Oct 17 2017

Dark Places #WEPFF #FlashFiction Blind Date Goes Dark

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*Trigger warning: Horror. Violence and gore ahead!


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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

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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.



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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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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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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



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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!

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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




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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.



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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

Aug 28 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 11

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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Effigy (The Coileáin Chronicles Book 1)
by M.J. Fifield
Item added November 19, 2014

Her journey leads to a deceiving world of magic, monsters, and gods she never believed existed outside of myth.

#DebutAuthor
Seems like an epic fantasy with a great cover. Pretty sure I’d enjoy this book.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Wicked as They Come (A Blud Novel Series Book 1)
by Delilah S. Dawson
Item added November 30, 2014

I read “The Mysterious Madam Morpho (Blud, #1.5)” long ago. It was the first steampunk I ever read. But reading it made me think, “hey, maybe reading the first one so I have an idea of what’s going on/ who these characters are, would be useful.”

And that’s why it’s on the list.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Million Dollar Outlines (Million Dollar Writing Series)
by David Farland
Item added December 3, 2014

I’m on the fence here. The low-ratings seem to be from people who point out that this isn’t about “how to write an outline.” Okay, fine.
The description is basically name dropping. I think this is for people who feel they are missing something from the book they’re writing or about to write.

Judgement 3:

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




Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
Item added December 3, 2014

I don’t know what the book is about. I know what a bunch of reviewers think of it. I have no idea why I was interested.

Judgement 4:

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




Little Miss Evil
by Bryce Leung, Kristy Shen
Item added December 12, 2014

It sounds hilarious! Like a book about the kids from Despicable Me.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




Dream of the Red Chamber (Illustrated) Book I
by Cao XueQin, H. Bencraft Joly
Item added December 12, 2014

I was probably looking for Chinese Literature.

Judgement 6:

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




His to Take (Wicked Lovers series Book 9)
by Shayla Black
Item added December 21, 2014

Book NINE??? There are, actually, 12 books that come before this. Wow… I am not starting in the middle.

Judgement 7:

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




A Curious History of Food and Drink
by Ian Crofton
Item added December 28, 2014

These sort of books are great for world building. I love these.

Judgement 8:

AWL: Kept (switched to Kindle edition instead of hardcover) | Goodreads TBR: Kept Removed Added (wasn’t there)




The Magicians: A Novel
by Lev Grossman
Item added December 30, 2014

I’ve seen some of the show. Assuming the book and show have anything in common, I’m in. Just added the whole series because, honesty, it’s the college version of Hogwarts in America. Boom goes the adult Harry Potter dynamite!

Judgement 9:

AWL: Kept (and added the box set) | Goodreads TBR: Added




Can’t Look Back (War for Dominance Book 1)
by Chris Kennedy
Item added January 11, 2015

It sounds like it might be interesting. But there are other books I want to read more.

Judgement 10:

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



Have you read any of these books?

Anna of Herding Cats & Burning Soup asked “What thing in books causes instant *grabby hands* for you?”

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

Down The TBR hole

Aug 27 2017

#BoutOfBooks 20 Read-a-Thon #RAT Final Post and Book Reviews

#boutofbooks august 2017

I’m took part in the Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon from August 21 to 27.

You’ll find a challenge over there on Friday, Aug 25, created by yours truly!

My goals for Bout of Books 20 were not just to read a lot of books (I aimed for 5, read 8!!!), but also to connect. I found a few more people.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21 and runs through Sunday, August 27 in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

MY DAY 6 and 7 PROGRESS

Book Reviews

HomeMade Author: A Pessimist’s Guide to Self Publishing: Bestsellers: A Quick Guide. by Nathaniel Patrick Sanders 4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

A lot of straight forward knowledge delivered quickly. It’s almost like an enhanced Internet search. The author relates some personal examples (without saying what the other books are). This seems like a good read for any indie author who plans to do some marketing in hopes of getting sales. Warning: cursing. (About as much as normally seems to happen when American guys hang out.)

There is one thing I don’t think was clarified. The part about BookBub probably, I’m assuming, is referring to the featured deal. Because just getting an author profile took me all of three minutes.
bookbub.com/authors/j-lenni-dorner





HomeMade Author: A Pessimist’s Guide to Self-Publishing: Ready for Launch! A Quick Guide by Nathaniel Patrick Sanders 4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

I’d recommend this to indie authors planning to use Amazon’s KDP. This is a good follow-up to the first book. It’s fast and easy to read. (Warning: cursing. Like hanging out with most regular, American guys.)




Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie 5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

#DiversityBingo2017 – Visually Impaired MC

I really enjoyed this book. I’m a “Catcher In The Rye” fan, so mentioning Holden Caulfield instantly wins bonus points with me! And I’m from PA, so the mention of Hershey’s candy gets my chocolate heart all melty. But that’s stuff that appeals to me, personally.

The characters are all written and developed with care. The reader is smack dab inside Hutch’s messed-up head. He’s a kid with problems. (Drunk, abusive mom, absentee dad, poverty and hunger, reading issues largely due to a need for eyeglasses, etc.) All the teens in this book have problems, some which are only hinted at. How his friendship with Nyla began, that right there makes him a hero. I imagine some of the Nylas of the world (smart teen girls who prefer books to make-up and are outcasted because of it) reading this book to a few of the Hutchs (who would get all defensive and say it isn’t like their life, but it probably is).

If you enjoyed the movie Dangerous Minds, and would like a book told from the point of view of one of the students, here you go!

I’d also suggest requiring everyone in politics to give this book a read. Increase literacy! Reduce crime! The ideas for making a better society might slip into their minds.

There’s a lot of wisdom in these pages.

If I’d change one thing about this book, it would be at the end… I’d add “Maggie’s suggested reading list.”

(Disclaimer: Yes, C. Lee McKenzie and I do comment on each other’s blogs on a fairly regular basis. And yes, we are part of some of the same online communities. This did not influence my review.)

Challenge Progress

Finished

  1. Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
  2. Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week by Melissa d’Arabian
  3. The Snowman: Prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries by Yolanda Renée
  4. Summoning a Dragon by Lori Whyte
  5. War and Pieces by Tia Silverthorne Bach, Ferocious 5, N.L. Greene
  6. HomeMade Author: A Pessimist’s Guide to Self Publishing: Bestsellers: A Quick Guide. by Nathaniel Patrick Sanders
  7. HomeMade Author: A Pessimist’s Guide to Self-Publishing: Ready for Launch! A Quick Guide by Nathaniel Patrick Sanders
  8. Double Negative by C. Lee McKenzie

Aug 26 2017

S’more Goals

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My birthday was good. Thanks to everyone who dropped by to comment with well wishes here, on FB, and on Twitter. Much love!

I’m psyched about the Pass or Pages at Operation Awesome in September. (Check on the fifth to see the category!)

Twitter is only letting me follow a handful of people a week right now. I need to look up (free) a way to delete inactive accounts I am probably following. Any suggestions?

After at least five years of struggling with it, I FINALLY fixed the scene in Fractions of Existence that really bugged me. (Changed the setting of that scene.) It required a bit of research, so I am still behind on my weekly goals (from July… August looks okay).

I met my Read 12 Speculative Fiction books goal!
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I’m in the middle of the Bout-of-Books readathon. (Hey… this post isn’t a book! I need to get back to reading!)

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The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 37 yearsMischief 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.

  • To consider the feedback of two (already lined up) Beta Readers and then self-publish Fractions of Existence in September 2017.
  • 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.



2017 Goals:

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

2017 Reading Challenge

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Goals for September:


  • Read and Review 7 books
  • Get the next bookish BINGO card
  • Comment on 30 blogs
  • Pass or Pages duties at OA
  • Create another A to Z post on that blog
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter (when it lets me)
  • Tackle TBR readathon challenge!
  • Publish Fractions of Existence




Weekly Goals:



Aug 27- Sept 2 Edit Anah’s story. Enter CWI contest
Sept 3- Sept 9 Edit Anah’s story. Finish FoE publication prep
Sept 10- Sept 16 Tackle TBR
Sept 17- Sept 23 FoE final fixes and Tackle TBR

Sept 24- Sept 30 Publish FoE.

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Review of Goals for August:


  • Read and Review 6 books Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Comment on 30 blogsMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • WEPFF Reunions writing challengeMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Fix more Photobucket broken linksNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Follow more All Author group members on TwitterNaughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Get bookish BINGO Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal



Bookish bingo August 2017 @JLenniDorner


Review of Weekly Goals:



July 30- Aug 5 prepare for WEP Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Aug 6- Aug 12 FoE edits. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Aug 13- Aug 19 FoE edits. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
Aug 20- Aug 26 BOUT OF BOOKSMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal

#boutofbooks august 2017



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Aug 26 2017

#BoutOfBooks 20 Read-a-Thon #RAT Book Review and #challenge Love to Hate

#boutofbooks august 2017

I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon from August 21 to 27.

You’ll find a challenge over there on Friday, Aug 25, created by yours truly!

Birthday celebrating reader, writer, author interviewer. #InSixWords

My goals for Bout of Books 20 are not just to read a lot of books (I’m hoping to read and review at least 5), but also to connect! So if you’re taking part as well, or if you love to read and have some social media accounts, let me know!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21 and runs through Sunday, August 27 in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Challenge

Love to hate

Who’s the character you LOVE to HATE? For today’s challenge, share with us one (or more!) of the characters you love to hate.

We’re narrowing it down to fictional people? (Probably for the best…)

From Space Cats from Space, I #LoveToHate Admiral Fluffybutt.
(My primary reason is that my assistant goes into a fit of giggles every time that name comes up.)

And from The Wise Man’s Fear, I #LoveToHate Felurian.
(See, it’s a LOVE to hate challenge… and if you read the book, you might want to fist bump me for this one.)

MY DAY 5 PROGRESS

Book Review

War and Pieces: Season 1, Episode 1 (Frayed Fairy Tales) by Tia Silverthorne Bach, Ferocious 5, N.L. Greene
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
This is a serial series.

In literature, a serial is a printed format by which a single larger work, often a work of narrative fiction, is published in sequential installments. — wikipedia

As such, it is just the opening of a book. No lesson is learned. (Except two of the children being scolded briefly.) All the characters are the same at the beginning as they are at the end. It’s just the set up for a book.
And that is why this is very hard to review! I didn’t find any errors, so that’s good. And I’m curious as to what’s next, so that’s good, too.

#FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic #NewToMe2017 (I have not read these authors or this book before)
#50 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Mythology & Folk Tales > Fairy Tales
#87 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > One hour (33-43 pages) > Science Fiction & Fantasy
#215 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Fairy Tales

I’ve always wanted more stories about the Grimm fairy tale character Rose Red (sister of Snow White). This book opens with just that. Rose is happily married, but she longs to have children of her own. Therefore, she bends the rules (or flat out breaks them, really) to improve her fertility odds. How far will she go, and what will the repercussions be of her actions and choices? That’s a question for a subsequent book in the serial series.

Challenge Progress

Finished
Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week by Melissa d’Arabian
The Snowman: Prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries by Yolanda Renée
Summoning a Dragon by Lori Whyte
War and Pieces by Tia Silverthorne Bach, Ferocious 5, N.L. Greene




Hey… has anyone else spotted the “My Kindle Notes & Highlights” on Goodreads? Is that only after you write a review? This is a very handy feature!

Aug 25 2017

#BoutOfBooks 20 Read-a-Thon #RAT Day 4 Book Review

#boutofbooks august 2017

I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon from August 21 to 27.

You’ll find a challenge over there on Friday, Aug 25, created by yours truly!

Birthday celebrating reader, writer, author interviewer. #InSixWords

My goals for Bout of Books 20 are not just to read a lot of books (I’m hoping to read and review at least 5), but also to connect! So if you’re taking part as well, or if you love to read and have some social media accounts, let me know!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21 and runs through Sunday, August 27 in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Challenge

Book reviews help other readers discover new books. For today’s challenge, we encourage you to write a review of a book you’ve read during the readathon (or recently) and publish it where other readers make their purchasing decisions (e.g., Amazon, Goodreads, etc.).

I feel that the best review I’ve written, to date, is of “The Other Normals.”

