Sep 23 2016

Express Yourself Meme in an Elevator

Express Yourself Meme September 2016



Sept. 19-23: You’re stuck in an elevator with 1 friend, 2 celebrities, 3 items, and NO way out, however, help is on the way. List those 6 items/people to pass the time with.

My List

Friend: Sven
Celebrities: Morgan Freeman, Michelle Rodriguez
Items: jug of water, phone with usb fan, a very long book that none of us has read yet

Obviously, my hope is that Morgan and Michelle would take turns narrating the book, making it the most entertaining experience possible.

Sep 23 2016

#TackleTBR Day 12 Update Book Review of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss

#TackleTBR September 2016



DAY OF THE CHALLENGE/DATE = Day 12, Sept 23
Book Read: The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed
Pages Read: 72
Review:
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This hilarious short story is fantastic. It isn’t for children, as it says, unless the child has a very dark sense of humor perhaps. There are three endings, each in succession, and that third one is the finest twist. I’ve read plenty of longer literary works that couldn’t pull off such a twist. I laughed so hard I nearly fell out of my tree.

The illustrations, by the way, are also a wonderful example of dark humor. The entire reading experience was fantastic. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys laughing at the bumps in the night.


Total Spines Cracked: 3
Total Pages Read during the challenge: 496
Winner of the Book Flag Challenge: Jamie L
Finished Books (read and reviewed) :
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Duo Color Challenge:

#TackleTBR blog of @JLenniDorner Duo Color Challenge books of Orange and Blue

I went with Orange and Blue, like the background of my blog.

Name Challenge:

#TackleTBR blog of @JLenniDorner Name Spelled out in books

J Lenni Dorner
This was my favorite because I love these books!

Fall Challenge:

#TackleTBR blog of @JLenniDorner Fall Autumn book covers

#TackleTBRPhoto :

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Links to Books Pictured Above

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Sep 21 2016

#TackleTBR #BookFlag Challenge

#TackleTBR September 2016


THE CHALLENGE: Create a flag using books.

Break out some books with red, blue, green, yellow, black, white, orange, gray, purple — arrange them so it looks like a flag.
Will you use the real flag of your nation? Or perhaps a flag from something you’ve read?
Remember— the object is to arrange some books to recreate a flag, NOT to just find a book with a flag on it!


Get your picture (real pic, collage from searching covers online, bullet journal drawing with book titles, etc) and put it online publicly for us to see. Use the hashtags #BookFlag and #TackleTBR when you post. Leave your link in the comments.


My Example


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Sep 14 2016

#TackleTBR Day 3 Update Book Review The Perihelix by @jemima_pett

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DAY OF THE CHALLENGE/DATE = Day 3, Sept 14
Book Read: The Perihelix by @jemima_pett
Pages Read: 307
Review:
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Willis Group Holdings can’t catch a break. In 2009, after spending millions of dollars, the iconic Sears Tower in Chicago was renamed Willis Tower. But in the far, far, far future of The Perihelix, the building is back to being known as The Sears Tower. That’s history for you, folks! (Ha ha ha.)

The book is mostly heavy science fiction. Plenty of details for the sci-fi “geek” reader. Then there’s a bit of fantasy mixed in. A sword, knights, a dragon– fantasy. It is listed as Books › Science Fiction & Fantasy › Fantasy. However, it felt much more like science fiction to me. (See the genre: Speculative Fiction)

It was an interesting story with some unusual characters.

And now a song from the band Cake is stuck in my head.

I don’t wanna go to Sunset Strip
I don’t wanna feel the emptiness
Old marquees with stupid band names
I don’t wanna go to Sunset Strip






Still reading:

Total Spines Cracked: 2
Total Pages Read during the challenge: 117+ 307
Finished Books:




FIRST LINE CHALLENGE:


The Perihelix:
“The jet of gas exploded from the rock.”

Sep 14 2016

#CoverReveal TIMELESS book by Crystal Collier @crystalcollier1

TIMELESS (#3 Maiden of Time) by Crystal Collier #CoverReveal


Book Title: TIMELESS (Maiden of Time #3)
Author: Crystal Collier
Genre: YA Paranormal Historical
Release Date: November 1, 2016



TIME IS THE ENEMY

In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams, reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new threat— along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart— the Soulless genesis nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her own clock?



