Friday, February 27, 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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Scratch by Nicholas Checker
"Scratch is a chilling tale of loyalty, friendship, and courage – set in the mysterious world of feral cats. It also contains reflections of how cultures too often misread and mistrust one another, leading to ends that might have been avoided. White Saja, a renowned tomcat of the wild woodlands, returns to his old haunts to rescue his onetime clan from a gruesome fate. It leads him on a fearful quest into the brooding Dark Woods where he and a reluctant rival must seek the aid of a dread creature whose very name has long invoked terror in them all. Enter the pages of Scratch and discover unrelenting adventure!" 

Evening of the Dragonfly by Mary Montague Sikes

Threatening telephone calls and strange cars with dark-tinted windows plague artist/teacher Farrah Ferand. Recovering from the tragic loss of her mother, Farrah is trying to adapt to the life of a small-town art teacher when she encounters Dirk Lawrence, a mysterious stranger. Her attraction to him is immediate and electric until Farrah discovers Dirk is part of the Lawrence and Pendesky investment firm that led to her mother's downfall a few years earlier. Farrah's not too perfect dating relationship with Tom Douglas, the town favorite football coach, worsens. An unexpected encounter leads to dates with Dirk and his help with the construction of a dream art studio in her rented house. But trouble looms with Tom who believes he and Farrah are engaged, and the entire town appears to be drawn in. Haunting dreams and lost memories overwhelm Farrah as she creates paintings for a one-person art show. Will shadows of the past ruin all hope for Farrah and Dirk?

My Dad's the Wrestling Coach by W.V.Quarters
All Kristen Brockport wants is for her father, the legendary local high school wrestling coach, to stop destroying her burgeoning social life with his intimidating stares and grumpy disposition. She truly loves her dad, especially since her mom walked out on them without warning years before, but his reputation and general demeanor have caused her problems no high school freshman should ever face. When she develops a teenage crush on his new assistant coach, Mitch, Kristen decides to join her father’s wrestling team, against his stern wishes, but as the season progresses, Kristen forgets about Mitch, and instead focuses more on mysterious senior standout Cal who is hiding a tragic, dark secret. All is going well until her cancer-ravaged mother returns to rekindle their relationship and Kristen is placed in the middle of an awkward reunion. As the championship match unfolds against her dad’s hated rival, Kristen is forced to actually wrestle in the deciding match, a nightmare she never imagined. More importantly, however, she is forced to face some harsh realities about her family and, ultimately, herself.

Something for Nothing by Robert Richter

“Something for Nothing is set in the swampy lowlands of coastal Nayarit. Its locales are perceptively observed, the background history entirely plausible, and the dialogue faithfully echoes the voices of its motley crew of colorful characters. Seeking revenge for the killing of his drifter buddy Gabby MacLean, and hoping to be the first to find the treasure, Cotton Walters steps into a world of danger. An entertaining read from beginning to end!”

Eva Pennington by Walter Luce
"Suspenseful, riveting, as brilliant, vivacious women take on the banking industry. 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." 

No Vacancy by Amy M.Bennett

 “Close the campground saturday. This is your only warning. Your life is in danger.” So reads the note shoved under the door of the Black Horse Campground store as Corrie Black and her staff celebrate the first “no vacancy” day of the season. But is the note meant to be a warning... or a threat? When a man suspected of writing the note is found dead in a cabin, it seems that the threat is averted."
The Tucson Festival of Books is coming up soon! It's right around the corner and we hope to see as many people there! The festival is at the University of Arizona, March 14-15. We shall be set up at booth 116. hope to see y'all there!

Marilyn aka F.M. Meredith, author of over 10+ OTP books, will be a part of the Local Author’s Day at the Madera Library (Madera CA) on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 11-3. She’ll have many of her books with her, including copies of the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series.

