Friday, August 29, 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…

We are extending the deadline on this year’s Writing Contests. We need more entries! Spread the word for us, tell your friends, scream it from the mountaintops! If you would, please share on your social media and in your networks. 
Dark Oak Mystery
Wild Oaks Western
Mystic Oaks Paranormal
Timeless Love Romance
Police Blotter. 
Novels must be 60,000 – 80,000 words, submitted electronically in a rich text, double spaced format with an entry fee of $25.00. 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:


JOE CHIBA is doing something wonderful! Please read below in his own words:

“Summer in Italy" - St. Jude Donation

To all book lovers, Italy lovers, and especially, to all of you children lovers out there, I'd like to share with you the announcement that I will be donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee 5% of the profits of every copy of Summer in Italy sold. This is a cause in which I truly believe. When founder, Danny Thomas opened the doors of St. Jude in 1962, he was changing the lives of children all over the world. St. Jude is a leading research hospital fighting the battle of childhood cancer, and one of their greatest achievements is that "families never receive a bill from St. Jude" for anything. That is why they can't do it alone, and why I began donating to them some years ago. So if you decide to buy my book, remember that a part of your purchase will be going to St. Jude, to help save a child's life and keep hope alive for his or her family. To learn more about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, please go to  I thank you for taking the time to look over Summer in Italy, and hope that you decide it is a purchase worth making.

BERYL RICHARDSON, OTP children's book author, will be sending out a second edition of her newsletter to her email list next week highlighting her book related events for September. BERYL will also announce her new OTP book which is in the works entitled "Clowning Around" about a clownfish who likes to do tricks and make funny faces for the young children who come to his aquarium. BERYL will include a short notice about the Cuesta Writer's conference, September 19 and 20 and a shortened version of her recent blog post, Notes from Scandinavia. "I decided to try a periodic newsletter to generate interest in my upcoming events and books. There is an option for people to opt-out if they don't wish to receive further editions. Time will tell if this strategy is effective."

RONALD WENDLING, author of the upcoming Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past” has a pleasant experience to share with us. I love to receive these types of entries for the Round-Up. Things written in your own words and experiences to share with our OTP family…

 I was invited to attend a Writers Group in Tunkhannock, PA that is associated with The Dietrich Theater there. The practice of the group was that new members had to attend two meetings before reading from their own work, but I was invited back the following week to read from my forthcoming memoir, "Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past." The reception the reading received was positive and heartfelt, and after it I was asked so many questions about the process of finding a publisher that I felt like more of an expert on the subject than I am.  The coordinators of the group are Hildy Morgan, a columnist with a an excellently written coming of age novel in progress, and Jeanne Moran, author of "Risking Exposure," an absorbing story about a disabled young photographer in Nazi Germany. Jeanne posted a gracious Google + blog about my appearance for which I am especially grateful.

NICK CHECKER, author of the upcoming “Scratch!” recently held a reading at Monte Cristo's Book Shop and it was a solid success! NICK is proud to say that the reading of a segment of his novel "Scratch," soon to be out in paperback, went over beautifully. With background music provided by classic guitarist Richard Zack, an appreciative crowd at Monte Cristo Book Shop's Grand Reopening responded enthusiastically to the event. The crowd consisted of shoppers, fellow authors & artists, store personnel, and those who just like a good story. He is happy to report they left them all satisfied -- and that the Monte Cristo Book Shop's new identity as a Co-op will continue bringing an element of class to downtown New London, CT. Do shop there!

JOANN SMITH AINSWORTH is running a special on “Expect Trouble” kindle edition this weekend. Get this on for only 99 cents on! I have chosen the paper version as my Featured Book of the Week.
Here's a little about the book:

 Opening herself to ridicule by revealing she’s clairvoyant is the last thing U.S. WAVES Lieutenant Livvy wants, but when Uncle Sam needs her skill to track Nazi spies, she jumps in with both feet.


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 here 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.

ANN HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” is having a book launch celebration at Metamorphosis Center in McMurray, PA on September 6 starting at 5:00 pm. 

MARY MONTAGUE SIKES, author of "Jungle Jeopardy" is one of two visiting artists at New Town Art Gallery in Williamsburg VA . During September, October, and November, she will display her novels and the coffee table book, Hotels to Remember,”  in addition to her paintings. An opening reception September 6 will introduce the visiting artists.

TEKLA DENNISON MILLER, author of “Mother Rabbit” will be the guest author at the 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.

MARILYN MEREDITH aka F. M. Meredith, author of 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 “The Year Without Christmas” 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.

BILLY BEASLEY will have “The River Hideaway” kindle edition on sale for 99 cents from September 26 – 28. Take advantage of this special offer and see what all the rave reviews are about.

THONIE HEVRON, author of “Intent to Hold” will be a featured reader at the Fountaingrove Lodge at 4210 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa on Monday October 6th from 5:00 – 7:00pm. 


DAC CROSSLEY author of “Guns of the Texas Ranger” reminds us that football season signals the end of summer. Say it isn't so, DAC! On his western blog this week - "The Funnels of Antonio Berlese." 

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” blogs about once the writing is finished, the really hard work of being an author starts. Here are some of the things to do for promotion:

SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of "Mission Impastable" has several good blog entries this week for your reading pleasure:

How many types of mysteries are there? Apparently it depends on who’s counting:

The Quick Cook shares some tips and recipes to make cooking easier:

Making color wheel relationships work in life and writing:

Do classic books like "Catcher in the Rye" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray" hold up over time?

Three chocolate desserts from The Quick Cook. See page 7 in The Pinewood News for my monthly column:

Don't buy expensive spice blends. Make your own. Spice Up Your Cooking the Quick Cook Way:

All you need is “love”? Which one? Author information on types of love via the Greek way:

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

As usual everyone is out and about. Terrific job! It's fun reading all the author's activities!

Thonie Hevron said...

I'm with Marilyn. So interesting to read what we are all doing. It always gives me marketing ideas! thanks for the Round-up, Suzi.

Billie Johnson said...

And it thrills me to see the great ideas and activities our authors put forth. We have amazingly wonderful authors!

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Eileen Obser said...

Thanks again, Suzi, for filling us all in on what's doing. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Joseph Chiba said...

Thank you, Suzi, for such a nice post about my donation to St. Jude. I'm so lucky to find myself among these wonderful people who belong to OTP.

Amy Bennett said...

JOE CHIBA--You just made my Christmas shopping easier! I love to give gifts that benefit charities and St. Jude's is one of my favorites! Bless you and can't wait to buy MYSELF an early Christmas gift!

Ann K. Howley said...

I always look forward to the Weekly Roundup to be inspired by the great talent and energy at OTP!

John Addiego said...

Once again I am so impressed by the variety of books and events! Seems like it has been a busy summer for OTP!