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Sep 12 2016

#TackleTBR Day 1 Update

#TackleTBR September 2016



DAY OF THE CHALLENGE/DATE = Day 1, Sept 12
Book started:

Pages Read: 48

I have a goal to read and review 4 books during this read-a-thon. I also hope to make more virtual friends.

Aug 31 2016

Fascinate an Author

I found a post about branding yourself and your business. Being a brand and business (as all authors are now), I was interested.


It strongly suggests taking a quiz. http://howtofascinate.com :

This brand perception test measures how others see you at your best. It has given me insight into my clients and the nuances that make them unique. Take the free test and you’ll receive a printable result with strengths and positive character traits you’ll want to amplify.

Here is ALL that I received for FREE.

Adjectives that might descibe @JLenniDorner

nimble: adjective: quick and exact in movement or thought; agile
unassuming: adjective: quiet and not attracting attention
independent: adjective: not influenced or controlled by other people but free to make your own decisions
reticent: adjective: unwilling to speak about your thoughts or feelings
autonomously creative: adjectives: independent and having the power to make your own decisions ~ producing or using original and unusual ideas
mystique: noun: a quality of mysterious attraction
innovation: noun: a new idea or method, or the use of new ideas and methods


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How does my author brand (how do I) interact with or behaves around others?
Who am I selling to and what am I selling?

My brand interacts with others through online social media, blogs, and books. It behaves mostly professionally, trying not to alienate anyone, but it’s also real and honest. I am selling stories to readers. I am selling the experience of fiction to people seeking to escape by reading words. I am selling a different way to look at certain knowledge and experiences for entertainment and possibly enlightenment.

What do I want to evoke from potential customers?

I want to evoke a feeling of mystery. A feeling of almost knowing what’s going on, but never quite being certain that you (the reader) are right. I want to provoke thought. I’d also like to cause a bit of controversy, the kind that leads to debates and intelligent discussion which results in positive change. My most loyal fans will probably be people who believe that the world could be run differently and not only survive, but thrive as a result.

Describe your brand like it’s a person. How would he/she behave? How would he/she dress? What values would he/she live by?

Since I am an actual person, this is going to be interesting. I behave like a hermit half the time, and an online socialite the other half. I dress comfortably. I’ll dress to “fit in” only if I absolutely have to. I live by values such as protecting nature, prizing education and wisdom, striving for personal growth, fighting for equality and respect for all, living passionately, staying unique, being a good friend and worthy of love, freedom, and enriching culture.


Now pick six words from all of that information. That’s the foundation for the brand.

  1. Freedom
  2. Unique
  3. Education
  4. Mysterious
  5. Innovative
  6. Intelligent



What are your thoughts on this?

Aug 29 2016

#boutofbooks Bout of Books 17 Day 7 and Wrap-up plus #OABookclub read

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I finished SIX books during Bout of Books 17!

I read On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
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This was the #OABookclub pick for August. http://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/2016/08/august-oabookclub.html


I enjoyed the book, especially toward the end when Stephen King went into details about being hit by a van and the long road to his recovery. That made the book, for me, even more relatable and real. That’s also when I felt the most hope.

The book is by Stephen King, so obviously, conservative readers, there’s going to be adult language, a few sexual situations, and even a bit of violence. (You’ve been given a heads up.)

CV 22 and 23– when he discusses meeting his wife– that’s great stuff.

The 10th Anniversary Edition still has a mention of “fresh disks (computer disks.” So those born after 2000 might need to Google search some of On Writing- Section 14 (page 237 in paperback). Life before “clouds”! In the next part, Section 15, there’s a view of what a good query looked like in 1999. I wonder what today’s literary agents would make of it. (page 245)

There’s a fantastic, informative part about why adverbs in dialogue attribution are dangerous.
A story about his son, Owen, illustrates the difference between determination and passionate desire. (A determined person will do all the required work with diligence. A person overflowing with passionate desire will go above and beyond joyfully, perhaps even to the detriment of other bits of life.)

King discusses why he’s a “pantser” not a “plotter” (NaNoWriMo folks know the terms). (Why isn’t there an “Edgar Wallace Plot Wheel” app?)

Quotes I loved:
“telling an alcoholic to control his drinking is like telling a guy suffering the world’s most cataclysmic case of diarrhea to control his s**tting.”
“(Writing) is about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.”

The book list at the end does not include every book mentioned in this memoir of the craft, so you may wish to take notes on those titles as you read.

