Apr 03 2019

#IWSG Wish for Help Writing a Scene

If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be?

IWSG

(Existence series book two) The first kiss of two certain characters. Because it isn’t just a kiss and they aren’t human. So I need to emphasize the importance of what’s actually happening while also balancing the emotions and making it clear that this is consensual even though one character is in over her head until after the kiss.

(Anah’s story) How to resolve a high-stakes conflict scene I’ve included. I’m thinking of turning it into a drill (like a fire drill where people practice leaving a building calmly). But there’s the aftermath of “if this REALLY happened, what would I do??” And I honestly don’t know what to tell my character, so I don’t know what to tell her parents to tell her. Because if it really happened, that’s it, the story is over. It’d suck and then she’d die. So I’m trying to create a way for a better answer to exist. First, I need to remember that it’s a “fantasy” problem only based on a real world problem. (The real world problem doesn’t have a good answer. Basically, if it happens, things suck and then you die. That’s really what happens. Like, if you’re super lucky, there’s a war and you maybe don’t die. But, ummm, the odds aren’t really in your favor.)

So, yeah.

I welcome any ideas.

How about you? Are you in the IWSG? Looking forward to reading their latest book? Did you hear they’re making another?

Apr 03 2019

Cover to cover #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter C
C is for — Cover to cover

“I read this book cover to cover because ___.”

That’s what people really want to know when they read a book review. (And if you didn’t finish it, they want to know why not.) Did the book stimulate, inspire, or impress you? Or did it leave you feeling weary and disenchanted?

Maybe you finished it out of obligation. Perhaps you read it all because it was worth your time. Or maybe there was something about the book that made you put it down forever.

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Question: What gets you to read a blog post from the opening to the ending?

— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge


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Apr 02 2019

Beneficial #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter B
B is for — Beneficial or detrimental to society?

When reviewing a non-fiction or reference book, determine if the book is beneficial or detrimental to society and in what way.

I hope that Writing Book Reviews As An Author is beneficial because writers need book reviews. That’s how we are valued. It’s our “commission.” Even if you only leave a few words, it matters. It matters because authors work hard to get reviews.

It matters because the number of reviews is currently a large consideration of the algorithm that decides which books are going to get more attention from the automated systems that are used to determine who floats and who sinks. Not the words in them, just the quantity.

Leaving book reviews for books in your genre gives you authority, or credit, especially among readers who share your opinion. It also encourages your fellow authors to read and review your work. That’s how Writing Book Reviews As An Author is meant to benefit readers and writers alike.

What non-fiction or reference books might be detrimental to society? An alternate version of history? Could extremists use a misleading book to make their plans seem legitimate? What about an advice book that offers tips which not only do not work but can be illegal in some situations? A book review highlighting this is the best defense for consumers. It’s why buyers of non-fiction and reference books are more likely to read negative reviews before purchases.

And why a positive review there greatly increases the odds of a sale. So be proud of the non-fiction and reference books you’ve read. Be grateful for the knowledge those authors pass on to you. And show that thanks with a review.

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Mar 31 2019

#BookReview Masquerade: Oddly Suited #IWSG Anthology

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#IWSG Anthology 2019
by L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, Deborah Solice, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Chelsea Marie Ballard, Anstice Brown

#WeNeedDiverseBooks #SpecFic #DebutAuthor (there are two first-time authors), Author I Haven’t Previously Read

I enjoyed reading the ARC copy of Masquerade: Oddly Suited I was given in exchange for my honest review. It’s a clean-read, not much beyond a kiss. I’d recommend it to fans of YA romance who like a variety of subgenres. I look forward to reading more from several of these authors.

Oddly Suited by L.G. Keltner
A funny and heartwarming story. Excellent use of showing emotions. There’s a nervous young crush that slow burns to the happy ending.
The characters Bleeg Blorgington and Felicity Hart are the “cover models” for this book. This story is also the one for which the book is titled.
Keltner has been one of my favorite authors for a few years.

Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
This writer really knows softball. A good story for sports fans.
“He’s my catcher, and I like what I see behind his mask.” There’s a play-on-words for mask and masquerade. Also, rather than going to a ball, they’re playing ball and discovering the truth about each other.

Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
This reminded me of an episode of the tv show Supernatural. It’s a different sort of romance. More so, there’s a lot of pain for the main character, with whom it is easy to empathize. I like that it’s set in Gettysburg, PA.

The Dark Charade by C.D. Gallant-King
This was the first time I encountered the term “lit crush” (which can be a crush on a literary character, a writer, or a book — I looked it up), and I love the usage. In fact, this story frequently dropped names of my fandoms.
I’m not used to seeing graveyard and cemetery used interchangeably. Where I’m from, a graveyard is on church ground and tends to be smaller, whereas a cemetery is burial ground for all people regardless of faith. So I wasn’t sure what was going on there, setting wise, though it was described more like a graveyard because it was separated by faith. My other issue was that “and taken the pearl necklace off” should be took instead of taken.
But the twist ending, wow! Not only did I not see it coming, I love the idea. I love the sudden diversity that was snuck in there. The story is a romance the way Stephen King’s Misery was a romance. It’s great and I would happily read more stories like this one. (My TBR list just grew.) This was my favorite story in the book.

The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
This story lost me a few times. It was presented differently from my usual reading tastes.
I realize the main character is exactly the sort of person to make this mistake, but Big Ben is the nickname of a bell, not the name of Elizabeth Tower.
“Chills clawed up my back and the feeling of being watched escalated to a dark foreboding.” That’s a good line from the story. I can’t say I’ve ever wanted to kiss anything with “teeth spines of oozing venom,” but it works out in this story.

Remedy by Chelsea Marie Ballard
The vivid imagery in this story is amazing, especially given that it’s a short story.
I wonder about Rudy, given the list of rhetorical questions, which means they were asked to make a point. Given those questions, if they’re rhetorical, does that suggest abuse and ignoring consent? Because that doesn’t fit with his character at all. Or were they rhetorical because her answer is a blanket yes?
“Whatever titles we gave ourselves to make us feel like we had the right to own other human beings.” That is such a profound line. It hits hard and cements the dystopia painted in this futuristic YA story. I thought the ending was hopeful.

Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian
Mrs. Upshur is one of those fantastic antagonists that I hate, and I mean that as a compliment to Brownian.
“Decent people always blend in. Negative things happen when one stands out from the crowd.” That’s a powerful line of a coward who isn’t aware of their own cowardice. History books, after all, are filled with those who stood out. So I love that the antagonist said this, trying to keep the main character down. But then I got to hate the villain more when she said, “Perhaps some of them might welcome the challenge of breaking your rebellious spirit and teaching you which sex God intended to be dominant and why.” A reminder that, like in many historical romances, equality is and was an impossible concept for certain people to grasp for an excruciatingly long time. (The setting is in 1767.)
The Hinduism reference was very moving for me.
I really liked Jinx, until she became passionate about becoming a possession. She knows it’s the opposite of her ideas, but lets it happen. She’s a completely different person because of that moment, a level of change rarely executed in a short story. And the love interest responds with a possessive line, so it’s a happily ever after if you call trading humanity to become a possession happy (which was the antagonist’s goal for the protagonist).

Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Set in southern Spain during a war between Christians and the Moors (Islam), which gives it diversity in that the characters are from two different backgrounds. They spend a chunk of the story pretending to ignore that fact, and then it comes up, but then it’s shoved aside for the happy ending. Don Juan Antonio Martín de la Vega is a perfect gentleman in the story, an excellent example of how to write a chivalrous character. A good slow-burn historical romance.

Sea of Sorrows by Anstice Brown
I felt bad for the Jamie/Jaimie character. (It was spelled both ways in the ARC.) The book has creatures called sorrows, which don’t call themselves finfolk, and haven’t heard the term mermaid before. Which is interesting because it brings in that aspect of lores coming together.
As soon as the character Erik showed up, I realized this story is probably a retelling of The Little Mermaid, but with some fantastic twists that make a lot of sense and add intrigue. Very good.

A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Set in 2046, mostly in the virtual world of Cumulus, this story has physical diversity that brings out all the feels. There’s a simulated assistant, Baxter, who is a black cat, and I love him. And just when I thought the story couldn’t get any cooler, Falkor from the Neverending Story shows up. I fully geeked out. An amazing happily-ever-after.

Mar 31 2019

Acknowledgments #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author


#AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author Acknowledgements and dedication to Arlee Bird, Zalka Csenge Virág, John Holton, Jayden R Vincente, and Jeremy Hawkins

Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter A
A is for — Acknowledgments

The idea for Writing Book Reviews As An Author started when someone asked me to write a guest article for their newsletter. “Something 500 to 700 words.” An hour later, I had over a thousand words. I figured I’d turn it into a blog post. Or a series of blog posts. Three hours later, I knew I had my April posts. There was still more to say on the topic! So I turned it into a book.

If it weren’t for the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge, I might not have a blog and certainly wouldn’t have a second reference book. That’s why I dedicated the book to my team. Arlee, you gave the blogging community a great gift when you created this blog hop. Thank you so much. It’s an honor to serve on this team. That’s why the team gets the acknowledgments on my book’s dedication page. Thank you Arlee Bird, Zalka Csenge Virág, John Holton, Jayden R Vincente, and Jeremy Hawkins!

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Mar 31 2019

Sunday Stealing Deep Political and Humanitarian Questions

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Sunday Stealing
Questions to get to know each other.

1. If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
I don’t want to be that guy, but I just published a reference book, which is honestly my way of actually teaching, so I mean, how can I not answer with this? Right?!? So… SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION:
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2. What would you regret not fully doing, being or having in your life?

  • doing: Publishing the rest of the Existence series.
  • being: True to myself.
  • having: A purpose.

3. Are you holding onto something that you need to let go of?
Probably some fear and anger. It’s a process.

4. When you are 80-years-old, what will matter to you the most?
Memories, love, having left something behind. Ask me in four decades, if we make it that long. (Science isn’t making the outlook seem really high lately.) (Though maybe if a certain someone signed The Paris Agreement Accord de Paris, just saying.)

5. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards and just do what you know is right?
You have to figure it out for yourself.

6. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
I don’t honestly know how old I am because my parents didn’t keep calendars. But trust me, you don’t want to be someone who doesn’t have a correct and consistent answer to that question. The level of hate and anger from not picking a square on the 365/366 calendar is unimaginable.

7. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
Yup.

8. What makes you smile?
Happy children, a good book, a fine meal, nice comments on what I’ve shared…

9. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
Nope, I’m a mute. But hopefully, I’ll have sold more of my written words than I’ve …done? Umm… sure.

10. If you had the opportunity to get a message across to a large group of people, what would your message be?
Be kinder to each other.

11. If the average human lifespan was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
Quit my job and “take off” from the online community so I could write more, and get enough life insurance so someone could be hired to market books for me after I’m gone in a few months (though I might already be dead, depending which doctor you ask).

12. What do we all have in common besides our genes that makes us human?
The need for a safe place to live.

13. If you could choose one book as a mandatory read for all high school students, which book would you choose?
Thanks for the hardest question of all time. Freakonomics perhaps.

14. Would you rather have less work or more work you actually enjoy doing?
Whichever means I earn more money while writing.

15. What is important enough to go to war over?
To save lives (have a safe place to live, proper health care for everyone, education opportunities, the right to protect consent).

16. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
Never trying. You can learn from failing.

17. When was the last time you listened to the sound of your own breathing?
Last weekend I guess.

18. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
Living.

19. What does ‘The American Dream’ mean to you?
That someone will always think it’s a good idea to oppress someone else because they can’t be better unless someone else is worse. Sorry, let me try a cheery answer. “That one day we’ll all be equal and live great lives full of safety for everyone in America.” Yup, dream.

20. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
Worried genius. And yeah, I know the downsides. But I’ll take it.



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Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: Thought Provoking Questions

Mar 30 2019

1000 POSTS Giveaway CLOSED

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1000 posts!

That’s a huge milestone in blogging. And that’s just my own blog. Just me bringing all of this to you.
(For comparison, the #AtoZchallenge also hit 1000 posts this month, but that’s a whole team of bloggers.)

Funny thing about reaching a milestone… makes me just want to hit another…

That’s where you come in.

I’m holding a little giveaway.

What prizes are up for grabs?

Well, that’ll depend on what gets unlocked!

Updated May 15

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Prize: $5 US Amazon egiftcard


Reach 4000 Blog Comments. Currently 4110
Prize: $5 US Amazon egiftcard


LOCKED image Have 8000 Twitter followers. Currently 7890.
Prize: Surprize gift! (Approximately $10 US value)


LOCKED image Have 8800 Twitter followers so I can get out of “unable to follow more” twit-jail. Currently 7890.
Prize: $25 US Etsy egiftcard


LOCKED image Have 1450 Facebook followers. Currently 1396.
Prize: Tree of Life Magnetic Bookmarks


LOCKED image Have 300 Instagram followers. Currently 232.
Prize: Print copy of Fractions of Existence (shipped via Amazon)


UNLOCKED image Reach 800 Pinterest followers. Currently 807
Prize: Live, Love, Laugh, Learn Magnetic Bookmarks


LOCKED image Reach 200 Bookbub followers. Currently 189
Prize: Just Clip it! Quote Bookmarks


LOCKED image Reach 1200 Goodreads followers. Currently 1161
Prize: Just Clip it! Quote Bookmarks

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Mar 29 2019

Goals Out Like a Lamb #GotGoalsBlogHop

Image from page 616 of "St. Nicholas [serial]" (1873)

Got Goals Bloghop
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#GotGoalsBlogHop

So much happened this month in my life. It was crazy busy around here for a while. But I’m staying on track with my goals. And I’m ready to face the madness that is April.

