Oct 30 2018

Book Summary #SpeculativeFiction #UrbanFantasy #ParanormalRomance #Myth #Legend #NewAdult

Speculative Fiction. Urban Fantasy. Paranormal Romance. Myths & Legends. New Adult.

Book Summary of:

Fractions of Existence

FRACTIONS OF EXISTENCE

XAVIER DOYEN aims to prevent THE EYES IN THE SHADOWS from bringing about the apocalypse because he believes that’s what he’s meant to do. He’s hampered by a missing resource that would make his team, THE EXISTENCE, powerful enough to win. Xavier pursues the goal of winning GWENDOLYN WRIGHT’s heart because he believes that she is that missing resource and that their love will compel her to rejoin the team.

Gwendolyn (aka: Wend, Candra) pursues the goal of winning Xavier’s love because she decides she’d be happier with him. Winning his heart means, to her, that she’s worth being loved (as a wife, a woman, more than a glorified babysitter). He put her on a path to self-confidence that she didn’t realize she lacked. This life change means independence from her family and the future they’ve planned for her. She’s meek and provincial, but braves traveling alone from southern California to New York City in her beat-up old car, turning her back on her family to seek out an uncertain future. She has no idea about being a missing resource or about the group hunting her kind.

The Eyes in the Shadows want to free humanity from the prison of Earth by bringing about the apocalypse, but the Existence has always been able to stop them. Some of the group believes they’ll be rewarded “in the next plane” for ending humanity’s reincarnation loop. Others want to defeat the omnipotent beings because they believe humans are more loved, are the superior creations and are meant the reward of a certain afterlife. They believe that all they need is to separate, capture, and destroy one of the Existence. They don’t know that Gwendolyn is already separated, and that her quest will lead her straight into their NYC trap.

Free for Kindle Unlimited.

Oct 26 2018

Trick or Treat or Goals

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The tough blow from last month… there has been an Internet storm of others feeling equally outraged.

Spent most of my time this month taking care of my niece. Maybe the election next month will bring more love and concern for others to the land on which I live.

On Wednesday, I got confirmation that a friend of mine passed away. I had a feeling he had, since he had been very bad off at the end. Still, it was hard finding out for sure.

And yup, I’m still in Twitter follow jail. Guessing I’ll need another 800 followers before I get out. Or I have to unfollow that many people. Ugh.

But I managed to cross off some of my goals for the year, so there’s that. And I have the schedule for the A to Z Challenge 2019 posted.

Become NaNoWriMo buddies with J Lenni Dorner please NaNoWriMo is coming! Click the cup for my profile & to be buddies.


The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 36 35Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal for 2018!

There’s also the Bucket List:

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


Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

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2018 Resolution:

#NewYearsResolution

  • This year I resolve to be more engaged in my online writing community by regularly commenting on fellow writers blogs every month, leaving book reviews, and publishing another book.




Seven Focus Topics

I need to verify that I’m posting about these topics on a regular basis to keep my author brand strong.
I only have 3 other blog posts this month.

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




2018 Goals:

blog about it challenge 2018 try something new square 2018 book reading challenge all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge <#BeatTheBacklist #amreading #books

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
J. has
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From NaNoProMo July catch-up:

Read:

  • Inhale by Kendall Grey
  • Envisioned by Nikki Sparxx
  • The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

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Goals for November:



IWSG short story contest
Entered! Fingers crossed.



Review of Goals for October:



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

NOW FILLING 2018 SLOTS!

Please share the debut author image. Thank you!






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Oct 25 2018

Four Book Reviews

The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

I enjoyed the discussion of Chess. Hoyle (a game I’ve never heard of) comes up next, which I’m guessing is like poker, based on the book’s description. Telling me about a library in Paris… that’s always a quick way to entice this reader! I learned about Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon and his failure of a play, Xerxes (1714), while reading this. (How often do we sneak pop-culture into stories? How much of it will future readers need to look-up to figure out what we meant? How did past readers figure these things out?)

A dead woman up a chimney? That’s basically the opposite of Santa. “No woman could have inflicted the blows…” That was the point I really wanted the killer to be a female, just to turn the tides of thought. The passage about the range of what a “shrill voice” could be made me laugh. Language barriers!

Why are there nails in windows? Is that a thing people do, or was that a metaphor for shutting out the transparent, for being closed-off and keeping secrets? And why does a nail have a spring?

When I got to the end, with the “Ourang-Outang” and realized what was going on, I chuckled to myself. So this is where tv shows and movies have based the idea from so often? (Like the “Mr. Monk and the Panic Room” episode.)

Fantastic read. A twisted tale with well-developed characters. A very entertaining murder mystery.

I have not read this story before. It’s speculative fiction (horror, a murder mystery with a certain twist). And it’s certainly been published before 2018. I read this as part of the IWSG book club discussion for October 2018.

try something new square 2018 book reading challenge #SpecFic #BeatTheBacklist
Book selected by The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Book Club


Man Up Your Meals
3 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

“You’re not here to be told how to be a man. You know how to be a man. You are a man!” The introduction of this cookbook amused me.

Beer Waffles with Ham and Cheese sound pretty good. There’s a section on brewing your own beer, which reminds you that it’s meant to be fun. Peanut Butter S’mores sound like a good way to bring the outdoors inside (if you like doing that). I wish the Mega Meat Feast had more wild animals. (I’m a hunter. Cow, lamb, pig, eggs, and mushrooms are not my “mega meats” of choice.)

It’s an okay book overall, but I feel that everything in it can be bought at a grocery store and prepared at a typical suburban home. I suppose, based on the title, I hoped for something requiring more “outdoor survival skills.” So, it’s great if you’re a guy (or hope to eat like the book thinks men ought to eat) and aren’t especially adventurous. American grocery stores everywhere carry these ingredients.

I have not read this book or anything by this author (publisher) before.
Published October 2, 2014
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LVPANaNo Presents: A NOVEL WRITING HANDOUT By JR Vincente

5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

This free guide is provided by my local writers’ group. It’s full of fun tips, an excellent “unstucker” to fight writer’s block, websites, and other writing resources. It took a small village to put this together. All in the name of helping people write more books. I found it to be very useful and well presented.


Strangely, Incredibly Good by Heather Grace Stewart
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

The main character calls herself fat throughout the book. (In fiction, that is a diverse body type.) “The problem was, I just couldn’t hop out of bed. That would require energy, and a sense of hope.” That line speaks to the chronically ill, the depressed, the overweight, etc — it works on so many levels. Later, however, she’s able to do physical activities just by changing her attitude. Increasing her strength and dexterity just by believing in herself. (If only that worked in tabletop RPG… am I right? Ha!)

Part of the book, the theme in a way, is to find self-love. “I hate how society makes you feel that you are the size you wear.” Quotes like that make this a riveting social commentary.

