Sep 02 2015

Shall we take part in the #TackleTBR Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon together


#TackleTBR Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon




#TackleTBR template from @TresSherm

Day of the week/Date
What I read today:
Today’s finished books:
Total number of finished books:
Titles of finished books:



SCHEDULE

This is the schedule for the read-a-thon, including challenges and giveaways:

9/14: Kick-off with giveaways. Giveaways will include:
$15 Amazon gift card (INT)
Book of winner’s choice from their TBR (INT)
9/15: Katherine Reay Giveaway
9/16: Random Page Challenge @ My Love for Reading Keeps Growing
9/17: Melissa McShane Comfort Read Share & Giveaway
9/18: Spine Sentences Challenge @ Days of Daphne
9/19: Jordan McCollum Spy Challenge & Giveaway
9/20: Alethea Kontis Giveaway
9/21: Mid-Point Check-in & Twitter Chat
& Lisa Wingate Interview & Giveaway
9/22: Jessica Leake Giveaway
9/23: Jemima Pett Season Challenge & Giveaway
9/24: Scavenger Hunt @ Princessica of Books
9/25: Challenge @ Singing Librarian Books
9/26: Bette Lee Crosby Giveaway
9/27: Read-a-thon Ends
9/28: Wrap-up Post (giveaway won’t close until the end of day to allow everyone to link up)

Aug 29 2015

The Queen of the Tearling #Book #Review (extensive version)

This feels like a debut author novel. There are many pages of long blocks of text. Different scenes are told from different points of view. This is a publishing anomaly that breaks many “rules” agents, editors, and respected writing sites and books have taught as the standard for this era in publishing. Including spelling a color in the British way (grey) rather than the American way (gray), which is a generally frowned upon inconsistency.

One fact is established as certain— this is a utopia gone wrong. Tolerance is dead. (No rainbow flags here. Though pedophiles and rapist are commonplace. I cannot, in good conscience, call any story where rape is a shoulder-shrugging crime a feminist book.) There’s an upper class 1%, near upper class, and the starving poor majority class in Tearling.

The book makes mention of the Tale of King Author, one character comparing the main character, Queen Kelsea, to him. There’s also a Robin Hood-like character, except he doesn’t give to the poor, but he’s loved by the poor for making the rich suffer.

Seven volumes of Rowling. The Queen of the Tearling is a Harry Potter fan

What I liked best about the main character, Kelsea, is her appreciation for books. She offers some diversity in that she is plain looking and overweight (which is brought up several times, especially in chapter nine). Skin shades were also mentioned a few times, mostly in that dark skin was rare in this world.

It is fantasy in that there is a character with dark magical ability and another character with magical objects.

I was very impressed with the rich vocabulary that Harper publishing permitted the book to use. There was a whole host of words rarely seen printed in fiction nowadays.(My favorite among these being the word bulwark, which I was told needed to be defined, as adult readers would not know it.)

the word bulwark was used in The Queen of the Tearling— without being defined

The climax felt reminiscent of Breaking Dawn (Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga) in that the main character finally reaches the eluded-to powerful self, but the battle fizzles. If tension is about “how can this main character defeat that enemy,” there’s a disappointment here. It does, however, “sell the next book,” in that now the story is developed. It feels less like the first book in a series and more like an origin story that has to read, or got out of the way, in order to get to the action.

Despite that, the book leaves a great deal of background questions. The biggest being where The Tearling (and other countries) actually are located. It seems to take place in a future where most technology and advancements have been lost— some intentionally. A ship of medical supplies and personal sank in the waters of a vast ocean on the way from America. Is this book building off of the movie Waterworld? The nearest answer is a quote of “God’s great plan in raising the New World out of the sea.”

How The Bible is viewed in The Queen of the Tearling

The main religion is a mix of Catholic, Protestant, and preservation of the species. Another religion is mentioned (Lutheran, I would guess). Kelsea has little interest in religion, and it’s hinted that this will be an issue in the next book. Readers who are easily upset by atheist may be offended by this work of fiction. Also note that there are adult situations and language in this story. It does not feel like a YA novel, though it does seem to be marketed to that age group.

4 stars

I’ve given it 4 stars, though 3 1/2 would be more accurate. I do intend to buy the next book. I went through all this and now expect the next book to reward me with the action and climatic events I crave.

On a personal note: I regret buying the paperback version. The paper and binding feel flimsy. I suggest getting the hardcover or the ebook version if you are purchasing it.

This blog review is more extensive than the ones I posted on Amazon, Goodreads, and 50 Book Pledge.

Have you read this book? Are you planning to read it, or the second one (The Invasion of the Tearling)?

Aug 28 2015

Fall In Love with September Goal Setting and #onestopforwriters

Understanding Character Motivation Found on onestopforwriters.com
Find gems like this on the One Stop For Writers board on Pinterest. #onestopforwriters
 

goals image

 

The BIG MAIN GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 40 39 years

 

 

2015 Goals:

 

  • Have 5000 Twitter followers ~ currently at 4484  — up 68 from last month!
  • Update / redo what-are-they.com (Done!)
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
  • Support Diverse Books
  • Four Reading Challenges
  • After editing fantasy novel, get new query letter out there

 

 

Goals for September:

 

  • Comment on at least 15 blogs
  • Keep hacking away at that fantasy novel
  • Read and Review 2 books this month
  • Street team Prep to launch #OneStopForWriters on Oct 7
  • Start getting ready for NaNoWriMo
  • Visit the rest of the #WEPFF entries.

