Friday, May 13, 2016

Weekly Roundup: May 13, 2016

Welcome again to the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! We once again featured author commentary on our blog this week. Douglass Seaver (The Fourth Rule) pondered short story endings this week. Be sure to check it out and leave a comment!

Many of you may be interested in the Edgar Awards, which are bestowed annually by the Mystery Writers of America. The 2016 winners were announced recently, and they included several milestones. Lori Roy, Best Novel winner for Let Me Die in His Footsteps (Dutton), is the first woman to win both this and the Best First Novel category (and the third writer overall), while Pulitzer winner Viet Thanh Nguyen also won Best First Novel for The Sympathizer (Atlantic Monthly), the first author to win both awards concurrently.

Other winners included
Best Paperback Original: The Long and Faraway Gone by Lou Berney (William Morrow)
Best Short Story: "Obits" – The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (Scribner)
Best Fact Crime: Whipping Boy by Allen Kurzweil (Harper)
Best Critical/Biographical: The Golden Age of Murder by Martin Edwards (Harper360)
 


You can find a complete list of winners and nominees here.

Don't miss OTP's own award-winning titles, either. Our bookstore has many compelling stand-alone mysteries and mystery series, thrillers, romances, police procedurals, westerns, memoirs, and children's bookseven some paranormal storiesmany of which have been acknowledged as prizewinners or finalists for regional and national book awards. Whatever your tastes, you'll find a book to love among our titles. 

Thank you for stopping by for the roundup this week. Here as always, for your reading pleasure, we have the week's news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs, and more from our authors to share with you.


"Cram your head with characters and stories. Abuse your library privileges. Never stop looking at the world, and never stop reading to find out what sense other people have made of it. If people give you a hard time and tell you to get your nose out of a book, tell them you're working. Tell them it's research. Tell them to pipe down and leave you alone."
~Jennifer Weiner
 

A reminder from Jeana: All OTP books are on Manic Readers!
Need help choosing a great book to read?
Check out our sample chapters on
Manic Readers!
Just click on a title and you will be directed to a free read! These sample chapters are updated frequently, and new releases are featured. The lastest titles added include
O.I.S: Officer Involved Shooting 
Murder: A Way to Lose Weight 
A Portrait to Die For 





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CONTEST WINNERS

We're excited to announce the winners of our annual contest! All of the 2015 entries were exceptional and we had a difficult time narrowing down the best of the best.

Dark Oak Mysteries 
First Place - A Penchant for Poe by Marilyn Wilton
Second Place - The Boat House by Elaine Lohrman
Third Place - Junior by Bruce Post 

Cop Tales 
First Place - Well of Rage by Lynn Hesse
Second Place - Ten Hours in July by Tekla Dennison Miller 
Third Place - Jaguarundi by Mike Hartman 

Timeless Love Romance 
First Place - Makeover by Barbara Lorna Hudson
Second Place - Love in America by Daniel J. Uebbing

Congratulations to these writers! Our 2016 contest will open soon, and we'll announce the call for entries here in the Weekly Roundup and on the OTP website. Get your manuscripts ready!


REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS

Radine Trees Nehring was featured on the Authors Talk About It podcast hosted by Rob and Janelle Alex on Tuesday, May 3. Radine talked about her Something to Die For mystery series, which she began publishing in 2002. She also talks about the setting of her novels, especially her latest, A Portrait to Die For, in the Ozarks in Arkansas and how that region became a centerpiece for all of her writing.

There's a lot more in this interview, and you can hear the full show here.

Radine also participated in a radio interview recently for KAUF, the Western Arkansas National Public Radio affiliate. The interview has been appearing in planned segments since then. Here is the one about her upcoming Books in Bloom Literary Festival appearance (and more)! 

A Portrait to Die For was also reviewed recently in Kings River Life online magazine. Reviewer Sandra Murphy provides a detailed synopsis and concludes, "It looks like no matter what Henry and Carrie decide, murder will find them. It’s a lucky thing for readers because they are a captivating couple, older than most characters, fun to be around, and lead interesting lives. They’ll even share a few recipes with readers."

You can read the full review here.  

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

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







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Robert Weibezahl was featured in the UK lifestyle magazine Female First in an article titled "10 things you probably never needed to know about me."

Among the items Robert highlights are these:

My fictional sleuth, Billy Winnetka, was "born" on an L.A. freeway. I was driving on the 101 freeway through the West San Fernando Valley one night years ago when I passed the Winnetka Avenue exit. The name Billy Winnetka popped into my head. By the time I had driven the rest of the way home to Santa Monica, I had figured out who this character was and the rudiments of plot of what would become the first of my Hollywood-base mysteries, The Wicked and the Dead, which has just been reissued in paperback and eBook from Oak Tree Press.

