Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Writer's Reality (well, mine at least...)

A few random ramblings from Amy M. Bennett....



A writer is always working, even when not actually putting words on a computer screen or sheet of paper. Most of the work is done in the head and usually while engaged in some other activity (like a paying job.)

No matter how disciplined we promise we're going to be, there's always something that comes up that's "more important" than the writing. Usually this something is "more important" to someone else.

The storyline and dialogue always sound better in our imagination than they do on paper.

I've yet to meet a writer that wasn't willing to help out another writer, either with a critique, a review, a publishing opportunity, or just helping to find the right way to express an idea. No matter how busy we are, we're always there for each other.

I've gotten almost 20 rave reviews on my first book, "End of the Road". But I still can think of a couple dozen more ways to make it better... and 10 years from now, I'll look at it and wonder how it ever got published!

My first "star" moment... when Paul and I went to Sears to buy a new refrigerator and I set up the account with the sales clerk, giving her all my info--including that I worked at the Walmart bakery--but NOT telling her that I was a writer. The next day she calls me at Walmart: "Oh, my gosh! YOU'RE Amy Bennett! The author! I just LOVED your book!" Yeah, it's embarrassing to admit, but it was still an unforgettable moment.

We really DON'T do it for the money.

People wonder where writers get their ideas. It seems like we never run out... until we sit down to write.

Writing isn't that hard, but writing WELL is a lot harder than it looks.

No matter how much a writer hates rewrites, edits, promo work, marketing, and deadlines, the writer must accept it all as part of the job and quit whining about it. Go back to writing in a journal or diary and forget about getting published if you don't want to deal with it (I tell myself this frequently.)

There is always room for improvement.

It's not that we mind it when strangers walk up to us and start giving us their ideas for a story or book... it's just that, most of the time, we've already thought of it ourselves and now, good or bad, we can't use it or the person who approached us with it will swear that we stole their idea.

Writers love the company of other writers; it's when we can best be ourselves and be accepted as normal.

Our characters are nobody we know... and everybody we know.

All it takes is one reader to appreciate the hard work and love that we pour into our characters, settings, dialogue--indeed, our entire story--to make us glad we had the courage to set it all down on paper. So if you love a writer's work, tell them. Nothing will ever matter as much to them.

Writers see the world through different eyes... eyes filled with curiosity, with understanding, with passion. And with their eyes, they help the readers see as well.

I love to see that look in the eyes of a young writer... I hope I still have it.

Friday, September 12, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website, www.ShopOTPbooks.com, for a complete list of all the great books we have available. But now, for your reading pleasure, our authors have news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs and more to share with you as we head into the Round-Up…
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We are extending the deadline on this year’s Writing Contests! We need more entries! Spread the word for us. If you would, please mention on your social media and in your networks. Several categories are available and complete details are at www.oaktreebooks.com

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DALE LOVIN, author of the upcoming “Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time” will be having his book launch tomorrow, September 13 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at HearthFire Books in Evergreen, CO.  

The initial launch will be followed by an evening party and celebrated with a local non-profit that will benefit from the sales of the book. 

“Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time” is a sequel to “The Mirror in the River.” 

I have chosen this as my Featured Book of the Week. Simply click on the cover on the right side-bar to order direct from amazon.

When a former prosecuting attorney in Los Angeles and a former FBI Agent in New Mexico are victims of brutal assaults, a window to the past is opened. Years earlier, the prosecutor and agent were responsible for the trial and conviction of a white supremacist in the murder of a black man. The highly publicized court proceedings had thrust the abhorrent philosophies of supremacists beneath a glaring spotlight. Now, in the belief that their atrocities are divinely directed, purveyors of hate relentlessly track their victims in a campaign of revenge.

Flashbacks to disturbing episodes of intolerance in our nation’s history lay the foundation as former FBI Agent Brad Walker encounters faces and voices from his past. Sprinkled with documented investigations into modern-day white supremacist crimes, dramatic action unfolds from the Southwest to the West Coast in a poignant reminder of the words of William Faulkner:

The past is never dead, it’s not even past.”

Rocky Mountain streams, the mysterious allure of New Mexico and Colorado’s grandeur are the landscape as police officers and FBI Agents desperately race to decipher fanatical minds of evil. The human face of law enforcement is unmasked as Brad Walker struggles with the memory of his deceased wife while recurring dreams of a beguiling woman, from another place and time, hint of future romance and a new life.





