Recent News about OakTara authors

* K.B. Schaller's book, Gray Rainbow Journey, was reviewed at It is also being featured on Author Promotions for the month of May.

* K.B. Schaller was a guest blogger at Read her post at

* LeAnn Campbell was featured in her local newspaper:


* Lynnette Bonner is teaching a workshop at the Northwest Christian Writers’ Renewal Conference (May 18-19) on May 19th. The class is “Whose Point of View is it Anyway?”

* Sylvia Stewart has an article appearing in the May 21st issue of The Network, the online magazine for Women in Ministry.

* Deborah Lynne, author of Be Not Afraid, is speaking and signing books at the Berries, Bridges and Books Annual Writers conference on April 28th between the hours of 8:30 am and 5:00 pm at the Ponchatoula Community Center in Ponchatoula, LA.

* Fay Alexander will address the Bradford Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida on May 5, 2012. She has also written a review of One Candle's Light for the Florida Pilgrim for their May edition.  The Pilgrim is the newsletter of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the state of Florida.

* Sherri Wilson Johnson is featured on, and

* Eileen Rife joins other ACFW Mid-Atlantic authors to sign books at Valley Reading Day, Hagerstown, MD on May 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

* While at the FL Christian Writers Conf March 1-4, Deborah Lynne and her book Be Not Afraid were chosen to be profiled in an exciting upcoming radio show on Reach FM.

* Barbara Hattemer celebrated her birthday at the FL Writers Conference with the surprise release of her very first novel among the claps, tears, and cheers of celebration from the entire audience of conferees. Now there’s a birthday to remember!

* Fay Alexander, author of One Candle's Light, spoke at Atrium retirement community and at Delta Kappa Gamma, a teachers' organization, in Gainesville, Florida. She also spoke about her book at the Howland Colony of the Florida Society of Mayflower Descendants on Monday, March 5 at the Mayflower Retirement Center in Winter Park, Florida. She is speaking at the Bradford Colony of Descendants at Clearwater, Florida on April 28.

* Ramona Tucker, Cofounder/Editorial Director of OakTara, received the “Faculty of the Year” award at the FL Christian Writers’ conference, held March 1-4, 2012.

* Sherri Wilson Johnson is hosting OakTara author Wm. Shane Dean on her blog this week:

* K. B. Schaller is the guest author on the blog, Everyone's Story, from February 20 - 24:

* Jay Blevins won second place for favorite new author in Family Fiction’s Reader Choice Awards!

* K.B. Schaller will be a guest blogger on Everyone's Story, on Feb. 17, 2012.

* OakTara was the featured publisher for the Christian Small Publishers’ Association circular in fall 2011.

* Ramona Cramer Tucker, cofounder and editorial director of OakTara, is the cover interview of American Christian Writers’ publication, Christian Communicator, for January 2012.

* Jay Blevins novel, The Last Fall, won "Best Book received as a gift" in the 1/1/12 edition of the Rappahannock Record.

Edward Vasta will be a guest on the Books of Excellence show for one hour on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at the following times: Live show times are 7 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, and 4 p.m. PT. To listen to the show, click:

* Christine Sunderland's novel, Inheritance, won an Honorable Mention in the London Book Festival,

* Don Bemis is scheduled for a January 23 ACFW Fiction Finder blog interview:

* Ann Gaylia O'Barr was interviewed on a blog called Piedmont Island Trilogy. Read the interview here:

* Christine Sunderland placed ads for her novels Hana-Lani and Inheritance, in the Honolulu Star Advertiser and the December 3 issue of the British Spectator. The ad from the Honolulu Star is below:

* On Saturday December 3, 2011, Sylvia Stewart, Sharon Bernash Smith and Linda Reinhardt will be promoting their books at the "Some Like It Hot" coffee shop in Clatskanie, Oregon from 9 am - 1 pm. 

* K. B. Schaller's novel, Gray Rainbow Journey, won a 2011 FPA President's Award Gold Medal and Certificate.

* Daniel Carter has a new video for his book, The Unwanted:

Susan Prudhomme has a book signing scheduled December 4 at Copperfield’s in Napa, California, 2-4:00.  She'll be meeting and greeting, and signing both of her novels, The Forest and The Wisdom of Ambrose.

