Friday, May 30, 2014


Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has a lot of great books for your summer beach reading! We also have a lot 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…

Looking for some good books to read while you relax this summer? Look no further! OTP is proud to introduce two new titles recently added to our great line up!

Damsels of Diversion”
by WALTER LUCE ~ The third book in the Eva Pennington series.

Born unwanted because she is a girl instead of a boy, into a banking empire, Eva Pennington, at the age of twenty-three, inherits three banks, after her father commits suicide. While computerizing her banks, Eva realizes that women control ninety percent of the deposits in her banks, yet men make all of the decisions as to what to do with those deposits. She uses this knowledge to form a woman’s bank, securing huge deposits, and power, to become the largest banking institution in Florida, Georgia and soon to be Tennessee. Suspenseful, riveting, as brilliant, vivacious women continues to take on the banking industry.

“Code of the Texas Ranger”
by DAC CROSSLEY ~ This is the second book in The Border Trilogy.

Violence erupts when an old-time Texas Ranger bursts into the little town of Kingsville. What does the Ranger want?  The sheriff’s  job? Or his wife? When gunplay ensues, the sheriff is accused of murder. Follow the further adventures of Red Regan, Whitey Wilson and Nacho Ybarra is this sequel to Guns Across the Rio.

OTP also has two new ebooks out this week. “Island Casualty” by D. R. RANSDELL and “Expect Trouble” by JoAnn Smith Ainsworth. Both are priced at $2.99 on

BILLY BEASLEY, author of “The River Hideaway” has been featured in his local weekly paper, Lumina News, out of Wrightsville Beach, NC. Here is a portion of the article that really moved me personally. Be sure to click the link below to see the entire piece. And lets spotlight "The River Hideaway" as the Featured Book of the Week. Simply click the cover on the right sidebar of the blog to order direct from our website. 

“Titled “The River Hideaway,” BEASLEY’s full-length novel is set in 1967 Wilmington and follows the growing and unlikely friendship between the wealthy white Bret Marin and black Clarence “Money” Wilkins. Throughout the novel, the two boys, both on the verge of manhood, struggle with the racially charged environment they live in while finding solace on the basketball court and an abandoned unfinished home on the banks of the Cape Fear River. While it is not based on any particular historical figures or real people, the novel does contain influences from BEASLEY’s childhood growing up in Wilmington during the same era. The tense racial atmosphere of Wilmington struck BEASLEY the first time as a child after witnessing many of the parishioners at his church leave one Sunday when a choir with a black singer came to church. “I was a small kid but I remember thinking, ‘Isn’t this where we should come together?’” he said. “They would sing the song ‘Jesus Loves the Little Children,’ but they didn’t mean it and that stuck with me.”

EILEEN OBSER, author of “Only You” had a nice mention in the East Hampton Press on Mother’s Day. The writer of the article, Tom Clavin, had this to say about “Only You”

“… a big reason why I enjoyed “Only You” is it walks that fine line well. The basic story is being a teenager in Queens and at only 18 marrying Mr. Wrong. I didn’t know anything about the Queens of a half-century ago, but I feel I do now because there is a strong sense of time and place in this memoir. We meet family members and friends and other characters who are navigating New York City life and American social mores as the Eisenhower years give way to Camelot. EILEEN is our eyes and ears to understand this world as she is trying to understand it herself, beginning with family relationships. Particularly enjoyable is that, as the title implies, “Only You” is filled with music. The soundtrack of OBSER’s story includes such tunes as “You Send Me,” “Hit the Road, Jack,” and “Love and Marriage.” The latter didn’t work out too well from her, and the main ingredient in this memoir is OBSER’s realization that marrying “Billy” was a terrible mistake and she has to find the freedom to chart a new life.”

QUINTIN PETERSON, contributing author to OTP’s “Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides” tells us about the charity anthology “Explosions: Stories of our Landmined World” and about MAG. MAG's (Mines Advisory Group) 25th anniversary celebration was held at the Russell Senate Office Building on April 2, 2014.

“Explosions: Stories of our Landmined World” edited by Scott Bradley features stories by an impressive list of 25 acclaimed authors, including Jeffery Deaver, James Grady, David Morrell, Yvonne Prinz, Yvonne Seng, Peter Straub, and QUINTIN PETERSON. It also sports a cover by Pulitzer Prize-winning Politico cartoonist Matt Wuerker. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG). The dark stories collected here have one thing in common: they all concern the curse of landmines. A new character Private Eye Luther Kane explodes onto the scene in his contribution to the book, “Damaged Goods”:


BERYL REICHENBERG, children's book author, will be reading one of her stories, “Butterfly Girls” to a Mommy and Me class in San Luis Obispo on Friday, May 30. The children have been studying butterflies, so BERYL will also be talking about butterflies, especially Monarchs which winter here in San Luis Obispo County. 
On Saturday, May 31 BERYL will be in Paso Robles at Studios on the Park. She will be teaching two book art forms, her butterfly book to a group of ten and eleven year olds having a birthday party and an exploding box book form from 2:00 to 3:00 as a regular class for children over age seven. In each of these classes, BERYL will also be talking about her OTP children's books and how she writes her stories. "I always enjoy working with young children," she says. "They jump right in and enjoy creating, whether it is writing, drawing or doing other art work. These classes give me an opportunity to encourage their creativity and promote my books at the same time."

