Beta Readers Wanted

It’s been far too long. Life has thrown my family and I a few curve balls but I’m hoping to get back on track with my writing. I have a book finished and have asked my friends to read it however their lives are pretty crazy busy as well so I’m looking for beta readers. 

A beta reader for those that are not sure is someone who gets to read the book first. You get to tell the author (me) what you thought of the book all for free. I’m not looking for someone to comb through it and edit it. I have an editor that does wonderfully (though if you’d like to do some feel free). Mostly I would love to have someone (or a few someones) to read over the book and tell me what you truly thought of it. 

The hard part about this is that I need people that will be honest with me. I have thick skin and I take (constructive) criticism very well. I want to make sure I’m putting something good out there. If you want to be a beta reader please make sure that you are willing to tell me what you really thought of the book the good, the bad and the ‘that was a piece of shit’ (just in nicer words please lol) 

Because this is before I have even had my editor go over it you have to be able to look past grammar issues. I am horrible about that. Also I use spell check but sometimes the word is spelled right but not the proper word so you’ll have to be able to look past that as well. I understand that for some that is VERY hard.

The book (Kat and the Cursed)  is a YA or NA (not sure which market I want yet) and a romance with just a splash of paranormal. It is completely written (so you will not have to wait for the ending)  I would like to get it out to some publishing companies as soon as possible but I would like to make sure that it all fits well first. This is my first attempt at using beta readers (besides my friends) and welcome any newcomers that want to try to be a beta reader. You would get the book for free and in return for the book you tell me what you think. 

I will be posting for more beta readers each time I have a book to read because not all my books are going to be romance. (Though I do seem stuck in that area right now lol) 

I may use some of your comments (the good ones of course) as quotes for the book when sending to a publishing company or (if I publish it myself) on the book’s cover or inside. Please contact me through the contact me link or you can email me at groomsbooks@yahoo

Thanks so much for taking the time to read everything and if you have any questions/comments feel free to ask!

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Welcome!

Just wanted to pop in and give a big welcome to all the new followers via Bloglovin. If you are a blogger and have not heard of this site it really is a great place to have your blog. All you need to do is sign up register your blog and put a widget on your page so people can follow it through that site instead of by email or wordpress. You are able to follow all different kinds of blog sites, like Blogger.com or wordpress.com and it put them in a nice order for you. You don’t get an over whelming amount of mail in your inbox telling you there is a new post from your favorite blogs you just log in and see who has posted something new. There is also an app for it lol

I have unfortunately not  been writing much lately. I go through slumps sometimes that I want to write but can’t really get it going. I usually go back and read through all my old stories I’ve written. I might just need to get a new book and take a brake for a day or two and read someone else’s writing though. That sometimes helps too. I think I get tired of not having an ending. I have at least 10 different stories that are in different stages of writing but none have endings yet. We shall see what happens next. As they say… this too shall pass. 🙂 Well hope everyone had a good month this last month when I wasn’t posting.

Any of you writers have trouble as I am having now or am I alone with these ups and downs of writing genius? lol

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Been a while

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I know you’ve all been worried cause it’s been so long… 😉 No my head hasn’t exploded because I was trying to figure out a scene for my next book and couldn’t (though it could have the ending of my latest was brutal). I’m not sitting in a corner rocking back and forth mumbling nonsense cause I’ve lost my mind (though I have been known to mumble to myself) I am also not in a coma after staying up too late trying to finish my latest book (I have an ending I just think it’s crap lol)

I have been working very hard on my new website Author-Reader Mixer (see above). It’s where I will have spotlight books, interviews and *hopefully* helpful information for authors (YAY!) I haven’t really written at all for a while. I knocked out the ending to my New Adult but I don’t think I like it and I’m not sure what to do to change it so I’ve kind of been at a stand still.

Author-Reader Mixer is really kicking off on Monday. It’d be great to have everyone pop over and take a look that day, it’s my first Book Spotlight and the next day is the author interview with the writer of the book so you get to learn more about the book and the author herself. I  have got something scheduled for the next four weeks after that I’ll need more material. I’ve been asking some editors, cover artists and publishes if they would like to guest post on my page about their work and maybe give some helpful tips. Hopefully they will respond.

