Dec 08 2017

Contest and Book News

Book News:

Fractions of Existence is getting a paperback version. Expected to be available on Amazon before December 23.

LOST!: A themed anthology 2017 is now available. Read my story of a time traveler who inadvertently saves humanity from extinction.

Contest News:

The Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop is coming to this blog from December 21 to 31.

#NewAsh The New Adult Scavenger Hunt Winter Hunt runs from December 27 to 31. I’ve entered Fractions of Existence. Fingers crossed! Either way, it’s fun to do the hunts, as it’s a great way to find more books to read!

Nov 24 2017

Goals Oh Deer

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I saw the sad news that Misha might not be able to keep this goal hop going. Hopefully that won’t be the case! She’s a good person and deserves better.

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in America. Thursday people eat turkey (just like the pilgrims probably DIDN’T in 1621… pheasant, deer, fish, shellfish, other small game– anyway) and lots of sides. On Black Friday, people flood the stores to fight for the best deals (sometimes literally). Then it’s Small Business Saturday, where people shop at the non-chain stores. Sunday they sleep, I think, I don’t know. And then it’s Cyber Monday, when people attempt to crash the Internet by massive online shopping.

How will I join in the festivities? By putting my book ON SALE this weekend.

Fractions of Existence


What else happened this month?
I was hit by a deer.
deer crossing


“This is quite the injury you have here, feller. Were you wearing a seatbelt?” -Emergency Room Doctor


Deer Gilmore Girls


No.
I was sitting on a rock in the forest. I wasn’t even hunting.
I was blindsided.
deer humor



I may have landed on the Naughty List after this month’s goal failures. Can I pay medical bills with coal???

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The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 37 years Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalfor 2017
  • There’s also the Bucket List.



Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

  • Self-publish Fractions of Existence in September 2017. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20, 2018.
  • 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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2017 Resolution:

  • This year I resolve to finish at least one of my big writing projects. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



2017 Goals:

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@JLenniDorner #nanowrimo Camp-2017-Winner-Profile-Photo

2017 Reading challenges GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image

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Goals for December:



DECEMBER

  • Create paperback version of Fraction of Existence
  • Set up Amazon author pages in other countries.
  • Fix my blog’s newsletter problem
  • Finish reading challenges
  • Find two more Debut Authors
  • WEPFF December
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter (when it lets me)


  • WEP2017 writing challenges



    Weekly Goals:



    Nov 26- Dec 2 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy shorts
    Dec 3- Dec 9 prepare for WEP
    Dec 10- Dec 16 Finish Nano Stories
    Dec 17- Dec 23 Holiday Prep
    Dec 24- Dec 30 Edit Anah’s story


    Review of Goals for November:






    Review of Weekly Goals:



    Oct 29- Nov 4 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

    Nov 5- Nov 11 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

    Nov 12- Nov 18 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
    Nov 19- Nov 25 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal



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    Nov 23 2017

    Thanksgiving Thought

    Thanksgiving



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    In all honesty though, folks, I hope you have a good holiday. Or just a nice day, for those of you outside of the US.

    Nov 05 2017

    Blog Email Subscriber Book Giveaway

    Book Giveaway Email

    If you are one of my email subscribers, you should have received an email just now reminding you about the giveaway. There are currently NO entries, so your odds are VERY good!

    Didn’t get the email and believe you should have? Please let me know. Thanks.

    – J

    Oct 30 2017

    Knocking Out Goals like Carving a Pumpkin into a Jack-O’-Lantern

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    Last month I nailed a huge goal by publishing Fractions of Existence on Amazon.
    (Free if you have KU.)

    Shortly after, I found out my newsletter mailing list (over 6000 emails strong, thanks to this blog) was being sent to LESS THAN 1% of the people who signed up for it.

    I thought it was because of the GoDaddy email account, so I created a Google business account. I then sent an email to all subscribers announcing a contest where they could win a copy of my book for a friend. (No catch, other than only subscribers can enter. No purchase required. Doesn’t sign a friend up for email lists. Easy to enter.) Considering it’s been several days and there isn’t even ONE entry, I’m pretty sure the email still isn’t reaching people.

    IF YOU SEE THIS POST AS PART OF AN EMAIL, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! THANK YOU!

    So now I’m looking at other email newsletter services. Most expect me to pay $40 a month for a subscriber list of my size. That’s not going to happen.

    Between all of this going on, the A to Z challenge site has experienced a massive issue. My fellow co-hosts and I are working to resolve this problem.

    And my Snookums has been experiencing some health issues this month… and was “kind enough” to share them with me. The couple who vomits together goes to the ER together? Ah, the dark side of love that romance novels tend to overlook. Shipping a OTP who, like the men on the cursed ship in Moby Dick, suffered a severe occurrence of stomach cramps and other unpleasant digestive symptoms, but not for the same reason.

    The upside of October was finding out that my entry in a writing contest made it to the top fifteen, and therefore will be published in December. Yay!

    Two other short stories were on my blog. Check them out:
    WEP Flash Fiction
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    The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

    • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
    • Survive at least another 37 years Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalfor 2017
    • There’s also the Bucket List.



    Current Writing End Goals

    From the End Goals of an Author post.

    • Self-publish Fractions of Existence in September 2017. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20, 2018.
    • 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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    2017 Resolution:

    • This year I resolve to finish at least one of my big writing projects. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



    2017 Goals:

    survivor #atozchallenge
    @JLenniDorner #nanowrimo Camp-2017-Winner-Profile-Photo

    2017 Reading challenges GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image

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    Goals for November:


    • Read and Review 2 books
    • NaNoWriMo
    • Help fix A to Z blog



    Become NaNoWriMo buddies with J Lenni Dorner please


    Weekly Goals:



    Oct 29- Nov 4 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy
    Nov 5- Nov 11 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy
    Nov 12- Nov 18 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy
    Nov 19- Nov 25 NANOWRIMO Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy



    Review of Goals for October:


    • Create paperback version of Fraction of ExistenceTRICK because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal
    • Set up Amazon author pages in other countries. TRICK because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal
    • Read and Review 6 bookshalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
    • Get bookish BINGOhalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
    • Comment on 30 blogs TREAT because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    • WEP October story! TREAT because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    • Get ready for NaNoWriMohalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
    • Create another A to Z post on that bloghalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
    • Participate in the IWSG contests. half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
    • Figure out why/ how to fix my newsletter only going out to 5% of my 5988 subscribers. TRICK because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal
    • Fix more Photobucket broken links TRICK because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal
    • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter (when it lets me) TRICK because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal



    (Yikes. Only 2 in the “treat” complete category, and a bunch of 1/2 credits. Not good.)

