Saturday, May 30, 2015

WEEKLY ROUND UP MAY 30, 2015

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! First off, I would like to apologize for the late post. I was not paying much attention to the days of the week this week. 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, www.oaktreebooks.com/bookstore.html, 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…
Need help choosing a great book to read? 


Check out our sample chapters on MANIC READERS! 


We have plenty to choose from.... Click on the title and you will be directed to a free read! These sample chapters will be updated frequently and new releases will also be featured: 



UPCOMING EVENTS


Cindy Ladage, author of When Matilda Made Time Stand Still, will be at the Quincy Bookstore for a book signing from 1-4 at the Quincy Mall in Quincy, IL on May 30th!

She expects there to be lots of engaged readers with lots of inquisitive questions and much enthusiasm!






PAST EVENTS
Small but interested audience last night at the Moorestown Library. But Illene Schneider's next appearance promises to be a crowded one – if the weather cooperates better than it did last night.

She'll be exhibiting her books at BooksNJ 2015, Sunday, June 14, 1:00-5:00 PM, on the grounds of the Paramus Public Library.

And speaking of panels, she's been asked to be on one there (time TBA):

Killing in New Jersey:  Murder in the Garden State The BooksNJ website (http://www.booksnj.org/) promises:
“an amazing day for readers and writers,” with 100+ authors, “Readings – Panel Discussions – Storytelling – Face painting and Crafts -- Book Sales – Book Signings”

"Shortly after the April publication of my [Ronald Wendling] memoir, Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past, I read passages from the book at an event held at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where I still do some teaching. The event was sponsored by a group supporting student recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. 

As one who was once a member of the Catholic religious order known as the Jesuits, I was particularly pleased by the presence there of four longtime friends, all still Jesuits, and particularly of Father Anthony Berret who has been my colleague in the Saint Joseph's English Department for many years. Father Berret is a fan of American popular culture and he especially enjoyed the passage I read on the superstars of the Buffalo, New York wrestling matches that my father took me to see when I was a kid in the nineteen fifties! His own recently published book, Music in the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald: Unheard Melodies, studies the popular music of the ragtime era and the jazz age in Fitzgerald's works."


Carolyn Niethammer, author of The Piano Player, received a great prize! 

Her book, The Piano Player, was an International Book Awards finalist in the Western Fiction category.

Congratulations, Carolyn!


BLAST FROM THE PAST
A Fair to Die For by Nehring Radine is this week's Blast From the Past! Read more about the book below:

"It’s October, craft fair season in the Ozarks, and Carrie and Henry are helping their friend Shirley sell her quilts and Baby Cuddlys at the War Eagle Craft Fair. After a mysterious cousin with ties to drug dealers appears, danger stalks the fair. When Carrie is abducted by killers following a breakfast at War Eagle Mill, she’s afraid she won’t escape, because—though her aim in life has always been to help others out of problems—no one who can help her knows where she is. “There is no me out there to help me.”




BLOG CORRAL


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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Friday, May 22, 2015

WEEKLY ROUND UP MAY 22, 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, www.oaktreebooks.com/bookstore.html, 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…
Need help choosing a great book to read? 


Check out our sample chapters on MANIC READERS! 


We have plenty to choose from.... Click on the title and you will be directed to a free read! These sample chapters will be updated frequently and new releases will also be featured: 



UPCOMING EVENTS


Jeana Lomprez, Public Relations Manager at Oak Tree Press, has been working diligently on a variety of projects! Recently, she set Murder al a Christie by Marilyn Levinson, kindle version to be free from May 29 through June 2. Don't miss this opportunity to read a great book, but also a FREE book!









Lorna Collins was successful in making her novel Ghost Writer into an audio book! You may obtain the audio at the following link! http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Writer/dp/B00Y04XQF8/ref=sr_1_sc_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1432225022&sr=8-3-spell&keywords=ghostwirter+collins






OTP children’s book author, Beryl Reichenberg, will be at the Paso Robles ArtFest on May 23 from 10 AM to 4PM at a booth in the children’s area. Beryl will be showing kids and their families how to make a folded book form and selling her kid’s  books.

