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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@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 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.

Tackle Your To-Be-Read Readathon Sign-up!
Tackle Your TBR Readathon 2017



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

Aug 21 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 10 plus #Birthday and #insixwords #boutofbooks

birthday-cake
Welcome to the day I claim as my birthday! Oh look, it’s a list with a link to presents I’d enjoy.
Ha ha ha
In truth, I’m donating my birthday this year.





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#boutofbooks august 2017 Click for the Bout of Books 20 SIGN UP!

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!

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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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Loop
by Karen Akins
Item added October 28, 2014

Sounds like Harry Potter but with time travel instead of magic.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




The Collector Witch (Heart of the Staff Book 2)
by Carol Marrs Phipps, Tom Phipps
Item added November 5, 2014

I purchased book 1 on November 2, 2014. Until I get around to reading and reviewing that, there’s no point to this being on my list.

Judgement 2:

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



Model Position (An Art of Love Novel Book 1)
by Kitsy Clare
Item added November 10, 2014

Sienna is an artist in the Manhattan art scene.
Dave Hightower is a hooked-up, handsome heir to the hippest gallery in NYC, Gallery Hightower.
Erik is the live drawing model with his sizzling green eyes fixed only on Sienna.

There’s a little bit about the description which reminds me of Fractions of Existence. (There is a scene in an art gallery in Manhattan.) That’s what drew me in. But 77 pages for $1.99 (Price dropped 33% — was $2.99). That’s .03 cents a page (was .04 cents a page). I’ve marked it as lowest priority.

NEW RULE… 99 cents (US) for every 100 pages. That’s how pricing should be done for ebooks. Lower, okay. But higher? No. That’s just how I feel. The only exception being for books that raise money for charity.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




The Red Knight (The Traitor Son Cycle Book 1)
by Miles Cameron
Item added November 11, 2014

one of the most acclaimed fantasy debuts of 2012

I do enjoy high fantasty, and that’s clearly why I added this book.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Midnight Action: A Killer Instincts Novel
by Elle Kennedy
Item added November 16, 2014

Why do I have book 5 of an action romance on my list? I don’t know.

Judgement 5:

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




Made for You
by Melissa Marr
Item added November 17, 2014

The Kindle price is $6.49. The paperback is only $4.22.

It sounds like a less interesting version of “The Dead Zone.” I’m sure it’s good for what it is, but I’ve lost interest.

Judgement 6:

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




A Thousand Pieces of You
by Claudia Gray
Item added November 17, 2014

Not to judge a book by the cover but OMG I LOVE THIS COVER. #GeekingOut

And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.
A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

Yup, I’m in!

Judgement 7:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




The Edge of Always
by J.A Redmerski
Item added November 18, 2014

Yet another sequel book… haven’t read the first.

Judgement 8:

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




The Miseducation of Cameron Post
by emily m. danforth
Item added November 19, 2014

gay, orphan, conversion camp, provocative literary debut … yup, this book is a keeper

Judgement 9:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




control (Control Duology)
by Lydia Kang
Item added November 19, 2014

about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes

Judgement 10:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept



Have you read any of these books?
When is your birthday?

I’m participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon this week. (See top of post.) And next month, in the TackleTBR read-a-thon. Do you ever join read-a-thons?

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

Down The TBR hole

Aug 15 2017

Reunions Flash Fiction #WEPFF Stew In The Forest of No Trees

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August is a very exciting month! I’m writing, editing, reading, and celebrating my birthday.

Assumably. Technically, it’s the day I was assigned. You can skip the astrology and numerology because the date on that sheet of paper is just a what someone put down. It’s barely even an educated guess.

I’ve said it before, but let me say it again, I’m really not like you.
I’m kind of like them:

Captain Fantastic Free to watch for Amazon Prime users.
(Content warning: You will see Viggo Mortensen fully nude, but it’s a non-sexual scene.)

Despite years of therapy and whatever, I’m still not ready to fully discuss the exact details of my childhood, especially the time between when I lived with my parents and the events that happened prior to American foster care and adoption by my family.

I’m telling you this as a disclaimer, because the story I’m about to share might not make a lick of sense to you. It’s deeply emotional for me, which is why I’m declining the usual full feedback. I’m not honestly sure why I’m sharing this story, which is inspired by my life and combined with a child character from the Captain Fantastic movie, and sprinkled with some imagination. I should also mention that, in Lenni-Lenape culture, names are given by the name giver, and it might be YEARS before a name is given.

I looked at the prompt, and then saw comments where people associated the word “reunions” with something horrible, and then I thought about a time when I longed for a reunion with every fiber of my being, every drop of my soul, every bit of my life force. And the following story just came out.

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Stew In The Forest of No Trees

By J Lenni Dorner




The pigtailed girl who smells like raisins pokes at my arm. “What’s wrong with his skin?”
Her friends start a chorus of laughs and ewws. I remain as still as an oak. Cruel wind may ruffle my leaves, but I won’t blow down.
“Good morning, class.” An elder taps a podium with her stick. “Where’s Stuart Doe?”
Thirty pairs of eyes set on me. None belong to wolves, yet I feel as if they’re a hunting pack, ready to attack me from all sides.
“Stuart, in this room, you stand when addressed.” The elder’s stick keeps a beat on her palm. “Well?”
Snickers and rude remarks fill the silence. “Get up, dummy,” someone behind me says with a shove to my shoulder. Unsure the purpose, I rise.
“Causing trouble is not in your best interest. It will not win you any friends, nor will it help your grades. Am I clear, Stuart?”
She keeps using that name. My hand shakes as I reach into my pocket. “Stew.” I hold up the label I peeled from a can. I point to the word that matches my name, then to my chest. “Stew.”
“You are not a canned food, young man. Stuart is a noble name. I do not take kindly to jokes.”

