Friday, May 30, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND UP FOR MAY 30, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has a lot of great books for your summer beach reading! We also have a lot 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…

Looking for some good books to read while you relax this summer? Look no further! OTP is proud to introduce two new titles recently added to our great line up!

Damsels of Diversion”
by WALTER LUCE ~ The third book in the Eva Pennington series.

Born unwanted because she is a girl instead of a boy, into a banking empire, Eva Pennington, at the age of twenty-three, inherits three banks, after her father commits suicide. While computerizing her banks, Eva realizes that women control ninety percent of the deposits in her banks, yet men make all of the decisions as to what to do with those deposits. She uses this knowledge to form a woman’s bank, securing huge deposits, and power, to become the largest banking institution in Florida, Georgia and soon to be Tennessee. Suspenseful, riveting, as brilliant, vivacious women continues to take on the banking industry.

“Code of the Texas Ranger”
by DAC CROSSLEY ~ This is the second book in The Border Trilogy.

Violence erupts when an old-time Texas Ranger bursts into the little town of Kingsville. What does the Ranger want?  The sheriff’s  job? Or his wife? When gunplay ensues, the sheriff is accused of murder. Follow the further adventures of Red Regan, Whitey Wilson and Nacho Ybarra is this sequel to Guns Across the Rio.

OTP also has two new ebooks out this week. “Island Casualty” by D. R. RANSDELL and “Expect Trouble” by JoAnn Smith Ainsworth. Both are priced at $2.99 on amazon.com


BILLY BEASLEY, author of “The River Hideaway” has been featured in his local weekly paper, Lumina News, out of Wrightsville Beach, NC. Here is a portion of the article that really moved me personally. Be sure to click the link below to see the entire piece. And lets spotlight "The River Hideaway" as the Featured Book of the Week. Simply click the cover on the right sidebar of the blog to order direct from our website. 

“Titled “The River Hideaway,” BEASLEY’s full-length novel is set in 1967 Wilmington and follows the growing and unlikely friendship between the wealthy white Bret Marin and black Clarence “Money” Wilkins. Throughout the novel, the two boys, both on the verge of manhood, struggle with the racially charged environment they live in while finding solace on the basketball court and an abandoned unfinished home on the banks of the Cape Fear River. While it is not based on any particular historical figures or real people, the novel does contain influences from BEASLEY’s childhood growing up in Wilmington during the same era. The tense racial atmosphere of Wilmington struck BEASLEY the first time as a child after witnessing many of the parishioners at his church leave one Sunday when a choir with a black singer came to church. “I was a small kid but I remember thinking, ‘Isn’t this where we should come together?’” he said. “They would sing the song ‘Jesus Loves the Little Children,’ but they didn’t mean it and that stuck with me.”

EILEEN OBSER, author of “Only You” had a nice mention in the East Hampton Press on Mother’s Day. The writer of the article, Tom Clavin, had this to say about “Only You”

“… a big reason why I enjoyed “Only You” is it walks that fine line well. The basic story is being a teenager in Queens and at only 18 marrying Mr. Wrong. I didn’t know anything about the Queens of a half-century ago, but I feel I do now because there is a strong sense of time and place in this memoir. We meet family members and friends and other characters who are navigating New York City life and American social mores as the Eisenhower years give way to Camelot. EILEEN is our eyes and ears to understand this world as she is trying to understand it herself, beginning with family relationships. Particularly enjoyable is that, as the title implies, “Only You” is filled with music. The soundtrack of OBSER’s story includes such tunes as “You Send Me,” “Hit the Road, Jack,” and “Love and Marriage.” The latter didn’t work out too well from her, and the main ingredient in this memoir is OBSER’s realization that marrying “Billy” was a terrible mistake and she has to find the freedom to chart a new life.”


QUINTIN PETERSON, contributing author to OTP’s “Felons, Flames and Ambulance Rides” tells us about the charity anthology “Explosions: Stories of our Landmined World” and about MAG. MAG's (Mines Advisory Group) 25th anniversary celebration was held at the Russell Senate Office Building on April 2, 2014.

