Jun 24 2016

Goals So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades

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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:

  • Have 6500 Twitter followers ~ currently at 6116 — DOWN 24 from last monthNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal

@JLenniDorner on Twitter

  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
  • 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 July:

  • Leave a comment on 30 blogs
  • Read and review four books
  • Find more Debut Authors to feature at OA
  • Take part in the “Just couldn’t put it down” bloghop

Just couldn't put it down blog hop #books #amreading




 

Review of Goals for June:

  • Leave a comment on 50 blogs Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Read and review five booksNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goalOnly 4
  • Find 10 Debut Authors to feature at OANaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goalOnly 7



@JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays

Joined in June:



Please find J Lenni Dorner on BookTropolousSocialBookLikes user @JLenniDornerPlease visit J Lenni Dorner on Quotes RainBacklist Books Reading Challenge which @JLenniDorner is taking part in



Would you please take a moment to share this 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!



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

Jun 17 2016

Summer 2016 Mini Bloggiesta -Review of books by @RoxanneRhoads @angelaackerman @beccapuglisi #NewToYou2016

Summer 2016 Mini Bloggiesta Hop that @JLenniDorner took part in


Bloggiesta to-do list for @JLenniDorner

  • Check out Tsu, Booklikes, and Booktropolous
  • Check out The Book Blogger Directory, Book Blogger List, YA Book Blog Directory, and The Indie View
  • Contact @RoxanneRhoads about making a connection between her booktour service and my Operation Awesome Debut Author Spotlight
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    My two reviews are below. On my sidebar, I centered the WHAT-ARE-THEY video, reordered some widgets, and added the date for the next Bout of Books. I added the Debut Authors page so those folks could reach me easier. I contacted Roxanne.
    I’ll spend the weekend visiting/ commenting and checking out the sites (which were recommended in the book tour book).



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    This book really explains virtual booktours, what they are, how to prepare for one, what to expect from one, and why to do one. It also explains guest posting and how to make it work for your author brand. It’s well thought-out and easy to read. I’m really glad that I got this ebook. I’d recommend it to debuting authors as well as those about to publish for the umpteenth time.


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    The first 13% is all valuable information that will make you a better writer if you implement it. There are great tips such as “the setting in each scene should be unique and memorable” and “conflict needs to be recurring and frequent while varying in intensity.” The settings each have something for all five primary senses, people found there, potential conflicts, related settings, tips, and examples. A wonderful reference guide that could also be used for writing prompts. The high school tastes section raised my eyebrow, but I had more homeschooling than traditional schooling, so I’m no expert there. Do school busses have seatbelts? For the cave, I’d add “cave blindness” as a conflict and add spelunker to the list of people. The book’s appendixes are very nice.

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    11 Questions from Tamara Narayan



    1. What was the last book you read?
    See above.

    2. What was the last movie your saw? Would you recommend it?
    X-Men Apocalypse, and yes, I would certainly recommend it.

    3. What is your favorite TV show?
    How I Met Your Mother, Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, The Big Bang Theory, iZombie, Modern Family, Supernatural

    4. If you could be a guest star or extra for a movie or television show, which one would you pick?
    Assuming I’m 100% in costume… Star Wars.
    Alton Brown and a Lobster which is sort of the spirit animal of @JLenniDorner
    5. Your favorite dinner is…
    cooked by someone else.

    6. You refuse to eat…
    anything made of shit. I don’t care what word you call it, if it came from an anus I’m gonna pass.

    7. The craziest thing you ever did was…
    be a train hobo.

    8. The worst decision you made was…
    ignoring my instincts.

    9. Ultimate vacation would be…
    through the Stargate.

    10. If you won $1,000 in a lottery you would…
    Make a payment toward one medical bill? Buy some more books? Both.

    11. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, it would be…

    Alton Brown.