Last week I was with my family. Last week people didn’t stare at me. Last week I looked the same as everyone I knew.
Attempts at communication with these people are all failures. No one is able to understand my name. It’s a simple basis of greeting. This is especially bothersome as I’m certain the label is in their language, and that I mastered the pronunciation of the word.

“Are you hungry there, feller? Tell me your name and I’ll get you all the food you want.” A man in darkening-sky colored clothing waits for my reply. I point to the shiny gold letters on his jewelry. “Miller. That’s my name.” He touches his chest as he says it. Then he points to me.
I know what he wants, but I lack a reference. Elders, most dressed as Miller, buzz about, ignoring some sounds and responding to others. Those not dressed the same are watched. Intruders to the hive. I wear only deerskin pants. Another intruder to watch, to sting.
“Look here. A can of Dinty Moore’s finest.” Miller waves a can back and forth, an obvious attempt to direct my attention. “Stew. Everybody likes stew.”
“Stew.” I smile. I didn’t have what he wants. But he said that everybody likes stew, and I wish to be liked by everybody. I point to the word on the can and then to my chest. “Stew.” Upon seeing his face wrinkle in frustration, I decide to elaborate. “Miller,” I point to his chest, “Stew,” I point to my own.
He nods and smiles. “Well, how about that. Your name’s Stew? That’s my brother’s name!” He slaps his knee. “You’re not just saying that to get the food, are you son?”
I shake my head. He’s pleased. Later, when he’s not looking, I take the label with me. Seeing it should remind others that everybody likes stew.

Dinty Moore Beef Stew image by J Dorner

Except others do not like Stew. Seeing the label evokes laughter and even violence.

“You’re in my spot.”
I produce the label, ready to attempt communication with a male around my age. He must surely be a warrior, for his size is suited for little else. “Stew.” I point to the word, then to myself. “Stew,” I say again.
“I ain’t feedin ya, dummy.” He shoves me to the ground. Angry words drip from his mouth as his fingers coil, forming fists. He strikes at me once I stand up, but I maneuver away. I’ve fought worse than him, but never without a weapon. My bow, my knife, even my rope were taken away last week. These people have given me no time to make replacements.
The warrior continues to swing at me, but his training has been lax. I move out of the way each time. A hand from behind closes on my shoulder, trapping me just as a swing comes up. My head snaps back as the fist collides with my jaw, splitting my skin.
“Both of you, my office!” The hand tightens, forcing my direction.
“Serves you right,” someone says as I’m paraded by.
“Guess you won’t be chief,” another chimes in.
The playground explodes in the most peculiar sound I’ve ever heard. All those my age open their mouths wide and slap their hands to their lips, altering the “waa” syllable they’re whooping. What ridiculous display this represents, I do not know. Their eyes, and the stance each takes, tells me this is a warning.

The office is like a bear cave. It could be a shelter, a refuge, or it could be a final destination. I’m handed a cloth and told my parents will come soon.
My parents! What will they make of this place, of these people? I wonder if I should shed the clothing they’ve put me in. Bizarre coverings that would stand out in the forest.
I stare at the strange device on the wall. Tick tock, tick tock, tick tock. They say it marks the sun’s movement across the sky. I’m not sure these people have ever looked up. Tick tock, tick tock. My leg bounces, eager to be free of this invisible trap. Reuniting with my family means going home! I ache to sit by the fire, to share my observations. There is much to discuss.
I long for our evening sounds. Soon I’ll hear the owl hooting in the night and the cry of the bobcat. Even the crickets will be welcome to my ears. Tick tock.
“Stew,” my heart breaks as I look up. The people who I’ve stayed with for the past few days stand there, arms folded, staring at me.
There will be no reunion today.

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Aug 14 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 9

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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THE LEGEND OF VICTOR STANDISH
by Roland Yeomans
Item added September 28, 2014

I think this sounds like a good Speculative Fiction read. It stays.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Removed




Angelology: A Novel (Angelology Series Book 1)
by Danielle Trussoni
Item added October 2, 2014

Now, at twenty-three, her discovery of a 1943 letter from the famous philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller to the late mother superior of Saint Rose Convent plunges Evangeline into a secret history that stretches back a thousand years: an ancient conflict between the Society of Angelologists and the monstrously beautiful descendants of angels and humans, the Nephilim.

Yup, I’m intrigued!

#94 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Religious & Inspirational > Science Fiction & Fantasy
The fact that there’s a category which combines religion and SFF amuses me. Also, I might need to get Fractions of Existence into this category, maybe. More research is needed.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




The Rose Master
by Valentina Cano
Item added October 5, 2014

#5195 in Books > Children’s Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Spine-Chilling Horror

Combine the category with a story that sounds like super-creepy Beauty and the Beast and it’s clear why I’m interested.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




The Girl in the Box
by Ouida Sebestyen
Item added October 5, 2014

I remember reading about this book in a blog post.

Fair warning, this is a rare book. I’m not sure I’ll ever stumble on a copy. There’s a kidnapped girl and she types in the dark. Sounds very compelling.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Dragon’s Bait
by Vivian Vande Velde
Item added October 5, 2014

What’s not to love about a 15-yo girl accused of witchcraft befriending the dragon that’s supposed to eat her?

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Heir Apparent
by Vivian Vande Velde
Item added October 5, 2014

This is actually the second book in a series. I love the cover with the half knight, half VR girl.
It looks like a story where people play a VR game that becomes real in a “if you die in the Matrix you die here,” kind of way. That’s interesting. But, since it’s book two and I didn’t read book one, I’m removing it for now.

Judgement 6:

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




The Pearl
by John Steinbeck
Item added October 5, 2014

Ahh, my love of classic books strikes again. I’ll probably borrow this from the library at some point.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Added




Casting Shadows Everywhere
by L.T. Vargus, Tim McBain
Item added October 7, 2014

I’m not sure why I added this. Maybe because I was working on my Caleb character? Perhaps it had a different description before?