    Review of Weekly Goals:



    Oct 1- Oct 7 Prepare for WEP TREAT because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    Oct 8- Oct 14 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP TREAT because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    Oct 15- Oct 21 Work on IWSG storyTREAT because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    Oct 22- Oct 28 Prepare for Nano Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy shortsTRICK because @JLenniDorner FAILED this goal



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    Oct 24 2017

    #StorytimeBloghop Grim Reapers on a Field Trip #FlashFiction #SFF

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    Grim Reapers on a Field Trip

    by J Lenni Dorner

    “Good morning, class,” my teacher, Ms. Anubis, prowls in, speaking without looking up from her tablet. “All thirteen permission slips are signed. Today is your first field trip through the Veil. I trust everyone has studied their marks. Is everyone in costume?”
    She nods as she looks around, stopping when she gets to me.
    “Katie, what are you wearing?”
    “My reaper costume.”
    There are giggles from my classmates.
    “Why are your robes pink and sparkly?” Ms. Anubis sets down her cracked-screen tablet. She crosses her arms and glares at me.
    “There is no rule prohibiting it. Nowhere in your instructions did it say the robes have to be a specific color. I checked.”
    Travis laughs. “You’re such a twit. Where did you find pink fabric?”
    Everyone laughs with him, including the teacher. I could respond that I got it from his mother, but I opt not to.

    We follow Ms. Anubis. The nearest Veil is across the street, in the town center. We’ve all seen it before, but it looks bigger and brighter today.
    The adults who normally use this one have taken the day off or are using one of the others. Officer Been orders us to settle down.
    “Hello, seventh grade class of Ms. Anubis. For those who don’t know me, I am Officer Been. I am in charge of this Veil. Who can tell me why first-timers, such as yourselves, have to go through today, instead of any other day?”
    Five hands shoot up, including mine. I figure that he’ll pick me, since we reside in the same building. But he calls on the other student who shares our address, Travis.
    “This Veil goes to Earth, to a place called America. There, today is when people wear costumes. Since we didn’t learn invisibility yet, we go in costume to blend in, dressed the way they expect reapers to look, and snag them.”
    “Very good, Travis. Has each of you studied your mark?”
    Everyone says they have. Officer Been goes over the history of America’s costume holiday. I can’t hear over Billy and Martin snickering beside me.
    “I bet no one expects reapers to look poor,” Billy says.
    “I’m here for your soul, or your blackest sheet,” Martin jokingly impersonates Travis. I stomp on his foot.
    “What’s your problem?” He backs away from me.
    “Maybe Katie’s in love with the street-cleaner’s son,” Billy says. “Katie and Travis rolling in a grave, K-I-S-S-I-N-G.”
    “Shut up. I’m trying to concentrate.” I’m not in love with Travis. His parents are nice, though. They failed reaper training, which is why his dad cleans the streets and his mom does upkeep for my apartment building. His mom used to be a tailor, but in a metropolis where no one repairs what can be replaced, her skill became unprofitable.
    Until I asked her to help me make this special reaper costume.

    Billy goes through the Veil first. Thanks to a screen Officer Been set up, we get to watch the encounter. Billy walks beside his mark, someone that looks a lot like him, except for the different costumes.
    “Oh man! I got peanut butter cups at the last house.”
    The mark turns to Billy. “You’re lucky.”
    Billy shakes his head. “Nah. Peanut butter makes me sick.”
    The mark looks into a bag he’s carrying. “Want to trade for this?”
    Billy nods. They swap candies. The mark’s hand glows red for a moment, something only those from our side can see. We all cheer as Billy returns through the Veil.
    “Piece of… candy!” He laughs and fist pumps. He hands the soul to Officer Been.
    Travis goes next. His tattered, more gray than black, robe snags on a bush. He calls out for help. Dogs bark behind a fence. A light comes on in a darkened house.
    “No blasted trick-or-treaters wanted here! Can’t you read? Private property!”
    “Help, help! I’m trapped!” Tears stream down his face. “I want to go home!” Travis wails.
    The man stumbles across his yard, moaning and complaining. He lectures Travis about the dangers of walking at night alone, without a light. Then his hand glows. The mark collapses on his grass.
    “Excellent work, Travis!” Ms. Anubis says as he returns from the Veil, passing along the soul. “Katie, you’re up.”

    It’s colder than I expected. Maybe this is why Earth people think we wear hooded robes? I sneak down a long, white hall. Even I think this place smells terrible, and I’m from beyond the Veil! If I ever have a mark in a hospital again, I’m bringing nose plugs.
    As a nurse ducks out of a room, I slip inside. The door shuts behind me.
    “Hi. Trick or treat?” I hold out my bag of candy.
    The girl on the bed sets down her crayon and stares at me. “I’m not supposed to have visitors. I’m con… con… confabulous.”
    “That’s okay. Want to share my candy?”
    “I can’t eat real food.” She points to her IV bag. “You aren’t really a kid like me, are you?”
    I move to her bedside. “How do you mean?”
    “You’re Death.”
    “Why do you think that?”
    She shrugs. “I guess because I knew you were coming. I didn’t think you’d be in pink though.”
    “Do you like it?” I strut around, modeling. She laughs.
    “I love all that is pink and sparkly.” She picks up her pink crayon, makes two marks, and then holds up the drawing. It’s a sparkling, pink sky. “We can go now.”
    Smiling, I take her hand. I concentrate. The light is red for a moment, then turns pink with gold glitter as her soul slips out. I hear her laugh a final time. My first field trip through the Veil is over.




    #StorytimeBloghop Grim Reapers on a Field Trip #FlashFiction #SFF @JLenniDorner

    Oct 24 2017

    Marked by Fate Book Tour and Giveaway

    Marked by Fate: A Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection
    Publication date: October 24th 2017
    Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

    Marked by Fate is now enhanced with Augmented Reality! Read, Watch, Listen. The new ultimate reading experience!

    Step into adventure with Marked By Fate; the ultimate reading experience. Be immersed in twenty-six fantasy & science fiction worlds with state of the art Augmented Reality technology. Read, listen, and watch bonus content inside to bring the characters and story to life around you.

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    25 COMPLETE SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY NOVELS BY 26 BESTSELLING AUTHORS. PLUS, A SPECIAL BONUS NOVELLA.

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    Authors:
    Kristin D. Van Risseghem
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    Jamie Thornton
    Debra Kristi
    Sarah K. L. Wilson
    Hilary Thompson
    Ingrid Seymour
    Jeanne Bannon
    Melle Amade
    Lena Mae Hill
    C.J. Anaya
    Jackson Dean Chase
    D. L. Armillei
    Emily Martha Sorensen
    Amalie Jahn
    Dionne Lister
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    The titles in Marked By Fate use this revolutionary technology to bring you the best reading experience of your life.

    How does Immersive Fantasy™ work?
    Immersive Fantasy™ utilizes what’s known as Augmented Reality (AR). Using a smart phone/device, you can scan secret cues in the stories, and extra AR content will pop up on your device, streamed direct from the cloud (internet connection required).
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    Immersive Fantasy™ Instructions

    Getting set up
    These three steps are crucial to ensure you can access the AR content.
    1.On your smart phone or tablet, download the Aurasma app from your app store.
    2.Login to the app, and register your account.
    3.Search for the user ‘MarkedByFate’, and click follow.

    Accessing the Immersive Fantasy™ Augmented Reality content
    Follow these steps carefully to access the AR content. Additional help can be found on the Aurasma help desk.

    1.Read and enjoy the story, and watch for clues to the AR content. These will appear in the form of images with a symbol next to them, denoting the type of AR content. Content viewable includes images (camera icon), videos (movie clip icon), or music (music icon).
    2.You will need one device/format to read on, and a smart device to access the AR content.
    3.When you spot an Immersive Fantasy™ clue, open the Aurasma app on your smart device.(Navigate to the viewfinder screen if the app does not automatically do this.)
    4.Centre your viewfinder on the trigger image. Make sure to include all of the trigger image in the screen. You can view the content vertically/in portrait or horizontally/in landscape.
    5.The app will display the AR content in the form of an image overlay, video overlay,or music overlay, as denoted by the symbol next to the image.
    6.Enjoy!You can zoom in and out and tilt your camera to fully explore each piece of content. Make sure you have your sound turned on so you can listen to the video and audio content! You will have to continue focusing on the content to keep listening to music/watching videos/viewing images.
    7.It might take a little practice – don’t worry if you struggle on your first try.

    Troubleshooting
    What to try if it won’t work.

    1.No AR content is popping up: have you registered an Aurasma account,and followed ‘MarkedByFate’? You must do this to access the content.
    2.No AR content is popping up: have you made sure all of the trigger image is in your viewfinder?
    3.No AR content is popping up on my kindle/e-ink device: please adjust your device screen brightness. If the screen is too bright or too dim, the image cannot be recognised by the app.
    4.I can’t hear any sound: check the icon. Only video/music AR content has sound.
    5.I can’t hear any sound, and it should be playing some: please ensure your volume is not muted,and turned up.
    6.The content keeps disappearing: ensure you keep the viewfinder focused on the trigger image so that the AR content will remain overlaid on your screen.If you move too far away from the trigger image, the AR content will disappear.Activate it again by re-scanning the trigger image.
    7.Can I access the eBook and the AR content on the same device? No. Aurasma uses your device camera, so you will have to read the book on a difference device to the device you are using Aurasma with.
    8.It’s just not working – I’ve tried everything: Please refer to the Aurasma help files,and contact their help desk if you are still having issues. Whilst extensive testing has been performed to ensure maximum device compatibility, regrettably not all devices may be compatible. Best compatibility will be found on pixel based screens with good brightness levels.


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    Oct 17 2017

    Dark Places #WEPFF #FlashFiction Blind Date Goes Dark

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    Blind Date Goes Dark

    By J Lenni Dorner




    ‘Twas the night of the blind date, when all through our dorm
    Every student was partying, as was the norm.
    Some neckties now hung on doorknobs with ease,
    As a request to all for privacy, please.
    My roommate has nestled into a sweater of red;
    Visions of dancing and kissing play in her head.
    I tighten my ‘kerchief, bought at the Gap;
    I wish I could skip this, and instead take a nap!
    When out in the hall we hear hoots and hollers,
    Might these be our gentlemen callers?
    Straight to the door my roommate flies like a flash,
    It opens, and I shutter, ready to throw-up on my sash.
    My date is the beast that once left me to die,
    As we’re introduced, I ask God, “Oh why?”
    When blinking my eyes won’t make him disappear,
    But wait! I do wonder, what have I now to fear?
    With a kind Uber driver so lively and quick,
    I knew in mere moments I’d play a mean trick.
    More vengeful than tigers, more clever than chimps,
    Let him whistle and shout, let them all get a glimpse.
    “So nice to meet you. Can we be alone, Ted?”
    Oh yes, my time’s come, and I’ll mess with his head.
    We go for a stroll, and climb the high wall!
    Now pushing him off, wouldn’t that just beat all?
    Watching him fall would not be enough,
    He needs to learn to not play so rough.
    To the haunted house atop the hill we do hike;
    With a house full of weapons, that’s where I’ll strike!
    My eyes must be twinkling, as I hear him say,
    “Are you sure you want to go into there, Mae?”
    Turning my head, my flashlight flicks off,
    “Join me inside. I swear it’ll payoff.”
    I undress as I walk, from shirt to my feet,
    leaving only the ‘kerchief as I head to a sheet;
    A pentagram and candles left by some hack,
    Makes a cover story that Ted died by magic that’s black.
    His eyes — how they widen! His neck, how it bleeds!
    The pin in my hair once again meets my needs!
    Drool drips from his mouth as I fill in the blanks,
    “You killed Maureen Fisher. This is my thanks.”
    I pick up a pipe and bash in his teeth,
    And by only moonlight, de-finger this beast;
    I smash his feet like his face, then start on his belly.
    I shake with a laugh; his last meal was p.b. and jelly.
    Next, I move on to his chubby, the one he used to destroy
    a sacred part of the Maureen-me with his evil ploy.
    Removing his eyes and burning his head,
    I’m so glad to know that he’s finally dead.
    He’ll speak no more words, this foul, lying, jerk,
    And harm no more girls; thanks to my work.
    I shove what remains of a fist up in his rear-end,
    Hopefully like that, for all eternity he’ll spend.
    Then I spring into scrubbing until all’s clean as a whistle,
    And re-dress in my clothing, once I’m free of his gristle.
    Now I can exclaim, on this blind date night —
    “Vengeful Death found a villain; he died in great fright!”




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    Oct 16 2017

    Down the TBR Hole Week 14

    Down The TBR hole meme

    During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
    From the Lost in a Story blog:

    Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

    • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
    • Order on ascending date added.
    • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
    • Read the synopses of the books
    • Decide: keep it or should it go?

    Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)



    I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

    Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

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    DragonSpell (Dragon Keepers Chronicles, Book 1)
    by Donita K. Paul

    Item added May 12, 2015

    Sounds like the “Protector of the Small” series, which is why it interests me.