The book, published back in January 2016, should have a meme or two floating around. Eugene mentions how wishes aren’t always used wisely. “Take Donald Trump. He never asked for great hair. He asked for great wealth.” As I said, there should be a meme or two out there. Plus, later in the book, it mentions a genie probably being in the White House, catering to POTUS. Again, it’s funny considering when the book came out.

Early on, the book makes one wonder who “little Logan” was. But it tells the sad story of an abusive marriage long before getting into a moment in the past where everything could have changed. The book has a lot of flashbacks. It seems like it has a “Dead Man’s Curve” cliche, but then in tosses in a twist to keep things fresh. I loved that about this book.

My very favorite part of this book was the description of the Book Mobile.

And yes, the grandmother character gives a real Twitter handle! Hasn’t tweeted in some time, but still. I love that kind of authenticity.

Publication Date: January 14, 2016
I have not read this book or anything by this author before. The main character’s body type makes it a diverse book. The genie makes it Speculative Fiction. “Strangely, Incredibly Good is Heather’s first novel.” — That’s what the book says.
try something new square 2018 book reading challenge #WeNeedDiverseBooks #SpecFic #BeatTheBacklist #DebutAuthor


Oct 16 2018

Tree Déjà vu Flash Fiction #FF #WEPFF #WEP and Blog All About It Challenge

WEP CHALLENGE FOR OCTOBER 2018- DEJA VU OR VOODOO Flash Fiction
FLASH FICTION WEP CHALLENGE FOR OCTOBER – DEJA VU OR VOODOO


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October’s Prompt: Trees


Tree Déjà vu



I’ve seen Tommy drunk before. His days working at the golf club get to him. It’s not the fresh air, but the air of superiority that suffocates him.

“The downfall of society happens before the anarchy. That’s what this is. That’s what we’re seeing.” Tommy says as he starts another of his political philosophy rants. The bartender and I are so glad Tommy went to college so he could sit here, night after night, and impart his over-priced knowledge. So glad.

“First, the society is formed by making a bunch of rules. A group of people agrees to those rules.” His red nose catches on the inside brim of the glass as he drains it. A wave of his finger gets the bartender to pass him another drink. I wish he’d pass out. Just one time. Pass out, fall off the stool, and give us a laugh.

“Then someone breaks a rule, or a bunch of rules. That’s always gonna happen. Which is why you gotta have a system set up to deal with that. Now, here’s the thing. Here’s how you take out a society. I don’t care what one. Rome, Egypt, the Ottoman’s, whoever.” He sucks down the drink with unnatural power and speed. I’d be impressed if I hadn’t seen it six hundred times before.

“Now, pay attention here. This is the important part. To crumble a society, a rule breaker has to escape punishment. But that’s not all. See, everyone has to know about the crime. And generally, there has to be more than half of them agreeing the rule breaker committed the crime. But, somehow, it has to get twisted around. The victim takes the fall, the blame, the hate. That’s who is tossed out of the society. See, that’s when other victims realize how it is. That’s when the society is over.” He drops his empty glass on the bar. The bartender and I have a rock-paper-scissors match to see who will walk Tommy home. I lose. He better not piss on my shoes again.

“Anarchy, war, legal battles, whatever comes next. None of it really matters, it all ends the same way. Because it’s over before any of that. It’s over when rule breakers not only go free, but when the society turns on victims. It isn’t civilized behavior, see. And you can’t have a society that isn’t civilized.”

I sigh. “And yet, here we are. Come on, I need a gentleman to walk me home.” The lie just about burns a hole through my stomach. It is the easiest way to get him to agree to leave though.

Tommy stumbles as he stands. His black hair falls into his brown eyes. Cursing, he bats it away and moans about needing a haircut. I take his arm. The combination of beer, cut grass, and dandruff-control shampoo wafts to my nose. There’s really nothing attractive about Tommy. Not his looks, his scent, or even his personality. His only redeeming quality is that he’s respectful. A rare trait in today’s world.

Tree Déjà vu Flash Fiction #FF #WEPFF #WEP and Blog All About It Challenge by @JLenniDorner

“It’s my first wife!” He declares as we cross into the park. “Jessie! How I’ve missed you.”

Tommy throws his arms around a tree. It’s one of the three old ones left in the city. A trunk so thick, it’d take five people to hug it properly.

“You’ve gotten a bit rounder. But I love you, Jessica. No matter your size. Maybe try a bit of lotion, though. I’ve got some at home. What’d you say, girl? Come home with me tonight. For old times sake. One more roll.”

The tree, shockingly, doesn’t answer.

“Yeah, I remember now. Gotta work for it, eh?” Tommy strums an invisible guitar. He belts out Jessie by Joshua Kadison. The rendition is so wonderful that I consider breaking a branch off of “Jessie” to stab my eardrums.

“We don’t have a cat.” Tommy stops singing. He lets go of the tree and looks at me.

“Did she leave me because we don’t have a cat? I could get a cat. Would you help me find a cat? Here kitty, kitty, kitty.”

I rub my temples. It’s Déjà vu. “I thought you were walking me home.”

“That’s my wife! She can’t see us together. Just help me get a cat and then go away.”

I head over to the trashcan. The times Tommy has stood up for me play through my mind. How he kicked out the drunk frat guys who mistook me for a whore. The night he helped me when my shoe broke after someone pushed me. He’s a good guy, under all the drinks. I grab a brown bag with a yellow M on it from the trash. Despite smelling of fries, it’ll probably fool him.

“Look, here’s a cat.”

“Moses!” He carries the bag to the tree and gets down on one knee.

“Jessie, I know I wasn’t the best husband the first time. But I’m willing to try again. Look, I got you a cat. Just like in the song. What do you say? Marry me again?”

I can’t believe Tommy is doing this. It’s the third time this month he’s asked that tree to marry him.

“Why are you ignoring me? Fine. Take your cat. I don’t need you!”

I walk Tommy home. Once he’s locked safely away, I hit the button on my bracelet. A moment later, I reappear at the bar. The bartender has closed down everything human. I tap our transponder.

“Report number 601. Subject Thomas “Tommy” Hodges survived another Earth day. Has not found a new life course. The fate of this world remains unchanged. Continues to sedate with alcohol.”

Observe and report. Not sure if watching his fate drain away is more or less pathetic than me just sitting around, waiting for him to not become important. As long as he never sees the real Jessie again, he’ll never ascend to power, and this world will be an easy conquest. So far, so good.


Tree Déjà vu Flash Fiction #FF #WEPFF #WEP and Blog All About It Challenge by @JLenniDorner

From Pinterest:

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The unnamed main character is sarcastic. (Some people have trouble recognizing sarcasm.) Neither she nor the bartender is actually glad in the opening. And Tommy’s singing is horrible.

You’re welcome to guess what the main character and bartender really are, just don’t expect an answer. My site/ brand is named what-are-they for a reason! Ha ha.

