Friday, July 8, 2016

Weekly Roundup: July 8, 2016

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Radine Trees Nehring's A Portrait to Die For was reviewed by Betty Webb in the summer issue of Mystery Scene Magazine (issue 145). The interview is not available online, but here's an excerpt: 

"A Portrait to Die For isn't for the shoot-'em-up, car-crash, shove-someone-off-a-cliff crowd. It is a sedate, carefully paced mystery more concerned with puzzles than with thrills. Carrie's quest leads her into some of the murkier paths of the art world, one filled with the kind of chicanery that could lead to serious prison time for those involved."

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.



D. R. Ransdell's Island Casualty is the featured book of the month at O.D. Book Reviews

Here's what the site says about the selection process: "Every month a book that is particularly great and memorable will be chosen as our Book of the Month." A link at the site leads to the Amazon sale page.

In Island Casualty, the second Andy Veracruz mystery, 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. 

D. R. is also the author of Mariachi Murder and Dizzy in Durango.  



Children’s book author Beryl Reichenberg is once again presenting a series of children's paper craft and bookmaking classes in cities along California's Central Coast. She'll be showing children how to make a summer fun book at the Santa Maria Discovery Museum at 705 McClelland Avenue in Santa Maria, California, on Saturday, July 9, from 3 to 4 p.m.

Beryl explains, “There is usually a lively crowd of kids and parents at the museum and many of them stop by my paper craft table. I’ll have a cover printed for the children to color and then pages for the inside of the book and plenty of materials for decorating their creations. Hopefully they will be inclined to write in their book about summer fun. The event is free and I usually try to do one event a month at the museum." 
Beryl will also have her books available for sale. She is the author of Ants on a Log, Butterfly Girls, Camouflage, The Mysterious Case of the Missing Birthday Cake, When Caterpillars Dream, and Clowning Around.

Beryl will also be teaching this project and teaching children how to illustrate their writing projects at Studios on the Park in Paso Robles, California, on Friday, July 15, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

On Monday, July 18, at 11 a.m., she'll be helping the children make a paper bag book for field notes at the San Luis Obispo Botanical Gardens in San Luis Obispo, California. Beryl is also participating in the botanical garden's Kid's Mediterranean Adventure Camp 2016, which is held in the park across from Cuesta College

Clowning Around 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. 


Ed Traylor will be promoting his novel At the Crossing at the St. Joseph Township-Swearingen Memorial Library in St. Joseph, Illinois, on July 11, from 3 to 8 p.m.
In At 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.
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?


Richard Paolinelli will be appearing on The Authors Show during the week of July 18 to 24. We'll post additional details when the program airs. Richard is the author of Reservations.

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.


J. L. Greger will sign copies of her novels and speak on the topic science or fiction at the Algeria Community Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on July 20. Her 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.

Janet is also the author of Coming Flu, Ignore the Pain, the award-winning Malignancy, and I Saw You in Beirut.


Nicholas Checker will be a guest panelist at Ro-Con, a fantasy and science fiction convention being held on July 22 to 24 at the Ramada Mystic in Mystic, Connecticut. Nick is also preparing a special presentation on adapting stage and screen works into literary formats (and vice-versa). Nick will also have his novels Scratch and Druids available for sale.

Scratch is a chilling tale of loyalty, friendship, and courage – set in the mysterious world of feral cats. It also contains reflections of how cultures too often misread and mistrust one another, leading to ends that might have been avoided. 

White Saja, a renowned tomcat of the wild woodlands, returns to his old haunts to rescue his onetime clan from a gruesome fate. It leads him on a fearful quest into the brooding Dark Woods where he and a reluctant rival must seek the aid of a dread creature whose very name has long invoked terror in them all. Enter the pages of Scratch and discover unrelenting adventure!  


Radine Trees Nehring reports, "Several years ago I was able to sign on as a vendor for Harps Foods, a large chain of grocery stores in my area of the country (Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma). Since then, I have held a number of very successful two-day signing events in various Harps.

I am generally in each store from around 10:00 until 4:30 on Fridays and Saturdays. It's a wonderful opportunity to enjoy interacting with the public, I get to talk with some very interesting people, and book sales are good.
I am very grateful to Harps for giving me this opportunity, and I enjoy writing to my host about some of the more interesting happenings during my time in each store.

Radine is the author of A Fair to Die For and A Portrait to Die For.


Additional details about these events will appear in future Roundups.

Children’s book author Beryl Reichenberg will be teaching a children's paper craft and bookmaking class in the White Room at Centennial Park in downtown Paso Robles on Tuesday, July 26, and Tuesday, August 2, from 1 to 2 p.m.  


Lorna Collins blogged this week on Independence Day about one of her favorite films, 1776. She writes, "Today is Independence Day. At least this is the day we celebrate our independence from Britain. John Adams insisted we should celebrate on July 2, however, because that was the day the vote on Richard Henry Lee’s motion on independence was finally approved.

"With all the attention the musical Hamilton has garnered, the American public is once again focused on our founding fathers.

"I took an interest in the story of the struggle to get a resolution passed after we saw the movie 1776 for the first time. We immediately bought the cast recording and were surprised to find one of our favorite songs was missing from the movie. We saw the play onstage several times—with the missing song intact.

"Several years later we learned that the film had been previewed at the White House, and then-President Richard Nixon objected so strongly to the song 'Cool, Cool, Considerate Men,’ that producer, Jack L. Warner, a close friend of the president, ordered it to be removed before the picture was released. In fact, all film of the song was supposed to have been destroyed."

Find out whether you can hear this missing song by reading the full post here. 

Lorna is the author of Ghost Writer.


J. R. Lindermuth posted about autopsies at his Lindy's Lair blog this week. He writes,  "My topic today is a rather grim one--autopsies, particularly forensic autopsies, in the 19th century.

An autopsy occurs in my latest novel, Something So Divine, set in 1897 rural Pennsylvania. They also occur in several of my other historical mysteries, Fallen From Grace and Sooner Than Gold. So, research on the subject was vital to my stories.

"Dr. Hackett, still wearing the same rumpled suit as the day before, scowled at Roth as he entered the small shed attached to the side of the hospital. As always, Roth was surprised to find the room well lit and orderly. Two corpses were laid out on kitchen tables. The windows of the room were thrown wide open, but the movement of a flow of air couldn't disguise the fact one of the subjects awaiting autopsy was fresher than the other. (from Something So Divine)

"The term 'autopsy' (derived from Greek: "seeing for oneself") has been used since the 17th century, though the practice may date back to the ancient Egyptians. Great strides had been made prior to the 19th century when Rudolf Virchow, a German now known as the 'father of pathology,' standardized protocol and procedures."

You can read the full post here.


Jackie Taylor Zortman posted at her Jackie's Mountain Memos blog about the Independence Day festivities in the town where she lives. She writes, "When we first moved here 35 years ago, I was absolutely stunned at the festivities and enormous crowds that come to this little mountain town to celebrate July 4th. After an early morning fund raiser breakfast (7:00-9:00 AM) for the Mountain Rescue Team, things start rolling (literally) around 10:00 AM  with a long parade and streets clogged to the max with spectators from all over the country. Chances are you’ll catch candy or beads thrown from some float or you just might get soaking wet from the fire truck hoses.

"Normally, the US Air Force does a flyover during said parade.  Last year, a terrific young man I watched grow up right next door and graduate from the Air Force Academy  as a pilot and  major in the US Air Force, flew his F-16 fighter jet through this canyon  upside down over Main Street…really low. Mouth-dropping awesome!  Rumors have it he will be the pilot again this year, so we’re all anxious to see what he has in store for his beloved home town."

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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Nicholas Checker said...

Oak Tree Press authors soar like gulls exploring new heights!

Nancy LiPetri said...

So many ways OTP authors connect with readers. You just never know where one will show up...Harp's Foods, a library, a mountain parade...

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Had to smile at Nancy LiPetri's comment and agree that it's absolutely true. Hadn't thought of it that way before. Another great blog, Nancy J. Good job!

Amy Bennett said...

Thanks for keeping us all in the loop!

Beryl Reichenberg said...

I never thought of going to a grocery store to sign books. Very inventive, Radine. Beryl