Judgement 8:

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



Gods & Dragons: 8 Fantasy Novels
by Daniel Arenson, David Dalglish
Item added October 12, 2014

Item Under Review
This book is currently unavailable because there are significant quality issues with the source file supplied by the publisher.

The publisher has been notified and we will make the book available as soon as we receive a corrected file. As always, we value customer feedback.

I’d still LOVE to have this. BUT it has been pulled, so I can’t buy it.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Added




Religion and Ceremonies of the Lenape (Classic Reprint)
by M. R. Harrington
Item added October 18, 2014

100% of the time, I will want books about my people.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



Have you read any of these books? Do you have unavailable books on your wishlist or tbr? Any classic books on your TBR?

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

Down The TBR hole

Aug 07 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 8

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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The Last Werewolf
by Glen Duncan
Item added June 25, 2014

#317 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Supernatural > Vampires
#331 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Thrillers & Suspense > Supernatural > Werewolves & Shifters
#377 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Suspense > Paranormal > Vampires

It’s interesting that the title of the book makes no mention of vampires, yet that’s the category it’s in twice.

The book sounds interesting. The struggle of a kind-of immortal wanting to end it all, but two groups intent on preventing that catches my eye.

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Dreams In Green
by K.D. Fisk
Item added August 15, 2014

I’m guessing I added this because it’s similar to another book I enjoyed. I’m not sure. It looks like it’s probably a good book, but there are other books on my list I’d sooner read. So, for now, it’s being removed.

Judgement 2:

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




BloodGifted: The Dantonville Legacy 1 (A Sydney Vampire Story)
by Tima Maria Lacoba, Dionne Lister
Item added August 30, 2014

What’s a girl to do when she learns she’s the key to breaking a centuries-old family curse? Become dangerously intimate with a jaw-dropping vision of male hotness hiding a secret agenda of his own.

The hook reminds me of Fractions of Existence. That’s obviously why I added this book. I’m still interested.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Induction Day (Butterman Travel Book 2)
by PK Hrezo
Item added September 9, 2014

That cover is amazing!
Why do I have the second one, but not the first, saved? That doesn’t make any sense! I’m going to remove this for now as I haven’t read the first book.

Judgement 4:

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




Stevenson’s Treasure
by Mark Wiederanders
Item added September 16, 2014

I recall reading an excerpt of this book and thinking it sounded great. So it can stay.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely)
by Melissa Marr
Item added September 17, 2014

I’m sure it was the Faery Court that drew me in. However, once again, I haven’t read the first one, why do I have the second one on my list?

Judgement 6:

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




Blind Date in Gibraltar
by Margaret M Dunlop
Item added September 19, 2014

I honestly do not know why I added this book. I’m sure it’s good, but nothing in the description stands out as the kind of book I generally go for… so I’m hitting delete.

Judgement 7:

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




Demon King, The (Seven Realms Book 1)
by Cinda Williams Chima, Larry Rostant
Item added September 23, 2014

It’s a high fantasy book, the first in the series. Yes, I want to read this!

Judgement 8:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Fade
by Robert Cormier
Item added September 25, 2014

“Imagine what might happen if Holden Caufield stepped into H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man, and you’ll have an idea how good Fade is. . . . I was absolutely riveted.” —Stephen King

That’s it right there. That’s what got this one added. Holden Caufield in a reference made by Stephen King. It’s a double whammy.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




The Monk (Tales of Mystery & The Supernatural)
by Matthew Lewis, Kathryn White
Item added September 28, 2014

This novel, written in 1796, is a Gothic festival of sex, magic and ghastly, ghostly violence rarely seen in literature.

It’s a classic. Perhaps the first book of this kind. I haven’t read it, but I like a classic now and then, so it stays.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept



Have you read any of these books? Who could write a good review that would cause you to add a book, even if it’s not your usual sort of story?

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

Down The TBR hole

Jul 31 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 7

Down The TBR hole meme

I mentioned how great doing this has been, how much I’m learning from it. (See post.)

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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My Wolf Protector (Wolf Town Guardians Book 2)
by Rose Wynters
April 28, 2014

Separated mates. A Native American. This is up my alley!

#735 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > United States > Native American
#1285 in Books > Literature & Fiction > United States > Native American
#8632 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Paranormal > Werewolves & Shifters

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



My Wolf King: A Werewolf Romance Novel (Wolf Town Guardians Book 1)
by Rose Wynters
April 28, 2014

I’m sure I added this because it’s book one and I had an interest in book two. Maybe if I read the other, and really enjoy it, I’ll put this back on the list. Otherwise, for now, it’s being cut.

Judgement 2:

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




Hans Christian Andersen: Complete Fairy Tales (Illustrated)
by Hans Christian Andersen
May 20, 2014

I’m torn. I really want to read these stories. However, the reviews state that this anthology is compiled out of logical order. That’s no good.

Judgement 3:

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




Smiley’s People
John Le Carre
May 20, 2014

I think I was looking for a book from 1979 and recognized this author’s name. But it’s third in the series, so I’m removing it for now.

Judgement 4:

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




CassaStorm
by Alex J. Cavanaugh
June 1, 2014

It’s Alex, so it stays. I have to catch up on reading the ones I have first, and then I’ll be back to grab a copy of this.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




The Indians of New Jersey: Dickon Among the Lenapes
by M. R. Harrington
June 17, 2014

It’s about my tribe. It stays.

Judgement 6:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




The Delaware Indians: A History
by Professor C. A. Weslager
June 17, 2014

Allow me to repeat myself… “It’s about my tribe. It stays.” In fact, I’m just putting all of these here because it’s all the same reasoning. I went add-crazy on June 17, 2014!

