Friday, April 1, 2016

Weekly Roundup: April 1, 2016

Welcome again to the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! Once again we had interesting content additions to our blog by our authors. Ronald Wendling (Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past) posted this week about culture, translation, and memoir, finding connection between his life and that of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates. F. M. Meredith (Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series, the latest, A Crushing Death) also posted about a promotion she's doing with one of the books in her series.

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We're not fooling when we tell you that our books have it all, from compelling stand-alone mysteries and mystery series to thrillers, romances, police procedurals, westerns, memoirs and children's books. Even some paranormal stories. Please browse the titles in our bookstore. Find your next compelling read on the OTP shelves!  

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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REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS


Marilyn Meredith (aka F. M. Meredith) was featured on Patricia Stoltey’s blog where she introduced her latest novel, A Crushing Death in a post that talks about how she developed the ideas for the story.

She writes, "When it was time to come up with the 12th book in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, I had no idea what I should write about. Because much of this series is about the police officers and their families, there were some ongoing problems and events in their lives to continue with—but I had no clue when it came to what kind of crime to introduce."

You can read the full post here.


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.








UPCOMING

Marilyn Meredith (aka F. M. Meredith)'s Murder in the Worst Degree, the tenth book in her Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series, will be available free for Kindle from April 1 to April 5. What a great chance to get into this series or perhaps round out your collection of these novels with this freebie! You can read about the promotion here.

Then simply download the ebook file once the promotion begins by following this link.

Remember: you don't need to own a Kindle e-reader to read e-books. You can read on your computer, smartphone, or tablet by downloading the Kindle app from Amazon.

In Murder in the Worst Degree, 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. A new police chief makes changes, a rapist attacks two women, Ryan and Barbara Strickland’s baby is born, but he faces an even bigger test, and Detectives Milligan and Zachary follow a twisted path of clues to find a killer.

Marilyn will also 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.

A Crushing Death is our most recent release and the 12th book in the Rocky Bluff P.D. 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 Officer Milligan’s teenage daughter has a problem.







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C. Ed Traylor will be signing copies of his novel The Crossing at the Farmersville Public Library in Farmersville, Illinois, on April 2, from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Then on April 14, he'll be signing copies of The Crossing at the Bunker Hill Public Library in Bunker Hill, Illinois, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. 

In The Crossing, a routine traffic stop in the Illinois heartland uncovers a sinister secret – a sweeping terrorist plot endangering the lives of thousands of Americans. Racheed Ul-Bashar, a Pakistani whose grandfather and sister are killed in an American drone strike in Pakistan is 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? 


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Thonie Hevron will be exhibiting and selling her books at the Sonoma County Author Symposium at the Rohnert Park/Cotati Library on Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. What an honor to be in such esteemed company!

Thonie is the author of By Force or By Fear and Intent to Hold. In the latter, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Reyes answers a call from his estranged wife in Mexico to help find her kidnapped brother. When he and his partner Meredith Ryan arrive, they find the crime is not as simple as they were told.

Betrayed and caught by the police, they are expelled from Mexico. Returning to Puerto Vallarta by boat at night, Nick and Meredith battle nature, Federales, crime cartels and even Nick’s own family to rescue his brother-in-law. To complicate their mission, Nick must face the end of his marriage while Meredith hasn’t yet put her own nightmares to rest.






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Jeff Zwagerman is having a book signing at The Lantern coffee house on Saturday, April 2, from 11:00 until 1:00 in Sibley, Iowa.

Then on April 9, he'll be
joining 60 other Iowa writers at the Fourth Annual Authors Fair in Ankeny, Iowa. The event is being held in the Pinnacle Club at the Otter Creek Golf Course from from 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Jeff is aiming to get the word out about the two books in his Zander series, Always a Kicker, and A Full Bubble Off Plumb, and let readers know that the third, South of Sideways, will be coming out in September.

In A Full Bubble Off Plumb, Going home after twenty years is never easy. It compounds itself, when the reason for going back home is to bury parents. Zander could have done the easy thing and let others help him in his time of turmoil and grief. He was powerless to follow that path, however. His father had said it best. He was like "a dog with a sock."

Closing his parents’ estate and settling their affairs could have been done anywhere. Zander chose to remain, and make sure it was done correctly. He was, after all, "a dog with a sock." Was there actually another reason?

In his search for some deeper truth, Zander reconnects with some old acquaintances from his past life. He has hopes that these old friends and neighbors might be able to ground him once again. Then Quentin Stryker forces his way into an already damaged existence.