Inspiration came from the tree prompt, an actual tree, and a pin on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

Oct 11 2018

Feeling Support

In my Escape the Hate post, I discussed how I felt, as a diverse person, being lumped in with profanity and violence. And that, as a supporter of the We Need Diverse Books movement, I wouldn’t join a certain writing contest.

Never in the post did I identify the place, contest, or those running it.

On Sept 20, I told my snookums. And one other person. (Told… freaked out in a message… poured my heart out… however you’d phrase it.)

Sept 20 Facebook message
(Profanity and identifying information has been removed.)

That person was with our mutual friend at the time, who happens to be a fellow A to Z cohost.

By Sept 27, they told a mutual friend, who runs a publishing company.

I don’t know what happened from there, exactly. I know the publisher friend asked the contest creator about the rule. And found the answer to come up short. She suggested people enter stories that break the rule excluding certain groups, but let the stories remain “G” rated, just to prove a point.

Then Twitter and Facebook both went nearly viral talking about this. Guess I’m not the only person upset that diversity could, allegedly, knock a book off the “clean reads” shelf. (The exact wording, it seems, has undergone a few updates. I know this from the viral posts with screenshots. But the exclusion remains.)

Twitter has some responses (that I could find). Some examples:

Reply 151 Retweet 3 Like 5 (The original of this tweet belongs to the contest runner.)
Reply 44 Retweet 29 Like 128
Reply 30 Retweet 338 Like 352
Reply 3 Retweet 9 Like 58
Reply 1 Retweet 14 Like 40
Reply 3 Retweet 18 Like 28
Reply 6 Retweet 6 Like 52
Reply 49 Retweet 73 Like 177

But Facebook is going nuts. Here’s one example:

38 Comments 2,039 Shares viral FaceBook reactions

That’s a lot of strong feelings.

Sep 28 2018

Pumpkin Spice Goals and Dealing with Blows

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Yesterday, I posted about the latest blow to my soul. I won’t rehash it here. On the upside, a friend of a friend is considering creating an opposing anthology that would allow diversity, just to prove that you can have a “clean read” G rated anthology AND everything and anything covered in the We Need Diverse Books movement.

The Rafflecopter giveaway from my TackleTBR guest host spot is still open for a little bit, so click to enter.

I’m still in Twitter jail. It’ll be a while before I can follow again, I’m guessing.

My Bookiversary was September 20 .

I set up an Amazon ad campaign, just to see if it was worth it. For me, it wasn’t.

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The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 36 35Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal for 2018!

There’s also the Bucket List:

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


Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

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2018 Resolution:

#NewYearsResolution

  • This year I resolve to be more engaged in my online writing community by regularly commenting on fellow writers blogs every month, leaving book reviews, and publishing another book.




Seven Focus Topics

I need to verify that I’m posting about these topics on a regular basis to keep my author brand strong.

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



#goals Finish what you start


2018 Goals:

blog about it challenge 2018 try something new square 2018 book reading challenge all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge <#BeatTheBacklist #amreading #books

2018 Reading Challenge

2018 Reading Challenge
J. has
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Autumn Book Bingo 2018>



From NaNoProMo July catch-up:

Read:

  • Inhale by Kendall Grey
  • Envisioned by Nikki Sparxx
  • The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

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Goals for October:



IWSG short story contest



Review of Goals for September:



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

NOW FILLING 2018 SLOTS!

Please share the debut author image. Thank you!






Have goals? Need encouragement? This blog hop is for you!
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Sep 27 2018

Escape the Hate #BlogAllAboutItChallenge #WeNeedDiverseBooks

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September’s prompt is ESCAPE. I’m going non-fiction this month, opting to tell you about what’s on my mind. Last week, a certain writing challenge I look forward to every year opened their tenth annual competition. I was so excited that I immediately hit “share” on the post. The challenge is hosted by a non-profit, a charity organization that supports a cause I believe in and am impacted by daily. Those who follow my goal updates on this blog might know that the same place recently offered me a monthly column in their newsletter. I was going to accept it if I could come up with a year’s worth of ideas.

I’m grateful now that I never sent the email accepting the offer.

After sharing the contest on my social media sites, I went to the page to look at the details for this year. The theme is simple, nothing very specific. But then, in the rules, was this:

NO profanity, sexual scenes, violence, diverse characters, etc.

It doesn’t actually say diverse characters. But it DOES call out and exclude certain groups who are part of the Diverse Books movement. And it just throws them in that grouping of what makes a book not a “clean” read. That really ripped me to shreds.

* The diverse book movement recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. https://diversebooks.org #WeNeedDiverseBooks

The person who offered me the monthly column must know I support Diverse Books. It’s right there on my Facebook profile image, which is the social site where we most often chat. My Twitter feed is loaded with the diverse books hashtag. And, oh yeah, I AM A DIVERSE AUTHOR. Something she ought to know from my bio and my stories. (Last year, this same organization published a story I wrote about a Native American lesbian, her (spoiler) surrogate daughter, and a half Indian half Hispanic female scientist. I will grant you that the words “lesbian, Native American, Indian, Hispanic, or female” didn’t appear in the story. It was, however, heavily implied.)

So, to see that the organization now excludes part of the diverse experience makes me want to ESCAPE from this world. Yes, I’ve been hated before. I’m not new to prejudice. There are plenty of scars on my body to remind me every day just how hateful and horrible people can be. This really broke me though. I need to escape the hate.

I’ve helped raise money for a place that now discriminates against people like me. My very existence is “unclean” to them.

Obviously, I’m not accepting the offer for a column. And I’m not entering the contest.

I don’t know what to do about the fact that I have other stories published with them in the past. Back before I was tossed in with profanity, sex, and violence. I don’t know if I should point out how this person, who I use to think of as almost a friend, how she has made me feel. Would she even care? Does it even matter?

There is no escape from these feelings. I do feel betrayed, and like I’m viewed as less than a person. Neither of which are new to me by any means.

I’m here. I exist. And I’m not going away.

I was put here. I was made in the same manner as the rest of the humans of this world. And people who decide to hate me for existing, I hope they can’t escape the fact that I do, in fact exist. I breathe the same air and drink the same water. I am here, I am human, and that truth is one from which you should stop trying to escape.

Sep 24 2018

Fun Readathon! Wrap-Up for #TackleTBR and #BookReview Times Two



Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018


9/21: Challenge & Giveaway at Wishful Endings

Challenge:

Initials Challenge
This challenge is to find books to represent your initials.

