Friday, June 3, 2016

Weekly Roundup: June 3, 2016

Welcome again to the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! This week authors Carolyn Niethammer (The Piano Player) and J. L. Greger (Murder . . . A Way to Lose Weight) contributed to the OTP blog. Click through to see what these award-winning authors have to say about selling and marketing books.

And speaking of award winners, our bookstore is loaded with 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. You're sure to find your next favorite book on our 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.


"The unread story is not a story; it is little black marks on wood pulp. The reader, reading it, makes it live: a live thing, a story."
~Ursula K. Le Guin
 

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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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AWARDS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Mary Montague Sikes was featured in an article in the Daily Press. Reporter Sarah Fearing highlighted Mary's upcoming art and book events. You can read the article here and see the Upcoming section in this Roundup for details as well.

Mary's latest 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?



UPCOMING

Ann K. Howley will be hosting her first Memoir Writers Weekend Retreat in western Pennsylvania's beautiful Laurel Highlands from June 3 to 5. The retreat will offer full attendance options, including an overnight, as well as Saturday-only spots.

Here's the agenda for the conference:

Friday, June 3, 2016

7:00-9:00PM - Drinks and appetizers

Memoir Talk #1: The Dream of Writing
Whether your dream is to write a bestseller or to "get that story off your chest," it's important
to think about what you want to achieve as a writer. You can only achieve your goals if you visualize them first. Before the weekend, each attendee should think about their short and long term goals and write them down.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

8:00-9:00AM - Breakfast

9:00-10:00AM - Memoir Talk #2: How to Retrieve Your Memories
When you write your memoir, you have to scan your memories for the story you want to tell. Guest speaker Wendy Duchene will discuss effective ways to jog your memory to remember the facts and details that make your story come alive.

10:00-10:45AM - Writing Exercise: Using methods suggested by Wendy, jog your memory and write a story about an experience from your past.

10:45-11:AM - Break

11:00-12:00PM - Story share and open discussion

12:00-1:00PM - Lunch

1:00-2:00PM - Memoir Talk #3: Build a Writing Portfolio: Where Can You Publish and Sell Your Personal Stories?
It's important for authors and writers to get writing credits. What publications and venues publish personal narratives? Discuss ideas on how to build your author brand and your writing portfolio.

2:00-4:00PM - Memoir Talk #4: Where Are You in the Writing Process?
Whether you've written 10 chapters or are still trying to develop your story line, every writer needs feedback and support. Attendees are encouraged to bring a writing sample. It could be a summary of your book, a sample chapter, a detailed chapter outline, or anything that you need help with. I want every attendee to have the opportunity to have their work evaluated in a constructive, encouraging, supportive environment.

4:00-6:00PM - Free time to write, read, nap, hike and absorb what you have learned so far.
Saturday, June 4, 2016 (continued)

6:00-7:30PM - Dinner

8:00-10:00PM - Movie and popcorn. I haven't picked out a movie yet, but it's got to be uplifting and about writing or writers.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

8:00-9:00AM - Breakfast

9:00-10:00AM - Memoir Talk #5: Achieving Your Writing Goals
Whether your dream is big or small, you need a plan to achieve your writing goals. We'll spend time talking about how to create a plan, and discuss the value of patience and rejection in achieving your
goals.

Adjourn


Ann and her husband are also organizing a 335-miles bike ride from Washington DC to Pittsburgh to raise money for the American Cancer Society. We are Team Do-Gooders Doing Good!

Ann is the author of Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad, 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.



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John Taylor will be participating in the Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley, California, which is scheduled for the weekend of June 4 and 5. John reports that "Last year there were 160 booths and the festival drew over 50,000 attendees. This year there will be 200 booths." There will be two authors per booth.

John's latest novel is O.I.S: Officer Involved Shooting. 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.