CAROL ALEXANDER and MISS LIBERTY, authors of “The Big Squeal” are counting down the days until their big debut in Boston! Below is a link to the upcoming event at the Boston Athenaeum Library on September 13. Everyone is very excited about this prestigious booking.







ANN K. HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad,” has a short story in the current issue of Bicycle Times Magazine. The funny story is about riding 275 miles with her adult children to Washington DC last summer. It's called "Blessed Be Bag Balm." 

ANN would also like to share a wonderful review for "Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad" she received on amazon.com:

Who is Ann Howley and why should I want to read about her life stories? I hadn’t read about her in the tabloids in the checkout line of the grocery store, and we all know how riveting those are. She hasn’t been married to Brad Pitt and she’s not a billionaire, so what makes Ann Howley think she’s important enough to have a book dedicated to the stories of her life? Two realizations hit me at once in the short first page of the book.
Ann Howley is hilarious and she is an exceptional writer.
As I got farther into the book, I realized that she’s led an extremely interesting life. She talks about her travels to Turkey, her adventures in showbiz, eccentric roommates, and finger biting situations that make you wonder how she lived long enough to write this book.
I personally connected with her internal conflict with her strict, religious upbringing and how to live in a world with people who didn’t grow up with that perspective.
Ann doesn’t have her own private jet or island (as far as I know), but neither do I. We often read books about people we can’t relate to. I’m not sure why, I guess it’s envy.
If you want to read about a celebrity, president, or the latest sports “hero” go pick up a book that someone else probably wrote about them. In this book Ann takes you on a personal tour through her extraordinary experiences. You’ll be able to relate to her, laugh with her, and even laugh at her. At times you’ll cringe at her generosity (Especially when she lets random strangers move in with her). But you’ll also feel a sense of joy that the world still makes kind hearted people.


EILEEN OBSER, author of the memoir “Only You” was recently interviewed by Linda Frank for the Writers Dream on LTV on August 14.
http://tinyurl.com/Only-You-Obser

Set in the late 1950s and early 1960s, "Only You" relates EILEEN's personal experience growing up in Queens, New York – her unhappy, doomed-to-fail marriage at eighteen to a nineteen-year-old boy from their candy store crowd. EILEEN shows how two naive, uninformed teenagers were influenced by social and religious pressures, to disastrous consequences.


CAROLYN NIETHAMMER, author of “The Piano Player,” joined with two other women writers last Saturday at the Peregrine Bookstore in Prescott to present a panel "Women Who Broke the Mold." The panel was about their strong women characters who broke away from what was expected of them and lived lives of adventure and creativity. It was well received so CAROLYN immediately repackaged the proposal for the Tucson Festival of Books in March and it was accepted on Monday.




UPCOMING EVENTS


MARY MONTAGUE SIKES, author of "Jungle Jeopardy" is one of two visiting artists at New Town Art Gallery in Williamsburg, VA. During September, October and November, she will display her novels and the coffee table book, “Hotels to Remember,” in addition to her paintings. An opening reception September 6 will introduce the visiting artists.  http://www.newtownartgallery.com/galleryevents/index.htm .






JOHN M. WILLS, author of “The Year Without Christmas” will be signing copies of his books at the 1st Annual Book Fair at the Wilderness Branch Library today, September 12 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm.  He will also give a short talk about his writing experience. 


On Sunday, October 19, JOHN will be signing copies of his books at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Spotsylvania, VA from noon – 3:00 pm.


BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children’s author, will be holding another book making class for children at the Paso Robles Studio’s on the Park on Saturday, September 13 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm. Her new book form called Clap Your Hands is a 3D book. The children will cut out hands and sew them together to make a book. “I’ll encourage them to write and/or draw about the things that make them happy as in the well-known children’s song.  I say ‘encourage’ because children often have their own ideas of what they want to draw or write about. I like to give them the freedom to be as creative as possible.” 






















