Friday, May 9, 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…

For my Featured Book of the Week, I have chosen "The Dancing Boy." I absolutely love this cover. So very colorful and really grabs your attention. MICHAEL MATSON is a very talented author and I highly recommend his book. It is available on and also It will be available as an ebook soon. Here is a descriptive blurb of "The Dancing Boy"

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?

Who else wants to be the Featured Book of the Week? Let me know at

BILLY BEASLEY, author of “The River Hideaway” is getting great feedback on his newly released book. Take a look at the following post on his facebook page! I love it!

Well Billy, I got your book in the mail today. So far I have only been able to look at the cover. Why? You might ask... well because my Mother can't seem to put it down. She is thoroughly taken with it and she rarely does much reading anymore. So the fact that she is already over a hundred pages deep into it is REALLY saying something! By the way... can I get it autographed? Best of luck Billy! - Kimberly West

NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” is trying a new ad opportunity on the Fussy Librarian. Are you bewildered by the number of ebooks out there? Choose from 40 genres and select content preferences. They also email you daily deals at

ANNE SCHROEDER, author of “Cholama Moon” has a great interview to share on Andrea Downing’s website. Learn all about ANNE and what inspires her and why she likes to write historical fiction at:


BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's book author, will participate in the San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire on this Saturday, May 10. This event for children and families hosts a variety of booths displaying educational exhibits, crafts, and unique inventions showcasing creativity and resourcefulness.

BERYL will be demonstrating accordion book making and reading and talking informally about her stories. There will be plenty of opportunity for children and adults alike to make and decorate their own books and even write a short story. The fair will be held in the downtown Mission Plaza from 10:00 – 3:00 pm and is free to the public.

JAMES CALLAN, author of “Character: The Heartbeat of the Novel” will be giving a 2 hour workshop on Character Development to the DFW Ready Writers (DFW is for Dallas Fort Worth) on Saturday, May 10.

Then on Monday, May 12, JAMES will give a 1 ½ hour workshop on Character Development to the Texas Writers' Guild.

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.

MARILYN a.k.a. F. M. MEREDITH just completed her month long blog tour for “Murder in the Worst Degree.” Also in April, she spoke about her Rocky Bluff P.D. series at the Porterville Library, joined the Central Coast Sisters in Crime at an event in Morro Bay, and later in the month, a panel on Plotting a Mystery at the Santa Maria Library.

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:


JACKIE TAYLOR ZORTMAN is celebrating the one year anniversary of her book “We Are Different Now” being published. She has a new article on her blog and hopes you can stop in and check it out

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Chanukah Guilt” offers her latest post about her reactions to reading childhood favorites as an adult. Always a pleasure to read anything by ILENE! 

JAMES CALLAN, author of “Cleansed by Fire” has two new upcoming blogs. On Tuesday, May 13, he will have a guest blog up at Novel Spaces,

And on Thursday, May 15, JAMES will have a guest blog up at Venture Galleries

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” continues her blog from Paris with her France Journal. This week enjoy a virtual visit to the city and churches and museums. Sounds lovely!

SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” is also doing some traveling! She is off to enjoy Istanbul, Greece, and Macedonia to collect scenes, sounds and recipes for another book in the Dinner is Served series entitled Ancient Grease.” Read summaries of the planned next four books in the series at:

“Mission Impastable” is May Mystery of the Month at Patricia Gligor’s site,

SHARON is open to input about the differences between promotion and marketing. “Promotion or Marketing? What’s the Diff?” Please drop by, read, and comment 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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Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Excellent post--you do the OTP authors proud.

Carolyn Niethammer said...

I love love love The Dancing Boy cover. Anyone seeing that on a shelf could not resist picking it up.

Eileen Obser said...

Another great OTP update! Thanks so much, Suzi.