My book has been released!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2SdMsE8

Smashwords: smashwords.com/books/view/918883

Several passages from this book will be on this blog in April for the A to Z Challenge.


SPREADSHEET CHECK-IN

My lovely A to Z cohost, J R Vincente, made a spreadsheet to track progress for the year.
I’m counting blogging as “social media.”
@JLenniDorner spreadsheet


MAIN LIFE GOALS:

  • Publish two decent-selling book series (speculative fiction)
  • Survive at least another 35 years

BUCKET LIST:

  1. Publish a book and sell 2,000 copies of it in one week or 8,000 copies of it in one month.
  2. Watch a meteor shower while in the Cranberry Lake area of New York or Cherry Springs State Park in Pennsylvania. (USA)
  3. Visit Mount Sinai.
  4. Skydive
  5. Learn how to play checkers.
  6. Take a hot-air balloon ride over Maine.
  7. Have dinner at Armando al Pantheon in Rome.


Current Writing Goals

  • Self-publish + Blog the reference book on Writing Book Reviews #BookishResolutions Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Self-publish Anah’s story (ANAH ON TENTERHOOKS) #BookishResolutions
  • Complete the high fantasy short story
  • Self-publish the WIGS tribal story
  • Finish and publish the next Existence book
  • Finish and publish the Alison Fantasy book

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2019 Resolution:

#NewYearsResolution

  • This year I resolve to publish two books and write at least 25% of the year.




Seven Focus Topics

Posting about these topics monthly will keep my author brand strong:

  1. Lenni Lenape (Native American) — 2 posts
  2. storytelling –0 posts
  3. writing –2 post
  4. legends — 0 posts
  5. characters — 0 posts
  6. urban fantasy/ speculative fiction — 2 posts
  7. read –3 posts




2019 Goals:

  • 12 Blog All About It posts
  • Keep rocking the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome
  • 91 days of writing is my big #BookishResolutions (others are hashtagged)
    • Update on May 1
    • September 1
  • Take part in NaNoWriMo
    • July Camp #BookishResolutions
    • November 50k words #BookishResolutions
  • Publish two books #BookishResolutions
    1. One: Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    2. Two:
  • Be part of 3 blog hops/fests
    1. One: #AtoZChallenge First A to Z Book Tour Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
    2. Two: #AtoZChallenge TENTH anniversary of the April blogging challenge
    3. Three:
  • Enter 7 writing contests #BookishResolutions
    1. One:
    2. Two:
    3. Three:
    4. Four:
    5. Five:
    6. Six:
    7. Seven:
  • Add 200 books to the spreadsheet organizing my TBR by page length
    • 419 as of Jan 1
    • 430 as of Feb 23
    • 432 as of Mar 29
  • Complete Reading challenges:

blog all about it challenge 2019 try something new square 2019 book reading challenge all about the trope 2019 book reading challengeCreativity Reading Challenge 2019 Back to the Classics 2019 reading challenge2019 Diversity Reading Challenge #BeatTheBacklist2019 Ravenclaw The Insecure Writer's Support Group Book Club #IWSG Of Wonderland Book Club #OWBookClub #BeatTheBacklist #amreading #books 2019 #BookishResolutions

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EVERY MONTH:



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Goals just for April:

  • ROCK the #AtoZChallenge
  • Comment on 300 #AtoZChallenge blogs
  • Take part in the WEP Jewel post
  • Read and review 2 books



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Review of Goals just for March:

  • Theme Reveal post for the #AtoZChallenge on my blog Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Pre-schedule all posts for the #AtoZChallenge on my blog Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Pre-schedule my posts for the #AtoZChallenge for OA Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Pre-schedule posts for the #AtoZChallenge on the AtoZ blog Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Read and review 2 books Mischief Managed because @JLenniDorner accomplished this goal
  • Work on writing next book Naughty List because @JLenniDorner failed to accomplish this goal



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Mar 29 2019

LUCK The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

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Blog All About It



I promise you, a lot of it is luck. But you make your own luck by working really hard and trying lots and lots of things. #quote Kevin Systrom Pinterest co-founder

In my “good luck” category, three copies of my new book sold during the pre-sale.

In my “bad luck” category, BookBub sent me this email:

Our team reviews all recently-added books for New Release Alert eligibility and determined that Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier is not eligible for a New Release Alert.
The book was originally published before the submitted release date.
Our page length requirements for New Release Alerts are as follows: Nonfiction: 100+ pages

Paperback: 142 pages
Published March 19, 2019
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Print Length: 84 pages
Publication Date: March 26, 2019

Yeah. So THAT happened. Amazon changed the date of the print version of my book, releasing it 6 days early. Why? I don’t know.
Also, even though it’s the same book with the same content… a 58-page difference.
I don’t know if that’s part of my rejection from BookBub’s New Release Alert or not. But it’s too late now. So, yup, just bad luck.

The Ugly

Formatting for Amazon and Smashwords is totally different. It took forever to get all that right. There are still some fixes I’d like to make to the print one. (Namely that it didn’t print the page numbers. I don’t know how they’re not there, but they’re not.)

Mar 28 2019

They Called Me Wyatt by @NatashaTynes #WeNeedDiverseBooks #SpecFic #DebutAuthor #BookReview

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by Natasha Tynes

#WeNeedDiverseBooks #SpecFic #DebutAuthor #BookReview
Author I Haven’t Previously Read, Debut Book, MC returns to hometown Trope, Speculative Fiction book, Diverse book
Expected publication: June 11 2019 by Rare Bird Books

I received an unedited ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. Siwar is a Christian from Jordan. In chapter 10, she identifies as both White and Hispanic. It’s a stand-alone book. It’s speculative fiction because when Siwar dies, her 25-year-old consciousness lands in the body of a newborn boy. The fantasy/ speculative fiction elements are all easy to understand. (Basically, she’s possessing him, but it’s pretty much useless for her until he’s in his twenties.) I do read, and write, speculative fiction, but this book is different from my usual reading choices. There’s a strong mystery element of figuring out who killed her. While that is what the book is about, it’s not the reason to read it. It’s the cultural comparisons, the insight into different lives, that make this book stand out. Readers who are interested in that kind of diversity will enjoy this book the most.

The book definitely holds a mirror up to society. It’s not at all subtle about it, either. The book is a kind of wake-up call to the need for acceptance and betterment. In those moments it became so real, I had to double check it was fiction.

There’s a scene where Siwar remembers playing soccer, and then not being allowed to do so anymore. “So, she chose a judgemental society over my athletic pursuit.” That’s a really powerful scene about how females are treated differently and unfairly.

“His kryptonite is my sword.” That’s a great line I really enjoyed. Another I loved was in chapter 23, “If this was a novel it would have tanked.” I can’t explain it, but that made me laugh.

There are a few racists in the book. One says something that, while painful to read, is all too common among the hate groups. Practically their anthem or manifesto. My strong emotional reaction was a desire to vomit (but Natasha Tynes did it well, so that’s a positive). “You know, eventually, the dominant color skin will be light brown. People will forget. They’ll forget that it was us. Europeans who brought civilization to this world.” 🤮

The Dr. Fisher scene in Chapter 19, I personally feel would have been better as present tense. That way the memories would have been the only flashback/past tense. The mention of having someone grab a person by the crotch is horrifying, heart-breaking, and also an excellent tongue-in-cheek subtle political message (I assume, based on a certain real-life high-power person who brags about committing such an atrocity). It gives the word “pretty” a whole new meaning, a really terrible one.

A line that bothered me, and may trigger others, was “I sound like a f*ck*ng r*t*rd.” There are other times in the book where the main character seems more tolerant.

Professor Stein was my favorite character, even though his part is small. I believe he genuinely wanted to help Siwar and see her succeed. I could identify with him because I’ve known many people who are so close to greatness but haven’t quite reached it yet. He reminds me of several teachers I’ve had. I don’t believe, as the story sometimes indicated, that he was a racist. I think Siwar just wasn’t ready to hear the advice he offered. Paying more attention to language is absolutely crucial for writers.

As further proof, there’s a story in the book called “Tom from Maple Avenue.” It is a fictional story, but it mentions a place called “Ellen Town, Pennsylvania.” I’ve lived in Pennsylvania most of my life, and I’m pretty certain there’s no Ellen Town. There is an Allentown though. I don’t know if the purpose there was to make it more fictional? That story also calls 33 a “rotten age” to be pregnant. I’m not sure how offensive or accurate that might be, so I don’t know how exactly to feel about that. In the story, someone knocks at the basement door. The bizarreness of that is never addressed. The basement door? We’re not going to see a reaction, a mention, to that? Especially given the reason for the knocking. I had an eye-twitch from that because it was so odd, and no one acted like it was, and the story ended without it ever being relevant. Why was it the basement door and not the front door? Or even a back door? Or a window! It never gets addressed.

I didn’t especially care for Wyatt. Even with a woman in his head, he still seems to turn into a misogynist. (Though there is some debate over if his feelings are his own.) “He was drawn. Pulled. Hocked. {sic} He had to have her. To make him {sic} his.” I take issue with the level of possessiveness. It sounds like Wyatt viewed another human as property. (Again, the copy I read was unedited.) Also, he visits a mansion and thinks the land it’s on is an acre, which he considers big. That baffled me considering the setting he grew up in, I would assume he’d think an acre to be small and any residence on it– no matter how opulent or expensive– to not be large enough to qualify as a mansion. Plus, he thinks a one-karot {sic} (carat) diamond is “mammoth.” Again making it seem that he’s from a much poorer background than the book showed. But he also, as an adult, worries that if his mother moves to Europe, he’d have no one nearby to spend the holidays. It doesn’t even dawn on him to spend them alone, to take a vacation or something. Wyatt just didn’t “fit in” with any of the real guys I know who have had similar upbringings and backgrounds. The kicker for me was, despite being an alcoholic, he still gets trashed after only five bottles or glasses of beer.

I thought there would be more in the story about Abu Shakush after he was mentioned. I did not figure out who committed the murder before the reveal, which is odd for me, as I generally am able to guess that when I read mystery books. The book talks about a terrorist group, Al Ghazwa, who I believe is from the fictional future. The group overshadows ISIS (which might be related to Al-Qaeda). The book is also set in the fictional near-future of 2026, where the Republicans have ruled America for ten years.

The character Elias, her first boyfriend, Siwar describes as dumb, short, and overweight. The description of the huge black mole on his left cheek indicates she thought he was ugly. She hates that he doesn’t read much. But because he makes a move and calls her pretty, she just opts to date him. It’s so unempowering that her desire to be wanted outweighed her longing for love, passion, or romance. It lasts for months and she naively thinks he’ll change. And even though he’s clearly using her, she thinks he’s being a gentleman. I wanted to reach through the book and pat her on the head. But the society she’s in is so repressive that she doesn’t even know how ignorant she’s being. Then she doesn’t want to share him, she gets overly possessive. It makes me wonder if that, her influence, is why Wyatt comes off as a misogynist.

I very much like that several of the characters in the book actually read books. That’s one of my favorite activities to see in a novel. The book reminds me of the movie “The Sixth Sense,” if that movie were more diverse and Dr. Malcolm Crowe knew the ‘big twist’ from the beginning and made Cole help him instead of him trying to help Cole.

Adam was the only character who I wasn’t sure what his goals or motivations were. He seemed odd to me for some reason I can’t quite put my finger on.

“They Called Me Wyatt” is a tragedy that’s somewhat controversial, at times is chilling, and has some complex parts. The cover with Siwar’s face and the shattering scene as her body falls is interesting. The title makes sense very early on. I think the theme was about living life, appreciating it while it lasts because you never know when it’ll be your last day. Which is interesting considering how much of Wyatt’s life she takes up and uses for her own purpose, so he can’t or doesn’t really live his life, and is often too drunk or zoned out on prescriptions to really appreciate or live. In some ways, he is her obstacle, especially for his first few years. Sometimes Siwar and Wyatt share the role of the protagonist, and sometimes she is his antagonist. The plot, the order the book was told in, at times differed from what I am used to. But some of the settings were really good, with fun details to make the places real.

I did interview Natasha Tynes for the Debut Author Spotlight at the Operation Awesome blog, but we do not know each other beyond that brief exchange.

Mar 26 2019

Masquerade: Oddly Suited #Giveaway and #BookTour of the #IWSG Anthology #GuestPost by Angela Brown


Masquerade: Oddly Suited #BookTour of the #IWSG anthology Angela Brown #GuestPost

Masquerade: Oddly Suited (link) is an anthology of diverse genres. There’s a bit of science fiction, some fantasy, contemporary, and more. At its heart is the theme of “YA Romance.”

For my story, A Diver’s Ball, I wondered what music could serve as a backdrop to the story, say…if it were ever made into a very short movie. Let me share what the story is about to give you some basis for the choices I made:

You can be anything you want in the online world of Cumulus. A human. An elf. A powerful beast mutation from your wildest imagination. But can you be in love?

Sixteen-year-old Alyssa hopes so.

Alyssa is stoked she’s finally of age to attend the granddaddy of online parties: the Diver’s Ball. And wonder of all wonders, her online gamer crush – erm – bud, Irv, asked her to go with him…as his date!

Before her avatar can don the perfect corset and dress in honor of the ball’s Steampunk theme, a once-in-a-lifetime quest barges in on her plans. Then the sudden onset of parental controls threatens to ruin everything.

Faced with these dilemmas, Alyssa makes a decision that impacts not just her online, but her real world life as well.

And oh, the consequences…

So, my music choices –

To kick things off, I’d want something energizing and epic. Because that’s the mood of the character when she first arrives on the scene. Now, how long she stays that way isn’t the point 🙂 So “Victory” from Two Steps From Hell is what I’d pick.

Next, since things can’t exactly stay perfect like any of us are want to wish, I’d go with Coldplay’s “Paradise.”

Then, there is a choice and from that choice, actions to take. Two Steps From Hell’s “El Dorado” would be great, especially if the consequences of the choice were played out in a montage.

Finally, because this is a romance and it isn’t a spoiler that I’m going for some form of a happy ending, I give you “Halo” from Beyonce.

I hope this piqued your interest. And remember, mine is but one of several wonderful stories from a great group of authors, of which I’m humbled to be a part.

Masquerade: Oddly Suited #Giveaway and #BookTour of the #IWSG Anthology #GuestPost by Angela Brown

Angela is a gladiator-in-business-casual battling giants in the world of IT by day and mom to a teen and a tiny fur baby 24/7. A devourer of books, chocolate, and Hot Tamales, Angela uses words to build bridges for readers to escape, to feel, to explore, and to know they are not alone.
Blog – publishness.blogspot.com
Twitter – twitter.com/ALBrownwrites
Instagram – instagram.com/deepnthought77


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Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Masquerade: Oddly Suited, a young-adult romance anthology from The Insecure Writer’s Support Group which is coming out on 30th April 2019!

About the Anthology

Title: Masquerade: Oddly Suited
Release date: April 30th, 2019
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press
Genres: Young Adult Fiction: Romance – General / Paranormal / Contemporary
Print ISBN: 9781939844644
EBook ISBN: 9781939844651

 

Book cover for Masquerade: Oddly SuitedFind love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

 

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Stories Featured

Oddly Suited, LG Keltner
The silliest situations may be oddly suited for romance.

Behind the Catcher’s Mask, Jennifer Lane
Who can help her through a meltdown on the pitcher’s mound?

The Dark Charade, CD Gallant-King
The new girl in town falls in love for a mysterious boy who is maybe, probably, most definitely, a vampire.

The Cog Prince, Elizabeth Mueller
Falling in love, saving the day, and a masque—oh my! Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince?

A Diver’s Ball, Angela Brown
You can be anything you want in the online world of Cumulus. A human. An elf. A powerful beast mutation from your wildest imagination. But can you be in love?

Flower of Ronda, Myles Christensen
What if life’s price of servanthood could be changed?

Fearless Heart, Deborah Solice
Is he a figment of her imagination conjured to keep her sane, or is he something else…something more?

Charleston Masquerade, Carrie-Anne Brownian
Can two worlds come together and find love?

Sea of Sorrows, Anstice Brown
What could a shapeshifting siren know about love?

Remedy, Chelsea Marie Ballard
Everything is against Remy and Rudy, but on the night of the Masquerade Ball, they must choose: each other or their lives?

You can find out more about the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited here.

 

Giveaway

The authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card to one winner. To enter, please complete the Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open internationally from 12:00 am GMT 17th March to 12:00am GMT 6th May.

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Tour Schedule

Visit the other blog tour hosts below to find out more about the stories and authors featured in Masquerade: Oddly Suited.

Make sure to hit up the next stop on the blog tour:
Wed 27th March @ Operation Awesome.



Mar 24 2019

Sunday Stealing Thought Provoking Questions

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Questions to get to know each other.

1. When was the last time you tried something new?
Snookums made me a tasty treat not long ago. I don’t recall what it was, but some new food creation I never had before. Noodles, pine nuts, rabbit, tomatoes, some other stuff. I don’t know. It was good though. I married well.

2. Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?
My great-grandfather. He was a story keeper, too.

3. What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?
Don’t be afraid to take a big leap. You can’t cross a canyon in two steps.

4. What gets you excited about life?
Seeing new life in the spring.

5. What life lesson did you learn the hard way?
Not everyone can be trusted with the full truth, and some wouldn’t believe it anyway.

6. What do you wish you spent more time doing five years ago?
I don’t know. Working on the Existence books, I guess.

7. Do you ask enough questions or do you settle for what you know?
I ask questions. Sometimes it bothers people because, apparently, that’s not a “thing” people do with teachers and experts. Just absorb the knowledge without engaging? Well, I wasn’t raised that way.

8. Who do you love and what are you doing about it?
My Snookums. I show my love in many ways. Little things, big things. Notes, physical affection, time together, etc.

9. What’s a belief that you hold with which many people disagree?
I disagree with the usage of the word immigration. “Migration is movement from one part of something to another.” Tantrums do not make imaginary lines real. So many things that define our everyday lives are just constructs someone made up and everyone, for some reason, opts to accept.

10. What can you do today that you were not capable of a year ago?
I don’t know. Be sort of a bonus parent to my niece. Use to just be an uncle that visited a few times a year, you know? But now we’re taking care of her more like half the week. I love her. I hate the reason for this change.

11. Do you think crying is a sign of weakness or strength?
I don’t see it this way. Why only crying? Is smiling weakness or strength? Eating? Sleeping? Pissing? These are just things that humans do. We aren’t statues. Which idiot came up with this idea that some natural things are okay and some aren’t? And why do so many just go along with that?

12. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
Does not judging mean not physically harming? Because I’d live more honestly, I’d do a lot more and go to more places if I thought it wouldn’t hinder my survival. But if this just means the stupid thoughts of others, I don’t really care. Beyond trying to create my “author brand” I mean.

13. Do you celebrate the things you do have?
Life isn’t so much about things as it is about feelings, people, and experiences.

14. What is the difference between living and existing?
I wish I didn’t know this answer as well as I do. Living is planning, experiencing, having hope. Existing, just existing, getting by one day at a time, one hour at a time, one more health test, one more doctor, one more treatment… when you stop planning and hoping, when you don’t believe you’ll go to college or marry or grow old. “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “I’ll never grow up.” When they know that. Intelligence and learning matter less than wisdom to the dying.

15. If not now, then when?
I don’t know yet.

16. Have you done anything lately worth remembering?
Put a reference book out that hopefully will benefit not only the readers but the writing community. Check out the link at the end of this post, please.

17. What does your joy look like today?
These little mandarin almond honey cake things. It sort of looks like cornbread because Snookums makes them in the same little rectangular tins. But they’re desserts. Rectangular cupcakes? I don’t know. Anyway, they’re tasty and making me very happy right now.

18. Is it possible to lie without saying a word?
Yeah.

19. If you had a friend who spoke to you in the same way that you sometimes speak to yourself, how long would you allow this person to be your friend?
Forever. I’m honest with myself.

20. Which activities make you lose track of time?
Writing, blog commenting, sometimes reading.


Quote from Host Bev Sykes of sundaystealing.blogspot.com and the blog “Funny the World”.
Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: Thought Provoking Questions.


And please check out this bookblast over at Ronel’s!
http://www.ronelthemythmaker.com/new-book-release-writing-book-reviews-as-an-author-inspiration-to-make-it-easier-bookblast/

Mar 17 2019

Sunday Stealing from the Cookie Jar



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Questions to get to know each other.

1. Do you eat Oreos?

Sure.

2. If you eat Oreos, which are your favorite – original, double stuff, golden original, golden double stuff, Oreo brownies, Oreo ice cream?

I’m convinced that “double stuff” is the same size as the actual “original” from the 90’s. I might not be wrong: https://www.cnn.com/2013/08/21/us/oreo-high-school-experiment/index.html

3. Do you twist your Oreos apart?

Sometimes.

4. Are you able to pass by a plate of cookies and not take one or are you a bit of a ‘Cookie Monster’?

I can resist. Unless a princess is offering. One never says no to tea and cookies with a princess.
*Gender and royal blood are unrelated to being a princess.

5. Tell us about your favorite cookie. Crunchy, soft, chewy, crumbly, other?

Chewy white macadamia with craisins.
https://therecipecritic.com/white-chocolate-cranberry-macadamia-cookies/

6. Have your tastes changed since you were a kid?

I guess?

7. Enquiring minds want to know if you are a dunker and, if so, do you dunk in milk, coffee, or tea?

Sometimes, and whichever is around. Why isn’t rootbeer an option here? Or Sarsaparilla?

8. It is that time of year and they are selling them on every corner and in front of every store! Do you buy Girl Scout cookies and if you do, which is your favorite?

Apparently they aren’t doing that stores and corners attack in my state. Instead, I see three mothers in the break room all selling them on behalf of their daughters. Which implies you either buy three boxes or have one or two people mad at you for the year. So no, I’ve been getting mine from Keebler rather than deal with a diplomatic nightmare.

The last time I bought some was straight from a dealer a few years back. There were some lemon Georgia ones. Savannah Smiles? Sadly, she passed away from cancer.

9. Raw cookie dough. Yay or Nay?

I’ve had some. It’s okay.

10. Do you like cookies with filling?

Sure.

11. Do you prefer organic cookies?

This is such a strange question. People went to a place. The food was good. It didn’t have the famine issues they knew. They killed the people and burned all the information on how to do this. Then, about two-hundred-fifty years later, there was a huge movement to try to figure out this big secret, but this time they called it “organic,” and charged two to four times the going price of stuff.

Please don’t ask this Native American about organic. It’s just embarrassing for both of us.

12. Large cookies, or small cookies?

Large. I have big hands.

13. Do you like familiar flavours in cookies?

Sure

14. Do you make your own cookies, or buy them?

I don’t bake. So either buy, or my Snookums makes them.
Mostly I eat the imaginary ones with the princesses.
If imaginary ones had real calories, I’d weigh 800 pounds by now.

15. Please tell us something random about your week!!
menchies mint froyo
My cousin-in-law sent me this picture. Later, when I asked her about it, she said she meant to send it to her husband, but hit the wrong Dorner in her contact list.
You might note that she went to Menchie’s. She got mint and chocolate frozen yogurt with oreo cookie peices. (And whipped cream and a cherry.)
Considering today’s topic, this random text goes well.



Quote from Host Bev Sykes of sundaystealing.blogspot.com and the blog “Funny the World”.
Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: National Oreo Cookie day, so in honor, here are some cookie questions!

Mar 16 2019

April Blogging from A to Z #AtoZchallenge THEME REVEAL #Books

Theme Reveal #AtoZchallenge Tenth Anniversary 2019

Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

Excerpts from and discussions about my latest book will be presented, alphabetically, on this blog this April.
If you have an interest in writing book reviews, and/or if you’re an author, don’t miss these posts!
Can’t wait?

Find the book:
Goodreads-
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Amazon

I WON’T be reviewing books. This is more a “how to” sort of theme.

Hope to see YOU in April!

— J, Co-host and Captain

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Mar 10 2019

Sunday Stealing Queen Songs #music #questions

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Questions to get to know each other.

Bohemian Rhapsody – What matters to you more than anything in the world?

Love

Don’t Stop Me Now – What makes you feel unstoppable?

Appreciation

Another One Bites The Dust – What one thing would you wipe off the face of the earth?

Those who do not understand consent and don’t believe in equality.

Under Pressure – How stressed are you currently?

70%

We Will Rock You – What was the last concert you went to?

Not really sure.

Somebody To Love – Are you looking for somebody to love?

Nope, I’ve found my someone.

We Are The Champions – What achievement are you most proud of?

Publishing Fractions of Existence

Radio GaGa – What do you think of today’s popular music?

I’ve never been much for pop. More indie, alternative, or rock.

I Want To Break Free – If you could move to any part of the world, where would you want to live?

I’m not leaving the land of my ancestors. Too many are gone already.

Love Of My Life – Have you ever had your heart broken?

Very much so.

Killer Queen – What is your favourite thing about yourself?

My creativity.

The Show Must Go On – What is something you will never give up?

My soul.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Name some of your favourite musicians.

  • Kill Hannah
  • Anberlin
  • Staind
  • Matchbox 20
  • I Am The Avalanche

Who Wants To Live Forever – If you could be immortal, would you?

I don’t think so. Unless you mean metephorically living on through my writing.

Fat Bottomed Girls – What are some traits you look for in a partner?

Acceptance, compassion, love, support, humor, fun

I Want It All – If you could have anything in the world, what would it be?

The literary house from my answer to question one last week.


Quote from Host Bev Sykes of sundaystealing.blogspot.com and the blog “Funny the World”.
Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: Joe Mazello’s bitch.

Mar 06 2019

#IWSG Protagonist or Antagonist



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March 6 question – Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?