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini

What a shame it is that this author passed away. This book could have easily become a beloved series. It captures the youth of this realistic non-cookie-cutter teenage boy so perfectly. He’s an outcast, someone who doesn’t fit into any of the cliques. His parents are divorced, and both dating their divorce attorneys (hilarious, by the way). And all he wants to do is create characters for a role-playing game (which he’s never played, because he has no one to play with him). That alone makes this book remarkable and moving. BUT IT GOES ON! In today’s fiction market, there’s a category called magical realism. What Ned Vizzini has done with this book is give the reader Fantasy Realism! (Yes, that’s an exclamation point. And honestly, this book does it so well that I’m going to leave three more here just because that’s how I really feel. !!! ) For my fellow Harry Potter fans– Imagine if you found a portkey and it took you to Diagon Alley. That’s basically the idea here. Oh, and then you’d have to escape some evil wizards to get back. And then deal with dating and dances as a teenager attempting those things for the first time. And your world would be different, but you’re the only one who would know. And then more stuff would happen to make this even more “epic” yet. Yes, that’s a way to describe this book. If you read or write fantasy, if you’ve ever felt like you didn’t belong to ANY of the available groups or cliques, or if you enjoy tabletop RPG — go, read this book. Now. Seriously. You’re welcome. I’m giving it 5 stars on Amazon, GoodReads, and 50 Book Pledge only because there’s no option to give it 7. That’s how much I loved this book. Wait, I think I need a heart emote. ❤ And no people, I don’t use heart emotes very often! This is now in my top 10 favorite books of all time. Maybe even top 5. (Sorry Tamora Pierce, Ned may have replaced you here.)

MY DAY 4 (Thursday) PROGRESS

Book Review

Summoning a Dragon by Lori Whyte 4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic #NewToMe2017 (I have not read this book or author before.)

This is a nice little romance. Goal-oriented woman meets man. Man turns into a dragon. Woman becomes his mate. HEA Christmas.

The Scottish accent-written words may be difficult for some readers. I wish the description of the dragon was more detailed. But, it is a short story, and that means there’s only so much room.

Challenge Progress

Finished
Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week by Melissa d’Arabian
The Snowman: Prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries by Yolanda Renée
Summoning a Dragon by Lori Whyte

#boutofbooks august 2017

Aug 24 2017

#BoutOfBooks 20 Read-a-Thon #RAT Book Review and If You Like This Try That #challenge

#boutofbooks august 2017

I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon from August 21 to 27.

You may even find a challenge over there on Friday, Aug 25, created by yours truly!

Birthday celebrating reader, writer, author interviewer. #InSixWords

My goals for Bout of Books 20 are not just to read a lot of books (I’m hoping to read and review at least 5), but also to connect! So if you’re taking part as well, or if you love to read and have some social media accounts, let me know!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21 and runs through Sunday, August 27 in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I missed the Twitter chat on Monday because I was out celebrating my birthday. #BetterLateThanNever #BoutOfBooks

Challenge

If you like this, try that . . .

Put your recommendations hat on, #boutofbooks-ers. For this challenge, pick a book, author, or trope (or whatever!) from your TBR and suggest similar books.

Tool & Die: A Home Repair is Homicide Mystery by Sarah Graves
The Miniature Golf Course Murders By Sara Penhallow

MY DAY 3 (Wednesday) PROGRESS

Book Review

The Snowman: Prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries by Yolanda Renée 5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

#NewToMe2017 I haven’t read this book, or a full book, by this author before.
#3736 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Police Procedurals
#6580 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Police Procedurals

I enjoyed reading this book, though I rarely crack the spine on Police Procedurals. There was a good amount of horror mixed in, and that’s something I truely enjoy. The author puts the reader in the head of both the psycho serial killer and the detective. It’s very dark, the motivation behind the violence is plausible, and it all feels realistic.

Here’s a part I loved from Chapter XV (15) : In the mountains, south of Anchorage, the snow twirled in ghost-like dances. To Stone’s delight, Darla’s blood flowed like molasses in the deepening cold.

I was surprised the killer was okay with the nickname the news gave, given he’d picked out his own (Maestro of Death).

As it was my birthday this week, I got a kick out of this line:
“I’m thirty years old for Christ’s sake—I’m too old for birthday parties.”

I’ll end this review with the scene from Chapter XVI (16) that put me (a Lenni-Lenape) over the top, and resulted in my giving this book the full five-star rating:
“Well if it isn’t our newest Eskimo detective, won a promotion because his skin is native brown,” John Maverick said slowly, enunciating each word. Steven’s hand fisted.
Steven accepted the gesture. “I’m Tlingit Indian, but I understand the confusion. Italian, French, or Irish, so hard to tell the difference.”