ArtFest is a community celebration of the arts and is held each year in the Paso Robles downtown park. It includes artist’s booths, food booth, live music, and booths where children can participate in a variety of art activities. "In Paso Robles, CA for the weekend, come join the fun and drop by my booth to learn how to make your own book."


On Saturday, May 23, Lorna Collins, author of Ghost Writer, will be speaking to the California Writers Club, Inland Empire Branch in Ontario, California. She will be presenting an interactive workshop on how to write the ‘elevator pitch.' 

Sounds like everyone, regardless of age, could learn something new and exciting!



The paintings created for Farrah Ferand, heroine of Evening of the Dragonfly, are up at Crossroads Art Center in Richmond VA. The space can accommodate only 14 of the 19 watercolor and acrylic paintings, all made during April, but I am very happy with the way the show looks. In fact, "Far Fields", the large acrylic painting I've had hanging at the top of my gallery for several weeks, is enhanced by the colors of the new exhibit.

The show will be on view at Crossroads Art Center until July, possibly longer. Crossroads, 2016 Staples Mill Rd., is open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday hours are: Noon to 4 p.m.
Coming Events Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 22 - Book Signing, Evening of the Dragonfly, at West Point Pharmacy, West Point
Saturday, May 23, 1 - 4 p.m. - "Paris Picnic" - Prince George Art and Frame, Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg VAGallery artists will paint in their own styles from a still-life setup 

Sunday
, May 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Book Signing, Evening of the Dragonfly, at the William and Mary Barnes and Noble, Duke of Gloucester Street, Williamsburg VA


Mary Montague Sikes, artist and author

PAST EVENTS

Ann K. Howley, author of Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, was notified yesterday that she won the First Place Prize for Nonfiction in the 2015 Pennwriters Writing Contest for a humorous essay she wrote called "Milking It."


Here is what Ann had to say in response to her momentous prize: "Woo hoo!"
Congrats, Ann!






This week, Nicola Furlong is in the Author Spotlight and being interviewed on Sharon Srock's site for extraordinary women.
Here's the link:






BLAST FROM THE PAST

This week's Blast From the Past book is The Electric Sewer, by Trebor Nehoc. Trebor Nehoc has worked all over the New York City subway. And not just as a cop, but also as a sergeant and lieutenant. He has been assigned to everything from late night solo train patrol to an academy instructor and finally as an anti-crime supervisor. As they say here inNew York, he has been around the block, twice. Trebor has taken his years on the job and transcribed them into some very funny, very touching stories. With great wit, sharp details and some brisk writing, his War Stories describe what life was like down there in the Electric Sewer.







BLOG CORRAL


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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Friday, May 15, 2015

WEEKLY ROUND UP MAY 15, 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, www.oaktreebooks.com/bookstore.html, 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…
Need help choosing a great book to read? 


Check out our sample chapters on MANIC READERS! 


We have plenty to choose from.... Click on the title and you will be directed to a free read! These sample chapters will be updated frequently and new releases will also be featured: 



UPCOMING EVENTS



J.L. Greger will be signing her medical thrillers/mysteries (Malignancy, Ignore the Pain, Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight, & Coming Flu) at Treasure House (on the square in Old Town Albuquerque) on Sunday, May 24 for 12 to 3. 
Interesting side note: The owner requested the book signing. 






Beryl Reichenberg, OTP children's picture book author, will be down in Santa Maria at the Discovery Museum twice this coming week. On Saturday May 16, Beryl will be working with children on a dinosaur book and talking about dinosaurs. She'll return on Tuesday to read her book, Clowning Around, about a clown fish named Charlie who likes to do tricks for the kids that come to his aquarium. If time permits, Beryl will also read her book Backyard Birds, all about the birds in her backyard and their antics. "Many school aged children come to the Discovery Museum on Saturdays to play and do craft projects. On Tuesday morning there is a much younger group with their parents. Both groups are well within the age range for my children's stories."