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    #MyFavoriteThesaurus in a Zombie apocalypse by @JLenniDorner

    The Giveaway runs all weekend! Check it out. #MyFavoriteThesaurus

    Both pictured in the terrible scene above.
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    UPDATE 9:30 PM EST June 18:
    Visited all the participating blogs. (Got sent to spam a few times)
    Visited all the sites I wanted to check out. The first set was pretty cool. I have these now:
    Check out J Lenni Dorner at Operation Awesome pleasePlease visit J Lenni Dorner on Quotes RainPlease find J Lenni Dorner on BookTropolousSocial
    Booklikes.com never sent me the “code” in my email. I even tried a password reset. Nothing. UPDATE~ The code came! Sat, Jun 18, 2016 at 10:59 PM. Five hours after sign-up.


    The Book Blogger Directory, Book Blogger List, YA Book Blog Directory, and The Indie View — I didn’t see anything that looked like a place to promote or get reviews of my writing reference book.

    ACCOMPLISHED all SEVEN items on my Mini Bloggiesta list!

Jun 13 2016

Setting Thesaurus and a GIVEAWAY

There’s nothing better than becoming lost within the story world within minutes of starting a book. And as writers, this is what we’re striving to do: pull the reader in, pull them down deep into the words, make them feel like they are experiencing the story right alongside the hero or heroine.

A big part of achieving this is showing the character’s surroundings in a way that is textured and rich, delivering this description through a filter of emotion and mood. It means we have to be careful with each word we choose, and describe the setting in such a way that each sight, sound, taste, texture, and smell comes alive for readers. This is no easy task, especially since it is so easy to overdo it—killing the pace, slowing the action, and worst of all, boring the reader. So how can we create a true unique experience for readers and make them feel part of the action while avoiding descriptive missteps that will hurt the story?

writershelpingwriters_logo_300x300px_finalWell, there’s some good news on this front. Two new books have released this week that may change the description game for writers. The Urban Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to City Spaces and The Rural Setting Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Personal and Natural Spaces look at the sights, smells, tastes, textures, and sounds that a character might experience within 225 different contemporary settings. And this is only the start of what these books offer writers.

In fact, swing by and check out this hidden entry from the Urban Setting Thesaurus: Antiques Shop.

And there’s one more thing you might want to know more about….

Rock_The_Vault_WHW1Becca and Angela, authors of The Emotion Thesaurus, are celebrating their double release with a fun event going on from June 13-20th called ROCK THE VAULT. At the heart of Writers Helping Writers is a tremendous vault, and these two ladies have been hoarding prizes of epic writerly proportions.

A safe full of prizes, ripe for the taking…if the writing community can work together to unlock it, of course.

Ready to do your part? Stop by Writers Helping Writers to find out more!

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You know what goes GREAT with these books? My own!
I’m giving away copies via Smashwords to TWO lucky winners. BONUS CONTEST! Enter here:

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Best of luck!

Jun 08 2016

Please come say hello! Bring a sweet frozen snack or a debut author along

http://operationawesome6.blogspot.com/2016/06/greetings-and-salutations-from-j-lenni.html

My introduction post went live today.

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Jun 03 2016

Book Review of Friends and Lovers By @csolet_pen

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A good short story that shows how much one bold statement, one brave moment, can change a life. Believable characters. Good flow. Well-written and easy to read.

Jun 02 2016

Express Yourself Hop – Spirit Animal

Express Yourself Hop

May 30 – June 3 If you could have a spirit animal, which would you choose?

My spirit animal might be a lobster. But remember this part of my A to Z 2014 story? I am the spirit animal! Ooooh, intrigue.

CLICK for the rest of June!

May 30 2016

Review of Sign of the Green Dragon by @cleemckenzie #NewToYou2016

New To You 2016 reading challenge #NewToYou2016

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I received this ARC free from the mailing list. My review and rating are honest.
This was an exciting adventure book for young people. There’s diversity in the characters. Emotion was well-done. The settings are spectacularly fleshed out. (I want to live in the cave house!)
If you cut down an early Harry Potter book to just the three of them on an adventure-of-purpose, you’d have the feel of this book. It reminded me a bit of my own youth, which is, perhaps, why I enjoyed it so much.

May 28 2016

Book Review #NewToYou2016 A Broken Race by Jean Davis @CafPress

New To You 2016 reading challenge #NewToYou2016

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This dystopian novel has an interesting social commentary. It reminded me of the story of Moses leading his people to the desert. The character number-names were a unique and interesting idea, but took me out of the story at times as I tried to keep everyone straight. There was a lot of reassurance in how it turns out for one character, who proudly uses his name in a mental declaration three-quarters of the way in– that was my favorite part. (He wasn’t a …. he was a … and that was just fine.) I wondered, as he did, why a certain group didn’t go elsewhere. Their reason for staying seems flimsy– but that’s exactly the way people seem to be about not leaving an area, even when things are bad.

May 27 2016

Goal Update and Exciting News plus Congratulations for @maitran254 and @lexicalcreation

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EXCITING NEWS!

I am now the organizer of the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome.
PLEASE come by there and say hi.

@JLenniDorner runs the Debut Author Spotlight for @OpAwesome6



The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

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

 
 

2016 Goals:

@JLenniDorner on Twitter

  • Have 6500 Twitter followers ~ currently at 6142 — up 152 from last month!
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
  • 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
  • Rewrite and edit my urban fantasy novel, then get the new query letter out there PUBLISH Getting 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 June:

  • Leave a comment on 50 blogs
  • Read and review five books
  • Find 10 Debut Authors to feature at OA




 

Review of Goals for May:

  • Leave a comment on 50 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Read and review five booksMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Take part in Bout of BooksMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Post my A to Z Reflection post on May 9Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal MY WINNER= @lexicalcreation
  • Be part of the Who’s Your Hero blog hopMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal MY WINNER= @maitran254


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

May 23 2016

Book Tour for Endless by Misha Gerrick @MGerrick1

About the Book

 

First, do no harm.” Blake Ryan swore that oath to become a doctor. Ironic, given that he spent most of his thousand year life sucking souls out of other immortals.

Things are different now. Using regular shots of morphine to keep his inner monster at bay, Ryan has led a quiet life since the Second World War. His thrills now come from saving lives, not taking them.

Until a plane crash brings Aleria into his hospital. Her life is vibrant. Crack to predators like him. She’s the exact sort of person they would hunt, and thanks to a severe case of amnesia, she’s all but defenseless.

Leaving Aleria vulnerable isn’t an option, but protecting her means unleashing his own inner monster. Which is a problem, because his inner monster wants her dead most of all.

 

Amazon US | Amazon Universal | Apple | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Goodreads

 

Misha Gerrick

About the Author

 

Misha Gerrick lives near Cape Town, South Africa, and can usually be found staring at her surroundings while figuring out her next book.

 

If you’d like to see what Misha’s up to at the moment, you can find her on these social networks:

 

Tumblr | Twitter | Google Plus | Writing Blog

 

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Excerpt

 

This had to be what dying felt like. Floating outside my body, waiting for that final link to my life to be severed, only vaguely aware of indescribable pain. More screams than I could count rose up around me. Hundreds of footsteps beat against tiles. I couldn’t open my eyes if I wanted to. Not when it was easier to listen and wait. People shouted for a doctor or an IV, or a thousand other things that made no sense. I listened to all the chaos, trying to untangle it in my thoughts.

 

Soon, I could go. The peace around me was so relaxing, completely out of place in the clamor I heard. I wanted it. To rest forever in that peace. Why not? There was a very good reason, but I couldn’t call it to mind.

 

A numb buzz shot through my body and shattered my serenity.

 

It happened again. Only this time was more of a sharp pulse. The third time jolted like lightning. The fourth…Hell. Suddenly, the screams were coming from me. My heart’s relentless thundering added to my torment.

 

Pain.

 

Everywhere.

 

My chest burned like fire. It hurt to breathe. Cold air drove down my throat and into my lungs, amplifying the inferno in my chest. My skin felt scorched. It couldn’t be. It wasn’t right.

 

I had to see. I had to understand why pain dominated my existence like this. My eyes were fused shut. My breaths grew shallow, trying to draw air when there was none. I tried to clench my teeth. I bit hard plastic. A pipe. Cold air suddenly forced back into my lungs, out of time with my own breathing. This was wrong. It wasn’t safe. I had to see. The best I got was a little fluttering of my lashes.

 

A high-pitched beep shot through my head. It repeated again and again. I wanted to reach over and slam my fist into its source. My arm wouldn’t lift. Something kept it trapped. A scream rose up from the depths of my soul, but the pipe jammed inside my throat stifled the sound. I only managed a whimper, trying my best not to gag. More air blasted into my lungs against my will. What was going on? I was trapped in my own body, but why?

