I’m seeking out beta readers for my manuscript, When Darkness Falls. It’s a fantasy romance set in a medieval middle eastern city (think of Arabian Nights or Kismet). There are paranormal elements: vampires, djinns, shapeshifters, and others.
Rating: There are steamy parts, and a few explicit adult scenes, appropriate to the story line and the development of the romance; make no mistake, however, I am not writing erotica nor am I writing “sweet” with the bedroom door shut. I like to stress the “appropriate” part!
Here’s a brief run-down of the story:
Ruled by a gracious, wise Sultana, the humans of the great desert city of Al Khair dwell in uneasy peace with the vampires and demons who claim the lands as their ancestral homelands under the leadership of an ancient, powerful vampire. Their shaky truce becomes strained when a young human woman arrives from distant lands.
Orphaned since childhood and outcast, Alyssa joins a caravan to the fabled Al Khair where she seeks only to make a new life for herself. A life that quickly becomes complicated when she draws the attention of the Dark Lord himself.
A thousand years ago, Lord Damien permitted the humans to build their city. When he senses a new, immensely powerful magical being in the land, Damien suspects the humans of plotting to overthrow him. Furious, he searches for the source of this power, but he cannot stop thinking of the young woman in the tower who had seen through the glamour spell that cloaks him from humans. When he discovers that Alyssa is the mysterious being he has been seeking, his determination to have her for his own threatens to pit the two races, human and vampire, against each other in all-out war.
I’d like to attract beta readers who think they might enjoy this type of book, to give me feed back on the characters, world building, conflict, plot. When something works for them, or doesn’t work, and why or why not. This is done via email; I’ll send a chapter at a time as a pdf file, along with a short list of questions about that chapter. I’d like a turn-around of 3-4 days, although understanding life happens. As soon as I get the questionnaire back, I’ll send the next chapter. I’ll also send several chapters if you’re chomping at the bit to go faster, just ask! LOL.
If you’re new to beta reading, check out my Blog Post with Jenna Moreci’s vlogs (video blogs) on beta readers and the beta reading process… besides informative they’re also hilarious to watch!
If you are interested in being on my Beta team for When Darkness Falls, reply below with your email address and I’ll send you the questions to look over. Or privately message me on FB or Twitter with your email address; I have my privacy settings so that anyone can private message me.
P.S. If you love romance but paranormal’s not your thing, I’ve got the first 2 of a 4-book contemporary romance series finished, and will be gathering a beta reader team for those as well.