Friday, June 20, 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…

It’s time for the yearly Oak Tree Press writing contests! We have many categories to choose from:
Dark Oak Mystery, Wild Oaks Western, Mystic Oaks Paranormal, Timeless Love Romance and Police Blotter. 
Novels must be 60,000 – 80,000 words, submitted electronically in a rich text, double spaced format, entry fee of $25.00 and submissions must be received by September 1, 2014. Grand prize in each genre is publication in paper and ebook formats! For complete information (including prizes, contract highlights, distribution and promo info) please visit  

OTP and CAROLYN NIETHAMMER are proud to introduce “The Piano Player,” a historical novel just released this past week. It is now available on or

I have also chosen "The Piano Player" to be our Featured Book of the Week. Simply click on the cover on the right sidebar of the blog to order direct from OTP.

When well-bred Mary Rose follows her dream to rowdy 1882 Tombstone, she quickly discovers that her sheltered life has not prepared her for the challenges of being a piano player in The Bird Cage Theater. Help comes from her landlady, Nellie Cashman, proprietor of The Russ House. Though vastly different, the two women both must thrive in world outside of society’s norms. Upon leaving Tombstone their lives diverge, but they come together again with old friends to hike the treacherous Chilkoot Pass and seek their elusive fortunes in the in the 1898 Klondyke gold rush. Together they deal with a lover who turns out to be a murderer, imprisonment in a Mexican jail, near death falling into the icy Yukon River and disappointment when their quest for gold is dashed. Ultimately they both find the success they have sought.

MARILYN MEREDITH will be offering the kindle version of “Angel Lost” for FREE from June 20 – 24 on This is the 7th book in the very popular Rocky Bluff P. D. series. 

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

I am pleased to introduce ANN HOWLEY, a new addition to our OTP family. Her book "Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad" is scheduled to be released this August. How about a nice OTP welcome for ANN!

At the tender age of 9 or 10, I wrote a letter to the editor of National Geographic Magazine to express my shock over a story about rats that are considered holy and are allowed to overrun a famous temple in India. I distinctively remember telling the editor that the article made me feel sick (which was true), and that I could hardly bear to look at the magazine (which was a lie, because I couldn’t stop staring at the appalling photographs of rats and humans living, dining and sleeping together.)

My heartfelt missive must have made an impression, because several months later I received a response, not from the editor, but from the publisher of National Geographic Magazine, who said that my letter had come to his “particular” attention. He thanked me for writing, and said he was glad I “enjoyed” the article.

Although I was so young, and, of course, the publisher’s response was supremely professional and polite, I still got the feeling that my rat letter gave him a good laugh.

It may not have been my original intention, but I kind of liked that feeling.

Now fast forward several decades, and I still like the feeling when my writing makes people laugh. Whether it’s a tongue-in-cheek piece about Hollywood actresses, or an essay about my son’s obsession with flushing things down the toilet, I like to write about the inevitable surprise and hilarity in life. I am a regular contributor to Pittsburgh Parent Magazine and my writing has appeared in skirt! Magazine, the LA Reader, Clever Magazine, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Inkwell and other publications.

I’m thrilled that Oak Tree Press will soon publish my humorous, coming of age memoir called Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, about how a well-intentioned “problem child” grows up and goes bad (in a good way).

Mark your calendars! Release date is August 1, 2014! I promise: NO RATS.

- Ann K. Howley
Author of Confessions of A Do-Gooder Gone Bad coming from Oak Tree Press in August 2014

Also introducing, RONALD WENDLING, author of the upcoming memoir Unsuitable Treasure: an Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past,” spent the weekend of June 13-15 attending an annual gathering of ex-Jesuits at Wernersville, PA (near Reading). The news that his book will be published by OTP was warmly welcomed there. And a nice, warm welcome to you, RON, from the OTP family!


AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” and “No Lifeguard on Duty” will be signing copies of her Black Horse Campground mysteries at Treasure House Books and Gifts, 1012 South Plaza NW, Old Town Albuquerque, NM on Saturday, June 21, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  This is a great bookstore that specializes in New Mexico books and authors and is located near the historic plaza in Old Town Albuquerque.

On Saturday, June 21, Tulare Kings Writers will meet at Arts Visalia, 214 E. Oak Avenue, Visalia, from 10:00 am to noon. Author, instructor and speaker MARILYN MEREDITH will present "Simple Self-Editing Tips," explaining what to do before sending your writing off to a publisher.

