Friday, December 20, 2013


Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! The holiday season is upon us and 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! OTP wants to wish all of our readers, authors, friends and families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and a very happy holiday season. We hope that you are taking time to enjoy this magical time of year with your loved ones. Spread the cheer with people young and old that are near or far and maybe even rekindle a long lost relationship. And it doesn't hurt to ask Santa Claus for a wish or two, you never know, it may come true. Just do it secretly, noone likes to see an adult sitting on Santa's lap!!

Thank you for dropping in this week. 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…

My featured book of the week is a new release by B. A. KELLY. "Wild Justice" is an excellent western that will soon be available in ebook format. For now, you can find the paper version by clicking the front cover on the right side-bar of the blog to go directly to our website book store. And here is a little bit about "Wild Justice"...

Not since Butch and Sundance have there been two such likable characters, and the good-natured banter between them contributes to the story's colorful telling. But, likable or not, and even though they're innocent, Rin Cutter and his partner Ben Santiago are all set to hang for killing Ty Madden in a poker game. 
When they escape and become involved with beautiful, independent Tory Trent, also on the run for something she is falsely accused of, the chase is on. There's no place they can go that I won't find them," rich, powerful Frank Madden vows.
Throughout their headlong flight, from the eastern slopes of the Colorado Rockies to Santa Fe, the three fugitives encounter Apaches, bounty hunters and old—and sometimes treacherous—friends, including a horse with a mind of his own. "You gave him his name," Rin told Ben. "Forty-rod, you said, he's just like bad whiskey." To complicate matters, it looks like Cutter and Santiago are falling in love with Tory. "Wild Justice" is extensively researched giving it a vivid sense of place and time.   

OTP is close to sending four new fabulous titles to print:

ILENE SCHNEIDER, "Chanukah Guilt"
WALTER LUCE, "Miami Exit"
SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, "Mission Impastable"

Would you like to be an early reader and provide a review for an upcoming book? BILLIE JOHNSON, OTP Publisher, invites you to contact her at to receive an ARC for one of these two soon-to-be-released titles:

F.M. MEREDITH's, "Murder in the Worst Degree" or
MARILYN LEVINSON's, "Murder A La Christie"

MICHAEL BELLITO is the showcased author this week on JEANA THOMPSON’s Oak Tree Press Authors Page on Facebook. Michael has a brand new book “Abner’s Story” coming out soon about baseball and the Chicago Cubs. Here is a preview and a link to the facebook page:

Abner is one hundred and nineteen years old.  He is desperately trying to make his one hundred and twentieth birthday so he can see his beloved Cubs win the World Series.  It is the year 2020, and Abner is the only living person to remember the last time the Cubs won the World Series.  Matt and Jason are two pre-freshmen who have taken on a summer assignment: interview an older man.  They dejectedly move toward the senior home and their first meeting with Abner.  Before the summer is over, they will be cheering with Abner for the re-born Cubs.  Whether you’re a Cubs fan or not, you’ll enjoy this story: Abner’s Story.
HELEN OSTERMAN, author of “Locked Within” has been featured on Book Town. Book Town is a really nice website that you will want to take the time to join and look around. Here is the link for HELEN:

JOHN M. WILLS, author of the newly released novella “Dancer” shares two new reviews that have been posted on Amazon. Find them at this link and check out this teaser blurb:

Dancer is the story of a young woman’s journey into the dark world of the adult entertainment business. She quickly learns things are not always what they seem, and soon wishes she had never heard of the club known as “After Hours.” 

JOE NOWLAN, and his just released “The Zyratron Affair” is featured on Kings River Life. Click the link for a nice review and also a giveaway of the book. This book is getting a lot of attention. Get your copy today and see what all the fuss is about!

J.L. GREGER, author of "Ignore the Pain," her new medical thriller set partially in Bolivia, visited with Caleb Pirtle of Venture Galleries this week (beginning December 15) to talk about "Naming a Novel is Tricky."

JANET has been busy at a book signing at Under Charlie's Covers in Bernalillo and Title Waves in Albuquerque. JANET's trilogy of books: "Coming Flu," "Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight" and now "Ignore the Pain" are definitely a trilogy to add to your collection.

DAC CROSSLEY shares a photo of his book launch for "Revenge of the Texas Ranger" held at Avid Bookshop, Athens, Georgia, Saturday, December 14. Looking good, DAC!
DAC invites you to his ever popular blog to read "A Crossley Christmas!" Check it out at


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.

In "Daddy’s Christmas Angel," seven-year-old Kathleen Ryan connives to have her father meet her second grade teacher. However, the only commitment David Ryan wants is to his daughter, and Angie McAllister wants no commitment other than to her own independence. Will Kathleen’s schemes change both of their minds and lead to romance? This book is “Sleepless in Seattle” meets “Love Story”.

BILLIE JOHNSON, Publisher, will be at the San Joaquin Sisters in Crime meeting, January 4. Her talk will be "Meeting the Mystery Reader's Expectations" and BILLIE will also include querying tips...."Perfecting Your Pitch Package." Be sure to stop by and see this lovely lady that I have grown to care so much about! Is that too personal? It doesn't matter, she is truly a gem! And is very knowledgeable in this book biz, it will be worth every minute.


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

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” has posted a short Christmas story. It’s her pre-Christmas gift to all of you. Enjoy!

ILENE SCHNEIDER announces that a second edition of “Chanukah Guilt” is coming out soon with a bonus section: An alternate solution! To find out the answer to "Why a second edition?" see her latest blog at

MARILYN MEREDITH, has an interesting blog up letting you take a peek at what a neighborhood in Rocky Bluff might look like and read a bit more about her next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery.
JANET GREGER is a guest on MARILYN’s blog asking the question, “Can a Cover Sell a Book?” And her cover is great!

JOHN DANIEL, author of "Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery" has a guest blogger this week, fellow OTP author, JAMES R. CALLAN. Please stop by and see how Jim defines "The Joy of Writing."

EILEEN OBSER, author of “Only You” feels the need to be better organized as the year winds down. Do you? Yes or no, she hopes you'll read this blog and see what she has been up to.

The Round-Up will be taking a break for the next two weeks and will resume on January 10.

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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1 comment:

Eileen Obser said...

I'm your first responder, Suzi. Good news -- and thanks for mentioning my blog. Enjoy the holidays AND your vacation.