Friday, May 1, 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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Please give Marilyn Meredith's book Final Respects a read!

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Children’s Picture Book author and artist, Beryl Reichenberg, will be at the Granada Bookstore in downtown Santa Barbara on May 2 from 1PM to 3PM showing kids and adults how to make their own bookmark. Beryl Reichenberg will be helping the Granada celebrate California Bookstore Day, a celebration of California’s independent bookstores. “I’ll have my usual assortment of colorful papers, punches, ribbons, pens and markers for everyone to use. Hopefully, these bookmarks will be used as Mother’s Day presents as well.”

Channing Whitaker, author of Until The Sun Rises, will be attending Demicon in Des Moines Iowa this Friday - Sunday as a guest professional author, where he'll be signing copies of my novel Until the Sun Rises: One Night in Drake Mansion as well as participating in a few talks and panels. The book signing is from 11am - noon on Saturday, May 2nd. 

Separately, Channing will also be signing books at Beaverdale Books, an independent bookstore in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of an author fair and part of their “Independent Bookstore Day" Celebration. That is from 1pm - 3pm, May 2nd. - Specific event notice is listed under May 2nd/

Mary Monti's watercolor painting, “So Many Shells on the Beach”, is part of this show. It was one of 83 out of 300 works selected by the juror for this exhibition!


Please join us for the opening reception    
Saturday, May 2nd starting at 4:00pm.

We'll have fabulous food and wine, and of course, ART!
Awards ceremony with Judge Jill Jensen begins at 4:30.  

Artists from around the state representing more than 20 different media are featured in this show!  You probably know at least one of them...
Please note the Art Speaks Gallery will be closed for show installation 
from Wednesday, April 29 until the start of the reception Saturday at 4:00.
The office will still be open to handle any school business.
We have two workshops with show judges coming up!

Book Signing Party For Lincoln 9 By Dave Freedland

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
Book Carnival
348 S. Tustin Avenue
Orange, CA 92866

Hors d’oeuvres – Reading from Book – Question & Answer – Book Signing

Tom Coffey's newest book, Bright Morning Star, was published by OTP on Monday, April 20. On Monday, May 4, he will be reading from the book at 2A, a literary bar in New York City's East Village. The reading is at 7:30 pm, and if anybody stumbles into the place, they should be aware that the readings are on the second floor. 

All the best, Tom Coffey


Anne Schroeder, author of Cholama Moon, just returned from the Central Coast of California in support of her western historical novel, Cholama Moon. She spoke to two groups, visited museums and shops that carry her book and researched new markets. Highlight was a talk to the Templeton Business Women with enthusiastic back of room sales. She will be signing books at the Oregon Books Reader Appreciation Day event on May 2 in Grants Pass.

There was a great turnout at the Live Well Conference for Women. Every seat was taken for Ann K. Howley's presentation and the audience was very enthusiastic.

Coming up, she will be speaking on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 1PM at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh West End Branch and on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 6:30PM at the Scott Township Public Library.

"One Reader at a Time"
"In the few weeks since Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past has been released, I have talked about the book at the following Pennsylvania locations: Luddington Library in Bryn Mawr, the Pratt Memorial Library in New Milford and the Butternut Gallery and Second Story Books in Montrose. At Luddington my prearranged conversation on Finding a Publisher gradually shifted its focus to the degree of self-exposure required of a memoirist, and it was there that I sold my first book. In New Milford the librarian offered to have a copy of the memoir featured first at the circulation desk and then on the shelf labeled "Local Authors." Finally, my talk with the owner of the Gallery and Bookstore in Montrose resulted in an agreement to have several of my signed bookmarks placed on the service desk so visitors and customers have a chance to order the book itself."

-Ronald Wendling

Final Respects, by F. M. Meredith, the first book in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, will be free for Kindle starting May 1.
Mortician Stuart Honich fantasizes about sinking his teeth into the flesh of his tormentors—his boss’s daughters.
Being a cop was something Doug Milligan wanted since childhood, but his wife hates his profession. Publicity hound, Ryan Strickland, will to anything to further his career.
The murder of the Milligan’s babysitter begins a series of events that could lead to the destruction of the entire Rocky Bluff P.D.

Wednesday, April 29—Amy M. Bennett had a book talk at the Alamogordo Public Library in Alamogordo, New Mexico from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. She discussed her Black Horse Campground series, signed books, and read from my latest book, No Vacancy. Refreshments were served and the event was open to the public.


Jeff Zwagerman recently had an event entitled "Always A Kicker" on the 25th at the Bay Clubhouse (Bright Yellow Building Behind Perkins in Milford).

It was a wonderful event with a great turnout!

Nancy LiPetri, author of The Wooded Path, had and will be having a book signing and discussion about her novel at two Mooresville, NC, area book clubs on April 30th and May 14th.

She is looking forward to meeting the groups of readers and sharing her creative process as well as what she has learned about getting published, networking, and reading and reviewing.


An Ocean in the Desert, by Joseph Haggerty, is this week's Blast From the Past book!

"Two private investigators specialize in finding missing children. If they find the child has been involved with a sexual predator, they indirectly offer the family an additional service that will guarantee there will be no future problems with the predator. The investigations into locating the child and identifying the predator as well as law enforcements’ investigations as to who is eliminating these vultures"


Saturday is Lorna Collins' grammar school reunion at our house. Find out why she is excited!

D. R. Ransdell, author of of Island Casualty, has some news for us! 

Read more below:

Guest post about Greek music—a big topic in Island Casualty!

That wraps up the Round-Up for this week. I hope everyone enjoyed this week's Round-Up! I look forward to your emails!

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

Woo hoo! Great Weekly Round Up--of course, lots of publicity for my free Kindle copy of Final Respects. Also loved seeing how busy everyone is! Such great authors with their wonderful books!

Thonie Hevron said...

As Marilyn said, lots of great stuff. I don't know which book I'm going to read next....

Ann K. Howley said...

Can't wait to load my Kindle for summer reading. Great job getting us all excited, Jesus!

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Wonderful blog this week. So much going on inside our publishing company. Good job!

John Addiego said...

So nice to read about all the great events going on with OTP authors! A very appealing blog!

Anne Schroeder said...

Good to see us out there promoting our books. I saw a couple that spurred my curiosity. I'm in the company of some great people.

Nancy LiPetri said...

Thank you, Jesus! Fun to see so many of my favorite author friends in this roundup. Now I must go add another to my Kindle...

Nancy LiPetri said...

Thank you, Jesus! Fun to see so many of my favorite author friends in this roundup. Now I must go add another to my Kindle...

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Sharon Ervin said...

Nice job, Jesus, as usual.

Jesus Martinez said...

Thank you everyone. Glad you all enjoyed the WRU. I input the faces of everyone because I thought it might be a good change. Plus, it's good to see what we all look like!

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Sharon Ervin said...

Good job, everyone. Love keeping up vicariously.