Friday, April 15, 2016

Weekly Roundup: April 15, 2016

Welcome again to the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! Our blog has been busy this week, with a post from Lorna Collins about naming characters, another by Stephen L. Brayton about what characters should wear, and a third from Marilyn Meredith about kicking off her blog tour. Please be sure to enjoy these posts and leave a comment!

While you're here, be sure to check out the titles in our bookstore. We have compelling stand-alone mysteries and mystery series to thrillers, romances, police procedurals, westerns, memoirs and children's books. Even some paranormal stories. 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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We're excited to announce our latest release: OIS: Officer Involved Shooting by John H. Taylor.

August, 2014. Oakland, California. A white police officer shoots and kills an unarmed black man. Protesters march and their rallying cries echo through the streets: “Black lives matter! Hands up, don’t shoot! I can’t breathe!” Outside agitators swarm into the city to incite unrest. Police mobilize to prevent mob violence and looting. Rioting erupts. Oakland teeters on the verge of anarchy.

Buried under an avalanche of scathing criticism is OPD Officer Shane Barrow’s account of that fatal encounter. A routine traffic stop escalates into a fierce life and death struggle between the driver and Shane for control of his holstered pistol, compelling Shane to shoot his attacker in a desperate fight for survival. But the Black Lives Matter movement scorns his version of the controversy and brands him as just another racist, trigger-happy cop guilty of murdering a defenseless black man.

This unjust persecution and relentless negative media coverage traumatizes Shane, cripples him with self-doubt, and sets the stage for a stunning conclusion with tragic consequences.

Praise for the novel - "John Taylor's latest novel, OIS: Officer Involved Shooting, is a gritty, mean streets drama that focuses on the devastating disdain an Oakland police officer faces after he kills a man in the line of duty. Devoid of political correctness, it's a gripping story that shows there is more than one victim when a cop pulls the trigger." --Brian Thiem, author of Red Line and its forthcoming sequel, Thrill Kill

About the author
- After thirty-one years of service, John Taylor retired from the Oakland Police Department in 2002 and now makes his home in a small town in Northern California.


Marilyn Meredith (aka F. M. Meredith) was featured on the bookbrowsing blog, where she answered the question, “Why, with all your varied experiences did you choose to write mysteries?”

She answers, in part, "The main reason I’ve had 'varied experiences' is because I’ve been around for such a long time.

"I grew up in a community of Los Angeles called Eagle Rock. I’ve always been a voracious reader and as a child I loved Nancy Drew mysteries. I graduated from them to many adult books, but remember that I also enjoyed the historical gothics."

You can read the rest of the post here. This feature is the first stop on Marilyn's blog tour for her latest book, A Crushing Death, which is the 12th in her Rocky Bluff PD series.

The book was also reviewed favorably by Maria Edwards of the American Author's Association recently. The reviewer writes, "F. M. Meredith doesn't disappoint her readers as she spins a riveting tale of mystery amidst a web of allegations, mystery, and murder."

You can read the full review 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.


Richard Marranca was featured at the online UK lifestyle magazine Female First in a post titled "10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me."

Here's a sampling:
  • When I was traveling at the age of 7 with my family in Rome, I became so excited when the Coliseum came into view that I began running and bounced off a telephone pole and got knocked out briefly. On the same trip, one of the Swiss guards carried me to the front so that I was very close to Pope Paul VI.
  • I have interviewed Jane Goodall, Salima Ikram and Bob Brier (on mummies), Huston Smith, James Carse, Allen Ginsberg, E. L. Doctorow.
 You can read the rest of the list here. 

Richard is the author of two OTP books. His latest is The New Romantics: Ten Stories of  Mystery, Passion, Travel and Vampires.

“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

Richard is also the author of Dragon Sutra, one of OTP's best-selling paperbacks in 2015.  


Richard Paolinelli's short story, "A Lesson in Mercy" will be part of a new anthology titled Beyond Watson published by Belanger Books. The publisher's Kickstarter campaign was successfully funded, which guarantees the inclusion of "A Lesson in Mercy."

Richard reports, "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. 



Author and artist Beryl Reichenberg will be teaching a children's paper craft and bookmaking class on Friday, April 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, California. The The children will be making a smiling tree pop-out card to mark the occasion of Earth Day.

On Wednesday, April 20, from 3:30 to 4:30, she will be at the Atascadero Public Library in Atascadero, California, for another craft class focusing on Earth Day. She will be teaching her garden book form that day and reading her story “Backyard Birds.” Beryl writes that she and the children will "talk about what they have in their gardens: both plants and creatures."