MICHAEL ELDRIDGE, author of “Jack of Harts” will be at the Ohio River Book Festival in Huntington, WV on September 19 & 20


On October 3rd & 4thMICHAEL will be at the Miami County Harvest Balloon Festival and Creative Arts Fair in Troy, OH.


http://tinyurl.com/Jack-of-Harts





KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin,” will be having a book signing at Elm Street Books, in New Canaan, CT on September 20 from noon - 2.30 pm.

KEN will be on an Author Panel at Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT on September 27 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. 





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***Come and meet some OTP authors at the Oakhurst Library Authors Faire. Published authors, instructors and critique groups are welcome! The event will be September 27 starting at 10:30 am. Connect with fans, sell and sign your books and network with other authors. There is NO COST to authors, agents, publishers, editors, illustrators and others involved in the literary arts. Oakhurst Library Community Room 49044 Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst, CA 559-683-4838***
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BILLY BEASLEY will have “The River Hideaway” kindle edition on sale for only 99 cents from September 26 – 28. Mark your calendars! http://tinyurl.com/TheRiverHideaway

The year is 1967 and Wilmington, NC, like much of the nation is embedded in racial turmoil. Bret Marin and Money Wilkins, two boys on the cusp of manhood, forge an improbable friendship. Bret’s wealthy lifestyle is defined by his love for his little brother and hatred of their cruel father. Money is rich in other ways, thanks to his proud black father. When his beautiful sister Teke visits it sets off a series of events no one could foresee. The most chilling being the night the Klan visits.



THONIE HEVRON, author of “Intent to Hold" will be a featured reader at the Fountaingrove Lodge at 4210 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa on Monday October 6 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. 


Sonoma County Sheriffs’ Detectives Nick Reyes and Meredith Ryan travel to Mexico to rescue his kidnapped brother-in-law. Along the way, they battle corrupt cops, natural disasters, and even family to save his wife’s brother. 




BILLIE JOHNSON, OTP Publisher and MARILYN MEREDITH will be at Taste the Arts on October 11 in downtown Visalia, CA. Come and see all the great creative work in the Central Valley and visit OTP's booth while you are there.








TEKLA DENNISON MILLER, author of “Mother Rabbit,” along with ALYCE BONURA, who the memoir was written about, will present and sign books at the Westwood Public Library, 1246 Glenwood Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 310-474-1739 on October 11 starting at 2:00 pm.

Then on October 13, TEKLA and ALYCE will be at the Burbank Central Library auditorium, 110 North Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank CA 818-238-5562 starting at 7:00 pm. 





ANN K. HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” will be signing books on October 16 at the Authors' Zone Pittsburgh Book Awards Ceremony at the Rivers Club in downtown Pittsburgh. The event starts at 5:30 pm.








BLOG CORRAL


LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” hosts fellow OTP author MICHAEL MATSON on her blog. Read all about his new book The Dancing Boy.” 

http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/








JOANN SMITH AINSWORTH, author of the paranormal thriller, “Expect Trouble,” will be a guest author on Tempting Romance on October 9.



Opening herself to ridicule by revealing she’s clairvoyant is the last thing U.S. WAVES Lieutenant Livvy wants, but when Uncle Sam needs her skill to track Nazi spies, she jumps in with both feet.




ILENE SCHNEIDER, author of “Unleavened Dead” asks do you want to know how she fit in at the Public Safety Writers Association conference? Find out in their September newsletter; scroll down to the article A ‘60s ACTIVIST IN PSWA’S COURT at: http://policewriter.com/wordpress/pswa-newsletter-september-2014/




DAC CROSSLEY author of “Guns of the Texas Ranger” ventures into talking about politics on his blog. He says he has a duty to perform. Check it out at: www.daccrossley.typepad.com









That wraps up the Round-Up for this week. I hope everyone enjoys the Weekly Round-Up as much as I enjoy posting it for you. 

As always, if you have something you would like to submit to the Round-Up, send me an email at otpoffice@aol.com. 

Big or small, old or new. I would like to keep our corral full of news! Comments, questions or suggestions are welcome too.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Radine asks, "Are we--just a little--crazy?"

When I was very small I had an imaginary playmate with (was I being creative, even then?) the peculiar name of "Mary Lan Too Soo."  And, I think all children give toys--trucks, dolls, Teddy bears, whatever--at least a degree of reality as they play.

