Calling All Beta Readers

Uncle John and Aunt Gwen need you

Uncle Sam

Gwen M. Plano and I  have just finished our book collaboration titled The Contract. We are looking for beta readers to give us some feedback on the manuscript before a professional edit. We would like to have the story in the beta readers hands no later than January 1st.  We would appreciate the comments back to us by February 16th. This due date will give the beta readers six weeks to read and comment.

The information that we would like to know

1 Did you enjoy the story?

2 Were there any parts of the story that were confusing?

3 Were there any missing plot points?

4 Were the characters believable?

5 Did you have any feelings about the characters?

6 Was the ending satisfactory?

7 What if anything would you want to be included in the story that would make it more enjoyable for you?

We have made every effort to make the manuscript publish-ready. Since this is a version that has not had the benefit of a professional edit we do not expect you to make any suggestions unless you see something that an editor could miss. Once we receive your comments and make adjustments to the manuscript, if necessary, we will then submit it for a professional edit

Here is the blurb.

The Contract is a story of two souls who must venture to Earth to stop a catastrophic event that is threatening the viability of the planet.  They will have no memory of their eternal life once they occupy the bodies chosen for them.  The two must deal with the situation using only the temporal skills of their host beings. They sign a contract before leaving their celestial home that stipulates what is required. They commit even though they have no guarantee of success but cannot resist the ultimate reward which is a personal anointing by the Creator. There is no alternative for failure.

If you enjoy thrillers, this is one with a twist designed to keep you riveted and guessing. It bridges the heavenly and earthly realms and only when the adventure is complete, will it be learned if Peter and Teresa have fulfilled their sacred contract or have become corrupted by the forces of evil.

If you would like to be a beta reader for the Contract, please send an e-mail to Gwen or me at one of the following addresses. Please indicate the version you would like to receive. We will have The Contract available in epub, MOBI, or PDF.



Gwen and John

Thank you.



    1. Thank you, Charles.

  1. This sounds fantastic… Right up my alley! 😉

    1. I’m sure it is. Thank you, Jan

  2. Sounds fun, John. Email on its way.

    1. Thank you, Keith.

  3. So excited for you and Gwen. My email is on the way. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Jan. Hugs

  4. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    If YOU are interested, please contact John, or Gwen, at the email addresses given the end of John’s original blog post 😃

    1. Thank you so much, Chris. You da er Ape.

      1. Welcome, John. You da Hooman 😄

  5. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Email on way. Excted to help!

  6. Looks as though you have some great Beta readers coming your way… If you need more, I’m available. Good luck to you and Gwen.

    1. Thank you, Billy Ray. I think we might have enough but will keep your offer open.

  7. It sounds like a n awesome read. I’m swamped with deadlines right now, so I’m unable to beta but I’ll certainly be gobbling it up on release day and look forward to the story. Congrats to both of you!

    1. Thank you, Mae. I know you are busy.

  8. That’s awesome you two. Congrats.

    1. Thank you, Craig.

  9. What a lovely surprise, you two! I know it will be great. Hugs.

    1. Thank you, Teagan.

  10. I’d be happy to beta read

    1. Terrific. Could you send an e-mail so we can send you the information? Thank you, Yvette.

  11. I wish I had the time – and talent – to contribute to this project, John.
    But I’m still a mess so my input wouldn’t be of much use, I’m afraid.
    As always I wish you the best of luck, buddy.

    1. Thank you, Hook. I appreciate your message.

  12. I would love to read “The Contract” if you still need a beta reader. Although you have been understandably swamped with offers already. Whoo-whoo. 2 of my fave authors … BONUS!

    1. Send us an e-mail, Soooz so we can give you the details. Thanks.

  13. Reblogged this on Author Don Massenzio and commented:
    Check out this request for beta readers from John Howell and Gwen Plano for their upcoming collaboration from this post on John’s blog.

  14. Your book sounds intriguing, John, and it looks like you have many beta reader volunteers, too. Wishing you both the best, and Congratulations!

    1. Thank you, Lauren.

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