Now please excuse me– I have to write a six-page story about Jane breaking out of jail to take her child back from Dick. And then I have to cut 10 percent of it.

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Other books I read and reviewed during #boutofbooks 17 :
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I loved the challenge where I had to make a sentence out of random words from 10 books.
Remember, Alexander, to tell how River slowly rubbed the candle lump into a long key.

I had a great time participating in Bout of Books. I hope to see you all again in January!

@JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays Would you please take a moment to share the debut author image? It would mean a great deal not only to me, but to any debut author who is interviewed as a result. Thanks so much!



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Aug 27 2016

#boutofbooks Bout of Books 17 Day 6 #OABookclub @OpAwesome6

@JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays
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I read 44% (129 of 291 pages) of On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft by Stephen King.
This is the Operation Awesome #OABookclub pick for August.

Would you please take a moment to share the debut author image? It would mean a great deal not only to me, but to any debut author who is interviewed as a result. Thanks so much!

Aug 26 2016

#boutofbooks Bout of Books 17 Day 5 and Goals

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The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 39 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.

 
 

2016 Goals:

@JLenniDorner on Twitter

  • Have 6500 Twitter followers ~ currently at 6228 — UP 53 from last month
  • Download the update for my blog themeMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Keep Supporting Diverse Books
  • Be part of 4 blog hops/fests.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Participate in at least 2 #OABookClub reads 1 down! 1 planned for this weekend!
  • Rewrite and edit my urban fantasy novel, then get the new query letter out there PUBLISHGetting closer!
  • Enter 3 writing contests 1- Entered #WRiTECLUB2016, got in. 2- Entered and won OA Flash Fiction
  • Publish or be published somewhereMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalx3!
  • Participate in Reading Challenges

 

Goals for September:

  • Leave a comment on 10 blogs
  • Read and review three books
  • Find 5 Debut Authors to feature at OA
  • Be a valuable team member at OA during September Pass or Pages Query Contest
  • Take part in Tackle TBR Readathon
Tackle Your To Be Read Readathon



Review of Goals for August:

  • Leave a comment on 30 blogs Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Read and review five books Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Find more Debut Authors to feature at OA Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Take part in Bout of Books Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

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I read Stop selling, start connecting: Building your business? Love creating clients!
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Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Business & Money > Marketing & Sales > Sales & Selling > Entrepreneurship & Small Business
There’s a reason this has a number three ranking (though it ought to be higher).
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Rarely does something so short, and free, give so much useful information. My brain is on fire, as was my keyboard from taking notes and listing ideas.

Please note that I’m an author. My business is selling books, selling stories, selling myself and my brand. My “clients” are readers. In a broad sense, they could also be agents or publishers. The book isn’t written specifically for writers, but I’d suggest every one of us that hasn’t ranked in the top 10 on the New York Times Bestseller list should go grab a copy of this.

I’ll be quoting this book for a long time to come. It spoke to me. It resonated with me, with my goals, with my hopes and dreams. Even my fictional characters are going to benefit from this book.

Thank you, Chi Phan.
(Please note- Chi Phan is British. There are British spellings in this book.)

Challenge



What connection do you have between a book and some music? Suggestions:

  • Rename your book with a song
  • Give a lyric that sums up the plot of your book
  • A song or album that is forever associated with a particular book in your mind




Despite there being no wolves/werewolves in the book, this song still works. Kvothe, it seems, has his own kind of inner wolf.

“Company we keep
Roaming the land while you sleep
Shape shift, nose to the wind
Shape shift, feeling I’ve been
Move swift, all senses clean
Earth’s gift, back to the meaning
Back to the meaning of life
Bright is the moon, high in starlight
Chill in the air cold as steel tonight
We shift
Call of the wild
Fear in your eyes
It’s later than you realized

I feel a change
Back to a better day
Shape shift, hair stands on the back of my neck
Shape shift, in wildness is the preservation of the world
So seek the wolf in thyself

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Aug 25 2016

#boutofbooks Bout of Books 17 Day 4

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I read Rich Dad Poor Dad.
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A motivational book on the philosophy of finance.
You need to learn what an asset is and how to acquire enough of them to have a steady passive-income — the book drives that lesson home, but doesn’t exactly give a step-by-step guide on how precisely to do it. (Though, the goal of the book is for the reader to learn to think differently.)

