Friday, May 16, 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…

Below are two new releases from Oak Tree Press. Both are fabulous reads! All are available on and will soon be available in kindle edition. I have chosen "Saints and Sinners" as our Featured Book of the 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. 

“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!

BERYL REICHENBERG, children's book author, has a new book available from Amazon. “I'm a City Bear” is about a bear who comes down into a Los Angeles suburb to find food. Life is more inviting than living in the mountains with garbage cans, swimming pools and flower beds. He also meets angry dogs and picket fences but manages to survive. When he's tranquilized and returned to the woods, he makes the week-long journey back to the city, announcing he's a city bear. Told in diary form from the bear's perspective, the story is written and formatted by BERYL and the illustrations by artist, Gini Griffin.   

BILLY BEASLEY, author of “The River Hideaway” has a mention in the Lumina News. 

"Newly published author BILLY BEASLEY was in attendance at the luncheon to autograph copies of his first published novel, “The River Hideaway.” BEASLEY served as the town of Wrightsville Beach’s parks superintendent for 32 years and said his work with the garden club throughout the years made the luncheon the perfect place for his first book signing. “Writing this novel is a dream come true whether we sell 1,000 copies or 1 million,” BEASLEY said. .

BILLY is still getting lots of action on Facebook. Two ladies would like to see “The River Hideaway” made into a movie!

Jan Jenness Kelly says “I don't usually write but had to! I just read Billy Beasley's book "The River Hideaway ". Could not put it down. I highly recommend this book. Hope it becomes a movie.”

Beverly DeAngelis “I agree. I also could not put it down. I would love to see a movie based on this book also. Reminds me of another great novelist-Nicholas Sparks. I think this book would appeal to almost any age group.”

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of "Chanukah Guilt" is tickled pink over an Amazon review from editor extraordinaire CHRIS ROERDEN, the author of the award-winning books “Don’t Murder Your Mystery” and “Don’t Sabotage Your Submission” She wrote:

“I got a real kick from “Chanukah Guilt” because of the author’s clever, amusing language — such as for the titles of each of her books — though I admit that I haven’t read them all . . . yet. I read “Chanukah Guilt” when it was first published (before the second edition came out – which is the edition new readers to the work of ILENE SCHNEIDER should get). That’s when I found a perfect example of how an author can cite a cliché without falling into the trap of appearing to rely upon clichés herself, especially when portraying a protagonist in first-person.

In fact, I quoted that example in one of my own books for writers (with full credit, of course) to illustrate that very skill. SCHNEIDER uses clichés to convey the shock of her protagonist, Rabbi Aviva, on learning that a young woman she’d tried to counsel is dead. Aviva says "Clichés exist because they’re true. My heart leaped into my throat. I couldn’t breathe. The room was spinning. My vision dimmed."

By naming each specific visceral feeling, SCHNEIDER portrays her character’s actual gut reactions to shock while also letting us know that SHE knows each is a cliché. Other less aware authors would either use clichés without recognizing that’s what they were (very common among most first-time authors) or use many more words than these to try portraying instant emotional reactions. As a book editor, I appreciated SCHNEIDER’s writing abilities while also enjoying the mystery.

F. M. MEREDITH got a great review for “Murder in the Worst Degree” in the May 2014 issue of Reviewers Bookwatch...

In Southern California, two surfers riding a wave share the trip with a corpse. Rocky Bluff PD Police Officer Gordon Butler responds to their call before turning over the case to Detectives Doug Milligan and Felix Zachary. The cops believe the deceased is affluent Harlan Knight, whose adult children filed a missing person's report a few days ago in which they said their widower father suffers from late stage dementia. Meanwhile Doug's wife Police Officer Stacey Milligan and her partner Lizette Gibbs interview severely beaten rape victim Felicia Higgins.

