Friday, June 17, 2016

Weekly Roundup: June 17, 2016

Welcome again to the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! Our authors contributed more great posts to our blog this week. Click through to read them if you missed them: Memoirist Ronald Wendling (Unsuitable Treasure) wrote about the effect of self-disclosure on friends, and Radine Trees Nehring (Portrait to Die For) wrote about the advantages of belonging to a critique group. Don't forget to leave a question or comment

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Lynn Hesse, one of OTP's newest authors, was recently interviewed on the 1690 AM WMLB radio program Voice of the Arts. She talks about her forthcoming novel, Well of Rage, which was a 2015 winner of the Oak Tree Press Writing Contest.

You can hear the entire interview here.

You can learn more about Lynn, her impressions of this interview, and her writing projects at her blog.

In Well of Rage, Carly Redmund, a Mobile, Alabama, police recruit is about to mess up her first major crime scene. Her training officer, J.C. Grey, orders her to give up the evidence found in the bottom of a well, a high school class ring. She does.

Grey tucks the ring in his pocket. What happened to the bag-it-and-tag-it evidence procedure? Carly is left guarding the crime scene tape as a news van pulls in and the crew sets up. She overhears the female reporter tell the cameraman that the bones in the well might be Terence, a missing African American kid from the ‘70s, and that heads need to roll at PD, the racist SOBs.

Why hasn’t Carly read about this case?

As she remembers the initials TWW inscribed on the inside of the ring, Grey walks back and tells the rookie to keep her mouth shut, and he’ll handle everything, including the report. That doesn’t make any sense. Rookies handle the grunt work. Grey is hiding more than the ring.

If he doesn’t put the ring in the property room, Carly will be blamed. She could lose her job. Worse, she could be charged with withholding evidence. Carly is in big trouble.

What Carly doesn’t know is that a white supremacist group is involved -- and also mayoral candidate Derrick Grey, Officer Grey’s brother. While dealing with her own personal demons, Carly must learn to survive in a hostile environment, develop friends fast in a new city, and solve a cold-case murder to bring justice to a grieving mother. 


Richard Paolinelli was interviewed recently on Fiona Mcvie's AuthorInterviews blog, where he talked about his mystery/thriller Reservations and gives readers some background on his life and writing. For example,

"Where are you from: I was born in Turlock, California the same day that the city announced it had reached the 10,000 mark in population. Since no one else stepped forward to claim the title I officially announced that I was Turlock’s 'Citizen 10k'.

"Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? To some extent, my fiction stories all seem to have redemption as a central theme, even the Del Rio series has that theme, that Reservations and [its forthcoming sequel] Betrayals are part of, although it takes four books to get there. I’ve always believed that no matter how far someone has fallen they can always find a way to come back and shine brightly."

You can read the full interview here. 

Reservations 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.



Marilyn Meredith was featured at Brenda Whiteside's blog in a post that discusses villains.

She writes, "As a mystery writer I’ve created my share of villains. However, sometimes the guilty party in a story isn’t really villain, but rather someone who reacted in a violent way to circumstances.

"Most writers have been told that a hero or heroine shouldn’t be all good and a villain shouldn’t be all bad. I suppose that’s true in many cases, but if you’re writing about a sociopath or a psychopath it might be difficult to come up with a 'good' trait to give them.

You can read the full post here.

Marilyn is the author of the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series. In the latest book, 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 attacking women, and Detective Milligan’s teenage daughter has a big problem. 


Marilyn Meredith will be presenting a workshop called Creating Memorable Characters on Saturday, June 18, at the Porterville Art Association's gallery (151 W. Main St, Porterville, California) from 1 to 4 p.m. 

Marilyn is the author of the Rocky Bluff P.D. mystery series. The latest in the series is A Crushing Death. 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 attacking women, and Detective Milligan’s teenage daughter has a big problem.


Amy Bennett will be signing copies of latest release At the Crossroad, at Books Etc. on Sunday, June 19, beginning at 1 p.m. The store is located in downtown Ruidoso, New Mexico.

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?


