Friday, September 5, 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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Be a part of the Oakhurst Library AUTHORS FAIRE 

September 27th  10:30am

* Connect with Fans
* Sell and sign your books
* Network with other authors

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


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 REICHENBERG, OTP children's author, is also a fiber artist. She has a piece accepted in the new San Luis Obispo Museum of Art show, Dimensions. "Hanging Book 3" is a sculptural piece made from handmade Japanese paper and mixed media. BERYL produces three dimensional pieces in paper and fabric including baskets and book forms. The current museum show will run from September 5 to October 12. Check out her other fiber pieces at her art website: Many of her pieces and her children's books are also available at the Gallery in the Network in San Luis Obispo.

BERYL says "I use book forms to engage children at signings and in classes, encouraging them to use their imagination both visually and verbally. Watching children create and working with them helps me keep in touch with my audience: what interests them, what are their concerns, how they perceive the world, what they expect from a book they read and what they like to read. These are all valuable in helping me develop my stories. I conduct a number of classes in schools and other venues for children not only because I can gather valuable information but because it is just plain fun. It is a delight to work with young children."

ANN HOWLEY now has ELEVEN five-star Amazon reviews on her new release“Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad!" To our OTP authors, these reviews are so very important to your books ranking on amazon. Get out there and drum up some reviews! I am going to share one from ANN:

 Why do we care about autobiographies? Because we want to “feel” the impressions real people, who have lived through the times, have had. This is exactly where Ann Howley’s stories excel: She bring to life: the sixties and her growing up in a conservative family in the midst of “… Peace-loving hippies, druggies and other flaky people (started) hanging out at Venice Beach, giving that town a permanent reputation as a destination for the weird. It was an era of self-empowerment. Black Panthers raised their fists, women burned their bras, anti-war protesters marched and yelled slogans, and a couple of thugs in South Central Los Angeles upped the gang violence ante by forming the notorious Crips gang.”
Young Ann’s interests are far more humble, though, “… even as a youngster, I recognized signs that maybe the world was more muddled and gray than I thought. The Beatles were my first clue.”

The fact that her mother threw away her aunt Kim’s gift, “... the album cover that displayed John, Paul, Ringo and George decked out in their bizarre, psychedelic, hallucinogenic glory…” may have sent her on the path to experiencing the many adventures he did.

Ann’s stories are funny. There are her family’s pets, the “Bunnies, Squishies and Snakes”, Ann roots for the Squishy, a “stupid duck” in the eyes of her mother. In Ann’s eyes the duck too too represents the underdogs and true to the sixties’ philosophies she roots “for the weak, the poor and oppressed, even it was a stupid duck.”

In her book 'Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad' Ann Howley shares her impressions about TV-shows, camping, Jerry Falwell, Santa Claus, and how she hated Twiggy. I am pretty she was not alone with that, but Ann actually tells us how it felt being a teenager while Twiggy was the ideal beauty of the days. I just could not help but laugh. Even funnier is “A Jesus Freak Meets A Drug Freak”. There are also stories about the landing on the moon and double knit polyester. Very cool is that Ann forms her own opinions. by herself, they are not influenced by social media, she alone digs her way through the confusion of the sixties, her own and her generation’s identity crisis, and shares her memories thereof.

5 stars for Ann's 'Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad' – it’s funny, real, and heartwarming.

--Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger

KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin” recently had a book signing at Mystic Books on August 15. He is pictured here at the event. KEN will be having a signing at Elm Street Books, in New Canaan, CT on September 20, noon -2.30 pm and he is on an Author Panel at Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT, on September 27 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

HELEN OSTERMAN, author of “Locked Within” has published a new short story inspired by her visit to Tuscany! “Spirit of Tuscany” is now available on amazon as a kindle. HELEN is the author of the Emma Winberry Mysteries and also "Notes in a Mirror," a paranormal/historical novel. “Danger By Design” a cozy mystery, is her latest to be published by OTP and is due out this fall.


ANN K. HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad" is having her Book Launch Celebration tomorrow, September 6 at the Metamorphosis Center, McMurray, PA at 5:00pm! Be sure to stop in and see what all the Five Star Reviews are about and get your signed copy of this fabulous book.

Venture Galleries featured “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” this week. Click the following link:

SHARON SMITH, author of “Murder on a Stick” will be at Once Upon A Crime Mystery Books (604 West 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN) on September 6 from noon – 2:00 pm. This event includes a book signing and a chance to talk to SHARON. Plenty of treats will be served.

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 "Murder in the Worst Degree" and 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.

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 and he is on an Author Panel at Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT on September 27 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm.

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

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 – 7:00 pm. 

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.


JOANN SMITH AINSWORTH, author of the paranormal thriller, Expect Trouble,” will be a guest author on:

9/8/14 - "Ask an Author" A event. Mondays 4:30-5:00 pm pst
9/16/14 - Author guest at Joanne Stewart's Facebook launch party. Giving away an autographed copy of "Expect Trouble" 3:00-4:00 pm pst
10/9/14 - Tempting Romance guest blogger.

NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” asks if you’ve ever had to contemplate your beloved pets zero hour? You may find comfort and enjoyment in Lessons from Muggs the Himalayan Cat, NICOLA’s recent guest post. NICOLA’s learned a lot from the little guy, for example: Lesson 1) Regal Rules: Ask gently, accompanied by a soft pad to the face, and you shall receive. Please consider pouncing over to the post for the rest!  

Also, NICOLA recently gave a lecture on electronic publishing to the Twin Oaks Writing Group.

DAC CROSSLEY author of “Guns of the Texas Ranger” blogs about "The Lifeline of the Confederacy." It really is about south Texas. DAC says there are some warm days left for us – but – autumn is here. He thinks autumn is gloomy…let’s tell him it’s not! Its beautiful!

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” has spent the last year and a half tracking down her high school classmates. She has been asked how she did it, so here are the answers in her blog:

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. 

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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...

Beryl, is there anything you CAN'T do?? Your artwork is beautiful and I'm very impressed by your unending talents. And thank you Suzi for always making Fridays the best day of the week!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Thank you, Ann. Often I find, one creative process feeds and leads to another. Beryl

Billie Johnson said...

Another winner, Suzi!!

Nancy LiPetri said...

Another great roundup! I hope I can add news of my launch to the next one. Getting SO excited!

Joseph Chiba said...

Suzi, thank you for a great round-up with so many great things going on. I appreciate your once again highlighting my first book, Summer in Italy. This means so much to me!

Amy Bennett said...

LOVE the new photo, Suzi!

John Addiego said...

A very rich mixture of autobiographical and fictional stories, mixed media art, and lots of cool author events! Great stuff, and I love the new selfie of Suzi, too!

John M. Wills said...

Pleased to be among so many talented writers who give readers many hours of enjoyment.

Bookworm said...

Thanks everyone. There is so much going on! I love it! ~ Suzi

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

Good job, as always!