Friday, June 27, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND UP FOR JUNE 27, 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…

Spread the word! It’s time for the yearly Oak Tree Press writing contests! We have many genres to choose from: Dark Oak Mystery, Wild Oaks Western, Mystic Oaks Paranormal, Timeless Love Romance and Police Blotter. Novels must be 60,000 – 80,000 words, submitted electronically in a rich text, double spaced format, entry fee of $25.00 and submissions must be received by September 1, 2014. Grand prize in each genre is publication in paper and ebook formats! For complete information (including prizes, contract highlights, distribution and promo info) please visit www.oaktreebooks.com. 


Introducing “Mother Rabbit” written by Tekla Dennison Miller.
This title about a Playboy Club Bunny Mother was the winner of the 2012 Oak Tree Press Memoir Contest.

Alyce Bonura is a single mother who takes a position as the Bunny Mother of the Chicago Playboy Club to not only flee from a negative relationship but to pursue a career that guarantees financial freedom and upward mobility. Unfortunately, all is not what is assured or expected.

“Mother Rabbit” is a collaborative memoir about a woman, like so many others in the 1960’s, caught between living according to traditional societal mores and pursuing the promises of the feminist movement. Alyce’s stint as the Bunny Mother is set during a particularly turbulent era when even such a secluded environment as Playboy is affected by the Viet Nam War, the Apollo I tragedy and back alley abortions. Her story pays tribute to the women who had the courage to break free from the oppressive standards of the day while also dealing with the universal dilemmas of single mothers including abuse, financial crises, the special difficulties of parenthood and the quest for self-fulfillment.

SHIRLEY HICKMAN’s young reader book “Fall in Love with an Orange Tree or a Book” is a huge success with a teacher of a migrant education summer school program and his students. The children were able to keep their books which had been autographed by SHIRLEY. She says this has been an enormous ego trip for her! Here is an email she received from the teacher:

"We will finish your book today (Monday).  It has become a wonderful vehicle by which to connect vital language acquisition activities, teach analysis of good literature, and allow students a model for good writing.  To say they have enjoyed the book would be an understatement.  They will complete an expository post-test writing task this week using the skills we have worked to strengthen during our three weeks of intensive intervention."

“Fall in Love with an Orange Tree or a Book” explores the difficulties young illegal immigrants face and the shadow world they live in.      

When Elena Hernandez’s parents are suddenly taken away by uniformed men, she believes they were deported to Mexico. Only seventeen, she is left to care for her younger brother, Miguel and sister, Lupe. Elena struggles to support her family while pursuing an education. When a mysterious caller demands money for her parents’ return, Elena must choose between helping her parents or going to the police and risking deportation.

CAROL ALEXANDER and MISS LIBERTY got a special mention on TUMBLR! "The Big Squeal" was highlighted on Retro Campaigns, a classic political Tshirt company's page. It's quite a cute write up and I feel the same as the author when she says anything that starts "in the piginning" is okay by me!

And if you are in central IL this weekend by sure to stop by to see CAROL at the Assumption-fest. "The Big Squeal" will be spotlighted at a special literary event on Saturday, 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 LIBERTYCAROL will welcome visitors in front of the Assumption Historical Building at 2:00 this Saturday.


NICOLA FURLONG's swinging who-dun-it, "Teed Off," was featured in British Columbia's BC Bookworld's Summer 2014 Guide to BC Books and Authors. Fabulous!







WALTER LUCE has a great review of “Eva Pennington: Damsels of Diversion” to share with us. It comes from Amazon from a reviewer with the name Johnny Eyes:

"I have read the previous 2 books in the series and that enhanced the experience for this story but this story stands on its own. The story flows nicely with interesting characters and action of all kinds. Sexual activity is described in several sections and it is tasteful but graphic. Walter shows all sides of his damsels. Eva is the focal point but another couple of characters also move the story rapidly. A political banker with ties to Neo Nazi types who are carry over from Book 2. Luke Holder a detective gets involved in investigating several murders. As the story spirals to a conclusion you will find that you can't wait for Book 4. Walters style is fast moving interesting plot and characters. Enough said."


KEN OXMAN, author of "The Reluctant Assassin" had a nice gathering at the New Canaan Library last Thursday to talk about his upcoming book. KEN spoke for over an hour to a captivated audience. There was a question and answer to follow. KEN is welcomed back to the library when the book is released to speak again and will have books available for signing.