KEN OXMAN is gearing up to introduce his novel, “The Reluctant Assassin” on June 24th at 7:00 pm at the New Canaan Library. Here is an article the Library has on their website about KEN:

New Canaan resident KEN OXMAN has recently published his first novel, and will appear at the Library on Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 pm in the Lamb Room to introduce his debut thriller, "The Reluctant Assassin."
An adventurer himself, news broadcaster and now author, KEN OXMAN has parlayed some of his own experiences - including hang gliding and narrow escapes - into the riveting thriller "The Reluctant Assassin." Drawing on his time in the British Navy (and borrowing a few of his father’s tales from World War II), OXMAN weaves a tense story around U.S. Navy Lieutenant Nathan Blake, whose premier talent just happens to be expertly killing targets at close range. A conflicted soul, Blake isn’t proud of what he excels at, but can’t escape the fact that this unorthodox skill is what his country needs.
KEN OXMAN was an officer cadet in the British Merchant Navy and began his civilian career writing and presenting for BBC local radio. More recently, he has written and presented weekly commentaries for CPR/NPR. KEN also directed a series of Noel Coward plays for NPR. He is an actor and director, a UK qualified teacher of English & Drama, and a voice coach and public speaking coach. When not busy doing any of the above, he happily helps his wife in her antiques business."The Reluctant Assassin" is his first novel.

EILEEN OBSER, author of memoir “Only You,” will be reading at the following libraries this month: 
On June 26 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Connetquot Library at 760 Ocean Avenue, Bohemia, NY (631-557-5079) There will be live music with Joe Bonelli!

On June 28 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm EILEEN will be at the East Hampton Free Library at 159 Main Street
East Hampton (631-324-0222). Stop by and meet EILEEN and see what all the fuss is about with her memoir "Only You." 

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 pm, 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). Stop in and meet VIRGIL!

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” is celebrating the first anniversary of The Cottage Gallery on Los Rios at 31701 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA. Please stop by and see her in the back garden on Saturday, June 28 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. LORNA and LARRY will have all their books with them, including their latest, "The Memory Keeper" a historical novel set in San Juan Capistrano in the 1800s. Buy a signed copy of the book, or bring yours and have it signed by the authors. The book is also available in the gift shop at Mission San Juan Capistrano. There will be a raffle and other surprises! LORNA is finishing up her trip to France, read about her last days in Paris on her blog at 

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 27. 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!

J. L. GREGER will be speaking on "Science in Your Fiction" to the Humanist Society of New Mexico on Saturday, July 28 at Botts Hall in Albuquerque. She'll also sign copies of her medical thriller/mysteries: Ignore the Pain,” Coming Flu,” and Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight.” 

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. To the left is the logo Thonie has created for her Nick and Meredith Mystery series.


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

SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” has been tapped to be on panel at Public Safety Writers Conference (PSWA)with other authors (including MARILYN MEREDITH and ILENE SCHNEIDER) in July discussing what it takes to write a series

Character development is huge for writers. SHARON shares “Five Ways to Get to Know Characters” at

On “Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time”, SHARON shares some ways to be a Quick Cook like her protagonist Alli in "Mission Impastable"

SHARON's other persona, Angelica French, the romance writer, wonders why have date nights.

JOHN (J. R.) LINDERMUTH, author of “Sooner than Gold” is Marilyn Meredith’s blogging guest and they discuss how to create a memorable character. This is great advice coming from JOHN who is the author of 13 novels! :

DAC CROSSLEY, author of the newly released “Code of the Texas Ranger” blogs on a sunny June morning about Texas in 1828, an inspection trip, and illegal immigrants.

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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Thonie Hevron said...

Another great round-up, Suzi. So great to see what other OTP authors are up to. It gives me motivation and inspires me to "put myself out there."

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Wow! A FULL week for everyone. Beryl

Ann K. Howley said...

Suzi, thanks for the introduction! I'm delighted to be part of the OTP Family.

Eileen Obser said...

Great job once again, Suzi. Thanks for mentioning my readings this week. So nice to share all the news with our OTP family!

Bookworm said...

We are one busy bunch!

Amy Bennett said...

Great round-up (as usual!) Just t update, I had a great event at Treasure House Books in Albuquerque yesterday! John, the owner, had lots of good things to say about Oak Tree Press and my fellow authors and I sold a lot of books!

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

Great job, Suzi! I'm proud to be part of this group!