Now, more than half a century since Mary Lan Too Soo, and the long ago achieving of a "sensible" adulthood, my imaginary people have names like Carrie, Shirley, Henry, Rob, and Catherine. This morning as I was trying to do some intensive studying unrelated to my current novel in progress I realized that a confrontation between Henry and Catherine had suddenly gone emotional. Catherine says, "You are so like Daddy," and, stunned, Henry stares at her while he processes this information, awakening all sorts of new thoughts and realizations. I hear and see their conversation continue until, finally (a page or so later, I suspect) Carrie intrudes with, "Well, I'm glad that's settled. Shall we now discuss the problem at hand?"

And we go back to fraud, murder threat, and female abduction--simple, everyday stuff in my life.

Where does this come from?   Do I dare admit how my mind works these days?  But!!! Isn't it fun?

Given the acknowledged publication and publicity problems fiction writers face today, it must be fun. But, do we admit to "outsiders" that we enjoy living in an imaginary world just like the child we once were?

Do you admit it, as you come back from your imaginary world and say "Oh, I'm sorry, could you repeat what you just said?" and risk the peculiar stare you, too, may face?

Thank goodness, along with a (very) active imagination, which, I admit, can be a plague at times, I am also possessed (possessed is a good word here) with comfort in being thought of as--ahem--different.

Do you really want to play it safe by writing a book on "Diet hints that work" or "How to fix that plumbing problem yourself?"  

No?   Hmmm?    Do tell me I am not alone.

Radine Trees Nehring at http://www.RadinesBooks.com

    

Friday, September 5, 2014

WEEKLY ROUND-UP FOR SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! Thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website, www.ShopOTPbooks.com, for a complete list of all the great books we have available. But now, for your reading pleasure, our authors have news, book signings, events, reviews, blogs and more to share with you as we head into the Round-Up…


We are extending the deadline on this year’s Writing Contests. We need more entries! Spread the word for us, tell your friends, scream it from the mountaintops! If you would, please mention on your social media and in your networks. Several categories are available and complete details are at www.oaktreebooks.com

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Published Authors, Instructors and Critique Groups:

Be a part of the Oakhurst Library AUTHORS FAIRE 

September 27th  10:30am

* Connect with Fans
* Sell and sign your books
* Network with other authors

NO COST to authors, agents, publishers, editors, illustrators and others involved in the literary arts.

Oakhurst Library Community Room 49044 Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst, CA 559-683-4838

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JOE CHIBA is doing something wonderful! Please read below in his own words:
“Summer in Italy" - St. Jude Donation

To all book lovers, Italy lovers, and especially, to all of you children lovers out there, I'd like to share with you the announcement that I will be donating to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee 5% of the profits of every copy of "Summer in Italy" sold. This is a cause in which I truly believe. When founder, Danny Thomas opened the doors of St. Jude in 1962, he was changing the lives of children all over the world. St. Jude is a leading research hospital fighting the battle of childhood cancer, and one of their greatest achievements is that "families never receive a bill from St. Jude" for anything. That is why they can't do it alone, and why I began donating to them some years ago. So, if you decide to buy my book, remember that a part of your purchase will be going to St. Jude, to help save a child's life and keep hope alive for his or her family. To learn more about St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, please go to http://www.stjude.org/about.  I thank you for taking the time to look over "Summer in Italy," and hope that you decide it is a purchase worth making.


BERYL REICHENBERG, OTP children's author, is also a fiber artist. She has a piece accepted in the new San Luis Obispo Museum of Art show, Dimensions. "Hanging Book 3" is a sculptural piece made from handmade Japanese paper and mixed media. BERYL produces three dimensional pieces in paper and fabric including baskets and book forms. The current museum show will run from September 5 to October 12. Check out her other fiber pieces at her art website: www.berylreichenbergart.com. Many of her pieces and her children's books are also available at the Gallery in the Network in San Luis Obispo.

BERYL says "I use book forms to engage children at signings and in classes, encouraging them to use their imagination both visually and verbally. Watching children create and working with them helps me keep in touch with my audience: what interests them, what are their concerns, how they perceive the world, what they expect from a book they read and what they like to read. These are all valuable in helping me develop my stories. I conduct a number of classes in schools and other venues for children not only because I can gather valuable information but because it is just plain fun. It is a delight to work with young children."



