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It’s World Book Day—Party on, Bibliophiles!

Did you know that April 23rd is World Book Day?

It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. ~World Book Day

It’s like the world hears all of our birthday wishes and wishes-upon-a-star! BOOK celebrations everywhere! Party on, Bibliophiles!

Also known as International Day of the Book, this is an annual event celebrated every April 23rd since 1995. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized the affair, using it to promote reading, publishing, and copyright.

I love that!

Just to be quirky, the folks in the United Kingdom celebrate on the first Thursday in March. 😮

The Low-down on World Book Day

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.I love finding out about stuff. When I was little and read something I didn’t know or understand, I would ask my mother. I’m not sure if it was an insidious plot to get me to leave her alone or if it was pure genius for waking my curiosity. Whatever the motivation, she would always tell me to go look it up.

The real problem with this was that I would get so distracted by all the other amazing things in the dictionary and/or encyclopedia (yeah, back in the dinosaur age) that I would forget what I was there for!

I did that today, too. Don’t tell anyone that my search for information about World Book Day led me from Wikipedia to IMDB dot com to today’s movie schedule for the local theater. And a site for soundtrack music. And do not ask how I ended up looking at fantasy cartography on Pinterest.

Just don’t.

So…

Miguel de Cervantes, by Frederick Mackenzie
Miguel de Cervantes, by Frederick Mackenzie

In 1923 Valencian writer Vicente Clavel Andrés originally came up with the idea—and the day—as a way to honor Miguel de Cervantes, who died on this date in 1616. (Have you read Don Quixote? I haven’t; should I? Touted as “one of the most influential works of literature from the Spanish Golden Age,” I feel guilty to have neglected a book of such value. Does it count if I love the word quixotic?)

UNESCO decided in 1995 that April 23rd would make a good ‘World Book and Copyright Day.’ Coincidentally, that is the death date of such luminaries as William Shakespeare, P.L. Travers (The author of the Mary Poppins novels) and William Wordsworth.

Festivities Phase Two!

It turns out that Amazon is celebrating World Book Day—And well they should! Here on their website they list some places you can donate, encourage you to choose one of them to support AmazonSmile, and offer a fun way to participate:

Whether you cherish story time with your kids, read for some blissfully needed alone time (or both!), share your #LoveToRead moments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Easy and fun!

“World Book Day is a global celebration of reading and books! Join Amazon.com and share your love of reading!”

In another happy coincidence, author Brian Ference and the Epic Worlds authors have rounded up a generous list of goodies. Available on Instafreebie, you’ll find books, novellas, short stories, and samples for your reading pleasure. You’ll want to check it out—there are a ton of new books!

A ton of new fantasy and sci-fi books available through InstaFreebie.com

Game on!

What’s your #LoveToRead moment?

What Are the Chances? And What if It’s Free?

I’ve got a little story for you from the weird, wacky world of Coincidence: A Tale of Two Georgias.

I’ve been getting some lovely emails from my readers—good news, funny news, encouraging words, and all flavors of What’s Going On in Your World. I love it. (Email me!)

Yesterday, I had the surreal experience of hearing from two delightful readers named Georgia. Yup, both of them. [Hi, Georgia(s)!]

These peaches are named Georgia—Welcome to their slightly surreal story.I received an email from one at 7:16 PM on Wednesday, and from the other at 7:18 PM. On Wednesday. Both of them lamented that the link for downloading their thank you gift didn’t work. (Did you know you, too, could get a free short story? All you have to do is sign up for my email list. I don’t mail very often!)

They both wanted the mobi version of the story.

I checked the page and the links. They worked, but I am forever suspicious of ether gremlins running amok. I had to ask if perhaps one person had signed up for two email lists? (Still, why would one person need two copies of one little short story?? I know it’s good, but is it that good? 😄)

So I emailed them both with a copy. One kindly mentioned she was from Colorado. The other volunteered that she came from Alabama. Coincidentally, I didn’t ask either of them…

And then today, just to round things out, I happened to read an article written by—you guessed it—another woman named Georgia.

They’re all peaches. 😉

More Peachiness with FREE Books

And here’s another coincidence: More free books for you! (I love sharing these sources. Who doesn’t love free books?) Below you’ll find all the latest Instafreebie giveaways I’m involved in. There are lots of free sci-fi and fantasy books in return for signing up to author newsletters. My Kindle is beginning to burst at the seams!

Fantasy Feast: Free fantasy books for hungry bookworms

Main Feast Table:
http://benjamindescovich.com/fantasyfeast/

Feast Favourites Table:
http://benjamindescovich.com/fantasyfeastfavs/

SFF Book Bonanza

Over 100 SciFi and Fantasy books!
http://sffbookbonanza.com/freebooks/

Melanie Tomlin's PROLIFIC READER: a huuuuge list of free books from every genre.

Melanie goes above and beyond with a huuuuge list of books from every genre.
https://melanietomlin.com/tpr- freebies/

Science Fiction and Fantasy Instafreebie Giveaway Mar 21-31. Over 60 books!

This one is upcoming. We’re spreading the reading out over the whole month!
https://www.lincolncole.net/freebies

Read with joy, my friends!

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What are you reading now? Share in the comments!

What Are the Chances? A short journey into the surreal AND some free books for you!

Wishing You the Happiest of Holidays!

I hope each and every one of you, no matter your religious affiliation or lack thereof, has an excellent holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to believe we’re coming to the close of another year. 2016 has treated me well—and so have you, my awesome readers! I am so grateful for your support and good wishes. I lovelovelove hearing from all of you, so if you’ve been shy about commenting or emailing me before, DEW EET! Here, let me make it easy: This is my contact page. One little note can totally make my day—and I hope I can return the favor!

“One little note” is what started my friendship with Drift of Quills pals and fellow writers Patricia Reding and P.S. Broaddus. Another little note introduced me to one of my favorite beta readers, Alan Mills. Another ended up putting me in cahoots with author Leeland Artra.

I want you to know how important you all are!

You’re the only one that can be you, with all your unique experiences and outlook on life. You have your own abilities and talents, and when you share those with me, you make my life more full.

You is smart.
You is kind.
You is important.

― Kathryn Stockett, The Help

I hope each and every one of you, no matter your religious affiliation or lack thereof, has an excellent holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!I hope each and every one of you, no matter your religious affiliation or lack thereof, has an excellent holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!

It’s National Look-Alike Day!

According to my Google Fu skills, it’s “a fun day to look like another person.” Or maybe you already do!

The Chinese website “Face++” decided that I look like Elizabeth Taylor. How flattering is that?

Look-Alike Day!

They pull up several possibilities, and since it’s an Asian site, there are a lot of Asian choices. Or… Angelina Jolie. Muahahaaa! (I’m glad they didn’t pick Tom Cruise!)

Who do you look like? Share!