She adds that "because I’m doing this session for the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens and the Atascadero Library’s Know Your Community Day, I’ll also be talking about the botanical gardens and giving out their brochures. I’ll pass out my own brochures as well, have a display of my books and gather email address from parents for my newsletter."

On Saturday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., she'll be at the park along Highway 1 across from Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California, for the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens Earth Day celebration. She writes, "I will be able to sell my books and will highlighting my book Butterfly Girls.

"Preserving the micro-environments that monarch butterflies use to winter over on the Central Coast and planting milkweeds that monarch caterpillars eat are locally important in encouraging these insects that help pollinate other plants.

"The organizers of this event anticipate a big crowd and lots of children. I’ll have my usual display of my books, my brochures, business cards, and email signup list."

Finally, 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 Art After Dark on the first Friday of May.

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


Virgil Alexander will present a paper on Arizona entrepreneur John B. "Jack" Newman at the Arizona History Convention, which will take place in Yuma, Arizona, on April 14-17, 2016. The paper and presentation will be a condensed version of a more detailed presentation he'll making at the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum in Miami, Arizona, last November.

Virgil is the author of Saints & Sinners and The Baleful Owl. In the latter, the murder of an archeology student and attempted murder of a second pull Apache Tribal Officer Al Victor into what seems to him a senseless killing. The Arizona Antiquities Task Force brings Deputies Bren Allred and Manny Sanchez into the case.

They find themselves investigating a sophisticated high dollar artifact theft ring centered around the unique Baleful Owl effigy. The ruthless ring leader is not motivated by greed, but vengeance for imagined wrongs. Before the case is solved one of the officers will be the unwitting target of the skilled assassin.


J. L. Greger will participate in a group book signing by Treasure House for festivities honoring the history of Old Town Albuquerque on Saturday, April 16.

J. L. is the author of several OTP books, the latest is I Saw You in Beirut. In the novel, F, a mysterious source of leaks on the Iranian nuclear industry, sends an email from Tabriz. “Help. Contact Almquist.” 

As Sara Almquist is drawn into the plan to identify and rescue F from Iran, she is forced to remember and re-evaluate characters from her student  days at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and from her career as a globe-trotting epidemiologist. Which of her past decisions put her in jeopardy? Or is her current friendship with Sanders, an urbane state department official, the real reason she’s being attacked?

J. L.'s other books include Coming Flu, Ignore the Pain, Malignancy, and Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight. 


Channing Whitaker will be promoting his novel Until the Sun Rises - One Night in Drake Mansion in two upcoming radio appearances.

On Monday, April 18, he'll be on the Frank Truatt Morning Show on WTBQ-AM in Warwick, New York. The show runs from 6 to 9 a.m. Eastern.

Then on Friday, April 22, he'll appear on the Morning Show on WAMV 1420 AM in Amherst, Virginia. The show begins at
8:50 a.m. Eastern.

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 will be a guest on Red River Radio's No Limits with Barbara M. Hodges on Tuesday, April 19, at 3 p.m. Eastern. During the live show, readers are welcome to call in with their questions and comments by dialing (646) 595-4478. You can even set a reminder so that you won't forget to tune in.

Details and a link to the broadcast are here.  

He will also appear on The Writers Block on Thursday, April 21, at 8 p.m. (PDT) as part of the LA Talk Radio online network.

Richard is the author of Reservations, a mystery/thriller, 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.


Frank Fiordilisi will be attending the members-only Charlotte-Columbia Ladies Book Club for a private book discussion on Friday, April 22. His novel, Ichabod Wolfe, was the featured book for the club in March, and they will be discussing it at this upcoming meeting.

"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

The novel received its sixth 5-star rating on Amazon from a reader who posted on April 11.

"The author truly has a way with setting the images from paper to my mind with intricate details in every scene. I could almost smell the smoke from the campfires or the dingy, dirty smell of a cowboy traveling for days on horseback. The gunfights rang loudly in my ears, yet I was buried in the book. What was really interesting was the clever way that Mr. Fiordilisi brings the science of forensics into the story in a time that would certainly make it forward thinking." 



John Wills will be signing his books at the 6th Annual Home & Garden Show at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds, 6209 Old Auburn Rd, Warrenton, VA, on Saturday, April 23rd, from 9 am - 5 pm.

