Friday, April 8, 2016

Weekly Roundup: April 8, 2016

Welcome again to the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! We hope you stopped by our blog earlier in the week, when Holli Castillo (Gumbo Justice, Jambalaya Justice) posted about her predilections for punctuation and wrestling with commas. Be sure to check it out and leave a comment! Keep an eye on our blog for future updates between the Weekly Roundups!

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—then leave a review and tell your friends!  

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.


"I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose."
~Stephen King
 

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LATEST RELEASE

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.


REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

Marilyn Meredith (aka F. M. Meredith) was featured in Sue Ann Jaffarian's Fan Club on Facebook this week in a series of posts in which she introduced herself and her mystery series and talked about her life as a writer and a wife, mother, and grandmother.

She wrote, "Before I could read, I drew picture books. The one I remember was based on a soap opera my mother listened to called “My Gal Sunday.” Once I learned to read, I started writing my own versions of some of the books like Little House on the Prairie. Still in grammar school, I wrote plays for the neighborhood kids to put on in our backyard. In Junior High, I wrote and illustrated a magazine that I sold to my friends for five cents.

"Though still interested in writing, I married right out of high school—to the cute sailor I met on a blind date. The next year we had our first daughter. For a long time my writing was confined to writing the PTA newsletter and plays for my Camp Fire Girls to perform. I did write a couple of novels, sent one off and it was rejected and I threw it away. Dumb thing to do.


"The lady next door was an avid reader of romances and she gave me all of her books and of course I read them. The ones I liked best were family sagas."

You can read the rest of her posts here (be sure to scroll down to see them all). You don't need to be a member of the Facebook group to see Marilyn's posts, but check them out promptly, as they'll likely move down the page as other discussions are added.



Marilyn's most recent book is A Crushing Death, the 12th in her Rocky Bluff PD 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.


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Richard Paolinelli was featured on the blog of Barbara M. Hodges in a post announcing the April guests on her monthly No Limits with Barbara M. Hodges show online at Red River Radio. Richard will be talking about his novel Reservations on the show on Tuesday, April 19.

Of the novel, Barbara writes, "I’m a big fan of the late Tony Hillerman, and a new fan of his daughter, Ann. I’m also an avid read of Craig Johnson’s Longmire series. Reservations has the same feel. . . . I loved the twist and turns of this mystery and the interaction between the characters, most with their own agendas that hinder [protagonist] Del Rio’s objective.

"I am happy to know that Richard Paolinelli has another novel due out this year. I’m looking forward to reading it."

You can read the rest of the post here, and you'll find details about Richard's April appearance on the show below in the upcoming events section of the Roundup. 

Reservations is 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. 
 

AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Radine Trees Nehring's forthcoming novel A Portrait to Die For was included in Mystery Writers of America's list of new books by members posted this week on DorothyL, a discussion and ideas listserv for lovers of the mystery genre.

In the novel,Carrie discovers two versions of a supposedly original portrait in a loan exhibition at Crystal Bridges of American Art, where she does volunteer work. When the reporter who interviewed Carrie at the museum is abducted, Carrie must choose between honoring her promise to stop crime-solving and working to find the woman who was her son's college friend.



  


UPCOMING

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

Marilyn is also planning a blog tour for A Crushing Death. The tour will begin on April 15th and continue through May 11.

She writes, "I’m having a contest along with this tour. The person who comments on the most blog posts will have their name used for a character in the next book."


We'll have all the details on the OTP blog and each week in the Weekly Roundup, so be sure to follow along.
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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Jeff Zwagerman will be joining 60 other Iowa writers at the Fourth Annual Authors Fair on Saturday, April 9, 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 on Saturday, April 9, 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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D. R. Ransdell will be the featured author for the CIELO Book Club in Springfield, Illinois, on Saturday, 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 series of children's paper craft and bookmaking classes at locations throughout California's Central Coast during the month of April. On Saturday, April 9, from 3 to 4 p.m., she'll be at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum in Santa Maria, California. The children will be making a smiling tree pop-out card to mark the occasion of Earth Day. 

Beryl explains that "this smiling tree card is designed to help children to realize that trees are an important part of our ecosystem in that they provide shelter, food, and oxygen to humans, animals and insects. Children will make the pop out card form and color their tree. Then they can add their own interpretation of how trees benefit our earth.

“I usually have a variety of age ranges and children tend to come and go in the hour I am at the museum. So, I need to design activities that teach something but are also are fun and creative. Some children become very focused on the project, spending the whole hour on their creation. The younger ones have less staying power, but in the end they can take home something they have created. I often end up teaching one child at a time, and of course, kids are encourage to make this their own creation.” On Friday, April 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Beryl will be at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, California, teaching the same form, and on Wednesday, April 20, from 3:30 to 4:30, she will be at the Atascadero Library in Atascadero, California, for another craft class focusing on Earth Day.


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 Art After Dark on the first Friday of May.

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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Eileen Obser will be attending the Woodstock Writers Festival being held April 7-10, 2016, in Woodstock, New York. She plans to sit in on the panels and see the speakers as well as promote and sell her memoir, Only You. The festival is in its seventh year and features "panels and speakers, fabulous parties, life-changing workshops, and the kind of merriment only found in Woodstock." 

Only You is set in the late 1950s and early 1960s and relates Eileen’s personal experience growing up in Queens, New York—her doomed-to-fail marriage at eighteen to a nineteen-year-old boy from their candy store crowd. Eileen shows how two naïve, uninformed teenagers were influenced by social and religious pressures, to disastrous consequences. 






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Amy Bennett will be at the Alamogordo Public Library on Wednesday, April 13, from 6 to 7 p.m. to discuss and read from her newest book, At the Crossroad. This public event will include a lively discussion and light refreshments.

At the Crossroad is the fourth in Amy's Black Horse Campground mystery series. In the novel, J.D. Wilder finds three cold case files on his desk—three women who disappeared over a fifteen year period. It seems no one has ever taken the cases seriously... or even properly investigated them.

Then J.D. receives news that he's about to receive a visitor; a woman from his past who is in trouble and needs his help. Again. The timing couldn't be worse, since he's finally about to ask Corrie on a date, but then Corrie also has a visitor from her past show up . . . and Sheriff Rick Sutton has his hands full dodging his ex-wife, Meghan, who insists on digging up a painful past.

When three bodies are discovered that prove the missing women were murdered, J.D.'s investigation reveals that all of their visitors have some connection to the victims. But which one of them killed three women... and is prepared to kill again? When trouble comes to Bonnie County, Corrie, Rick, and J.D. band together to protect each other and their community. But can they solve the mystery before the murderer strikes again?

The series also includes End of the Road, No Lifeguard on Duty, and No Vacancy.


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C. Ed Traylor will be signing copies of his novel The Crossing on Thursday, April, 14, 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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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.


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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.  




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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. 



 


RECENT

On Sunday, April 3, a party was held to celebrate the first anniversary of the publication of Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past.

People of all ages attended, as seen in the photo on the left (the youngest shown is three and a half!). On the right, author Ronald Wendling answers questions from the audience after reading from the memoir.









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:

ALPHA by Stephen L. Brayton. 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?







At the Crossroad by Amy Bennett. J.D. Wilder finds three cold case files on his desk—three women who disappeared over a fifteen year period. It seems no one has ever taken the cases seriously... or even properly investigated them. Then J.D. receives news that he's about to receive a visitor; a woman from his past who is in trouble and needs his help. Again. The timing couldn't be worse, since he's finally about to ask Corrie on a date, but then Corrie also has a visitor from her past show up . . . and Sheriff Rick Sutton has his hands full dodging his ex-wife, Meghan, who insists on digging up a painful past. 

When three bodies are discovered that prove the missing women were murdered, J.D.'s investigation reveals that all of their visitors have some connection to the victims. But which one of them killed three women... and is prepared to kill again? When trouble comes to Bonnie County, Corrie, Rick, and J.D. band together to protect each other and their community. But can they solve the mystery before the murderer strikes again?



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



The Baleful Owl by Virgil Alexander. 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. 
 

Behind the Redwood Door by John Daniel. Guy and Carol Mallon own a used bookstore on the north coast of California, a land of rocky shores and redwood forests, with a rich history of gold, lumber, Native Americans, and hardy entrepreneurs. They are content with their small-town life until Pete Thayer, their friend and the publisher of the local alternative newspaper, is stabbed to death behind their favorite tavern. Urged on by Pete’s girlfriend, River Webster, Guy begins to poke around, uncovering a past festering with power politics, a newspaper war, a multigenerational family feud, marijuana traffic—and murder. Guy’s investigation takes him from the town square to the harbor to the forests and into the mountains, where he must confront evil in the form of a bully nearly twice his size. 