 

I needed to move. I had to move. Now. Before… Even… Even though… Panic gripped me. The beeps increased at a frenetic pace. I needed to move. To be gone. Didn’t matter where. Just not here. Not defenseless. Not trapped.

 

The air sucked out of my lungs. I gasped, choking on nothing, strangled by invisible fingers. I tried to convulse my body. To twist myself free of what’s holding me.

 

Nothing.

 

The air rushed back in a cold flood. Seconds later it left, only to return in the same amount of time.

 

There was a rhythm to the air. In… out… in… out… The breaths were slow—sleep-like. I concentrated on this rhythm, striving to clear my head. If I wanted out, I needed to think. Calmly. Clearly. Eventually, those irritating beeps slowed. I tried to focus past the sound.

 

Voices buzzed about me, adding to my need to see, to do something to protect myself. No one seemed to pay attention to me. Good. I could use that to my advantage.

 

I centered my every thought on moving my little finger. It finally jerked, but collided against something solid. So the thing trapping my arm was physical and too heavy for me to lift. It was better to be trapped than paralyzed. With luck I could escape my restraints. I tried my other hand, but it was cemented stuck as well. Right leg. Left leg. Damn it! Both trapped. I had to move!

 

No.

 

No, I needed to stay calm. I tried to make larger movements, biting the pipe in my mouth against the urge to scream in pain. There was no wiggle room.

 

Fearing that I might be blindfolded, I focused on blinking. It worked. My eyes opened and the blur faded, revealing ceiling tiles. Why would there be tiles? Where was the canvas of hospital tents? The distant sounds of bombs dropping? The power of their explosions rushing through my blood?

 

No. That wasn’t right. I wasn’t there.

 

Where was I, then?

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How often do you hear from your readers and what do they say?

I’m on Wattpad, so I do get comments from them every now and then. 90% of the comments will be about stuff they like, but there will always be trolls. I just ignore those.

Is there anything special readers might learn from reading this book?

Hmm… I didn’t really write with a particular message in mind, although I guess one theme that comes through in the book is the fact that everyone has a good side, even if they have to dig really deep to get there.

Is there any diversity or underrepresented ideas featured in your book?

At the moment, I’m not really trying to write any particular diversity into my books. As a white person, it’s really difficult for me to gain enough of an understanding of other cultures to do POCs justice. I just don’t want to go down the line where I invariably offend someone because I don’t understand.

If I offend someone, I prefer knowing what I was doing at the time.

However, racism does have a tendency to come out in my books in some form or the other. In The War of Six Crowns, it’s the elves thinking they’re like a master race or something. In the world Endless is set in, the griffons think they’re entitled to kill (called “hunting” in the book) phoenixes because phoenixes have something they need.

What is your best marketing tip?

Understand WHY you’re following a particular strategy before you do it. Yes, I know you’re doing everything you can to sell more books, but what’s the step in between? (Because if there isn’t one, odds are you’re hard selling, and hard selling doesn’t work.)

If I had to find your main character in big crowd, what descriptions would you use as clues to help me search?

If they’re all in perfect health (not amnesiac or anything like that), Aleria will the one people gravitate toward. Nick will be the guy smoking in the corner (whether or not it’s allowed), watching her from the distance. Ryan… that’s tricky, depending on whether he’s able to ignore his self-loathing at the particular moment. But he’ll either be next to Aleria (if he can) or Nick (if he can’t).

What is your protagonist’s favorite animal?

Aleria’s is a hedgehog.
Ryan likes eagles. (Yeah, I know it’s actually a bird.)
Actual wolves are Nick’s favorite. Lycan wolves… not so much.

Thanks for hosting me!

Endless by Misha Gerrick

May 20 2016

Some kind of smart #quiz

When it comes to my brain strengths, I @JLenniDorner am Art Smart. Find out what kind of smart you are. #quiz

That’s what I scored. How about you?

May 17 2016

quick post

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That “Survive at least another 39 years” goal I have in my top 3 MAIN LIFE GOALS heading…
almost failed that twice in the last few days.

