Saturday, July 18, 2015

Weekly Roundup July 17, 2015

It's time again for the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! As always, thank you for dropping in. Be sure to check out our bookstore for a complete list of all the great books we have available. Let one of our compelling novels brighten your day or help you unwind in the evening! We have a book to suit every taste.

As you may know from reading the Oak Tree Press blog, this weekend is the Public Safety Writers Association annual conference. Publisher Billie Johnson and no fewer than a dozen OTP authors are in Las Vegas for the conference, which is open to anyone writing crime and mystery fiction or non-fiction, technical writing for public safety magazines in print or online or anyone interested in writing. OTP authors will be participating in panel discussions and workshops, giving presentations and exchanging notes with fellow writers and readers. We'll have updates and more from this event in future blog posts.

But now, for your reading pleasure, we have news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs and more from our authors to share with you. 


"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and 
the most patient of teachers."

~ Charles William Eliot, president of 
Harvard University (1869-1909)


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Thonie Hevron, author of By Force or Fear and Intent to Hold, was awarded third place in the East Texas Writers Guild First Chapter Book Awards for her work in progress, With Malice Aforethought, a mystery thriller.

Thonie passed along this note about her win: "Jeana Lomprez, our lovely book promo department, put me on to the East Texas Writers Guild Book award, and I want to remind authors that OTP really does work for us. You may not see everything, but behind the scenes, Billie and Jeana are working. Many other publishers, but especially small presses, do not provide this kind of support. And it was my choice to enter the contest. I'm happy I did."

Contests like these always attract a large number of entrants. Standing out from the competition is truly an accomplishment.
Congratulations, Thonie, and thanks for the kind words! 



Doug Seaver will be the guest on “Books and Things with Tom” on Saturday, July 18, at 9:00 a.m EST. The show airs on Comcast and TVC Channel 12. Doug will be discussing his novel, The Fourth Rule, and chatting about his writing in general. The show also aired yesterday.

The Fourth Rule tells the story of one secret born when a Green Beret returns from Vietnam and disappears. Two decades later, the CIA approaches the soldier’s younger brother, Matthew Grant, to uncover what happened. Matthew denies knowing anything, but the CIA doesn’t believe him, and thus begins an intense struggle between the CIA, hell-bent on protecting its own and continuing its illicit clandestine activities, and a not-so-ordinary citizen, who has to risk it all to protect his secret and right a terrible wrong from the past. 


From July 15 through July 19, Jackie Taylor Zortman is the guest author on fellow writer Evelyn Cullet's Evey's Writers Blog. Stop by and read excerpts from her new release, Footprints in the Frost, as well as Evelyn's review of the book.

Footprints in the Frost was the 2014 winner of the Public Safety Writers Association Writing Competition and tells the story of homicide detective Max Richards, who has been assigned a challenging serial rape case. The complexities of the case monopolize his time on the clock and soon spill over into personal time he’d prefer to spend with his girlfriend, Sami, who owns a local bookstore. Together, they consider whether they can navigate a future together amid the demands of their jobs.


Nicola Furlong was interviewed on Sandra Robbin's Christian Romance - Southern Style blog, chatting about life and writing. The interview touches on Nicola's published books, writing projects, and quirkiest creative effort to date, Unnatural States. Nicola is the author of the mystery Teed Off! Find out more about Nicola's work at



On Sunday, July 19, Amy Bennett will be at Treasure House Books and Gifts, 2012 South Plaza NW, in Albuquerque, New Mexico (Old Town Plaza, across from the church) from 1 to 3 p.m. She’ll be signing copies of her Black Horse Campground series and giving a short book talk. The series includes three mysteries: End of the Road, No Lifeguard on Duty, which was recently awarded The Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval, and No Vacancy.


Richard Paolinelli has been confirmed for a November 7, 2015, appearance at CampbellCon in Campbell, California. While primarily focused on sci-fi/fantasy, the convention will also feature pop culture and other artistic venues. Richard will be promoting his sci-fi work as well as his mystery-thriller, Reservations, due to be released by OTP in September.

Reservations is the first in a four-book series. This full-length novel -- Richard's first in the genre -- follows Special Agent Jack Del Rio as he tracks a killer in the four corners of the American Southwest.



Debut authors' dinner
Last weekend, OTP authors Eileen Magill and Doug Seaver attended ThrillerFest in New York City. They joined other debut novelists at a special dinner on July 10, were introduced to some 300 conference attendees at breakfast the next morning and then had an opportunity to sign their books at lunchtime on Saturday, July 12.

Doug saw fellow OTP author Ken Oxman’s novel, Reluctant Assassin, in the bookstore (but missed the author himself if he was there).
Doug Seaver signs books at Thrillerfest

"From my perspective, ThrillerFest was a super event," Doug says. "I encourage other OTP authors to join the International Thriller Writers organization if they don’t belong."


Radine Nehring spent last weekend at the Harps Food in Rogers, Arkansas, talking with customers while introducing and selling her books. She reports that she sold 30 books, talked to a lot of nice people and made several good contacts, "including (as always) many who took my business and book cards and said they would buy a book later."

Gratifyingly, she also had several customers stop by and tell her that they had bought a book the last time she signed in the store (about two years ago). These readers either bought another book that day or mentioned that they had purchased one elsewhere.
These visits have also yielded invitations to a number of promotional opportunities such as book club visits and talks at meetings. Radine was at the store from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, and had this to say of her effort: "Hard work. Is it worth it? I sure think so."


Nicholas Checker took a trip this week to The Book Barn in Niantic, Connecticut, which continues to sell copies of his two novels, Druids and Scratch. After replenishing their supply of copies, he stopped at the East Lyme Public Library and signed the copies of both of his books that they have for borrowing. "A decent day it's been!" he said of the effort.



On Wednesday, July 15, Thonie Hevron's Just the Facts, Ma'am blog featured a discussion of community-oriented policing by Captain Craig Schwartz of the Santa Rosa Police Department.

On Sunday, July 19, retired LAPD Sergeant Hal Collier will talk about some of the crazy characters he's known through his 35-year career.


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Thonie Hevron said...

Another great round-up about wonderful OTP writers!

Amy Bennett said...

Wish I could have been one of the twelve in Vegas! Maybe next year....

Doug Seaver said...

Great RoundUp, Billie!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

I always enjoy hearing about what my fellow OTP authors are doing , a true inspiration! Beryl