Call for Urban Fantasy beta readers … tentatively


The Shambles, York, Tudor buildings
Image : Pixabay


Having finally finished the first draft/second draft/alpha read rewrite of my work in progress – The Restless Dead – I’m now searching for some lovely people who enjoy fantasy fiction to be my beta readers.

If you’re interested in being a beta reader, here are some things you should know … 

The book is Urban Fantasy, not High Fantasy. There are no swords and mages, no orcs or elves. It’s set in the present, in real towns in the UK. Supernatural things occur, and a lot of them, but think more Neil Gaiman or Ben Aaronovitch than JRR Tolkien or George RR Martin.

The book is around 300 pages long.

There will be a questionnaire to fill in. I’m working on it now and will try not to make it too onerous! Though, if you’re used to sending critiques, want to write your own notes and are happy to cover the points I raise, that’s fine too.

Ideally, the process will last no further than Christmas. Though that’s open to discussion, of course – you all have other stuff to do!

This book is based in the UK. One of the main ‘characters’ in the book is the city of York, UK (see above!). The settings are English, the language is ‘English’ English, with English phrases and references.

Now, on to the fun bit …

I loved writing this book! I loved getting to know the characters – good, bad and utterly demonic – and I hope that comes across. I want reading it to be enjoyable too. I want the readers to be caught up in every the running, screaming, drunken, creepy scene.

And if you’re still there, here’s the blurb to give you a flavour of the beast …

Thirty-five-year-old Neil sees ghosts. Or at least the last few minutes of an individual’s life, repeated over and over. Death fills every street he walks along, every home he enters. No wonder he lives a reclusive life alone in his bedsit watching Miss Marple reruns and eating cheese puffs. 
Then one day an old friend – Caro – comes knocking, telling Neil her brother is dead. The police say it’s suicide. She says it isn’t. Luckily, she knows someone who can tell her if she’s right … 
Can Neil solve the mystery, evade Victorian psychopaths, shape shifting demons and save the world from an invasion of the Restless Dead? 

Interested? Want to know more? Then pop me an email. You’ll find the address by clicking the ‘hamburger’ symbol up the top of the screen. My email is in ‘view full profile’ under my terrifying photograph! Look forward to hearing from you.






14 thoughts on “Call for Urban Fantasy beta readers … tentatively

  1. Hi Lynn, I would love to volunteer and help you out, but sounds like it’s not my kind of book. Though I do enjoy a good whodunit, I don’t do so well with intense spooky stuff. But I wish you the best with it.


    1. Thank you Crispina. And you have plenty enough of your own work to be getting on with, I’d say! Yes, it is creepy in parts – and a little gory too. Thank you for your good wishes and all your help 🙂

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  2. Congrats for getting your manuscript to this point! I, unfortunately, don’t have the bandwidth right now for beta reading, but I’m sure you’ll get all the feedback you need. Good luck!


    1. Thank you very much. JM. You always seem so hugely productive, I doubt you’d have the time for anything else! Congrats on all your publication news – and your cover art work is terrific!

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      1. Wish I could take credit for those covers, but even my stick figures are ugly. 😀 I might not be able to help you revise, but I will definitely pick up a copy once it’s out. I think you had me at “Victorian psychopaths”…shape shifting demons sound fun, too!


      2. You might not have drawn the covers, but you must have had some input in them – they’re very good. Well, let’s hope my novel does make it to the bookshelves one day. Yes, you have to love a psychopathic Victorian, though strangely, I’ve grown rather fond of him!

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