Looking for Beta Readers!

Waddup Savi Crew!

I’m looking for betas for middle grade fiction romance. Please see further info and sign-up form below.

Title: Life of Gabby: Boyfriend Wanted (the first in an eight book series).
Length, Draft and Language: approximately 61,000 words, Second Draft, English.
Brief Summary: Gabby Duncan wants to get her first boyfriend. And what better boy than her long-time crush, the wealthy and popular Drake Whitfield. But her strict mother—in a desperate effort to keep her safe and away from boys—won’t let her do anything. And even if she had the nerve to attempt parental defiance; her nosy younger sister, Lizzie would be right on her heels ready to tattle on her, as was her custom. While enjoying the last summer with her BFF, Jules Harper before attending separate high schools, Gabby receives an acceptance letter to private institution, TIDA—the same one as her crush and best friend. Their upcoming camp is the perfect setting for a crush confession. Soon, Gabby is thrust into an environment where she stands out for the wrong reasons, gets detention in her first week and keeps clashing with her teachers. Can Gabby get the boy of her dreams—and hopefully her first kiss—with her mother and sister meddling around?
Sub-Genre & Keywords: Middle Grade Fiction, “teenage”, “first love”, “high school problems”.
Known Issues: Too much prose in some areas, sensory descriptions lacking in some chapters.
Critique Requested: I’m requesting feedback on plot, structure, overall tone and character development.
Critique Tolerance: I’m requesting a balance between broad strokes—i.e. all the positive things highlighted—and some of the more stark realities.
Experience & Goals: This is my first novel (please be kind with your critique). I’m looking to self-publish by the end of December 2018.
Method of Communication: All interested parties can send me an email: Please cut and paste the Beta Reader Sign-Up below into a new email message page and send the completed form to siosavi@gmail.com I intend to utilise Google Docs to communicate and organise feedback. I hope to commence the beta reading process by March 1st 2018.
Turnaround Time for Feedback: Within one (1) month.
Excerpt: Gabrielle “Gabby” Duncan is a vibrant fourteen year old African American teenager who is about to start high school and readers are along for the ride. The bubbly and talkative youth is ecstatic to spread her wings in an environment far from her strict mother, Mrs. Edith “Edie” Duncan and nosy younger sister, Elizabeth “Lizzie” Duncan with her best friend, Julia “Jules” Harper in tow. Even if that environment is a strict educational institution run by Roman Catholic priests and nuns. Gabrielle has had only dreadful school experiences so far: dealing with a mean bully named Alina El Moussa in preschool and elementary then being shadowed and tattled on by Elizabeth for her entire middle school term. Thus, the opportunity to attend junior high away from her tormentors is a welcome release.

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Looking forward to hearing from you!

And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life!

Happy Writing!

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The Elysian Prophecy Book Tag

Waddup Savi Crew!

This is a book tag created by Vivien Reis, author of The Elysian Prophecy (to be launched Feb 20). Please support her by doing the tag and tagging others!

1. Secret society – A book you love but no one else talks about

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham. It’s about a group of children who live in a town where it’s better not to be different. One is a telepath, another has six toes. The town citizens are deeply religious and believe that God does not make mistakes therefore their deviant existence must be the work of the devil.

2. Voices – A scary novel that gives you the chills!

It by Stephen King. A shapeshifting entity that can disguise itself as anything and exploits your fears and phobias… Oh and by the way likes to eat children. Enough said. I don’t even want to talk about it and I’m a full-blown adult. Don’t even get me started on the clown thing.

3. Blood crystals – A book with red on the cover

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. It’s about a seventeenth century woman who commits adultery and must wear a scarlet letter ‘A’ to mark her shame. The story is set in a Puritan society but could very well exist today with regard to society’s attitude towards the adulteress and her male lover.

4. Kidnapped – A stand-alone novel you love

Animal Farm by George Orwell. It’s a phenomenal novella about a group of animals who successfully revolt against their human farmer only to become worse by creating a new tyranny among themselves. The ending is one of the best that I’ve ever read. I did this book in school—years ago—I never forgot it.

5. Jesse – A bookish crush you have

Percy Jackson from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I like the way he overcame his internal struggles of ADHD and dyslexia to become a hero to others. Furthermore his loyalty towards his friends and family as well as the sacrifices he makes for his mother.

6. Elysia – A book that nailed a magical setting

The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. I think it’s safe to say that everyone has either read the novels or watched the movies so a summary explanation might be irrelevant. However, the setting and world building is extraordinary—I wanted to live in Middle Earth for a long time.

7. Transmutation – What’s your favourite fantasy animal?

I’ve always loved unicorns with Pegasus a close second. I think every little girl at one time or another wanted a unicorn for their birthday. What can I say? I love colourful horses.

8. Oracles – A book with magical folk

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende. There are magical creatures in this novel that I’ve never read about in other fantasy novels like luckdragons, rockbiters, invisible oracles and giant turtles. Fantasy genre has come a long way but this is a classic for me that I like to revisit ever so often.

9. Brethren – A book with a core group you love

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. The main protagonists: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are children when they help Aslan save Narnia from the White Witch. Kids like to feel important and want to know that they matter and these children literally saves the world. I love their sibling dynamic.

Please feel free to post your tag responses below or tag me in your blog post.

And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life!

Happy Writing!

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10 Signs You’re A Writer

Waddup Savi Crew!

Here are 10 tell-tale signs that you might be a writer (or an aspiring one anyways):

  1. Boxers or pyjama bottoms are your outfit of choice.
  2. The hours of 2am and 4am are crucial writing times.
  3. If your household pets are still alive, congratulations.
  4. “Plans have been cancelled” is the best phrase ever.
  5. If your friends haven’t seen you in a while they assume: (a) you’re dead (b) you had a baby (c) you got married (d) you travelled abroad
  6. Revising/editing drafts make you crankier than your period.
  7. Meeting someone with your character’s name is life-changing.
  8. Discovering that they’re nothing like your character is life-ending.
  9. If you’ve had a bath at least once a week, it’s been a good week.
  10. Caffeine is your best friend, your lover, your supplier and your therapist.

And remember, no matter where you live, take a little time to enjoy the island life!

Happy Writing!

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Island Life & Writing Inspirations

Waddup Savi Crew!

Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my new blog! This is just an introductory post so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

I decided to start a blog because I’m an aspiring novelist and I love writing about things that inspire me which I hope will inspire others!

I plan to be writing and sharing posts about lessons I’ve learned during my two decade writing journey. It’s so important to take the time to enjoy the finer things in life.

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Happy Writing!

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