 
 

 

Review of Goals for August:

 

  • Comment on at least 15 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Keep hacking away at that fantasy novelMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Read and Review 4 books this monthMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Be a blog tour stop for Misha’s War of Six Crowns books on the 7thMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Keep my eye on PitchwarsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Take part in Bout of Books on the 17thMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Have a fun birthdayMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

 



I had a productive month. What about you?

Aug 26 2015

Winner! And a Tweet






TMIL= Trust Me, I’m Lying

Aug 24 2015

#Boutofbooks 14 Wrap Up

Bout of Books



It was a great week. I enjoyed participating and will certainly be back in January. I accomplished most of my goals. Had life not tossed me a curve ball last night, I’m certain I would have reached them all. I believe I still will within the week. I can say that The Queen of the Tearling certainly has some good spots. But if I were to recommend a book along the lines, I’d say that Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard has more tension and a more invested main character.

“A girl who was not raised among royals is now in a position to change the course of her country. She aims to help the poor and, in doing so, sparks the flames of war. Supernatural powers turn the story into a fantasy.”

There. That’s both of those books. But where Red Queen is YA, The Queen of the Tearling is aimed at adults. My review will appear on this blog in a few days, once I finish. There isn’t much to go.



Goal Template

Time Devoted to Reading:
I read all week.



My Goals:
I intend to finish two books that I started reading already. ~ 1 down!
I will read at least one book on the craft of writing. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I hope to read one book aimed to improve health.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I desire to read a fantasy book.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I plan to get two more check marks on my Popsugar 2015 reading challenge.~ 1 down!
Partake in a #BoutofBooks Twitter chat. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Visit the Bout of Books challenges.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Add two books to my Amazon Wishlist / Goodreads to-read list as a result of this challenge. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I aim to finish reading The Queen of the Tearling, and read at least one more book, and have both of them reviewed by tomorrow.~ Nope. Oh well.



@JLenniDorner progress
My progress in The Queen of the Tearling.


Books to Read:


TWO prizes are up for grabs on my blog this week! An $8 (US) Amazon e giftcard and a Kindle ebook.

a Rafflecopter giveaway





We should make a social connection.


@JLenniDorner on Twitter WhatAreThey on Facebook pages Author J Lenni Dorner on G+ JLenniDorner on Pinterest Author page of J Lenni Dorner on Amazon friend J Lenni Dorner on Goodreads 

Aug 22 2015

#boutofbooks 14 day 6 Roadtrip with @S_InWonderland and a #GrammarPolice








I missed the Twitter chat, but I filled in answers for three of the questions later in the day.

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Today’s challenge at Steph in Wonderland was a Road Trip with books. The 4 places I most want to visit are on my Trip Advisor app on Facebook.
Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, Canada– I can’t find a book that is set there.
Cranberry Lake, NY USA– There are two, but neither are fiction. Quiet Water New York, 2nd edition: Canoe & Kayak Guide and Cranberry Lake and Wanakena
Rockland, Maine USA– The State of Stephen King. There MUST be a book set here! Pulitzer Prize winner Edna St. Vincent Millay is from this town. Well, I didn’t find a book. My Google search failed. #FAIL I did find a site that made me want to go on this trip even more.
Kotor, Montenegro– Oh look, a tourist guide. KOTOR OLD TOWN: Kotor Old Town Guide But… what’s this?! Ah! At last, a fiction book set in a place I want to go to. Montenegro by Starling Lawrence



Only 1? That will not do! Can I get a Gandalf?
You Shall Not Pass


I shall have extend this road trip to places I’ve been before and want to visit again.
It’s off to NYC with Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir.
Then we’re taking a plane to Chi-town. Allegiant is set in Chicago… though, obviously, it’s a very broken version of the city.
Time to fly out of here. Seattle! Anyone hungry? Let them eat cake!
Well, with a title like that, I guess it’s time we jump the pond. Off to France for Sleeping with Paris
Okay, it’s getting mushy up here. Time to go somewhere that I haven’t really been. Well, not this deep at least. But maybe I want to be! Yes, it’s time to go Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.

Now THAT’S what I call a road trip!

Bout of Books




Goal Template

Time Devoted to Reading:
I will be reading all week.
I have read for 1 hour so far today. And I am about to log off so I can read for another 2 hours or more tonight!



My Goals:
I intend to finish two books that I started reading already. ~ 1 down!
I will read at least one book on the craft of writing. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I hope to read one book aimed to improve health.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I desire to read a fantasy book.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I plan to get two more check marks on my Popsugar 2015 reading challenge.~ 1 down!
Partake in a #BoutofBooks Twitter chat. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Visit the Bout of Books challenges.
Add two books to my Amazon Wishlist / Goodreads to-read list as a result of this challenge. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



Books to Read:


TWO prizes are up for grabs on my blog this week! An $8 (US) Amazon e giftcard and a Kindle ebook.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



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#GrammarPolice here with some #humor

Aug 21 2015

#boutofbooks 14 Day 5 is on My Birthday

Birthday Cake by @JLenniDorner

Welcome! Come on in. Would you like a slice of cake?
Red Velvet, White cake with Baileys Cream Cheese Icing, or Dark Chocolate Guinness Cake with strawberries?




Today’s #BoutOfBooks challenge is on the blog of Blue Books and Butterflies.
Pick two characters from two different books who will be great together in a romantic relationship. These characters must have never been in the same book together or met before. Give them a cool ship name too! If @BlueBooksandBs likes the couple, she’ll retweet with the #CharaSM hashtag.






I originally went with:
Perry from The Other Normals and Christina from Divergent.
Pertina.
He’s a lost and confused rp gamer geek. She’s got brains and brawn. She’d help him as he transforms into a butt kicker. He’d adore her uniqueness, strength, and mind. Where he grew toward a world of fiction (or so he assumed), she grew from a place of truth above all. The opposites attract from their earlier days would make for a stunning couple.

