Friday, January 30, 2015


Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! As always, thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website,, for a complete list of all the great books we have available. But now, for your reading pleasure, our authors have news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs and more to share with you as we head into the Round-Up…

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Check out our sample chapters on MANIC READERS! 

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Douglass Seaver has an offer for all of you interested in getting a FREE book! He is offering his book to the first 20 people in exchange for a review. Author Douglass Seaver had this to say about his offer: "For the first twenty people who respond, I’ll swap you a trade paperback copy of The Fourth Rule, my international suspense novel, for a review on Good Reads or Amazon. Contact me through my website and mention you saw this offer on the OTP Weekly Round-Up.

Get it while it lasts!  



Come and meet Billy Beasley, the author of The River Hideaway, a novel set in Wilmington in 1967. The author is a lifetime resident of North Carolina and the book focuses on faith in God as well as the racial turmoil of the period.

Billy Beasley, author of The River Hideaway, will be having a book signing January 31 at Barnes & Nobles in the Crabtree Mall 4325 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27612.

You may purchase The River Hideaway on Oak Tree's website:

Drop by to visit with JoAnn S. Ainsworth at these upcoming Expect Trouble author events:

Monday, March 2, 4:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. PT, Goodreads "Ask the Author"

Ask your questions 24/7 (, but just for you, I'll hang around Goodreads the first Monday of each month from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT.

2/8/15 to 2/16/15 -- Goodreads Giveaway:  Win an autographed copy of the supernatural thriller, EXPECT TROUBLE  (

You may purchase Expect Trouble on Oak Tree Books' website:

F.M. (aka Marilyn) Meredith is busy, busy, busy planning the promotion for her next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery, Violent Departures.
Besides a 21 day blog tour in April, she’s also working on the book launch! (How's that for double overtime?) It will be held at 6p.m. on April 16th at the Porterville (CA) Library.

Purchase Marilyn Meredith's books on Oak Tree Books' website:

Amy M. Bennett, author of No Lifeguard on Duty, has a busy February coming up! She will be promoting her Black Horse Campground series and new book No Vacancy, which is the third book in the series!

Sunday, February 15—I’ll be signing books at Books, Etc., 2340 Sudderth Drive, Ruidoso, New Mexico from 2-4 p.m.

Purchase Amy M. Bennett's books on Oak Tree Books' website:

Blast From the Past

This week's book is from author John Lindermuth, Fallen From Grace. The synopsis of the book is as follows:
"As the 19th century winds to a close, Sheriff Sylvester Tilghman of the small Pennsylvania town of Arahpot ponders his biggest problems: finding a new deputy and convincing his true love, Lydia, to marry him. But an early autumn day finds Arahpot’s usual tranquility shaken when a stranger is fatally stabbed.

Suddenly Sylvester is plunged into investigating two murders. As he works through an abundance of suspects, Tilghman finds himself in danger. And worse -- Lydia is pushing her obnoxious cousin as a candidate for deputy."

Purchase the Fallen From Grace on Oak Tree Books' website:


S. L. Smith, author of Murder on a Stick, was recently featured on OTP author Lesley Diehl's blog. Here's what she had to say:
"I agree with my fellow mystery writers who say there is nothing funny about murder. Even so, my characters exchange frequent quips. As is true with many people in their field, St. Paul police investigators Pete Culnane and Martin Tierney rely on humor to make the darker parts of their jobs more bearable

When first partnered with Pete, Martin’s middle name was solemn. Early on, Pete made it his mission to get Martin to lighten up—for his sake and for Martin’s."

Read the whole post on Lesley Diehl's blog:

Purchase Murder on a Stick on Oak Tree Books' website:

Beryl Reichenberg, children's picture book author, visited Los Ranchos School in San Luis Obispo both Wednesday and Thursday this week to meet with a kindergarten class and an enrichment class. For the little ones, she talked about writing and her stories and encouraged these new writers. "Yes, kids do start writing in Kindergarten. This class is focusing on "How to" pieces so I spent some time on my book Ants on a Log, and we talked about how one might write a description of how to make that yummy snack." 
The enrichment class met after school and was attended by six kids from the third grade to sixth grade.  Beryl talked about how she illustrates her stories and suggested ways the students might want to use to illustrate their own stories. This class will be meeting for four more weeks, and Beryl will be working with another children's book author, Heidi Gill, teaching other skills. 

Purchase Ants on A Log on Oak Tree Books' website:

"Middle Age in Fiction By Janet Greger"
"Do writers (except for cozy mysteries) seldom create clever middle-aged women protagonists or do readers seldom turn these books into best sellers? 
You probably said, "Of course not." But think. Agatha Christie’s Jane Marple is an elderly spinster, not a middle-aged woman. Many of the middle-aged women in novels and films are victims - mothers who lost their children and wives abused by their husbands and/or the welfare and penal systems. They’re often pathetic, and they certainly don’t radiate a positive image for middle-aged women, at least at the start of the novels. Successful professionals in many romance, suspense, and mystery novels are unrealistically young. Few experts in medicine, science, law, or business are in their twenties or thirties in the real world." For more, see:

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