UPCOMING EVENTS

BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's author, will join children's book authors Heidi Gill and Destry Ramey on Saturday, June 28 from 1:00 – 3:00 at a Reading is Fun day at the Bookworm in Santa Maria on Betteravia, next to Pier One. They will read and sign their books, do a fun craft and activity table and hold a raffle. A percentage of the day's proceeds will be donated to the Santa Maria Humane Society. This is the first in a series of similar events to be held in the future at other local bookstores and toy stores.
  





EILEEN OBSER, author of memoir “Only You,” will be at Author Talk at the East Hampton Free Library on Saturday, June 28 from 1:00 – 2:30. The library is located at 159 Main Street in East Hampton, NY (631-324-0222) 
Stop by to see EILEEN and get an autographed copy of her book.








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.








VIRGIL ALEXANDER, author of “Saints & Sinners” will be having a book signing on June 28 from 1:00 – 3:00 at the Phoenix Metro Center Barnes & Noble located at 10235 N. Metro Parkway East in Phoenix, AZ (602-678-0088).

"Saints and Sinners" is my featured book of the week! Click the cover in the right sidebar to order direct from the publisher.






LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” is celebrating the first anniversary of The Cottage Gallery on Los Rios at 31701 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA. Please stop by and see her and her husband LARRY in the back garden on Saturday, June 28 between 1:00 and 3:00. 
They will have all their books with them, including their latest, “The Memory Keeper,” a historical novel set in San Juan Capistrano in the 1800s. Buy a signed copy of the book, or bring yours and have it signed by the authors. And keep in mind, it’s not too early to start thinking about holiday gift giving!  (You can also buy the book at any time in the gift shop of Mission San Juan Capistrano.) They will also have a raffle and other surprises.



J.L. GREGER will be speaking on "Science in Your Fiction" to the Humanist Society of New Mexico on Saturday, July 28 at Botts Hall in Albuquerque. She'll also sign copies of her medical thriller/mysteries: Ignore the Pain,” “Coming Flu,” and “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight.”
  







THONIE HEVRON will read from her upcoming book, “Intent to Hold,” during a bookstore event at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa, CA this Sunday, July 29 from 7:00 – 8:00.  "Hot Summer Nights" features 4 weeks of readings that include Love and Poetry, Short Stories and Children's/YA during July. THONIE will be one of four Fiction readers at the free event which is co-produced with Copperfield's Books and Redwood Writers.





BLOG CORRAL

JOHN LINDERMUTH, author of “Sooner than Gold” blogs about the anniversary of the typewriter. The typewriter, an instrument we’ve all had occasion to adore, blaspheme and abuse. A blog on the subject awaits comment: http://jrlindermuth.blogspot.com/








DelSheree Gladden of The Edible Bookshelf has launched a Summer of interviews. Below is the list, dates, and links to each interview. The link will NOT work until the day specified at 8:00am MST.





MICHAEL MATSON, author of “The Dancing Boy” has a blog tour coming up.....below is his schedule for the next few weeks with more dates in an upcoming WRU.

July 1st - Arlene Mullen - My Life, Loves and Passion
http://mullenarmyfamily.blogspot.com/

July 3rd – Patricia Green will be hosting a Book Spotlight with a Book Excerpt –
Room With Books - http://roomwithbooks.com

July 10th - Rhonda Laney - Read A Lot Blog  http://readalot-rhonda1111.blogspot.com/

July 17th - Mareena McGirr - Emeraldfire's Bookmark   
http://rubyandthetwins.blogspot.com




LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” finished up her trip to Paris. Click the following link for the grand finale of her France Journal:
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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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Visual Literature by Nicholas Checker

 VISUAL LITERATURE
 
Hi fellow Oak Tree authors. I've read a number of your blogs and posts in the Loop and in the Authors' Connections, and at your various sites.. I'm proud to be among such a talented and productive family. Definitely getting a much clearer picture of who you  are, the flavor of your work, and the pulse of Oak Tree Press. I'm in the right place for sure!
 
As posted previously, my two novels, Druids and Scratch, are scheduled for publication in late August and mid-October respectively. I'm just starting my promotional blitz and I'd like to share, briefly, with all of you a medium that might interest you: visual literature.
 
Recent coverage of it by a local Southeastern Connecticut newspaper, and some images of an actual presentation are shown below. Briefly, this is a medium where either the author or actors (and possibly dancers too) actually perform what's being read by a narrator. The author may take part in the performance or cast specific performers who then go through suggestions of movement, action and expression -- both physical and vocal -- in conveying dramatically the literary aspect of the story, as well as providing a visual hint of what's going on. Background music can also be added, either live or recorded. This can be done rather extravagantly -- or as simply as one or two (even more) people sitting around a table literally  "acting out" a short segment of the story. At the Dragon's Egg in Ledyard, CT -- a unique theatre & dance studio -- I enlisted several actors & dancers I know, garbed them in bits of costuming and did the same with set pieces, and also utilized some original music. The result was spectacular and I now have a nice crowd of people talking up my two novels, while the local media has also become somewhat enraptured by the concept.
 