“Explosions: Stories of our Landmined World” edited by Scott Bradley features stories by an impressive list of 25 acclaimed authors, including Jeffery Deaver, James Grady, David Morrell, Yvonne Prinz, Yvonne Seng, Peter Straub, and QUINTIN PETERSON. It also sports a cover by Pulitzer Prize-winning Politico cartoonist Matt Wuerker. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG). The dark stories collected here have one thing in common: they all concern the curse of landmines. A new character Private Eye Luther Kane explodes onto the scene in his contribution to the book, “Damaged Goods”: http://www.booksofthedeadpress.com/2014/05/quintin-peterson-explosions-stories-of.html




UPCOMING EVENTS


BERYL REICHENBERG, children's book author, will be reading one of her stories, “Butterfly Girls” to a Mommy and Me class in San Luis Obispo on Friday, May 30. The children have been studying butterflies, so BERYL will also be talking about butterflies, especially Monarchs which winter here in San Luis Obispo County. 
On Saturday, May 31 BERYL will be in Paso Robles at Studios on the Park. She will be teaching two book art forms, her butterfly book to a group of ten and eleven year olds having a birthday party and an exploding box book form from 2:00 to 3:00 as a regular class for children over age seven. In each of these classes, BERYL will also be talking about her OTP children's books and how she writes her stories. "I always enjoy working with young children," she says. "They jump right in and enjoy creating, whether it is writing, drawing or doing other art work. These classes give me an opportunity to encourage their creativity and promote my books at the same time."

NICHOLAS CHECKER, author of the upcoming “Scratch” and “Druids” is featured in the Southeastern Connecticut newspaper The Day with his upcoming visual literature presentation happening this Sunday, June 1 at 5:00 pm. The event is free (donations accepted) and takes place at the Dragon’s Egg, 401 Shewville Road, Ledyard, 860-535-3346.

“The concept of Visual Literature is pretty simple but certainly compelling. Costumed actors with scripts in hand read the roles of characters in a book or story - with suggestive movement and with the help of music and a narrator.
Consider "Druids & Scratch," a Visual Literary presentation by Nightshade Productions taking place Sunday at the Dragon's Egg in Ledyard. The company's thespians will recreate one chapter each from local screenwriter/author Nick Checker's upcoming novels, "Druids" and "Scratch," which will be published later this summer by Oak Tree Press.
Members of the troupe are Kevin McMahon, Sharyn Farrell, Mitchell Cote, Brian Ellsworth, Beverly "Victoria" Hayes and Malcolm Cameron, and guitarist Mitchell Cote will provide original music.
Donations will benefit the Dragon's Egg, Nightshade Productions and the Forgotten Angels Rescue Sanctuary in Griswold. Antinores Pizza of Quaker Hill will provide food.”

MARILYN MEREDITH, author of “Murder in the Worst Degree” her latest in The Rocky Bluff PD series, will be joining other members of Central Coast Sisters in Crime on a panel about different phases of publishing on Saturday, June 28 from 1:00 – 3:00, at the Lompoc Library, 501 E. North Ave., Lompoc CA.  MARILYN will be speaking about e-publishing.







CAROL ALEXANDER and MISS LIBERTY will be spreading the word of “The Big Squeal’s” second edition at Assumption-fest in central IL this summer. It will be spotlighted on June 28. In the 1840s, noisy pigs wallowing under the Christian County courthouse floor were so loud that an amused Abraham Lincoln asked the judge for a “writ of quietus” for them. That witty request has caused ripples of smiles ever since. The true story of the county’s “pigstory” is written in the voice of a real life pig named LIBERTY. CAROL will welcome visitors in front of the Assumption Historical Building at a special literary event set for 2:00 pm on June 27. In honor of the county’s 175th birthday this year, each copy of “The Big Squeal” is adorned by a gold medallion inscribed, “Collector’s Edition … 1839-2014.”

CAROL is excited to have seen on amazon.com that “The Big Squeal” was ranked on the Most Top Selling books from Illinois on May 16th. We all know that how amazon does their rankings is down-right confusing but we will take it! Congratulations, MISS LIBERTY!

BLOG CORRAL


NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off” is guest posting on the Mustard Seed Marketing website.








