Friday, October 10, 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…

The time is here for the Taste the Arts Festival in downtown Visalia, CA. 
Tomorrow, Saturday, October 11, join BILLIE JOHNSON, OTP Publisher and OTP author MARILYN MEREDITH at the festival. 

Come and see all the great creative work in the Central Valley and visit OTP's booth while you are there. There are over 60 artists displaying their work and two entertainment stages. Check out a food sculpture contest as well as a floral arrangement contest. A hair and fashion show will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Check the following link for a complete list of activities

BILLIE has prepared a test run of OTP titles in her new tabletop display rack. And the standing display rotates and holds 32 titles!


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. 
Need help choosing a great book to read? Check out our sample chapters we have plenty to choose from.... Click on the title and you will be directed to a free read!

OTP is proud to announce a new title hitting the shelves this week:

"Jingo Street"

Max Marco, 36, murdered his first man when he was eight years old. New attorney Anne Krease, 24, grew up sheltered like a hothouse orchid. When naive Anne meets the semiretired “enforcer,” the chemistry between them is magnetic. Complete at 93,000 words, JINGO STREET is a love story, not a romance. It has an inevitable ending, not a happily ever-after one.

Amazon reviewer Mike Sherer said, “...I love the writer’s style here and the writing itself is engaging....”

Retired newspaper editor Jane Bryant said, “I have read all eleven of Sharon Ervin’s published novels, and JINGO STREET is my favorite. The characters are enchanting, the plot spell-bindiing, and the ending completely unexpected.”

The following title is due out in just a few short days:

by "J. L. GREGER

This is the fourth book in GREGER’s medical mystery series after “Coming Flu,” “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight,”and “Ignore the Pain.”

In “Malignancy,” men disguised as police officers shoot at Sara Almquist twice in one day. The real police suspect Jim Mazzone, a drug czar currently awaiting trial in Albuquerque, will order more hits on Sara. After all, Sara was the key to Mazzone’s capture in Bolivia while she was consulting on public health problems there. Thus when colleagues in the State Department invite Sara to arrange scientific exchanges between the U.S. and Cuba, she jumps at the chance to get out of Albuquerque. Maybe, she should question their motives.


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.

BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's book author, will have several book forms on display in a group show at the Paso Robles Library on October 2 running through the end of October. Her art piece, Hanging Book 3, continues to be displayed at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art until the middle of October. 

BERYL will be holding her final enrichment class at Almond Acres Charter School in San Miguel this week. She says… "we'll focus on a Halloween book this week. I'm delighted with how well the children have done over the past four weeks making their books. They are talented youngsters. I'll be meeting with school staff to arrange visits to individual classrooms during the year to talk about writing and publishing stories."

RADINE TREES NEHRING, author of “A Fair to Die For,” will 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.

D. R. RANSDELL, author of “Mariachi Murder” and “Island Casualty” will be at the Old Pueblo Grill in Tucson, AZ on October 11 from noon – 2:00 pm presenting a grammar workshop.

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 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. 

On October 16, Lucy Walton of Female First Magazine will post TEKLA’s interview about Mother Rabbit.”
On October 30 at 7:00 pm, TEKLA will be a member of a 3 person panel presenting for the Life Long Learning Lecture Series at Fort Lewis College, Durango CO. They will explore artworks inspired by Sr. Helen Prejean’s book Dead Man Walking.  Panelists include Charissa Chiaravalotti, director of choral studies, and Dennis Elkins, chair of the FLC Theater Department. TEKLA will comment on the film, and journalist and music critic Judith Reynolds, will chair the panel and focus on the opera.

On November 12, TEKLA will be the guest author at the TWRAHS book group reviewing “Mother Rabbit.” The event will be hosted by Connie Jacobs, Durango, CO

THONIE HEVRON, author of “Intent to Hold” has received an invitation for a radio interview at KOWS 107.3FM, (streaming at in Occidental, CA. She will be talking to Suzanne M. Lang of Lit Radio and will be reading from her book on Sunday, October 12 at 7:00 pm.

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

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. Her 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, 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.

VIRGIL ALEXANDER, author of “Saints and Sinners” will be signing books at the Bullion Plaza Museum in Miami, AZ during the Miami High School Class of '64 fiftieth reunion on Sunday, October 19. Note the new time of  10:00 - 12:00 noon.

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

The Year Without Christmas” has been selected as the November book of the month by the St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception parish book club.

On Monday, November 17th, at 10:00 am, JOHN will be the guest speaker at the monthly meeting of the Council of Catholic Women held at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception parish in Fredericksburg, VA.

KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin” will have a book signing at Barret Bookstore in Darien, CT on November 29. In December, Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT will have KEN come and speak at their Christmas Book Fair.  Ken is pictured here at his book signing at Barnes and Noble.


LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” completes her report on her 50th high school reunion with some special “snapshots” of special memories from the weekend.

DAC CROSSLEY, author of the "Guns of the Texas Ranger" the first book in his Border Trilogy, sends everyone a good wishes and shares an October entry on Dac’s Western Blog:  The Secrets of Sam Houston.

And check out DAC’s web page,, recently revised by webmaster Janice Sand. Let him know what you think.

JOANN SMITH AINSWORTH, author of “Expect Trouble” had three blogging dates this week. Catch her at the following links:

10/6/14 - "Ask an Author" Mondays
10/8/14 - The Edible Bookshelf Author Interview
10/9/14 - Tempting Romance Facebook Page guest blogger

SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of the culinary mystery, “Mission Impastable” has several blogging events to share this week.

In "NaNoWriMo is NOT a Cuddly Stuffed Animal" SHARON explains why not all who start NaNoWriMo finish.

"My 9-Step Planning Process for NaNoWriMo: I’m In. Are You?" In this post, SHARON shares her planning strategy and then asks readers to vote for one of four story ideas. The winner will be announced in November for National Novel Writing Month.

"What It Takes to be a Novelist" talks about why some don't think they can write.

"The Quick Cook Makes Cookies" in a time-saving way

"Completing a Novel" can be daunting. Not many who start, finish the job.

In "A Month of Starters" SHARON shows that coming up with story ideas is no problem with the “What If” and “How Come” games to use on 31 story starters.

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...

Another amazing Round up, Suzi!

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

Great stuff as usual. Thank you, Suzi!

Nancy LiPetri said...

Can't wait to hear news from the festival! Knew I should've stayed in California ;) Adding Jingo Street to my to-read list, too.

Amy Bennett said...

My reading list gets longer every Friday, thanks to Suzi keeping us in the loop!

Billie, the spinner rack looks great!

I'm fired up for Tucson in the spring!

Eileen Obser said...

Thanks for another great Round-up, Suzi. I love to keep up with all the OTP news!

John Addiego said...

The book rack for the arts festival looks really great! Great roundup again!

Bookworm said...

I love love love everything going on! Everyone, please keep scheduling events and I will keep the Round-Up full of goodies!! ~ Suzi

Bookworm said...

And dont forget to share!

Thonie Hevron said...

So many books, so little time...

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

Go, Billie! Looking good for OTP. Another wonderful post, Suzi. Good for you working so hard for us.

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Beryl Reichenberg said...

Thanks Billie for adding my books to your display at the festival and love the spinner rack. I hope all went well. And congratulations to the authors with new books out. It is always a time of celebration.