Friday, September 25, 2015

Weekly Roundup: September 25, 2015


Welcome again to the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! Autumn is officially here, having arrived this past Wednesday. Here in California's Central Valley, we had a gorgeous sunset on the equinox and an equally lovely sunrise the morning after. Fall can be a busy time of year: harvest time, pumpkin carving, canning and preserving, winter preparations, cool-weather projects, shortening days.

But readers always make time to read!

Browse our bookstore for a complete list of the mysteries, memoirs, romances, Westerns, and paranormal tales from our award-winning authors -- available in paperback and for Kindle!

Thank you for stopping by our blog this week. Here as always, for your reading pleasure, we have the week's news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs, and more from our authors to share with you. 


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"Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books."

~Thomas Carlyle

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LATEST RELEASES

We've got another pair of new releases to share with you this week. Sudden Justice by Les Hoffman and Reservations by Richard Paolinelli are now available.

In Les Hoffman's Sudden Justice, a Mexican drug lord expands his brutal enterprise into South Texas. An overbearing business executive entraps the women in his employ. A Southern patriarch and his son control a small Alabama town with an iron fist and a thieving hand. These situations have one thing in common. The perpetrators have found a way to operate outside the law, while the victims have nowhere to turn . . . or do they?

Bryce Daniels is a man who understands the pain and frustration of feeling helpless against the power of money and the arrogance that it breeds. Resurrected from a troubled youth after the death of his father, he is now a family man, engineering professor, and community theater actor with a flair for costuming. But behind these idyllic circumstances, he uses all his skills to help those who find themselves outside the rule of law. Daniels travels from the hills of Texas to the coastal wilds of Alabama to hunt a ruthless enemy while being hunted himself by an investigative journalist piecing together his vigilante activities. The ensuing roller coaster of events culminates in a dire threat to himself, his family, and the belief system he has built his life around.


About the author: Les Hoffman is a retired research executive living in Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, a licensed professional engineer, and an amateur actor and boxer. He and his wife Cherie have three dogs to keep them company while they prepare for their next career -- grandchildren.  In his first OTP novel Sudden Justice, Les Hoffman couples his technical, stage, and fighting experience with a passion for American heroism.



Richard Paolinelli's Reservations takes place in a land deeply seeded in beliefs and legends, where someone is eliminating the leaders of the Navajo Nation disguised as the trickster Coyote. Whoever it is has the Navajo President squarely in his sights, and everyone else “seeing things.”

As the body count rises, the FBI sends in their best man, Special Agent Jack Del Rio, to put an end to the killings -- a white man who is not trusted nor wanted. A decorated hero for thwarting a terrorist attack in London, Del Rio finds himself in a completely different world among the three Reservations -- Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni -- located in the Four Corners of the American Southwest.

When the past and the present collide, only one leader shall remain.



Reservations, is the first in a four-book series that follows Special Agent Jack Del Rio as he tracks a killer in the four corners of the American Southwest.

About the author: After a 25-year career as an award-winning sports writer and editor for several newspapers in New Mexico and California, Richard returned to his fiction-writing roots with the release of, Maelstrom, a sci-fi novel. He recently released a nonfiction book titled From The Fields: A History of Prep Football in Turlock, California. His mystery-thriller, Reservations, is his first in the genre.


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REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS


Tom Coffey's Bright Morning Star was recently reviewed by Publishers Weekly. The publication's reviews of books published by independent presses are rare, so the inclusion of Tom's book is a great accomplishment. You can read the full review here.

Bright Morning Star is set in the early 1900s and follows the story of Emma Pierce, the quintessential "new woman" of the times. Talented and sharp, she is the confidante and “right-hand man” to her father, the head of the prestigious Seneca Institute. When the struggle to balance her father’s expectations with her growing sense of independence estranges her from her family, she embarks on an ambitious new career as a magazine writer in New York. Assigned to cover the case of an American soldier -- her old acquaintance Caleb Johnson -- who has been court-
martialed for violent crimes against Filipino civilians, the determined Emma vows to discover what led this honorable man to commit atrocities.

Bright Morning Star is Tom's fourth novel. Two of his previous novels received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly. A staff editor at The New York Times since 1997, Tom lives in New York City.







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Les Hoffman was featured in a September 24 interview at Omnimystery News, where he talked about the main character of his new novel Sudden Justice and some of the themes of the story.

