Friday, May 23, 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…

RICHARD MARRANCA, author of “Dragon Sutra” has an essay on health and veg diet, written with Magi Meltzer (an author and teacher in Munich) that is now out in the summer 2014 issue of "Watkins: Mind body Spirit," a magazine from London. RICHARD also has a poem (about riding on old trains in Burma) to be published next month in The Paterson Literary Review. RICHARD is traveling to Laos and Cambodia in June 2014, looking for notes for a sequel to “Dragon Sutra.”

Here is a bit about "Dragon Sutra:"

Dragon Sutra presents a young man, Jason, who wanders around Asia, ending up in Cambodia, where he meets Rachany – together they’re drawn into the underside of history and contemporary political violence. They’re pursued by a mysterious foe willing to frighten or shoot them to death. Can they escape Lady Boy Hitman and the Dragon? Jason and Rachany flee into misty elephant forests, exotic tribes and ancient cities, only to end up in the mayhem of Myanmar’s rebellion.

And yet, the horror is counterpointed by help from Arun and computer monk, along with an American diplomat and a wedding party armed to the teeth on the Mekong River.

Dragon Sutra blooms with passion, natural beauty and gut-wrenching suspense. At times the reader falls into a hallucinogenic underworld without exits or hope. It reaches into the core of journeys – the adventure of life tinged with the search for meaning and love. It’s a coming-of-age panorama showing that we must be careful what we wish for.

It has been said that if you’re doing what you should, then it’s as if invisible hands are pushing you from behind. In Dragon Sutra, some of the hands are bloody, some as gentle as silk. 

AMY BENNETT, author of the The Black Horse Campground series, has a review to share on the first book in this series, “End of the Road.” This book was a past winner in Oak Tree Press’ Dark Oak Mystery contest. 

Alice Berger of Berger’s Book Reviews… 

And more about "End of the Road:"

Corrie Black, owner of the Black Horse Campground, hopes for a successful start to her summer season but the discovery of Marvin Landry, a long-time guest, shot dead in his own RV, along with $50,000 in cash missing, does not herald a good beginning… especially since the victim’s handicapped wife and angry stepson seem to have little interest in discovering who murdered him.  Was Marvin’s murder planned or just convenient?  And is the appearance of a mysterious biker with a shadowy past that includes a recently deceased wife merely a coincidence?  Despite opposition from former flame, Sheriff Rick Sutton, Corrie is determined to find out who murdered her guest.  But will she find out who is friend or foe before the murderer decides it’s the end of the road for Corrie?


BERYL REICHENBERG, children's book author, will be at the Paso Robles ArtFest on Saturday, May 24 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. ArtFest is in the Paso Park, downtown at Spring and 11th and features art, food and activity booths for all ages. BERYL will be selling her children's books, reading her stories and teaching children and parents accordion book forms. She will be in the children's activity area. Drop by and visit if you are in town. 

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: 

"Island Casualty:
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.

In honor of "Island Casualty"s book launch, I will make it the Featured Book of the week.

CAROL ALEXANDER and MISS LIBERTY will be spreading the word of “The Big Squeal’s” second edition at Assumption-fest in central IL this summer. It will be spotlighted on June 28. In the 1840s, 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 a real life pig named LIBERTY. 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.”

CAROL is excited to have seen on that “The Big Squeal” was ranked on the Most Top Selling books from Illinois on May 16th. We all know that how amazon does their rankings is down-right confusing but we will take it! Congratulations, MISS LIBERTY!


LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” continues her journal from France. This week LORNA writes about the Loire Valley with wine and cheese tasting and lots of chateaus.

DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” has a blog on Cinco de Mayo to share. And he wishes everyone a peaceful Memorial Day.

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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