But here on my blog I’d also like to offer up:

#CharaSM for @BlueBooksandBs #boutofbooks challenge Entry by @JLenniDorner



It’s my birthday, so I’d love if YOU would comment on MY blog post with a reason that you think these two books belong together. Be creative. Make me laugh.



Bout of Books




Goal Template

Time Devoted to Reading:
I will be reading all week.
But today is my birthday and I’m heading out with my Snookums. We’ve got plans. So there isn’t much progress today.
Unless you count the settings I read for the #WEPFF blog hop! Check mine out here.



My Goals:
I intend to finish two books that I started reading already. ~ 1 down!
I will read at least one book on the craft of writing. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I hope to read one book aimed to improve health.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I desire to read a fantasy book.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I plan to get two more check marks on my Popsugar 2015 reading challenge.~ 1 down!
Partake in a #BoutofBooks Twitter chat. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Visit the Bout of Books challenges.
Add two books to my Amazon Wishlist / Goodreads to-read list as a result of this challenge. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



Books to Read:


TWO prizes are up for grabs on my blog this week! An $8 (US) Amazon e giftcard and a Kindle ebook.

a Rafflecopter giveaway





We should make a social connection.


@JLenniDorner on Twitter WhatAreThey on Facebook pages Author J Lenni Dorner on G+ JLenniDorner on Pinterest Author page of J Lenni Dorner on Amazon friend J Lenni Dorner on Goodreads 

Aug 21 2015

My #WEPFF Spectacular Settings hosted by @DeniseCCovey and @YolandaRenee Entry #fantasy writing



#WEPFF Spectacular Settings hosted by @DeniseCCovey and @YolandaRenee




The first task is to share a setting that stopped my heart. This song feels like a poem set to music, and is partly about a setting:
Purple Haze lyrics by brothermusic.com

Your Backyard album can be found at brothermusic.com



This speaks to me because it is so vivid. I feel like I’m there, in Australia, seeing what he sees.

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The second task option is to share a scene under 1,000 words long from your current WIP.

THIS IS A DRAFT VERSION, NOT A FINAL EDIT. It is from The Dagger in the Darkrise, which is a dark, high fantasy for adults. This scene takes place near the end of the novel.




Alison leaned against the defensive wall that marked the border to her homeland. The first rays of morning light reflected off the glossier armor that covered the huge stones. A dragon roared in the distance. Her patron dragon. She took a deep breath, fooling herself into believing that she could pick up her dad’s scent. His silvery-white armor, fastened to its permanent home here on Zenika’s Bulwark, was her last connection to a stable life.


Eighty-eight suits of dragon scale armor lined this exterior part of the wall. The Fallen Generals Last Stand was what they called this section. One day her armor would be here as well. Alison ran her fingers to the only other black suit ever worn. It sucked in the light, taking it hostage without the possibility of escape, just like hers did. Touching the dark armor on the wall caused her stomach to knot and ears to ring.


“Neither of us belongs here,” she said to the suit. “We’re like the bugs that eat dead flesh. Was that how you felt, I wonder, when the armor of Darkstar was given to you? Vital to survival, but cringed at when discussed.”


“I don’t cringe.”


Alison drew her sword. She spun in a slow, tight circle, searching the area. As she returned to face the black armor, Drake’s head appeared. His calming scent of pine and moss toyed with her nose.


Those eyes, two solid black jewels, two mysterious enigmas, intoxicated her. She took his hand as he stepped out of the darkness. “Where did you, how did you?” She looked past him to the armor.


“My dear Alison, I move through spaces you cannot even conceive of,” Drake said. His light green fingers ran through her golden hair.


“That’s how you’ve been sneaking in, isn’t it? This is your entrance, this suit of armor.”


He gave a gentle laugh. “One mystery solved, a million to go. Yes, Darkstar’s scales create a sort of doorway, and my magic is a like a key.” Drake walked her toward his forest.


The untamed mass of greens invited the couple. Drips from an unrecorded drizzle cleansed them of the harshness they so recently endured. Here in this refreshing land of ancient trees, peaceful beasts, and sprawling plants and flowers lived secrets unknown to any human. Alison removed her smoky-crystal visor. This was the only outside place she knew of where her impaired eyes were protected flawlessly by the dense shade.


A tree with a trunk too large to see around rose to the center of the canopy. Leaves flourished not only on branches but on the trunk itself, disguising its base as a treacherous bush of poison. Animals and insects alike avoided this area. The light, even as filtered as it was, took on a sinister shimmering quality. Alison touched the edge of one leaf. She let out a small gasp. The leaf reddened, absorbing drops of her blood from the tiny cut it inflicted.


“Now you see why I left the door open last time.” Drake pulled her fingers to his lush, dark green lips and kissed the tiny wound. “That’s a beautiful color on your cheeks. I hope to see it more often.”


She nibbled on her lower lip as she turned her head. The tip of her boot made a semi-circle dent in the forest floor. His finger slid under her chin but did not force it up. He waited, as patient as the trees that surrounded them, for her to meet his gaze.


“Are you going to invite me inside, or will we stay out here being dripped on forever?” She wrinkled her nose. He laughed. The sound blended with the music of the forest as if he were part bird, part beast, and part rustling leaf in a breeze.


“I gave you a key. Was that not invitation enough?” He motioned to the trinket she wore. “Ah, you still can’t see the door, can you?”


