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

Chocolate Fix: Avocado Chocolate Cream Pie

Avocado Chocolate Cream Pie sounds weird, right? Don’t run away yet! I tried it on my hubby, and I thought he was going to eat the whole thing in one sitting.

Then I sprang it on my daughter and her husband when she needed someone to make them a meal. (Dontcha hate being stuck in bed? But then people bring you food, and things might be okay after all!) Here’s what she had to say:

“The pie! So smooth and scrumptious! Hubby liked it, too. We both liked your Avocado Chocolate Cream Pie more than we thought we would. It was amazing! I also like that it’s not too rich. I could probably eat the whole pie…”

It’s slightly less decadent than the last pie I shared, but the texture is to die for. I revamped a  recipe by Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. The original recipe uses real maple syrup—which I love, but I wasn’t fond of it with chocolate and avocados! So I rebelled and used sugar. So sue me! You could probably Continue reading Chocolate Fix: Avocado Chocolate Cream Pie

Celebrate Reading (Drop Everything and READ!)

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary!

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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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 - by Beverly ClearyInspired 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)

Did you know that reading Continue reading Celebrate Reading (Drop Everything and READ!)

A Drift of Quills: TV We Love #1

A Drift of Quills: What’s Poppin’ our Peepers?

Hello, and Happy Spring! The daffodils are blooming, the trees are budding (in the northern hemisphere, anyway!), and A Drift of Quills are branching out. We usually talk about bookish things, but this month we’re exploring a different format of entertainment: television. What programs do you think grab our interest and get our brains working overtime?

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

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I remember going through a period of time several years ago when I was bored with television. Oh, sure, there were some decent dramas to watch, and maybe few good action programs, but my speculative fiction soul positively yearned for fantasy and science fiction and the pickin’s were extremely slim.

So-called “reality” tv is definitely speculative—and certainly beyond belief—but I’d rather clean house than subject myself to watching those… Continue reading A Drift of Quills: What’s Poppin’ our Peepers?

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!
Five Good Things (#7): In which we talk about The Handmaid’s Tale Takes to TV / Creative Writers Retreats / How Big is Your Vocabulary? / A Tiny House Village for Vets / Fantasy e-Book Reader Poll

Five Good Things #7

I love this digital age. There is so much information to discover: history, technological progress, people being cool to each other, and… well, books, of course! Welcome to another installment of “Five Good Things”!

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The Handmaid’s Tale
, by Margaret Atwood
https://www.hulu.com/the-handmaids-tale

In the last installment of Five Good Things (#6) I talked about Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Very shortly after that, I saw that Hulu will be airing a mini-series based on the book. It goes without saying that I have reservations about watching it. Part of me is afraid of seeing the story too much changed. Part of me is eager to see how they handle it.

With a cast including Elisabeth Moss as Offred and Joseph Fiennes as the Commander, I think I’ll take my chances. Queue me up, Hulu!

Creative Writers Retreats
http://www.yourwritefulplace.com/#yourwritefulplace

I dream of going on a writer’s retreat. My sister keeps sending me links about writing retreats on cruise ships. Continue reading Five Good Things #7

A Drift of Quills: Books We Love (#7)

A Drift of Quills: Books We Love #7

A Drift of Quills love to read as much as we love to write. Books help us relax and take us other places. Books inspire us. They introduce us to new ideas, cultures, and places. What’s not to love about reading?

Join us as we uncover a few gems in another installment of Books We Love

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

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I so enjoy doing our regular “Books We Love” posts! Do I pull one of the (usually older) books off my library shelves? Or do I choose something (usually newer) from my e-reader? I love revisiting my favorite books—and I love exploring new ones! Decisions, decisions…

You’ll be happy to know I made one.

I am delighted to spotlight A Hero’s Curse by our very own P.S. Broaddus. The book is a wonderful middle-grade/young adult fantasy-adventure about a twelve-year-old blind girl and her talking cat.

