Friday, March 7, 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…
Left Coast Crime is coming up March 20 - 23, 2014 in Monterey, CA. OTP Publisher BILLIE JOHNSON will be making the trip with PAT BROWNING and will be meeting up with several OTP authors. Lorna Collins, Mariliyn Meredith, Denise Weeks, D. R. Ransdell, Ilene Schneider, Nan Mahon, JoAnn Ainsworth, and Sharon Moore, just to name a few! OTP books will be available at Scene of the Crime Books. Next week, tune in to the Round-Up for some panel announcements. If you are attending and would like for me to give you a mention next week or if you are on a panel, drop me an email at
“Murder a la Christie” by MARILYN LEVINSON is now available. This book is a must read for all mystery fans. HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN, winner of the MWA/Mary Higgins Clark Award, provides a wonderful review of the book… “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."

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.

"Spooky Tells" by TANIS RUSH is a title from the OTP Mystic Oaks imprint. Check out this descriptive blurb and try not to be totally intrigued...
Sarah “Spooky” Knight, a clairvoyant private detective with the ability to teleport, and Detective Michael Balcher of the Las Vegas Police Department are thrown together in a suspenseful race to outwit a dangerous man who calls himself the Ice Man. The Ice Man, who accidentally discovers Spooky’s deepest kept secret—the fact that she can teleport—intends to capture Spooky and sell her to the highest bidder.  He corners Spooky and Balcher on a casino rooftop and forces them over the edge so that he can video the act and have proof of Spooky’s ability. Spooky grabs onto Balcher and teleports them back to her bedroom and in the process, she indelibly entwines their memories and most amazing of all, she changes Balcher’s brain chemistry to closely match hers. He is now psychic. Through perils and trials and a few sensual escapades, they eventually overcome the threat from the Ice Man and Spooky’s secret remains a secret from the world a little while longer. Balcher leaves the LVPD and sets up shop with Spooky as her husband and permanent partner at the Spooky Knight Detective Agency.
"Sports Therapy for the Mediocre" by DONALD CAPLIN is another book hot off the presses! A clever book with some great reviews. "I have competed against some of the best in the world, and The Caplin (as he is known) is among the players I fear the most." -Michael Palmer, NY Times best selling author of Political Suicide. Bill Lee, of the Boston Red Sox who makes a cameo appearance in the book had this to say:“I played against the author Donald Caplin 40 years. He was mediocre at best.”
A sports therapist describes his most unusual case:  Unlike my usual work with professional athletes, this patient is an unathletic middle-aged man who wants to find his true sports calling.  By reviewing every sport the client has ever tried, plus letters, scrapbooks and home movies, I found something the patient can excel in.

NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” will 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.

BILLIE JOHNSON, OTP Publisher, will be the featured speaker at a meeting of the Kings-Tulare Writers Group on March 15, 2014. Location and time to be announced. Sure wish I was closer to CA to be able to attend and hear my best pal speak.

JANET GREGER, author of "Ignore the Pain" 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.
ROBERT RICHTER, author of the newly released “Something Like a Dream,” will also be at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 15-16 in Tucson. You can find him in the authors’ pavilion. Stop by and say hello and get your autographed copy of this wonderful book.

BONNIE KELLY author of Wild Justice” 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.”

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.
MARILYN blogs about having a title but no plot and how the story evolved on

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 was called to help fellow author Jennifer Eaton who was about to reach her blog #666 (or, as she puts it, 665+1). You can read "Post #662, 663, 664, 665… Oh No! What blog post is this? Nope, not gonna do it. Quick! Call in the Rabbi!" here:

DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” blogs about March 6, 1936 - the Fall of the Alamo on his blog this week. The re-release of DAC's first two books in The Border Trilogy will be coming out soon, "Guns Across the Rio" and "Return of the Texas Ranger." More details soon but for now check out his blog at:

JAMES CALLAN, author of “Cleansed by Fire” has a guest blog on Venture Galleries on Wednesday, March 12. It is on the need for your characters to change during the course of the book. It is at:

JOHN M. DANIEL, author of “Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery” is a guest on MARILYN MEREDITH’s blog this week. Find out why JOHN gave Hooperman a stutter at:

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” is featured on Rick Reed’s Dinner at Home blog. Stop by and pick up the recipe for her favorite soup.

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...

Shoot! I missed the deadline to submit with everything going on. I'll report earlier next week. Another great Round-Up, Suzi!

Billie Johnson said...

Yes, Sharon, do submit! I like seeing what you have going on!!


Amy Bennett said...

Getting excited about Tucson... and wishing I could have made LCC! Maybe next year... so much cool stuff going on!

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

What a busy bunch of authors! Good job, Suzi!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Suzi,This is just to let you know all your hard work is appreciated; I always check in to read the roundup. Beryl