And this entire concept can be handled by a single person sitting down ... flavoring it with mere hints of costume & props, etc ... or moving around and doing the whole presentation with limited theatrical accoutrements. It just makes the whole lure of the story being told that much more enticing and entertaining. I will stop here and say I will happily share more of this with anyone who would like to give it a try. (nickchecker@oaktreebooks.com)
 
As for my two forthcoming novels, Druids is a fantasy adventure of three unlikely comrades trying to save a broken kingdom from a Druid Lord who has unleashed a deranged sorcery on their world. It also speak out for those deemed "out of synch with the norm."
 
Scratch is an allegorical saga of a legendary tomcat on a quest to save two warring clans from a greater horror quietly stalking them all. It also explores the decency and despair of human and animal relations.
 
The image here is the cover for Scratch, done by a gifted young artist, Katie Loyd, who is also doing my cover for Druids -- currently being designed.  Thanks for reading this!!!
 
(PS: I've also attached a really striking image from our presentation at the Dragon's Egg.)
 
Nicholas Checker 
 
 

"Druids & Scratch" performed at Dragon's Egg

Published May 29. 2014 4:00AM
Brian Ellsworth, Sharyn Farrell, center, and Christine Poland rehearse the production of "Druids & Scratch."
  

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.
- RICK KOSTER
"Druids & Scratch," 5 p.m. Sunday, the Dragon's Egg, 401 Shewville Road, Ledyard; free, donations accepted; (860) 535-3346

Today is the Second Day of My Free Book Offer!


I’m offering a free copy of Angel Lost for Kindle from June 20 through the 27th.

This is the first time I've done a freebie and I'm hoping it will be successful. 

 If you haven’t tried one of the books in the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series, this is a good way to start.


Writing Angel Lost was an absolute joy. When I began, I knew it was time for Officer Stacey Wilbur and Detective Doug Milligan to get married. I also wanted to incorporate something that happened in the town next to mine--the appearance of an angel in a store window. This angel appeared for several nights, brought huge crowds, so many that the police had to station themselves in the median to make sure people stayed out of the street. I never saw the angel but I drove by one evening and saw the crowds.

The book received many great reviews and here is one of my favorites.

Review:
Reading a F.M. Meredith Rocky Bluff novel is like having a wonderful family visit—without having to travel farther than your favorite chair. Once again, Marilyn delivers a story you want to get into, a mystery you want to unravel (several actually), and characters you like and want to root for. In “Angel Lost,” F.M.’s Rocky Bluff  Police Department “family” must really come together to save one of their own--with a little help from an angel. A most enjoyable read. Thank you Marilyn!"

Madeline (M.M.) Gornell, the author of “Uncle Si’s Secret,” “Death of a Perfect Man,” and “Reticence of Ravens.” http://www.mmgornell.com


I'll report back once the freebie offer is over.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

Friday, June 20, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR JUNE 20, 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…

It’s time for the yearly Oak Tree Press writing contests! We have many categories to choose from:
Dark Oak Mystery, Wild Oaks Western, Mystic Oaks Paranormal, Timeless Love Romance and Police Blotter. 
Novels must be 60,000 – 80,000 words, submitted electronically in a rich text, double spaced format, entry fee of $25.00 and submissions must be received by September 1, 2014. Grand prize in each genre is publication in paper and ebook formats! For complete information (including prizes, contract highlights, distribution and promo info) please visit www.oaktreebooks.com.  

OTP and CAROLYN NIETHAMMER are proud to introduce “The Piano Player,” a historical novel just released this past week. It is now available on www.amazon.com or www.shopotpbooks.com

I have also chosen "The Piano Player" to be our Featured Book of the Week. Simply click on the cover on the right sidebar of the blog to order direct from OTP.

When well-bred Mary Rose follows her dream to rowdy 1882 Tombstone, she quickly discovers that her sheltered life has not prepared her for the challenges of being a piano player in The Bird Cage Theater. Help comes from her landlady, Nellie Cashman, proprietor of The Russ House. Though vastly different, the two women both must thrive in world outside of society’s norms. Upon leaving Tombstone their lives diverge, but they come together again with old friends to hike the treacherous Chilkoot Pass and seek their elusive fortunes in the in the 1898 Klondyke gold rush. Together they deal with a lover who turns out to be a murderer, imprisonment in a Mexican jail, near death falling into the icy Yukon River and disappointment when their quest for gold is dashed. Ultimately they both find the success they have sought.





