Friday, February 28, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR FEBRUARY 28, 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…

PATRICK LINDER and his book, "Ghost Music" have been getting a lot of attention! As in (count them) three 5-star review from the Reader's Favorite review site (these are non-compensated, independent reviewers who agreed to look at the book. The site shows on their homepage that they have reviewed the likes of James Patterson, David Baldacci, and Nicholas Sparks! Way to go, PATRICK!
Let's have "Ghost Music" be our Blog Book Feature of the week.
 
 
But it doesn't stop there! PATRICK also had the Author's Alliance website review "Ghost Music" and they awarded it a 4-star review. They tweet about it all the time, so if other OTP authors are looking for reviews that get good coverage, this might be a source to consider. Thanks for the tip, here is the link:
 
 
And finally, the blog site The Haunted Bookcase also gave "Ghost Music" a glowing review at:

Introducing and welcoming, KEN OXMAN who will be releasing his book "The Reluctact Assassin" in May. A very nice interview about his adventurous life. Read and learn about KEN here:

http://www.thehour.com/arts__life/adventurous-new-canaan-resident-publishes-first-book/article_bb0a5428-bf01-56dc-a840-b5653f508a30.html

And let's welcome another new OTP author, DOUG SEAVER. He is anxiously awaiting his release in October of his book “The Fourth Rule.” He and his wife checked out the Big Book Getaway at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center this weekend to see if it might be a good venue to sell OTP books. Looks good to me! Thanks for sharing, DOUG.
 
 
 
 
CAROL ALEXANDER just got word that the Moscow Library of Foreign Literature will add to its permanent collection the two editions of "The Big Squeal" along with coffee mugs and postcards imprinted with Liberty's "Big Squeal" map! So our piggy gal will be in the company of Hemingway, Hawthorne and Lincoln himself. This helps meet CAROL's Second Edition goal of securing a global spotlight for our often overlooked heartland. Wow, MISS LIBERTY is global!




JANET GREGER asks if you have ever heard of the journal, Mystery Readers InternationalGREGER has an essay called "The rest of the story on physicians and other biologists who become writers" in the Winter 2013-14 issue (Volume 29:4). She tells the background behind her medical mysteries and thrillers – “Ignore the Pain,” “Coming Flu,” and “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight.”

 


David Leonhardt sent me a submission for the Round-Up. He is not an OTP author but he thinks that the following article will be found useful for authors. I took a look and it sure does! Lots of marketing advice. David is President of The Happy Guy Marketing. http://thgmwriters.com/blog/book-marketing-lesson/


UPCOMING EVENTS

LESLEY DIEHL, author of “Dumpster Dying” is at Sleuthfest in Orlando this week. The conference is sponsored by MWA Florida Chapter. DIEHL is on a panel entitled "Social Media Tsunami: Time to Write" Other panel members include big names like Ace Atkins, Sandra Balzo, and Reed Farrel Coleman. The moderator is Erin Mitchell. The panel is scheduled for 11:00 Saturday morning, March 1.

 
 
 
MARILYN LEVINSON will also be at Sleuthfest with her new release, “Murder a la Christie.” http://www.murderonthebeach.com/
Here is a descriptive blurb for the very interesting "Murder a la Christie:"



BONNIE KELLY is having a book signing for “Wild Justice” on March 1, 11:00 - 2:30pm at Cafe Noir, 1555 S. Broadway, Santa Maria CA.

KELLY has also rented a booth at Cowgirls and Conchos, April 12 from 10:00 – 4:00pm. It's in San Luis Obispo County and we will have an address for this event soon. On May 20, KELLY is being interviewed by Barbara Hodges on Red River Talk Radio on the Internet at 3:00pm.

ANNE SCHROEDER will also be at this event in San Luis Obispo County on April 12, releasing her own western historical, “Cholama Moon.” More on that new release coming soon.

 
BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's picture book author, will be at the Park Elementary School in Oakland, CA on March 5, which just happens to be World Read Aloud Day. She'll be talking with two, third grade classes about her writing journey, reading her book "Backyard Birds" and working with the children on a folded book form to be used to write about birds, their current assignment. As BERYL says, "I'm especially excited to be visiting this school because my granddaughter is in one of these classes. Third graders are particularly enjoyable. They are imaginative and eager to learn."

NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” will be on a panel of authors speaking at the Victoria Writers' Society meeting, at the Greater Victoria Public Library on March 5th. Topics include local writing instruction, critique groups, contests, editing, publishing, open mic nights and general writing community.
FURLONG will also be a guest speaker, discussing the various opportunities currently available in publishing, at the Sidney Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on March 13th.

