Friday, October 17, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR OCTOBER 17, 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, www.ShopOTPbooks.com, 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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NEW COVER CONTEST!!
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Would you like to enter it into a contest for only $10.00? 
We would love for our OTP authors to enter their covers. The link to enter is:

If you would like us to enter your cover for you, we would be happy to and then bill you for the entry fee. Please contact JEANA at bookpromodept@aol.com


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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!

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NANCY LI PETRI is proud to announce "The Wooded Path” is close to completion!
She will be celebrating her launch with friends and neighbors dancing under the disco ball at a costume party at her home in Mooresville, NC, on Saturday night, October 25th. 

Ever wonder if you’re normal? Laine McClelland sure does. When the mysterious disappearance of a bunco friend, Paula, shakes her Lake Norman neighborhood, her seemingly perfect world is suddenly filled with dark thoughts, dangerous temptations and surprising confessions. What is normal once you realize life’s short, anyway? Was her marriage ever enough? She finds herself risking it all…and afraid of what really happened to Paula.

Author ANNE SCHROEDER says "...Nancy's "The Wooded Path" is an edgy, thoughtful treatment of issues facing married women today, including friendships, self-growth and marital fidelity. An unflinching portrayal of women I felt I knew... clever dialogue, and lots of real life issues pepper the page and make this a must-read for women struggling with middle age itch, the need for meaningful friendship bonds and the illusion that the marital grass is greener outside..."   

Author JOHN WILLS says "...it would make a great made for TV movie."

Author JANET GREGER says "...The author’s stream of consciousness account of Laine’s quandary about the direction of the rest of her life, particularly her love life, reveals a lot about marriage and relationships in modern suburban neighborhoods..."
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CAROL ALEXANDER, author of “The Big Squeal” is back from MISS LIBERTY’s month-long book tour. Pictured here, during a book signing, is a young book lover sipping from one of MISS LIBERTY’s keepsake beverage mugs.

A program and book signing for "The Big Squeal" by Liberty the Pig was held recently at the Boston Athenaeum, founded in 1807. One of the oldest independent libraries in the U.S., the prestigious Athenaeum is a private membership and research library. Adorned by a pair of red doors, the brick structure houses a vast collection of books and art work. 

“As told to author" CAROL ALEXANDER presented a program on her true heartland of America story in the great room, where many famous authors have spoken. The audience consisted of parents who belong to the library and their children from infants to grade school age. Donuts were served afterward, followed by a book signing in the children's library.

"This was an honor for Oak Tree Books," CAROL said, and for our town of Taylorville, IL. To have “The Big Squeal” share shelf space with some of history's greatest writers is humbling and exhilarating."

Childen's Librarian Suzanne Terry extended an invitation after CAROL made an inquiry by phone. Mrs. Terry clicked on the book's Amazon.com site during the phone call and was charmed by the pages she viewed. "We are so grateful to Mrs. Terry for this great opportunity," CAROL said. "I encourage other writers to follow their seemingly impossible dreams. Miracles do happen. As always, I credit OTP Publisher BILLIE JOHNSON for the gingham and flowers cover, which makes a fabulous first impression."

I choose "The Big Squeal" as my Featured Book of the Week for this prestigious honor!


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UPCOMING EVENTS

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. 





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 amazon.com! 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 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.








JOHN M. WILLS, author of “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. 


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 17, 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.




TEKLA DENNISON MILLER, author of “Mother Rabbit,” will be a member of a 3 person panel presenting for the Life Long Learning Lecture Series at Fort Lewis College, Durango CO on October 30 at 7:00 pm. They will explore artworks inspired by Sr. Helen Prejean’s book Dead Man Walking.  Panelists include Charissa Chiaravalotti and Dennis Elkins. 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

TEKLA was recently featured in Female First Magazine. Read the article here: http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/books/mother-rabbit-tekla-dennison-miller-545747.html


ANN K. HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” will be the featured speaker for the Peters Township Referrals group at their event at the Sharp Edge Brasserie in McMurray, PA on November 6 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.







THONIE HEVRON, author of “Intent to Hold” and "By Force or Fear" will be speaking to the Rohnert Park Rotary about the Writers Life on November 11







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.








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. http://www.newtownartgallery.com/galleryevents/index.htm







BLOG CORRAL

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” blogs this week about her Grandma’s powder box. Find out why it was so special to LORNA. http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/









DAC CROSSLEY, author of the Border Trilogy, is recovering from a head cold and he finds himself inspired to view its positive attributes. www.daccrossley.typepad.com.









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


SHARON is speaking at the Tucson Sisters in Crime meeting this Saturday. Her topic is: “The Plot Thickens when Well-Mixed” about plotting strategies.

She wrote a book review of a biography on Anne Mansfield Sullivan Macy http://writeonsisters.com/book-reviews/what-were-reading-biography-and-autobiography/

The winner of the contest to see what book Sharon will write next month for National Novel Writing Month was Potluck, the third book in her culinary mystery series. People read four options and voted for their favorite at http://writeonsisters.com/writing-craft/my-9-step-planning-process-for-nanowrimo-im-in-are-you/

In her continuing series at WriteonSisters.com about how to write the subgenres in mystery, she posted how to write a “cozy mystery” by following 16 steps. http://writeonsisters.com/writing-craft/the-mystery-of-mysteries-16-steps-to-writing-the-cozy-mystery/

In a related post, for those wanting to write a “culinary cozy mystery”, she provides 17 steps to get there. http://sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com/2014/10/17-steps-to-writing-culinary-mysteries.html

SHARON takes on the on-going plotter/pantser debate. If it works for you, who cares? It’s a false dichotomy anyway. http://angelicafrench.blogspot.com/2014/10/plotter-vs-pantser-specious-distinction.html


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 otpoffice@aol.com. 

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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4 comments:

Beryl Reichenberg said...

We all seem to be busy promoting our books and other related activities with hardly a dull moment. Beryl

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

OTP books look so good here. I'm always impressed with how busy the authors are as well as how you pull it all together, Suzi! Great issue, again.

Nancy LiPetri said...

So excited to see I made this Round-Up! Thanks for making it look and sound so good, Suzi! Thanks to my wonderful early reviewers, too! And I'm loving the cover Billie developed. Ok, this newbie has to calm down now I guess ;)

Bookworm said...

No Nancy! Dont ever calm down! You have so much to be proud and excited about :)