Jul 15 2018

Day Fifteen of #NaNoProMo is a Reminder: Authors Should Blog

Sale #BookBoost July 2018 Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner #SFF #UF #PNR

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If you love blogging, you don’t really need to be reading a post on why you should blog. Bloggers gonna blog.
That about sums me up! I started blogging because the #AtoZChallenge looked like fun.

The rest of the lesson was about coming up with creative ideas to tie the book to the blog. I’ve already written quite a few posts about my characters and shared bonus information, extra content, and deleted scenes. I’ve also shared more information about myself. I’ll have to think of more. Any suggestions on content you’d like to read from me?


Sale #BookBoost July 2018 Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner #SFF #UF #PNR

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Jul 14 2018

Day Fourteen of #NaNoProMo is About Blog Stats


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Google Analytics

Where my audience is physically located in the last 30 days:
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Well, that is interesting. Thanks to my number one followers in France! I haven’t been to your fine country in a few years. Thanks for the support.
And thank you to my visitors from Canada, who have the highest average number of pages viewed.
And those from the Philippines who spend an average of 6 minutes and 27 seconds here, thanks for your time!

analytics browsers
I was not aware that Edge had become so popular. (I use Chrome, myself.)
According to analytics.google.com, my visitors use desktops rather than mobile.
120 of my guests, or 87.59%, are Windows users.

Jetpack Blog Stats

Referrers June July 2018
This is where some of your traffic is coming from. This section will help you to understand how effective your social media accounts are in drawing traffic to your blog.
Google is giving me the most traffic, twice all the others combined.
Bloglovin comes next. I didn’t realize how well that was working for me!
The two Facebooks and WordPress tie for third. Honestly, I’m surprised. I didn’t think my Facebook friends and followers were that engaged.
Twitter, my main website, and Anna’s “the herd presents” tie for fourth. (Thanks to the Blog All About It Challenge!)

where people start their reading journey on your blog
Top Posts for 30 days July 2018

Jul 13 2018

Winner Announcement, Wall Thought, and Day Thirteen of #NaNoProMo

Chapter by Chapter Book Tour of Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner
Chapter by Chapter Book Tour of Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner



Winner Dan

A winner was selected! Congratualtions, Dan.
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Thought to ponder

What if a wall is not built with brick or stone, but rather with fear and hate?

What if that intangible wall changes the core values of a society, even the way words are used?

honor definition

The definition of the word honor, as found on Google.

An example of honor, of being worthy of being addressed as Honorable, in 2018 America:
1-Year-Old Shows Up In Immigration Court
“children who have had to appear in court without their parents present”
“children are not guaranteed court-appointed lawyers”
Children as young as 1 appear in immigration court
“ask if the (one-year-old) boy could understand the court proceedings”

It’s an interesting use of the language to describe honor this way, with this real information. It takes honor to use the intimidation of a courtroom on a toddler separated from a parent. Someone Honorable allows such an event to occur.

This thought is brought to you by a, by definition, savage. A word that now feels like a high compliment, as it is a civilized society which put infants and children on trial without a parent, guardian, or lawyer… something my savage ancestors of the Lenni Lanape were not known to do.

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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


Today was a list of winners and a review of what was covered this week.

Jul 12 2018

Day Twelve of #NaNoProMo is About Getting Book Bloggers to do a #BookReview


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National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


Know your target reader, and find bloggers who match that profile.

Ask bloggers to review a genre they review! Seems obvious.
Finding book bloggers who review indie urban fantasy or speculative fiction books comes first.

It’d be better if I had a similar title. I have a whole post where I tried to do this.

https://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2015/01/fantasy-and-sci-fi-reviewers-for-self.html
(January 28, 2015)
74 Results for Urban Fantasy at that site.

NOT ACCEPTING NEW REVIEW REQUESTS / Not a good fit for me / Site is gone = 40
Hasn’t posted in the last 3 or more months = 17

Sites at which I requested reviews:

If you’re asking for a review because your book is similar to Book X by Author Y, and you know I liked Book X, tell me. If you’ve read and enjoyed my reviews, tell me.

People I’ll contact after reading books they reviewed:

Jul 11 2018

Day Eleven of #NaNoProMo is About LinkedIn


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Jul 10 2018

#BookReview and Day Ten of #NaNoProMo is About Book Club Marketing


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What experiences have you had with book club marketing as an author?


“If you join solely to promote your book, website, or group and do not enter any of our discussions, you are spamming our group and your self-promoting posts will be deleted.”