MARILYN MEREDITH will be offering the kindle version of “Angel Lost” for FREE from June 20 – 24 on amazon.com. This is the 7th book in the very popular Rocky Bluff P. D. series. 


Angel Lost is the seventh in F. M. Meredith’s Rocky Bluff Police Department series, and fans of this series will be delighted to learn that it delivers everything we have come to expect in these books – characters that feel like neighbors and a handful and a half of subplots all neatly woven together. Detective Doug Milligan is set to marry Officer Stacey Wilbur. As their wedding day approaches he is unhappy about not getting to spend much time with her but even more unhappy about her assignment to jog the beach in hopes of catching a pervert who has been exposing himself to women.  Abel Navarro’s mother is showing signs of Alzheimer’s, the new transfer from the LAPD has a problem that won’t be solved merely by transferring to a small town, and a reflection on a plate glass window downtown is seen by some as a sign from God because it appears to be an angel. Others see it as just a quirky reflection. The Rocky Bluff PD sees it as a distraction because of the crowds that gather each night to see it. Just as these things seem to be coming to a head, a serial kidnapper and perhaps murderer who has been working his way south from Oregon shows up. Meredith wraps everything up in a most satisfactory fashion. These books are a sort of cross between The Waltons and Hill Street Blues, and I hope there are many more to come. 
– J. Mike Orenduff, The Pot Thief mysteries


I am pleased to introduce ANN HOWLEY, a new addition to our OTP family. Her book "Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad" is scheduled to be released this August. How about a nice OTP welcome for ANN!

At the tender age of 9 or 10, I wrote a letter to the editor of National Geographic Magazine to express my shock over a story about rats that are considered holy and are allowed to overrun a famous temple in India. I distinctively remember telling the editor that the article made me feel sick (which was true), and that I could hardly bear to look at the magazine (which was a lie, because I couldn’t stop staring at the appalling photographs of rats and humans living, dining and sleeping together.)

My heartfelt missive must have made an impression, because several months later I received a response, not from the editor, but from the publisher of National Geographic Magazine, who said that my letter had come to his “particular” attention. He thanked me for writing, and said he was glad I “enjoyed” the article.

Although I was so young, and, of course, the publisher’s response was supremely professional and polite, I still got the feeling that my rat letter gave him a good laugh.

It may not have been my original intention, but I kind of liked that feeling.

Now fast forward several decades, and I still like the feeling when my writing makes people laugh. Whether it’s a tongue-in-cheek piece about Hollywood actresses, or an essay about my son’s obsession with flushing things down the toilet, I like to write about the inevitable surprise and hilarity in life. I am a regular contributor to Pittsburgh Parent Magazine and my writing has appeared in skirt! Magazine, the LA Reader, Clever Magazine, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, The Inkwell and other publications.

I’m thrilled that Oak Tree Press will soon publish my humorous, coming of age memoir called Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, about how a well-intentioned “problem child” grows up and goes bad (in a good way).

Mark your calendars! Release date is August 1, 2014! I promise: NO RATS.

- Ann K. Howley
Author of Confessions of A Do-Gooder Gone Bad coming from Oak Tree Press in August 2014


Also introducing, RONALD WENDLING, author of the upcoming memoir Unsuitable Treasure: an Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past,” spent the weekend of June 13-15 attending an annual gathering of ex-Jesuits at Wernersville, PA (near Reading). The news that his book will be published by OTP was warmly welcomed there. And a nice, warm welcome to you, RON, from the OTP family!






UPCOMING EVENTS


AMY BENNETT, author of “End of the Road” and “No Lifeguard on Duty” will be signing copies of her Black Horse Campground mysteries at Treasure House Books and Gifts, 1012 South Plaza NW, Old Town Albuquerque, NM on Saturday, June 21, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.  This is a great bookstore that specializes in New Mexico books and authors and is located near the historic plaza in Old Town Albuquerque.






On Saturday, June 21, Tulare Kings Writers will meet at Arts Visalia, 214 E. Oak Avenue, Visalia, from 10:00 am to noon. Author, instructor and speaker MARILYN MEREDITH will present "Simple Self-Editing Tips," explaining what to do before sending your writing off to a publisher.