A Full Bubble Off Plumb is a story about walking away from the small insignificant irritations in life, before they take you beyond the point of no return.


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Stephen L. Brayton will also be at the Fourth Annual Authors Fair in Ankeny, Iowa, being held in the Pinnacle Club at the Otter Creek Golf Course from from 9:00 a.m. until noon. 

Stephen is the author of Alpha. On a rainy October morning, Mallory Petersen, private detective and martial artist, discovers the corpse of her boyfriend, Bobby Furillo, in front of her office in Des Moines.

Bucking police authority and continually attacked by unknown adversaries, Mallory uncovers Bobby's devastating secrets. Each new revelation puts Mallory in deeper peril from powerful and dangerous people.

And just what are those enigmatic RSVP cards that keep showing up in Mallory's mail?   







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Robert Weibezahl will be moderating the panel "Mystery: Just the Facts" at the two-day literary festival Literary Orange in Irvine, California, on April 2. The panelists will be Terri Nolan, Barry Lancet, and Neal Griffin.

Robert's most recent book is 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. 

Robert is also the author of The Dead Don't Forget.


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D. R. Ransdell will be the featured author for the CIELO Book Club in Springfield, Illinois, on April 9. She's looking forward to a fun conversation with its members. She explains, "Often they read books in Spanish, but they were interested in my title because of all the information about the mariachi life." They're starting with Mariachi Murder, the first book in her Andy Veracruz mysery series.

D. R.'s latest title in the series is the recently published Dizzy in Durango. Missing women, abandoned children, and a crazy mariachi fan add up to further trouble for Andy Veracruz. After a fellow traveler disappears, he can’t concentrate on vacationing. Worse, he’s saddled with two children who aren’t his, an angry would-be girlfriend, and a self-appointed younger brother who is more reckless than he is. No wonder he starts seeing double!
 
D. R. is also the author of Island Casualty.  








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Author and artist Beryl Reichenberg will be teaching a children's paper craft and bookmaking class on Saturday, April 9, from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum in Santa Maria, California. The children will be making a happy tree pop-out card.

Also, the Gallery at the Network in San Luis Obispo will host 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 during Art After Dark on the first Friday of both months.

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


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Richard Paolinelli's pending short story will be part of a new anthology, and the campaign to raise money for its publication is ongoing. Richard 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. 



 

 
 

RECENT

On March 19, Radine Trees Nehring participated in the Northwest Arkansas Writers' Workshop Free Conference held every spring in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Radine writes, "The conference is geared toward beginning writers, but is a learning and sharing experience for all. Hosts are area writers -- ranging in experience from those working on a first book to a number of multi-published authors.

"Speakers generally come from the second category, and attendees from both. Radine's table served as an introduction to her upcoming Oak Tree Press novel, A Portrait to Die For, as well as a display for some of her other books and a sales offering of the very popular Writer's Journey Journal, which features one of Radine's essays on writing as well as quotes from over 50 well-known authors, past and present."

Radine is also the author of A Fair to Die For. 


ADVANCE NOTICE

Additional details about these events will appear in future Roundups. 

Beryl Reichenberg will be teaching a series of children's paper craft and bookmaking classes at locations throughout California's Central Coast during the month of April. On Friday, April 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., she'll be at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, California.

On Wednesday, April 20, from 3:30 to 4:30, she'll give an Earth Day class at the Atascadero Library in Atascadero, California.


Then on Saturday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., she'll be at the park across from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California.


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Frank Fiordalisi has been invited to speak about his novel Ichabod Wolfe with members of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville in Gainesville, Florida. The date for this event is being finalizing.

On Friday, April 22, he'll be speaking to a private Charlotte, North Carolina, women's book club that featured Ichabod Wolfe last month. 



NEW IN EBOOKS
E-books are perfect for budget-conscious or on-the-go readers who like to have a library at their fingertips.

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. 

