Friday, June 6, 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…

Let's dig right in and spotlight two similar OTP titles full of mystery and suspense:

"Angel Killer"

The death of a child is every mother’s nightmare.  But what if the child has no mother?  What if their little bodies are discarded like garbage and no one even seems to care that they’re gone? Shari Markham, psychologist for the Dallas Police Department, knows what it feels like to be unclaimed and unwanted. She can’t turn away, even if it means demons dancing in her dreams at night.  But when her relentless pursuit of information to help apprehend this madman gets a little too close, he turns the tables, warning her that his next scheduled victim will be her own three-year-old granddaughter, Angel!

"The Sacrifice"

The FBI races to find a kidnapped baby before she’s harmed. The newborn daughter of a Texas state senator is snuck out of the hospital, and FBI agents John Ransom, a crafty veteran, and Kathy Devereaux, a striking Cajun rookie, head the pressure-filled investigation to save the infant. The agents develop various suspects, and a ransom demand is made. They also learn a Palo mayombre cult plans a human sacrifice. All  possibilities must be checked. The agents catch the senator getting cozy with a nurse from the hospital. Evidence shows inside help in the kidnapping, adding more suspects to the list. They’re all found to be connected to or controlled by the cult, and they plan to sacrifice the senator’s baby. But can the FBI trick the bloodthirsty cultists and stop the ceremony before they do the unthinkable?  

BILLY BEASLEY, author of “The River Hideaway” has been getting a lot of attention with interviews and reviews of his new book. Here is a link to a nice review done by Jeff Garrison. You can find it on Jeff’s blog at  

EILEEN OBSER, author of “Only You” has a review to share by Dan’s Papers. I am told that Dan’s is a very, very popular magazine read by locals and tourists for over 30 years in New York City.  


HELEN OSTERMAN, author of “Locked Within” will be at the Printers Row Lit Fest this Saturday and Sunday, June 7th and 8th. She will be at the Mystery Writers of America Tent as well as the Sisters in Crime booth. She will be speaking and will have books on hand to sell.

BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP Children’s author, will be signing her two recent books at Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay from 2:00 - 4:00 pm on Saturday, June 7. A Real Dragon” is told in verse and is about a young dragon who wants to breathe fire and roar like an adult. Searching for a place to practice in the woods, he becomes lost in a storm.  He laments, "If I could breathe fire I could get warm and if I could roar, my mother I could inform." A friendly owl helps him become reunited with his family. Illustrations for this book were down by a ten year old little girl.

BERYL’s book “I'm a City Bear” is told in diary form and recounts from a bear's point of view his trip down the mountain to the city. He delights in all the food, swimming pools and flower beds he finds and even survives vicious dogs and picket fences.  When he's captured by forest rangers and returned to the forest, he refuses to stay, determined to return to the city. This story is based on a number of bear sightings in Southern California including Meatball who was made famous in the press and on Facebook. Meatball, named for his favorite food found in garbage cans, was returned to the wild several times and each time he walked back down to Glendale.  Eventually, he was relocated in a preserve.  Illustrations were drawn by artist Gini Griffin. 

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! 

On Saturday, June 21, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm., AMY BENNETT will be signing copies of her Black Horse Campground mysteries, “End of the Road” and “No Lifeguard on Duty” 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.

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. I have chosen "Murder in the Worst Degree" as our Featured Book of the Week. Simply click the cover on the right side bar to order direct. And I promise if you get started on this series, you will love it!

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!” has just guest blogged at the International Christian Fiction Writers site, comparing gardening with writing. Here is the link:

DAC CROSSLEY, author of the newly released “Code of the Texas Ranger” has a new blog post to share. Check out the second battle of the Alamo, Adena De Zavala and Clara Driscoll. And a new portrait in the lobby of the Menger Hotel. To the left is a picture of DAC's cabin on Freeman Ridge where he plans to hide out and write more novels. It looks absolutely fantastic, like a great place to think.

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” continues her France Journal. This week, with the 70th anniversary of D-Day being celebrated, it’s appropriate that her post is from her visit to Normandy.

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of "Unleavened Dead" asks if you ever wondered why she doesn't do reviews? She answers that question in the following blog post:

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. Thank you, DelSheree for spotlighting so many OTP authors!

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...

Everyone seems very busy, including you Suzi. Thanks, Beryl

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

This was a great one! Thanks for all the promo for all of us, Suzi!

Billie Johnson said...

Yes, another great job, Suzi!

Eileen Obser said...

Thanks for mentioning my review, Suzi. You must be so busy, keeping up with all we Oak Tree-ers! Bless you.

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Bookworm said...

Busy busy! But I love it! ~ thanks to you all :)

Amy Bennett said...

Sharing this! Love using the WRU for promo because my friends get to see what all the other OTP authors are up to!