I hope everyone is staying healthy and sane as we continue to navigate COVID 19. It’s been difficult for me and my husband since we are social creatures. He is a GREAT cook and misses trying out new recipes at what used to be our regular dinner parties. However, we’ve been lucky enough to meet with a few friends who have also been vigilant about staying home and quarantined. And since the weather has been great we’ve stayed outside and social distanced. I hope you’ve had the chance to meet with family and friends in a way that not only feels safe but also scratches that itch to be social!
As some of you know, I finished my spring semester of graduate school in May. I had one of the most rewarding courses ever in creative writing and feel that I’ve made great strides in shaping up my novel Ghost of a Chance. While I’m hopeful that I’ll find a publisher and/or agent, I’m not casting aside the possibility of self publishing as well. But before I do any of that, I need to get my novel in the hands of a few people who wouldn’t mind being beta readers.
“But what are the requirements,” you may ask.
Here are a few guidelines. If you answer yes to these, then you could be one of Nikki’s Beta Babes (or Boys).
- Do you like romance novels?
- Are you okay with a little spice in the boudoir scenes? Nothing too kinky, just a good old fashioned romp or two!
- Are you willing to give honest feedback on what you like and what you don’t like? I can’t grow if you don’t tell me what works and what doesn’t, so please be honest–all constructive criticism is welcome.
Here is a quick description of the novel:
Ghost of a Chance, is a 77,000 word contemporary romance that blends the charm of east coast seaside living, strong friendships, and Irish history—all with a dash of the paranormal.
Kate Murphy is a practical, successful young woman, who upon completion of her MBA moves to New York City to work for a large banking corporation. But after two years of pushing a never-ending parade of spreadsheets across her desk while trying to put a broken engagement behind her, Kate realizes that maybe she hasn’t made the best career decision. It isn’t until Kate receives a phone call from her best friend, Eve Marsden, asking for her help to revitalize her floundering occult shop in Salem, Massachusetts, that Kate sees a new way forward in her life.
But Salem holds more than a career change for Kate when she meets Pete O’Brien, assistant professor of Irish history and part-time paranormal investigator. When Eve informs Kate that she has seen the ghost of a Victorian woman in their shop, it sets in motion a story of changing perceptions, friendship, trust, and ultimately love, with a little help from a ghostly apparition named Abigale Hastings. Filled with engaging characters, beautiful locations, spicy romance, and a happily ever after, Ghost of a Chance will hold the attention of romance genre fans until the last page.
If this sounds like something you would be interested in reading, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me why you want to read my stuff! While being a beta reader doesn’t pay, I will give a shout out to my Beta Babes/Boys in the acknowledgements. I look forward to working with you!