 
 
 
JANET GREGER and AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” will be at the Tucson Book Festival in Pavilion East signing their books on Sunday, March 16 from 11:45-1:45. There's supposed to be a crowd of 100,000 at the festival. If they could sell to a tenth of a percent of the crowd, they'd be thrilled.

AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” would like to announce a very special event. She will be having a book signing at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, April 26 in her own home town of El Paso, TX. The signing will be from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and AMY will be signing copies of “End of the Road.” The Barnes and Noble is located at The Fountains at Farah (9521 Viscount, El Paso, TX).

ROBERT RICHTER, author of the newly released “Something Like a Dream,” will be in the authors’ pavilion at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 15-16 in Tucson. Stop in and see ROBERT and get your signed copy of this great book!









MARILYN MEREDITH, author of the Rocky Bluff P. D. series has some upcoming events to share with us.
April 6 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, MARILYN will be joining the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime for a book signing at the Coalese Bookstore.

April 14 at 10:00 am, she will be speaking at the Porterville Library for National Library Week.
May 17 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm will be the official book launch for “Murder in the Worst Degree” at the Porterville Art Gallery.


BLOG CORRAL

SHARON MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” hosted the wonderful Marja McGraw on "Write Away" this week sharing how life often turns into fiction: The Hand of Fate? http://samwriteaway.blogspot.com/2014/02/mystery-author-marja-mcgraw-hand-of-fate_24.html
Friday finishes up SHARON’s daily Month-of-Appetizers recipes (with frequent references to her culinary mysteries) at "Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time". Stop by to get ideas for your next appetizer party. http://www.sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com

JAMES CALLAN, author of “Cleansed by Fire” “A Ton of Gold” and “How to Write Great Dialog” is ever so popular on the blogging scene again this week. He tells me he has set a record! Four blogs in one day, whoa! Here they are:

One is at Creatures ‘n Crooks/Buried Under Books at wp.me/p2Ir3K-5C7 It is on adding conflict with dialog. It highlights “How to Write Great Dialog” and uses examples from “A Ton of Gold.”

Another is at Venture Galleries and it is on JAMES’ visit to a Mexican school in the jungle, a mere shed roof and one wall. It is at: http://venturegalleries.com/author/jamesrcallan.

Another is at Senior Sleuths and is an in depth look at how “A Ton of Gold” came about and also its characters. It is at: http://mysteriouspeople.blogspot.mx/

 
And for number 4, CALLAN has a blog at Novel Spaces on the important topic of Dialog Signature (from How to Write Great Dialog, of course). It is at: http://novelspaces.blogspot.com

 
 
 
 
ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Chanukah Guilt” blogs about why she goes to conferences. And, no, it's not to sell books. (Well, not primarily!) Includes list of conferences for which she is registered for 2014. http://rabbiauthor.com/

ILENE also asks why there are still typos and continuity errors in her books even after multiple edits? Read about “Why I Can’t Edit Myself” on Marilyn Meredith’s
blog site:
http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/?m=1

 
EILEEN OBSER, author of “Only You” blogs about throwing away files and regretting it later. Please take a look and share your thoughts. More on EILEEN's new book next week in the Round-Up!  http://eileenobser.com/blog/?p=638





LORNA COLLINS announces that “The Memory Keeper” is now available on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/The-Memory-Keeper-Larry-Collins-ebook/dp/B00IM68EC0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393257571&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Memory+Keeper+collins

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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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A Slave to Structure?


Writing is an art form, a gift that showcases one’s ability to create something others can enjoy and admire. How to create this art form varies from one writer to the next. What works for me, may not work for someone else. Therefore, it’s always a sound idea to ask others about the process. How do fellow writers write?

I’ve been particularly interested in structure, or in my case, lack of structure. Sure, I have a basic idea of what my story is about, who the main characters are, and what the ending might look like. But as I’ve discovered in the novels I’ve written thus far, sometimes structure serves to impede my writing process, rather than aid in the flow.

This is most often the case regarding the ending of the novel. As I said, I have an idea how my story will end. However, as I get deeper into the book my perspective changes. New characters emerge, incidents and conflicts erupt, and suddenly, the ending I thought was going to blow the reader away, morphs into a less than expected conclusion.

The art of creating a story that will garner praise does not always follow a straight path from beginning to end. A writer must be flexible and unafraid to veer from his outline or notes. Structure can be the very thing that causes the writer to lose focus and encounter the dreaded writer’s block.