J— L — D —
The Jakkattu Vector by P.K. Tyler; Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn by Jean R. Soderlund; Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie

9/22: Challenge & Giveaway at Operation Awesome

Challenge:

Name a Book with Retold Fairy Tales, Folktales, Myths | or name a Diverse Book
#WeNeedDiverseBooks
The diverse book movement recognizes all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. https://diversebooks.org

Cinderella: An Islamic Tale by Fawzia Gilani

9/23: Read-a-thon Ends (no challenge)
9/24: Wrap-Up



Day of the challenge: Day 5 (9/21)
What I read: Water’s Blood

Day of the challenge: Day 6 (9/22)
What I read: Water’s Blood

Day of the challenge: Day 7 (9/23)
What I read: Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton



Total number of finished books:
Titles of finished books:
Best Punch Cookbook: Punch Recipes to Make Your Food Exciting by April Blomgren
Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton




My GOALS during TackleTBR:

  1. Finish reading 3 booksCheck!
  2. Take part in the challenges/ contests Done
  3. Write 3 book reviews Yup!
  4. Be a great host on Thursday! I hope so!


Book Review:

Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
Publication Date: January 26, 2013
#WeNeedDiverseBooks — New Orleans is a cultural minority. Brooke and Ella have a “mixed-culture appearance,” including olive colored skin.
#SpecFic — This urban fantasy, paranormal romance is speculative fiction. It has angels, demons, and elementals living among humans.
#DebutAuthor — Near as I can tell, this was the first book by Elaine Calloway
I haven’t read this, or anything by this author, before. Weather has an important part in this book, not only because there are elementals, but also because a rainy night prevents a tragedy.

The story is told from multiple, or variable, third-person point of view, as the perspective shifts among the characters with each chapter. It’s done well, and wasn’t as disruptive, for me, as when that’s done in first-person. I also appreciate that the chapters were short, and thus easy to read between doing too many things in my very busy week.

In many cultures and religions, iron is something that keeps evil at bay; in this book, the Fallen Angels/ Minare draw strength from black iron. It amused me that “sinners smell like rum and honey.”

The character I had trouble connecting with and understanding was Alex. He’s mentioned as a great father and cop time and again. But, when he knows his daughter is missing, he stops for a couple of beers and a nap, as figuring out what to do can wait until morning. The book even states that Ella feels like her dad had forgotten about her. Ella stayed with her best friend, but Alex didn’t stop there to pick her up (or even check if she was there), just went to the bar where Brooke works. Alex does later think he can handle a search for his own kid. And he tells her he never stopped scavenging the streets trying to find her.

I’m curious why “heaven” and sometimes “hell,” as locations, weren’t capitalized as proper nouns?
There was also a possible inconsistency where Cristos is punched in the face, then goes hoarse from being punched… in the gut? If the punch landed wrong, I missed it.

I was surprised how many song lyrics were used in the book. It’s an especially gray area of copyright law in which few authors dare to venture.

Brad Pitt in New Orleans! I felt the setting was well-developed and expertly woven throughout the story.

Good use of the title in the story, which is something I always appreciate.

A part that made me laugh:
It took him a moment to remember his pseudonym. How did authors do it so well? Half the time he couldn’t remember what name to answer to.

It’s nice to see Mercury as the messenger. I wonder if in the next book, where a preview indicated a certain Elemental becomes an EMT, if anyone will remark on the caduceus frequently being used as a symbol of medicine instead of the Rod of Asclepius?

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If you like the idea of powerful beings of myth guarding humans on Earth, then you would enjoy Fractions of Existence, too.
If you liked this book because there’s a main character with a strong connection to the water element, who is trying to save humans from a sinister group, and is conflicted because it seems they must choose between love or the world, you would also enjoy Fractions of Existence.

try something new square 2018 book reading challenge
all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge= weather


Book Review:

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
Published March 8th 2016
#WeNeedDiverseBooks — Consider the number of people who live in the desert region mentioned, have ancestors from the desert, or have a religion based on stories that came from this (fictionalized) desert area, it shouldn’t be a diverse book… BUT it is.
#SpecFic — A line blurs between fantasy, myth, legends, and magical realism. Perhaps even some historical romance.
#DebutAuthor — This was the first book by Alwyn Hamilton.
I haven’t read this, or anything by this author, before.

Action! Adventure! Drops of romance. Story-telling around the fire. A quest for equality.

Those are just some of the reasons I love this book. It was realistic and easy to read. The world building felt so realistic that I’d believe magic exists in the places in this book. The characters were all wonderful, and introduced at the perfect pace for each to be memorable and properly developed.

The diverse characters are described “as dark as any desert [person] was supposed to be.”

There are myths, histories, woven through the story. It felt like listening to my elders giving me the stories of our past. Absolutely loved how this was written. There’s a line, “True names had power.” Which is a belief of my people, so that really hit home for me.

A fantastic climax and ending. Makes me really crave the next book. I cannot recommend this book enough. Completely fantastic.

try something new square 2018 book reading challenge

Sep 20 2018

Book Review #TackleTBR #Punchbowl of Books #NationalPunchDay



Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018

Today’s Challenge:

IT WAS HERE, ON MY BLOG!

Punchbowl of books!

List three to five books that “mix well together” even though they’re from different authors and maybe even different genres.

Here’s my answer=
The five key ingredients to J Lenni Dorner’s punchbowl of books:



Day of the challenge: Day 4
What I read today:
Best Punch Cookbook: Punch Recipes to Make Your Food Exciting by April Blomgren
Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway


Total number of finished books: 1
Titles of finished books:
Best Punch Cookbook: Punch Recipes to Make Your Food Exciting by April Blomgren






Book Review:
Best Punch Cookbook by April Blomgren 3 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

September 20 is National Punch Day, which is why I read this book today. It has 30 punch recipes.

The apple and mint punch sounds good.

Mexican Pumpkin Patch sounded like one I could try next month. Except I don’t know what size/ amount “two packets” of dark brown sugar might be. (Is that those “sugar in the raw” packets at Starbucks??) Then it calls for two limes, but never uses them. But it does use a lemon zest, which isn’t on the ingredient list. It also calls for water, but doesn’t say how much. And pineapple cubes, but then suggests pineapple slices for a garnish. So I don’t understand the recipe.

“If you like fully colored red bottles, then this drink makes the best of Malbec bottles using.” – I do not understand that (in the Autumn Bourbon Sangria recipe). But the punch sounds delicious.

The Ginger Tropical Punch sounds good, though I don’t know how if “many hours” means 3 or 12 or 24? Or why frozen, concentrated juice has to be used if it’s just going to be prepared by the package instructions anyway.

I’ve never seen Darjeeling tea at the store, but it’s on Amazon, so not impossible to find.

There’s a quote in the “About the Author” section that really resonated with me:
“Cooking is not about succeeding every time, it is about the opportunity to learn and get better.”

I have not read anything by this author before.
try something new square 2018 book reading challenge



My GOALS during TackleTBR:

  1. Finish reading 3 books
  2. Take part in the challenges/ contests
  3. Write 3 book reviews
  4. Be a great host on Thursday!


Sep 20 2018

#TackleTBR Punchbowl of Books Challenge plus Giveaway and a #bookiversary



Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018

Today’s Challenge:

Punchbowl of books!

List three to five books that “mix well together” even though they’re from different authors and maybe even different genres.

Why? Because it’s National Punch Day!

party punch quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #bookiversary
It’d be splended if you’d share this image with a quote from my book!