    Judgement 1:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




    Making Pretty
    by Corey Ann Haydu
    Item added May 12, 2015

    the realities of growing up in a culture that prizes beauty above nearly anything else

    This seems like an interesting take on a social issue.

    Judgement 2:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




    The Handmaid’s Tale
    by Margaret Atwood
    Item added May 12, 2015

    women are no longer allowed to read
    valued only if their ovaries are viable
    dire warning

    *shutter*
    This book sounds terrifying.
    The majority of my Lenni-Lenape people were enslaved. As slaves, they were not allowed to learn to read the language of their owners. They were valued only if they stopped being who they were and instead did whatever work the owners wanted. My people weren’t the only ones. It has happened before. Unless people are vigilant, it will happen again.
    In this story, it looks like it happens to the female population.
    #HeForShe

    Judgement 3:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




    None of the Above
    by I.W. Gregorio
    Item added May 12, 2015

    what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between

    This is a topic that interests me.

    Judgement 4:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




    Eat My Globe: One Year to Go Everywhere and Eat Everything
    by Simon Majumdar
    Item added May 12, 2015

    I think this guy is awesome on the food shows I’ve seen. This seems like a cool book.

    Judgement 5:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




    Cooper’s Condition (The Agency Book 3)
    by Jacey Holbrand
    Item added May 12, 2015

    Book 3. I said I’m not keeping series books on the list when I haven’t read the previous ones.

    Judgement 6:

    AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Removed




    Alex As Well
    by Alyssa Brugman
    Item added May 17, 2015

    story of exploring gender and sexuality, navigating friendships, and finding a place to belong

    Judgement 7:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




    Dare to Bake!: Cupcake Recipes to Awaken Your Sweet Tooth
    by Ady Abreu
    Item added May 18, 2015

    I don’t bake. I have no idea why I added this book.

    Judgement 8:

    AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




    Once Upon a Dare (Risky Business Book 1)
    by Jennifer Bonds
    Item added May 12, 2015

    Probably a good office romance book. But that’s not really something I’m into reading.

    Judgement 9:

    AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




    Darkfever: Fever Series Book 1
    by: Karen Marie Moning
    Item added May 12, 2015

    It’s funny because, as I went to the Amazon page, Grammarly told me this:
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    a power she had no idea she possessed–a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae

    Well, I’m hooked!

    Judgement 10:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



    Have you read any of these books?

    “It has happened before. Unless people are vigilant, it will happen again.” What history do you worry will repeat in some form?

    Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even further…

    Down The TBR hole

    Oct 12 2017

    #WomenBoycottTwitter #HeForShe #FridayThe13th #LovePamela

    To see what a world without the voices of women, and other humans who support equality and oppose oppression, would look like, there’s this Twitter movement.

    I’ve shuffled tweets out of my Buffer and Blacked Out Roundteam.

    Have a good Friday the Thirteenth. (And PS… if you’ve seen the movie, and know who the real antagonist is, you may have the same guess as I do as to why this date was chosen.)
    #LovePamela

    Oct 04 2017

    #IWSG Showing My Writer Insecurity (Potato at the End)

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    http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/2017/08/the-insecure-writers-support-group-and.html
    On October 4, post a photo … with the IWSG logo. Then leave a comment that day at either the IWSG website’s post or the IWSG Facebook post directing us to your photo.



    (For information on Maize also being called Corn, click.)
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    I’m sharing a series of images here. Using a very basic weaving technique, I recreated the IWSG logo. But I did it in such a way that it would become a story.

    (In other words, get comfortable, because J’s about to go all “Grandfather” on you.)
    ((The Lenni-Lenape people are known as the “Grandfathers” because they are believed to be the oldest tribe in the area, and are known for valuing wisdom– which they’re always imparting.))

    IWSG loom by @JLenniDorner

    I recreated the logo using leaves from corn, an important food to my people.

    If you know anything about weaving, you immediately know what’s going to go wrong here.

    There are gaps. The correct method would be to fill in the gaps (using a different material or different color).

    Sometimes writers feel that they have enough knowledge. Or they are insecure because they know they have holes in their writing knowledge. This is what those gaps represent.

    Looking at my weaving, you might be able to tell that this skill is something I was taught, but not something which I practiced. Writing, like weaving, is an art. Anyone can be taught the basics. But writing for publication is about more than taking words from a dictionary and stringing them together in a logical and grammatically correct way. Practice is needed. Learning from masters is encouraged. Weave a million lines, write a million words– with practice, improvement will come.

    IWSG Weaving signature 1 @JLenniDornerIWSG weaving signature with visual aid @JLenniDorner

    A weaving signature, like a writer’s voice, should be fluid in a story. The audience shouldn’t be pulled from the work, but rather, drawn into it.

    IWSG logo when fresh off the loom by @JLenniDorner
    IWSG logo when fresh off the loom with visual aid by @JLenniDorner

    When it first came off of the loom, it didn’t look very bad. It wasn’t great, of course. The gaps became obvious as it sat. This same phenomenon happens with First Drafts. Let the words sit, then go back to look, and the problems will be easier to spot.

    IWSG logo by @JLenniDorner after being twisted by touch

    Someone else touched it! Without offering to fill in the gaps, the other person just twisted the work and made it worse. (The I is tilted, the S is crashing into the G, etc.) This is why it’s important to find an editor and beta readers who are fans of your genre, and to study other works similar to yours. To make improvements, those gaps need to be correctly filled in; then the work can be adjusted.

    #IWSG logo with tape by @JLenniDorner

    Using tape on the back to hold it in place, this is what it looked like at the end. Without getting more materials (or increasing writing knowledge), this is as good as this project can get. Using the right materials and planning are important to weaving, as they are in writing. (Writing materials here being a command of language, access to editing and spellchecking, and some ideas. Planning being learning writing basics, thinking about word count, keeping track of characters and plot points, and having a decent story flow.)

    I hope you’ve enjoyed this wisdom.

    #IWSG logo with visual aid by @JLenniDorner

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    I am proud to be associated with the IWSG and all of the writers there. I don’t generally use the word “insecure” when describing myself. I enjoy my writing and I love my characters. I know neither of those are true for everyone, and that’s okay. But I do have one glaring insecurity…

    “Readers want to connect with you!” “Write an author bio with the goal in mind of being relatable to your readers.”

    There are HUNDREDS of quotes, tips, how-to articles, and suggestions like that out there. And every time I read something like that, I realize that what might hold me back more than anything else is being me.

    Nothing in my actual life experience has ever led me to a moment where I was considered relatable. I’ve always been the strangest one in any group. I didn’t have that many “normal” experiences.