His finger danced along her skin like a bee seeking pollen. There was a small sting just above her left ear. She winced, though it was almost unperceivable. He told her to blink a few times. Once she had, the whole forest shifted.


Nothing had actually changed, she assumed. But now, where before she saw only green, there was a rainbow of colors, some she couldn’t even name. An energetic indigo outline stimulated her vision and filled her with a desire to draw nearer. It hummed as she did so.


“Color that makes sound?” Alison asked.


“It gets better,” Drake replied, pressing her trinket into her hand.


She eased the tiny treasure toward the enchanting color. The smell of baked bread and her favorite eel stew wafted around her. As she inhaled, the scent changed. It was pine and moss. No, there was more. It was him. She gave him a sidelong glance.
“Will you tell me one day what you smell when unlocking my door?”


“Don’t you know?”


He laughed and shrugged. “For the longest time, I couldn’t identify it. Then I met you.” His arm wrapped around her waist. He nuzzled her hair and sniffed. “As it unlocks it gives off whatever scent the opener finds most pleasing.”


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I hope you enjoyed my selection. I find the portions of the defensive wall that are improved by armor and the forest Drake lives in to be my favorite areas in the setting. This scene happens to have both. General feedback is welcome. This is just the draft version, as I said. But I always welcome thoughts to help the story improve.


We should make a social connection.


@JLenniDorner on Twitter WhatAreThey on Facebook pages Author J Lenni Dorner on G+ JLenniDorner on Pinterest Author page of J Lenni Dorner on Amazon friend J Lenni Dorner on Goodreads 

The current Smashwords coupon code for Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters is: KU89T

Aug 20 2015

#BoutofBooks 14 #4SeasonsBookCovers by @kimberlyreads and a quote on #reviews by @Trans1110 #TeamTrans1110







@JLenni Dorner Bout of Books Four Seasons in Book Covers Challenge



This is my entry for the Four Seasons in Book Covers Challenge. Details are at the blog of Kimberly Faye Reads. I’ve been a bit creative with this. For those in other hemispheres, I’ll explain:

  • The Season of Passage – We’re talking about seasons, so this just seemed fun to throw in!
  • April Fools- April is in the Spring.
  • The Lifeguard- This is something typically encountered during the summer.
  • Halloween Night- Nothing says Autumn quite like that holiday.
  • The Snowman- Winter and a snowman belong together.

These are all horror books written for teenagers in the 1990’s. And yes, I own and have read all of them. (Look at that first spine! Yeah… I read that book a few times. Just a few. Ha ha ha.)

Bout of Books




Goal Template

Time Devoted to Reading:
I will be reading all week.
I only managed about 45 minutes today. (It has been a crazy day here in Dorner land!)



My Goals:
I intend to finish two books that I started reading already. ~ 1 down!
I will read at least one book on the craft of writing. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I hope to read one book aimed to improve health.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I desire to read a fantasy book.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I plan to get two more check marks on my Popsugar 2015 reading challenge.~ 1 down!
Partake in a #BoutofBooks Twitter chat. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Visit the Bout of Books challenges.
Add two books to my Amazon Wishlist / Goodreads to-read list as a result of this challenge. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



Books to Read:


TWO prizes are up for grabs on my blog this week! An $8 (US) Amazon e giftcard and a Kindle ebook.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



New Authors seeking New Escapes 2015 reading challenge

#NewToYouRC read something 'new' to you in 2015 and review it
#FirstReads book by an author that @JLenniDorner had not read before



We should make a social connection.


@JLenniDorner on Twitter WhatAreThey on Facebook pages Author J Lenni Dorner on G+ JLenniDorner on Pinterest Author page of J Lenni Dorner on Amazon friend J Lenni Dorner on Goodreads 

Aug 19 2015

#boutofbooks 14 MASH #bookreview #writetip and #query update with thanks to @NaomiLHughes

QUERY UPDATE!
Thanks to Naomi Hughes @NaomiLHughes, I have a new and (fingers crossed) awesome query letter. Here’s the main part:
Query for Fantasy book by @JLenniDorner copyright 2015
Thoughts?



Bout of Books


DAY 3




@JLenniDorner MASH for the #boutofbooks challenge

Here’s my MASH for the Rocky Top Real Talk #boutofbooks challenge.
I looked for an online version of the game. Sadly, the categories were not customizable. (If someone finds one that is, please let me know!)
As you can see, I MASHed my way to Penn State (which is where I really did go to college) and majored in Philosophy (nope, I majored in English), I married my favorite author– myself (hilarious), and settled down in Philadelphia (which is true for part of the year) where I live in my mansion (ha ha ha… sure I do). And I’m a psychologist now. (Don’t look to carefully at that diploma.) I am having 237 children with myself. (Hermaphrodites unite!)
Each of my 80 girls and 157 boys purchase my books and write reviews because I’ve used my psychology powers on them! And, when that fails, I beat them with long philosophical debates. #humor


This has been an awesome challenge. Thanks for the laughs. How did yours go, if you took part?



Goal Template

Time Devoted to Reading:
I will be reading all week.
3 hours today so far.



My Goals:
I intend to finish two books that I started reading already. ~ 1 down!
I will read at least one book on the craft of writing. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I hope to read one book aimed to improve health.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I desire to read a fantasy book.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I plan to get two more check marks on my Popsugar 2015 reading challenge.~ 1 down! Please see update below.
Partake in a #BoutofBooks Twitter chat. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Visit the Bout of Books challenges.
Add two books to my Amazon Wishlist / Goodreads to-read list as a result of this challenge. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



Book Read and Reviewed:
This is the thirtieth book I’ve read this year. My review of @MGerrick1‘s other book can be found on my “Fantasy Blog Tour for the War of Six Crowns” post.