“Book club groups are not for the purpose of self-promotion. The way to promote your work is to become active in the community. Post about what you like to read, not about what you’ve written. Share your interests and build relationships.”

That’s my summary of experiences with book clubs. I’m sure there are, somewhere, book clubs online that want authors to drop in just to promote a book that might interest the group. I haven’t found them. I’ve found a few that are anti-indie/ small press.

I know I won’t have time to keep up with several clubs. This seems like a good marketing tactic for someone who will do the in-person suggestions, or is willing to work the long-game by putting in a few hours a month at any online place and after a year dropping just one self-promotion post and hoping it’s not ignored. Keeping that in mind, I found three Goodreads groups to join.


Book Review:

An Author’s Guide to Book Clubs

by Jeri Walker
Short, easy to read. Very good for creating discussion questions. This would also be helpful to read during the revision stage of novel writing. Large focus on meeting readers in person.

Jul 09 2018

Day Nine of #NaNoProMo is About a Book Cover #coverlove #bookcovers #indiepub #selfpublish


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What I love, I mean full on fandom crazy for love, is when a book cover has something to do with the story. I hate when I get to the end of a book and think, “obviously the cover was a random choice of someone who didn’t read this.” So I knew two things going into my cover design.
1- It would have two golden Fibonacci spirals twisting from the same point of origin.
2- Whatever else would have something to do with the book.

Use an Image that Grabs the Reader

Great views always catch my eye. There’s a chapter in Fractions of Existence that discusses the view which is shown on the cover.
My Pinterest board book covers that caught my eye/ have a lot of color, sparkle, text art, views of places, and Fibonacci spirals.

Evoke Emotions

Looking at that cliff evokes my sense. The feel of the sun on my skin, the wind in my hair, the taste of saltwater in the air, the call of the birds overhead, the heat in my muscles from making such a climb, and the soft grass underfoot. Free but lonely is the emotion I feel looking at that.

Pick one scene from the book to convey

The reader is looking at, almost exactly, what Wend and Xavier both see in chapter 3.14.
Also, the spiral is there, which is a helpful visual for anyone unsure what the gold ink tattoo of “two Fibonacci spirals twisting from the same point of origin” looks like.
Here was my original mock-up cover.

sample-cover-Fractions-Of-Existence-J-Lenni-Dorner

It wasn’t well done. (It was a mock-up, never meant to be used on the actual novel.) But it does show the tattoo. Unfortunately, it only shows one of the antagonists. And while, yes, they are in the book because that’s the overall series problem, book one is actually more of a person-versus-self kind of story. (Xavier battles with himself. Then Wend battles with herself. Arguably, she also has a person-versus-nature storyline, if you consider an unplanned road trip to be nature in this case.)
I think the cover of Fractions of Existence is still easy to view as a thumbnail.
Fractions Of Existence Cover The spiral is there. Can you still see the sky, water, cliff, and sunlight?

Visually Pleasing

I’m pretty sure it’s not offensive, repulsive, unfriendly, or ugly. (Those words are antonyms of pleasing.)
Could there be a better cover? Yes. And if I had a few hundred more dollars to invest at the time of publication, I would have looked into that. Here’s the thing… books get new editions with new covers all the time. So, when the book generates some more income, I can look into that. I do believe that artists are worth every penny. If I had spent less on editors (one who made me seriously question which one of us needed a serious lesson in commas — I’m still not sure), then I could have put that into cover art. I wish I had.

I have absolutely no idea what the cover of book two will look like. (But it’ll have a spiral.)

Does my cover grab you at all? Evoke any emotion? Is it visually pleasing?

Jul 08 2018

Day Eight of #NaNoProMo is About Book Marketing Tips and Ideas


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The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease

I’m not really sure who to ask for what.
How about this…

I’m looking for fellow bloggers who are interested in featuring an author who
– has a New Adult book out
– is a Native American (#WeNeedDiverseBooks)
– writes Speculative Fiction (urban fantasy, paranormal romance, myths, legends, parallel universe, pre- dystopian, dark fantasy, horror)
– is indie (independently published)

Prioritize

I really struggle with this. I have a lot of goals. Sometimes it’s easier to check off some of them than to do other things… like rewrite the second book while the first one still only has four reviews on Amazon. (I need to not let the lack of reviews get to me. I struggle with that.)

