Monday, July 6, 2015

Our Ninth Author Prepping for Vegas! Joe Haggerty!





Joseph B. Haggerty Sr. is a retired vice detective and academy instructor from the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C.  He was President of the Writers League of Washington for nine years and I am still a member and is a member of the Public Safety Writers Association since 2010. His novel,  Shame: The Story of a Pimp, is based on his experiences investigating child predators in prostitution.  In 2009, he received an award, Heroes of the Heart, from the organization Children of the Nights in California. Haggerty is recognized as one of the top ten law enforcement officers in the country for rescuing children from the street.   A number of his poems have been published in his FOP lodge newspaper and Tears on the Walls was recorded on a CD titled Heroes Unsung.  Haggerty is married with six children and eleven grandchildren.






In An Ocean in the Desert ...Two private investigators specialize in finding missing children. If they find the child has been involved with a sexual predator, they indirectly offer the family an additional service that guarantees there will be no future problems with the predator. The investigations focus on locating the child and identifying the predator as well as law enforcement's investigations as to who is eliminating these vultures.

The title relates to the last pimp/predator the investigators encounter whose street name is Ocean and uses the desert as a threat to keep his women in line. His final resting place ends up being in the desert.
This story is based on the author’s experiences as a vice detective who specialized in the investigation and subsequent prosecution of sexual predators who exploit children in prostitution and pornography.

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Joe is a dynamic speaker...really knows his topic and has great passion for it. I hope he is on the agenda for a session again this year!!  See you at the Orleans, Joe!

Billie Johnson, Publisher









Friday, July 3, 2015

Weekly Round Up July 3, 2015

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! As always, thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website, www.oaktreebooks.com/bookstore.html, 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…




A reminder from Jeana...all OTP books are on Manic Readers...

Need help choosing a great book to read? 


Check out our sample chapters on MANIC READERS! 


We have plenty to choose from.... Click on the title and you will be directed to a free read! These sample chapters will be updated frequently and new releases will also be featured: 





 OUR WRITING CONTESTS ARE OPEN!

There is still plenty of time to polish up your manuscript and get it in to our judges. Since 1999, we have been publishing the winners of our contests...so in a heartbeat, you can go from an author-in-waiting to a published author! 

We are looking for mysteries, romances, Westerns and hard-edged cop/true crime stories.

See all the particulars on our web site; http://oaktreebooks.com/contests.html




Better post this tonight, since I have to be at work early tomorrow... I'll be at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the Mesilla Valley Mall in Las Cruces, NM tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, June 27 from 1-3 p.m. signing copies of my latest Black Horse Campground mystery, "No Vacancy"! Hope to see some of you there and please spread the word to anyone who might be interested in my series!

July is going to be a busy month!  On Saturday July 11,  Amy will be at the Barnes and Noble at the Fountains at Farah, 8889 Gateway Blvd, West, Ste. 120, in El Paso, Texas from 2-4 pm.  She’ll be signing copies of “No Vacancy”, the third book in her award-winning Black Horse Campground series.
On Friday July 17, Amy will be presenting her books at the Alamogordo Downtown Merchants Association Art Walk from 6-8 pm. The event takes place on New York Avenue, Alamogordo, NM and features entertainment, food trucks, and various artists presenting their wares!
On Sunday July 19th, Amy will be at Treasure House Books and Gifts, 2012 South Plaza NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico (Old Town Plaza, across from the church) from  1-3 pm.  She’ll be signing copies of her Black Horse Campground series and giving a short book talk.

In addition, Amy has been invited to participate in the second annual Celebrate Authors event sponsored by the Friends of the Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, Las Cruces, NM on September 20th. This event was created to showcase authors from the southern region of New Mexico. It will be held at the Picacho Hills Country Club from 1-3 pm, and refreshments will be provided.


Channing Whittaker wants to let OTP know he had an author’s guest blog on OmniMysteryNews that was posted
today.  Let's share this on Facebook!













On Saturday, June 27th at the South Hills Relay for Life, all proceeds from the sale of Confessions of a Do-Gooder Gone Bad since the beginning of the year were donated to the American Cancer Society. Also, my husband and I, aka Team Do-Gooders Doing Good, tag-team ran 30 miles at the event (in the rain!)to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Relay for Life. Tired legs but grateful heart!












