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I think I read Marian Keyes' first book, Watermelon, about 13 years ago. The book was released in 1995, and I discovered it 9 years later.

I can't stop thinking about this photo she posted on Instagram last month. She just now translated this book - a book that was released 22 years ago - into Icelandic and released it last month.

It was a good reminder that fiction never goes out of style!

Calling all beta readers!

Hey good lookin! I'm so.very.close (see what I did there?) to releasing my fourth full length novel, Roused, book 4 in the Raindropt series. The excitement is, like, seeping out of my pores. And you may be like "nice try, but that's sweat. I calls it as I sees it," and I'm like, "false. I live in a place where it rarely creeps above 50 degrees Fahrenheit - I haven't sweat since 2011." 

Anyways, I'm at that stage where I've passed my little beauty off to my editor, and she's just about to give me her initial thoughts/critiques on what I've been working on for the past six months. Now's the point where I vacillate between "YAS I can't wait for her to reaffirm what I already know - this book is my "To Kill a Mockingbird" and will likely live on the bestseller lists for the next 150 years, give or take," and "This book is abysmal - I've embarrassed myself, my future unborn children, my children's children, my family, everyone in my ancestral lineage, even the less than 1% Iberian I found when I did my ancestry, and all Jews, both living AND dead." It's exhausting.

I've now published 3 books, so I'm used to this routine. In a few weeks, my editor will give me every bit of feedback she can think of, and I will emerge enlightened. I will have a novel that is slightly beneath the brilliant literature of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and slightly elevated from a work that will embarrass all of my fellow Semites. I can't be sure, but this has been my experience so far. 

I will have looked at the work roughly 800 times. I will have examined it from all angles, and I will have emerged cross-eyed, dizzy, nursing a low-grade nausea, and inexplicably furious. So it goes.

That's where you come in! I need beta readers to help read an advanced copy of Roused before its general release in mid-November. You will read the book and provide feedback, so that I'm able to implement your thoughts and ideas before the book is released out into the world. I've been working with beta readers since I indie-published my first book, and its been an invaluable part of the process.

My new cover! Isn't she lovely?

My new cover! Isn't she lovely?

Interested? Tight. A few things:

You DO NOT need to have read the first 3 books, although it is helpful. I will summarise everything you that happened in previous books, so this should not hold you back.

You DO NOT need to worry about hurting my feelings - I would rather hear from you that something doesn't work than hear it from a reviewer down the line.

You DO need a sense of humor. If you appreciate quirky comedy, even better

You DO need to enjoy lighthearted fantasy, ie unicorns, dragons, elves, a funny looking gnome as the love interest, etc

You DO need to be able to give direct feedback - I can take it!

Still interested? Tight tight tight. Email me at deena.byrne@gmail.com, and I'll be in touch shortly. Looking forward to working together!

This could be you! Except it's Fall and unless you live in Australia or something it won't be sunny... I'm looking for you to read my book this month/early November. Still, you get the point...

This could be you! Except it's Fall and unless you live in Australia or something it won't be sunny... I'm looking for you to read my book this month/early November. Still, you get the point...