I once worked on the 108th floor of the World Trade Center in New York. Most people only made it to the 107th floor of the Twin Towers, but the summer after graduating from high school, not long after the buildings opened, I worked for a security firm and "guarded" the floor above the Windows on the World restaurant, where workers were still tweaking equipment in what was essentially a boiler room (in the literal sense). I was alone most of the day and it was the most boring job I've ever had. But, I did get a lot of reading done that summer.


You can read the full article here. 

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

When an irascible cop named Goold dismisses his theory that all these deaths are linked, the curious writer enlists the help of Harold's erstwhile, guileless assistant, Tony, to help find the murderer. The pursuit leads to a cast of eccentric characters even a B-list screenwriter couldn't dream up. But the killer eludes them . . . until Billy and Tony themselves become his next candidates for the big sleep. The first in the series, and back in print at last, The Wicked and the Dead blends elements of classic Los Angeles noir with a more light-hearted skewering of the insular world of the film industry.

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

   




AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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

Evelyn gave the book 5 stars and featured an excerpt from the novel's first chapter:

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

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

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

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

“Homicide. Got to go.” He leaned over and kissed her.
Her face registered curiosity.


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

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

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

A flashlight beam bobbed around underneath the pier.

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

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

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

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

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

Doug pulled on latex gloves and squatted close to the head. “Either of you recognize the victim?” From what he could see, the corpse was male, light brown hair, close to 6 feet tall, and possibly 180 pounds or more. There were no visible signs of decomposition. He touched the body. Cold.
 
You can read the full post here.

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

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. 



UPCOMING


Author and artist Beryl Reichenberg will present a paper craft class for children at  Santa Maria Discovery Museum (702 McClelland) in Santa Maria, California, on May 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. The craft project for this session will be the garden book.

Beryl's children's books will be featured at both events.

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

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


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Mary Montague Sikes will be promoting her art and books at Paws for Celebration on Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the West Point Town Park in West Point, Virginia. The event is sponsored by the Indian Rivers Humane Society (Four Paws).

Mary writes, "In early April, I had the opportunity to see firsthand the dedication of the Four Paws volunteers. For a couple of years, I had been feeding a feral cat with matted fur that wouldn't let me near him. When Gina Fetterolf came by to pick up a donation, she noticed Fluffy Noir and insisted he needed to be trapped for shots, matted fur, etc. With great patience, Joan Coven came to our house and worked to trap poor, wild Fluffy. I was terrified for the cat and amazed at Joan's skill and compassion.

"After several days, Fluffy was captured, and I felt like a traitor. Joan took him to the vet and then kept him overnight at her house -- something she does for many cats. When she returned him, mat-shaven, he shot like a dart from the trap and flew to hide in the far bushes. I thought he might never return, so I was happy when I found him the next morning, waiting to be fed. He appears to hold no grudge for me.

"My thanks go out to Joan, Gina, and all the other wonderful Four Paws volunteers who have done so much for the feral cats of the area. Please stop by our booth on May 14 to visit. Please thank the Four Paws volunteers for all they do."

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

Stroll the lawn with your favorite Saudé Creek wine while mingling with various local artists from the New Town Art Gallery.

Mary's most recent novel is Evening of the Dragonfly. Threatening telephone calls and strange cars with dark-tinted windows plague artist/teacher Farrah Ferand. Recovering from the tragic loss of her mother, Farrah is trying to adapt to the life of a small-town art teacher when she encounters Dirk Lawrence, a mysterious stranger. Her attraction to him is immediate and electric until Farrah discovers Dirk is part of the Lawrence and Pendesky investment firm that led to her mother's downfall a few years earlier.

Farrah's not too perfect dating relationship with Tom Douglas, the town favorite football coach, worsens. An unexpected encounter leads to dates with Dirk and his help with the construction of a dream art studio in her rented house. But trouble looms with Tom who believes he and Farrah are engaged, and the entire town appears to be drawn in. Haunting dreams and lost memories overwhelm Farrah as she creates paintings for a one-person art show. Will shadows of the past ruin all hope for Farrah and Dirk?






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J. L. Greger will be signing copies of her new mystery Murder . . . A Way to Lose Weight at Treasure House Books & Gifts (on the square in Old Town Albuquerque) on Sunday, May 15, from 12 to 3 p.m.