William Penn’s own Account of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians, Tercentenary Edition
by Albert Cook Myers, John E. Pomfret

The Lenape of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Ontario (Library of Native Americans)
by Anne Dalton

The Lenape (Indian Jrs.) (Junior Library of American Indians)
by Joshua D. G. Wilker

Mythology of the Lenape: Guide and Texts
by John Bierhorst

The Lenape or Delaware Indians: The Original People of New Jersey, Southeastern New York State, Eastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and parts of western Connecticut
by Herbert C. Kraft

Grammar of the language of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians
by David Zeisberger, Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen

Lenape Indian cooking
by Nora Thompson Dean

The Lenape-Delaware Indian Heritage, 10,000 BC to AD 2000
by Herbert C. Kraft

Prehistoric Cultures of Eastern Pennsylvania (Anthropological Series (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission))
by Jay F. Custer

Judgement 7:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept or Added




Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel
by Marie Phillips
June 19, 2014

For reasons beyond me, the one on my wishlist isn’t there anymore, but has relocated to another Amazon link. That’s… whatever. Not the first time I’ve see this. So, technically, I removed it and then readded it!

Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it.

Sounds hilarious!
The category choices seem odd.

#107 in Books > Literature & Fiction > British & Irish > Contemporary
#462 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Fantasy
#2539 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Literary
#313 in Books > Literature & Fiction > British & Irish > Contemporary
#9920 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
#10847 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary

Judgement 8:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




All’s Fair in Love and Lion
by Bethany Averie
June 20, 2014

After all, fairy-tales are just stories, not reality.

However, when Monroe Dubay steps out of her dreams and into her apartment, she’s forced to rethink the whole concept of what’s real and what’s fairy-tale. But believing means she’ll have to choose between everything she knows, or give it all up for the unknown.

It sounds like the show “Once Upon a Time” so I’m still interested.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



Guardian Dragons (Aarabassa World Book 1)
by Catherine L Vickers
June 21, 2014

I don’t know. Kind of interesting, but I’m not sure.

Judgement 10:

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



Have you read any of these books? Have you ever added books because they are about your heritage?

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

Down The TBR hole

Jul 28 2017

Some sum-sum-summertime Goals

Big Goals Bloghop Banner

Good-bye to Ju-ly!

This was a messed up month.
nowhere
I ended up in the middle of nowhere for a ceremony. See above image for a Google view of nowhere.
This month also included the tragic loss of a friend’s six-month-old, who has since been cremated.
Then my cousin’s son was born. And three days later, my other cousin (father to the one I just mentioned), died. Just… poof! One minute he’s playing with his grandkids, the next minute he’s in an ambulance having heart attacks.








Photobucket changed their hosting policy without email notification, even to paid users such as myself.
“$2.49 / month — Account does not allow any image linking or 3 rd party image hosting.”
Thus a great many of my images vanished from around the Internet. I’m working diligently to rectify this situation, but it takes time, which means I’ve accomplished less of my other goals! Thanks, Photobucket. 

I’ve been taking part in the “Down the TBR hole” meme. (It’s not exactly a hop. It’s more of an idea that multiple bloggers are taking part in whenever they feel like it.) At first, it just seemed like a good way to do some tidying up. Now I’m appreciating it from a marketing angle. What makes me want a book? How can I use that knowledge to sell books? Which book descriptions are well-written, and why do I like or dislike those blurbs?

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The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 38 years My birthday is August 21!
  • 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:

survivor #atozchallenge
@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 August:

 

  • Read and Review 6 books
  • Get bookish BINGO
  • Comment on 30 blogs
  • WEPFF Reunions writing challenge
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter

WEPFF August 2017 Badge

Weekly Goals:

July 30- Aug 5 prepare for WEP
Aug 6- Aug 12 FoE edits.
Aug 13- Aug 19 FoE edits.
Aug 20- Aug 26 BOUT OF BOOKS

#boutofbooks august 2017 Click for the Bout of Books 20 SIGN UP!

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 20 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

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Review of Goals for July:

 

summer 17 bingo July progress

Review of Weekly Goals:

June 25- July 1 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story. Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
July 2- July 8 Writing 6000 words of Anah’s Story. Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
July 9- July 15 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP See note below
July 16- July 22 Prepare story for STORYTIME BLOGHOP Note below.
July 23- July 29 Writing any more words for Anah’s Story. Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal

 

Hi,

I got busy and missed my window for promotion this month.

We don’t have a sign up linky.

Sorry, just not big enough yet to warrant paying for that option to use Linky Tools. Basically, we put the word out, post in advance normally and invite anyone who wants to join.

July was busy and I just did not get the promotion up. We do 4 times a year Jan, April, July, and Oct. Always on the LAST Wednesday of those months. I keep the Meme on my side bar and update the guidelines link in it. Story links are always due on the 20th of the month of the hop.

Our next hop is October. Story Link due October 20th. You can just send to me and I will make sure whoever host gets it, which might be me again anyway.

Sorry, you missed it. Really enjoy reading your stories.

Juneta (Storytime Bloghop)

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NOW FILLING September 2017 SLOTS!

Please share the debut author image. Thank you!

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


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Jul 26 2017

July Book Reviews #NewToMe2017 #DiversityBingo2017 #SpecFic #DebutAuthor

The books I finished reading in July 2017 were:

  • Everything I Never Told You
  • Cat Tales: An anthology of short stories (The Book A Break Short Story Anthology 1)
  • Space Cats from Space
  • Meandros
  • Major Arcana
  • The Brain Works: X-Train Your Brain Volume 1: Basic Warm Up (Brain Works (Sellers))

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Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#NewToMe2017 — I have not read this book or author before
#DebutAuthor — First book by this author (second coming in September)
#DiversityBingo2017 — own voices, book by author of color, LGBTQIA+ MC of color* (end), biracial MC
I won this from a BoutOfBooks 19 giveaway. Thanks, @wordsandpeace !

