Friday, February 6, 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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Robert Richter's Something for Nothing novel was published last week! Here is what he had to say about this: "last week in January, Oak Tree released SOMETHING FOR NOTHING, the third Cotton Waters mystery set in Mexico. In conjunction with that I will be at Ajijic, near Lake Chapala, prior to the writers conference there in February to meet reviewers and editors, promoting the novel." Sounds like a festive time!


JoAnn Smith Ainsworth has a very special offer for all book readers! Coming up this Sunday, you have the opportunity to win a free copy of her latest book, Expect Trouble!
2/8/15 - 2/16/15 - Enter to win an Autographed copy of the supernatural thriller, Expect Trouble, at Goodreads Giveaways (free membership):

Beryl Reichenberg, children’s book author, has had a busy week with more to come next week as well. At the beginning of the week, she sent out her February Newsletter, Beryl’s News, to her email list detailing the Paper Craft classes for the month and other information.

Manic Readers has posted her blog post, a replay of the OTP post on marketing her picture books using paper craft and book making classes for kids:  Next week on February 9,  the same post will appear on Deb Hockenberry’s site, KidzTales
The Bumpy Road To Writing For Children, for those who missed the original.

Beryl returns to Los Ranchos Elementary School as she talks with the after school, enrichment class about illustrating stories on Thursday, February 5. 

Friday, February 6, she will be at the Gallery at the Network for the San Luis Obispo Art After Dark from 6 to 9. Beryl will be demonstrating Valentine Card making and there will be plenty of opportunity for the public to make their own cards. In addition, she will be selling and signing her children’s books. The gallery is located at 778 Higuera, Suite B for those downtown wishing to participate. 

Monday, February 9, Beryl will be at the Paso Robles City Library in conjunction with Bring Your Child to the Library Day. She will be teaching kids over the age of 7 how to make a Valentine accordion book form 3 to 4 and from 4 to 5. Contact the Paso children’s librarian, Heather Stephenson for more information.

Tuesday, February 10 is the usual monthly SLONightWriter’s meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 where Beryl will be selling and signing her children’s picture books. SLO NightWriters is a local writing organization for authors who write for all age and genre.  

Beryl says, “On Wednesday, I plan on relaxing and taking a break.”

Sunday, February 8, 2015 / 11am-12:30pm
Eileen Obser, “Writing about Your Life”
The author of Only You, a memoir of growing up in Queens, New York in the late 1950s, has taught memoir and personal essay writing for over 20 years. She will talk about various aspects of memoir writing: the need for discipline and motivation, dealing with the fears, and then going ahead and doing it, getting your story down on paper. She will read excerpts from her book, and quote from other writers, on craft and inspiration. There will be a Q &A, and rock and roll tunes from Only You will play in the background. Bring a pad and pencil to take notes! And be prepared for a good time.
Open to all and FREE (however a $10 donation would be appreciated if you are so inclined).

Helen Osterman, author of Locked Within, is having a Valentine's Day contest on her Facebook page. This is what she had to say: "How I Met my Mate. You're all writers, so be creative. My significant other tells everyone he picked me up at a railroad station. And, it's true. The contest closes on Monday, Feb.9th. The submissions will be judged by four published authors.
The winner will be announced on Valentine's Day and will receive a signed copy of my latest book, Danger by Design. So have some fun and get those submissions in. 

Saturday, February 7th, Helen will be selling and signing books at the Fight Cancer With Love fundraiser at Tracy's Treats in Whitehall, PA from noon to 2PM. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's 2015 South Hills Relay for Life. 

Richard Marranca's poem about a train trip in Thailand is coming out any day in The Paterson Literary Review. He's also going to read with many other author at the Montclair Library, Montclair, NJ at 7 PM, Thursday March 5. Good luck Richard!

This coming up Saturday, author Radine Trees Nehring, author of A Fair to Die For, shall have a book sale and luncheon at the Bentonville Library Foundation. Not only will she be selling her books, but she will be speaking to those in attendance! Sounds like a lot of fun, and good luck!

Recently, Nicholas Checker had a bit of fun with his book by doing something innovative and engaging. "I'd just like to share with my fellow Oak Tree authors that there's a good deal of benefits (and) decent sales to be gained from staging theatrically segments of your novel. By developing any kind of dramatic (or comic) flair in reading your own work -- treating your audience like captive listeners sitting round a campfire -- they will become engaged in your story. And adding some music in as background helps ... even the suggestion of props and costumes, etc. I recently launched my novel SCRATCH at Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT to a crowd of over fifty people and it worked fabulously. Give it a shot!"

