Friday, December 13, 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…

The holiday season is upon us. Another year is coming to a close. Oak Tree Press has had a very big year. And we are looking forward to bigger and better things in 2014. We wish all of our authors, friends, families and readers a very happy holiday season! Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy Hanukah!

Below are three Oak Tree Press titles that are out as ebooks, fresh this week on I have chosen “The Zyratron Affair” as my Book Blog Feature of the week.  All these titles are available on our website as good ol’ paper books too.

 JOE NOWLAN’s “The Zyratron Affair”

Zyratron—“Star” of a trilogy of horror movies made in Japan, filmed in the early 1960’s with minimal success. The movie producers tried to market a series of figurines of the robot-like monster but, like the movies themselves, the figurines failed and quickly disappeared from view. 

Years later, the movies developed a small but enthusiastic following. These newer audiences saw the movies as hilariously awful and campishly enjoyable.  Consequently, the handful of original Zyratron figurines still in existence were very rare and, to collectors, very expensive. So rare and expensive, that someone in Boston has been going around stealing them and, in some cases, killing the owners.

In addition, a line of imitation Zyratrons has emerged, confusing everyone -- including the thieves & murderers as well as photographer Ben Hudson, his Boston Banner colleagues and the Boston Police ... and, eventually, even the FBI.

JOHN M. WILLS' “The Year Without Christmas”

A small town family’s peace is shattered when a tragic accident sends them plunging into the darkest times they have ever known. The members struggle with their new reality, as the husband disappears and his grandson faces a life-threatening disease. A tale about loss and unwavering hope, "The Year Without Christmas" demonstrates the power of love, faith and a family’s will to survive.

VELDA BROTHERTON’S “The Purloined Skull”

When dogs dig up a human skeleton, people in Cedarton, Arkansas learn that murder can happen even in a small town in the Ozarks. Dal Starr, the newly hired crime scene investigator balks at having local reporter Jessie Stone tag along on his investigation. Sparks fly between the two as they try to learn who was buried under a bluff and who killed him. The discovery of a lost skull threatens to reveal hidden secrets and end two careers.

Check this out: Amazon has an awesome new deal going…called Matchbook. When someone buys a paper book, they then get the ebook at a discounted price. Many OTP ebook titles are $2.99 but with Matchbook if you buy the paper version, you get the ebook for only 99 cents! Woot! What a way to fill up that new Kindle you get for Christmas!


MARY MONTAGUE SIKES, author of “Daddy’s Christmas Angel” has a table featuring her books and art at the Gloucester on the Main Art Center, December 5 – 24. She will be present for signings, December 17, 2 to 6 p.m., and December 18, 1 to 5 p.m.

JOHN M. WILLS, will be signing copies of “The Year Without Christmas” on December 14 from 11:00am –1:00pm at the Winchester Book Gallery in Winchester, VA.

DAC CROSSLEY, author of the just released “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” has a book launch set for December 14 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm at Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA. Here is the link to take a look at the event:
DAC blogs about childhood memories of Christmas meals, back when it was impolite not to eat what they put on your plate!

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

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” would like to thank Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz for posting an interview with ILENE on her blog:

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer,” blogs about the year she celebrated virtual Christmas. One of the best ever!

JOHN DANIEL, author of “Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery” invited writers to send him stories about unusual, ironic gifts. Check them out at

JAMES CALLAN, author of “A Ton of Gold,” had a guest blog on "The Joy of Writing" featured on JOHN DANIEL’S site. See the blog here:

JAMES is also getting ready to publish "How to Write Great Dialog." It's a great book for authors new and old. More details coming soon.

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...

Another good one, Suzi! Thanks for all the terrific info on OTP authors

Eileen Obser said...

Thanks, Suzi. I saw Billie's notice on Facebook and -- here you are! Good job once again.

Clotee said...

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
By the way, I'm clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-store. Nice to know you.


Bookworm said...

Thank you for recognizing me and the work I do to post the Round Up. Thanks also for continuing to contribute to and read the Round-Up! ~ Suzi