    Unless we’re going to count being hated on sight. I have been attacked (verbally, physically, etc) for being… does it still count when it’s mistaken identity? Because I’m not Mexican, but I’ve been harassed for being one. I’ve been mistaken for several groups of which I don’t identify as. I’m not sure that I want my “author brand” to be “J is just as hated as bunches of other groups that hate-groups hate!” It’s true, but I’d rather it didn’t define me.

    I like cats. That seems relatable. Except that, for a reason I do not know and undoubtedly couldn’t wrap my head around anyway, this also makes me unrelatable and strange. Dogs are the appropriate animal for me to like. WHO MADE THAT RULE??? Yeah, well, I break that rule. I’ve had the literal crap kicked out of me and hobbled home stinking and bleeding because of a kitten folder. Can you imagine why talking about that interest might make me insecure? Granted, I’m much older and stronger now. But bullies have cyber attacks which are much harder to recover from than physical injuries. “Doxing” is terrifying.

    My biological parents and those from my tribe did not raise me to hate or segregate. I believe in equality. A new insecurity for me has come from people online who assume my gender. This really messes with me. I leave that question blank because it shouldn’t matter. But, somehow, that’s defaulted to switching my gender rather than demonstrating and encouraging equality. (Though the #HeForShe hashtag movement really seems like a dead giveaway. Just saying…) But here I am, with half a dozen people this year alone using the “she” and “her” pronouns and saying “Jenni” in reference to me.

    (Take your first name and add it to your nationality, minus the first letter. John+American-A= Johnmerican. But that didn’t change the name to another gender. Samer+Iraqi-I= Samerraqi? Does that name have a gender? I don’t know enough about names to understand this logic. I am aware that Jenni is considered short for Jennifer, and that name is considered female exclusive at this time in America.)

    My name being altered and my gender misidentified causes me to feel insecure .

    It takes me back to how I got detention, suspension, and what eventually led to my expulsion from “traditional” public school. Gym class. Now, before you picture some “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” character, let me point out that I grew up in the woods. By the time that I ended up in that demonic hell hole school, I was more physically fit than ninety percent of my classmates. But I was “obstinate.” That’s one of the words they used a lot. Why? Because, unlike the others with whom I shared a locker room, I did not respond to the call of “ladies.” (I also didn’t answer to chief, bear, bull, beast, or any other noun which incorrectly and inappropriately attempted to identify me.) When the gym teacher said, “All right, ladies, drop and give me fifty,” I did nothing. I felt I was not addressed and therefore was following the rules by not dropping and doing push-ups.

    To be honest, the first time I saw boys answering to ladies (and mind you, this was the early 90’s), I thought I had been placed in the wrong school and that all these fellows were intent on gender alteration. (While I didn’t feel the need for gender alteration personally, I did not and do not condemn it. I was curious why none of them opted to wear feminine clothing, or more gender neutral clothing. Asking about it turned out to be a painfully bad idea.)

    Over time I learned that I was meant to be insulted and to prepare for a show of strength and endurance whenever someone referred to me as a gender of which I did not identify. The reasoning or logic was never explained (and the answers since have me very concerned for our species).

    So, online, when someone changes my gender, I’m never sure how to react. Is it a challenge? What have I done now to cause this? I attempt to defuse the situation as best I can. If the person apologizes, I’ll often ask what led to the mistake. No one so far has been able to pinpoint what about my online persona caused them to mistake my gender. The nearest I’ve come to an answer so far was one person who said, “Only women have to hide who they are. I didn’t see your gender listed, so I figured you were female.” That says a great deal about society, history, feminism, equality… But, because I can’t control that, it doesn’t say anything about me.

    (I’ve never been mistaken for a different gender offline, by the way. I don’t believe that the gym teacher was ever confused about the gender of the students he taught. Also, had I eventually responded to “ladies,” I would have participated in and won the archery competition. No one hit the center. Do you have ANY idea how difficult it was to stand there, to stick to my principles, to not break in that moment? And salt in the wound, having to read Robin Hood later that same day, to read how he couldn’t resist entering and winning. So yes, I threw a book. And yes, it hit someone by accident. And yes, I do regret that emotional outburst which was the final straw for the administration and ended my brief adventure in public school. Honestly though, it was probably for the best. I really didn’t belong.)

    Does ANY of that make me more RELATABLE? Think there are a lot of readers out there who could identify with refusing to answer to being called something they are not? Maybe I’d pick up a few from the LBGTIQ+ community, which would be awesome. But really, I think me being me has scared off a lot of potential agents and publishers. I’m not very “marketable.” I do have the diversity angle, descending from the Lenni-Lenape tribe. (Nice and slow… “leh-NAH-pay” … it does not rhyme with grape or three.) But that probably isn’t enough.

    So I’m insecure as a writer because I’m supposed to be relatable to readers and, honestly, I don’t feel like I am or ever could be.


    J Lenni Dorner is a Lenni-Lenape who lives on the original lands of that Native American tribe. The author attended Penn State University. Currently, J is a co-host for the #AtoZChallenge and is the Debut Author Spotlight organizer at Operation Awesome. When not reading or writing, J enjoys watching funny cat videos and finding dragons on Pinterest. The author published the writer’s reference book, “Preparing to Write Settings that Feel Like Characters,” which is available on Amazon and Smashwords. J Lenni Dorner is best known for the urban fantasy Existence series. Book One, “Fractions of Existence,” is available on Amazon.

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    Sorry for the long post. Here are potatoes:

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    Oct 02 2017

    Down the TBR Hole Week 13

    Unlucky 13? Welcome to October! There’s a Friday the 13th in this Halloween holiday month.
    I went on hiatus from this while doing the Tackle TBR read-a-thon.

    Down The TBR hole meme

    During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
    From the Lost in a Story blog:

    Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

    • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
    • Order on ascending date added.
    • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
    • Read the synopses of the books
    • Decide: keep it or should it go?

    Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)



    I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

    Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

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    Nice Girls Don’t Ride
    by Roni Loren
    Item added April 24, 2015

    A romance where a girl is stranded at a garage. I probably added it because Wend gets stranded at a garage in Fractions of Existence.

    Judgement 1:

    AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




    Finding Light: A Short Story
    by Elizabeth McCleary
    Item added April 25, 2015

    I believe a friend suggested this 18-page story.

    Judgement 2:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




    Pennsylvania Dutch Country Ghosts: Legends and Lore Paperback – May, 1994
    by Charles J. Adams
    Item added April 30, 2015

    Not sure how easy it’d be to get a copy, but it is ghost stories from my area, so it caught my eye.