Marilyn Meredith aka F.M. Meredith, will have a public event this Sunday in Visalia CA at the Neighborhood Bookstore!

Don't miss out on the opportunity to meet Marilyn, but also a dozen other local authors and artists!







Book signing this Saturday at Fireside Books in Palmer, AK. for Carry Me Home by Tara Willis.
Starts at 11:30am. All day event.
Refreshments and drinks provided.  

"Following the passing of their invalid father, the poverty-stricken Montoya family is barely surviving, as, together, they wage a daily war against the ravages of extreme poverty, racism and a system bent on separating and destroying them. Nine months after her husband’s death, his widow makes the difficult decision to accept an advantageous marriage proposal from a close friend, for the sake of her nine young children..."

PAST EVENTS



History came alive on May 9 when a book reading for The Big Squeal was held in the actual courthouse where lawyer Abe Lincoln attempted to quiet noisy village pigs gathered under the floorboards. With original rough-hewn beams forming a canopy overhead, “Everyone got goose bumps,” said Carol Alexander, co-author, with Liberty the Pig. The book features the true story of Abe struggling to be heard over squealing pigs. Built in 1840 in the county seat of Taylorville, IL, the historic courthouse is open to the public. This was the first time “Squeal” was read in the surreal surroundings!









Cholama Moon was reviewed at CatholicFiction.net this week. Although the story is a historical romance, the story references the Catholic Missions of California.

http://catholicfiction.net/book-review/cholama-moon.php







No Vacancy by Amy M. Bennett was recently reviewed http://kingsriverlife.blogspot.com/2015/05/no-vacancy-black-horse-campground.html


















Dac Crossley spoke and signed copies of his novels at a meeting of the "Faded Petunias," the 70th reunion of the "Petunias," a  girl's club  from Kingsville, Texas High School. Four of the original 15 Petunias were in attendance, accompanied by their caregivers. Dac led a discussion of memoirs and memories.





Mary Montague Sikes, artist and author, was recently featured in Chesapeake Style's newsletter/magazine. She is featured on page 25 and below is an excerpt from the section:


"Evening of the Dragonfly by Mary Montague Sikes (Monti) is a wild romance-mystery novel set in the Fictional Tidewater town of Jefferson City. We meet our heroine and hero at the gate. We also learn about central conflict which keeps our heroine from fully accepting this new heartthrob into her life. Although it takes nearly the entire 260 pages to unravel the facts from Ms. Farrah’s unconscious fears and repressed memories, it is most rewarding when the story threads get neatly tied up in a bow by its end."



BLAST FROM THE PAST
This week's Blast from the Past book is Dac Crossley's, Code of the Texas Ranger. Check out the synopsis below!

Old-time Texas Ranger Whitey Wilson is not welcome when he rides into the South Texas town of Kingsville. His old compadre, former Ranger Red Regan is sheriff and resents Wilson's interference. Both men courted Mabel Regan, who is now Red's wife, and jealousies erupt whenWhitey comes to town. What does Whitey want? The sheriff's job? Or his wife? 




BLOG CORRAL

As always, Lorna Collins has kept us up to date with her blog. Here is a teaser from her blog dicussion this week where she discussing a school reunion: "Several of us shared our grammar school photos and compared how we looked as kids with how we look now. We’ve held up pretty well!" http://tinyurl.com/q4uqlhz




Tink's Tank is up and running on Venture Galleries this morning. Check out what the reviewer said about Gary Best's book, "Tink’s Tank by Gary Best has been, hands down, the best reading experience I’ve had in a long time! Best’s narrative is strong, vivid, and compelling, with characters so fully rounded and scenes so well depicted you feel as if you’re there beside them." 

Here is the
link:
http://venturegalleries.com/blog/authors-showcase-tinks-tank-by-gary-best/

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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