VELDA BROTHERTON, author of “The Purloined Skull” has a guest post on Jean Henry Mead’s blog. Find out how the book was developed. VELDA says she had a lot of fun with this one!  http://mysteriouspeople.blogspot.com/









LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” continues her journal from France. This week they arrived at Mont Saint-Michel, the highlight of the trip. Take a look and find out why! 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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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014

Two Saturdays at Kid's Events

I spent the last couple Saturdays showing young children how to make accordion books at the Mini Maker Faire in San Luis Obispo and at the Paso Robles’s ArtFest. It was a delight to be working with these young kids and talking with their parents. Give them a piece of paper and a crayon and kids jump right into the creative process. Many of the children stayed for fifteen or more minutes working on their books, even the younger ones. They were focused and intent on their creations. 

I loved to see how their minds work, their choice of colors,
One of my more popular books; it's probably
because kids like birthday cakes.
their choice of topics and how they approach the creative process. Some took our butterfly and heart stamp outs and put them all over their books, others wrote a story and drew illustrations, and two young girls decided to copy a page from one of my books with their own art work. Each child approached their project in their own unique way with many creative results. 

I also find that watching children's at work helps me develop my stories, illustrations and marketing ideas.  What are their interests? How does each age group relate to my books? How do they and their parents respond to my book display and the covers? Which books do they pick up first? Do they read the book through or thumb through the illustrations? If I give them a brief summary of the story, are they more likely to buy the book? What questions do they ask? Will they pick up my brochure and business cards? Are they willing to sign an email list?

They were both long days, but well worth the experience. I sold some of my books, talked to a couple of parents and teachers about school visits, passed out flyers for my upcoming classes at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles and gave out flyers listing where my books can be purchased. 


Most of all, it was enjoyable relating to my young audience and their parents.

Friday, May 23, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR MAY 23, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Thank you for dropping in. Spring is officially here! 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…

RICHARD MARRANCA, author of “Dragon Sutra” has an essay on health and veg diet, written with Magi Meltzer (an author and teacher in Munich) that is now out in the summer 2014 issue of "Watkins: Mind body Spirit," a magazine from London. RICHARD also has a poem (about riding on old trains in Burma) to be published next month in The Paterson Literary Review. RICHARD is traveling to Laos and Cambodia in June 2014, looking for notes for a sequel to “Dragon Sutra.”

Here is a bit about "Dragon Sutra:"

Dragon Sutra presents a young man, Jason, who wanders around Asia, ending up in Cambodia, where he meets Rachany – together they’re drawn into the underside of history and contemporary political violence. They’re pursued by a mysterious foe willing to frighten or shoot them to death. Can they escape Lady Boy Hitman and the Dragon? Jason and Rachany flee into misty elephant forests, exotic tribes and ancient cities, only to end up in the mayhem of Myanmar’s rebellion.

And yet, the horror is counterpointed by help from Arun and computer monk, along with an American diplomat and a wedding party armed to the teeth on the Mekong River.

Dragon Sutra blooms with passion, natural beauty and gut-wrenching suspense. At times the reader falls into a hallucinogenic underworld without exits or hope. It reaches into the core of journeys – the adventure of life tinged with the search for meaning and love. It’s a coming-of-age panorama showing that we must be careful what we wish for.

It has been said that if you’re doing what you should, then it’s as if invisible hands are pushing you from behind. In Dragon Sutra, some of the hands are bloody, some as gentle as silk. 


AMY BENNETT, author of the The Black Horse Campground series, has a review to share on the first book in this series, “End of the Road.” This book was a past winner in Oak Tree Press’ Dark Oak Mystery contest. 

Alice Berger of Berger’s Book Reviews… 

And more about "End of the Road:"

Corrie Black, owner of the Black Horse Campground, hopes for a successful start to her summer season but the discovery of Marvin Landry, a long-time guest, shot dead in his own RV, along with $50,000 in cash missing, does not herald a good beginning… especially since the victim’s handicapped wife and angry stepson seem to have little interest in discovering who murdered him.  Was Marvin’s murder planned or just convenient?  And is the appearance of a mysterious biker with a shadowy past that includes a recently deceased wife merely a coincidence?  Despite opposition from former flame, Sheriff Rick Sutton, Corrie is determined to find out who murdered her guest.  But will she find out who is friend or foe before the murderer decides it’s the end of the road for Corrie?



