Fractions of Existence
by J Lenni Dorner Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
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?
The following TRIGGER WARNING may contain spoilers : This urban fantasy is 99k long and contains some strong language, sexual situations, alcohol, a scene with medical marijuana, violence (including a memory of the murder of a sadist seconds before he commits rape), an arranged marriage, and college student debt. The majority of this book takes place in 2005.
While embracing the ancient tribal traditions, J Lenni Dorner learned a legend originated by The Grandfathers.
J is best known for the Existence series. Book One, "Fractions of Existence," is available on Amazon as of 2017. Also known for the writer's reference book, "Preparing to Write Settings that Feel Like Characters."
In May 2016, J became a member of the Operation Awesome Team, running the Debut Author Spotlight on Wednesdays. Blogging from A to Z #AtoZchallenge co-host as of 2017.
The Creative Writing Institute holds writing contests which resulted in J Lenni Dorner's publication in "WRONG!: A themed anthology 2014" and in "LOST!: A themed anthology 2017" (available on Amazon).
J weaves fantasy with lore to unhinge your mind.
This speculative fiction and reference author is happily married and living in Pennsylvania (USA) on the original lands of the Lenni-Lenape people. When not reading or writing, J enjoys video games, funny cat videos, finding drawings of dragons on Pinterest, and watching movies.
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I’m a Lenni-Lenape. I spent the first few years of my life living with my parents in the forest. I later lived with relatives in Pennsylvania Amish country. (No, they weren’t Amish. They were more like Mennonites.)
My tribe is the Lenni-Lenape. Lenape is pronounced “Leh-NAH-pay.” It is NOT pronounced “Len-Ape” or “Len-ah-pee.” (I’m not deaf. I used Lenni in my outsider name instead of Lenape because having to hear people mispronounce the tribal name, butchering it beyond recognition, is like having barbed wire shoved in one ear and yanked out the other. The hilarious repercussion is that, online, people change J Lenni to Jenni. #NativeAmericanProblems) Some use the spelling Lenápe or Lenapi instead, because more than one European people settled around us and couldn’t agree on a common alphabet. We’re sometimes called the Delaware Indians (after Thomas West, Baron De La Warr).
Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!
Years ago, I came across an injured guy who was under attack by a wolf. I did not know the man. I came between him and the animal, got the wolf to go back into the woods, and thus probably saved both lives. The guy was gone when I returned.
What are some of your pet peeves?
Midway, Midway Islands, United States -- My pet peeve is that these people are often forgotten because they are in a timezone so near to the International Date Line. They miss out on a lot of contests and such.
Another pet peeve is how book marketing excludes people. There aren’t enough “diverse people” represented in books. And why can’t males read romance? I’m not a fan of the categorylabel“chick lit,” as it feels exclusionary. I find it frustrating when I read facts about the low rate of books that American Adults read (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/23/who-doesnt-read-books-in-america), especially with lines like, “men are less likely than women to have read a book.” I feel that issue needs to be addressed.
A pet peeve of mine, and many book lovers… dog-eared pages!
Lost luggage is a pet peeve of mine because it seems like there should be GPS built into suitcases.
What kind of world ruler would you be?
I’d probably be a terrible world leader. I believe in equality, which means a lot of hate groups would target me for assassination. This includes religious equality, as I don’t think a government should interfere with or decide what religion people should be or how they should practice it (so long as it does not bring harm to others or infringe on rights). I care more about the environment than wealth. Even more offensive, I don’t believe that anyone should be rich while their fellow people are poor. I’d be the sort of ruler who would put education above all else, because only through wisdom and knowledge can a people improve and thrive. I remain unconvinced that any prison system has a positive impact in the end, so I think it needs a total overhaul. I’d listen to the people. I’d try to please as many as possible, without infringing on the rights of others. No one should feel ignored by their government or world ruler.
What are you passionate about these days?
A big passion of mine is supporting the We Need Diverse Books movement.
I spend a lot of time seeking out natural beauty. I’m passionate about forest preservation. People need to be able to get back to nature, to be one with the wilderness.
I’m also passionate about making a difference in the world. I think teaching children to read, giving them books to love, is the best foundation for the future of our world. Illiteracy is the enemy.
Another passion is sponsoring cancer patients who are taking writing classes. Two of the anthologies I’m in give proceeds to that cause. https://www.amazon.com/WRONG-themed-anthology-Deborah-Owen-ebook/dp/B00QX379ES/ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077WQDP51/
And I’m passionate about the A to Z blogging challenge. http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com I’ve been taking part since 2012 and became a co-host in 2017. It’s a really great community.
Once November rolls around, my passion for NaNoWriMo will be in full swing again.
And, as always, I’m excited about #WRiTECLUBDFW write club 2018. http://www.dlhammons.com
What do you do to unwind and relax?
When I’m not reading or writing, I unwind indoors by watching a movie, playing a video game, or scrolling through my Pinterest feed. I relax by getting back to nature.
Describe yourself in 6 words or less! reader, writer, debut author interviewer, ESTP
Do you have a favorite movie?
That’s a hard question! Here are my top 10 favorite movies (in no particular order) :
Die Hard 2
10 Things I Hate About You
Dances with Wolves
Avatar (James Cameron)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Seed of Chucky
The Truman Show
Top 10 favorite bands:
Third Eye Blind
Goo Goo Dolls
I am the Avalanche
My Darkest Days
Nine Inch Nails
Bikinis for Eskimos (ha ha-- this one is fictional, from my Fractions of Existence book)
Can you think of any small change in the world you could make to potentially benefit hundreds of other authors or readers?
I'm doing it already. I interview debut authors at Operation Awesome. ( https://operationawesome6.blogspot.com ) The exposure makes a difference to them.
The more authors this world has, the more books it’ll have. More books means there are better odds that a reader will find one to love. More readers means less illiteracy, and that means a better world for everyone.
And speaking of doing something to benefit other authors and readers, have you heard about #WRiTECLUBDFW write club? http://www.dlhammons.com That contest is a real game changer! DL is an inspiration to the writing community.
What inspired you to write this book?
Many years ago, when I still lived among my people in the forest, an elder told me I was to be a storykeeper. I guess you’d say that’s what is inscribed on my soul. When I was older and found my people again, I was told an ancient legend. It was on me, they said, to find a way to share it with the world. I used the characters and the legend as inspiration for the Existence series. The characters are meant to leave readers asking:
WHAT-ARE-THEY ( http://www.what-are-they.com )