The Buck Stops Here

“You know the audience you have. You know the audience you want. You know where you want to go.”
I’m not sure that’s true, for me.
From what I can tell, based on some Amazon digging, my current “audience” is someone who rarely reads, someone who reads a LOT, someone who mostly reads erotica and non-fiction, and someone who mostly reads fantasy.
The audience I want would be… urban fantasy readers who are looking for something different. There’s a big chunk of urban fantasy readers who have crossed over from the mystery genre, and I don’t have that angle. And there’s a chunk who just want more vampires, werewolves, and witches… and I’m not going to satisfy that need, either.

“Then you’ve got your heroine who is some kind of special ultra-powerful thing, only she grew up not knowing that, and”
MishaBurnett January 4, 2014

Okay, that I do have!

5 Elements All Urban Fantasy Novels Must Have according to Writer’s Digest:

  1. “the classic urban fantasy setting is a dense, highly populated present-day metropolis”— Check! Most of the characters are in New York City.
  2. “magic/ something wild and strange”— Check!
  3. Voice in Tears quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #Myth #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

  4. “unknown that gradually unfolds throughout the story”— My website is called WHAT-ARE-THEY because that’s the mystery I’ve woven into the story, characters from a myth that only a dozen living people have ever heard.
  5. “first-person point of view”— Nope. I don’t have ONE main character. Each book in the series largely focuses on a goal and how these beings contribute to achieving that goal. Thus, it’s third-person POV.
  6. “latant or subtle eroticism”— Heath barely keeps his pants on. Xavier has plenty of oppertunities for sexy fun. Jez brings the fire. Caleb’s character doesn’t have much room in book one for this, but he’ll get fun in book three. Jun has other priorities. Wend is a virgin, but she does think about sex.

virgin eggplant quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #romance #Novel #book #NaNoProMo




what I want individual postings to convey. They’re consistent with the feel of my books, so one helps the other.
I sometimes blog about equality. It might not seem like that goes along with the books, but the characters will have a discussion about it in book two. Also, there’s no use hiding the fact that I’m a Native American. Anyone who doesn’t want to read a book because I’m not of the “Aryan Race” isn’t a reader I’d want anyway. Also, Caleb is gay, Jez is not a chaste woman, and there’s more than one reference to groupsex… so readers who are offended by those things probably aren’t going to like this series. And all the characters in the Existence would fight to free children from cages; so any reader who thinks it’s okay to imprison a child if a parent is accused of a misdemeanor can boycott me. Frankly, I’d take that boycott as a compliment.



My Social Media:

My Twitter feed has a lot of tweets about Urban Fantasy, #WeNeedDiverseBooks, writing tips, and writers.
My Facebook page has lots of posts about debut authors, quotes, and books.
My Pinterest has several of my interests, such as quotes, books, writing, thought-provoking ideas, blogging, views of the outdoors, humor, ESTP and other personality pins related to me, Native American interests, fantasy, equality, and gaming.
My BookBub and Goodreads show how much I enjoy reading a wide variety of books. (It also hints that I turn to the works of my fellow authors when figuring out the best approach to writing certain steamy scenes.)
My Instagram I still struggle with. I’m not sure the best way to make use of that tool. Honestly, the BoutOfBooks marathon is the main reason I even have this app.

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Jul 07 2018

Day Seven of #NaNoProMo is About Social Media


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I think I’ll do my responses using bulletpoints.

  • The only social media sites that I don’t “get” are G+ and Tumblr. I feel like there should be a “how to” video out there that better explains them, like ways to master them, but I’ve yet to find it.
  • Facebook mostly annoys me, but I’m there. I have a presence. I mostly pre-schedule my posts though.
  • I actually really enjoy Pinterest. I’m not sure it’s sold my books or driven people to my blog, but I really like hanging on that site anyway.
  • I use Twitter all the time.
  • I have Photoshop.
  • I don’t know about everywhere, but I am on more than four.
  • writerscookbook.com/social-media-writers-platforms/ That site lumps all of “fiction novels” together.
    curiosityneverkilledthewriter.com/promoting-your-scifi-or-fantasy-novel-on-social-media-78f01f189ab8 This site had some great links. I didn’t really learn which social media most Urban Fantasy readers use, but I joined some groups! And that’s one heck of a list of hashtags.
    damiengwalter.com/2010/06/30/who-reads-urban-fantasy/ This came up with my search of “urban fantasy reader demographic.” It doesn’t answer the question, but rather suggests that such readers don’t exist. Nothing more fun that being told that I, someone who does read some urban fantasy, don’t exist.