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Mary Montague Sikes will be one of the alumni authors signing her books on Saturday, June 4, during the University of Mary Washington's Alumni Reunion weekend celebration at Lee Hall fromericksburg, Virgini Fredericksburg, Virginia Fre12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The signing will take place in Lee Hall on the university's campus in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Fans may bring books from home or purchase them on-site. Signing held inside the bookstore in Lee Hall.

In addition, Mary's sculpture and painting will be part of the Painting, Poetry and Prose: A Creative Encounter show taking place from June 4 to July 2 at the Bay School Community Arts Center in Mathews, Virginia. A reception will be held on Saturday, June 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. 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.

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?

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J. L. Greger will participate in Page One Books's Local Author & Small Press Fair on Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Authors are invited to bring their books to promote independently at the fairs, which are being held four times this yera.

The event will take place on the Page One Books front sidewalk underneath the shopping center's upstairs balcony, weather permitting.


J.L.'s latest book is Murder . . . A Way to Lose Weight. Dieting is hard. So is fitting into a new job where you aren’t wanted. In Murder: A Way to Lose Weight, 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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David Freedland will speak and sign copies of his novel Lincoln 9 at an event being held at Saddleback Church on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, at 9 AM. The event will be held on the Laguna Woods Campus 24262 Punta Alta, Clubhouse 5, in Laguna Woods, California. The speaking event topic is “Tactical Faith in a Contentious World.”


Lincoln 9 follows the career of Lieutenant Scott Hunter, the consummate cop who rises to the level of responsibility to lead a team of detectives on a mission aimed at connecting the clues and solving these crimes. The story conveys the pressures associated with working within an organization that hires only 4% of its applicants, and whose efforts result in perennial accolades for achieving the lowest numbers of violent crime.

Readers who enjoy the challenges of attempting to solve crime dramas will appreciate the first third of the book, which provides opportunities for the suspect’s identification. In addition, it introduces a look behind the curtain of secrecy shielding the role played by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams in the development of leaders.








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Lorna Collins and her husband Larry will be speaking to the Orange County chapter of California Writers Club at the Orange Public Library in Orange, California, on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Their topic will be writing the perfect pitch and will take the form of a mini-workshop. The event is open to both members and non-members, all of whom are invited to bring their "elevator pitch" for critique. 

Lorna is the author of Ghost Writer. When unemployed computer programmer Nan Burton inherits a California beach cottage from her great-great-aunt, she’s delighted. But she’s in for a huge surprise: The house is haunted by the ghost of famous romance writer Max Murdoch (pen name Maxine DuBois) who insists Nan complete his last novel, threatening to keep her from sleeping until she agrees. The ensuing clash pits youth against the long-dead but still egotistical author with humorous and moving results.




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C. Ed Traylor has two upcoming signing events for his novel At the Crossing. On Saturday, June 11, he'll be at the Doyle Public Library in Raymond, Illinois, from 4 to 7 p.m. Then on Wednesday, June 15, he'll be at the Henderson County Public Library in Biggsville, Illinois, from 10 a.m to noon.

In the novel, a routine traffic stop in the Illinois heartland uncovers a sinister secret – a sweeping terrorist plot endangering the lives of thousands of Americans. The Crossing 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? 



RECENT

Author and artist Beryl Reichenberg participated in last weekend's Festival in the Park, the centerpiece of Paso Artfest on May 28 in Paso Robles, California. She reports that the event was exhausting but fun.

"[The ArtFest organizers] provided two helpers which was great since I couldn’t have done it by myself. We must have helped over 300 kids make pop-out face cards including one especially for Father’s Day.
"Lots of new people signing onto my email list and several book sales. so I’ll call the day a success. Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera so no pictures. It’s always a joy to meet the public."


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Radine Trees Nehring recently had a book release party at Trolley Line Bookshop in Rogers, Arkansas. She reports, "The severe storms forecast for Saturday, March 28, did not materialize, though the forecast cut down somewhat on attendance at my book release party scheduled for that day. 

