Friday, April 17, 2015

WEEKLY ROUND UP APRIL 17, 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…
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UPCOMING EVENTS


Amy Bennett will be at the Alamogordo Downtown Merchants Association Art Walk from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the 17th (today!), signing copies of all three of her Black House Campground mystery novels! Also, on the 20th, she has been invited invited to speak to the 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes of Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School in El Paso, TX. One of their 8th grade students recently won first prize at a literary fair for her report on Amy's first novel, “End of the Road” and, when the principal discovered that the student was related to the author (she’s Amy's niece!) they asked me to come speak to the students about being a writer and how a book gets published. See this week’s Back Deck Blog for Amy's post about my young readers: http://amymbennettbooks.blogspot.ca/2015/04/kids-say-darnedest-things.html
 




Channing Whitaker is planning a couple events for his newly released book, Until the Sun Rises: One Night in Drake Mansion, for this coming weekend. He will be having a book release party and signing event on Friday April 17th (today!), in Iowa City, IA, at Brix Cheese Shop and Wine Bar, from 6pm - 9pm. The following day, he will be having another book signing on Saturday April 18th, in Centerville, IA, at Morgan’s Ice Cream Parlor, from 2pm - 5pm.





Douglass Seaver, author of The Fourth Rule, is excited to announce that he will be one of five debut thriller authors selected by the International Thriller Writers to join New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottoline on April 17 at the Palm Beach Peril. This major event will introduce Lisa’s latest noel, Every Fifteen Minutes, and will include readings, a panel discussion and book signings. Douglass will be there to discuss and sign copies of The Fourth Rule. The event will be held at the Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library in Delray Beach, FL beginning at 2 p.m. If you are in the area, please join them!
Date: April 17, 2015 02:00PM
Venue: Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library in Delray Beach, FL
Location: The United States



PAST EVENTS



Robert Weibezahl, author of The Dead Don't Forget, returns to his literary project: reading the complete works of Graham Greene. Here's his new blog entry, on Greene's debut novel, The Man Within.
Also, Listen to an interview with Robert Weibezahl about the forthcoming audio recording of his short story, "Objet D'Art":






Ronald Wendling updated us with new information: "My memoir, UnsuitableTreasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past, was released on April 6th.The images at the end of each chapter were scanned from my family photo album by Christopher O. Dixon, Archival Research Historian at the Drexel Library of Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, who also took the back cover photograph.

Chris also contributed his remarkable photographs of red-tailed hawks on the Saint Joseph’s campus to a book entitled Crimson and Gray recently published by SJU Press. Members of the campus community are known as Hawks and “Crimson and Gray,” the school colors, were the names given to two red tailed hawks followed by a “Hawk Cam” as, nesting in a campus tree,they became the proud parents of two baby hawks, “Iggy” and “Swoop”!"

Robert Richter, author of Something for Nothing, has an event to invite you all to. He is doing a book promotion and would like y'all to join. Here is what he had to say, "I recently did a podcast interview with George Puckett for his website on retiring in Mexico. I talk about my books and characters and Mexico in general. I hope you’ll check it out.
                     http://www.choosemexicotoretire.com/
While you’re at it, please check out my book page on Amazon.com:  http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Richter/e/B001K80Z1K/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1
If you read one of my books, please feel free to write a review for the book page on Amazon or on Goodreads or any other book website you use. .
Here’s a review of Something Like A Dream:  http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/4197-something-like-a-dream"

The Big Squeal author Liberty the Pig felt like one of Beryl Reichenberg's social butterflies when a distingished visitor from Moscow, Russia came to America's heartland.

 
A few months ago, Svetlana Gorokhova accepted Miss Liberty's true story about Mr. Lincoln in his lawyering days for the permanent collection at the All-Russia State Library for Foreign Literature. Wanting to walk in Mr. Lincoln's footprints, Svetlana came to America recently and explored the locale of Abe and Liberty. During a packed schedule, Svetlana chatted about Liberty's memoir with Cory Jobe, the new Illinois Director of Tourism, and with distinguished professors at the Mortenson Center of the University of Illinois Library in Champaign-Urbana.
 
