Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 10, 2015

Free Fall Friday – Kudos – Book Launches – Book Trailers and more

stickandstone Beth Ferry’s Book STICK AND STONE hit the book shelves on April 7th. You are invited to her Book Launch Party:

April 19, 2015 – 1-3 p.m. – Booktowne, Manasquan, NJ.

If you can’t make it you can still see Beth at the following bookstores.

April 24, 2015 -Barnes & Noble – 7 p.m. – Monmouth Mall, NJ

April 25, 2015 – Words Bookstore – 11 a.m. – Maplewood, NJ

April 26, 2015 – WORD – 11 a.m. – Jersey City, NJ

May 2, 2015 – River Road Books – 1 p.m. Fair Haven, NJ

If you’d like a chance to win a FREE copy of STICK & STONE (HMH Books April 2015), please post a comment on Darlene Beck-Jacobson’s blog:  If you’d like to increase your chances of winning, tweet about this post on Twitter, share it on Facebook, and reblog it. For each additional “shout out,” another entry will be added with your name on it. Just let me know what you did so I can add the correct number of names. Deadline for this great give-away is April 13, 2015.




THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste comes out on April 28th.


Tracey is having two Book Launch Parties for THE JUMBIES and you are all invited.

Check your calendars they are being held at:

Watchung Booksellers, Montclair, NJ on April 28, 4-6pm

La Casa Azul Bookstore, Harlem, NY on April 30, 6-8pm



Joyce Wan’s new book THE WHALE IN MY SWIMMING POOL came out this week. I just love her animated GIF.11105241_10152843151475698_261437152_n

Robin Newman’s book THE CASE OF THE MISSING CARROT CAKE hits the stores on May 12th. Below is a fun book trailer for the book.


Linda Camacho agent at the Prospect Agency has agreed to critique the winning four first pages this month. 

Here are the guideline for submitting a first page for critique:


In the subject line, please write “April 2015 First Page Critique” and paste the text in the email, then attached a Word document of your first page to the email. Please make sure you include your name, the title of the piece, and whether it is as picture book, middle grade, or young adult, etc. at the top on both the email and the Word document.

Your First Page Word document should be formatted using one inch margins and 12 point New Times Roman font – double space – no more than 23 lines – only one page. Send to: kathy(dot)temean(at)gmail(dot)com.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES: Your submission will be skipped over if you do not follow the directions for both the pasted email and the attached Word doc. This is where most people mess up.

DEADLINE: April 23rd.

RESULTS: May 1st.

Please only submit one first page a month. Thanks!

Talk tomorrow





  1. Congratulations to all!


  2. Wow! Thank you for sharing! They all look great!


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