Friday, November 14, 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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Our next book to go to press... It will be rolling out by Thanksgiving:

"The Fourth Rule"

Mark Grant returns from Vietnam, retreats to his family’s hunting camp in Maine, and disappears. Twenty-two years later, a senator ready to announce for his party’s nomination for President initiates a clandestine investigation to uncover what happened. Two investigators, sent by the CIA, question Matthew Grant, the soldier’s younger brother, a widower with a sixteen year old daughter, about his brother’s disappearance, and the dark secret Matthew has kept for over two decades is threatened; a secret that Matthew will risk everything to protect.  

I can only say that my November 5th book launching at Bank Square Books in Mystic for my novel “Druids” was purely magical! Not only were a ton of books sold (and signed) at the presentation; but the beautiful upstairs section -- theatrical in its design -- was PACKED with the kind of crowd every writer should have the pleasure of entertaining. Supremely attentive during my reading (background music provided by guitarist Richard Zack), they were wonderful in the discussion afterwards (delicious treats donated by Antinores Pizza of Quaker Hill) where intelligent questions were posed by Kate (a store manager) and David Madden (fellow writer) followed by superb commentary by audience members. I am just flying! (Next up is a soon-to-be scheduled "Druids" presentation at the Book Trader, Etc.of Groton -- a small book shop that has been here "since the earth cooled." Can't wait!)

~Nicholas Checker
Author of two Oak Tree Press novels: Druids and Scratch
Congratulations, NICK, on a successful event! I have chosen "Druids" as my Featured Book of the Week. Simply click on the cover on the right sidebar of the blog to order direct from Amazon!


CAROL ALEXANDER, author of “The Big Squeal” and MISS LIBERTY made many new friends during a beautiful, breezy, sunny day at the Staunton Art & Music Festival. This was "The Big Squeal's" first visit to the leafy, charming town. The invitation for a book signing/sale was extended by book lover Julie Jarman, director of Staunton Public Library. “As told to author” CAROL was dazzled by the chic outfit and chapeau of Lisa Coan of Staunton. Lisa is pictured with, from left, her mother and father, hog farmers Jan and Carl Krusa, and sister, artist Beth Krusa of St. Louis. As a fashionista, MISS LIBERTY crowns Lisa "best dressed" festival goer.

BERYL REICHENBERG, author of OTP children’s books, was interviewed on Lucy Walton-Lange's website, Female First about her new book, "Clowning Around." She talks about writing children's books, the difference between publishing with a publisher and self-publishing and how parents can get the most out of reading with their children. Check out the article at

BERYL is doing another book making class with kids at the Studios on the Park in Paso Robles on Friday, November 14 at 3;30 pm. This month's book is a Friendly Turkey Book in honor of Thanksgiving. "These monthly classes have proved productive in that I have a chance to interact with my primary audience, kids, and promote my books. In addition, the Studios has agreed to sell my children's books on a continuing basis. Thus giving me a sales venue in Paso Robles." 

BILLY BEASLEY is giving away a free signed copy of "The River Hideaway"
Here's what you need to do...Anyone that likes his author page on Facebook from this point to the next 100 likes is automatically entered. If you have already liked his page & want to enter, inbox him and he will tell you a simple quick way for an alternate entry. If you already have a book and you win BILLY will gladly sign it and mail it to anyone that you choose. A winner will be drawn and shown on video. Good luck!


J.L. GREGER will be signing copies of “Malignancy” at the Menaul Book Exchange in Albuquerque on November 15. She will be participating 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. J. L. will also be at Under Charlie's Covers, her favorite book signing location in Bernalillo, with Bug on November 22.

KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin” will be at having 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. 

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.

DAVE FREEDLAND, author of “Lincoln 9” will be a featured guest author on Dawn’s Reading Nook Blog on November 17. The link below will show the author spot, and will go active on 11/17/14 at 1:00 am EST.

VIRGIL ALEXANDER, author of “Saints & Sinners” has an Interview on Red River Radio on November 18, 2014. The No Limits book talk podcast program begins at 4:00 pm MST/3:00 pm PST. At the end of the program you may call with questions or comments, the telephone number is listed on the page. VIRGIL would love to hear from his readers! 

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.

On November 28JOANN will be at CWC-Fremont's Book Signing Table at Newpark Mall on the Black Friday Weekend. On December 1, JOANN will contribute to the December Virtual Book Fair 2014 Blog Post.

RONALD WENDLING, author of the upcoming memoir Unsuitable Treasure: an Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past” will be speaking at Saint Joseph’s University, a Jesuit school in Philadelphia on November 20 at 7:00 pm.  RONALD will be speaking about his father’s addiction and recovery through Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). He will read an excerpt from his memoir and discuss the impact of addiction and recovery on his own life and allow time for Q and A.

CATHY STRASSER, author of “An Uncertain Grave” will be at WREN on Main Street in Bethlehem, NH on Sunday, November 30 at 3:00 pm. They will be celebrating the New Hampshire Writers Project (NHWP) Writer's Week!  CATHY and three other authors will be offering short readings and signing their books. Light refreshments will be served.

BILLY BEASLEY, author of “The River Hideaway” has two Barnes and Noble signings in December. On December 7, BILLY will be at Barnes and Noble in Jacksonville, NC from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. On December 13, he will be at the location in Wilmington, NC from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. Stop by and see BILLY if you are in the area and get an autographed copy of “The River Hideaway!”


DAC CROSSLEY, author of the Border Trilogy, has a picture to share of his book signing at Lickskillet Artist's Market in Athens, Georgia on October 18, 2014. Lookin' good DAC! Catch his blog at

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” has her good friend and fellow OTP author, mystery writer MARILYN MEREDITH on her blog this week. LORNA asked her where she gets her inspiration. Read her answers here

NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” had a guest blog yesterday on "Ink from an Earthen Vessel" She chats about creating memorable characters. NICOLA considers three great examples in Scarlet O'Hara, Hercule Poirot and Lisbeth Salander, and then offers a few snippets into the creation of her golfing coroner Riley Quinn and her spiritual gardener Charly Shepherd.

JOHN LINDERMUTH, author of “Sooner than Gold” is the latest stop on Marilyn Meredith’s blog tour. Check it out and don’t forget to comment to be included in the contest:

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...

Wow...impressive Round Up!! Great work, Suzi!!

Thonie Hevron said...

So many new authors and intriguing books to add to my reading list! Great job, Suzi!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

I know you put a lot of effort into these weekly Round-ups, Suzi. I want you to know we all appreciate it. Beryl

Nancy LiPetri said...

Congratulations to Nick on his magical launch event!

John M. Wills said...

Covers are getting better and better. OTP is first class.

Lorna Collins - said...

This week on my blog, you get two OTP authors for the price of one!

Eileen Obser said...

Great job once again, Suzy. I'm always so glad to find out what everyone at OTP is up to. Thanks so much.

Nicola said...

Great job as usual, Suzi and OTP scribblers. Great to hear of all the new books and fun launches.

John Addiego said...

Great stuff, Suzi! I really like the covers and brief descriptions!