she discovers the dead body of a patron in the dumpster. Panicked, Emily, she tries to inform the police only to become their prime suspect. As Emily works to clear her name, the evidence points in the direction of her friend and boss. As Emily gets closer to the truth, her life and the life of her grown daughter become in danger. Can she and the police unravel the mystery in time?
Dumpster Dying was a fun whodunit that I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters were colorful and the situation unusual. The author sure works to put Emily in dire straits! Good job. A fun and satisfying read.

BERYL REICHENBERG, author of "Butterfly Girls" recently visited the Shell Beach Elementary school and met with two third grade classes. BERYL talked about how to write stories and taught the children how to make their own accordion butterfly book.

BERYL, Children's Picture Book Author, will return to Shell Beach Elementary School on Monday, November 18 to read one of her stories to a first grade class and talk about where she gets her story ideas and how she writes them. BERYL enjoys interacting with children because, as she says, "They are so imaginative and open to new ideas and experiences."

TERRY AMBROSE, author of “License to Lie” interviewed two New York Times Bestselling thriller authors, Phillip Margolin and F. Paul Wilson, about their involvement in Operation Thriller, a USO Tour that brought five top thriller authors to military bases in the U.S. and overseas. TERRY also interviewed venerated mystery author Carolyn Hart. These interviews, as well as TERRY's post, "The 12 Scams of Christmas" are available on his website at


ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” will be serving on two upcoming panels at the Cinnaminson Library, 1619 Riverton Rd., Cinnaminson, NJ. On two consecutive Thursdays, November 14 and November 21 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Subjects will be "What It Takes to Break into Publishing" and “Two Fiction Genres: Cozy Mysteries & Inspirational Women’s Fiction: Essential Elements of Each.”

CINDY LADAGE and JANE AUMANN’s book “My Name is Huber, a Tractor Story” was featured as one of the holiday items in the December issue of Farm Collector! Way to go, Ladies!  CINDY and JANE will be hosting a book signing at Nickorbobs Craft Mall located on Route 66 in Auburn, IL on November 16, 2013.

MARY MONTAGUE SIKES will have a one-person exhibition of her Animal Art at Prince George Gallery in Williamsburg, November 1 – 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 having an all-day book signing at T. Charleston and Sons Booksellers, Grand Village Shops in Branson, MO on November 15th. RADINE will be at the quarterly Ozarks Writers League meeting at College of the Ozarks on November 16th. 

NICOLA FURLONG, author of the upcoming “Teed Off!” will be speaking on electronic publishing at the Greater Victoria Public Library on Thursday, November 21. The library is celebrating National Novel Month.

SHIRLEY HICKMAN, author of “Sarah Darlin’” and MARILYN MEREDITH aka F. M. MEREDITH, author of "Dangerous Impulses" are giving a presentation on “How to Get Published” on Saturday, November 23 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Porterville Art Gallery on Main St. Topics will be: “What Does it Take to Write a Book? Traditional Publishing, Self-Publishing, Small Presses, What Comes Next?” Both authors will have copies of their books for sale.


JACKIE TAYLOR ZORTMAN, author of “We Are Different Now” had a fun interview on fellow OTP author, HOLLI CASTILLO's blog  this week. HOLLI is the author of "Jambalaya Justice" and you can follow HOLLI's blog at

JOHN LINDERMUTH, author of “Sooner than Gold” has a new blog post up on Lindy's Lair at:

EILEEN OBSER, author of the upcoming "Only You" blogs about the five senses and how she looks to them to make sure every story she writes has these elements that every good story needs.

MICHAEL ELDRIDGE, author of the upcoming “Jack of Harts” has a brand new blog. Check it out and welcome MIKE to the OTP family 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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thoniehevron said...

It's so exciting to see what OTP authors are up to. I always pick up a marketing tip or add another book to my "to read" list.
Thonie Hevron

Terry Ambrose said...

Congrats to Wendy for that great review!

Terry Ambrose said...

Congrats to Wendy for that great review!

Eileen Obser said...

Another great OTP blog, Suzi. Thanks for this!

Skylar said...

Hi! Your publish rocks and can be a great study!