Friday, January 24, 2014


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…

OTP has several new releases hot off the presses. I have three in this edition of the Round-Up and will showcase more in the coming weeks.

WALTER LUCE would like to announce the release of his latest book, “Miami Exit.” This is the third in the Turk Donatelli series. It follows “Vermont Bound” and “Atlanta Exit.”
Turk Donatelli, a self-made millionaire at the age of twenty four who made his money skirting the edges of the Miami Beach underworld in the construction and real estate industry. Turk grew up in a small Vermont lumber town, the oldest of eight, under the strict eye of an abusive, alcoholic father. As Turk, whose thirst for knowledge was insatiable, grew into a teenager and then a man, he struggles to become respected, and respectable.

During the Vietnam conflict, Turk Donatelli is snatched by the draft from a successful career in retailing. Honorably discharged, Turk works as a carpenter on a large apartment project. A born entrepreneur, at the age of twenty three he forms a nonunion construction company, and builds a real estate portfolio worth over fifty million dollars.
In spite of physical and personal attacks by the Miami Beach Mob, Turk refuses to join the union, until the mob gives him an ultimatum, join, or be killed. He negotiates the sale of his business to the mob, and safe passage out of town. He exits Miami with his wife, a beautiful Eastern Airline stewardess and a million dollars in his trunk to start anew.

JAMES CALLAN has just released his book on “How to Write Great Dialog." This is a must for any beginning author and a nice refresher for the seasoned author, as well.
  • Learn How To... Develop Character through Dialog.
  • Use Dialog to Further Your Plot and Set the Scene
  • Show Relationships Among Characters with Dialog
  • Introduce Conflict and Tension using Dialog
  • Make Attributions Work and Work for You
  • Create a Character’s Dialog Signature ...and MORE!
ILENE SCHNEIDER’s newest release “Chanukah Guilt” is now available. Check out this teaser blurb and get your copy today! This is my Blog Book Feature of the week. Simply click on the cover on the right side-bar of this blog to order direct.
Rabbi Aviva Cohen is a 50-something, twice-divorced rabbi living a fairly uneventful life in South Jersey. True, she has a family that is rather unconventional. And her first ex-husband is moving to her town. But her life takes a truly interesting – and sinister – turn when she agrees to officiate at the funeral of an unpopular land developer. She doesn’t expect to be told by two different people that he had been murdered. Nor does she expect that the first funeral will result in a suicide. Her search for the story behind the suicide (or was it murder?) will lead her to discover the truism “appearances can be deceiving” is accurate, while putting her life in jeopardy.

“Chanukah Guilt” is also available in large print. This is something new for OTP. Is there a large interest for large print? Leave us a comment below or drop us an email if you would like to see more titles in large print. Are you an OTP author that would like to have your books in large print? Let us know as we are mulling over doing more titles this way.
BERYL REICHENBERG, author of "Butterfly Girls," has been contacting her retail outlets to thank them for their support as well as seeing if they need additional copies of her books. She is reminding them of the programs for adults and children she has developed and is announcing her latest book, “A Real Dragon.” She reports, "The response has been overwhelmingly positive."

TERRY AMBROSE, author of “License to Lie” recently appeared at the Lakeside Library in Lakeside, CA to discuss how to avoid scams and cons. After a very lively discussion, the event closed with a book signing.


THONIE HEVRON, will be doing a reading of her new book, “Intent to Hold” on February 1, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at Oakmont Berger Center Fireside Room in Santa Rosa, CA. Here's a blurb from the press notice.
Please join us for Oakmont writer’s first literary event featuring additional Oakmont talents: Thonie Hevron, Kay Miller and Alicia Hugg, on February 1 from 2-4 p.m. at the Berger Center Fireside Room.

Thonie Hevron’s suspense novels demonstrate what she learned from her extensive background in law enforcement. Her thriller INTENT TO HOLD is an adventure of rescue that takes us through the jungles of Mexico, a sequel to BY FORCE OR FEAR, a tale that pursues a murderer in the Sonoma wine country.

D. R. RANSDELL, author of the upcoming “Island Casualty” will be speaking at Clues Unlimited on February 1st at 3:00 pm. D.R., along with two friends, will be playing some mariachi-style tunes in honor of her book “Mariachi Murder.” D. R. will be reading with Kathryn Paul, another local author who writes mysteries.
D.R. RANSDELL does a guest post for Annette Synder's 50 Authors 50 States blog. Check it out at:

ILENE SCHNEIDER has hit the big time! We are ecstatic that “Unleavened Dead” has been reviewed in the March/April issue of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine! Way to go, ILENE
"....a solid, funny mystery that provides an insider's look at Jewish life."


EILEEN OBSER, author of the upcoming “Only You” reminds us that next month we celebrate 50 years since the Beatles arrived in the U.S. That was 1964, a milestone year in history. Have a look at EILEEN’s blog and comment if you will.

JOHN DANIEL, author of “Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery,” has a special guest writer on his blog: novelist and poet Vanessa Furse Jackson, who has written a beautiful piece about the Joy of Story. Please drop by:
JOHN was also a guest on OTP author JOHN LINDERMUTH’s blog. He takes a time trip back to the summer of 1972. Check it out:


JAMES CALLAN, author of "A Ton of Gold" has been busy on the blog scene, here is where you can find him:

January 23 A guest blog at Pat Gonzales blog site on The Importance of the Antagonist at:

January 28 A guest blog at The Borrowed Book site on Using Metaphors & Similes at:

January 30 A guest blog at The Borrowed Book site on How a Suspense Book Came About at:

January 31 A guest blog at Venture Galleries on Judge Judy and a Walk in the Trees at:

DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” has great news! Crocus blooming in his yard! And on his blog...a note about professors and students and research projects gone funny.

 Oak Tree Press is excited to be publishing all three books in The Border Trilogy for DAC. Look for "Guns Across the Rio" and "Return of the Texas Ranger" the first and second in the series, 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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thonieh said...

Another great edition, Suzi. Thanks for including my reading info.

Amy Bennett said...

I'm leaving for vacation next weekend after Super Bowl and I'm taking a few OTP author books with me!