Friday, March 13, 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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Sharon Ervin, author of Jingo Street, has recently lost a beloved family member. Her son, Jim, 39, past away some days ago. "We prayed hard and grieved mightily. God answered other petitions, but His response on Jim was always "No." As hard as we strained for a year to provide everything Jim needed, I did not expect the  overwhelming relief as his spirit broke free and abandoned his diseased body. We had only a graveside service, but more than 100 people turned out to celebrate Jim's life and to bury him on Tuesday.

That was the week's bad news. 

Wednesday, I received a letter saying my novel JINGO STREET, published by Oak Tree Press, is a finalist in the Annual Oklahoma Book Award Competition. Winners will be announced by the Oklahoma Center for the Book at the Oklahoma Book Award ceremony April 11, 2015 in Oklahoma City. My ticket is complimentary. Additional tickets are $60 each. A table for eight is $425. The competition is stiff, so I doubt we will prevail. There are eight finalists in the fiction category."

It is not easy losing a family member. Words cannot bring them back, but they can ease the pain a bit. We at Oak Tree are saddened for the loss of your son, Sharon. We offer our condolences, prayers, and wish you and your family the best during these hard times.

When Matilda Made Time Stand Still by Cindy Ladage 
Cindy Ladage has written a delightful children's picture book, When Matilda Made Time Stand Still. When Matilda wants to continue to play and her mother tries to get her to go for a nap, Matilda inadvertently breaks her mother's watch and time stands still. The little girl is happy to continue with her tea party and playing with her dolls until she herself becomes sleepy and worries that she doesn't know how to get time to start again. Finally, she falls asleep. I won't tell you the end, you'll have to read this story. 

Violent Departures by F.M. Meredith
College student Veronica Randall, disappears from her car in her own driveway, everyone in the Rocky Bluff P.D. is looking for her. Detective Milligan and family move into a house that may be haunted. Officer Butler is assigned to train a new hire and faces several major challenges. 

The Tucson Festival of Books is this weekend! We hope to see as many people there! Not onyl will the festival be a venue for authors and bookstores to sell their books, but there will also be various speakers discussing a multitude of subjects! Oak Tree author, D. R. Ransdell, will be speaking about Indiebook publishing! The festival is at the University of Arizona, March 14-15. We shall be set up at booth 116. Hope to see you all there!

Today, JoAnn Ainsworth, author of Expect Trouble, will have a marvelous opportunity. At 10:15 AM, she will be on a panel at Crimelandia, the 2015 Left Coast Crime conference in Portland, OR (less snow than Portland, ME). It's called: How Did That Body Get There?: The Amateur Sleuth.

Saturday, March 14, Marilyn Meredith (aka F. M.) will be at the Book Barn on Clovis Ave., in Clovis at 2 p.m.
She’ll be participating on a panel about how mystery writing as changed since the days of Dashiell Hammett.

Coming soon, the next book in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, Violent Departures, by F. M. Meredith.
Blurb: College student, Veronica Randall, disappears from her car in her own driveway, everyone in the Rocky Bluff P.D. is looking for her. Detective Milligan and family move into a house that may be haunted. Officer Butler is assigned to train a new hire and faces several major challenges

This weekend Lorna Collins, author of Ghost Writer, will have an appearance at a library. On the 15th, she will be at the San Juan Capistrano Library Bookstore. This is the flier for the event.Lorna hopes to see and meet as many people there!


In the next week Pittsburgh Parent Magazine will publish the April 2015 issue. Ann K. Howley, author of Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, wrote the cover story about geocaching and a feature about hosting an international student for this issue! A great read for anyone interested in learning something a little different.



Jesus, don't know if this is appropriate news for the Weekly Round-up, but if so, please run it. Thanks!

Robert Weibezahl, author of The Dead Don't Forget, has had his first children's poem published. "Eight" is featured in the Spring 2015 of The Caterpillar, a lovely magazine featuring stories, poems, and art for kids published out of Ireland.

Robert Richter, author of Something Like a Dream
"The first weekend in March I’ll be at the Puerto Vallarta’s Writers Conference.  I have three prose sketches about west coast Mexico in the 2015 edition of COASTLINES, an anthology of fiction and poetry published by The Puerto Vallarta Writers Group in conjunction with the conference. The following weekend (Mar. 14-15) I will join other OTP authors in the booth at the Tucson Festival of Books."

Check out Barbara M. Hodge's interview of Thonie Hevron, author of Danger By Design, at Mystical-E, an online mystery e-zine. Here's the link: 
Here's Dac Crossley, reading from Guns of the Texas Ranger at The Twig Book Shop, San Antonio, Texas, March 8, 2015. A cold rainy day but an audience anyway.

This Sunday, March 15th, 4:00 PM at Bean & Leaf/Carmelo's Cafe, Nicholas Checker will present brief theatrical segments of Druids and Scratch for an event deemed Literacy & Arts in New London. Mayor Daryl Finizio will speak on behalf of essential funding & support for the Public Library of New London, while its director, Suzanne Maryeski, will also speak. Regional artists Katie Loyd (cover design for Druids & Scratch), Casey Moran, Justin Anderson, Adam Campos, and Eliza McNamara will also have work on display and for purchase -- as will be signed copies of both my novels. Classic guitarist Richard Zack will provide a lyrical background for the reading and will be available for future bookings. Cafe owner Tony Silvestri will have reasonably priced food on hand in the cafe's Community Room, which will be set up like a "dinner theater." No charge to attend this event. Just a worthy, fun afternoon, with the option to buy something.  (463 Bank Street, New London. Good parking.)

OTP authors Nancy LiPetri (The Wooded Path) and Billy Beasley (The River Hideaway) enjoyed meeting face-to-face at the February 28th Book ‘Em North Carolina writers conference and book fair in Lumberton, NC. The event was attended by over 80 authors from the region.

Media Blitz by Joe Nowlan
Everyone likes to clobber the media. But someone in Boston is going around killing them... an obnoxious radio talk host … a too handsome TV anchor … andanother talk show host all die violently. Strolling innocently into this murderous confusion is Ben Hudson, a photographer for a weekly newspaper...hardly anyone’s idea of a media celebrity. Hudson discovers two of the bloodied corpses of what the papers and TV call “The Boston Media Blitz." He also becomes involved with TV newswoman Charlotte Kimball--beautiful, witty and set on uncovering the murderer.

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Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Good job as always, Jesus! Thank you!

Nancy LiPetri said...

Thanks, Jesus, for relaying all the news.

Jesus Martinez said...

@Marilyn Meredith, thank you!
@Nancy LiPetri, thank you! Just posting all the information that I am provided from y'all.

Thonie Hevron said...

So much fun to see what other OTP authors are doing. Always an inspiration! Thanks, Jesus!

Ann K. Howley said...

Warm thoughts and prayers for Sharon and her family.

Ann K. Howley said...

Warm thoughts and prayers for Sharon and her family.