By the middle of the book (the beginning of chapter six), I felt like I should be investing– having more assets than liabilities (an asset increases your wealth every month, a liability decreases your wealth), and money coming in passively. I also feel that I don’t know real estate law, and therefore that I have no clue how to do those three things unless I study those laws. But unless I also develop a love for real estate, I may be setting myself up to fail, because I should be working on something that interests me.

Two-thirds of the way in, Chapter 8 is titled Getting Started. It’s a chapter of more philosophy. Which is good food for the mind, but doesn’t tell you what to do at 9am tomorrow. (Though the point is to make you think for yourself.)

The book made me want to know more. It proves there is knowledge out there which is easy to learn– but it doesn’t teach it or tell you where to find it; rather, the purpose is to cause you to determine if you wish to seek such an education. It’s philosophical, not directional.

Read it if:
Your fear of losing is greater than your excitement of winning.
You are ready to think a different way about money than most people.

After reading, you should want to figure out:
How to get a personal corporation.
What sales and marketing courses to take.
What are tax-lien certificates and where does one buy them for a 16% or more yield?

Great quotes:
“In an educated society with a well-run government, prices come down.”
“Avoiding failure means avoiding success, too.”
“It says best-selling author, not best-writing author.”
“If you know what you’re doing, investing is not risky. It’s just common sense.”

Thoughts as an author:
On minding my businesses: If an author gets an agent, the author is poised to make money for that agent. And if publishing with a house, the author makes them money. Self-publishing makes money for a printer and/or distributor. Yet royalties are good and hiring certain people for certain jobs is recommended. Which business, precisely, is an author supposed to “mind”? Land to build bookstores on? This lesson confused me.
Chapter 6 starts with Robert Kiyosaki talking to a novelist. “It says best-selling author, not best-writing author.” I’ve read before about the importance of learning sales to make money as an author. This book adds the value of learning marketing.



Challenge



Think about the book you are reading or one that you finished during Bout of Books 17
Create a “tabloid” type headline. Make it fun, feel free to use sarcasm liberally.



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Aug 24 2016

#boutofbooks and #shelfie4boutofbooks on Bout of Books 17 Day 3

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I finished reading:
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This book is more political and sociological than it is financial.
Be ready for the financial side of the pro-choice/ pro-life debate. It isn’t about morals, religion, or emotion– it’s numbers and data (though the other points are brought up). It will make you wonder if abortion is a costly and violent crime, a crime prevention method, or both.
The book proves the value of hiring more police.
“White” and “Black” races are discussed heavily, there’s some mention of Hispanics, and even a sprinkling of Asians. (If any Native American tribes were brought up, I must have missed it.)
It’s an intelligently written, mostly liberal, book on economics on a large scale (it’s not really about your personal financial statement).



Challenge



Show Off Your Shelves Photo Challenge


Share a picture of your books/shelves/nightstand/e-library/wherever you keep your books on Twitter, Instagram, or on this post. Use the hashtags #boutofbooks and #shelfie4boutofbooks

A glimpse of my Kindle library (only a fraction of it, mind you) :
#boutofbooks and #shelfie4boutofbooks Kindle shelves 1 @JLenniDorner
#boutofbooks and #shelfie4boutofbooks Kindle shelves 1 @JLenniDorner

@JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays Would you please take a moment to share the debut author image? It would mean a great deal not only to me, but to any debut author who is interviewed as a result. Thanks so much!



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Aug 23 2016

#boutofbooks Day 2 Bout of Books 17

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Read- Masters of the Nonsenseverse: A Get Fuzzy Collection by Darby Conley
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Another fantastic collection. It’s clear that Darb has a thick, rich vocabulary and isn’t afraid to use it. Bravo. There are some jokes that reference the 2012 presidential election (Bucky is a Republican, Rob and Satchel are liberal Democrats). This collection had several strips that appealed to me as a writer. For a good laugh, I highly recommend this book.


Challenge



The Nickster hosted at Bout of Books — Mix ‘n Match (instructions right below!)



Pick out 10-15 books from your shelf, from your local library, or from a local bookstore. They can be any genre, any language, and any length. In each book, flip to a random page and pick the 1st word (articles such as “the”, “and”, “an”, “or”, etc. don’t count as the 1st word). Use all these 1st words to try to create an actual sentence. If the books are in different languages, feel free to translate them to all one language or leave them as they are! also, you can add in some articles, such as “the”, “and”, “an”, “or”, etc., if you want to make the sentence flow better.


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  • River
  • tell
  • key
  • rubbed
  • Alexander
  • slowly
  • long
  • lump
  • candle
  • remember

Remember, Alexander, to tell how River slowly rubbed the candle lump into a long key.



@JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays Would you please take a moment to share the debut author image? It would mean a great deal not only to me, but to any debut author who is interviewed as a result. Thanks so much!



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Aug 22 2016

#boutofbooks 17 Bout of Books Day 1

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To kick of #boutofbooks 17, I read a book by a debut author I’ve interviewed.
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The power, energy, and feel of rock concerts seep out of the beginning of this New Adult book. Can one step out of life, take a vacation from who they are, and then waltz back in as if nothing happened? The book explores what it’s like to have lost yourself and embark on the quest to either find yourself or redefine yourself. It asks how big is the gray area of what feminism means to different people.


A stereotype is dismantled when Jewish Josie isn’t great with money. She even passes on a considerable sum that she’d have the rights to, and turns down an offered opportunity from her ex to potentially make a fortune.


There’s a British rock star with an accent that makes everything he says “sound like a sin.” Rarely seen in books: there’s a minor character named Josephina and a main character named Josephine.

Fans of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist will get a “Where’s Fluffy?” flashback. (I know I did.) The site “hashtag kissing dot com,” I’m sorry to say, is not an actual site. Nor is “All the Queen’s Men” an actual chess app that I could find.


Who’s your mom? “The soccer mom,” “soft and lovable,” “glamorous socialite,” or the “overachieving, helicoptering, perfectionist.” They all show up in this book.


My favorite part is when Josie asks people if they could do anything right now, what would they do?


A few steamy between-the-sheets (and other locations) scenes give it 3 out of 5 flames on the heat meter. (Do I have a heat meter? Guess I do now.)


Favorite quotes:
“It used to be an effort to dive off the tower of academic excellence– mentally correcting improper grammar and general verbal idiocy– and plunge my mind into the gutter. Now it’s almost too easy.”
“Have fun people, have fun. Live your lives. Time isn’t waiting for you. You are here to entertain yourselves.”
“They say water is good for cleaning dishes and for putting out homophobic fires. … I have no tolerance for intolerance.”
“It penetrates the layer of reality we convince ourselves we dwell in and carries us into a frenzy, into a wondrous fury, transcending the point of doubt that begs us, every morning, when we fight to waking, to ask is this all there is?”
“This is my hope– to spread peace, love, and debauchery.”
“In ten minutes, a kaleidoscope of fresh paper surrounds me, all holding the potential of ink-revealing stories and secrets.”
“Well, well, Josie. My favorite pussycat.”


CHALLENGE

My favorite book to movie adaptation =
. I’m ready for the “magic bus.” 😉


My absolute least favorite/most hated adaptation ever =
. Throwing table rage image



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Aug 19 2016

Gardens WEP



WEP Gardens
http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/08/wepff-wep-flash-fiction-gardens.html


I’ll just be posting this image this time around. It’s Gardens coloring book.
Gardens coloring book for adults image


WEP Gardens


Aug 18 2016

I am a #BoutOfBooks Expert

Bout of Books




@JLenniDorner is a #boutofbooks expert




Let’s get ready to rumb…Read!

Jul 29 2016

Melting Summertime Goals

goals image



Life was interrupted by the death of a dear friend of my Snookums. It was an especially difficult funeral thanks to the protestors (a gay, Muslim, restaurant critic — the trifecta for hate). In the wake of this, we’ve been taking a few more day trips and mini vacations to focus on living. Thus, I fell behind on my reading goal. HOWEVER, I finally nailed down that pesky theme update. (That was on the list since last year!)


The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 39 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.

 
 

2016 Goals:

@JLenniDorner on Twitter

  • Have 6500 Twitter followers ~ currently at 6175 — UP 59 from last month
  • Download the update for my blog themeMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Keep Supporting Diverse Books
  • Be part of 4 blog hops/fests.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Participate in at least 2 #OABookClub reads 1 down!
  • Rewrite and edit my urban fantasy novel, then get the new query letter out there PUBLISHGetting closer!
  • Enter 3 writing contests 1- Entered #WRiTECLUB2016, got in. 2- Entered and won OA Flash Fiction
  • Publish or be published somewhereMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalx3!
  • Participate in Reading Challenges

 

Goals for August:

  • Leave a comment on 30 blogs
  • Read and review five books
  • Find more Debut Authors to feature at OA
  • Take part in Bout of Books
Bout of Books


The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team



Review of Goals for July:

  • Leave a comment on 30 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Read and review four booksNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal60% of 1
  • Find more Debut Authors to feature at OAMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Take part in the “Just couldn’t put it down” bloghopMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



@JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays Would you please take a moment to share the debut author image? It would mean a great deal not only to me, but to any debut author who is interviewed as a result. Thanks so much!



