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  • Flowers for the Lady with Sad Eyes

    Primary Genre: Romance Word Count: 69,930 Beta Readers: 0

    1. Does the first page make you want to turn the page and keep reading?. Better yet, do the first few sentences make you care about what comes next?

    2. Does my book hit a lull for you at any point, and were you tempted to skip paragraphs or even...

    1. Does the first page make you want to turn the page and keep reading?. Better yet, do the first few sentences make you care about what comes next?

    2. Does my book hit a lull for you at any point, and were you tempted to skip paragraphs or even pages, because your attention was wandering so much?

    3. Did you skip over content or skim over it (at least in parts) to speed up the reading, so you could “get it over with”? Was it because of the book itself — too much detail, irritating dialogue, etc. — or because you weren’t in the right headspace for reading it?

    4.Did you think anything was missing?

    5.Did the writing help or hinder your engagement with the story?

  • Beginning of the First Age

    Primary Genre: Fantasy Word Count: 956 Beta Readers: 0

    Scenery description and tense consistency. I write in third person present tense and would like to see if I made any inconsistencies. Also checking if my first chapter grips attention.

  • DarkAllies&Adversaries - Book 1 - The Katalonan Chronicles

    Primary Genre: Fantasy Word Count: 82,000 Beta Readers: 1

    In the intertwined ethereal and corporeal realms are people who serve as the conduit between the gods, elementals, and humans. These are the Katalonans. Every day, they face the choice to keep the balance between the two worlds or wield the power they hold over light and dark.

    Beliza, 12,...

    In the intertwined ethereal and corporeal realms are people who serve as the conduit between the gods, elementals, and humans. These are the Katalonans. Every day, they face the choice to keep the balance between the two worlds or wield the power they hold over light and dark.

    Beliza, 12, an orphan, has had enough of the abuse she suffers in her village. Threatened with exorcism, she leaves despite having nowhere to go and nothing to her name. At the edge of the woods, she encounters a mysterious woman they call the Chief Katalonan, who entices her to find answers to the strange experiences in her life.

    Beliza finds herself in the wilderness, in a Katalonan training camp, together with eight other kids. She gives in to an inner calling despite her insecurities over her lack of knowledge in the craft. The lure of the ethereal world, the Hiwagaan, is strong notwithstanding the sinister atmosphere that surrounds it.

    At camp, she makes friends and finds a father figure in her elemental guide, a being with the body of a man and the head of a Tamaraw. Beliza and the others learn Katalonan skills, battle dangerous dark entities and their own childhood traumas.

    With the death of the Chief Katalonan and the looming turmoil in Hiwagaan bleeding into their world, the Sansinukob, Beliza and her allies must face unknown adversaries sent by Sitan, the lord of darkness. And they must do this without a leader and their team hobbled by treachery.

    Dark Fantasy based on Philippine Lore.

    I would love for feedback on the story, characters and dialogues.

  • SC0905

    Primary Genre: Romance Word Count: 75,366 Beta Readers: 0

    I have a list of questions I would like answered. Please email me at AGehm07@gmail.com in order to fully receive payment and for me to receive feedback. Thank you in advance.

  • A Tale Of Blood and Fury.

    Primary Genre: Fantasy Word Count: 2,771 Beta Readers: 0

    After a bloody raid, Eshe finds herself the last living heir to the throne of a newly formed Empire.
    Thrust into a court of disapproving chiefs, rebellious cities and warring kingdoms, will Eshe be able to keep the peace of the empire all while proving that a woman can wear...

    After a bloody raid, Eshe finds herself the last living heir to the throne of a newly formed Empire.
    Thrust into a court of disapproving chiefs, rebellious cities and warring kingdoms, will Eshe be able to keep the peace of the empire all while proving that a woman can wear a crown?
    Eshe will have to make tough decisions that go against her morals, she will have to lose the people she loves over and over again and endure heartbreak, but it's worth it for her empire.
    I want to know if;
    The world-building is okay,
    If the characters are interesting,
    And if the story is compelling.

  • Penny's Song NEW Aug 2022

    Primary Genre: Tragicomedy Word Count: 88,000 Beta Readers: 0

    Music aficionado Penny Herrick escapes her alcoholic and abusive father. She’s both unwed and pregnant, it’s 1970, and she lands in Greenwich Village, New York City.

    Penny’s naivete shatters when she meets face-to-face with the city’s urban decay and ne’er do well strangers. But a chance encounter with musician Randy...

    Music aficionado Penny Herrick escapes her alcoholic and abusive father. She’s both unwed and pregnant, it’s 1970, and she lands in Greenwich Village, New York City.

    Penny’s naivete shatters when she meets face-to-face with the city’s urban decay and ne’er do well strangers. But a chance encounter with musician Randy Wilton improves her life profoundly. A deep friendship develops upon discovering he’s gay, and they form a chosen family that’s ahead of their time.

