Friday, December 5, 2014


Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Sorry for not posting in the weeks prior, but we were undergoing some staff changes. With it all sorted out, we are back and ready for regular postings! As always, 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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 "Tink's Tank by Gary Best" 
Tink's Tank chronicles the adventures of the crew members of a U.S. Eighth Air Force B-17 during WW II.  The narrator tells his tale in response to a request from his granddaughter who is enrolled in a college course about WW II.  He tells her about each of his fellow crew members, the people they meet during their war time experiences in England.

Crew members of Tank’s Tank find themselves involved in experiences that transform each as they fight to stay alive in air battles that test their courage and stamina. It is more than a story of the air war over Europe—It is the interactions and connections of events, people, fact and fiction that foment growth, change and deliverance from the past. Tink's Tank takes one on an adventure and returns the reader to post-war life through twist and turns in the epilogue.

 "Karl and the Kooltones by JS Quelch"

Karl and the Kooltones is a story of inglorious struggle, of overcoming personal setbacks to achieve lofty goals in the face of countless, faceless conspiracies. It is a story of failure, as the large majority of creative people endeavoring to “make it” with their chosen art understand, but it is also a story of hope. Hope that perseverance prevails and The Big Break catapults you to fame and fortune before you’re too old to enjoy it. Hope that when the break doesn’t come, when the conspiracies become more than pipe dreams, and when one’s mortality is realized, something unexpected will show itself. Hope that a lifetime of chasing The Feel, that spiritual uplift and elation that occurs when a live band and audience achieve harmonic convergence, wasn’t in vain.

Dac Crossley, author of various Texas Ranger novels, had this to say about his recent event in Texas: "here I am in Kingsville, Texas (locale for Code of the Texas Ranger), selling books under less than ideal circumstances. Outdoors, under a tent, in the rain, with a rock band at full volume on the other side of the canvas. An event arranged by the Kingsville, Texas Library. Good for a few laughs? (I sold out)." Check out Dac Crossley's website for more information! Lipetri's, The Wooded Path, will be showcased this coming up week on In addition, The Wooded Path is being added to The Mooresville Public Library’s North Carolina Fiction section. (Nancy is thrilled to hear this!) She also has a cool feature in her local subdivision's newsletter where she will be interviewed! To add more icing on the cake, Nancy will also be meeting with a book club in her area to discuss her book, which shall be on their March book list! Kudos Nancy! You have busy days ahead of you!

Tara Willis, author of Carry Me Home, recently held a launch party on the 22nd of November. The local library hosted the party, and in return, Tara kindly donated a copy to the library. According to Tara, the turnout was not ideal, but it was nonetheless pretty good since she sold several copies. In addition, she will soon have a local book club reading her book and will most likely be having a few other book signing later on in December! Way to go Tara! Buy Carry Me Home at

Radine Trees Nehring, author of A Fair to Die For, was recently out and about promoting her books at several venues (book fairs, gift shops, and other interesting venues). Here she sends us a picture of her at the Boarding House Books venue with her promoting her books! Looks mighty fun! Greger recently had an eventful blogging experience! She wrote in not one, not two, but three different blogs! At Write on Sister's blog, she wrote a blog entitled: "Do you want to write a medical thriller or mystery? ( Greger also was chatting it up with Madeline Gornell about "A locale with personality: Cuba," which can be found at this address ( Lastly, she shared her perspective on biologists who have become writers on Lorna Collins' blog ( Keep on writing J. L. Greger!

Recently, Robert Weibezahl, author of The Dead Don't Forget, wrote an op-ed for Cavan Kerry Press LTD entitled, "Remember A Friend I Never Met." It is an account of a friend who he knew, but, unfortunately, never had the pleasure of "meeting." It can be read on their website: Our condolences goes out to Robert and his friend's family/friends.

