Monday, April 28, 2014

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     I have just joined the OTP community of writers and I'm delighted to be a part of it.  Believe it or not, this is my first blog ever.  I look forward to posting more.

Friday, April 25, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND UP FOR APRIL 25, 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…

Here are a couple of brand new books out from Oak Tree Press! Both are available on amazon.com or our website, www.ShopOTPbooks.com. I have chosen "The Dancing Boy" as my Blog Book of the Week. Isn't the cover fabulous?!

"The Dancing Boy" 
by Michael Matson

When 87-year-old Margaret Neilssen is found dead in her Victorian home overlooking the small, picturesque town of La Conner, Washington, everyone assumes it was an accident. The result of a stumble in the night. A fall down steep stairs. But was it an accident? Or was it a crime committed to cover up something far worse than murder?

What an excellent story, and how well you maintained the tension continually from chapter 1 right up to the epilogue! Each time I thought it was all over and you were going to wind down, a new crisis reared its ugly head, and the excitement continued
-Carolyn Lawson

"Jack of Harts" 
by Michael Eldridge

Retired Italian homicide detective, Frank Borelli, has started a P.I. firm with retired Chinese call girl, Ming Li Chow. They call the company, Spaghetti & Rice Investigations. Frank deals with his wacky Italian family and Ming Li has a 11 year-old son, who is the off-spring of the local head of the Chinese Mafia in Boston. In this case, Tommy Chow's best friend Jack Hart, and his mother, Jean, have gotten themselves entangled in a battle with the Colombian drug lord in Boston, MA. Only Frank and Ming Li can help them out of their troubles. Assault and mayhem ensue. 

Michael Eldridge’s debut novel in his Spaghetti and Rice Mystery series, Jack of Harts, is a front-runner right out of the gate. Strong characterization, and suspenseful plot twists combine to deliver a most satisfying reader experience. Former Chinese prostitute turned private investigator Ming Li Chow teams up with retired homicide detective Frank Borelli to do battle with the local Columbian drug cartel. Add kidnapping, money laundering, and the friendship of two 11 year old boys to the narrative, and you have a real page-turner. I look forward to the second novel in this series with much anticipation.
-Linda Ginter-Brown, PhD, Professor Emerita, University of Cincinnati


MARY MONTAGUE SIKES is excited that the owner of Bertram & Williams, Books and Fine Art in Williamsburg has selected "Night Watch" for her May book club meeting. Book club members are from a wide area, including Virginia Beach. Another great book, here is a review:
Night Watch is a lush romance set in Trinidad with a twist. It’s also a mystery. The tension builds as the author drips hints into the plot and allows them to percolate in the reader’s mind. The author’s writing style is silky and romantic but there’s plenty of action as the heroine Lily Henri explores, caves, jungles, and isolated beaches with unsavory characters. I’m not a fan on romances so I only gave it a four, but I suspect romance fans would rate it a six.
-Janet Greger, author of "Ignore the Pain"


NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” shares a new review with us: 
"Teed Off! will have you intrigued .... FURLONG skillfully couples descriptive characters with ever evolving plots that twist and turn around the fairways surrounding professional golf player antics on and off the green that will keep you enthralled. Your guess at the "who dunnit" will surprise you!"  
- Rosanne Zinniger, Travel Journalist, USA Correspondent for Golf Vacations Magazine - International Edition

NICOLA was also interviewed at Omnimysterynews.com. See the interview at this link:


Manic Readers has four Oak Tree Press books on their website in their Free Reads section. Here are the links:



THONIE HEVRON, author of the upcoming “Intent to Hold” is excited to announce that OTP will be publishing the first book in her Nick and Meredith stories. “By Force or Fear” is the first of three in the series. The second, “Intent to Hold” will be available on July 13th. “Intent to Hold” was the winner of the OTP Police Blotter contest held last year.








UPCOMING EVENTS

AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” will be having a book signing at Barnes and Noble this Saturday, April 26 in her own home town of El Paso, TX. The signing will be from 2:00 - 4:00pm. The Barnes and Noble is located at The Fountains at Farah, 9521 Viscount, El Paso, TX.







ROBERT RICHTER, author of “Something Like A Dream” is having a book signing at Hokes Books in Ogallala, NE on April 26 from 12:00 – 2:00pm. Stop in and get your own autographed copy. More to come from this series, folks!

On a hunting for a lost hero-husband living as a shaman in a tribe of peyote worshipers, Cotton Waters leads Corina Springfield into the center of tribal dissension deep in the sierra heart of Huichol territory.  On this strange pilgrimage Waters will find a whole new perspective on reality and dream, on deceit and self-deception, and  experience a healing ceremony that will change his life forever or simply end it.