The Big Squeal now delights patrons of the Children's Library at the U of I. Susan Schnuer, far right, holds the book after a round table discussion on Lincoln history and the importance of libraries as global cultural centers.




BLAST FROM THE PAST





This week, the book to be featured for the Blast From The Past is Carl Moen's, The Last of the Railroad Police. In the 1950s, Chicago was a great railroad center, and its Proviso yard was the largest in the world.
Times were hard in the Eisenhower Fifties, and I had a young family. When I heard it would pay $80 a month more, I had to take it on.
Looking back, it surprises me that I lived through it all: the fights, the gun play, arson, even a brush with the mafia. More dangerous were men so anxious to carry a gun, they’d work the job for nothing.







BLOG CORRAL
Lorna Collins recently invited Marilyn Meredith to discuss writing about ghosts on her blog. Check out her blog for that spooky tale and other interesting topics! http://tinyurl.com/ksu4c97






Have you ever wondered what the effects of an April Fools joke are? Check out Rabbi Ilene Schneider's (author of Chanukah Guilt) latest blog posting on the unintended consequences of an April Fools joke. http://rabbiauthor.com/2015/04/13/the-jokes-on-me/






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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Kids, Kids Every Where

Children’s Day in the Plaza in San Luis Obispo was a success Saturday with moms and dads and grandparents and of course kids enjoying the sun and the fun. I was at the Whiz Kids Toy Store booth making bookmarks with the kids. They liked the bright colored paper, punches, pens and markers as they made their bookmarks and decorated them. 

I had my usual display of my own children’s books and one little girl recognized a book that she had, Butterfly Girls. She even remembered me coming to her school to read one of my other books, Hopping to the Moon. I collected some email addresses for my monthly newsletter to let parents know when I am conducting more paper craft and bookmaking classes for kids. I wasn’t allowed to sell my books, but passed out brochures and hopefully some of those who took them will make their way to Whiz Kids or one of my other sales outlets and buy my picture books.


Whiz Kids Toy Store gave away gifts and had word puzzles for the kids. I was pleased to be sharing their booth. Children’s Day is a yearly event,  sponsored by two local art groups, Passport to the Arts and the Arts Council. As I walked around, I saw kids and families ever where making art and enjoying themselves. There were  puzzle booths, lego booths, and painting booths. I saw booths for making butterflies, booths for face painting (always a favorite with kids) and booths playing music. I enjoyed being a part of this creative and energetic scene.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

What Ever Happened to "You're Welcome"?


What Ever Happened to “You’re welcome”?

 

“You’re welcome” used to be the response to a thank you. Today, at least on the television news, a return “thank you” seems to be the more common rejoinder. This is both graceless and confusing. In some instances, it smacks of slapstick—thank you, thank you. The person being thanked, the academic expert for instance, should acknowledge the gratitude the other person, the TV host, is offering. That’s the appropriate, reciprocal response.

If the expert thanks the host, it’s unclear why the expert is appreciative. Is it for being allowed to express his opinion? For being invited to be on TV? If the person being thanked has something for which he is grateful, he should, first, accept the thanks, and then express his appreciation to the host for something specific. For example, “You’re welcome, and I enjoyed our discussion, thank you.”

Not using the full range of the language impoverishes it.  

What do you think?

