Friday, August 22, 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…

Only a few days left to enter 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

TEKLA DENNISON MILLER, author of “Mother Rabbit" was #1 on the Top Ten Best Sellers list for August 10 – 16 at Maria’s Bookshop in Durango, CO. Roger Cottingham, Community Relations Manager for Maria’s Books is very pleased with the book signing event. Congratulations, TEKLA! I have chosen this memoir written about a former Playboy Bunny Mother as my pick of the week. 

"Mother Rabbit" and "The Piano Player" by CAROLYN NEITHAMMER have been added to the Barnes and Noble national distribution data base. This is impressive in the fact that not just any book gets into Barnes and Noble! Congratulations, ladies! 

BILLY BEASLEY, author of “The River Hideaway" informed me that his book signing at Barnes and Noble on August 16 was a huge success. They ran out of books in 45 minutes! While I was on Facebook checking out the pictures for the event I came across a wonderful review of the book: 
"Billy...I bought your book on Amazon for my Kindle and couldn't put your book down until I finished it 2 days later... Your book is such a beautiful, hopeful, "love conquers all" story.... I don't want to let the characters go and I wish more of the world was color blind... Thanks for such an uplifting, positive experience!,
Write more, okay???! 
- Melinda Beck Walker

CAROL ALEXANDER, author of “The Big Squeal” says that MISS LIBERTY, a perfect specimen of porcine splendor, graciously declined an invitation to attend the famous Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Did she fear an accidental detour to the swine barn and the auction block? Being a cautious pig, MISS LIBERTY stayed home in her leafy haven. She did send her "as told to author" CAROL to represent her at Family Day on Sunday, August 17. CAROL found many networking opportunities and even sold a copy of the Second Edition of "The Big Squeal" to a Queen! Pictured here, Deborah S. Tuttle, the newly crowned Ms. Illinois America 2014, confided that her daughter Tiffany wants to adopt a pet pig. Deborah fell in love with "The Big Squeal" at first sight and plans to show it off on her travels.

"An Uncertain Grave" by CATHY STRASSER went to the printer today. Be sure to look for it on amazon soon! 

A stray hiker reports finding a partially decomposed body on Mt Lafayette in the “North Country” –  the top third of New Hampshire around and the Franconia Notch –  where the rugged terrain and sparse population provides the space and isolation to keep any number of secrets. Cliff Codey and Mike Eldrich – New Hampshire State Troopers with the Investigative Services Bureau – set out to solve the case in spite of the weather, reticent locals, and a bored, nosy New York reporter and his ambitious girlfriend who compete with the troopers to discover the victim’s identity.  As the investigation widens, both teams contend with a variety of local residents who have secrets they don’t wish to share. A shadow from Cliff’s past soon intrudes on the current investigation, complicating matters further. All these threads combine as the killer prepares to take action to keep his secret and himself safe.


ANN HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” has several events lined up to celebrate the launch of her book:

August 23 - Book Signing at Next Chapter Bookstore and Bistro, Northville, MI 11:30am
August 26 - Book signing at the headquarters of Herbein + Company in Reading, PA.
September 6 - Book Launch Celebration at Metamorphosis Center, McMurray, PA 5:00pm

NICK CHECKER, author of the upcoming "Scratch" will be reading from his novel at the Grand Re-opening of the Monte Cristo Book Shop, 38 Green Street, New London CT this Sunday, August 24 at 4:00 pm. Richard Zack, a local classic guitarist will be playing background music to the reading. "Scratch" is an allegorical tale of loyalty, friendship, and courage set against the backdrop of the eerie world of feral cats. It will be published this fall. 

CAROLYN NEITHAMMER, author of the newly released “The Piano Player” will be signing copies of her book at the Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, Arizona, where the novel is set, on August 30 during the Showdown in Tombstone weekend. This is the original building that functioned in the 1880s! Very exciting and I am sure a very cool place!

SHARON SMITH, author of “Murder on a Stick" invites you to dinner at Nina's or W.A. Frost on September 3, and then join her at Subtext: A Bookstore (165 Western Avenue North, St. Paul, MN) at 7:00 pm for her book launch party. SHARON has launched three books her and she would like to show her appreciation by having a good turnout. The party includes a reading, followed by a Q & A session. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
Then on September 6 from noon – 2:00 pm, SHARON will be at Once Upon A Crime Mystery Books (604 West 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN). This event includes a book signing and a chance to talk to SHARON. Plenty of treats will be served.

