Friday, August 26, 2016

Weekly Roundup: August 26, 2016

Welcome again to the Oak Tree Press Weekly Roundup! Our blog featured excellent posts this week from Lorna Collins (Ghost Writer), who wrote an in-depth overview about writing critique groups, and Marilyn Meredith (A Crushing Death), who used the occasion of her birthday to talk about the changes she's observed during her many years as a publishing writer. Don't miss this insightful content! And please leave your thoughts and comments.

Our Roundup is short this week, as many authors have been taking summer vacations and scheduled breaks from book promotion and others are busy working on their next books. OTP is in transition as well. Longtime public relations manager and promotions coordinator Jeana Lomprez has moved on to tend to family responsibilities. She has helped many authors bring their book projects to completion and make them available as e-books during her time with OTP, and she will be greatly missed.

OTP publishes 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. Browse through our bookstore and find a great new book to read, review, and share with 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.

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Did you know that our 2016 writing contest is open? We're accepting entries in four categories: Cop Tales, Dark Oak Mystery, Timeless Love (Romance), and Wild Oaks (Western).

Three winners are selected from each genre. The grand prize winners in each category receives a publication contract for the release of their novels in both paper and ebook editions. Second-place winners will be published in our ebook catalog. Third-place winners receive a selection of Oak Tree Press books valued at more than $100. 

The entry fee is an affordable $25, and the deadline for entry is September 30.

You can find the complete rules, information, and instructions for entering the contest here


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.

Lynn is the author of the forthcoming novel Well of Rage. In the novel, 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. 


Mary Montague Sikes has three paintings in the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center's exhibit of art work created by members of the Metropolitan Richmond Artists Association. The work will be displayed on the Slant Wall near the entrance for the month of August. All the work is for sale.

Mary also has work for sale in the center's sales shop. If you ask at the desk, they will open the sales shop for visitors. The shop is always open during theatre productions and other events there.

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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Amy Bennett said...

Thanks for keeping us informed! We are all so very sorry to see Jeana go, but we wish her all the best!

Jackie Taylor Zortman said...

Even though the blog is shorter than usual, it' s very well done. Yes, we are all so very sorry to see Jeana leave. She will be missed.

Beryl Reichenberg said...

It looks like many of us have been on vacation this week. I'm sure there will be plenty to write about as summer moves into fall. My best to Jeana. Beryl

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