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Monday, May 7, 2018

Old Legends, New Stories - Fractions of Existence by J Lenni Dorner

"I mean, really, how many of the old legends have come true? What are the odds that I’m the next Nostradamus or Baba Vanga? *insert creepy haunting sound* 
No? That didn’t make you hit the buy button? Fair enough. Here are some other reasons: " - author


Published: September 20th, 2017

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. 

Old Legends, New Stories 

Many years ago, when I still lived among my Lenni-Lenape 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. Sharing a story from a Native American tribe, especially one as old as mine, is no easy task. 

I used the characters and the legend as inspiration for the Existence series. In book one, Fractions of Existence, those legendary characters are largely seen in a modern-day setting. #UrbanFantasy That's what gives them a new story. More of the old legend weaves in as the series progresses. 

The characters are meant to leave readers asking: WHAT-ARE-THEY ( http://www.what-are-they.com )

How many old legends have come true? What are the odds that I’m the next Nostradamus or Baba Vanga? ( I'm probably joking. #SpeculativeFiction #WriterHumor ) 

The Existence series starts off as a pre-dystopian. Fractions of Existence hints that the antagonist group, The Eyes in the Shadows, have discovered a new way to cause Armageddon. There's a ticking clock on their plan, something that's coming. If they get what they need, that will bring about a possible future reality. 

One character (who is properly introduced later in the Existence series), an expert on the theory of the multiverse, would posit that all fiction is non-fiction somewhere. Therefore, the Existence series is a possible future reality.
About the author:
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. 

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J Lenni Dorner said...

Thank you for having me here.

Dan Denman said...

I like the book cover. Gwendolyn and Xavier sound like good characters and I like the description of this story.