John's most recent book is Healer. In Healer, Sixteen-year-old Billy Anderson’s short life has been full of daunting challenges. A birth defect and the death of his parents force him to live with his Aunt Staci. That situation becomes untenable for Billy and he chooses to live on the street. One day things change dramatically when Billy receives the “Gift of Healing.” Not only does Billy’s own life take a dramatic turn, but his new gift also affects those around him. Is this gift a blessing or a curse?

John is also the author of Dancer and The Year Without Christmas.


Marilyn Meredith (aka F. M. Meredith) has kicked 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 or Did I Love my Mind?
April 19 - Jacqueline Vick's blog: Public Appearances
April 19 - CNC 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.


Marilyn Meredith appeared at the Porterville Public Library on April 14 to talk about where her ideas came from for many of her books. She was tickled to have OTP publisher Billie Johnson in the audience.

Earlier in the week, Marilyn visited Redwood High School in Visalia and spoke to two Lit and Expression classes about writing.

Marilyn is the author of the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series and the standalone novel Lingering Spirit.


Dac Crossley signed copies of his Oak Tree Press westerns—Code of the Texas Ranger, Guns of the Texas Ranger, and Revenge of the Texas Rangerat the Blue Ridge Writer's Conference held on April 8 and 9 in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

He was also promoting his upcoming novel, 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.

E-books are perfect for budget-conscious readers or people on-the-go 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:

Black Indian, Red Heart . . . (White Justice) by Frederick H. Savage. The novel is set in the Civil War era that takes the issues of slavery and injustice head on. The main character, Colton Sage, is the son of a runaway slave and an Indian woman. He is born free into a world of unending prejudice and bias. He grows up to become one of the most notorious Indian outlaws in the land, the infamous "Black Bat from Hell." This is a no holds barred account of the events that led up to the Indian war of 1862 and the largest mass execution in US history. Not for the fainthearted, this historically engaging work of fiction is told with a series of cliff hanger chapter endings and a "can’t put it down" storyline.

Blue Ice by I. C. Enger. A much anticipated new start for Brooke Breckenridge erupts into an explosion of murder and international intrigue when she travels from Seattle to an isolated lake on the Canadian border to find seclusion and healing. Strange and dangerous things begin to happen, soon events at the lake house attract the attention of Homeland Security Special Agent Jack Strickland and she finds herself entangled in suspicion, crime and dangerous attraction.


A Crushing Death by F. M. Meredith. 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. 

Bright Morning Star by Tom Coffey. Emma Pierce, is the quintessential “new woman” of the times. Talented and sharp, she is the confidante and “right hand man” to her father, the head of the prestigious Seneca Institute. Here she writes speeches and letters for her father, and mingles with the great leaders and thinkers of the day, from Theodore Roosevelt to Mark Twain, and struggles to balance her father’s expectations with her growing sense of independence. This balance is tested when she meets Caleb Johnson, the charismatic son of a revivalist preacher, whose views on religion are anathema to her father’s free-thinking sensibilities. The test proves to be too much, and Emma finds herself estranged from her father, separated from Caleb, and embarking on an ambitious new career as a magazine writer in New York. It is there that her skills come to serve her best. Emma is assigned to cover the case of a soldier returning to America from the war in the Philippines. He has been court-martialed for violent crimes against civilians and faces a 20-year prison sentence. But the case is personal — the convicted soldier is Caleb Johnson, who is refusing to talk about the events that resulted in his conviction, and Emma, as determined as ever, vows to discover what led this honorable man to commit atrocities.

By Force or Fear by Thonie Hevron. The shocking end to a hostage situation brings a courageous Sheriff’s Deputy to the attention of a powerful young judge. His obsession grows as she pursues a violent killer in the Sonoma wine country. After losing almost everyone close to her, she finds out the judge’s offer of security isn’t as attractive as he presented. As she closes in on the murderer, the judge’s own trap snaps shut, putting her and her partner in jeopardy.

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

Chanukah Guilt by Ilene Schneider. Rabbi Aviva Cohen is a 50-something, twice-divorced rabbi living a fairly uneventful life in South Jersey. True, she has a family that is rather unconventional. And her first ex-husband is moving to her town. But her life takes a truly interesting -- and sinister -- turn when she agrees to officiate at the funeral of an unpopular land developer. She doesn't expect to be told by two different people that he had been murdered. Nor does she expect that the first funeral will result in a suicide. Her search for the story behind the suicide (or was it murder?) will lead her to discover the truism "appearances can be deceiving" is accurate, while putting her life in jeopardy. 

Choloma Moon by Anne Schroeder. 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. 