KEN OXMAN is gearing up to introduce his novel, “The Reluctant Assassin” on June 24th at 7:00 pm at the New Canaan Library. Here is an article the Library has on their website about KEN:


New Canaan resident KEN OXMAN has recently published his first novel, and will appear at the Library on Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 pm in the Lamb Room to introduce his debut thriller, "The Reluctant Assassin."
An adventurer himself, news broadcaster and now author, KEN OXMAN has parlayed some of his own experiences - including hang gliding and narrow escapes - into the riveting thriller "The Reluctant Assassin." Drawing on his time in the British Navy (and borrowing a few of his father’s tales from World War II), OXMAN weaves a tense story around U.S. Navy Lieutenant Nathan Blake, whose premier talent just happens to be expertly killing targets at close range. A conflicted soul, Blake isn’t proud of what he excels at, but can’t escape the fact that this unorthodox skill is what his country needs.
KEN OXMAN was an officer cadet in the British Merchant Navy and began his civilian career writing and presenting for BBC local radio. More recently, he has written and presented weekly commentaries for CPR/NPR. KEN also directed a series of Noel Coward plays for NPR. He is an actor and director, a UK qualified teacher of English & Drama, and a voice coach and public speaking coach. When not busy doing any of the above, he happily helps his wife in her antiques business."The Reluctant Assassin" is his first novel.


EILEEN OBSER, author of memoir “Only You,” will be reading at the following libraries this month: 
On June 26 from 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Connetquot Library at 760 Ocean Avenue, Bohemia, NY (631-557-5079) There will be live music with Joe Bonelli!

On June 28 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm EILEEN will be at the East Hampton Free Library at 159 Main Street
East Hampton (631-324-0222). Stop by and meet EILEEN and see what all the fuss is about with her memoir "Only You." 



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 pm, at the Lompoc Library, 501 E. North Ave., Lompoc CA.  MARILYN will be speaking about e-publishing.








VIRGIL ALEXANDER, author of “Saints & Sinners” will be having a book signing on June 28 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Phoenix Metro Center Barnes & Noble located at 10235 N. Metro Parkway East in Phoenix, AZ (602-678-0088). Stop in and meet VIRGIL!









LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” is celebrating the first anniversary of The Cottage Gallery on Los Rios at 31701 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, CA. Please stop by and see her in the back garden on Saturday, June 28 between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. LORNA and LARRY will have all their books with them, including their latest, "The Memory Keeper" a historical novel set in San Juan Capistrano in the 1800s. Buy a signed copy of the book, or bring yours and have it signed by the authors. The book is also available in the gift shop at Mission San Juan Capistrano. There will be a raffle and other surprises! LORNA is finishing up her trip to France, read about her last days in Paris on her blog at http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/ 



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 27. 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!


J. L. GREGER will be speaking on "Science in Your Fiction" to the Humanist Society of New Mexico on Saturday, July 28 at Botts Hall in Albuquerque. She'll also sign copies of her medical thriller/mysteries: Ignore the Pain,” Coming Flu,” and Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight.” 









THONIE HEVRON will read from her upcoming book, “Intent to Hold,” during a bookstore event at Copperfield's Books in Santa Rosa, CA on July 29 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.  "Hot Summer Nights" features 4 weeks of readings that include Love and Poetry, Short Stories and Children's/YA during July. THONIE will be one of four Fiction readers at the free event which is co-produced with Copperfield's Books and Redwood Writers. To the left is the logo Thonie has created for her Nick and Meredith Mystery series.






BLOG CORRAL

DelSheree Gladden of The Edible Bookshelf has launched a Summer of interviews. Below is the list, dates, and links to each interview. The link will NOT work until the day specified at 8:00 am MST.







SHARON ARTHUR MOORE, author of “Mission Impastable” has been tapped to be on panel at Public Safety Writers Conference (PSWA)with other authors (including MARILYN MEREDITH and ILENE SCHNEIDER) in July discussing what it takes to write a series

Character development is huge for writers. SHARON shares “Five Ways to Get to Know Characters” at http://writeonsisters.com/writing-craft/five-ways-to-get-to-know-your-characters/

On “Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary Time”, SHARON shares some ways to be a Quick Cook like her protagonist Alli in "Mission Impastable" http://sharonarthurmoore.blogspot.com/2014/06/cook-smarter-not-harder.html

SHARON's other persona, Angelica French, the romance writer, wonders why have date nights. http://angelicafrench.blogspot.com/2014/06/date-night.html



JOHN (J. R.) LINDERMUTH, author of “Sooner than Gold” is Marilyn Meredith’s blogging guest and they discuss how to create a memorable character. This is great advice coming from JOHN who is the author of 13 novels! :http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com/









DAC CROSSLEY, author of the newly released “Code of the Texas Ranger” blogs on a sunny June morning about Texas in 1828, an inspection trip, and illegal immigrants.








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.

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