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Weekly Roundup: April 27, 2016

Welcome again to the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! Our blog was full of great author contributions this week. Mary Montague Sikes (Evening of the Dragonfly) wrote about one of her secrets to productivity: a standing desk! Then Ronald Wendling shared photos from a year anniversary celebration of his memoir Unsuitable Treasure

Serita Stevens (My Pagan Love, forthcoming) posted some great advice about hooking readers in a novel's first ten pages, and Ilene Schneider answered the question "Do mystery writers read mysteries?" Marilyn Meredith rounded out the week with a status report on her extensive blog tour for her latest release A Crushing Death. Please be sure to enjoy these posts and leave a comment! 

Be sure to check out the award-winning titles in the OTP bookstore as well. We have compelling stand-alone mysteries and mystery series, thrillers, romances, police procedurals, westerns, memoirs, and children's bookseven some paranormal storiesmany of which have been acknowledged as prizewinners or finalists for regional and national book awards. Whatever your tastes, you'll find a book to love among our titles. 

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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We're excited to announce our latest release: Murder: A Way to Lose Weight by J. L. Greger.

Dieting is hard. So is fitting into a new job where you aren’t wanted. In Murder: A Way To Lose Weight, Dr. Linda Almquist is trying to do both as she investigates two diet doctors who are recklessly endangering the lives of the obese patients in their current research study. When she finds one diet doctor dead, the police suspect the other diet doctor. Then Linda receives a series of threats and the search for the killer widens to include a number of characters in the medical school.

Praise for the novel

"Being a constant dieter and someone who tries every new diet fad on the market, the topic of overlooking ill effects of a diet product during scientific testing struck a chilling chord in me. The plot is unique and compelling, and although I am not a “science” person, the science part of the mystery was so well portrayed I had no problem understanding it.

I think the dialogue and the mannerisms displayed by the characters during the dialogue were my favorite part of this book. Reading how the author was able to show rather than tell this interesting story was refreshing.

I’ve been around law enforcement and crime scenes for almost fifteen years. I’d say Greger nailed the scenes, how they’d be processed, and what the officers would do at them." -- C. L. Swinney, homicide detective and author

"Linda Almquist has the worst job on campus. She’s an Assocoate Dean, a temporary appointment. If good things happen, the Dean gets the credit. If something bad happens, it’s her fault. And something bad has happened in the Basic Sciences Medical Building. Izzy Roth, postdoctoral research specialist, lies dead on the floor and detectives from the Violent Crimes Division are asking questions.

Izzy had fallen into a disagreement with her supervisor, Richard Varegos. He has a motive, to protect his own reputation and the diet drug he’s discovered. But it’s a medical school; anyone there would know how to slip Izzy an undetectable poison.

Linda must steer the investigation through the maze of faculty members jealous of her: They call her a “Deanlet.” Will the Dean soon replace Linda with one of her critics?

J. L. Greger has created a page-turner of a novel with well-formed characters in a believable setting. You’ll find the Medical School faculty to be the group you might encounter in any office, anyplace, and especially on a college campus.

To an old professor such as I, the infighting and power games struck a familiar chord. Fortunately, I never had to deal with a murder in my department." -- Dac Crossley  

About the author: J.L. Greger is the author of several books: I Saw You in Beirut, the award-winning Malignancy, Ignore the Pain, and Coming Flu. She writes thrillers and mystery novels with tidbits about recent scientific advances. She writes, "For example, did you know Cuban researchers recently patented a vaccine against a rare type of lung cancer? When you read my thriller Malignancy, you’ll see this fact makes modern Cuba emerge from the pages of the novel.

"Don’t worry if you’re not much interested in science, my novels are filled with action and suspense, twisted but convincing plots, and the characters just quirky enough to be appealing.

"When I was a professor in the biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I sharpened my story-telling skills while lecturing on biochemistry and nutrition at eight-thirty in the morning. Let me explain. Students were more likely attend class and to retain the 'dry' facts if I 'humanized' the science with relevant stories. I enjoy writing novels because now the facts are secondary to the story, instead of vice versa.

"My short stories focus on families and their crises. One of them 'Shoes' won an award from the Public Safety Writers Association. My two great passions are Bug and travel. Bug is a pet therapy dog at local hospitals and the inspiration for the Bug in my novels. I’ve included my travels to Bolivia and Cuba in Ignore the Pain and Malignancy. I’ve done consulting in the Untied Arab Emirates and Lebanon, and I’m toying with the idea on sending Sara to the Middle East in our next adventure. When I’m not traveling, Bug and I live in the American Southwest."