This debut book deserves every award it received. It’s a story about life. The book centers on a “mixed race” family as they struggle to determine what lead to the oldest daughter drowning in a lake. The story ebbs and flows back and forth through time, but it’s done to perfection. I feel that this book should be required reading, as it can give the reader a real perspective. There’s a part where a character trades a lifelong dream for reality. “This is what you have. Accept it.”

If you’ve ever wanted, needed, or tried to escape from someone in your life, or from your whole family, there’s a part of the book to which you can relate. “You could stop taking their phone calls, tear up their letters, pretend they never existed. Start over as a new person with a new life.” (It’s near the end.)

For those debating feminism (#HeForShe), there’s a line where, in 1952, the Marilyn character is told she cannot take a certain class because, “having a girl like you in the classroom would be very distracting to the boys in the class.” (Thankfully we’ve grown past this ridiculous mindset… oh wait, #fail.)

Here’s another quote in the book from way long ago:
“America was a melting pot, but Congress, terrified that the molten mixture was becoming a shade too yellow, had banned all immigrants from China.” (We no longer have a debate like this in America… oh wait, #TrumpsWall.)

There were several parts of the book that hit home for me, personally. The part where young James realizes he’s supposed to be embarrassed by questions about being different (his eyes), for example. I didn’t start out in a “standard” school. Then, when I was in one, I didn’t know or understand how often people said mean or offensive things very casually. How quick people are to jump to conclusions based on a glance at someone’s appearance. The book has a wonderful section that discusses what it feels like to look different from the majority of people around you. How one can sometimes forget for a moment, until the stares start. This is the main reason why I believe everyone should read this book.

Space Cats from Space by Nicki Ivey

5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#NewToMe2017 — I have not read this book before.
#SpecFic — I’m going to assume this is just speculative fiction… though… cats are sneaky.
Hellboy kitty cat meme

After stealing a peek at a friend’s copy, I bought one for myself. I love the chosen cover. This story is part romance, part comedy, and large part speculative fiction. Unless, of course, there are cats from space living among us who have far more control than we realize. (I’ve spent enough time around cats to consider that this is a possibility.) It’s an adorable story for adults who love cats. The final chapter is a rocket to heart.

The conversation with the cat in the bathroom, once she finds she can communicate with them, is hilarious and insightful.

“She would make this cup of coffee, she bargained with herself, go back to her desk, sit down, and not get back up again until she’d managed 500 words.” That’s a quote from a book that sounds like a quote from every writer I know, including myself.

One of my favorite parts:
“You wanted to turn me into some mindless drone? Some human-shaped cat puppet?”
Inky pulled his tail close to his body. “Well, not anymore,” he protested weakly.

Meandros by Sasha White

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#NewToMe2017 — I have not read this book or author before.
#DiversityBingo2017 — MC with chronic pain
Looks like I just joined the mile-high erotica book club. (Ha ha.)
The story, told with flashbacks, is full of love, pain, and spirit. A character, who is a dancer, is disabled by a car crash. Though the character learns to walk again (as best as can be expected), dancing at the previous professional level is not in the cards. It’s love that gets the character through. But then there’s tragedy. The story does have, at parts, a cool setting around the ancient Greek temples (such as Poseidon’s), which is what caught my eye.

A favorite part of mine:
“He was my perfect other half. I gloried in the knowledge that, with him, I’d found the kind of love I’d given up on ever finding — bone deep and unconditional. The kind of love that made it unbearable to contemplate what life had to offer me now that (spoiler).”

(A meander or meandros (Greek: Μαίανδρος) is a decorative border constructed from a continuous line, shaped into a repeated motif.)

Major Arcana by Margo Bond Collins

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#NewToMe2017 — I have not read this book or author before.
#DiversityBingo2017 — Perhaps the Free Choice square? (The Roma Gypsy people are a nomadic culture.)
#SpecFic — Gypsy magic makes this an Urban Fantasy speculative fiction story.

Excellent story! I’m a huge fan of Gypsy culture, and traveling carnivals have fascinated me for years. This story adds a speculative fiction/ urban fantasy element with some unexpected magic. I hope there are many follow-ups to this story because I enjoyed the world and this character.

Fantastic quote from the book:
“I loved the way bookstores smelled– like paper and ink and quiet.”

Goodreads= https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34745739-major-arcana

X-train Your Brain by Corinne Gediman, Dr. Francis Crinella

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#NewToMe2017 — I have not read this book or these authors before.

In the “use it or lose it” world of the brain, this book encourages the reader to get proactive about exercising the brain muscle. If the goal is to use this book daily or do it all at once and be done is not clear. (Though, once you’ve done it all, I’m not sure how beneficial redoing it would be.)

I’m 60% left brain, according to the book. The whole brain exercise section was my favorite. Is a berry larger or smaller than a grape? (https://www.livescience.com/57477-why-are-bananas-considered-berries.html) I’m not sure I guessed within the spirit of the game. But I also think that Popsicles and an orange are food, but a candle is not (the correct answer was that an orange doesn’t melt, so it’s the odd one out). And I mistakenly thought that a telescope and microscope are looked through with eyes, where as a stethoscope is used with the ears (the correct answer was that the stethoscope and microscope are medical instruments).

The book was fun and easy to read. It was easier to do than other brain training activities I’ve tried.

brain score image for @Jlennidorner

Not the first time I’ve gotten a score like this!

Cat Tales (anthology)

4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
#NewToMe2017 — I haven’t read this book, or most of these authors, before.
#SpecFic — There were several speculative fiction stories in this.
This was a good book, especially for cat lovers. “All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the charities Cats Protection and the Against Malaria Foundation.” I bought this book during the 2017 April A to Z challenge, largely because of the charitable donation, but also because I love cats, and because I received a bonus story from Curtis Bausse. The book has lots of color illustrations. It would make a good gift for an adult cat lover.

