Friday, April 25, 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…

Here are a couple of brand new books out from Oak Tree Press! Both are available on or our website, I have chosen "The Dancing Boy" as my Blog Book of the Week. Isn't the cover fabulous?!

"The Dancing Boy" 
by Michael Matson

When 87-year-old Margaret Neilssen is found dead in her Victorian home overlooking the small, picturesque town of La Conner, Washington, everyone assumes it was an accident. The result of a stumble in the night. A fall down steep stairs. But was it an accident? Or was it a crime committed to cover up something far worse than murder?

What an excellent story, and how well you maintained the tension continually from chapter 1 right up to the epilogue! Each time I thought it was all over and you were going to wind down, a new crisis reared its ugly head, and the excitement continued
-Carolyn Lawson

"Jack of Harts" 
by Michael Eldridge

Retired Italian homicide detective, Frank Borelli, has started a P.I. firm with retired Chinese call girl, Ming Li Chow. They call the company, Spaghetti & Rice Investigations. Frank deals with his wacky Italian family and Ming Li has a 11 year-old son, who is the off-spring of the local head of the Chinese Mafia in Boston. In this case, Tommy Chow's best friend Jack Hart, and his mother, Jean, have gotten themselves entangled in a battle with the Colombian drug lord in Boston, MA. Only Frank and Ming Li can help them out of their troubles. Assault and mayhem ensue. 

Michael Eldridge’s debut novel in his Spaghetti and Rice Mystery series, Jack of Harts, is a front-runner right out of the gate. Strong characterization, and suspenseful plot twists combine to deliver a most satisfying reader experience. Former Chinese prostitute turned private investigator Ming Li Chow teams up with retired homicide detective Frank Borelli to do battle with the local Columbian drug cartel. Add kidnapping, money laundering, and the friendship of two 11 year old boys to the narrative, and you have a real page-turner. I look forward to the second novel in this series with much anticipation.
-Linda Ginter-Brown, PhD, Professor Emerita, University of Cincinnati

MARY MONTAGUE SIKES is excited that the owner of Bertram & Williams, Books and Fine Art in Williamsburg has selected "Night Watch" for her May book club meeting. Book club members are from a wide area, including Virginia Beach. Another great book, here is a review:
Night Watch is a lush romance set in Trinidad with a twist. It’s also a mystery. The tension builds as the author drips hints into the plot and allows them to percolate in the reader’s mind. The author’s writing style is silky and romantic but there’s plenty of action as the heroine Lily Henri explores, caves, jungles, and isolated beaches with unsavory characters. I’m not a fan on romances so I only gave it a four, but I suspect romance fans would rate it a six.
-Janet Greger, author of "Ignore the Pain"

NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” shares a new review with us: 
"Teed Off! will have you intrigued .... FURLONG skillfully couples descriptive characters with ever evolving plots that twist and turn around the fairways surrounding professional golf player antics on and off the green that will keep you enthralled. Your guess at the "who dunnit" will surprise you!"  
- Rosanne Zinniger, Travel Journalist, USA Correspondent for Golf Vacations Magazine - International Edition

NICOLA was also interviewed at See the interview at this link:

Manic Readers has four Oak Tree Press books on their website in their Free Reads section. Here are the links:

THONIE HEVRON, author of the upcoming “Intent to Hold” is excited to announce that OTP will be publishing the first book in her Nick and Meredith stories. “By Force or Fear” is the first of three in the series. The second, “Intent to Hold” will be available on July 13th. “Intent to Hold” was the winner of the OTP Police Blotter contest held last year.


AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” will be having a book signing at Barnes and Noble this Saturday, April 26 in her own home town of El Paso, TX. The signing will be from 2:00 - 4:00pm. The Barnes and Noble is located at The Fountains at Farah, 9521 Viscount, El Paso, TX.

ROBERT RICHTER, author of “Something Like A Dream” is having a book signing at Hokes Books in Ogallala, NE on April 26 from 12:00 – 2:00pm. Stop in and get your own autographed copy. More to come from this series, folks!

On a hunting for a lost hero-husband living as a shaman in a tribe of peyote worshipers, Cotton Waters leads Corina Springfield into the center of tribal dissension deep in the sierra heart of Huichol territory.  On this strange pilgrimage Waters will find a whole new perspective on reality and dream, on deceit and self-deception, and  experience a healing ceremony that will change his life forever or simply end it.

D.R. RANSDELL, author of “Mariachi Murder” and the recently released “Island Casualty” is a featured speaker at the Tucson Sisters-in-Crime April meeting. Tucson Sisters in Crime website

Readers of D.R. Ransdell’s "Mariachi Murder" have no doubt been waiting for the second installment in her series of Andy Veracruz mysteries. With the publication of her latest work, "Island Casualty", she doesn’t disappoint. In the newest installment, Veracruz finds himself again “neck deep” in mystery and intrigue on the Greek island of Amiros. Weaving crisp dialogue and artfully descriptive detail in with fast moving, shadowy narrative, Ransdell carries the reader along in another enjoyable read.
-John Paddison, author of The Brothers’ Keepers and China Photos and Reflections.

BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's book author, will be repeating her class on how to make a butterfly book at the Paso Robles Studios on the Park. When finished, the books can be hung in the child's room. The class will be held from 2:00-3:00pm on April 26 and is for children from 7 to 14 years of age. There is a $5.00 materials fee. BERYL will also be talking about her two OTP children's books about butterflies, "When Caterpillars Dream" and "Butterfly Girls." She will also encourage the children to write a story about butterflies in their new books.  Studios on the Park is at 1130 Pine Street.

EILEEN OBSER is having the official release party for her memoir “Only You” this Sunday, April 27 at 2:00pm at the Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor. EILEEN will read and sign books. Refreshments will be served and live music performed by local, renowned singer Jim Turner (50s rock and roll, in keeping with the many songs cited in the book).

EILEEN asks: Are you a good listener? That is the subject of her new blog. Please take a look and be sure to leave EILEEN a comment that you were there.

MARILYN MEREDITH, author of the recently released “Murder in the Worst Degree” will be having the official book launch for the 10th book in the Rocky Bluff P. D. Series on May 17 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Porterville Art Gallery.

Officer Gordon Butler is called to the scene of a body washed up on the beach, a new police chief makes changes, a rapist attacks two women, Ryan and Barbara Strickland’s baby is born, but he faces an even bigger test, Detectives Milligan and Zachary follow a twisted path of clues to find a killer in Murder in the Worst Degree.

CINDY LADAGE and JANE AUMANN will be heading up Story Time at Studio 6 in downtown Springfield, IL during the Springfield Old State Capitol Art Fair on May 18. They will be signing “My Name is Huber” and their other children’s farm books.

If you’ve ever run your hand along the surface of an old machine and wished it could share its story, you’ll enjoy My Name is Huber: A Tractor’s Story. The book will give you an idea of what an antique tractor might say about its life. Written by agricultural history enthusiasts JANE AUMANN and CINDY LADAGE, "My Name is Huber" is their third tractor-themed children’s book. This particular work is a memoir of sorts. In 26 illustrated, well-written, easy-to-read pages, the authors introduce readers to a 1927 Huber Super Four -- but it’s the tractor that’s telling the story. -Chad Elmore

BONNIE KELLY author of Wild Justice” is being interviewed by Barbara Hodges on Red River Talk Radio on the Internet at 3:00pm on May 20.

Not since Butch and Sundance have there been two such likable characters, and the good-natured banter between them contributes to the story's colorful telling. But, likable or not, and even though they're innocent, Rin Cutter and his partner Ben Santiago are all set to hang for killing Ty Madden in a poker game.
When they escape and become involved with beautiful, independent Tory Trent, also on the run for something she is falsely accused of, the chase is on.


MARILYN MEREDITH is doing a blog tour this month and the person who follows along and comments on the most blogs will get to have their name used for a character in the next book! Go to MARILYN’s newsletter to see the complete list of blogs. But the following is what is on tap for the coming week.

SHARON MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” continues her blogging 26 days in April as part of the A-Z Blog Challenge. She posts on food terms/cooking techniques/food names at (with some book plugs thrown in).

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” is going on vacation in Paris! While she is out, MARILYN LEVINSON will be guest writing on her blog this week.

JAMES CALLAN has a blog up at Venture Galleries on the Spanish literary giant  Gabriel Garcia Marquez who died last week.  It's at:

Today, Friday, April 25, JAMES will give a workshop on Character Development, using material from his OTP book, “Character: The Heartbeat of the Novel,” at the 28th NETWO Spring Conference.

Saturday, April 26, JAMES will give a workshop at the conference on dialog, using material from his OTP book “How to Write Great Dialog.”

JAMES has a new blog up at  on why we write.

And his last blog this week, is at his OTP book, “A Ton of Gold.” 

DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” remembers April 21st as the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto, one of those landmark occasions in the history of Texas. Read his take at:

DAC, author of The Border Trilogy, has decided on new names for the re-release of the first two books in this series. “Guns of the Texas Ranger” is the new title for “Guns Across the Rio." And "Code of the Texas Ranger" is the new title for "Return of the Texas Ranger.” And the third book is “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” that was released by OTP in October of last year.

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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Eileen Obser said...

Once again, a great job, Suzi. Thanks for mentioning my memoir and the book launch!

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

Somehow I missed this on Friday. You do a terrific job, Suzi--and thanks for keeping up to date with me.