  • I know about having an author brand. I have several posts about it.
  • I have a Facebook author page, but I also have a website.
  • I’m pretty good at ignoring trolls.
  • “The beauty of social media is the ability to meet writers in our genre, join forces, and co-market each other’s books.”
    — Have you SEEN my Twitter?!?! I share the crap out of #WeNeedDiverseBooks, #urbanfantasy, and #ww writer Wednesday. Plus, I run the Debut Author Spotlight, which is all about promoting books from new authors!
  • I post as consistently as I can. Buffer helps a lot.
  • And I know writing is a business, and that social media is a tool for that.

Looks like I’m doing pretty well for today.

Jul 06 2018

Day Six of #NaNoProMo and Book Tag: How Do You Organize Your Reading Life


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Day Six was a recap and winner announcment day.




Book Tag How Do You Organize Your Reading Life
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Thanks to the Blog All About it Challenge, I came across this post. I needed something more for today, and this suits that need. Enjoy!

How many books do you typically read at one time? How many are you reading right now?
I’d like to say I read one at a time. But there are two books I haven’t read straight through. One is a trilogy by three authors, so it’s just really long and daunting. The other contains subject matter that reminds me of the worse time in my life so I have to keep putting it down because it overwhelms me.

How do you keep your place in a book?
Forest Friends Magnetic Bookmarks
Unless it’s an ebook, since those tend to bookmark themselves.

Do you take notes as you read? What is your preferred note-taking method?
Yes. If it’s an ebook, I highlight and notetake there. But for printed books, I usually start a file in Google Docs or another cloud space.

How do you keep track of what you’ve read?
Goodreads and 50BookPledge are my primary means. I didn’t keep track before I started using them.

Do you set reading goals for yourself? What is your current goal?
Yes! I keep track of this every month with the goals blog hop. I’m really behind this year.

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Do you participate in readathons? Which ones are your favorites?
Bout of Books which is a few times a year and TackleTBR which is once a year.

When you decide what to read next, do you select from a reading list or choose books at random?
I have a pretty long TBR. But I also consider if the next book I read will help me reach one of my goals. Though sometimes I’ll also pick a book based largely on the fact that it’s there and it has a page length I can finish in the magic free time I’ve happened to have for whatever reason.

Do you ever read series books out of order?
This is actually a pet-peeve of mine. In the last few months, I actually deleted a few books from my TBR list because they weren’t book 1 in a series. So no, not if I can help it.

How do you store the books you own? Do you have a system for organizing them?
Ebooks are nice because they take up no space. I love physical books, but I try not to hang on to more stuff than I can carry on my back. (Which might sound crazy, and that’s okay.) My assistant, however, is a book hoarder, so I just add to her library.

When you finish reading a book you’ve bought, do you keep it or pass it on?
See previous answer.

Do you review everything you read? How do you decide which books to review?
For the past few years, yes, that’s what I’ve been trying to do. There’s one book I didn’t review because it was written for teens, by high school English teacher, and there were some typos, at least one of which created a curse word. I didn’t know what to say or do about this, as the person was someone who was helping me with something at the time, and I didn’t want to piss her off. (I’ve since found a few updates that one of my editors made to my own book which created errors. The thing is, I would want to know so I could fix them. But a few years ago, that thought didn’t cross my mind. I was just trying to fit my rhombus peg self into a crescent hole group, so to speak.)

How do you find out about new books you might want to read?
I come across recommendations on blogs, social media, from friends, and from running the Debut Author Spotlight.

If you’ve read this post and liked it, tag – you’re it! Copy the questions and post your answers on your own blog, then leave me a link so I can read your responses. (If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave your answers in a comment below.)

Jul 05 2018

Day Five of #NaNoProMo is About Books


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The day five post suggested some books to read about marketing. I added to my TBR pile.
What’s your favorite book marketing book?

Jul 04 2018

Day Four of #NaNoProMo is About the Quadrant Method


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Day four suggests filling this out. Which is great, except I’m doing NaNoProMo largely because I don’t have any ideas I haven’t tried and/ or feel I could do. Thus, I’m not sure what to put here.








Today is the celebration of America’s declaration to no longer be part of the British Empire. Independence Day. Immigrants and refugees, some who enslaved others and most who lived on stolen conquered land declared themselves to be an independent nation. They made no promise to care for or about sick, disabled, or pregnant citizens. No promise was made to not arrest or detain a minor child if a parent or guardian committed a misdemeanor. They didn’t think about promising clean water to all citizens in this new country. Or write down anything to suggest that schools would be safe places, or that the schools would do better than schools of other lands. The founding fathers kicked around the idea of separating Church and State, but didn’t make it concrete enough, or consider all the different religions of their new nation. National Parks would come later, but not with strong enough wording to promise they’d always be protected. Likewise, voting rights for all adult Homo sapiens citizens would continue to be debated far longer than most people believe.

