Thursday, March 18, 2021

2021 #atozchallenge Theme Survey Results


#atozchallenge 2021 theme reveal @JLenniDorner

Thank you to the 23 readers who stopped by to answer my survey. 

I will spend April doing a mixed theme. I'll post about my favorite blogs, my TBR, answer the three questions (though I don't know what "Why did he do that?" means yet), have some flash fiction, and also recommend books for children. (I'm not a parent, but in non-Covid times I did work with children.) 

As for games, check out the main A to Z blog on THURSDAYS this April. I have a fun month planned.

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

J's Survey for the Theme Reveal 2021 #atozchallenge

Oh no! I spent so much time and effort on A to Z for the main blog and the Operation Awesome blog, that I forgot about my own blog! So I shall turn to you -- what should I do as my theme for April? What would interest you?

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Reading Preferences and Motivations #IWSG


Shout-out to Alex and the awesome co-hosts for today:

Sarah - The Faux Fountain Pen Jacqui Murray, Chemist Ken, Victoria Marie Lees, Natalie Aguirre, and JQ Rose!

March 3 question -

Everyone has a favorite genre or genres to write. But what about your reading preferences? Do you read widely or only within the genre(s) you create stories for? What motivates your reading choice?

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As you can see from my (pathetically small) finished book list from last year, I read from many genres. I read (or had read to me, actually) a lot of young children's books at my pre-covid job. (I only add them to my lists if I remember to write a review.) So not only do I read a wide range of genres, but I'm also willing to jump into differentt age groups. 

For example! Here's a book I've added to my Amazon wishlist. It's by my fellow Operation Awesome team member, Kate. Chasing the Taillights has a combination of a sibling bond story and an LGBTQ 🏳‍🌈 guy who has a secret crush on his best friend, and this me wanting to read it. (Knowing the author is a cool bonus.) Here's more about the book:

 Chasing the Taillights

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Chasing the Taillights

Lucy and Tony share nothing except genes. Tony’s the champion diver destined for greatness. Lucy’s biggest concern is getting Cute Guy from the burger joint to ask her out.

After an accident kills their parents, the siblings are forced to rely on one another—and decide whether to reveal their secrets.

Lucy can’t tell Tony what she knows about the accident for fear of destroying the tentative bond between them. If she doesn’t confess, she might lose her mind. If she does, she might lose the only person she has left who loves her.

Tony has problems too. Between diving practice, classes and concealing the crush he has on his best friend Jake, Tony needs to find room in his life for his sister, but his own stability dwindles with every passing day.

As the siblings struggle to overcome a lifetime of past conflicts and jealousies, they discover they might have more in common than a love of rock music.

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Some reviews:

"A heart wrenching story of survival, of hidden truths, of loneliness, confusion and guilt as two teens struggle to overcome both their loss and the barriers that have kept them strangers. Emotionally charged, filled with great dialogue, both inner and outward, the struggles feel real and powerful." - Tome Tender

"Packed with plenty to keep you gripped, this is impossible to put down." - Bibliophile Ramblings


And then he’s there.

He steps into the room, his huge frame filling the doorway. He starts toward the bed then stops, his lips pressing together into a thin, white line. He drops his brilliant blue-eyed gaze to the floor for a moment and swallows hard before he looks up again. The scruffy beginnings of a beard shadow his chin.

“Hey, Lucy.” He tries to smile as he crosses to the bed, but his lips tremble too hard for it to be convincing. A muscle jumps in his jaw like a tiny fish trying to escape. “Thank you for being here, Peter.”

“I wish I didn’t have to be.” Peter gets up and gives Tony a brief hug. My brother’s arms don’t move, just hang stiffly at his sides, hands clenched into fists. 

Peter lets go and moves aside to let Tony sit next to me. “I’m going to get some coffee. I’ll be back soon.”

Tony watches him go, not turning back to me until Peter’s tall, lean figure has vanished into the hallway. When he does, his eyes are red-rimmed and exhausted. Purple crescents lie beneath them. He looks like shit, but something about the way he’s studying me makes me certain I look worse.

“Oh, Jesus, Lucy.” He shakes his head, a pleading expression on his face. “I have no clue what I’m supposed to say right now.”

I blink up at him. I need him to tell me what happened. I need him to explain it to me. I try to form the words, but they won’t come. My mouth, stitched up like a quilt, won’t shape what I need to say.

“Dad?” I manage after a long battle. “…Mom’s…” I can’t say it. If I speak it aloud it’ll be true.

I’m holding my breath. My chest aches and I let it out in a gasp. The pain is back, sharp and stabbing at my side, a dull throb in my neck and shoulder. Tony reaches out and touches the side of my face. I flinch, hating myself for it when his fingers are as gentle as rain.

“They’re dead, Lucy. They’re both dead.” His eyes lock onto mine and I know he’s telling the truth. The bleak, stunned look on his face tells me more than any words could. A sob escapes him and he starts to turn away.

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Are you ready for April?