Friday, July 11, 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 


The PSWA, Public Safety Writers Association, conference is in full swing July 10 - 14 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Numerous OTP authors are attending and also speaking on panels. This is the first year that MARILYN MEREDITH will not be program Chairperson and she is threatening to relax and enjoy the conference instead! MARILYN OLSEN is President and will represent Oak Tree Press in BILLIE JOHNSON’s absence. BILLIE is terribly upset that she will not be able to attend this year, she has never missed the PSWA but she must follow doctor’s orders. MICHAEL BLACK has been selected as this years Chair. More information about the PSWA can be found at

"Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides" is a collection of stories by several authors (many OTP!) about America's Public Safety Heroes. I choose it as the Featured Book of the Week.

In 1995, New York State Police Captain Roger Fulton had an idea...The result was the Police Writers Club that included both officers and writers and offered an annual conference and writing competition. Five years later, the club’s members published CopTales 2000, an anthology that included the works of contest winners and other submissions. 
In 2007, the club changed its name to the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA), and is now a national organization providing an annual conference, a writing competition.   
Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides: Stories by and about America’s Public Safety Heroes contains the works of members of PSWA.

Oak Tree Press is releasing three titles at the conference.

“By Force or Fear” by Thonie Hevron

The shocking end to a hostage situation brings a courageous Sheriff’s Deputy to the attention of an powerful young judge. His obsession grows as she pursues a violent killer in the Sonoma wine country. After losing almost everyone close to her, she finds out the judge’s offer of security isn’t as magnificent as he presented. As she closes in on the murderer, the judge’s own trap snaps shut, nearly killing her and her partner.

“Intent to Hold” by Thonie Hevron

Sonoma County Sheriffs’ Detectives Nick Reyes and Meredith Ryan travel to Mexico to rescue his kidnapped brother-in-law. Along the way, they battle corrupt cops, natural disasters, and even family to save his wife’s brother. 

“An Ocean in the Desert” by Joseph Haggerty

Two private investigators, one a former Las Vegas cop and the other a former Army Ranger, specialize in finding runaway or missing children.  If they find the child is involved with a sexual predator they discreetly offer the child's family an additional service that guarantees the child will not return to the predator.  Their investigations take them to the strip joints and pornography outlets of Las Vegas, gay escort services in the Nation's Capital and the prostitution streets of Atlanta, New Orleans, Atlantic City and Phoenix.
As they fulfill their contracts and bring relief to these tormented families, the police in New Orleans and Las Vegas start putting together the puzzle pieces. Using other forgotten victims of society the police are able to identify our garbage disposers. They start to close in on them when sometime happens that changes everything.

VIRGIL ALEXANDER will be speaking on a panel on July 13 at 10:00 am discussing "Writing a Series."

ILENE SCHNEIDER will be a panelist on two occasions.
Friday, July 11 at 2:30 pm: "What are setting and dialogue and how should you use them?"
Sunday, July 13 at 10:15 am "The aspects to be considered when writing a series."

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” and “Chanukah Guilt” has earned bragging rights this week. On the DorothyL listserv, there's been a thread about what people want to know before reading a new author. One participant posted:

"The first thing I look for in a book is a well-told story with believable characters. That said, I discovered ILENE SCHNEIDER's mysteries because they were about a rabbi and I am a clergyperson myself. I started reading Elizabeth Moon's works because we were in the Marine Corps at approximately the same time/era -- in both cases, however, I keep reading because the books are excellent."

KEN OXMAN, author of the upcoming “The Reluctant Assassin” has made headlines again. And what a headline... Oxman, No Stranger to Danger! A very interesting article in the New Canaan News tells of KEN's time as an officer cadet in the British Merchant Navy. Learn more about KEN, in addition to him being an actor, director, teacher, voice and public speaking coach and who also served as a broadcaster for BBC local radio at this link: 


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.  "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.

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 July 19 he will be at the Pickle Barrel Trading Post, Globe, Arizona, Noon-3:00 pm.
On August 2 he has an interview at KATO Radio, Thatcher, Arizona, 7:30 am.
Also on August 2, he will be at the Eastern Arizona Historical Museum, Pima, Arizona, 10:00 am.

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. Cake and cheers to come! 

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 DENNISON 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.


MARILYN LEVINSON, author of “Murder a la Christie” has interviewed her fellow Sister in Crime, Teresa Inge, on her blog. Please visit and leave a comment at:

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writerwants to help you learn how to use Facebook effectively. Last week she covered how to build a profile and this week she is covering Pages and Groups.

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

July 17 - Mareena McGirr - Emeraldfire's Bookmark

July 18 - Kathleen Anderson - Jersey Girl Book Reviews

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! 

Friday, July 11—Lorna Collins
Monday, July14—Amy M. Bennett
Wednesday, July 16—Walter Luce
Friday, July 18—Ilene Schneider
Wednesday, July 23—James R. Callan
Friday, July 25—Carolyn Niethammer
Wednesday, July 30—Janet Greger
Friday, August 1—Thonie Hevron
Wednesday, August 6—Nicholas Checker

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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Billie Johnson said...

Great work, Suzi! I'm gonna boost this on FB!!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

It's always nice to check out what everyone is doing. Good job everyone especially Suzi. Beryl

Eileen Obser said...

It's Friday again -- and Round-Up Time! Thanks, Suzi.

Doug Seaver said...

Good job, Suzi. Always interesting!

Nancy LiPetri said...

What a great lineup of exciting titles and events!

John Addiego said...

Great variety of books and events! Very nice way to showcase this! Thanks, Suzie!

Bookworm said...

Thanks everyone! I absolutely love all the nice comments. But if it weren't for all of you, there wouldn't be a Round-Up. So thank YOU for your submissions and keep them coming :) ~ Suzi

Amy Bennett said...

Great WRU but I feel like the kid who sees the high school prom notice in the student paper but can't go! Hope to make it to PSWA next year!

Billie Johnson said...

Yes, Suzi, you just get better and better at being the round up mistress!!

Thanks for all your efforts!

Bookworm said...

Thanks, Billie. Getting praise from you means so very much to me!

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

The PSWA conference was so much fun! Great to meet some of the OTP authors and yes, I did relax and Mike did a fantastic job.

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

You put the weekly round-up together so professionally each week! You are an OTP treasure! Sharon