Friday, March 18, 2016

Weekly Roundup: March 18, 2016

Welcome again to the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! Be sure to catch up with the additional content posted at our blog this week. Ronald Wendling contributed with some interesting insights gleaned from reading a memoir with themes that intersected with his own memior Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past.

In other news, OTP had a successful outing at the Tucson Festival of Books last weekend. Our well-placed booth, 119, was kitty-corner to The Arizona Daily Star booth—a great location for visibility and traffic.

The top selling book for the weekend was The Baleful Owl by Virgil Alexander, and the runner-up was End of the Road by Amy Bennett. Other OTP authors in attendance included J. L. Greger, Susan Lang, Sharon Arthur Moore, Carolyn Niethammer, D. R. Ransdell, and Robert Richter, and Channing Whitaker. Beryl Reichenberg's children's books also sold during the weekend.

Publisher Billie Johnson was accompanied by Monica McLanahan, an editor and writing group facilitator and former bookseller from Oakhurst, California. Billie took four pitches for new projects and met quite a few book promoters, including two radio  show hosts. She also met John Heider of Treasure Chest Books, a distributor for the Southwest. Treasure Chest only handles books with a strong connection to the Southwest.

This year was the festival's eighth as the fourth largest literary event in the country. More than 450 authors and over 130,000 readers participated through the weekend. All proceeds from the festival are donated to local non-profit organizations that support improved literacy in Southern Arizona, and more than $1,250,000 has been donated since the festival began in 2009.

Photos from OTP's booth are available on our Instagram page, and more will be uploaded in coming days.

Even if you missed the festival, you can still "meet" our authors at our website and browse their books in our bookstore. Our thrillers, memoirs, mysteries, romances, children's books, and even some paranormal tales will please all readers and give you some wonderful choices for gifts as well.  

Thank you for stopping by for the roundup 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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~Gore Vidal

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We’re excited to announce our latest release, A Crushing Death by F. M. Meredith.

In the 12th of the Rocky Bluff P. D. mystery series, a pile of rocks is found on a dead body beneath the condemned pier, a teacher is accused of molesting a student, the new police chief is threatened by someone she once arrested for violent attacks on women, and Detective Milligan’s teenage daughter has a problem.

Marilyn Meredith (aka F. M. Meredith) is the author of 35 plus published novels including the Rocky Bluff P. D. crime series. She draws on the many years she lived in a beach community much like the fictional community of Rocky Bluff situated between Ventura and Santa Barbara.

She has many relatives and friends in law enforcement and uses them for research both for the work they do and their family lives. Marilyn is a member of three chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America and is and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America.

You can learn more about Marilyn's mystery series and other writing at her website and her blog.


Robert Weibezahl was interviewed this week at Terry Odell's blog, where he answers questions about his distractions, writing, his preferences as a reader, and his latest mystery, The Wicked and the Dead, one of OTP's latest releases.

Here's a sampling of the questions and answers in the interview:

"Setting: real, totally made up, or based on a real place?

A very real place: Los Angeles. In fact, L.A. could almost be considered a “character” in my mystery series, and many readers and reviewers have singled out that aspect of the stories as one of their strengths."

You can read the complete interview here.

In The Wicked and the Dead, screenwriter Billy Winnetka likes to write about crime, not solve it. But when an old producer friend dies under suspicious circumstances, Billy's doubts about the cause of death are too troubling to ignore. True, Harold Clausen was embroiled in some shady business deals—and he might have been having an affair—but that's all par for the course in Tinseltown. Yet, as one by one more movie veterans are permanently cut from the picture, Billy suspects a more complex plot.

When an irascible cop named Goold dismisses his theory that all these deaths are linked, the curious writer enlists the help of Harold's erstwhile, guileless assistant, Tony, to help find the murderer. The pursuit leads to a cast of eccentric characters even a B-list screenwriter couldn't dream up. But the killer eludes them . . . until Billy and Tony themselves become his next candidates for the big sleep.

The first in the series, and back in print at last, The Wicked and the Dead blends elements of classic Los Angeles noir with a more light-hearted skewering of the insular world of the film industry.