The following are our latest titles added through Hummingbird:


Abner's Story by Michael Bellito. Abner is one hundred and nineteen years old. He is desperately trying to make his one hundred and twentieth birthday so he can see his beloved Cubs win the World Series. It is the year 2020, and Abner is the only living person to remember the last time the Cubs won the World Series. Matt and Jason are two pre-freshmen who have taken on a summer assignment: interview an older man. They dejectedly move toward the senior home and their first meeting with Abner. Before the summer is over, they will be cheering with Abner for the re-born Cubs. Whether you’re a Cubs fan or not, you’ll enjoy this story 
 
 

Always a Kicker by Jeff Zwagerman. A horrific accident happens when Zander is fifteen years old. It shapes the next twenty years of his life. His wanderlust and passion for uncommitted relationships seems to be a direct result of his girlfriend’s death. But something was nagging at his core and it was telling him that past events were not what they appeared. Zander’s seemingly pointless life leads him from a small town in Iowa to Omaha, Nebraska and finally to Frisco, Colorado. The people he meets may finally give him some meaning to an unfulfilled life. Then the unthinkable, a private investigator tells him Sara Jane may be alive. But he always knew that. Always A Kicker is a story of dealing with events of the past and learning to make your own luck by taking life head on even when dealt a rotten hand. 

American Caliphate by William Doonan. Archaeologists Jila Wells and Ben Juarez reluctantly return to Peru to join Professor Beckham’s distinguished team at Santiago de Paz pyramids. Jila is still haunted by the prior dig which ended in a near-fatal ambush. But the ruins hide a document that will shock the Islamic world. Details found in an ancient diary tell of an illegal expedition to Spanish Peru, intending to bring the word of Allah to the pagan Americans. As the archaeologists brace for the ravages of El NiƱo, Jila and Ben hurry to complete their excavations. But they’re not the only ones interested in this project. Other forces are determined to keep the document hidden.


Angel Killer by P. J. Nunn. The death of a child is every mother’s nightmare. But what if the child has no mother? What if their little bodies are discarded like garbage and no one even seems to care that they’re gone? Shari Markham, psychologist for the Dallas Police Department, knows what it feels like to be unclaimed and unwanted. She can’t turn away, even if it means demons dancing in her dreams at night. But when her relentless pursuit of information to help apprehend this madman gets a little too close, he turns the tables, warning her that his next scheduled victim will be her own three-year-old granddaughter, Angel!
 




Angel Lost by F. M. Meredith. As plans for her perfect wedding fill her mind, Officer Stacey Wilbur is sent out to trap a flasher, the new hire realizes Rocky Bluff P.D. is not the answer to his problems, Abel Navarro’s can’t concentrate on the job because of worry about his mother, Officer Gordon Butler has his usual upsets, the sudden appearance of an angel in the window of a furniture store captures everyone’s imagination and causes problems for RBPD, and then the worst possible happens—will Stacey and Doug’s wedding take place?




Atlanta Exit by Walter Luce. In 1970, Turk Donatelli left the mob-controlled city of Miami. Turk, along with his close friend, China Jon, and Digger, his Navy Seal protector, take a fast-paced adventure through Ocala, Florida and the European continent before taking the Atlanta exit. Here Turk crosses the line when he builds adult bookstores for Nikolas J. Pappas, the "Porno King of the Southeast.” Pappas is facing a murder charge for the death of a competitor. Turk thought money would cure his angst, as he lives a life he always dreamed about. Instead, he feels empty and unfulfilled.

 


An Axe to Grind by F. M. Meredith. 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.



 
 

A Case of Accidental Intersection by W.S. Gager. Mitch Malone hates hospitals, but when a suspicious traffic accident lands a comatose victim in the hospital, he must put that aside to find the truth. The surface looks smooth but the more the crime beat reporter looks the more bodies pop up, including a private detective and his own editor. Can he get to the truth before the surviving victim is murdered in her hospital bed and an elderly witness has a heart attack? Will he get his exclusive printed before he's the next victim?




A Case of Hometown Blues by W.S. Gager. Mitch vowed he would never return to his hometown after the death of his parents. But when a favor for his editor requires him to teach a seminar for the Flatville newspaper, he must confront the memories he’s tried so hard to bury. A foolish bet with the cub reporters has him chasing down the murderer of the former Homecoming Queen and trying to keep his butt out of jail as the prime suspect. As the facts he thought he knew about his family unravel, can Mitch discover the truth that will allow his parents and cousin to rest in peace or will he be resting with them?




A Case of Infatuation by W.S. Gager. Crime beat reporter Mitch Malone’s rules are simple: He never lets the blood and guts he covers bother him. He always works alone and he hates kids. He breaks all three when he agrees to smuggle a potential witness out of a house with two mob-style-hit dead bodies. When the FBI accuses him of the murder, he goes into hiding with a bombshell intern who doesn’t talk and a precocious preschooler. Mitch works his contacts to escape his roommates only to find they hold keys to a bizarre story of disappearances, terrorists and the perfect hamburger recipe.




