Friday, September 12, 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…

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DALE LOVIN, author of the upcoming “Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time” will be having his book launch tomorrow, 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.” 

I have chosen this as my Featured Book of the Week. Simply click on the cover on the right side-bar to order direct from amazon.

When a former prosecuting attorney in Los Angeles and a former FBI Agent in New Mexico are victims of brutal assaults, a window to the past is opened. Years earlier, the prosecutor and agent were responsible for the trial and conviction of a white supremacist in the murder of a black man. The highly publicized court proceedings had thrust the abhorrent philosophies of supremacists beneath a glaring spotlight. Now, in the belief that their atrocities are divinely directed, purveyors of hate relentlessly track their victims in a campaign of revenge.

Flashbacks to disturbing episodes of intolerance in our nation’s history lay the foundation as former FBI Agent Brad Walker encounters faces and voices from his past. Sprinkled with documented investigations into modern-day white supremacist crimes, dramatic action unfolds from the Southwest to the West Coast in a poignant reminder of the words of William Faulkner:

The past is never dead, it’s not even past.”

Rocky Mountain streams, the mysterious allure of New Mexico and Colorado’s grandeur are the landscape as police officers and FBI Agents desperately race to decipher fanatical minds of evil. The human face of law enforcement is unmasked as Brad Walker struggles with the memory of his deceased wife while recurring dreams of a beguiling woman, from another place and time, hint of future romance and a new life.

CAROL ALEXANDER and MISS LIBERTY, authors of “The Big Squeal” are counting down the days until their big debut in Boston! Below is a link to the upcoming event at the Boston Athenaeum Library on September 13. Everyone is very excited about this prestigious booking.

ANN K. HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad,” has a short story in the current issue of Bicycle Times Magazine. The funny story is about riding 275 miles with her adult children to Washington DC last summer. It's called "Blessed Be Bag Balm." 

ANN would also like to share a wonderful review for "Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad" she received on

Who is Ann Howley and why should I want to read about her life stories? I hadn’t read about her in the tabloids in the checkout line of the grocery store, and we all know how riveting those are. She hasn’t been married to Brad Pitt and she’s not a billionaire, so what makes Ann Howley think she’s important enough to have a book dedicated to the stories of her life? Two realizations hit me at once in the short first page of the book.
Ann Howley is hilarious and she is an exceptional writer.
As I got farther into the book, I realized that she’s led an extremely interesting life. She talks about her travels to Turkey, her adventures in showbiz, eccentric roommates, and finger biting situations that make you wonder how she lived long enough to write this book.
I personally connected with her internal conflict with her strict, religious upbringing and how to live in a world with people who didn’t grow up with that perspective.
Ann doesn’t have her own private jet or island (as far as I know), but neither do I. We often read books about people we can’t relate to. I’m not sure why, I guess it’s envy.
If you want to read about a celebrity, president, or the latest sports “hero” go pick up a book that someone else probably wrote about them. In this book Ann takes you on a personal tour through her extraordinary experiences. You’ll be able to relate to her, laugh with her, and even laugh at her. At times you’ll cringe at her generosity (Especially when she lets random strangers move in with her). But you’ll also feel a sense of joy that the world still makes kind hearted people.

EILEEN OBSER, author of the memoir “Only You” was recently interviewed by Linda Frank for the Writers Dream on LTV on August 14.

Set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, "Only You" relates EILEEN's personal experience growing up in Queens, New York – her unhappy, doomed-to-fail marriage at eighteen to a nineteen-year-old boy from their candy store crowd. EILEEN shows how two naive, uninformed teenagers were influenced by social and religious pressures, to disastrous consequences.

CAROLYN NIETHAMMER, author of “The Piano Player,” joined with two other women writers last Saturday at the Peregrine Bookstore in Prescott to present a panel "Women Who Broke the Mold." The panel was about their strong women characters who broke away from what was expected of them and lived lives of adventure and creativity. It was well received so CAROLYN immediately repackaged the proposal for the Tucson Festival of Books in March and it was accepted on Monday.


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. .