Checklist for goals found on Pinterest

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


Jul 16 2016

Winner of Bloghop

Congratulations to Renee F., winner of my “Just could not put it down” bloghop stop.


She won a copy of:


Jun 30 2016

Just Could Not Put It Down Bloghop #books #giveaway

Just couldn't put it down blog hop #books #amreading
http://www.stuckinbooks.com/2016/06/just-couldnt-put-it-down-giveaway-hop.html

Linky




The theme of this hop is books that you just can’t put down.
Feature a book that meets the theme.








The WINNER of this will be able to pick ONE KINDLE EBOOK between four of my favorites
of 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Choose 1 of these ebooks from Amazon

  • Sydney’s Song Kindle Edition by Ia Uaro
  • Yefon: The Red Necklace Kindle Edition by Sahndra Fon Dufe
  • The Other Normals Kindle Edition by Ned Vizzini
  • The Name of the Wind: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One Kindle Edition by Patrick Rothfuss



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My Reviews

Sydney's SongSydney’s Song by Ia Uaro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a wonderful and compelling love story. Sydney and Pete brought me to tears thanks to my own related real experience. I highly recommend this to anyone who understood the power of love before they reached adulthood. The exploration of the dynamic of the broken family was deeply moving. I consider myself a happy bystander who had the honor to read about Pete and Sydney living their lives.

http://jlennidornerblog.what-are-they.com/2012/09/25/guest-interview-with-ia-author-of-sydneys-song/



Yefon: The Red NecklaceYefon: The Red Necklace by Sahndra Dufe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fantastic book. The voice is simply incredible. At no point does it feel like a stiff block of color coded index cards which were glued together to become a book– rather, this feels exactly like hearing a tale from a true ancestor. You will be so immersed in Yefon’s recount that you’ll forget this is fiction. The way the story unravels makes it feel real. A magnificent piece of writing.




The Other Normals	The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a shame it is that this author passed away. This book could have easily become a beloved series. It captures the youth of this realistic non-cookie-cutter teenage boy so perfectly. He’s an outcast, someone who doesn’t fit into any of the cliques. His parents are divorced, and both dating their divorce attorneys (hilarious, by the way). And all he wants to do is create characters for a role-playing game (which he’s never played, because he has no one to play with him). That alone makes this book remarkable and moving. BUT IT GOES ON! In today’s fiction market, there’s a category called magical realism. What Ned Vizzini has done with this book is give the reader Fantasy Realism! (Yes, that’s an exclamation point. And honestly, this book does it so well that I’m going to leave three more here just because that’s how I really feel. !!! ) For my fellow Harry Potter fans– Imagine if you found a portkey and it took you to Diagon Alley. That’s basically the idea here. Oh, and then you’d have to escape some evil wizards to get back. And then deal with dating and dances as a teenager attempting those things for the first time. And your world would be different, but you’re the only one who would know. And then more stuff would happen to make this even more “epic” yet. Yes, that’s a way to describe this book. If you read or write fantasy, if you’ve ever felt like you didn’t belong to ANY of the available groups or cliques, or if you enjoy tabletop RPG — go, read this book. Now. Seriously. You’re welcome



The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A fantastic book that trickles in like a new addiction. At first, it’s just interesting, and then it gets page-turning intriguing, filling the mind with new questions that demand answers. By the end, the next book isn’t a want, it’s a need.
Kvothe, the protagonist, tells the story of his incredible life. This book covers his youth and early teen years.
The world built by the author is not very different from our own world. There isn’t much that requires a great deal of explaining or severe stretches of imagination.
Appropriate even for conservative audiences. (PG-13)
Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“All stories are true. But this one really happened, if that’s what you mean.”
“When necessity demands it, I’m an excellent liar. Not the noblest of skills, but useful. It ties closely to acting and storytelling…”
“It was a dragon.”
“There’s no such thing as dragons.”
“There are names for people who take advantage of women who are not in full control of themselves, and none of those names will ever rightfully be applied to me.”
“Words can light fires in the minds of men.”
“We all become what we pretend to be.”

