Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Summer Reading with 4RV Publishing

One of the recommended ways to stop the summer slide--a loss of learning gains during the summer months--is for your child to read at least 20 minutes a day. Here are some reading suggestions from the 4RV Publishing Bookstore

Simon thinks his skin is bo-rrring. Simon doesn't like boring. So, he “tries on” different skins, and to his surprise, each comes with its own challenge. Simon soon makes a pleasant discovery about his own skin.

Irma wanted a puppy, a pet she could take on walks, not a few stupid guppies. Fish don't do anything, except roll over on their backs if they die. Sometimes, though, a girl has to make the most of what she has. Now, what can Irma do with three guppies besides stare at them as they stare at her.

A young duck, who enjoys things like riding waves, can become quite lonely. Louie didn’t have any friends except two cousins, who didn’t like to ride waves. When Mr. and Mrs. Goose’s grandson, Gus, comes to live with them, Louie promises Mrs. Goose that he will be Gus’ friend. But, can Louie finally have a friend, one who doesn’t think he’s odd because he is different? Can being different be all right?

From letters
furry faces are here to see.

Living in cages and ponds
or feathered friends in a tree,

explore a zoo of exciting animals
from land, air, and sea.

No one called her anything but Dog, but she had food, water, and a warm place. She got to go for rides with the wind blowing in her face. She had a boy who played with her. She was happy.

One day, the man said, “Come on, Dog, let’s go for a ride.”

She ran and jumped through the open door onto the back seat. She thought maybe they would go to the dog park. How exciting.

When the car stopped, the man got out and opened the door. “Get out, Dog.”

She jumped out and sat waiting, but he told her to stay and climbed back into the car and drove away. 

She barked and ran after the car.

The car drove too fast for her to catch.

She sat and waited. No one came back. She grew hungry and cold and afraid. What could she do? Why didn’t her people want her anymore? What would happen to her?

Eleven-year-old Kate Taylor dreams of being the star of her basketball team, Angels. When Kate's tooth is knocked out at one of the games, and her mother, who is also her coach, says she can't play until the tooth the dentist replants heals, Kate's dreams are in jeopardy. Add Emily, the new girl at school who claims she's the best, and Kate faces a challenge to prove that she is the star. ​

Will Kate succeed? Or will Emily ruin Kate's plans?

To learn more about these and other books by 4RV Publishing , please visit us online at http://www.4rvpublishing.com

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Congratulations to 4RV Publishing's President Vivian Zabel for Cupid Awards Win!


Please join us in congratulating Vivian Zabel, President of 4RV Publishing, on her recent Cupid Awards win! The Cupid Awards are overseen by the Oklahoma Romance Writers Guild. Zabel's unpublished short story, "And the Winner is..." took the top honor in the Non-romance with Strong Romantic Plot category. 

To learn more about Vivian and her books, please visit her website at http://www.vivianzabel.website or her author page on the 4RV Publishing website at http://www.4rvpublishing.com/vivian-zabel.html

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Writing Superpowers - Foreshadowing & Eliminating Inconsistencies


Today, we wrap up our conversation about writing superpowers. Let's discuss ways to keep readers engaged when characters act out of character and how eliminating inconsistencies in a manuscript creates a better story.  

Have you ever been fully into a book when suddenly your main character does something you would never expect? Does it make you sit up and say, "What just happened? They would never do that!" 

Why do readers feel taken aback when a character acts "out of character?" 

First, readers feel a connection with the main character. They invest time and energy in getting to know that character's thoughts, actions, and motivations. The connection breaks when the character acts in a way they don't expect. An interruption in an established pattern can lead readers to feel betrayed. 

Second, unexpected behavior can seem random if it's not properly foreshadowed. 

Foreshadowing provides a hint of what is coming. Whether it be direct foreshadowing that openly suggests a problem or plot twist, or indirect foreshadowing that drops clues that lead to a revelation for the reader, recommended rules are that foreshadowing be relevant to the plot, subtle so that it creates anticipation or suspense, and properly timed so the reveal is satisfying to readers. 

For eliminating inconsistencies, type out character worksheets and a brief or detailed outline. The spelling of characters' names and their physical descriptions can be as hard to keep track of over a 250+ page novel as the sequence of events from beginning to end. Draw a simple map to remember where each building in your fictional town is located (especially important if you're planning a series). 

How did you enjoy traveling through these writing superpowers? Is there another topic you would like us to cover? Just for fun, are you a plotter or a panster? 

Cheryl C. Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of four children’s books including, A Christmas Kindness, released by 4RV Publishing. A blogger and book reviewer, she lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three adult children. Visit Cheryl's website at https://ccmalandrinos.com or her children’s book blog at https://childrensandteensbookconnection.wordpress.com