Blast From the Past

This week's Blast From the Past book is Waifs of the Wasteland, by Wayne Beauvais. It has a really strong augmented voice about love and is set against the backdrop of the silent 1920s movies. Here's a little snippet of the book bio: "In 1925 Hollywood, Joe Holder, an ex-con just released from prison seeks to reclaim a lost love. But there is a hitch – while he was locked up, she became a movie star. Amid the glitter and grit of silent filmmaking, Joe soon finds he has two rivals for Rose Allen – an actor named Yancey Dix and Hollywood itself..."


Robert Weibezahl, author of The Dead Don't Forget, recently reviewed Graham Greene's novel, A Burnt-Out Case, on his blog. Here is the description if you're interested in reading more:

On February 4th, Eileen Obser, author of Only You, published on the otp blog about the importance of the family and doing things today rather than tomorrow. It's a great, short read that y'all should read if you have the time! Here is a snippet of her blog post: "There are messages in all this. One is to write that novel or play, biography or memoir sooner rather than later. And be with your family – mending fences, if you must – now. Travel, study, connect with old friends – do whatever you think of doing but don’t."

Dac crossley published an article about the ways humans are affecting the environment. Here is a little clippet, and is worth the read: "Our dear old earth has experienced five major extinctions of its flora and fauna. Remember your college geology class? Those eras when major groups of animals just disappeared all of a sudden (“sudden” in geological terms). There was the Great Extinction in the Permian era, when 96 percent of animal species went extinct. Everything you see now is descended from the other four percent. Including us.

You would think that people would view these changes with alarm, wouldn’t you? But our leaders seem to be brushing this information aside, under the table, under the rug. What does it take to focus attention on the consequences of these changes? I share the frustration of my ecologist colleagues."

You may view the whole article here:

Sharon Moore, author of Mission Impastable, as part of her on-going series of elements in mystery sub-genres, she took on true crime. For those hankering to write a true crime mystery, she posted 15 elements of that sub-genre.

This is Sharon’s third year participating in the April A-Z Blog Challenge. Her theme from last year got her noticed so they did an interview with her about her experience. Read it here:

She gives a sneak preview of what’s coming this April, so check it out! It’s a two-fer: fiction terms for each letter and a story in 26 parts, each part beginning with a different alphabet letter!

Nicola Furlong, author of Teed Off! was guest blogging about themes, characters and research on the Barn Doo Book Loft. Here's one of the questions she answered:
"What character that you’ve created most resembles you?
That’s a cinch. It’s my golfing / coroner protagonist from TEED OFF!, Riley Quinn. When I penned the novel, we were both in our mid-thirties, very athletic, outspoken and addicted to chocolate. As someone very sports-minded, I grew up forever disheartened by the paucity of opportunities for female athletes and the dearth of media interest. So, I figured what the hay? I’ll give women’s sports my own little showcase.
Professional women’s golf, with its media circus, big money and bigger emotional stresses, proved to be a fabulous backdrop to murder, offering rounds of opportunity for character conflicts. My poor Riley. Struggling to accept the loss of her ability to play professional golf, she had to stomach caddying for her famous older sister, while investigating the suspicious death of her best friend. But don’t fear, I’m not without heart. There’s always a Rogers’ chocolate or five at my gutsy gal’s fingertips."
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John Addiego said...

Once again, great roundup! Nice work, Jesus! The book covers, titles, and descriptions are really appealing!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Lots of good news and interesting events. Thanks, Jesus for a job well done. Beryl

Jesus Martinez said...

Thank you Mr. John and Ms. Beryl. I greatly appreciate it!

Thonie Hevron said...

Great job, Jesus! This gives me some ideas for next weeks post. We have some really active authors!

Eileen Obser said...

Thanks, Jesus. I'll be speaking on Sunday, February 8 at Guild Hall/John Drew Theater, in East Hampton, which this post doesn't mention. It's an honor to be invited for Table Talk, from 11 - 12:30 p.m. This is an event where local pros discuss their specialties, from arts to science, and we expect a large turnout.