NICHOLAS CHECKER, author of the upcoming “Scratch” and “Druids” is featured in the Southeastern Connecticut newspaper The Day with his upcoming visual literature presentation happening this Sunday, June 1 at 5:00 pm. The event is free (donations accepted) and takes place at the Dragon’s Egg, 401 Shewville Road, Ledyard, 860-535-3346.

“The concept of Visual Literature is pretty simple but certainly compelling. Costumed actors with scripts in hand read the roles of characters in a book or story - with suggestive movement and with the help of music and a narrator.
Consider "Druids & Scratch," a Visual Literary presentation by Nightshade Productions taking place Sunday at the Dragon's Egg in Ledyard. The company's thespians will recreate one chapter each from local screenwriter/author Nick Checker's upcoming novels, "Druids" and "Scratch," which will be published later this summer by Oak Tree Press.
Members of the troupe are Kevin McMahon, Sharyn Farrell, Mitchell Cote, Brian Ellsworth, Beverly "Victoria" Hayes and Malcolm Cameron, and guitarist Mitchell Cote will provide original music.
Donations will benefit the Dragon's Egg, Nightshade Productions and the Forgotten Angels Rescue Sanctuary in Griswold. Antinores Pizza of Quaker Hill will provide food.”

MARILYN MEREDITH, author of “Murder in the Worst Degree” her latest in The Rocky Bluff PD series, will be joining other members of Central Coast Sisters in Crime on a panel about different phases of publishing on Saturday, June 28 from 1:00 – 3:00, at the Lompoc Library, 501 E. North Ave., Lompoc CA.  MARILYN will be speaking about e-publishing.

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!


NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off” is guest posting on the Mustard Seed Marketing website.

VELDA BROTHERTON, author of “The Purloined Skull” has a guest post on Jean Henry Mead’s blog. Find out how the book was developed. VELDA says she had a lot of fun with this one!

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” continues her journal from France. This week they arrived at Mont Saint-Michel, the highlight of the trip. Take a look and find out why!

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 us on Facebook!



Eileen Obser said...

Hi Suzi,

Thanks for quoting from the Mother's Day article about Only You. I was reviewed today in a local paper and will send you that info. Bless you for your good work with this blog each week!

Billie Johnson said...

Thanks, Eileen!

Ann K. Howley said...

Every one of these books would go great with my beach chair and tropical drink. Looking forward to summer reading!

Billie Johnson said...

Good to see you here, Ann!

Holli Castillo said...

So much going on at Oak Tree Press this week! It's great to see some new writers and find some great new books to read this summer.

Billie Johnson said...

Right you are, Holli...and this next group of titles about to be released....zowie! It was hard to keep my mind on the production work...I kept getting pulled into the stories!

John Addiego said...

I really like the breadth and variety of the books reviewed here! A very attractive way to promote these books!

Amy Bennett said...

Looking forward to having my "to read" list get longer and longer!

Q said...

A great installment of the Weekly Round-Up.

Dac said...

Wow, Suzu, lots going on at Oak Tree! Thanks for the shout about Code of the Texas Ranger

Lesley Diehl said...

It's great to see the variety of books published by Oak Tree Press. This is truly a talented group of writers.

Helen Macie Osterman said...

Wow! So much is happening with the OTP authors. I'm proud to be one of them.

Nancy LiPetri said...

The new cover artwork is so exciting, caught my eye as it should. Impressed with the variety of stories in this round up!

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

As usual, Suzi, you've done a wonderful job. All of us OTP authors thank you!

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Great job,Suzi,as always. It seems that OTP is growing in leaps and bounds recently, which is wonderful to watch. So many great books/blogs to choose from today.

Beryl Reichenberg said...

I'll share this on facebook. Good job, Suzi. Beryl

James R. Callan said...

Wow, what an active group. And what a nice roundup Suzy puts out for us. Thanks.

Thonie Hevron said...

Another great Round Up, Suzi! So much happening at OTP!

Bookworm said...

You guys are great! Thank you so much! We sure had a lot of views on this post. I hope that will continue and grow every week. I cant do it without you all, keep sending me your news!
Thanks again ~ Suzi