Friday, September 26, 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 mention on your social media and in your networks. Several categories are available and complete details are at

JEANA LOMPREZ, OTP Public Relations Manager, has hooked up with Manic Readers to spotlight several OTP books. These sample chapters will be updated frequently and new releases will also be featured. 

Oak Tree Press titles on MANIC READERS!!

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Check out our sample chapters we have plenty to choose from... 
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OTP is pleased to announce three new titles that are now available: The first book below, "Healer" is my Featured Book of the Week!


In “Healer”…Sixteen-year-old Billy Anderson’s short life has been full of daunting challenges. A birth defect and the death of his parents force him to live with his Aunt Staci. That situation becomes untenable for Billy and he chooses to live on the street. One day things change dramatically when Billy receives the “Gift of Healing.” Not only does Billy’s own life take a dramatic turn, but his new gift also affects those around him. Is this gift a blessing or a curse?

“Danger by Design”

Net Petrone resides in a townhouse in a retirement complex where the previous owner died of a heart attack. A number of widows in the complex joined a society for the betterment of the environment called The Society for the Fifth Beneficence. Brother Rupert, the founder, convinces some of the women to change their wills and leave everything to the society.Net goes to a meeting and realizes that the people are served a drugged tea. Those that change their wills, soon die of “natural causes”. The previous owner of Net’s townhouse was one of these women. Her son is convinced that his mother wrote a hand written will negating the previous one and hid it somewhere. Net’s townhouse is broken into while she is on vacation. She is convinced someone was looking for the will. Brother Rupert sends his minions to Net’s townhouse to either find the will or burn it down. One of them, Andrew Marcus, is an investigator attempting to expose Rupert. He reaches the town house in time to save Net, but the townhouse is damaged. She call 911 and Rupert and his followers are caught and arrested. When Net decides to pull up the rug, she finds the will under a corner and returns it to its rightful owner.

“A Duty to Betray”

In A Duty to Betray,” Dr. Ricardo Ruiz finds himself in a complicated legal dilemma when his sexually promiscuous AIDS patient, Taylor Tran, refuses to tell his lovers of his condition. Moreover, as Dr. Ruiz considers warning others of his patient’s illness, Mr. Tran starts plotting to make Dr. Ruiz his next victim. As their battle with each other approaches a fatal pitch, however, both men realize one can die long before one is dead.  The question in the story—as in life—is whether or not this discovery is made in time.

ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” and “Chanukah Guilt” is very excited to have been asked to be on a panel at Bouchercon in Long Beach, CA, on Saturday, November 15, from 4:30 - 5:30. She feels as though she’s been asked to present an Academy Award!

The panel is called "You Say Traditional, I Say Cozy: Exploring the Boundaries of the Classic Mystery Novel," and is moderated by Sarah Chen. ILENE will share the table with John Billheimer, Paul Bishop, Linda Joffe Hull, and Eric James Miller. ILENE says it's one of the first times she’s been on a panel about cozies that has more men than women panelists. 


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. .

KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin” will be on an Author Panel at Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT on September 27 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.
Pictured here is KEN at his Elm Street book signing last weekend.

BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's book author, will be giving an enrichment class for four weeks at the Almond Acres Charter School in San Miguel for elementary school children over the age of seven. The class will run once a week for four weeks, starting Wednesday, September 24 until October 8.  It will feature book forms including BERYL's "Clap Your Hands" book. 

BERYL will be joining two other children's book authors, Destry Ramey and Heidi Gill at Whiz Kids Toy Store for a fun family event. Called "Clown Around at Whiz Kids," the event will feature popcorn, games, a craft project, a raffle and book signings by all three authors. BERYL will be featuring her new children's book, “Squiggles,” a book for very young children full of line drawings of animals by artist Babette Girard and silly poems about these animals by BERYL. The event is on Saturday, September 27 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm in San Luis Obispo. "This will be our second event together. Joining forces seemed to be a good idea. We reach more people, can share the work in promoting the event and have fun together with the kids and families. We hope to do more events together in the future." In conjunction with the Whiz Kids event, Beryl, Destry and Heidi will be interviewed on KVEC on Tuesday at 3:00; listen in if you have a chance. 
Join some fellow 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. That's this weekend, folks! Here's a handy link to go right to the ebook:

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. 

NICOLA FURLONG will have her Riley Quinn Mystery, “Teed Off!” kindle edition on sale for only 99 cents from September 27 – 28. Another great read for pennies...this weekend! Here is a handy link to go straight to the ebook:

When Riley Quinn tees off an investigation into a suspicious death, her inquiries pitch her behind the scenes of professional women's golf and jeopardize her new career as part-time coroner. As the tournament progresses, she finds herself sand-wedged by a villainous environmental group, a mysterious Japanese consortium and her estranged sister. 

