Friday, June 13, 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…

I would like to start today’s Round-Up with an interesting conversation that OTP author KEN OXMAN had with New York Times bestselling author CHRIS GRABENSTEIN, to talk about ways of promoting a book, fiction in this case.

“His number one criterion is to know who will buy your book. Sounds obvious. But it's not so easy to know, especially for a first time author - like me. I mean if I knew who would buy my book I'd sit there and sell to them all day long. So how do we find that magical group? As you genre experienced folk out there probably already know, locate the clubs, societys, groups, festivals and other followers of your chosen niche - whether it be mystery, crime, romance, fantasy or in my case thrillers. Google them, find the published authors of your genre on library & bookstore shelves and search their websites to find out how they might know who will buy their book. Chris gave me ideas for getting to the thriller set: Join ITW (International Thriller Writers) - it's free and an amazing organization furthering the thriller, helping the thriller author and includes the spectacular Thriller Fest in New York City. I'm sure there are similar organizations for other genres. He was also a serious advocate of the mailing list - find interested readers, future followers, potential fans and build, build, build that list - and keep in touch. He was big on word of mouth. Talk about your book, tell people you meet, tell them to tell others. Of course his word of mouth was also tongue in cheek here, but I got the idea. He even suggested shmoozing Glen Beck - politics aside - the Oprah of thrillers! Bottom line, he has a whole bunch of books out there, so he must be doing something right.”
KEN OXMAN’s book, “The Reluctant Assassin” is coming your way this July!

In honor of Father’s Day, ROBERT WEIBEZAHL, author of “The Dead Don’t Forget,” has written a blog post about his father and reading. Also, he shares some of his favorite books about fathers and sons.  Remembering Dad: 10 father-and-son stories - Blog Post

More on "The Dead Don't Forget" which is my pick for the Book of the Week...
Even Silent Film Stars Sometimes Scream! It may sound like the teaser line for a cheesy horror film, but for screenwriter Billy Winnetka, these words take on a deadly ring of truth as he becomes ensnared in the tribulations of screen legend Gwendolyn Barlow. 
Yes, the amateur detective that Front Street Reviews calls “a character you hope to meet again” is back, once more reluctantly investigating a peculiarly Hollywood crime involving anonymous death threats. Who would want to scare an old woman who hasn’t made a movie in years? As Billy discovers, there is a considerable list of suspects—from Gwendolyn’s money grubby high society relatives to her less-than-honest business manager. But simply scaring an old woman is one thing—killing her is another. 
Billy, meanwhile, has another series of problems on the set of his new movie where production has run amuck. The only antidote for his troubles may be love—but is the new woman in his life somehow connected to Gwendolyn’s murder?
Blending soft-boiled Los Angeles noir with a touch of satire, "Not Dead Yet" continues the adventures of Billy Winnetka, whom BookPage calls “an engaging sort, a competent screenwriter wryly disillusioned by the lack of respect accorded to his profession.”

JOHN R. LINDERMUTH, author of “Sooner than Gold” has a short story featuring Sheriff Sylvester Tilghman in Kings River Life magazine's June 10th issue for your reading enjoyment.
Titled "A Man in a Hurry: A Father's Day Mystery" Be sure to check it out and enjoy!

MARILYN MEREDITH will be offering her kindle version of “Angel Lost” for FREE from June 20 – 24 on! This is the 7th book in the Rocky Bluff P. D. series. Here is a nice review:

Angel Lost is the seventh in F. M. Meredith’s Rocky Bluff Police Department series, and fans of this series will be delighted to learn that it delivers everything we have come to expect in these books – characters that feel like neighbors and a handful and a half of subplots all neatly woven together. Detective Doug Milligan is set to marry Officer Stacey Wilbur. As their wedding day approaches he is unhappy about not getting to spend much time with her but even more unhappy about her assignment to jog the beach in hopes of catching a pervert who has been exposing himself to women.  Abel Navarro’s mother is showing signs of Alzheimer’s, the new transfer from the LAPD has a problem that won’t be solved merely by transferring to a small town, and a reflection on a plate glass window downtown is seen by some as a sign from God because it appears to be an angel. Others see it as just a quirky reflection. The Rocky Bluff PD sees it as a distraction because of the crowds that gather each night to see it. Just as these things seem to be coming to a head, a serial kidnapper and perhaps murderer who has been working his way south from Oregon shows up. Meredith wraps everything up in a most satisfactory fashion. These books are a sort of cross between The Waltons and Hill Street Blues, and I hope there are many more to come. 
– J. Mike Orenduff, The Pot Thief mysteries


BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children’s author, will be at the Exploration Station on Saturday, June 14 in Grover Beach from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. She will be reading her new book, Hopping to the Moon,” and talking about space travel and what it might be like to travel to the moon. The Exploration Station has several of BERYL’s popular books for sale.