Marilyn Meredith was featured in the UK online entertainment magazine Female First in an article titles "10 things readers I want my readers to know about me." Marilyn talks about her personal and her writing life and some of the experiences that she's had since becoming a writer.

Here's an example of some of the interesting details you'll learn: "2. I got a late start in the writing game. Though I wrote off and on since I was a little girl, I didn't write hoping to be published until I had grandkids." 

You can read the remaining 10 details here.

Marilyn was also featured in the Friday Sampler feature today at Venture Galleries. The feature gives an excerpt from A Crushing Death (published under the pen name F. M. Meredith), the latest in her Rocky Bluff PD mystery series.

The 12th book in the series, A Crushing Death, is our latest release. In the novel, a pile of rocks is found on a dead body beneath the condemned pier, a teacher is accused of molesting a student, the new police chief is threatened by someone she once arrested for violent attacks on women, and Detective Milligan’s teenage daughter has a problem.

It never failed. On a holiday or a scheduled day off, or right in the middle of a great night’s sleep, the phone rang, like it just did.

Without opening his eyes, Detective Doug Milligan reached for his phone and answered. “Milligan.”

“You’re needed at the old pier.” The voice belonged to Sergeant Abel Navarro. “Homicide. Zachary will meet you there.” Then he was gone.

His wife, Stacey, rolled over to face him. “What is it?”

“Homicide. Got to go.” He leaned over and kissed her.

Her face registered curiosity.

“All I know is that a body was found at the old pier.” He grabbed his clothes from a chair and
went into the bathroom.

Because Rocky Bluff P.D. was small, underfunded and understaffed, Doug and his partner Felix Zachary investigated all major crimes including homicides and other crime scenes.

When Doug drove onto the broken up asphalt of the parking lot, he parked next to Felix Zachary’s new Escalade. A RBPD blue-and-white patrol car was beside it. Nearer the chained- off steps leading to the dilapidated wooden pier, a young couple huddled against a white Chevy truck.

A flashlight beam bobbed around underneath the pier.

When Doug got out of his own van, he immediately felt the damp air, smelled the ocean, and heard the waves pounding the beach. He opened his trunk and brought out his portable evidence kit.

Weeds sprouted through the cracked asphalt of the lot, some standing many inches high. Doug hurried across, but when he reached the sand, walking became more of an effort.

Though condemned for years, the city fathers had yet to make plans to tear down the battered pier. The last major damage done to it was in 1995 when a winter storm with 18 foot high waves ripped off the end of the pier, including some of the wooden footings. The recent earthquake shook more boards and railings loose.

When Doug reached Felix and the uniformed officer on the scene, he asked, “What have we got?”

Officer Vaughn Aragon, much shorter than Doug or Felix, played the beam of his flashlight over what looked like a pile of large stones stacked on the chest of a body. “Those kids back there found this.” . . . 

You can read the full excerpt here.


Radine Trees Nehring has three articles in writing-related publications this month: one in Crimespree Magazine and two in the Mystery Writers of America Southwest Chapter newsletter.

The Crimespree Magazine article is behind a paywall, but Radine writes, "For those of you who subscribe or have access to Crimespree Magazine, Issue 62, just mailed, has my article, "Drawing the Line -- How Real Can Fiction Be."  Fun to write, full of information and a couple of confessions. I share news about my early writing and my upcoming Oak Tree Press novel, A Portrait to Die For, plus information from Betty Webb, Hank Phillippi Ryan, Dusty Richards, and Velda Brotherton."

Radine's featured contribution to the the members-only MWASW newsletter begins with an untitled piece about book promotion.

She writes, in part, "When I sold my first book (the non-fiction Dear Earth, A Love Letter from Spring Hollow) to a publisher in 1993, I hadn't a clue about what came next. For a number of years I had written and sold articles about the Ozarks to many magazine and newspaper editors, world-wide. But, as to promoting my work? They did it all. Wouldn't book publishers be doing the same?


"Fortunately my editor at Brett Books, Inc. in New York was patient. Without personal criticism and by doing many things herself, she taught me how to promote my new book to the reading public. Still, with all her help, plus a few awards and good reviews, the book did not do as well as it should have. I believe that's partly because I was not invested enough in promotion work. In other words, I was still mostly clueless. (However, over twenty years later, the book is still selling well.)

