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A to Z Challenge co-host J Lenni Dorner recently published his short story, Lumber of the Kuweakunks.
I’m so happy to share this short story with you as part of my 2021 A to Z Challenge. If you are a fan of short stories, fantasies, dark fantasies, and mysteries, you will surely enjoy this short read that you can find on sale at Smashwords.
About the Author: J Lenni Dorner
J Lenni Dorner (He/They) runs the Debut Author Spotlight at Operation Awesome (@OpAwesome6) and is a Blogging from A to Z Challenge #AtoZChallenge co-host.
J, happily married and living in Pennsylvania (USA) on the original lands of the Lenni-Lenape people, is the author of the urban fantasy “Fractions of Existence,” and reference books “Preparing to Write Settings that Feel Like Characters” and “Writing Book Reviews As An Author.”
J aims to write fiction mixed with lore to unhinge your mind because I believe that all books, even fictional ones, can change the world by increasing culture. They long to share the wisdom and knowledge passed on by stories because that’s the goal of their soul.
You can find J’s favorite books, including Patrick Rothfuss, on his GoodReads shelf here.
About the Story: Lumber of the Kuweakunks
Children are missing. One minute they were in class, the next they had vanished. They aren’t the first people to disappear from the area. Hokus Wood has a mythical secret. A history lesson might be the key to getting the children back.
Review of Lumber of the Kuweakunks
J tells their story, about the forest that brought to life the communities that live there, in dual timelines.
First, we are introduced to Lilia Turner, a mother at Tuck Academy where her son and another girl have gone missing. Lilia’s story I found to be the most interesting and loved the twist at the end of the story that tied everything up with a bow.
Secondly, in a dual timeline, we meet the nasty lieutenant governor who’s dealing with the Kuweakunks community while waiting for his lady love to arrive by ship. And boy is he a nasty piece of work. You’ll have to be the judge, but when his storyline wrapped up, I couldn’t help but chuckle.
And the real star of the story of course is the forest. And boy is it magical and awesome as it and the children helped bridge the gap made by prejudice and racism. I remember reading in an interview with J that he/they loved the forest. And I can see how that love for the forest carried over in the writing of Lumber of the Kuweakunks. I wish I could visit the forest!
So if you are looking for a fun and magical short read do yourself a favor and get this short story at Smashwords. Enjoy!!
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Where to Buy Lumber of the Kuweakunks
You can find J’s book at Smashwords here.
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Blogging from A to Z April Challenge
If you think you’d like J’s writing style, check out their A to Z April Challenge on The Blog of Author J Lenni Dorner here. They will be writing a mixed series in April – everything from favorite blogs, their TBR list, flash fiction and even book recommendations for children!
And don’t forget to check out the official A to Z Challenge website here. It’s such a great community of writers and bloggers that I’ve enjoyed participating with since 2016.
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