D.R. RANSDELL, author of “Mariachi Murder” and the recently released “Island Casualty” is a featured speaker at the Tucson Sisters-in-Crime April meeting. Tucson Sisters in Crime website

Readers of D.R. Ransdell’s "Mariachi Murder" have no doubt been waiting for the second installment in her series of Andy Veracruz mysteries. With the publication of her latest work, "Island Casualty", she doesn’t disappoint. In the newest installment, Veracruz finds himself again “neck deep” in mystery and intrigue on the Greek island of Amiros. Weaving crisp dialogue and artfully descriptive detail in with fast moving, shadowy narrative, Ransdell carries the reader along in another enjoyable read.
-John Paddison, author of The Brothers’ Keepers and China Photos and Reflections.


BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's book author, will be repeating her class on how to make a butterfly book at the Paso Robles Studios on the Park. When finished, the books can be hung in the child's room. The class will be held from 2:00-3:00pm on April 26 and is for children from 7 to 14 years of age. There is a $5.00 materials fee. BERYL will also be talking about her two OTP children's books about butterflies, "When Caterpillars Dream" and "Butterfly Girls." She will also encourage the children to write a story about butterflies in their new books.  Studios on the Park is at 1130 Pine Street.



EILEEN OBSER is having the official release party for her memoir “Only You” this Sunday, April 27 at 2:00pm at the Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor. EILEEN will read and sign books. Refreshments will be served and live music performed by local, renowned singer Jim Turner (50s rock and roll, in keeping with the many songs cited in the book).

EILEEN asks: Are you a good listener? That is the subject of her new blog. Please take a look and be sure to leave EILEEN a comment that you were there. http://eileenobser.com/blog/?p=731





MARILYN MEREDITH, author of the recently released “Murder in the Worst Degree” will be having the official book launch for the 10th book in the Rocky Bluff P. D. Series on May 17 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Porterville Art Gallery.

Officer Gordon Butler is called to the scene of a body washed up on the beach, a new police chief makes changes, a rapist attacks two women, Ryan and Barbara Strickland’s baby is born, but he faces an even bigger test, Detectives Milligan and Zachary follow a twisted path of clues to find a killer in Murder in the Worst Degree.


CINDY LADAGE and JANE AUMANN will be heading up Story Time at Studio 6 in downtown Springfield, IL during the Springfield Old State Capitol Art Fair on May 18. They will be signing “My Name is Huber” and their other children’s farm books.

If you’ve ever run your hand along the surface of an old machine and wished it could share its story, you’ll enjoy My Name is Huber: A Tractor’s Story. The book will give you an idea of what an antique tractor might say about its life. Written by agricultural history enthusiasts JANE AUMANN and CINDY LADAGE, "My Name is Huber" is their third tractor-themed children’s book. This particular work is a memoir of sorts. In 26 illustrated, well-written, easy-to-read pages, the authors introduce readers to a 1927 Huber Super Four -- but it’s the tractor that’s telling the story. -Chad Elmore


BONNIE KELLY author of Wild Justice” is being interviewed by Barbara Hodges on Red River Talk Radio on the Internet at 3:00pm on May 20.

Not since Butch and Sundance have there been two such likable characters, and the good-natured banter between them contributes to the story's colorful telling. But, likable or not, and even though they're innocent, Rin Cutter and his partner Ben Santiago are all set to hang for killing Ty Madden in a poker game.
When they escape and become involved with beautiful, independent Tory Trent, also on the run for something she is falsely accused of, the chase is on.

BLOG CORRAL

MARILYN MEREDITH is doing a blog tour this month and the person who follows along and comments on the most blogs will get to have their name used for a character in the next book! Go to MARILYN’s newsletter to see the complete list of blogs. But the following is what is on tap for the coming week. www.fictionforyou.com

SHARON MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” continues her blogging 26 days in April as part of the A-Z Blog Challenge. She posts on food terms/cooking techniques/food names at http://www.sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com (with some book plugs thrown in).








LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” is going on vacation in Paris! While she is out, MARILYN LEVINSON will be guest writing on her blog this week. http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/









JAMES CALLAN has a blog up at Venture Galleries on the Spanish literary giant  Gabriel Garcia Marquez who died last week.  It's at: http://venturegalleries.com/author/jamesrcallan

Today, Friday, April 25, JAMES will give a workshop on Character Development, using material from his OTP book, “Character: The Heartbeat of the Novel,” at the 28th NETWO Spring Conference.





Saturday, April 26, JAMES will give a workshop at the conference on dialog, using material from his OTP book “How to Write Great Dialog.”