I mostly write from who I think of as the protagonist.

We say hero and villain, but really it’s just a big goal versus an opposite big goal.

  • P wants to save the world, A want to take over the world.
  • P wants to break an addiction, A is that addiction that doesn’t want to be broken.
  • P wants one kind of life, A demands that P has a different kind.
  • P wants to eat the red berries, A is a red berry and was never meant for P to consume so (poop emoji)…
  • P will not stand for how things are, A is the way things are.
  • P is just chillin on Earth, A takes issue with Earthlings.
  • P just wants to open a can of tuna, A is a can-opener that needs to be replaced.

Conflict

I have had fun writing a protagonist who was a bit villainous. It was a short story around the holidays.

Mar 03 2019

Sunday Stealing

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Questions to get to know each other.

1. I wish I had enough money to

start my own literary house of agents, editors, lawyers, and publishing and promotions.

2. If you had to enter a competition for the “Most Uselessly Unique Talent,” what would your talent be?

I have some talents that aren’t especially popular among the masses, but they aren’t unique. Mostly woodland survivor stuff.

3. When it might hurt their feelings, how do you feel about telling your friends the truth?

I try to mix my bluntness with side compliments.

4. Peanut or plain?

Peanut. What are we talking about?

5. Is there someone you would like to take your place in life for one day? Who and why?

I’m gonna pass on the one-sided Freaky Friday, thanks.

6. Who was your favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher was one of the elders who encouraged me to learn by questioning.

7. What do you think is the ugliest thing or event on Earth?

The inability of people to understand, respect, and uphold consent is ugly, hideous, revolting… and attaches to thousands of terrible events.

8. What is your least favorite of your personality traits or quirks?

I often have trouble relating to people.
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9. I wish I could see ________ because _________.

other galaxies
I love the beauty of outer space

10. Tell us your favorite children’s story.

You probably wouldn’t know it. It’s lore from my parents.

11. Explain how to play your favorite game.

First, you create a character. Then you figure out how you’ll get your character to take over the world.

12. What do you keep in the trunk of your car?

The usual junk.

13. Tell us about your favorite way to get lost in a simple activity — running, chopping vegetables, folding laundry, whatever. What’s it like when you’re in “the zone”?

Keep my mind on writing a story, on my characters playing things out in my head.

14. What’s your dream tourist destination — either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?

My bucket list includes having dinner at Armando al Pantheon in Rome.
I had a few good days while kidnapped when we were in Rome. Learned a lot there. Had good food. It’s somewhere I’d like to visit again.

15. What parts of nature do you like best?

All of nature. The beauty, the joy, the pureness, the harmony, the way it always goes on.

16. What kind of program do you enjoy most on TV–detective shows, comedies, game shows–and why?

Action or educational.

17. Do you know any professional athletes?

I know an Olympic archer.

18. What will the next must-have technological innovation be? Jetpacks? Hoverboards? Wind-powered calculators?

Mental-health type “social media.” But it won’t come to a handful of countries like Syria, North Korea, America, etc.

19. Have you ever been the victim of a crime?

Yup. Several.
Oh, wait, do the authorities have to care for it to have been a crime? What if it’s only illegal if you’re considered a human with rights?
Okay, I’ve been the victim of several incidents that, if I were a different human being, would have been illegal crimes and plastered all over the news. But I’m a Native American, so the law wasn’t written to protect me but to eradicate me.

20. What if you woke up tomorrow with the ability to understand animals. What do you think you’d hear from them?

The ones who are aware of the current state of things are probably unhappy. Others are probably just going about their lives. I’d enjoy that ability.

21.What is something that makes you melancholy?

Social events.
“Having difficulties fitting into the norms of society because you’re not one of them.”
“You carry scars of everything you’ve seen.”


Quote from Host Bev Sykes of sundaystealing.blogspot.com and the blog “Funny the World”.
Welcome to Sunday Stealing.
This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first – Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and Bud) Cheers to all of us thieves!
This week’s questions were originally from: a site called Curious as a Cat.

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Feb 28 2019

Signed Up for the April Blogging #AtoZchallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary

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I know my ABC’s! This blog is signed up and ready to prove that I can blog alphabetically for the month of April.

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Feb 28 2019

Sapo Saga #AtoZChallenge Book Review, Tour, and Blog Hop #YA #SciFi #SpecFic

First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!



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Welcome back!
It’s the last day of this great event.
The final author I’m featuring is:

Tony Laplume


We’re talking about the book Sapo Saga . First up, my review:
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#BeatTheBacklist
#WeNeedDiverseBooks
#SpecFic
Author I Haven’t Previously Read
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I swear I’ve read something else with characters named Ophelia and Ulysses. Or were they both just Shakespear character names? No, I swear there was a story once. Not that it matters, they are only names, but that’s gonna bug me. Mosquito bite in my memory.

““But this is not the story,” says Kindly.” That line kept coming up. So does “for all intents and purposes.” I think the theme of the book is that everyone wants to be remembered. Or that they deserve to be. I think that is what Kindly meant.

“Iris” was, by far, my favorite story in the book. There was deep philosophy there. That’s the character I could relate to best.

This is a science-fiction book, but it could easily be turned into any other branch of speculative fiction. There’s mythology hinted at in some of the stories. I don’t read a lot of SciFi, but I do enjoy SpecFic and myths as both a reader and a writer. There is very little use of scientific terms. Average middle-graders could comprehend this level of sci-fi, so it’s easy to read and enjoy. Actually, this reminded me of the style of “Spoon River Anthology” by Edgar Lee Masters, but less poetic. I’d recommend it to someone looking for something a little different to read. There is a tragedy mentioned. It’s a complex story.

I would guess that Vaughn is the author’s favorite character, as that story was very interesting. It takes until the end of the book for things to make sense, so this is probably something best read twice. I liked it better after I finished reading it. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The author and I do not know each other, but have both participated in the same blogging challenge.

I wish I could better picture any of the characters or settings. Outerspace with scrap floating around was the only setting I could get in my head. Yvette is quite a mystery, though the ending clears it up a bit. I believe that Reeve is the character who most holds up a mirror to society, being a manipulative tyrant. The title did make sense. The plot bounces around because of the unique and unusual method of storytelling employed. It was well edited. It’s hard to put down because there are a lot of characters to keep straight in your head. I’m not sure if the obstacles or goals were easy or difficult for the characters because it’s not that kind of story, per se.

Quotes I enjoyed:
They never tell you that your heart’s desire can ruin you.
There are plenty of cultures where working on art is not relevant to the culture at all, because they can’t afford it.
So I believe him when he says that he went to outer space, saved a whole world, and somehow returned home to try and resume his life.