No, those things aren’t part of today’s celebration. It’s really just about the revolution to get out from under British control. What changes might be made to the Declaration of Independence if a time traveler had shown the men who would sign it all that they forgot to include? Would they care? Would they be proud of where the nation they made would end up? We might never know.

Jul 04 2018

IWSG July 2018 Goal Question

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IWSG question for the month

What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?

I’ve been taking part in a monthly goal blog hop, which posts on the last Friday of every month, since Feb 28, 2014. Thanks to that, I can answer this question in a fairly organized manner.

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

Current Goals:

A MAIN LIFE GOAL:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)

Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

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


2018 Resolution:

#NewYearsResolution

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


2018 Goals:

  • Publish a book
  • Enter 3 writing contests –One down


Goals for July 2018:






From the Goals Feb 2014 post:



The BIG MAIN GOAL:

Publish two decent-selling book series

2014 Goals:

  • Have 5000 Twitter followers At 8,097 today.

Goals for March 2014:

  • Rewrite query I did that several times.
  • Change setting in Fraction of Existence to see if it strengthens the story It didn’t, so that draft died.
  • Work on the other fantasy book series (started during NaNoWriMo) Still working on this.



From the Feedback on me PART 2 post written in 2013, where I created a vague timeline to show my goals. (I’m no longer as attached to the idea of my Snookums and I adopting a child. And I’m doubtful that Entertainment Weekly is going to come a calling. I also have a goal to make it to 75 instead of 73… stay tuned.)
The mark for “present” was June 2013, and Fractions of Existence published in Sept 2017.


image of life and writing Timeline @JLenniDorner




It is okay to disregard a goal that is no longer important to you.




Here’s the oldest blog post of mine I can find where I mention goals: G is for Goal #AtoZChallenge 2012.


“to have my book series represented by an agent who will get it published and then celebrate with me when the books appear on the New York Times best-seller list”
After realizing that my Urban Fantasy doesn’t use most of the currently most popular featured items, I gave up trying to land an agent and self-published. It’s much more difficult for an indie author to reach the number of people, in a short time, to land on the NYT best-seller list.


The other goals I listed:

  1. To get 300 signers on the what-are-they.com guestbook. 129 signed
  2. To complete this A to Z blog challenge. Did that in 2012!
  3. To get 1000 likes on my Facebook fan page Total Page Likes as of Today: 1,386
  4. To get an agent. Gave up this goal.
  5. To finish writing book two. Still working on this.



So I still have the goals of writing, and keeping up with the blogging and social media that goes along with it. But I’ve since embraced being an indie author, and changed my life goals.

Jul 03 2018

Day Three of #NaNoProMo is About Fun Details and Quotes


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It was a fun read, completely outside of my book. These details weren’t mentioned in this paranormal romance book, but they served to elaborate on the setting and give some “behind the scenes” details to my readers.

That quote is one of the two tips given for today’s challenge. Here’s my take on something outside my book that is related to the year a majority of Fractions of Existence takes place.

10 things that happened in 2005:

  • Summer Olympics in Greece
  • Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire were in theaters
  • Hurricane Katrina
  • Mark Zuckerberg offered to sell Facebook to Myspace. Myspace CEO Chris DeWolfe rejected Zuckerberg’s asking price of 75 million dollars.
  • Brad Pitt left Jennifer Aniston for Angelina Jolie
  • How I Met Your Mother premiered
  • YouTube founded
  • Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah Winfrey’s couch while confessing his love for Katie Holmes
  • Earthquake off Sumatra, magnitude of 8.7, is the second largest earthquake since 1965
  • Fractions of Existence takes place (most of it anyway)

short quotes that evoke the mood of the scene without requiring an explanation. You want to find quotes that can be taken out of context and still be understandable.

The other tip for today’s challenge was to share quotes from the stories. I made these sharable images. What do you think?


Fairies are not real quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

exchanging pictures quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

epic quest quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

dancing and dating quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

Boston Cream Pie quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

Abominations die quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

virgin eggplant quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

The speed of Death quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

steal a girlfriend quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

shower spider quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

shirt gift quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

protect herself quote from Fractions of Existence #book by @JLenniDorner #UrbanFantasy #Novel #read #NaNoProMo

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Did any of these quotes from the book intrigue you?