UPCOMING EVENTS


BERYL REICHENBERG, children's book author, will be at the Paso Robles ArtFest on Saturday, May 24 from 10:00 – 4:00 pm. ArtFest is in the Paso Park, downtown at Spring and 11th and features art, food and activity booths for all ages. BERYL will be selling her children's books, reading her stories and teaching children and parents accordion book forms. She will be in the children's activity area. Drop by and visit if you are in town. 





D. R. RANSDELL is having the official book launch for “Island Casualty” on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm at D. R.’s Pink House, 1648 E. 9th Street in Tucson, AZ. There will be snacks, books and of course, Mariachis! Here is a link to D. R.’s website: 

"Island Casualty:
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.

In honor of "Island Casualty"s book launch, I will make it the Featured Book of the week.

CAROL ALEXANDER and MISS LIBERTY will be spreading the word of “The Big Squeal’s” second edition at Assumption-fest in central IL this summer. It will be spotlighted on June 28. In the 1840s, noisy pigs wallowing under the Christian County courthouse floor were so loud that an amused Abraham Lincoln asked the judge for a “writ of quietus” for them. That witty request has caused ripples of smiles ever since. The true story of the county’s “pigstory” is written in the voice of a real life pig named LIBERTY. CAROL will welcome visitors in front of the Assumption Historical Building at a special literary event set for 2:00 pm on June 27. In honor of the county’s 175th birthday this year, each copy of “The Big Squeal” is adorned by a gold medallion inscribed, “Collector’s Edition … 1839-2014.”

CAROL is excited to have seen on amazon.com that “The Big Squeal” was ranked on the Most Top Selling books from Illinois on May 16th. We all know that how amazon does their rankings is down-right confusing but we will take it! Congratulations, MISS LIBERTY!


BLOG CORRAL

LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” continues her journal from France. This week LORNA writes about the Loire Valley with wine and cheese tasting and lots of chateaus.








DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” has a blog on Cinco de Mayo to share. And he wishes everyone a peaceful Memorial Day. 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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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Book Promotion: Frivolous or Necessary?

Hi, Folks:

ICYMI: Interesting thoughts from two authors on promoting your book from a recent NY Times article: The Demands of Book Promotion: Frivolous or Necessary?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/books/review/the-demands-of-book-promotion-frivolous-or-necessary.html?ref=books&_r=0

Friday, May 16, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR MAY 16, 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…

Below are two new releases from Oak Tree Press. Both are fabulous reads! All are available on amazon.com and will soon be available in kindle edition. I have chosen "Saints and Sinners" as our Featured Book of the Week.




“Saints & Sinners” 
by VIRGIL ALEXANDER

In northern Mexico when charismatic teenager Marianna Villalobos’ spiritual gift begins to impact the cash flow of the Liones drug cartel, a hit order is issued on the girl. The Liones assassin is so affected by her gift that he goes to the police and asks for protection for her. Mariana is moved to a secret place in eastern Arizona, where Deputies Allred and Sanchez and Apache Policeman Al Victor become involved in protecting her as international law enforcement works in three countries to dismantle the gang. Set in Arizona, Sonora, and Spain the story touches the border issues of the day as they affect rural police work. Written in a background of ranching, Hispanic, Apache, Mormon, and contemporary Western culture, the story is fast moving and gripping. 



“No Lifeguard on Duty” 

by AMY BENNETT

Summer is coming and at the Black Horse Campground in Bonney County, New Mexico that means warm sunny days, a cool refreshing pool, and... murder?
Corrie Black and her friends are ready to welcome the summer camping season with a party to celebrate opening the swimming pool... but murder becomes an unwelcome guest! The shock of discovering Krista Otero's body in the pool the morning after the party is bad enough... what's worse is that Krista's death wasn't an accident. And what's more confusing is that Krista's closest friends all have something to hide.
Despite opposition from Bonney County's finest, Corrie is determined to find out who used her swimming pool as a murder weapon and who is using her home as a base for illegal activities. But someone wants to keep Corrie out of their business... even if it means killing again!


