BETA Readers Wanted Immediately

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Beta Readers play an important role in the publishing of a new book.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, I’d like to explain exactly what a Beta Reader is (and can be).

In the words of Ernest Hemingway, “The first draft of anything is shit.”  Harsh words, but very accurate.  A Beta Reader is someone who enjoys reading and agrees to read an unpublished manuscript for the purpose of giving the writer constructive feedback.

Writing can be a long process that is generally done alone without much collaboration.  This is the time when the author can find out what works, what doesn’t work, and what’s missing from a new point of view.

If you would like to Beta Read my manuscript, I would absolutely love to hear from you!  There are just a few responsibilities that I would ask of all my Beta Readers:

  • Keep in mind that this is unpublished, which means it’s not ready for public release. So please keep your comments constructive and helpful with the intention of making the manuscript better.
  • Beta Readers are NOT editors – your main role is not to find and correct grammatical errors.  A copy editor will be responsible for that.  But if something jumps off the page, it’s always a good idea to mention it.
  • You must be willing and able to begin reading soon.  Some readers power through a book in a few days, others will read casually for weeks at a time.  This is one occasion where it is actually necessary to read the book relatively quickly (1-2 weeks).
  • For Indie Authors (self-published), reader reviews are critical to drive sales.  I ask all my Beta Readers to give an honest review on Amazon.  When potential readers see that a good number of others have taken the time to review the book, they are more likely to take a chance on purchasing a book from an author they’ve never read before.

After reading the bullet points above, if you’re interested in becoming a BETA Reader, please e-mail me your contact information and the format you would prefer (Kindle, MS Word, PDF) and I’ll get a manuscript out to you right away.

Thank you!

~Suzanne (Suzanne5B@hotmail.com)

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ANOTHER Book Cover

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Here’s the working cover for the first title in my new series.  I’m torn between grayscale and sepia tones.  There’s lots of other grayscale book covers, including my own in the Running Series, but I haven’t seen many in the softer sepia tones.  I’d love to hear what you think.  More details to follow…

Fondly,

~Suzanne

Coming Soon!

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Dear Friends,

I am beyond excited to be able to tell you that I have started writing a new trilogy of romance books with a bit of mystery, intrigue and suspense woven throughout.  Another Series is a collection of stories that revolves around a group of friends and coworkers who have relocated to the Jersey Shore in order to follow their dreams and passions. Each book features a unique hero and heroine, but previous characters are often revisited and you get glimpses of old friends and catch up on relationships from previous books.  The working title for the debut novel is Another Chance at Love and I’m hoping to have it ready for release later this fall.

~Suzanne

Release Day is HERE for RIYA!

4-RIYA-cover2I am beyond excited to be able to announce that Running Into Your Arms is now available for only $0.99 on Amazon TODAY!  Here’s a little bit about this book:


Evan and Juliette’s story has come to an end.  So now, in Running Into Your Arms, hear from Emmy and Adam as their love story continues.

Adam Cooke and Emmy Akins are expecting their first child together. Adam’s career with the New Jersey Sentinels is thriving and he’s finally getting the recognition he’s worked for while Emmy continues to work hard bartending with her best friends at Rush Dessert Bar. They are madly in love and can’t seem to get enough of each other.

When Adam gets an offer to leave a job he loves and make a major career change, Emmy is thrilled and excited. This may be the catalyst they need to improve their life by giving them the financial and personal independence they need.

Emmy knows that a new baby and a new job bring lots of changes into their relationship; and she’s quite certain they can adapt and even thrive. But something doesn’t seem right. It’s not like Adam to spend time away from her without so much as an occasional phone call, seemingly avoiding her. Is it hormones causing her to worry or something more? Could a new job intended to make their lives better wind up destroying their dreams instead?

This Running Series novella gives us a glimpse into Emmy and Adam’s life, introduces us to some new characters, and shows us that our path through life is always uncertain, and with each change and challenge, we have to continue to trust ourselves and have faith in the strength of the bonds we have forged.


I truly hope that you enjoy this short story.  Don’t forget to share your thoughts with other readers by posting an honest rating or review.  As an independent author, it’s the only way I have to let potential readers know the quality of the manuscript.  Thank you for your continued support. ~Suzanne


 

Visit these other online booksellers to get your copy of Running Into Your Arms~

Barnes & Noble     Kobo     Apple iBooks

Almost ready for release!

Do you know what a beta reader is? Would you like to beta read “Running Into His Arms”? Remember, the beta version of a book is not polished and shined. It’s not the same as an advanced copy of a complete and edited book. It’s rough around the edges. It needs to be perfected.  In the words of one famous author:

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Authors like myself find the use of beta readers invaluable. Please read the link HERE and if interested, please contact me.