I have a lot of author followers and would like to post things not only for readers looking for new books but also to help authors. It is hard to find a place that can connect you and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to make my site do that. If work in the publishing/book writing/editing/cover artist field (or any other that I’m not thinking of that goes with writing) PLEASE contact me if your willing to guest blog.

I am taking all kinds right now. I’m in the works to have my sisters work with me on reviewing books as well. As soon as I know if they can I will put a page on just for information about reviewing. We like different kinds so we most likely will be able to do a large array of books. We all have full time jobs and run around after kiddo’s so I figured if we all do it together we should be able to do a steady stream of reviews rather than me by myself which would be quite a while between reviews because of my own writing and work and kiddo.

Well if you are an author and would like to have a place for some free advertising or if you work in the field and would like the same or if you’d just like to guest post about something important to you (book related please) contact me! I’ll get you scheduled. I try to make it fun and painless to be on my site. There is a page that lets you know what kind of service you get when working with me. So head on over and check it out! For Authors

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Giveaway Results!

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Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for… The giveaway results. Thank you to everyone that participated in my giveaway, and thank you to everyone that has purchased Loving Allison so far.

The giveaway was one paperback copy of Finding Samantha (sighed if the winner so choses it). There were many ways to get your name in for the drawing and some took advantage of them all putting their name in quite a few times. I used an excel spreadsheet and formula (that my husband put together) to chose the name. I had to type everyone’s name in manually. I think next time I’m going to find one on a site like raffle copter instead (much easier on me lol)

Well here it is the winner of the paperback book Finding Samantha is Debra (Debbie) C. I will email you for your information to send the book to. Thanks again to everyone that participated!

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Attention Fellow Authors

My previous website on blogger.com was not getting much use since I started this so I’ve decided what I want to do with it. I am going to start hosting cover reveal parties, book launches, author interviews, and guest posts.

As I have gone through trying to publish my own work I have found that it is extremely hard to find bloggers that are willing to post your cover reveals or any of the other things I’ve tried to do on my own so I am offering my website for that. If you are an author and would like to be a part my new endeavor just send me a message. As well as being on that blog I will have a page here that I will keep updated with the info from that page I will also share it on twitter and my FB page. Though I don’t have many ‘followers’ of that blog at the moment I will be getting more so please count me in on your next release.

Hop on over and check out the page:

Reader-Author Mixer – Where readers can find new authors to love and authors can get love from readers.

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A writers work is never done.

So I’ve got Loving Allison all out and published, waiting for the wonderful readers to buy and review. I told myself I would read a book get some enjoyment for myself before starting my next project… Yeah right that’s laughable. No way am I ever going to take a brake. I started working on the ending to my New Adult book that was 75% done but I was stuck. So I wrote the ending to it. Now I just need to go through and edit it and add in some connecting piece to the end.

I’ve given it to a great friend to read and see what she thinks of it as it is now. I can’t wait to hear what she has to say about it. I’m thinking about calling it Kat and the Cursed, though I’m not too sure on the name. It sounds like she’s dealing with more than one person that is cursed with a name like that right? And I don’t want to be Kat and the Curse cause then it sounds like she’s the one cursed. Oh well I’ll wait and see what my friend thinks. She may be able to come up with a better name for me. I hate naming books. I hate trying to name people in my books too but that’s a different rant 🙂

Well I am off to spend some time with my honey before crawling into bed so that I can get up and work tomorrow. Hope you all have a great night!

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Author Day! Add your FB & Web pages

I have decided to do an author day for all my friends that are authors. So on here write in the comments your author website and we can all take turns following each other’s pages. I have found a lot of great pages through this from other sites and want my readers to get the same benefits.

On my facebook page I have status about Author day and you can put the link to your fan page on Facebook for people to like your page. Share the FB status with your readers to get the most likes for everyone! You can also put your favorite author pages /book pages to share what you love with others so they can love it as well!

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