Children's book Author, BERYL REICHENBERG, will be signing and selling her picture books at the Gallery at the Network on July 3 from 6. to 9 pm in San Luis Obispo for Art After Dark. Beryl will also be demonstrating how to make a flag book to celebrate the Fourth of July. "It's an easy book form. Everyone is welcome. Think red, white and blue. Think fireworks and celebration. Bring your creativity." 











Here's the link to KINGS RIVER LIFE'S review & giveaway of Marilyn Meredith's latest novel. Please post your Facebook and Twitter lists and get some attention for this very worthy ezine that does so much to promote and review our titles. http://kingsriverlife.blogspot.com/2015/06/violent-departures-by-fm-meredith.html






Robert Richter says, "Hola!  I want to announce the my short story “Reina’s Three Husbands,” has just been published by Egret Books.  It’s an E chapbook featuring Cotton Waters and is the first story in a collection called “The Blue Coast Cases” that OTP will publish next year.  Also by Egret Press, an anthology of Mexico writers being published next month will feature an chapter from my novel, Something Like A Dream, published by OTP in 2014."





Author John Wills says, "I'm preparing for the upcoming writers conference, in Las Vegas, where I'll be a participant on two panels discussing, first, The Art of Writing Novels and Short Stories; and second,The Art of Writing Non-Fiction--From Articles to True Crime."




Author Bert Silva says, "Today I've acquired another 35 copies of my new  book published by Oak Tree Press which I'll sell or distribute. I've displayed this crime novel at a writer's meeting that I chair, Central Coast Writers in Morro Bay, CA. Loyal members purchased several. Believe me, I twisted no arms. I'm doing a signing at Coalesce Bookstore on July 25 in Morro Bay. It's a genuine pleasure becoming another OTP author!!"






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Monday, June 29, 2015

Another Author Packing for the Conference! Number 8!


 Eileen Magill is the author of one of our latest releases, the spine-tingling HOUSE OF HOMICIDE! When I read Eileen's submission, I truly could not put it down! She really keeps the tension wound tight, and, honest to goodness, I totally figured wrong on the 'who dun it?' factor!




Eileen is an occupational health and safety specialist with a background in criminal justice, emergency medical response, and rescue.  She lives with her comedian sister (retired but still so darned funny), two rambunctious dogs, and a continual flow of spirits and entities in her house.  Though she's a California native, her heart is set in the Pacific Northwest.







A young widow...


Cindy is reeling from the loss of her husband, suddenly a single mother of two children and the sole caretaker for her aging aunt. She finds the perfect house to start anew.

A house with a past...

A rundown house in the Silicon Valley suburbs needs a lot of work, but Cindy is willing to take it on to get her dream house. Disclosure documents indicate that someone had died in the house, but they don't tell the whole story of the house's evil past.

A call for help from beyond the grave...

Cindy's dreams are invaded by a woman who shows Cindy the horrible murders that had taken place in the house. Her message to Cindy: Your family is next. When repairs on the house uncover the missing murder weapon, Cindy begins to believe that the strange woman is something more than just a dream. Using her journalism skills to research the property, the dark past of the house is revealed: a series of murders starting when the house was built more than 40 years earlier. But her meddling into the history awakens a killer's need to keep the past quiet, and Cindy is thrust into a struggle to find the killer before she and her family become the next victims.

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I am so looking forward to meeting Eileen in Vegas...what a thrill!

Billie Johnson, Publisher

Friday, June 26, 2015

Weekly Round Up June 26, 2015

Welcome to the Weekly Round-Up everyone! As always, thank you for dropping in. Oak Tree Press has lots of news in our corral today. Be sure to check out our website, www.oaktreebooks.com/bookstore.html, 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…
A reminder from Jeana...all OTP books are on Manic Readers...

Need help choosing a great book to read? 


Check out our sample chapters on MANIC READERS! 


We have plenty to choose from.... Click on the title and you will be directed to a free read! These sample chapters will be updated frequently and new releases will also be featured: 





 OUR WRITING CONTESTS ARE OPEN!

