Friday, February 14, 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…

JACKIE TAYLOR ZORTMAN has submitted a wonderful cause that I hope many of our OTP authors will participate in. The following link is where author signed books are being collected and sent to our troops. JACKIE is going to send a few signed “We Are Different Now” and a couple “Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides.” She is pretty sure they can be deducted from your taxes as donations. This is a such a great event they are doing and something we can do for our troops that are willing to give their lives for us.

And for bringing this event to my attention, lets make JACKIE's book "We Are Different Now" my Featured Blog Book of the week! This is one of my favorite OTP books ever and I know you will feel the same. Here is what this very special book is about:
Twenty-one year old Pete was a chef in an historic hotel in a Colorado tourist town on July 4t.h, so he worked late.  After work he drove up into the mountains to meet his buddies to celebrate.  He lit and dropped a large firework and instinctively jumped backwards, falling 100 feet to the canyon below and dying instantly.  Thus began his maternal grandmother’s journey with death on the mountain. 
Seeking solace in books, she found nothing available, so sat down and began to write.  Along the way, amazing  new venues opened up for her into which she would never before have gone and people from various walks of life came into her world, bringing new wisdom, friendships and fresh perspectives.  She feels that her grandson can live on inside her book, helping others with their grief.
"We Are Different Now" is available on our website by clicking the cover image on the right hand bar of this blog. Its also available in paper and ebook on
JOHN LINDERMUTH, author of “Sooner than Gold” has been Interviewed on Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My! Learn all about JOHN at this link and leave him a comment:

 BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's author and illustrator, has been visiting with children at Hawthorne Elementary School in San Luis Obispo throughout the week and will visit next week as well. She will be talking with two second grade classes as well as continuing to meet with the fourth grade writer's group and the first graders. "It has been an intensive couple of weeks but well worth it. The children are talented and delightful."

BERYL, author of “Butterfly Girls” is blogging with MARILYN MEREDITH on how children's books and literature has changed over time. "Where we once had a few cherished books…, the bookstores are now packed with brightly covered books and engaging images." BERYL notes and goes on to describe the many different kinds and formats for children's literature in today's world, including e-books. Visit Marilyn's blog at for more details. Beryl's blog is scheduled to appear on February 13 and 14.


NICOLA FURLONG, author of the golf mystery “Teed Off!” will be speaking about publishing and writing at the Greater Victoria Public Library, and she will be a featured guest at the Vancouver Golf and Travel Show on February 15 and 16.

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 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 AMYwill be signing copies of “End of the Road.” The Barnes and Noble is located at The Fountains at Farah (9521 Viscount, El Paso, TX).
J. L. GREGER, author of “Ignore the Pain” will be having a book signing at Hastings on Wyoming Ave. in Albuquerque on February 21. To increase the interest at book signings, she brings along a coca (the raw material for cocaine) tea bag cover from a restaurant in La Paz. GREGER got the basic idea for Ignore the Pain” from coca tea.


ROBERT RICHTER, author of the newly released “Something Like a Dream,” 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.

 MARILYN MEREDITH, author of the Rocky Bluff P. D. series has some upcoming events to share with us.
April 6 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, MARILYN will be joining the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime for a book signing at the Coalese Bookstore.

April 14 at 10:00 am, she will be speaking at the Porterville Library for National Library Week.
May 17 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm will be the official book launch for “Murder in the Worst Degree” at the Porterville Art Gallery.


CORA RAMOS, author of “Dance the Dream Awake” blogs about her trip to the San Gabriel Literary Fest, and the ensuing 'pings'
This blog post was so interesting! CORA is a fine writer so don't stop there, read more! And here is a link to her blog:
 SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” is guest posting this week at "Eat. Write. Love" with two recipes in her next culinary mystery, “Prime Rib and Punishment.” Check out Hot Chocolate Soup and Hot Chocolate Ice Cream.

SHARON tells us why to use the back of a business card to give people a reason to keep your card at:

Every February at SHARON’s "Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time" is a month of recipes in a specific category. This year is daily appetizer recipes. Last year was chicken recipes and 2012 was soups.

Last weekend, SHARON sold copies of Mission Impastable” and chatted with some of the 100,000 people who attended over 3 days. She was at the signing tent for 9 hours and ran out of the business cards! Fortunately, she had more to bring for day two.

Busy SHARON was interviewed on an Internet radio program that broadcast from the Chocolate Affaire. They have a regular Sunday afternoon author and books show that they moved to Glendale for the day. The show is not up yet but should be soon at:

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Chanukah Guilt” seems to have a lot of friends' whose pets have died recently. She has blogged about her thoughts on losing a pet, "Not Just a Pet." I, myself, lost a dear family member last year, Izzy was her name and I will never forget her silky fur and the look in her eye she would give me when she wanted to play. Click the following link to see what ILENE has to say:

D. R. RANSDELL, author of “Mariachi Murder” invites you to travel to Bolivia with JANET GREGER, the guest on her travel blog.

 VELDA BROTHERTON asks if you want to know where she got the ideas for her mystery, “The Purloined Skull?” Check out this posting. How much is truth and how much is fiction? Read the excerpt and wonder.

Check out this feature on "The Purloined Skull" with a nice blurb and excerpt.

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:

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

Suzi--Great job putting all this together as usual. It's wonderful to be part of such a productive crew!