Carol Alexander along with Miss Liberty, the only pig author on, will be featured at the annual Assumption Fest in Assumption, Illinois, on Friday June 24 from 5 to 7 p.m., and on Saturday, June 25, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Assumption Public Library.

Carol will be reading from Miss Liberty's memoir The Big Squeal. Miss Liberty's true story tells how the formerly orphan pig discovered Abraham Lincoln and overcame many obstacles in pursuit of the American dream.

Listeners will receive an autographed photo of Miss Liberty and will participate in pig jig and squeal contests. The public is invited.


Mary Montague Sikes's sculpture and painting is part of the Painting, Poetry and Prose: A Creative Encounter show taking place through July 2 at the Bay School Community Arts Center in Mathews, Virginia. The show is part of an exhibition of writing and art presented by the Chesapeake Bay branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

In Mary's most recent book 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?

David Freedland spoke and signed copies of his novel Lincoln 9 at an event held at Saddleback Church in Laguna Woods, California, on June 8. His topic was “Tactical Faith in a Contentious World.”
He writes, "My event . . . was a big success. I sold some books and got great feedback. The event organizer sent me this text: 'A lot of guys are saying they really loved your talk yesterday. Bob, one of our security guys, bought your book. He was awake reading it till two in the morning.'"


Additional details about these events will appear in future Roundups.

Lynn Hesse will be participating in a panel at the the Atlanta Writer’s Club Track at the 2016 AJC Decatur Book Festival being held September 2-4 at in downtown Decatur, Georgia.

In eleven years, the AJC Decatur Book Festival has become America’s largest independent book festival and the fifth largest book festival in the country.


Dac Crossley posted on his Western Blog this week about childhood memories of summer and the possibly lost joys of nature for today's youngsters.

He writes, "High summer. I jump out of bed, pull on my short pants, and burst out the door into the world. Just as I did when I was nine years old. School was out, no chores to do, just enjoy the freedom of springtime. June still resonates with me, that feeling of euphoria that unites me with nature in all her wonder.

"In my Golden Years I step into a different universe, one that is strangely predictable. Cars go up and down my street each day, the same cars. Neighbors walk their dogs; I am friend to familiar primates and canines. My suburb is wooded, a manicured forest, more horticultural than primordial.

You can read the full post here.

Dac is the author of Code of the Texas Ranger, Guns of the Texas Ranger, Revenge of the Texas Ranger, and the forthcoming The Hand of Lou Diamond. 


Lorna Collins updated her blog this week with a post about graduation. Is it the beginning or the end? 

She writes,"I remember my grammar school graduation. We lined up on the playground and marched into the auditorium. Several people spoke, and we sang a couple of songs. Our names were called, and we were handed our certificates.

"Then, in the evening, we had a party. Some of the kids danced, but no one asked me. I remember feeling such disappointment. For me, graduation was anti-climactic.

You can read the full post here. 

Lorna is the author of Ghost Writer.


Richard Paolinelli's Reservations received a 5-star review from a reader who posts to Tumblr as itsamunthing. In the review, which was cross-posted to Goodreads, the reader wrote, "It started out pretty slow but picked up pretty fast and ended with wanting to read more. I loved that the end wasnt all 'and they lived happily ever after.' I also liked the lack of romance, since its a thriller not a sappy romance book."

You can read the full review here.


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Nicholas Checker said...

Proud to be among such fine writers and such fine people, not the least being our publisher and her gracious staff!

Richard Paolinelli said...

Good job everyone.

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Amy Bennett said...

I always come away from reading the WRU wishing that I could attend everyone else's events! Great job keeping us up to date, Nancy!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

I agree with Amy. I, too, wish I could attend other OTP authors' events.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Another great blog, Nancy, and all the busy authors included.

badge # 979 said...

Thank you for adding me in the Weekly Roundup. I am new, but I am having fun learning about the amazing OTP staff and the variety of professional writers.

Congrats, Kelly Moreno, on the New York Times Review. Impressive.

I sent Richard's interview to my twitter. Great interview.-Lynn