You can read about her writing projects at her website and her Bugs blog. 


Marilyn Meredith (aka F. M. Meredith) was interviewed on several blogs this week as part of her blog tour for her latest release A Crushing Death, the 12th book in her Rocky Bluff P.D. series.

She was interviewed on the Profiles of Murder blog on April 22. Marilyn talks about her involvement with PSWA, the writing presentations she's given, and her newest novel.

When asked about where the idea from the book came from, she replies, "Another mystery author suggested the manner of death to me, something I’d never heard of before. After I did some research, ideas began flooding in as they often do.

The murder victim is a teacher who has been accused of improper actions toward one of his students. Is he guilty or not? It is up to the detectives investigating the case to find out." 

You can read the rest of the post here.

Marilyn was also interviewed on S. D. Skye's blog on April 29, where she talks about A Crushing Death. This interesting interview brings out some of Marilyn's favorite parts of the book.

For example, "Give us one or two of your favorite lines from this book.

"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.'"

The rest of the post appears here.

Marilyn's latest book is A Crushing Death, the latest in her Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series. 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.


Marilyn Meredith (aka F. M. Meredith) was featured on several blogs this week as part of her blog tour for her latest release A Crushing Death, the 12th book in her Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series.

She appeared on the Will Kill for a Story blog on April 24, where she talked about how her Rocky Bluff P.D. series began.

She writes, "My son-in-law, Mike Cole, was a police officer for Oxnard P.D. for 15 years. When he was a new officer and worked the graveyard shift, he’d stop by my house when he came home from work for coffee. He’d always ask, 'Do you want to hear what happened last night?' Of course I did.

"He told me lots of exciting tales—some funny and some sad. Always a writer, I began to weave ideas together for a mystery novel. He let me look at some of his case notes, giving me even more ideas." 

You can read the full post here. 

On April 26, Marilyn was featured on Linda Thorne's blog, where she talked about the challenge of coming up with fresh, compelling ideas to sustain a blog tour.

She writes, "When I decided to do yet another blog tour I intended to keep it short, just the last half of April. What changed things is when I asked people if they’d host me, some had particular days that they used guest blogs and before I knew it I was scheduling into the first half of May.

"Some of the hosts have given me questions to answer, an interview, or even several suggestions, however others, like Linda, are leaving it up to me what I write about. After all, I should be able to come up with interesting topics, right?"

You can read the full post here.

Marilyn appeared on Joanne Guidoccio's blog on April 27, where she guest-blogged about 10 interesting facts about one the characters in her Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series: Chief Chandra Taylor.

She writes, "1. Chandra Taylor is fairly new to the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, as she replaced the retiring chief.

"2. Besides being a female she is also African American.

"3. Though she’s had several serious relationships, she’s never been married. Chances of her finding someone interesting in Rocky Bluff are slim."

You can read the the rest of the facts here. 

Continuing to flesh out Chief Taylor, Marilyn wrote about a day in the life of the chief on Dru's Book Musings blog on April 28.

Marilyn writes this fun post in the first person: "I truly love my cottage in Rocky Bluff. I leave my windows open at night so I can enjoy the ocean breezes. 

"When it’s time to get ready for work, I wear one of my many simple slack outfits with matching jackets instead of a uniform. My dress uniform I save for special occasions."

You can read the full post here  
In A Crushing Death, 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.

Marilyn was also hosted by a fellow OTP author this week. See the Blog Corral section below for details! 


Radine Trees Nehring was featured on the Buried Under Books blog in an April 24 post, where she talks about making gratitude part of one's writing life.

"Though hardly an equivalent of soldiering, construction work, or high wire walking, a writing career is not for the faint of heart. We may not be tested physically, but stress and loss of sleep are not uncommon dangers. Self-doubt and frustration are also scary possibilities. Why does this happen when many non-writing humans, whether readers or not, still look at anyone claiming to be a writer with a degree of awe?"

You can read the full post here.

Then on April 25, Radine was featured on Christa Nardi's Christa Reads and Writes blog, where she writes about being a writer in today's publishing world.