My sense is that one must have a game plan, a template to follow. However, just as in any sport, the game plan may not be working as expected. Be ready and courageous enough to change what is not working. Your thoughts?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

SWEET DREAMS!


I’m excited about my latest book “SWEET DREAMS- 50 Romantic Bedtime Stories for Big Girls”.

This book is about perfect love for imperfect people. Each story takes less than ten minutes to read so busy women can have a little romance while they wait for their bus, eat their lunch or just before they go to sleep.

The stories range from shy, innocent first love to the olden, golden love that lasts forever. The stories are funny, touching, quirky and tender. Some will grab your heart and bring tears to your eyes, others will make you laugh until your cheeks hurt.

Real romance for real people in ten enchanting moments.
 
I have started a blog, please come take a look at: http://aprilknights.blogspot.com/
 
 
April Knight has been a published writer since the age of thirteen. She's had numerous novels published including two best sellers and has had a newspaper column for over twenty years. Besides being an author, April is a professional artist, has illustrated several books and has had several galleries. Her colorful past includes working in a Navaho mission, barrel racing in the rodeo, driving a stagecoach in a frontier town and teaching writing classes. She has lived in Alaska, Hawaii and Australia.
April is part Native American from the Kiowa tribe, her tribal name is Crying Wind Hummingbird. She was given the  CHIEF Award for her contributions to the Native Americans through her writing.
 

Friday, February 21, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR FEBRUARY 21, 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…

Oak Tree Press has two great books hot off the presses this week. I will choose APRIL KNIGHT and her book "Sweet Dreams: 50 Romantic Bedtime Stories for Big Girls" as my featured Blog Book of the Week! Click on the cover on the right side-bar of the blog to order direct from the publisher today.

APRIL KNIGHT's
"Sweet Dreams: 50 Romantic Bedtime Stories for Big Girls"

Sweet Dreams offers funny, tender, inspiring romance stories for busy women who don’t have time to read for long periods of time. Every story is different, takes less than 10 minutes to read and will touch your heart and make you smile. The stories are designed for women to read while they ride a bus, have a cup of coffee, let their children take a nap or just before they go to bed at night. The stories are about imperfect people searching for perfect love.  The stories are about young love, old love, lost love and re-found love. The characters are unforgettable and range in ages from early twenties to their seventies so will appeal to a wide audience.  This is a book people will not be able to stop reading and will talk about it at work the next day.


MARILYN LEVINSON's "Murder Ala Christie"

Professor Lexie Driscoll is conducting the first meeting of the Golden Age of Mystery book club in her best friend’s swanky mansion, when another friend is murdered. More members are knocked off as Lexie unravels secret after secret, leading her to believe she's living in Christie's novel, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. Employing Miss Marple’s knowledge of human nature and Hercule Poirot’s cunning, she reveals the murderer.

~Charming and entertaining, this cleverly affectionate contemporary twist
on the traditional mystery will delight Christie fans! Levinson ably upholds the beloved literary legacy with her savvy heroine, cozy village setting, and witty understanding of human foibles.~

Reviewed by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Agatha, Anthony, Macavity and Mary HIggins Clark Award winning author

 
ILENE SCHNEIDER received a great review of “Unleavened Dead” in the Spring 2013 "Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal” Volume 10 Number 2. Here’s a snippet: "This is a fast-paced, witty, and intriguing read." Thank you goes out to David J. Zucker for this great review. Read it here: http://wjudaism.library.utoronto.ca/index.php/wjudaism/article/view/20909/17087


D. R. RANSDELL shares one minute's worth of fun on the Beara and Dingle Peninsulas--with her book "Mariachi Murder!" Yes, authors are marketing even on vacation! http://youtu.be/p4hPsbbeinc
RANSDELL was a recent guest of Stephen Brayton on his blog. It's a great interview with some really interesting questions. Check it out here:
http://stephenbrayton.wordpress.com/2014/02/14/around-the-globe-with-d-r-ransdell/

 
 
VELDA BROTHERTON’s book “The Purloined Skull,” the first in her new mystery series, A Twist of Poe, has been featured on Awesome Romance Novels at the following link: http://awesomeromancenovels.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-purloined-skull-by-velda-brotherton.html
UPCOMING EVENTS

ROBERT RICHTER, author of the newly released “Something Like a Dream,” will be attending workshops and selling his new book at the 10th Annual Lake Chapala Writers Conference in Ajijic, Jalsico, Mexico, February 16-28. He will also be selling copies in the authors’ pavilion at the Tucson Festival of Books, March 15-16 in Tucson.