There is still plenty of time to polish up your manuscript and get it in to our judges. Since 1999, we have been publishing the winners of our contests...so in a heartbeat, you can go from an author-in-waiting to a published author! 

We are looking for mysteries, romances, Westerns and hard-edged cop/true crime stories.

See all the particulars on our web site; http://oaktreebooks.com/contests.html


From Helen Osterman..."Saturday, June 27th. Old Campground Festival in New Lennox, Il. United Methodist Church. Jeanne Meeks and I will be selling books. The sun will be shining. Come out and enjoy the day."

10 AM to 4 PM."






And from Douglass Seaver...
I will present my novel, The Fourth Rule, at ThrillerFest’s Debut Authors’ Breakfast in New York City on Saturday July 11. The onsite Barnes & Noble bookstore will be selling the book, and the event program will feature this year’s debut novels. If you’re attending ThrillerFest, please join us Saturday morning for breakfast!


Ron Wendling tells us...

  " On Saturday, June 13, my wife and I
held another of our annual Wine Tastings at our place on Page Lake in Northeast Pennsylvania. We placed my memoir (Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past) on display for our friends in the neighborhood.  In mid-July the book will be displayed again on the book table at a Writers’ Conference in Monrose, PA , where I will have the pleasure of lunching with the many aspiring and accomplished writers from far and near who attend the conference each year. On July 28th I will be reading from the memoir at River Read Books in Binghamton, NY. And on August 9th I will be participating in a local community group scheduled to tell their stories at the Old Mill Village Church on the Green, which is located  behind the bandstand in the town center of New Milford, PA. "


A Review for Matilda!

Drue's Random Chatter
I actually give this story 3.5 stars. This is the perfect little story to read to a child who has difficulties taking naps. Matilda doesn't want to take a nap, but she finds out after she stops ti... (full review)














Beryl Reichenberg, OTP children’s picture book author, will be doing her monthly kid’s class at the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum on Saturday June 27 from 3 to 4 PM. This month’s book is an altered book. “We will read one of my children’s books entitled, “Elephant Families in the Wild” and then altered it by folding and adding text and punched out shapes and drawing to make an entirely new creation. I’ll provide the books, punches, paper and other supplies and the children, and even some brave adults, can provide the creativity.” Beryl will also have her other books for sale as well. 






Going to Press this week!!!
A new title...already collecting great reviews!

"A very clever, extremely well-done romp that somehow manages to make the birth of a granddaughter, the Mafia and global warming all work brilliantly ensemble style. A fine, fun story that is not without serious depth and warmth. I loved it.”
--Ed Gorman, Writer of the Sam McCain series
“A funny, fast-paced crime story whose serious points pack the wallop of a forty-five.”
--Terence Faherty, Shamus-winning author of the Scott Elliott series.
"A hilarious, albeit chilling, eco-Mafia novel--a new species. Lopresti knows his mobsters, his New Jersey, and his science, and knows how to make it all sing.” 
--SJ Rozan, Edgar-winning author (as Sam Cabot) of SKIN OF THE WOLF
“Robert Lopresti's GREENFELLAS has a great concept and vivid characters, both criminals and commoners. There's snappy patter and a fast-moving story, and it's funny, too.  Elmore Leonard fans (and everybody else) should snap this up immediately.”
--Bill Crider, bestselling author of the Sheriff Dan Rhodes mysteries

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Packing for Vegas, Number 7, Dave Freedland

 Dave Freedland is a 34 year, decorated law enforcement professional, having served with the Irvine Police, and the Orange County (California) Sheriff’s Departments.  Following a competitive athletic career culminating with the award of “UCLA’s Most Valuable Gymnast,” he graduated first in his Sheriff’s academy class.  While serving with the Irvine Police Department he managed a variety of assignments including Detectives, Patrol, Internal Affairs, SWAT, and retired at the rank of Deputy Chief of Police.

As a Special Weapons and Tactics Team Leader, he supervised operations for numerous barricade and hostage incidents, and was the recipient of several awards including “Police Officer of the Year,” “Meritorious Service,” and “Unit Commendation.”  As a SWAT Commander, he was recognized for his contributions in establishing the country’s first countywide jurisdictional level counter terrorist unit incorporating SWAT, bomb disposal, and hazardous materials disciplines.