Having trouble thinking of some? Amazon is good with recommendations. Also, there’s whatshouldireadnext.



Here’s my answer=
The five key ingredients to J Lenni Dorner’s punchbowl of books:



A year ago today, I took the plunge by putting my novel on Amazon. #Bookiversary!
bookiversary Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner
Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner



The Rafflecopter has three easy entries, all optional.

  1. Comment with your challenge answer. Please comment on this blog post!
  2. Send a Tweet wishing me a happy bookiversary. “Tweet about the giveaway.”
  3. Be signed up for the #TackleTRB read-a-thon.

Here’s the “cleanreads” ebook prize:

LOST! is a compilation of 30 short stories written in different genres using the same theme sentence, “I am completely and utterly lost.”

Authors include contest winners, finalists and judge’s picks, bestselling authors, previous contest winners, the judges, and Creative Writing Institute staff.

Proceeds from sales of the ebook and print book will benefit Creative Writing Institute, a non-profit charity that sponsors cancer patients in writing courses. The school also provides a variety of writing courses for all levels from beginner to advanced.

*prize will be sent to the email used by Rafflecopter

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have a great read-a-thon!

Sep 19 2018

#TackleTBR Read-a-Thon be worth all th’ doubloons in me treasure chest #TalkLikeAPirateDay



Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018


Today’s challenge:
Two-Color Challenge from wishfulendings







Yes, I did borrow a unicorn from my niece for this.



Blue & White:



Pink& Gold:



Day of the challenge: Day 3
What I read today: Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway


Total number of finished books:
Titles of finished books:
n/a



My GOALS during TackleTBR:

  1. Finish reading 3 books
  2. Take part in the challenges/ contests
  3. Write 3 book reviews
  4. Be a great host on Thursday!



I have some very stong feelings in favor of #KeepFamiliesTogether.
Especially this week.
keepfamiliestogether

Sep 18 2018

#Book Cover Love During the #TackleTBR Read-a-Thon



Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018


Today’s challenge:
Today’s CHALLENGE is Cover Love. from katiescleanbookcollection
Pinterest Book Covers that caught my eye – I have an entire pin board of these. Here are two glimpses, in case you don’t use Pinterest:
Book Cover Love 1

Book Cover Love 2



Day of the challenge: Day 2
What I read today: Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway
30%


Total number of finished books: 0



My GOALS during TackleTBR:

  1. Finish reading 3 books
  2. Take part in the challenges/ contests
  3. Write 3 book reviews
  4. Be a great host on Thursday!

Sep 17 2018

Goals for the Exciting Readathon! I Love #TackleTBR! Plus an #AtoZChallenge update!



Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2018 #TackleTBR
Tackle Your To-be-Read Read-a-thon 2018


Today’s challenge:
Today’s Read-a-thon challenge is the Random Page Challenge!! Open the book you’re currently reading, flip to a random page, and share a quote from that page!

“Now she could choose for herself, and she didn’t think New Orleans was dangerous at all. She could hardly believe such a world existed. This magical place had been in her grasp all along.”

Ch 15, page 115. Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway



Day of the challenge: Day 1
What I read today: Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway
Progress: 25%


Total number of finished books: 0
Titles of finished books:
n/a

(Why only 25% today? I was taking care of someone.)




My GOALS during TackleTBR:

  1. Finish reading 3 books
  2. Take part in the challenges/ contests
  3. Write 3 book reviews
  4. Be a great host on Thursday!

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In other news…

I finished creating the report for the A to Z 2018 after challenge feedback survey results. It’s actually 5 posts long. The first one went up today. That’s the #AtoZChallenge update!

Announcing #AtoZChallenge 2018 Remarkable Event Feedback PART ONE Click to read it.

Sep 06 2018

Book Review on #ReadABookDay to #BeatTheBacklist #PlutoLives

My backlist is host to a wide variety of books from many genres. This one happens to be from the non-fiction science section.

The Universe (Collins Discover)- August 8, 2006 – by Peter Grego
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

Overall, a pretty good book. It felt like a mini-textbook to me, like the ones from school days in the 1980/90’s. I do wonder if all of the pictures were “as taken” photography or “computer rendered.”

The book mentions astrology, as an early reason for astronomy, and then dismisses it as “insubstantial” with no basis in science. It mentions the stone medicine wheels with astronomical alignments as being something Native American and used for religion and cosmology. (Absolutely no mention or distinction as to which tribes, which nations, used these. It’s 7.65 million square miles of people lumped together.) Stonehenge got a shout out and picture all to itself.

It’s always interesting when science books write in absolutes of things that are likely true, but are yet to be proven beyond all shadow of a doubt. For example, “intelligent Martians have never existed.” I’m quite sure that back in 2006, there hadn’t yet been a team of archeologists on Mars. In fact, the book later mentions that we haven’t put human Earthlings on Mars yet. I’m not sure science has irrefutable evidence to prove that there weren’t intelligent Martians at one point, perhaps millenniums before humans came into existence. I’m just saying that I feel there should have been a disclaimer, an “as far as we know right now.”

Pluto is a planet in this book. #PlutoLives Though the author lists reasons that it might be reclassified. Then again, UB313, Planet X is also listed as the tenth planet. (In 2018, that’s now a minor-planet called Eris. See what I mean about disclaimers?)

It talks about binary star systems, which is the reason I picked up this book in the first place. Much more common than our single sun solar system, these multiple star systems are out there. Along with places that have three or eight or who-knows-how-many stars with a common center. This interests me because of a fantasy story I’m writing where the world has a binary star system.

The book gives several ideas of ways to learn more and offers plenty of science links. Overall, not a bad bit of quick education. Easy to read and understand.

try something new square 2018 book reading challenge

Sep 05 2018

Indie Publishing Path Taken #IWSG #IndieAuthor #IARTG

This month’s IWSG prompt:

What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

Three roads branch in a writer’s elections,
It’s inadvisable to travel them all
And being an author, long I sat with my reflections
And explored traditional, the first direction
To where it bent in the query sprawl;

Then took the indie, as fair as small press,
But having the faster printing timetable,
Plus more control and ways to express;
Though other Urban Fantasy I would guess
Had found all paths just as stable,

And all three will always equally lay
No Speculative Fiction has a sure-fire choice
Oh, I keep the traditional and small press in mind for another day!
Yet knowing how my choices tend to replay,
I doubt I would prefer another voice.

I shall be blogging this ’till I die
Then look in Google archives and search engines impending:
Three roads branch for all writers, and I—
I took the indie one to simplify,
And that has made all the difference.

– J Lenni Dorner

Derivative of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost.

