News from OakTara Authors


* Read a review of Jay Blevins' new book, Survival and Emergency Preparedness Skills

* Ann Gaylia O'Barr wrote an article for the winter issue of the ACFW Journal (p. 20, The Diversity of God's Call to Writers). If you are an ACFW member you can read the article at

* Don’t miss the great review of Bruce Judisch’s The Journey Begun on Goodreads, FB, amazon, and:

* Watch Jay Blevins, author of Survival & Emergency Preparedness (you don’t want to miss this book!):!

* Deborah Lynne signs her new book Testimony of Innocence at Barnes and Noble.

* OakTara recently donated OakTara books for Jericho Road Christian Ministries' annual auction to raise money for their stellar services and ministry for the poor, the addicted, and the mentally ill. For more details, to make a donation, and to spread the word about this incredible ministry: and

* S. G. Byrd’s novel The Opal Cavern was reviewed by Kirkus Reviews.

Jay Blevins' non-fiction book SEPS is ranked Number #1 in Natural Disasters in Earth Sciences on!

* Jay Blevins will be featured on National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers on Nov. 20.

* Recent articles on SEPS can be found at:,,  and

* Check out the results from the Amazon Blitz for Jay Blevins' new book SEPS:
 Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#16 in Books > Professional & Technical > Professional Science > Earth Sciences > Natural Disasters
#43 in Books > Science & Math > Environment
#62 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Sustainable Living

* Jay Blevins, author of SEPS, is a part of the promotional weekend for the second season of National Geographic Channel's hit Doomsday Preppers  and will include media participants from all over the country.  They will have a chance to preview episodes from this season, interview preppers from the show, and participate in demonstrations on various survival/prepper topics such as protection/self defense (Jay Blevins), preparing survival meals, putting together a bug out bag, etc.  Participants will also have a chance to tour the once Top Secret bunker that was built under the Greenbriar resort with a purpose of housing members of Congress and other leaders in the event of a nuclear war.

* Jay Blevins new book, Survival and Emergency Preparedness Skills (OakTara), is being featured on the National Geographic Channel. Info can be found at:,, and

* Christine Sunderland's first novel PILGRIMAGE (2007, OakTara) recently won an Honorable Mention in the Southern California Book Festival.

* Barbara Hattemer was featured in "Transforming hardship to hope” and it was a feature article in the Authors Among Us series of the Island Advantages, the local paper of Deer Isle, Maine on September 6. The article described both Barbara’s book Field of Daisies and details of her life and writing career. Barbara will speak about Field of Daisies to residents and guests of Parker Ridge Retirement Home in Blue Hill, Maine on Sept. 19 at 2:30. The Blue Hill Library has asked Barbara to do readings from her book Field of Daisies at 7:00 pm on October 4. Barbara will return home to Naples, Florida for a book signing at Barnes & Noble from 10:00 to 12:00 on Saturday, Oct. 13.

* Wm. Shane Dean will be doing a book signing for his novel MY ENEMY'S KEEPER at the District Coffeehouse downtown Boise Idaho on Friday, September 28th from 8 -10 pm.

* OakTara was highlighted in Publisher’s Weekly on August 24 in their story: Religion Fall Update 2012: Christian YA Fiction Coming into full bloom by Ann Byle.

* Charles Patricoff's books were endorsed on Marlene Bagnull's blog:

* Ann Gaylia O’Barr was interviewed August 13 on the blog, Writing for Christ: The Audience of One, by Casey Herringshaw.

* Sharon Bernash Smith was profiled for her local paper. Check it out here:

* Susan Prudhomme's review of Michael O’Brien’s novel, The Father’s Tale, is in the “Book Notes” section of the July/August 2012 issue of Touchstone.

* Bruce Judisch has an interview at International Christian Writers on July 11th featuring Katia.

* Shane Dean is holding a book signing for his book, My Enemy's Keeper, at the Base Exchange at Mountain Home AFB on June 15th from 0900 - 1300.

* LeAnn Campbell spoke at the Freeman Advantage Terrific Tea (senior citizens) May 29. On June 4 she is attending the Novel Book Club sponsored by Freeman Advantage to talk about writing and her books. She has also spoken in several elementary schools and some public libraries this spring, where students have had an opportunity to contribute ideas for her mystery juvenile Century Farm series.

* K.B. Schaller was featured on Indie Writers:

* Bruce Judisch is being interviewed over the course of June on

* Sylvia Stewart's article, about retirement from ministry, is live on Women in Ministry on-line magazine:

* Wm. Shane Dean, author of My Enemy's Keeper, will be doing a book signing at the Base Exchange at Gowen Field, on the Idaho Air National Guard base on 6/2/12 from 10am - 2pm.

* Bruce Judisch is having a giveaway and reader exchange on The Book Club Network ( May 19-21. He will also have a guest blog post on May 21st at

* Bruce Judisch reviewed Ann Gaylia O’Barr’s novel, Distant Thunder, on his blog,,, and Goodreads

* Deborah Lynne will be signing copies of her novel, Be Not Afraid, at Homewood Suites in Baton Rouge, LA on May 19th from 1 to 5 PM:

* 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:


* 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: