Why all Authors Should Beta Read

 I should what? I don’t have time for that, I hear you say. You’re wrong, I’ll tell you.that ‘I don’t have time,’ is something I would have said until a recent experience. 

I met Morgan A Kilth when she offered to beta read my upcoming release, Falling from Grace. She had read Falling to Pieces after watching a YouTube video I made, I confessed I was probably drunk when I made it and had no idea what the hell she was talking about.

Nonetheless, obviously I snapped her hand off and her feedback was awesome. I mean, I failed to travel through doors because my head was so freaking big. Morgan confessed she’d written a book of her own, I offered to beta read in return. She explained it was a romantic fantasy and what it was about. 

Now, I won’t lie, I’ve offered to beta read before and I’ll never forget the last time I did it. I opened the poor writers manuscript on a train journey home from London when I had to traipse down there for university. I laughed and made such bad facial expressions that the three other people at my table on the train began asking me what the hell was wrong with me. I told them someone had sent me a book for feedback, but it was truly awful stuff. We all ended up getting rather tipsy together, united in how horrendous the first chapter was. 

The writer hounded me and I ignored them because I just didn’t have the heart to confess that I absolutely hated it. I’ve read plenty of books where I’ve felt the same, and I’m certain many have felt the same about mine. Of course, books, like movies and TV shows are subjective and who am I to tell that person their book was horse shit? In truth, I am no-one…and there very well may be a reader that would adore it! But, it wasn’t me.

The same goes for me when I tell Morgan her book is amazing and out of this world, I am no-one. All advice has been offered as just that…advice and I honestly won’t be offended if she decides to reject it. I have ignored advice from betas and also accepted it. As a writer, we all have hard limits on what we will and will not change.

I can honestly say, I believe Morgan has a skill and whilst her manuscript lies technically incorrect in places, we all have to start somewhere. A draft no matter what shape it’s in is better than having no draft at all. One thing I can tell you for sure is that Morgan is a story teller, a story teller with a strong message to offer to young men and women. What Morgan has beautifully crafted is not Romantic Fantasy in the least…it’s YA Fantasy, and a brilliant one at that.

It’s been a long time since I read something that made me excited to be a writer. That is why I’m saying we should all beta read, if you pick up something great, something out of your comfort zone it can be inspiration to your own work and career. Knowing you had a hand in making someone else successful, I’m certain is also a great feeling!

Morgan

You can follow Morgan A Kilth here: https://www.facebook.com/morganakilth/?ref=page_internal 

It would be silly not to add that this is the final day you’re able to purchase all three titles in The Falling Series for 99p or 99c. Falling from Grace releases TOMORROW and I’m so excited to sharing it. This is the first book I’ve released in a long time and it feels amazing. I’m looking forward and somewhat dreading seeing the first reviews rolling in!

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Falling to Pieces:

When Teagan Lewis moves from rural Montana to the bright lights of London with her maker Thomas, she expects to live as harmoniously as she has for the last one hundred-fifty years.
Teagan didn’t know she had a heart or soul until she met Marc Romano.
However, it quickly becomes clear that Marc is forbidden fruit. All the signs that he isn’t human were there from the beginning, but she chose to ignore them…to her peril.
Can she simply walk away from this mesmerising stranger? Or should she risk her immortality to be with the man she has fallen in love with?

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Falling into You:

Marc Romano disappeared without a trace into the darkness. His lover became overwhelmed with grief in her loss. But her grief takes on a much more murderous form than most, for Teagan Lewis is a vampire.
Now her heartache is driving her further from the woman she once was, and she realises she must snap out of her monstrous habits and discover the way back to her old self. But how?
Ending their trip around Europe, Teagan and her friend Alex head back to New York. Teagan has the full intention of carrying out a dangerous plan here; not just physically dangerous, but emotionally as well.
How will she be able to resist the irresistible? And what of the new rival, Ivan Lenin? He threatens her life and the lives of everyone she loves. The only people who can help her are her sworn enemy and an ancient stranger. Will they assist her?
How will Teagan Lewis face the demons of her past and try to find happiness? Will she stay and fight or will she run from the things she must face in order to finally be at peace? Mistakes will be made. People will die. The time has come…

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Falling from Grace: 

Teagan Lewis is getting married! Or is she?
Vampires, Bartholomew and Teagan have lived blissfully for eighteen years. That’s what Teagan would have you believe anyway.
Two weeks before their wedding Bartholomew goes missing whilst attending to Assembly business. In Teagan’s bid to track him down she finds herself before a powerful witch. A witch who bears secrets from Teagan’s and Bartholomew’s past.
These revelations set Teagan on a course towards physical and emotional disaster.Can Teagan overcome her discoveries and continue her life with Bartholomew? Or will she have no alternative but to walk away from the man she loves?