She says, "In 2016, established authors, many of them multi-published, are full of gratitude (or should be) for what they have accomplished. But these days, even for the well-established, there can be self doubt and a long list of questions disturbing assurance and wrecking dreams. Why?

"These days there is so much that's negative flying around out there."

You can read the full post here

Radine is the author of A Portrait to Die For. Carrie discovers two versions of a supposedly original portrait in a loan exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. When a reporter who interviewed Carrie at the museum disappears, Carrie must choose between her promise to stop crime-solving or work to find the woman--a college friend of her son's. 

Radine has also written A Fair to Die For. 


Channing Whitaker I will be at the Houston Authors Bash on Saturday, April 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in Houston, Texas. More than 50 authors will be there presenting their books at this event.

Channing is the author of Until the Sun Rises: One Night in Drake Mansion. 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? 


Ann K. Howley will be among the authors participating at the Bethel Park Library's Author Fair on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

Ann is the author of the memoir Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, 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.


C. Ed Traylor will be signing copies of his award-winning novel, The Crossing, at the Pana Public Library in Pana, Illinois, on May 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The novel focuses on Racheed Ul-Bashar, a Pakistani whose grandfather and sister are killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan. Driven by revenge against the United States, the obsessive Racheed develops a minutely detailed plot, a synchronized attack that will hit three American cities on the anniversary of September 11. He obtains contact information of Juan Rodrequs, a violent, ruthless drug cartel leader in Juarez, Mexico, who agrees – for a price ― to move terrorists across the border and supply all materials needed for the attacks.

All goes well until Diego Garcia, a trusted ally and confidant of the cartel leader, is stopped for a speeding violation in Illinois.  There, 400 kilograms of cocaine are discovered, concealed in his vehicle, and he is facing significant prison time.  To save himself, Garcia, becomes an informant for agents of the FBI Anti-Terrorism Task Force.

Unbeknownst to the other terrorists, the informant, or the FBI Task Force, Racheed and his partner change plans at the last minute and enter the U.S. at a different location. This unexpected move forces 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?


Nicholas Checker will be participating in the Earth Day-May Day Celebration on May 1, at the Dragon's Egg Dance & Theatre Studio at 401 Shewville Rd., in Ledyard, Connecticut. The earth-friendly fun festival including vendors, crafts, books, and food begins at 4 p.m. Poets will read, dancers will dance, musicians will play and sing. A nature walk will lead eager explorers into the mysterious Ledyard woods as well.

Nick will be reading passages from his books -- Scratch and Druids -- that relate to the day's nature themes.

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 with 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. It raises images of a nerve-wracking game of chess come to life a broken castle, a captive queen in dire need of being released, a dread knight whose very name terrorizes foes, and underling foot-soldiers deemed “pons” -- who yet harbor a latent strength of their own.

Rippling through the saga, like a whispery breeze, 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 nature.

An excerpt for Druids will soon be released as a short film.


Author and artist Beryl Reichenberg will present a paper craft class for children at the Paso Robles Library on May 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. The children will be making a Mother's Day card. Colorful papers, punches, pens and markers will help them decorate their card.

Beryl also will be at the San Luis Obispo Makerspace Expo in the Mission Plaza on May 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual event brings together artists, inventors, techies, tinkerers, explorers, recyclers, and dreamers of all ages demonstrating to kids and adults how they make their art and products. This year Beryl will help kids make another Mother's Day card which they can decorate and give to a loved one. The expo anticipates a large crowd and is free to the public.

Beryl's children's books will be featured and signups for her future events available at both events.

Beryl will be featured at the Gallery at the Network in San Luis Obispo in a fiber show during April and May. Anyone interested in seeing some of Beryl’s book art form should visit the gallery at 778 Higuera Street, Suite B, during the day or during Art After Dark on the first Friday of May.

Beryl is the author many titles for children, including six from OTP: Butterfly Girls, Ants on a Log, Camouflage, Clowning Around, When Caterpillars Dream, and The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake.


Marilyn Meredith (aka F. M. Meredith) is in the midst off a blog tour for her latest release, A Crushing Death—the 12th in her Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series.

With more than two dozen stops, this tour is extensive, and Marilyn will be answering a host of questions about herself and the novel as well as sharing advice about writing and publishing. You won't want to miss these posts.

Another reason to keep up is Marilyn's blog tour contest. She explains that "the person who comments on the most blogs during this tour can have a character named after them in the next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery."

