Friday, March 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…

ANNE SCHRODER is planning her Book Launch for "Cholama Moon" the first in a series of western historical novels set on the Central Coast during the early Spanish, Mexican and American eras. ANNE is the author of regional memoirs "Branches on the Conejo" and  "Ordinary Aphrodite." She will introduce her new novel and speak on the many sources she uses to portray the first white settlers in Cholama Valley. The second book in the series, "Maria Ines" will be released later in 2014, also by Oak Tree Press. The Book Launch will be held at the Pioneer Museum, Sunday, April 6 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. A raffle will be held and refreshments will be served. The free event is open to the public.

Left Coast Crime is in two weeks and the panel information is pouring in.
Here are a few panels to mark on your calendar:

ILENE SCHNEIDER will be speaking on a panel called "Unusual Sleuths: Your Day Job Is What?" on Thursday, March 20, 12:00 - 12:45 pm.

MARILYN MEREDITH will be speaking on a panel for her Deputy Tempe Crabtree series on Friday from 2:45 – 3:30 pm. Reservation for Murder: Native American Protagonists.
LORNA COLLINS is on a panel called “Good Things Come with Small Publishers” where those who are indie published will discuss their experiences. Madeline Gornell is also on the same panel. LARRY COLLINS will be on one called “Murder at the Seashore” about setting your mysteries near the beach. (the COLLINS’ books are set in Hawaii, and Ghost Writer” is set in Laguna Beach.)

DENISE WEEKS is on the "Turning Up the Heat on the Amateur Sleuth" panel on Sunday
from 10:15 – 11:00 am. The topic is how the cozy/amateur sleuth mystery novel has changed over the past few years. There is more explicit language, sex, violence, you name it. It's no longer Cabot Cove. Are writers pushing the limits? Or are cozies still pretty tame compared to today's action/suspense stuff? Books will be signed after the panel discussion! DENISE will have a basket to bid on in the Silent Auction located in the hospitality suite. Her basket has a Texas theme, with a copy of each of her three mysteries ("Nice Work," "Murder by the Marfa Lights" and "Love is the Bridge.") She will also be launching her “April, Maybe June” series.


LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” along with her husband, Larry, will be presenting a workshop called “The Perfect Pitch” at EPICon, the annual conference for EPIC, the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, in San Antonio, TX., followed by “Speed Dating for Editors” where writers can pitch their WIP to industry professionals.

BILLIE JOHNSON, OTP Publisher, will be the featured speaker at a meeting of the Kings-Tulare Writers Group on March 15, 2014. The meeting will be held at 200 W. Oak Avenue, Visalia from 10:00 - Noon. BILLIE will speak about the various options for publishing and key pointers for building a successful relationship with a small publisher.

BERYL REICHENBERG, children's picture book author and illustrator, will be teaching a class for school age children at the Paso Robles Studios in the Park from 2:00 – 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 15. "We will be making butterfly books that can be hung in their room. I find that the children who come to these classes are eager learners and talented, a winning combination."



Several OTP authors will be at the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend.

CAROLYN NIETHAMMER, author of the upcoming "The Piano Player"would like to invite all OTP authors presenting at or just attending the Tucson Festival of Books to a party at her house on March 15 at 5:00 pm. Come and chat with other friendly writers and volunteers just off campus. If you would like to come, please email her at
D. R. RANSDELL will be signing copies of “Mariachi Murder” at the Tucson Festival of Books on Saturday, March 15th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm at the Desert Sleuths Booth (109) and on Sunday, March 16th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Arizona Mystery Writers Booth (128).

JANET GREGER, author of "Ignore the Pain" and AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” will both be at the Tucson Book Festival in Pavilion East signing their books on Sunday, March 16 from 11:45-1:45 pm. There's supposed to be a crowd of 100,000 at the festival. Come out and meet these lovely ladies and get an autographed copy of their books!
ROBERT RICHTER, author of the newly released "Something Like a Dream," will also be in the authors' pavillion at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 15 - 16. ROBERT's book is now available as a kindle on for only $2.99. Be sure to stop in to see him, as well!

SHARON ARTHUR MOORE will be signing copies of “Mission Impastable” this Saturday from 2:00 - 3:00 pm at the Tucson Festival of Books at the Sisters in Crime booth. Another great OTP author attending the Festival. Boy, sure do wish I lived in the area. Have a great time, everyone!

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.

BONNIE KELLY author of Wild Justice” rented a booth at Cowgirls and Conchos, April 12 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. 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 3:00 pm.

ANNE SCHROEDER will also be at this event in San Luis Obispo County on
April 12, releasing her own western historical showcased above, “Cholama Moon.”

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





SHARON MOORE, author of "Mission Impastable” has some blogs to share this week:
“Take Your Writing Vitamins” is the post just up on “Write Away”

Did you know that red herrings are not just false clues? SHARON explains at “Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time”.
SHARON signed up for the April A-Z Blog Challenge at and must post 26 times (not on Sunday) throughout April on a topic of choice, but with each letter of the alphabet. Join her! She will post at “Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time” at

DAC CROSSLEY, author of The Border Trilogy wrote a blog entry on a lovely March morning, and he is excited about - changing directions. Check out today's blog entry about renewal and re-invention.

LORNA COLLINS, author of "Ghost Writer" interviews JAMES CALLAN and talks about his terrific book on writing dialog. Read the interview and learn about his book, "How to Write Great Dialog." 

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...

Great job on the blog as usual, Suzi! Lots of activity. I'll have to see if I can connect with other OTP authors in Tucson. I won't be able to attend the party on the 15th, unfortunately!

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

Wow, we are one busy bunch of authors. Great post as usual!

Thonie Hevron said...

Another wonderful round-up of our word wranglers. Whew! Wish I was going to LCC and Tucson.

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Good job, Suzi. I've reposted this on my Facebook page. Beryl

Eileen Obser said...

Another round-up of good news about the Oak Tree writers. Always a pleasure to read the latest info.