#RRBC’s Back-To-School BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY…WE WILL NEVER FORGET

Block Party Badge(1)Welcome to the 21st day of the Rave Reviews Book Club’s 1st BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY! 

In Memory of:  Author, Kathryn C. Treat

Location:  California

Departed this earth:  December 21, 2014

DAILY GIVEAWAY (2 Winners): 

(1) $5 Amazon Gift Card

(1) Ebook copy of “ALLERGIC TO LIFE”

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Hello, and thank you so much for taking the time to join me as I celebrate the memory of our friend and family member, the late, Author, Kathryn C. Treat.

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Kathryn is never far from my mind, as I’m sure is the case for many of you who were blessed to know her.  Anytime the club creates a new program, the first thing to pop out of my mouth is, “Kathryn would love this.”  When I formulated the concept of RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB, there were a few people that I knew I just had to have on board to help me carry out my vision…Kathryn was one of those people.  Although I wanted to give everyone I’d selected to serve as part of the GOVERNING BOARD, the opportunity to decide which title they wanted to hold and which hat they wanted to wear… I knew that Kathryn would be the best candidate for Membership Director.  You see, I met Kathryn on Twitter back in 2013 and what I immediately liked about her was that she was very welcoming.

I remember clearly the day she sent me a tweet, letting me know that she had purchased my first book, “THE GOOD MOMMIES’ GUIDE TO RAISING (ALMOST) PERFECT DAUGHTERS,” and that she was on her way to read it.  She later chimed in with another tweet that a review would soon follow. (As an author herself, she knew that those words were always music to an author’s ears).

AS promised, one of the first reviews I received for that book, came from Kathryn, and it was so kind that it is one of the special reviews that resides on the back cover of the paperback edition.  Kathryn and I immediately bonded when one day she tweeted, “I also have two (almost) perfect daughters.”  After that, Kathryn and I spoke over the phone quite often, comparing notes on parenting daughters, among many other things.  We found that we had much in common.

Because of Kathryn’s medical issues, she could no longer work outside of her home.  RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB became her full-time “job,” and the one she loved most, as she would tell me.  Many of the members that we garnered in the first year, were recruited by Kathryn C. Treat.  Everyone who knew her, loved her, because it was obvious that her kind heart, and supportive, giving nature were all genuine.

When Kathryn’s father passed away (also in 2014), Kathryn, along with her sister, were both left to spend more time than ever caring for their aging mother, and this, along with her own medical issues, was wearing on her physically and mentally.  She decided to step down from her position as Membership Director in October, 2014, while still serving as an active member of the club, as well as managing most of our social media forums. Her love for RRBC never wavered and for her dedication and support, she is, and will forever hold LIFETIME MEMBER status with the club.

On December 19, 2014, after calling me asking if I had opened my Christmas presents which she’d handmade and sent to me, we both said goodbye and went into an online chat room to celebrate the club’s 1st “virtual” Christmas party.  Kathryn was so excited to be there, as she always was in regards to any RRBC event.  A few minutes after we were in the room, Kathryn announced that she had a horrible headache and had to leave.  We all wished her goodbye and she left.  It was the next day that we learned Kathryn had been rushed to the E.R. after leaving our Christmas party.  It was the last time we would get to chat with our friend.   I won’t go into anymore detail here as I’ve said enough, and I don’t want all the memories of that time to mark today’s event.

We, the Governing Board of RRBC, have designated the 21st of each month as KATHRYN C. TREAT Day.  It’s the day we all head to her IN LOVING MEMORY… page on the RRBC site, and send it out onto social media as much as we can.  This post will be no different.

If Kathryn were here physically (because she remains with us in spirit), she’d be so excited about this event!  Her eyes would sparkle and you would know by all her tweets and FB shares, how much she loved the idea and wanted to spread the word about it.  I’d like for you all to imagine that she IS here in the physical, spreading her love, her cheer and her special way of always making others feel special, and I want you all to appreciate and THANK HER for the kindness she always showed towards EVERYONE.  I am asking each of you to THANK HER by helping me to keep her name and her memory alive by picking up a copy of her book, “ALLERGIC TO LIFE:  MY BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL, COURAGE AND HOPE.”  

Allergic To Life cover

(A 4WillsPublishing production)

Kathryn is not here to promote her own book, so we at RRBC, continually do all that we can to ensure that it is not forgotten.  I checked a moment ago, and her ranking on Amazon was at #698,056.  I’d like to see, from the support here today, how low we can get that number.  The cost of her e-book is only $3.03 US Dollars.  If it were you, rest assured that Kathryn would be the first to jump in and show her support.

