Monday, December 30, 2013

Just for Fun

My next Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel will not be out until March, but I've been trying to build up a bit of anticipation for the book.

As yet there is no cover--though it's coming soon--and I have no blurbs or reviews--hopefully they'll be coming soon too.

Oh, I do have a title though-Murder in the Worst Degree. I had that long before I had an inking what I would write about. Wanda Porter, a sweet gal and fellow writer I met at the Nipomo Library Craft and Book Sale sent me the title.

The only other thing I was sure of before I began was that one of the characters had to have the name Evelyn Cullet as the person with that name won a contest to be in my next RBPD mystery.

And of course there were threads to be picked up about the ongoing characters such as what would happen when Ryan and Barbara's baby was born? And people always want to know about Gordon Butler--will he ever find love?

And yes, those two questions are answered, I managed to build the story from the title, and I hope Evelyn likes her counterpart.

Be watching for Murder in the Worst Degree.

F. M Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holli's Pets
Rin, the Austrialian Shepherd

Coco the Circus Dog/Black Devil (Schipperke-Pom mix)

Piggy and Deaf Ezra

Deaf Ezra (AKA the little cat) chill-axing 



Deaf Kitty (AKA the big cat) in the clothes dryer  


Deaf Kitty is featured prominently in Jambalaya Justice.



Our menagerie includes Muggins the rescued Himalayan, Geordie the Yorkie who seems to be a Silky and Spud the Maltese cross, a gift from friend no longer with us. Merry Christmas to all!

Nicola Furlong
         Meet Nibbles she is 17 years old now. The old lady of the house !


  This is Sassy , our blue tip Siamese , she thinks she is my princess !


 
Dashin is our Dachshund ,ever hear of a boy and his dog ? This is my son and Dashin ! We named him Dashin due to my mispronouncing Dachshund!


These are our two Oscars, the dark one is named Osc ! The Albino is Little Fin !


           This is Roo , I rescued her at two weeks old ! She is four now!

            So now you have met my little zoo! Happy Holidays

                                        Jeana Thompson



Butch--in his usual position.


We have two inside cats--Butch and Sundance. Butch like to sleep on the pillows of the couch close to me. We also have way too many outside feral cats that hubby feeds.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

My animal menagerie

Marley is the princeling and he's a wild man!
This is Squeak.  She runs the house.  She's the queen.


Both of them were rescues out of Key Largo, Fl.  We refer to them as "Keys Greys" when asked about their breed.
 
Lesley A. Diehl
 


Images & moods of Bug of Coming Flu,  
Ignore the Pain, and Murder: A New Way 
to Lose Weight.

Edgar


This is Edgar, my 130 lb. runt of the litter Weimaraner.  This is his favorite place to be.  In fact, anything with a cushion will work.  A TV in front of it makes it even better, but here, he is offering moral support as I work (so long as it does not involve actual physical activity.)  If it weren't for thunderstorms and sonic booms from the air base, he'd never get over "plodding" speed.  He is a reminder to me that life doesn't have to happen at top speed... sometimes, "stop" is good!

Thomas

When I moved from my first apartment in Oskaloosa to the new apartment I was finally allowed a pet. I visited the local animal shelter and picked out a large cat said to have been a year and a half old. The staff had given him the unoriginal name of Tom, so I formalized it to Thomas. He grew into a fat-butt with a droopy stomach. At last report he was back up to his heaviest at thirteen pounds.

While in Oskaloosa, he enjoyed sitting in the window or outside on the sidewalk. Soon, I let him wander, with my accompanying him, for walks around the house. He's shy and unsociable, doesn't like strangers, or being around a lot of people. We took to walking around our neighborhood or uptown at the local square on late nights because there was less confusion, chaos, and few other people. I didn't get another cat so Thomas became hissy with any other cat. We sometimes met strays on our walks and a couple displayed their Alpha status. The first time it happened, Thomas turned around and head back home. It was the first time I'd heard him growl profanity.

He didn't like the move to the Keokuk area earlier this year, but soon acclimated to the trailer. Once again, we took walks as he campground was pretty quiet.

When we made the move to Carlisle (Des Moines area) he took some time getting used to the new apartment. But once I set up the couch in front of the window, he can now enjoy looking outside. We haven't taken any walks because of the weather, but maybe next spring.

Since I bought him in July and he was estimated to have been a year and a half, If figured Christmas would be a good birthday. So, tomorrow, he turns thirteen. He's my buddy, likes belly rubs, sleeping curled up next to my pillow, catnip, and treats when I wake up. The picture shown is with a collar so that must have been in his early days because I soon learned he doesn't like wearing a collar.

Stephen L. Brayton

We Pause the Book Blab to Feature Our Furry Friends!


Frida Kahlo, whose human is Billie Johnson, keeps a sharp eye on things....



...sometimes she must take a camouflaged position....



Ahhh....nothing like a nap in pillow valley.....

My human keeps getting in here....hmmm, very strange...



This is my travel car...the pink is good for me, don't you think?



Friday, December 20, 2013

WEEKLY ROUND UP FOR 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, www.ShopOTPbooks.com, 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"
NICOLA FURLONG, "Teed Off"
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 oaktreepub@gmail.com 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.   
https://www.facebook.com/OakTreePressAuthors
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: http://booktown.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network








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! 
http://kingsriverlife.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-zyratron-affair-by-joe-nowlan.html






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."  http://venturegalleries.com/guest-blog/naming-a-novel-can-be-tricky-business/

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 www.daccrossley.typepad.com
 





UPCOMING EVENTS

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.
 



BLOG CORRAL

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 www.pianoman264.wordpress.com

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








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 http://rabbiauthor.com/



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. http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/
JANET GREGER is a guest on MARILYN’s blog asking the question, “Can a Cover Sell a Book?” And her cover is great! http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/





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." http://johnmdaniel.blogspot.com







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. http://eileenobser.com/blog?p=584







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 otpoffice@aol.com. 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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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Welcome to Walmart!

Woot! Woot! (Where's that camel when you need him???)

This is something that Billie has been working on for some time and something of which I am very proud to be a part.  As of this week, Walmart Supercenter #0851 in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, will be carrying a book from an independent publisher!  "End of the Road", my debut mystery novel and winner of the 2012 Dark Oak Mystery contest, is now available for sale at our local Walmart.  The fact that the author (that would be me) is an associate at this store had something to do with it, but I credit Billie, Jeana, and everyone at Oak Tree Press who believed in me enough to publish my work!



Our store manager is planning a signing event, probably the weekend between Christmas and New Year's Day (in order to get more stock into the store!) and I will be posting about that when it happens!

To Billie and Jeana... this is the best Christmas gift I could have asked for!  Thanks for all you have done for me!

Friday, December 13, 2013

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR 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, www.ShopOTPbooks.com, 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 Amazon.com. 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!

UPCOMING EVENTS

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. http://www.winchesterbookgallery.com/event/book-signing-john-m-wills-year-without-christmas

 
 
 
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: http://avidbookshop.com/event/dac-crossley-book-launch
DAC blogs about childhood memories of Christmas meals, back when it was impolite not to eat what they put on your plate! www.daccrossley.typepad.com
 
 
 
BLOG CORRAL

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 www.pianoman264.wordpress.com

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” would like to thank Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz for posting an interview with ILENE on her blog: http://www.pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/2013/12/ilene-schneider-chanukah-guilt.html








LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer,” blogs about the year she celebrated virtual Christmas. One of the best ever!
http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/

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

 
 
 
 
 
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: www.johnmdaniel.com

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 otpoffice@aol.com. 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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