Monday, September 28, 2015

How authors can make Twitter more effctive

Hi, folks.

A friend of mine, Anna Patrick, has written a helpful list of steps authors can take to make Twitter a more effective promotional tool.

Anna is a digital publicist and social media strategist with Media Connect, a division of Finn Partners. In other words, she knows what she's talking about (tweeting about?) here.

"7 10-Second Tweaks To Makeover Your Twitter Profile" has a few "Why didn't I think of that?" suggestions. Adding a hashtag to my bio is one I admit never occurred to me.

See what you think:

http://www.media-connect.com/blog/7-10-second-tweaks-to-makeover-your-twitter-profile/

By the way, Anna Patrick's first novel ("Meditations in Wonderland") will be published next week, October 6. I'm pleased to have contributed a blurb which appears on the back cover.

http://www.amazon.com/Meditations-Wonderland-Anna-Patrick/dp/1632990458/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1440017905&sr=1-1&keywords=Meditations+in+Wonderland

 -- Joe Nowlan


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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A reminder from Jeana: All OTP books are on Manic Readers!

Need help choosing a great book to read?
Check out our sample chapters on

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




OUR WRITING CONTESTS ARE STILL OPEN!
    Have you written a mystery, romance, Western, or hard-edged cop/true crime story? Then why not enter it in one of our writing contests? There's still plenty of time to polish up your manuscript and get it in to our judges.
    Since 1999, we have been publishing the winners of our contests. In a heartbeat, you can go from an author-in-waiting to published writer! Learn more about the submission guidelines at our website. Hope to see your manuscript soon!

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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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That wraps up the Roundup for this week! We hope you enjoyed our news.

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Weekly Roundup: September 18, 2015


Welcome again to the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! Summer is drawing to a close, and we hope you've enjoyed it. Time now to think ahead to shorter, cooler days and even the holidays. Looking for some great gift ideas? Books are always a hit with readers! You can browse our bookstore for a complete list of the mysteries, memoirs, romances, Westerns, and paranormal tales our award-winning authors have in store for you.

Thank you for stopping by 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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"The love of books is a love which requires neither justification, apology, nor defense."

~J.A. Langford

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A reminder from Jeana: All OTP books are on Manic Readers!

Need help choosing a great book to read?
Check out our sample chapters on

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




OUR WRITING CONTESTS ARE OPEN!
    Have you written a mystery, romance, Western, or hard-edged cop/true crime story? Then why not enter it in one of our writing contests? There's still plenty of time to polish up your manuscript and get it in to our judges.
    Since 1999, we have been publishing the winners of our contests. In a heartbeat, you can go from an author-in-waiting to published writer! Learn more about the submission guidelines at our website. Hope to see your manuscript soon!

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LATEST RELEASES

We're sharing our two latest releases again this week -- this time with updated links -- in case you missed them last week! The Sawtooth Complex by Susan Lang and The Crossing by C. Ed Traylor are both available now!

The Sawtooth Complex by Susan Lang is a fascinating novel that deals vigorously with the dilemmas of human life on the planet. Most characters are torn by contradictions, both personal and political. A few are avid developers; others seek a balance between humanity and nature. Several touching love stories develop and falter among them.

The true hero, Maddie Farley, is an inspiring and reluctant monkey-wrencher who lives most closely to the earth. The natural world she inhabits is invoked with poignant accuracy and love. Ultimately, nature itself blows up everyone’s world in a startling forest fire that overpowers the land and the people, laying waste to most everything. The writing about this thrilling climatic event is terrifying, spellbinding, very intense and powerful. And then a miracle occurs.

In the wreckage left behind, the author, who is no sentimental idealist or doomsday prophet, finds reason to hope. The story is engrossing, entertaining, and really makes us think. It’s a fine addition to our best environmental and human-humane literature.

About the author: Susan Lang was awarded a 2007 Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for The Sawtooth Complex when it was a novel in progress. She is currently faculty emeritus at Yavapai College, and she founded and directed the Southwest Writers Series at Prescott College for 25 years. She was also founding director of Yavapai College's Hassayampa Institute.

Susan is the author of a trilogy published by University of Nevada Press about a woman homesteading in the southwestern wilderness during the years 1929 to 1941. The first novel in the trilogy, Small Rocks Rising, won the 2003 Willa Award. Her second novel, Juniper Blue, was released in 2006, and the third, Moon Lily, in fall 2008. Lang’s short stories and poems have been published in magazines such as Red Rock Review, Iris, and The Idaho Review



C. Ed Traylor's The Crossing tells the story of Racheed Ul-Bashar, a Pakistani whose grandfather and sister are killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan. Driven by revenge, Racheed develops a minutely detailed plot, a synchronized strike on three American cities on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks. He contacts Juan Rodrequs, a violent, ruthless drug cartel leader in Juarez, Mexico, who agrees -- for a price -- to help by moving terrorists and supplies across the border.

