Books and Beta Readers

To make this easer on you (and me!) I’m going to list all my WIPs here and if there is one (or more) you would like to read as I write it, then email me at the-shieldmaiden@hotmail.com with the subject line “Beta-Reader” and then tell me what you’d like to be kept up on in the email. The responsibilities of a beta-reader include, but are not limited to, a) pestering me when I lag, b) giving me general feedback on a chapter, and c) fangirling when appropriate (to keep morale up, of course!)

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Paper Crowns (FINISHED) ” Once upon a time, there stood a small house in the middle of the woods and in the house, there lived a girl.”  That’s how I would begin it. My autobiography, I mean. If I was ever tempted to write an autobiography. Which I’m not.  Ginger has always lived a sheltered life, with only her aunt Malgarel and her blue-furred cat Halcyon to keep her company. It’s a quiet, contented life, even if she’s never allowed to go anywhere alone…until one day she sees a strange, colorless man in the city. And her paper airplane flies around her room and won’t come down. And she overhears a strange conversation between her aunt and Someone. What follows is an unexpected journey in which she meets a wysling, a magical baker, a Forest, and a hyinen who may or may not be on her side as she does what she’s always been intended to do – de-throne the usurping Winter Queen and take back the throne that belongs to her.

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: PG

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Paper Hearts -(Sequel to Paper Crowns)  When Rooney barters her way into an apprenticeship with the wysling Azrael, she gets more than she bargained for. The front door has a bad attitude. The marionette’s is worse. Worst of all is Azrael himself. He’s heartless, aggravating, condescending, and cursed – and Rooney can’t stand him. When Ginger, the faerie queen, comes to Azrael asking him to help her find the lost prince Orion, he and Rooney are pulled into a search for a missing wysling while, on the side, Rooney tries to find a way to undo Azrael’s curse. It doesn’t sound easy, and it’s a whole lot harder than it sounds.

Genre: Fantasy.

Rating: PG

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This Mortal Coil – when Skata, bent on revenge for the vampire who destroyed his life, finds himself in the backwater South Carolina town of Grace, he realizes he’s landed in a soon-to-be war zone between a horde of Malevolent vampires and the innocent (and not-so-innocent) citizens. The players in the brewing battle include Angel, a vampire with a dark secret; Cassis, a half-breed dhamphir; Rukiel, a seemingly omniscient shape-shifter; Gideon and Jackson Montgomery, two very different vampire brothers; Dean Castle, a pastor with a shotgun; and a host of others. It’s an uncertain, shattering adventure that will kill some – and save others.

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult    

Rating: PG-13

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Natural Disasters – Nobody new ever moves into the town of Polemos Hill. So when three mysterious siblings arrive, everyone notices – including December Holloway, a waitress at the town grill. Strange things begin to happen as soon as they show up, things she can’t ignore; and with the arrival of an unexpected fourth sibling comes a shocking new set of events that leads to a difficult question – what are the Morgans? Are they even human? And more importantly, are they friends, or are they the enemy?

Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult

Rating: PG-13

11 thoughts on “Books and Beta Readers

  1. I’m wondering about your rating system. You rate Monster as R. But what exactly is in the book that makes it R? Could you clarify that? And please feel free to go into detail. I am quite interested in getting the book but I want to know exactly what i’m getting into first.

    • I rate Monster as R for ‘frightening images and intense sequences’ as it deals with human experiment subjects and violence. The main theme of the book is bioethics. Thirteen-year-olds have read it and been fine, but I like to be on the safe side. 🙂

    • My rating system is really just how I feel about my novels. If I had a young sibling, it’s how I would choose to let them read it. Monster is rated R for intense scenes and subject matter (bioethics, sanctity of life, human vs. non-human, experimentation scenes, etc.) though thirteen-year-olds have read it and enjoyed it.

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