The Heir's Choice (The War of Six Crowns, #2)The Heir’s Choice by M Gerrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Two has the ending I craved after reading the first book. This portal fantasy is well-written. The characters are interesting. A story with unexpected twists and turns. I enjoyed it immensely. Book Three will be on my reading list for sure.

I’d like to take a moment to showcase one of the fantastic character relationships created in this book. In this scene, a character transforms/ grows up. It not only shows the sort of relationships this author has written, but also the brand of humor that is sprinkled throughout the story.
Scene from The Heir's Choice by @MGerrick1 reviewed by @JLenniDorner



Here’s a scene where the author managed to describe a physical characteristic in a fun and inventive way without reliance on just adjectives for a color. Many new writers struggle with this, so consider this a #writetip:
Scene from The Heir's Choice by @MGerrick1 reviewed by @JLenniDorner


This last scene just happens to be my favorite scene in The Heir’s Choice.
Scene from The Heir's Choice by @MGerrick1 reviewed by @JLenniDorner



In case you wondered, yes, I did get permission from the author to put those exceprts in this blog post.
Permission email from @MGerrick1 to @JLenniDorner Aug 2015
Why does the age matter? Because that’s ONE MORE CHECK on the Popsugar Reading Challenge!



Books to Read:


TWO prizes are up for grabs on my blog this week! An $8 (US) Amazon e giftcard and a Kindle ebook.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



Popsugar Reading Challenge Update @JLenniDorner

New Authors seeking New Escapes 2015 reading challenge

#NewToYouRC read something 'new' to you in 2015 and review it
#FirstReads book by an author that @JLenniDorner had not read before



We should make a social connection.


@JLenniDorner on Twitter WhatAreThey on Facebook pages Author J Lenni Dorner on G+ JLenniDorner on Pinterest Author page of J Lenni Dorner on Amazon friend J Lenni Dorner on Goodreads 

Aug 18 2015

#BoutOfBooks 14 Day 2 #BoutOfBooksHunt and #BookReview of Writing Fantasy Heroes

Bout of Books




Goal Template

Time Devoted to Reading:
I will be reading all week.
I read for 4 hours today.



#BoutOfBooksHunt




My Goals:
I intend to finish two books that I started reading already.
I will read at least one book on the craft of writing. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I hope to read one book aimed to improve health.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I desire to read a fantasy book.
I plan to get two more check marks on my Popsugar 2015 reading challenge.
Partake in a #BoutofBooks Twitter chat. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Visit the Bout of Books challenges.
Add two books to my Amazon Wishlist / Goodreads to-read list as a result of this challenge. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



Book Read and Reviewed today:



Writing Fantasy HeroesWriting Fantasy Heroes by Jason M. Waltz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! This book was better, and different, than expected. It isn’t just another book on craft. It’s barely even a reference guide. It has essays packed with valuable tips written by authors I love. Sure, a few of these were not in my niche, but the ones that were blew my mind. I could not recommend this enough.

This book does require the reader to think for himself/herself. It isn’t another “do this, not that, and do it this way” book. It’s a book that feels more like a conversation, like watching a podcast. The reader will need to figure out how to apply what is learned. If you read this, be prepared to ponder. I suppose “The Philosophy Behind Writing Fantasy Heroes” was considered as an alternative title.




Books to Read: #boutofbookshunt 2.


TWO prizes are up for grabs on my blog this week! An $8 (US) Amazon e giftcard and a Kindle ebook.

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Aug 17 2015

#FictionalWorldTravel #BoutofBooks 14

Today’s challenge is from Between Library Shelves. List 3 to 6 books of fiction that take place in countries other than the one you currently reside in. List the books of choice and display them how you wish. BE CREATIVE! Use the hashtag #FictionalWorldTravel

#FictionalWorldTravel image @JLenniDorner

From my Goodreads to-read shelf.

From my Goodreads read shelf.

Technically Eat my Globe and Sydney’s Song have some portions which take place in America. However, neither use my country as the main setting focal point.

Bout of Books

 

Goal Template

Time Devoted to Reading:
I will be reading all week.
I read for two hours so far today.

My Goals:
I intend to finish two books that I started reading already.
I will read at least one book on the craft of writing.
I hope to read one book aimed to improve health.Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
I desire to read a fantasy book.
I plan to get two more check marks on my Popsugar 2015 reading challenge.
Partake in a #BoutofBooks Twitter chat.
Visit the Bout of Books challenges.
Add two books to my Amazon Wishlist / Goodreads to-read list as a result of this challenge.



Book I Read Today:
Anti Inflammatory Diet: How to Fight Inflammation, Heart Disease and Chronic Pain just by Eating Delicious Food (anti inflammatory diet, health, weight ... disease, clean eating, healthy eating,)Anti Inflammatory Diet: How to Fight Inflammation, Heart Disease and Chronic Pain just by Eating Delicious Food by Audrey Jones

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book felt like a long leaflet to me. It was more of an introduction to this way of eating instead of detailed instructions. Were there recipes or a suggested meal-planned-week, I’d give it a higher rating. I hoped for considerably more information.




Books to Read:

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Aug 15 2015

Goals for #BoutofBooks 14

Bout of Books




Goal Template

Time Devoted to Reading:
I will be reading all week.



My Goals
I intend to finish two books that I started reading already.
I will to read at least one book on the craft of writing.
I hope to read one book aimed to improve health.
I desire to read a fantasy book.
I plan to get two more check marks on my Popsugar 2015 reading challenge.
Partake in a #BoutofBooks Twitter chat.
Visit the Bout of Books challenges.
Add two books to my Amazon Wishlist / Goodreads to-read list as a result of this challenge.