"Myra and Pat Moran, owners of the bookstore, had set up a  large signing area in one front window. They also had a display of all my books right inside the front door, a drawing for free books, and a refreshments table. Large posters showing the featured novel, A Portrait to Die For were in the front window, and a collage of my other book covers, book marks, and more were on an easel outside.

John had an opportunity to take photos before the store opened, and, when the rain held off, I moved to a chair outside the store, going inside only to sign books for customers and pick up replacement "show and tell" book copies and bookmarks. Talked with many lovely people, many of whom bought books." 




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Nicholas Checker reports that his recent Town of Groton Parks & Recreation Short Story Writing class presentation packed the large community room of the Groton Public Library for an engaging literary trek of environmental theatre that took an audience of some 70 people into society's underworld.

He writes, "It was as close to a perfect night as could have been attained, beginning with a poignant talk from New London Hospitality Homeless Director, Cathy Zall, followed by a dozen one-page wonders written by my wonderful adult and teenage students -- performed brilliantly by Chris Bell, Tracey Hollins, Malcolm Cameron, Brian Ellsworth, and Gil Shasha -- all holding the crowd spellbound! And what a beautiful surprise when longtime student Robert Duerr presented me with an enlarged "Lower Depths" poster signed by all my students, not to mention copies of my novels being purchased too. Nights like these are what teaching's all about! Thank you Ann Cambell for the use of this beautiful facility! Support your library!

"As a proud Oak Tree Press author (Druids and Scratch), I hope to see at least some of my now published student-writers make the move into developing novels (two are already taking that step) and possibly be considered by Oak Tree Press for publication!"


Nick also reports that the Otis Library in Norwich, Connecticut, which has both of his novels available for loan, was honored with a 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It's the highest award given to museums and libraries for service to the community. The library's executive director accepted the honor from Michelle Obama at a special White House ceremony. You can read more about the award here and here.
 

ADVANCE NOTICE

Additional details about these events will appear in future Roundups.

Author and artist Beryl Reichenberg will be presenting a series of paper craft and bookmaking classes for children in July. On July 23 and August 3 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Paso Recreation Center, she'll offer a class through the Paso Robles Recreation Department. Parents can sign their children up here.

Then during the week of July 18, she'll be participating in the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens event Kid's Mediterranean Adventure Camp 2016, held in the park across from Cuesta College.



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Cathy Strasser will be signing copies of her books at two upcoming appearances. She'll be outside LaHout's Ski & Snowboard Shop in Lincoln, New Hampshire on Saturday, June 18, from 3 to 6 pm. And then on Thursday, June 23 and Thursday, June 30, she'll have a booth at the Women's Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) Local Works Farmer's Market in Berlin, New Hampshire.






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.

These are our latest titles available through Hummingbird.

Butterfly Girls by Beryl Reichenberg. How does a Monarch butterfly teach two young girls to fly? 











Camouflage by Beryl Reichenberg. How do animals hide, camouflage and protect themselves in the wild? This interactive book, encourages young children to hunt for various animals in their native habitat and to find their hiding places.









Clowning Around by Beryl Reichenberg.This is the story of Charlie, a young clown fish who delights in performing antics for the children who come to the aquarium to watch the action in the fish tank.








Dragon Sutra by Richard Marranca. While wandering around Asia, Jason comes to Cambodia, where he’s drawn into a dangerous underworld and political violence. He and Rachany, a beautiful woman he met at the Russian Market, are pursued by a mysterious foe. They flee across Cambodia, Laos and Thailand through exotic tribes, ancient cities... and end up in Burma’s rebellion. The beauty and luster of passion and love is counterpointed by the darkness of the criminal underworld and the Cambodian holocaust. Will the fateful past destroy Jason and Rachany? Will their affections flower amidst the corruption and violence?




Hilltop House by Mary Montague Sikes. 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. 



 Hotel du Pont by Mary Montague Sikes. 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.


