Mar 24 2019

Sunday Stealing Thought Provoking Questions

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Questions to get to know each other.

1. When was the last time you tried something new?
Snookums made me a tasty treat not long ago. I don’t recall what it was, but some new food creation I never had before. Noodles, pine nuts, rabbit, tomatoes, some other stuff. I don’t know. It was good though. I married well.

2. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?
My great-grandfather. He was a story keeper, too.

3. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?
Don’t be afraid to take a big leap. You can’t cross a canyon in two steps.

4. What gets you excited about life?
Seeing new life in the spring.

5. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
Not everyone can be trusted with the full truth, and some wouldn’t believe it anyway.

6. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?
I don’t know. Working on the Existence books, I guess.

7. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?
I ask questions. Sometimes it bothers people because, apparently, that’s not a “thing” people do with teachers and experts. Just absorb the knowledge without engaging? Well, I wasn’t raised that way.

8. Who do you love and what are you doing about it?
My Snookums. I show my love in many ways. Little things, big things. Notes, physical affection, time together, etc.

9. What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?
I disagree with the usage of the word immigration. “Migration is movement from one part of something to another.” Tantrums do not make imaginary lines real. So many things that define our everyday lives are just constructs someone made up and everyone, for some reason, opts to accept.

10. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?
I don’t know. Be sort of a bonus parent to my niece. Use to just be an uncle that visited a few times a year, you know? But now we’re taking care of her more like half the week. I love her. I hate the reason for this change.

11. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
I don’t see it this way. Why only crying? Is smiling weakness or strength? Eating? Sleeping? Pissing? These are just things that humans do. We aren’t statues. Which idiot came up with this idea that some natural things are okay and some aren’t? And why do so many just go along with that?

12. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
Does not judging mean not physically harming? Because I’d live more honestly, I’d do a lot more and go to more places if I thought it wouldn’t hinder my survival. But if this just means the stupid thoughts of others, I don’t really care. Beyond trying to create my “author brand” I mean.

13. Do you celebrate the things you do have?
Life isn’t so much about things as it is about feelings, people, and experiences.

14. What is the difference between living and existing?
I wish I didn’t know this answer as well as I do. Living is planning, experiencing, having hope. Existing, just existing, getting by one day at a time, one hour at a time, one more health test, one more doctor, one more treatment… when you stop planning and hoping, when you don’t believe you’ll go to college or marry or grow old. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “I’ll never grow up.” When they know that. Intelligence and learning matter less than wisdom to the dying.

15. If not now, then when?
I don’t know yet.

16. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
Put a reference book out that hopefully will benefit not only the readers but the writing community. Check out the link at the end of this post, please.

17. What does your joy look like today?
These little mandarin almond honey cake things. It sort of looks like cornbread because Snookums makes them in the same little rectangular tins. But they’re desserts. Rectangular cupcakes? I don’t know. Anyway, they’re tasty and making me very happy right now.

18. Is it possible to lie without saying a word?
Yeah.

19. If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?
Forever. I’m honest with myself.

20. Which activities make you lose track of time?
Writing, blog commenting, sometimes reading.


Quote from Host Bev Sykes of sundaystealing.blogspot.com and the blog “Funny the World”.
Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: Thought Provoking Questions.


And please check out this bookblast over at Ronel’s!
http://www.ronelthemythmaker.com/new-book-release-writing-book-reviews-as-an-author-inspiration-to-make-it-easier-bookblast/

Mar 17 2019

Sunday Stealing from the Cookie Jar



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Questions to get to know each other.

1. Do you eat Oreos?

Sure.

2. If you eat Oreos, which are your favorite – original, double stuff, golden original, golden double stuff, Oreo brownies, Oreo ice cream?

I’m convinced that “double stuff” is the same size as the actual “original” from the 90’s. I might not be wrong: https://www.cnn.com/2013/08/21/us/oreo-high-school-experiment/index.html

3. Do you twist your Oreos apart?

Sometimes.

4. Are you able to pass by a plate of cookies and not take one or are you a bit of a ‘Cookie Monster’?

I can resist. Unless a princess is offering. One never says no to tea and cookies with a princess.
*Gender and royal blood are unrelated to being a princess.

5. Tell us about your favorite cookie. Crunchy, soft, chewy, crumbly, other?

Chewy white macadamia with craisins.
https://therecipecritic.com/white-chocolate-cranberry-macadamia-cookies/

6. Have your tastes changed since you were a kid?

I guess?

7. Enquiring minds want to know if you are a dunker and, if so, do you dunk in milk, coffee, or tea?

Sometimes, and whichever is around. Why isn’t rootbeer an option here? Or Sarsaparilla?

8. It is that time of year and they are selling them on every corner and in front of every store! Do you buy Girl Scout cookies and if you do, which is your favorite?

Apparently they aren’t doing that stores and corners attack in my state. Instead, I see three mothers in the break room all selling them on behalf of their daughters. Which implies you either buy three boxes or have one or two people mad at you for the year. So no, I’ve been getting mine from Keebler rather than deal with a diplomatic nightmare.

The last time I bought some was straight from a dealer a few years back. There were some lemon Georgia ones. Savannah Smiles? Sadly, she passed away from cancer.

9. Raw cookie dough. Yay or Nay?

I’ve had some. It’s okay.

10. Do you like cookies with filling?

Sure.

11. Do you prefer organic cookies?

This is such a strange question. People went to a place. The food was good. It didn’t have the famine issues they knew. They killed the people and burned all the information on how to do this. Then, about two-hundred-fifty years later, there was a huge movement to try to figure out this big secret, but this time they called it “organic,” and charged two to four times the going price of stuff.

Please don’t ask this Native American about organic. It’s just embarrassing for both of us.

12. Large cookies, or small cookies?

Large. I have big hands.

13. Do you like familiar flavours in cookies?

Sure

14. Do you make your own cookies, or buy them?

I don’t bake. So either buy, or my Snookums makes them.
Mostly I eat the imaginary ones with the princesses.
If imaginary ones had real calories, I’d weigh 800 pounds by now.

15. Please tell us something random about your week!!
menchies mint froyo
My cousin-in-law sent me this picture. Later, when I asked her about it, she said she meant to send it to her husband, but hit the wrong Dorner in her contact list.
You might note that she went to Menchie’s. She got mint and chocolate frozen yogurt with oreo cookie peices. (And whipped cream and a cherry.)
Considering today’s topic, this random text goes well.



Quote from Host Bev Sykes of sundaystealing.blogspot.com and the blog “Funny the World”.
Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: National Oreo Cookie day, so in honor, here are some cookie questions!

Mar 16 2019

April Blogging from A to Z #AtoZchallenge THEME REVEAL #Books

Theme Reveal #AtoZchallenge Tenth Anniversary 2019

Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

Excerpts from and discussions about my latest book will be presented, alphabetically, on this blog this April.
If you have an interest in writing book reviews, and/or if you’re an author, don’t miss these posts!
Can’t wait?

Find the book:
Goodreads-
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Amazon

I WON’T be reviewing books. This is more a “how to” sort of theme.

Hope to see YOU in April!

— J, Co-host and Captain

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Mar 10 2019

Sunday Stealing Queen Songs #music #questions

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Questions to get to know each other.

Bohemian Rhapsody – What matters to you more than anything in the world?

Love

Don’t Stop Me Now – What makes you feel unstoppable?

Appreciation

Another One Bites The Dust – What one thing would you wipe off the face of the earth?

Those who do not understand consent and don’t believe in equality.

Under Pressure – How stressed are you currently?

70%

We Will Rock You – What was the last concert you went to?

Not really sure.

Somebody To Love – Are you looking for somebody to love?

Nope, I’ve found my someone.

We Are The Champions – What achievement are you most proud of?

Publishing Fractions of Existence

Radio GaGa – What do you think of today’s popular music?

I’ve never been much for pop. More indie, alternative, or rock.

I Want To Break Free – If you could move to any part of the world, where would you want to live?

I’m not leaving the land of my ancestors. Too many are gone already.

Love Of My Life – Have you ever had your heart broken?

Very much so.

Killer Queen – What is your favourite thing about yourself?

My creativity.

The Show Must Go On – What is something you will never give up?

My soul.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Name some of your favourite musicians.

  • Kill Hannah
  • Anberlin
  • Staind
  • Matchbox 20
  • I Am The Avalanche

Who Wants To Live Forever – If you could be immortal, would you?

I don’t think so. Unless you mean metephorically living on through my writing.

Fat Bottomed Girls – What are some traits you look for in a partner?

Acceptance, compassion, love, support, humor, fun

I Want It All – If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?

The literary house from my answer to question one last week.


Quote from Host Bev Sykes of sundaystealing.blogspot.com and the blog “Funny the World”.
Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: Joe Mazello’s bitch.

Mar 06 2019

#IWSG Protagonist or Antagonist



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March 6 question – Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I mostly write from who I think of as the protagonist.

We say hero and villain, but really it’s just a big goal versus an opposite big goal.

  • P wants to save the world, A want to take over the world.
  • P wants to break an addiction, A is that addiction that doesn’t want to be broken.
  • P wants one kind of life, A demands that P has a different kind.
  • P wants to eat the red berries, A is a red berry and was never meant for P to consume so (poop emoji)…
  • P will not stand for how things are, A is the way things are.
  • P is just chillin on Earth, A takes issue with Earthlings.
  • P just wants to open a can of tuna, A is a can-opener that needs to be replaced.

Conflict

I have had fun writing a protagonist who was a bit villainous. It was a short story around the holidays.

Mar 03 2019

Sunday Stealing

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Questions to get to know each other.

1. I wish I had enough money to

start my own literary house of agents, editors, lawyers, and publishing and promotions.

2. If you had to enter a competition for the “Most Uselessly Unique Talent,” what would your talent be?

I have some talents that aren’t especially popular among the masses, but they aren’t unique. Mostly woodland survivor stuff.

3. When it might hurt their feelings, how do you feel about telling your friends the truth?

I try to mix my bluntness with side compliments.

4. Peanut or plain?

Peanut. What are we talking about?

5. Is there someone you would like to take your place in life for one day? Who and why?

I’m gonna pass on the one-sided Freaky Friday, thanks.

6. Who was your favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher was one of the elders who encouraged me to learn by questioning.

7. What do you think is the ugliest thing or event on Earth?

The inability of people to understand, respect, and uphold consent is ugly, hideous, revolting… and attaches to thousands of terrible events.

8. What is your least favorite of your personality traits or quirks?

I often have trouble relating to people.
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9. I wish I could see ________ because _________.

other galaxies
I love the beauty of outer space

10. Tell us your favorite children’s story.

You probably wouldn’t know it. It’s lore from my parents.

11. Explain how to play your favorite game.

First, you create a character. Then you figure out how you’ll get your character to take over the world.

12. What do you keep in the trunk of your car?

The usual junk.

13. Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

Keep my mind on writing a story, on my characters playing things out in my head.

14. What’s your dream tourist destination — either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?

My bucket list includes having dinner at Armando al Pantheon in Rome.
I had a few good days while kidnapped when we were in Rome. Learned a lot there. Had good food. It’s somewhere I’d like to visit again.

15. What parts of nature do you like best?

All of nature. The beauty, the joy, the pureness, the harmony, the way it always goes on.

16. What kind of program do you enjoy most on TV–detective shows, comedies, game shows–and why?

Action or educational.

17. Do you know any professional athletes?

I know an Olympic archer.

18. What will the next must-have technological innovation be? Jetpacks? Hoverboards? Wind-powered calculators?

Mental-health type “social media.” But it won’t come to a handful of countries like Syria, North Korea, America, etc.

19. Have you ever been the victim of a crime?

Yup. Several.
Oh, wait, do the authorities have to care for it to have been a crime? What if it’s only illegal if you’re considered a human with rights?
Okay, I’ve been the victim of several incidents that, if I were a different human being, would have been illegal crimes and plastered all over the news. But I’m a Native American, so the law wasn’t written to protect me but to eradicate me.

20. What if you woke up tomorrow with the ability to understand animals. What do you think you’d hear from them?

The ones who are aware of the current state of things are probably unhappy. Others are probably just going about their lives. I’d enjoy that ability.

21.What is something that makes you melancholy?

Social events.
“Having difficulties fitting into the norms of society because you’re not one of them.”
“You carry scars of everything you’ve seen.”


Quote from Host Bev Sykes of sundaystealing.blogspot.com and the blog “Funny the World”.
Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: a site called Curious as a Cat.

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Feb 28 2019

Signed Up for the April Blogging #AtoZchallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary

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I know my ABC’s! This blog is signed up and ready to prove that I can blog alphabetically for the month of April.

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Feb 28 2019

Sapo Saga #AtoZChallenge Book Review, Tour, and Blog Hop #YA #SciFi #SpecFic

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Welcome back!
It’s the last day of this great event.
The final author I’m featuring is:

Tony Laplume


We’re talking about the book Sapo Saga . First up, my review:
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#BeatTheBacklist
#WeNeedDiverseBooks
#SpecFic
Author I Haven’t Previously Read
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I swear I’ve read something else with characters named Ophelia and Ulysses. Or were they both just Shakespear character names? No, I swear there was a story once. Not that it matters, they are only names, but that’s gonna bug me. Mosquito bite in my memory.

““But this is not the story,” says Kindly.” That line kept coming up. So does “for all intents and purposes.” I think the theme of the book is that everyone wants to be remembered. Or that they deserve to be. I think that is what Kindly meant.

“Iris” was, by far, my favorite story in the book. There was deep philosophy there. That’s the character I could relate to best.

This is a science-fiction book, but it could easily be turned into any other branch of speculative fiction. There’s mythology hinted at in some of the stories. I don’t read a lot of SciFi, but I do enjoy SpecFic and myths as both a reader and a writer. There is very little use of scientific terms. Average middle-graders could comprehend this level of sci-fi, so it’s easy to read and enjoy. Actually, this reminded me of the style of “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters, but less poetic. I’d recommend it to someone looking for something a little different to read. There is a tragedy mentioned. It’s a complex story.

I would guess that Vaughn is the author’s favorite character, as that story was very interesting. It takes until the end of the book for things to make sense, so this is probably something best read twice. I liked it better after I finished reading it. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The author and I do not know each other, but have both participated in the same blogging challenge.

I wish I could better picture any of the characters or settings. Outerspace with scrap floating around was the only setting I could get in my head. Yvette is quite a mystery, though the ending clears it up a bit. I believe that Reeve is the character who most holds up a mirror to society, being a manipulative tyrant. The title did make sense. The plot bounces around because of the unique and unusual method of storytelling employed. It was well edited. It’s hard to put down because there are a lot of characters to keep straight in your head. I’m not sure if the obstacles or goals were easy or difficult for the characters because it’s not that kind of story, per se.

Quotes I enjoyed:
They never tell you that your heart’s desire can ruin you.
There are plenty of cultures where working on art is not relevant to the culture at all, because they can’t afford it.
So I believe him when he says that he went to outer space, saved a whole world, and somehow returned home to try and resume his life.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Brief description:
Twenty-six perspectives collide to present a portrait of an epic showdown between good and evil as the world of Zala proves to be the last stand of the Sapo Order. The human who would become known as Ulysses appears and deposes the tyrant Reeve, but things only get worse from there… Soon, everything is lost, and blame is pinned on Sapo warrior Zuri. The truth is lost to history, Ulysses becomes legend, returns home to Earth, and finds that his family is a new kind of battleground. His son doesn’t believe his stories, his daughter does, and his wife may have reached her emotional limit waiting all those years for his return. Time passes, and in space a scavenger named Drexel discovers the android Kindly, who may hold the key to unlocking the truth about what happened on Zala. Twenty-six perspectives, and one big mystery: Who is Kindly? The truth will astonish you!



Sapo Saga is a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?

I don’t blog book reviews, but I have been writing them for a number of years at Goodreads. It’s just a habit I picked up. Originally I did blog my reviews, but then I went in search of a wider audience. I write them mostly to share my thoughts, which often seem to be uncommon. I want to share whatever insights I might have, in the hopes that other readers will get a better sense of the material, whether to find greater appreciation, or even sometimes to warn readers away. With the books I truly love, I hope I can express my passion in such a way that gets others to at least have a look, even if they don’t come to the same conclusions. The best books deserve wider recognition than they sometimes seem to get.

Why did you start blogging?

Back in yon olden days before social media exploded, blogging was a natural extension of internet message boards that helped you establish an identity for yourself if, say, you happened to be an introvert and found it difficult to do so in the real world.

Do you have any other books?

Monorama, Terror of Knowing (poetry), The Whole Bloody Affair, Pale Moonlight, Metatron, Miss Simon’s Moxie, Miss Simon’s Brute, Miss Simon’s Dime Novel, Terrestrial Affairs, Monkey Flip, Reading Biblically (nonfiction)

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Read the best available, watch the best available, discover what books speak to you, movies speak to you, TV. And write what makes sense to you.

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?

Some comic book scripts I’d written and subsequently repurposed.

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?

I have a lot of projects I’m either working on already or would like to start.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

If the title is interesting, and if the book description is equally interesting, and if sampling the interior proves either the title or the description proves either of those first two as being accurate. And obviously, if I’ve read the author before, and if that was a good thing.

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?

How often to you consider that everyone has a unique perspective on something, and that they are going to be right, even if those perspectives disagree?

Link to buy the book: Amazon

Find this author at:


Blog: http://tonylaplume.blogspot.com
Twitter: @TonyLaplume
Facebook: facebook.com/anthony.laplume
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Laplume/e/B008UG1QJK/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/tonylaplume




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Feb 27 2019

Twisted Tales #AtoZChallenge Book Review, Tour, and Blog Hop #Horror

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Welcome back!
It’s day eighteen of this great event. This blog will have reviews and tour stops on February 4, 8, 18, 19, 21, 27, and 28.
Today I’m featuring fellow author:

Deborah A Stansil


We’re talking about the book Twisted Tales. First up, my review:
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The book has a fun introduction, which I really enjoyed. I’m also a fan of any book that I can pick up while I have a five minute break and make some actual progress. Given that the tales are mostly very short, I was able to read the whole book during my lunch and short breaks at work.

In “Done Deal,” I had guessed the first twist, but not the second. “Gaze” reminded me of the suspense of the film “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.” Stories like these are what make it a good horror book in that the “monsters” and horrific situations could happen. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror/ thrillers. I do enjoy this genre, though I don’t read it as often as I’d like. It was chilling, scary, haunting, entertaining, and had plot twists. I’d read another from this author. This is the first book in a series, but it does stand alone.

As far as errors go, I only saw two (went should be when, hi should be him). I had heard that apostrophes could be used as speech or quotation marks, but this was the first time I’ve ever encountered it. There was one story which briefly mentioned child molestation, which might trigger some readers. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The author and I do not know each other, but have both participated in the A to Z blogging challenge.

Two of my favorite lines:
“I kill your dreams and extinguish your spark.”
“Like you had zero compassion for me the night you cut in front of me in line at the supermarket and I missed the last bus. Revenge is sweet…”

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Genre: Horror

Brief description:
Twisted Tales is a collection of twenty-seven short horror stories. Ranging from crazed stalkers, killers, dealing with the Devil and everything in between, this collection shows the darker side of human nature in all its black glory.
Journey through the twisted minds of the central characters as they make their choices, and watch their lives spiral out of control.
Hate them, empathise with them, and stay on your guard. There’s a dark streak in all of us just waiting to come out.


Twisted Tales is a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?
I write book reviews for three reasons.

  • Firstly, as an author myself I know how important reviews can be and I think it’s important to give back to the community.
  • Secondly, I’m an avid reader and I’m always on the look out for book recommendations. I think reviews are an excellent way to get a feel for a book and decide whether or not it’s for me, and I hope to be able to help my blog readers choose their next great read.
  • Finally, when I read a book that moves me in some way, that pulls me into the story and doesn’t let go, I want to talk about it, and what better place to do that than in a book review?

Why did you start blogging?
I wanted to get back into writing for an audience. It was only ever going to be a short term thing, but I fell in love with it, and here I am, four years later.

Do you have any other books coming out soon?
I have a new novel coming out this year hopefully

What other books do you have available?
Twisted Tales 2, Twisted Tales 3, The Joker, The Mirror, The Asylum Tour, Lacey Patrick and the Wizard of Darkness, eBook Like a Boss, Start Your Blog Like a Boss, Optimise Your Blog Posts Like a Boss, Parodies and Piss Takes.

Tweetable #WriteTip
Just write. A first draft is just that. Let your words flow and go where your mind takes you without focusing on perfection. Perfection comes much later.

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?
Partly from observation of human nature, partly from my own twisted imagination 😉

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?
I want to finish up the novel I’m currently working on and write a new short story collection. I’d also like to write at least one more non-fiction book and get started on another novel.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?
The cover

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?
What, as a reader, most sends a shiver down your spine?

Link to buy the book: Amazon UK
Link to buy the book: Amazon

Find this author at:


https://www.myrandommusings.co.uk
https://www.deborahstansil.com
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Feb 26 2019

#FirstLines #AmReading

First sentences of the books I read recently:

I was commenting on some blogs and ran into this post: http://www.readsandtreats.com/first-blog-all-about-it/
It inspired me to write this similar post.

“Why did I say yes?” — Y is for Yes by JR Vincente

“Great authors start out as dedicated readers.” — Writing Book Reviews as an Author by J Lenni Dorner

“Sia jumped from the roof and ran down the alley.” — The Fae Realm by Ronel Janse van Vuuren
(This book is a collection of stories. Here’s one more opening from it. )

“Good morning.”
“What do you know?”
The two novices watched each other warily as the master glared at them.
“That we’re not all born with the ability to throw fireballs.”

“January, the coldest month of winter. But today sun was showering its love and making it charming for Namita.” — Wheels of Time by Nidhi GS
Link to buy the book: https://www.theblogchatter.com/download/wheels-of-time-nidhi-garg/

“When I chose worldbuilding as my topic for the A to Z Blogging Challenge in 2014, I knew I was taking on quite a task, and I had no idea what a resource it would turn into!” — The A-Zs of Worldbuilding: Building a Fictional World From Scratch by Rebekah Loper

“Last night, you lashed out at me.” — Twisted Tales by Deborah A Stansil

“I am the queen of the planet Zala, and by all rights, everything here belongs to me.” — Sapo Saga by Tony Laplume

“Dying was not the worst part.” — They Called Me Wyatt by Natasha Tynes

Feb 25 2019

Pink Book Covers Blog All About It

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Feb- Pink

For this month’s prompt, I’m using book covers that have pink on them. All of these are books I’ve read in the last 12 months:

Pink cuffs on Y is for Yes
Pink paint splatter on Big Magic
Pink heart on Strangely, Incredibly Good

Feb 24 2019

Sunday Stealing 20 Life Questions

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Sunday Stealing
Questions to get to know each other.

1. What is the most fun thing you have ever done?

Spent two weeks in the woods after having been away for a long time.

2. Are you left-handed or right-handed?

Right.

3. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

Loved me back.

4. What is the biggest animal you’ve seen in the wild?

Bear

5. What is the smallest animal you’ve seen in the wild?

I don’t know. Worms, various bugs, spiders, baby fish…

6. Do you ever have funny dreams at night?

Sometimes.

7. If you could make a law for your country, what would it be?

I don’t know the exact wording, but something to require respect, fairness, and equality while valuing diversity and inclusion, giving ten years (at most) to adopt all policies necessary to implement this, and wording it in such a way that it can’t just be undone by one administration.

Or there’s always signing that Paris Agreement thing to save the world. Or getting rid of the Electoral College.

8. What would you do if you were invisible for a day?

Slip onto a flight, travel internationally, and get back before it wears off. Is there anything invisibility is good for other than criminal or morally-gray actions? Even sneaking into a class is technically stealing if the class isn’t free.

9. If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be?

My answer involves an assassination of One and by my disguise body, Two, who gets arrested for it, so Three takes over. This answer will hopefully change in 695 days. Then I can just opt to be a big deal publisher and sign myself to a nice contract.

10. What would you like to change about yourself?

Sometimes I really want fewer scars. Mostly I long to be wiser.

11. What is your daily routine?

Depends on the day.

12. What would your perfect day be like?

Writing, time in the woods, cuddling with my Snookums, hanging with friends for a bit, having great meals, and watching a meteor shower.

13. How old were you when you learned to read?

I don’t know. Three I guess.

14. What is the most interesting thing you know?

Some Lenni-Lenape legends that less than a dozen living people have heard.

15. What makes you nervous?

Being around too many people who might wish me harm.

16. What is your favourite flower?

Wild violets, especially the white with purple stripes. They’re delicious.

17. Have you ever ridden on a horse or any other animal?

Yes. Quite a bit.

18. What time do you go to bed?

Depends on the day. Sometimes I can’t sleep.

19. What time do you get up?

Depends on the day. When I’m in the forest, I’m up with the birds.

20. Do you know how to swim?

Yes.


Quote from Host Bev Sykes of sundaystealing.blogspot.com and the blog “Funny the World”.
Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: suggested questions for sponsors of children through Compassion International to ask their sponsored children

Feb 23 2019

Hearts Over Goals

Got Goals Bloghop
https://gotgoalsbloghop.blogspot.com
#GotGoalsBlogHop

It has been a crazy month, but a good one. There was a fun post where a drawing likeness of me came up.