All goes well until Diego Garcia, a trusted ally and confidant of the cartel leader, is stopped in Illinois for a speeding violation while transporting 400 kilograms of cocaine. Facing significant prison time, Garcia becomes an informant for the FBI Terrorism Task Force to save himself. But unbeknownst to him, the other terrorists, or the task force, Racheed and his partner decide to enter the U.S. at a different location, forcing the FBI Task Force to scramble. Will they be able to eliminate the threat to some of America’s largest cities and most cherished attractions?


About the author: C. Ed Traylor retired from the Illinois State Police with the rank of captain after 29 years of service. During that time, he served as patrolman, investigator, investigative supervisor, bureau chief, and staff officer. He subsequently served as police chief of a small central Illinois town before returning to the ISP with an assignment as investigator on the Federal Health Care Fraud Task Force.

Traylor earned a B.A. in social justice from the University of Illinois-Springfield and graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Va. He lives with his wife, Pat, in rural Waggoner, Illinois. The couple has two daughters. 


The Crossing was awarded second place in the Fiction Book, Non-Published category in the Public Safety Writers Association 2015 Writing Competition.





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REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS


Helen Osterman's recently published Rogue Wave was featured as the Saturday Sampler at Venture Galleries on September 12. The feature highlights a recent review of the book: "If you want a story that keeps you spellbound and on the edge of suspense that threatens to drown you, then you need to read Rogue Wave. You know it will turn out all right, but you have your doubts as the story races to its conclusion."

Rogue Wave is the next book in Helen's Emma Winberry mystery series. She says of the feature, "It's so exciting to see a rave review and the first chapter showcased." You can read the complete Venture Galleries synopsis and sample here.



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Les Hoffman and his new novel Sudden Justice will be featured on The Author Show on Tuesday, September 22. You can find the schedule for the show at the link, and Les's interview will become available there as well on the date of the broadcast. We'll follow up with a link to the archive in case you miss the Tuesday presentation.

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. 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.


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UPCOMING

Beryl Reichenberg is attending Cuesta College's Central Coast Writer's Conference in San Luis Obispo, California, on September 18 and 19. According to the conference website, the goal of the Central Coast Writer's Conference is "to make affordable interactive workshops teaching skill development in numerous writing genres." The two-day event consists of more than 50 writing workshops in many diverse genres, TV and screenwriting, writer critic sessions, author networking and many other speakers.

The conference culminates with its Book and Author Fair at the Sea Crest Hotel in Pismo Beach, California, on Sunday, September 20. The Fair is a major event for Central Coast readers of books and local libraries. Featuring more than 60 authors and reader-centric institutions, it is billed as "a celebration, a 'friend raiser,' rejoicing in the written word, the people who write those words, and the artists and illustrators who help to bring them to life."

Beryl is also giving away a copy 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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Marilyn Meredith (aka F.M. Meredith) will also be at the Book and Author Fair at the Sea Crest Hotel in Pismo Beach, California, on Sunday, September 20. Marilyn's Rocky Bluff P.D. series is ongoing, the latest of which is Violent Departures. 

You can find out about all of her books and read her commentaries about writing and interviews with fellow writers at her website and blog.





Gary Best will be holding a book reading and signing on September 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Buddhamouse Emporium, 134 Yale Avenue in Claremont, California. He'll be showcasing his novel Tink’s Tank and his nonfiction project Silent Invaders; Combat Gliders of the Second World War. He'll also be talking the era in which these books are set and his other writing projects. 

Tink's Tank chronicles the adventures of the crew members of a U.S. Eighth Air Force B-17 during WW II. The narrator tells his tale in response to a request from his granddaughter. He tells her about each of his fellow crew members, the people they meet during their war time experiences in England, the locale for most of the story.

Crew members of Tank’s Tank find themselves involved in experiences in London and situations among themselves that transform each as they fight to stay alive in air battles that test their courage and stamina as a crew. It is more than a coming-of-age story and more than a story of the air war over Europe -- it is the interactions and connections of events, people, fact, and fiction that foment growth, change, and deliverance from the past. Tink's Tank takes readers on an adventure and returns the reader to post-war life through twist and turns in the epilogue.



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Ann Howley will be one of the main-stage speakers at speakers at Passages & Prose, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, literary festival held at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library on Saturday, September 19th. She will take the stage at 1 p.m. to talk to writers and readers about her coming-of-age memoir Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad.

The festival will feature author presentations, small workshops, discussion groups, and meet and greets with distinguished local authors. The event is free and open to the public.

Ann has additional writing-related events coming up soon. Monday, September 21, is the first session of a four-week memoir-writing course she is teaching at the Community College of Allegheny County.