Jetta's Journey: My Life as a Service Dog by Denise Solters. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a mom. The few years I had with my son ended when I suffered a cardiac arrest and brain injury, the result of anorexia. Matthew moved away with his father; our dog Buffy went with him. I had lost both my child and my pet. To rehabilitate myself I gravitated to the beach, a safe place to exercise with impaired mobility. Walking on the sand, I admired dogs happily playing with their loved ones. I started praying for a miracle, for another dog to come into my life. On a solitary walk, deep in thought, I flashed back to my grandfather's championship show dog, Jet. A calm and distinguished black Labrador Retriever, he never left Grandpa's side. Jet was his dog of a lifetime. I had been thinking a service dog could help my balance and coordination when I walked. The name Jetta stuck in my mind with the image of a beautiful female black Lab. From that moment, Jetta became my dream. I had been twenty-five years without a dog. Jetta gave me love and a full life again. My miracle, she has been at my side ever since. Here Jetta shares her stories of a working dog's life.

Karl & the Kooltones by J. S. Quelch. Karl is a cynical, melodramatic, mildly paranoid, professional-engineer-cum-musician in the throes of a midlife crisis. Growing up on a farm in the post Woodstock Midwest, coming of age in The City as Disco rose and Punk fell, passing his prime in The Suburbs as a family guy and director of the band Karl and Kooltones, music is the common thread of Karl’s journey. His art imitates his life as he transitions from relatively innocent youth playing tuba in a small time polka band, to rebellious heavy metal guitarist achieving not-enough-to-quit-the-day-job success, to fading middle aged lounge singer still on a Don Quixote like quest to keep the dream alive. But the thread is unraveling. His third wife and true soul mate has died, he is hopelessly caught in the corporate meat grinder, and the band is sadly floundering.


LaCour's Destiny by Robert Downs. Sam LaCour hasn’t given up on men, even if they’ve given up on her, and she doesn’t give up on her colleagues either, even when a dead body turns up, and she faints in front of the cameras, her family, and a television audience.










Lincoln 9 by David Freedland. Lincoln 9 follows the career of Lieutenant Scott Hunter, the consummate cop who rises to the level of responsibility to lead a team of detectives on a mission aimed at connecting the clues and solving these crimes. The story conveys the pressures associated with working within an organization that hires only 4% of its applicants, and whose efforts result in perennial accolades for achieving the lowest numbers of violent crime. Readers who enjoy the challenges of attempting to solve crime dramas will appreciate the first third of the book, which provides opportunities for the suspect’s identification. In addition, it introduces a look behind the curtain of secrecy shielding the role played by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams in the development of leaders.


Locked Within by Helen Osterman. Emma Winberry is in her sixties and lives with her significant other, Nate Sandler. She has a ‘sixth sense’ and talks to her Guardian Angel. Emma and Nate are extras in the opera and, when one of the singers, Delia Armanetti, suffers a stroke that affects her speech, Emma is there to help. Delia’s daughter-in-law wants to get rid of her, but Emma thwarts her plan and inevitably puts herself in danger. Does she succeed in helping her friend?





Media Blitz by Joe Nowlan. Everyone likes to clobber the media. But someone in Boston is going around killing them . . . an obnoxious radio talk host . . . a too handsome TV anchor . . . and another talk show host all die violently. Strolling innocently into this murderous confusion is Ben Hudson, a photographer for a weekly newspaper -- hardly anyone’s idea of a media celebrity. Hudson discovers two of the bloodied corpses of what the papers and TV call “The Boston Media Blitz." He also becomes involved with TV newswoman Charlotte Kimball--beautiful, witty and set on uncovering the murderer.




Miami Exit by Walter Luce. Turk Donatelli, self-made millionaire at twenty-four, earned his money skirting the edges of Miami Beach underworld in the construction and real estate industry. From his hard scrabble youth in a small Vermont lumber town through his service in the Vietnam War, Turk learned how to play tough in a tough world, but when the Miami Beach Mob leans on him to unionize his crews, Turk quickly realizes they are playing for stakes that could cost his life. Now the game is: How to liquidate his Florida assets and negotiate a deal with the mob for his . . . Miami exit.