"So, after many years of experience, and with number eight in my To Die For mystery series (A Portrait to Die For) scheduled to debut from Oak Tree Press in April, what have I learned, and what do I like and not like about being a writer?
. . ."

Radine's second article in the newsletter, titled "Defining Yourself As a Writer," is an adaptation of her essay published in The Writer’s Journey Journal, a spiral bound book with piquant comments from over fifty well-known authors, present and past, plus a dozen inspirational essays by authors selected for this journal. Each blank, lined journaling page has an author’s shared idea at the top.

"'Your writing should begin with motive, not process.'

"Around twenty-five years ago newspaper editor Richard J. Cattani offered this advice, and the words continue to stir me. They lead straight to the question, 'Why do I write?' Why, indeed, when most of a writer’s work today seems more process (including promotion) than motive or, in other words, the motive to create! And, for motive, I’ll exclude a common answer many non-writers, and even some potential writers, choose: 'To be rich, or famous, or both.' Those things might come (however rarely) but where’s the lasting joy in such material pleasures? I find them hollow motives.

"Cattani also wrote this provocative and unfinished sentence: 'If you don’t wake up writing . . .' How would each one of us, as a writer, finish that sentence? Cattani didn’t. I don’t think he needed to. Writers can wake up with a head full of words that demand sharing. (This waking might, of course, come at any time of day or night.) We sit at our computers with a vision of how to put our new-born sharing on the screen. And, at last, after writing and thinking and rewriting, we are ready to send the ideas we have loved and nurtured out to our fellow humans, hoping they may be benefited, or, at least, entertained.

"Ah, that, then is the real answer to WHY. It is beginning with motive. . . ."

Radine notes in the newsletter that The Writer's Journey Journal also sells for $10.00 ppd directly from Wolfmont Press and makes a terrific gift for any author and is a joy to own (order from or call 706-403-9035). 

You can read more about Radine and her mysteries at her website.


Channing Whitaker's writing is getting attention at the HorrorHound Weekend Convention this weekend, March 18-20, at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. On Saturday, March 20 at 5 p.m., the convention will premier a feature film for which Channing wrote the screenplay. The film, titled KILD TV, is a horror/mystery movie and has been nominated for three awards at the festival: best picture, best actor, and best actress.

In the film, the crew of a local horror movie showcase is used to broadcasting creepy stories of heinous killers, but tonight they are the story, trapped with a real killer among them. Fans are tuning in to the late night show as their favorite horror host, Dr. Perseco, weaves a macabre tale of suspense and gore, but soon the horror becomes real and Dr. Perseco breaks character pleading for someone to send help. Will the audience respond or pop more popcorn?

Channing will also be exhibiting on the convention floor all weekend selling and signing copies of his OTP novel Until the Sun Rises: One Night in Drake Mansion. His novel was among the top Kindle sellers for OTP in 2015.

Eighty years ago, a wealthy Midwest family returned home from a magic show, after which neither they, nor the magician, Malvern Kamrar, were ever heard from again. When several bystanders died in their mansion, the house was sealed. After nearly a century of rumors and haunted stories, for a live TV event the mansion will be opened, allowing five contestants to spend one night and win their share of a million dollars. The contestants: a psychic, a high-tech ghost hunter, a Hollywood scream queen, a local woman, and a skeptic, fuel excitement as each tries to solve the mystery.

Upon entering, the journal of the family patriarch, Vinton Drake, is discovered, illuminating the mystery, rooted all the way back to Vinton’s service as a medic in WWI, when he first met the magician. Departing from the familiar haunted house tale, this story explores the very nature of belief in the supernatural, with consequences more frightening than any ghost story. Intensity sours when the contestants discover their lives, and thousands more, are in genuine peril. Is the mansion haunted? What fate befell Malvern and the Drake family? And will the contestants uncover the truth in time to save themselves?