Douglass Seaver, Author of The Fourth Rule

Friday, April 10, 2015

WEEKLY ROUNDUP APRIL 10, 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…

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NEW BOOK RELEASES


Unsuitable Treasure by Ronald Wendling went to press earlier this week!
A memoir telling how the author’s choices were influenced by his father’s addiction. Ronald attends a Jesuit high school in Buffalo, New York at the same time his father is recovering from alcoholism. But Ronald’s mother, unable to forgive her husband for his past mistreatment of her, fosters in her son a need to make up to her for his father’s sins and so delays the separation from her necessary to his growing up. He enters the Jesuit order at seventeen, his father dies of cancer shortly afterward, and nine lonely years later he leaves the Jesuits having discovered under their tutelage that he was not one of them. His marriage, his children, his career teaching literature, and the writing of this memoir all teach him mercy, especially to his body, and help him bridge the gap between his appreciation of the Jesuits and the necessity he felt to leave them behind.
 
Until the Sun Rises by Channing Whitaker also went to press this week!
"Eighty years ago, a wealthy Midwest family returned home from a magic show, after which neither they, nor the magician, Malvern Kamrar, were ever heard from again. When several bystanders died in their mansion, the house was sealed. After nearly a century of rumors and haunted stories, for a live TV event the mansion will be opened, allowing five contestants to spend one night and win their share of a million dollars. The contestants: a psychic, a high-tech ghost hunter, a Hollywood scream queen, a local woman, and a skeptic, fuel excitement as each tries to solve the mystery. Upon entering, the journal of the family patriarch, Vinton Drake, is discovered, illuminating the mystery, rooted all the way back to Vinton’s service as a medic in WWI, when he first met the magician. Departing from the familiar haunted house tale, this story explores the very nature of belief in the supernatural, with consequences more frightening than any ghost story. Intensity sours when the contestants discover their lives, and thousands more, are in genuine peril. Is the mansion haunted? What fate befell Malvern and the Drake family? And will the contestants uncover the truth in time to save themselves?"

UPCOMING EVENTS


Don’t forget to follow F.M. Meredith Marilyn along on her blog tour for Violent Departures. Here’s where she’ll be next week:

  Interview
            How I Keep Up With my Characters and What’s Happened
            After So Many Books, How Do You Get Fresh Ideas?
            When to Think About Promotion
The Good and Bad of Writing a Series
            Ghosts and Why I Write About Them
            Reading Reviews of my Books

In addition, the official book launch for Violent Departures will be Thursday, April 16th, 6 p.m., Porterville Library, 41 West Thurman. F.M. aka Marilyn Meredith, will talk about the birth of the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, and the ups and downs of the books getting published.
Cupcakes will be served.


Mary Montague Sikes author of Evening of the Dragonfly, will be participating in the A to Z blog Challenge through the month of April! She will be creating paintings for show by Farrah Ferand, the heroine of my latest book, Evening of the Dragonfly.
Here is an excerpt from her Evening of the Dragonfly book:"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."

Cindy Ladage, author of When Matilda Made Time Stand Still, is busy, busy, busy these upcoming days! First, Lucy Walton at Female First Magazine. http://www.femalefirst.co.uk/  is featuring her story "Top ten tips for going solo in fiction" on her site. April 18th, Cindy Ladage will be presenting “Everyone has a story” with Oaktree author Jane Aumann. Matilda and My Name is Huber along with Fairytales Are Fragile will be for sale at this event held at 10:00 at the Rantoul Illinois Public library.  The library is located at 106 W Flessner Ave, Rantoul, IL 61866, Call 217) 893-3955 for information.

The Sly Fox book store located in Virden, Illinois is hosting a book signing on April 25, 2015 from 11:00 am.-1:00 p.m. “I love working with independent book stores that have been so supportive of local authors,” Ladage said about the iconic store located at 123 North Springfield Street along Route 66s. Call 217-965-3641 for information

Nickorbobs Home Décor is hosting a book signing for Ladage during their Country Farm Home House Days on May 16, 2015. The weekend event will profile home décor items that are unique and custom made. Located at 14272 Frazee Rd, Divernon, IL 62530 at the I-55 and Route 104 junction, call (217) 628-9191 for details.