Beyond Recognition by Ron Corbin. Beyond Recognition is the memoir of Ronald Corbin, a former Army combat helicopter pilot and Vietnam veteran who becomes a Los Angeles policeman, and eventually a pilot for LAPD’s Air Support Division (ASD). Ron’s military training and unique combat flying experience as a “Slick” Huey pilot, and background as an instructor pilot is recognized by the ASD captain, but not without creating fierce jealousies. After an accident that puts Ron in the hospital, the LAPD assembles a Board of Inquiry. Ron’s detractors seek revenge--feeding misleading statements to the Board. It evolves into a “kangaroo court,” but Ron exposes a cover-up that has the attorneys scrambling to settle.


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


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







Dizzy in Durango by D. R. Ransdell. 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! 







End of the Road by Amy Bennett. Corrie Black, owner of the Black Horse Campground, hopes for a successful summer season but the discovery of a long-time guest, shot dead in his own RV, along with $50,000 in cash missing, does not herald a good beginning. Is the appearance of a mysterious biker with a shadowy past merely a coincidence? Despite opposition from former flame, Sheriff Rick Sutton, Corrie is determined to find out who murdered her guest. But will she find out before the murderer decides it’s the end of the road for Corrie?
 
 




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



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



I Saw You in Beirut by J. L. Greger. 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?




Ignore the Pain by J. L. Greger. Sara Almquist couldn’t say no when invited to be the epidemiologist on a public health mission to Bolivia. Soon she finds dangers lurk around every corner of the Witches’ Market and churches of La Paz as someone from her past pursues her. Unfortunately, she can’t decide which of her colleagues to trust as she learns more than she ever wanted to know about coca production, the god Tio of the silver mines of Potosí, and Bolivian politicians.






Island Casualty by D. R. Ransdell. Andy accepts the invitation of a friend who is working at a tavern on a Greek island. He’s hoping Rachel can help him forget the one he could not save, but life on a small island is much different from life in Squid Bay. Instead of a relaxing vacation, Andy finds secret engagements and crazy wives. As the savior of everyone except himself, Andy is soon involved in it all, but justice is not always black and white.   





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






Malignancy by J. L. Greger. Men disguised as police officers shoot at Sara Almquist twice in one day. The real police suspect Jim Mazzone, a drug czar currently awaiting trial in Albuquerque, will order more hits on Sara. After all, Sara was the key to Mazzone’s capture in Bolivia while she was consulting on public health problems there. Thus when colleagues in the State Department invite Sara to arrange scientific exchanges between the U.S. and Cuba, she jumps at the chance to get out of Albuquerque. Maybe, she should question their motives. 







Mariachi Murder by D. R. Randsell. An alluring woman, a guilty conscience, and a mariachi band in jeopardy add up to mariachi murder! Andy Veracruz is the leader of a mariachi band in Southern California, but when his boss goes out of town, the restaurant turns to chaos. The enticing Yiolanda tempts him even though he knows she’s a troublemaker. When she’s accused of murder, he’s not sure whether to help her or to run the other way. Worse still, Andy's normally tranquil Squid Bay has been trapped in heat, and not even dips in the Pacific can do enough to cool the violinist off. The more Andy learns, the more trouble he gets himself into. He's a sleuth only by accident. He would much rather spend afternoons working on new songs. Instead he has no choice but to spend sleepless nights walking around town and practice the art of breaking and entering. He goes to his brother for advice, but unfortunately, he doesn’t listen!

 
Mission Impastable by Sharon Arthur Moore. Mix together two life-long friends and their newly formed business partnership as personal chefs; stir in a stolen jade dragon, adultery, family dysfunction, a nasty and very dead client, and a large helping of suspects; add a dash of an eccentric mother and a pinch of a couple of potential love interests; don’t forget the red herrings; move all the ingredients from the back burner to the front; let simmer until they begin to boil; skim off the guilty party after it bobs to the surface;and you have a no fail, delicious recipe for a culinary mystery series. For extra seasoning, check out the recipes at the end.


