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Indie Authors: Do You Need a Test Reader or Book Reviewer?

I’ve beta-read for several authors. I provide comprehensive beta-reader reports on all aspects of the writing.

I’m interested in multi-genre novels (three have included a faith-oriented adventure/thriller; a faith-oriented time-travel romance; a sci-fi romance); and I’ve done a Sherlock Holmes spin-off mystery. I’ll be especially pleased to see historical fiction, Boomer-Lit and other novels centered on mature protagonists, and fiction that features characters with physical or psychological disabilities.

I’ve also done medical topic consulting for the author of a murder mystery/thriller. My Registered Nurse education, experience and extensive textbook library can provide factual, consistency and continuity evaluation for any physical or mental health issue.

In addition, I’m a scholar of the First World War (restricted to the British and German aspects), and of everything Irish: history, culture, geography, wildlife, weather, agriculture, politics, psychology, religion and whatever you’re having yourself. I’ll also double-check miscellaneous facts from any period for historical novels.

For Beta Reading ONLY: I can accommodate digital manuscripts in formats supported by the Balabolka Text-to-Speech reader: AZW, AZW3, CHM, DjVu (DjVu+OCR), DOC, DOCX, EML, EPUB, FB2 (FB2.ZIP, FBZ), HTML, LIT, MOBI, ODS, ODT, PDB, PDF, PRC, RTF, TCR, WPD, XLS, XLSX. Be sure to send your manuscript with plenty of lead time before a response is needed, because when I Beta read, I double-check irregularities I hear during an audible text reading by doing a screen reading of that passage, and I can screen-read only for short time periods, due to a visual disability that makes screen reading difficult and uncomfortable over long periods of time.

I’ll provide reviews of published books, too. My reading taste is generally eclectic, with favorites in literary fiction, historical fiction, and faith-oriented fiction (primarily Roman Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, Judaic, and Latter-day Saint). I’d like to see more multi-genre/fusion fiction works, and I’m willing to take a chance on a genre I don’t usually read if the blurb and a sample chapter are intriguing.

For Book Reviews: Bound, printed books preferred. This is because the above-mentioned visual disability, and when I’m reading for a book review that will be published worldwide, I need to be able to both relax and concentrate on the story for long periods. I will provide a mailing address for you to order and ship a copy of your book. If I choose not to retain the book in my personal library, I will donate it to my public library.

You can suggest your manuscript or book in this response form:


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This is Why I’m Not a Speedy Writer.

IRISH FIREBRANDS: A Novel ~ and Other Works by Christine Plouvier, Indie Author

A sculpture in bronze made by the Sculptor Fernando Andrea, 2013 T. E. Lawrence. A sculpture in bronze made by the Sculptor Fernando Andrea, 2013

“Learn all you can…. Get to know their families, clans and tribes, friends and enemies, wells, hills and roads. Do all this by listening and by indirect inquiry. … Get to speak their dialect … not yours. Until you can understand their allusions, avoid getting deep into conversation or you will drop bricks.” ~ T. E. Lawrence, from The Arab Bulletin, 20 August 1917

(Reproduced at The World War I Document Archive.)

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There Went the Blogosphere.*

This blog began 2½ years ago, as an attempt to figure out what my brain was doing behind my back, when I wrote Irish Firebrands. Since then, I’ve also spun off a blog site for the historical research behind my primary work-in-progress, The Passions of Patriots. My second work-in-progress, Once Burnt, Twice Blind, doesn’t have its own blog yet, but I hope I can make that happen, as well as develop some other domain names I’ve reserved.

The ides of the month will mark the beginning of another Sneak Peek Week. That’s when I make my blog post of that name stick to the front page, to give other writers a chance to share bits of their works-in-progress, or samples from their published works. Any writer in any genre is welcome to participate (see the blog page, to find out how). Readers are also invited to share what kind of peeks they’d like to sneak.

Another networking opportunity is my blog FUSION FICTION. This is a site that’s meant to unite, encourage, and promote authors who cross genre lines, either by their mixing genres within single works, or across the whole of their output of books. They can publish book covers, trailers, sample chapters, author bios, and blog posts about Fusion Fiction. Like other author promotion blogs, it has general rules for participation, to keep things safe and orderly, and specific qualifications for participation, because it’s for a writing niche. If you write Fusion Fiction, and have sent the sign-up form to indicate your interest in joining, Thank You! I’m saving up entries because it will be easier for me to process several authors at once, so I appreciate your patience. If you’re acquainted with other Fusion Fiction authors, please pass the word.

You don’t have to be Irish to tag along with the Irish Firebrands family of blogs (I’m French and Polish). Regular visitors include international bloggers and authors in all genres, including poetry, short stories, and nonfiction. My following has grown slowly, and it’s still not large, but attrition has been very low, which I hope means that my blog posts have offered value to those who have been kind enough to “like,” comment, and re-blog them.

I’ll be the first to admit that my writing and blogging projects are ambitious, for a person with disabilities that make everything take a very long time to do, but I’m also a person with interests that I’d like to share more widely. So, if you’re an author or an avid reader, please participate in Sneak Peek Week, and if you’ve published mixed-genre works, please come and join Fusion Fiction, to help our community grow over there, too.

I’m usually up late, and I’ll leave the porch light on.

* With apologies to

photo by Alan Light

photo by Alan Light


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