Do you know what today is?

INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY!

International Children's Book Day Ibby

Thanks to my favorite Ape, and Jo Robinson for reminding me!

International Childrens Book Day

And a happy birthday to one of my favorite authors, Hans Christian Anderson. I’m sure there isn’t a parent in the world who doesn’t know The Little Mermaid. But did you know it was written in 1837? Just goes to show you good books last forever.The Little Mermaid (With Original Illustrations) by [Andersen, Hans Christian]

Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t showcase my children’s books. I hope you’ll head over to Amazon and check mine out. While I in no way stand alongside Hans Christian Anderson, I’m very proud of my books. Easter is coming and a book makes a great gift.

A Most Reluctant Princess by Jean M. Cogdell   A Reluctant Little Prince by Jean M Cogdell   Tryouts for Ben by Jean M Cogdell

Of course, you don’t have to wait for a holiday to give the gift of imagination. So, y’all give a book and light a fire of creativity in a child today. You never know who you might inspire to become the next great author.

Don’t have any little ones to gift a book? Teachers everywhere are in need of good books. There is always a place to make a reading impact. Ask around.

To read more about this holiday, check out these websites…

USBBY.org

Fun Holiday – International Children’s Book Day

Days of the Year

PS:

I’m currently finishing up my next picture book and searching for just the right editor and illustrator. Interested? Or know someone who might be interested? Use the Contact me button to let me know.

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A surprising read with something for everyone

I haven’t posted a book review in quite a while, so thought it was time.

First I must confess, I don’t read a lot of books by James Patterson having OD on them years ago. However, after watching an interview on Stephen Colbert, my curiosity got the better of me and I downloaded a sample. I almost always download a free sample before handing over my hard-earned cash.

What a nail-biting surprise.

Not the cover, anyone can recognize the book, guess the author to be James Patterson and that you’re getting a political thriller. But everything else was a pleasant surprise.

 Don’t click away just because you may not be a Clinton fan.

Keep reading. The only bits of Bill Clinton I recognized in the book is authenticity for Presidential details and procedures.

I did not find this to be a partisan story but an American story, and a story of survival. So, set aside your skepticism, sit back and enjoy the ride.

The tale woven by Mr. Patterson is filled with suspense as he shows the frailties, limitations, and vulnerabilities of a country. He explores how much we’ve come to rely on technology and how difficult, if not impossible, life would become without it.

What would happen if, in one keyboard stroke, all internet services vanished?

Can you even begin to envision what would happen to your life?

  • ATMs – banks can’t verify your account
  • Retirement – what retirement account
  • Medical – hospital records gone, automated machines such as oxygen, medicine, and robotic surgeries grind to a halt.
  • Airports – no navigation systems, ground or air
  • Water – filtration plants stop, no clean water
  • Electrical – grids across the nation go dark
  • Cell – towers no longer transmit

And the list goes on. Our country would be thrown back to the dark ages. This is the premise of Mr. Patterson’s book. About not only what could happen to our lives but also what steps the government would need to take to keep us safe.

I give The President is Missing 5 Stars!

To read a FREE sample, click the image.

Let me know what you think.

What book have you read recently? 

Have you read this book yet?

Have I peaked your curiosity?

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Do you need ideas to round off the summer?

School will be starting back soon. And your kids are getting bored. Time for more ideas.

I know the summer goes too fast for most moms and dads but you still have a few weeks left to encourage reading. And I’ve got a couple of suggestions.

My best memories as a kid were curling up with a good book during the summer.

So if you’re searching for ways to entertain those busy beavers at your house, check out Mundie Kids Childrens for great recommendations.

And don’t forget the best-underused resource is your local library. They have something for everyone.

Do you have a book to recommend?

How are you entertaining the young ones? 

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What will suspend the disbelief of readers?

The character or the story?

Kind of a chicken and egg question.

 

 

My husband loves action movies. Lots of action with special effects and death-defying stunts. The bigger, higher, louder and most incredulous the better. Me, I can take or leave them. However, good actors are a must for me to sit through any movie.

So with the promise of dinner, I agreed to go see Equalizer 2 with Denzel Washington. A win-win for us both. Hubby gets lots of action and I don’t have to cook plus I get to watch Denzel. Be still my heart.Beating heartLater that evening, over dinner, we discussed our likes and dislikes. Hubby could use more action. Sigh… But, our conversation did get me to thinking about the suspension of disbelief. About how I can accept a temporary acceptance of a particular reality or situation that normally strain credulity?  Because that’s what it takes to keep me in my theater seat or turning the pages in a book.

Now everyone knows movies like Mission Impossible, and Equalizer aren’t real. So, what is it about these movies that keep fans coming back? That gets us so involved we jump in our seats every time there is an over the top explosion? Cringe when an actor leaps from tall buildings in a single bound, and he isn’t Superman?

For me, it’s the actor and he must sell the story. Same with books. A reader cannot get lost in our story unless they become invested in a character. Hate or love doesn’t matter. But the reader must have strong feelings about your character.

Which brings me to my writing.

What is it in a story that enables a reader to suspend disbelief?

Is it the character, plot or storyline?

For me, it’s the character. If I feel an attachment to the character, he becomes life-like. I want him to survive and succeed or die and disappear off the face of the earth. See what I mean about strong feelings?

What makes a character life-like when there are unbelievable stunts and wild special effects that we know are not possible?

Is there a way to show a vulnerability that will make a reader care?

Yes. Through everyday events. Back to my movie example. In the Equalizer 2, a lot of regular, believable, and even mundane things give the Robert McCall depth. He drove a Lyft car, lived in a simple apartment, helped neighbors, cared for an elderly customer, made tea, cooked, read books, etc. You know, normal stuff. With these normal human activities scattered throughout the movie, I liked the man. And when the wild, out there unbelievable began to happen, I gladly suspended disbelief to cheer in on.

What do you do to get a reader invested?

How do you connect with unbelievable stories?

Got any tips for me?

Go to the bottom of this post and click on the links.

Writing Fiction: How To Write Evocative Characters Through Action And Strong Language

Suspension of Disbelief

FICTION AND THE SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF Eva Schaper

 

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