Books to Read

TWO prizes up for grabs this week! An $8 USD Amazon e giftcard and a Kindle ebook.

a Rafflecopter giveaway



New Authors seeking New Escapes 2015 reading challenge

#NewToYouRC read something 'new' to you in 2015 and review it
#FirstReads book by an author that @JLenniDorner had not read before


June Update of my Popsugar 2015 reading challenge progress




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Connect with me on Goodreads.

Aug 07 2015

Fantasy Blog Tour for the War of Six Crowns Books

The Vanished Knight -fantasy book reviewed and toured @JLenniDorner blog

The Vanished Knight (The War of Six Crowns, #1)The Vanished Knight by M Gerrick

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Callan is a wonderful rare character. She’s a foster child in England. But she might be from a fantasy world. The book sits on the edge between Portal and Urban Fantasy. The relatable story of this “Anne-like-luck” girl getting a new family that ships her to a premier private school soon mixes with a portal fantasy leading to another world. There’s a heavy cast to keep track of, but it gets easier as it goes on.

The book ends without ending. You’ll need to get the second one.

A few minor spots contain either an error missed by the editor, a UK versus US translation difference, or a formatting flaw caused in publication. The work is exemplary writing otherwise.

Any book that can combine the use of the names Gawain and Lorcan, from a fantasy realm yet, impresses me.
This is an honest review, written after reading the free copy I was given.

The Heirs Choice fantasy book

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What is your favorite visual oddity for a fictional character in your books? (Example: Harry Potter’s lightning bolt scar)

 

Oh, there are many, but I’ll narrow them down to three.

 

1) The markings Nordian Saints get when they go through the Ordeal to test their character.

2) Kaela’s scar. She got it in her first battle. Doesn’t regret it for a moment, which is impressive, because she volunteered for combat when she could have done almost anything else.

3) Faolan’s scar, but you’ll need to read the books to know why. 😉

 

What is the most unusual character hobby you have ever come across in fiction?

 

Uhm… Lincoln Rhyme’s attempts at suicide when he’s not on a case. Come on. It counts. He always sets aside those attempts until the case is over.

 

In your opinion, what makes a character really feel unconventional?

 

I think the hands-down winner in my series would be the way I handle girls. You got a little taste of Kaela’s mentality. Callan’s completely different, in that she’d never write anyone off. Kaela wrote her own family off. But Callan’s just as tough as Kaela. Just in a different way.

 

This as supposed to standard Hollywood method of only featuring the action girl and treating everyone else as wallpaper.

 

In your opinion, what makes a character three-dimensional?

 

Complexity, but more than just throwing in “one positive, one negative, one trait and one flaw.” It’s the idea that even if characters are one way, they can still do things they hate, or knowingly act out of character. Like Steven King said (but I’m paraphrasing): You’ve mastered characterization when you realize that even serial killers help old ladies over the street.

 

What is your main character’s most admirable quality?

 

I have five, but here they are:

 

Callan: Her capacity to love.

Gawain: His interest in people. (Although that can be a flaw too when it comes to him.)

Darrion: His sheer determination to excel.

James: His sincerity.

Ward: His loyalty.

 

Is there a way your main character can change the world to benefit other people? If so, what would most motivate him/her to try?

 

I think they all can, and I think that’s actually part of what this whole series is about.

If your antagonist was there for the creation of the sandwich, what toppings would that character select to place between the bread slices?

 

Something like… the finest white bread, butter, fillet and mustard.

 


The Vanished Knight

 

The entity living inside Callan’s soul orphaned her at age eleven. By the time she’s sixteen, it’s ensured her being shunted from one foster family to another.

 

Her thirteenth foster assignment should be routine. Except… it’s not. A psycho in medieval armor kidnaps her and she ends up in a magical world. There, she accidentally discovers a secret her parents had kept until the day they died.

 

Both actually came from this magical world, but left before Callan was born. To cover their tracks, they’d lied about everything. Even who they really were.

 

Driven to find out where she comes from, Callan’s trapped in a race for life and death. Walking away isn’t an option, but if she stays too long, the entity will find its next victim.

 

In this world where secrets are sacrosanct and grudges are remembered, finding the truth will be near impossible. Especially when Callan has her own homicidal little secret to deal with.

 

One with a taste for destroying her life.

 

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The Heir’s Choice

 

After discovering her parents had kept a whole world secret, Callan races to discover her past. Not easy to do with an increasingly agitated entity living in her soul.

 

Going to her long-lost elvish roots should answer all her questions. Instead, she ends up in the middle of a nightmare.

 

The elves are on the verge of an apocalyptic war. Their enemy, King Aurek of Icaimerith, will only be appeased if Callan marries his heir. It’s either her life getting messed up, or an entire country’s lives lost. Simple enough, right?

 

Wrong.

 

Because when the entity wants the elves blotted out of existence, saving them gets taken to a whole new level of complicated.

 

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https://www.scribd.com/book/264947724/The-Vanished-Knight-The-War-of-Six-Crowns-1
 

Bio

 

Misha Gerrick has been creating stories long before she could write and is currently going after her dream of making a living as a writer.

 

If you’d like to see how that’s going, you can visit her on her blog (http://Sylmion.blogspot.com), where she also discusses all things related to writing and publishing.