  • Ingrid Jendrzejewski The Cats of Tetsugaku-no-michi — It was easy to see why this story won. Excellent literary piece.
  • Aimée White Without a Reason — This story was very enjoyable and made me want to read more from this author.
  • Jill Barth What They Want — This was a very odd story.
  • David Brennan The Cats, the Box and the Paradox — This had language and themes for mature audiences. It was thought provoking.
  • Nicholas J. Parr Coffee, Whisky, Funeral — This story was sad, but very interesting.
  • Mzwandile Poncana The Babysitter — Speculative fiction with cats! Love it. Well done.
  • Sue Ranscht Cat Artist Catharsis — Another speculative fiction story. This one was creepy in a good way.
  • Alice Penfold Aftermath — This was a very unusual story.
  • Anna Graham Gerelda’s Cats — This story was sad, but it was good.
  • John Chidi Cats of the Nile — Mystery! Suspense! Egypt! Loved it.
  • Gayatri Swaminathan Cat Seekers — This well written story had a very interesting take on things.
  • Harriet Springbett Three Goddesses — I liked this story because of the Muslim lore, and the cultures of Egypt and China.
  • Katya Bozukova Daisy Cutter Danger — This captivating story was very well written.
  • Mai Black The Magician’s Cat — This story was interesting and clever.
  • Louise Cole Waifs and Strays — This enjoyable story reminded me of people who I know.
  • Michael Emmanuel Fears and Love — This was very odd.
  • Nicola Hamilton Dicky — In this story I encountered unexpected British horror reminiscent of Hitchcock.
  • Ofure Omoike On Tuesday Night — A very interesting story with excellent suspense.
  • Olivia Templeton The Postal Code Cats — Adorable cat spies were in this story.
  • Precious Mwansa The Presidents and the Dork — The ending of this story was unexpected.
  • Yvonne Payne The Cretan Cat — This was a good historical fiction. It was very sad. The point of view was a tad confusing.

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Jul 24 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 6

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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The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or partnering with your publisher (The HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers)
by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Chaz DeSimone
Added February 27, 2014

Publication Date: August 4, 2011
#55 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Nonfiction
#73 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Reference > Writing, Research & Publishing Guides > Fiction
#663 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Business & Money > Marketing & Sales > Advertising

I’m going to sound a certain kind of way… but a book on how to sell books ought to have a high rank. It’s been out for six years.
Related note:
How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career. This has 22 reviews.

I’m not convinced on the authority of the author based on this. Maybe I’ll be missing out on the best opportunity of my writing life, but I’m going to risk that. Delete.

Judgement 1:

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




Hounded (with two bonus short stories): The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book One
by Kevin Hearne
Added February 28, 2014

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.
Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

It’s my “Fractions of Existence” meets “The Dresden Files.” My reason to keep this is clear.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




OBSESSED – Rejection can sometimes be the greatest aphrodisiac : A romantic crime and suspense read
by Eve Rabi
Added March 5, 2014

It sounds twisted and interesting. But I don’t need another romance or crime book.

Judgement 3:

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




Because We Are: A Novel of Haiti
by Ted Oswald
Added April 2, 2014

I know there was a reason I added this, but I no longer recall what it was. Maybe I was looking for a book with characters from Haiti?

Judgement 4:

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




Alpha Goddess
by Amalie Howard
Added April 2, 2014

In Seraphine Caelum’s world, gods exist. So do goddesses. Sera knows this because she is one of them.

#1213 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends
#2095 in Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends

Reminds me of Fractions of Existence.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, Book 1)
by Patricia Briggs
Added April 3, 2014

Looks like a really good werewolf book.
I’m starting to burn out on shifter books. :/

Judgement 6:

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




The Opposite of Nothing
by Shari Slade
Added April 3, 2014

One of the reading challenges I did had checkmarks like “a book with antonyms in the title.” (The one I picked and reviewed for that can be found here.) That’s probably how this book landed on my list, as I was probably looking for a certain type of title.

What happens when a socially awkward campus DJ “catfishes” her bad boy BFF?
Callie Evans would rather hide out in her DJ sound booth than face the fact that she’s in love with her best friend, notorious campus hottie Tayber King.

It sounds intriguing, so I’ll keep it on the list.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: Kept




Business Tips and Taxes for Writers (Information in a Nutshell)
by Carol Topp
Added April 3, 2014

I’m sure it is a good book. The thing is, with taxes, a newer publication is probably better. Right?
The Royalty Factor: A Writer’s Guide to Reducing Taxes
Publication Date: January 15, 2017

This is something I’ll probably look up next year.

Judgement 8:

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




Grammar Girl’s Punctuation 911: Your Guide to Writing it Right (Quick & Dirty Tips)
by Mignon Fogarty
Added April 3, 2014

Mignon tackles the most commonly asked questions regarding punctuation. From semi-colons to serial commas and ellipses to asterisks, Mignon offers memory tricks and clear explanations that will help readers recall and apply those troublesome punctuation rules.

Have I pledged my undying love for Grammar Girl lately? That site is AWESOME. And I’m sure the book is good. Stays!

Judgement 9:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




The Bat: A Harry Hole Novel (1) (Harry Hole Series)
by Jo Nesbo, Don Bartlett
Added April 14, 2014
Check it out on Goodreads

I’m guessing I was looking for an author or setting from another country. I’m sure it’s a good book, but I think I’ll pass, as I don’t read many detective stories.

Judgement 10:

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



Have you read any of these books? Do you have unavailable books on your wishlist or tbr? What’s your favorite Grammar website?

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

Down The TBR hole

Jul 17 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 5

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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Vicious (Villains)
by V. E. Schwab
Added October 2, 2013

a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism

That’s why I added it.