TEKLA DENNISON MILLER, author of “Mother Rabbit” will be the guest author at a Lansing, MI book group reviewing her book on September 10. The event is hosted by Denise Quarles. “Mother Rabbit” is a memoir written about Alyce Bonura who was a Playboy Bunny Mother in years past. 

Alyce Bonura was a single mother who took a position as the Bunny Mother of the Chicago Playboy Club to not only flee from a negative relationship but to pursue a career that guarantees financial freedom and upward mobility. Unfortunately, all was not what was assured or expected.

MARILYN MEREDITH aka F. M. Meredith, author of "Murder in the Worst Degree" book 10 in the Rocky Bluff PD series will be appearing on a panel Wednesday, September 10 at the Burbank Library, Buena Vista Branch at 7:00 p.m. with the L.A. chapter of Sisters in Crime.

JOHN M. WILLS, author of “Dancer” will be signing copies of his books at the 1st Annual Book Fair at the Wilderness Branch Library on Friday, September 12 from 1:30 – 4:30.  He will also give a short talk about his writing experience.

DALE LOVIN, author of the upcoming “Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time” is planning his book launch for September 13 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at HearthFire Books in Evergreen, CO.  The initial launch will be followed by an evening party and celebrated with a local non-profit that will benefit from the sales of the book. “Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time” is a sequel to “The Mirror in the River.”

MICHAEL ELDRIDGE, author of “Jack of Harts” will be at the Ohio River Book Festival in Huntington, WV on September 19 & 20

Michael Eldridge’s debut novel in his Spaghetti and Rice Mystery series, “Jack of Harts,” is a front-runner right out of the gate. Strong characterization, and suspenseful plot twists combine to deliver a most satisfying reader experience. Former Chinese prostitute turned private investigator Ming Li Chow teams up with retired homicide detective Frank Borelli to do battle with the local Columbian drug cartel. Add kidnapping, money laundering, and the friendship of two 11 year old boys to the narrative, and you have a real page-turner. I look forward to the second novel in this series with much anticipation. - Linda Ginter-Brown, PhD


JOANN SMITH AINSWORTH, author of “Expect Trouble" has three upcoming events planned:

8/25/14 - "Ask an Author" event. Mondays 4:30-5:00 pm PT.

8/29/14 - Venture Galleries author showcase

9/3/14 - Author guest on AJ Nuest's Writer Wednesday on Street Team

DAC CROSSLEY is pleased that “Guns of the Texas Ranger” is now in the corral at The Border Trilogy is now complete! His latest blog is about automobiles and horses. And troubles!

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead" welcomes OTP author CAROLYN NEITHAMMER (“The Piano Player”) as her blog guest this week. As a follow-up to the posting about Wyatt Earp’s Jewish (common law) wife Josephine Sarah Marcus, she is writing about the women who adventured into the Yukon during the Gold Rush. Check it out at: WOMEN IN THE YUKON

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...

As usual, I reposted on my Facebook page to get the word out. Lots of good news. Thanks, Suzi. Beryl

John Addiego said...

This is great! I really like the covers and reviews!

Eileen Obser said...

Another week -- and other report from Suzi on all our OTP authors. Great job once again!

Helen Macie Osterman said...

As usual, you do a great job, Suzi!

Tekla said...

Thank you for spotlighting Mother Rabbit and for doing all the work on this wonderful blog.

Amy Bennett said...

So many book events I wish I could attend!

Janet Greger said...

Suzi, You presented a great line up of books. So much diversity.
JL Greger, author of medical thrillers - Ignore the Pain, Coming flu, Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight

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

We are one busy bunch of authors--thank you Suzi, you do a super duper job!

John M. Wills said...

More wonderful books here and on tap.

Bookworm said...

Thank you! It has been one busy summer for our OTP authors! Keep the news and events coming and I am happy to share them. ~ Suzi

Billie Johnson said...

Suzi, I echo the other commenters, you do a great job showcasing our busy authors!!


Joseph Chiba said...

Suzi, great job highlighting all the terrific news about our terrific authors!