 

Or, if you’d just like to know what she’s reading and get updates on what she’ll be publishing next (Sorry, no newsletter just yet.):

 

You can follow her Tumblr (http://mishagerrick.tumblr.com)

You can follow her on Twitter: @MGerrick1

You can find her on Goodreads: M_Gerrick

And you can circle her on Google Plus: +MGerrick

@MGerrick1

This inspirational author also runs the monthly goal hop, keeping people on-track by giving us a platform to be accountable for reaching our goals. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have been a stop on this tour. I have not read her books before, so this also counts toward my reading challenges.


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Jul 31 2015

Hot Goals for August

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July can’t be over, can it? I swear I missed a week!

 

humor productive at the unproductive
I took some great writing classes this month. I procured an expert to help me polish my query to perfection, and another expert to help get my first 20 pages to shine. The floggings are vital to success, so I’m grateful for them.

 

Here are my current goals and review of goals from the past, in my normal list format:

 

The BIG MAIN GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 40 years

 

 

2015 Goals:

 

  • Have 5000 Twitter followers ~ currently at 4416 — up 18 from last month
  • Update / redo what-are-they.com (Done!)
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
  • Support Diverse Books
  • Four Reading Challenges
  • After editing fantasy novel, get new query letter out there ~some technical progress made toward this goal

 

 

Boutofbooks Aug 2015
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 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd 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 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


Goals for August:

 

  • Comment on at least 15 blogs
  • Keep hacking away at that fantasy novel
  • Read and Review 4 books this month
  • Be a blog tour stop for Misha’s War of Six Crowns books on the 7th
  • Keep my eye on Pitchwars
  • Take part in Bout of Books on the 17th
  • Have a fun birthday

 

Camp NaNoWriMo 2015 winner @JLenniDorner


 

Review of Goals for July:

 

  • Comment on at least 12 blogs Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Work on my fantasy novel for CAMPNANOWRIMO Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Finish reading and reviewing 2 books ~ I finished and reviewed one. The other will be revealed next week. For the love of Misha, come back for that!
  • Catch up on the 3 reviews from last month’s books Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalReviews of Books Read in June #firstreads #NewToYouRC
  • Vote for a 500-word story every weekday until it’s over at Write Club Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

 

Congratulations to Lisa Dunn for her winning Commando Grace entries at Write Club.
 (Commando refers to a lack of a certain item of clothing, resulting in much hilarity.)
 

Hope you’ve have a great month!

Jul 23 2015

#FirstReads #NewToYouRC Book Review of How to Develop Story Tension: 13 Techniques plus the Five Minute Magic Trick Guaranteed to Keep Your Readers Turning Pages by @amydeardon

How to Develop Story Tension: 13 Techniques plus the Five Minute Magic Trick Guaranteed to Keep Your Readers Turning PagesHow to Develop Story Tension: 13 Techniques plus the Five Minute Magic Trick Guaranteed to Keep Your Readers Turning Pages by Amy Deardon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It was informative. The book itself is much shorter than portrayed. There is “extra” content. But the titled content is straightforward and well-explained. A useful book. The 13 techniques and 5-minute magic can be learned in under an hour by most readers.

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Jul 17 2015

Will Indie Authors save Barnes and Noble

The always insightful Kristen Lamb wrote a post about Barnes and Noble, which you can find here:
https://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/barnes-noble-dead-nooks-and-brave-new-branding/

This was my comment, packed full of my ideas:

It would be a shame if B&N shut down. I’m one of those strange people who still likes to go to an actual bookstore.
Obviously embracing the Indie author would be their salvation. Offer to host Indie book tours where six new writers (each from a different genre) would be in-store for a book signing. The indie authors that know how to use social media to get people to come out. B&N handles all the travel and expenses for the trip. Then offer monthly writing workshops. Who buys more books than writers? (Librarians maybe… but hey, I’m trying to make a point!) Get in with groups like NaNoWriMo. If B&N can figure out how to best help out authors, in turn authors will figure out how to best keep B&N alive.
The stores could hire someone full-time at each location to offer consultation on query letters, first chapters, marketing, and other author services. Perhaps a sort of deal could be worked out. B&N helps get you published, they get that first 90 days of marketing. (Yes, steal the idea from Amazon.) But here’s the thing, if the store starts causing these new indie authors to break popular best-seller lists, there would be a line out the door of authors who are interested.
Along those lines, consider the popularity of restaurants that allow customers to watch the food prep. What if B&N had an author area, complete with the author services office, and the area was behind glass? Some people enjoy watching writers write. Perhaps there could even be a critique spot, where customers could weigh in on 500-word samples. Imagine the excitement and fandom of a sporting event, mixed with writing. Yes, it’s hard to be a writer. Some days the writer’s block wins. But maybe a fan favorite writer would be getting free coffee drinks.

 

To sum up:

If B&N wants to stay in business, they should look at what they have that the competition (aka: Amazon) does not. They have physical locations. If they can make people want to be at those locations again, they have a chance.

My assistant has three grocery stores less than a mile from her home. She does most of her shopping at one that’s ten miles away. Why? Because that grocery store has a nice cafe with tables, and she meets up with her friends at those tables every week. They grab a bite together and visit. And then she gets her shopping done. That store made itself convenient.

A consumer could a book of equal price at Amazon or B&N. If the consumer happens to learn about that book while at B&N, the odds that it’ll be bought there go up. Just give the person a reason to be there. That’s what my suggestions were about.

Jul 04 2015

Reviews of Books Read in June #firstreads #NewToYouRC

As promised in my goal post, here are the three books that I read in June. Reviewed at last! All of these authors were new to me (though they are not debut authors by any standard). I also managed to cross two off my 2015 reading challenge — A popular authors first book (according to the Internet, this was John Green’s debut novel), and a book set in another country (I’m in America, and Mrs. Dalloway is set in England). And I’m proud to announce that I’ve hit the 25 mark for books this year! How about you? Read any good books this year?