Freedland attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on an athletic scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.  He earned a Master’s Degree in public administration from Pepperdine University, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
As a competitor in martial arts, he is a former Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national karate champion, and has trained in Japan, earning a 5th degree black belt in Japanese Shotokan karate.

Freedland's novel, Lincoln 9....

When Bethany Crutchfield failed to show for Sunday brunch, and her father’s phone calls remained unanswered, it became apparent that concern was warranted regarding her welfare.  Police officers from “America’s Safest City,” Irvine, California, discovered a gruesome homicide scene which established Bethany as the first in a series of murders that would ultimately span over a decade.
Lincoln 9 takes place in a city whose reputation for safety and affluence overshadows the fact that the relatively few annual homicides are among the most vicious and complex cases of human brutality ever to be solved.  This is a story of three such cases, combined into a fictional plot with fictional characters, but based upon real crimes and real police officers who risked their lives to bring justice to the perpetrators of these heinous acts of violence.

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.  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.

I'm looking forward to meeting Dave in Vegas!!

Billie Johnson, Publisher

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Headed to Vegas, Number 6

 Janet Greger may be packing, BUT has she had 'the talk' with Bug to explain that she will be away for a few days?  


JL Greger is no longer a biology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, instead she’s putting tidbits of science into her medical mystery and suspense novels: Coming Flu, Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight, Ignore the Pain, and now Malignancy. Besides writing, her favorite activities are spending time with Bug, her Japanese Chin dog, and traveling to exotic locations. She incorporates both of these activities into her novels. Bug is the only non-fictional character in her books.
You can learn more about her from her website: www.jlgreger.com 


In Malignancy, men disguised as police officers shoot at Sara Almquist twice in one day. The real police suspect Jim Mazzone, a drug czar currently awaiting trial in Albuquerque, will order more hits on Sara. After all, Sara was the key to Mazzone’s capture in Bolivia while she was consulting on public health problems there. Thus when colleagues in the State Department invite Sara to arrange scientific exchanges between the U.S. and Cuba, she jumps at the chance to get out of Albuquerque. Maybe, she should question their motives.



Sara Almquist couldn’t say no when invited to be the epidemiologist on a public health mission to
Bolivia. Soon she finds dangers lurk around every corner of the Witches’ Market and churches of La Paz as someone from her past pursues her.

Unfortunately, she can’t decide which of her colleagues to trust as she learns more than she ever wanted to know about coca production, the god Tio of the silver mines of Potosí, and Bolivian politicians.

Someone in this southwestern medical school doesn’t like women--two have been murdered already.

Linda Almquist suspects the deaths are connected to her investigation of Dr. Richard Varegos, a “diet doctor.” who’s alleged to be endangering the lives of his obese research subjects.

Maybe she’s wrong. The murders might be related to something in the past – something involving her boss the Dean. While Linda fears for her job, the police fear for her life.


Coming Flu offers a thought-provoking glimpse into what a 21st century epidemic in the United States would be like: the politics, the science, the devastation.  With the accuracy of events and realistic descriptions, you cannot help but pause to wonder, what would you do as friends died around you, the government revoked all your rights and experimental drugs were coming in short supply.  This book is hard to put down and even harder to forget.—S. Connell Vondrak, author of The Evidence is Clear and No Evidence of a Crime

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You may be wondering, like me, what is Janet up to now? Where will her next adventure take us?  I'm hoping that she will give me the 4-1-1 when we meet up in Las Vegas!

Billie Johnson, Publisher

Friday, June 19, 2015

Weekly Round Up June 19, 2015

          
GOOD WEEKLY! It's time again to join me under the Oak tree for the Weekly Round Up! We will be talking about all the events happening in the up coming week and where all the happenings will be! Another exciting week full of fun. So come and join me!

Quote of the Week:
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

A reminder from Jeana...all OTP books are on Manic Readers...


Everyone is invited to go to OAK TREE PRESS's page on Manic Readers to Oak Tree Press http://manicreaders.com/index.cfm?disp=publisherDetail&publisherID=372  You can click on the title  of your choice and have a free read of any of our books :)

 OUR WRITING CONTESTS ARE OPEN!

