Looking for test readers

I just finished the second draft of my current work-in-progress, Hidden Truths. It’s a historical romance and a sequel to Backwards to Oregon, taking place in 1868. As it seems to be the norm for my novels, at 143,000 words (300 pages), this one is a rather long novel too. I have a few wonderful beta readers and critique partners helping me out, but they have worked with me on this story from the beginning. So what I need now is a set of fresh eyes, someone who reads the story from beginning to end within a few days. You …

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Puzzled by reader feedback

Recently, I’ve been puzzled by some of the feedback from readers that I got. But before I start explaining, let me say that this is not about a writer whining about negative or critical feedback. I appreciate constructive criticism, and I try to learn from it. In fact, if sites such as Amazon provided e-mail addresses I’d contact readers who pointed out flaws in my books and ask them to test read my works in progress. So let me explain what’s so puzzling about the feedback I got. I stumbled across a review of Conflict of Interest on Amazon. One …

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Setting of my historical romance “Hidden Truths”

My work in progress, Hidden Truths, is set in 1868. The first chapter takes place in Boston, where we meet Hendrika Aaldenberg, who is called “Rika.” In case anyone is wondering: no, that’s not a German name. Her family is Dutch. I got one of my test readers, who is Dutch, to pronounce the name for me. (Thanks, M.!) Click here to listen. Now you know why I didn’t give Rika German ancestors. The Dutch accent is so much more charming than a German accent! :-) In 1868, the Great Boston Fire hadn’t yet happened. Gas streetlights lined the cobblestone-paved streets. …

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Hidden Truths

Welcome! I thought I’d try my hand at blogging and share a bit about writing in general and my writing process in particular. I just celebrated my birthday by finishing the first draft of my current novel, Hidden Truths. It’s a sequel to Backwards to Oregon, which was published in 2007 with L-Book. While Backwards to Oregon took place on the Oregon Trail in 1851, Hidden Truths is set on the Hamiltons’ ranch in Oregon in 1868. It’s the era after the Civil War and right before the first transcontinental railroad connected the Atlantic and the Pacific states. A lot …

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