On Friday March 6, Tekla Dennison Miller, author of Mother Rabbit, will be the keynote speaker for the Women's Resource Center's annual Extraordinary Woman luncheon at the Henry Strater Hotel, Durango, Colorado. This year's theme is "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives." This luncheon is one of several programs celebrating Women's History Month. Wednesday March 18 at 7 am I will presenting at the Day Break Rotary at the Durango Colorado Recreation Center.

Nicholas Checker: "Oak Tree Press has thus far been a blessing in that my two novels, Druids & Scratch are making headway in online purchases and at book stores in my region. The store owners have been very eager to carry my books and to allow for promotional events. In the coming weeks I have a major event coming up at the Bean & Leaf/Carmelo's Cafe which is letting me use its large community room for a presentation of both novels -- and as a means of encouraging literacy and a greater funding for the New London Public Library. The mayor will also speak at this event which should prove to be one that draws a large, appreciative crowd. The banner of Oak Tree Press shall be unfurled that day!"

Beryl Reichenberg, OTP children's book author and artist, will be returning to Studios on the Park in Paso Robles on February 27 for a children's  book making class. Featured this week is a Hungry Dinosaur book. "We will be talking about dinosaurs. I will read one of my stories, Ariel, the Littlest Dinosaur and teach the kids how to make this new book form. They will then be able to draw and write in their new books."  Studios is at 1139 Pine Street and the class will be held after school from 3:30 to 4:30


Larry K. & Lorna Collins (author of Ghost Writer) were recently speaking to a writing class at Laguna Woods Village about their journey in publishing and how drastically the industry has changed in the last ten years.

Read about their books: 31 Months in Japan: The Building of a Theme Park, Murder... They Wrote, Murder in Paradise, Lakeview Park, Snowflake Secrets, Seasons of Love, The Art of Love, An Aspen Grove Christmas, ...And a Silver Sixpence in Her Shoe, award-winning Directions of Love, Ghost Writer, and The Memory Keeper at 


This week's Blast From The Past book is by W. S. Gager: A Case of Volatile Deeds. "Mitch finally scores a weekend dinner with a cute receptionist, but true to his reporter instincts, an explosion in a high rise office building makes him stand up his date as he runs for an exclusive. Mitch learns that much of what he knows about his date and her work aren’t what they seem.

His world continues to twist when the police captain asks for his help and a city hall informant is found floating in the river. Mitch must keep his head down or a cute dog with a knack for finding dead bodies will be sniffing out his corpse.


The Authority, the monthly newsletter of the Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association, ran the cover for The Fourth Rule and an announcement of its publication in a recent newsletter that mentioned Oak Tree Press and the book’s availability on Amazon.  
Douglass Seaver will be featured in the March issue of The Big Thrill, the monthly magazine of International Thriller Writers, as a debut novelist in the suspense/thriller/mystery genre. The interview by Dawn Ius, Assistant Managing Editor, will be available the first of March at or immediately on my website at

J. L. Greger, author of Malignancy, offers advice on using facts to enhance fiction on her blog. Check it out here:

In case you're looking for Ilene Schnieder in the next few months, you can find her here:
Ilene Schnieder

J. R. Lindermuth, author of Fallen From Grace and Sooner Than Gold, recently posted on his blog on the topic of Black History. It is a new blog on honoring African-American mystery writers for Black History Month. You may read more on his blog:

Dac Crossley, author of various Revenge of the Ranger novels, has posted on his blog about "Defending the Alamo." Here is what he had to say: "last of February and there's hope in the clouds. It will get better. And I'm blogging about February 1836 - and San Antonio de Bexar, and the Alamo fortress. Join me for a 'what if?'

There's a trip to Corpus and to San Antonio on the drafting table - stay tuned."

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Beryl Reichenberg said...

All good news! Thanks, Jesus. Beryl

John Addiego said...

Another excellent blog, Jesus! Thanks for getting this out there!

Thonie Hevron said...

The covers are all very attractive. Another good round-up, Jesus!

Radine Trees Nehring said...

Very interesting, and makes me wish I could read for at least 12 hours a day---alas!