Richard Paolinelli has some exciting news about the upcoming publication of one of his short stories. He writes, "I have written an original Sherlock Holmes story, "A Lesson In Mercy" (6,000 words) that will be a part of a new anthology of Holmes stories to be published in May of this year by Belanger Books.

"The publisher runs a Kickstarter campaign first and will need to raise $500 to get the book published and if they are able to get to $1,000 then my story will be included. They have several different levels ranging from $5-$250. No matter what level of donation chosen, you will receive a copy of the book, Beyond Watson, in one type of format or another and some of the levels you will get multiple format copies (print & e-book). There are additional items offered depending on how much a person signs up for. They have reached every Kickstarter goal in the past so it seems likely that they will make this one and my story will be included.

"Needless to say I am very excited to be a part of this, especially as one of my favorite sci-fi authors, Jack McDevitt, is also a part of this project and the other writers are well-known Holmes authors. In addition to the credit, I am hoping it will lead to people coming over to check out my other books too."

Richard is the author of Reservations, a mystery/thriller, is set near Gallup, New Mexico where the Navajo, Hopi and Zuni reservations are adjacent. Three tribal leaders have been murdered —murdered in a fashion that suggests the deeds were carried out by the Coyote, a legendary evil trickster feared by many Native Americans.

The tribal president contacts his old friend in the FBI for assistance in solving the crimes and preventing more murders. The FBI selects its star agent, Jack Del Rio, and dispatches him to New Mexico. Del Rio finds a situation tangled in political intrigue, and must work through those issues on his way to solving the mystery. Assisting him in his quest is Officer Lucy Chee. A romantic interest develops between the two. Del Rio identifies the murderer, but not without further bloodshed and loss. 


John Lindermuth's short story, "A Clue With A Double Meaning," appears in the March issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine and will be included in the magazine's free weekly email on March 28.

The story takes place in Korea shortly after the war and involves a Catholic priest serving in a small village who offers himself as bait to nab a friend's killer.

John writes, "Interested readers can sign up for a paid subscription to the magazine or for the free weekly email here. OTP authors who write short stories should check out Mystery Weekly. The editors are great to work with and pay is on acceptance -- always a plus. 

John's most recent book is Sooner Than Gold. It’s the summer of 1898. The nation, just coming out of an economic slump, has been at war with Spain since April. And Sylvester Tilghman, sheriff of Arahpot, PA, has a murder victim with many enemies.

There’s Claude, found with a knife in his hand, and Rachel, a surly teen who say she intended harm. The gypsies claim the victim is the goryo who stole their young woman. If this isn’t complication enough, add in threats to his job, a run-in with a female horse thief; scary predictions by a fortuneteller, and the theft of Doc Mariner’s new motorcar, plus plenty of good eating, church-going and socializing.

Before all is over, Sylvester solves the crime and even comes closer to his goal of finally marrying longtime girlfriend Lydia Longlow.

Children’s book author and artist Beryl Reichenberg will be at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, California, on Friday, March 18, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m to show children how to make an exploding box.

Beryl writes, "I encourage adults to try their hand at the projects and help any of their children under six years old. I show kids how to make the basic card form and leave the decorations up to them. My samples are for information only and I encourage kids to use their own imagination and creativity. I try to develop projects that will appeal to all age groups and skill levels."

Beryl will also be selling and promoting her other children’s picture books at the event. Among her many titles for children are six titles from OTP: Ants on a Log, Butterfly Girls, Camouflage, Clowning Around, When Caterpillars Dream, and The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake. 

You can read about her writing and art projects at her website.


Tara Willis will be signing her book Carry Me Home on Saturday, March 19, at Espresso Café, Seward-Meridian Hwy, in Wasilla, Alaska. The event takes place from noon to 3 p.m.

In the novel, the poverty-stricken Montoya family is barely surviving after the passing of their invalid father. 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.

Her eldest, thirteen year old Celina, is hurt and angry about the remarriage which appears, to her, a betrayal to her dear father’s memory. Just as the young family is growing close, a stranger from the past appears and reveals the shocking secret Celina’s mother has kept for many years, a secret that will test the Gonzalez family’s love for each other and leave them changed forever. 


