Friday, July 25, 2014


Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Sorry for the delay in posting this week. I was having internet problems. 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 


Speaking of writing contests...several OTP authors placed in the recent PSWA conference writing contest.
Congratulations to all of the winners! We are so proud of our OTP authors!

Fiction Book, Published
VIRGIL ALEXANDER 2nd place with “Saints and Sinners”
SHARON ARTHUR MOORE 3rd place with “Mission Impastable”

Fiction Book, Non-Published
JACKIE TAYLOR ZORTMAN 1st place with “Footprints in the Frost”
J. L. GREGER 2nd place with “False Pride”
THONIE HEVRON tied for 3rd place with “Intent to Hold”
DAVE FREEDLAND Honorable Mention with “Lincoln 9” soon to be released by OTP

Flash Fiction, Published
ILENE SCHNEIDER 1st place with “Perfect”

Fiction Short Story, Published
ILENE SCHNEIDER 1st place with “Miami Snow”
QUINTIN PETERSON 2nd place with “Thug’s Brew”

Fiction Short Story, Non-Published
SHARON ARTHUR MOORE 2st place with “The Bloody Knife”

Non-Fiction Creative Non-Technicial, Published
JACKIE TAYLOR ZORTMAN 2nd place with “Just Routine”

Non-Fiction Creative Non-Technical, Non-Published
RONALD CORBIN 1st place with “A Knock at the Door”
JACKIE TAYLOR ZORTMAN Honorable Mention with “In God We Trust”

Poetry, Non-Published
JOSEPH HAGGERTY SR. 1st place with “A Buck or Two”
JOHN WILLS 2nd place with “The Sheepdog”
JOSEPH HAGGERTY SR. 3rd place with “Disclose”

SHARON ARTHUR MOORE’s PSWA 2nd place winner in the short story category,“The Bloody Knife” was accepted for publication by King’s River Life Magazine.

CAROL ALEXANDER is pleased to announce that both editions of her book “The Big Squeal” have been accepted at the famous Boston Athenaeum for their permanent collection! CAROL will do a book reading and make the presentation in September. Each book will contain a special bookplate. This a great honor for our proud but humble pig, MISS LIBERTY. The children's librarian called up the book on and was taken by the maps, cover and reviews. Congratulations CAROL and MISS LIBERTY!

CAROL is going to have T-shirts made of MISS LIBERTY. She would like some input on which image to use. Please leave a comment on which of the images below you prefer, the left or right. If you have not read the book, MISS LIBERTY was a Very Wanted Pig! She was homeless, running the streets of Taylorville, IL and wandered into CAROL's yard. She was then welcomed by CAROL and her husband HAL to live there and even had a small home built just for her. With Taylorville's connection to Abraham Lincoln and a well-known story of when pigs roamed under the courthouse floor, CAROL came up with the idea for "The Big Squeal."  Taylorville also has a bronze statue of Honest Abe and a pig on the courthouse lawn...the only statue in the world of Abe and a pig! This is an adorable story and I choose it for the featured book of the week.

PATRICK LINDER’s novel “Ghost Music” is a finalist in two different mystery categories for the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Awards. The winners will be announced on September 1, 2014 in Miami. 

Good luck PATRICK!

The following has been written for our dear publisher, BILLIE JOHNSON, by KEN OXMAN:

I wanted to write a piece about a publisher. Not just any publisher, but BILLIE JOHNSON.
My novel, "Reluctant Assassin" has just been published at Oak Tree Press. I love what BILLIE did with it – it’s getting lots of positive comments from people. But that’s not really my story - many authors are getting their work out with BILLIE. In my case, I had a deadline. I had a book launch party set and more than 60 people were signed up to attend.  Then things got crazy. I wasn’t taking in how to make corrections, change positions in text, use spacing and so on in the OTP format. It must have been driving BILLIE crazy – she had to redo it all at one point. But, she stuck to it.
Then, each time she sent me a TB version to look over I changed bits all over the place. All of this took us almost up to the book launch party date. My dilemma - people had changed appointments, vacations, a doctor friend had changed his work schedule, people were travelling great distances, my host had booked a barman – I couldn’t change the date. So, I kept emailing BILLIE about how much I needed to get the book out there. And BILLIE kept at it. The final touches done and accepted. It was ready, as BILLIE stated, to blast out of the printers.
Well, sixty-odd people turned up for the event and it was great fun. I made a short speech, people asked questions and all agreed to buy the book.  I love this business! On to the next, and thanks BILLIE, for all your amazing efforts and hard work. I have no idea what it’s like with other publishers -  but ‘Go’ Oak Tree Press! 
--Ken Oxman, Author, "Reluctant Assassin" 

ROBERT WEIBEZAHL, author of “The Dead Don’t Forget” has had another short story published. It can be read at the Mystery Readers Journal Website at the following link:


SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of the culinary mystery "Mission Impastable," presents “Missus, Can you Spare a Dime,” a ten-minute play she has written that is being performed, with several other short plays, by the Cabaret Players, a community theater group in Arizona. The second sold-out performance is July 27.

MARILYN MEREDITH, author of the Rocky Bluff P. D. series will be at the Book Barn on Clovis Avenue in Clovis, CA on Saturday, July 26 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm talking mystery with three other mystery writers. If you live in the area, she invites you to come on by.

On August 2, 10:30 a.m., MARILYN aka F. M. MEREDITH is appearing on a panel at the San Joaquin Sisters in Crime meeting at Yosemite Falls restaurant on Ashland in Fresno.

