Friday, January 31, 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…

ROBERT RICHTER, is proud to announce that “Something Like A Dream” has been released! This book is simply amazing and one that you will not want to put down. It is my Featured Book of the Week. Click on the cover on the right side-bar of this blog to order your copy today. It will soon be available as an ebook.
Expatriate beach bum Cotton Waters is known to his cantina buddies as "Algo," meaning ‘Something’ in Spanish.  An illegal alien and ex-political activist with old and unresolved legal problems in the U.S., Algo scrounges a lazy fishing village lifestyle and a little beer money out of the Puerto Vallarta tourist trade as a private hustler of a Mexican Riviera lost-and-found helping some people get lost and finding others-if the price is right or the client's cause worth the time and interest.

 In the summer of '82 the worthy cause is Corina Springfield, possibly the most beautiful woman Cotton Waters has ever seen, even in a town like Vallarta, searching for her husband, heir to the Springfield Foundation, missing and presumed dead for over three years.  When Corina shows Algo evidence that her husband may be living among the Huichols, one of Mexico's most mysterious indigenous peoples; and when it's evidence she's held for over a year without bothering to investigate until now, “Vallarta's Something" isn't sure he can find her husband, but he knows he wants to try. 

 On a search for a lost hero-husband living as a shaman in a tribe of peyote worshipers, Cotton Waters leads Corina Springfield into the center of tribal dissension deep in the sierra heart of Huichol territory.  On this strange pilgrimage Waters will find a whole new perspective on reality and dream, on deceit and self-deception, and experience a healing ceremony that will change his life forever or simply end it.

ROBERT will be attending workshops and selling his new book at the 10th Annual Lake Chapala Writers Conference in Ajijic, Jalsico, Mexico, February 16-28. He will also be selling copies in the authors’ pavilion at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 15-16 in Tucson.

SHARON ARTHUR MOORE is pleased as ‘punch’ that her new book “Mission Impastable” is now available. This is the first 'course' in the Dinner is Served series. Please forgive the puns, here is a little ‘taste’ of her book:

How can it get any worse for a personal chef business than your first client dying of food poisoning? Alli and Gina scramble to make “Dinner is Served” a success, but those pesky police questions into their role in the death of Gina’s hospital boss force Alli to take the investigation into her own hands. The dreaded “Dragon Lady” at the hospital spawned a number of killer-candidates whose lives would be easier with her out of the way. Alli just has to find out which one while clearing their own names.

CAROL ALEXANDER, author of “The Big Squeal” has a review to share by Trina C. of Night Owl Reviews. If you haven’t read this book yet, you are really missing out. It is simply adorable and has loads of fans, young and old.
Liberty the pig is a runaway. She doesn’t know where or when
she was born. She ended up in the Town Square at the base of a statue of Abraham Lincoln with a pig. She was so amazed seeing a statue of a fellow pig. When people saw this pig on the loose, they tried to capture her. Luckily, Liberty got away. Liberty became friends with a cat named Precious. Precious lived with a lady in a mansion. The lady saw Liberty playing with Precious, so she decided to let her stay at her house. Liberty became famous in the town because she had been ‘wanted’ by Animal Control and everyone had been looking for her. Her new owner takes really good care of her and visitors come to see Liberty and bring her gifts. This is such a cute story about Liberty the pig. Liberty is telling the story and there are so many funny uses of the word ‘pig’. The illustrations are so bright and colorful and help tell the story. At the end, there is a section describing the day Abraham Lincoln came to town as a circuit-riding lawyer in the 1840s.

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Chanukah Guilt” is calling all cooks! Send in your book-related recipes to ILENE’s email with cookbook in the subject line. I love her working title: “Seize Her Salad!” Good one, ILENE!
And of course, we want to mention her review of “Unleavened Dead” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine again. Here is the full quote from Steve Steinbock from "The Jury Box" now online at

"Far more good books arrive on my desk than I’m able to adequately review....” Unleavened Dead (Dark Oak Mysteries, $16.95) by Rabbi Ilene Schneider about South Jersey Rabbi Aviva Cohen, is a solid, funny mystery that provides an insider’s look at Jewish life."

ILENE informed me that the Kindle version of the 2nd edition of “Chanukah Guilt” has broken into the top 100 (in its category)! Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > Jewish. Way to go, ILENE!


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.

BERYL REICHENBERG, children's book author, will be holding a class for school aged children on making a Valentine book at Studios on the Park, 1130 Pine St., Paso Robles on Saturday, February 8. The class will run from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Contact Sasha at 805-238-9800 for more information.

BERYL, author of “When Caterpillars Dream” will also be visiting Hawthorne Elementary School in San Luis Obispo on Monday, February 10. She will be reading one of her stories to a first grade class and attending a meeting with the school's fourth grade writing club. "I always enjoy meeting with children and sharing my books and talking about writing."

AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” is having a book signing event at Wal-mart Supercenter, in Ruidoso Downs, NM (26180 U.S. Highway 70 E.) from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Sunday, February 16. Stop by and meet AMY and have some refreshments.