#172 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superhero
#176 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Superheroes
#1193 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban

And those are categories that I enjoy. Keeping this!

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




Stranger in a Strange Land (Remembering Tomorrow)
by Robert A. Heinlein
Added October 3, 2013

Valentine Michael Smith is a human being raised on Mars, newly returned to Earth. Among his people for the first time, he struggles to understand the social mores and prejudices of human nature that are so alien to him, while teaching them his own fundamental beliefs in grokking, watersharing, and love.

Still sounds interesting to me.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept




The Irresistible Offer: How to Sell Your Product or Service in 3 Seconds or Less
by Mark Joyner
Added October 6, 2013
4.1 out of 5 stars(127)

Your customers are going to give you three seconds to make the sale. Do you know what to say in those three seconds?

This still sounds interesting. On the other hand, I’m not sure that it’s related to selling books. Also… it’s a marketing book that I added four years ago, and it only has 127 reviews. Maybe this sounds a certain way, but wouldn’t a great marketing book at the very least have a high number of sales?
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,210 Paid in Kindle Store
#308 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Business & Money > Marketing & Sales > Sales & Selling
#648 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Business & Money > Marketing & Sales > Marketing
#760 in Books > Business & Money > Marketing & Sales > Sales & Selling

Judgement 3:

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



I Kissed a Ghost
by Robin Leigh Morgan
Currently unavailable.
Added October 11, 2013

I searched. This doesn’t exist anymore. The author doesn’t come up on Goodreads.

Judgement 4:

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




The Luminaries (Man Booker Prize)
by Eleanor Catton
Added October 15, 2013

Richly evoking a mid-nineteenth-century world of shipping, banking, and gold rush boom and bust, THE LUMINARIES is at once a fiendishly clever ghost story, a gripping page-turner, and a thrilling novelistic achievement.

It still seems interesting. But at 849 pages, if it isn’t SFF, I’m probably not going to get around to it in the next two decades.

Judgement 5:

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




The Mythic Guide to Characters: Writing Characters Who Enchant and Inspire
by del Drago, Antonio, Derek Bowen
Added November 14, 2013

After reading the reviews, I feel that this book is aimed at writers with less experience.

Judgement 6:

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




Crazy, Stupid Sex (Harlequin Cosmo Red-Hot Reads Collection)
by Maisey Yates
Added January 24, 2014

So she does what any self-respecting geek-girl looking to get laid would do: she programs her own app for landing a hot guy. After a few failed attempts at making contact, beta testing leads her to Caleb Anderson. Caleb is used to female attention, but finds himself attracted to Evie because of her unique brand of awkward.

At first, I had no idea why I added this. Then I read the description. It sounds hilarious.

Judgement 7:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added




How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time
by Nina Amir, Christina Katz
Added February 1, 2014

*I found out there’s a new version. So I deleted the old one and added the new one.

Nina Amir explains how writing a book in cyberspace allows you to get your book written easily, while promoting it and building an author’s platform. It’s a fun, effective way to start writing, publishing, and promoting a book, one post at a time.

That sounds like something I’d want to try. Perhaps next year?

Oh no… looking this up me want another book by the same author!!!

Blogging Basics for Authors provides 30 easy lessons to help you become an effective blogger and bring some serious traffic to your author website. Apply one tip per day for a month, and you’ll see tremendous results.

Judgement 8:

AWL: Added New Edition and Added a second book | Goodreads TBR: Added




Diego’s Dragon, Book One: Spirits of the Sun
by Kevin Gerard
Added February 23, 2014

It still sounds like a good book. But honestly, I don’t read children’s books all that often. (Except when I’m on “Uncle J duty.”)

Judgement 9:

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




Words that Sell: More than 6000 Entries to Help You Promote Your Products, Services, and Ideas
by Richard Bayan
Added February 27, 2014

I’m not sure that this book is actually about selling books. It seems geared more toward small business.

Judgement 10:

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



Have you read any of these books? Do you have unavailable books on your wishlist or tbr?
What marketing book for authors would you recommend?

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

Down The TBR hole

Jul 14 2017

PhotoBucket Error

It seems that Photobucket is no longer hosting 3rd party sites with my paid plan (which is not nearly as costly as other paid plans).

So yes, I see all the error messages on my blog and other places. I have around 3000 links to update as I migrate to another host. (Yes, I should have done that ages ago.) Please be patient.

Jul 10 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 4

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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Louie has Landed ‘The Early Days’
by Kevin Swarbrick
Added March 11, 2013

I don’t actually know why I added this book.

Judgement 1:

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



Without Saying a Word
by Amanda Ward
Added May 19, 2013

Sounds like a nice romance book. But I don’t know why I added it and there are other books I’d rather read.

Judgement 2:

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



Blood Red Road (Dust Lands Book 1)
by Moira Young
Added May 25, 2013

Sounds like a good book with lots of action and girl power. I’m sure that’s why I added it. But I don’t think I’m going to get around to reading all 3 of these.

Judgement 3:

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



The Shambling Guide to New York City (The Shambling Guides)
by Mur Lafferty
Added May 25, 2013

A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city – for the undead!

Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoe is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in the tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoe is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume — human.

Not to be put off by anything — especially not her blood drinking boss or death goddess coworker — Zoe delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble — with Zoe right in the middle.

The book sounds hilarious. It stays.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



Guilty Pleasures: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
by Laurell K. Hamilton
Added May 25, 2013

This was recommended by friends. These books come with study guides and lesson plans. (What??? Okay…)

I don’t honestly know right now if I’ll ever buy this or not. But if I had a copy, yeah, I would read. I’m curious.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added



Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows Book 1)
by Kim Harrison
Added May 25, 2013

It’s probably a good book. I have no idea why I added it.

