Friday, November 22, 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 pleased to announce that MARILYN OLSEN is now Senior Acquisitions Editor at OTP. To submit a query or check on a pending query, please email her at

WENDY GAGER, is featured on fellow OTP author TERRY AMBROSE's website with a nice article about "Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides." Interesting title for an interesting collection of short stories by and about America’s public safety heroes. GAGER is among 30 professionals with ties to law enforcement and public safety who contributed to this Oak Tree Press title. This is the second anthology by the Public Safety Writers Association. Read what GAGER had to say about the book here:

This book is a real treat and has stories contributed by GAGER as well as OTP authors RON CORBIN, JOHN M. WILLS, JACKIE TAYLOR-ZORTMAN, STEVE SCARBOROUGH, THONIE HEVRON, MARTI COLVIN, HONORA FINKELSTEIN & SUSAN SMILY, JANET GREGER and more. Many prizes were also won by our OTP authors from the PSWA contest that was held earlier this year. The project was coordinated by our own MARILYN OLSEN. It is my pick for the BLOG BOOK OF THE WEEK. Just click the cover in the right side bar of this blog to order your copy today. It is also available in kindle format on

"Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides"
In 1995, New York State Police Captain Roger Fulton had an idea...The result was the Police Writers Club that included both officers and writers and offered an annual conference and writing competition. Five years later, the club’s members published CopTales 2000, an anthology that included the works of contest winners and other submissions.  

In 2007, the club changed its name to the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA), and is now a national organization providing an annual conference and a writing competition. The members submit a fiction or nonfiction work, published or not yet published with a 1,500 word limit.

Full of the kinds of stories for which cops, firefighters and other public safety folks are known. Some are sad, many are poignant, some are exciting and a few are just, well, hilarious.  We hope you will enjoy them all.
WALTER LUCE, author of The Donatelli Series, was a recent guest on MoneyTV with Donald Bailargeon. Mr Bailargeon says "it was a pleasure to meet and interview WALT. He read "Atlanta Exit" and enjoyed it thoroughly! He especially took note of the various personal characteristics of WALT’s own life which he imparted into the character of Turk Donatelli. "Atlanta Exit" is a real page-turner.” Here is a link to watch the video:

J. L. GREGER, author of the upcoming “Ignore the Pain” and her beloved dog, BUG, are spotlighted in the Joliet Herald News article:  Pet Story: Dog's life is a real page-turner.
Learn what BUG would say if he realized he played a supporting role in her medical mystery series. The upcoming book, "Ignore the Pain" is the third in GREGER's medical mystery series. The first two titles are "Coming Flu" and "Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight."

LESLEY DIEHL, author of “Dumpster Dying” and “Grilled, Chilled and Killed” is being interviewed on Monday, November 25th at 6:00 am on
DIEHL is an author of cozy mysteries featuring sassy, country gals who enjoy snooping. Here are links to her website and blog:


ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” will be serving on a panel at the Cinnaminson Library, 1619 Riverton Rd., Cinnaminson, NJ on November 21 from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. The subject will be “Two Fiction Genres: Cozy Mysteries & Inspirational Women’s Fiction: Essential Elements of Each.”

SCHNEIDER can also be seen on December 12 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at A Novel Idea, Chapter Two, Landis Marketplace, 631 E. Landis Ave., Vineland for a book sale and signing.

MARY MONTAGUE SIKES will have a book signing at the William and Mary Barnes & Noble in Williamsburg VA, 2:00pm - 6:00pm, Friday, November 22. She will focus on A Rainbow for Christmas” and Daddy’s Christmas Angel.” The signing was promoted by the Newport News Daily Press. SIKES blogged about her Christmas books and the event at Notes Along the Way this week.
SIKES’ Animal Alphabet art show will continue on view at Prince George Gallery in Williamsburg until November 30.

SHIRLEY HICKMAN, author of “Sarah Darlin’” and MARILYN MEREDITH aka F. M. MEREDITH, author of The Rocky Bluff P.D. Series are giving a presentation on “How to Get Published” on Saturday, November 23 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm 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.

DAC CROSSLEY, author of "The Revenge of the Texas Ranger" can be seen in San Antonio at The Twig Book Shop this Saturday, November 23 from 11:00 - 1:00. Get your signed copy of CROSSLEY's new book in The Border Trilogy
CROSSLEY will be making an appearance at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation in Watkinsville in December. He would like to remind everyone about books making the best Christmas presents! He will send you an autographed copy of his book postage-paid! Send him an email through his blog at:
JOHN M. WILLS, has a December 5th speaking engagement and will address the Lake Authors writing group and discuss his Christmas novel, "The Year Without Christmas." He will also be signing copies.
On December 14, WILLS will be signing copies of “The Year Without Christmas” from 11:00am –1:00pm at the Winchester Book Gallery in Winchester, VA. Two chances to get your autographed copy of this terrific Christmas time book!


MICHAEL ELDRIDGE, author of the upcoming “Jack of Harts” has a brand new blog. Check it out and welcome MIKE to the OTP family. I heard through the grapevine that MIKEY didn't have much action on his new blog...join me in showing him some love at:

JOHN LINDERMUTH, author of "Sooner than Gold" stops in on fellow OTP author HOLLI CASTILLO's blog. Follow this link:
You are always welcome to check in on LINDERMUTH's own blog at:
JAMES CALLAN, author of “A Ton of Gold" has two posts for your reading pleasure this week. The first is a guest blog on The Character's Dialog Signature at The Author's Corner:

CALLAN's second stop this week is an interview at at where he talks about writing with a co-author, the process of his writing and other topics.

LORNA COLLINS, author of “The Ghost Writer” blogs about The Elephant Parade leaving town, but it left indelible memories on Dana Point. Read about it and see photos here:

JOHN M. DANIEL, author of "Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery," invites Melodie Campbell as his guest blogger this week. Campbell has been called Canada's Queen of Comedy. After reading her new book, "The Goddaughter's Revenge," JOHN is calling her the Goddaughter of Laughter! Stop by and read what Melodie expects from a comic mystery.
JOHN also shares a link to Cathy Cole introducing "Hooperman" on her blog at:
D. R. RANSDELL, author of “Mariachi Murder” is the guest blogger at The Authors Corner this week. Learn more about RANSDELL and how several friends of hers just knew they were "in" the book! Quite amusing, check it out here:

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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Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Another great Round Up, Suzi. I think you are doing an outstanding job with this.

thoniehevron said...

Great information, Suzi. Thanks for 'rounding up' all the author info.

Eileen Obser said...

Thanks for keeping all of us up to date!

Bookworm said...

Thank you all for the nice comments. It really means a lot to me. It truly does! TYVM :) Suzi