Ann K. Howley will be promoting her memoir, Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, on Thursday, March 24, at a workshop titled Book Promotion and Building Your Brand at Carnegie Downtown & Business Library in Pittsburgh, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

The library describes the event as follows: "Whether you’re a new or veteran author, developing a promotion strategy and building up a professional brand with your customers is essential.

"In this interactive workshop, award-winning author Ann Howley will explore the best ways to promote your book and further your career as a published author."

Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad is a wry, humorous coming of age memoir about a well-intentioned "problem child" raised by conservative, evangelical Christian parents in Southern California during the sixties and seventies. As she naively stumbles through her youth and young adulthood, one misadventure after another, she also struggles to reconcile her ultra-Christian upbringing with women's liberation, prejudice, protest and poverty during this turbulent era, eventually gaining a different perspective of faith in a world more complicated, terrifying, funny, and wonderful than she expected.


Tekla Dennison Miller will be the La Plata County Colorado speaker at the American Association of University Women/Durango Book and Author Luncheon on Saturday, March 26 beginning at 11:15 a.m., at the Fort Lewis College's Vallecito Room in Durango, Colorado.

Tekla will be sharing the story of her sister as told in Tekla's book Mother Rabbit. The event is a celebration of Women's History Month, and all proceeds benefit AAUW scholarships and advocacy on behalf of women. 

Mother Rabbit is a collaborative memoir about a woman like so many others in the 1960’s, caught between living according to traditional societal mores and pursuing the promises of the feminist movement. Alyce’s stint as the Bunny Mother is set during a particularly turbulent era when even such a secluded environment as Playboy is affected by the Viet Nam 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.


Marilyn Meredith (aka F. M. Meredith) will be speaking to the Central Coast Sisters in Crime on Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m. at the Nipomo Library in Nipomo, California. Her topic will be planing a blog tour. 

On March 31, she'll appear on Patricia Stoltey’s blog where she'll introduce her latest novel, A Crushing Death.

In the novel, a pile of rocks is found on a dead body beneath the condemned pier, a teacher is accused of molesting a student, the new police chief is threatened by someone she once arrested for violent attacks on women, and Officer Milligan’s teenage daughter has a problem.


Carolyn Niethammer presented a talk on food writing with the managing editor of Edible Baja Arizona magazine at the at the Tucson Festival of Books, which was held on March 12 and 13 in Tucson, Arizona.

Carolyn writes, "My first food book came out 42 years ago, hers a few months ago. We are going to discuss what happened in the intervening years." 


Additional details about these events will appear in future Roundups. 

Marilyn Meredith (aka F. M. Meredith) will be having a book launch for her latest novel, A Crushing Death, on Saturday, April 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Fair Finds vintage store and art gallery located at 35702 Highway 190 in Springville, California.


We’re always adding OTP ebooks to the collections available for Barnes and Noble's Nook and Amazon's Kindle readers and apps. E-books are perfect for budget-conscious or on-the-go readers who like to have a library at their fingertips. Remember: you don't need to own a Nook or Kindle device to read e-books. You can read on your computer, smartphone, or tablet by downloading the Nook app from Barnes and Noble and the Kindle app from Amazon. Here are the latest releases for these platforms.

An Affinity For Murder by Anne White (Nook). Ellen, a new resident of Lake George in upstate New York, hopes to interview a famed art critic but instead is entangled in a dangerous and confusing situation involving paintings that just might be undiscovered works of Georgia O’Keeffe.

An Axe to Grind by F. M. Meredith (Nook). Set in a small Southern California beach town, an imaginative stalker’s decapitation sends Detectives Milligan and Marshall on an investigation of the stalker’s family, his victim and her family. When Doug strikes out on his own to corner the murderer and no one knows where he went, Stacey frantically tries to find him. She almost comes to a dead end, when his beloved MG is found in the lagoon on the Santa Barbara college campus.