AMY would also like to announce a very special event. She will be having a book signing at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, April 26 in her own home town of El Paso, TX. The signing will be from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and AMY will be signing copies of “End of the Road.” The Barnes and Noble is located at The Fountains at Farah (9521 Viscount, El Paso, TX).

AMY BENNETT has an interview up by Cathy Cole of Kittling Books. acorns-from-oak-tree-press-amy-m.html


DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” has an entry about pioneers up on his popular blog. DAC is also excited about the re-issues of “Return of the Texas Ranger” and “Guns Across the Rio” coming soon from Oak Tree Press.

SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” has a lot going on besides the release of her new culinary mystery. Every February, she posts a recipe a day on her foodie blog, "Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time". SHARON has done A Month-of-Soup and A Month-of-Chicken. This year, it will be A Month-of-Appetizers. The link is:
SHARON has a lot of blogging activity to share. Check out the following list:
January 31 “What’s Your Sign? Developing Characters from the Cosmos”on Lelia Taylor’s Buried Under Books blog.

February 3 on “Culinary Mysteries: What’s the Appeal for Reading or Writing?” on Marja McGraw’s, Marja’s Mystery Blog.
A post on her own “Write Away” blog. “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words” at

A post on her own “Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time” blog: “MISSION IMPASTABLE Book Club Kit Available” On the blog are book club kit pages for book clubs to download at

Be sure to add SHARON’s blogs to your reading list. I know I am...and sharpening my pencil to get all the good recipes! Thank you, SHARON!

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” is the featured guest on HOLLI CASTILLO’s Twelve Question Tuesday. It's always interesting to see who will be next. Several OTP authors have been interviewed and HOLLI herself is an OTP author! Find out some new things about LORNA here:

MARILYN MEREDITH, author of the upcoming “Murder in the Worst Degree” has written about her plans for promotion for this new book in the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series. This is book #10 in the series following "Dangerous Impulses." Scroll down to January 24 here:

JAMES CALLAN, author of “Cleansed by Fire” and “A Ton of Gold” is hot on the blogging scene again. Check out all these blogs:
“A Ton of Gold” is featured on the Borrowed Book site:

Friday, January 31, "Judge Judy and a Walk around Our Property" at:

Also on Friday, January 31, "A Tennis Reunion and Writing"at:

On Monday, February 3, How JAMES’ book “A Ton of Gold” came about at:

Wednesday, February 5, an interview at:

Whew! Wow! The Round- Up is packed this week! Way to go, everyone. I love to see all the info that you send in to me. And I love to help promote each and every one of you and your books that you work so hard on. Tell me...which is harder? Writing the book? Or promoting the book? Please comment below.
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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Beryl Reichenberg said...

Thanks Suzi. A good job, as usual. And I love Robert's book cover, very inviting and imaginative. Beryl

Lesley Diehl said...

And another big wow. I have my reading laid out for me for this next month. Congrats to all my fellow OTP authors whose books have just been released. I don't know where to start.

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

Suzi, this is indeed a packed Round-Up. I'll be tweeting it for sure as well as posting on FB. Thanks for your kind promo for my activities. I really appreciate it. As to your question about what's harder? For me, promotion is the hardest task. Give me a blank page any day and I'll fill it up. But promotion does not come easily to me. I am still a neophyte in marketing.

Helen Osterman said...

You ask, which is harder writing the book or promoting it?
Every writer will tell you that promoting is more than they bargained for.
I went to physical therapy this morning wearing my tee shirt advertising my series.
Helen Osterman

Amy Bennett said...

Wow! Love all the news packed into the round-up!

As for me, definitely it's the promo that's harder. Like Sharon, I'll take a blank page or screen any day! I just came from recording radio spots for my Walmart signing and it's obvious why I sound better on the page than on the air!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Promotion is work--writing is work too, but fun work.

Bookworm said...

Seems to be a common answer to my question! Even so, you all do a fine job. Even sending in a small tidbit for the Round-Up is promoting. Sometimes I wonder why I never hear from some authors. You cant get much easier promoting than this!

thoniehevron said...

What busy authors! Amazing Suzi--able to capture all the activity we tell you about! What terrific covers, too. And, my reading event went very well; a small but enthusiastic and engaged crowd who picked up business cards and postcards.

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Storm Stoker said...

Great job all of you!

I am supposed to post later on - do you just send the blog post to the publisher or is there a way to get "invited" to post, don't really understand the instructions I was sent so any help would be great!-

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Eileen Obser said...

Thanks again, Suzi. I look forward to reading your OTP blog every week.

Eileen Obser said...

Thanks again, Suzi. I look forward to reading your OTP blog every week.

Bookworm said...

You are all very welcome. I enjoy doing the Round-Up. I am here for all of you, to help you spread your news. Keep sending me your events, reviews, blog postings etc. And thank you for commenting and coming back every week to read my Round-Up...well, actually it is your Round-Up, not mine :)

Bookworm said...

to Storm Stoker, yes I send an invite to post on the blog. Please send me an email at and I will send you exact instructions on how to post.