The ME reports that the cause of Knight's death is not drowning, but an overdose of a prescription drug. Besides family members, the housemaid, the victim's three Seabee buddies and a loving widow are suspects. New Captain Chandra Taylor uses a computer generated program to draw the face of the rapist from the description provided by his second horribly battered victim Jenny Jacoby. Stunned Stacey is horrified as the face looking back at her from the monitor is a younger version of Police Officer Ryan Strickland whose wife just gave birth to a cute Down's Syndrome baby.

The latest Rocky Bluff PD police procedural (see “Dangerous Impulses,” “Bad Tidings” and “No Bells”) is a wonderful leisurely-paced investigative thriller that deftly combines the cops' personal lives with adapting to a new chief while working two violent crimes and several other offenses. Subgenre fans will appreciate F. M. MEREDITH's engaging rotation of the lead amongst her ensemble cast as the cases and what is happening off the job prove very interesting.

-Harriet Klausner, Reviewer,


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

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.

D. R. RANSDELL is having the official book launch for “Island Casualty” on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm at D. R.’s Pink House, 1648 E. 9th Street in Tucson, AZ. There will be snacks, books and of course, Mariachis! Here is a link to D. R.’s website:

CAROL ALEXANDER and MISS LIBERTY will be spreading the word of “The Big Squeal’s” second edition at Assumption-fest in central IL, June 26, 27 and 28th. In the 1840's, noisy pigs wallowing under the Christian County courthouse floor were so loud that an amused Abraham Lincoln asked the judge for a “writ of quietus” for them. That witty request has caused ripples of smiles ever since. The true story of the county’s “pigstory” is written in the voice of LIBERTY, a real life pig. CAROL will welcome visitors in front of the Assumption Historical Building at a special literary event set for 2:00 pm on June 27. In honor of the county’s 175th birthday this year, each copy of “The Big Squeal” is adorned by a gold medallion inscribed, “Collector’s Edition … 1839-2014.”


NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” joined the Dames of Dialogue blog this week to chat about her writing. She talks about wordsmithing, finding inspiration and embracing promotion and reveals which author she would most like to meet.

DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” invites you to check in on his blog this week. He is writing away – with a working title of - "The Hand of Lou Diamond."

J. L. GREGER, author of “Coming Flu,” “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight” and “Ignore the Pain” had a guest blog on "What makes a guy romantic in a novel? on Morgan Mandel's Sweet but Not Spicy blog on Tuesday, May 13

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” continues her blog from Paris with her France Journal and this week she goes on the road.

Watch her GoPro videos at the following link. In the middle you can hear some of the singing at Mont Saint Michel:

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” and “Chanukah Guilt” asks if you are wondering what's in store for Rabbi Aviva Cohen in the future? Check out her blog for the general plot lines of prospective books on

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. 

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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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Amy Bennett said...

Always love reading the round up... even though my "to read" list grows longer every time! Good job, Suzi!

Eileen Obser said...

Good job once again, Suzi. Thanks for this!

Helen Macie Osterman said...

So many wonder sounding books that I can't make up my mind.

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

Fantastic job, as usual, Suzi!

Bonnie A Kelly said...

So many books, so little time!

Bonnie A Kelly said...

So many good books, so little time.

Nancy LiPetri said...

I especially enjoyed reading those reviews saying they want to see a movie made from the book from my neck of the woods! Love Wrightsville Beach. Congrats to Billy!

Sharon Ervin said...

Suzi, the print version of my only historical romance, NIGHTINGALE, came from another publisher two weeks ago. The e-version came last May and garnered a dozen reviews. Today two more reviews have been added on Amazon.

NIGHTINGALE was my 10th published novel. Number 11, JINGO STREET, a novel for women (a romance without the traditional happy ending), is coming from Oak Tree late this summer. My hope is that the earlier books will provide some following to capture more audience for Oak Tree's new one. Will let you know.

Thonie Hevron said...

Great to read about new OTP authors and how they market their books. Thanks, Suzi!