Sudden Justice is the first in a series, and Les also talks about the development of his protagonist from this novel to its sequel: "Although I generally know where the characters are headed, the details of their actions are not known until I sit down and write, and allow myself to become immersed in their personalities and history. This is one of the things that makes writing so much fun and adventurous."

You can read the full interview here.

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UPCOMING

Tekla Dennison Miller is one of seven authors selected to participate in the Local Authors Extravaganza on Saturday September 26 sponsored by the Durango Public Library and Maria’s Bookshop, in Durango, Colorado. The extravaganza -- billed as a chance to interact with local literary talent and support the Friends of the Durango Public Library -- is one of several programs presented during the two-day Fourth Annual Literary Festival.

Tekla describes the event this way: "As an author I am to move from table to table filled with participants and describe one of my published works within seven minutes in the hopes my performance will persuade the audience to purchase my work." She will be presenting Mother Rabbit, her most recent book.



Mother Rabbit is a collaborative memoir about Alyce Bonura, a woman like so many others in the 1960s, caught between living according to traditional societal mores and pursuing the promises of the feminist movement. Alyce’s stint as a Bunny Mother is set during a particularly turbulent era when even such a secluded environment as the Playboy Club is affected by the Vietnam War, the Apollo I tragedy, and back-alley abortions. Her story pays tribute to the women who had the courage to break free from the oppressive standards of the day while also dealing with the universal dilemmas of single mothers including abuse, financial crises, the special difficulties of parenthood and the quest for self-fulfillment.


Tekla will also be participating in the award-winning Pine River Library's 2015 local author's book display and sale in Bayfield, Colorado. The display/sale will be going up the first week in October for about two months -- perfect for holiday shoppers. Each author will donate part of the proceeds to the Friends of the Pine River Library.


You can find out more about Tekla and her writing at her website.



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Oak Tree Press will be at the Oakhurst Library Authors’ Faire on Saturday, September 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at the Oakhurst Branch of the Madera County Library at 49044 Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst, California. The event is open to local writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, and writing groups and provides an opportunity to meet authors, buy signed copies of books, and learn about writing and the publishing industry.


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Nicholas Checker, will be speaking about his novel Druids at Geekend Weekend, a "casual relaxicon" being held in Groton, Connecticut, on October 3 and 4. The event will feature games, food, workshops, and more.

Druids is a medieval fantasy adventure of an isolated lad born with an eerie sense that earns him the suspicion and contempt of those who fail to see it as a gift. He joins two renowned knights -- both caught up in a terse gender rivalry -- while on a perilous quest to liberate a ruined land from a druid-lord’s deranged sorcery.

Rippling through a saga as tense as a nerve-wracking game of chess is the mysterious Cryptic Sense possessed by those destined to become druids. A blend of ancient beliefs like animism and the early science of alchemy -- and draped in the Native American spiritualism of Manitou -- the Cryptic Sense of this tale explores the tight bond between druids and nature.


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RECENT


Beryl Reichenberg, OTP children's author and artist, was at EcoBambino, a local children's shop in San Luis Obispo, this past Wednesday, September 23, for the shop’s fifth-year anniversary celebration. She read and signed her OTP story, Clowning Around, and had a table where children and their families could make their own bookmarks.

Beryl reports that "EcoBambino has been carrying my children's books on consignment for a couple of years. I'm pleased to help them celebrate." The shop picked up two additional books of hers to carry, so the event was a solid success. EcoBambino is located at 823 Monterey.


Clowning Around is the story of Charlie, a young clown fish who delights in performing antics for the children who come to the aquarium to watch the action in the fish tank. This book is one of six children's books that Beryl has published with OTP.

Beryl is also giving away a copy of another one of her children's book Lost in a Dark Forest to a lucky newsletter reader during the month of September. You can find out how to sign up here.




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Amy M. Bennett participated by invitation in the second annual Celebrate Authors event sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library this past Sunday, September 20, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. This event was created to showcase authors from the southern region of New Mexico and was held at the Picacho Hills Country Club.


Amy is the author of the Black Horse Campground mystery series, which currently includes three novels: End of the Road, No Lifeguard on Duty, and No Vacancy.








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ADVANCE NOTICE

Additional details about these events will appear in future Roundups.