Cold Water by Ed Draugelis. J. Mason Christopher, Vietnam veteran and Washington D.C. patent attorney, travels to Cold Water, Indiana, a church town where his daughter supposedly killed herself while investigating the town's recent rash of suicides. Christopher believes it was murder and determines to find the truth. With the aid of his ‘Nam buddies and local businesswoman Lady McPherson, Christopher digs into the church’s control of the community, and learns that corrupt Pastor Kelly Baines is exploiting the town's water system. When Christopher’s team closes in, Pastor Baines counters his pursuers with increasing ruthlessness until the novel’s explosive end.

Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad by Ann K. Howley. 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.

Close-Up by Kit Sloan. Margot and Max know how to cope with the murderous egos, high flying aspirations, and obsessive dreams of moviedom’s biggest and most revered stars. They understand that, for some, Hollywood is a takeout heaven—send out for what you want and it will quickly be delivered. But what happens when what is coveted doesn’t grow on trees? In Close-Up, our daring hero and heroine witness greedy players scheming to cultivate their own needs and desires—fabricating fame, fortune, and unfaithful friends. 

Daddy's Christmas Angel by Mary Montague Sikes. When Kathleen learns she will be an angel in the class Christmas play, the seven-year-old plots a meeting between her attractive teacher and Kathleen's daddy, a lonely widower who blames himself for his wife’s death. Angie McAllister is drawn to the subdued student and her handsome daddy, but has her own emotional scars. Can the magic of the season clear the way for a little girl's Christmas wish to come true?

Damsels of Diversion by Walter Luce. Born unwanted -- because she is a girl instead of a boy -- into a banking empire, Eva Pennington, at the age of twenty-three, inherits three banks, after her father commits suicide. While computerizing her banks, Eva realizes that women control ninety percent of the deposits in her banks, yet men make all of the decisions as to what to do with those deposits. She uses this knowledge to form a woman’s bank, securing huge deposits, and power, to become the largest banking institution in Florida, Georgia, and soon to be Tennessee.

Dancer by John Wills. Dancer is the story of a young woman’s journey into the dark world of the adult entertainment business. She quickly learns things are not always what they seem, and soon wishes she had never heard of the club known as After Hours.

Danger By Design by Helen Osterman.  senior citizen Net Petrone resides in a retirement complex. The previous owner of her apartment died of a heart attack, and to her son’s dismay, the woman’s will named a suspicious organization as heir. Her son is convinced there was a last-minute change, and he is searching for that latest will. Net learns a number of widows in the complex joined this society for the betterment of the environment, and that the founder, Brother Rupert, has convinced several of them to change their wills and leave everything to the society. Those who do soon die of “natural causes.” Net attends a meeting and realizes that the guests are served a drugged tea, and she rejects the pressure to join the society. Net’s townhouse is broken into. She is convinced someone was looking for the will. She calls 9-1-1 and Rupert and his followers are caught and arrested.

Death of a Flapper by Marva Dale. Tin Pan Alley ace private eye, Carney Brogan investigates the case of missing NYC career girl, Alice Prado. Alice, Carney learns, is actually Arabella Germaine, ultimate flapper, a beautiful platinum blond who loves a good time and ingratiates herself into the right circles -- and who has just turned up dead. From Long Island estates to the streets of the Bowery, Carney follows the clues. But after a run-in with mobsters, he wonders if he can survive long enough to discover who really wanted the gorgeous party girl dead.

Dig The Grave First by April Knight. Cameo Easton is a completely honest person. She never lies, she pays her taxes, and obeys all the rules. So why does she have a human skull hidden in the detergent box in her laundry room and a body buried in her flower garden? When Cameo’s brother, Drake is tragically killed in a car accident, she inherits his house in the quiet suburbs of Seattle. While planting flowers in the back yard she discovers a human skeleton. She decides not to call the police until she discovers the identity of the body in her yard. She begins investigating her nice friendly neighbors and discovers none of them are what they appear to be. Little old ladies have dark secrets, a mysterious Scotsman carries a gun and her brother’s best friend has a bigger secret than she ever dreamed. There is no one she can trust. Cameo risks everything to uncover the terrible truth and finds she might be in love with a killer and she has to choose between mercy and justice. 

Dog Island by Thomas G. GillCornelius “Corney” Graham, part-time EMT and full time beach bum, is jarred from his insular life on Dog Island when a boat floats up on his island. The pilot is dead and the passenger, beautiful Lisa Cataldo, is wounded. Corney searches the boat for more potential victims, but finds instead a bundle of cash and a stash of cocaine. Impulsively, Corney destroys the drugs, and decides not to call the police. All is well until the drug smugglers come to Dog Island in search of their property and the woman who robbed them.