JAMES has a new blog up at  http://sweetsouthblog.blogspot.com  on why we write.

And his last blog this week, is at www.gingersolomon.blogspot.com his OTP book, “A Ton of Gold.” 










DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” remembers April 21st as the anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto, one of those landmark occasions in the history of Texas. Read his take at: www.daccrossley.typepad.com


DAC, author of The Border Trilogy, has decided on new names for the re-release of the first two books in this series. “Guns of the Texas Ranger” is the new title for “Guns Across the Rio." And "Code of the Texas Ranger" is the new title for "Return of the Texas Ranger.” And the third book is “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” that was released by OTP in October of last year.




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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Sunday, April 20, 2014

SPRINGTIME IN THE ROCKIES by Jackie Taylor Zortman

When the blog assignments were posted, way back in January, I immediately saw that I'd drawn Easter Sunday.  So, to those of us who celebrate it, this is a special holiday.  However, since I'm not certain that religion is an appropriate topic for the Oak Tree Press blog, I will simply focus on the happier element of it all, such as young children, bunnies and baskets of colored eggs and chocolate.

Where I live, at 8000 feet in the Colorado mountains, this can be an absolutely gorgeous and sunny day or a cold and blustery, snowy one.  Our third option is that "in between" segment of either mud (if it rains) or dust (if there's wind).  But we rarely get to enjoy spring and leap right from winter into summer.

Here in "the boondocks" we still have unpaved roads and no home mail delivery, in spite of the fact that it's a busy, bustling tourist town.  Those who are members of our city government will tell you that it's all about ambience and quaintness.  And nobody ever forgets that the original "True Grit" was filmed here or that it was the home of John Wayne, Debbie Reynolds and the late Dennis Weaver.  I'm proud to say that Debbie Reynolds shopped in my bookstore all of the time and Dennis Weaver and his wife were out and about with the rest of us, all over the place.  His wife still is.  But that's a bit off topic, so back to the subject at hand.

Therefore, with our weird weather at this time of year,  the Elk's Lodge's annual Egg Hunt can be outdoors in the park or forced inside.  But, either way, it goes on.  We swap this event bi-annually with the nearest town (10 miles away) called Ridgway.  There are always a lot of happy, albeit possibly quite dirty, little urchins running around on this particular Sunday.

Since the death of our oldest grandson, about whom my book WE ARE DIFFERENT NOW is written, my family no longer gathers together as a solid unit for a big feast.  So, it has become a rather somber and individual event that my husband and I do alone.  But we manage to do something that we both enjoy.  If the weather is good, we usually go up into the mountains to place flowers on what has become known as Pete's Place, the memorial site of our grandson's demise. 

So, whatever your family chooses to do on this day, I hope that you have much happiness, love and, most of all, peace.
 

My book is available at www.Amazon.com; www.BN.com & www.shopOTPbooks.com.
Contributing author to: Felons, Flames & Ambulance Rides
E-mail:  jtzortman@ouraynet.com
Blog:  www.jtzortman.wordpress.com
Author Central: www.amazon.com/author/jackietaylorzortman
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/jackie.t.Zortman
Member of The Public Safety Writers Association

 
 
 
 
 

Friday, April 18, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND UP FOR APRIL 18, 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…

Manic Readers has four Oak Tree Press books on their website in their Free Reads section. Here are the links:

“Choloma Moon” by Anne Schroeder
 
 
 



BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's author and illustrator, has a new review of her book “Ants on a Log.” DBR books calls it a "tasty treat for young readers" and says that the book "finishes with humorous irony which even young readers will appreciate." DBR books has reviewed several of BERYL's other books which can be found on their blog: http:www.dbrbooks.blogspot.com. For the full review, go to http://www.examiner.com/list/recent-book-by-beryl-reichenberg?cid=db_articles

 
 
LESLEY DIEHL has had two of her books reviewed by Delanna of Night Owl Reviews. “Dumpster Dying” received a perfect 5 and “Grilled, Chilled and Killed” received a 4.5. Simply awesome! These two books’ titles are among my very favorites of all time! To read the reviews, click the links below:
http://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Reviews/Delanna-reviews-Dumpster-Dying-by-Lesley-A-Diehl
 
 


HELEN OSTERMAN, author of “Locked Within” and the Emma Winberry Series has just published a short story available as a kindle on amazon.com. The title is Emma Winberry and the Flash Drive.” It’s priced at just $.99!







Only a few more days to win a copy of D. R. RANSDELL’s latest book, “Island Casualty!” Oak Tree Press is hosting a give-away on Goodreads. The contest runs from March 24 - April 24, 2014. There are 10 copies available. Click the following link under the descriptive blurb below for the giveaway. If you can’t wait for the giveaway and want your own copy now, simply click the book cover on the right sidebar of this blog under my Featured Blog Book of the week. 

