Posted by: Kathy Temean | February 5, 2015

Lots of Kudos

karen-fortunati221shortI’m thrilled to report that Karen Fortunati has signed with agent Sara Megibow of KT Literary! 

Karen started her new story at the Avalon Writer’s Retreat, so it is nice to see results from my yearly novel retreat that focuses in developing and revising a whole novel manuscript.


Way to go, Karen!



Darlene Beck-Jacobson’s book Wheels of Change has been chosen as a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2015 by the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC). This is huge, because it gets her book in front of a tons of teachers!   


Carol Roth just received the F&G’s for her new picture book that is coming out in August.

carol rothFLDGTScover

Here is a sneak peek at the front and back cover.

Carol Roth summary FLDGTS


Randy Gallegos who was featured on Illustrator Saturday just finished a project with an independent author self-publishing, where he produced ten illustrations for his kids’ retelling of the Greek myth, Parthenope. You can read about it here:


The above oil painting is the cover and the illustration below is one the interior pieces of art.


The above interior illustration was done using a faux-watercolors technique. That second interior piece is notable because it uses a different style from his normally fully-painted look, which Randy is thinking might be good for other similar projects.


Laura Watson who was featured on Illustrator Saturday. She has great news, she illustrated a series of 4 books about spring weather for Picture Window Books (an imprint of Capstone), called Springtime Weather Wonders, written by Charles Ghigna.

watson2015ci_windy-real-coverThis was a huge project that took from about March until September last year. Around 70 illustrations.


I just blogged about it and you can read it and view some of the illos here:


This is another project Laura worked on last year. Laura says, “I believe this came about thanks to your wonderful article on me! I think that’s how the client found out about me.  Teeth Fairies – A Baby Teeth Tradition.



The book was a creation of Ingrid Bencosme, a former teacher and a mom of three (soon to be four), it’s a set including a book, doll and gift box.


The complete set is available, now, so I’m able to show off all of the illustrations finally.

watsonjan2105CI_TF_doll-book-set1Laura actually got to design the doll too, which she said was so much fun!

Wow! Congratulations to everyone.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. It’s amazing how, from the top of the page, a smile grew bigger and bigger and bigger as I scrolled to the bottom. There’s no way NOT to love all this! 😀 Congrats, everyone!!!


  2. It definitely is a great kudos post.


  3. Congrats everyone! 🙂


  4. Wow, great things happening for talented people here! Congratulations to all!


  5. Reblogged this on watsonillo and commented:
    Thank you, Kathy, for the shout out! And big congrats to Randy, Carol, Darlene and Karen!


  6. Thanks so much Kathy! It is an honor to share the spotlight with so much talent. Bravo to Randy, Carol, and Karen!


  7. Wonderful news all around! Congrats, everyone!


  8. Thanks so much and a huge congrats to my fellow writers and artists, Darlene, Carol, Randy and Laura! And Kathy, a special thanks to you for always informing and supporting our writing community! You’re the best!


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