Challenge Progress

Finished
Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week by Melissa d’Arabian
The Snowman: Prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries by Yolanda Renée

Aug 23 2017

#BoutOfBooks 20 Book Review #bookspinerainbow #synopsisrewritebob20 #readathon

#boutofbooks august 2017

I’m taking part in the Bout of Books 20 Read-a-thon from August 21 to 27.

You may even find a challenge over there on the Friday, Aug 25, created by yours truly!

Birthday celebrating reader, writer, author interviewer. #InSixWords

My goals for Bout of Books 20 are not just to read a lot of books (I’m hoping to read and review at least 5), but also to connect! So if you’re taking part as well, or if you love to read and have some social media accounts, let me know!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 21 and runs through Sunday, August 27 in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Challenge

Synopsis Rewrite

For this challenge, all you have to do is rewrite the synopsis of a book from another character’s point of view. Make it their story instead. If you post on social media, be sure to use #synopsisrewritebob20 to share.

From redqueen.wikia.com/wiki/Red_Queen

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver Elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a superhuman ability she didn’t know she had.

Except… her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard — the leaders of a budding Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, putting prince against prince and Mare against her own heart.

Cal’s world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. He’s the crown prince, a Silver Elite with supernatural abilities that make him nearly a god. One night, while out undercover among the people, a poor girl named Mare tries to pickpocket him. Feeling bad for her, he’s gets her a job. A twist of fate leads the girl to, in front of the king and all his nobles, discovers a superhuman ability, a silver blood power, that she shouldn’t have.

And now Cal’s world is that much closer to crumbling since he brought this red girl who has powers into the limelight.

But it’s okay, because he has a crush on Mare, and would rather live in a broken world with her than in the life he’s destined to have. Except Cal is supposed to marry someone else, and the king decides that his other son, Maven, should marry her. Then, during a nice dinner party, the Red rebellion blows stuff up and kills a bunch of people. Mare might be behind it. And if that’s not enough of a stab to Cal’s royal heart, she ends up accusing him of being the villian. To top it off, Cal becomes an orphan after his evil step-mom uses mind control to force him to murder his dad. Cal and Mare both end up fighting for their lives in the Bowl of Bones. Add in betrayal by his brother, Maven, and this fantasy set in the urban future is sure to leave readers demanding more!

Challenge

Book Spine Rainbow

Take a selection of your favorite book spines to make a rainbow! Share on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #bookspinerainbow and #boutofbooks

#BookSpineRainbow Aug 2017 #boutofbooks

I’m really proud of this one. There are books I love that never get included because they don’t have colors to fit a rainbow. So I went with “outside the box thinking” on my image.


R Yefon: The Red Necklace by Sahndra Fon Dufe
O The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul by Deborah Rodriguez
Y The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle: The Thing Beneath the Bed by Patrick Rothfuss
G Sign of the Green Dragon by C. Lee McKenzie
B Space Cats from Space by Nicki Ivey
I Moonless by Crystal Collier
V You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir by Felicia Day


MY PROGRESS

Book Review

Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows 5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

I enjoyed this book about as much as I thought I would when I first saw it. (It reminds me of my Existence books, except the main characters are teenage witches.) “We’re not gods. But we have ‘diluted god blood’ in us.” I loved that in Chapter 4.
The Harry Potter reference in Chapter 2 (about the owl dropping a letter) made me laugh.
“Because people are supposed to train for battle before entering it.” That line in chapter 39 is from of my favorite part of the book.
It’s difficult to be the first book in a series like this, having to establish who the characters are and why it matters, trying to sneak in backstory without overwhelming readers, hinting at mythology without being history class notes. The author did a pretty good job of managing all that here.
This is very fun YA urban fantasy. I look forward to reading more of the series.
#NewToMe2017 #FlightsOfFantasy #SpecFic



Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week 4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

While cooking is outside my comfort zone (especially the indoor kind), I enjoyed this book. There’s more than just recipes, there are stories and tips. This made it fun to read. I’m planning to try the spinach and cheese stuffed chicken with lemon butter first.

Challenge Progress

Finished
Elementals: The Prophecy of Shadows by Michelle Madow
Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week by Melissa d’Arabian

Started
The Snowman: Prequel to the Detective Quaid Mysteries by Yolanda Renée

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