 
Children's Book Author, Beryl Reichenberg, will be celebrating Earth Day in Paso Robles on April 17 with a paper craft and bookmaking class for kids. Beryl will be at the Studios on the Park,. 1130 Pine, from 3:30 to 4: 30. "The children will be making an altered book. I'll supply the books from my wildlife series published by Create Space. This altered  book project is fairly easy as it involves only folding. The children can decorate their book and write about the animals or their conservation with the many punches, crayons, and pens supplied."



This week Ann K. Howley's interview with Editor Fran Joyce was published in Neighborhood Magazine for the communities of Mt. Lebanon, Southpointe and Upper St Clair, PA. She is also going to be speaking at the Bethel Park Public Library on Thursday, April 16th at 7PM.

Fran Joyce writes, "Ann describes her family with warmth and a healthy dose of humor; she is never critical or condescending. She has a talent for exposing people’s foibles, especially her own, with humor and understanding. We are invited along as she navigates through this confusing time, and we watch her world expand as she travels to foreign lands and contract as she returns to home base. Each experience helps mold her into the caring and compassionate woman I interviewed. No matter what your age, you will learn something about life and be entertained. Seeing events through the eyes of someone who was there is the best way to understand the past; acknowledging the good, the bad, and the funny is the best way to understand life."




The following Wednesday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m., Eileen Obser, author of Only You, will lecture about my memoir and talk about my own experiences as a writing teacher and memoirist, at the North Shore Library in Shoreham. Both libraries are on Long Island. At North Shore, one of my students, a professional musician, will play rock and roll (as in my memoir, Only You) on a Steinway baby grand that is in the room.











Douglass Seaver, author of The Fourth Rule, will be a part of a book author's event the 17th of April. He was one of five debut thriller authors selected by the International Thriller Writers to join New York Times bestselling author Lisa Scottolin. This major event will introduce Lisa’s latest novel, Every Fifteen Minutes, and will include readings, a panel discussion and book signings. I will be there to discuss and sign copies of The Fourth Rule. It will be at 2pm, April 17th, at Hagen Ranch Road Branch Library in Delray Beach, FL.



PAST EVENTS



Thonie Hevron's By Force or Fear, the first Nick and Meredith Mystery, will be featured on TheFussyLibrarian on April 6th. This is a website where the author is charged a nominal fee for being featured as of two selected eBooks for that day. Subscribers pre-set their genre then level of language (profanity, etc.), violence, and sexual situations. On April 2nd, Intent to Hold was favorably reviewed by Underrated Reads.










BLAST FROM THE PAST


Death of a Flapper by Marva Dale, is this week's blast from the past book. "The Roaring Twenties -- decade of wealth, abundance, decadence…. Tin Pan Alley ace private eye, Carney Brogan investigates the case of missing NYC career girl, Alice Prado. Alice, Carney learns, is actually Arabella Germaine, ultimate flapper, a beautiful platinum blond who loves a good time and ingratiates herself into the right circles -- and who has just turned up dead. From Long Island estates to the streets of the Bowery, Carney follows the clues. But after a run-in with mobsters, he wonders if he can survive long enough to discover who really wanted the gorgeous party girl dead."


BLOG CORRAL
Ilene Schnieder blogged about the making of charoset. What that is, you ask? Ilene recommends you visits her blog to find out what it is and how to make it! "I'm taking a short break after making the charoset for the seders, and decided to share my recipe with you. What is charoset? Go to http://rabbiauthor.com/2015/04/03/how-to-make-charoset-huh/ and find out."





Dac Crossley recently blogged about an interesting subject matter. "The first Monday in April, and Spring comes at us like it means business! I'm told that the wildflowers - the bluebonnets - are all abloom in Texas -- but I have another question. Find out what it is on my blog!"


Do you want to find out about cliffhangers? See Lorna Collins's blog to find out more! http://tinyurl.com/my3wb36














 

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