Thursday, August 11, 2022

#BookLover Thoughts Opinions and Experiences #NationalBookLoversDay

 Well, I'm a book lover.  Anyone who knows me knows this about me.  I'm always running off to the library or in a state of near panic because I might run out of things to read.

I prefer reading physical books to e-books, but having the Kindle app on my phone means that fear of running out of things to read, or being stuck waiting somewhere without a book has been alleviated somewhat.  

My favourite place to read is in the bath.  A nice hot bath with a cup of relaxing herbal tea and a good book is my idea of heaven.  Unfortunately I occasionally get too relaxed and fall asleep and that leads to the library getting some slightly fatter books back into their collection!  It's usually just a corner that dips into the water, so not too hard to dry out.  I've only had to buy the book a couple of times.  Unfortunately they're always the books I didn't enjoy so much so don't really want to own...  I guess that's why I fell asleep in the first place!

Where is your favourite place to read?

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

#BookLover Thoughts Opinions and Experiences #NationalBookLoversDay

That's my tweet for National Book Lovers Day. 

I can't overstress the importance of book reviews to authors. Several bookselling websites use the number of reviews to determine the ranking of a book and author. Not the positive or negative, not the stars earned. ⭐ It's all about how often a book got a reader to put fingers to keys ⌨ and say something, anything at all, about what they just read. 

Interestingly, it's especially difficult to get our fellow authors to write reviews. Even knowing how important reviews are, authors are often scared to write them because they don't want to say the wrong thing. It might burn the relationship with a fellow writer, or offend an agent or publisher. Some authors stick to the "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" rule. I tried to help alleviate this problem by writing a guidebook, "Writing Book Reviews As An Author." 

There's also a full-length novel and a short story available from my collection.

Currently, there are 41 books on my list of "favorites" on Goodreads. Check those out!
Top 5 from that list (in no particular order)
  1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard  -- Futuristic Fantasy Sci-fi (Speculative Fiction) [Amazon lists it as a historical romance for reasons I cannot fathom, as the subway scene makes it clear that this story takes place either far in our future or in a multiverse version of Earth, but certainly not in the past. 🤦🏽‍♂️]
  2. Runaway by J.R. Vincente -- Erotic Choose Your Own Adventure novel.
  3. Fragile Remedy by Maria Ingrande Mora -- LGBTQIA+  Genetic Engineering SciFi Fantasy (Speculative Fiction)
  4. Magic at Midnight by Ronel Janse van Vuuren -- LGBTQIA+ Dark Fairytale Fantasy
  5. Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family by L.G. Keltner -- YA Holiday Humor Romance

I don't know if it means anything that my top 5 list here happen to be all female writers. I can easily add Stephen King and Patrick Rothfuss. It may also depend on my mood, because I have a slightly different list on my NaNoWriMo Profile.
@JLenniDorner book and author favorites list as seen on NaNoWriMo profile

What books would you recommend to me, based on the ones I just suggested to you?

Monday, August 8, 2022

August 9 is Book Lovers Day!

Bibliophile - person who loves books

Are you a bibliophile?  I sure am!

Ways to celebrate Book Lovers Day -

~visit a library

~visit a bookstore

~write a review

~start a book club

~organize your bookshelves [to fit more books lol]


How are you celebrating Book Lovers Day?  I'm going to my library and I'm also reading a book! [Okay I'm always reading a book, but it still counts.] I usually read audio books during my 50-60 minute commute. This week I'm finishing Abandoned In Death by JD Robb. It's excellent. Next is Citizen K-9 by David Rosenfelt.

Tell us your plans for Book Lovers Day in the comments!

Friday, August 5, 2022

Query Friday: Query Support Group and Resolution Check In


Happy Friday!

Can you believe it's August? I really feel like the year is flying by... with only 5 months left I need to start prioritizing some of these resolutions.

1) To revamp my query and resume querying


Last Episode on B will finally send some queries out....

The Query is revised. It has been sent off to the brilliant mind that is helping me improve it and by the time you read this queries will have been sent.

This month on B will finally send some queries out...

I swear I am almost there... I am just trying to figure the comps. I have the hardest time and asked a trusted reader to assist, so my bias wouldn't interfere...Maybe not my best idea. So, back to the reading.

2) To write 500 words a day on a new project/everyday

I bought notebooks!!!

 Bulk Blank Notebooks  100 Pages  Kraft Notebook  Notebook  image 1

Also, I'm actually writing in them so Yay!!!

3) To read more

Currently reading: