Friday, August 1, 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…

Time is running out 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 has three books out of the printer this week:

“Guns of the Texas Ranger” by DAC CROSSLEY

When Texas Ranger Ygnacio (“Nacho”) Ybarra slips across the border into Mexico, he is surprised by bandits and taken to confront an old acquaintance, Pancho Villa. The revolutionary leader charges Nacho to assist in corralling a rogue outlaw, Chulo Valdez. But that bandit lures Nacho into an attack on his own Ranger Company. "Guns of the Texas Ranger," volume one in the Border Trilogy, is a tale of Rangers Whitey Wilson and Red Regan and the girl they both love. And their search justice during the border wars, when only a small Ranger Company stands in the way of bandit raids. And how Ranger Nacho Ybarra prevented a war.


“Murder on a Stick” by S. L. SMITH

You can get almost anything on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair. This year, murder is added to the list. Despite the thousands of people in close proximity to the crime scene, efforts to find a witness are futile. Family and friends construct radically different portraits of the victim, and the list of suspects keeps growing. No suspect has a corroborated alibi. Three admit being at the fair that day. The investigation crisscrosses the Twin Cities, and travels from the fairgrounds to Rochester, Minnesota. St. Paul investigators Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney must separate fact from fiction, and determine whose lies mean what.

It's fair time and I choose "Murder on a Stick" as my featured book of the week!


“Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” by ANN HOWLEY

This book is a wry, humorous coming of age memoir about a well-intentioned “problem child” raised by conservative, evangelical Christian parents in Southern California during the Sixties and Seventies.  As she naively stumbles through her youth and young adulthood, one misadventure after another, she also struggles to reconcile her ultra-Christian upbringing with women’s liberation, prejudice, protest and poverty during this turbulent era, eventually gaining a different perspective of faith in a world more complicated, terrifying and wonderful than she expected.

ANN will be celebrating the release of her book today, 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


BILLY BEASLEY, author of “The River Hideaway” was featured in a live interview yesterday on Good Morning Carolina on WWAY television. Hear about my favorite quote from the book: "That hearts have no color." I love that!

BILLY will be having a book signing on August 16 at 3:00 pm at Barnes and Noble at 850 Inspiration Drive in Wilmington, NC. Come by and see what all the fuss is about, meet BILLY and get a signed book!

CAROL ALEXANDER, author of “The Big Squeal” and her famous pig, MISS LIBERTY entertained an Illinois State Senator on the Fourth of July with a "pignic!" Illinois State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill, his three children and a niece were welcomed by Krista Alexander Bowers, the 1983 Christian County Fair Queen, who was visiting from California. Formerly a starving orphan piglet, MISS LIBERTY found a home with Krista's parents, CAROL and her husband Hal. Guess what was served…Pigs in the Blanket (beef of course!) Senator Manar keeps a copy of “The Big Squeal” on his office desk reminding him of the inspiring story of a homeless pig and Abraham Lincoln that celebrates America's heartland. Below is Senator Manar (right) with Nolan Drea and his father Mike all holding promo items from "The Big Squeal."

The following are some great tips that RONALD WENDLING, author of “Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past” recently acquired at a conference...

I spent most of last week at a Writers’ Conference in Montrose, PA.  The Conference staff was welcoming and it was a pleasure to meet a number of other writers, hear them read from their work, and do a short reading of my own from my upcoming memoir, Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past.

I attended four excellent conference classes taught by Suzanne Kuhn ( who specializes in coaching authors and helping them promote their books.  She recommends that authors connect respectfully with their readers at author events by trying to find an interest they have in common with their readers that need not be central to their book.  I tried this at my own reading by picking up on a previous reader who had made a humorous reference to his father and discovered in the process how immediately most of the men in the audience relate to even the slightest comment relating to their relationship with their fathers.
In addition to recommending that authors use hashtags in their social media messages and postings, Suzanne also insisted that it remains valuable for authors to connect with their local bookstores, a relationship that can easily lead to having their books placed on bookstore shelves even when they presently are not.  She pointed out that although local retailers are having difficulty competing these days, they can do a lot to increase an author’s book’s sales if they are cultivated with understanding and respect.  All in all, I found the conference highly informative.

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!


MARILYN MEREDITH, author of the Rocky Bluff P. D. series is appearing on a panel at the San Joaquin Sisters in Crime meeting at Yosemite Falls restaurant on Ashland in Fresno, CA on August 2 at 10:30 a.m.

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

BONNIE KELLY, author of “Wild  Justice” and “Blessings, Bullets and Bad Bad Men” will also be at the Nipomo Library Craft Fair in on August 9 from 9:00 am – 2:00.

JOHN WILLS, author of “The Year Without Christmas” and “Dancer” will be signing copies of his books at the Hanover Book Festival in Mechanicsville, VA on August 9 from 9:00 – 2:00 pm.

Stop in and say hello to JOHN and get his autograph!

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 planning a Tucson launch of her book 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, 7:30 am

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

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 p.m. A cocktail party with hors d’ ovr’es (or however you spell it) and drinks. Stop by and meet MIKEY if you are in the area.


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 had a lot of fun with this and interviews many OTP authors.

Friday, August 1—Thonie Hevron
Wednesday, August 6—Nicholas Checker

DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Guns of the Texas Ranger,” shares a chili recipe with us this week on his blog. It sounds delicious. I especially like the history of Wolf Brand Chili from Texas which you can also read on the blog at:

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” blogs about starting a new job and the timeline one should expect in the learning process. She dedicates this post to her daughter. Find it 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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Billie Johnson said...

Wow! This piece just keeps getting better and better!!

The Stiletto Gang said...

I just love reading how busy all of us are and in so many different and varied corners of the country. Good job, Suzi!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Nice job everyone! Beryl

Eileen Obser said...

Wonderful news once again on the Round-Up! Look forward to reading this each Friday, Suzi.

Thonie Hevron said...

Look at the wonderful job all our OTP authors are doing to market their work--and other OTP authors, as well!

Amy Bennett said...

I need to add Ann K. Howley on Friday, August 8th! The blog blitz was a great success!