Bad Tidings by F. M. Meredith (Nook). Lt. Tom Gilbreath, who is called “the old hound dog” behind his back, is the one who often delivers bad news. He is soon to receive some of this own. His wife, Marlene, often knows as much about what is going on with the Rock Bluff P.D. as her husband, and she knows even more about the other officers’ private lives. Officer Joe Guzzo has perfect wife and a wandering eye. A knock-out, Officer Georgia Lindquist captures the interest of all the single guys in the department and the notice of the married ones. Two murders bring chaos to the beach community of Rocky Bluff and keep Lt. Gilbreath busy as he faces a crisis of his own.

Burning Questions by Elaine Busby (Nook). Kelly Moran, TV feature reporter in Portland, OR, is tormented by uncertainties when she is offered her dream job in L.A. at the same time she becomes romantically involved with a candy company owner who is accused of arson.

Cholama Moon by Anne Schroeder (Nook). Homesteaders struggle to establish ranches in Central California in the 1870s, amid earthquakes, drought, banditos, remoteness and human failing. Young Virginia Nugent’s privileged life ends with the death of her mother and her father’s guilt-ridden descent into addiction. She is conflicted in her love of the ranch and her desire to escape until an old cowhand’s loyalty and a Southerner friend of her late mother offer hope that she can change her destiny.

Coming Flu by J. L. Greger (Nook). When a mysterious flu breaks out in La Bendita, an upscale gated community near the Rio Grande, the lives of its residents change radically --and instantly. The few who are lucky enough to avoid the killer flu become virtual prisoners in their homes when a quarantine is imposed. One resident, Sara Almquist, a medical epidemiologist, is compelled by habit and training to examine the elements of the epidemic, even when it means she pries into her neighbors’ lives. Sara finds promising clues--maybe too many.

The Dead Don't Forget by Robert Weibezhal (Nook). Amateur detective Billy Winnetka is back, once more reluctantly investigating a peculiarly Hollywood crime involving some anonymous death threats. Who would want to scare an old woman who hasn’t made a movie in years? As Billy discovers, there is a considerable list of suspects—from Gwendolyn’s money grubby high society relatives to her less-than-honest business manager. But simply scaring an old woman is one thing—killing her is another. 

Dangerous Impulses by F. M. Meredith (Nook). An attractive new-hire captivates Officer Gordon Butler, Officer Felix Zachary’s wife is befuddled by her new baby, and Ryan and Barbara Strickland receive unsettling news. RBPD Officers investigate the bloody murder of a mother and her son, and try to locate the source of an unidentified drug that sickens teenaged partiers, but nobody is talking.

The Evidence Is Clear by S. Connell Vondrak (Nook). Three Washington, DC detectives investigate the suicide of a prominent US Congressman, only to find the Congressman’s death is linked to a twenty five year-old murder. The case frustrates the detectives with its ever changing forensic results, but when a conspiracy is uncovered that will ruin the lives of more than one public official, it forces one detective home, to face her past. This is a sequel to No Evidence of a Crime. 

Final Respects by F. M. Meredith (Nook). Mortician Stuart Honich dreams about sinking his teeth into the flesh of his tormentors——his boss's daughters. Being a cop was something Doug Milligan wanted since childhood, but his wife hates his profession and Doug will soon have to make a difficult choice. Publicity hound, Rick Strickland, will do anything to further his career, and is having a secret affair with Liz Phelan, a divorcee with a drinking problem. The murder of the Milligans' babysitter begins a series of events that could lead to the destruction of the entire Rocky Bluff Police department as well as many innocent citizens.

Fringe Benefits by F. M. Meredith (Nook). Cal Sylvester, an officer in Rocky Bluff P.D., despises his rookie partner Gordon Butler. However, Cal thinks Butler's wife is hot and he pursues her romantically. Their affair heats up and Cal is hooked on the gorgeous Darcy, but Darcy wants more than love and passion… she wants fine things and high times which are beyond Cal's means. Cal realizes the life insurance on his wife would be the perfect sum to meet Darcy's expectations, and he plots her murder. Will thoughts of his kids keep him from putting the plan into action? Or will his obsession with Darcy compel him to follow through and kill his wife?