On Wednesday, September 23rd, she'll be at in
in Washington, Pennsylvania, to give a talk about the fun of writing a memoir. The presentation, titled Your Life, Your Words: How to Write a Memoir, will take place at Citizens Library from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


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Virgil Alexander will be signing copies of The Baleful Owl, his latest book, at the Metro Center Barnes & Noble in Phoenix, Arizona, on September 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Virgil is also the author of the award-winning Saints and Sinners and The Wham Curse.

In The Baleful Owl, the murder of an archeology student and attempted murder of a second pull Apache tribal officer Al Victor into what seems to him a senseless killing. The Arizona Antiquities Task Force brings deputies Bren Allred and Manny Sanchez into the case. They find themselves investigating a sophisticated high dollar artifact theft ring centered around the unique Baleful Owl effigy. The ruthless ring leader is not motivated by greed, but vengeance for imagined wrongs. Before the case is solved, one of the officers will be the unwitting target of the skilled assassin. The Baleful Owl is the third mystery in Virgil Alexander’s rural cop series. Mixed with the main story line is the natural and human history of the Southwest. The cultures of the native tribes, the rural ranchers and farmers, and Hispanic traditions are woven into the unique fabric of the contemporary West.

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Amy M. Bennett has been invited to participate in the second annual Celebrate Authors event sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library on Sunday, September 20, 2015, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. This event was created to showcase authors from the southern region of New Mexico and will be held at the Picacho Hills Country Club from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $5, and refreshments will be provided.  

Amy is a longtime resident of New Mexico and currently works as a cake decorator with Walmart in Ruidoso Downs, NM (this is her fifteenth year with Walmart). She's also a "vino slinger" with Noisy Water Winery in Ruidoso, New Mexico. She has been a "closet" novelist for over twenty years and has an impressive collection of rejection letters to show for it! Her first novel, End of the Road started as a project for National Novel Writing Month in 2009. It won the Oak Tree Press 2012 Dark Oak Mystery contest. Two additional novels, No Lifeguard on Duty and No Vacancy followed in what has become Amy's Black Horse Campground mystery series.


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David Freedland will be a featured presenter at the California Association of Tactical Officers annual conference in Anaheim, California, which runs from September 21 to September 24. On September 22, David will be debriefing a barricade/hostage/homicide event that occurred in Irvine, California, in 2009. The individuals involved in the homicide will go on trial this coming November.

David is the author of Lincoln 9, which follows the career of Lieutenant Scott Hunter, the consummate cop who rises to the level of responsibility to lead a team of detectives on a mission aimed at connecting the clues and solving crimes. The story conveys the pressures associated with working within an organization that hires only 4% of its applicants, and whose efforts result in perennial accolades for achieving the lowest numbers of violent crime.

David was interviewed on The Author Show on September 8, and that interview is being featured again this weekend (September 18 to 20). If you missed it, here's another chance to check it out. It also appears in the show's archives. 


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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 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 7 minutes in the hopes my performance will persuade the audience to purchase my work." She will be presenting Mother Rabbit, her most recent book.







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RECENT

Although Shiloh Museum of Ozarks History doesn't display or sell works of fiction, the museum director said "yes" to Radine Trees Nehring's request to showcase A Fair to Die For at a program in the Springdale, Arkansas, museum last Wednesday. Why?  The speaker at the museum's popular Lunch Sandwiched In program on that day was Zoe Caywood, who, aided by her husband, was responsible for the rebuilding of historic War Eagle Mill from its burned-out early 1800s foundation. When the mill was standing again and its overshot water wheel turning, Zoe also guided the mill's developing popularity as a tourist destination and nationwide source for organic mill-ground grains and flours.

So, why the "yes" and the museum's welcome of a work of fiction? Radine's Oak Tree Press mystery novel is set partially at War Eagle Mill, and the mill's photo is on the book's cover!

After Zoe Caywood's talk, the program the director introduced Radine and her work as an author honoring Ozarks events and locations. A number of people then came to Radine's table to chat and buy copies of A Fair to Die For.



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ADVANCE NOTICE

Additional details about these event will appear in future Roundups.


Lynda Bulla will be one of the featured authors at the Great Valley Bookfest in Manteca, California, on Saturday, October 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and will be held at The Promenade at Bass Pro (Highway 120 at Union).

Lynda's first book with OTP, a children's book and a picture book as well titled, Blanket of Miracles, is forthcoming. She's published seven other children's books as well.





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BLOG CORRAL

Marilyn Meredith has a new book, Not As It Seems -- the latest in her award-winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series. She's currently on a 15-day blog tour to promote the novel. Check out the great destinations and topics she's covered this week!

September 15: On M.M. Gornell's blog, she answers the question, "So Where Do Real People Fit in Your Mysteries?"
September 16: On Evelyn Cullet's Writers Blog, she talks about her inspiration for the book and gives a sneak peek.
September 17: On Linda Thorne's blog, she talks about the naming of characters in her mysteries.
September 18: On Betty Dravis's blog, she talks about how she started writing.



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