For deeper commentary on that poem: susanbaroncini-moe.com/please-stop-misinterpreting-the-road-not-taken

Insecure Writers Support Group — Find the group also on Facebook

For a non-poetry answer on how I decided to go indie:
https://www.damyantiwrites.com/2018/09/05/dear-writer-traditional-publication/#comment-38136

Aug 31 2018

Update On Goal Challenge To Keep Focus

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


Thoughts from my WEPFF entry:
– Intriguing that so many commenters thought Osiris to be a woman. It was based on a true story, but I changed names. I really thought I picked a manly name.

“In Egyptian mythology, Osiris is the god of life, death, the flooding of the Nile and the afterlife. He was the brother and husband of Isis.”

Alas, I still have MUCH to learn about names, as I’ve stated time and time again.

– A few people suggested turning this into a longer story. I hadn’t really considered that before. I don’t know if I’d keep the fictional heart transplant or not (that’s a lot of very sad research) or use the actual reason he was hospitalized, or maybe use another reason. He really does have the nickname Bright Eyes, but “Ethan” wasn’t the one that gave it to him. Not sure if I’d keep that or give him a fictional one. (The song gets stuck in my head.) That’s a lot to consider.

Perhaps just toying with the idea should be a goal?


#quote A goal without a plan is just a wish

IN OTHER NEWS

  • My Bookiversary is September 20 . (Amazon just changed the date to Sept 19, but I think our calendars are different because of timezones. It was the twentieth for me, and I swear it use to say that, but now it says 19. Umm, whatever.)
  • I was recently asked to write a column for a newsletter. I’m considering it, but I want to come up with twelve topic ideas first. I have eight so far.
  • The Debut Author Spotlight is going well. Only 5 more spots left this year!
  • I’m in Twitter follow jail. I even tried unfollowing 20 accounts (non-writers). Still no. I can’t follow more people yet. Argh!


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The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 37 36 years
  • There’s also the Bucket List.


Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Find a way (emotionally, mentally) to complete the high fantasy short story.
  • Redo the longer version of the tribal story, then self-publish it in 2018.

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2018 Resolution:

#NewYearsResolution

  • This year I resolve to be more engaged in my online writing community by regularly commenting on fellow writers blogs every month, leaving book reviews, and publishing another book.




Seven Focus Topics

I need to verify that I’m posting about these topics on a regular basis to keep my author brand strong.

  1. Lenni Lenape (Native American) — 1 post
  2. storytelling
  3. writing — 2 posts
  4. legends
  5. characters
  6. urban fantasy/ speculative fiction (integrating into a modern-day story)
  7. read — 4 posts




2018 Goals:

blog about it challenge 2018 try something new square 2018 book reading challenge all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge #BeatTheBacklist #amreading #books

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autumn bookish bingo


From NaNoProMo July catch-up:

Read:

  • Inhale by Kendall Grey
  • Envisioned by Nikki Sparxx
  • The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky

#beatthebacklist #fantasy #books

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Goals for September:

  • Read and review 15 books
  • Beat my Backlist of books by reading 5 books from my TBR pile
  • Do Tackle TBR challenges
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
  • Comment on 30 blogs
  • Comment on 14 ROADTRIP #AtoZChallenge blogs
  • Finish A to Z survey results
  • Write the Escape post
  • Consider writing a short story to submit to IWSG anthology
  • Consider writing a monthly column
  • Write 500 words a day #SeptWritingChallenge
  • Work on publishing a book this year
  • Celebrate my bookiversary
  • Find more 5 more Debut Authors for 2018
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links
  • Follow more All Author group members IF I GET OUT OF TWITTER JAIL



#TACKLETBR readathon #amreading books IWSG short story contest



Review of Goals for August:

  • Read and review 15 bookshalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Do Bout Of Books challengesMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Comment on 20 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Comment on 10 ROADTRIP #AtoZChallenge blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write the Beginning postMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Enjoy my birthday! Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Help pick the new OA team membersMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Find more Debut Authors Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal



Review-a-thon in BoutofBook-ers Facebook group

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Have goals? Need encouragement? This blog hop is for you!
gotgoalsbloghop.blogspot.com

Aug 26 2018

Helpful Readathon #Reading Challenge Is Why I Love #boutofbooks 23

Challenge Day 6:

Discover Books
Bout of Books is known to add to your TBR instead of reduce it. Embrace it by sharing the books you’ve discovered through Bout of Books.


My Amazon Wish List Link

Challenge Day 7:

Stretch Goal
It’s the last day of the readathon, so today’s challenge is to take a look at the goals you set for the week (if you have them) and decide a) how you can stretch yourself to complete them or b) how you can revise them so you can meet them. Because yes, you can revise your goals! If you didn’t set goals for the week, set a small one for yourself today!

My GOALS during Bout of Books 23:

  1. Finish reading 5 booksMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  2. Take part in the challengesMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  3. Write 5 book reviewsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

SCORE!



Day of the challenge: Day 6
What I read today: The Universe (Collins Discover) by Peter Grego
Day of the challenge: Day 7
What I read today: Water’s Blood (The Elemental Clan Series Book 1) by Elaine Calloway


Total number of finished books:
Titles of finished books:
A More Innocent Time by Eugenie Hill
Southern Living Country Music’s Greatest Eats
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris by H.L. Holston
Zodiac Binding by Arya Karin





I missed the chats when they happened, but I’ve posted since!

Aug 24 2018

Exciting Readathon #Reading and #BookReview Results on Challenge Days 2 to 5 of #boutofbooks 23


Challenges:
Day 2=

Book Plot Emoji

Tell the plot of a book with emojis.
See below!

Day 3=

Literary Villain

Who are your favorite literary bad guys?

  • Maven Calore
  • Ryzek Noavek
  • Aro, Jane
  • The Eyes in the Shadows
  • The Chandrian
  • Dexter

Day 4=

Book Trip

Share books set in places you want to visit.

Day 5=

Bookish Playlist

What’s a song that always reminds you of a certain book?



Day of the challenge: Day 2
What I read today: Southern Living Country Music’s Greatest Eats – presented by CMT: Showstopping Recipes & Riffs from Country’s Biggest Stars
Day of the challenge: Day 3
What I read today: Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Day of the challenge: Day 4
What I read today: Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris
Day of the challenge: Day 5
What I read today: Zodiac Binding: A Reverse Harem Novella (The Zodiac Chronicles Book 1)


Total number of finished books: 5
Titles of finished books:
A More Innocent Time by Eugenie Hill
Southern Living Country Music’s Greatest Eats
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris by H.L. Holston
Zodiac Binding by Arya Karin




My GOALS during Bout of Books 23:

  1. Finish reading 5 books
  2. Take part in the challenges
  3. Write 5 book reviews



Book Reviews:

Southern Living Country Music’s Greatest Eats – presented by CMT: Showstopping Recipes & Riffs from Country’s Biggest Stars
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
I don’t know enough about these artists or their work, though I imagine fans would greatly enjoy this book. The “pork chops that make you crazy” and “coffee cured filet mignon” sound especially delicious. Not as many recipes as other cookbooks, perhaps, but more of fun sort of compilation. Lots of heart. Great trivia.