Hearts Across Forever by Mary Montague Sikes (Nook). Kathryn Calder's unexpected job assignment to Jamaica changes her life. From the moment she arrives, she is haunted by odd memories of a distant past. Is Flynt Kincade, the stranger she meets in an art gallery, part of that past? Kathryn senses he is, especially when dreams connecting her with Flynt grow vivid. A visit to Rose Hall Great House draws Kathryn into a scene from long ago when evil reigned in Jamaica and Annie Palmer, the white witch of Rose Hall, was part of the danger. Can a love affair from old Jamaica reach across forever and bring Kathryn and Flynt together?

Indian Paintbrush by by Marilyn Meredith (Nook). This historical family saga, based on family genealogy, is about four generations of dauntless women who follow their hearts across the western plains, often left to making their own way.

Lingering Spirit by Marilyn Meredith (Nook). After her police officer husband is killed in the line of duty, Nicole Ainsworth struggles with the changes forced on her life. Her efforts to focus on her daughters and cope with her grief are kept off-balance by images of Steve, her deceased husband who seems to be trying to communicate with her. Eventually, Nicole finds that Steve isn't the only one watching over her, and discovers a second chance at happiness.

A Midsummer Night's Gunfight by Jason Hunt (Nook). Kyle William Lees saw his father and brother murdered by Confederate marauders at the close of the Civil War. The gang tried to kill him, too, but he survived. Now he carries a tattered list with thirteen names, and he is scouring the west in search of vengeance, crossing off one name at a time. When his quest takes him to Shakespeare, New Mexico, Kyle finds more than he bargained for, including the infamous Tom Brennan, one of the fastest and deadliest gunfighters around.

Murder in the Worst Degree by F. M. Meredith (Nook). In the tenth novel in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, the body that washes up on the beach leads Detectives Milligan and Zachary on a murder investigation that includes the victim’s family members, his housekeeper, three long-time friends, and a mystery woman.

Nice Work by Denise Weeks (Nook). Jacquidon Carroll has problems. She's diagnosed with diabetes and laid off from her job the same week, but that's nothing compared to being a suspect in the murder of her ex-boss. Jacquidon is convinced her replacement—a young woman recruited from an Internet sex site—is the real killer. To clear herself, Jacquidon steals information from the boss’s computer and the young woman's diary. The clues lead through a network of local sex clubs and the seamy underside of the BDSM (S & M) lifestyle. By the time Jacquidon gathers her evidence, the murderer is on the same page—and intends to stop her.

No Bells by F. M. Meredith (Nook). Rocky Bluff reels with the news a woman’s body was found buried in a shallow grave, and the culprit of a series of home break ins leaves a peculiar and disgusting calling card. Detective Milligan develops some concern that his partner has rushed to judgment on the case they are working, and the wrong person is accused of the crime. Officer Gordon Butler has finally found the love he’s been seeking for a long time, but there’s one big problem -- she’s the major suspect in the murder case.

On the Rocks by Elaine Busby (Nook). Panic attacks start to plague Jade, just as this musician’s career begins escalating. An L.A. restaurant owner, Calvin Collins, helps her recover, then wines and dines his way into her heart. However, Jade’s agent warns her that Calvin has an unsavory back story. As their romance develops, Jade starts climbing the charts with her new CD. Her panic attacks are also on the rise, and the L.A. gossip mill would love to roast Calvin; all issues she’d rather ignore than investigate. Will Jade’s life end up “On the Rocks”, like the dark song she’s writing? Or will she seek the truth, and sing those secrets into the light?

Revenge of the Texas Ranger by Dac Crossley (Nook). Violence erupts when an old-time Texas Ranger bursts into the little town of Kingsville. What does the Ranger want? The sheriff’s job? Or his wife? When gunplay ensues, the sheriff is accused of murder. Follow the further adventures of Red Regan, Whitey Wilson, and Nacho Ybarra is this sequel to Guns Across the Rio.

Secrets By the Sea by Mary Montague Sikes (Nook). Stunned to learn that her grandfather’s body had washed onto an Antigua beach, a victim of foul play, Dana Sinclair leaves immediately for the exotic place her grandmother had always called “Heartbreak Island.” She moves into her grandfather’s centuries-old home, Edgewood Manor which overlooks the Caribbean Sea, and begins searching for answers to the questions haunting her.