Pre-order my next book!

Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SdMsE8

Smashwords: smashwords.com/books/view/918883

Interested in writing an honest review in exchange for an ARC? Let me know. Several passages from this book will be on this blog in April for the A to Z Challenge.

SPREADSHEET CHECK-IN

My lovely A to Z cohost, J R Vincente, made a spreadsheet to track progress for the year.
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J's progress this year Feb image


MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 35 years

BUCKET LIST:

  1. Publish a book and sell 2,000 copies of it in one week or 8,000 copies of it in one month.
  2. Watch a meteor shower while in the Cranberry Lake area of New York or Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania. (USA)
  3. Visit Mount Sinai.
  4. Skydive
  5. Learn how to play checkers.
  6. Take a hot-air balloon ride over Maine.
  7. Have dinner at Armando al Pantheon in Rome.


Current Writing Goals

  • Self-publish + Blog the reference book on Writing Book Reviews #BookishResolutions Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Self-publish Anah’s story (ANAH ON TENTERHOOKS) #BookishResolutions
  • Complete the high fantasy short story
  • Self-publish the WIGS tribal story
  • Finish and publish the next Existence book
  • Finish and publish the Alison Fantasy book

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2019 Resolution:

#NewYearsResolution

  • This year I resolve to publish two books and write at least 25% of the year.




Seven Focus Topics

Posting about these topics monthly will keep my author brand strong:

  1. Lenni Lenape (Native American) — 0 posts
  2. storytelling –0 posts
  3. writing –0 post
  4. legends — 0 posts
  5. characters — 0 posts
  6. urban fantasy/ speculative fiction — 2 posts
  7. read –9 posts




2019 Goals:

  • 12 Blog All About It posts
  • Keep rocking the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome
  • 91 days of writing is my big #BookishResolutions (others are hashtagged)
    • Update on May 1
    • September 1
  • Take part in NaNoWriMo
    • July Camp #BookishResolutions
    • November 50k words #BookishResolutions
  • Publish two books #BookishResolutions
    1. One: Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    2. Two:
  • Be part of 3 blog hops/fests
    1. One: #AtoZChallenge First A to Z Book Tour
    2. Two: #AtoZChallenge TENTH anniversary of the April blogging challenge
    3. Three:
  • Enter 7 writing contests #BookishResolutions
    1. One:
    2. Two:
    3. Three:
    4. Four:
    5. Five:
    6. Six:
    7. Seven:
  • Add 200 books to the spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
    • 419 as of Jan 1
    • 430 as of Feb 23
  • Complete Reading challenges:

blog all about it challenge 2019 try something new square 2019 book reading challenge all about the trope 2019 book reading challengeCreativity Reading Challenge 2019 Back to the Classics 2019 reading challenge2019 Diversity Reading Challenge #BeatTheBacklist2019 Ravenclaw The Insecure Writer's Support Group Book Club #IWSG Of Wonderland Book Club #OWBookClub #BeatTheBacklist #amreading #books 2019 #BookishResolutions

2019 Reading Challenge

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EVERY MONTH:


Goals just for March:

  • Theme Reveal post for the #AtoZChallenge on my blog
  • Pre-schedule all posts for the #AtoZChallenge on my blog
  • Pre-schedule my posts for the #AtoZChallenge for OA
  • Pre-schedule posts for the #AtoZChallenge on the AtoZ blog
  • Read and review 2 books
  • Work on writing next book


Goals just for February:

  • Get ready for the #AtoZChallenge Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Run the First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop Tour Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Read and review 5 booksMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • WEP Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal



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Have goals? Need encouragement? This blog hop is for you!
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Feb 21 2019

Y is For Yes #AtoZChallenge Book Review, Tour, and Blog Hop #MustRead Erotica

First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!



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Welcome back!
It’s day fourteen of this great event. This blog will have reviews and tour stops on February 4, 8, 18, 19, 21, 27, and 28.
Today I’m featuring fellow author:

JR Vincente


We’re talking about the book Y is for Yes. First up, my review:
5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
A to Z Challenge book

I enjoyed Y is For Yes by J.R. Vincente. It was reminiscent of another book I read by this author, Runaway. This is an erotica book. The heat starts almost immediately. A mystery does come in to play halfway through the book, but otherwise, there are hot and heavy scenes woven throughout. No droughts on these pages! Yvonne starts out inexperienced, but the book hits on a very long list of kinks by the ending. I would recommend it to people who want to learn more about the BDSM lifestyle, as well as to those with experience.

There is, overall, a happily-ever-after. The mystery portion of the book includes a high-action scene. It is fast-paced and has a good amount of twists. It was a fun read. The author has a very distinct voice.

The book, as everything in the BDSM and poly world, may be considered controversial. The author does come off as an authority on the subject. Everything in the book is consensual (in fact, that point is stressed), and condoms are used by the men. Here are some lines that give a good idea of what to expect:
“And I knew that all that right there was why someone would submit to another. I wanted to submit to him, hell, I had submitted to him. And I had enjoyed it.”
I wanted to be his everything. That’s what I was supposed to want, isn’t it?
I just let a man I had never met before lick my p####. What was I doing? Who was I? I was in shock.
“Look at that, Derek, she’s such a s### she can’t even stop s###ing c### to respond to her Master.”
I really didn’t think I was ready to get involved with a stranger who would be dominant toward me.
I could use my yellow or red safe word at any time, but I wouldn’t. I didn’t want to. I wanted to please

I do like the cover, the one with the handcuffs hanging from the words. And the title does make sense. I believe the theme is to go with the flow because you never know where life will take you. The plot is very fast paced, even the character remarks that she can hardly believe how fast things happen, yet it all works. I think Leena is the author’s favorite character (I haven’t asked, that’s just a guess).

(*minor spoiler) I didn’t find it to be a tear-jerker, but my spouse read it with me and cried over the loneliness and isolation the character felt upon leaving her job. “I had invested five years in this office, and no one was even there to say good-bye.” I like that the author shows Yvonne’s loneliness (no co-workers miss her when she leaves, she doesn’t go out with friends, no family members congratulate her on her new job, her ex said he loved her but she never felt loved, etc) rather than ever telling that the character was lonely. (*end spoiler)

The book was a page-turner, except when my spouse decided to read along, and then the book kept getting put down because, well… did I mention this book is erotica? We read it during our Valentine’s weekend. My spouse was able to relate to the main character better than I was. Neil was my favorite. Leena reminded us both of a Kardashian. The book mirrors society in that the characters worry they’ll be frowned upon, or worse, if the public realizes what they do.