I haven’t read this book before and, given the country music theme, I certainly would call it something “new” to me.

try something new square 2018 book reading challenge

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography
5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

A hearty Kungaloosh to you! Sometimes in life you don’t get a choice. But in this book, you totally do! (Unless you stay in a maybe-haunted castle, more of a turret, in Ireland.)

What an incredibly fun read! My NPH fandom stems from my huge, deep, throbbing (I went there) HIMYM fandom, though I also enjoy several of Neil’s other works. Or Dr. Howser’s. Or Dr. Horrible’s. (Or maybe it’s Thunderbolt Howser, or Baron von Sexy A… Some readers of this book will get this joke.) I’m also in the Choose Your Adventure fandom, so really, this book was a total win for me.

Telling Gideon and Harper the story of how I became a bro… Legend-two scoops of ice cream straight from the- dary. 😉

The optimism speech was really good, and everyone (or anyone not suffering from genuine medical depression) ought to read it and consider giving it a whirl.

Spider-Man’s name has a hyphen because Stan Lee wanted to distinguish him from Superman. (Grammarphobia, Syfywire, Twitter) Detective Comics No. 27 says THE BATMAN on the cover but hyphenates it inside. Batman got a comic in 1940 with no hyphens to be found. (scifi.stackexchange) And now NPH can sleep soundly. #YouAreWelcome

Darn shame that David hates bowling and a guy in Laurel Canyon… Wait, not that ending!
There is a HEA ending, as anyone paying attention to the entertainment world already knows. If you get there depends on the adventure you choose.

Line I LOVED:
“The ‘truth’ about a person’s sexual preference is often revealed through a long journey of tiny steps, and acceptance is one of the last ones.”

#WeNeedDiverseBooks and, amazingly, a try something new as I haven’t read any of his other books.

try something new square 2018 book reading challenge

Book Plot emoji image for Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Suck This, Neil Patrick Harris
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
Let it not be said that my friends don’t have a sense of humor. Upon finding out I was reading the NPH autobiography, this book showed up in a birthday email.

It was a pretty good book. Decent amount of heat. It was just fiction, right? Ha ha. After reading the book, the title seems like a great way to get promotion for the book, which is totally something the main character would do.

Why does the book have this title? Because of lines like:
“The studio wants someone who’s stable. Someone like Neil Patrick Harris…”
He’s referenced a few times.
“Are you really using Doogie Howser as the example of why it’s safe to come out in Hollywood?”

Twilight is also referenced. And then there’s a line, “he was totally and irreconcilably in love.” About one thing I am absolutely positive (ha), that a very similar word choice is in a book where someone named Edward is a vampire who thirsts for the blood of someone named Bella.

“Dante Moretti sat on the can,” is a bold choice for an opening hook. But it worked, maybe because it’s just so unusual. (Or because I know some writers who have had discussions about books where characters use the bathroom. Not that the character is using it for 💩 that.)

The character name falls to the typo “Dane” in chapter three. A “has” instead of “had” and “is curled” instead of “was curled,” makes me think the author changed the tense of the book at some point.

It’s a light, fun read about two actors with a HEA.

I haven’t read anything by this author before.
try something new square 2018 book reading challenge

Zodiac Binding: A Reverse Harem Novella (The Zodiac Chronicles Book 1) by Arya Karin
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

A fun story with an interesting concept. It goes by very fast. Several spots could have been expanded upon. I’d personally like a bit more setting, though the opening one and ending one were good. An entertaining and steamy HEA. There’s even some fast-paced action in here, for which I was grateful.

I had a feeling about what kind of shifter Caine was, and I was right.

There’s a bit of telling rather than showing in the beginning, like when the character thinks about having grown up in Arizona with her Aunt Jess and that her coyote dad dropped her off in a basket. Will that come up again later in the series?

I find the idea of a thirteenth zodiac sign to be interesting. (The astronomical constellation Ophiuchus, ruling from about November 30 to December 18, is something I knew of before reading this book.)

The book’s editor really dropped the ball, which is a shame because the story deserves better. Little things like this:
“And I he didn’t want…”
chose instead of choose
A shift from first person to third (Her words died as she eyed a…)
“…they treating you superior treatment like pouring…”
And everything indicates a dragon could best a lion, except one line. Likely one name was switched for another.
There were also a few missing opening quote marks.

But, beyond that, the story was good and I would read the next book in this series because I’m curious as to who else will join the main cast. I really want to know if there will be another coyote. If certain types of shifters will be saught. And if she’ll make more choices, or have them be made for her, essentially. Also, it is implied that she’ll eventually have an important role in their “government,” so I’d like to see that play out.

#WeNeedDiverseBooks #SpecFic
try something new square 2018 book reading challenge
(If I had chosen astrology or shifters instead of weather for my trope challenge, I’d be a book ahead.)


#bob23igphoto #boutofbooks #orange

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5 star books #boutofbooks #bob23igphoto

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Aug 21 2018

A Concealed Beginning Makes a Lifetime of Emerging #birthday

blog about it challenge
Blog All About It Challenge prompt: Beginning

In the beginning, the Lenni-Lenape tribe, the Grandfathers, the original people, were one nation. A people who valued wisdom above all else. They believed, according to the knowledge passed down to me, in multiple genders, equality, and a wide range of family “structures.” Like the three sisters of corn, beans, and squash, we thrive best together, though are capable of living apart.

Then invaders came and destroyed all that. They brought new words, ones they didn’t use correctly. A savage is someone accepting of the equal rights and beliefs of others so long as those are not repressive. To be primitive is to be one with nature and able to survive without destroying. An uncivilized is a diplomatic individual or group who will be betrayed. Homo sapiens are only people if granted the right to not be the property of others. These definitions are accurate because those who came were not accepting, did not believe in equality of rights or beliefs, were unable to be one with nature, betrayed diplomatic compromises, and decided that some of their own species weren’t in the species no matter science proves.

Not much has changed. Sometimes the history is covered up. Other times, the history is written so that those words sound like their antonyms.

The Lenni-Lenape were forced to convert to a religion counter to their own beliefs. Incorporation of the two religions was difficult and quickly became legally forbidden. For example, it’s hard to justify Adam and Eve being from the east side of the Atlantic Ocean, and there being no continental drift, but humans existing in North America. (It works out easier if you toss out the science that provides evidence of Native Americans, Africans, Aboriginals, Torres Strait Islander people, etc, are indeed of the human species. The invaders didn’t believe in that science. They barely even seemed to believe their own females and some of their males were part of their own species. I have no idea what that suggests about their deep desires, fascination, and constant drive to have sexual relations with those they claimed to not share a species with, especially since the religion they converted my people to was opposed to such an action. But I don’t understand a great deal about such matters, and am glad to not be of the mind.) It wasn’t until 1978 that tribes were allowed to practice their own religions again. Consider that by 1750, almost 90% of the Lenni-Lenape population had been murdered in the genocide or died as slaves exported to Europe. The remaining TEN PERCENT of the POPULATION was not allowed to practice or discuss the religion for over TWO HUNDRED YEARS.