Sorry I haven’t been around much. I’m behind on commenting. I’m behind on hops. I’m… well, I’m behind damn near everywhere. That happens when the body decides it’s taking a “vacation” with or without approval. My assistant did what she could to keep this boat afloat, but I didn’t leave much in the way of instruction. (It was supposed to be an easy week.)

I’ll catch up soon.

– J

May 13 2016

#BoutOfBooks 16 Day 5 #freakyboutofbooks and #IWSG Parallels and #RelayForLife

Bout of Books next read a thon is May 9, 2016



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I won my copy of this excellent book from Sandra Cox’s giveaway.

L. G. Keltner — Felix Was Here — The story reminds me of the Stepford Wives. It also reminds me of the book The Invasion of Tearling, the Lily parts that I loved so much. A great short story that I can imagine being a movie or television series. 5 stars.
Sandra Cox — Rainers — This story is action, perfect tension, decent world building, brief insightful politics, and a sprinkling of romance. A liberal and a conservative working together to run things? What brilliance! 5 stars.
Sylvia Ney — WIN — Something about the story bothered me. Specifically, something about Brian’s character. Can’t put my finger on it. But to live in a world, in 2015, where the skill of reading books is almost gone– so sad! It about killed me when Navine didn’t recognize a library onsight. A very strange story. Not entirely unbelievable. 4.5 stars.
Michael Abayomi — Ground Zero — Interesting. Felt like a few minor spots could be tightened (phone began to ring — could just be phone rang). I’ve always heard it referred to as “the island of Manhattan” instead of Manhattan Island, but this is obviously a parallel universe, so I’m guessing that’s the reason for the difference. The speed Elijah managed to get out of the Empire State Building- wow. And in a hazmat suit yet! Impressive. 12 minutes. (10 minutes 36 seconds was the winning speed in the 2016 race-to-the-top in our real life universe.) 4.5 stars.
Crystal Collier — The Mirror People — Love the twist ending of Crystal’s story. Great concept all around. Very imaginative. 5 stars.
Yolanda Renée — Ever-Ton — Yolanda’s had great tension and plenty of “the feels.” (It still seems odd to me when Earth, as the name of the planet, isn’t capitalized. I guess that’s a style issue instead of a grammar rule nowadays.) 5 stars.
Cherie Reich — Folds in Life and Death — A beautiful story. Very touching and creative. 5 stars.
Hart Johnson — The Seventeen — Certainly interesting. Not my usual kind of story. It felt a little rushed, like parts were missing. Adverse effects from drug testing leading people to need to keep doing trials as the only means to support themselves, wow, that sounds scary and real. 4 stars.
Tamara Narayan — Scrying the Plane — Virtual reality with a massive multi-player interface? Minecraft? A reference to The Matrix? LOVE!!! The bus monitor hologram sounds like a great idea. Looking down at electronic devices long enough to wreck your neck… yeah, that sounds like something that’s coming if it’s not already here. 5.5 stars, out of 5, yes, because this was my favorite hands down.
Melanie Schulz — Haunted — A very different kind of story. I think it made sense in the end. Probably requires a second read-through to fully grasp the whole thing. 4.5 stars.

Average: 48 / 10 = 4.8 rounded to 5 stars.

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SMASHING Cancer in a Demolition DerbySMASH cancer! Demolition Derby details.
#RelayForLife @JLenniDorner showing support for Cancer Fighting Research

Good luck to my lovely assistant’s brother in the demolition derby!

Wish your name or logo was on that cancer-smashing truck?
IT CAN BE! Donate TODAY and leave the team a message.
But hurry. The smashing happens on May 28.

#RelayForLife of East Penn in Macungie, PA May 13 and 14 2016

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May 12 2016

#BoutofBooks 16 Day 4 If You Like This, Try This @jk_rowling @PatrickRothfuss #NewToYou2016

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Bout of Books next read a thon is May 9, 2016

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5 stars is NOT enough. Here’s 10.

Stop everything you are doing. Call off work, order pizza, hire a babysitter– whatever it takes. You need to read this book NOW. Top priority. Yes, it is that great.

