J Dorner

Pennsylvania, USA

Author of the Existence speculative fiction book series. Fractions of Existence, book 1, is on Amazon. (Free on KU) Reference books Preparing to Write Settings that Feel Like Characters is on Amazon and Smashwords and Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier is on Amazon and Smashwords. J runs the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome. April blogging from A to Z challenge #AtoZchallenge co-host.

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Sep 26 2019

Book Review #TackleTBR Magic at Midnight by Ronel Janse van Vuuren @miladyronel

I have finished reading Magic at Midnight by Ronel Janse van Vuuren @miladyronel ! 🎉 It has been a difficult month. I applied for a special event this month. Had my application idea and information last month so I’d be ready as soon as it was open. Somehow, it opened on the site but I …

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Sep 17 2019

Gone Fishin’

I’ve been absent for too long. Sure, I’ve checked in online here and there, but I’ve mostly been away the last few weeks. See, I got older last month. (In as much as I believe in that, anyway.) And Snookums decided to steal me away on a fishing trip. We had fun, but didn’t catch …

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Aug 26 2019

Exquisite Readathon #boutofbooks 26 Wrap-up and #BookReviews #ODFS


Bout of Books 26 I was “birthday kidnapped,” and as such, I fell behind on update posts. Here’s a wrap-up! Exciting Readathon #Reading #insixwords Day 1 Recap #boutofbooks 26 #WEPFF #WEP #Poetry and #BoutofBooks 26 Day 2 Recap with Adaptations and Favorite #books Challenges: Wednesday 8/21 Recreate Your Favorite Book Cover View this post on …

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Aug 20 2019

#WEPFF #WEP #Poetry and #BoutofBooks 26 Day 2 Recap with Adaptations and Favorite #books

FCA 26 words (For anyone who doesn’t “get” poetry– those aren’t piles of snow. Many dead people covered by white blankets.) Bout of Books 26 Today’s challenge: Tuesday 8/20 Adaptation Aspirations What book would you like to see adapted for another medium? What would be your preferred format? Movie? TV Show? Broadway musical? Something else? …

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Aug 20 2019

Exciting Readathon #Reading #insixwords Day 1 Recap #boutofbooks 26

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Bout of Books 26 Today’s challenge: Monday 8/19 Introduce Yourself #insixwords #boutofbooks and #insixwords Birthday celebrating writer reading and reviewing Bout of Books 26 Day 1 https://t.co/zeCjvU6DhW pic.twitter.com/y1QvEHJgVa — J Lenni Dorner (@JLenniDorner) August 20, 2019 Instagram: #boutofbooks View this post on Instagram #boutofbooks Currently Reading #bookstagram A post shared by J Lenni Dorner (@jlennidorner) …

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Aug 18 2019

Sunday Stealing Summer, Snow, Socks, Shoes, and Scares

Sunday Stealing Questions to get to know each other. 1) What do you enjoy about summer? Outdoor cooking. 2) Do you like snow? Why? Yeah. It reduces the future insect population, prevents droughts, and makes tracking in the woods easier. 3) What do you think about dogs? They’re a diverse species. 4) Have you ever …

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Aug 07 2019

Book Reviews on Book Hooks, and Tigers, and They Could Have Named Her Anything ~ Oh My! #bookreview

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During a recent conversation with a Twitter friend, I took a screenshot of my Kindle app, the library page showing the most recent downloads. Does it seem like I have an abnormally high number of books with women on the cover? 10 out of 16, or 63%, have women on the cover. It’s really just …

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Aug 07 2019

Writing Takes Author by Surprise #IWSG

August 7 question – Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming? A few twists I hadn’t planned haven’t planned over the years have taken me by surprise, or at least messed with whatever bit …

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Jul 29 2019

July is a blind date with summer #quote Goals Update


https://gotgoalsbloghop.blogspot.com #GotGoalsBlogHop “July is a blind date with summer.” Sundial of the Seasons ~ by Hal Borland I BUSTED OUT OF TWITTER FOLLOW JAIL!!! That’s right. I finally got proactive and did enough unfollowing of inactive accounts that I busted myself out of Twitter follow jail. I can follow people again! Woo. Two things had …

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Jul 28 2019

Sunday Stealing

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Sunday Stealing Questions to get to know each other. 1. What is the nearest book to you? Your Kindle does not count. “Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)” by Lisa Cron. I started working …

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Jul 27 2019

A Review of and Thoughts on “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret”

I’m jaded. (J’s gonna go on a rant. It might upset some of you. There’s probably an X icon you could click to leave at any time.) I had read “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” by Judy Blume before, as a sixth or seventh grader, because I had female friends who read it. …

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Jul 10 2019

Even Negative Feedback Can Be a Positive for a Writer

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I entered the 2019 WriteClub contest. I didn’t make it this time. But, for the first time this year, feedback was offered. Goodie goodie, a chance to learn! Here are my takeaways. No writer can ever please every reader. That just isn’t possible. My story was a YA for adults who read YA, because it’s …

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Jul 08 2019

Sunday Stealing Questions

Sunday Stealing Questions to get to know each other. Are you satisfied with the way your life is right now? Yes, for the most part, yes. Do you drink enough water? Most days, sure. When was the last time you ate at Burger King? I don’t know. There was pie. Do you prefer the beach …

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Jun 30 2019

Blog All About It – Risk

Is it a risk not to use this month’s prompt for a post before June is over? Is it a risk to blog about children in cages? Is it a risk to be a child who follows the adult in charge and then is punished because of it? Is it a risk to the soul …

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Jun 29 2019

Goals Check in for June Day 179 of 365

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Nearly halfway through the year. Time to check in on my goal progress. https://gotgoalsbloghop.blogspot.com #GotGoalsBlogHop My emotions were heavily taxed this month. But it was a good month overall. I am behind in blog commenting, Sunday Stealing posts, and Photobucket image fixing. Also, I need to devote less of my time to social media and …

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Jun 26 2019

#NewASH New Adult Scavenger Hunt July 2019 #Win #Books

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Welcome to New Adult Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was inspired as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors and a chance to win some awesome prizes! During this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, but you also …

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Jun 18 2019

Book Comparisons in Best Sellers in New Adult & College Fantasy

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I was checking out the Amazon Best Sellers in New Adult & College Fantasy. (NOT an actual screenshot.) One of my big goals is to get Fractions of Existence on the top ten of this list one day. By comparison, the top ten books when I looked: Six were about an academy. (There is an …

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Jun 17 2019

The Infinite Pieces of Us #BookReview #Bechdel #WeNeedDiverseBooks #BeatTheBacklist


The Infinite Pieces of Us by Rebekah Crane Amazon Kindle genres: #14 in Teen & Young Adult Coming of Age Fiction eBooks #13 in Teen & Young Adult Romantic Comedy eBooks #9 in Teen & Young Adult Romantic Comedy GOODREADS GENRES: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction Romance Publication Date: November 1, 2018 #WeNeedDiverseBooks #BeatTheBacklist Author I …

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Jun 14 2019

Hogwarts House Sorting Time

I found this Hogwarts House Sorting game on Twitter. https://twitter.com/whosnhi/status/1138862721087094785 I’m a Ravenclaw. (Already knew that.) Here are copies of the blanks, if you want to play along.

Jun 13 2019

Anah’s Plausibility Cage #WEPFF #FlashFiction #WEP #IWSG

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I had a tough time deciding what story to share this time. Ultimately, I went with a scene from ANAH ON TENTERHOOKS, the YA speculative fiction I’m working on turning into a novel. I’ve used this character for a WEP entry before. WEP Writing Contest link Scene set up– Anah and her parents are telepaths. …

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