Friday, August 8, 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…

I am starting something new this week. I am inserting a link for each book that is mentioned in the Round-Up. These tiny url’s do not expire. Authors, feel free to use them for your own purposes…Readers, feel free to click and go straight to to purchase the book! The url’s are for paper books unless otherwise noted. I hope you all enjoy this new feature in the Round-Up! Give me some feedback, do you like it? Not like it? Does it take away from the style of the Round-Up? Should I do authors' websites instead? Let me know what you think!

Time is running out 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


JOE CHIBA will soon be releasing his memoir, "Summer in Italy."
Below is a teaser that will have you anticipating this release!

When he finds an old letter written in wartime, Joey flies to Italy determined to find a long-lost cousin and save his vanishing family name. But he never planned on Jeanette, a tall, stunning photographer with a tortuous laugh and cunning cat eyes. A season away from the wedding of her dreams, Jeanette ends up sharing a yellow Mini Cooper with Joey on a hair-raising journey through southern Italy. A series of doomed misadventures culminates in Joey and Jeanette being stranded in a roadside cave for a night of timid confessions. Grappling with Destiny's hold, and unwilling to give in to their stubbornness and desires, will their summer in Italy be enough to find something in themselves neither one ever knew was missing? Forty years later, at his eightieth birthday party, Joey tells his tale to his curious eight year-old grandson, and old memories are reawakened.

CAROL ALEXANDER and MISS LIBERTY recently entertained the folks at the Assumptionfest in central Illinois. Pig farmers Bob and Joyce Adcock attended the book signing for "The Big Squeal" at the Historical Building in Assumption, IL.


MARILYN MEREDITH, author of the Rocky Bluff P. D. series including “Dangerous Impulses” will be selling her books at the Nipomo Library Craft Fair, Nipomo, CA on August 9 from 9:00 – 2:00.

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.
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.  This is a star-studded book event that is an annual benefit for the library. Over 100 authors will be on hand and as many as 2000 people will attend. To see the details and to buy tickets go to: 

On Thursday, August 14, EILEEN is being interviewed by Linda Frank, producer of “The Writer’s Dream” on LTV, a Long Island television station. 
There will be a book reading and signing of “Only You” at Canio’s Bookstore in Sag Harbor on Thursday, August 21 at 5:00 pm. Noted jazz pianist Amanda Trees of New York City will play rock and roll before and after the reading. (631-725-4926)

BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's book author of “Butterfly Girls”  will be teaching another class to kids on how to make a Butterfly Book on Thursday, August 14 from 2:00 – 3:00 at the Paso Robles Studios on the Park. As always, she will be talking about her children's books and encouraging kids to write their own stories. Children over the age of seven are welcome.

BERYL will also be speaking with the Morro Bay Writer's Group on Saturday, Aug 16 starting at 10:00 am. The group is currently meeting at the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce instead of their usual meetings at the library. BERYL will discuss writing and publishing books for kids and talking about her stories. 
ANN HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad”   has several events lined up to celebrate the launch of her book:
Congratulations, ANN! I choose this witty book as my Pick of the Week!

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”  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!
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!
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.

SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of the culinary mystery “Mission Impastable”  has been burning up the blogging scene with the following posts:
Sharon wrote a blog post with elaborated responses for the PSWA panel she sat on: What goes into writing a series?

See how you can use food quotations as story fodder, so to speak!

Sharon is writing again about writing groups and whether you should be in one at

Sharon posted on one of her blogs "Why People Cheat and How to Use That in Your Novel"

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” has a very funny author showcased on her blog. Stacia Frieman attempts to get her funny and very Jewish novels accepted by a pulisher on ILENE’s blog at: TOO FUNNY! TOO JEWISH! by Stacia Friedman
AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” and “No Lifeguard on Duty”  invites you to check in on her last guest on the Back Deck Blog blitz...August 6 - Nicholas Checker at: 

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” talks about growing up in the “Magical Midwick Tract.” Find out why it was so special.

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...

Suzi, the Amazon links are a great idea. And... hmmm... how exciting was it for me to see that Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad was your Pick of the Week? VERY! Thank you!

Anne Schroeder said...

It's so inspiring to see the quality of work produced by fellow authors. I will be at the Nipomo event with Bonnie Kelly--in spirit, at least. Carolyn is working her book all over the internet. I keep running into her. Congratulations and well done.

Thonie Hevron said...

Suzi, great idea to include links to books in the post. It's a short trip from the blog to the book! Another terrific idea.

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Love the URL links, Suzi. Great idea! Thanks, Beryl

Amy Bennett said...

The Back Deck Blog blitz is being extended due to more author interest! Keep checking in!

Billie Johnson said...


Bookworm said...

Thanks everyone! I am glad that you like the direct links to amazon.
~ Suzi

Joseph Chiba said...

Suzi, what a great treat to come home from work and see this fabulous write up on my book so prominently displayed on the OTP blog. Wow! Thank you so much. I will share it on all my social networks. And I agree with the others, the links to Amazon are a fantastic idea! Anything to make it easier to find OTP authors and our books is a plus for us all. Can't wait until Summer in Italy has its url!

Eileen Obser said...

Looks good, Suzi. As usual! Thanks for mentioning what I -- we -- are all doing right now. Always a pleasure to read this Round-Up.