A book review about book reviews #AtoZChallenge

As part of the A to Z Challenge, I am participating in the Book Reviews, Tour, and Blog Hop!

Writing Book Reviews As An Author Cover - Books in a circle with one in the center.

One of the areas as an author that I feel like I have failed in is writing reviews. I know how important they are to new authors and experienced authors alike, and yet I hardly ever write them. When I do write them, I tend to post them on my blog and maybe Goodreads, but that’s it. I was delighted to have the opportunity to get an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) in exchange for an honest review of J Lenni Dorner’s upcoming book, “Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier” to be released March 26, 2019.

The first, and one of the most important things to me, is how easy to read the book is. I was happy to see that even though this was an ARC, it was well edited. It flowed seamlessly, was very informative, and explained things clearly. I would have read the whole thing in one sitting except it was after midnight, and I fell asleep. I was so close! I even read the author bio and the thank yous, which I often skip. (Bad author, bad. I know.) I read everything from cover to cover, starting with the excellent front cover image. It’s all books: a book floating in the center of more books. Awesome image!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who writes reviews, or who should be writing reviews, but isn’t – like me! I will absolutely be checking out more of his work now. As a typical romance and mystery reader, this was not the type of book I typically pick up, but anything that helps me hone my craft is welcome. It’s always awesome when an experienced writer shares expertise on writing reviews, as I know J Lenni Dorner writes a lot of them. It’s also great to support someone I’ve known digitally through the A to Z Challenge, but have never met. I feel like I got to know J a little more through this experience.

This book left me excited to start writing my first review and walked me through the process seamlessly. At the author’s request, I timed myself through each phase. I decided to work with an outline and then write the actual review. The outlines took me a total of 13 minutes. From there, it took me 15 minutes to write up the review, and I do think it will go faster now that I’ve done one. I have always felt like I needed questions to answer to gather my thoughts that wouldn’t contain spoilers when reviewing novels, and now I feel like that’s exactly what I have! And just in time, too, because I’ve started a book reviewing project…

5 stars for an excellent book on how to write reviews!

If you’re interested in pre-ordering the book, you can do so Amazon and Smashwords!

Quote from the book: Did your own life or mood impact how you feel about the book? For example, if you're grieving over a recent loss of a dear one, and a book you've just read has a character also wrapped up in grief, it might influence your feelings and perception of the book. This is especially important to consider when rating three stars or below.

And now… an interview with the author:

Why did this you part in the A to Z Challenge the year that your book was “given life”?   

It’s the ten year anniversary. I’m very excited to be a co-host of the A to Z Challenge. This is an incredible community.

Why did you start blogging?   

This is answered in my very first blog post.

“You may wonder why I started a blog. I may wonder that too! Actually, this blog was started because I heard about the A to Z challenge from some nanowrimo friends.”

Any other books coming out soon?   

This is my current new publication. “WRITING BOOK REVIEWS AS AN AUTHOR: INSPIRATION TO MAKE IT EASIER” I have several stories in the works though

What other books do you have available?    

“Fractions of Existence” (https://www.amazon.com/Fractions-Existence-J-Lenni-Dorner-ebook/dp/B075SG1Q3K) An urban fantasy. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

Brief tip on writing:    

A motivational quote when you feel like giving up on writing from J Lenni Dorner

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

The idea came from interviewing so many debut authors at Operation Awesome. I noticed that some authors reviewed a lot of books, and others had never written one. I set out to inspire those who didn’t write reviews. It turned out to be long enough for a month of blog posts (this coming April). Then I noticed I had enough to make a reference book.

What writing goal do you hope to accomplish this year?   

My biggest writing goal this year is to publish two books in 2019.

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

A recommendation from a trusted source, reading something interesting about the book, or the book being by an author I like.

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

Connect with J Lenni Dorner:


Productive… but not with words

It’s nice when there are weekends without a lot of plans. I always think I am going to get sooooo much done. Unfortunately, that’s not the reality of my life. I did get a lot done, and I bought a cute new dress!

My kitchen is significantly cleaner than it was. My phone pictures have been cleared off, and I have several new books to read (both digital and paper).

My husband and I have had some quality kid-free time together, but I was not feeling kinky. That may be why I’m having trouble going back to writing my novel, too. I don’t suspect my disinterest will last long though. It rarely does.