Jul 02 2018

Day Two of #NaNoProMo is About Media Appearances


Day Two of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
https://badredheadmedia.com/nanopromo




National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


  • Schedule a Blog Tour & Book Blast
  • Book Ongoing Blog and Podcast Appearances
  • Pitch to Traditional Media Outlets

I had two book blog tours in April and May.
I “appear” on the Operation Awesome blog and the #AtoZchallenge blog. I’ve also guest posted on several other blogs.
I am not, however, someone who wants to be newsworthy. (Not that I haven’t done or been part of newsworthy events, it just isn’t something I want.) Social media is about as “not hermit” as I get. Plus, I’m a mute who lived in an area that doesn’t believe in photography of those with a soul. Looks like I’m going to have to take a “fail” on list item number three.

Jul 01 2018

Day One of #NaNoProMo is About a Novel Reader


Day One of #NaNoProMo National Novel Promotion Month
https://badredheadmedia.com/nanopromo



National Novel Promotion Month took place in May. I missed it. Better late than never!


To come up with a reader avatar, you’re going to think about the person who picks up your book and is going to LOVE IT.

  • What kind of professions are they likely to have? Again, doesn’t mean they are all that profession, but maybe many have jobs with a common element.
  • What do they value most in a book they read?
  • Are they there for fun or to walk away still repeating your imagery in their minds?
  • Do they need a puzzle to solve or do they need an experience?
  • What kind of money are they spending every month on books?

Based on this, I’d say the Reader Avatar for Fractions of Existence probably has a “typical” job, perhaps doing office work such as data entry, and enjoys history or mythology or both. They most value having a fun reading experience that tickles the brain a bit. These readers want to walk away with thoughts churning in their minds. Figuring out “what-are-they” is certainly a puzzle. This reader probably spends two hours of earned income a month on books.

Jun 30 2018

June Goals Include Roaring Loud to #KeepFamiliesTogether

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



There are things going on in America that have taken my time and attention from other goals. As some of you know, I was taken from my birth parents when I was a child. It wasn’t by the government, but that doesn’t keep me from sympathizing. And no, I don’t have any living children, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less concerned for innocent youths in detention centers.

June’s “blog all about it” challenge prompt is “growl.” The fact that we need to protest and need to ask the government to #KeepFamiliesTogether — that’s what I’m growling about.

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Children being held in such horrible places, taken from those who love and protect you because they may have committed a misdemeanor, isn’t okay. A quick reminder: “Civil disobedience is the active, professed refusal of a citizen to obey certain laws, demands, orders or commands of a government or occupying international power.” Sometimes goals have to shift to include that because what is right doesn’t always align with what is policy.

And now, here’s a link about setting goals:
https://careerwise.minnstate.edu/mymncareers/finish-school/long-short-goals.html

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The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

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



Current Writing End Goals

From the End Goals of an Author post.

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

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2018 Resolution:

#NewYearsResolution

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



2018 Goals:

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2018 Reading Challenge

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Goals for July:

  • Read and review 6 books
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
  • Comment on 20 blogs
  • Write the My SPIRIT post
  • Write
  • Get the A to Z Challenge survey results published
  • Do the Blog Ahead Mini
  • Missed #NaNoProMo so catch up
  • Find more Debut Authors
  • Work more with the #KeepFamiliesTogether movement
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter



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Review of Goals for June:

  • Read and review 4 books Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Comment on 20 blogs Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write the My- Growl post Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Keep voting at WRiTECLUB Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Find Debut Authors for July Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • WEPFF June 2018 Challenge Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
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    @JLenniDorner is the Interviewer for the Operation Awesome blog Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays

    NOW FILLING 2018 SLOTS!

    Please share the debut author image. Thank you!




    Try the Grammarly extension in your browser. Improve your writing!




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

    Jun 10 2018

    Surviving Thesaurus Suggestions with Humor

    http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/survivor

    survivor

    Having a rough day? Feeling poorly?

    Remember that the opposite of being a survivor is being a main meal. That’s something I never thought about before. Perhaps the thesaurus thinks highly of the role insects play in body decomposition.

    Also, remember that another word for being a survivor is “survivor”… which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but there you go.

    You’re only trash if you don’t survive! (That’s either motivating or insulting.)

    I admit that “survive or die” always seemed a bit obvious in an annoying way to me. But “survive like residue” sounds like a hilarious new quote from the dystopian genre, and “survive or be a main meal” sounds like a Jurassic Park line.