BERYL REICHENBERG, children's book author, has a new book available from Amazon. “I'm a City Bear” is about a bear who comes down into a Los Angeles suburb to find food. Life is more inviting than living in the mountains with garbage cans, swimming pools and flower beds. He also meets angry dogs and picket fences but manages to survive. When he's tranquilized and returned to the woods, he makes the week-long journey back to the city, announcing he's a city bear. Told in diary form from the bear's perspective, the story is written and formatted by BERYL and the illustrations by artist, Gini Griffin.   




BILLY BEASLEY, author of “The River Hideaway” has a mention in the Lumina News. 

"Newly published author BILLY BEASLEY was in attendance at the luncheon to autograph copies of his first published novel, “The River Hideaway.” BEASLEY served as the town of Wrightsville Beach’s parks superintendent for 32 years and said his work with the garden club throughout the years made the luncheon the perfect place for his first book signing. “Writing this novel is a dream come true whether we sell 1,000 copies or 1 million,” BEASLEY said. . http://www.luminanews.com/section.asp?sid=23&iid=430


BILLY is still getting lots of action on Facebook. Two ladies would like to see “The River Hideaway” made into a movie!

Jan Jenness Kelly says “I don't usually write but had to! I just read Billy Beasley's book "The River Hideaway ". Could not put it down. I highly recommend this book. Hope it becomes a movie.”

Beverly DeAngelis “I agree. I also could not put it down. I would love to see a movie based on this book also. Reminds me of another great novelist-Nicholas Sparks. I think this book would appeal to almost any age group.”



ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of "Chanukah Guilt" is tickled pink over an Amazon review from editor extraordinaire CHRIS ROERDEN, the author of the award-winning books “Don’t Murder Your Mystery” and “Don’t Sabotage Your Submission” She wrote:


“I got a real kick from “Chanukah Guilt” because of the author’s clever, amusing language — such as for the titles of each of her books — though I admit that I haven’t read them all . . . yet. I read “Chanukah Guilt” when it was first published (before the second edition came out – which is the edition new readers to the work of ILENE SCHNEIDER should get). That’s when I found a perfect example of how an author can cite a cliché without falling into the trap of appearing to rely upon clichés herself, especially when portraying a protagonist in first-person.

In fact, I quoted that example in one of my own books for writers (with full credit, of course) to illustrate that very skill. SCHNEIDER uses clichés to convey the shock of her protagonist, Rabbi Aviva, on learning that a young woman she’d tried to counsel is dead. Aviva says "Clichés exist because they’re true. My heart leaped into my throat. I couldn’t breathe. The room was spinning. My vision dimmed."

By naming each specific visceral feeling, SCHNEIDER portrays her character’s actual gut reactions to shock while also letting us know that SHE knows each is a cliché. Other less aware authors would either use clichés without recognizing that’s what they were (very common among most first-time authors) or use many more words than these to try portraying instant emotional reactions. As a book editor, I appreciated SCHNEIDER’s writing abilities while also enjoying the mystery.



F. M. MEREDITH got a great review for “Murder in the Worst Degree” in the May 2014 issue of Reviewers Bookwatch...


In Southern California, two surfers riding a wave share the trip with a corpse. Rocky Bluff PD Police Officer Gordon Butler responds to their call before turning over the case to Detectives Doug Milligan and Felix Zachary. The cops believe the deceased is affluent Harlan Knight, whose adult children filed a missing person's report a few days ago in which they said their widower father suffers from late stage dementia. Meanwhile Doug's wife Police Officer Stacey Milligan and her partner Lizette Gibbs interview severely beaten rape victim Felicia Higgins.



The ME reports that the cause of Knight's death is not drowning, but an overdose of a prescription drug. Besides family members, the housemaid, the victim's three Seabee buddies and a loving widow are suspects. New Captain Chandra Taylor uses a computer generated program to draw the face of the rapist from the description provided by his second horribly battered victim Jenny Jacoby. Stunned Stacey is horrified as the face looking back at her from the monitor is a younger version of Police Officer Ryan Strickland whose wife just gave birth to a cute Down's Syndrome baby.



The latest Rocky Bluff PD police procedural (see “Dangerous Impulses,” “Bad Tidings” and “No Bells”) is a wonderful leisurely-paced investigative thriller that deftly combines the cops' personal lives with adapting to a new chief while working two violent crimes and several other offenses. Subgenre fans will appreciate F. M. MEREDITH's engaging rotation of the lead amongst her ensemble cast as the cases and what is happening off the job prove very interesting.


-Harriet Klausner, Reviewer, http://www.midwestbookreview.com



UPCOMING EVENTS



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


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.









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









D. R. RANSDELL is having the official book launch for “Island Casualty” on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm at D. R.’s Pink House, 1648 E. 9th Street in Tucson, AZ. There will be snacks, books and of course, Mariachis! Here is a link to D. R.’s website:







CAROL ALEXANDER and MISS LIBERTY will be spreading the word of “The Big Squeal’s” second edition at Assumption-fest in central IL, June 26, 27 and 28th. In the 1840's, noisy pigs wallowing under the Christian County courthouse floor were so loud that an amused Abraham Lincoln asked the judge for a “writ of quietus” for them. That witty request has caused ripples of smiles ever since. The true story of the county’s “pigstory” is written in the voice of LIBERTY, a real life pig. CAROL will welcome visitors in front of the Assumption Historical Building at a special literary event set for 2:00 pm on June 27. In honor of the county’s 175th birthday this year, each copy of “The Big Squeal” is adorned by a gold medallion inscribed, “Collector’s Edition … 1839-2014.”


BLOG CORRAL 


NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” joined the Dames of Dialogue blog this week to chat about her writing. She talks about wordsmithing, finding inspiration and embracing promotion and reveals which author she would most like to meet. http://damesofdialogue.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/author-nicola-furlong-answers-the-dames-dozen/







DAC CROSSLEY, author of “Revenge of the Texas Ranger” invites you to check in on his blog this week. He is writing away – with a working title of - "The Hand of Lou Diamond."  www.daccrossley.typepad.com










J. L. GREGER, author of “Coming Flu,” “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight” and “Ignore the Pain” had a guest blog on "What makes a guy romantic in a novel? on Morgan Mandel's Sweet but Not Spicy blog on Tuesday, May 13 http://sweetnotspicy.blogspot.com








LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” continues her blog from Paris with her France Journal and this week she goes on the road. http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/

Watch her GoPro videos at the following link. In the middle you can hear some of the singing at Mont Saint Michel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKCY_2wGVu0




ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” and “Chanukah Guilt” asks if you are wondering what's in store for Rabbi Aviva Cohen in the future? Check out her blog for the general plot lines of prospective books on http://rabbiauthor.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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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Power of Words in Writing and in Life

The words we speak, write, and even paint have power. I learned a lesson long ago as a child that words can hurt and that hurt can last forever. As a little five or six-year-old, I was happily singing a popular song when my uncle laughed at me and said that I couldn't carry a tune. His words stung, and I never forgot them. My childish joy was gone, and I didn't try to sing again except later on as part of the church choir.

"A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword." Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy

As writers, we understand the power of words. We recall the first time we saw our names in bylines on stories we wrote for newspapers or magazines. We were proud of the headlines above those stories. The words meant something. Other people were reading the words we hammered out on typewriters and, later, on our computer keyboards.

Many of us have discovered the power of words in the titles of our books. Those words, the titles, can mean the difference between good sales and minimal sales. A few years ago, I was enamored with the title, Night Watch, for my novel. Since part of the story featured an art theft of old master paintings, the name of one of the most famous of those paintings seemed perfect. Not so. Other books had the same title, so mine did not stand out. I lost the power of words I once held in my hand.

Artists find power in the words they paint, or sometimes hide, in a work of art. I have a series of work
"Will There Be Peace Anywhere" ©Mary Montague Sikes
that I am creating that usually includes the word "peace." That word is quite powerful. Its use in art adds to the power, I believe.

Words have power and so do good deeds. Do you use words wisely?

©Mary Montague Sikes

Friday, May 9, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR MAY 9, 2014


Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Thank you for dropping in. Spring is officially here! 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…

For my Featured Book of the Week, I have chosen "The Dancing Boy." I absolutely love this cover. So very colorful and really grabs your attention. MICHAEL MATSON is a very talented author and I highly recommend his book. It is available on amazon.com and also www.ShopOTPbooks.com. It will be available as an ebook soon. Here is a descriptive blurb of "The Dancing Boy"

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?