If you liked Harry Potter, and have since reached adulthood, it’s time to graduate to The Kingkiller Chronicle.
Poor boy is orphaned by GREAT EVIL. He goes to magic school where he has a classmate adversary, a professor that seems not to like him, smart friends of both genders, ends up doing some shady deeds for good reasons, likes a girl, has a renowned reputation, has an interesting past time that he excels at, and ends up trekking off on a huge adventure.
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Patrick Rothfuss isn’t “the next (whoever),” everyone ELSE needs to aim to be the next him. I just finished reading this book, and I already want to go back and read it again! (As well as rereading the first one. Plus, I still have the in-between one to read.) But this is so good that I want to memorize it. I created a Pinterest board for my utter devotion. Seriously, it is that good. Even people who don’t normally read fantasy will be sucked in by this story. And this amazing author, in the dedication, thanks his clever beta readers for their “invaluable help and toleration of my paranoid secrecy,” which made me love him all the more.

This book is less conservative than the first one, as Kvothe grows to adulthood. But he knows who he is, and he doesn’t forget that. He’s the most realistic hero I’ve encountered in a long time. Everything about him, about his world, about all of this– it’s written so well that it doesn’t feel like fiction, much less like fantasy. And yet, there’s enough actual fantasy (including a whole fae realm) to keep fantasy lovers salivating for more. Pure genius.

It’s more than that though. This whole story line is ridiculously easy to draw parallels to real world issues. You probably know someone who’s lived a life like Kvothe, and now you’ll realize why you never noticed it before.

Let me give drop some quotes that should change your life:

“If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. … A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.” (This will change your life if you do it. Actual walking isn’t required, but leaving is.)

“Maps don’t just have outside edges. They have inside edges. Holes. Folks like to pretend they know everything about the world.” (This should change your life because it shows you how much you don’t know about even what you think you know. You can be shown where a cafeteria is, but it’s harder to know where to sit, what to eat, and if there are customs to observe. It’s also much of what I said about settings.)

“It’s the questions we can’t answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact But give him a question and he’ll look for his own answers. That way, when he finds the answers, they’ll be precious to him.” (This should change your life because it explains how education is supposed to work.)

“The vast majority of students were nobility or members of wealthy merchant families. For them, a high tuition was an inconvenience, leaving them less pocket money to spend on horses and whores.
The stakes were higher for me. Once the masters set a tuition, it couldn’t be changed. So if my tuition was set too high, I’d be barred from the University until I could pay.”
(This should impact your life in two ways. One, it speaks to how higher education is restricted in America– even though this book does not take place in America or even on Earth, near as I can tell– and how that feels. Two, it’s the opening hint to the idea of charging for tuition based on how much educating the student is going to need. With exception to those with special needs and disabilities, it’s an idea worth exploring. Students who are eager to learn, who will put effort into classes and studies, perhaps shouldn’t be charged the same high price as students who are attending out of obligation or other non-educational desires. It’s also the basis for academic scholarships, though there are only so many of those to go around. If you’ve ever been stuck in a class with someone who didn’t want to be there, and you worked your tail off and sacrificed TO be there, you’ll understand why this hits home for me.)

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With the exception of his conversation with Penthe on where babies come from (my brain is still questioning that one), the Adem remind me of my Lenni-Lenape people. Perhaps better warriors though. But it’s the culture, the way of being, the sword history knowledge and the test below the tree– these things remind me of my tribe. “If you managed to catch hold of even just a piece of my name, you’d have all manner of power over me.” THAT. Right there. This is what I keep trying to explain to you outsiders about why my “name” is J. This… just go read Chapter 88 and 124. Please.

One more quote:

“Tak reflects the subtle turning of the world. It is a mirror we hold to life. No one wins a dance, boy. The point of dancing is motion that a body makes. A well-played game of tak reveals the moving of a mind. There is a beauty to these things for those with eyes to see it.”

I mention that quote because the game is actually available for purchase.

The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2)

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May 11 2016

#BoutOfBooks 16 Day 3 with My 5 Fav Colorful Covers and my 3 @VictoriaAveyard reviews

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REVIEWS of books read today:

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“There is nothing so terrible as a story untold.” Not just writing motivation, but a quote that explains the reason for this story. The lack of world building could make comprehending this difficult for anyone who hasn’t read Red Queen. It’s a good story, an interesting one. Nice romance. In fact, if the rest of the series weren’t aimed at the futuristic-urban-fantasy genre, this could probably be a much longer book, a romance that’s a stone’s throw from Cinderella.



