Friday, June 12, 2015

Weekly Round Up June 11, 2015

                Oak Tree Press Blog
                                           "Rooted deep in knowledge"

"Live life to the fullest." (Ernest Miller Hemingway)

Imagine yourself under the oak tree. Gentle breeze, warm beating sun. Just like the day between spring and summer. All you want to do is sit in its shade with a good escape. Time to check out of reality for a moments time. With novel in hand you lean back against the trunk and let out a sigh. Now you can slowly escape into another world filled with the adrenaline that you seek. So come join me under the oak tree and enjoy the most loyal companion you will ever know, your book. It is always there for you when you need it and would never leave you in your time of need, under the oak tree.
Hi y'all! My name is Jana Johnson. I am your newest edition to the Oak Tree blog. I'm extremely excited to report the weekly round up to you all. I look forward to hearing from you about your insight into the world of dreams. I anticipate an exciting new journey into the world of books. Bringing you the news of today and not forgetting the "Blast to the Past". Getting the 411 on each new review and sending out locations were authors appear. Signings are a great way to socialize and publicize, so everyone should be there. Lets join the fun, you will find it under the oak tree!

This week we will review a book by author Bert Silva. A crime novel based in New York. Let's shout out to those who have been to New York! "If I can make it there, Ill make it anywhere. It's up to you New York, New York!"

 New York Scramble

"This is for you, Frank," the shooter said and fired his weapon at point blank range. The onetime boss of the New York underworld grasped his bloodied neck and fell.

 This begins a curious story where a gangster and a freelance artist become acquainted through a mutual interest in---comics. A friend introduces Joe and Gilda to each other in Los Angeles. They venture to New York on a quest for success. He strives to sell cartoons to magazines. She, an actress, seeks roles on stage or screen. A producer Gilda knew in Germany is in the city to promote a major motion picture. His presence will prove to be disastrous for the couple. A shady psychiatrist, dealing in illicit drugs, creates another complication. More bad people become involved. And finally the police.

 Then it gets worse

Worse is right! Who's in for a good thriller with suspense in the "house of homicide"? It sounds thrilling! I'll make sure to leave the light on for this one. Lol! Eileen Miguel writes a thrilling novel that will have you looking round every corner. 

 House of Homicide blurb

 A young widow...

Cindy is reeling from the loss of her husband, suddenly a single mother of two children and the sole caretaker for her aging aunt. She finds the perfect house to start anew.

 A house with a past...

A rundown house in the Silicon Valley suburbs needs a lot of work, but Cindy is willing to take it on to get her dream house. Disclosure documents indicate that someone had died in the house, but they don't tell the whole story of the house's evil past.

 A call for help from beyond the grave...

Cindy's dreams are invaded by a woman who shows Cindy       the horrible murders that had taken place in the house. Her   message to Cindy: Your family is next. When repairs on the house uncover the missing murder weapon, Cindy begins to    believe that the strange woman is something more than just a dream. Using her journalism skills to research the property, the dark past of the house is revealed: a series of murders starting when the house was built more than 40 years earlier. But her meddling into the history awakens a killer's need to keep the past quiet, and Cindy is thrust into a struggle to find the killer before she and her family  become the next victims.

                   "Blast from the past"

 Unleashed Dead

Rabbi Aviva is back – and never in better form – if never more stressed. The pressure of Passover preparations with a wedding the night before, Aviva’s complicated relationship with her ex-husband and turmoil in her niece’s life should be enough, but then people close to Aviva start dying in suspicious circumstances. And then the mob shows up. As always, Schneider gives us a wonderful picture of life in a Jewish community – Chaim Potok with a wacky sense of humor. – Donna Fletcher CrowA Darkly Hidden Truth, The Monastery Murders 2
Oy'vey, this book made me smile … Unleavened Dead is a book you don't want to miss. – Barb Goffman, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity award-nominated author of short stories including "The Lord Is My Shamus"
Rabbi Aviva Cohen is funny, smart, and believable … A smoothly written and entirely enjoyable read! – Sheila Connolly, Agatha Award nominated author of the Orchard Mysteries and the Museum Mysteries.
Unleavened Dead is like dishing with your girlfriend the rabbi, who leads a really interesting life. – Kate Gallison, author of The Edge of Ruin (as Irene Fleming), winner of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance fiction award
Once again, the inimitable Aviva Cohen uses her rabbinic seichel and intuition to solve crime … This is a delightful cozy mystery for everyone! – Deborah Shlian, co-author of the award winning Sammy Greene series.

                                 Read all about it!

Our Writing Contests are open now and entries are coming in! So, if you have a novel ready to go, consider submitting. We are looking for mysteries,  romances, Westerns and hard-edged cop/true crime stories.

Prior contest winners, like THE POT THIEF, have launched best-selling series! See all the particulars on our web site;

 Events and comments...        
                                                   under the oak tree.... 
It's been a blast reporting the news to you. I look forward to your comments and insight. If you'd like to dig deeper into the world of knowledge, I surely would love to hear from you. Your welcome to e-mail me @ to share more about what kind of novels put you in a whole other world. Thanks for checking in and don't forget to come back next week for a new post of authors and insight from under the oak tree! See you next week!

Guarding Shakespeare, will be 

promoted at the American Library Association's Annual

Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco, June 25-30, 2015.

Also, Guarding Shakespeare is featured on Page 2 of Shakespeare Magazine Issue No. 7:

Guarding Shakespeare:
Liz Martinez will be making a presentation on writing, with a book signing afterward, at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, on June 26 at 2pm (see -- the time has been changed from 1pm to 2pm).

1 comment:

Carolyn Niethammer said...

Welcome, J.J. This is a lively post. Great job.