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







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





No Lifeguard on Duty by Amy Bennett. Summer is coming and at the Black Horse Campground in Bonney County, New Mexico that means warm sunny days, a cool refreshing pool, and . . . murder? Corrie Black and her friends are ready to welcome the summer camping season with a party to celebrate opening the swimming pool... but murder becomes an unwelcome guest! The shock of discovering Krista Otero's body in the pool the morning after the party is bad enough... what's worse is that Krista's death wasn't an accident. And what's more confusing is that Krista's closest friends all have something to hide. Despite opposition from Bonney County's finest, Corrie is determined to find out who used her swimming pool as a murder weapon and who is using her home as a base for illegal activities. But someone wants to keep Corrie out of their business . . . even if it means killing again!


  
No Sanctuary by F. M. Meredith. Officer Stacey Wilbur works with Detective Doug Milligan investigating the death of a popular minister’s wife, is given an undercover assignment to catch a pedophile, is offered a new job, and learns a church isn’t always a sanctuary.










No Vacancy by Amy Bennett. An ominous note is shoved under the door of the Black Horse
Campground store as Corrie Black and her staff celebrate the first “no vacancy” day of the season. But is the note meant to be a warning . . . or a threat? When a man suspected of writing the note is found dead in a cabin, it seems that the threat is averted. Until the man's identity is revealed. Someone from Corrie's past. Someone who knew a lot about the Black Horse family -- a lot more than even Corrie knew. With the help of Bonney County Sheriff Rick Sutton and former Houston PD Lieutenant J.D. Wilder, Corrie has to dig into the past, into secrets that her parents kept, to find out who is threatening her and the Black Horse Campground and what it is they want from Corrie. But the deeper she digs, the more she finds out things that could change her life forever, if not end it!


The Piano Player by Carolyn Neithammer. When well-bred Mary Rose follows her dream to rowdy 1882 Tombstone, she quickly discovers that her sheltered life has not prepared her for the challenges of being a piano player in The Bird Cage Theater. Help comes from her landlady, Nellie Cashman, proprietor of The Russ House. Though vastly different, the two women both must thrive in world outside of society’s norms.  Upon leaving Tombstone their lives diverge, but come together again with old friends to hike the treacherous Chilkoot Pass and seek their elusive fortunes in the 1898 Klondike gold rush. Together they deal with a lover who turns out to be a murderer, imprisonment in a Mexican jail, near death falling into the icy Yukon River and disappointment when their quest for gold is dashed. They postpone romance with the men who love them, until for one, it becomes too late. 




Reservations by Richard Paolinelli. 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.


Saints and Sinners by Virgil Alexander. Seventeen-year-old Mariana Villalobos’ mystic gift creates a sensation in northern Mexico as hundreds of people undergo a religious epiphany. Even gangsters reject crime. Seeing revenues tumble in the drug trade, the Liones cartel issues a hit order on the girl. The Mexican police hide Mariana in the Gila Valley of Arizona while they work with a defector and international law enforcement to dismantle the gang.






The Sawtooth Complex by Susan Lang. A fascinating novel that deals vigorously with the dilemmas of human life on the planet. Our willy-nilly destruction of the exquisite natural world is set against the efforts of some people to protect and care for the biology that sustains us. Most characters are torn by contradictions, both personal and political. A few are avid developers; others seek a balance between humanity and nature. Several touching love stories develop and falter among them. The true hero, Maddie Farley, is an inspiring and reluctant monkey-wrencher who lives most closely to the earth. The natural world she inhabits is invoked with poignant accuracy and love. Ultimately, nature itself blows up everyone’s world in a startling forest fire that overpowers the land and the people, laying waste to most everything. The writing about this thrilling climatic event is terrifying, spellbinding, very intense and powerful. And then a miracle occurs. In the wreckage left behind, the author, who is no sentimental idealist or doomsday prophet, finds reason to hope. The story is engrossing, entertaining, and really makes us think. 

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






Something for Nothing by Robert Richter. Something for Nothing is set in the swampy lowlands of coastal Nayarit. Its locales are perceptively observed, the background history entirely plausible, and the dialogue faithfully echoes the voices of its motley crew of colorful characters. Seeking revenge for the killing of his drifter buddy Gabby MacLean, and hoping to be the first to find the treasure, Cotton Walters steps into a world of danger. An entertaining read from beginning to end!