* Sylvia Stewart was on an online radio show November 7 at 2:00 p.m. PT. The recoreded show is available here:

* Hunter Darden won the contest for the book 50 Great Writers You Need to Be Reading, sponsored by

* N.J. McNeill has established a Fan Page on Facebook for her book, Kurt Nickle-Dickle of Whiskers.  You'll find it at

* Sherri Wilson Johnson is featured on Daniel Carter's blog ( and on Shawn Lamb's blog (

* Edward Vasta, former 40-year professor at Notre Dame University, and his books, Mud by Mysteries, To Carthage We Came, Love and Redemption, Family Passions, and Tales from the Hidden Apple are being featured in an honorary booksigning at Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore in Notre Dame, Indiana, on Wednesday evening, October 12, 2011.

* Wm. Shane Dean had a book signing for My Enemy's Keeper at the Mountain Home AFB base exchange. See photo for Shane and 3 members of the support team for the elite USAF Thunderbirds.

* A half page feature of Fire from Heaven, by Dr. Keith Hardman, will run in Books and Culture’s (Christianity Today, International) November/December 2011 issue.

* Craig McLaren's books, The List and Eagle Lost, are now #1 and #2 on's list of top books in Secret Service Literature and Fiction:

* Cortney Davis will be interviewed by Sister Marie Pappas on Sirius/XM radio on "The Catholic Channel" program on October 4 from noon to 1 p.m.  They will be talking about Davis' book, To Begin Again.

* Judy Kay Scott, author of Journey to the Great White Throne Judgment, will be signing books from 1-4 p.m. at the Barnes and Noble in Holland, Michigan on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

* Daniel Carter did a radio interview about The Unwanted on with Judyth Piazza.

* Jason Blevins and his book, The Last Fall, were nominated for the 2011 Library of Virginia Literary Awards:

* Cortney Davis did an interview about her book, To Begin Again. Read it here:

* Jay Blevins, author of The Last Fall, will be the featured speaker at the 11 July meeting of the Capitol Christian Writer's group:

 He will also be one of six featured authors at the Luckett's Fair in Loudoun County, VA on 20-21 August.  Organizers are expecting between 12-15K people!

* Charles Patricoff is the featured “Author by Night” for July in Christian Fiction Online Magazine:

* Christine Sunderland was interviewed for the April edition of the Orinda News - a local Bay Area paper:

* Hunter Darden, author of Tapestry, was interviewed on:

* Bruce Judisch's interview on will air Monday, June 21st.

* Christine Sunderland's book, Hana-lani, just received another Honorable Mention, in the 2011 Beach Book Festival!

* Jay Blevins, author of The Last Fall, came in SECOND PLACE for favorite new author in Family Fiction’s Reader’s Choice Awards! The Last Fall came in SEVENTH for novel of the year. And Jay Blevins came in TENTH place for the Author of the year category.

* Philip Angers successfully launches his book The Armour of God at a large booksigning at Fiddlesticks Toys in Cottesloe, Western Australia. – click on book launch.


* Christine Sunderland's book, Hana-lani, won Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival 2011, General Fiction:

* Jay Blevins came in SECOND PLACE for favorite new author in Family Fiction's Reader's Choice Awards. His book, The Last Fall, came in seventh for novel of the year.  Here is the site:

* Just in time for Mother’s Day, Former Record Label Executive Opens Up About Motherhood with Help Wanted: Moms Raising Daughters

* Bruce Judisch has an ad for his book, Katia, up on Novel Journey:

* Jay Blevins has been busy promoting his book, The Last Fall: In the last few months he has had a half page article on The Last Fall appear in the April edition of the "Blue Ridge Leader" newspaper, he was the featured author at the Literary Jam in Round Hill, and a half page ad was placed in "The Purcellville Gazette" for a book signing at The Christian Shoppe on April 9th.
Upcoming Events:

On May 1st, Blevins will be the guest speaker at Potomac Adventist Book and Health Food Store in Silver Spring, MD between 11 am and 5 pm.
On May 15th, Blevins will be speaking and signing books at Restoration Life Fellowship Church in Winchester, VA at 10 am.

* Eileen Hinkle Rife will be speaking at the Festival of Tables Women's Event, May 21, 1 - 3 p.m. at Mineral Springs Baptist, Vinton, VA

Eileen Hinkle Rife's book Chosen Ones was featured in this news story:

* Elizabeth Wiens' book, Bringing Them Home, was reviewed by Marilyn Rocket in the Homeschooling Today magazine in the Nov/Dec 2010 issue. She also did an author interview which was featured in the same magazine.

* N.J. McNeill will be presenting her book, Kurt Nickle-Dickle of Whiskers, at the Spokane Women’s Show at the Spokane Convention Center (Spokane, WA) on April 16th.  A book signing will follow.

* Ann Gaylia O'Barr's villain won in the Clash of the Titles contest for the "antagonist you love to hate." She used Antun, Kate's nemesis in Singing in Babylon.