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The REDACTED messages are a pain to read. I have trouble with the following line:

They’re aren’t

here, in the thick of things, I tell myself. I’m assuming it’s a typo or a double negative. The theme can be wrapped up in this quote: She spoke of slavery, because that’s what this world is. No one dares say it, but that’s what Reds are. Slaves and graves. This story gives a glimpse of another character from Red Queen. Unless you’ve read that book already, you shouldn’t read this one. It picks up about halfway in.



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It’s the print version of Queen Song and Steel Scars.
I realized this several pages in.

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May 10 2016

#BoutofBooks 16 Day 2

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I read a few pages but did not finish any books today. Actually, I finished one OR half of one. I’ll explain that later.

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May 09 2016

#BoutofBooks 16 Day 1 #insixwords nemophilist, quirky, determined, dreamer, inspiration’s Master

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My #insixwords from January is still accurate! But here are six more:

  • nemophilist
  • quirky
  • determined
  • dreamer
  • inspiration’s Master




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The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) by Patrick Rothfuss


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.”

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May 09 2016

Reflections on the #atozchallenge, being a blogger, the blogging community, and an unpublished book

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I’m reflecting on who I want to be as a blogger after completing my fifth A to Z Challenge.

I want my blog to be smart, insightful, and always fun to read. I like “thinking posts” and getting opinions from my readers. Books and writing are my niche, so I focus largely on that area. But I also want readers to feel like they are getting to know me as a person, so I sometimes blog with that goal in mind. I try to put a lot of personality into my blog. Posts are framed with my voice, my personal experiences, and my take on things.

This means that I share my struggles and successes from my field (writing fiction). If there’s a blogging strategy or technique I’ve learned, I share that as well. And if there’s a stance for me to take on publishing, writing, blogging, or using social media, — I’m going to post about it.

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My goal as a blogger is for readers to get to the end of my post and either laugh, have a deep thought, feel they’ve learned something, or be glad they spent a minute or two here.




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Reflection on who I want to be in the blogging community.

First, I want to be someone who’s known for commenting back, following on Twitter (maybe other social media as well), and generally replying to comments.

In my opinion, the blogging community leaders are the ones who donate time keeping this challenge running. Thank the co-hosts and their teams. I’m grateful for this challenge. This is how I connect with most bloggers that I know. The hop is about more than just planning posts alphabetically. That A to Z Challenge is about keeping the blogging community alive, together, and invested in each other. I’m proud to be a part of that.




Reflections specific to the A to Z Challenge

The Adult Content (AC) category still feels too narrow to me. Perhaps it should be used in conjunction with the other codes, such as (AC)(WR) for erotica writers. Or maybe the Adult Content should be defined, as it is on American television (language, sex, violence). Maybe both.

I also wish the Theme Reveal hop had codes, or used the theme names instead of blog names. This would be great for research! Like an A to Z Google search. OR if there were several linky lists for the themes.

  • Use this linky if your THEME is poetry, writing, or book related.
  • Use this linky if your theme includes travel or photography.
  • Use this linky if your theme is all about animals.

The obvious drawback being that someone will have a theme where they write poems on pictures of pets. Does that person link on more than one list? I’m guessing this is why it’s never been done. My brainstorm might be just a sun-shower.

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I’ll certainly do the challenge again next year. And I will absolutely volunteer to help out again. #TeamArlee No, I have NO IDEA what my theme will be for next year.

Nearly every blogging friend I have is a result of the A to Z Challenge. THANK YOU to everyone who signed up.





Reflecting on blogging an unpublished book

If someone asked me four years ago if I’d publish this much information about Fractions of Existence on my blog BEFORE publishing the book, I’d have thought the asker was nuts.

Then I read (and saw) The Martian.

So maybe blogging a book, or blogging a ridiculous amount of details about a book, isn’t the worst idea on the Internet.