I have a confession to make… I’m not much interested in talking animals (with a few narrow exceptions), but this particular cat is haunted by the question of why it can talk. It is not exactly common.

The writing itself is vividly descriptive. Even if Essie can’t see, the reader can. Essie’s world is one of sound, smell, and touch, except for a single brilliant memory that both gives her comfort and anchors her to the world she cannot see. The story is full of interesting people and dangerous situations. Essie wants more than anything to be independent, yet she must learn how to rely on others and accept not only their help but their support and friendship. It is a complicated process and a complicated concept well supported by the notion that such relationships go two ways.

PATRICIA REDING

Patricia RedingAuthor of Oathtaker and Select
Patricia’s website

A Drift of Quills: Books We Love (#7)In truth, posts about “books we love” are a bit difficult for me. This is due to two oddly co-existing—yet seemingly entirely contrary—truths: (1) there are so many I love; and (2) it is so difficult to find one that I love. How is this possible?

There are numerous changes going on in the publication world, which means that one cannot always have a sense of certainty in advance as to whether a book will be worth the time and expense. Still, there is so much out there to read! So, I’m going to step back in time… (Find out what Patricia has to say about the book she chose!)

P.S. BROADDUS

“P.S.Author of A Hero’s Curse (The Unseen Chronicles Book 1)
Parker’s website

Today our group is writing about books we love. I had to wrestle with what to recommend. I just finished Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt and the ever phenomenal Sarah Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan. But today I’m especially excited to get to recommend Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. (See what Parker has to say about “Stone Fox”!)

Click on these links to find The House of Mirth and Stone Fox on Amazon.

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Have you read something you’ve just GOT to share? Tell us in the comments!

InstaFreebie Fantasy—Fill Your Kindle and Answer a Survey!

Just a quick post today—I recently created a poll for my readers. Do you read ebooks? Then this poll is for you!

Click this link:
Reader Survey!

I love getting to know you! I threw in some silly questions so we could both have fun.

There are also a bunch of giveaways going on—mostly on InstaFreebie, which I love. Be sure to check these out:

Fantasy Feast ebook giveaway Feb 8-16 2017

Fantasy Feast

The iF Book Promos page has fantasy books available HERE, and the offerings change frequently. Alas, there is no pretty picture to go with it.

SFF Book Bonanza

SFF Book Bonanza (Starts February 13th)


Did you answer the survey?

Have you got any questions for me? Ask me anything, but keep it clean, please!

A Drift of Quills: Care and Feeding of Fictional Characters

A Drift of Quills: Care and Feeding of Fictional Characters

Hello, and welcome back to A Drift of Quills! 2017 is already leaping out of the gate, but not to fear! We have our quills sharpened and our writing hats firmly settled! This month we are answering the following questions:

Do you plan characters in advance or in the moment, and how do you keep track of them?

A Drift of Quills: Writerly thoughts by writerly folks

For me, the answers are… Yes. And it depends! (Oops, my questionable sense of humor is showing!)

I tend to flesh out a few key characters briefly, but they grow from that organically. Every now and then random characters stroll into the story uninvited. I am not a fan of those “Get to Know Your Character” worksheets with a bazillion trivial questions, but I occasionally find them helpful when a necessary character refuses to take shape. What is this “shape”? Continue reading A Drift of Quills: Care and Feeding of Fictional Characters

Cover Candy #07: Three (more!) Beautiful Book Covers

Cover Candy #7

It’s time for a little Cover Candy book lovin’!

What does it say that I haven’t read any of these yet? They’re all on my humongous TBR list. That’s a step, right?

I usually end up spending more time writing than reading—though once I start reading I’m likely to keep right on going and forget to write! January has been rough. I’ve been sick. Ugh. On the bright side, it opened up some reading time, and my towering stack is now seven books (and a half!) shorter. I’m taking part in the 2017 Reading Challenge on Goodreads again—that gives me a push, too!

So. Covers. Continue reading Cover Candy #7