Roadblocks and Obstacles

ball playerI wouldn’t call it writer’s block, because I’m already half way done with “Running Into Your Arms”.  What I’m currently struggling with is a severe bout of indecision and I’m hoping that a few of you can help.

You see, as I’m writing Adam & Emmy’s story, which is fully developed in my mind, a parallel storyline is taking place.  There’s a new man in town who’s turning heads and making waves.  But he’s only got one thing on his mind ~ making it in the majors.

Here’s where you come in.  I cannot decide on the name of the fictional New Jersey MLB team and I would love to hear what you think.  Here are my thoughts, along with the pros and cons I’m debating over.

New Jersey Generals

  • Pros:  The Generals would work well in partnership with it’s NFL counterpart, the Sentinels.
  • Cons:  In the 80’s, there was once a football team called the NJ Generals that played USFL which no longer exists. (On the plus side, I’m not sure how many people actually know that!)

New Jersey Rebels

  • Pros:  Let’s face it, NJ has it’s fair share of mobsters, corruption, and big personalities.
  • Cons:  Continuing NJ’s negative reputation is not on the top of my “to-do” list

New Jersey Renegades

  • Pros:  The Renegades is a softer, gentler form of Rebel that works well beside the Sentinels
  • Cons:  See “Rebels”

New Jersey Grenadiers

  • Pros: Yet another military-sounding term
  • Cons:  Not widely known term, more closely related to the UK

New Jersey Red Hawks

  • Pros:  Hawks are native to NJ and some species are currently on the Endangered list; it’s a carnivorous bird of prey.
  • Cons:  The MLB has the Cincinnati Reds & the Boston Red Sox, and the NHL has the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings.

New Jersey Highlanders

  • Pros:  There is a region of NJ known as the Highlands
  • Cons:  It’s also the name of a Starz series set in Scotland.

New Jersey Garnet Gulls

  • Pros:  This is the name of Point Pleasant Beach’s high school athletic team, it’s an homage to the small town that the “gang” calls home.
  • Cons:  Do Gulls make their opponents quiver?  Is it the name of a winning team?

If you have a thought on the subject, I would love to hear from you.  And if you have another suggestion I haven’t thought of, please share.  Be brutally honest and tell me what immediately comes to mind.  I can’t wait to read your impressions.

~Suzanne

 

Book Cover Release Announced

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Even though Evan & Juliette’s story has come to an end, that doesn’t mean we have to say good bye to the entire gang.  “Running Into Your Arms” is a novella that continues the journey of Adam and Emmy’s love.  As the cover suggests, some of life’s smallest decisions can alter the course of your destiny.  You won’t have to wait long to hear more about Emmy and Adam.  This novella is due to be released by Valentine’s Day.

It’s Release Day!

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It is with much pride and joy that I announce the news that I have just released Book 3, “Running Away With You” to all major online booksellers.  Sometime within the next few hours, it will be available to purchase.  I hope and pray that you enjoy the third and final installment of Evan and Juliette’s storybook romance.  I can’t wait to hear from you, my faithful readers.  Happy reading!

The Wait is Nearly OVER!

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Dear Readers,

Let me start this post with a deep, heart-felt apology for my absence.  So many of you have written, asking about the release date of Running Away With You, the third installment in the Running Series.  My answers have been vague and elusive.  This is because as an Indie Author, I get to set my own deadlines.  This allows me the opportunity to work until it’s right, not just until the clock runs out.

Like so many of you, I wear many hats:  wife, mother, daughter, author, and educator.  The last three months have kept me busy preparing for a new school year and getting to know the twenty-two ten-year-olds that sit before me one hundred and eighty-two days a year.  This is a responsibility I take very seriously and have given it my primary focus.

But in between correcting papers, making lesson plans, and gathering materials, I have finished RAWY, sent it to the most dedicated group of beta readers anyone could wish for, made final changes, and sent it off to my editor.  Rebecca, my new editor, promises to have the manuscript back to me by the end of the week.  And that means that in less than ten days, I will be releasing the book for sale, beginning with Amazon.

As soon as I get the manuscript back, I give you my word that I will work day and night to prepare the book for immediate release.  Thank you for all your questions and inquiries and I deeply hope that you enjoy the conclusion of Evan and Juliette’s trilogy.

Your Faithful Friend,

Suzanne :0)

RAWY Chapter Excerpts

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I’m very excited to be able to tell you, my faithful readers, that each day, I am one step closer to releasing he third and final installment of the Running Series, “Running Away With You”.  Many of you know that I had hoped to release the book much sooner, but it’s more important to me to do it well than to do it quickly.  I hope you will agree.

Each day, I will be releasing a short excerpt from the third book on Facebook.  I can’t wait to hear what you think.  Thank you for all your letters of support and inquiry.  I promise to announce the release the moment it goes live.

~SS