MICHAEL ELDRIDGE, author of “Jack of Harts” will be at the Miami County Harvest Balloon Festival and Creative Arts Fair in Troy, OH on October 3 & 4

THONIE HEVRON, author of “By Force or Fear” will be at the San Rafael Police Blue Choir Reunion on October 4

THONIE will be a featured reader at the Fountain Grove Lodge at 4210 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa on Monday, October 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. 

Then on October 8, THONIE will be at Star of the Valley Catholic Church Women's Club monthly meeting speaking on the Writers Life.

Looking forward to November 11, THONIE will be speaking to the Rohnert Park Rotary about the Writers Life.

RADINE TREES NEHRING, author of “A Fair to Die For,” continues her promotion of Arkansas' special places. She will appear at the Fall Festival celebration at Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area in Arkansas on Sunday, October 5. There will be special events for adults and children in several areas of the park, Arkansas' largest at over 12,000 acres. RADINE will be showcasing her novel “A Fair to Die For” at a signing table in the Park's Visitor Center from 1:00 to 5:00.  (Some events in the novel take place in the park, as well as at fall craft fairs in the area.)  The park is east of Rogers, Arkansas in the NW corner of the state. For more information see: 479-789-5000. 20201 East Highway 12.

RADINE will also be signing books at the Ozark Creative Writers Conference in Eureka Springs, AR (where another of her novels is set) on October 9-11 in the Best Western Inn of the Ozarks and Conference Center.

Join BILLIE JOHNSON, OTP Publisher and MARILYN MEREDITH at Taste the Arts on October 11. 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,” will be interviewed by Leigh Black on Roving with the Arts, KSJE, public radio at San Juan College, Farmington, NM on October 1 at 9:00 am. The interview will also be on a podcast after on their website

TEKLA, 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 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.

On November 6, ANN will be the featured speaker for the Peters Township Referrals group at their event at the Sharp Edge Brasserie in McMurray, PA at 5:00 pm. My presentation is called "Write a Memoir - and Try Not to Laugh." She will also be selling and signing books at this event.

AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” and “No Lifeguard on Duty” will be at the Open House for the Alamogordo Public Library (Alamogordo, NM) on October 18 at 1:00 pm where she will be giving a book talk and signing her books. And just brought to my attention is that AMY’s books have gotten 29 Five-Star Reviews on! Wow!

MARILYN MEREDITH aka F. M. MEREDITH, author of “Murder in the Worst Degree" will be at the Great Valley Bookfest on Saturday October 18 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. The Bookfest is located at the Orchard Valley Shopping Center in Mateca, CA. MARILYN will be on Stage A at 2:00 pm talking about writing two mystery series.

On Saturday, October 25, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, MARILYN will be participating with the Central Coast Sisters in Crime on a panel about the age of E-Publishing at the Atascadero Library in Atascadero.

JOHN M. WILLS, author of “The Year Without Christmas,” "Dancer" and his latest "Healer" will be signing copies of his books at the St. Matthew Catholic Church in Spotsylvania, VA on October 19 from noon – 3:00 pm.


LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” continues with her memories of her 50th reunion banquet. Read about the highlights.

DAC CROSSLEY’s latest book, “Guns of the Texas Ranger,” is featured this week on Pat Gligor's blog. Take a look at:

And as the weekend approaches, DAC wants to share something from last week's trip to the Cabin on Freeman Ridge. A most usual spider.

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

SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” has been busy blogging again!

Where did Maria in Mission Impastable” originate? Meet “The Other Maria” and read if there are risks to developing your characters based on real people.

SHARON posted at Write on Sisters about “Bad Boys” in books. Who they are. How to write them.

SHARON’s other pen name, Angelica French, wrote another post about the bad boys of romance.

SHARON’s monthly foodie column, "The Quick Cook" (a way to make a pitch for her mystery), is out with ways to make meal prep faster and easier. Plus she shares her favorite quick pumpkin soup recipe.

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...

good work, Suzi!!

Ann K. Howley said...

Wow! Is the Weekly Roundup taking up more and more cyberspace every week? So many great things happening at OTP!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

As usual, I'm sharing this on my Facebook page for all my friends to see. Good job, everybody. Beryl

Nancy LiPetri said...

So much great cover art!

John Addiego said...

I like the new titles with intriguing religious themes!

Bookworm said...

Yes, Ann! There are so many events, it's awesome! You OTP authors are one busy bunch!~Suzi

Sharon Arthur Moore said...
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Sharon Arthur Moore said...

Great job, Suzi! I have been tweeting and FB posting to toot our collective horn! I have done the same with the mystery contest. Hope more show up by the 30th.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Great job again, Suzi. I, too, always share this on my author's page on Facebook. It's so great to see so many busy OTP authors.

Joseph Chiba said...

The Weekly Round-up is looking so good, as usual, Suzi! It's great to see our books available through Manic Readers. Thank you and Jeana, too, for making it all possible!