Friday, March 21, 2014


Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Thank you for dropping in. Spring is officially here! 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…

D. R. RANSDELL's newest book "Island Casualty" in her Andy Veracruz Mystery Series is wrapping up. Here is a little teaser:

When Andy Veracruz heads to Greece for a holiday, the mariachi player expects to spend afternoons swimming and nights making love. At an outdoor cafĂ©, he meets a fellow traveler who accidentally leaves behind a package. Before Andy can return it, the man is found floating in the harbor, and Andy and his girlfriend are run off the road by whizzing bullets. To protect his friends, Andy starts doing undercover work by substituting in a bouzouki band, but further “accidents” call for drastic measures. The more Andy becomes entangled in the complicated web that connects the island’s inhabitants, the more he realizes he must rip apart the whole story before he’ll be free to go back home.

ANNE SCHROEDER will celebrate the 
launch of her new book,
“Cholama Moon,” the first in a series of historical westerns, on Sunday, April 6. The event will take place from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Pioneer Museum, 2010 Riverside, Paso Robles. ANNE will give a brief author talk about her series. Refreshments and a raffle will be included. The event is open to the public. ANNE has decided on a cover for her book, isn't it great? And here is a bit about "Cholama Moon:"
An historical western set in Central California in the 1870s, amid earthquakes, drought, banditos, remoteness and human failing. Young Virginia Nugent’s privileged life ends with the death of her mother and her father’s guilt-ridden descent into addiction. She is conflicted in her love of the ranch and her desire to escape until an old cowhand’s loyalty and a Southerner friend of her late mother offer hope that she can change her destiny.
STEFANO BIAVASCHI’s book, “The Prophet and the Wind” has now been published in Germany (DER PROPHET DES WINDES) and, in only three months, it reached 13,000 copies sold! Fantastic! It is available here in the U.S. as a kindle on at

The Prophet and the Wind is the story of a flute player who, by the sea, at dawn receives mysterious teachings of wisdom, where it seems to hear the echoes of great poets such as Tagore, Gibran, Hesse. A very intense short story, where the particular poetic-prophetic language gradually leads the reader to look at life from above, in a contemplative vision of himself and the world, to rediscover the meaning of things. A best-seller translated in many countries, which has often attracted media attention, dedicating several and authoritative reviews.
JACKIE TAYLOR ZORTMAN was featured in “Spotlight on Jackie Taylor Zortman” on St. Patrick’s Day in an interview with Armand Rosamilia – He is a radio personality on Surf 97.3 FM in Jacksonville, FL and is also an author. The interview featured JACKIE’s book “We Are Different Now.” She donated a few copies of her book and also the OTP anthology in which she has two chapters, “Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides” to Authors Supporting Our Troops 2014. So far, 202 authors have contributed 1600 books. They are to be shipped to our troops in Afghanistan and Kuwait where there are no available bookstores. Each book is personally inscribed by the author and will be read and then passed along to another soldier. Armand is also selling tee-shirts that say Authors Contributing to the Troops 2014 in order to raise the money for postage to send the books. JACKIE has bought and received two of them, so far, and says they’re very nice. He’s doing them in various colors. He’s done white with red letters, black with white and now green with yellow. JACKIE is very proud to be a part of this project.

JOHN WILLS, author of “The Year Without Christmas” was a panelist at the 2014 Virginia Festival of the Book on March 19th.

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MARILYN LEVINSON shares an amusing review of “Murder Ala Christie” from Sandra Murphy. This is my featured blog book of the week this week. To order your copy, click on the book cover on the right sidebar of the blog.

Left Coast Crime is coming up quick 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.
D. R RANSDELL will also be at Left Coast Crime. She has been invited to briefly present her book at a New Writer's Breakfast. She will also moderate a panel.


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 hometown of El Paso, TX. The signing will be from 2:00 - 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.
MARILYN blogs about the man who inspired her Rocky Bluff P. D. series.

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


JAMES CALLAN, author of “Cleansed by Fire” is a guest on Venture Galleries on March 25 at the following link. Have you heard of the Library of the Future in San Antonio?

CORA RAMOS, author of “Dance the Dream Awake” blogs about authors here:


SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of the culinary mystery “Mission Impastable” is learning and networking at this week’s Left Coast Crime Conference in Monterey, CA. She is armed with business cards and isn’t afraid to use them!
SHARON’s latest "The Quick Cook" column is out in "The Pinewood News" with QC Tip #4, a recipe, and a plug for Mission Impastable.”

Anyone interested in Old West history might find brothel tokens intriguing. SHARON posted at her romance blog, “Romance Righter” (where she writes under the pen name Angelica French). Check out, “Where the Customer Comes First” at read about this fascinating bit of our wild west past.
If you are building your mystery/crime bookshelf with some technical books, see what SHARON uses for reference materials. “The Mystery Writer’s Technical Book Shelf” is posted at “Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time”

The vocabulary level for your books can be tricky, and SHARON addresses her take in “Word Choice and Voice,” a post at her blog “Write Away”

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” wants you to meet Ellen Kirschman, a psychologist who has worked in law enforcement. She is also an author. Read about her fascinating career.

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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Billie Johnson said...

Wowser...what a round up!

Amy Bennett said...

Can't believe Left Coast is here! Ya'll better take lots of pictures and tell the rest of us who couldn't make it all about it!

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

Great stuff, we are one busy bunch of authors.

Marilyn aka F.M.

Thonie Hevron said...
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Thonie Hevron said...

I see I'll have to make Left Coast Crime next year. PSWA Conference and Redwood Writer Conference are on my dance card this year. Such an active group of writers!

Eileen Obser said...

Thanks again, Suzi. I always enjoy catching up on all the OTP news.

Eileen Obser said...

Thanks again, Suzi. I always enjoy catching up on all the OTP news.