Judgement 6:

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



Halfway to the Grave: A Night Huntress Novel
by Jeaniene Frost
Added May 25, 2013

The characters have cool names. It sounds good. I’m just not that into vampire hunting books.

Judgement 7:

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



PODs
by Michelle K. Pickett
Added June 5, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Eva is a chosen one. Chosen to live, while others meet a swift and painful death from an incurable virus so lethal, a person is dead within days of symptoms emerging. In the POD system, a series of underground habitats built by the government, she waits with the other chosen for the deadly virus to claim those above. Separated from family and friends, it’s in the PODs she meets David. And while true love might not conquer all, it’s a balm for the broken soul. After a year, scientists believe the population has died, and without living hosts, so has the virus. That’s the theory, anyway. But when the PODs are opened, survivors find the surface holds a vicious secret. The virus mutated, infecting those left top-side and creating… monsters. Eva and David hide from the infected in the abandoned PODs. Together they try to build a life–a new beginning. But the infected follow and are relentless in their attacks. Leaving Eva and David to fight for survival, and pray for a cure.

Reminds me of a short story I was working on. Which maybe I’ll finish someday. And then I’ll be more interested in reading this book. So it can stay.

Judgement 8:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept



Obsidian (A Lux Novel Book 1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Currently unavailable.
Added September 25, 2013

An annoying, but hot, alien next door who can stop time. Think I’ll pass.

Judgement 9:

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



TIED (A Fire Born Novel Book 1)
by Laney McMann
Currently unavailable.
Added September 28, 2013

**RE-RELEASE with New & Revised Content**

Are some truths worth risking your life for?
What if it meant admitting your nightmares were real—and so were your delusions?

Seventeen year-old Layla Labelle’s hallucinations have driven her to the brink—and she isn’t telling anyone. But when her dreams walk into her life in the form of Max MacLarnon, she is forced to rethink everything she thought she knew. Including whether or not Max actually exists.

Learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put her on a path toward her own destruction. When Layla’s world erupts into a dangerous reality, and every fact of her life forsakes her, she must remember who, and what, she is if she’s going to stay alive.

In a world where nightmares walk the earth, an ancient curse lives in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal. Layla will have to uncover the secret her ancestors are hiding, and make the biggest decision of her life—embrace who she is and follow the one she loves into a world of deadly myth and legend, or turn her back on her history, her destiny, and her love.

In TIED, Book One of The Fire Born Novels, what Layla and Max don’t know could kill them both. And unless they can find a way to stop the curse—the truth might tear them apart forever.

How far would you go … to protect the one you love?

#35 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Geography & Cultures > Europe
#57 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Literature & Fiction > Visionary & Metaphysical
#1210 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction

The paragraph that starts “In a world where” … that reminds me of Fractions of Existence.
Except I’m the one who uncovered the secret… and that’s what put me on the path to writing the books.

I moved this from my wishlist to my shopping list.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Relocated to shopping list | Goodreads TBR: Added



Have you read any of these books? How many non-classic books have you seen that have study guides and lessons plans available online?

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

Down The TBR hole

Jul 07 2017

A #BringBackTheLikeButton @Pinterest Idea

Pinterest, like every other social media giant, has made a change. And, as always happens with change, some people don’t like it. The #BringBackTheLikeButton hashtag is going around sites like Twitter.

Asking for change that you don’t like is always a good idea. Will the company listen? Unless there’s a serious drop in users (and thus income potential), probably not.

As such, I’ve altered one of my boards. This was once called “repins and contests.” I rarely used the board. If there was a pin that I enjoyed, but it did not necessarily reflect my interests or brand, I’d click “like” rather than repinning. Given that I can no longer click like, I’ve repurposed this board. I deleted the old contest links and repins of items that no longer exist. I added the number 1 to the name so that the board would be near the top of my “pin” list.

1 Likes, repins that do not necessarily reflect my core interests, and contest stuff

You see, I was never confused about the difference between liking a pin and repinning a pin. A “repin” felt like a referral or endorsement to me. A “repin” seemed as if I was saying to the world, “Hey, let me show you this!” A “like” felt as if I was saying thank you to the spinner for sharing something, but I didn’t wish to also share it.

For example, I follow several people who happen to have nail art pins. I’m not following them for this (we have common writing or reading interests). However, I know they are rightly proud of the art they’ve created. It certainly isn’t something I’m going to replicate (but bravo to the guys who do— you rock that look and I’ll support your right to do so). Yet, I can appreciate my pinning-friend’s effort. I can could click like as a form of encouragement and acknowledgement. That’s no longer an option.

(It didn’t end with nail art, that’s just an example. One I’ve mentioned on this blog before.)

Now I have this board. As an author, Pinterest is part of my platform. I don’t know how repinning items which aren’t related to myself or my brand is going to go. This is the solution I’ve come up with for now. I find my interest in Pinterest has declined significantly without the “like” button.

Do you have any opinions on my creation of this board, the Pinterest like button removal, or Pinterest in General?

Jul 05 2017

An Antagonist Honey-Do List

Thanks to Tyrean Martinson who offered this writing prompt.

Writing Prompt: If the villain/antagonist of your story created a “honey do” list, what would be on it? Does your villain/antagonist have a significant other?

The villain/ antagonist in my story is actually a group of people (unless you want to go into the subplots of the character-vs-self…). And yes, some of them do have significant others. The group believes that my main characters have “trapped” humans on Earth. They want to find a way to kill or deplete the powers of my MCs in order to bring about the apocalypse, thus allowing humans to be “freed” from Earth, ending any reincarnation or new human souls.

Eyes in the Shadows Honey-Do List:

  • Find members of the Existence
  • Kidnap members of the Existence
  • Find a way to keep them in prison
  • Figure out how to kill them or deplete their powers permanently
  • Protect the cause at all costs



Have you discovered any writing prompts with questions about your current work in progress?

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