A is for Lydia Adamson

(If you don’t know the process behind my new project, check it out here!)

A Cat on Jingle Bell Rock, by Lydia Adamson is the 15th in a series of mysteries surrounding an amateur sleuth. I know that this was the same author I had randomly picked up a decade ago, so I had a little bit of background on the characters. But even without that, the book was excellent. Adamson gave enough information about the characters that even jumping in the middle of the series.

I loved the cats that are featured in the novel, as in all of the series, and the characters are likeable and real. Although this novel took place around Christmas, it wasn’t featured heavily and is great for any time of the year. Excellent author, excellent novel. Highly recommended.

New Project!

Many years ago (more than a decade) I started a project where I would go to my local library and choose a random book. I started with an author whose last name started with A and worked my way up.

Unfortunately, I was in college at the time, and I don’t think I made it past B or C, but the idea stuck with me.

More recently, I have thought of attempting to do something like that for the A to Z Blog Challenge, but I don’t think I could manage to do it all in a month, or even in a year to prepare for that one month. Plus, I like to use the Blog Challenge to work on my fiction.

So, what to do… what to do… I’m going to do it on a monthly(ish) basis. I picked up the first book just before the new year, and I am going to pick up the next one tomorrow. The genres will vary wildly, but I think it will be a fun project. Stay tuned for book reviews coming your way!

TMI Tuesday

1. What was your favorite part of yesterday? Spending time with my husband and boyfriend. My day started out with the three of us cuddling and ended with the three of us cuddling.

2. If you could make your own porn movie, what would you call it? Would you write it, direct and/or star in the movie? I don’t think I would have the nerve to star in a porn movie, but I would love to. I’m a bit of an exhibitionist. Outdoor stuff, in particular makes me wild.

3. What do you like the least about sex? Cleaning up. I don’t want to get up and shower and wash the toys, etc. I just want to cuddle and nap.

4. So, now what are you planning to do? I’m working on a novel that I want to edit. I wrote a novel and a half in November, and I would like to continue writing, but first I need to edit.

5. If you were a box of cereal, what would you be and why? Cinnamon Toast Crunch, because it’s the perfect blend of crunchy and sweet. 😉

Bonus: If you could shrink down to ant-sized, what would you do? I do like the thought of being like Ant Man. But if there were no other super powers, I would clean all the hard to reach places in my house. (Boring, I know.)

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I’m back!

I accidentally took a hiatus from my blog. Whoops. I didn’t mean to. November was crazy, but I had prepared for it and pre-scheduled my posts so I just had to fill in word counts and details. And then I knew December would be awful, but now we’re halfway through January and I haven’t posted…

But now I’m back!

I need to get back into regular writing again, but I wrote a lot of words in November! Good ones, mostly. I have to do some editing and publishing, but I also think I wrote the first novel where a sequel speaks to me. It’s begging to be written. But I need to figure out what the hell I actually wrote in the first one in November. So, that’s what I’m working on right now. (Well not *right now*. I’m writing this blog post *right now*. But when I’m done with this post, I’m going to do something related to that project. I promise.

Oh wait… after I delete a lot of the 860 emails in my inbox I haven’t looked at. Whoops. (And I am the 0 new read email type of person!)

Thanks for hanging in there with me! ❤

TMI Tuesday

1. Lingerie–do you like to give it as a gift or received it?
Lingerie is okay. I have a bin of it under the bed, but I honestly don’t wear it that much. Small kids make that a bit difficult.

2. What’s a good date night movie?
I think my favorite date night movie is Serendipity. Romantic, funny, and a good movie. But maybe I would pick Just Go With It, which is even funnier.

3. When your partner asks you “what’s wrong?” do you most often say “nothing” when something clearly is wrong? Why?
No! I make every effort to be honest about it!

4. To keep the fires burning, and the relationship fresh you need to send your significant other just one text. What is that text?
“I’ll be waiting for you tonight downstairs.” He would know what that means.

Bonus: What was your last grand romantic gesture?

I am sure I’ve done many, but the one that sticks out is that for our anniversary, I took my husband to the place we met and the place we had our first date, and brought our wedding photo album.

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