Mother Rabbit by Tekla Dennison Miller. Mother Rabbit is a collaborative memoir about a woman like so many others in the 1960’s, caught between living according to traditional societal mores and pursuing the promises of the feminist movement. Alyce’s stint as the Bunny Mother is set during a particularly turbulent era when even such a secluded environment as Playboy is affected by the Viet Nam War, the Apollo I tragedy and back-alley abortions. Her story pays tribute to the women who had the courage to break free from the oppressive standards of the day while also dealing with the universal dilemmas of single mothers including abuse, financial crises, the special difficulties of parenthood and the quest for self-fulfillment.


Murder . . . A Way to Lose Weight by J. L. Greger. Dieting is hard. So is fitting into a new job where you aren’t wanted. In Murder: A Way to Lose Weight, 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. 




A Portrait to Die For by Radine Trees Nehring. 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. 







BLOG CORRAL


Amy Bennett updated her Back Deck Blog this week with a post about creative places to sell books. She writes, "As I'm nearing the deadline for finishing Book 5 (still untitled, but I'm getting there!), I also have to start working on what my publisher calls LRMP, or Long Range Marketing Plan. This helps her understand what I'm willing to do to help insure sales and to find outlets for my books.

"Of course, there are the usual places to sell books--indie bookstores, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc. Those are quite obvious places to sell books. But sometimes they aren't the best places for an indie author to sell books."


You can read the full post here

Amy is the author of the Black Horse Campground mystery series. Her latest book in the series is At the Crossroad. 

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Lorna Collins posted on her blog this week about the mentoring experience. She writes, "Last summer, our daughter’s best friend from high school contacted us. Her high school-aged daughter, Brooke, would start her senior year in the fall. For her senior project, she was required to find a mentor to work with her throughout the year. Since her subject was writing, her mom asked us if we would be her mentors."

You can read the full post here. 

Lorna is the author of Ghost Writer.

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Jackie Taylor Zortman posted on her Jackie's Mountain Memos blog this week about Memorial Day. She writes, "A member of The National Society of Daughters of the Union since 1997, I have 16 documented Union soldier ancestors.  One of them is Stephen Fletcher Lee, brother to my great-great grandfather, John Seaton Lee, also a Union soldier of the Civil War."

You can read the full post here.

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




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Dac Crossley posted on his Western blog this week about childhood memories. He writes, "It was such a happy time when we were children. June comes along, school is out, easy warm days and those long, long twilights. Dusk went on and on, right into bedtime, filled with glee and games. Fireflies to chase and inspect. Soft grass between your toes, laughter on your lips. A flashlight for tracking your playmates, games of chase in the shadows. And, if you lived in South Texas, maybe a tarantula."

You can read the full post here.

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

GOODREADS GIVEAWAY


OTP is giving away five copies of J. L. Greger's Murder . . . A Way to Lose Weight as a Goodreads Giveaway. It's easy to participate in this giveaway by following this link. You'll need to create a Goodreads account or log in (you're already on Goodreads as an OTP author or avid reader, right?). Then just enter your address to complete your entry. Winners will be notified after the contest closes on June 4.

Dieting is hard. So is fitting into a new job where you aren’t wanted. In Murder: A Way to Lose Weight, 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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7 comments:

Lorna Collins - Author said...

We are an awesome and busy group! So proud to be ab OTP author.

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Let me just echo what Lorna says above. Another demo of how busy OTP authors stay these days. Great blog, Nancy.

Amy Bennett said...

I always learn a lot from my fellow authors. Great roundup!

Nancy LiPetri said...

Another action-packed one!

Nicholas Checker said...

Fantastic work as always, Nancy. We love you for your efforts on behalf Oak Tree Press authors.

Ronald Wendling said...

Very informative as usual. Lots of work being done by our authors, but sufficient variety in that work for it to remain interesting.

Nancy Jacoby said...

Thanks for reading, everyone!