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 today, September 12 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.  He will also give a short talk about his writing experience. 

On Sunday, October 19, JOHN will be signing copies of his books at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Spotsylvania, VA from noon – 3:00 pm.

BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children’s author, will be holding another book making class for children at the Paso Robles Studio’s on the Park on Saturday, September 13 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Her new book form called Clap Your Hands is a 3D book. The children will cut out hands and sew them together to make a book. “I’ll encourage them to write and/or draw about the things that make them happy as in the well-known children’s song.  I say ‘encourage’ because children often have their own ideas of what they want to draw or write about. I like to give them the freedom to be as creative as possible.” 

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

On October 3rd & 4thMICHAEL will be at the Miami County Harvest Balloon Festival and Creative Arts Fair in Troy, OH.

KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin,” will be having a book signing at Elm Street Books, in New Canaan, CT on September 20 from noon - 2.30 pm.

KEN will be on an Author Panel at Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT on September 27 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. 


***Come and meet some OTP authors at the Oakhurst Library Authors Faire. Published authors, instructors and critique groups are welcome! The event will be September 27 starting at 10:30 am. Connect with fans, sell and sign your books and network with other authors. There is NO COST to authors, agents, publishers, editors, illustrators and others involved in the literary arts. Oakhurst Library Community Room 49044 Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst, CA 559-683-4838***

BILLY BEASLEY will have “The River Hideaway” kindle edition on sale for only 99 cents from September 26 – 28. Mark your calendars!

The year is 1967 and Wilmington, NC, like much of the nation is embedded in racial turmoil. Bret Marin and Money Wilkins, two boys on the cusp of manhood, forge an improbable friendship. Bret’s wealthy lifestyle is defined by his love for his little brother and hatred of their cruel father. Money is rich in other ways, thanks to his proud black father. When his beautiful sister Teke visits it sets off a series of events no one could foresee. The most chilling being the night the Klan visits.

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 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. 

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. 

BILLIE JOHNSON, OTP Publisher and MARILYN MEREDITH will be at Taste the Arts on October 11 in downtown Visalia, CA. Come and see all the great creative work in the Central Valley and visit OTP's booth while you are there.

TEKLA DENNISON MILLER, author of “Mother Rabbit,” along with ALYCE BONURA, who the memoir was written about, will present and sign books at the Westwood Public Library, 1246 Glenwood Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 310-474-1739 on October 11 starting at 2:00 pm.

Then on October 13, TEKLA and ALYCE will be at the Burbank Central Library auditorium, 110 North Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank CA 818-238-5562 starting at 7:00 pm. 

ANN K. HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” will be signing books on October 16 at the Authors' Zone Pittsburgh Book Awards Ceremony at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. The event starts at 5:30 pm.


LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” hosts fellow OTP author MICHAEL MATSON on her blog. Read all about his new book The Dancing Boy.”

JOANN SMITH AINSWORTH, author of the paranormal thriller, “Expect Trouble,” will be a guest author on Tempting Romance on October 9.

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.

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” asks do you want to know how she fit in at the Public Safety Writers Association conference? Find out in their September newsletter; scroll down to the article A ‘60s ACTIVIST IN PSWA’S COURT at:

DAC CROSSLEY author of “Guns of the Texas Ranger” ventures into talking about politics on his blog. He says he has a duty to perform. Check it out 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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Thonie Hevron said...

Another wonderful edition, Suzi!

Amy Bennett said...

Thanks for all the news, Suzi! I'll have an item or two for you next week!

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Boy, my fellow OTP authors have been and will be busy. Lots of good news in this week's blog. Thank you, Suzi. Good job!

Ann K. Howley said...

It's always encouraging to see how busy and active the OTP authors are. And how fantastic that Billie and Meredith will be manning the OTP booth in Visalia!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Great job everybody, especially Suzi. Beryl

Eileen Obser said...

Thanks for mentioning my TV interview in this week's Round-Up, Suzi, which is an overall pleasure to read, as usual.

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

You are amazing to be able to pull off such a professional post each week! Thanks!