Friday, October 31, 2014


Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Happy Halloween! 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…

Do you think your cover is the best? 
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


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Check out our sample chapters on MANIC READERS! 

We have plenty to choose from.... Click on the title and you will be directed to a free read! These sample chapters will be updated frequently and new releases will also be featured: 


NANCY LI PETRI reports the October 25th costume launch party for “The Wooded Path” was a great success with about 40 guests attending and dancing until the wee hours. Many photos can be seen on Facebook, including the cake with book cover photo on it. NANCY and her husband’s costumes prove you really can put on “your Castle clothes” to launch your book. Signings of her author copies are ongoing with one scheduled for her neighborhood’s November 4 bunco gathering.
DAVE FREEDLAND had his new release “Lincoln 9” featured on Venture Galleries. Check it out at the following link and learn more about the book and also about DAVE. The reviewer, Charles M. Bozza gives it a great review. I have chosen "Lincoln 9" as my Featured Book of the Week! Click the cover on the right side-bar of this blog to order direct!

BERYL REICHENBERG’s children's books are now available for sale at the Studios on the Park in Paso Robles. BERYL has been teaching a class for children at the Studios once a month for the past nine months. Located at 1130 Pine Street, the Studios is a complex of artists’ studios where the public can visit, buy and talk with resident artists about their work. Both adults and children visit the complex. All of BERYL's books will be featured including her latest book, “Clowning Around.” "I have my books for sale at other art related venues, including The Gallery at the Network and the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art. Although I rely on traditional bookstores and book shops, I find that other venues give me wider exposure and are an important part of my marketing plan."

ROBERT RICHTER's book "Something Like a Dream" is featured on the front page of the month's Mexconnect website! The book editor gives it a rave review! Check out this website which is some call the largest Mexico site on the web.

CAROL ALEXANDER, as-told-to author of “The Big Squeal,” shares with us a few photos from her towns 175th Birthday Celebration. The weekend long party of Taylorville/Christian County, IL produced memorable "presents" for OTP author MISS LIBERTY the PIG. Joyce Taylor, a movie star in 1950s-60s Hollywood discovered the memoir, "The Big Squeal" at book signings. "I love 'The Big Squeal.' Give LIBERTY a hug for me," said Joyce in a note. 

In the photo to the top left is 'as-told-to' author CAROL, left, as she shares the spotlight with actress Joyce Taylor. In the photo to the right is Joyce, second from left, who went shopping for the  keepsake beverage mugs at Cottage Rose Gift Shoppe. With her are Joe Jordan, author of a new book on William Castle, one of Joyce's favorite directors; shop proprietor Sheila Yost and customer Marge Griffiths.

JL GREGER, author of "Malignancy" is a busy girl. She's visiting MARILYN MEREDITH's blog with a guest blog on "Novel Ideas" on November 9,  signing copies of "Malignancy" at the Menaul Book Exchange in Albuquerque on November 15, and participating in in the Balloon Museum Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair on November 16. The latter is a new event started by an author to increase book sales at Christmas. Authors in Albuquerque are eager to see if  this event attracts consumer attention. 

JL will also be at Under Charlie's Covers, her favorite book signing location in Bernalillo, with Bug on November 22
Bug is shown here!


MICHAEL ELDRIDGE, author of “Jack of Harts” will be at the Creative Arts Fair in Troy OH. October 30 through November 5. He has 3 book signings in or near Port St. Lucie FL and November 1 he will be playing piano for a cocktail party and displaying his books and CDs at the T.R.A.F.F.I.C website sales convention at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach FL.

JOHN M. WILLS, author of “Healer” will be participating in the Local Author Extravaganza at the Culpeper, VA Library on November 1 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. JOHN has another engagement in November, please see below.

HELEN OSTERMAN, author of “Danger by Design” will be appearing at The Author Show on November 5. Helen says this is a great opportunity that other authors may be interested in. Check out the website at: 

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.

KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin” will be speaking about his writing experience at the New Canaan Inn in New Canann, CT on November 10 at 11:00 am.

KEN will be at having 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. 
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.

I want to give a big Thank You to THONIE for a very nice email she sent to us. It feels so good to be appreciated!

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

JOHN M. WILLS, author of “The Year Without Christmas” 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 on Monday, November 17, at 10:00 am.
JOANN SMITH AINSWORTH, author of “Expect Trouble” will join local authors in an Author Event Fundraiser on Wednesday, November 19, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at the Urban Promise Academy, 3031 18th Street, Oakland, CA. Authors will read excerpts from their novels. JOANN will read from her paranormal thriller, “Expect Trouble.” Proceeds from the book sales will be donated to the Academy to purchase library books.

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.


TEKLA DENNISON MILLER, author of “Mother Rabbit” has been featured on the Author’s Spotlight on Morgan Bailey’s Writers Blog.

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” blogs about why reading is important to her. Check out her blog at:

NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” had a recent guest post on FastFingers. NICOLA uncovered her Six Clues to Shameless Self-Promotion. Find out why funky shoes and orderly ducks are two of her keys to success.

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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Ann K. Howley said...

When I was first introduced to Oak Tree Press, one of the first things I noticed was the terrific and varied book covers. I hope all the OTP authors are submitting their cover to the contest!

Bookworm said...

I hope so too, Ann. I'm always excited to see the new covers when a new title goes to print. ~ Suzi

Nancy LiPetri said...

Great to have my own cover catch my eye as the blog came up on my newsfeed :) I agree, we sure do have so many terrific covers in the lineup. I especially enjoy hearing of the personal connections to the artists (as with yours, Ann H.) and even a model (John Wills') and photos.

Thonie Hevron said...

You are appreciated!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

A dynamic cover is essential for book sales. It's important that our books stand out amid the crowd and are highly visible on bookstore racks. Often people pick up a book because of a cover, flip to the back cover to see what the books is about and with children's books thumb through the illustrations before buying. Good job, everyone. Beryl

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

It's always fun to take the weekly stroll down the OTP lane. Thanks, Suzi, for making this a great place to come.

Sharon Arthur Moore said...

I love my Mission Impastable cover. I hope all the books in the series can have "food on a fork".