There is still plenty of time to polish up your manuscript and get it in to our judges. Since 1999, we have been publishing the winners of our contests...so in a heartbeat, you can go from an author-in-waiting to a published author! 

We are looking for mysteries, romances, Westerns and hard-edged cop/true crime stories.

See all the particulars on our web site; http://oaktreebooks.com/contests.html



Ghost Writer is now available as an audio book!       Lorna tells us the copies are selling online. She says, "The book seems so much more powerful hearing it. The voice artist really loved the story, and it comes out in her performance." 


 

http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Writer/dp/B00Y04XQF8/

"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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Bert  Silva's novel is now available on KINDLE!!




http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZPTMFFY?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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Amy M. Bennett, author of the Black Horse Campground mystery series, will be signing copies of the third book in the series, “No Vacancy”, at Barnes and Noble in the Mesilla Valley Mall in Las Cruces, NM on Saturday, June 27 from 1-3 p.m.


She will be having another signing on Saturday July 11 at Barnes and Noble at
the Fountains at Farah in El Paso, Texas from 1-3 p.m. This is her second signing at a Barnes and Noble in her home town!
On Sunday, July 19, she will be signing copies and giving a talk at Treasure House Books and Gifts, 2012 South Plaza NW, Albuquerque, NM (Old Town) from 1-3 p.m.

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Thonie Hevron, author of By Force or Fear and Intent to Hold will be signing books at the Street Printing Festival in Sebastopol, CA on June 21 from 11-5pm. Admission is free.


 By Force or Fear by Thonie Hevron
                                                      
"From the first paragraph, you know this is not a lighthearted read, but one that will be filled with fright and might. Meredith Ryan is a cop, just like the author was in her former days, and thus the setting of real life drama jumps off every page. Well written, the story weaves between several potent issues to a dramatic ending. Plus, I liked spending time with a woman who works in this risky arena, learning how she mixes her personal world with the constant threat of danger. Thonie Hevron has written a book with moments of terror, excitement and enough humor to release the tension. I think you will enjoy reading By Force or Fear."

—Linda Loveland Reid is author of Touch of MagentaSomething in Stone, and Past president of Redwood Writers.


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Book industry insiders Larry and Lorna Collins



​Presented by the Writers of Kern...​
June 20:  Larry and Lorna Collins discuss how the publishing industry has changed over the last ten years—and continues to change. Sharing their journey from the old model (agent to acquisitions editor for a NY publisher) through indie presses, to self-publishing, they will discuss the process and the requirements for those who choose this route.
Saturday, June 20
9:45 a.m. to Noon
Clarion Hotel - 3540 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA 93308-6229
$10 entry ($5 members).
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ILENE SCHNEIDER. will be at the PUBLIC SAFETY WRITERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE  in July, and then AUGUST 7-9: DEADLY INK, NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ,  Ilene has been chosen as FAN GUST OF HONOR Congratulations, Ilene!! 



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Liz Martinez will be making a presentation on writing, with a book signing afterward, at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, on June 26 at 2pm 
See http://inyourwritemind.setonhill.edu 









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Saturday, June 20, Marilyn Meredith will be the featured speaker at Tulare Kings Writers. She will share her thoughts on how to create and sustain a mystery series. This is in the Blue Room at the Tulare County Library, 200 W. Oak in Visalia, CA.







                                          


"Blast from the Past"  

"GRILLED, CHILLED and KILLED" By Lesley A. Diehl


In the second Big Lake Mystery, Emily Rhodes, retired preschool teacher and bartender turned amateur snoop, wonders if she is destined to discover dead bodies. This time she finds one of the contestants at the local barbeque cook-off dead and covered in barbeque sauce in a beer cooler.  She should be used to stumbling onto corpses by now and the question of who killed the guy should pique her curiosity, but Emily decides to let Detective Lewis handle this one, at least until she figures his theory of who did the deed is wrong, wrong, wrong. 

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“Lesley Diehl’s new southern mystery has it all, suspense, intrigue, romance and a killer title, Grilled, Chilled and Killed.”
 website http://www.lesleyadiehl.com. and blog www.lesleyadiehl.com/blog



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That's our Round Up for this week!  

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