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Genre: Science Fiction

Brief description:
Twenty-six perspectives collide to present a portrait of an epic showdown between good and evil as the world of Zala proves to be the last stand of the Sapo Order. The human who would become known as Ulysses appears and deposes the tyrant Reeve, but things only get worse from there… Soon, everything is lost, and blame is pinned on Sapo warrior Zuri. The truth is lost to history, Ulysses becomes legend, returns home to Earth, and finds that his family is a new kind of battleground. His son doesn’t believe his stories, his daughter does, and his wife may have reached her emotional limit waiting all those years for his return. Time passes, and in space a scavenger named Drexel discovers the android Kindly, who may hold the key to unlocking the truth about what happened on Zala. Twenty-six perspectives, and one big mystery: Who is Kindly? The truth will astonish you!



Sapo Saga is a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?

I don’t blog book reviews, but I have been writing them for a number of years at Goodreads. It’s just a habit I picked up. Originally I did blog my reviews, but then I went in search of a wider audience. I write them mostly to share my thoughts, which often seem to be uncommon. I want to share whatever insights I might have, in the hopes that other readers will get a better sense of the material, whether to find greater appreciation, or even sometimes to warn readers away. With the books I truly love, I hope I can express my passion in such a way that gets others to at least have a look, even if they don’t come to the same conclusions. The best books deserve wider recognition than they sometimes seem to get.

Why did you start blogging?

Back in yon olden days before social media exploded, blogging was a natural extension of internet message boards that helped you establish an identity for yourself if, say, you happened to be an introvert and found it difficult to do so in the real world.

Do you have any other books?

Monorama, Terror of Knowing (poetry), The Whole Bloody Affair, Pale Moonlight, Metatron, Miss Simon’s Moxie, Miss Simon’s Brute, Miss Simon’s Dime Novel, Terrestrial Affairs, Monkey Flip, Reading Biblically (nonfiction)

Tweetable #WriteTip

Read the best available, watch the best available, discover what books speak to you, movies speak to you, TV. And write what makes sense to you.

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?

Some comic book scripts I’d written and subsequently repurposed.

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?

I have a lot of projects I’m either working on already or would like to start.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?

If the title is interesting, and if the book description is equally interesting, and if sampling the interior proves either the title or the description proves either of those first two as being accurate. And obviously, if I’ve read the author before, and if that was a good thing.

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?

How often to you consider that everyone has a unique perspective on something, and that they are going to be right, even if those perspectives disagree?

Link to buy the book: Amazon

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Blog: http://tonylaplume.blogspot.com
Twitter: @TonyLaplume
Facebook: facebook.com/anthony.laplume
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tony-Laplume/e/B008UG1QJK/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/tonylaplume




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Feb 27 2019

Twisted Tales #AtoZChallenge Book Review, Tour, and Blog Hop #Horror

First Annual #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!



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Welcome back!
It’s day eighteen of this great event. This blog will have reviews and tour stops on February 4, 8, 18, 19, 21, 27, and 28.
Today I’m featuring fellow author:

Deborah A Stansil


We’re talking about the book Twisted Tales. First up, my review:
5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
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Author I Haven’t Previously Read
First book in a series
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The book has a fun introduction, which I really enjoyed. I’m also a fan of any book that I can pick up while I have a five minute break and make some actual progress. Given that the tales are mostly very short, I was able to read the whole book during my lunch and short breaks at work.

In “Done Deal,” I had guessed the first twist, but not the second. “Gaze” reminded me of the suspense of the film “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle.” Stories like these are what make it a good horror book in that the “monsters” and horrific situations could happen. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys horror/ thrillers. I do enjoy this genre, though I don’t read it as often as I’d like. It was chilling, scary, haunting, entertaining, and had plot twists. I’d read another from this author. This is the first book in a series, but it does stand alone.

As far as errors go, I only saw two (went should be when, hi should be him). I had heard that apostrophes could be used as speech or quotation marks, but this was the first time I’ve ever encountered it. There was one story which briefly mentioned child molestation, which might trigger some readers. I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. The author and I do not know each other, but have both participated in the A to Z blogging challenge.

Two of my favorite lines:
“I kill your dreams and extinguish your spark.”
“Like you had zero compassion for me the night you cut in front of me in line at the supermarket and I missed the last bus. Revenge is sweet…”

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Genre: Horror

Brief description:
Twisted Tales is a collection of twenty-seven short horror stories. Ranging from crazed stalkers, killers, dealing with the Devil and everything in between, this collection shows the darker side of human nature in all its black glory.
Journey through the twisted minds of the central characters as they make their choices, and watch their lives spiral out of control.
Hate them, empathise with them, and stay on your guard. There’s a dark streak in all of us just waiting to come out.


Twisted Tales is a #MustRead on the #AtoZChallenge Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

What motivates you to write book reviews? Or, if you don’t write them, what deters you?
I write book reviews for three reasons.

  • Firstly, as an author myself I know how important reviews can be and I think it’s important to give back to the community.
  • Secondly, I’m an avid reader and I’m always on the look out for book recommendations. I think reviews are an excellent way to get a feel for a book and decide whether or not it’s for me, and I hope to be able to help my blog readers choose their next great read.
  • Finally, when I read a book that moves me in some way, that pulls me into the story and doesn’t let go, I want to talk about it, and what better place to do that than in a book review?

Why did you start blogging?
I wanted to get back into writing for an audience. It was only ever going to be a short term thing, but I fell in love with it, and here I am, four years later.

Do you have any other books coming out soon?
I have a new novel coming out this year hopefully

What other books do you have available?
Twisted Tales 2, Twisted Tales 3, The Joker, The Mirror, The Asylum Tour, Lacey Patrick and the Wizard of Darkness, eBook Like a Boss, Start Your Blog Like a Boss, Optimise Your Blog Posts Like a Boss, Parodies and Piss Takes.

Tweetable #WriteTip
Just write. A first draft is just that. Let your words flow and go where your mind takes you without focusing on perfection. Perfection comes much later.

Where did the idea for this book come from, other than the alphabet and the challenge?
Partly from observation of human nature, partly from my own twisted imagination 😉

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?
I want to finish up the novel I’m currently working on and write a new short story collection. I’d also like to write at least one more non-fiction book and get started on another novel.

As a reader, what most motivates you to buy a new book to read?
The cover

What is one question or discussion topic which you would like the readers of this post to answer or remark on in the blog comments?
What, as a reader, most sends a shiver down your spine?

Link to buy the book: Amazon UK
Link to buy the book: Amazon

Find this author at:


https://www.myrandommusings.co.uk
https://www.deborahstansil.com
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Facebook myrandommusingsblog
Instagram @debrandommusingsblog29
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Amazon Author Page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/thewritersdengroup



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