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May 10, 2018

Blog Tour: Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner – Interview and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our stop during the tour for

Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner!

We have J on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

Click on the banner above to follow the rest of the tour,
and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

 

 

Once they were humanity’s exalted protectors— now they are being hunted.

Xavier will weigh all human life against Gwendolyn’s ignorant happiness.
The good news is that her choice can blow his away.

Omnipotent beings find each other while playing an online game. Xavier has been searching for Gwendolyn, his true mate and the missing member of the Existence. Only if reunited can the group regain the rest of their memories and access all of their powers. Hidden in plain sight, disguised as humans, they help who they can, as best they can, when they can.

The Eyes in the Shadows, a religious sect, has been trying to free humans from the “prison” of life on Earth for millenniums. The Existence has always been able to thwart them… until now. They’ve discovered a way to end the world that no one will see coming.

Gwendolyn has her future all laid out. There is a plan. She knows what her parents want for her and how to get it. Then Xavier, a friend from a virtual game, makes her question everything. He’s full of secrets, one being an understanding of her fear of the wind.

She tries to suppress her intense attraction to the mysterious and frustrating Xavier. She’s engaged, after all, and the thoughts she’s having aren’t proper. Gwendolyn is swept into a whirlwind of secrets, danger, and a forbidden attraction. She’ll drive across the country in her beat-up old car, not knowing if he is genuinely interested or just being polite. (He refuses to kiss her!) Gwendolyn’s journey is full of self-doubt, sacrifice, and dark visions that invade her sleep. Will she uncover the truth about herself?

 

 

 

Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Thank you to everyone who drops in today to read this, and thanks to Chapter by Chapter for having me here. I hope you’ll give my Speculative Fiction book, Fractions of Existence, a chance. It’s an Urban Fantasy that has an ancient myth woven mainly into NYC and Southern California settings. The sensual scenes and Xavier’s quest make it a paranormal romance (no HEA in book one, but there’s a whole series to go). Wend’s college loans are relatable to most American New Adults. The main characters are a group referred to as the Existence, who are based on an ancient legend, and written to leave you wondering “What Are They”? (What-Are-They.com)

 

 

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

NA UF PNR SFF

Weakened by separation, mythical legends must reunite to save our world.

Fantasy, lore and a spoonful of love.

What-Are-They

 

In Tweet form:

 

 

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

My Lenni-Lenape elders told me a tribal legend. It became my duty to find a way to write it for the modern world. Because of my source for these characters, they don’t fit the mold of most urban fantasy books.

 

Fractions of Existence lacks mention of vampires, detectives, orphaned main characters, magic users, dragons, butt-kicking female loners (Jez isn’t really a loner), a butt-kicking normal human who plays with paranormals, or protagonists who hunt paranormals for vigilante justice.

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

The members of the Existence will remind SFF fans of certain legends or mythical creatures, but then wondering What-Are-They. (What-Are-They.com)

 

In Fractions of Existence, Xavier is a wealthy one-percenter living in Midtown, NYC. He’s looking for the missing member of the Existence, powerful creatures of myth and legend who were once humanity’s exalted protectors. Xavier is a charming, loving, altruistic character, an ENFJ personality type. His Canadian Eskimo dog is named Lorcce. Xavier’s favorite color is orange. His mother is from Denmark, and his father is an Irish-American.

 

Gwendolyn enjoys MMORPG, which is why her real name doesn’t appear until the end of the second chapter. Her family is from all over. She sees herself as chunky, not proportional, and terribly plain. She has golden, olive skin. Her dad arranged a marriage for her, which will help pay for her student loans. The most important fun fact to know about her is that she suffers from ancraophobia, a fear of the wind.

 

Heath has a much larger role in upcoming books in the series, so it’s inaccurate to regard him simply as the sidekick. Lenox Hill in NYC is his main residence is. He presents himself as a guy cliché who can have anyone he wants, hiding that he’s hurt and lonely. Heath uses his extraordinary muscles to distract from his phenomenal intelligence mythical powers. His parents never told him where they’re from, but the nutmeg tint to his skin suggests ancestor from the Tropic of Cancer. People look at him without seeing, like looking at coal and not seeing diamonds.

 

Jezebel is an independent, sexy, boring-intolerant, fiery type. Her signature scent smells like grilled apricots and cinnamon. She loves spicy food and bread crusts. She lives with Asphodel, an albino Burmese Python. Jez sometimes fails to hide what she is because it’s not in her nature to stay silent in the dark. Her mother is from India, and her father is from America.

 

Caleb and Jun have small roles in this book, but play a vital part in the overall series.

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

There’s a lot in the book that I really love. The Ferris Wheel scene is my favorite.

 

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

I rewrote the opening dozens of times. Finding just the right hook, having the right amount of action, deciding how to paint the moment that Xavier got his first clue to the whereabouts of his missing member of the Existence, and trying to hint just enough that the urban setting of NYC had a fantasy element took effort.

 

 

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

I just completed the April Blogging from A to Z challenge, #AtoZchallenge, where I wrote a short Speculative Fiction story in twenty-six parts. I have plans to turn that story, and the one from the year before, into novellas. And, of course, I have the next books in the Existence series in the works. Plus a high fantasy series which will be a spin-off of the Existence series.

 

 

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!

Thank you so much for having me here today. I hope other authors who are reading this will drop by Operation Awesome, where I run the Debut Author Spotlight. I’m also a judge in the upcoming Query Kombat. Also, I wish to encourage everyone to surf over to WRiTECLUB, where voting in the comments can have a huge, positive impact on the careers of aspiring writers.

 

Keep on reading. I hope you’ll give Fractions of Existence a shot, but either way, keep reading because literacy matters.

 

About J. Lenni Dorner

J. competed in Write Club 2014 &2016. The Creative Writing Institute held writing contests that resulted in J Lenni Dorner being published in "WRONG!: A themed anthology 2014" and LOST!: A themed anthology 2017. J self-published "Preparing to Write Settings That Feel Like Characters," in 2015. Winner of the Write Edit Publish Now flash fiction "Youthful Frights versus Adult Fears" Halloween challenge 2015. Signum University's Mythgard Institute held a creative writing contest in the autumn of 2015 called "Almost an Inkling" in which J Lenni Dorner was the Popular Vote Winner of week 6, resulting in publication in The Soul of Wit. The Operation Awesome Flash Fiction Contest 12 win in April 2016 went to J Lenni Dorner.

A to Z Challenge co-host as of 2017.

When not reading or writing, J enjoys video games, laughing at funny cat videos, finding drawings of dragons on Pinterest, and watching movies.

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Lacey Waters
    5/10/2018

    Thanks for the awesome post!

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  2. Bridgett Wilbur
    5/10/2018

    I would love to read your book.

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  3. Judy Thomas
    5/10/2018

    It sounds wonderful, thanks for sharing it.

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  4. Mary Preston
    5/10/2018

    This sounds like a very interesting beginning.

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  5. Cathy French
    5/11/2018

    Love the cover. Wish I was there.

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  6. shannon fowler
    5/11/2018

    This sounds amazing! Im really looking forward to it.

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  7. Jolanda
    5/17/2018

    It looks and sounds great

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  8. glenn stenquist
    5/18/2018

    sounds interesting- should be a good read

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