My favorite lines include:
“Hello, Yvonne.” His voice caressed my name like a sweet piece of candy.
But then I smelled bacon, and I knew that something wasn’t a dream. Bacon!
“Well, yes, I do, but more importantly, I help people find the happiness I have found with you guys.”

I had never heard that polyamory means many loves, so that’s something the book taught me.

The author and I have never met, but we have a mutual friend and belong to some of the same organizations. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I only read romance and/or erotica from time to time. Derek’s survey doesn’t actually exist (I asked J. R. directly.)

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Genre: Erotica

Brief description:

A chance encounter after hours at her new office job ropes Yvonne into a world of BDSM and exploration she never imagined. Join Yvonne on her adventure to ditch the business suits for lingerie in Y is for Yes by J. R. Vincente.



Y is for Yes is a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?
I like to write reviews, but I always feel like I don’t know what to say. If I had a list of questions to answer, it would be really helpful.

Why did you start blogging?Because of the A to Z Blog Challenge. Someone recommended it to me and I needed a blog to participate!

Do you have any other books coming out soon?Soon! I have written another book stemming from that A to Z Challenge I’m in the process of editing.

Tweetable #WriteTipWrite All The Words. Even if you don’t think they’re good words. Write them anyway and edit later.

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?I have always had these incomplete swirling in my head and I wanted to give them life, even if I couldn’t (or wouldn’t) dedicate a whole novel to them.

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?I hope to publish B is for Blackmail and write its sequel.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?A catchy title or synopsis.

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?
Favorite erotic groupings? (male male, male female, female female, something totally different?) Tell me!

(Hey… all of those were in the book…)

Link to buy the book: Amazon
B&N
Smashwords

Find this author at:


@jrvincente

https://jrvincente.wordpress.com/

Facebook

https://www.instagram.com/jaydenvincente/

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/63297099-jayden-vincente

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jrvincente

https://nanowrimo.org/participants/jrvincente




There’s a Rafflecopter giveaway over at the Blogging from A to Z blog

Feb 19 2019

Worldbuilding #AtoZChallenge Book Review, Tour, and Blog Hop

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Welcome back!
It’s day twelve of this great event. This blog will have reviews and tour stops on February 4, 8, 18, 19, 21, 27, and 28.
Today I’m featuring a fellow book-about-creating-settings author:

Rebekah Loper


We’re talking about the book The A-Zs of Worldbuilding: Building a Fictional World From Scratch. First up, my review:
5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#DebutAuthor
#BeatTheBacklist
#WeNeedDiverseBooks
Author I Haven’t Previously Read
Writing Craft book

This book is dedicated to the A to Z Challenge bloggers of 2014. I was one of those people! So, though the author and I do not know each other, we have participated in the same (very large) blog hop, and in the same book tour. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

I enjoyed the book very much. I have a reference book out on a related topic (Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters), so I know quite a bit about this genre. The A-Zs of Worldbuilding is a very well written and comprehensive book. It’s informative and has a strong author voice. And, because of the subject matter, it even covers the importance of diversity. I would recommend it to any writer who is building a world from scratch, and also to those who are writing a story using a setting with which they are not very familiar. The book has a definition of Speculative Fiction because that is the core reader audience.

Some of my favorite parts include:
“Is there any reason why a society would only construct square buildings, or even round ones?”

“The government’s agenda is to spread their own versions of, well, everything. They will actively destroy knowledge that contradicts their agenda.”
That’s so true. It really hit home for me. My parents told me stories like that, how much of the Lenni-Lenape history was taken away.

“Additionally, in some cultures, receiving a name is a rite of passage, and people may change their names at different points in their lives.”
This is another quote to which I could relate.

There’s also a mention of how ridiculous revealing armor is, something which happens in fantasy, that made me want to high-five the author.

I read this book cover to cover, and will reread it, because it’s well done and very useful. I feel the book is an excellent reference tool. I can use it when I’m writing fantasy stories. I feel that it’s beneficial to the writing community.

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Genre: Fantasy, Reference – Craft of Writing, Science Fiction

Brief description:
Worldbuilding is the ultimate act of creation for speculative fiction writers, but how exactly do you worldbuild? You ask ‘what if’ and use each answer as a springboard to more questions and answers about your fictional world.

In THE A-ZS OF WORLDBUILDING, that ‘what if’ process is broken down into 26 themed chapters, covering topics ranging from architecture to zoology. Each chapter includes a corresponding set of guided exercises to help you find the ‘what if’ questions relevant to your story’s world.

Fair warning, though: worldbuilding is addictive. Once you get started, you might never put your pen down again.

The A-Zs of Worldbuilding: Building a Fictional World From Scratch is a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

Link to buy the book: Amazon
Link to buy the book: barnesandnoble.com
Link to buy the book: books2read
Link to buy the book: rebekahloper.com

What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?
I occasionally write book reviews. What most motivates me to write them is either a connection with an author (someone I’ve known for a long time who finally has a debut novel, for example), or the story itself touches my heart. I’m also more likely to review a book from an indie author, since those traditionally published have more help with exposure overall. What deters me is the time often involved. I am not as avid a reader as I used to be in my childhood, sadly, and some chronic health challenges often necessitate that I prioritize certain tasks and projects far ahead of others.

Why did you start blogging?
To create a platform for my writing and connect with an audience.

Do you have any other books coming out soon?
I will have a fantasy short story in an anthology this spring, but release date has not been settled yet.

#WriteTip
Never stop looking for inspiration – it’s always there. Even if you don’t have time to write it, always keep looking for that magic ‘what if’.

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?
I love worldbuilding. When I was looking for ways to learn how to worldbuild as a young writer, I was always disappointed by the lack of true worldbuilding workbooks, so this was born out of that desire.

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?
Draft a second volume of The A-Zs of Worldbuilding on creating magic systems. Establish a true writing habit for my fiction, which I’ve let be overrun by ‘real life’ the past several years. Finish revising at least one of my set-aside novels.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?
A fascinating summary, followed closely by a stunning book cover!

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?
What about worldbuilding most inspires or hinders you, either as a reader or writer?

