Friday, February 28, 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…

PATRICK LINDER and his book, "Ghost Music" have been getting a lot of attention! As in (count them) three 5-star review from the Reader's Favorite review site (these are non-compensated, independent reviewers who agreed to look at the book. The site shows on their homepage that they have reviewed the likes of James Patterson, David Baldacci, and Nicholas Sparks! Way to go, PATRICK!
Let's have "Ghost Music" be our Blog Book Feature of the week.
But it doesn't stop there! PATRICK also had the Author's Alliance website review "Ghost Music" and they awarded it a 4-star review. They tweet about it all the time, so if other OTP authors are looking for reviews that get good coverage, this might be a source to consider. Thanks for the tip, here is the link:
And finally, the blog site The Haunted Bookcase also gave "Ghost Music" a glowing review at:

Introducing and welcoming, KEN OXMAN who will be releasing his book "The Reluctact Assassin" in May. A very nice interview about his adventurous life. Read and learn about KEN here:

And let's welcome another new OTP author, DOUG SEAVER. He is anxiously awaiting his release in October of his book “The Fourth Rule.” He and his wife checked out the Big Book Getaway at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center this weekend to see if it might be a good venue to sell OTP books. Looks good to me! Thanks for sharing, DOUG.
CAROL ALEXANDER just got word that the Moscow Library of Foreign Literature will add to its permanent collection the two editions of "The Big Squeal" along with coffee mugs and postcards imprinted with Liberty's "Big Squeal" map! So our piggy gal will be in the company of Hemingway, Hawthorne and Lincoln himself. This helps meet CAROL's Second Edition goal of securing a global spotlight for our often overlooked heartland. Wow, MISS LIBERTY is global!

JANET GREGER asks if you have ever heard of the journal, Mystery Readers InternationalGREGER has an essay called "The rest of the story on physicians and other biologists who become writers" in the Winter 2013-14 issue (Volume 29:4). She tells the background behind her medical mysteries and thrillers – “Ignore the Pain,” “Coming Flu,” and “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight.”


David Leonhardt sent me a submission for the Round-Up. He is not an OTP author but he thinks that the following article will be found useful for authors. I took a look and it sure does! Lots of marketing advice. David is President of The Happy Guy Marketing.


LESLEY DIEHL, author of “Dumpster Dying” is at Sleuthfest in Orlando this week. The conference is sponsored by MWA Florida Chapter. DIEHL is on a panel entitled "Social Media Tsunami: Time to Write" Other panel members include big names like Ace Atkins, Sandra Balzo, and Reed Farrel Coleman. The moderator is Erin Mitchell. The panel is scheduled for 11:00 Saturday morning, March 1.

MARILYN LEVINSON will also be at Sleuthfest with her new release, “Murder a la Christie.”
Here is a descriptive blurb for the very interesting "Murder a la Christie:"

BONNIE 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.

ANNE SCHROEDER will also be at this event in San Luis Obispo County on April 12, releasing her own western historical, “Cholama Moon.” More on that new release coming soon.

BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's picture book author, will be at the Park Elementary School in Oakland, CA on March 5, which just happens to be World Read Aloud Day. She'll be talking with two, third grade classes about her writing journey, reading her book "Backyard Birds" and working with the children on a folded book form to be used to write about birds, their current assignment. As BERYL says, "I'm especially excited to be visiting this school because my granddaughter is in one of these classes. Third graders are particularly enjoyable. They are imaginative and eager to learn."

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.
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.

JANET GREGER and AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” will be at the Tucson Book Festival in Pavilion East signing their books on Sunday, March 16 from 11:45-1:45. There's supposed to be a crowd of 100,000 at the festival. If they could sell to a tenth of a percent of the crowd, they'd be thrilled.

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).

ROBERT RICHTER, author of the newly released “Something Like a Dream,” will be in the authors’ pavilion at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 15-16 in Tucson. Stop in and see ROBERT and get your signed copy of this great book!

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” hosted the wonderful Marja McGraw on "Write Away" this week sharing how life often turns into fiction: The Hand of Fate?
Friday finishes up SHARON’s daily Month-of-Appetizers recipes (with frequent references to her culinary mysteries) at "Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time". Stop by to get ideas for your next appetizer party.

JAMES CALLAN, author of “Cleansed by Fire” “A Ton of Gold” and “How to Write Great Dialog” is ever so popular on the blogging scene again this week. He tells me he has set a record! Four blogs in one day, whoa! Here they are:

One is at Creatures ‘n Crooks/Buried Under Books at It is on adding conflict with dialog. It highlights “How to Write Great Dialog” and uses examples from “A Ton of Gold.”

Another is at Venture Galleries and it is on JAMES’ visit to a Mexican school in the jungle, a mere shed roof and one wall. It is at:

Another is at Senior Sleuths and is an in depth look at how “A Ton of Gold” came about and also its characters. It is at:

And for number 4, CALLAN has a blog at Novel Spaces on the important topic of Dialog Signature (from How to Write Great Dialog, of course). It is at:

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Chanukah Guilt” blogs about why she goes to conferences. And, no, it's not to sell books. (Well, not primarily!) Includes list of conferences for which she is registered for 2014.

ILENE also asks why there are still typos and continuity errors in her books even after multiple edits? Read about “Why I Can’t Edit Myself” on Marilyn Meredith’s
blog site:

EILEEN OBSER, author of “Only You” blogs about throwing away files and regretting it later. Please take a look and share your thoughts. More on EILEEN's new book next week in the Round-Up!

LORNA COLLINS announces that “The Memory Keeper” is now available on Kindle!

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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Sharon Arthur Moore said...

Hey, Suzi! Another great week recapped. These OTP authors are so engaged and in so many different ways. Nicely done Round-Up, yet again. Thanks for doing this for us.

thoniehevron said...

Hi Suzi,
Another great edition. I love reading about new authors and their books. Some of the PR announcements give me great marketing ideas, too. I particularly enjoy learning of venues where I can market my book on the Central Coast of California where my daughter lives. A great reason to visit, right?

Billie Johnson said...

Suzi...this just keeps getting better and better!! Our authors are cookin'!!


Eileen Obser said...

Great job as usual, Suzi. Thanks for mentioning my latest blog.

Amy Bennett said...

What an exciting week! My to-read list gets longer every week after reading the blog!

I'm excited about the Tucson book fest and I'd be nervous if I weren't teaming up with Janet... I can't wait!

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

You do a great job with this, Suzi!

Bookworm said...

Thanks guys! I could not do it without you...literally! Always, always a pleasure ~ Suzi

Marilyn Levinson said...

Suzi & Billie,
Thanks for featuring Murder a la Christie in the roundup this week. I'm glad to be in such great company.:)