    Judgement 3:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




    Trevelyan
    by Naomi Musch
    Item added May 1, 2015

    What a beautiful cover! Looks like a good fairy tale.

    Judgement 4:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




    Zombie Blondes
    by Brian James
    Item added May 1, 2015

    That description is funny. It sounds like “Heathers” or “Jawbreaker.”

    Judgement 5:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




    Wolf Bride (Lust in the Tudor Court Book 1)
    by Elizabeth Moss
    Item added May 5, 2015

    This is a tough call. On one hand, I got caught up in the show “The Tudors.” On the other hand, I don’t read much erotica, and this is the first book in a series.

    Judgement 6:

    AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




    Glimmer
    by Beth Kery
    Item added May 5, 2015

    I’m not sure why I added this book. Maybe I was in some sort of contest? I don’t know.
    Anyway, it looks like some 50 Shades type of Erotica, which doesn’t interest me, personally.

    Judgement 7:

    AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




    A Textbook Case (a Lincoln Rhyme story 9.5)
    by Jeffery Deaver
    Item added May 7, 2015

    There are at least nine books that come before this one. Ummm…

    Judgement 8:

    AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




    The Darkness of Love
    by Catherine Green
    Item added May 7, 2015

    I enjoy this author’s blog. Historical Scottish vampires. Intriguing.

    Judgement 9:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




    The Bromeliad Trilogy: Truckers, Diggers, and Wings
    by Terry Pratchett
    Item added May 7, 2015

    It looks like a fun fantasy read.

    Judgement 10:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



    How often do you add a book a friend wrote or recommended to your To-Be-Read pile?

    Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

    Down The TBR hole

    Sep 29 2017

    Waking Up to Goals

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    GUESS WHO PUBLISHED A DEBUT NOVEL

    That’s right, Fractions of Existence is now available on Amazon.

    (Free if you have KU.)

    I’d really appreciate it if you’d check out the INTERVIEW over at Operation Awesome. Kara put me in my own hot seat!

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    The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

    • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
    • Survive at least another 37 years Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goalfor 2017
    • There’s also the Bucket List.



    Current Writing End Goals

    From the End Goals of an Author post.

    • Self-publish Fractions of Existence in September 2017. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    • Self-publish Anah’s Story by March 20, 2018.
    • 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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    2017 Resolution:

    • This year I resolve to finish at least one of my big writing projects. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



    2017 Goals:

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    @JLenniDorner #nanowrimo Camp-2017-Winner-Profile-Photo

    2017 Reading challenges GenreSF120 #NewToMe2017 image #FlightsOfFantasy image debut author reading challenge 2017 image

    2017 Reading Challenge

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    Goals for October:


    • Create paperback version of Fraction of Existence
    • Set up Amazon author pages in other countries.
    • Read and Review 6 books
    • Get bookish BINGO
    • Comment on 30 blogs
    • WEP October story!
    • Get ready for NaNoWriMo
    • Create another A to Z post on that blog
    • Participate in the IWSG contests.
    • Figure out why/ how to fix my newsletter only going out to 5% of my 5988 subscribers.
    • Fix more Photobucket broken links
    • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter (when it lets me)



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    Weekly Goals:



    Oct 1- Oct 7 Prepare for WEP
    Oct 8- Oct 14 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP
    Oct 15- Oct 21 Work on IWSG story
    Oct 22- Oct 28 Prepare for Nano Work on Tribal and/or High Fantasy shorts



    WEP2017 writing challenges


    Review of Goals for September:


    • Read and Review 7 books I only managed 4.5 … whoops. One was MINE! Extra credit for reading my own 3 times during proofing?
    • Get the next bookish BINGO card Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    • Comment on 30 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    • Pass or Pages duties at OAMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    • Create another A to Z post on that blogMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    • Fix more Photobucket broken links Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
    • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter (when it lets me) Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
    • Tackle TBR readathon challenge! Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    • Publish Fractions of Existence Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



    Celebration fireworks because @JLenniDorner published Fractions of Existence -Photo by Vernon Raineil Cenzon on Unsplash

    Review of Weekly Goals:



    Aug 27- Enter CWI contest Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    Sept 3- Sept 9 Finish FoE publication prepMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    Sept 10- Sept 16 Tackle TBR Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    Sept 17- Sept 23 FoE final fixes and Tackle TBR Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    Sept 24- Sept 30 Publish FoE. FINISHED ahead of schedule!



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

    NOW FILLING November 2017 SLOTS!

    Please share the debut author image. Thank you!




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    Have goals? Need encouragement? This blog hop is for you!
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    Sep 25 2017

    #TackleTBR WrapUp 2017

    Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2017 #TackleTBR


    The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon is hosted by Wishful Endings. It runs from September 11th through 24th 2017 with the goal of diminishing our to-read pile of books. All books in any format and source count and you do not have to be a blogger to participate. There are challenges and giveaways as well. You can sign up through September 23rd. Read all the specific details here.



    Next years RAT will be from September 17th – 23rd 2018


    During the RaT this year, I published my debut novel. This gave me slightly less time for reading, unless you count reading my own book (proofing) three more times.
    Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner


    Wrap Up Post

    September 2017

    Books Started: Lifers by M.A. Griffin

    Finished Books:
    Caught in Between (The In-Betweens Book 1) by Alison L. Perry
    The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt
    It’s illegal, but it’s Okay: The adventures of a Brazilian alien in New York Cityby Emilio Boechat

    Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner




    CHALLENGES

    Find a book that begins with each letter of your initials.

    Justice for Jessica
    Lovers and Liars: Manhatthan
    Dragon (The Clan Legacy Book 4)

    #tackletbr Initials book challenge



    Duo Color Book Challenge
    Pick two colors of books and using at least three books either take a picture of them or list them:
    Blue and Gold

    Fractions of Existence
    Nightlife
    Carve the Mark
    Acne, Asthma, And Other Signs You Might Be Half Dragon

    #tackletbr Duo Color Book Challenge Blue and Gold




    4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
    The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt
    #FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic #DebutAuthor #NewToMe2017 — I haven’t read this book before, and it was Dan’s debut.

    #188 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Alternative History
    #203 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel
    #219 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > Time Travel




    I’m not sure how Amazon puts books in these categories… but I wouldn’t consider this to be Alternative History or Time Travel.

    This book is magic realism and portal fantasy. It takes place in our current time. The main character is a performer in Las Vegas who is very good at stage magic. He’s recruited to go on a journey, which is all very secretive, and leads him through a portal to another world where there is real magic, which he might have (it’s likely but not proven beyond the shadow of a doubt in this first book).

