Friday, June 12, 2015

Weekly Round Up June 12, 2015

Oak Tree Press



What is it that makes you become engulfed by the words on a page? Finding an escape from the reality of our every day monotony of life. Needing that moment that the world around you has transported in time, leaving you lost in the moment altogether. This is what defines a good escape we all need from day to day.
This week we will find ourselves venturing into uncharted territory. With my arrival here with Oak Tree Press, everyday will bring an escape from reality. Then we can sit with our teas and coffees at the end of our weekly voyage and hash out all that's been on our minds. Exploring and picking at each others thoughts, working together to spread the news of the greatest ventures of all, a good book!

This week I like to think is the beginning of a beautiful friendship. One that will carry through time like the commitment and loyalty we have to our books. A book can be the most reliable venture we will ever find in life. It is always there when we need it and would never turn its back on us. This is the greatest relationship ever we may have. So come sit with me under the oak tree and lets mill out our thoughts together about; whats new, whats old and what may be lurking around the bend, as we walk the path to our shaded Oak Tree every week for the next great adventure to be...


Hi Ya'all, my name is Jana Johnson, but you can call me J.J.. I am so excited to be a new edition to the Oak Tree Press. This is a fabulous opportunity for me and I am blessed to be a part of such a wonderful group of people. I am more than thrilled to be able to report the weekly press to you and anticipate getting your feedback on the events and happenings throughout the week. This journey will lead us closer together finding new venture leading us on a voyage of new worlds only one could ever dream of. I look forward to reporting the news of what's new and bringing back a "Blast from the past every week reminding us how far we have come. Thank you for your attention and welcoming me to the "Oak Tree Press". I can't wait to meet you all and hear your thoughts on each book every week.

So this week we are following the author Bert Silva. Let's give a shout out to all those who know what its like to live in 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

That sounds like a thrilling master piece in the making. Looking forward to reading that one, but with the lights on most definitely!

Now let's take a look at this new book by Eileen Magill. A mystery novel I hope will keep me on the edge of my seat. Another one I'll have to keep the light on when reading also. Lol. Let's read up on what this book has in store for us now.  


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.

                         EXTRA! EXTRA!  
                                          CONTEST TIME!             READ ALL ABOUT IT!


OK all you future novelists, we have an exciting event happening. Until Sept 30,2015 you will be able to submit your own manuscript for a chance to be published and start your journey to become one of our new Oak Tree authors. This will be a way to promote your books for everyone to enjoy reading. So get to writing! Don't forget to submit before September 15 for a chance at a dream come true! For more info on the contest go to  http://oaktreebooks.com/contests.html

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; http://oaktreebooks.com/contests.html

                                 "Blast from the Past"




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 Crow, A 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.

Comments:
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 Crow, A 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.
Rabbi Ilene Schneider, Ed.D.

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UNLEAVENED DEAD (http://tinyurl.com/lgljjqz)
TALK DIRTY YIDDISH (http://tinyurl.com/m8jwphh)

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Upcoming events:


Robert Lopresti (author of GREENFELLAS, coming out this month) has a story, “Shooting at Firemen” in the July/August issue of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.




Eileen Obser willl be at the Sachem Library Local Author Fair in Holbrook on Saturday, June 20 from 11am-2pm, signing copies of Only You. Stop by and say hello if you're on Long Island that day.




www.eileenobser.com

Only You, memoir, published by Oak Tree Press,2014
Amazon: http://amzn.com/161009090X





 Ann Howley will be exhibiting (and, I hope, selling) my books at BooksNJ 2015, Sunday, June 14, 1:00-5:00 PM, on the grounds of the Paramus Public Library.

At 1-1:40, I'll be in a panel titled: "Killing in New Jersey: Murder in the Garden State."

The BooksNJ website: http://www.booksnj.org/

Next week I will be sharing laughs and thoughts about memoir-writing at the following libraries:

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 6PM - Robinson Township Library, Robinson, PA
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 6PM - Frank Sarris Library, Canonsburg, PA




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That wraps up the Round-Up for this week, my first contribution to the blog. I look forward to your emails!

If you have something you would like to submit to the Round-Up, send me an email at weeklyroundup.items@yahoo.com or jjraej81@gmail.com

Big or small, old or new, I would like to keep our blog updated! Comments, questions or suggestions are welcome too.


8 comments:

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Once again, a wonderful and interesting blog. I'd like to express my good wishes on his new adventure to Jesus, who also did a great job with the OTP blog. And also welcome Jane and Betsy into the OTP fold. You'll find a lot of work and bunches of good people to work with, plus much camaraderie among the growing list of authors. Things have become super busy at OTP, but I see that as a good thing. It just suddenly took off and decided to grow a lot bigger than when I first signed on in November 2012.

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

Here's sending best wishes to Jesus as he embarks on a new part of his life. And welcome to J.J.who has started off with a bang with the round-up. How nice to see the first book in my Rocky Bluff P.D. series promoted like this. (And I am now writing the latest.)

Rabbi Ilene Schneider said...

Oops, JJ - I'm the one in Paramus on Sunday, not Ann! And thanks for featuring me in the Blast from the Past. Welcome to the OTP family.

John Addiego said...

I'd also like to thank Jesus and wish him the best on his next endeavors. And welcome, J.J.! This is a great blog! I really enjoyed your personal touch here!

John M. Wills said...

Glad to hear the blog lives on. Good luck to Jesus in pursuit of his law degree.

Amy Bennett said...

Good luck to Jesus and welcome, J.J.!

Jesus Martinez said...

Thank you for the support, Jackie, Mariyln, John Addiego, John M, Amy, and everyone at Oak Tree.

Beryl Reichenberg said...

Welcome J.J. and good luck Jesus at law school. Beryl