Something Like a Dream by Robert Richter. A gringo expatriate on the Mexican west coast, Cotton Waters is known to his cantina buddies as "Algo"—Something in Spanish. Algo is an ex-political activist and beach bum. In Nayarit fishing villages, he scrounges his lazy living and a little beer money out of the Puerto Vallarta tourist trade as a hustler of a Mexican Riviera lost-and-found—helping some people get lost and finding others—if the price is right or the cause is worth it. In the summer of '82 the worthy cause is Corina Springfield, possibly the most beautiful woman Cotton Waters has ever seen. 


Something to Die For: The Cotton Waters Stories by Robert Richter. Cotton Waters is a gringo expatriate in exile on the Mexican west coast, an illegal alien and ex-political activist with old and unresolved legal problems in the U.S. Known to his cantina buddies as "Algo," or Something  in Spanish, for years he's scrounged a lazy fishing village lifestyle and a little beer money out of the Puerto  Vallarta tourist trade as tour guide, cultural consultant, and a private hustler of a Mexican Riviera lost-and-found--helping some people get lost and finding others--if the price is right or the client's cause worth the time and interest.



Until the Sun Rises: One Night in Drake Mansion by Channing Whitaker. 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?



Violent Departures by F. M. Meredith. College student Veronica Randall, disappears from her car in her own driveway, everyone in the Rocky Bluff P.D. is looking for her. Detective Milligan and family move into a house that may be haunted. Officer Butler is assigned to train a new hire and faces several major challenges. 






 


BLOG CORRAL


Lorna Collins hosted husband Larry Collins on her blog this week in a blog post that talks about developing animal characters.

Larry writes, "When I decided to include an animal in my Sci-Fi series, The McGregor Chronicles, I opted for a cat. The physical description of my fictitious feline, Knucklehead, came from the tabby of my own youth.

"The temperament, however, was from another cat. Not just any cat. I based it on my favorite all-white feline, Pippin. He fit none of the usual cat clichés."

You can read the full post here.

Lorna is the author of Ghost Writer.

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Jackie Taylor Zortman writes on her Mountain Memos blog this week about living in the mountains.

She writes, "What a glorious day April has brought for us to enjoy in the warmth and sunshine of spring!  Living at an altitude of 8000 feet in the southwestern Colorado mountains, winters can be long.  Quite often, we see only snow on the ground for continuous months at a time.  April will likely also bring snow, but they get wet and heavy this time of year and melt away quickly. Red hummingbird feeders start to appear on almost every home and even the campers of the summer visitors, the snow disappears and we emerge again.

You can read the full post here. 

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



JUST FOR FUN


Dac Crossley sent in a photo of his toughest critic. Dac is the author of Code of the Texas Ranger, Guns of the Texas Ranger, and Revenge of the Texas Ranger. His forthcoming novel is The Hand of Lou Diamond.





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6 comments:

Nancy Jacoby said...

I had a lot of technical difficulties with Blogger this week while trying to post the Weekly Roundup. The interface gave repeated errors while I was attempting to save and publish, and then suddenly the post showed up and is in the menu without any indication that it is a draft or published. I am trying to fix the labels so that all featured authors will appear. I will also attempt to deal with any other issues, so please email them to me at weeklyroundup.items@gmail.com. Thank you for your patience!

Amy Bennett said...

You did a great job, Nancy... as usual! Glad to see everyone staying busy. I'll send pics from my book talk, hopefully in time for next week's edition.

Lorna Collins - Author said...

Great job of showing how active our authors are! Looks like everyone--at least those featured here--are busy marketing their books. It takes a great deal of effort, but all of us need to keep at it. Thanks, Jeana and Nancy!

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

In spite of those technical challenges, Nancy, you did a great job again. That is really appreciated. OTP seems to stay abuzz these days. I tried to send this yesterday from my iPhone and it wouldn't let me because it didn't recognize my computer.

Holli Castillo said...

I just love the roundup, especially when I'm at the top of it! Thanks, Nancy.

Can't wait to read John Taylor's new book, Officer Involved Shooting. I had the pleasure of sitting next to John at my first PSWA conference and he was a delight to cut up with. So glad he's back with us.

All of the books this week look so good it's going to make for a huge jump in my reading list, which is already pretty long. Not that I'm complaining--it's always good to have great reading waiting for me.

Eileen Obser said...

Great roundup again, and thanks for including my trip to the Woodstock Writers Festival!