Last year I blogged my reference book. That was also for sale at the time. In April of last year, one person bought my book on Smashwords and seven bought it on Amazon. Consider that I wrote it for a small niche, for those who wanted to write settings that felt like characters– suddenly eight books isn’t that bad. It’s almost twice as many as I expected to sell, to be honest. (Which is why I self-published that book. I knew it wouldn’t be worth a publishing house’s time and money.)

I don’t know if I’m going to self-publish Fractions of Existence. I am entering one more query contest and submitting to one more place.

HUGE THANKS to JEAN DAVIS for the wonderful guidance.




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May 08 2016

#WhosYourHero Giveaway Hop #story

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This month we’re celebrating the men and women (and animals too!) that rock a uniform–whichever uniform that may be. Military, Police, Firefighter and all others who serve and protect. So…Who’s Your Hero? Stop by each blog for a giveaway and to find out who OUR favorite fictional and real life heroes are…

Who is my hero?

The trouble with this question is that every time I have a hero, they let me down. I don’t blame the hero in every case. After all, if you force someone onto a pedestal and then shake it all the time, they are bound to fall eventually. People have flaws. Some people spend their lives looking for those flaws. I don’t know why that’s a job, but apparently it is and it pays well.

I have plenty of flaws. Please, never put me on a pedestal. Leave me in a tree or feed me to a wolf.

There are those who regularly commit heroic deeds. Police, firefighters, soldiers, teachers, etc — in every one of those groups, there are those who have also committed atrocious crimes.

I’m going to give you an old story now. Did I write it? Well… I don’t know if anyone else has ever written it down, but I’m not the first to hear it, either.

The Tale of Red Sky

Red Sky came from a land far away. The Great Turtle allowed him to cross to our lands.
“I have come in search of a wife,” he told those who greeted him.
“What would you give one of our women to marry, mate, and join our tribe?”
“I am a great warrior. I fought many battles against our enemy from the water.”
“Why then have you not married in your own tribe?”
Red Sky fell to the ground, his heart too heavy to allow him to stand. “Though my village defeated many enemies, there was one we could not fight. Our mountain roared and reached to the heavens, striking at a god. The sky bled red. The god struck back, breaking the mountain open. The air was sucked away as the god and the mountain yelled at each other. Boiling blood from the battle rolled down, destroying all that it touched.”
Our people considered all that he said. They brought him food and drink so that he might rest while they debated.
“When the mountain struck the god, you were doomed. How did you get away?”
“Our enemy from the water had lost a great ship in a battle against us. I gathered those who would come. Our sky is red! We must go before the angry god strikes. I pleaded with my people, but only a few believed.” Red Sky took a long drink. He shifted on the ground, fingering the grass beneath him. “We knew not the ways of the water. Many who came died soon after we left. Some from watching as our home vanished. Others from the black air. Two of us made it to this land.”
“Where is the other?” our people asked.
“He died two moons ago. I am the last. So I must take a wife to keep my people from dying out.”
One of the unwed women stepped forward. “Red Sky,” she called him, for he had no relation to any gathered, “you bring only your word of this. I will require proof.”
And so a group set off with Red Sky to journey back to his home. When they got there, the sky was not bleeding. The mountain did not roar. It was easy to breathe the air, all of which was clear. There was no sign of a village or reason to believe that anyone would have settled here.

Red Sky had left his home. He went on a long journey to seek another place to live. But that was all that could be known for certain. So Red Sky, who perhaps was once a great hero, was left on the shore of the place he once called home. Five days rations were given. No woman decided to stay.

The lesson: You are only a hero if there’s proof, but villainy can be stumbled on accidently.


So who is my hero that serves and protects?

Indie Authors. The only way to improve publishing is to get out there and do something. Many indie authors have said “no” to ridiculously high prices, too-low prices, ebooks priced higher than paper or hardback books, and other bizarre twists from the publishing world. They’ve made their own marketing plan, figured out cover art, and found their own editors. They’ve scheduled book tours, given out ARCs, and created mighty email lists. It’s brave. They serve the writing community. Indie authors, and small press publishers, challenge the publishing community– forcing them to protect authors’ rights, hard work, and contributions. Underdogs? Maybe. But none are better suited to bring positive changes in the world of books!




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May 07 2016

Reading Speed

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