Friday, May 2, 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…

OTP has four new releases to share with you this week!

“Saints & Sinners” 

In northern Mexico when charismatic teenager Marianna Villalobos’ spiritual gift begins to impact the cash flow of the Liones drug cartel, a hit order is issued on the girl. The Liones assassin is so affected by her gift that he goes to the police and asks for protection for her. Mariana is moved to a secret place in eastern Arizona, where Deputies Allred and Sanchez and Apache Policeman Al Victor become involved in protecting her as international law enforcement works in three countries to dismantle the gang. Set in Arizona, Sonora, and Spain the story touches the border issues of the day as they affect rural police work. Written in a background of ranching, Hispanic, Apache, Mormon, and contemporary Western culture, the story is fast moving and gripping. 

“Expect Trouble” 

Opening herself to ridicule by revealing she’s clairvoyant is the last thing U.S. WAVES Lieutenant Livvy wants, but when Uncle Sam needs her skill to track Nazi spies, she jumps in with both feet.

Spies, psychics, intrigue, betrayal and romance set in 1943 while a war rages and average people make heroic sacrifices to save the world. Livvy Delacourt is a Lieutenant in the US WAVES and is assigned to be a driver and clerk to Commander "Trey" Barrington Drew III. While Livvy and Trey become involved in a Top Secret project to battle the Nazis their lives are in constant danger. Hitler is turning to the occult to win the war. Livvy's psychic abilities may be one of the most powerful weapons in the war if she can stay alive long enough to use them. Expect Trouble is intense, fast moving and filled with twists and turns and just when you think you have it figured out, there is more sabotage, espionage and conspiracies. You can't just read one chapter and put the book down. This one will keep you reading. A terrific romantic thriller.
~Review by April Knight, Author of Sweet Dreams: 50 Romantic Bedtime Stories for Big Girls

“The River Hideaway” 

The year is 1967 and Wilmington, NC, like much of the nation is embedded in racial turmoil. Bret Marin and Money Wilkins, two boys on the cusp of manhood meet on a basketball court where each earns a measure of respect that eventually leads to an improbable friendship.

Bret’s life is constructed around his love for his little brother Alex and hatred of their cruel wealthy father.Money Wilkins possesses no external luxuries but thanks to his father, Clarence, a builder of houses and lives, he has the greater riches. When his beautiful sister Teke visits it sets off a series of events no one could foresee. The most chilling being the dark night the Klan appears.

“No Lifeguard on Duty” 

Summer is coming and at the Black Horse Campground in Bonney County, New Mexico that means warm sunny days, a cool refreshing pool, and... murder?
Corrie Black and her friends are ready to welcome the summer camping season with a party to celebrate opening the swimming pool... but murder becomes an unwelcome guest! The shock of discovering Krista Otero's body in the pool the morning after the party is bad enough... what's worse is that Krista's death wasn't an accident.  And what's more confusing is that Krista's closest friends all have something to hide.
Despite opposition from Bonney County's finest, Corrie is determined to find out who used her swimming pool as a murder weapon and who is using her home as a base for illegal activities.  But someone wants to keep Corrie out of their business... even if it means killing again!

VELDA BROTHERTON invites you to check out this podcast where she is interviewed by Greg Camp and Mike Miller on Framing and she talks about “The Purloined Skull” and how writing it came about.

EILEEN OBSER tells us her book launch for “Only You” at the Romany Kramoris Gallery on Sunday afternoon was a big success, with an audience that filled the entire gallery, lots of good Q & A in between readings, laughter (at the funny parts) and a healthy amount of sold and signed books. More readings and signings are planned for the spring and summer.  Congratulations, EILEEN.  

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.


D. R. RANSDELL, author of “Mariachi Murder” and “Island Casualty” will be included in a Mystery Double Header at Antigone Books, Friday, May 2 at 7:00 pm. The feature includes Francis Washburn who also has a musical mystery. 

RANSDELL will be performing at Trickhouse Live on Tuesday May 6th from 7:00 - 9:00 pm. This venue is an integrative arts series that brings together people working with words, images, sounds, videos, and a variety of performances. Located at 228 N. 2nd Avenue in Tucson, AZ.

CAROL ALEXANDER and MISS LIBERTY will be debuting the second edition of “The Big Squeal” on May 3 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm at Dana's Book Exchange on the Square in Taylorville, IL. This second edition contains new pages...see Liberty's May and also the map of Lincoln's famous Mud Circuit. There will be free refreshments and is open to the public. 
"A rare glimpse into Abraham Lincoln's lighter side..." 
~ acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

AMY BENNETT is proud to announce the official launch event for “No Lifeguard on Duty.” This weekend, Sunday, May 4 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm AMY will be signing copies of the second book in the Black Horse Campground series at her favorite place to hang out, Noisy Water Winery, in Ruidoso, NM.

I have chosen "No Lifeguard on Duty" as my Blog Book Feature of the Week.

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.

MARY MONTAGUE SIKES, author of "Night Watch" completed the A to Z Blog Challenge, writing a post a day for the month of April (except Sundays). Her 26 posts with photographs were about National Parks throughout the United States.

This Saturday, for Historic Garden Week in Virginia, SIKES will paint en plein air on the grounds of Rosewell Plantation Ruins. Rosewell was an architectural inspiration for Thomas Jefferson and is where he wrote his early works.

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.

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


NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off” is guest posting on two blogs this week: 

Southern Fried Fiction 

Stitches Thru Time:

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” and “Chanukah Guilt” invites you to check out her new blog at explaining why she has written only six pages of “Yom Killer.” The excuses include life and cookbooks. Well, one cookbook, working title “Recipes by the Book” with entries by and about Oak Tree Press authors!

SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” is featured at the Mysteristas site in an interview that covers a lot of territory with some very unusual questions

The monthly food column SHARON writes (as a culinary mystery writer) for The Pinewood News is available on-line (see pg 6)

Mission Impastable” is May Mystery of the Month at Patricia Gligor’s site, (posting Sunday, May 4)

SHARON got caught in the Author Web blog challenge. Read about her WIP, writing process, and more at

And to top it all off, SHARON finished the final three posts this week for blogging 26 days in April as part of the A-Z Blog Challenge. She posted on food terms/cooking techniques/food names with some book plugs thrown in. You can catch up at

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” is on vacation in Paris! Read the first installment of her France journal this week. I bet she is having a fabulous time!

DAC CROSSLEY, author of The Border Trilogy, says good morning from stormy Athens, Georgia, where he is looking out the window and watching for funnel clouds. Also, some political commentary on this blog, which DAC usually avoids. He asks for forgiveness…

DAC has decided on new names for the re-release of the first two books in his 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.

JOHN M. DANIEL, author of “Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery” wants to check in and touch base and let you know how he has been spending his Sundays. Always a delight to read JOHN's blog at:

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...

Beautiful job, yet again, Suzi! What a treasure you are in so many ways! Isn't it terrific to see how busy the crew are?

Amy Bennett said...

Woot! Woot! Thanks for picking "No Lifeguard on Duty" for the blog feature! Looking forward to my launch event this weekend and I will be lifting a glass of some of New Mexico's finest vino to my fellow OTP authors and our fabulous publishing crew!

Eileen Obser said...

Hi and thanks once again, Suzi. Great to read all the news about our OTP colleagues.

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

Terrific job as usual.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks, Suzi. Nice job and so much material!

Anne Schroeder said...

Thanks, Suzi. I popped over to Arkansas and listened to Velda Brotherton's interview.