ANN HOWLEY now has ELEVEN five-star Amazon reviews on her new release“Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad!" http://tinyurl.com/ConfessionsOfaDoGooder To our OTP authors, these reviews are so very important to your books ranking on amazon. Get out there and drum up some reviews! I am going to share one from ANN:

 Why do we care about autobiographies? Because we want to “feel” the impressions real people, who have lived through the times, have had. This is exactly where Ann Howley’s stories excel: She bring to life: the sixties and her growing up in a conservative family in the midst of “… Peace-loving hippies, druggies and other flaky people (started) hanging out at Venice Beach, giving that town a permanent reputation as a destination for the weird. It was an era of self-empowerment. Black Panthers raised their fists, women burned their bras, anti-war protesters marched and yelled slogans, and a couple of thugs in South Central Los Angeles upped the gang violence ante by forming the notorious Crips gang.”
Young Ann’s interests are far more humble, though, “… even as a youngster, I recognized signs that maybe the world was more muddled and gray than I thought. The Beatles were my first clue.”

The fact that her mother threw away her aunt Kim’s gift, “... the album cover that displayed John, Paul, Ringo and George decked out in their bizarre, psychedelic, hallucinogenic glory…” may have sent her on the path to experiencing the many adventures he did.

Ann’s stories are funny. There are her family’s pets, the “Bunnies, Squishies and Snakes”, Ann roots for the Squishy, a “stupid duck” in the eyes of her mother. In Ann’s eyes the duck too too represents the underdogs and true to the sixties’ philosophies she roots “for the weak, the poor and oppressed, even it was a stupid duck.”

In her book 'Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad' Ann Howley shares her impressions about TV-shows, camping, Jerry Falwell, Santa Claus, and how she hated Twiggy. I am pretty she was not alone with that, but Ann actually tells us how it felt being a teenager while Twiggy was the ideal beauty of the days. I just could not help but laugh. Even funnier is “A Jesus Freak Meets A Drug Freak”. There are also stories about the landing on the moon and double knit polyester. Very cool is that Ann forms her own opinions. by herself, they are not influenced by social media, she alone digs her way through the confusion of the sixties, her own and her generation’s identity crisis, and shares her memories thereof.

5 stars for Ann's 'Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad' – it’s funny, real, and heartwarming.

--Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger

KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin” recently had a book signing at Mystic Books on August 15. He is pictured here at the event. KEN will be having a signing at Elm Street Books, in New Canaan, CT on September 20, noon -2.30 pm and he is on an Author Panel at Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT, on September 27 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. http://tinyurl.com/Reluctant-Assassin







HELEN OSTERMAN, author of “Locked Within” http://tinyurl.com/Locked-Within has published a new short story inspired by her visit to Tuscany! “Spirit of Tuscany” is now available on amazon as a kindle. HELEN is the author of the Emma Winberry Mysteries and also "Notes in a Mirror," a paranormal/historical novel. “Danger By Design” a cozy mystery, is her latest to be published by OTP and is due out this fall. www.helenosterman.com






UPCOMING EVENTS

ANN K. HOWLEY, author of “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad" is having her Book Launch Celebration tomorrow, September 6 at the Metamorphosis Center, McMurray, PA at 5:00pm! Be sure to stop in and see what all the Five Star Reviews are about and get your signed copy of this fabulous book.

Venture Galleries featured “Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad” this week. Click the following link:
http://venturegalleries.com/blog/authors-showcase-confessions-gooder-gone-bad-ann-k-howley/


SHARON SMITH, author of “Murder on a Stick” http://tinyurl.com/Murder-on-a-Stick will be at Once Upon A Crime Mystery Books (604 West 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN) on September 6 from noon – 2:00 pm. This event includes a book signing and a chance to talk to SHARON. Plenty of treats will be served.








MARY MONTAGUE SIKES, author of "Jungle Jeopardy" is one of two visiting artists at New Town Art Gallery in Williamsburg VA http://www.newtownartgallery.com/galleryevents/index.htm . During September, October, and November, she will display her novels and the coffee table book, “Hotels to Remember,”  in addition to her paintings. An opening reception September 6 will introduce the visiting artists.