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Mrs. DallowayMrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an interesting period piece. The writing is unlike that of our time. The setting is distinctly England. I have the impression that the more one knows about literature and London a century ago, the more enjoyable the book will be. I did enjoy the character Sally, though, especially where the story dives into the memory of when she and Clarissa first met.

Characters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective ViewpointsCharacters, Emotion & Viewpoint: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting Dynamic Characters and Effective Viewpoints by Nancy Kress
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The earlier in one’s writing career this book is read, the more enjoyable it will be. While I was able to find some useful tidbits, most of this book focused on that which I already knew. This reference guide is written in textbook style.

Looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brilliant. The characters are exceptional. This story stuck with me after I read it. I did note one part that I wished the main character would have caught on to sooner- waiting for him to think about it was driving me crazy! On the other hand, there was something another character picked up on that I had missed. (That’s rare for me, especially because it was a date, and those generally stand out in my mind like a lit road flare.) At any rate, bring your heart and mind to this book, so John Green can make mush out of them.

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Jul 01 2015

I will make my own fireworks with these Goals for July

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My month of June did not go as planned.

Frequent guests to this blog and my social pages might have noticed my peculiar lack of presence. This is directly related to “BIG MAIN GOAL number two- which I came far too close to failing at this month. But the fact that I’m here now means I intend to keep plucking away at it.

 

I did manage to get my votes in for #WRiTECLUB2015.

(Okay, I missed one round.) They seem to be doing well over there. I’m not sure what the rules are about discussing people who didn’t make the top forty cut. However, I know someone who entered (not me) who did not make it, but who has now (since she knows she didn’t make the contest cut) sent her short story out to someone. And it resulted in her getting hired for a ghostwriting gig. I am very proud of that person. Way to go! A Proper celebration to follow.

 

MAKING A LEPER

 

I’m not sure if I did anything, in particular, to support diverse books this month.

I believe the fantasy I’m working on writing has diversity in it (the MC is a young albino female, a large chunk of the cast has darker shades of skin, and I’ve taken both straight and LBGTQ to a whole other level).

 

But the social media news seems to have taken an anti-rape-scenes turn. Honestly, there is one, sort of, in the story. Based on the complaints I’m reading about such scenes, I don’t think I’ve crossed into what people hate about them. The MC doesn’t just survive it. The scene changes her; it forces her to embrace the life she’s always wanted, the one she was always meant to have. It gives her a real reason to become a heroine, not just the relatively cheesy one she had before. She goes from feeling like taking her place maybe isn’t right, to demanding that she has her place because now she has a cause. Plus, she kills the guy while he’s doing it.

 

I did notice that one complaint the social media news had about rape scenes is that they only happen to women. While, yes, I only ever intended there to be one actual scene, the book does imply that this isn’t only happening to women. It’s a new crime on this world, and it’s happening in several places to all sorts of genders and species.

 

The reason it’s happening on this fantasy world is that it changes those who commit the foul act. They get a new power, but it comes with a hefty price. The MC isn’t aware of any of that at the time. When she finds out, she vows to put an end to it. To hunt each and every one of them down and rid her world of this evil.

 

So yes, it’s possible that the news controversy is going to kill my book’s chance. I’ve just created the newest leper!

 

On the other hand, the book isn’t all about that. There are other events going on. Really, it’s more about the MC’s desire and demand for choices. Yes, that one choice is taken from her. But throughout the whole book we see how she reacts to choices being taken from her. So her reaction isn’t a surprise. My aim was that readers would get the idea of what’s happening in the scene and think something like…

 

Oh Hell No Meme

Chuck Norris Beat Down meme

 

 

Okay, that’s enough of my going on. Here are my current goals and review of goals from the past, in the list format to which I normally adhere.

 

The BIG MAIN GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 40 years

 

 

2015 Goals:

 

  • Have 5000 Twitter followers ~ currently at 4398  — up 8 from last month
  • Update / redo what-are-they.com (Done!)
  • Download the update for my blog theme, whatever that might entail
  • Support Diverse Books
  • Four Reading Challenges
  • After editing fantasy novel, get new query letter out there

 

 

Goals for July:

 

Camp Nanowrimo logo

  • Work on my fantasy novel for CAMPNANOWRIMO
  • Comment on at least 12 blogs
  • Finish reading and reviewing 2 books
  • Catch up on the 3 reviews from last month’s books
  • Vote for a 500-word story every weekday until it’s over at Write Club

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Review of Goals for June: Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal

 

  • Make at least 10 stops on the A to Z Challenge Roadtrip
  • Continue work on my NaNoWriMo fantasy novel
  • Keep up with Twitter follows
  • Tweet for #WriterWednesday  #WW
  • Finish reading and reviewing 3 books
  • Vote for a 500-word story every weekday over at Write Club

 
Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
I managed zero stops at any blog in June. I made a few notes for the novel, and tried a new beginning. (Over at WeBook’s PAGE TO FAME, my old opening is scoring a 58%, and the new one is getting at 33%. Obviously, I need to try another approach.) I barely managed to do anything on Twitter that wasn’t pre-scheduled. There was a nice tweet that sums me up well though:


I did finish a book, and nearly finish some others, but I haven’t sat down to write a review. I got my votes in at Write club, except for ELIMINATION BOUT #3. (Whoops. Sorry.) So basically, I’ll just be taking a FAIL for the whole month. But hey, I managed to survive, and that’s one of the BIG MAIN GOALS, so it’s okay.

 

 

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