J. L. GREGER, author of “Ignore the Pain” will be having a book signing at Hastings on Wyoming Ave. in Albuquerque on February 21. To increase the interest at book signings, she brings along a coca (the raw material for cocaine) tea bag cover from a restaurant in La Paz. GREGER got the basic idea for Ignore the Pain” from coca tea.

 
 
 
 
 
 
NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” will be on a panel of authors speaking at the Victoria Writers' Society meeting, at the Greater Victoria Public Library on March 5th. Topics include local writing instruction, critique groups, contests, editing, publishing, open mic nights and general writing community. She is also teaching electronic publishing at Camosun College, Victoria, BC on February 22 and 28.

FURLONG will also be a guest speaker, discussing the various opportunities currently available in publishing, at the Sidney Branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library on March 13th.
FURLONG is also a guest blogger in the Author's Corner at Mustard Seed Marketing at this link:

BONNIE KELLY is keeping busy promoting her fantastic new Wild Oaks Western. KELLY is having a book signing for “Wild Justice” on March 1, 11:00 - 2:30pm at Cafe Noir, 1555 S. Broadway, Santa Maria CA.

KELLY has also rented a booth at Cowgirls and Conchos, April 12 from 10:00 – 4:00pm. It's in San Luis Obispo County and we will have an address for this event soon.

On May 20, KELLY is being interviewed by Barbara Hodges on Red River Talk Radio on the Internet at 3:00pm.

 
AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” would like to announce a very special event. She will be having a book signing at Barnes and Noble on Saturday, April 26 in her own home town of El Paso, TX. The signing will be from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and AMY will be signing copies of “End of the Road.” The Barnes and Noble is located at The Fountains at Farah (9521 Viscount, El Paso, TX).

 
 
 
 
 
MARILYN MEREDITH, author of the Rocky Bluff P. D. series has some upcoming events to share with us.
 
April 6 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, MARILYN will be joining the Central Coast Chapter of Sisters in Crime for a book signing at the Coalese Bookstore.

April 14 at 10:00 am, she will be speaking at the Porterville Library for National Library Week.
May 17 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm will be the official book launch for “Murder in the Worst Degree” at the Porterville Art Gallery.


BLOG CORRAL

SHARON MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable has blogging activity galore to share. Her monthly food column, “The Quick Cook”, appeared this week with an announcement of the publication of Mission Impastable.” If you want to see the recipes and comments, log onto http://www.thepinewoodnews.com/assets/pwn-02-13-14.pdf
MOORE guest posted on “Marilyn’s Musings” about being a plotter when writing mysteries and shared her plotting process grid. http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/2014/02/are-you-plotser-or-pantser-error.html

“How Do I Kill Thee? Let Me Count the Ways” There are only so many ways to kill people, and MOORE has been collecting them. Take a look at what she shares on “Write Away” http://samwriteaway.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-do-i-kill-thee-let-me-count-ways.html
At “Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time” she is continuing to post daily recipes for A Month-of-Appetizers with the occasional tie-in to her books. http://www.sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com

 
JOHN DANIEL tells us that in his blog post this week he shares the joy he felt at a recent book signing event for “Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery.” Thanks for sharing the pic, JOHN! Please drop by: http://johnmdaniel.blogspot.com

 
 
JAMES CALLAN, author of “A Ton of Gold” and “Cleansed by Fire” is burning up the blogging scene again! Saturday, February 22, he will have a blog for Senior Sleuth on how the characters in “A Ton of Gold” developed. It is at: http://writersofthewest.blogspot.mx/
On Tuesday, February 25, CALLAN has two blogs going up. One is at Novel Spaces and it is on the dialog signature, taken from his book “How to Write Great Dialog.” It is at: http://www.novelspaces.blogspot.com/

 
 
The other blog is at Creatures 'n Crooks / Buried Under Books. It is on ways to add conflict through dialog. It is at: http://cncbooksblog.wordpress.com/

On Wednesday, February 26, CALLAN will have a blog up at Venture Galleries on his visit to Mexican schools in the jungle. It is at: http://venturegalleries.com/author/jamesrcallan/

 
 
 
DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” tells how he escaped the ice and snow - by scooting down to the south Georgia coast for a few days. He says he is too old to deal with slippery sidewalks and he admitted that on Jekyll Island there, they existed on beer and bar food! Could be worse...
A new entry on the blog -- the third language of Texas. www.daccrossley.typepad.com

 
 
LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” invites you to check out her interview on the Authors’ Corner today! http://tinyurl.com/kyqdlz9
COLLINS also celebrated the life of her longtime friend, Phyllis Craig. Stop by and see why the day was both sad and joyous.
http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/

 
 
 
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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