BERYL recently read Butterfly Girls” to two kindergarten classes in Atascadero on Tuesday, June 10. According to BERYL, “Kindergarteners have short attention spans and like to talk. Whenever I read to this age group, I ask lots of questions. I want to get them excited about reading and writing stories. I always donate a book to the class when I visit classes.”

BERYL was also at the Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay on Saturday, June 7, signing her two new books, A Real Dragon” and I’m a City Bear.” 

AMY BENNETT will be signing copies of “No Lifeguard on Duty,” the second book in the Black Horse Campground mystery series on Saturday, June 14, from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at Books Etc., 2340 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, NM. She is hoping a lot of folks will come out and support one of the best indie bookstores in New Mexico! The first book in this series, "End of the Road" won the OTP Dark Oak Mystery Contest in 2012.

On Saturday, June 21, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm., AMY will be signing copies of her Black Horse Campground mysteries at Treasure House Books and Gifts, 1012 South Plaza NW, Old Town Albuquerque, NM.  This is a great bookstore that specializes in New Mexico books and authors and is located near the historic plaza in Old Town Albuquerque.

EILEEN OBSER, author of memoir “Only You,” will be reading at the following libraries this month:
June 18 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Memoirs & Memories Author Night
The Hampton Library
2478 Main Street
Bridgehampton, NY
Refreshments, Live music with Ken Morsch

June 26 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Author Talk
Connetquot Library
760 Ocean Avenue,
Bohemia, NY 11716
Live music with Joe Bonelli

June 28 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Author Talk
East Hampton Free Library
159 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937

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.

VIRGIL ALEXANDER, author of “Saints & Sinners” will be having a book signing on June 28 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Phoenix Metro Center Barnes & Noble located at 10235 N. Metro Parkway East in Phoenix, AZ (602-678-0088). The kindle edition of "Saints & Sinners" just went live today on!

THONIE HEVRON will read from her upcoming book, “Intent to Hold,” during a bookstore event at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa, CA on July 29 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  "Hot Summer Nights" features 4 weeks of readings that include Love and Poetry, Short Stories and Children's/YA during July. THONIE will be one of four Fiction readers at the free event which is co-produced with Copperfield's Books and Redwood Writers.

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!


DelSheree Gladden of The Edible Bookshelf has launched a Summer of interviews. Below is the list, dates, and links to each interview with an OTP author. The link will NOT work until the day specified at 8:00am MST.

DAC CROSSLEY, author of the newly released “Code of the Texas Ranger” blogs about the narrative of science and also has a short entry about a troubling aspect of this modern era. Check in on DAC at

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” is not quite finished with her trip to Paris. She continues with her France Journal on her blog with photos of Versailles and the Eiffel Tower.

SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” has been selected to become one of the Write On Sisters, a blogging consortium. She does the Tuesday column. Check out SHARON's post, “Spring Cleaning the Writer’s Mind”

SHARON penned a post “Nancy Drew: Detective … and Writing Teacher?

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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Beryl Reichenberg said...

I always try to repost the Round-up on my Facebook page as I think many of my friends will be interested in reading OTP adult fiction. Thanks Suzi, Beryl

Ann K. Howley said...

I really appreciated Ken Oxman's conversation with Chris Grabenstein. Simple wisdom, great advice!

Bookworm said...

I agree, Ann!
And Beryl, thank you for sharing :)

Amy Bennett said...

Love how our OTP authors are always willing to share information to help us become better writers AND better sales people! Thanks for sharing, Ken!

Thonie Hevron said...

I learned a lot from the Grabenstein article. It pushed me over the edge in favor of putting out a newsletter. I also reposted it to my Facebook page. I'll continue to do so.

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

Great job! We are one busy bunch aren't we?

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

Suzi, yet again you have done a terrific job of showcasing OTP authors and their activities. Thank you. Sharon

Eileen Obser said...

Just catching up with this Round-Up, Suzi. Good job, and thanks for mentioning my readings this month.

Billie Johnson said...

suzi...what a great WRU! HUzzah!!

Bookworm said...

This was a great Round Up but the one for tomorrow has even more upcoming events! OTP is one busy group!