In the novel, dieting is hard. So is fitting into a new job where you aren’t wanted. Dr. Linda Almquist is trying to do both as she investigates two diet doctors who are endangering the lives of their obese patients. When she finds one diet doctor dead, she and the police suspect the other diet doctor.

Maybe they’re wrong. The murders might be related to something in the past—something involving the dean of the medical school. While Linda fears for her job, the police fear for her life.










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Radine Trees Nehring will be speaking at the 11th Annual Books in Bloom Literary Festival on Sunday, May 15 from noon until 5 p.m. at the 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  Radine is a featured speakers and will give a talk in the Writers' Tent at noon.

Radine's most recent book is A Portrait to Die For, the latest in her Something to Die For mystery series. In A Portrait to Die For, Carrie discovers two versions of a supposedly original portrait in a loan exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

When a reporter who interviewed Carrie at the museum disappears, Carrie must choose between her promise to stop crime-solving or work to find the woman--a college friend of her son's.     


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Amy Bennett will be a guest on Red River Radio’s No Limits with Barbara Hodges on Tuesday, May 17 (which happens to be her birthday!). She’ll be discussing her Black Horse Campground mystery series, which includes her latest and recently published book, At the Crossroad.

The show will air live at 4 p.m. Mountain time, and you can set an e-mail reminder at the website so you don't miss it.

In At the Crossroad, trouble often comes in threes. It's no different at the Black Horse Campground. On his first day as detective with the Bonney Police Department,     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?





C. Ed Traylor will be speaking and signing copies of his award-winning novel, The Crossing, on Tuesday, May 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 3111 South Veterans Pkwy, in Springfield, Illinois.

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

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

Unbeknownst to the other terrorists, the informant, or the FBI Task Force, Racheed and his partner change plans at the last minute and enter the U.S. at a different location. This unexpected move forces the FBI Task Force to scramble. Will they be able to eliminate the threat to some of America’s largest cities and most cherished attractions?



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 3 - B. K. Stevens's blog: The First Two Pages
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 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.


PUBLISHER'S CORNER

Oak Tree Press is exhibiting at an upcoming American Library Association conference in Massachusetts at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis in Hyannis, Massachusetts, on May 17-18. Our display will feature titles that are geographically relevant to particular ALA chapters:


Druids by Nicholas Checker
Media Blitz by Joe Nowlan
Reluctant Assassin by Ken Oxman
Scratch by Nicholas Checker
The Zyratron Affair by Joe Nowlan


NEW IN E-BOOKS

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. These sites run promotions at times, giving you a chance to fill your library at a reduced cost. 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. 


Hilltop House: A Snapshot in Time by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle, Nook). Virginia artist and author Mary Montague Sikes shows landmark Harpers Ferry, WV hostelry, Hilltop House, in pastels, photographs and descriptive text. Sikes details the design conception, construction and numerous renovations including the latest proposal which is on hold at this date, and may not proceed. The panoramic beauty of the setting combined with its location as a key role many historical events have attracted guests ranging from honeymooners to world leaders. Day-trips to the Civil War Battlegrounds of Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Manassas add to the popularity of the location. 


The Homestead: A Snapshot in Time by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle, Nook). Virginia artist and author Mary Montague Sikes shows landmark Hot Springs, VA hostelry, The Homestead, in pastels, photographs and descriptive text. Sikes details the design conception, construction and numerous renovations which create the classic accommodation to attract guests ranging from honeymooners to world leaders. Located in scenic Bath County, the Homestead claims a rich history and is the site of the Jefferson Pools, one of the nation’s earliest spas. Guest offerings include the amenities of a fully equipped resort, hiking and horseback-riding along the Cascade trails, afternoon tea, golf and carriage rides.


Hotel du Pont: A Snapshot in Time by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle, Nook). Virginia artist and author Mary Montague Sikes shows landmark Wilmington, Delaware hostelry, Hotel du Pont, in pastels, photographs and descriptive text. Sikes details the design conception, construction and numerous renovations which create the classic accommodation to attract guests ranging from honeymooners to world leaders. Located in the corporate headquarters building, the du Pont is said to be the 'premier business and corporate meeting establishment in Delaware.' Learn about the du Pont's art collection, Playhouse Theatre and the discover the du Pont story at the Hagley Museum.


The Jefferson Hotel: A Snapshot in Time by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle, Nook). Virginia artist and author Mary Montague Sikes shows landmark Richmond, VA hostelry, The Hotel Jefferson, in pastels, photographs and descriptive text. Sikes details the design conception, construction and numerous renovations which create the classic accommodation to attract guests ranging from honeymooners to world leaders. Learn about Old Pompey, the last alligator to live in the lobby pool, and discover whether or not the main staircase was really the inspiration for the one shown in Scarlett O'Hara's Atlanta manse.