Thank you all for stopping by today, and aside from supporting my efforts to continually keep Kathryn’s book alive, I hope that you will stop by the other legs on today’s tour, as I’m sure their parties are simply awesome!  Click here to visit the line-up and register for more DAILY GIVEAWAYS!  Don’t forget, leave a comment below!  It’s what Kathryn would do!

56 Comments

  1. Thank you, Nonnie, for sharing this beautiful and heartfelt tribute. Through your heartfelt words and the numerous posts of friends sharing precious moments, Kathryn’s spirit was very present across the world today.
    Thank you.

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  2. Dear Nonnie,
    What a heartfelt and beautiful way to remember your dear friend and colleague! From your words I am sorry that I never got to meet her. Clearly she was a person who touched many many others in a positive and loving way.
    There are some people who come into our lives who we feel as though we had known forever. They are our soul mates – members of our ‘spirit tribe’ so to speak. I would venture to say that Kathryn was that kind of person in your life.
    Relationships like that are rare and special, and no matter how long they last, the memories last a lifetime.
    Thank you for sharing some of those memories with us today – and may they remain ever-bright and clear in your heart forever.

    MikeL

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  3. This is a beautiful tribute to Kathryn, who touched my heart many years ago in Dallas. Kathy was a kind and supportive friend, a loving wife, mother, and daughter–and so much more. I miss her terribly. Thank you, Nonnie, for keeping her memory alive.

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  4. An awesome story and tribute, I wish I had known her.

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  5. I didn’t know Kathryn but I can see she touched many lives. This is a great tribute to her memory. Thank you for giving us the chance to know here through you. I will get a copy of her book, but it will have to be Friday. ❤

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  6. I miss the cheerful emails Kathryn used to send to me whenever she reported a review or just thought to say hello. She will always be remembered. This is a wonderful blog, Nonnie. A beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul.

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  7. Reblogged this on Kim's Author Support Page and commented:
    A Tribute to Kathryn C. Treat. Gone but not forgotten. Never forgotten!

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  8. Thank you for sharing the story. For me, as not-so-long around member, I wasn’t sure who she was, I just knew she was special to the club. And now, I understand why. Blessings to her memory.

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  9. Beautifully written. No need for words.

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  10. wonderful tribute.

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  11. What a lovely and heartfelt tribute to our dear Kathryn, who is deeply loved and missed. Kathryn invited me to join RRBC in its early stages and set a wonderful example of the club’s philosophy of caring and sharing. In ALLERGIC TO LIFE, Kathryn penned an outstanding and poignant memoir that continues to touch my heart. For those who haven’t yet read it, I hope you will–it will change your outlook on life. Love you, Kathryn! ❤

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  12. Such a beautiful tribute….thank you very much for the reminder of our finitude and our giftedness. Kathryn was an exceptional woman, we’re so blessed to have known her through RRBC.

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  13. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Nonnie, this is a beautiful tribute to Kathryn. During those early days I also bought her book and then reached out to her by phone because I was so impressed with her fighting spirit. How else could she have had the presence of mind to write such an awesome book? I had my own health issues but none of it compares to what Kathryn went through. I don’t know how she was able to do it–but she did. And so I did a blog post review of her book before I knew to go to Amazon. When RRBC was born, (right in the middle of the post) I put a review there as well. WE WERE THE ORIGINAL TWEETERS FOLLOWING YOUR LEAD NONNIE! Thank you for starting RRBC and being the creative force behind it, and keeping Kathryn C. Treat’s memory alive.

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  14. Hi Nonnie. I do think of Kathryn often, & miss her freatly. She was a wonderful person, & I was so blessed to have her in my life for a short time. I reblogged this post and hopefully it will introduce her to a few new readers.

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  15. Reblogged this on rhanidchae and commented:
    I had to reblog

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  16. What a beautiful and heartfelt post. I will be buying Kathryn’s books.

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  17. Reblogged this on Lizzie Chantree and commented:
    Wonderful post about an amazing lady.

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  18. I joined RRBC after Kathryn had passed away but it is clear that she must have been a very special person to have touched so many hearts. May she rest in peace.

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  19. Very beautiful tribute to Kathryn! I wish I had known her! I’m certainly getting the book!

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  20. Thank you for this opportunity to learn about this remarkable woman and her relationship to #RRBC

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  21. So pleased to find some internet today to let everyone know how much I enjoyed reading Kathryn’s ‘Allergic to Life’ story last year. Lovely tribute today to Kathryn.

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  22. That was wonderful. Very nice.