A Case of Volatile Deeds by W.S. Gager. Mitch finally scores a weekend dinner with a cute receptionist, but true to his reporter instincts, an explosion in a high rise office building makes him stand up his date as he runs for an exclusive. Mitch learns that much of what he knows about his date and her work aren’t what they seem. His world continues to twist when the police captain asks for his help and a city hall informant is found floating in the river. Mitch must keep his head down or a cute dog with a knack for finding dead bodies will be sniffing out his corpse.


 

A Convenient Death at San Diego by John O'Hagen. Move over Brother Cadfael. Father Ibarra is on the scene. It’s a new era, and in fact a New World. In the tumultuous and violent territory that is Alta California, young Father Juan Ibarra, a Franciscan/physician finds himself called upon to solve not just one, but two murders. This is not what he anticipated the life of a medical missionary would be. Was it an act of revenge by an outraged Spanish army officer? Perhaps a “falling out among thieves” or maybe simple retributive justice meted out by the people themselves?

While his medical skills are being put to tests he never imagined and he tries to sort out some very confused facts Father Juan finds himself swept up in the political, cultural, and sexual revolution which is having a convulsive effect on the territory. In all of this, he is drawn to the shamanistic practices and cures of the very people he had hoped to educate. Perhaps they have something to teach him about medicine.

A Duty to Betray by Kelly Moreno. Mental health professionals are required by law to keep patient disclosures confidential, yet the law also requires them to “warn and protect” anyone their patient is likely to harm. A Duty to Betray plunges Dr. Ricardo Ruiz, a young psychologist just beginning his career, squarely into the middle of these two seemingly irreconcilable legal obligations. Set inside the famed Camarillo State Hospital on California’s Central Coast, A Duty to Betray draws the reader into this legal, ethical, and ultimately moral dilemma when Mr. Tran, one of Dr. Ruiz’ patients, reveals a potentially lethal secret during therapy. Cat and mouse confrontations between the two thrust the “tell — don’t tell” conflict into sharp definition since Dr. Ruiz knows that, either way, his decision will have deadly consequences. 
 


A Fox with Earrings by Loyd Little. Nolan Chastain is three months into a consuming affair with Cass Tolley, a woman he’s known and been fascinated with for more than a decade. It is not the sort of thing Nolan is used to. Frankly, he’s a little reserved and formal. Divorced two years ago, Nolan owns a small but upscale real estate firm in Augusta, Georgia. On Friday, after the first day of showing million dollar homes to a recently retired Air Force general and his wife, Nolan arrives at Cass’s home to find police cars and blue lights―Cass has been shot and killed. 

Clues are sparse. No sign of breaking and entering or of a struggle. Ty Marion, chief of detectives and a college friend of Nolan’s questions him. Going into the house, they pass a stuffed fox that Cass had picked up from the taxidermist two days earlier. For fun, she and Nolan had pinned a pair of her mother’s earrings on the fox. Clearly, the police suspect NOLAN, and he realizes he must discover the actual killer before the scandal taints his business and the police charge him with murder.

A Full Bubble Off Plumb by Jeff Zwagerman. Going home after twenty years is never easy. It compounds itself, when the reason for going back home is to bury parents. Zander could have done the easy thing and let others help him in his time of turmoil and grief. He was powerless to follow that path, however. His father had said it best. He was like “a dog with a sock”. Closing his parents’ estate and settling their affairs could have been done anywhere. Zander chose to remain, and make sure it was done correctly. He was, after all, “a dog with a sock.” Was there actually another reason?

In his search for some deeper truth, Zander reconnects with some old acquaintances from his past life. He has hopes that these old friends and neighbors might be able to ground him once again. Then Quentin Stryker forces his way into an already damaged existence. A Full Bubble Off Plumb is a story about walking away from the small insignificant irritations in life, before they take you beyond the point of no return.

An Ocean in the Desert by Joseph Haggerty. Two private investigators specialize in finding missing children. If they find the child has been involved with a sexual predator, they indirectly offer the family an additional service that will guarantee there will be no future problems with the predator. The investigations focus on locating the child and identifying the predator as well as the law enforcement investigations into who is eliminating these vultures.  

 





A Perception of Murder by Carl Tiktin. Evan Dorchester, stuck in a mid-level job at an insurance agency, has come up with a way to beat the tedium of actuarial tables and legalese. He’s invented a shadow company, The Good Fortune Insurance Company, and under an alias as its rep, he contacts his real employer’s clients who have taken insurance policies which enrich their companies upon the death of a partner or key employee. “What’s it worth to you,” he asks them, “to guarantee that the insured is deceased by a [date certain]?” It’s a wonderful prank which Evan delights in performing most days from the lobby pay phones of his office. Then one day, Evan gets the news that he has been found out, and he realizes the joke is now on him.