Try to imagine how much of your own culture and religion would survive if only 10% of your people were alive, and 9.8% of those people were killed if they discussed it for two-hundred years. And yes, any record of that religion or culture would be destroyed. The books, the buildings, the graves, … anything and everything that could be found.

Most of the remaining ten percent of the Lenni-Lenape were forced off their original lands. (And then forced from where they were moved to. And then forced to move again. Then restricted to a place where they were supposed to be less and less of themselves. Like using gesso to cover the Mona Lisa and then sketching a stick figure of a dog in its place.) A few stayed behind to try to protect as much as they could, often at the cost of becoming slaves. Some will say that those who stayed are no longer “true Lenape,” because they had a different struggle or aren’t on the designated reservation. But what else would we be?

Living off the reservation has several difficulties. For one, it wasn’t until 1924 that Native Americans could become citizens (again) of the land they’ve lived on for thousands of years. The right to vote and the ABILITY to vote is still being debated to this day. (“Over the past five years, Native American voters and groups representing them have brought at least seven lawsuits in six states, accusing state and local governments of discriminating against Native American voters.” — Source) It wasn’t until 1962 that Native Americans had voting rights in all states. But in 2013, Alaska, Arizona, and parts of South Dakota were granted the ability to deny or infringe upon the voting rights of Native Americans living there.

There was an act in 1978 to make removing children from Native Americans a crime. (It was not only acceptable before then, but often encouraged.) Apparently, that same act needs to be updated or copy/pasted and have some words replaced today. #KeepFamiliesTogether

I was born a year later, assumably. (Though some tests have since put me at a year or two older.) My biological parents didn’t use calendars. And that act in 1978? Some people could have cared less about it. (If I am two years older than the age guessed, that means my kidnapping was legal, as was everything I survived during the time that followed. This is why I feel laws in America lack mortality and integrity. My recent guest post hints heavily at that.)

happy birthday Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash - A Concealed Beginning Makes a Lifetime of Emerging #birthday blog post

Last year I wrote a flash fiction piece about a boy who called himself Stew. It wasn’t nearly as fictional as I’d have you believe.

Today is my birthday. August 21. That’s the date on the official forms. It has nothing to do with the day I left my mother’s womb and took my first independent breath. It’s just what the frustrated woman wrote down because I couldn’t give her an answer to the question that I didn’t understand.

But people like birthdays. People celebrate staying alive for the amount of time it takes for the Earth to revolve all the way around the Sun.

I’ve spent my lifetime emerging from the shadows I’ve been pushed into. The greatest skill I’ve aquired is literacy — the ability to read and write. That is why I created this fundraiser for my birthday. (That, and Facebook offered to donate $5 if I made it. May as well raise money for a charity I believe in!)

Beginnings: My own, and that of my people.

Aug 20 2018

Readathon #Reading, #insixwords, latest #BookReview — Announcing Day 1 of #boutofbooks 23


Today’s challenge:
Introduce yourself #insixwords
Logophile #Leo with a birthday tomorrow.


During Bout of Books 22, one of the challenges was to find a book from the year you were born.
I posted a book I dug up from 1979. For Bout of Books 23, I finally read it!


Day of the challenge: Day 1
What I read today: A More Innocent Time by Eugenie Hill


Total number of finished books: 1
Titles of finished books:
A More Innocent Time by Eugenie Hill



My GOALS during Bout of Books 23:

  1. Finish reading 5 books
  2. Take part in the challenges
  3. Write 5 book reviews



Book Review:
A More Innocent Time by Eugenie Hill
3 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

To be fair, I’d rather give this 3.5 stars than 3, but half stars aren’t an option.

The writing is fine for the time it came out, as is the editing, and all is well developed. I simply didn’t care for the story, the subject matter, or the characters. As such, I cannot bring myself to offer up four stars, which might be construed as liking this book, or worse, recommending it.

Agnes and Goff are the main characters the third person point of view most often centers upon. Only one makes it to the end of the book. And only one is depicted as a human rather than an object. Both are horribly guilty of crimes against morality; neither is ever charged, and only one of them even momentarily considers the legal ramifications.

“And that rendered her vulnerable. All at once she was within his power.” That’s a quote from the moment Goff considers himself in love with Agnes. He later tells her of this love, though he’s still a child at the time. She tells him she’s flattered. He angers and uses intimidation and force to make her say she loves him back and then to kiss him. Goff’s antisocial personality disorder is clear even at the beginning of puberty.

Goff’s best friend is Andrew. At age twelve, Andrew starts raping his own sister. Goff admires him for it, especially since Andrew is the first one among his classmates to have had sex. They consider the blood and tears to be natural. (Are you getting a sense of why I don’t care for this book?)

Eventually, Goff begs Agnes to have sex. “She didn’t put up a very strong resistance. What was the use of that? He might have forced her anyway.” Nothing says “love” like committing a violent crime, right? And, bonus, getting the person you “love” to commit a crime, because the sex was statutory rape.

Just when Agnes seems to be redeemable, everything goes out the window. “She wondered whether Goff would come. She had to admit that she wanted him to find her desirable still, shallow as that was.” The character is worried about being shallow when she ought to be seeking therapy for hoping a child is sexually attracted to her. I guess at least it makes Goff slightly less of a monster… except it doesn’t, because soon after that he impregnates a girl his own age, then gets the girl to have an abortion by sending Andrew over there, and then the girl tries to kill herself. (Whoops, that might be a spoiler. Or, if you find this sort of thing offensive, I’ve just saved you, so #youarewelcome.)

Perhaps Agnes is meant to be redeemed by her lack of self-confidence. She’s always telling Goff (and later, Justin) that she’s just what he wants for now, that he’ll eventually be interested in girls his own age instead. That it’s all just an infatuation and that she’s keeping him from someone more suitable. She even asks herself if the reason behind her choices is that she believes it won’t last. But there may have been something to it. The moment she’s physically unable to have sex (healing from a medical issue), he thinks that she’s no good and considers having sex with a friend, or even a prostitute.

I would not consider this book to be a romance or erotica. “The tragedy is a genre of traditional drama that is generally characterized by serious themes and the eventual downfall of the protagonist of the drama.” “Tragedy has a noble character who falls from grace. Evokes emotions of pity and fear from its audience.” By those definitions, tragedy is the genre I would use to classify this novel.

#quote Sex is like boxing. If one party didn't agree, the other is committing a crime.

Quote about why rape is real, even if some people think it's a lie.

As near as I can tell, this book was by a #DebutAuthor, as it seems to be the only one she ever published. I’ve never read it before, and obviously never read anything else she wrote, and don’t think I’ve ever even read anything similar to this, so it certainly counts for the Try Something New challenge.
try something new square 2018 book reading challenge

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