Find this author at:


https://rebekahloper.com
@rebekah_loper
https://www.facebook.com/RebekahLoper/
https://www.instagram.com/rebekah.loper/
https://www.pinterest.com/rebekah_loper/
https://www.amazon.com/Rebekah-Loper/e/B075F8VT6D
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17145989.Rebekah_Loper
https://nanowrimo.org/participants/rebekah-loper



There’s a Rafflecopter giveaway over at the Blogging from A to Z blog

Feb 18 2019

Wheels of Time #AtoZChallenge Book Review, Tour, and Blog Hop #Fantasy #ChildrensBooks #wheelsoftime

First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!



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Welcome back!
It’s day eleven of this great event. This blog will have reviews and tour stops on February 4, 8, 18, 19, 21, 27, and 28.
Today I’m featuring fellow fantasy author:

Nidhi GS


We’re talking about the book Wheels of Time. First up, my review:
3 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#DebutAuthor
#WeNeedDiverseBooks
Author I Haven’t Previously Read
A to Z Challenge book

I was given an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. The author and I are in the same blog tour with the A to Z Challenge, but do not know each other. I like the cover, as the stary sky intrigued me.

I will not critique the grammar, as the book contains a dialect of English with which I am not very familiar. I would only suggest this book to those who are capable of considering consequences, who understand the motivation behind major decisions, who have life experience and perspective, and who won’t end up in a moral dilemma as a result of reading a “children’s” book. And then, of that group of people, only to the ones who either have a strong faith in a religion or are contemplating adding that to their lives. Some, but not all, of the stories could be enjoyed by anyone. It is a clean-read book. All of the main characters were adults, and thus I have no idea why it is sold as a children’s book. I feel that I was not the “target audience” for this book. This is not my usual genre.

There are various stories. Some include a tragedy, many are spiritual. I believe the theme of the book is that no life is complete without religion, marriage, and children. I believe the main obstacles in the stories were that the characters didn’t know they needed self-improvement via spirituality, but they got it by the end of the story. The book holds a mirror up to society for anyone who agrees with that way of thinking- that one is only successful if they have religion, a spouse, and offspring. The plots of some of the stories gave me trouble, possibly because of the dialect. I frequently felt like I was missing something. There were characters I felt I should have been able to relate to, yet I was unable to do so. I just couldn’t connect to anyone in the book. Nor did any of the characters ultimately remind me of anyone I’ve ever met. I do feel bad for any child who feels they are a “discarded rock” rather than a “precious gem” simply because their parents are dead. (That was implied by a character, but not necessarily felt by any actual characters.)

In the story, “Blind Girl,” the character says she has lost her career, love, and life because her fiancée broke up with her. In “Solving Life’s Puzzle,” a successful and content thirty-four-year-old finds an orphanage in Hawaii (there are no longer orphanages in America, as they have been replaced by the foster care system). Trigger warning, the book is opposed to parents (including dead ones) who leave their children to the system. That character does adopt a child though. “Insane Angel” may trigger some, as it crosses the line between mental illness and angels (similar to the way the book and movie “K-PAX” does with aliens). “Listen from Heart” does have a character who, like me, can’t speak, so I appreciate that representation. “August Christmas” has a fun Santa story.

Here’s an excerpt from the book:
#excerpt #quote Wheels of Time by Nidhi GS

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Genre: Children’s, “Clean” Reads, Fantasy, Religion & Spirituality (Fiction), Self-Help

Brief description:

These are 12 people, 12 tales and 12 months. Which says “When The Unexpected Leads to Expected.”


Wheels of Time is a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?

Why did you start blogging?
to explore my passion of writing

Do you have any other books coming out soon?
yes

Tweetable #WriteTip
write from your heart

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?
meditation

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?
finishing one more short story book

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?
heart touching content

Link to buy the book: https://www.theblogchatter.com/download/wheels-of-time-nidhi-garg/

Find this author at:


@nidgratefulsoul

https://gratitude2wardslife.blog/

https://www.facebook.com/buddhistoryteller

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/18112173.GS_Nidhi

A testimonial from a reader




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Feb 17 2019

A Passionate, Truth-filled, Grande Sunday Stealing with Whipped Cream

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1. when did you last sing to yourself?
As in singing in my own head? I don’t know, a few hours ago probably. I do that a lot.

2. if a crystal ball could tell you the truth about anything, what would you want to know?
The truth is a dangerous thing. There is an ancient text. Some people think it’s about one thing, others something else, and others think it was an attempt to define consent and put a stop to rape and pedophilia (because the first few attempts had already been mistranslated) so someone was giving it another go. (But mistranslations, perhaps intentionally, later messed up that attempt too.) I guess I’d like to know that real truth, the real translation and meaning behind the text.

3. what is the greatest accomplishment of your life?

They’re all intertwined in my heart, soul, and mind.

4. what is the first happy memory that comes to mind, recent or otherwise?
Valentine’s celebration with my Snookums.

5. if you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living?
I’d spend more time writing, trying to finish the books. Less time editing, marketing, networking, and formatting (maybe someone will do those things for me when I’m gone). Might end up reading less and feel sad about all the stories I hoped to enjoy in my life. And I’d be torn between wanting to spend more time with my spouse, other family members, and friends; but also wanting to finish stories so I could leave that part of myself behind. Plus, those stories are the purpose of my soul. I need more of them to be done to, how can I explain it, “level up” my soul. To have been worthy.

6. do you feel you had a happy childhood?
Parts of it were perfect. Parts of it were Hell.

7. would you ever have a deep conversation with a stranger and open up to them?
Yeah, that’s happened more than once, oddly enough.

8. what would you title the autobiography of your life so far?
“Communicating with Trees in Skyscraper Cities”

9. how do you feel about tattoos and piercings? explain.
Indifferent on others. Some are fantastic pieces of art or an expression of spirituality, culture, or nature. I think that’s great.
I am entitled to certain ones, but haven’t gotten them because, though I’m told I earned them, I don’t feel like I’ve done enough to deserve them yet.

10. do you wear a lot of makeup? why/why not?
No. I’m just not that kind of guy. I do wear facepaint for certain cultural occasions.

11. The world is listening. pick one sentence you would tell them.
Love, consent, and equality always matter.

12. who in the world would you most like to receive a letter from and what would you want it to say?
An agent saying they want to take me on as a client because Catherine Hardwicke wants to direct the Existence series movies and already has producers lined up.