Jun 30 2016

OA Book Club Review @OpAwesome6 of Me Before You #NewToYou2016

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

The writing itself seems to be well done. The characters are fleshed out properly. I could have done without the head-hopping chapters.

Will talks about Paris, and what it’s like to know he’ll never be able to experience it the same way again. It’s the reason most of us don’t spend inordinate amounts of times with our ex-lovers. Good memories are too easy to replace with horrors.

My viewpoint is going to be different from most people. Or, at least, from the loud voices I’ve heard/ read online. Were this not an OA book club book, I probably wouldn’t write a review at all.

Professor Charles Xavier of the X-men There seems to be quite a bit of Internet outrage over the fact that Will doesn’t have enough in common with Professor X. Will isn’t hero enough, his ending isn’t like the one Charles has in X-Men: Apocalypse, and he doesn’t deal as well as the Professor does despite being equally wealthy. Well… if you WANT those traits in your wheelchair-bound character, this isn’t the book for you!

Thinking about how much worse it can get, and knowing it almost certainly will. That’s what chapter seventeen brings. It separates “the living” from “the dying,” because it’s so incomprehensible for “the living” to know what it’s like. The mind isn’t meant to process such thoughts for so long. To know your end will be slow and torturous. Hell isn’t always a place you might go later, for some folks it’s where they are now. I’m not going to debate if life was “bad enough” for a fictional character. I can think of a dozen ways to write it to make it worse. But that isn’t going to change the discussion.

That same chapter then slams into the reader with the truth of how it feels to have a whole other kind of choice taken away from you. And how that can feel like your fault. And, to top it off, how people will imply that it is your fault, even in part. (Even if you’re a seven-year-old boy who knows nothing of the subject… but that’s a topic for other books.)

There are events in life that can pull a person out of humanity. Scars so deep they prevent us from ever being like everyone else. This book sees fit to discuss that with an emotional abandon rarely braved.

I haven’t read Matt Ridley’s The Red Queen, which the book mentions several times. Possibly there are parts of the story, or a certain viewpoint, which I’m missing because I didn’t read that book first.

Chapter twenty-two starts off with what I am most familiar with when it comes to plans. Except I only know it from Will’s POV, not from Lou’s.

The lines around the eyes and the resigned expression— I’m sure those close to me could describe that perfectly. So I commend the writer for that.

Ahh, dreams. Nathan’s talk about Will’s dreams. Knowing you’ll never be yourself. Trying to figure out if you’ll still be something. Doing calculations similar to an actuarian, weighing the cost of survival against your potential worth for a given amount of time. Then measuring that against other ways the money might be spent. (Three college educations, for example.) Wondering how veterinarians make choices about what point it becomes cruel to force an animal to stay alive.

Have you left the spiritual path when you rely on science to keep death at bay? Or are medical breakthroughs and resources the divine will of a higher power, slowly gifted to humanity? One religion suggests that even needing a blood transfusion is too much and is a sign that you’re meant to be dead. Another would keep everyone alive well past the point of living, where the body is nothing more than an extension of a multitude of machines staving off decay as best they can. How much pain does a person need to be in? How little function does someone need to have left? Is it about organs? Perhaps the line is closer to when a person is no longer able to communicate and interact with the world?

“I can’t do this because… another reminder…” Thankfully, most people will never fully grasp this paragraph Will says in chapter twenty-three. Truly lucky are those who will never understand it.

I will take a moment to protest feeding bread to the ducks. That’s right, I’m okay with the euthanasia argument, as every debate side I know of seems to be represented in these pages somewhere. But the ducks? It can lead to malnutrition and weight gain problems for the waterfowl. Will has a label— DISABLED. SEVERE AND INCURABLE. The ducks still have a chance! Seeds and lettuce in moderation are approved suggestions from various groups in the know.

I read the book and found other characters who had similar afflictions to Will, but who lived very different lives than he did. And though I’m told this is classified as a romance novel, I don’t know that it fits the qualifications of the genre. Is the whole book about a romantic love? I can’t say that it is. It is about love, in various forms, as Lou experiences it. Is it as romantic as the question, “Does he ever get the girl?” in the Dashboard Confessional song This Ruined Puzzle? No.

Did anyone else look at the name “Lousia Clark” and think of Lois and Clark the Superman based TV show, or the explorers Lewis and Clark?

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