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The Falling Series for $0.99/£0.99 this weekend ONLY + Giveaway.

I’m running this promotion at (almost) the end of a hectic and successful year, both for me personally and as a writer.

At the beginning of this year I embarked on a new role within the ambulance service, I’m so proud of what I do. In March I was offered a full time contract. It was a bit of a body and culture shock going from twelve hours a week to twelve hours a days at least three times a week! I’m proud that I still managed to release Falling into you in May as well.

In August my husband retired from a military career spanning twenty-eight years. With that came the hugest of up-heavals. In September we bought and moved into our own house whist negotiating  my husband starting a new job and both of my children starting school, my daughter who is four years old, for the first time.

I’ve almost finished my new contemporary romance, Kissing Cassie. I’m excited with what 2015 may hold for me, and where I’ll be this time next year!

Without further ado…

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When Teagan Lewis moves from rural Montana to the bright lights of London with her maker Thomas, she expects to live as harmoniously as she has for the last one hundred-fifty years.

Teagan didn’t know she had a heart or soul until she met Marc Romano.

However, it quickly becomes clear that Marc is forbidden fruit. All the signs that he isn’t human were there from the beginning, but she chose to ignore them…to her peril.

Can she simply walk away from this mesmirising stranger? Or should she risk her immortality to be with the man she has fallen in love with?

Review excerpts:

From the very first page, I knew I was going to love Falling to Pieces. Paranormal romances are a comfort zone for me, and it felt really good to return to them with this amazing book. L.T. Kelly was a master at getting my attention and keeping it throughout the entire book. I was really in awe that this was her debut novel. It doesn’t read that way. It reads like a seasoned writer wrote this. –Pretty Little Pages.

 I try to steer away from vampire books, but this one is more about Teagan and her life. I didn’t want the book to end! I loved how smoothly the read of this book was, I fell in love and even loved to hate some of the characters. –Chrissy

This book was definitely different from most of the vampire books that I have read. It has it all, the drama between two species of creatures, different kinds of rules, great chemistry and romance, and a not so ordinary love triangle. Did I say a great romance that is just HOT? –Hines and Bingham Literary Tryst.

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Friday 28th – 30th of November

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Marc Romano disappeared without a trace into the darkness. His lover became overwhelmed with grief in her loss. But her grief takes on a much more murderous form than most, for Teagan Lewis is a vampire.

Now her heartache is driving her further from the woman she once was, and she realises she must snap out of her monstrous habits and discover the way back to her old self. But how?

Ending their trip around Europe, Teagan and her friend Alex head back to New York. Teagan has the full intention of carrying out a dangerous plan here; not just physically dangerous, but emotionally as well.

How will she be able to resist the irresistible? And what of the new rival, Ivan Lenin? He threatens her life and the lives of everyone she loves. The only people who can help her are her sworn enemy and an ancient stranger. Will they assist her?

How will Teagan Lewis face the demons of her past and try to find happiness? Will she stay and fight or will she run from the things she must face in order to finally be at peace? Mistakes will be made. People will die. The time has come…

Review Excerpts:

I loved her character, I loved that her life was so messed up, she was happy, sad, confused, devastated,torn and lost. She was as real to me, not like other vampires you read in other books who have the strength to overcome all obstacles, and the seemingly perfect life. Teagan struggled with her past and her unknown future. Her search for her “one true love” Marc and her Maker Thomas, leads her to find the peace she has always longed for and a love that shows her that her guilt need not consume her. – Daisy

You can tell that L.T Kelly wrote this book from her heart. She created some beautiful, astounding characters that have left footprints on my heart. The story flows beautifully and with the sneaky little twists and turns, you will never know what’s coming until the wind is knocked out of your sail. – Gothic Angel Book Reviews

“Falling into You” surprises at every turn. Right when you think you know what comes next, you’re taken down an unexpected, but highly satisfying path. Kelly weaves a tale of heartbreak and triumph, loss and discovery with sexy heroes and a kick ass heroine. Each encounter will leave you panting for more. A lesson in flexibility, this story shows that not all is what it appears to be, and sometimes the most unexpected answers are the answers to your dreams. Don’t hide behind your expectations but rather open them to the world.- M.K. Meredith

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Friday 28th – 30th of November

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Giveaway

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