    Have you ever come across something in the thesaurus that seemed odd?

    May 26 2018

    May Goals Organize

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



    I fell so far behind that I didn’t even publish my goal post at the end of April. And this one is a day late. I also have my ORGANIZE post for Blog All About It smack in the middle of this. So break out the potato, because this is gonna be long.

    What I loved most about March’s blog all about it challenge was the number of people who declared a love for the scent of old books.

    I found a cool reading bingo challenge in April:
    Tsundoku Bingo Spring 2018

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    The MAIN LIFE GOALS:

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



    Current Writing End Goals

    From the End Goals of an Author post.

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

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    2018 Resolution:

    #NewYearsResolution

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



    2018 Goals:

    blog about it challenge 2018 try something new square 2018 book reading challenge all about the trope 2018 book reading challenge

    2018 Reading Challenge

    2018 Reading Challenge
    J. has
    read 0 books toward
    their goal of
    50 books.
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    Goals for June:


  • Read and review 4 books
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
  • Comment on 20 blogs
  • Write my Growl post for the blog all about it challenge
  • Write
  • Keep voting at WRiTECLUB
  • Find Debut Authors for July
  • WEPFF June 2018 Challenge
  • Fix more Photobucket broken links
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter


  • Review of (unpublished Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal) Goals for May:


  • Work on my blog’s newsletter problem With the new rules, I don’t even know if I should try to fix it. Maybe it’s one of those “blessing in disguise” things that it’s broken.
  • Read and review 6 books At the moment, I have yet to reach that number.half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Bout of Books Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Get ready for my book tours Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Comment on 50 blogs half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Write Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Keep voting at WRiTECLUB Bugger. I missed some. half credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Finish 2018 A to Z challenge duties Ongoing
  • Find Debut Authors for JuneMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Think about the WEPFF June 2018 Challengehalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Fix more Photobucket broken linkshalf credit because @JLenniDorner accomplished part of this goal
  • Follow more All Author group members on Twitter Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal
  • Work on spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Write the Organize post Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
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    blog about it challenge 2018

    Spreadsheet Organizing my ebook TBR by page length

    I’m not even 1/3 of the way through the ebooks. But this is what the spreadsheet looks like. I wish there were a faster way to make this. Actually, I wish I didn’t have to organize this myself, because it seems like someone at Amazon would be able to write a code that books could be searched by page length (the site IS where I go to get the information) and /or by genre (again, guess where I get the info…). And for the few ebooks I have that aren’t available on Amazon, I surf over to Goodreads (which, I’m pretty sure, Amazon owns or partnered with).

    So this, in theory, could exist elsewhere, but doesn’t. I asked about it, and they suggest searching by file size. Let me tell you why that’s unwise: A children’s picture book has a huge file size, because of the pictures. Certain fonts have a higher file size (Twilight — Edward’s handwriting). If the author adds a map, or an image with the chapter number, or anything along those lines, it alters the file size. #TrustMeIAmAnAuthor

    Anyway, that’s my current organizing project. Here’s a screeenshot of part of it:

    organize blog-all-about-it-challenge

    On a side note, as long as I’m going mention ways Amazon could improve, my cousin-in-law has a whole rant going on. If you’re a reader or a writer, this is important to you:

    Also see this on Pinterest

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    Review of Goals for April:


  • My book tours! See the post where I reviewed them. Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Comment on 300 blogs I actually made it to 310, and there are STILL ones I wanted to hit and didn’t!Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Vote in WRiTECLUBMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • #AtoZchallengeMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Find Debut Authors for April and MayMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • WEPFF April 2018 ChallengeMischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal


  • A to Z #atozchallenge 2018 friendly badge WriteClub





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

    NOW FILLING 2018 SLOTS!

    Please share the debut author image. Thank you!




    Will Grammarly improve your writing?




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




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    Potatos for the long post.

    May 21 2018

    Reviews #BoutOfBooks and #BlogTour #BookTour





    I read three books during this read-a-thon.






    King’s Cage
    #WeNeedDiverseBooks #SpecFic 5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

    This book has important (though unnatural) weather, and therefore counts toward my goal for the “all about the trope challenge.”

    I am really enjoying this series. Even though I found the book really good, I’m going to start out by virtually high-fiving the author for the end of the acknowledgments section. I truly enjoyed reading that.

