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Betas needed for YA contemporary romance - Religious elements but not a "faith" story

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Nicole Sewell (nic0lesewell) | 6 comments I'm looking for a few beta readers to look at my 52k contemporary YA romance. The blurb is below. This is a massive rewrite of a book I queried last year. I want to know if the religious aspects are too heavy-handed and if you find the story interesting.
I'm not looking to pay for beta reading and I already have an editor/proofreader lined up, but I'd be willing to do a beta swap if you have a similar story (I typically read YA and NA.).

15-year-old Alaina Roberts can count on one hand the number of times she’s left Shiloh, a cult compound in the North Georgia mountains. After being found beaten in a shed during an FBI raid, she’s forced to leave the only home she’s ever known and live among the sinners she’s been raised to fear. At first, she does her best to resist the influences of her Aunt Beth and Cousin Holly, worried that their kindness is a deception meant to lead her astray. But when she learns the truth about Shiloh and its leaders during court supervised visits with her mother, things get far more complicated.

The rules that she’s always lived by don’t make any sense outside of Shiloh. And the people she’s been told are evil are anything but. Particularly Adam, the blue-eyed boy that Alaina can’t seem to stay away from.

As her relationship with Adam develops, Alaina learns some hard truths about her mother. Now believing herself to be a prophetess, her mother is hell-bent on saving Alaina’s soul and will go to any extreme to turn her from her “sinful” ways, even if it means someone has to die.


message 2: by Tom (last edited Nov 25, 2015 06:25PM) (new)

Tom Chapman | 2 comments Why would you need a few beta readers to read a manuscript of 52k words, surely one or two would be enough. I will read it, it sounds interesting.


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Nicole Sewell (nic0lesewell) | 6 comments Tom wrote: "Why would you need a few beta readers to read a manuscript of 52k words, surely one or two would be enough. I will read it, it sounds interesting."

Hi Tom,
I'm moving this topic to the appropriate folder (posted from my phone originally and it got stuck in "General" for some reason.). I'm looking for a few beta readers to see if there is a general consensus. I usually like to have 3-5 beta readers of varying backgrounds to get an idea of what works and what doesn't.

Email me your preferred format (Mobi, ePub, PDF) at nrbrighton @ gmail . com if you're still interested.

Thanks!
Nicole


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