    I admit that I had very high expectations going in. Do I know Dan? No, not personally. But he did defeat me in a WriteClub battle a few years ago. (A well-deserved win. That short story was fantastic. He ended up as the champion that year.) I’m glad to see his stories, characters, and worlds in print.

    This story had a bit more technical knowledge than I’m used to reading. (Which, if you like lots of details about weapons and fighting, you’d love this.) There were some lines that I didn’t understand the purpose of the explanation (example: “the stone was as solid as he could have wanted”), but that is probably more to do with me than anything else.

    My favorite part, due to the humor in an action scene:
    “He’s not a (*spoiler).”
    “I figured that out when I saw his submachine gun.”

    The last 30% percent of the book is worth five stars. That’s when everything is established, the story really picks up the pace, and the twists start slamming in.

    4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
    It’s illegal, but it’s Okay: The adventures of a Brazilian alien in New York Cityby Emilio Boechat
    #DiversityBingo2017 #DebutAuthor #NewToMe2017 — Immigrant MC, Own Voices Latinx MC, Visially Impared MC / This is the first book (play) published by this author. / I have not read this, or anything else, by this author before.

    The author states in the introduction that “the people who lived in New York could be so rude sometimes even when they were trying to be polite.” Which, I feel, is an accurate summary with which anyone who has spent more than a week’s time in NYC will agree.

    Fagner faces various problems while living illegally in NYC. His downward spiral into crime is presented with varying degrees of humor as the play goes on.

    There are so many social issues brought up in this that it’s difficult to keep track. An excellent philosophical discussion could (and should) be held after concluding this.

    The second character, a color-blind man from Iran named Oman, is a Catholic Republican who doesn’t look or sound like a “white American,” which is the source of most of his problems in the script. Anyone who has ever been mistaken for a culture, nationality, religion, or such to which they do not belong will easily relate. That’s what I enjoyed about this.

    Sep 22 2017

    Amazon Categories

    I was on Amazon looking at my book. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075SG1Q3K/

    What’s interesting is the categories.

    Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
    #504 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > New Adult & College
    #592 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > New Adult & College
    #944 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Fairy Tales

    Fairy Tales? I didn’t select that…

    Look for similar items by category
    Books > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales
    Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > New Adult & College
    Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
    Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales
    Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Fairy Tales
    Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > New Adult & College
    Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban I did select this one.

    I don’t even see one of the other categories I selected on this list at all.
    Peculiar.

    Do you ever wonder why a book is in a certain category?

    Sep 20 2017

    Fractions of Existence is Now Available

    Fractions Of Existence Book One of the Existence Series by @JLenniDorner


    Once they were humanity’s exalted protectors— now they are being hunted.


    Xavier will weigh all human life against Gwendolyn’s ignorant happiness.
    The good news is that her choice can blow his away.




    Omnipotent beings find each other while playing an online game. Xavier has been searching for Gwendolyn, his true mate and the missing member of the Existence. Only if reunited can the group regain the rest of their memories and access all of their powers. Hidden in plain sight, disguised as humans, they help who they can, as best they can, when they can.


    The Eyes in the Shadows, a religious sect, has been trying to free humans from the “prison” of life on Earth for millenniums. The Existence has always been able to thwart them… until now. They’ve discovered a way to end the world that no one will see coming.


    Gwendolyn has her future all laid out. There is a plan. She knows what her parents want for her and how to get it. Then Xavier, a friend from a virtual game, makes her question everything. He’s full of secrets, one being an understanding of her fear of the wind.



    She tries to suppress her intense attraction to the mysterious and frustrating Xavier. She’s engaged, after all, and the thoughts she’s having aren’t proper. Gwendolyn is swept into a whirlwind of secrets, danger, and forbidden attraction. She’ll drive across the country in her beat-up old car, not knowing if he’s is genuinely interested or just being polite. (He refuses to kiss her!) Gwendolyn’s journey is full of self-doubt, sacrifice, and dark visions that invade her sleep. Will she uncover the truth about herself?


    The following TRIGGER WARNING may contain spoilers :




    This urban fantasy is 99k long and contains some strong language, sexual situations, alcohol, a scene with medical marijuana, violence (including a memory of the murder of a sadist seconds before he commits rape), an arranged marriage, and college student debt. The majority of this book takes place in 2005.


    Fractions Of Existence Book One of the Existence Series by @JLenniDorner




    Be sure to check out the interview at Operation Awesome. Team member Kara had me answer the questions that I usually ask other debut authors. Oooooo…
    Meet J Lenni Dorner

    Sep 13 2017

    #TackleTBR and Top 5 Books to Buy and Book Review with thanks to BookBot Bob

    Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2017 #TackleTBR


    The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon is hosted by Wishful Endings. It runs from September 11th through 24th 2017 with the goal of diminishing our to-read pile of books. All books in any format and source count and you do not have to be a blogger to participate. There are challenges and giveaways as well. You can sign up through September 23rd. Read all the specific details here.




    5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
    Caught in Between (The In-Betweens Book 1) by Alison L. Perry
    #FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic #DebutAuthor #NewToMe2017
    Publication Date: January 9, 2017
    #6 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary
    #26 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Romance > Paranormal & Fantasy
    #44 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Coming of Age

    My thanks to BookBot Bob for hooking me up with this treasure! (Shoutout: https://www.facebook.com/groups/120189312045402/)

    Fans (Twihards) of Twilight’s “love at first encounter” aspect, and Edward’s love and appreciation for the imperfect Bella Swan, will adore the romance in this vampire book. The “vampire failure,” Sadie, doesn’t fit in with her own kind. She’s easy to feel bad for and yet root for, which is what great characters are all about. As the book neared the end, I found myself wondering how SO MUCH could still need to be wrapped up… there’s a second book. I’m dying to know what Molly meant by, “I’ve known you since we were tiny wee ones waiting for our families to *” (I’m not going to finish that quote, as I can’t tell if that’s a spoiler or not). This book was fun to read.




    Reading Challenge with SLB

    List your TOP 5 WOULD BUY RIGHT NOW BOOKS!

    1. Between Lies (The In-Betweens Book 2) by Alison L. Perry — I just read the first one, and now I want the second!
    2. Acceptance (Jewel Trilogy Book 1) by Trish Beninato — A book with gods from different cultures/ religions falling for each other is right up my alley!
    3. The House on Carnaval Street: From Kabul to a Home by the Mexican Sea by Deborah Rodriguez — I loved another book by this author.
    4. The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter — My people are in this book.
    5. Alpha Goddess by Amalie Howard — Sounds really interesting.