    Back to the story. It almost feels like she wrote it backward from the traditional story arc set up. The ending I somewhat saw coming, but it still made it a tough pill to swallow (in a good way, reader-wise). There were a lot of lines to love in this book. And it really does mirror society and holds a warning. I thought, at the end of Red Queen, that this might be more sci-fi than fantasy, that it might be a book with a future setting. The map at the start of this book, and a reference or two in the story, confirms that. So it is Speculative Fiction, a fantasy set in our possible future, dotted with horror, a splash of romance, and bits of science-fiction all rolled together. Like tossing the Lord of the Rings books and the X-Men graphic novels, and maybe one Star Trek book and a few pages of the CliffsNotes on Diary of Anne Frank, all in a blender together. That’s what it feels like to me. And I love it!

    There are different heads to be in during different chapters. I’m generally not fond of that approach, but it was well-done and reasonable here. Afterall, the first half of the book has the main character separated from the supporting cast. Evangeline’s POV was especially interesting, as her thoughts are so different from the character she portrays herself as.

    I love the diversity in the book. I imagine Mare as a teenage Michelle Rodriguez (actor). Universal has been talking about making this series into movies for years. (I wonder what the hold up could be, given that this is perfectly suited to slide in with the Marvel and DC films dominating the box office.)

    V-Card 4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

    I have not read anything by this author before, so this book counts on toward the “try something new’ challenge.

    This was certainly more romance than erotica. As the title suggests, the main character is a virgin who is looking for the guy to change that before she’s 21. She’s good-looking but has comically bad luck. Everyone in the book but her knows that someone has a crush on her. (Including me, as I read it, because it seemed ridiculously obvious.) The story is totally predictable and ends with heartwarming, traditional feels. What makes it good is the humor weaved throughout. The make-out scenes have plenty of heat. But the scene you know is coming (again, look at the title) is all heart and very low on the heat scale. As I said, it’s romance, not erotica. That big climax scene is PG-13, not R, certainly not X. The book seems to draw a reader in with lust but ends by giving love. I don’t read enough of the genre to know if that’s a trend. It was well-written and the humor was right up my alley. Quite good if this is the sort of book you’re looking to read.

    500 Low Glycemic Index Recipes 4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner

    I have not read anything by this author before, so this book counts on toward the “try something new’ challenge.

    What do you do when your family member gets diagnosed with an overwhelming health issue? Run out and get a book that could help. What did Dick, the author, do when he was diagnosed? Wrote a bunch of books to help people like himself. The author is not a doctor, dietitian, nutritionist, or professional chef. He’s a guy in Maryland, near my neck of the woods. Some of the recipes are beginner level, and some are a little more advanced. (There’s one that includes sausage as an ingredient, for example, and the instructions just say, “cook the sausage,” but do not say how. Only a few are like this though.) Most are stovetop or oven, but some are grill or slow-cooker. (Though the person I bought this feels that the author doesn’t get the Crockpot concept of tossing everything in there with no other steps besides returning a few hours later.) I was impressed that there was an Amish dish included. And a different take on salmon soup that interests me. (It wasn’t something I grew up with, but something someone made for me a few times. Canned salmon. Such an unusual ingredient for a book like this.) Everything in the book is also low-sodium or sodium-free. There’s a great introduction in the book that details the reasons. The family member I got this for already has a dozen pages flagged with recipes to try– and this is not a person who cooks or enjoys being in the kitchen, so consider that a high praise by itself.

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    I had paid to do two virtual book blog book tours in the last few weeks. Here’s a quick review of each, in case my fellow indie authors are curious.

    Silver Dagger Book Tours:

    Excellent communication. Enjoyed working with the person who ran my tour. 48 successful stops on the tour. (Some bloggers signed up to take part but did not. That happens with anything like this, and I certainly don’t blame Silver Dagger Tours for it.)

    Books Sold during tour dates: 3
    Reviews given during tour dates: 0
    Cost I paid/donated: $140
    http://www.silverdaggertours.com/sdsxx-tours/fractions-of-existence-book-tour-and-giveaway

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    Chapter by Chapter:

    There were 13 stops on this tour. Several places called me “J.” instead of “J” (something that happens as a result of Facebook, long ago, not letting me use my name without a period after it, and that linked to my Goodreads account). At least one site/ tour stop either changed my gender or thought the person from Chapter by Chapter was offering the prize that went with the giveaway. (I didn’t run it, but I will be the one paying for it once they pick a winner.) I really liked the tour banner.

    Books Sold during tour dates: 0
    Reviews given during tour dates: 1 (On Goodreads and a blog)
    Cost I paid: $55
    http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-fractions-of-existence-by-j-lenni-dorner/

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