Friday, July 4, 2014


Happy Independence Day from Everyone at Oak Tree Press!


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 yearly PSWA Conference in Las Vegas is approaching fast and Oak Tree Press is debuting three new books at the conference. OTP authors have won many contests at The Public Safety Writers Conference. Good luck to this years books being entered by the following authors:

"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. 

THONIE will be reading from "Intent to Hold,” at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa, CA on July 29 from 7:00 – 8:00.  More information below in Upcoming Events.

"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 fullfil 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.

WALTER LUCE has another great review of “Eva Pennington: Damsels of Diversion” to share. The review is from Bernard W. Kasupski Jr. who gives it 4 Stars and titles it “Time Well Spent.”

“Ordinarily, if I'm going to read a novel, I try to impress myself by reading such heady works as "Moby", "Gatsby" or "Grapes" but, that's usually as far as it goes; no raised pinky for me, no escargots. However, when a very attractive acquaintance told me how much she had enjoyed Walter Luce's "Damsels", I thought, "Why not, maybe I'll learn a little more about her by reading this book." So, after waiting more than two weeks for delivery, on a balmy summer afternoon, with a cooler of beer in one hand and a bag of pistachios in the other, and "Damsels" tucked under my arm, I headed for the gazebo in my back yard. I must admit, I was very pleasantly surprised. Walter Luce is deserving of kudos as a very good teller of story and I send him my best wishes for success.” ~Bernard W. Kasupski Jr 

I would like to dedicate this weeks Featured Book of the Week to OTP author JACKIE TAYLOR ZORTMAN's grandson, PETER. "We Are Different Now" is JACKIE's story about losing PETER in a tragic accident on July 4, 2010. I have been thinking about you JACKIE and I hope that you and your family are able to be together this holiday and reminisce about your dear grandson.

At the age of 21, Pete was a chef in one of the Colorado tourist town’s historic hotels and it was July 4th, so he worked late that night.  Afterwards, he watched the town fireworks with a female friend from high school and college and her little boy.   It had been raining hard, so the fireworks had been delayed about an hour.  Afterwards, he drove three miles up a county road into the mountains where about fifteen of his buddies were already gathered to celebrate at a historic area known as The Drinking Cup.
After lighting a firework of some magnitude, and having one just like it held under his arm, he dropped the lit one and instinctively jumped backwards.  He fell 100 feet to the canyon and rocky river bank below and died instantly from a skull fracture.  The Mountain Rescue Team and County Sheriff were called and thus began the true story of one woman’s journey with death on the mountain as experienced by his maternal grandmother. 
As the author experienced her own grief and sought books on the subject, she discovered that there is nothing available for anyone except parents.  Sixteen months later, she sat down and began writing one to fill that void.  Along the way, some magical and amazing experiences happened and new venues opened to direct the author in many directions into which she would never have gone.  People from various walks of life were suddenly drawn into her life and each one brought new wisdom, friendships and perspectives.


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.  "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 (during The Rendezvous of Gunfighters), having a signing in Prescott, AZ, on September 6 and is also planning to be at a Tucson bookstore in October. I will have more information on these events in upcoming WRU's.

ANN HOWLEY has set up some events in anticipation of the release of her book “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad.” I love the title of her book and I anticipate it’s going to be a big hit! 

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


DelSheree Gladden of The Edible Bookshelf had a Summer of interviews and there is one last OTP author to check out. The link will NOT work until the day specified at 8:00 am MST.

Virgil Alexander, 
author of "Saints & Sinners" 
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MICHAEL MATSON, author of “The Dancing Boy” is in the middle of a blog tour. Below is his schedule:

July 1 - Arlene Mullen - My Life, Loves, and Passion

July 10 - Rhonda Laney - Read A Lot Blog

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" is having some fellow OTP authors as guests on her blog through July at

Wednesday, July 1—John M. Wills 
Friday, July 4—Holli Castillo
Wednesday, July 9—Marilyn Meredith
Friday, July 11—Lorna Collins
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

DAC CROSSLEY, author of "Code of the Texas Ranger," says it's been a hectic summer so far. He’s hoping for a quiet holiday weekend. Check in with DAC at

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” is blogging about how to use Facebook to your advantage. Expert advice and tips here:

EILEEN OBSER, author of “Only You” has a new blog up about returning to her home town and visiting her old hangouts and neighborhood. I was sad to hear that the candy store that is so prominent in her book is now gone. EILEEN would like to hear about how your childhood neighborhood has changed. Let her know at 

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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Ann K. Howley said...

To Jackie, my heartfelt best wishes to you and your family on this day. I'm amazed by your courage.

To Suzi, who thinks Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad will be a big hit, XOXO!

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

To Ann - Thank you so very much. What a wonderful gesture that was for Suzi to surprise me with this as we face 4 years since we lost Pete tomorrow. Good luck with your book.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Suzi - This was such an unexpected and wonderful surprise that it truly did put a happy spin on the sad occasion we are facing tonight/tomorrow. You came into my life for a reason and I'm beginning to see what those reasons are. Huge hugs to you. Wonderful job on the blog this week, as always.

Beryl Reichenberg said...

I took your suggestion, Suzi, and pinned the Oak Tree Round-up to Pinterest. Hopefully it will be re-pinned. Beryl

Amy Bennett said...

Thanks for posting about my blog blitz, Suzi! I'm hoping to reach a lot of new readers for my fellow authors!