TEKLA DENNISON MILLER, author of “Mother Rabbit” will be the guest author at the Lansing, MI book group reviewing her book on September 10. The event is hosted by Denise Quarles. “Mother Rabbit” is a memoir written about Alyce Bonura who was a Playboy Bunny Mother in years past.







MARILYN MEREDITH aka F. M. Meredith, author of "Murder in the Worst Degree" and the Rocky Bluff PD series will be appearing on a panel Wednesday, September 10 at the Burbank Library, Buena Vista Branch at 7:00 p.m. with the L.A. chapter of Sisters in Crime. http://tinyurl.com/Murder-in-the-Worst-Degree







JOHN M. WILLS, author of “The Year Without Christmas” will be signing copies of his books at the 1st Annual Book Fair at the Wilderness Branch Library on Friday, September 12 from 1:30 – 4:30.  He will also give a short talk about his writing experience. http://tinyurl.com/Year-w-o-Christmas






DALE LOVIN, author of the upcoming “Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time” is planning his book launch for September 13 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at HearthFire Books in Evergreen, CO.  The initial launch will be followed by an evening party and celebrated with a local non-profit that will benefit from the sales of the book. “Strangers, Lovers and the Winds of Time” is a sequel to “The Mirror in the River.”






MICHAEL ELDRIDGE, author of “Jack of Harts” http://tinyurl.com/Jack-of-Harts will be at the Ohio River Book Festival in Huntington, WV on September 19 & 20.









KEN OXMAN, author of “Reluctant Assassin” will be having a book signing at Elm Street Books, in New Canaan, CT on September 20 from noon - 2.30 pm and he is on an Author Panel at Barnes & Noble in Norwalk, CT on September 27 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm. http://tinyurl.com/Reluctant-Assassin








BILLY BEASLEY will have “The River Hideaway” kindle edition on sale for only 99 cents from September 26 – 28. Mark your calendars! 











THONIE HEVRON, author of “Intent to Hold" http://tinyurl.com/Intent-to-Hold will be a featured reader at the Fountaingrove Lodge at 4210 Thomas Lake Harris Dr, Santa Rosa on Monday October 6th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. 









Join BILLIE JOHNSON, OTP Publisher and MARILYN MEREDITH at Taste the Arts on October 11. Come and see all the great creative work in the Central Valley and visit OTP's booth while you are there.
 








BLOG CORRAL


JOANN SMITH AINSWORTH, author of the paranormal thriller, Expect Trouble,” http://tinyurl.com/Expect-Trouble will be a guest author on:

9/8/14 - "Ask an Author" A Goodreads.com event. Mondays 4:30-5:00 pm pst
9/16/14 - Author guest at Joanne Stewart's Facebook launch party. Giving away an autographed copy of "Expect Trouble" 3:00-4:00 pm pst
10/9/14 - Tempting Romance guest blogger.





NICOLA FURLONG, author of “Teed Off!” http://tinyurl.com/Teed-Off-Furlong asks if you’ve ever had to contemplate your beloved pets zero hour? You may find comfort and enjoyment in Lessons from Muggs the Himalayan Cat, NICOLA’s recent guest post. NICOLA’s learned a lot from the little guy, for example: Lesson 1) Regal Rules: Ask gently, accompanied by a soft pad to the face, and you shall receive. Please consider pouncing over to the post for the rest!  

Also, NICOLA recently gave a lecture on electronic publishing to the Twin Oaks Writing Group.


DAC CROSSLEY author of “Guns of the Texas Ranger”  http://tinyurl.com/Guns-of-the-Texas-Ranger blogs about "The Lifeline of the Confederacy." It really is about south Texas. DAC says there are some warm days left for us – but – autumn is here. He thinks autumn is gloomy…let’s tell him it’s not! Its beautiful!







LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” http://tinyurl.com/Ghost-Writer-Collins has spent the last year and a half tracking down her high school classmates. She has been asked how she did it, so here are the answers in her blog:









That wraps up the Round-Up for this week. I hope everyone enjoys the Weekly Round-Up as much as I enjoy posting it for you. 

As always, if you have something you would like to submit to the Round-Up, send me an email at otpoffice@aol.com

Big or small, old or new. I would like to keep our corral full of news! Comments, questions or suggestions are welcome too.

Have a great weekend, everyone.~ Suzi 
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