Who else wants to be the Featured Book of the Week? Let me know at otpoffice@aol.com


BILLY BEASLEY, author of “The River Hideaway” is getting great feedback on his newly released book. Take a look at the following post on his facebook page! I love it!

Well Billy, I got your book in the mail today. So far I have only been able to look at the cover. Why? You might ask... well because my Mother can't seem to put it down. She is thoroughly taken with it and she rarely does much reading anymore. So the fact that she is already over a hundred pages deep into it is REALLY saying something! By the way... can I get it autographed? Best of luck Billy! - Kimberly West


NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” is trying a new ad opportunity on the Fussy Librarian. Are you bewildered by the number of ebooks out there? Choose from 40 genres and select content preferences. They also email you daily deals at www.TheFussyLibrarian.com







ANNE SCHROEDER, author of “Cholama Moon” has a great interview to share on Andrea Downing’s website. Learn all about ANNE and what inspires her and why she likes to write historical fiction at: http://andreadowning.com/







UPCOMING EVENTS

BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's book author, will participate in the San Luis Obispo Mini Maker Faire on this Saturday, May 10. This event for children and families hosts a variety of booths displaying educational exhibits, crafts, and unique inventions showcasing creativity and resourcefulness.

BERYL will be demonstrating accordion book making and reading and talking informally about her stories. There will be plenty of opportunity for children and adults alike to make and decorate their own books and even write a short story. The fair will be held in the downtown Mission Plaza from 10:00 – 3:00 pm and is free to the public.

JAMES CALLAN, author of “Character: The Heartbeat of the Novel” will be giving a 2 hour workshop on Character Development to the DFW Ready Writers (DFW is for Dallas Fort Worth) on Saturday, May 10.

Then on Monday, May 12, JAMES will give a 1 ½ hour workshop on Character Development to the Texas Writers' Guild.






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.

MARILYN a.k.a. F. M. MEREDITH just completed her month long blog tour for “Murder in the Worst Degree.” Also in April, she spoke about her Rocky Bluff P.D. series at the Porterville Library, joined the Central Coast Sisters in Crime at an event in Morro Bay, and later in the month, a panel on Plotting a Mystery at the Santa Maria Library.


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.



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










D. R. RANSDELL is having the official book launch for “Island Casualty” on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm at D. R.’s Pink House, 1648 E. 9th Street in Tucson, AZ. There will be snacks, books and of course, Mariachis! Here is a link to D. R.’s website: http://www.dr-ransdell.com/calendar-of-author-events.html






BLOG CORRAL

JACKIE TAYLOR ZORTMAN is celebrating the one year anniversary of her book “We Are Different Now” being published. She has a new article on her blog and hopes you can stop in and check it out http://www.jtzortman.wordpress.com








ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Chanukah Guilt” offers her latest post about her reactions to reading childhood favorites as an adult. Always a pleasure to read anything by ILENE!  http://rabbiauthor.com 









JAMES CALLAN, author of “Cleansed by Fire” has two new upcoming blogs. On Tuesday, May 13, he will have a guest blog up at Novel Spaces, http://novelspaces.blogspot.com

And on Thursday, May 15, JAMES will have a guest blog up at Venture Galleries http://venturegalleries.com/author/jamesrcallan/







LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” continues her blog from Paris with her France Journal. This week enjoy a virtual visit to the city and churches and museums. Sounds lovely! http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/








SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” is also doing some traveling! She is off to enjoy Istanbul, Greece, and Macedonia to collect scenes, sounds and recipes for another book in the Dinner is Served series entitled Ancient Grease.” Read summaries of the planned next four books in the series at: http://sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com/2014/05/what-will-i-do-on-my-summer-break.html

“Mission Impastable” is May Mystery of the Month at Patricia Gligor’s site, http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com/2014/05/mystery-of-month-mission-impastable.html

SHARON is open to input about the differences between promotion and marketing. “Promotion or Marketing? What’s the Diff?” Please drop by, read, and comment at http://samwriteaway.blogspot.com/2014/05/promotion-or-marketing-whats-diff.html


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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