Druids by Nicholas Checker. 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. And 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.

Green Ice by I. C. Enger. Brooke Breckenridge, Special Agent Jack Strickland and Native American Shadow Wolf, Ed Red Wind, plunge into their most complex mystery. Brooke is busy at the Makkapitew Planning Office when she learns that development can be deadly. Suspects includes a wife-abusing drunk, Mideastern land developers, hate crimes aimed at the Catholic Church, and Russian mafia trafficking Ukrainian girls cross the Mexican border. As bodies pile up and sick animals swamp the Makkapitew Veterinary Clinic, the puzzle comes together. Join Brooke, Jack and Ed as they once again rub elbows with danger. And a word of advice, stay out of the mountains.


Healer by John Wills. Sixteen-year-old Billy Anderson’s short life has been full of daunting challenges. A birth defect and the death of his parents force him to live with his Aunt Staci. That situation becomes untenable for Billy and he chooses to live on the street. One day things change dramatically when Billy receives the “Gift of Healing.” Not only does Billy’s own life take a dramatic turn, but his new gift also affects those around him. Is this gift a blessing or a curse?

A Midsummer Night's Gunfight by Jason Hunt. 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.


Sweet Dreams: 50 Romantic Bedtime Stories for Big Girls by April Knight. Funny, tender, inspiring romance stories for busy women who think they don’t have time to read...Every story is different, takes less than ten minutes to read, will touch your heart and make you smile. Perfect for reading while riding a bus, having coffee, during the kids’ naps or just before going to bed at night. The stories are about imperfect people searching for perfect love—young love, old love, lost love and re-found love—and feature unforgettable characters of all ages.  

Wild Justice by B. A. Kelly. Not since Butch and Sundance have there been two such likable characters, but, likable or not, and even though they're innocent, Rin Cutter and his partner Ben Santiago are all set to hang for killing Ty Madden in a poker game. When they escape and become involved with beautiful, independent Tory Trent, also on the run for something she is falsely accused of, the chase is on. Throughout their headlong flight, from the eastern slopes of the Colorado Rockies to Santa Fe, the three fugitives encounter Apaches, bounty hunters and old—and sometimes treacherous—friends, including a horse with a mind of his own. And to complicate matters, it looks like Cutter and Santiago are falling in love with Tory.

 The Year Without Christmas by John Wills. The Year Without Christmas tells the story of a small town family whose peace is shattered by a tragic accident that sends them plunging into the darkest times they have ever known. The members struggle with their new reality, as one of them goes missing and another faces a life-threatening disease. A tale about loss and unwavering hope, The Year Without Christmas demonstrates the power of love, faith and a family’s will to survive.


Lorna Collins blogged this week about the realities of authors giving away their books and why an author can't always afford to do so.

She writes, " Since we write books and have them published, family members and friends sometimes expect to receive free copies. However, authors can’t afford to give them away, as much as we might like to. Here are the reasons."

You can read the full post here.

Lorna is the author of Ghost Writer.


Jackie Taylor Zortman writes on her Mountain Memos blog this week about her good friend John, a police officer.

She writes, "John was to become one of Richard’s best and longest standing friendships.  He and his wife moved to Colorado a couple of years before Richard retired and when he followed, being single, he lived with them a little while.  After Richard married, their wives became best buddies over the years and remain so today.  John left us on April 21, 18 years ago, due to a bad ticker, but we’re sure he’s looking down from that big precinct in the sky and smiling about things as they happen."

You can read the full post here. 

Jackie is the author of Footprints in the Frost and We Are Different Now.


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Nancy Jacoby said...

Thank you for your patience again this week, as I had some difficulty again with Blogger. The trouble comes when pasting in lists of books (e.g., the new titles on Hummingbird). I think I'll have a good workaround next week to avoid problems. Thank you as always for reading.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

It looks great, as always, Nancy. Didn't have the need for patience. Good job!

Amy Bennett said...

I love keeping up with my fellow OTP authors via the Roundup!

Nancy LiPetri said...

The blog list is a nice addition, too!

Dac said...

Thanks, Nancy

Beryl Reichenberg said...

I think we can all learn from Marilyn Meredith who seems to be a tireless promoter of her books. Great job! And kudos to Nancy for a job well done too. Beryl