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  23. reanolanmartin

    I feel so fortunate to have ‘met’ Kathryn on several occasions. She was, as you say, Nonnie, so welcoming and helpful. She was one of the first RRBC members to purchase my book, Mystic Tea, and review it. A generous soul. I think of her often also. Thanks for sharing this lovely tribute.

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  24. Gone but not forgotten! I wish I’d known this wonderful lady!

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  25. Christa Nardi

    A very nice tribute

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  26. I’ve bought a copy of her book will read and with you when I can

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    • Thanks, Adam, for picking up a copy of her book. I hope that everyone who stops by today does the same. It’s the only way we can keep her work from disappearing into obscurity.

      My heartfelt thanks, once again!

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      • I had to buy it off Amazon.co.uk can’t buy.com so may not affect this yourself ranks sorry about that thanks for the party its brilliant take care

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      • You purchased it, Adam…that’s all that matters. You will definitely enjoy it! #GreatRead!

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  27. This is a very well written and moving tribute to Kathryn, Nonnie. Those of us who were privileged to know her were also graced by her unflagging support. In my capacity as the club’s present Membership Director, I must admit that filling her shoes is a very daunting task! Thank you for your service, Kathryn – and thank you for your example.

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  28. This is a nice post for her that I am sure she would have appreciated. I first started the club around the end of 2014 when all of this was happening and I could tell (not knowing everyone yet) that someone near and dear was gone.

    This was really a nice way to remember her.

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  29. What a lovely post sadly I never really got to know her but I’m sure she’s up in that big liar in the skywriting her stories and reading hours probably texting twittering in heaven I will try and buy one of her books that time of the party

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  30. I was just starting to get into RRBC when I saw the news of her passing . So sorry I didn’t get to know her as so many of you did but I hope to get to know her through her writing. God bless her beautiful soul.

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  31. What a sweet thing to do. I’m glad I stopped by today.

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  32. May Kathryn’s story inspire others. Thanks…

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  33. I wish I had the chance to meet her~I came too late to the RRBC party!

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  34. This is a lovely tribute for Kathryn. She was such a lovely, supportive person. It was a pleasure to know her.

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  35. That’s a lovely tribute. RIP Kathryn.

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  36. Kathryn was a special friend and went out of her way to make all members feel welcome. Her warmth spread throughout the membership so that each of us thought we were special. Today is a special day to remember her.

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  37. It’s one of my abiding regrets that I never knew Kathryn that well, as the first time I ‘met’ her was at that RRBC Christmas chatroom. Thank you Nonnie, for this very special tribute to Kathryn – I know she’d have loved this whole party concept and would have had a wonderful time visiting with each and every one of us who’ve taken or will take part in this awesome month-long party! 😀
    To those of you who’ve yet to read Kathryn’s poignant and engaging account of her later life’s battle with a multitude of allergies PLEASE do give it a whirl as it’s ultimately an uplifting and courageous story that has helped so many other people who have or love those who have dreadful life-sapping long-term medical conditions. Allergic to Life will stay with you forever as an example of how precious a thing it is to be able to find purpose and happiness in living well, against all the odds.

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  38. Reblogged this on Jan Hawke INKorporated and commented:
    Wonderful tribute to Kathryn Chastain Treat on the RRBC Back to School Book & Blog Party from Nonnie Jules. Kathryn was a founder member of RRBC and a truly inexhaustible, kind and encouraging supporter of indie authors and publishers despite the debilitating condition that kept her a prisoner in her own home so please do drop in and find out more about her and her work today 😀

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  39. Lovely tribute. I wish I had had a chance to know her.

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  40. It’s so wonderful that you keep her memory alive in this way. What a loving gesture.

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  41. What a beautiful post – I feel privileged to have been allowed to read it and get to know, just a little, about your wonderful friend.

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  42. Kathryn was such a beautiful person, inside and out. She is very missed.

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  43. harmonykentonline

    This is a lovely post to remember Kathryn with! Her spirit lives on in her legacy to us all.

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  44. A great decision and a lovely, moving tribute to Kathryn. A remarkable lady, who encouraged all of us. Well done, Nonnie.

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  45. Such a nice post for a great lady!

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  46. Aw, you made me cry! That was absolutely beautiful! 😊 May her beautiful energy surround us all. 😊

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  47. I didn’t know Kathryn but I can see she touched a lot of people with her life. This is a great tribute to her memory.

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  48. Kathryn is very dearly remembered. I also was touched personally by her. She reached out to me after I read, and commented on her book. She had a great, and loving spirit. May her soul continue to rest in perfect peace.

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  49. What a very nice tribute to Kathryn!

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  50. It’s your day, Kathryn! We will never forget you, nor will we let the world forget you!

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