Friday, April 17, 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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Amy Bennett will be at the Alamogordo Downtown Merchants Association Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 17th (today!), signing copies of all three of her Black House Campground mystery novels! Also, on the 20th, she has been invited invited to speak to the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School in El Paso, TX. One of their 8th grade students recently won first prize at a literary fair for her report on Amy's first novel, “End of the Road” and, when the principal discovered that the student was related to the author (she’s Amy's niece!) they asked me to come speak to the students about being a writer and how a book gets published. See this week’s Back Deck Blog for Amy's post about my young readers:

Channing Whitaker is planning a couple events for his newly released book, Until the Sun Rises: One Night in Drake Mansion, for this coming weekend. He will be having a book release party and signing event on Friday April 17th (today!), in Iowa City, IA, at Brix Cheese Shop and Wine Bar, from 6pm - 9pm. The following day, he will be having another book signing on Saturday April 18th, in Centerville, IA, at Morgan’s Ice Cream Parlor, from 2pm - 5pm.

Douglass Seaver, author of The Fourth Rule, is excited to announce that he will be one of five debut thriller authors selected by the International Thriller Writers to join New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline on April 17 at the Palm Beach Peril. This major event will introduce Lisa’s latest noel, Every Fifteen Minutes, and will include readings, a panel discussion and book signings. Douglass will be there to discuss and sign copies of The Fourth Rule. The event will be held at the Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library in Delray Beach, FL beginning at 2 p.m. If you are in the area, please join them!
Date: April 17, 2015 02:00PM
Venue: Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library in Delray Beach, FL
Location: The United States


Robert Weibezahl, author of The Dead Don't Forget, returns to his literary project: reading the complete works of Graham Greene. Here's his new blog entry, on Greene's debut novel, The Man Within.
Also, Listen to an interview with Robert Weibezahl about the forthcoming audio recording of his short story, "Objet D'Art":

Ronald Wendling updated us with new information: "My memoir, UnsuitableTreasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past, was released on April 6th.The images at the end of each chapter were scanned from my family photo album by Christopher O. Dixon, Archival Research Historian at the Drexel Library of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, who also took the back cover photograph.

Chris also contributed his remarkable photographs of red-tailed hawks on the Saint Joseph’s campus to a book entitled Crimson and Gray recently published by SJU Press. Members of the campus community are known as Hawks and “Crimson and Gray,” the school colors, were the names given to two red tailed hawks followed by a “Hawk Cam” as, nesting in a campus tree,they became the proud parents of two baby hawks, “Iggy” and “Swoop”!"

Robert Richter, author of Something for Nothing, has an event to invite you all to. He is doing a book promotion and would like y'all to join. Here is what he had to say, "I recently did a podcast interview with George Puckett for his website on retiring in Mexico. I talk about my books and characters and Mexico in general. I hope you’ll check it out.
While you’re at it, please check out my book page on
If you read one of my books, please feel free to write a review for the book page on Amazon or on Goodreads or any other book website you use. .
Here’s a review of Something Like A Dream:"

The Big Squeal author Liberty the Pig felt like one of Beryl Reichenberg's social butterflies when a distingished visitor from Moscow, Russia came to America's heartland.

A few months ago, Svetlana Gorokhova accepted Miss Liberty's true story about Mr. Lincoln in his lawyering days for the permanent collection at the All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature. Wanting to walk in Mr. Lincoln's footprints, Svetlana came to America recently and explored the locale of Abe and Liberty. During a packed schedule, Svetlana chatted about Liberty's memoir with Cory Jobe, the new Illinois Director of Tourism, and with distinguished professors at the Mortenson Center of the University of Illinois Library in Champaign-Urbana.
The Big Squeal now delights patrons of the Children's Library at the U of I. Susan Schnuer, far right, holds the book after a round table discussion on Lincoln history and the importance of libraries as global cultural centers.


This week, the book to be featured for the Blast From The Past is Carl Moen's, The Last of the Railroad Police. In the 1950s, Chicago was a great railroad center, and its Proviso yard was the largest in the world.
Times were hard in the Eisenhower Fifties, and I had a young family. When I heard it would pay $80 a month more, I had to take it on.
Looking back, it surprises me that I lived through it all: the fights, the gun play, arson, even a brush with the mafia. More dangerous were men so anxious to carry a gun, they’d work the job for nothing.

Lorna Collins recently invited Marilyn Meredith to discuss writing about ghosts on her blog. Check out her blog for that spooky tale and other interesting topics!

Have you ever wondered what the effects of an April Fools joke are? Check out Rabbi Ilene Schneider's (author of Chanukah Guilt) latest blog posting on the unintended consequences of an April Fools joke.

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John M. Wills said...

Good job, as usual, on keeping us up to date on new releases and events. Thank you.

Nancy LiPetri said...

Glad to "meet" you, Channing! I'm from Cedar Rapids.

John Addiego said...

Great stuff, Jesus! The blog is a very interesting site to visit.

Jesus Martinez said...

Thank you for the feedback; glad you all enjoy it!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

As always, I find a gem in your Roundup. This week, I discovered a new venue for promoting and book signings, an ice cream shop. Thanks, Beryl