Friday, March 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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Marilyn Meredith aka F. M., author of Violent Departures, will be with the Central Coast Sisters in Crime at the Nipomo Library on Saturday, March 28th, at 10 a.m. She’ll be presenting “How to Create a Mystery Series and Sustain It.”

"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."

JoAnn Ainsworth, author of Expect Trouble, has been making out and about promoting herself and her books at numerous events. Below are a few of them:
4/04/15 10:00 a.m. to noon - Guest Speaker at the Rossmoor writers club, Walnut Creek, CA. The speech is entitled, "Crafting and Marketing Fiction in Today’s Publishing Atmosphere.”
3/29/15 - Savvy Authors Blog Article, “How to Write a Keynote Address. ( SavvyAuthors Learning Center - ).


Beryl Reichenberg, OTP children's book author and artist, was be at the Studios on the Park March 20, for her monthly book making class with school kids. The class featured making a butterfly book, talking about Monarch Butterflies and reading Beryl's book, Butterfly Girls. Classes are held after school from 3:30 to 4:30 at 1130 Pine in Paso Robles. Kids under 6 years old may need the help of a parent. 

Butterflies were also on the schedule for Beryl's class at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum in Santa Maria on Saturday, March 21 from 2 to 3 PM. Making a butterfly book combined with a reading of Beryl's book When Caterpillars Dream and talking about the life cycle of Monarch Butterflies were featured. 
Ann K. Howley, author of Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, had a terrific time giving her memoir-writing presentation on Saturday, March 21st at the Carnegie Downtown & Business Library in Pittsburgh. A great group were in attendance, great questions and lots of laughs filled the room.

Also, Ann K. Howley will be participating in the Women Read/Women Write conference on Sunday, March 29th at the Carnegie Music Hall from 11:30am -5:00pm in Carnegie, PA. Tickets are going fast!

Miss Liberty, the only pig author on, showed up for breakfast recently with four bloody hooves and a red-streaked  stomach.
    Her horrified family thought a pack of coyotes had invaded her enclosure in rural Central Illinois.
    Carol Alexander, who co-wrote "The Big Squeal" with the literary pig, summoned help from Countryside Veterinary Service in Taylorville.
    Despite her wounds, a still frisky Miss Liberty refused help by taking refuge in her condo and trotting out of arm's reach. Finally veterinarian Meghan Ward grabbed her tail and injected a mild sedative.
    The diagnosis: a broken toe and irritated hooves and skin caused by harsh snow and ice and over-zealous leaps onto a dog igloo for exercise. Treatment turned into a spa interlude as toe nails were clipped and tusks trimmed. 
    Medics praised Miss Liberty's sparkling white teeth, attributed to "an apple a day." They declared the Amazon best-seller their "most stubborn" patient for initially refusing treatment.

This week's Blast From the Past book is Lorna Collins' Ghost Writer. Read the synopsis from the book below.

"When unemployed computer programmer Nan Burton inherits a California beach cottage from her great-great-aunt, she’s delighted. But she’s in for a huge surprise: The house is haunted by the ghost of famous romance writer Max Murdoch (pen name Maxine DuBois) who insists Nan complete his last novel, threatening to keep her from sleeping until she agrees. The ensuing clash pits youth against the long-dead but still egotistical author with humorous and moving results."


"On March 26, 1875 a band of Mexican raiders attacked Nuecestown, a settlement near Corpus Christi. Some twenty men surrounded Thomas Noakes’s store, which was closed. Noakes shot the first raider who entered the door. The raiders set fire to the building, but Noakes escaped via a trapdoor to a trench he’d prepared for that purpose.
Violence had escalated between Mexicans, Tejanos and Anglos, a cycle of attacks and revenge killings. Isolated cattle ranches suffered rustling and murders, with one ethnic group and then another taking revenge for a previous outrage. Following the Nuecestown raid, two companies set out to pursue the raiders. The sheriff of Nueces County captured the bandit shot by Noakes; a mob soon lynched him."

Read more on Dac Crossley's blog 
New blog post on Lorna Collin's blog.
Also, join Lorna and her husband on March 29 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at The Cottage Gallery on Los Rios in San Juan Capistrano for the launch of Larry’s new sci-fi book, The McGregor Chronicles: Book 1 – Saving Mike. Enjoy food, entertainment, and the works of some terrific artists plus the ambiance of the historic Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano.

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John M. Wills said...

Like the blast from the past feature. Makes the blog a bit more interesting.

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Thanks for the news, Jesus. Beryl

Billie Johnson said...

And with a book trailer, zowie, we are getting up to date!

great job, jesus, and of course to Lorna for her nifty trailer.