The full schedule and destinations of the tour are available here, and we'll be covering them throughout sections of the Weekly Roundup as they take place.

April 15 - Bookbrowsing blog: Why with All Your Experience Did You Choose to Write Mysteries?
April 16 - Writers Who Kill blog: What a Great Name for a Blog!
April 17 - Celebrate With a Book blog: What Makes Me Write?
April 18 - John M. Wills's blog: The Basics of a Blog Tour
April 19 - Jacqueline Vick's blog: Public Appearances
April 19 - Buried under Books blog: The Confessions of an Almost Cured Introvert
April 20 - Thonie Hevron's blog: The Setting for A Crushing Death
April 21 - J. L. Greger's blog: What Makes a Series Work?

April 22 - M. M. Gornell's blog: A Favorite Character in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series
April 23 - Profiles of Murder blog: Where Did the Idea for A Crushing Death Come From?
April 24 - Will Kill for a Story blog: About the Rocky Bluff P.D. Series
April 25 - Lorna Collins's blog: Questions About My Younger Life
April 26 - Linda Thorne's blog: The Challenge of Coming Up with New and Interesting Topics for a Blog Tour

April 27 - Joanne Guidoccio's blog: Ten Interesting Facts About Chief Chandra Taylor
April 28 - Dru's Book Musing blog: A Day in the Life of Chief Chandra Taylor
April 29 - S. D. Skye's blog: Interview
April 30 - Patricia Gligor's Writer's Forum blog: Questions Answered
May 1 - M. K. Graff's blog: Keeping a Series Fresh
May 2 - Holli Castillo's blog: Naming Characters
May 3 - B. K. Stevens's blog: The First Two Pages
May 4 - Maggie King's blog: How Much Grit do you Want?

May 5 - Jackie Taylor Zortman's Mountain Memos blog: Jackie Zortman is a Character in A Crushing Death
May 6 - Anastasia Pollock's blog: Mistakes People Make on Facebook
May 7 - Serita Stevens's blog: Crossing Paths on the Internet and in Person
May 9 - Amy Bennett's Back Deck blog: Critique Groups
May 10 - Dave Cropp's blog: My Most Favorite Writing Conference
May 11 - Evelyn Cullett's blog: A Review and Excerpt (This is the last stop on the tour. The contest winner will be notified by email or Facebook message and announced in many places.)
May 26 - Murderous Musings blog: Summing Up My Blog Tour

In A Crushing Death, 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.


Author and artist Beryl Reichenberg taught a children's paper craft and bookmaking class at the Atascadero Library on April 20. The day's topic was Earth Day, and the children worked on a garden book project.

Beryl reports that the class "was a big hit. The children were enthusiastic and diligent. In fact the room was very quiet as they worked. Even two parents made books. There were about 20 kids in two batches and when the second group came in, I had them sit at a separate table to make their books and then move over to the table where the decorating supplies were located.

"The library provided a couple of helpers, which I found I needed. We moved around the tables, helping the kids who needed it. At the beginning, we talked a little about what was in their gardens just to get the creative juices flowing. I gave a pitch for the botanical gardens and for my children's books, giving out brochures to each parent."

"The good news: the director has invited me back and I have several new names on my email list for my monthly newsletter."

Beryl also had a booth (see photo) at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden's Earth Day event on April 24 outdoors at the park near Cuesta College. She reports that the event "was another delightful chance to meet and greet my readers and their parents. The children enthusiastically attacked the Garden Book project I presented.

"Three children were especially memorable. One little three year old loaded her book up with pinch out shapes and washi tape proudly carrying off her creation. Another girl, about 12, was at first reluctant to participate and hung back. Finally, she agreed to make something. She cut blue paper into a circle and some green irregular shapes that looked surprisingly like land-masses. Placing them on the blue globe she added punch out hands and a heart – Hands across the oceans for peace.  What a great idea! Another dear little boy about five was disabled. He couldn’t talk and used sign language. I made him a pop out mouth. He signed thank you and I learned how to sign you’re welcome back. His mother said he liked to watch birds and I gave him a punch out bird to take home.

"I sold several of my children’s books, added names to my email list and handed out brochures with a list of my local retail outlets. A couple of women said they had seen my books. During these events, I usually make another contact for future events. One woman, already on my email list, keeps bees and invited me to participate in a honey/bee festival in Paso Robles later in the year. She also works with high school students and may invite me to come to talk to them." 