When Andy Veracruz heads to Greece for a holiday, the mariachi player expects to spend afternoons swimming and nights making love. At an outdoor café, he meets a fellow traveler who accidentally leaves behind a package. Before Andy can return it, the man is found floating in the harbor, and Andy and his girlfriend are run off the road by whizzing bullets. To protect his friends, Andy starts doing undercover work by substituting in a bouzouki band, but further “accidents” call for drastic measures. The more Andy becomes entangled in the complicated web that connects the island’s inhabitants, the more he realizes he must rip apart the whole story before he’ll be free to go back home.
https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/86694-island-casualty


ILENE SCHNEIDER asks do you need a break from cleaning your kitchen for Pesach? (Or from filling Easter baskets?) You can read about someone else’s pre-Pesach travails instead. Her popular book “Unleavened Dead” is on sale from now until April 22 for only $.99! http://tinyurl.com/l443azw.

 
 
 
 
THONIE HEVRON, author of the upcoming “Intent to Hold” is excited to announce that OTP will be publishing the first book in her Nick and Meredith stories. “By Force or Fear” is the first of three in the series. The second, “Intent to Hold” will be available on July 13th. “Intent to Hold” was the winner of the OTP Police Blotter contest held last year.

 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

EILEEN OBSER, author of “Only You” will speak to students about memoir writing and read from her book at the Seventh Annual SCCC Creative Writing Festival on April 23 at the Riverhead campus from 11:00am – 12:00pm. There will be an open reception and reading during the launch of East End Elements, the campus literary magazine, in the Lyceum Gallery of the Montaukett Learning Center. Excerpts from Only You” and an interview with EILEEN are in the publication.
Set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Only You (And You Alone) relates Eileen Obser’s personal experience growing up in Queens, New York – how the mores of that era and the dictates of the Catholic Church led to her unhappy, doomed-to-fail marriage at eighteen to a nineteen-year-old boy from their candy store crowd.  After much research of the period, which is reflected throughout the memoir, with the news of the day, the music and popular culture, newspaper, magazine and book excerpts, plus her own journals, diaries and photographs, and including interviews with family and friends, Eileen shows how two naïve, uninformed teenagers were influenced by social and religious pressures, to disastrous consequences.

The official release of “Only You” will be at the Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor on Sunday, April 27, at 2:00 pm. EILEEN will read and sign books. Refreshments will be served and live music performed by local, renowned singer Jim Turner (50s rock and roll, in keeping with the many songs cited in the book).

Another reading/reception for “Only You” is scheduled for Thursday, June 26, at 7:00 pm at the Connetquot Library in Bohemia where EILEEN has been teaching memoir writing for over six years. More readings will be scheduled at libraries, bookstores and other venues on Long Island. These will be posted on EILEEN’s website: www.eileenobser.com.

AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” 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 - 4:00pm. The Barnes and Noble is located at The Fountains at Farah, 9521 Viscount, El Paso, TX. "End of the Road" was the winner of the OTP Dark Oak Mystery contest.







ROBERT RICHTER, author of “Something Like A Dream” is having a book signing at Hokes Books in Ogallala, NE on April 26 from 12:00 – 2:00pm. Stop in and get your own autographed copy. More to come from this series, folks!

 
 
 
 
 

MARILYN MEREDITH, author of the recently released “Murder in the Worst Degree” will be having the official book launch for the 10th book in the Rocky Bluff P. D. Series on May 17 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Porterville Art Gallery.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
BONNIE KELLY author of Wild Justice” is being interviewed by Barbara Hodges on Red River Talk Radio on the Internet at 3:00pm on May 20.

 
 
 
 
 
 
BLOG CORRAL

JOHN DANIEL, author of “Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery” is a guest this week on Patricia Gligor’s blog. Please stop by and say howdy! http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com

 
 
 
 
 
MARILYN MEREDITH is doing a blog tour this month and the person who follows along and comments on the most blogs will get to have their name used for a character in the next book! Go to MARILYN’s newsletter to see the complete list of blogs. But the following is what is on tap for the coming week. www.fictionforyou.com

SHARON MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” continues her blogging 26 days in April as part of the A-Z Blog Challenge. She posts on food terms/cooking techniques/food names at http://www.sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com
 
 
 
 
 
DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” asks you to take a look at his tribute to the women of the Texas revolution. He also reminds us that the days are marching across the April calendar. Don’t forget to enjoy them! Great advice! www.daccrossley.typepad.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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