Then on Saturday, August 9, 9:00 – 2:00, MARILYN will be selling her books at the Nipomo Library Craft Fair, Nipomo.

THONIE HEVRON will read from her new release “Intent to Hold,” during a bookstore event at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa, CA on July 29 from 7:00 – 8:00.  "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.

EILEEN OBSER, author of “Only You” has accepted the honor of being a part of Author’s Night at the East Hampton Library in East Hampton, NY on August 9. Guests will enjoy fabulous cocktail fare and wine, meet their favorite authors, buy their books and have them inscribed. There is a special website showcasing all the authors involved and their books. The website is: 

CAROLYN NEITHAMMER, author of the newly released “The Piano Player” is ready to start promoting! She is heading for the Northwest Coast and will be at the Northwest Book Fair in Portland on July 26. There will also be a Tucson launch on August 26. CAROLYN has also made a trip to Tombstone to set up a possible launch there on Labor Day, she will be having a signing in Prescott, AZ, on September 6 and is also planning something public with a Tucson bookstore in October. Wow! She will be busy!

VIRGIL ALEXANDER, author of “Saints & Sinners” has some upcoming events and signings:
On August 2 he has an interview at KATO Radio, Thatcher, Arizona, at 7:30 am.

Also on August 2, he will be at the Eastern Arizona Historical Museum, Pima, Arizona, at 10:00 am

Photo: We're wrapping up another one this weekend!! Here's a peek at the cover!  Charming and  funny!!ANN HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” will be celebrating the release of her book on August 1 at the Hard Rock CafĂ© at Station Square in Pittsburgh. Join her for cake and cheers! ANN will also be busy with the following events:
August 6 - Panelist at Meet the Author Event at Barnes & Noble, Robinson, PA 6:30pm
August 16 - Book Launch Party at Millrace Village, Northville, MI 5:30pm
August 23 - Book Signing at Next Chapter Bookstore and Bistro, Northville, MI 11:30am
September 6 - Book Launch Celebration at Metamorphosis Center, McMurray, PA 5:00pm

TEKLA MILLER along with ALYCE BONURA, the star of her book “Mother Rabbit” will be presenting and signing the book on August 12 at 6:30 pm at Maria’s Bookshop, 960 Main Avenue, Durango, CO (970-247-1438). Stop in to meet these lovely ladies and get a signed copy of this unique memoir about a Playboy Bunny Mother.

MICHAEL ELDRIDGE, author of “Jack of Harts” will be at the Kirby Pines Retirement Community in Memphis, TN on August 15 at 6:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served at a cocktail party. Stop by and meet MIKEY if you are in the area.


MICHAEL MATSON, author of “The Dancing Boy” is in the middle of a blog tour. Below is his schedule:

July 28 - Victoria Brinius - Deal Sharing Aunt

July 31 - Misty Rayburn - The Top Shelf

AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” and “No Lifeguard on Duty” invites you to check in on her Back Deck Blog blitz. She has numerous OTP authors lined up and could add more!

July 25—Carolyn Niethammer
July 30—Janet Greger
August 1—Thonie Hevron
August 6—Nicholas Checker

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” and “Chanukah Guilt” has a new blog post to share. What does the bankruptcy of a popular women's clothing store have to do with writing? Find out here: OF CLOTHES AND BOOKS

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” says it seems she is losing quite a number of friends. Her blog is about one of them you might enjoy meeting.

DAC CROSSLEY, author of The Border Trilogy is writing away up at his cabin in Freeman Ridge. Check out the newest installment on his popular blog here:

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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John M. Wills said...

Good piece on our publisher, Ken. She goes the extra mile for her authors.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Another terrific job with the blog, Suzi. Thank you! And what a good picture of Billie that is in Ken's piece. If Billie's pic is current, she's looking great for all she's been through.

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

Great job, Suzi-we are certainly a busy bunch. Had lunch with Billie this week and she looks great!

Ann K. Howley said...

Carol, my vote is for LIFE IS NO PIGNIC. Love it!!

And thanks, Ken, for proclaiming how wonderful Billie is. I agree! Jeana and Suzi have been just as wonderful! I am very grateful.

Billie Johnson said...

OMG!! Thanks everyone, for the kind words. The feelings are mutual, i assure you!

And congrats to our Jeana, who is getting married to her leading man right about now!


Carolyn Niethammer said...

Had an experience similar to Ken's with a deadline approaching for a trip to the Northwest where I hope to do a little selling. Billie kept at it, even through her stroke, and I have a beautiful book. Thank you, Billie.

John Addiego said...

Very nice! I particularly enjoyed the good words about Billie.

Eileen Obser said...

Thanks for another great Round-Up, Suzi. So nice to catch up each week with what's going on in the OTP world!

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

I don't know what happened to my comment, but I'll try again. Suzi, another spectacular job, and you do it week after week. I particularly enjoyed the piece about Billie! Such a productive bunch I'm proud to be part of!

Amy Bennett said...

Billie's never let me down although I'm sure I've given her ample reason to go completely crackers (ellipses, anyone?) She's amazing and we're very blessed and fortunate to have her batting for us!

Bookworm said...

I agree with all of you...
What a gem we have in OTP Publisher, Billie Johnson!
And thank you all for the kind words about lil ol' me :)

Nancy LiPetri said...

I feel so fortunate to be part of this group and to see our publisher so appreciated!