13. do you have a desk/workspace and how is it organised/not organised?
I do. But more and more, I find that I’d rather be outside or with certain people while I’m writing or reading.

14. what’s your starbucks order, and who would you trust to order for you, if anyone?
@JLenniDorner Starbucks order
My spouse, my assistant, and two of my co-workers know this order well.

15. what is the most important thing to you in your life right now?
Passion (for writing, life, the forest, reading, and my spouse).


Quote from Host Bev Sykes of sundaystealing.blogspot.com and the blog “Funny the World”.
Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: Aesthetic themed list

Feb 15 2019

Altered Drawing


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I’m not one for altering someone else’s art generally.
But she’s not wrong, there’s a resemblance.

The hair got a little too “dreadlocky,” but not bad overall.

Feb 10 2019

Ten Sunday Stealing Book Questions and Library Love

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Host Bev Sykes of sundaystealing.blogspot.com and the blog “Funny the World”.
Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!

Questions from a set of book questions on A Striped Armchair.


1. Which book do you irrationally cringe away from reading, despite seeing only positive reviews?

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

2. If you could bring three characters to life for a social event (afternoon tea, a night of clubbing, perhaps a world cruise), who would they be and what would the event be?

Heath, Caleb, and Lestat de Lioncourt. We’ll be spending the weekend in the woods.

Did I just name two of my own characters? Yes. I know exactly what I’m doing.

3. You are told you can’t die until you read the most boring novel on the planet. While this immortality is great for awhile, eventually you realise it’s past time to die. Which book would you expect to get you a nice grave?

I can’t do this. I searched for a list to give me an idea. Goodreads most boring book ever list. Not only have I read several of the top 97 (mostly before the website existed, so I don’t have ratings or reviews up), but a few of these are among my FAVORITE books.

Sorry. Gonna be stuck with immortality.

4. Which book have you pretended, or at least hinted, that you’ve read, when in fact you’ve been nowhere near it?

Uhh, is this a thing people do? Wow. Okay. Sorry, I don’t think I have an answer.

5. As an addition to the last question, has there been a book that you really thought you had read, only to realise when you read a review about it/go to ‘reread’ it that you haven’t? Which book?

*blank stare*

6. You’ve been appointed Book Advisor to a VIP (who’s not a big reader). What’s the first book you’d recommend and why?

I guess my own. I don’t know who the person is or what they’d like or hate. May as well take the gamble on myself. I mean, if they don’t like my first pick, I’m probably fired, right? So, if they hate it, I’m out. And if they love my book, then I’ve got a fan in my new boss, and a good idea of what they like so I can do the job well.

7. A good fairy comes and grants you one wish: you will have perfect reading comprehension in the foreign language of your choice. Which language do you go with?

Russian. They have some great novels. Wait wait… maybe Latin. That has a lot of books I could learn from. Ooh, or a dead language so I could make money translating books that no one else can read. Oh yeah, that’s the sweet spot right there.

8. A mischievous fairy comes and says that you must choose one book that you will reread once a year for the rest of your life (you can read other books as well). Which book would you pick?

The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss — It’s a fun read, yet it’s short, so I’ll always have time to read it. And no, that’s not actually a children’s book. It’s an adult children’s book. Ha.

9. What’s one bookish thing you ‘discovered’ from book blogging (maybe a new genre, or author, or new appreciation for cover art-anything)?

I discovered things that make me a better writer. I discovered that I like characters who remind me of my own, or books that make me laugh from dark humor.

10. That good fairy is back for one final visit. Now, she’s granting you your dream library! Describe it. Is everything leatherbound? Is it full of first edition hardcovers? Pristine trade paperbacks? Perhaps a few favourite authors have inscribed their works? Go ahead-let your imagination run free.

You’ve seen Beauty and the Beast, right? That. But someone is in charge of always stocking it with new books they think I’d enjoy, so it keeps growing and growing… Wonderful books from writers all over. And it’s a travel destination, one where people come to spend the day or whole vacation in the book place. There’s a whole, what’s it called, conservatory room thing, with lots of sun and moonlight because it’s all windows, and people sit there reading. Inhaling that vanilla scent of the older books, sipping tea or coffee. Not the kind of library where you take the books home and they might get hurt. No, this is a place where people come to visit the books. Some that are very old and special, so you have to wear gloves and read them through the glass box. Deep history, books saved from cultures that were destroyed. The library of Alexandria is saved! And right there, in this same magic space, are books by debut indie authors from this year. Pinterest and Instagram have thousands of pictures of the place. The fairy is pleased by what I’ve done with my wish.

Feb 08 2019

Writing Book Reviews As An Author on this #AtoZChallenge Tour and Blog Hop

First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!



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Welcome!
It’s day five of this great event.
This blog will have reviews and tour stops on February 4, 8, 18, 19, 21, 27, and 28.
Today I’m featuring, well, me.

J Lenni Dorner


Yes, I’m going to talk about my own new book.

There's no shame in helping others see your value #quote #selfpromotion



Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier


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Goodreads already has reviews!
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Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier has reviews on Goodreads


Who would want to read this book the most?
Authors who don’t write book reviews and are ready to change that.
I was one of those authors a few years ago. And I decided I didn’t like that about myself, that I didn’t support my fellow authors by writing book reviews. So I researched how to do, read a lot of reviews (well-written and not), and came up with a way to consistently write them well. The book isn’t about becoming a professional reviewer. It’s a series of prompt-style inspirations written in easy-to-remember acronyms that, with practice, makes allows one to write a solid review in about fifteen minutes.


Book publish date: MARCH 26 2019
This is my 2019 A to Z Challenge theme and book. There will be samples from the book on this blog in April. I expect readers of this blog will learn quite a bit. I can’t cover everything in an alphabet of posts though!


Book’s genre: Reference – Craft of Writing

A brief description of the book:
This book aims to provide inspiration to encourage people to write more book reviews. It is written for authors, though any reader can benefit.

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Why will I take part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book is “given life”?
It’s the ten year anniversary. I’m very excited to be a co-host of the A to Z Challenge. This is an incredible community.
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Why did I start blogging?
This is answered in my very first blog post.
“You may wonder why I started a blog. I may wonder that too! Actually, this blog was started because I heard about the A to Z challenge from some NaNoWriMo friends.”


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What motivates me to write book reviews?
I feel that it’s an important way to give back to the community of readers and authors. It’s a simple gift that costs only a few moments of time.
How about you, readers of this post? What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?

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