I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe this year is almost at an end. The weather has been amaaaazing—until the last few days. On Sunday Hubby and I went outside to sit on our new-this-year swing and enjoy 60°F weather. In December. Wow! Sunny skies, birdies tweeting. It was gorgeous.
By Monday the temps had taken a dive, and today I’m taking full advantage of my snuggly electric shearling blanket while I strive to avoid going out into the newly arrived winter: It’s 34°F right now. Someone else can get the mail, right? Brrrr!
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! BOOKcelebrations 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
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!
The author of the beloved Ramona Quimby books turns 101 years old today. A hundred and one! I’m sure she had no idea when she wrote Ramona Quimby, Age 8 that she would start a literary revolution.
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Inspired by letters from readers sharing their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates. In the book, Ramona’s teacher introduces the children in her class to D.E.A.R. (Drop Everything And Read). It could have been “Sustained Silent Reading,” but how much more fun is it with a title like that? I love clever teachers (and writers) who know how to engage their students and make learning an adventure.
Drop Everything and Read has become “a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives.” (Drop Everything and Read)
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)!]
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!
I am thrilled to announce that Blood and Shadow, the first novel in the Mage’s Gift, is now available on Amazon! It’s taken a lot longer to get here than I’d planned, but we’re finally there, and book 2 is not far behind. No, really.
A vengeful mage. A powerful gift. A naive youth.
Sherakai never wanted to become a warrior like his father and brothers. Satisfied with being fourth in line to inherit title and responsibility, he wants only to be Master of the Horse. But on the eve of his sister’s wedding, a terrible gift arrives and Sherakai’s course changes forever. His magic is the key to secrets he does not know or understand, and he must learn to fight to escape a future he doesn’t believe in. Now he must use what he hates to regain what he loves.
To celebrate this holiday season A Drift of Quills has something awesome for you—We’re giving away e-books!
The Grand Prize Winner gets a virtual stocking stuffed with all five books in the format of your choice. (mobi, epub, pdf)
One copy each of As the Crow Flies, Oathtakers, A Hero’s Curse, and Obscurely Obvious will go to 4 separate runners-up. (One book per winner, notification by email.)
As the Crow Flies, by Robin Lythgoe
When a psychotic wizard traps a first-class thief—well, a man’s got to do what he’s told. Until he can think of a better plan.
Oathtaker, by Patricia Reding
Mara swears to protect her charge with her life, then discovers the price her vow will exact. Abiding by an oath requires sacrifice.
Select, by Patricia Reding
To discover their callings, and in fulfillment of prophecy, the twin ranking members of the Select journey across The Tearless where they face three challenges. To triumph, they must first believe.
A Hero’s Curse, by P.S. Broaddus
The fantastical adventure story of a young blind girl and her talking cat taking on a perilous quest to find her kingdom’s lost king.
Obscurely Obvious, by Robin Lythgoe
A collection of five short stories including In the Mirror, The High Roads, Tourist Trap, Deliver Me, Elran’s Journey, and a bonus story.
I’m teaming up with authors from the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network for another awesome e-book sale. Starting today (December 19th) and running until the end of the year, the FSFNet is having a spectacular blockbuster sale featuring free, 99¢, and bargain e-books.You’ll find award-winning and bestselling authors like Patricia Reding, A.R. Silverberry, L.R.W. Lee, and J.D. Hallowell. We’ve also got up-and-coming authors including Kasper Beaumont, Joshua Grasso, Lori Fitzgerald, and many more.
As the Crow Flies is on sale, and my new short story, The High Roads, is also available.
Check out the Fantasy Sci-Fi Network site for a list of all the awesome books on sale!(Watch closely, as the savings on some will disappear without notice. Be sure to check the price carefully before you hit “buy.”) And if your shopping is all wrapped up, use this opportunity to get yourself a gift!
Four years ago yesterday, I started on this blogging adventure. I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned a lot on the journey, and I’ve gained a better appreciation for other bloggers and website authors. The writers and readers communities are some of the sharing-est folks I know, and I’m glad to be a part of that.
Along the way I’ve talked about everything from character development, to weddings, to birds, to good books to read. Help yourself to a nice, big piece of chocolate cake and check out some of my most popular posts:
Do you want to get in on the celebration? I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card!
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