Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 4, 2018

Book Winner – Kudos – Cover Reveal – Free Training Reminder

Rupa Limulge is the winner of The Enchanted Snow Globe: Return to Coney Island by Melissa Stoller

Last week Charlotte Bennardo wrote an article about me on SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE and I had to share it. Thank you Charlotte for all the kind words. Here is the link to SDinTM. Writer’s should check it out to see how a group blog is done.

One Person, Many Acts of Kindness


Through the many (gulp!) years I’ve been a part of the writing community, there are always people who surprise you with their kindness. Yes, there are a lot of good people, but some go beyond being nice and do something special. One such person is Kathy Temean. She runs the Writing and Illustrating blog where she reports daily on personnel and submission changes in the industry, lists contests, and hosts not only debuting authors, but one page agent/editor critiques, book giveaways, and advice articles from established authors.

What makes Kathy special is that she is the biggest cheerleader for authors and illustrators. She talks up their work, features them, and later, supports them by buying their books. She has such enthusiasm it’s like the favorite aunt who loves anything you do and not only brags about it, but shares pictures with anyone who’ll listen. Kathy was one of the first people to buy Sirenz and gushed how she’d been waiting for it to come out. She might even have seen an early draft and critiqued it. And she’s been enthusiastic about every book since that came out. A former regional advisor the New Jersey Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she championed a lot of us through the years, and put aside her own work to promote the organization and its members. In a highly competitive industry, she’s one of those you can trust. And it’s time I gave a huge, heartfelt, humble, and happy Thank You!

This cheer’s for you, kid.

Based on the book by Joyce Moyer Hostetter

“Blue” is an extraordinary story that is both heart-warming and historical. The show is actually set in Hickory, NC in 1944.  It’s a tale that involves the NC Polio Epidemic, WWII,  & a sweet, naive family whose father has gone off to war and leaves them to carry on in a harsh and unprotected environment for which they are ill-equipped. They are a little band made up of a young mother, a 13 yr. old, twin elementary school aged little girls and a pre-school aged boy. The eldest daughter, Ann Fay, is given a set of overalls and instructions by her dad to be the “man of the house” while he’s away…a daunting task for any child.

So much of the simple values and morality of a common way of living in the South are portrayed in “Blue.” The faith that uplifts all of her friends and relatives in Ann Fay’s community are deeply moving. These values and the quiet, simple ways of living still linger in this region of NC, today.

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Here is the cover of Melissa Stoller’s picture book SCARLET’S MAGIC PAINT BRUSH coming out in August. Dr. Mira Reisberg, editor and art director at Clear Fork Publishing offered her a contract after working with her during the online course – Craft and Business of Writing Children’s Picture Books at the Children’s Book Academy. 

Don’t miss Dr. Mira Reisberg’s Free Online Writing Training tomorrow. Melissa Stoller will be assisting in the training. Just click on the image below to sign up for the fun!

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Thanks for featuring my friend and mentor’s book!


  2. Wonderful Kudos and well-deserved appreciation for you Kathy! Thank you so much for all you do for all of us writers! xo


  3. Nicely done, Kathy. Hooray for you!


  4. Kathy, I totally choked up reading what Charlotte said. She got it spot on! You deserve that and so much more from so many people for the many things you’ve done and still do. You already know how I feel 😀 oxoxox

    And these other books featured look great!


  5. Yes! Thank you, Charlotte, for this appreciation of all Kathy does for the writing community. Kathy rocks!!!


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