The Support Group by Shirley Oldridge (Nook). Award-winning actress Margo Preistley had it all until her daughter is brutally raped and murdered. Margo attempts suicide, but fails and is ordered to attend a support group for families of violent crimes’ victims. After witnessing a random attack, Margo impulsively kills the assailant, only to watch the victim-- her only witness--flee the scene. Unable to legally justify her actions, Margo, and her now-accomplice, Peta, drive away before the police arrive. Luckily, her companion knows someone within the support group who can help them. Soon they realize that – collectively -- they have the means necessary to rectify any situation.

Smell of Death by F. M. Meredith (Nook). A missing child, strange burglaries, and the inexplicable murders of a mother and her daughter disrupt the peaceful beach community of Rocky Bluff, CA. Officer Stacey Wilbur, first on the scene for both murders, assists Detective Doug Milligan with the investigations and finds herself breaking her long-standing rule to never date anyone who works for Rocky Bluff P.D.

Unleavened Dead by Ilene Schneider (Nook). Two members of Rabbi Aviva Cohen’s congregation are found dead, victims, they say, of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. But Aviva has info that leads her to doubt it was an accident. Then, police suspect Aviva’s niece’s partner in a hit-and-run death. Aviva is sure the woman is innocent, even though her SUV has a body-sized dent on the hood. As she looks into the two disparate cases, Aviva discovers they may be connected, and her amateur sleuthing takes a sinister turn that involves sexual abuse of teenage girls, money laundering, stolen identities, and an FBI investigation. Once again, her curiosity has put her life in jeopardy.


Lorna Collins continued her blog series her marriage this week in a third installment, continuing a series of posts about how she and her husband have stayed together for more than fifty years. Following up on installments one and two, she writes this week about how playing together can help keep love alive.

She writes, "We love theme parks, and have had annual passes for Disneyland for years. When we were working, we’d often meet at the park for dinner. Then we’d walk around and enjoy the lights, visit the attractions, and watch the people."

Find out the other ways Lorna and Larry have fun together and their inspiration for doing so in the complete post.


Amy Bennett updated her Back Deck blog this week with a report on her trip to Tucson for the Tucson Festival of Books. She was one of several OTP authors present in the booth during the weekend's festivities.

She writes, "For the last three years, I've been privileged--or dare I say blessed?--to have spent the second weekend of March in Tucson, Arizona, surrounded by books, authors, and book lovers of all kinds at the Tucson Festival of Books on the campus of the University of Arizona.

"The first year was such a learning experience; we (fellow Oak Tree Press author, J. L. Greger and I) had a two-hour slot at an authors' pavilion tent which we shared with ten other authors . . . at the far end of the festival grounds, past the science pavilion, past the food court, past the live entertainment. All of us were trying to sell our books, of course, but it soon became clear that if we REALLY wanted to sell our books, we had to get off our chairs, get out from behind the table, and engage the few (very few) passersby with our book pitches."

Find out how Amy fared in subsequent years, including this year, by reading the rest of the post. 


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

MY goodness, I'm mentioned a lot on the blog this time. Thank you so much for the coverage. I always enjoy hearing what everyone is doing.

Amy Bennett said...

The Tucson Festival of Books is the first thing written on my calendar every year! I highly recommend any author who can make it to come join us! Tucson in the spring is wonderful and it's great to meet up with other authors and talk to the public about our books... and selling some is a nice perk, too!

John M. Wills said...

And now OTP authors have their books in ebook format as well. No longer any excuse for not reading these exciting tomes.

Lorna Collins - Author said...

Thanks for the links to my blog. Two more before the end of this series. hope you enjoy them!

Richard Paolinelli said...

Here's the official link for the Beyond Watson kickstarter page. We are already 1/4th of the way to reaching the $1,000 stretch goal that will get my story "A Lesson In Mercy" (as told by Winston Churchill) included in the book and this is only day one of the campaign.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

I tried to post a comment here yesterday and it wouldn't allow it unless I joined some Google thing. I hope it was legitimate and not some hacker's ploy. Anyway, great blog again, as always. I'm reading Marilyn's "A Crushing Death" and it's great, so far.