[info]duskpeterson wrote
on April 11th, 2017 at 02:25 pm

I'm in need of beta readers again

With the editing system I've had in place for the last few years, I've had good luck in catching language errors: typos, spelling/grammar mistakes, stylistic problems, etc. However, I continue to need help with story content issues, especially story continuity - that is, making sure that names/dates/facts/etc. don't suddenly warp into something different partway through a story or a series. (The classic example I mention in my website is me giving a character blue eyes in scene one and green eyes in scene two.) That sort of problem is darned hard for me to catch. I once had to pull a story from its submission rounds because I belatedly realized I'd put a character in it who had been dead for three centuries by the time the story began.

I realize that most of you haven't read all my stories within a single series (though if you have, bonus points), and some of you haven't read my stories at all. But even having someone catch the continuity errors within a single story would be valuable to me. If you could keep your eye out for any other content issues (such as insufficient character motivation), that would be helpful to me as well.

Here's the stories for which I'm in need of beta readers for content issues, by order of priority. If you're interested, please email me.

Boilerplate warning for all my stories. Do let me know of topics you wish to avoid.

Emancipation (Life Prison)

9,000 words. Friendship fiction. Deadline for beta report: May 11 (firm).

Civil war is tearing apart the land. Again.

For centuries, the Kingdom Vovim to the northwest and the Queendom of Yclau to the southeast have fought each other for the border territory of Mip. Sometimes the Vovimians are lords of the land. Sometimes the people of Yclau are.

The only Mippites whose lives don't change are the slaves. Young Sling knows that his own life's work has already been determined: he is to be a house-slave, serving his master's son. But secret meetings in hidden places with his master's son make Sling uncertain what will happen next.

When news arrives of a proclamation that will allow Sling to leave his hated master, Sling faces a difficult choice: whether to flee to safety or to stay and face the dangers of an unknown future.

Truth and Trust (The Eternal Dungeon: Sweet Blood #5)

41,000 words. M/M, with a friendship subplot. Deadline for beta report: June 1 (firm).

Falling in love with your prisoner is bad. Facing your boss afterwards is worse.

When Vito de Vere returns to the Eternal Dungeon after being expelled for unprofessional conduct with a prisoner, he has a lot to prove. The High Seeker, who runs the royal dungeon, considers Vito a danger. Vito's fellow prison-workers aren't sure he's worthy to be a Seeker questioning men to determine whether those prisoners are guilty of crimes. On the whole, Vito's life would be easier if he stayed home.

But this is a pivotal moment in the history of the Eternal Dungeon, as the dungeon prepares for the greatest change it has ever undergone . . . if enlightened prison-workers such as Vito fight the High Seeker for control of the dungeon.

Can Vito learn from his past error and be ruled by his head, not his heart? If so, what will be the consequences for his new prisoner?

The Awakening (Dungeon Guards)

81,000 words. M/M fiction. Deadline for beta report: Flexible.

Barrett Boyd has awakened from death to a new and baffling life. He knows that he is a guard in the queendom's royal prison, the Eternal Dungeon. But why do the prisoners matters so much to him? Who are these other guards who appear to have claims over him? And how will he survive while he finds his new place in this world?

Initiation (Life Prison: Hell's Messenger #3)

44,000 words, unless you want to glance at the two previous stories in the volume for continuity reasons, in which case it's 119,000 words. Friendship fiction, with M/M subplots. Deadline for beta report: Flexible.

Companionship comes with a price.

Newly arrived at Compassion Life Prison, Tyrrell is impressed and moved by the network of fellowship, protection, service, and love that the prisoners have developed in order to endure conditions in the Magisterial Republic of Mip's most notorious prison.

At the same time, Tyrrell experiences a growing sense of dread as he realizes how powerless he and the other prisoners are against the injuries and deaths inflicted upon them by their guards. The prison's inhabitants struggle to keep alive as their food and water dwindles, while prisoners who share love are torn apart from each other. The prisoners' only hope for survival, it seems, is their enigmatic Keeper, who had told Tyrrell that he wishes to help the prisoners.

Not until his initiation into the prisoners' "tribe" will Tyrrell realize how truly powerless he has become. And then he will face a choice: whether to seize a power he has not yet dared grasp.

Breached Boundaries (The Three Lands)

240,000 words. F/M and friendship fiction, with some queer content that I can't specify here without spoilering. Feel free to ask in your email, though. Deadline for beta report: Flexible. If you pick "Breached Boundaries," you're obviously a glutton for punishment, so I'll mention that I also have a 16,000-word sequel novelette that features some of the characters in "Breached Boundaries," in case you want to beta that too.

The boundaries of rank declare that Serva can be a princess or she can be a slave. But for the bastard daughter of the King of Daxis, life is not that simple.

Forced to be a tool in a battle waged by her land's unstable King and his dangerously devious heir, Serva cannot even find refuge among her fellow slaves. Instead, she secretly explores the hidden portions of the palace. In this way, she meets an imprisoned spy who is scheduled for execution.

But when a simmering war bubbles to the surface, Serva must choose where her loyalties lie. She must also solve the mystery of the spy's past, and of her own future.

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