    DAY OF THE CHALLENGE/DATE

    Monday & Tuesday / September 11 & 12

    Books Read: Caught in Between (The In-Betweens Book 1) by Alison L. Perry ; The Rogue Retrieval by Dan Koboldt
    Total Books Read: 2
    Finished Books:
    Caught in Between (The In-Betweens Book 1) by Alison L. Perry

    My GIVEAWAY is still going on!

    Sep 11 2017

    #AutumnCoverChallenge #TackleTBR Giveaway

    Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2017 #TackleTBR




    #TackleTBR #AutumnCoverChallenge Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2017

    Autumn on the Cover

    For this #TackleTBR #AutumnCoverChallenge, find a book with a cover image that reminds you of autumn.
    It could be a school bus, a drawing of colorful leaves, a cookbook with apple cider on the cover… the possibilities are endless!
    Share a link with us in the comments so, like “leafers to New England,” we can check out what books “fall” into this category. The link can be to an image on your blog, a Pinterest pin, an Amazon page, etc.
    If you’re sharing on social media as well, please use the hashtags #TackleTBR #AutumnCoverChallenge !


    Here’s my cover choice:


    Hallowe’en Party: A Hercule Poirot Mystery by Agatha Christie http://amzn.to/2xpGK8v
    This cover reminds me of autumn because it features a pumpkin.



    The Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon is hosted by Wishful Endings. It runs from September 11th through 24th 2017 with the goal of diminishing our to-read pile of books. All books in any format and source count and you do not have to be a blogger to participate. There are challenges and giveaways as well. You can sign up through September 23rd. Read all the specific details here.



    a Rafflecopter giveaway

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    I have a speculative fiction/ adult Urban Fantasy book coming out this month. If you read those, cool, that will be the ebook in the prize package. But if you don’t read that genre, or are not yet an adult, no big deal — WRONG!: A themed anthology is the “clean read” backup ebook prize.



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

    Only 8 spots left in 2017!

    Please share the debut author image. Thank you!


    Sep 06 2017

    #ReadaBookDay and #InternationalLiteracyDay

    Celebrare #ReadaBookDay and #LiteracyDay #InternationalLiteracyDay #ILD - Please share this image to remind everyone.

    Sep 04 2017

    Down the TBR Hole Week 12 – Have a Fun Labor Day

    Down The TBR hole meme

    During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
    From the Lost in a Story blog:

    Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

    • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
    • Order on ascending date added.
    • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
    • Read the synopses of the books
    • Decide: keep it or should it go?

    Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)



    I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

    Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

    You know what’s a fun activity on Labor Day? Reading.

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    Trial by Fire (The Worldwalker Trilogy Book 1)
    by Josephine Angelini
    Item added January 14, 2015

    Seems like a fantasy book I’d enjoy.

    Judgement 1:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




    The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself
    by Susan Bell
    Item added April 3, 2015

    The reviews put me on the fence. It sounds like it was a good article turned into a book (fluff, fluff, fluff). Which sounds backward for a book about editing…

    Judgement 2:

    AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




    Civakacintamani: The Hero Civakan, the Gem that Fulfills All Wishes: Verses 1166-1888
    by Tiruttakkatevar, James D. Ryan
    Item added Civakacintamani: The Hero Civakan, the Gem that Fulfills All Wishes: Verses 1166-1888
    by Tiruttakkatevar, James D. Ryan

    Civakacintamani is one of the five epic masterpieces of Tamil literature.

    (Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka)

    Jain viewpoint and philosophy with the evocative literary modes of the Tamil tradition

    This kills me. I want to read this book. I’m interested! It’s hard to find fiction combining all that.
    But $90? I could buy 90 other books! This is one of those books I’m only going to get if I come into some serious funds, or find a copy on Ebay.

    Yay! You’re now following “Civakacintamani” in your eBay Feed.You will receive email alerts for new listings.

    I don’t have high hopes, since I included a price cap.

    Judgement 3:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




    CATastrophic Connections: A Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mystery (Psycho Cat and the Landlady Mysteries Book 1)
    by Joyce Brown
    Item added April 9, 2015

    I mentioned last week (in the FB post link) that cats as main characters gets my book-loving attention.

    #2434 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Cozy > Animals
    #3713 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Cozy > Animals

    THAT’S A CATEGORY???
    *must not click… must not make TBR longer…must resist… oh who am I kidding…*
    Most of these seem to share a theme of murder-mystery+ baked goods+ cats.

    Seems I’ve stumbled onto a fandom.

    Anyway, this looks like a good book.

    Judgement 4:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




    Evening of the Dragonfly fly (Passenger to Paradise Book 6)
    by Mary Montague Sikes
    Item added April 12, 2015

    What’s my new rule? No adding books from the middle of a series without having the first ones!

    Judgement 5:

    AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




    Hunt for Valamon
    by DK Mok
    Item added April 12, 2015

    Hunt for Valamon had a book tour stop here! (I’m sorry if there are photobucket errors.)

    And I LOVE that cover!

    It lists as fantasy humor, which is cool.

    Judgement 6:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




    Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch Book 1)
    by Ally Shields
    Item added April 17, 2015

    Seems like a good paranormal romance for anyone into the cops, vampires, wolves, and drugs combo.

    Judgement 7:

    AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)




    Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City
    by Mark Adams
    Item added April 19, 2015

    #247 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Politics & Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Folklore & Mythology

    Nonfiction???
    Ha ha, okay, the author interviews people who are looking for it.
    Interesting.
    I have a (very, very, very fictional) idea of where Atlantis went. And if I ever get the final book in the second series written, you’ll know what it is. (Yeah, sure… just another 10 or 20 years from now…)

    Judgement 8:

    AWL: Kept switched to Kindle version | Goodreads TBR: Added (wasn’t there)



    This mini aquaponic tank is a closed-loop ecosystem — the betta fish waste fertilizes the plants on top, and the plants filter and clean the water for your fish — not your average betta fish bowl!

    I moved this out of my wishlist. I just wanted to share it with everyone.



    Stepbrother Fallen
    by Aya Fukunishi
    Item added April 22, 2015

    While it does sound like a really good romance… I don’t read very many of those (unless they remind me of my characters or a friend suggests/ shoves it into my hands).

    Judgement 9:

    AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Removed




    Dragon of the Stars
    by Alex J. Cavanaugh
    Item added April 24, 2015

    It’s by Alex J. Cavanaugh. It stays.

    Judgement 10:

    AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



    Have you read any of these books?

    What’s the most expensive book on your wishlist?

    Are you in the murder-mystery + baked goods + cats book fandom? Did you know about it?

    Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

    Down The TBR hole

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