    Penny’s confidence and assertiveness grow under his tutelage. She encourages Randy to be open about his sexuality. But tragedy strikes when he comes out publicly. He spirals down a dark hole, creating a situation that’s too much like Penny’s former life, and she blames herself. Penny's willing to help him, but when she learns her father had a heart attack and her baby becomes seriously ill, she wrestles with the decision to keep her new family together…or return to her parents hoping to change things before her dad dies.

  • Ian Page, International Gay Human Rights Lawyer

    Primary Genre: Other fiction Word Count: 5,000 Beta Readers: 1

    Ian Page is a former gay party boy turned international lawyer. He's stopping over in Hong Kong after leaving LA on his way to his job in Shanghai as fixer for a Politburo member's right hand man. Ian will soon face the greatest challenge of his life.

    This is chapter...

    Ian Page is a former gay party boy turned international lawyer. He's stopping over in Hong Kong after leaving LA on his way to his job in Shanghai as fixer for a Politburo member's right hand man. Ian will soon face the greatest challenge of his life.

    This is chapter one of a novel. What are a few words you'd use to describe Ian? What do you expect will happen to him? What do you want more of?

  • Allies & Adversaries - The Katalonan Chronicles - Book 1

    Primary Genre: Fantasy Word Count: 77,000 Beta Readers: 9

    In the intertwined ethereal and corporeal realms are people who serve as the conduit between the gods, elementals, and humans. These are the Katalonans. Every day, they face the choice to keep the balance between the two worlds or wield the power they hold over light and dark.

    Beliza, 12,...

    In the intertwined ethereal and corporeal realms are people who serve as the conduit between the gods, elementals, and humans. These are the Katalonans. Every day, they face the choice to keep the balance between the two worlds or wield the power they hold over light and dark.

    Beliza, 12, an orphan, has had enough of the abuse she suffers in her village. Threatened with exorcism, she leaves despite having nowhere to go and nothing to her name. At the edge of the woods, she encounters a mysterious woman they call the Chief Katalonan, who entices her to find answers to the strange experiences in her life.

    Beliza finds herself in the wilderness, in a Katalonan training camp, together with eight other kids. She gives in to an inner calling despite her insecurities over her lack of knowledge in the craft. The lure of the ethereal world, the Hiwagaan, is strong notwithstanding the sinister atmosphere that surrounds it.

    At camp, she makes friends and finds a father figure in her elemental guide, a being with the body of a man and the head of a Tamaraw. Beliza and the others learn Katalonan skills, battle dangerous dark entities and their own childhood traumas.

    With the death of the Chief Katalonan and the looming turmoil in Hiwagaan bleeding into their world, the Sansinukob, Beliza and her allies must face unknown adversaries sent by Sitan, the lord of darkness. And they must do this without a leader and their team hobbled by treachery.

    Dark Fantasy based on Philippine Lore.

    I would love for feedback on the story, characters and dialogues.

  • Prism (WIP Title)

    Primary Genre: Fantasy Word Count: 135,000 Beta Readers: 1

    Hello! I would like to know if the characters are compelling, your thoughts on the plot as well as the subplots and whether or not you enjoyed the read.

    Document has gone through an initial edit for punctuation, spelling, and grammatical errors but please forgive me if I missed some....

    Hello! I would like to know if the characters are compelling, your thoughts on the plot as well as the subplots and whether or not you enjoyed the read.

    Document has gone through an initial edit for punctuation, spelling, and grammatical errors but please forgive me if I missed some.

    Is Illiana a protagonist you enjoy reading? Is she a hero in your eyes and is the group she travels with believable and cohesive group by the end?

    TW: contains allusions to possible physical and sexual abuse, deaths, and transgender issues.

    Does contain a sex scene but it is not lewd.

    Enjoy!

  • Verder dan ooit - Proofcopy

    Primary Genre: Travel Word Count: 76,000 Beta Readers: 0

    --- DUTCH BOOK ---
    YA avontuur

    Als je niet naar huis kunt, waar ga je dan heen?

    Wanneer de zelfstandige Lisa van Leeuwen na de zoveelste aanvaring met haar moeder uit huis wordt geplaatst, raakt ze steeds verder weg van de wereld die ze kent. In een opwelling ontvlucht ze...

    --- DUTCH BOOK ---
    YA avontuur

    Als je niet naar huis kunt, waar ga je dan heen?

    Wanneer de zelfstandige Lisa van Leeuwen na de zoveelste aanvaring met haar moeder uit huis wordt geplaatst, raakt ze steeds verder weg van de wereld die ze kent. In een opwelling ontvlucht ze haar oude leven, maar zonder het te weten, laat ze een spoor van vernieling achter.
    De vriendelijke Cédric besluit zijn perfect ogende leven achter te laten en met haar mee op pad te gaan. Ze kennen elkaar niet en onder welke andere omstandigheden dan ook hadden ze elkaar nooit leren kennen. Toch zijn ze voor hun toekomst nu afhankelijk van elkaar. Krijgen ze wat ze zoeken, of helpen ze elkaar alleen maar verder in de problemen?

    Een verhaal over strijd, pijn en vriendschap, voor iedereen die op zoek is naar zijn eigen identiteit en niet vies is van een beetje avontuur op de weg er naar toe.