An Uncertain Grave by Cathy Strasser. A stray hiker reports finding a partially decomposed body on Mt Lafayette in the “North Country” where the rugged terrain and sparse population provides enough space and isolation to keep any number of secrets. As the investigation widens, both teams contend with a variety of local residents who have secrets of their own they don’t wish to share and a shadow from Cliff’s past that becomes intertwined with the current investigation. All these threads combine as the killer starts to advance out of hiding and prepares to take action to keep his secret and himself safe.

 


BLOG CORRAL


Lorna Collins this week wraps up her five-part blog series about how she and her husband have stayed together for more than fifty years. She concludes installments one, two, three, and four, with a description of how humor and respect have key roles in her marriage to Larry.

She writes, "For many years, I’ve told Larry I keep him around because he makes me laugh. There is a great deal of truth in the statement."

You can read the full post here.

Lorna is the author of Ghost Writer.


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Dac Crossley posted in his Western blog this week about the inspiration for the main character in his upcoming novel The Hand of Lou Diamond. He writes, "Say you get onto the elevator and realize you’re standing right beside a literary agent. You have only a one-floor ride to describe your new novel. So, here’s my 'elevator pitch' for The Hand of Lou Diamond.

"'When young Nicolette Devereux, an orphan raised in an 1880 San Francisco brothel, is dismissed from a Nashville boarding school she must make her way west armed with only her wits and considerable skill at the game of poker."'


You can read the full post here.

Dac is the author of Code of the Texas Ranger, Guns of the Texas Ranger, and Revenge of the Texas Ranger



READERS & WRITERS RESPOND

Frank Fiordalisi reports that he's "getting many very complimentary unsolicited comments" about his latest novel, Ichabod Wolfe. He says, "I'm encouraged and looking for better ways to promote."

On Amazon, a February 26, 2016, review states, "My wife and I are avid readers of good books and this book was absolutely captivating. Most books take fifty pages or more for me to get into. This book grabbed me within the first five pages. There is incite into one of the most interesting periods of this country with dialect that brings you straight into the time while not having to hunt the then meaning of the words. The characters are real and the descriptions of them and the environment provide a clear vision from the printed page. I know I will be reading this book again and look forward to others by this new author."

Another reviewer wrote on March 27, 2016, "This book hooked me right away and kept me hooked to the end. I was not able to put it down for very long, I just had to pick it back up and read an other chapter or two. His attention to details in the descriptions of the places and people were enough to have me playing the scenes in my head. I really think that it was very well written, and I would and have recommended it friends. Great Job Frank!!!!!"

"Don’t let the title or the vibrantly rendered 1860s Kansas setting fool you, Ichabod Wolfe is more than western or a detective thriller. Frank Fiordalisi vividly delivers the tale of one good man, from boyhood into middle-age, in a time before law and order was the order of the land.  Ichabod Wolfe is a character who will stay with you for a long time, a quietly smart man who keeps his head—and his heart—in the face of perversity and corruption, an investigator in the time before the certainties of fingerprints and DNA. A good yarn, a trial of justice, well told." --Rhonda Riley, author of Adam Hope

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7 comments:

Amy Bennett said...

I always love to see what my fellow OTP authors are up to and I like being able to check out their blogs, so it's great to see the new blogroll feature. Good job, Nancy!

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

My, my I certainly hogged a lot of space. There is a blurb that needs to go with another cover, not mine at the end of all my promo. However, this was an amazing job.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

I'm having eye problems and have been seeing the ophthalmologist, so am not supposed to be on here, but checked the blog anyway. As always, a job well done and busy, busy authors.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thorough and informative as always!

I forgot to let you know that I'm participating in the A to Z Blog Challenge again this year and am creating a heart painting a day to go on my 24" x 48" stretched canvas.

Mary Montague Sikes
Notes Along the Way
The Artful Way

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

The problem I mentioned was fixed. Thank you for all your hard work!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

I love reading the blog - so much activity and good books. I particularly like Richard's two covers, "Beyond Watson" and "Reservation." Nice job. Beryl

Nancy Jacoby said...

Thanks for pointing out the error, Marilyn. It actually originated elsewhere, and we've fixed in both places.

Thanks also to everyone for reading each week!