Beryl is the author many titles for children, including six from OTP: Butterfly Girls, Ants on a Log, Camouflage, Clowning Around, When Caterpillars Dream, and The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake.


Additional details about these events will appear in future Roundups.

Mary Montague Sikes will be presenting her art and promoting her books on Sunday, May 15, at the Vines of Art Showcase at Saudé Creek Winery in Lanexa, Virginia, from 11 a.m to 5 p.m.


Beryl Reichenberg will teach a children's paper craft and bookmaking class at the Santa Maria Discovery Museum (702 McClelland) in Santa Maria, California, on May 14 from 3 to 4 p.m.


Serita Stevens has been asked by Discovery to be an expert for them on one of their crime shows. Serita's The Book of Poisons (Writers Digest), coauthored with Anne Bannon, and her knowledge a forensic nurse gave her great qualifications for this role. Information will be forthcoming about when the show will air. 


OTP is expanding the venues through which its titles are available to purchase in ebook formats. In addition to being available for Barnes and Noble's Nook and Amazon's Kindle readers and apps, our books are now for sale at All Romance and its partner site OmniLit. We are also making OTP books available as iBooks through Apple's iTunes.
Our latest ebook venture is our storefront at Papertrell, a partnership with Hummingbird Digital Media. Readers can shop online or by using the My Must Reads app. Up to five devices can be linked to each individual Papertrell account.

Ants on a Log by Beryl Reichenberg (Kindle, Nook). Concerned that Jack the Rabbit won't eat his vegetables, his mother tries everything she can think of to get him to eat his "greens". One day, Jack discovers the snack "ants on a log" at school. Learn how this solves his mother's problem and what happens next. Based on a true story, this children's story is for young children and their parents who face similar situations.

The Big Squeal by Liberty the Pig (Kindle, Nook). A true story about a homeless pitg's seaerch for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

Butterfly Girls by Beryl Reichenberg (Kindle, Nook). How does a Monarch butterfly teach two young girls to fly?


by Beryl Reichenberg (Kindle, Nook). How do animals hide, camouflage and protect themselves in the wild? This interactive book, encourages young children to hunt for various animals in their native habitat and to find their hiding places.

Clowning Around by Beryl Reichenberg (Kindle, Nook). This 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.

Code of the Texas Ranger by Dac Crossley (Kindle, Nook). 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?

A Crushing Death by F. M. Meredith (Nook). 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.

My Name is Huber: A Tractor's Story by by Jane Aumann and Cindy Ladage (Kindle, Nook). A story told through the eyes of a tractor named Huber who rolled off the factory room floor in 1927. My Name is Huber follows the tractor through his working life on the farm. Huber runs a threshing machine and works hard for his farmer through the Depression into the war years. When Huber is replaced with a new faster tractor, he becomes a forgotten Huber until he is found, restored, and brought back to life to tell his story!


The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake by Beryl Reichenberg (Kindle, Nook). Who took Freda Frog's birthday cake and how did she and her friends find the thief? Wander through the forest with these animals as theylook for clues, as they use deductive reasoning and encourage each other to continue to hunt for the cake

The New Romantics by Richard Marranca (Kindle, Nook). “Reading Richard's stories always touch something deep inside me, a longing for the mystical in the ordinary, for a deeper meaning in our everyday lives. If you're ready to embrace the unknown, these stories will take you on a fantastic ride!“ --Xenia Melzer, author of the Gods of War series published by DreamSpinner Press

When Caterpillars Dream by Beryl Reichenberg (Kindle, Nook). What do caterpillars dream about while they are in their chrysalis becoming butterflies?

When Matilda Made Time Stand Still by Cindy Ladage (Kindle, Nook). When Matilda wants to continue to play and her mother tries to get her to go for a nap, Matilda inadvertently breaks her mother's watch and time stands still. The little girl is happy to continue with her tea party and playing with her dolls until she herself becomes sleepy and worries that she doesn't know how to get time to start again.



Lorna Collins's blog played host Marilyn Meredith this week on Marilyn's blog tour for her latest release, A Crushing Death. In the post, Marilyn talks about her early life.

When asked whether she was a good student, she responds, "Yes, in everything but math, though I managed to pass. I wasn’t too great in chemistry either—blew up a test tube once. I loved my English classes."

You can read the full post here.



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