Friday, February 21, 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…

Oak Tree Press has two great books hot off the presses this week. I will choose APRIL KNIGHT and her book "Sweet Dreams: 50 Romantic Bedtime Stories for Big Girls" as my featured Blog Book of the Week! Click on the cover on the right side-bar of the blog to order direct from the publisher today.

"Sweet Dreams: 50 Romantic Bedtime Stories for Big Girls"

Sweet Dreams offers funny, tender, inspiring romance stories for busy women who don’t have time to read for long periods of time. Every story is different, takes less than 10 minutes to read and will touch your heart and make you smile. The stories are designed for women to read while they ride a bus, have a cup of coffee, let their children take a nap or just before they go to bed at night. The stories are about imperfect people searching for perfect love.  The stories are about young love, old love, lost love and re-found love. The characters are unforgettable and range in ages from early twenties to their seventies so will appeal to a wide audience.  This is a book people will not be able to stop reading and will talk about it at work the next day.

MARILYN LEVINSON's "Murder Ala Christie"

Professor Lexie Driscoll is conducting the first meeting of the Golden Age of Mystery book club in her best friend’s swanky mansion, when another friend is murdered. More members are knocked off as Lexie unravels secret after secret, leading her to believe she's living in Christie's novel, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. Employing Miss Marple’s knowledge of human nature and Hercule Poirot’s cunning, she reveals the murderer.

~Charming and entertaining, this cleverly affectionate contemporary twist
on the traditional mystery will delight Christie fans! Levinson ably upholds the beloved literary legacy with her savvy heroine, cozy village setting, and witty understanding of human foibles.~

Reviewed by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and Mary HIggins Clark Award winning author

ILENE SCHNEIDER received a great review of “Unleavened Dead” in the Spring 2013 "Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal” Volume 10 Number 2. Here’s a snippet: "This is a fast-paced, witty, and intriguing read." Thank you goes out to David J. Zucker for this great review. Read it here:

D. R. RANSDELL shares one minute's worth of fun on the Beara and Dingle Peninsulas--with her book "Mariachi Murder!" Yes, authors are marketing even on vacation!
RANSDELL was a recent guest of Stephen Brayton on his blog. It's a great interview with some really interesting questions. Check it out here:

VELDA BROTHERTON’s book “The Purloined Skull,” the first in her new mystery series, A Twist of Poe, has been featured on Awesome Romance Novels at the following link:

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.

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.

NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” will be on a panel of authors speaking at the Victoria Writers' Society meeting, at the Greater Victoria Public Library on March 5th. Topics include local writing instruction, critique groups, contests, editing, publishing, open mic nights and general writing community. She is also teaching electronic publishing at Camosun College, Victoria, BC on February 22 and 28.

FURLONG will also be a guest speaker, discussing the various opportunities currently available in publishing, at the Sidney Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on March 13th.
FURLONG is also a guest blogger in the Author's Corner at Mustard Seed Marketing at this link:

BONNIE KELLY is keeping busy promoting her fantastic new Wild Oaks Western. KELLY is having a book signing for “Wild Justice” on March 1, 11:00 - 2:30pm at Cafe Noir, 1555 S. Broadway, Santa Maria CA.

KELLY has also rented a booth at Cowgirls and Conchos, April 12 from 10:00 – 4:00pm. It's in San Luis Obispo County and we will have an address for this event soon.

On May 20, KELLY is being interviewed by Barbara Hodges on Red River Talk Radio on the Internet at 3:00pm.

AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” would 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).

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.


SHARON MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable has blogging activity galore to share. Her monthly food column, “The Quick Cook”, appeared this week with an announcement of the publication of Mission Impastable.” If you want to see the recipes and comments, log onto
MOORE guest posted on “Marilyn’s Musings” about being a plotter when writing mysteries and shared her plotting process grid.

“How Do I Kill Thee? Let Me Count the Ways” There are only so many ways to kill people, and MOORE has been collecting them. Take a look at what she shares on “Write Away”
At “Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time” she is continuing to post daily recipes for A Month-of-Appetizers with the occasional tie-in to her books.

JOHN DANIEL tells us that in his blog post this week he shares the joy he felt at a recent book signing event for “Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery.” Thanks for sharing the pic, JOHN! Please drop by:

JAMES CALLAN, author of “A Ton of Gold” and “Cleansed by Fire” is burning up the blogging scene again! Saturday, February 22, he will have a blog for Senior Sleuth on how the characters in “A Ton of Gold” developed. It is at:
On Tuesday, February 25, CALLAN has two blogs going up. One is at Novel Spaces and it is on the dialog signature, taken from his book “How to Write Great Dialog.” It is at:

The other blog is at Creatures 'n Crooks / Buried Under Books. It is on ways to add conflict through dialog. It is at:

On Wednesday, February 26, CALLAN will have a blog up at Venture Galleries on his visit to Mexican schools in the jungle. It is at:

DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” tells how he escaped the ice and snow - by scooting down to the south Georgia coast for a few days. He says he is too old to deal with slippery sidewalks and he admitted that on Jekyll Island there, they existed on beer and bar food! Could be worse...
A new entry on the blog -- the third language of Texas.

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” invites you to check out her interview on the Authors’ Corner today!
COLLINS also celebrated the life of her longtime friend, Phyllis Craig. Stop by and see why the day was both sad and joyous.

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

Great job, as usual! Thank you!

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

Suzi, it's hard to believe you haven't done this for years! Spectacular blog post, as usual! Thanks for putting it all together for us.

Billie Johnson said...

This note came to the Publisher's email from Richard Marranca, author of DRAGON SUTRA...

great work. I look forward to this.


Billie Johnson said...

Note from Patrick Linder...

Suzi, thanks for the work on the roundup. Lots of good stuff going on with Ghost Music! I'll send you details for next week's issue!


Patrick Linder
Like a good mystery?
Check out my award-winning novel Ghost Music, available in both paperback and Kindle ebook

Eileen Obser said...

Yay, Suzi. Thanks once again for another Round-up.