* Barbara Tucker is speaking at 7 pm at the Northwest Georgia Valley Writers Conference 2011 at the Harris Arts Center in Calhoun, Georgia.  She will be presenting a workshop on Writing Style and selling and signing copies of her novel, Traveling Through.

* Christine Sunderland placed an ad for Inheritance in the British Spectator Magazine, March 26 issue and an ad for the Trilogy in the Squaw Valley Omnium Newsletter, p. 21 (as well as alumni doings):

* Christine Sunderland's book Hana-Lani placed Honorable Mention in the Reader Views Literary Awards, Humanities Category.

* Ann Gaylia O'Barr hometown newspaper, The South Whidbey Record, did an article on Singing in Babylon and my reasons for writing.

Here's the link:

* Jarrod Stephens book, The Road Less Graveled, is featured with Kentucky Representative, Tanya Pullin, on a poster for the Kentucky Public Library Council.

The posters are used in libraries all across Kentucky.

* Profile of Carolyn Koontz DeArteaga’s book Wake the Sleeping Lady:

* Ann Gaylia O'Barr wrote a guest piece on Sandra Ardoin's blog: She was also interviewed for Casey Herringshaw's blog:

* Dr. Keith McDonald, author of A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance, has raised thousands of dollars for the Salt of the Earth project through Global Connection International. He traveled with GCI on their first medical team visit to Cambodia in 2000, was surprised to see so many women with goiters, and came home determined to do something about the problem. He established the Salt of the Earth project, by which thousands of 1-Kilo bags of iodized salt are provided through the GCI Pastors network, with instructions printed in Khmer and the scriptural reference, “You are the Salt of the Earth.” Each church member receives two bags of salt—one for themselves and the other to give to a neighbor as a witness and to encourage them to use iodized salt. You can underwrite a 1-kilo bag of salt for 30 cents. For further info go to:

* Hunter Darden is writing a humor/inspiration column for a website called Associated Content. If you need a laugh or a bit of encouragement, log onto

* Great review of Vernon Anley's book Carnival of Lies:

* Ann Gaylia O'Barr's  hometown newspaper, The South Whidbey Record, wrote an article on Singing in Babylon. Here's the link: was also recently featured on

* Diane Dryden, author of Double or Nothing on Foster Ave., was interviewed on Moody Radio Chicago's program, This is the Day, on January 14th. Listen to the interview here:

* Baptist Press is running chapters of David Dockery’s book, A Scent of Jasmine on their Western Recorder in Kentucky and the Illinois Baptist has also run the story:

* Hunter Darden, author of Tapestry, did an interview for an internet site called The Author's Show. It is posted on

* Craig McLaren's book Eagle Lost made the top 100 of's Hot New Releases in Political Fiction.

* News article about Once Upon a Christmas:

*The Last Fall by Jay Blevins is featured on another website.  It's the book club choice on the following web site:

*New reviews of Christine Sunderland's book Hana-Lani are up at:

* The Last Fall and author Jay Blevins is the featured book on

* “The Messenger,” by Tim Spitzack, received a positive review in an article in November 2010 issue of the Minnesota Christian Chronicle:

*The Midwest Book Review gave "The Messenger," by Tim Spitzack, a FIVE-STAR rating on Read the full review at: or at

* review of Vernon Anley's book Carnival of Lies:

* Richard Wunderlich created a TV ad for his novel Tomorrow's Paper and it has been shown several times on the local channel in his home town.

*Watch the CBS feature on The Berlin Wall and Bruce Judisch’s Katia:

*Jason Blevins, author of The Last Fall, organized an Amazon Blitz Day on October 17. By the end of the day, The Last Fall was #9 in Medical Fiction and #2,285 in overall ranking of all Amazon Books!

*The Trilogy, by Christine Sunderland, is being listed on new site:

*Tim Spitzack's television interview:

* K. B. Schaller, author of Grey Rainbow Journey, will give a complimentary reading at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, 108 Cathedral Place, downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Saturday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. Following the reading, she will sign copies of her book in the Museum Store.

* Recent media articles on Tim Spitzack's new book, The Messenger:




* Schedule for Deborah Lynne's book signings for her new book, Be Not Afraid:

                 - Saturday 8/7, at Barnes & Noble @ CitiPlace (Baton Rouge) from 11 - 12:30

                    - Saturday 8/7, at Cavalier House Books on Range in Denham Springs from 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

                    - Saturday 8/28, at The BookRack on Airline Hwy in Prairieville from 11 AM -1:00 PM

                    - Saturday 9/4, at Borders in Mall of Louisiana, from 2 PM to 4 PM

* Review of Deborah Lynne's book Be Not Afraid:

*Alison Pickrell's book The Last Cordate is nominated for the Clive Staples Award, click here to vote:

* Christine Sunderland's book Offerings won the bronze medal in the IPPY Independent Publisher Awards for 2010:, #16, Religious Fiction.

* Jarrod Stephens' donated a copy of his book Family Field Days to the USS Kentucky, a nuclear submarine. Now the book is in the ship's library.

*Christine Sunderland placed an ad in the National Catholic Register:

*Lynnette Bonner received a review from Coffee Time Romance. They gave Rocky Mountain Oasis 4 cups (out of five).

* On May 7, 2010, Alison Pickrell spoke at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC, which is a church of over 15,000 members.

* Lynnette Bonner will interviewed on June 8th at 11:30 a.m.

* Lynnette Bonner's website won a prize from Coffee Time Romance:

* Country Magazine published an article about Jarrod Stephen's home--before and after photos:

* Kiki Bel Monte-Schaller, author of Gray Rainbow Journey, was featured in the Sun-Sentinel:,0,5514131.storyj


* Craig McLaren's book The List is number 9 on Amazon's hottest new releases in the political fiction category

* Craig McLaren's book The List is one of Tower Book's top 50 bestselling books in the Military category




* Offerings by Christine Sunderland is a finalist for a Reader Views Literary Award in the travel and inspirational categories.

* Michael Swiger’s Lethal Ambition continues to be the #1 entry in “legal and political fiction” on



* Check out the great reviews of Christine Sunderland's new novel, INHERITANCE, in The Feathered Quill and Reader Views.


* Michael Swiger's books with OakTara have cracked Amazon Kindle's top ten legal thriller lists since appearing there a month ago.

* Joanne Bischoff's novel, CRY OF MY HEART, won the Nancy Bayless Award for excellence in writing from the San Diego Christian Writers Guildfor 2009.

* GRAY RAINBOW JOURNEY by OakTara author K.B. Schaller won the Multicultural category for The National Best Books 2009 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. The book was also a finalist in two other categories: religious fiction and mystery & suspense. Congratulations!

*A lovely review of
Christine Sunderland's latest novel, OFFERINGS, by Kirkus Discoveries

* John Craig McDonald's books, AN EARLY FALL and AMONG HIS PERSONAL EFFECTS, were recently reviewed in the prestigious contemporary Christian magazine, Radix.

* TOMORROW'S PAPER by OakTara author Richard Wunderlich won the Futuristic novel category of the2009 Canadian Christian Writing Awards . Congratulations!

* Four of Sharon McAnear's books are featured in the fiction section of the Christian Post.

* Moody Radio produced a dramaticized program on best-selling OakTara author Michael Swiger. The program about Michael's life was heard on more than 1,800 radio outlets around the world. The Cleveland Plain Dealeralso profiled Michael Swiger.

* Hunter Darden's new book by OakTara, TAPESTRY, was reviewed in the Elkin Tribune.

* Don Ranneyand Ray Wisemanwere interviewed on the Tony Kayradio show on the World Radio network.

* WHEN COBRAS LAUGH by Ranney and Wiseman was a finalist in the
2009 Canadian Christian WritingAwards (Contemporary category).

* A wonderful review of
Alison Pickrell's OakTara novel, DEN OF LIONS, by the Blogger News Network

* OakTara author Ray Wiseman received the 21st annual Leslie K. Tarr Award for outstanding career achievement at The Word Guild Award Gala (home of the 2009 Canadian Christian Fiction winners).

* The former religion editor for Publisher's Weekly, Phyllis Tickle, says that
Paul Wallis' new book by OakTara, THE NEW MONASTIC, is "seductive" and "a fine read." Check out the other reviews of his book.

Christine Sunderland and her new novel, OFFERINGS, was profiled in ChristusRex.  Christine's first novel was featured in Read theKirkus Discoveries review of PILGRIMAGE by Christine as well.

George Duncan's OakTara novel, A DARK ORANGE FAREWELL, was profiled in the North Florida News Daily. Another of George's OakTara novels, A WINE RED SILENCE, was a finalist in the 2008 Clive Staples Awardfor Christian Speculative Fiction

* Cliff Leigh's OakTara novel (THE WORDSMITH, THE KID AND THE ELECTROLUX) was reviewed in the
Christian Book Lounge.

* Deborah Galiley(three books with OakTara) profiled in the Messianic Jewish Children's Bible Project

* Antony Barone's book trailers and interviews on YouTube

* New OakTara author Susan Prudhomme is profiled in Christus Rex.