Nicholas Checker, will perform a theatrical reading from his novel, Scratch, at an Alley Cat Allies Feral Cat Month event at Bank Square Books in on October 17. The event is aimed at promoting compassion and decency toward feral animals born into environments in which the comfort afforded domestic companion animals is absent."







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BLOG CORRAL

Marilyn Meredith's blog tour continues for her new novel, Not As It Seems -- the latest in her award-winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. The 15-day tour has covered a lot of ground since last week's Roundup, and she's been a guest on the blogs of several OTP authors. Check out this week's stops:

September 19: On Lorna Collins's blog, Marilyn talks about writing a Native American protagonist.
September 20: On John Wills's blog, she talks about the setting she chose for the new mystery. John is also a fellow OTP author.
September 21: On Amy M. Bennett's blog, The Back Deck, she discusses some of the research required for the writing of Not As It Seems.
September 22: On Thonie Hevron's blog, Just the Facts Ma'am, she talks about why she likes to include details about the meals her characters eat.
September 23: On Maggie King's blog, Marilyn reveal the influences that shaped her fascination with law enforcement.
September 24: On the The Mystery Blog of San Joaquin Sisters in Crime, she writes about some of the tasks (and frustrations) of daily life that keep a writer from writing.
September 25: On Sunny Marie Baker's Wild about Fiction blog, Marilyn shares insights on how to keep a mystery series fresh.

Be sure to read and comment, and check in next week to see how this exciting tour wraps up!

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GOODREADS GIVEAWAYS

OTP is about to get two new Goodreads giveaways under way. Ten copies of Sudden Justice by Les Hoffman, one of our most recent releases, and 12 copies of Karl and the Kooltones by J.S. Quelch will be up for grabs to lucky readers beginning on September 26 and September 27, respectively.


In Sudden Justice, a Mexican drug lord expands his brutal enterprise into South Texas. An overbearing business executive entraps the women in his employ. A Southern patriarch and his son control a small Alabama town with an iron fist and a thieving hand. These situations have one thing in common. The perpetrators have found a way to operate outside the law, while the victims have nowhere to turn . . . or do they?

Bryce Daniels is a man who understands the pain and frustration of feeling helpless against the power of money and the arrogance that it breeds. Daniels travels from the hills of Texas to the coastal wilds of Alabama to hunt a ruthless enemy while being hunted himself by an investigative journalist piecing together his vigilante activities. The ensuing roller coaster of events culminates in a dire threat to himself, his family, and the belief system he has built his life around.

Karl and the Kooltones tells the story of Karl, a cynical, melodramatic, mildly paranoid, professional-engineer-cum-musician in the throes of a midlife crisis. Growing up on a farm in the post Woodstock Midwest, coming of age in The City as Disco rose and Punk fell, passing his prime in The Suburbs as a family guy and director of the band Karl and Kooltones, music is the common thread of Karl’s journey. His art imitates his life as he transitions from relatively innocent youth playing tuba in a small time polka band, to rebellious heavy metal guitarist achieving not-enough-to-quit-the-day-job success, to fading middle aged lounge singer still on a Don Quixote like quest to keep the dream alive. But the thread is unraveling. His third wife and true soul mate has died, he is hopelessly caught in the corporate meat grinder, and the band is sadly floundering.

It's easy to participate in these giveaways by following the links above. You'll need to create a Goodreads account or log in with an account you already have (you're already on Goodreads as an OTP author or avid reader, right?). Then just enter your address to complete your entry. Winners will be notified at the end of the contest.

Remember, the contests don't open until the weekend!  

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4 comments:

Amy Bennett said...

Many of the authors at the event I attended last week were self-published and were very curious about OTP. I invited them to check out our website and blog... and asked them if they thought they could keep up! We're a busy bunch!

Doug Seaver said...

A lot of great news this week! Thanks.

Beryl Reichenberg said...

For those of you who haven't met Nancy who does the blog posts, I can report she is a delight. Enthusiastic and talented, she is a welcome addition to OTP. I met her at the San Luis Obispo Book and Author's Fair last weekend. She visited with the three OTP authors at the fair. It's nice to put a name with a face. Thanks Nancy for making the trip.

Nancy J. said...

Thanks, Beryl! It was absolutely lovely to meet you, too, and I really enjoyed our conversation. I'm so glad we had a chance to connect in person!

It has been wonderful collaborating with all of the OTP authors. Thanks for reading, everyone!