Author of Miami Exit, Walter Luce had a good turnout at a recent book signing. It was a fun event with lots of people eager for a good story and book buying! Glad to hear it went well and to the right is a picture that Walter sent us! Check out Walter Luce's website here

Dac says,  "
Here I am in Kingsville, Texas (locale for Code of the Texas Ranger), selling books under less than ideal circumstances. Outdoors, under a tent, in the rain, with a rock band at full volume on the other side of the canvas. We authors were supposed to give readings, but the loud music made it impossible. An event arranged by the Kingsville, Texas Public Library.  I sold out."

 Marilyn  Meredith's latest event: The Neighborhood Bookstore is proud to announce the first annual Holiday Book Boutique. If you are lamenting the loss of bookstores in our city, or if you merely want to shop small business or buy locally, this is your opportunity.  Local authors joined together to showcase their talents and offer a pleasant day of holiday shopping. You are invited to chat with these fascinating writers in a comfortable setting. Pick up a book, find a comfy chair beside a warm fire, and enjoy a few minutes of peace and serenity during this hectic time of year.
 The group is providing wine, coffee, tea, hors du oeuvres, and cookies as well as good conversation and door prizes.  
 This all happens at the Neighborhood Bookstore on Saturday, December 6th from Noon to 5 PM, at 4416 W. Damsen / Visalia. For more information, call 559-732-6869.

Authors are: Mary Martin Benton, Carole Firstman, Winnie Enloe Furrer, Gloria Getman, Marilyn Meredith, Irene Morse, Sylvia Ross, and nature photographer, Jane Thomas who will have her 2015 calendars available.

J.L. Greger has been staying busy with her book promotion! Later on in the month, she will be signing copies of Malignancy and Ignore the Pain at Treasure House on the Square in Old Town Albuquerque on Sunday, December 21. If you are in the nearby area, it will definitely be worth going! We wish you well at your book signing, Greger!

Tom Coffey will be part of a reading sponsored by Mystery Writers of America at the KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, in Manhattan, on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. Tom will be reading from his upcoming novel, BRIGHT MORNING STAR, which will be published by OTP in April.

Check out the link here:

BLOG CORRAL Freedland, Lincoln 9
Great news from author Dave Freedland! On December 11th Dave's book, Lincoln 9, will be featured on the Edible Bookshelf Blogspot (, along with an author interview. Below, is the link for the interview, which will become active at 8:00 AM MST. Can't wait to hear what's in store on the blog and also on the interview!
(link for the interview)


That wraps up the Round-Up for this week. I hope everyone enjoyed this week's Round-Up! I shall be posting from here on and look forward to your emails!

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

Great job, Jesus! Welcome to the OTP family!

John Addiego said...

Excellent blog full of interesting titles and stories! Selling books in a Texas rainstorm next to a rock band shows some true writer's grit. Nice work, Jesus!

Doug Seaver said...

Great first roundup, Jesus.

John M. Wills said...

Good job, Jesus. Thanks for stepping up and handling the blog.

Jesus Martinez said...

Thank you everyone. Suzi and Billie helped me set it up, so they deserve thanks as well! Glad you all enjoyed it!

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

It appears that you feel right at home here at OTP, Jesus. Very nice job with the blog. Welcome.

Nancy LiPetri said...

Nice to "meet" you, Jesus, and thanks for your work. You had a tough job of going back over old emails to gather my various events, so the timing was off, but people can still type my title into the Venture Galleries site to find it. And thanks, Marilyn, for your comment there.

Suzi said...

What a great round up! Jesus, you have joined a mighty fine family at OTP ;-)

Eileen Obser said...

This is a really great Round-Up, Jesus, and I welcome you along with the other OTP writers. Suzi did a super job, and I wish her well in her new venture. I feel sure we'll all look forward to the "new" Round-up each week with you, Jesus, in charge.

Shalanna said...

Good roundup! Welcome to the clan!

Jeana_OTP_PR said...

Super job Jesus and Welcome to the Oak Tree Press family ;)

Jeana Lomprez
Public Relations Manager