Murder . . . A New Way to Lose Weight by J. L. Greger (Kindle, Nook). Dieting is hard. So is fitting into a new job where you aren’t wanted. Dr. Linda Almquist is trying to do both as she investigates two diet doctors who are endangering the lives of their obese patients. When she finds one diet doctor dead, she and the police suspect the other diet doctor. Maybe they’re wrong. The murders might be related to something in the past—something involving the dean of the medical school. While Linda fears for her job, the police fear for her life.





O.I.S: Officer Involved Shooting by John Taylor (Kindle, Nook). 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.


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






 
Scenic James River: A Snapshot in Time by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle, Nook). Virginia artist and author Mary Montague Sikes shows historic sites along the James River in Virginia, including Evelyn Plantation, Shirley Plantation and Berkeley Plantation. Sikes included photographs and descriptive text of the scenic colonial area where some of our nation's earliest citizens and Native Americans lived and worked. Decades later, the turf here saw many Civil War battles unfold. Visitors to Williamsburg, Richmond and other area cities will enjoy this lush and historic area.




 Williamsburg Inn: A Snapshot in Time by Mary Montague Sikes (Kindle, Nook). Virginia artist and author Mary Montague Sikes shows landmark Williamsburg, VA hostelry, Williamsburg Inn, in pastels, photographs and descriptive text. Sikes details the design conception, construction and numerous renovations which create the classic accommodation’s attraction to guests ranging from honeymooners to world leaders. From its vantage point at the edge of the restored area, the Inn offers elegant décor and delightful gourmet dining. Amenities include golf, tennis, luxury spa, with the sites and shopping choices of the colonial village just steps away. Jamestown and Yorktown join Williamsburg to form the three points of the Historic Triangle, and are a short drive from the Inn. 


BLOG CORRAL

Serita Stevens's blog hosted Marilyn Meredith this week as a stop on Marilyn's blog tour for her latest release, A Crushing Death. In her guest post, Marilyn talks about crossing paths with Serita in person, online, and in print. (It all began when Marilyn purchased a copy of Serita's book Deadly Doses: A Writer's Guide to Poisons, coauthored with Ann Klarner.)

Marilyn writes, "Often the friends we meet on the Internet become close even if we haven’t ever met them in person.

"My first encounter with the name Serita Stevens RN was when I purchased her book, Deadly Doses, a writer’s guide to poisons, published by Writers Digest Books. The book has been extremely useful to me when I’ve wanted to poison someone—in one of my books, of course. I know I’ll be using the book again.

"I believe the only time I saw her in person was at a small romance conference in Fresno—long ago. I don’t remember much about it, though I do know we exchanged a few words.

"We were on some listservs together and some emailing back and forth.

"Now that Serita is also published by Oak Tree Press, I have been reacquainted with her. . ."

You can read the full post here. 

Serita is the author of the forthcoming novel My Pagan Love.

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Amy Bennett's Back Deck blog also hosted Marilyn on her blog tour this week. In her post, Marilyn talks about critique groups and how they can be useful to a writer.

She says, " When people ask where I learned how to write, my honest answer is “from my critique group.” I’ve belonged to the same group for nearly 35 years. The members have come and gone as time passed, though the originator is still with us.

"I’ve learned more about all aspects of writing than I ever did from any class, book or magazine from the members of this group. They’ve always been my main resource.

"Now, I consider the group as my first editor."


You can read the full post here.

Amy is the author of the Black Horse Campground Mystery series, which includes End of the Road, No Lifeguard on Duty, No Vacancy, and the recently published At the Crossroad.  


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7 comments:

Dac said...

Wow! Great blog for Friday the 13th.

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

We are one busy bunch of authors. As for me, I'm going to rest for a bit. Well, not really. I've started my next Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery so I can give the names of the winners of my blog tour to two characters in the book. Yes, I already know who they are going to be.
My only event coming up is a book signing at a winery--more about that later.

Marilyn

Amy Bennett said...

Love to read the WRU every week and find out what everyone's up to. Marilyn, did you say "winery"??? You speak my language!

Richard Paolinelli said...

Great week everyone!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

I can't see Marilyn resting for long; she is one busy lady. Beryl

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Over two dozen blog posts for Marilyn's CRUSHED TO DEATH promotion. I don't know how that woman does it, but I'm impressed! Like Amy, that winery book signing sounds like great fun, too. Nice blog, as always.

Nancy LiPetri said...

Wow, even more going on than I realized with these busy authors!